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Exploring Life & Business with Nico Marley of Lion X

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nico Marley.

Hi Nico, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’m Haitian Jamaican and grew up in South Florida, before getting into the CBD space I played football went to Tulane University and eventually on to play for the Redskins for a short stint. This is how I turned to CBD, herb is a part of my family history. My grandfather (Bob Marley) said years ago, “Herb is the healing of the nation,” and my family has lived by that saying ever since.

My father would always say if you’re going to use the plant, make sure you use it for the right reasons. Not just to smoke to get high but to connect to your mind, body, and soul. After I was cut from playing for the Washington Redskins, I wanted to find my new purpose in life. I worked with my father, Rohan Marley, for a little while on Marley Coffee, and I quickly realized that I wanted to create my own legend. I’m proud of everything my family has done, and I want to continue to add value to our name. So I started to think about my passions, and what came to mind is my love for performance, the collective impact we have on one another, and my family history. I started using CBD as a way to boost overall wellness, as well as something that would help me recover from my games. Football takes a lot out of you, even practice, and I wanted to consume and use natural products for recovery. So I created Lion X, a CBD brand that incorporated a modern evolution of my family’s philosophies and my passions for the game, performance, and overall wellness.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Truly it hasn’t been the smoothest of roads, however we’re here to overcome. As I mentioned before, I played football for about ten years of my life up until the point I was cut from the Redskins, I thought the next ten years of my life would be football as well. After getting cut, I had to sit down with myself and decide what I really wanted to do I could’ve went on to play in the CFL but ultimately decided not to. It didn’t take too long but, I came to the realization that I was good with everything I had done on the field because I gave it my all and left everything on the field, I explained that to my family and they were with me on the decision to walk away. Then I worked on my company Lion X launched April, 22nd 2020, it took us about two years to get to the point where we could launch then the pandemic hit.

Initially, we planned on launching the first week into the pandemic. When things began changing due to Coronavirus, I put a halt on all business for about a week. I needed time to sit down and think about what my next step was going to be. I wanted to make the right decision for my business as well as our customers. I came to the conclusion that I needed to give back something positive, especially during a time like this. We were planning on doing an Earth Day launch event in NYC to showcase Lion X but since we couldn’t we thought we would still launch on the site so people would be able to purchase quality CBD during this time. All in all, I wouldn’t be here without those “struggles” so I’m grateful for them.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Lion X​ is a unique hemp-based CBD ​product​ ​line created by ​Nico​ ​Marley​, former professional football player, entrepreneur, and the grandson of the one and only reggae legend, ​Bob Marley​. Designed to offer a holistic range of high-quality products such as a cooling balm used for muscle and joint pain, CBD oils, CBD gummies, and CBD gel caps, our merch is coming soon as well! and services to help sharpen the mind, strengthen the body, and fuel the soul, Lion X​ will soon become a revolutionary wellness platform like no other. It is the only brand that can weave together athleticism, entrepreneurism, and Nico Marley’s heritage, creating a unique modern wellness and healing method.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I’m extremely introverted and to myself, it may seem otherwise when I’m out so that’s why I think it’d be a little surprising.


  • Lion X CBD cooling balm – $58
  • CBD Oils Range from $48-$120 depending on mg
  • CBD Gel caps – $62

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: lionxwellness / nico2marley
  • Facebook: lion x wellness
  • Youtube: Lion X Wellness

Image Credits
Henry Jones Eko media productions roger will

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