US group launches six cannabis-based drinks

Seattle-based company Tarukino has added six cannabis-infused beverages to its range of products, which already includes a cannabis-infused sexual lubricant.

The beverage range, which has been approved by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, includes: Happy Apple Diet, a low-calorie version of Tarukino existing sparkling apple juice; Twisted Apple, an “all-natural infused sparkling apple juice; Utopia, a calorie-free sparkling water infused with natural fruit essence; Vertus, a “Champagne-style” beverage; Pearl2O Mini, a “flavourless” infused food and beverage mixer; and Reeb, a cannabis-infused barley soda. All of Tarukino’s products are infused using its proprietary Sōrse emulsion technology, a water-based emulsion that creates “flavorless, fast-acting and consistent” products with “accurate” dosing. "With these new products, we're here to show the industry there that, when it comes to consuming cannabis, there is a great alternative to smoking," said Howard Lee, CEO of Tarukino. "These products will also show consumers and other cannabis edible makers that quality products can be made without including cannabis smell or taste.” The Cannabis-based beverage segment is set for rapid growth after US drinks group Constellation Brands acquired a minority stake in Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth Corporation.