About Us

IMPACT WELLNESS was founded by retired NFL running back Ricky Watters, Michael Jones the founder of Hemp Life Global, disability attorney Catherina (Cat) Watters, and Pravina Narayan founder of Vaidya Ayurveda with a shared vision of providing a better, more holistic approach to managing pain and mental wellness using all-natural, Organically Grown Hemp Extract CBD, Medical-Grade Essential Oils, Pure Botanical Terpenes, and Ancient  Ayurveda Medicinal Oils.

Ricky "Running" Watters is known as one of the toughest players in the NFL due to his tireless work ethic and physicality on the field. As a running back, he played one of the most short-lived positions due to the physical hits that come with the job. Ricky was an outlier, rushing for over a thousand yards for three different franchises, the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Seattle Seahawks. He won a Super Bowl with the 49ers and a National Championship with the University of Notre Dame and amassed over 10,000 yards rushing and 4,891 yards receiving, earning top accolades, including Pro Bowls, All-Madden, and All-Pro teams. His competitive nature, will to win at all costs, and true love for the game was a perfect fit for the "culture" of football.

When Ricky achieved the benchmark of over 100 consecutive starts for a running back, setting a record right behind the late great Walter Payton, he had no idea all those injuries would impact him for the rest of his life. During his era, players didn't get concussions (in other words, they weren't called concussions). Players got their "bell rung" or got "dinged" when they were knocked out. This generation of players used smelling salts to get back in the game after not knowing their own names. Players suffered hundreds if not thousands of blows to the head, which would lead to significant consequences on their brain health. Like many of Ricky's teammates, he left the sport with permanent bodily injuries, severe pain, and neurological symptoms such as anxiety and short-term memory loss.

In 2014 when he received his medical marijuana card in CA, it appeared to be a step in the right direction and a much healthier alternative to opioids, a conventional treatment for years. However, he realized it was still not quite the answer. Medical marijuana provided some relief but came with some drawbacks.

When Ricky was first introduced to CBD products for pain and mental wellness, he was intrigued and started researching CBD and the technology and science behind it. He learned about the different cannabinoids in the hemp plant and how they help treat both physical pain and mental stress. He and co-founder Michael Jones tested countless formulas until they ultimately developed his signature line of premium all-natural, CBD and Ayurveda backed formulas. 

His passion for being the best has led him on a personal mission to make the highest quality Hemp CBD products available to those who are suffering from mental and physical injuries sustained from athletics and professional sports.

Everyone deserves relief.