Thursday 13 December 2018

Coca-Cola considers new cannabis drink

 

Coca-Cola said it was “closely watching” the development of the cannabis industry.
Coca-Cola said it was “closely watching” the development of the cannabis industry.

Nick Allen

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)

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