‘I embraced the flow of the flower’: Ex-Red Sox star David Ortiz launches line of cannabis products

BOSTON — Former Boston Red Sox star and MLB Hall of Famer David Ortiz is launching an exclusive line of carefully curated cannabis products.

Ortiz says he began using cannabis later in life to help with high stress levels, physical ailments, and anxiety. The longtime slugger also attributed a major change in his quality of life and mental wellness to the plant.

“Once I embraced the flow of the flower everything changed,” Ortiz said. “Cannabis has helped me relax, sleep better, manage stress and heal physically after a lifetime of playing ball, and I look forward to sharing Papi Cannabis and my personal journey to help people understand its benefits.”

“Sweet Sluggers” will be the first product in the Papi Cannabis line to launch in July. Ortiz teamed up with Rev Brands to bring this project to life.

Sweet Sluggers are pre-rolled blunts filled with Ortiz’s choice strains, including Black Mamba #7, Lava Cake #7, Motorbreath #15 and Bootylicious #4. They are said to be packed full of flavorful terpenes, high THC, and rolled in non-tobacco blunt wrappers produced with tea leaves and hemp.

Ortiz’s daughter, Alexandra, used her artistic talents to create the image portrayed of her father on the packaging.

“I personally prefer pre-rolled blunts and these ones are special to me because I was able to work with my daughter Alexandra on the colorful artwork for the packaging. I love that we were able to incorporate her design,” Ortiz said.

Sweet Sluggers will be sold at three Revolutionary Clinics, located in Cambridge and Somerville, as well as leading recreational dispensaries in the Bay State. They will be available as a single one gram pre-roll blunt packaged in a dube tube made of 100% reclaimed ocean plastic. A single pre-roll is $18 or a three-pack is $49.

Later this summer, Rev Brands and Ortiz plan to roll out additional products including hash-oil infused pre-rolled blunts, a vape cartridge, an edible made from free-trade Dominican chocolate, and a healing salve.

Ortiz also plans to develop some products made in the Dominican Republic, like a one-hitter made of hand-carved Guayacan wood with proceeds from the sales given back to the local community.

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