Ricky Williams goes into the cannabis business

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Ricky Williams lost a large part of his NFL career to drug suspensions for repeatedly testing positive for marijuana. Now that he’s out of the league, Williams embraces marijuana openly.

In fact, now his job revolves around it: Williams announced on Tuesday that he’s going into the cannabis business.

“Today marks an important day in my career with the launch of my new cannabis-based wellness brand, Real Wellness by Ricky Williams,” he said in a statement.

Williams is selling his cannabis salves, tonics and vape cartridges in California, where voters legalized recreational marijuana last year.

After winning the Heisman Trophy at Texas in 1998, Williams was the fifth overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft. He played three years for the Saints before getting traded to the Dolphins. In 2004 the NFL announced that Williams had been suspended four games, and months later he announced his retirement. He then returned to football in 2005 but was then suspended for the full 2006 season, when he played in the Canadian Football League. He was reinstated to the NFL in 2007 and continued playing until 2011.

48 responses to “Ricky Williams goes into the cannabis business

  1. Ricky Williams suffered from pretty serious mental health issues with severe social anxiety disorder which he used marijuana to treat. The ironic part is that he got suspended for that but he could take all the heavy duty anti-depressants he wanted instead and still play. Odd how one drug is defined as okay and dispensed readily and a much more benign one gets you put in jail or the CFL. It will be interesting to see in the future now that players and former players are going to petition to use cannabis to treat concussions and head injuries. I am sure Ricky Williams maybe having the last laugh on the NFL one day soon.

  2. “Ricky Williams suffered from pretty serious mental health issues with severe social anxiety disorder which he used marijuana to treat. The ironic part is that he got suspended for that but he could take all the heavy duty anti-depressants he wanted instead and still play.”

    Williams’ social anxiety was no more severe than mine. The ironic part is there are treatments for SAD that don’t involve drugs at all.

  3. rugolin says:
    March 21, 2018 at 5:40 am
    Ricky Williams suffered from pretty serious mental health issues with severe social anxiety disorder which he used marijuana to treat. The ironic part is that he got suspended for that but he could take all the heavy duty anti-depressants he wanted instead and still play.
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    I agree that some of those heavy duty drugs are blunt and playing with fire sometimes with a blindfold… However, mj is not the answer to treat chronic mental issues because long term habitual use of mj is linked to anxiety and paranoia – especially if when taken from one’s teens because it alters the still-developing brain. Indeed, the symptoms you describe are classic and if so would suggest his mj use from that age was the cause of his issues. I know there are a lot of mj-fanboys on this site who seem to claim mj is the very elixir of life but they need to understand that like all drugs there’s a downside to mj.

  4. crapsandviche says:
    March 21, 2018 at 7:11 am
    Dude, smoking a lot of weed can enhance severe social anxiety.

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    This is actually true for some people. For those who get ‘paranoid’, it magnifies the problem. I was a professional pitcher and had to learn to block out the crowd. I preferred no one in the stands. I locked in on the 3rd baseman’s voice and it worked. Took a year to figure out the slow descent into hell and come back.

    I Went from all world, to the bench back to all world. I did try weed and it worked for HS basketball. Didn’t need it for football but the feeling of ‘everyone staring’ drove me mad. Try pitching under those circumstances. I did overcome it. Just figured it out on my own, between HS and college. From no scholarships to a handful over the summer. Scholaships open up when a guy commits but gets drafted and signs, so the colleges scour the summer leagues looking for lightening in a bottle and I was.

    No books or drugs, just determined and figured out a way. I can still hear every 3rd baseman I ever played with. A new 3Bman was harder on me than a new catcher and that has to be a 1st.

  5. Good for Ricky. You may not agree with his past behavior or methods of treating his issues, but take a look at any interview he’s ever done and you’ll likely see that he seems like an honest, genuine guy.

  6. “I am thinking about building Dorito Huts next to these cannabis businesses. Anyone with me?”

    Last year in Denver a Girl Scout set up a cookie stand next to a medical marijuana dispensary. Had to keep sending someone back to the warehouse and restocking. Sold something like 4 full batches of cookies in the space of a few hours.

    Genius.

  7. Still blows my mind that you can buy alcohol at every corner gas station or get hooked on pain killers by your own doctor, but mj remains illegal in most states.

  8. I for one am shocked he is getting into the cannabis business. Actually,flabbergasted, baffled, and confused. This should have been a day one deal for him… I guess for someone as high as him, this is fairly quick…

  9. At least he’ll be in a business that he will be above average in doing.

    Hopefully he doesn’t smoke his profits away.

  10. pkrlvr says:
    March 21, 2018 at 9:04 am
    Still blows my mind that you can buy alcohol at every corner gas station or get hooked on pain killers by your own doctor, but mj remains illegal in most states.

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    It’s all about the strength of the lobby behind the product. With the right group of lobbyists, you could get just about anything legalized.

  11. Why do people need to smoke or drink something that alters their minds to feel good? Why can people not just find ways to feel good about reality?

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