Mike Tyson. The iconic boxer, who was once dubbed “the baddest man on the planet” for his controversial behavior in and out of the ring, is certainly living a very different lifestyle to the one that he was living in his boxing days.
Having been retired from the sport for over a decade, the star has recently ventured into the medical marijuana business, working on his “Tyson Ranch,” a resort described as a holistic center for health and wellness.
But, in a recent pic posted online, Tyson has proved he very much still has it!
He began his career with nineteen consecutive knockouts; he won his first thirty-seven fights and was the heavyweight champion of the world at the ripe age of twenty years old.
It’s needless to say that he is one of the biggest names in the world of boxing.
In 2005, Tyson stepped into the ring for the very last time.
After a series of mishaps in his life – serving a prison sentence for sexual assault and biting off an opponent’s ear, just to name a few – a lot of people argued that Tyson had lost his game, despite remaining the heavyweight champion of the world.
Tyson’s lavish and outlandish lifestyle choices were often met with scrutiny.
He has also battled with alcohol and opiate addictions throughout his life and has admitted to being under the influence during many of his big fights.
After years of substance abuse, Tyson now admits to using medicinal marijuana to relieve his muscle pain.
Having found his new passion, in 2016, the former heavyweight champion launched “Tyson Holistic,” which sells a number of marijuana products and merchandise.
After years of using opiates to treat his pain, Tyson is now heavily-invested in the use of CBD as his primary pain relief method.
In an interview, Tyson explained, “I’ve been fighting for over 20 years, and my body has a lot of wear and tear. I had two surgeries and I used marijuana to calm my nerves, and it would take the pain away … But before, they had me on those opiates, and those opiates had me all screwed up”.
Tyson credits the use of CBD and medicinal marijuana for helping him to conquer his opiate addiction.
Tyson Holistics now invests in a number of different companies that use CBD in their products, as well as developing and launching their own cannabis-oriented brands.
CBD, which is a cannabis compound with no psychoactive properties, has been found to be an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-psychotic agent, and is regularly used in products to help with a variety of different illnesses and conditions.
One year on from the launch of Tyson Holistics, “Tyson Ranch” was born.
The resort has been described as a holistic center for health and wellness. Though it isn’t fully built yet, Mike Tyson has claimed that this will be his marijuana empire… and we don’t expect anything less.
Tyson hasn’t wasted any time in cashing in on the state’s recent legalization.
California is the 6th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. California’s mayor, Jennifer Wood, is apparently thrilled with the project and has claimed that it will be a “rebirth” of what California City once was.
It’s every stoner’s Disneyland.
The plot, which is around sixty miles outside of Death Valley National Park, will include a hotel, a “luxury glamping campsite,” a swimming pool, and a “lazy river”. There will also be an edible goods factory, and educational sessions for guests to learn about the benefits of cannabis use.
Sounds like a hazy paradise to us.
Tyson described this as “the Lollapalooza of cannabis”. The Kind Music Festival was held on the site of Tyson Ranch in February earlier this year.
This music festival gave people a taste of what is to come, which included enjoying marijuana, listening to music, and learning about the various health benefits of the drug.
You were wrong if you thought that people would just be relaxing around the pool and getting high all day (though that’s what they will mostly be doing…).
People will be given the opportunity to be educated on how to safely grow cannabis, the health benefits of the plant and how to efficiently and, most importantly, legally run a business out of it.
Tyson teamed up with a number of local cannabis manufacturers.
The marijuana will be sold on-site and will be grown safely in facilities that will allow master growers to have maximum control of their environment.
Tyson’s business partner, Rob Hickman explained:
“Everything we do is federally legal. We never touch the plants. Now, a lot of people do rent land from us and grow their products on it. If they grow it to the proper standards and are licensed properly in the state, we will consider selling them our packaging, which then gives them shelf space”.
As well as being a vacation resort, Tyson Ranch will also sell their own marijuana products and merchandise.
Whether it’s lighters, grinders, or cute marijuana storage boxes you want, The Ranch will have it.
Though Tyson Ranch isn’t all about the profit.
One of the main aims of the Ranch is to implement new and cutting-edge technology to aid the on-going research on medicinal marijuana and its many health benefits.
Tyson’s existing brand, Tyson Holistics, is comprised mainly of veteran employees.
Tyson explained, “I’m a big fan of veterans and I think they’ve given a lot to our country and we should give some back in return … Especially with all of the addiction that many of them come back with”.
The resort’s aim is to employ and empower veterans and will help to conduct research that investigates the benefits of cannabis upon their return from deployment.
The primary aim of all of Tyson’s cannabis ventures is to change the negative stigma around the drug – and he’s adamant that change is on the horizon. He expressed in an interview, “cannabis is the future, and eventually, everyone is going to have to give in”.
The marijuana revolution has begun!
Sadly, there has been no official opening date for Tyson Ranch, though we have a feeling it could be sooner rather than later…
It seems he’s very much held onto those boxing skills more than a decade on from hanging up his gloves.
The pair are often seen together on Instagram – but their latest appearance has got the whole internet talking.
And he’s spending it with his very best friend.
Boxing, of course. And boy, does he look like a worthy opponent!
“When I was training for fights – a lot of meat, cheese, bread. I devoured everything besides pork. I used to eat a lot,” he explained.
“I had a lot of arthritis, joint problems and I was morbidly obese.”
(Plus a ton of boxing training, obviously.)
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