Former boxing greats Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield were fierce adversaries in the 90s. Now they are collaborating on a cannabis product.
Earlier this year, Tyson introduced the Mike Bitesa line of THC gummies shaped like ears with a bite mark, a nod to the 1997 WBA heavyweight championship, during which Tyson infamously bit off Holyfield’s ear.
But time has seemingly healed all wounds as Tyson’s cannabis company, Tyson 2.0, will launch on Black Friday. Holy Earsa line of THC and Delta-8-THC infused edibles for US states where THC is still not legal.
The duo also plan to launch Holyfield’s own cannabis range in 2023.
” Of Mike Bites at Holy Ears, Cannabis fans everywhere can now enjoy the same feel-good effects herbal products have given me. It is a privilege to reunite with my former adversary and now longtime friend, and turn years of fights and beatings into a partnership that can positively impact and heal people,” Mike said in Tyson in a statement. hurry.
“Mike and I have a long history of competition and respect for each other. And that night changed both of our lives. At the time, we didn’t realize that even as powerful athletes, we were also in a lot of pain,” Holyfield said in a statement. “Now, almost 20 years later, we have the opportunity to share the medicine that we have really needed throughout our careers. »
Holy Ears will be available next month online and in stores in Arizona, Illinois, Nevada and New Jersey.
Mike Tyson’s cannabis shift
Tyson has become a cannabis and psychedelic evangelist in recent years. He said in particular: “If I had taken cannabis, I would not have bitten the ear [de Holyfield] ! »
Although Tyson smoked cannabis when he was young, he gave it up for decades after losing a spot on the 1984 Olympic boxing team.
“I was getting drunk like crazy, and people were saying it was better than getting high,” Tyson said, adding that he went back to cannabis because he didn’t like the effect of other painkillers. , such as opiates.
“You can’t shit. There’s nothing you can do,” Tyson said.
Cannabis gummies in the shape of an ear don’t always have more at Holyfield, especially when they launch.
“I didn’t find it funny at first, then I realized Mike hadn’t had any issues in a while,” Holyfield told HuffPost, adding that he appreciates Tyson helping people with his products. .
Holyfield admitted he had never tried cannabis before receiving his first sample from Holy Ears.
“I wanted to be sure to go home and not do anything to anyone,” he said. “I ate it and went to bed. I woke up the next morning and I was like, ‘Whoa’”.
Although cannabis is still stigmatized in parts of the United States — “like the Bible Belt,” Tyson said — Tyson 2.0 partner Chad Bronstein said the boxer’s proselytizing of cannabis has helped change the hearts, minds and even ears.
“He’s a destigmatizing voice for cannabis and psychedelics,” Bronstein said. “He’s a ganja god.”