Coca-Cola considers new cannabis drink
Drinks giant Coca-Cola is considering the production of a cannabis-infused drink that would help people with chronic pain.
The US company said it was "closely watching" the development of the cannabis industry and looking into a possible "functional wellness beverage".
The product would include CBD, or cannabidiol - a non-psychoactive component in cannabis - but not THC, the high-inducing ingredient in the plant.
The company said: "Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages.
CBD is used by many people for medical reasons including chronic pain and inflammation, anxiety and epilepsy.
According to a Bloomberg report, Coca-Cola has been in talks with Aurora Cannabis, a Canadian company.
In the US, cannabis is illegal under federal law, but legal in some states.
As consumption of fizzy drinks declines, Coca-Cola has diversified into other products, including juice and mineral water. Last month, it announced it was buying Costa Coffee for $5.1bn. (© Daily Telegraph London)