When people hear the name Ricky Williams, football is likely not the first thing they think of. And that’s just fine for the former Miami Dolphins running back.
Williams gave a substantial amount of money to the league due to his habit of smoking weed, getting tested, and being fined after failing multiple drug tests. Now 40 years old, he has taken that love for marijuana to a whole different level by starting his own medical marijuana company.
The Cannabist has the details:
“Real Wellness by Ricky Williams launches in California with six products designed to be incorporated into daily routines made with formulations combining cannabidiol and THC with herbal extracts.
“Single herbs are never given alone to treat a condition,” Williams explains. “Herbal formulations are the best treatments and ameliorate side effects of any of the individual herbs.”
The brand’s Serenity Tonic, for instance, has a 3:1 CBD to THC ratio while the Serenity Vape dials in a 1:1.5 ratio; both add lemon balm, catnip, passionflower, poppy, chamomile, and lavender to calm mind and body, according to the company. RW’s Head Ease Vape is designed to target tension and headaches with THC, adding angelica, chamomile, peppermint oil, white willow and other herbs.
The real promise of marijuana’s rise is the potential for a reemergence of herbalism, Williams said. In his ongoing studies of Chinese herbalism, he’s encountering formulas created over 2,000 years ago that are still in use today.
Williams partnered with California’s OutCo to grow cannabis, extract cannabinoids, and formulate products incorporating his study Aryuvedic and Chinese medicine. He was drawn to the partnership after a personal meeting with CEO Lincoln Fish, he said.”
The former college football star and pro running back wants to do one thing at this point in his life, and that’s heal people. When it’s all said and done, Williams would like to be remembered more for that than for his football career.
“I’m a healer now,” Williams told The Cannabist. “I’m excited for that world to converge with cannabis.”
“When they write my obit, I want it to talk about the people I’ve touched and the lives I’ve changed,” he said. “The last line might say, ‘He played football.’”