US-based Xanthic Beverages has announced that its flagship CBD-containing beverage Xanthic CBD Water is being distributed by a network of Pepsi independent distributors in various retail locations throughout Washington and Oregon.

Xanthic’s flagship product contains cannabidiol (CBD) that is not derived from cannabis.

The company was founded by Ryan Maxson and Ryan Stroud in January this year.

Stroud said: “Some of the largest companies in the world in their respective categories have come to Oregon looking for ways to cash in on the cannabinoid opportunity.

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“Once distributors and large-chain retailers understood our capacity, they began to look at us a lot differently.”

“Last fall, an executive from one of those companies challenged us to make a cannabinoid product that a publicly-traded company like theirs could be involved in legally. So we did.”

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and is revered for a wide range of benefits.

Xanthic CBD Water is one of the first commercially available CBD-containing products to be exempt from the federal cannabis laws that currently hamper most mainstream retail cannabinoid distribution agreements in the US.

Maxson said: “We also recognised that cottage-scale practices would not be sufficient to fill the scale of distribution pipeline we envisioned for ourselves, so we found a Pepsi-contracted bottler to produce our product.

“Once distributors and large-chain retailers understood our capacity, they began to look at us a lot differently.”