Newly inducted Hall of Famer David Ortiz puts the heft of his name behind a branded cannabis product line

Big hits from Big Papi are again, with a twist, due to a new line of David Ortiz-branded cannabis merchandise.

Ortiz, the former Red Sox slugger who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame over the weekend, is sufficient of a weed aficionado to place his name behind a new line of curated “Papi Cannabis” merchandise from RevBrands.

The first product might be obtainable later this week, pre-rolled blunts known as “Sweet Sluggers,” that are described by RevBrands as “crammed with the best flower containing Ortiz’s alternative strains like Black Mamba #7, Lava Cake #7, Motorbreath #15 and Bootylicious #4. They are packed full of flavorful terpenes, excessive THC, and rolled in non-tobacco blunt wrappers produced with tea leaves and hemp.

Ortiz, who retired in 2016, mentioned he began utilizing cannabis to fight persistent stress and ache that accompanied his on- and off-field actions. That discomfort was “out of management,” he mentioned.

“I used to be in a lot ache, and the medication and all the tablets and stuff, that messes up your abdomen and I wasn’t capable of put up with that,” mentioned Ortiz. “I began with lotion, THC, and it helped, belief me.”

“It was magical, to be sincere with you.”

David Ortiz, seen right here at Wednesday’s press convention, mentioned he started utilizing cannabis to fight persistent stress and ache that accompanied his on- and off-field actions.Erin Clark/Globe Staff

Ortiz, who doesn’t consider there must be any stigma connected to utilizing cannabis in sports activities, was emphatic that it could have made no sense for him to make use of it recreationally, for instance, earlier than a recreation.

“The actuality is, cannabis would not show you how to with sports activities, I do not assume,” mentioned Ortiz. “When you are speaking about sports activities, you’ve got all the time bought to be prepared now, and cannabis slows you down. Trust me, I by no means tried, but when I ever tried to make use of cannabis earlier than I went to the plate – I used to be simply going to donate a bat.

“I feel a lot of guys on the market know what I’m speaking about when it comes all the way down to ache and stress-free. I’m fairly certain that a lot of athletes do what I did. And it is regular.”

Ortiz laughed when he was requested if he was excessive at the second after which bought a little extra critical when requested how he appreciated to get excessive, if he was a “wake-and-bake” kind of weed shopper.

“It all is dependent upon how I really feel, all of it is dependent upon the second and what I’m doing – my focus, the means I take care of folks, my youngsters, all people,” mentioned Ortiz. “It’s completely different, it is extra chill as a result of I’m all the time on the run, I’m all the time dashing round and that by no means goes away. When I’m going to the flower or edibles, it is again to what I wish to be.”

Ortiz mentioned he went to RevBrands’ rising laboratories to debate his likes and dislikes earlier than his Papi Cannabis pressure was devised.

On Wednesday, Ortiz known as his expertise relieving ache and stress with cannabis “magical, to be sincere with you.”Erin Clark/Globe Staff

“I used to be capable of, you understand, trade my mindset with them,” mentioned Ortiz. “And I hope all people enjoys.”

Additional merchandise in the works embrace hash-oil infused pre-rolled blunts.

Ortiz hopes to have some of his merchandise produced in his native Dominican Republic, together with a one-hitter made of hand-carved Guayacan Wood. Proceeds from that might be given again to the “neighborhood,” in response to RevBrands.


Michael Silverman may be reached at michael.silverman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeSilvermanBB.

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