Former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams has launched his own marijuana brand.
The line called Real Wellness by Ricky Williams includes six products sold as salves, vape cartridges and tonics that contain “hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or a mix of both,” according to the company. They also contain extracts such as arnica, lavender and turmeric.
Williams said it’s a dream come true to merge his interest in healing and plant medicines into a business.
“I am known as a professional football player,” Williams said in a phone interview Monday. “In the last 14 years, I have been educating myself and training as a health care practitioner.”
Williams, who has studied herbalism and became a poster boy for marijuana use among athletes, said he thought the timing was right for his own brand because marijuana use is decriminalized in California, where he lives now.
“Surprisingly enough, our research found that the main demographic coming into the [cannabis] market are women ages 35 to 60,” Williams said from his home in Venice Beach. “Cannabis coming on the scene is a reemerging of herbalism back into our culture.”
For his new venture, he’s collaborating with OutCo, a Southern California medical marijuana dispensary and consulting firm, to develop the products. [Read more at Sun Sentinel]