'I'm a healer now': Ex-NFLer Ricky Williams gets into the marijuana business – Washington Post

Ricky Williams is getting into the marijuana business. (Eric Engman/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP)

Ricky Williams, whose NFL career was marked by marijuana use and advocacy — leading to occasional public ridicule — knows that times have changed with regard to weed’s public perception, and he is now moving into the marijuana business himself.

But he is no ordinary pot purveyor. Forget the “Harold and Kumar” images you may have of the running back, who failed four drug tests during his career. Williams, like many former NFL players, has long claimed familiarity with the medicinal benefits of cannabis and cannabinoids. It’s just that everyone else is catching on now, with even some NFL leaders signaling that they’re open to researching whether to change medical marijuana’s banned status.

Now the former running back is launching his own brand, Real Wellness by Ricky Williams, featuring salves, vape cartridges and tonics that contain “either hemp-derived cannabidiol [CBD], tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] or both.”

Williams, 40, was always ahead of many of his colleagues in exploring alternative methods for healing and treating pain. And now, as the Cannabist points out, broader attitudes are changing about pot, with a recent Quinnipiac poll showing that 91 percent of voters favor legalization of medicinal marijuana.

The journey for Williams included teaching meditation after his NFL career; he also took a 2004 football sabbatical during which he studied Pranic healing in California. Perhaps it would have been surprising if Williams had not gone into the marijuana business.

“I’m a healer now,” the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner told the Cannabist. “I’m excited for that world to converge with cannabis.”

Real Wellness, which is launching in California, has products designed for daily use and also includes herbal extracts.

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