As well as the Earth Fare locations, Straight Hemp can be purchased online in all 50 states and select brick-and-mortar retailers.
Earth Fare will carry CBD oil and balm products from Arvada, Colo.-based Straight Hemp in 57 stores across 10 states, making the natural food grocer the largest retailer with which the CBD wellness company has partnered to date.
Earth Fare’s wellness moves include appointing a chief medical officer, offering a clean-food meal-planning program, and rolling out the Live Longer With Earth Fare program.
“Straight Hemp’s mission is to get the best products into as many consumers’ hands as possible who need them. Natural channel chains are one way to do that,” said Erin Reynolds, the company’s director of sales. “Earth Fare is a clear partner in this endeavor, and we are aligned with their philosophy of being a community-driven retailer known for giving back. We are thrilled to be working with them.”
According to Straight Hemp, the partnership with Asheville, N.C.-based Earth Fare will provide more access to consumer education and high-quality CBD products.
CBD is the No. 1-selling dietary supplement in natural channels, according to a report from the Austin, Texas-based American Botanical Council.
Hemp is also available these days in medicinal form for specific, clinically diagnosed conditions.
Hemp Seeds are also said to stimulate production of antibodies and boost the immune system.
As a food source, Hemp Seed contains all the essential amino acids and fatty acids necessary for maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. It is said to be a complete protein with an abundant trace mineral content.
Indeed, Hemp Leaf tea is an effective relaxant, and has been used to treat a broad range of conditions, from chronic pain, heart health and digestive problems to arthritis, asthma, immune stimulation and a host of others.
In terms of health benefits, Hemp Seeds are a powerful antioxidant, and are said to be an important aid in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and strokes, while the Omega-3 GLA, ALA, and DHA found in Hemp Seeds is said to promote brain health as well as eyesight development.
As well as being a multi-nutritional food source, the durable fibre cultivated from Hemp has been used for a range of industrial purposes, including the manufacture of paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, mulch, animal bedding, and has even been used as an ingredient in oil-based paints.
Hemp is a multipurpose plant of the Cannibis genus and was one of the first known plants to be domesticated, no doubt due to its remarkable versatility.
Ralph was determined to find a treatment that would improve Harmony’s quality of life. In 2015, Ralph founded Palmetto Synergistic Research LLC and created a product line using her daughter’s name along with the nickname of the she was born in—Palmetto for South Carolina. The company produces full-spectrum high cannabinoid oils.
“We are delighted to have Palmetto Harmony, one of South Carolina’s first-generation industrial hemp processors, be recognized for their superior product by Earth Fare, a regional food company that focuses on high quality,” said South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers. “This is positive news for the South Carolina hemp industry.”
Earth Fare, founded in 1975 in Asheville, North Carolina, operates 54 stores in 10 states.
Why the company was founded
Palmetto Harmony was created because of Janel Ralph’s daughter Harmony. She was born in 2007 with a rare genetic condition known as “smooth brain,” which produces multitudes of seizures that are considered untreatable by modern medicine, according to the company’s website.
“Getting into Earth Fare has been a long-time goal for us. They have a very strict ingredient and product philosophy; the most rigorous and uncompromising in the industry. Their dedication to sourcing only the highest quality products is in alignment with our commitment to safety, transparency, and efficacy. We are excited and proud to be on their shelves,” said Palmetto Harmony Founder and CEO Janel Ralph.
Palmetto Harmony, founded in 2015 and based in Conway, South Carolina, utilizes a lipid-infusion extraction process to create its CBD, full-spectrum products. Its solventless process, strict, third-party testing protocol and the organic certifications have been instrumental in the company’s growth and ultimately the decision by Earth Fare to carry the products, according to Palmetto Harmony.
Palmetto Harmony , a vertically integrated hemp-derived CBD company with USDA Organic Certifications on its flower-only products, is now selling its products in all Earth Fare locations.