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A Snazzy CBD Martini Recipe — Try Tribe’s CBD Tuxedo Cocktail

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If the martini isn’t classy enough for you, then try out a Tuxedo. No, we’re not talking about the dinner suit; we’re talking about the oft-neglected gin-based cocktail. With additions like absinthe, orange bitters, and maraschino liqueur, this martini variation has a lot to offer discerning drinkers.

For an extra touch of class, please don’t forget to add a dropperful of Tribe’s CBD oil. Just a hint of high-quality hemp extract is enough to keep you cool with this super-refined cocktail.

CBD Tuxedo Cocktail Recipe

If the word “tuxedo” sounds exotic to your ears, that’s because it’s not an English word. According to etymologists, “tuxedo” was originally a Native American term from the Algonquian tribes.

Interestingly, there are still debates over what this word refers to. Some people say “tuxedo” means “wolf,” while others say it refers to a “river.”

However, there’s no controversy over how this word became associated with the black-and-white dinner attire. Apparently, gentlemen at New York’s Tuxedo Park started wearing these suits to their swanky parties. These guys became so associated with dinner suits that Americans started calling them, well, “tuxedos!”

Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin
  • ¾ oz dry vermouth
  • ¼ oz luxardo maraschino
  • 1 – 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 dropperful Tribe CBD oil
  • Splash of absinthe
  • Lemon twist, garnish

Directions

  • Chill a martini glass
  • Once the martini glass is chilled, pour in a bit of absinthe
  • Swirl absinthe to coat the glass and dispose of the excess
  • Pour gin, dry vermouth, orange bitters, and luxardo maraschino into a stirring glass
  • Add ice and stir until well-chilled
  • Strain into absinthe-rinsed martini glass
  • Top with Tribe CBD oil and a lemon twist, if desired

If you’re a cat lover—or a fan of Dr. Seuss—then you know humans aren’t the only mammals that “wear” tuxedos. An entire category of cats shares this distinctive white and black pattern.

However, did you know “tuxedo cat” isn’t technically a separate breed? Indeed, the breed doesn’t matter; all that counts is the fur pattern.

Even more interesting, archeological research suggests the ancient Egyptians had a deep affection for these cats. According to some estimates, about 70 percent of cats depicted in funerary hieroglyphics had black and white colors.

No wonder these cats want to be pampered like pharaohs!

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Paralympian pivot: Snowboarder Tyler Mosher now ‘slugging it out’ on the cannabis trail

Buy a new pickup truck, run a marathon, transform the family basement into a man cave, express a sudden interest in personal fashion, daydream about being taller, younger and more handsome. Such are the clichéd male musings as he wrestles through midlife, a period of self-reflection capable of spurring some to action and others to simply grumble about how it sucks to get old.

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Tyler Mosher isn’t much of a complainer, although it would be understandable if he were, given he relies on a $2 plastic catheter to get the deed done every time he goes to the washroom.

“I am so used to being paralyzed — going pee is the biggest thing — that’s the biggest reminder,” said the former world champion snowboarder and Paralympian who shattered his spine flying off a cliff in Whistler, B.C., in 2000.

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The accident left him 40-per-cent paralyzed from the waist down, but he was able to compete at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver in para-Nordic skiing and four years later at the Sochi games on a snowboard.

Para-snowboarder Tyler Mosher featured in the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Sochi 2014 campaign. Photo by NW Group/Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)

Mosher also worked his way back from his injuries to build a thriving landscaping and design business in the Whistler area, which funded his para-snowboarding adventures. It was an ideal life of “semi-retirement,” he said, but one that seemed less ideal as he hit his mid-40s and realized it wasn’t time to express a sudden interest in personal fashion, but to get an Executive MBA at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and pivot into the cannabis industry.

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“I had what I call a lifestyle business for 20 years, and now I have an exponential-opportunity business, and I really want to prove to myself that I can do it, too,” said the now 49-year-old chief of business development at B.C. Hop Company Ltd., Flow Scientific Ltd. and Kinloch Naturals, a trio of enterprises that grow and develop premium, hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products.

Within the larger legalized cannabis milieu, CBD products, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products, a.k.a. joints, don’t possess any psychoactive elements, meaning they don’t get the user high. Rather, what studies and user testimony suggest — and experts universally agree more studies are required — is that CBD-enriched chocolate bars, oils, drinks, bath salts, creams, capsules, vape cartridges and other products currently sold at government-licensed cannabis stores could help ease an individuals’ aches and pains, relieve anxiety and function as a sleep aid.

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“We are trying to be everything, but the THC guys,” Mosher said.

