When we say edibles you probably think of the classic pot brownie. But did you know there are hundreds of ways for you to ingest cannabis? Think cannabis infused chocolate, pretzels, candies, and hot sauce, among many others.
If you’re excited to try store-bought edibles, sorry, you’ve still got to wait a bit. While it’s legal for you to create your own edibles at home, they aren’t legal for sale yet. But the good news is that edibles will be legalized for sale no later than October 17, 2019.
Edibles are fast becoming a more popular way for people to enjoy their cannabis. For anyone from new users to seasoned pros, edibles are definitely appealing. Many people don’t enjoy smoking their cannabis; they may not enjoy the scent or the smoke, or they may simply want a subtler way to ingest it.
Edibles provide a solution to these issues. They’re subtle, easily ingested, and don’t have the same flavour as smoking. However, they also tend to be quite potent and it can be easy to overdo it.
Why the Delay?
While cannabis was legalized back in October, there were a few key products that didn’t make the first cut. These included edibles, extracts, and topicals. All of these products required extra time to create legislation.
There are a couple of concerns in legalizing edibles. A key point is protecting minors and deterring them from accidentally ingesting edibles. If a child sees a gummy bear they’re going to want to eat it and cannabis could be harmful to young children. The government is also concerned with how high the THC limits should be to prevent overconsumption. Finally, edibles present the issue of food-borne diseases and allergens.
What are the Rules?
Health Canada has taken this extra time to create a set of rules specifically to safely govern cannabis edibles. Recently, they released draft regulations for cannabis edibles, extracts, and topicals.
For the most part, the rules that currently govern cannabis use still apply. However, there are additional regulations that have been proposed for edibles. These regulations include:
- A maximum concentration of THC per package. The proposed limit is currently 10mg of THC per package for edibles.
- Strict rules surrounding what cannabis can be added to. For example, edible cannabis can’t include vitamins or minerals and it can’t be added to meat, poultry, or fish products, with the exception of certain dried meat products.
- Cannabis edibles would have to be stable at room temperature, not requiring any freezing or refrigeration.
- All edible products would need to comply to current cannabis packaging requirements. In addition, they would need to include a list of ingredients, potential allergen or gluten sources, a ‘best before’ date, and a cannabis-specific nutrition table.
- The products shouldn’t be appealing to children.
- Cannabis edibles can’t be manufactured in the same place as non-cannabis infused foods or drinks.
If you want more information on the proposed rules for edibles, extracts, or topicals this chart breaks down the current rules. Or, if you want more in-depth explanation of the proposed regulations and current rules, check out this news release from the Canada Gazette.
Have Your Say
These proposed regulations are still open for public consultation. The government is looking for Canadians to provide feedback on the proposed rules to help minimize any health or safety threats that edibles, extracts, or topicals may pose. If you want to participate, you can either fill out the online questionnaire or provide a written submission. Head over to the government’s consultation page for more information. You have until February 20, 2019 to provide your feedback for these ground-breaking new regulations.