Contributor: KC Scannell
There’s always been an unjust stigma surrounding cannabis use. While it’s (obviously) not felt by others in the marijuana community, the majority of non-enthusiasts tend to look down on those who choose to self-medicate with this miraculously helpful plant.
That sort of negativity towards this peaceful part of the population never made sense to me. The only thing we’re trying to do is find some mental and physical serenity. It’s essentially just another form of meditation. The results are always of a relieving, tranquil nature – so, what’s with all the hate?
The only potential reason I can find is: inexperience and miseducation.
These opponents of cannabis aren’t versed in the wide array of benefits that marijuana can provide. There are literally no limits to what bud can do. However, with the federal government and unjust anti-cannabis propaganda fueling their fires – they see the average cannabis enthusiast as a lazy slacker with no motivation or ambition to take on life the way it should be (according to them). But that sort of archaic mindset should’ve been left in the dust decades ago.
Mike Tyson Admits To Smoking Over $4,000 Worth Of Marijuana Every Single Month
These same folks simply aren’t educated enough to realize just how amazing cannabis is. Sure, getting a bit “high” is a fun way to relax after a long day, but the therapeutic and psychological aspects of cannabis (and its various mediums), help bodies recover and brains replenish themselves after periods of over-exertion. Which is why it’s a major hit amongst athletes, both current and retired.
THC and CBD have been proven to be quite helpful to the body and muscles during times where recovery is needed most – say, after a tough game, or something to that effect. However, every single league – across the country – still refuses to allow the use of such an alleviating form of medicine. Even though there’s a litany of evidence proving that cannabis can help athletes get back on the field faster, in an organic fashion.
So…if it helps athletes recover, why is it banned?
I understand outlawing performance-enhancing drugs. That makes sense. Not only does it serve as a form of cheating, but it puts the health of any athlete who uses PEDs at a much greater risk for any number of serious side-effects. Some of which could lead to an untimely death.
However, marijuana doesn’t make you run faster, nor does it make you stronger. It simply helps the body recover when it has been through an enduring event, such as a game or injury. So, the fact these leagues continue to prohibit their stars from utilizing the amazing realm of marijuana as a recovery aide is downright absurd.
And a lot of athletes tend to agree, which is why it’s not uncommon to read about players who routinely get caught with (or test positive for) marijuana during their career.
I mean, these hard-working men and women need to get some relief one way or another. And if they’d rather opt for the healing properties of cannabis, instead of some addictive opioid, I say “go for it.”
But everyone in the front office thinks otherwise, and are quick to slap these athletes with fines and suspensions, simply for partaking in some cannabis during the season. A more outrageous penalty has yet to exist.
Regardless of how the leagues may feel about marijuana, one thing’s for sure: athletes know, firsthand, just how beneficial cannabis is.
And it’s probably why more former superstars have been stepping foot into the arena known as the marijuana industry.
We’ve seen stars such as Rob Gronkowski and Gary Payton toss their proverbial hats in the “cannabis ring.” And while those gentlemen are household names in their own right, there’s no pro-cannabis ex-athlete more known than “The Champ” Mike Tyson. This heavyweight behemoth had quite a tumultuous career, to say the least.
After enduring an incredibly rocky childhood, Tyson found solace with his first trainer, and the rest was history. He went on to become one of the best, most prolific boxers of all time. The power and sheer strength that “Iron Mike” was able to showcase in his fights were unlike any other. And, to be fair, there’s been few (if any) since he’s hung up his gloves, to even come close to his level of greatness. Yes, it’s undeniable that he’s had a rocky past – mostly outside of the ring. But, since those rollercoaster years, Mike has calmed down tremendously – and he attributes most of his positive changes to cannabis.
His once uncontrollable anger and irritability were often a mixture of his rough upbringing and the use of much harder, potentially lethal substances back in the day. However, Tyson has fully embraced cannabis since then and has even opened up a ranch dedicated to growing his own brand of buds. And he’s not one of those hands-off superstars that simply lend their name to a product. Mike is always on the premises, testing out various strains and batches before allowing anything to go into production.
And when Mike Tyson wants to smoke something, he doesn’t just take a couple tokes and walk away. No, no, no. Quite the opposite. Iron Mike is a seasoned smoker who isn’t shy about hitting up the company product as often as he likes.
On his podcast recently, the former heavyweight champion of the world revealed that he and a few of his Tyson Ranch constituents smoke roughly 10 tons of cannabis per month. Which, if rung up at your local dispensary, would make his smoking bill land somewhere near the $40,000 mark.
Now, if that’s not a glowing endorsement of your product, I’m not sure what is.
This man is basically smoking a luxury car’s worth of bud each and every month. And if anyone could do that, “The Champ” most certainly could.
Also, if anyone has earned the right to partake in as much cannabis as possible, it’s Iron Mike. This man gave up his body and well-being every single time he stepped through those ropes. Sure, he was usually the one handing out the punishment with severe knockout after severe knockout, but he took his fair share of beating, as well.
His body, for lack of a better term, needs some weed to recover from years and years of fighting. Boxers, especially of Iron Mike’s era, walked away from the sport with a laundry list of injuries, both physical and mental. And what better way to treat those varying ailments than with some strong cannabis?
In short, it’s easy to see why Tyson and other athletes of his caliber hop into the cannabis industry. Not only is there a lot of money to make, but their athletic expertise will help growers cultivate buds that are designed to help people recover. And, at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about: creating cannabis that’s even more streamlined and efficient with its inherent effects.
Mike and his team of cannabis experts are doing a great job of cultivation at their ranch. So much so, it’s become a “must-see” destination for everyone involved in the marijuana industry. Hopefully, in the near future, we’ll see even more superstars from our past try their luck in the cannabis game.