Treyous Jarrells Running Back To Cannabis
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Can cannabis improve your athleticism? Stereotypically, marijuana tends to make people lazy and unmotivated but for Treyous Jarrells, cannabis is quite the opposite. As an herbalist from an early age, Treyous has found that marijuana is not only helpful for the injuries he sustained while playing football, but he was an exceptional running back while under the influence. Treyous has excelled as a football player from his younger years until he became a star player for the Colorado State University Rams, but has since retired his jersey to follow his ganjaprenuerial dreams and venture into the marijuana industry. An inspirational African American young man, Treyous Jarrells is a proud and responsible herbalist making a major impact in the cannabis industry.
Growing up in the projects in Sanford, Florida, Treyous wasn't unfamiliar with marijuana and people who smoke it. However, his family advised against him using and preferred he stay away from those who did. "Y'all better not be smoking that weed," former Atlanta Falcon player and his god father, Ronald Moore, would tell Treyous and his friends. "Growing up in Florida, you know, that's the south. Marijuana is frowned upon by everybody, except your cooler older cousins, or your uncles who are cool, or your boys... And if you play a sport, thats your outlet to get out of the hood," Treyous admitted. Despite the negative remarks he was commonly hearing, Treyous was able to see something in cannabis that many others refused to believe. At the age of 11, he was exposed to an interview by Rick Williams who discussed the benefits of marijuana, which opened his eyes to the medicinal value and positives of the plant.
Treyous began secretly smoking before football games with a few friends but he soon started to realize how cannabis was affecting his game and his body. To them, smoking was "the calm before the storm," because marijuana maintained a calm mentality. He soon began to realize that cannabis was significantly helping his migraines and numbing the pain during his workouts and games. During high school, Treyous became intrigued by the plant and decided to do more research about its benefits. College only furthered his interest, which led him to taking a liking to agriculture and enrolling in chemistry classes to further his cannabis education.
From his younger years, to high school and all the way up until college, Treyous continued to excel as a football running back while always keeping his marijuana use confidential. He surrounded himself with athletes and people in college that smoked. "We would educate each other and research it. We would all come together after practice and talk about the benefits of it and how it should be used," he said. "But at that time, we were all still taking a risk because it's still frowned upon towards the NCAA." Even with the huge risk - losing his scholarship, getting cut from the football team and kicked out of school - Treyous continued to use cannabis because he viewed cannabis differently and recognized that it was helping him rather than the opposite.
Cannabis was clearly making a difference for Treyous and it was becoming apparent when he began to compare his remedy to that of other football players. "I've seen countless players who have taken the opioids and the depressants and the stimulants that these Universities give out," he confessed. "At Colorado State, one of the players, they prescribed him an opioid. There was a 6AM workout... and on this particular day, the head strength coach went. And he witnessed this kid foaming at the mouth, not knowing where he was at. This is the stuff they don't talk about." He went on to explain how universities view athletes as players, not people, only focused on what they can do for the team now and not concerned with the longevity of their health.
There have been times that he has been prescribed shots and medicine by doctors however, once he became educated about the plant, cannabis has become his medicine of choice. He has gone as far as being involved in confrontations with his coaches for refusing the highly recommended flu shot because of the lack of information given about its ingredients. "I partake in my medicine everyday. Before practice, before workouts, after workouts, and I make it. I'm there, I'm functional. I'm in the facility with doctors, reporters, and nobody knows that I'm under the influence," Treyous admitted.
Treyous began playing for the Colorado State Rams during his junior year of college in 2014 and during his entire time as a running back, he feared getting caught using cannabis. "Every morning I woke up and looked at my phone, because that's how you would know if you were getting drug tested that day... It was like, 'Do I got a text from the head trainer? Nah, I'm good.'" At that point, Treyous had been playing football for 16 years and was dedicated to becoming an NFL football player like his uncle. Yet, he struggled with hiding his cannabis use while recognizing his need for it. "I was really, really, really playing with fire my two years at Colorado State. At any given moment I could've been tested and like I told everyone, I would've gotten kicked out," he said. "Because I wouldn't have stopped taking my medicine to partake in the medicine that they wanted me to take."
Throughout his two years at Colorado State, Treyous was never drug tested even though every student athlete should be tested at least once every year. While he was lucky to not have had his marijuana use discovered, he does have his opinions about NCAA and university drug testing. He explained that there are universities that test for THC, but not alcohol, while the NCAA does not test for THC until the team enters a bowl game. "Essentially, you can be an alcoholic and its cool," he says. "I feel like if you're not going to test for alcohol, then why are you going to test for THC? I see more negatives with alcohol than THC." Colorado State only tests for THC, with a failed drug test resulting in the revocation of your scholarship and possibly being kicked out of school. "When these coaches come to your house and sit down and talk to you, and talk to your parents, they tell you they're going to do everything in your best interest. Kicking me out for something as small as failing a drug test isn't looking out for my best interest, that's turning your back on me," he stated.
His strong belief that cannabis is an organic, healthy alternative to other opioids and its unavailability aided his decision to withdraw from the Rams. However, a major deciding factor was the ongoing risk of losing his scholarship and not being able to afford to finish school and receive his degree. "It was a tough decision, I always dreamed of playing in the big leagues," Treyous said. "To have to decide to give up my childhood dream to take on reality, that was tough... I was using my medicine, I was playing the game... I was going to school, I was on track for getting my degree. But it was like something was going to get cut off." His new coach referred to marijuana as 'dope,' and is negative connotation about his medicine had him convinced he was going to have a tough year. Ultimately, he thought it was best for him to step away and focus on getting his degree.
"As a student athlete, you're not a student, you're an athlete," he said. "That's the reality of it. My thing is, take advantage of your education." He felt as if Colorado State was not setting him up for his career but they were extremely focused on getting him in front of reporters to discuss his games. He became determined to open the eyes of the opposers and inform athletes that there is a better alternative to opioids.
Treyous unexpectedly spiraled into a successful ganjaprenuer after he decided to follow his other passion for growing cannabis. "This was a hobby, but it was something that I saw that I love. I would come home from practice and go straight into my grow room." He and his brother developed and launched their agricultural business, RealLyfas, in July. Their company makes and distributes all natural cannabis products for growing, grow room jumpsuits and cooking aprons. RealLyfas is committed to creating products that are sustainable not only for the environment, but for the human race.
Treyous is sure to follow all laws and guidelines within the state of Colorado, which is why his family stands behind him 100%. Knowing he is at risk simply because he is a successful young black man in the cannabis industry, he stays on his P's and Q's when in production and conducting business. His small company consists of passionate family and close friends with dreams of continuing to expand and become the best cannabis agricultural provider in the country.
A Bachelors degree bearing immaculate running back and admirable ganjaprenuer, Treyous Jarrells has made his mark on the cannabis industry. From his personal, yet informal, marijuana study while playing football for over a decade to his decision to follow passion for the most healing plant on the planet, Treyous is moving as swiftly throughout the industry as he has on the field. He is beating the odds by becoming a successful African American man from the projects doing positive things with the drug America loves to hate.
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