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Is it even possible to smoke $40,000 of weed in a month?

August 16, 2019
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On a recent episode of his podcast, Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, Mike Tyson told rapper Jim Jones that he consumes about $40,000 of cannabis per month at Tyson Ranch, his future cannabis “resort.” As Jim’s mind is blown by this number, Eben Brriton, Tyson’s co-host, follows this up by saying that they smoke 10 tons of weed per month.

We call bullshit. Let’s look at the numbers.

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How Much Weed Does $40,000 Buy?

Let’s look at that figure of $40,000. I live in Washington, where eighths of That Fire cost about $45 on average. So by the numbers, that would be about almost 900 eighths per month (if you broke it down to the usual retail value of cannabis).

As a blunt/joint smoker, the eighths I buy tend to go quickly. An eighth is like 3 to 4 blunts. By my personal consumption, 900 eighths would add up to about 2,700 blunts per month, which would be 90 blunts per day, which would be about four blunts per hour. And that’s without ever stopping, for an entire month.

Mike Tyson, marijuana

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Even on the expensive side of things (looking at you, California), where eighths could run for the hellacious $70, that would still break down to about three blunts per hour, nonstop, for a whole 30 straight days.

Solo, that would be completely impossible. With a Tyson Ranch full of consumers, very possible; however, that smoke squad would have to literally sit there for an entire month and do nothing but face L’s all day and night. No food, no water, just doinks.

So either Mike is stretching the truth, or his team of weed-smoking superlungs are just reinforcing stoner boi stereotypes.

10 Tons of Weed in a Month

Now that we’ve established that $40,000 of cannabis in a month is technically possible, it’s time to address the most absurd claim of all:

“We smoke 10 tons of weed at the ranch a month.” – Eben Britton, former NFL player and Mike’s co-host.

FAM. NO.

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Beau Kilmer, co-director of RAND Drug Policy Research Center, told Leafly that on average, the cannabis consumers who smoke at least 21 days per month smoke about 1.6 grams a day.

Ten tons of cannabis is 20,000 pounds, which equals 320,000 ounces, which equals a little over 9,000,000 grams per month.

You don’t have to be Ptolemy to see that this would be physically impossible. Even with 100,000 humans visiting the ranch per month, this would come out to 3 grams per person per day, which would be double the aforementioned average of consumption amongst people who smoke all the time. Not possible. And even if you look at it from a grams standpoint of “Yeah, you can smoke 3 grams in a day easily,” it would still be unlikely for Tyson Ranch to host 100,000 visitors per month.

So in the end, only one truth remains: men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.

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  • Fun Please

    Llz

  • Ken Bendell

    at rip off government prices? yea probably

  • TheShapeOfThings

    With the price of weed these days, I dont question the ability to smoke a dollar amount in a short time. Tonnage is a whole different story.

  • bryan mannoia

    Tyson is not the smartest of men, let’s not judge him too harshly. a polite laugh and we move on.

    • Brady Harness

      The dude beens been smacked up side the head one too many times.

  • FlunkedAgain

    If you want to spend $40,000 a month on weed, I can find some for you, but for only $40,000 you’re not getting the really good stuff.

    • Adam Hefner

      A month? Not getting top shelf?

  • Hogs

    Who is going to be the one to tell him he is lying? Any takers?

  • Keith Hulslander

    Im calling shenanigans…not possible. Still made me laugh listening to mr tyson in my head saying “yeth it ith very pothible…..lol.

  • Brady Harness

    I’ve been enjoying since 1969 my senior year of high school and that is “REIDICULOUS” !!!

  • Peter Strescino

    In Colorado an 8th is $10-$15.

    • MeLinda D Courts

      What? Really? They are charging up here. It’s crazy. It’s simple. They are overcharging.

  • Wooded Beardsman

    Mike has taken more than his share of shot’s to the head. If he’d been captain of the Jamaican Bobsled team he’s claim would only be Slightly more believable. He’s a heck of a nice guy in person but not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Math is NOT his strong suit. All that being said he does smoke A LOT of weed. The tonnage claimed would give Snoop Dog a challenge!

  • Devlin85

    He had to have meant 10 lbs.. lol.. that’s 40k 👌

  • Highway 69

    Apparently he needs a standing 8-count.

  • Linda Vee Sado

    I can barely make it through an ounce a month. Maybe he should move to shatter lol

  • Adam Hefner

    How’s your alls lungs and heart? Is it worth it? *peace sign*

  • Seth Tyrssen

    So the guy’s a bullshitter, so what. If he’s got that much to spare, let him send me some.

  • Steve

    I think he smoked too much toad
    medicine

  • Red Starnes

    Impossible…unless he’s paying 160k per pound.

  • disqus_Bxmxiz5qar

    No… they are NOT smoking 40k worth of weed every month. Do I believe thats what he’s paying? absolutely. Most likely he’s smoking a few grand a month (totally possible) but forking out 10X the value.. because hes Mike fucking Tyson.

  • RC

    I smoked 4 32 oz. Caning jars. It cost me $500 per
    Jar because i had to set up a new grow room. All in 2 months. Stayed stoned for 2 months. I lost 10 pounds and was a very happy camper.

  • John E

    Hunter S. Thompson? He probably came close? Mike Tyson’s just a lying little prick.

  • hahah , this comments are interesting, nice one..

  • let not not judge him like that.. you never know.