Coke may move into cannabis-infused drinks

Cherry Coca Cola are stacked behind a fence in Beijing. Andy Wong  The Associated Press

According to a report by BNN Bloomberg, sources said that the world's largest beverage company is interested "in developing beverages that are infused with cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, the non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana plants".

Coca-Cola, the Atlanta-based soft drink giant, is reportedly in talks about creating a CBD-infused soft drink.

While recent events have seen adult-beverage makers jump into the infused-beverages space, some believe the non-alcoholic infused-beverage markets may hold the key. He said he would expect that Coke would develop the product first for sale in Canada, readying it for the United States once it's legal.

However, Coke officials released a statement on Monday denying interest in the industry.

Marijuana-infused drinks essentially come in two varieties: those made with CBD and those made with THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of cannabis.

The source added, "It's going to be more of the "recovery drink" category".

That makes such drinks a great opportunity for beverage makers to diversify their product lines and many have already begun to do so.

Green Party President Peter Sinkamba says he is extremely happy that Coca-Cola, which is best known for its eponymous caffeine-based Coca-Cola drink, has chose to experiment with a different drug: cannabis.

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Xi and Putin, among others, watched a video of the days when the Chinese boys and girls lived in the care center 10 years ago. On Monday, Mr Putin seemed to pour cold water on suggestions that the dispute could be resolved soon.

Kent Landers, a spokesman from Coca-Cola, declined to comment about Aurora.

"Coca Cola confirmed it is "closely watching" CBD as an ingredient in wellness beverages", Bloomberg reported on Monday.

The weed industry has been attracting interest from big corporate names as Canada and a wave of USA states move to legalise recreational use of the drug.

The report said there was no guarantee that talks between the companies would be successful but Aurora shares responded by soaring 22 percent.

Coca-Cola is best known for its eponymous caffeine-based drink, but the firm now appears to be experimenting with a different drug: cannabis.

However, US corporations remain cautious about taking steps into a business that remains illegal under US federal law.

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