UK-based cannabidiol (CBD) specialist Oto has launched “Europe’s first" CBD cocktail bitters, which costs £98 (US$125) for a 100ml bottle.A single measure of the bitters delivers an effective daily serving of 50mg of CBD, which is a non-psychoactive extract from the hemp plant. CBD is renowned for its stress and anxiety relieving properties. Oto’s CBD Bitters are alcohol-free and were developed by a team of industry experts, including food scientist Dr Ketan Joshi, former Sipsmith founding director Antonia Jamison, Oto managing director Gemma Colao and DMD Ventures CEO James Bagley. The cocktail bitters have been made with botanical extracts that complement the effects of CBD, such as liquorice, which is widely used in Chinese medicine to help stress; cardamom, regarded for its antioxidant properties; and cacao, which improves mood, calmness and contentment. Oto CBD Bitters are said to have a herbaceous flavour profile with citrus notes and a floral hint. Jamison, director of Oto, said: “The drinks market is entering a really interesting stage where the non-alcoholic alternatives are now just as exciting and complex as their alcoholic counterparts. “However, just because people are adopting a more balanced approach to drinking, doesn’t mean that they don’t need a bracer to help them unwind and socialise. This is where Oto’s non-alcoholic CBD bitters come in. “At Oto, our aim is to create the world’s finest CBD experiences. Sadly, too many products on the market contain ineffective levels of CBD to have any real impact, which is why we spent a lot of time determining the optimum strength. "Adding Oto’s CBD bitters will help people to feel ‘in the moment’. It’s not about losing yourself, it’s about connecting to the present, the experience and the people around you.” Oto CBD Bitters is available in the on- and off-trade and is available to pre-order now from otocbd.com for £98 (US$125) per 100ml bottle.