Our Story

When Grant Carstensen, founder of Citizen Ventures Inc., returned from Iraq and ended his 10 years of active duty service in the United States Marine Corps, he was quickly diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As he began to adapt to life back at home, he witnessed fellow service members going through the same problems after returning from combat.

After experiencing the benefits of CBD, Grant was compelled to share his experience with his fellow veterans.This desire led Grant to start Citizen as a way of supporting the brave men and women returning home from combat. Citizen CBD, his first venture, creates and distributes hemp-based products with a central mission to use every product sale to benefit veterans in need.


Founder / Citizen Ventures Inc.

About us

Citizen CBD is a premium manufacturer of high-quality CBD products but more importantly a driver of change. We are passionate about providing relief to people in need in all walks of life. In doing this, we are also able to donate to foundations specifically set up to help veterans who have sacrificed so much and were not able to come back the way that they left. We believe in bringing hope and support. In the long run, our goal is to partner with major charities and foundations that will help us fundamentally improve the lives of our heroes. The foundation of our company is our heart and we are proud to have such wonderful supporters of our mission.


We proudly donate part of our proceeds to the We Defy Foundation. This non-profit foundation exists to improve the lives of mentally and physically disabled combat veterans.

The coaching staff and members of We Defy Foundation are comprised of both military and non-military personnel. We understand how important it is to take care of our returning combat veterans. We are committed to giving them the tools to combat life’s challenges.

Through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and fitness training We Defy provides combat veterans suffering from life-disabling injuries and/or PTSD a long term means to overcome their challenges.