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2 July 2006

C-Ice Swiss Cannabis Ice Tea is, at least as far as Barry Gorman of The Tea Council is concerned, not a proper tea. But then Barry Gorman doesn't even recognise chamomile as a proper tea. Which it is. So the makers of C-Ice probably shouldn't be too concerned with what a reactionary old beverage-square like Gorman thinks. But they should also be aware that all proper tea is theft.


So anyway, C-Ice Swiss Cannabis Ice Tea has this week gone on sale in British health food stores. Obviously, what with cannabis being illegal and all, THC, the active narcotic ingredient is not actually present in the tea. So in that respect it's a little like an alcohol-free lager. In order to justify the name 'cannabis tea', what it actually contains is a smidgeon of hemp blossom syrup and the flimsiest extract of hemp bloom. Which may sound somewhat metaphysical but is guaranteed not to get you wrecked. However, this hasn't stopped certain anti-drug types shifting uncomfortably in their seats. The Daily Mail phoned up David Raynes of the National Drug Prevention Alliance for example. They couldn't help themselves. Raynes is not in favour of the tea. 'This is a normalisation of cannabis as an image in young people's minds,' he said, choosing to ignore the simple fact that cannabis already *is* normal, in young and old people's minds alike. 'So many people come off the rails because of cannabis,' he continued. Do they? Do they really? And this tea, will it makes matters worse? Is it a gateway tea? Will it leads to other things? Is it only a matter of time before shops are selling PCP Tips? Is this how Craig Charles got started?

Although we know that Raynes and the Mail are talking rubbish, we're also not enormously convinced by the idea of cannabis tea. Call us old-fashioned, but surely, if it's cannabis and tea you're after, wouldn't it make more sense just to have a nice cup of proper tea and big fat joint? We think so. But if C-Ice want to send us a crate to change our minds, we'll be perfectly happy to give it a shot.

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