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Coca-Cola looks at cannabis as possible ingredient in health drinks

The Coca-Cola Company says it is "closely watching" the expanding use of a cannabis element in drinks, another sign the controversial product is getting more acceptance in mainstream culture.

The statement came after reports the beverage giant was in talks with a Canadian cannabis company to create a health drink infused with cannabidiol, a naturally occurring non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant.

Shares of the company, Aurora Cannabis Inc, closed up nearly 17 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the report.

Spokespeople for the companies declined to comment on the report but acknowledged their interest in that segment of the cannabis market.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, does not produce the high commonly associated with marijuana.

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ABC NEWS 18/09/18

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