Mike Tyson is certainly a man who wears many hats: World-renowned boxer, cannabis entrepreneur, husband and father, podcast host, actor, cultural icon, and at one time in his life, a man who bit the ear off another man’s head, a piece of it anyway. The 1997 fight when Iron Mike Tyson took a bite of Evander Holyfield’s ear is perhaps the most bizarre and memorable moment in boxing history.
Fast-forward a couple of decades and now, Mike is putting a new and somewhat comedic spin on that gory incident from his past by introducing a new line of ear-shaped edibles: Mike Bites, and they come complete with a small chunk of ‘cartilage’ missing, for the sake of keeping things accurate. Although “Mike Bites” sounds like more of a warning rather than the name of sweet, delicious candy, that’s exactly what you’re getting with this product. A treat that packs a punch. And don’t worry, Mike released a statement saying that “These ears actually taste good!” Likely because they are made with pot-infused sugary goodness, as opposed to blood and flesh 😉
Celebrity products are fun, but not many are as memorable as these ear-shaped gummies. We’re excited to give them a try when they become available. In the meantime, stay current on everything important happening in the industry by subscribing to the THC Weekly Newsletter. Also, it’ll get you premium access to deals on cannabis flowers, vapes, edibles, and much more! We’ve also got standout offers on cannabinoids, like HHC-O, Delta 8, Delta 9 THC, Delta-10 THC, THCO, THCV, THCP & HHC, which won’t kill your bank account. Head over to our “Best-of” lists to get these deals, and remember to enjoy responsibly!
About the fight
Evander Holyfield was a four-time heavyweight champion when he and Tyson fought. The infamous ear-biting incident was actually the pair’s second fight, as they had faced off seven months prior at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the first match, Holyfield won during the sixth round.
Even though Holyfield won the first fight, was still the underdog going into the next fight; and despite being a four-time champ, Holyfield had been uninspiring in his fights after returning from a brief retirement in 1995. During their highly anticipated second match, Tyson was angry because Holyfield hit him with a few headbutts, and he retaliated by biting off a section of his right ear and spitting onto the canvas.
Iron Mike was immediately disqualified, but the occurrence marked what probably is still to this day, the strangest, most memorable, and perhaps the most gruesome interaction in the history of boxing. Interestingly enough, Holyfield and Tyson are on ok terms these days, and Tyson even gave the speech when Holyfield was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.
Tyson 2.0 and Mike Bites
Mike Tyson initially started selling cannabis-based products under his Tyson Holistic brand in 2016. Over the years, he has launched several cannabis-related ventures, notably Futurola, his popular brand of papers and prerolls. Additionally, his well-known and wildly successful pot farm in SoCal, Tyson Ranch, generates a reported monthly revenue of roughly $500 thousand.
Tyson 2.0 is Mike’s newest company, and the brand under which “Mike Bites,” will be released. Online, Tyson 2.0 describes itself as “a premier cannabis company formed with legendary boxer, entrepreneur and icon Mike Tyson.” The company’s mission is “to produce innovative, high-quality cannabis products known for purity, precision, and wide accessibility. In 2021, the company expanded its sales to over 100 locations in California.”
Each red, ear-shaped gummy contains 10 milligrams of THC – in compliance with California Bureau of Cannabis Control regulations, which is where the gummies will be sold. You can order them from his website if you live in a legal state, or find them in dispensaries around California.
The former boxer’s use of the plant as medicine dates back to two decades ago. “I was an opiate user most of my life. I’m bipolar, tripolar, and manic-depressive. I’m all these damn things. So I took all these pills and got worse. I became obese, I became a zombie. So I changed my whole life, I started smoking and I didn’t use opiates anymore. I lost 45 pounds. My life turned around,” he recounted in a 2019 interview with Weedmaps.
Also, Tyson recommends the use of cannabis in athletes: “I think all sportspeople should smoke marijuana if they choose to. I’m not pressuring anybody. I’m just telling people who are like me, who experience pain from a long career, [to consider] cannabis.”
A little more about edibles
Cannabis edibles are trending big time. Not only do they offer many advantages that smoking simply does not, such as discretion, no carcinogens, and more dosage control; but for most users, they also provide a much more potent and long-lasting high.
But why do cannabis edibles affect our bodies so differently than smoking or vaping? Just like anything else that goes through our digestive systems, cannabis edibles need to metabolize before the effects can be felt. It’s not an instant sensation like the aforementioned alternatives would be and it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to kick in, but the effects last much longer.
When eaten, the body converts all THCs into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is a very potent endocannabinoid. So, what’s the science behind this? To summarize, it all boils down to two factors: the drug-metabolizing enzymes in your GI tract, and blood flow to the liver. When you first eat a cannabis edible, various enzymes in the GI tract begin digesting the food. From that point, blood flow from the GI tract goes through the liver where all these enzymes are metabolized, then the blood continues to general circulation. When the metabolites are formed, that’s when you get the effects of 11-hydroxy-THC.
These edibles are not yet available for sale, but should be very soon. Hopefully in time for my next trip to California so I can try them out for myself. Remember, here at CBD Testers/Cannadelics, we love products – whether they come from a dispensary or online retailer, we love to learn about what’s out there and share our findings with you.
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