Meet Milonga: The Argentine CBD-Infused Yerba Mate That's Captivated Miami

By Henan Panessi via El Planteo.

"Milonga has a rare story," warns Shadi Atassi, an American soccer player of Syrian origin and Argentine family who designed (with his father) the first organic yerba mate with CBD in the United States. "It's a different and unique fusion worldwide," he argues.

All over the world?

Yes, there are some in Uruguay, but they do something else. They mix hemp leaf with yerba mate leaf. It doesn't mean that there is CBD in there. Ours is a different process. We are the first ones to conduct this organic process to make a yerba mate infusion with CBD extract.

Okay, here we go again: Milonga, then, is the first organic yerba mate with CBD in the world.

Preaching About Yerba Mate 

Raised in Miami, where his family still lives (Shadi is half Argentine, half Syrian), and with a professional career as a soccer player in Spain's third Andalusian division, has always been obsessed with yerba mate (in Spanish: yehr·buh maa·tay).

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In his travels around the world, he became a kind of preacher of this herb that he likes so much. 

"I got to drink mate (as people call it in Spanish) as a child because my mother drank it at home. I always experienced it as something nostalgic. I also saw Messi and Suárez drinking it. I did not like mate until I lived in Banfield’s F.C. boarding house. In Banfield, I was with other soccer players from the rest of the country, people from distant places like Rioja, Salta or Mendoza. If in Buenos Aires people drink mate, folks in the rest of Argentina drink three times as much", he recalls in perfect Spanish.

Throughout his soccer experience, a mix of the sentimental and the cultural, Shadi incorporated mate to his routines. "It's an excuse to talk, it's a …

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