Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites for Ricky Williams
If we can trust Wikipedia, which is in-depth enough for me when it comes to football, pre-retirement, Ricky Williams was a very accomplished running back, whatever that might mean. He played for the New England Saints (I know about them because there was lots of SWAG when I was in New Orleans), the Miami Dolphins (they wear cute silvery pants), the Toronto Argonauts (in the 6ix, so I know of them), and the Baltimore Ravens (crickets. Shrug emoji). Ricky also won the Heisman Trophy – likely named after some dude named Heisman. If you made it here and are disappointed that you aren’t reading Sports Illustrated, allow me to apologize, but please also silently compliment me on my SEO capabilities.
But on to Ricky Williams and pot.
Back in the day, Ricky struggled with social anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder, avoidance disorder, and depression. When he was first drafted to the Saints in 1999, his mental health conditions made him come across as awkward, shy, and “weird.” His teammates couldn’t understand why he had time for some while completely ignoring others. He used to do all of his media interviews with his helmet and black visor on.
After a while, Williams began to find peace through therapy and drugs; he even became a paid spokesperson for Paxil. Somewhere along the way, though, Ricky found mental (and physical) relief with cannabis, dropping lots of his existing regimen in favour of pot, not to mention yoga, meditation, astrology, and other alternative therapies like Ayurveda, which he became passionate about and went back to school to learn to practise.
Unfortunately, cannabis was, and still is, a banned substance in the NFL, which can be a bit of an issue if you’re using it as a professional football player. Ricky believes he gave on-demand pee samples more than five hundred times over the years, testing positive for only four of those. Not a bad ratio, I guess.
Those four positive tests dealt Ricky a lot of stigma, though, especially because it was early days when the first two positives came out ̶ 2002/3 ̶ so he looked more like a druggie/criminal than if positive cannabis results were to come out for an athlete today. In fact, you and I know that Ricky was actually quite a trailblazer, figuring out ahead of everyone else that marijuana could give relief that might prevent the need for harder drugs. Still, his image was tarnished.
Ricky questions the wisdom of the NFL in prohibiting pot when it’s widely used by players and now legal in many markets, especially when players have been encouraged to use opioids instead to manage pain.
“A lot of the players are already using [cannabis],” he said in a recent interview. “You might as well find ways to support them using it, and support research to help find as many feasible ways to help players take care of themselves as possible…That’s what the NFL owes to the players, to give us any reasonable means to be able to take care of ourselves.”
I've watched a few recent videos of Ricky Williams, and it seems like he’s become a different guy than that shy kid hiding behind the black visor. Ricky comes across as wise, composed, grounded, and honest. It’s uplifting to get to know someone (distantly, and not in a creepy way, promise) who used cannabis as part of a holistic healing program to come out healthier on the other side.
Ricky, these infused mini peanut butter chocolate cheesecakes are for you. Congrats on punting your health challenges through the uprights… or whatever. #edibles #potedibles #rickywilliams #cannabisrecipes #footballstories
MINI PEANUT BUTTER POT CHEESECAKE BITES
Difficulty: Much easier than keeping a smile on your face while Mike Wallace and 60 Minutes try to convince America that you're a no-good pothead
Bag of Tricks
• 30 paper mini muffin cups, 2" wide and 1" deep
• Double-boiler or metal bowl over a pot
• Approximately 28 mini cheesecakes using 5 tbsp cannabutter yields approximately 3 mg THC per piece (party strength, because people will eat multiples)
• Ricky's cannabis company is Real Wellness, but they provide mostly tonics and salves. We're looking for some whole plant herbage to infuse into our butter ova here. Ricky has said he likes hazes, so let's follow his advice and go with Lemon Haze, a sativa-dominant hybrid. Take care, though. Hazes are uplifting, but they can hit hard.
• Only 20 little minutes, plus chill time. No baking required!
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (you can buy these powdered, or make your own in a food processor)
5 tbsp cannabutter, melted in a double-boiler or metal pot over boiling water
250 g (8 oz) cream cheese, softened for about 30 seconds in the microwave
½ cup (56 g) powdered sugar
½ cup (125 g) peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 1½ cups)
30 pretty little treats (garnishes)
1. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and cannabutter with a wooden spoon. Press about 1 tbsp into each mini paper muffin cup. Don't be shy, just use your clean ol' thumb to press the crumbs in there until they're about halfway full.
2. In a separate bowl with your favourite mixer, cream together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla. Top up the cups with this peanutty cheesidy goodness, flattening it gently with the back of the spoon (or that disinfected thumb) as needed.
3. Bring water to a boil in the double-boiler or pot with metal bowl and melt the chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. Using a tablespoon, top the mini cheesecakes with a dollop of chocolate. Before the chocolate dries, top with your garnish. Chill until firm.
5. Enjoy a mini cheesecake while watching Football Night in Canada.