Chocolate is more than just an indulgent treat. It can help take the edge off of stress. Really. Studies show that regularly eating at least 70 percent dark chocolate may improve mood. And that’s more important than you might think. Experts say high levels of stress (ie, bad moods) can cause headaches, irritability, and insomnia. But stress may be a precursor to other, more serious health conditions such as hypertension, according to the American Psychological Association.
Chocolate isn’t the only stress buster of the botanical world. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is believed to alleviate stress and insomnia, though further research is needed. CBD is the second-most prevalent component of the cannabis plant after THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t give you a body or mind high.
Vegan chocolate brand Momo’s CBD founder and CEO Mo George-Payette set out to combine the health attributes of CBD and cacao (chocolate) for the perfectly delicious treat with benefits. With more than 33 years of experience in the natural products industry, she founded her company with simple guidelines: use only high-quality, ethically-sourced, non-GMO, and sustainable ingredients, and make them organic when possible.
Supporting Ethical Cacao
Momo’s CBD hits all of those points. The vegan bars are made with 70 percent non-GMO Fair Trade cacao sourced from a co-op in the San Martin region of Peru. The collective is made up of small farms.
“Knowing that our cacao is verified Fair Trade is crucial to ensure that the farmers producing the cacao are paid fairly and also treated ethically/respectfully for the hands-on manual labor that it takes to produce it,” George-Payette tells LIVEKINDLY. “This lends itself to helping to better their lives and create an amazing partnership.”
George-Payette takes pride in the fact that the company is supporting farmers’ livelihoods by purchasing from a co-op.
“The beauty of this sourcing,” says George-Payette, “is that we have a direct positive impact on their lives and sustainability of their communities for future generations.”
She is also committed to using the best ingredients available. Every shipment of cacao is tested for purity to ensure that only the highest-quality beans are made into chocolate.
Unwind With Chocolate
Momo’s bars are infused with non-GMO full-spectrum hemp CBD oil grown on a Colorado farm.
Each Momo’s CBD chocolate bar features 40mg of CBD and each batch is lab-tested for potency.
One bar comes with four squares of 10mg vegan CBD chocolate. According to George-Payette, you can enjoy it one square at a time or you can eat the entire bar in one sitting.
Momo’s CBD makes four flavors of chocolate bars, which are hand-crafted in small batches.
Almond features organic roasted Mediterranean almonds and a sprinkle of sea salt. Himalayan Pink Salt mixes smooth dark chocolate with a light sprinkle of pink salt crystals. Mint Cacao Crunch contrasts peppermint with crunchy cacao nibs. Vanilla Raspberry features tangy berries with creamy vanilla.
The brand also recently introduced vegan lip balm made from ethically traded coconut oil, plus cacao butter and hemp-derived CBD. Like the chocolates, it’s handmade in small batches.
“Cacao is an amazing superfood known as ‘Food of the Gods,’” says George-Payette. She adds that combined with the benefits of CBD, Momo’s CBD chocolate bars deliver “a powerful synergistic dance for your taste buds” that you feel at first bite. It’s like “a portable cacao ceremony,” she says.
To learn more about Momo’s CBD, visit the website.
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