My name is Newell Rinehart and I’ll be working for Nibanna Life this year to help spread the word about the benefits of CBD products by writing blog articles and managing the company’s social media presence. Before I was a Nibanna Life employee, I was a customer, so as a part of this job, I’d like to share the story of how Nibanna Life’s Veteran’s Discount on CBD products helped me to discover and afford to use CBD to improve several aspects of my life, and update you periodically on my progress toward reaching my health and fitness goals.

Ever since my time in the Army, I’ve had knee problems that make it uncomfortable to sit for long periods of time, as well as occasional bouts of anxiety, mild depression and insomnia. These were all things that I’ve come to manage and live with over the course of the past 20 years, but after my 2 sons were born, I realized that my problems affect them too, whether it’s not being able to crawl around on the floor with them to play, or being groggy and irritable after a bad night’s sleep. On top of everything, I had been developing some pretty severe elbow pain as I approached my 40th birthday, which all but prevented me from lifting weights, one of the only forms of exercise that my knee problems would allow me to do. I decided that my wife and kids deserve to have me be the best dad and husband that I can be, so I needed to do something about it. I had been reading about the positive results that others have had in treating these conditions with CBD, so after a quick Google search for CBD Oil Veteran’s Discount, I was pleased to discover that Nibanna Life offered a 15% off discount for veterans. Better yet, they were local, right down the street from my house.

I stopped in one day after work to see what kinds of products they carried, and what they recommended for my particular situation. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised when Kyle walked me through his entire lineup of products, describing the differences in strength, application/ingestion methods, full-spectrum vs. THC-free, and even flavors. Kyle has an extremely rare combination of qualities that you don’t find very often in retail: Friendly without being fake, knowledgeable without being condescending and helpful without being pushy. Not only did he spend at least 30 minutes with me, talking about my specific needs and educating me about the products, he ended up suggesting that I start off with a small bottle of full-spectrum CBD oil (one of the least expensive items in the store) to see if it worked for me. Kyle didn’t just earn my business that day, he earned my trust and respect, before I had even tried his product.

I’d love to tell you that I took one 15 mg dose of CBD oil that day and was completely pain free, stress free, and slept like a baby through the night, but that’s not what happened. I did feel a little more relaxed about an hour after my first dose, and maybe woke up once instead of twice that night. It was nothing drastic like I’d read about online, but it was a slight improvement. Kyle had mentioned that the effects can be cumulative, increasing over time as your endocannabinoid system adapts, so I was happy to have felt any relief at all from the first dose. Honestly, if he hadn’t taken the time to explain this, I probably would have been disappointed in the lack of effect, and I’m sure that many people try CBD and stop taking it because they assume that it’s not working for them. The next day, another dose. The day after, another. I tried a few push-ups and was surprised that I could do about 15 before the aching started. Another day, another dose. I noticed that I had slept a full 8 hours without waking up in the middle of the night. A few more days and I just started feeling BETTER. Not goofy or loopy or zoned out, just happier. Back to Nibanna Life to tell Kyle the good news and restock my supply. I dusted off my dumbbells and started working out regularly again. I got down on the floor with my kids and built a pillow/blanket/couch fort.

Fast forward a few months and I’m losing weight and building muscle again. Sleeping well and feeling good. Kyle has been kind enough to let me share my CBD story with you, along with other useful information about CBD products, through Nibanna Life’s blog and social media pages. I can’t wait to share my journey with you and would love to hear all about yours as well.

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As a kid, I loved everything about winter weather: building snow forts, crunching ice bubbles in frozen puddles, sliding around on frozen ponds with my friends and especially… snow days! But as I got older, the fun began to wear off. Shoveling snow wasn’t quite as fun as building forts, icy roadways were an inconvenient driving hazard and snow days just meant using up vacation time sitting at home on the couch. I hated sitting in a cold car in the mornings, waiting for the heater to warm me up, the lack of daylight affected my mood, and if I didn’t use chapstick several times a day, I’d have cracked and bleeding lips from November through March. Not to mention the off and on colds and the occasional bout of the flu. Then I had kids. All of a sudden, the thrill of sculpting the perfect snowman, or having an epic snowball battle was back. Because of them, I started spending a lot more time outside in the winter, but I still hated the feeling of being chilled to the bone, my lips had once again become a cracked and bleeding mess, and kids tend to amplify the number of colds that you catch as a parent. Since I just started using CBD oil this past summer, I didn’t have an opportunity to judge how its effects helped me in cold weather, but now that winter is in full swing, I can definitely notice a few things that have made winter weather seem a little more bearable this year.

Sensitivity to cold temperatures:

This is a big one, and a total surprise, because I didn’t even really notice it until I had a lapse in taking my regular CBD dose for a few days. When I’m taking CBD regularly, I just don’t mind the cold. That’s it. No crazy, super human, anti-frostbite, sit outside in a pair of shorts like a Buddhist Monk effects or anything. It just doesn’t bother me anymore to be outside in the cold, even when I’m walking my dog in the morning in teens and twenty degree temperatures. I’ll go ahead and chalk this one up to CBD’s pain relieving properties, since I just don’t seem as sensitive to that kind of nerve stimulation anymore.


