Cannabis Helped Mike Tyson Combat Depression

Stephen Andrews
30 Jun 2022

Former box champ turned canna entrepreneur Mike Tyson has been very much open about his use of cannabis. In a recent interview, he said that cannabis makes him a "different person," and his Tyson 2.0 cannabis line is here to help everyone who needs emotional and physical relief.

The former heavyweight champion boxer has admitted he suffered from depression, anxiety, and other mental issues for many years. Because of his struggle, he turned to opiates and other drugs that made him "do nothing but watch marathons of 'Law & Order' and eat food."

Tyson's breakdown came after he had retired from his boxing career. He indulged in vices, smoking cigarettes, heavy drinking, and a lot of partying. 

Now in his 50s, Tyson credits his wife, Kiki, and cannabis for having helped him surpass the crisis.

"My wife started getting me up, moving me around, getting some life in me," he told MassLive. "And I started doing psychedelics and I became a believer."

These days Tyson is busy around his cannabis brand Tyson 2.0, where he acts as a Chief Brand Officer.

He says he is more at peace now and maintains solid relationships with his children, family, and friends. 

"I'm making time for those kids," he says. "Me and my kids have a relationship now. I'm so happy. I don't want to go back to the dark side. I want to keep in the light."

Initially, Tyson started using cannabis to find relief from pain and injuries he picked in his boxing days. "The health benefits were so clear. As it continued to save me, I knew that everyone needed this kind of medicine," he said in an earlier interview. 

Eventually, he started thinking about entering the cannabis industry himself. "I thought about how much good I could do by helping people with cannabis. It was a no-brainer." 

Tyson 2.0 kicked off last year and partners with big industry names such as Columbia Care. Besides incredible psychedelic edibles such as the recently released ear-shaped edibles dubbed "Mike Bites," his company also manufactures high-grade marijuana flowers and extracts.

"It's really all about the love of the medicine," Tyson says. "I put a great deal of time in agriculture and discovering the right strain."

'Iron Mike' earns at least $600,000 from his cannabis ventures. He is currently also building a 418-acre cannabis-themed holiday luxury resort he hopes will accommodate a music festival as big as Coachella and he is investing in Tyson University on the same site. This venue will accept cannabis students who will tap into the knowledge of cultivation and farming. 

Stephen Andrews