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Image result for Coca-Cola is considering a move into the growing market for cannabis-infused drinks.

Coca-Cola is considering a move into the growing market for cannabis-infused drinks.  Coke said in a statement that it is “closely watching” the growth of CBD, a non-psychoactive component in marijuana, as an ingredient in what it called functional wellness beverages.  CBD, which does not produce a high for the user, has been used for medical purposes, including easing inflammation, pain and nausea.

Constellation Brands, the maker of Corona beer, Svedka vodka and Casa Noble tequila, announced last month that it is investing an additional $4 billion in the Canadian cannabis company Canopy Growth.

Image result for Lagunitas, a craft beer label of brewing giant Heineken, already has a drink infused with THC

Lagunitas, a craft beer label of brewing giant Heineken, already has a drink infused with THC, marijuana’s active ingredient, which does produce a high. It can be purchased at marijuana dispensaries in California.  Both Coke and rival Pepsico have been trying to expand their businesses beyond traditional soft drinks as people drink less soda because of health concerns. Just last week, Coke announced a deal to buy Costa Coffee for $5 billion.  Canada is in the process of legalizing recreational use of marijuana. The drug is still illegal under US federal law, although some states have decriminalized it.  In June, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the epilepsy treatment Epidiolex, the first cannabis-based drug allowed in the United States. It includes CBD as well.

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