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A mug o' cannabis tea

Settling in for the night is more pleasant with a cup of tea.

This week, I sipped on a mug of CBD-infused Everie Peach Ginger Green Tea. It tasted… well, just peachy, and it felt warmly pleasant. It even got a giggle out of me.

I shared a literal pot with my partner; we both felt the evening cup had a mellow calming effect with a light high. It came on delightfully fast.

There is 10 mg of CBD and a tiny amount of THC in each of the three bags that came in the package. 

Another Hobo location 

Vancouver’s cannabis retail market now has a leader by numbers.

Hobo Cannabis, a retail venture of Vancouver-based Donnelly Group, now has majority market share in Vancouver, with the launch of its fourth location.

The store is in Vancouver’s shopping district on Robson Street. It’s the company’s fifth location in B.C. — as Hobo operates one of the only two stores currently open in Kelowna.

Hobo is expanding, too. It has three upcoming Ontario locations, including the first legal cannabis retail store in Timmins, as well as a location in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market and another planned in the suburb of Nepean.

The shop Hobo had initially opened in Ottawa is no longer listed among its properties. 

THC breathalyzer is hard

Apparently, it’s not easy to develop a roadside cannabis breathalyzer test. 

Researchers at UBC Okanagan have been working on it for years. There is now a race to get to market, but there are still roadblocks to the detection tech becoming ubiquitous.

Engineering Prof. Mina Hoorfar, who runs UBC Okanagan’s Advanced Thermo-Fluidic Lab, has been working on a device for several years using her ‘artificial nose’ technology.

She supervised a study of the five leading styles of THC breathalyzers that are either currently commercialized or under development. The review was led by doctoral student Hamed Mirzaei.

“Despite its large potential, breath analysis still has several technical difficulties,” says Mirzaei.

“A healthy person can exhale a complex mixture of inorganic gases and many of these chemicals are from sources such as smoking, food consumption, bacterial microflora, work environments and medication.”

In other words, we ain’t there yet.

Five minutes and you’re high

Edibles can take forever to kick in, which is a drag when you want to get a buzz in the evening, but have to consume much earlier. 

It’s an unpredictable science that can put you in a weird situation.

However, major cannabis producer Aphria says it has drinks that get you high in five minutes flat.

The company’s scientists say they’ve developed water soluble “beverage enhancers” that cause a quick kick into the effect.

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David Wylie is publisher of the oz. — a cannabis newsletter that covers the growing legal weed industry from the Okanagan Valley.

He has been a journalist for nearly two decades, working in newsrooms all over Canada.  

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