Coca-Cola and Pepsi just announced that they’re exploring the cannabis market with wellness beverages, but Love Hemp Water has already beaten them to it. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a botanical extract of the hemp plant. It is made by pressing hemp leaves and flowers and Love Hemp Water is the first functional spring water in Europe to be infused with CBD.

Love Hemp Water launched earlier this year and is already on the shelves of Holland & Barrett and online at The beverage has already proved popular with product flying off the shelves this summer. Each 500ml bottle of Love Hemp Water is sugar free, contains 2mg of CBD and is certified 0.0% THC, meaning it does not have any psychoactive effect when consumed.

Tony Calamita, co-founder of Love Hemp Water, said: “There’s a growing understanding of the wide ranging benefits of cannabis oil to health and well-being which is why we launched our own trailblazing Love Hemp Water drink.

“We are interested that Coca-Cola is closely watching the growth of CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages and may wish to follow in our footsteps.”

The number of people using cannabidiol (CBD) oil in Britain has rocketed from 125,000 to 250,000 in the past 12 months, according to the Cannabis Trades Association UK.

Cannabis oil has been subject to extensive scientific studies, most recently by the World Health Organisation, where it was found to offer a wide variety of health benefits.

The WHO report revealed that CBD oils – completely natural supplements sourced from low-level THC Cannabis Sativa hemp – have benefits for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, pain, anxiety, depression, cancer and diabetic complications.