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Co-Cannabis Cola?

Could a new drug infused drink be about to hit our shelves?

Coca-Cola has announced that it is currently watching the developing market in using cannabis in drinks.

With nearly 10,450 of Coca-Cola’s drinks ingested every second, it’s hard to even imagine the beginning of such a well-known consumer product back in 1886 where John Stith Pemberton served it in the pharmacy where he worked. Now 94% of the world’s population recognise the logo and ‘Coca-Cola’ is the second most recognised worldly term after ‘OK’; it’s no wonder they are continuing to closely eye the ever-growing trends that are flooding our shelves.

‘Cannabidiol’ (CBD) is a non-psychoactive element that comes from the cannabis plant and with it being legal in the UK when sold as a food supplement, Coca-Cola have been in talks with a Canadian cannabis company to use the product in a new health beverage.

“This wouldn’t be the first time that Coca-Cola have added drugs to their beverages”

CBD is known for having health benefits that include aiding in the relief of chronic pain, inflammation, epilepsy and even mental health conditions such as psychosis. Due to all of these positive effects, the oil is becoming increasingly more accepted to use and more legalisations of marijuana are occurring (with Canada’s legalisation day set for October 17th of this year). Although CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, found in marijuana) naturally derive from the same plant, CBD is non-psychoactive which means users will not get the ‘high’ experienced through smoking marijuana, whereas THC is psychoactive so users will experience the ‘high’.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Coca-Cola have added drugs to their beverages. Coca-Cola lends its name to two of the drinks’ most important ingredients: the coca plant and kola nuts. The coca plant is a main ingredient in the drug cocaine but this was thought to be medicinal way back at the beginning of the drinks production. This meant that the drug would not have been removed so consumers would have been drinking a now Class-A drug without knowing. It’s no wonder the beverage became so popular.

Although the company have admitted interest for using CBD in a new drink, they have not confirmed that anything is currently in the making, so we’ll have to stick to our beloved Coca-Cola sugary boosts for now. But could this be the start of a legalised drug future?

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