Although both hemp and CBD have gained notoriety in the mainstream following federal legalization, there remains room for education about the benefits of full spectrum CBD oil.

Many CBD companies make lofty claims about the medicinal value of CBD. While we’re firm supporters of CBD’s therapeutic benefits, we maintain a close connection to what the existing scientific research genuinely supports regarding CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation, chronic pain, anxiety, and other ailments.

Below you’ll find answers to common questions about CBD oil, along with detailed articles about CBD’s benefits for specific conditions.


  1. What Is Full Spectrum CBD Oil?
  2. What Are The Benefits of Full Spectrum CBD Oil?
  3. Is CBD Oil Safe To Take?
  4. Is CBD Oil Legal?
  5. Where Can I Buy Full Spectrum CBD Oil and Other CBD Products?

What Is Full Spectrum CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the most abundant compound in hemp plants found in the flower and leaves. It’s one of more than 100 cannabinoids which can be extracted from hemp, and is used to make a variety of products, such as CBD oil, lotions and creams, edibles, and capsules.

Full spectrum CBD oil means the product contains many cannabinoids beyond CBD, such as CBN, CBDV, THCV, CBG, CBC, THCA, CBDA. Full spectrum CBD oil also contains other compounds from the hemp plant, including naturally-occurring terpenes, essential vitamins, fatty acids, protein, and more.

The alternative to full spectrum CBD is CBD isolate. In isolates, the CBD molecule is chemically isolated from all other compounds in the hemp plant, resulting in a powder substance which is then mixed with a carrier.

We liken CBD isolate to be a bit like selling bread that’s been stripped of much of its nutritional value.

What Are The Benefits of Full Spectrum CBD Oil?

CBD Oil for Arthritis and Inflammation

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network recommends CBD oil as a potential effective treatment for the pain associated with arthritis, due to its ability to decrease joint inflammation and offer protection to the nerves.

Though the science behind CBD is gaining traction, long term studies on CBD’s anti-inflammatory benefits are to be longed for. The Arthritis Foundation is on record urging the FDA to expedite both the study and regulation of all CBD products.

Presently, research points to two potential mechanisms by which CBD can reduce the sensitivity of pain receptors in the joints.

Read more about how CBD may relieve pain from arthritis and inflammation.

CBD Oil for Anxiety

Early research is promising regarding the ability of CBD oil to help relieve anxiety, and it’s one of the most popular reasons people are drawn to trying CBD.

Researchers are gradually peeling away the many layers of brain chemistry changes that take place when we’re exposed to chronic stress. What we know currently is certain regions of the brain become hyperactive, while others atrophy. Additionally, levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, as well as their receptors, change.

Because human experiments are costly and legally complicated, most of the existing research has been completed using mice. A recent review of existing research found 32 different rodent studies that tested CBD’s effects on anxiety.

Read more about how CBD may help with anxiety.

CBD Oil for PTSD

A growing number of people are turning to cannabinoids to relieve symptoms of PTSD.

PTSD is usually addressed pharmacologically with anticonvulsants and with what are known as atypical antipsychotics, but many patients do not respond to these drugs. Many others experience adverse side effects that limit their ability to use the drugs at sufficient doses or over long periods of time.

Perhaps because of the lack of effective therapies, patients with PTSD are more likely to use cannabis-derived (including hemp-derived) products, such as CBD, than those who do not suffer from PTSD.

The potential benefits of CBD in regards to memory, anxiety, and sleeplessness have researchers intrigued.

Read more about how CBD may help relieve symptoms of PTSD and aid in memory control.


CBD Oil for Sleep

The American Sleep Association says 50-70 million American adults experience a sleep disorder, with insomnia being the most common.

CBD is being looked to more and more to aid with sleep troubles, and scientists are beginning to uncover the mechanisms by which CBD works to directly impact sleep.

In the meantime, much of the support for CBD improving sleep is connected to its ability to relieve anxiety and pain.

Read more about how CBD can improve sleep.

Why Choose Full Spectrum CBD?