They are trying to elbow their way into the health-and-wellness space with a plant-based, non-psychoactive, anti-inflammatory potential wonder drug that comes packaged as a chocolate bar and isn’t cooked up in a Big Pharma lab, but harvested from farms in British Columbia and Ontario. The kicker: it is perfectly legal — an ibuprofen, if you will, derived from Mother Earth.

Tyler Mosher’s hemp farm in Pemberton, B.C. Photo by Provided courtesy of Tyler Mosher

Fans, including Mosher, who doesn’t smoke weed but uses cannabidiols to increase his range of “movement,” believe the market for CBD products is primed to explode to an order of magnitude far greater than the $4 billion in annual retail cannabis sales Canadians are currently ringing up some three years after legalization. Others feel the same way.

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“There is clearly a consumer segment of the cannabis market that is more focused on health and wellness, and I have to believe that segment would expand dramatically if you could access CBD products outside the regulated cannabis market,” said Rishi Malkani, who heads Deloitte Canada’s cannabis practice.

But therein lies the regulatory rub that Mosher and Co.’s ambition keeps slamming up against, a profit-killing pest best explained by an example.

I have to believe that segment would expand dramatically if you could access CBD products outside the regulated cannabis market

Picture a middle-aged guy with a bad back and other assorted aches and pains, who hasn’t smoked weed since the mid-’90s and has no plans of starting now. That guy, achy though he may be, probably isn’t going to dash down to the local, fully licensed “regulated” cannabis dispensary to browse for a pound of CBD-infused bath salts. However, if those same salts were in the health-and-wellness section at the grocery store — or sold on Amazon.ca — the guy just might buy in.

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As it stands now, he isn’t buying enough, at least not in the regulated marketplace, and it isn’t for lack of demand. An October 2021 CBC Marketplace investigation revealed there is a thriving black market for unregulated CBD products. Consumers are consuming, but they’re generally not purchasing from stores with licences, excise taxes to pay and quality-assurance standards to meet. That is costing the regulated players “billions,” according to Mosher.

Scenes from Tyler Mosher’s hemp farm. Photo by Provided courtesy of Tyler Mosher

George Smitherman, chief executive of the Cannabis Council of Canada, said Mosher’s gripe isn’t an outlier.

“If you talk to 10 CEOs of licensed cannabis producers and say, ‘So, what is grinding your gears these days,’ the absence of clarity around cannabis health products — and CBD regulation — would definitely be on the list,” he said.

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Mosher’s company did $20-million worth of deals in 2019, during the heady, early days post-legalization. That money was then poured back into the business to expand its hemp supply network, and build both a $1.8-million “belt dryer” to enhance efficiency and a quality-assurance lab, all in anticipation of the CBD market going gangbusters. It didn’t.

Why you can’t buy a bath bomb with CBD in it at Walmart is beyond me

The culprit, industry players say, is the federal Cannabis Act. From its inception, the act has made no regulatory distinction between THC and CBD products. One gets you high and one doesn’t, but the government believes they should be regulated the same way.

Health Canada was scheduled to review the act three years post-passage. Three-and-a-half years have now gone by and the review hasn’t begun yet, nor has there been an announcement of a start date.

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“Why you can’t buy a bath bomb with CBD in it at Walmart is beyond me,” Mosher said. “I do have empathy for Health Canada, because they are trying to keep everyone safe, but on the one hand, they are saying, ‘If you are over 19, you can buy CBD at this store and you are safe, but if you buy it elsewhere, you are unsafe.’ It makes no sense.”

Equally baffled by the current state of the act is Ross Rebagliati, the 1998 Winter Olympic snowboard gold medallist in Nagano, Japan. Remember him? He was temporarily stripped of his prize after testing positive for marijuana, sparking an international incident and a 15-minute run of global fame that landed him, among other places, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Nowadays, he is a “master grower” — and kids’ snowboarding coach — living in Penticton, B.C.

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On a recent afternoon, Rebagliati was found working away at the newly licensed Green Mountain Health Alliance’s greenhouse, helping prep the facility for its inbound marijuana plants, which are to be organically grown. The Financial Post had last caught up with the now 50-year-old at a pro-legalization rally in Toronto in April 2015. Rebagliati was leaning against a wall, puffing on his seventh joint of the day and touting, as he had for years, the benefits of marijuana use.

Ross Rebagliati, in Kelowna, B.C., in 2018. Photo by Alana Paterson/The New York Times

Part of his ultimate plan in working with Green Mountain’s growing team is to develop a “Ross’ Gold” CBD cream for athletes, armchair or otherwise, eager to unlock their “potential” and soothe their aches and pains.

“There are huge opportunities there if Health Canada is able to act and lead,” he said. “The message for me, really since Nagano, has been about how people can build cannabis use into a healthy lifestyle.”