Mighty Self CBD Capsules

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When a colleague introduced us to Mighty Self, we were intrigued. At Hempsley, we are all about teaching you how to support your endocannabinoid system, both with and without cannabis — so when we saw that this product combined other healing herbs with cannabis, we knew that we wanted to learn more about it.


Quick Facts about Mighty Self CBD:

  • Mighty Self CBD was founded in 2016 and sold its first product in 2019

  • Mighty Self CBD is owned by Mighty Self, whose two primary owners are Matthew Runeare and Dave Rothenberg

  • Mighty Self CBD’s hemp is sun grown in Kentucky and extracted with CO2 for a full-spectrum product with trace amounts of THC totaling less than 0.3%

  • Download their lab reports here!

How to use Mighty Self CBD Capsules

It’s important to remember that every person’s minimum effective dose, or M.E.D., is unique to their body and metabolism. To find your M.E.D, Mighty Self CBD recommends starting with one capsule and waiting at least one hour to determine if it delivers the desired result. If one capsule turns out to not be your M.E.D. (meaning you don’t get the desired result — whether it’s an increase in focus, reduced anxiety, etc), increase dosage one capsule at a time with a maximum of 4 capsules per 24 hour period.

Take note of how you’re feeling throughout the day, recording in a journal if possible. Once you find your “sweet spot,” use that dose moving forward, making sure to pay attention to how your needs may change over time (some people report being able to lower their dose while others report needing to increase — remember, everyone is different!). And remember, since you’re ingesting this capsule, it could take anywhere from 30-120 minutes to take effect.

What reviewers had to say

Mighty Self is nutraceutical designed to help you find your Minimum Effective Dose or M.E.D

Every medicine has a minimum effective dose and a maximum tolerated dose. Somewhere in between there is typically what is prescribed as an “effective dose” for a patient. 

While it’s generally considered safe to ingest even large amounts of CBD at a time (see our CBD Safety article here for more information), that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. Because CBD slows the breakdown of our own endocannabinoids so that our bodies can use more of what they’re naturally producing, there comes a point where that breakdown can’t be slowed any further, and the extra CBD will simply be excreted through your urine like any other supplement. 

This is why a minimum effective dose, or the smallest dose that produces the effects you’re looking for, is good to look for when using CBD. Not only does this help with the cost of using CBD over time, but it also ensures that your body isn’t doing any extra, unnecessary work. 

The typical dose of CBD has been increasing over time and is currently around 30mg, but if you’re someone who’s trying to use CBD just to help with maintaining an overall balanced state, this simply may be more than you need. Mighty Self’s Balance capsules have just 10mg of CBD, making it easy to start low and increase as needed.


More than just CBD

Like we mentioned, these little capsules have more than just CBD — they’re packed with tons of other bioactive ingredients to help increase the efficacy of everything inside. Let’s take a look at these compounds and their benefits:

195mg Phenethylamine (PEA)*

  • Promotes a Healthy Mood

  • Supports Focus & Clarity

PEA is an organic compound found in foods like chocolate, beans, and nuts. It acts in the body as a neurotransmitter and has been studied for its impact on focus, mood, and energy. [1] Below normal levels of PEA have been linked to mood and attention problems. [2]

102mg Curcumin + 4mg Piperine*

  • Promotes Healthy Inflammatory Response

  • Provides Antioxidant & Cell-Protective Activity

Curcumin is a compound found in Turmeric, which has been used as both a spice and traditional medicine for thousands of years. Curcumin is one of the most extensively investigated products of natural origin with many studies validating its role in promoting a healthy inflammatory response and its antioxidant activity. [15,16] Paired with Piperine to boost the bioavailability of Curcumin.

95mg Theobromine*

  • Promotes Brain Function

  • Supports Energy Production

The cacao bean contains an antioxidant compound called theobromine, which acts as a stimulant on the nervous system with effects similar to caffeine. [13] Compounds in cacao have also been studied for their effect on cognitive function in older adults. [14]

90mg Ashwagandha*

  • Balances Metal & Physical Energy

  • Promotes Immune Health

  • Restores Natural Vitality

Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used traditionally, and is widely used today, as an adaptogen for restoring physical and mental energy while balancing the effects of daily stress. [9,10] It may also help activate the immune system [11] and improve cognitive function. [12]


75mg L-theanine*

  • Promotes Calming & Relaxation

  • Helps Ease Occasional Simple Nervous Tension

  • Supports Focus & Attention

L-theanine is an amino acid found almost exclusively in green tea that has been used both traditionally and in modern research for its calming influence. L-theanine has specific and positive effects on the brain and nervous system and is known for promoting relaxation and easing tension without causing drowsiness. [25]

50mg Hordenine*

  • Promotes Mental Awareness

  • Supports Sustained Energy

Hordenine is naturally found in many plant foods, particularly barley (AKA Hordeum vulgare) from which it was named. It has been suggested that hordenine may promote energy and focus due to its ability to help nerve cells release adrenaline. [3,4]

40mg DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA)*

  • Supports Healthy Mood

  • Helps Restore Alertness When Experiencing Occasional Mental Fatigue

DLPA can help produce compounds like dopamine and adrenaline, which are fundamental for mental alertness and focus, supporting the body when under stressful conditions. DLPA has also been suggested to elevate mood, focus, and mental energy [5-8].

10mg CBD*

  • Supports a Healthy Inflammatory Response

  • Promotes a Feeling of Relaxation

  • Maintains a Healthy Nervous System

CBD increases the levels of our own naturally occurring endocannabinoid anandamide, which helps regulate serotonin and dopamine — the neurotransmitters that trigger our emotions. [17]

Because of this, CBD has been widely studied for its potential role in supporting behavioral and emotional issues related to feelings of stress and anxiousness.[18,19]

Studies have also explored the role of CBD for use in positively influencing a healthy inflammatory response, [19-21] and research is suggesting that CBD may have a neuroprotective effect. [22-24]


A personal exploration, now shared

Mighty Self was founded in San Francisco, CA by Matthew Runeare and Dave Rothenberg who were two working professionals and parents exploring new ways to alleviate stress, lift their mood, boost energy, enhance focus — and, overall, just be more productive. 

In 2016, Matthew and Dave found that CBD was making a big difference in their day-to-day lives and experimented with many different formulations, incorporating other herbal ingredients like ashwagandha and curcumin. They soon realized that when they blended CBD with these other compounds, the effects seemed to become even more beneficial:

They made getting into the zone and focusing on tasks easier and relaxing after a busy day that much easier. We took them to power through work, exercise and household chores. We took them to unclog writer’s block. We took them at the end of a long day and found that we woke up feeling more refreshed without the hangover. They even helped us enjoy long-haul airline flights under cramped and crowded conditions.
— Matthew & Dave, Founders of Mighty Self

At first, they just used the little capsules personally, then they began sharing with friends and family. The feedback was so positive that they decided to turn Mighty Self into a company so they could share it with even more people — and officially sold their first bottle of capsules in January 2019. 

MightySelf is currently doing a crowdfunding campaign through MicroVentures that offers anyone the opportunity to contribute to the company in exchange for shares; if you’re interested, check out the link here.


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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of this product has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

**This product contains CBD that has been derived from hemp that has been grown in compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill, and contains between 0-0.3% THC.

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