Due to the rumoured therapeutic qualities of cannabidoil, or CBD (which doesn't contain the active psychoactive ingredient THC which remains illegal), a wide variety of products incorporating CBD are now available.
A recent survey from the Cannabis Trades Association discovered that the number of CBD users in Britain rose from 125,000 in 2016 to 250,000 last year.
Now, in an attempt to tap into the ever-increasing market, Spanish producer CannaWine – which blends cannabis and grapes to create a CBD-infused wine – is hitting UK shelves.
Made with organic marijuana and biodynamically farmed grapes, the tipple is available as both red white wines (14.5% ABV) in 500ml bottles.
The Catalonia-based brand, which says the drink can produce "multiple health benefits", hopes to go global with the 'weed wine'.
Head winemaker Jeremy Sayols Alba spoke of his enthusiasm in bringing the drink to fruition.
“The process is what makes us unique,” he explained.
“We soak the best parts of our Cannabis Sativa L plants directly into the wine and use the alcohol to extract the CBD.
“The wines are unfined and unfiltered so we don’t lose any cannabinoids, also making them vegan friendly.”
Robert Wattie, owner of Fairview Wines which imports the wine into the UK, echoed Alba’s passion.
“A glass of CannaWine offers instant relaxation while consuming a relatively low amount of alcohol,” he said, adding that it is best served with ice and a sprig of rosemary.
“CBD enthusiasts are keen to try the product, but this is potentially a great way to bring more consumers into the category by literally blending it with one of their favourite products.”
No matter what the future holds for cannabis-infused wine, one thing stands out: it is likely to gain a lot of attention, fans and users.
How the Government and related industries react is another topic for another day.