What You Need to Know about Legalization 2.0 (Part 1 of 2)
When will cannabis edibles, concentrates and topicals be legalized?
Legalization day for cannabis edibles, concentrates and topicals is here. But that doesn’t mean you’ll find these products available for sale at your local legal cannabis dispensary – not yet, anyway. Here are the two key dates to keep in mind as Health Canada rolls out the next wave of cannabis legalization:
October 17. As announced by Health Canada, today is the day legal pot producers will be eligible to apply to sell value-added cannabis products, such as edibles, concentrates and topicals.
December 17. Starting then, consumers may begin to find these products available on store shelves.
How will the legalization of value-added cannabis products affect our industry?
The roll-out of legal edibles, concentrates and topicals is set to be one of the most exciting and transformational events in Canada’s legal cannabis history. Indeed, the business consultancy company Deloitte estimates Canadians could spend as much as $2.7 billion on next-generation cannabis products annually – and that’s on top of existing dry flower sales. (For more information, check out this CBC News report.)
Since the legalization of dry flower cannabis and oils last year, Canadian recreational consumers have quietly but eagerly anticipated the legalized sale of value-added products. Until today, there’s been just a limited range of offerings in the legal cannabis marketplace. The only non-flower derivatives of cannabis available has been soft-gels, infused oils and sub-lingual sprays.
However, a recent survey found that, compared with current offerings, most adults prefer to consume confectionary or baked cannabis edibles. It’s now thought that edibles and other derivatives could grow the number of Canada’s existing cannabis customers by up to 65%. That’s an increase of more than 3 million customers nationwide .
According to Health Canada, edible cannabis, concentrates and topicals are an important – and often essential – aspect of a healing medical regimen. Until now, similar products have only been available through home kitchens, unlicensed dispensaries or in limited quantities through Health Canada’s now-defunct Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation (MMPR) program.
For the recreational scene, this is a chance to break the market open and offer what everyone wants – fun, healing, psychoactive cannabis products.
What are the carrying limits for edibles, concentrates and topicals?
Packages containing edible cannabis products, whether food or beverage, will be limited to 10 mg tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per package. Inhalable concentrates such as shatter, rosin or hashish will be limited to 1,000 mg THC per package. The same limit of 1,000 mg THC per package will also apply to cannabis topicals (products for face, hair and nails). Tinctures will have a cap of 10 mg THC per dispensed amount and 1,000 mg THC per package.
For more information, go to Health Canada’s resource clarifying regulations for the production and sale of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and topicals.
Can I make value-added cannabis products at home?
If you’ve grown four legal plants at your household this summer, or have had cannabis gifted to you, you may have some extra cannabis flowers and trim for celebrating the legalization of edibles. Did you know you can make your own edibles at home? A good starting point is to set aside about 1 ounce (28 grams) of cannabis flowers, trim or leaf material to process into butter or oil.
Signature by Liberty Leaf sells a countertop appliance that can infuse cannabis into butter or oil automatically with no detectable odour or mess. We also offer two excellent cookbooks that teach you how to infuse foods with cannabis at home – safely. Once you have infused butter or oil, the possibilities are endless.
Watch for Part 2 of Edibles, concentrates and topicals, with tips from the Signature kitchen on Cooking with cannabis.
1. Health Canada. (2019, June 14). Final regulations: Edible cannabis, cannabis extracts, cannabis topicals. Retrieved from Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/resources/regulations-edible-cannabis-extracts-topicals.html
2. Kaufmann, B. (2019, September 15). Legal Edibles and Other Derivatives Should Add 3 Million Consumers to Cannabis Market. Retrieved from The Calgary Herald: https://calgaryherald.com/cannabis/cannabis-business/legal-edibles-other-derivatives-should-add-3-million-consumers-to-cannabis-market
3. The Canadian Press. (2019, June 3). Canadian Edibles, Topical Market Worth $2.7B, on top of Existing Pot: Deloitte. Retrieved from Toronto City News: https://toronto.citynews.ca/2019/06/03/canadian-edibles-topicals-market-worth-2-7b-on-top-of-existing-pot-deloitte/