Welcome to the FARM
At Spoth Farms we've been tending the land, feeding families, and beautifying communities for more than a hundred years. A five-generation family farm in the canal-side town of Amherst, NY, we've done it all: dairy farming, floriculture, vegetable planting, pumpkin patches, wreath making, even growing Christmas trees. Then everything changed for us in 2017, when we became one of the first farms in New York State to be approved for the cultivation of industrial hemp. Since then we've grown over 300 acres of the crop, ranking among the largest hemp growing operations in New York State and steadily working on our distillation of the perfect farm-to-bottle CBD oil. In these anxious and uncertain times, it's our mission to create agriculturally-based, sustainably packaged CBD products that can help people breathe a little deeper, sleep a little sounder, and find a little bit more solace in our overwhelming world.
We cannot stress this enough: a staggering number of CBD products on the marketplace are essentially
snake oil. They contain little to no actual CBD, charge exorbitant prices for heavily diluted product, and inconsistent industry regulation leaves customers vulnerable to poor quality control. We're the rare CBD retailer that actually grows the product we sell, and that's how we can keep our prices affordable, our team small, and, most importantly, our quality top-notch. Over a century of growing experience means something when it comes to what you put in your body, and we hope that you, our Spoth Farms family, trust us the way our community has trusted us for five generations.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in hemp plants. Nonintoxicating and nonaddictive, this compound is structurally similar to compounds in the body called endocannabinoids ("brain-derived" cannabinoids), which carry out a series of regulatory functions for the endocannabinoid system (ECS). According to Harvard Health Publishing from Harvard Medical School, "The ECS regulates and controls many of our most critical bodily functions such as learning and memory, emotional processing, sleep, temperature control, pain control, inflammatory and immune responses, and eating."
Once it enters the body, CBD is believed to interact with a number of different ECS receptors and enzymes, including those responsible for regulating stress responses, mood, and cognition, by modulating their functioning through multiple mechanisms of action. For example, CB1 receptors in the brain use an endocannabinoid called anandamide to prevent the excessive neuronal activity associated with anxiety. When CBD is introduced to the system, it inhibits the enzymatic degradation of anandamide by breaking down FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase) molecules. In doing so, CBD increases the body's availability of anandamide to act on CB1 receptors and produce the intended anxiolytic effects.
CBD can be ingested directly in oil form or used as an ingredient in topical and edible products. Studies have consistently shown this compound to have significant health benefits, and alongside being prescribed to treat seizures and epilepsy, it is often cited as a source of relief for anxiety, stress management, and improved sleep cycles. Unlike marijuana, which contains high levels of the compound THC, CBD oil is not psychotropic and does not create a "high" or "stoned" sensation.
Clinical research into CBD is ongoing, and we're learning more about CBD's exciting therapeutic possibilities with each passing year. As with any alternative wellness solution, we always recommend speaking to your doctor or healthcare provider before using CBD. Everyone's body composition is different, and it's important to be sure that what you're putting into your system is an appropriate fit for your personal medical history.
THE ANXIOUS GENERATION
It isn't controversial to say we're in the midst of an unprecedented decline in collective well-being. Recent polling showed nearly 9 in 10 Americans agree that the United States is facing a significant mental health crisis, and it's not hard to understand why. A once-in-a-century pandemic. A rapidly heating planet on the brink of climate disaster. Economic instability. Rising rates of crime and violence. Divisive and addictive social media algorithms. These are the conditions that anxiety, depression, and despair thrive upon.
Over the last decade, a growing body of research suggests CBD may be a promising tool in combating our more anxious and depressive tendencies. For example, a 2019 study found that nearly 80% of participants, all of whom had been diagnosed with anxiety or sleep disorders, experienced substantial and sustained decreases in their anxiety levels while taking CBD over the course of the study. Why might this be? CBD is believed to alter the activity of serotonin receptor 5HT-1A, which is involved in the regulation of mood, cognition, and memory, and is also widely known as the site of activation for
various anxiolytic and anti-depressant medications, including SSRIs.
A RETURN TO SIMPLE
Sometimes it just feels like the world's moving too fast. The endless barrage of messages, news alerts, images, tweets, advertisements - our lives weren't meant to be this plugged in, our brains hooked on every doom-scrolling anguish and unease of the day. It can make us feel helpless, stuck, alienated, even isolated. At Spoth Farms, we believe in a need to return to the center. To find relaxation, calm, and stillness in a world defined by acceleration, stagnation, and burnout. To locate balance in an unbalanced culture.
A function of the endocannabinoid system, which CBD acts on, is to maintain homeostasis: a state in which the body's internal conditions remain stable regardless of changing external stimuli. The ECS keeps our biological systems in equilibrium by ensuring that cells are communicating appropriately and by controlling the levels and activity of neurotransmitters in the brain. For example, anxiety and fear responses in the body are frequently disproportional to the stimuli that trigger them. Activation of receptor CB1R works to dampen those stress responses, reducing endocrine and neuronal activity when faced with non-threatening stimuli. However, chronic stress sometimes overwhelms signaling of CB1R, causing rapid reductions in anandamide levels due to increased FAAH activity. This is where CBD comes in, and by breaking down FAAH and freeing up anandamide supply, it may help restore CB1R's ability to execute its stress-inhibitory function. In other words, it helps restore balance to an unbalanced system. To bring calm where calm is needed.
A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
IN A WORLD GONE MAD
If you're anything like us, your brain is running constantly, and it's never worse than when your head hits the pillow. Users of CBD often report reduced restlessness, greater ease falling asleep, and improved sleep maintenance (or staying asleep after you've already dozed off). Studies conducted thus far indicate promising possibilities for CBD's relationship with sleep disorders, including insomnia and REM sleep behavior disorder, as well as managing the stress responses that so often contribute to our unhealthy sleeping patterns. In fact, it's been proposed that CBD alters the body's secretions of cortisol, the stress hormone that in elevated levels is linked to insomnia and other sleep dysfunctions. Consistent, sufficient rest is critical to long-term health and personal well-being, so if you too struggle to get your eight hours in, CBD might be just the sleep aid you've been dreaming of.