Full spectrum products retain many of the hemp plant’s cannabinoids beyond CBD. Early research indicates these compounds work in unison to provide more relief from inflammation when compared to CBD isolate products. Learn more about why full spectrum CBD is the best choice.

Why Is CBD from Organic Hemp Important?

Certified organic means the hemp plant, which CBD is extracted from, is grown in soil that’s free of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
We also know foods farmed organically have higher nutritional values than traditionally-farmed foods. We expect the same is true of hemp — that hemp grown organically yields stronger cannabinoids, which make us feel better.

What Is The Proper Dosage of CBD Oil?

There’s no universally accepted dosage for CBD oil. Many of our customers start with 25mg of CBD per day, then adjust accordingly until they experience their desired effects.

Is It Okay To Combine CBD Products (e.g. CBD oil with CBD lotion or edibles)?

Yes, many of our customers combine CBD oil with either a CBD lotion/cream or edible, such as our CBD caramels and chocolates.

How Does CBD Work?

CBD works in the body through its effects on the endocannabinoid system – and specifically, through its influence on the receptors of this system.

Ongoing research is helping to clarify the specific way that CBD impacts these receptors and what these interactions mean in terms of the overall influence on our health and wellness.

There is much research to be done before we know exactly how CBD oil works in the brain and body and how CBD biologically achieves its therapeutic effects, but there are existing studies substantiating some of the anecdotal feedback.

Read more about how CBD works by interacting with your endocannabinoid system.

How Long Does It Take To Realize The Benefits of CBD Oil?

How soon CBD starts working varies by individual. Generally, expect CBD to start working within 1-6 hours, though some report it takes multiple days of taking CBD regularly to realize a difference.

Can I Eat or Drink Immediately After Taking CBD Oil?

Yes, once you’ve given the oil a chance to absorb, you can return to eating and drinking as normal.

How Do I Properly Store CBD Oil?

Store your CBD oil in a cool, dark environment away from moisture and sunlight. Avoid storing it in high humidity areas, such as bathrooms.

Are Hemp Oil and CBD Oil the Same?

No, hemp oil is derived primarily from the seeds of the hemp plant, which contain little to no CBD. CBD oil is derived from the flower of the hemp plant. Hemp oil is sometimes used as a dressing or cooking oil. Though hemp oil does have health benefits (such as omega fatty acids), hemp seed oil has no medicinal value akin to CBD oil.

Is CBD Oil Safe?

No major health or safety concerns have been associated with the use of CBD oil alone, though some drug interactions have been identified, particularly with blood thinners and glaucoma medications. We suggest checking with your physician if you have concerns prior to using CBD oil.

Is CBD Oil Legal?

Yes, buying CBD oil is federally legal and it can be shipped to all 50 states. The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the DEA’s purview and removed hemp as a Schedule I substance. Therefore, the production and sale of hemp and its extracts are legal, so long as the hemp from which the CBD is extracted contains no more than 0.3% THC.

The USDA confirmed in its memo that states cannot interfere with the commerce of hemp or its derivatives.

Where Can I Buy Full Spectrum CBD Oil and Other CBD Products?

You can find high-quality CBD products right here at Laura’s Mercantile.

Our CBD is extracted from USDA-certified organic hemp grown at Laura’s Mt. Folly Farm. We source 100% of our hemp from Laura’s farm, work closely with a local extractor to create our full spectrum extract, and partner with third-party labs to ensure our products meet label accuracy.

This guarantees that we maintain full control of the product from field to finished good.

We carry a range of full spectrum CBD products including:

How Do You Take CBD Oil?

CBD oil is most commonly taken using the sublingual method, which means you place the oil under your tongue and allow your sublingual gland to absorb the CBD. This allows for the highest bioavailability — the amount of CBD that makes it to your bloodstream and ultimately delivers the relief you’re seeking.

We’ve encountered a number of people who claimed CBD didn’t work for them. When asked for more detail, we usually uncover that they were taking CBD incorrectly or inconsistently.

So we put together the infographic below to help you stay on track and get the most from CBD oil.

Below you’ll find the steps on how to take CBD oil, along with an infographic.