Former Miami Dolphins player Ricky Williams has debuted his own marijuana brand.
The product line, Real Wellness by Ricky Williams, offers six products sold as topicals, tonics and vape cartridges that contain THC, hemp-derived CBD, or a blend of both, Sun-Sentinel reports. The products also contain extracts like arnica, lavender and turmeric.
Williams said it’s a dream come true to comingle his interest in healing and plant-based medicines into a business. He said, “I am known as a professional football player. In the last 14 years, I have been educating myself and training as a health care practitioner.”
Williams previously studied herbalism and became a poster child for marijuana use among athletes and he thought the timing was ideal for developing his own brand because marijuana use is legal in California where he resides.
Williams said, “Surprisingly enough, our research found that the main demographic coming into the [cannabis] market are women ages 35 to 60. Cannabis coming on the scene is a reemerging of herbalism back into our culture.”
For this new venture, he’s partnering with OutCo, a Southern California medical marijuana dispensary and consulting firm, to create his products. As of March 20, the products are offered at dispensaries in San Diego and Los Angeles. The products will soon be available for purchase online and range from $35-$70.
Williams said, “Our larger plan in the future is to find manufacturing partners in other states.”
Williams has supported marijuana use for a long time. He was recently in the news for tweeting that he was hosting a marijuana-friendly Super Bowl Party for about 50 people at a private residence located in Hollywood Hills. Guests were permitted to bring their own marijuana. Due to the increased interest, the party’s guest list rose to 150 people.
Williams said, “It was a fun experience, it was a healing experience and it was a networking experience. And we were treated to a very good game.”
Williams was awarded the 1998 Heisman Trophy and became a running back with the Dolphins starting in 2002. During his time with the Dolphins, he received two suspensions by the NFL for marijuana use. He retired from the NFL in 2011.
In 2017, Williams was a featured speaker of the “Pro Football, Pro Cannabis” segment at the Southeastern Cannabis Conference and Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.