This one could be a matter of luck, but I’ve only gotten one very mild cold this fall/winter. Non-parents might shrug at this and wonder why I’m bragging about it, but my wife and kids have been sick at least THREE TIMES during this time period. I have read about CBD’s purported immune-boosting effects, but I literally get snot wiped on me at least twice a day, so never thought it would protect me from the viral onslaught that is life with toddlers.

Chapped Lips:

I have no doubts at all about this one. I haven’t bought a single tube of Chapstick, Carmex or Vaseline this winter, and haven’t experienced even a mild case of chapped lips. The coconut oil that is used as a carrier oil in my preferred Lazarus Naturals brand may be part of the reason for this, but CBD has definitely been shown to help maintain healthy skin by moisturizing and inhibiting sebum production. Plus, there’s the added benefit of not having to walk around with greasy goop on my lips all winter.

Seasonal Affective Disorder:

This is the absolute Holy Grail for me when it comes to winter benefits of CBD. Again, it was something that I didn’t notice immediately, because I had been using CBD since the summer, but my normal psychological reaction to not getting enough sunlight throughout the day just… never happened. I’ve heard plenty of anecdotal reports of CBD helping with stress and anxiety, but I hadn’t considered that it may be just as good for the mood changes that I experience as a result of getting less sunlight exposure during these short winter days.

As is the case with all CBD health claims, you should take all of this with a grain of (road?) salt, because these are just my own personal observations, but if you or your loved ones experience any of these conditions, you might as well give CBD a try!

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Can CBD cause liver damage? This question was brought to us by a customer who had read a recent statement by the FDA that made her question whether or not she should continue to use CBD for pain management. On November 25th, 2019, the FDA did release a statement that said, in part, that CBD products “can cause liver injury”, and “may interact with certain drugs”, so we wanted to explain why we believe that this vague and overgeneralized statement should be retracted, or at the very least, clarified to reflect the reality of CBD products and the industry in general.

In order to understand the nature and potential effects of this statement, consider the circumstances behind another FDA statement on the liver safety of a fantastic natural anti-anxiety supplement: Kava Kava. In 2002, the FDA released a blanket statement that claimed this supplement, used traditionally for hundreds of years (sound familiar?), had the potential to cause liver injury. This announcement sparked an international uproar, with several countries actually banning products containing kava from the marketplace, nearly destroying the market for this plant based, natural anti-anxiety supplement. Almost immediately, several individuals who were familiar with the plant’s traditional uses asked the same question: “Were the kava products that caused liver injury made from just the roots of the kava plant, or the entire thing, leaves and all?” It turns out that some shady manufacturers, eager to jump on the kava “trend”, had been using the leaves and stems of the plant as well, which contained a hepatoxic compound not present in the roots. Because of this oversight, a useful plant that could have helped millions of people combat their anxiety and depression was now something that people were afraid to use. If we don’t combat the misinformation contained in the FDA’s CBD statement, we risk the same thing happening to the CBD industry that happened to the kava industry.

As was the case with the kava statement, the problem with the liver damage claim in regards to CBD products stems from a lack of attention to detail, as well as an overgeneralized statement that fails to take into account a wide variety of factors. Most importantly, human and animal studies have actually show that CBD can potentially cause liver damage… when taken in in extremely large pharmaceutical doses that are far greater than those contained in CBD supplements. For example, studies that reported liver damage were based on the maximum recommended dosage of a drug called Epidolex, a CBD-based prescription drug used to treat seizures. The maximum recommended dosage is 20 milligrams PER KILOGRAM OF BODY WEIGHT. For a 175 lb. individual, this equates to 1600 mg of CBD. Just for reference, the average supplemental dose of CBD is usually between 5-50 milligrams TOTAL. So just for reference, to reach the levels of CBD that potentially caused liver damage in some patients, you would need to consume:

107 of our 15 mg Creating Better Days cannabidiol (CBD) edible gummies


64 of our 25 mg Creating Better Days cannabidiol (CBD) capsules


160 POTS of our of Nano CBD Coffee

And keep in mind that the 1600 mg CBD doses of Epidolex are routinely prescribed and taken by many patients, albeit under the care of their physician, who monitors liver enzymes for signs of liver trouble. If you are eating 107 of our 15 mg Creating Better Days cannabidiol (CBD) edible gummies every day, then please do get your liver enzymes tested and be on the lookout for signs of liver damage, but if you are using CBD products in reasonable amounts, you don’t have anything to worry about.

For the record, CBD can affect certain medications that are also affected by grapefruit juice, because they are metabolized through the cytochrome P450 liver enzyme pathway. We absolutely know that to be true, and do everything that we can to make sure that everyone who buys our products knows it too. The problem is that the FDA statement didn’t mention grapefruit juice/cytochrome P450 interaction at all. It only gave a blanket statement that it can affect some medications. This alone could be enough to scare away someone who doesn’t want to “take a chance” on having a medication interaction. We think that the statement should, at the very least, be modified to include a list of medications that can interact with CBD, information which is readily available numerous places online, such as:

Is CBD safe for the liver? For the vast majority of users, the answer is a resounding YES! If you aren’t taking medications that interact with grapefruit juice, then you can absolutely use CBD products in a responsible manner that doesn’t involve drinking several bottles of CBD tincture on a daily basis.

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