(TMU) — Mike Tyson is best known for his wild antics inside and outside of the boxing ring. But at age 52, “Kid Dynamite” has definitely chilled out.
If it wasn’t clear from his guest appearances in The Hangover series, the former heavyweight champion of the world is no longer the hungry young contender that he was 30 years ago. In 2016, Tyson turned a new page in life when California legalized recreational cannabis and he created his own company, Tyson Holistic Holdings, which sells a range of cannabis products, strains, and paraphernalia.
Since then, Iron Mike has rebranded the company as The Ranch Companies while building a massive ranch—aptly named Tyson Ranch—which he hopes will be a new mecca for stoners around the world.
When complete, the ranch in Southern California’s Riverside County will be home to an array of cannabis-oriented attractions, from the world’s longest lazy river to a luxury hotel, retail space, a venue for the Kind Music Festival—described by Tyson and his business partner as “the Lollapalooza of cannabis”—and even a site for 200 glamorous camping or “glamping units.”
While the Mind Unleashed previously reported on Tyson’s plans for the music festival back in January, few details about the ranch were available at the time. Rob Hickman, the brains behind the 418-acre Tyson Ranch, has also cleared up the discrepancy when it comes to the ranch’s acreage.
“Let’s say 420 acres,” Hickman told GQ. “Makes it fun.”
The ex-boxer is also planning to build Tyson University on his ranch, which will teach the fine techniques of growing connoisseur-grade cannabis to would-be growers intent on growing strains on the level of Tyson’s own Purple Punch and KO Kush. Cannabis research will also take place at the envisioned Tyson U.
Tyson’s main goal is to educate the public about the healing properties of cannabis and CBD, which go far beyond its recreational qualities alone. After all, the enormous physical toll that boxing takes on a person is no secret—nor was Tyson’s long period of struggling with substance abuse.
Speaking to Cannabis & Tech Today, Tyson explained:
“I thought about how much good I could do by helping people with cannabis. It was a no-brainer.
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.”
He’s also teamed up with professional athletes both active and retired to promote the benefits of cannabis and CBD, with such notables as former NBA Commissioner David Stern and former NBA player Al Harrington signing on as advisors and investors. Tyson has also developed partnerships with figures from nearly all of the major U.S. athletic leagues, including the NFL, MLB, WNBA, UFC, NHL and FIFA.
Tyson also wants to promote health and wellness among armed forces veterans. Tyson said:
“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.”
Tyson Ranch will be a sort of health spa based on cannabis. Hickman explained:
“He’s building a holistic centre for health and wellness.
There will be testing in the university. It’s going to be about educating people on the healing benefits, how to grow, and how to be in proper business.”
Mike Tyson is dead-set on changing perceptions around cannabis, and helping the plant shed the stereotypes and stigmas that surround it. As the former champ succinctly put it:
“Cannabis is the future, and eventually, everyone is going to have to give in.”
Biden to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Citing Health Impact on Youth and Black People
The Biden administration is reportedly planning to propose an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes, a product that has long been targeted by anti-smoking advocates and critics who claim that the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed to Black people in the U.S.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the administration could announce a ban on menthol and other flavored cigarettes as soon as this week.
Roughly 85 percent of Black smokers use such menthol brands as Newport and Kool, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Research has also found that menthol cigarettes are easier to become addicted to and harder to quit than unflavored tobacco products, along with other small cigars popular with young people and African Americans.
Civil rights advocates claim that the decision should be greeted by Black communities and people of color who have been marketed to by what they describe as the predatory tobacco industry.
Black smokers generally smoke far less than white smokers, but suffer a disproportionate amount of deaths due to tobacco-linked diseases like heart attack, stroke, and other causes.
Anti-smoking advocates like Matthew L. Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, also greeted the move to cut out products that appeal to children and young adults.
“Menthol cigarettes are the No. 1 cause of youth smoking in the United States,” he said. “Eliminating menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars used by so many kids will do more in the long run to reduce tobacco-related disease than any action the federal government has ever taken.”
However, groups including the American Civil Liberties Group (ACLU) has opposed the move, citing the likelihood that such an action could lead to criminal penalties arising from the enforcement of a ban hitting communities of color hardest.
In a letter to administration officials, the ACLU and other groups including the Drug Policy Alliance said that while the ban is “no doubt well-intentioned” it would also have “serious racial justice implications.”
“Such a ban will trigger criminal penalties, which will disproportionately impact people of color, as well as prioritize criminalization over public health and harm reduction,” the letter explained. “A ban will also lead to unconstitutional policing and other negative interactions with local law enforcement.”
Pollution Is Making Human Penises Shrink and Causing a Collapse of Fertility, Scientists Say
With many still scoffing at the idea of rampant pollution posing a threat to humanity, a new study could drastically change the conversation: the chemicals across our environment could be the cause of shrinking human penises.
According to a new book by Dr. Shanna H. Swan, conditions in the modern world are quickly altering the reproductive development of humans and posing a threat to our future as a species.
The argument is laid out in her new book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.
The book discusses how pollution is not only leading to skyrocketing erectile dysfunction rates and fertility decline, but also an expansion in the number of babies born with small penises.
While it may seem like good fodder for jokes, the research could portend a grim future for humanity’s ability to survive.
Swan co-authored a study in 2017 that found sperm counts had precipitously fallen in Western countries by 59 percent between 1973 and 2011. In her latest book, Swan blames chemicals for this crisis in the making.
“Chemicals in our environment and unhealthy lifestyle practices in our modern world are disrupting our hormonal balance, causing various degrees of reproductive havoc,” she wrote in the new book.
“In some parts of the world, the average twentysomething woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35,” she also wrote, noting that men could have only half the sperm count of their grandfathers.
Swan blames the disruption on phthalates, the chemicals used in plastic manufacturing that also have an impact on how the crucial hormone endocrine is produced
However, experts note that the proper implementation of pollution reduction measures could help humanity prevent the collapse of human fertility.
Visualizing The World’s Deadliest Pandemics By Population Impact
Humanity has been battling against disease for centuries.
And while most contagious outbreaks have never reached full-blown pandemic status, Visual Capitalist’s Carmen Ang notes that there have been several times throughout history when a disease has caused mass devastation.
Here’s a look at the world’s deadliest pandemics to date, viewed from the lens of the impact they had on the global population at the time.
Editor’s note: The above graphic was created in response to a popular request from users after viewing our popular history of pandemics infographic initially released a year ago.
Death Toll, by Percent of Population
In the mid-1300s, a plague known as the Black Death claimed the lives of roughly 200 million people – more than 50% of the global population at that time.
Here’s how the death toll by population stacks up for other significant pandemics, including COVID-19 so far.
The specific cause of the Black Death is still up for debate. Many experts claim the 14th-century pandemic was caused by a bubonic plague, meaning there was no human-to-human transmission, while others argue it was possibly pneumonic.
Interestingly, the plague still exists today – however, it’s significantly less deadly, thanks to modern antibiotics.
History Repeats, But at Least We Keep Learning
While we clearly haven’t eradicated infection diseases from our lives entirely, we’ve at least come a long way in our understanding of what causes illness in the first place.
In ancient times, people believed gods and spirits caused diseases and widespread destruction. But by the 19th century, a scientist named Louis Pasteur (based on findings by Robert Koch) discovered germ theory – the idea that small organisms caused disease.
What will we discover next, and how will it impact our response to disease in the future?
Like this? Check out the full-length article The History of Pandemics
Republished from ZH with permission.