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Coca-Cola: Watching the Market for Drinks Infused with Cannabis Extract

Coca-Cola is “closely watching” the market for drinks infused with cannabidiol, the chemical in marijuana believed to relieve pain and anxiety. Noting the space for cannabidiol-based drinks is “evolving quickly,” the company stressed that the ingredient doesn’t produce the high that comes from another cannabis-derived chemical known as THC. “The space is evolving quickly. No decisions have been made at this time,” Coca-Cola said in a statement. The statement followed a report that Coca-Cola was allegedly in “serious talks” to develop cannabis-related beverages with Canada’s Aurora Cannabis. Aurora, a cannabis producer, wants to enter the infused beverage industry but does “not discuss business development initiatives until they are finalized”.

Coca-Cola test-launched an alcoholic drink in Japan earlier this year. A move into cannabis-derived beverages would offer another option for the company as health-conscious consumers move away from sugary sodas. Coca-Cola’s desire to explore CBD for a “functional wellness beverage” could result in a drink that eases inflammation, cramping or other pains. The extract is already found in alternative medicines and supplements, with evidence that it relieves anxiety, headaches and arthritis. The Food and Drug Administration approved its use to treat epilepsy earlier this year

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