CBD 101



1. What is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one chemical compound found in the cannabis. Unlike its cousin THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, it’s not psychoactive, meaning it does not get you high. Instead, it produces a sense of relaxation and calm.

2. What are the benefits of CBD?

Perhaps the most celebrated health benefit of CBD is its analgesic (pain relieving) effects. Research has shown applying CBD to the skin may help lower arthritis pain, while ingesting CBD may help inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two types of chronic pain. Growing evidence also suggests CBD quiets anxiety and depression, helps to quell insomnia, and relax muscle spasms, so much so that CBD is now being used to treat childhood epilepsy syndromes, reducing seizures and in some cases stopping them altogether.

3. What are nutraceuticals?

A nutraceutical or ‘bioceutical’ is a pharmaceutical alternative with healthful benefits. We use organic nutraceuticals in addition to CBD in our Slumber, Focus and Limber capsule formulations. Some of the healthful benefits are:

  • Better ability to focus with stress
  • Faster recovery after exercise

4. What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is your body’s molecular system that regulates many of our bodily functions. It warms you when you’re cool, balances blood sugar when it spikes. The process is called homeostasis, and all us vertebrates use it. Just as plants have cannabinoid receptors, humans do too. We feel a plant’s medicinal effects because, in large part, the ECS is a space they can interact. Cannabinoid receptors regulate the following:

  • brain and nervous system activity
  • heart rate and blood pressure
  • digestion
  • inflammation
  • immune system activity
  • perception of pain
  • reproduction
  • wake and sleep cycle
  • regulation of stress and emotional state
  • and much, much more

5. What’s the difference between cannabis, hemp, and marijuana?

The cannabis plant has two primary species, hemp and marijuana (a Spanish word for cannabis but people associate it with the psychoactive part of the plant). Each contain CBD and THC cannabinoids, but the composition is far from the same. Marijuana contains an abundant of THC, up to 40%, while hemp that our products are extracted from contains 0.3% THC or less and is legal in the US thanks to the 2018 farm bill. Hemp, on the other hand, contains a much higher percentage of CBD, which is why My Calm extracts CBD from the hemp plant.

6. Are your products produced in a certified lab?

Yes, all of our products are produced in a lab that is FDA-certified with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).

7. Are your products 3rd party tested for purity and potency?

Yes, our products are batch-tested by a certified third-party testing facility to ensure the dosage is precise. The results are available on each product page in the description area. We invite you to take a look for yourself.