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Oklahoma Vice: Local CBD oil maker expands to hemp-infused bottled water

Oklahoma City-based Can-Tek Labs has done a lot of growing since I last visited for an interview with CEO Ryan Early in January about the company's hemp-based products. 

Early has since launched a new brand of CBD oil-infused bottled water called Quantum CBD H2O. The brand is already sponsoring mixed martial arts events. The water promises 10 mg of cannabinoids per bottle and something called ....."nanoparticle technology? " 

Quantum CBD H2O is as already popping up at convenience stores across the state and Early hopes to eventually have it on store shelves nationwide. 

"The water is doing phenomenally well," Early said.  

The CBD, or cannabidiol, Can-Tek uses comes not from marijuana, but from hemp, grown in La Junta, Colorado. The hemp contains high amounts of cannabidiol, but almost no tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana. 

Early is also working on launching what could be Oklahoma's first cannabis conference next year, June 1-3 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.   

The 2018 Mid-America Cannabis Conference and Expo is set to include workshops for patients, medical providers and businesses.

Some of the announced topics for patient workshops include  "Understanding Your Rights: Deciphering State Laws and Regulations as a Patient" and  "Cooking With Cannabis: How To Get the Most From Your Edibles."

Of course, no marijuana sales will take place at the event, because of Oklahoma's current drug laws, Early said.   

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Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›