CHICAGO — As interest in cannabidiol-infused products grows—Kwik Trip and Sheetz each began selling a variety of products this spring—so does the number of manufacturers getting in on the burgeoning product segment. Here's a look at seven CBD- , hemp- or cannabis-infused beverages coming to market ...
1. Keef Cola
Keef Brands has brought its line of cannabis-infused sodas, Keef Cola, to Northern California. Introduced nearly a decade ago in Boulder, Colo., Keef Cola is made with CO2 cannabis extract and pure cane sugar. Each 12-fluid ounce bottle contains 10 milligrams of THC, along with vitamins C, B3, B6, and B12. Five flavors in 12-ounce aluminum bottles—Keef Cola Original, Bubba Kush Root Beer, Blue Razz, Orange Kush and Purple Passion—will be available at dispensaries throughout Northern California for adult use only.
Daytrip, a cannabis lifestyle brand, released its CBD infused sparkling water in June. This initial beverage line from San Francisco-based Daytrip is available in four fruit flavors: Cherry, Coconut Pineapple, Lemon Lime and Tangerine. Daytrip also plans to introduce a THC-infused sparkling-water line, which will be available in California dispensaries this summer. Each Daytrip beverage contains 5 calories and includes 10 milligrams of CBD per can, retailing at $4.99 in the general market and $49.99 per 12-pack available at wearedaytrip.com. The THC line will feature the same four flavors and 5 milligrams of THC per 12-ounce can.
3. UbU Hemp Tonic
UbU Sparkling Functional Tonics launched UbU Hemp Tonic this spring. UbU Hemp Tonic is available in two flavors: Yuzu and Lotus Flower, and Citrus and Ginger. Each 12-ounce drink is made with full-spectrum organic hemp extract containing 25 milligrams of naturally occurring CBD (less than 0.3% THC), as well as antioxidants, prebiotics and electrolytes. The drinks contain no sugar, sweeteners, caffeine or preservatives. Santa Monica, Calif.-based UbU also launched caffeine-free UbU Natural Energy, a purified carbonated water containing baobab superfruit, agave inulin, panax ginseng and vitamins B3 and B12.
Elev8 Brands Inc., an Orlando, Fla.-based holding company focused on commercial development of hemp and cannabinoid-infused beverages, has launched a CBD-infused ready-to-drink iced coffee and CBD-infused ready-to-drink iced tea. Elev8 CBD Lemon Iced Tea, available in 12-ounce plastic bottles, and Elev8 CBD Iced Coffee, in 12-ounce cans, each contain 10 milligrams of CBD. Working with Madison, Wis.-based distribution company Tappy LLC, Elev8 aims to build a distribution network into gas stations and convenience stores.
5. Forest Coffee
Hemp supplier Evo Hemp, Boulder, Colo., has partnered with Forest Coffee Trading Co. in Denver to offer a ready-to-drink, CBD-infused cold-brew coffee. The Forest Coffee Trading Co. CBD Cold Brew uses coffee beans sourced from a micro-lot producer in northern Thailand. It is combined with 15 milligrams of Native American grown Evo Hemp CBD extract in each 12-ounce bottle. Cases of 12 are available for purchase on the Forest Coffee Trading Co. website for $60.
Chula Vista, Calif.-based HempFX, a manufacturer of CBD oils, said it is working with Icelandic Glacial to develop a ready-to-drink CBD water and with coffee company Josie’s Java House to create a CBD-infused coffee K-Cup. No timeline was provided for either project.