Cannabis Edibles are Now Legal in Canada – Here’s What You Need to Know

What are Edibles?

Edibles are cannabis-infused products including baked goods, candies, gummies and beverages. They are generally made using dried flowers or cannabis oils and are an amazing option for those who want to avoid inhaling or smoking with pipes and joints. However, it should be noted that effects from edibles are more potent and affect for longer periods. According to Health Canada, the onset period of edibles Canada can range from 30 minutes to 4 hours. It is also recommended that one should not consume more if effects are not felt. It is possible to consume too much and experience unpleasant effects. The general advice for edibles users is to start low and go slow.

The Legalization in Canada

Last October, it was declared that licensed producers can start submitting their products to Health Canada. The products will be then subjected to an approval process of 60-90 days. It was simply one of the first steps towards the legalization of THC edibles in Canada. According to a press release, a strict framework will be in place to restrict and regulate access to cannabis to keep them out of reach of children.

When and Where Can I Buy Edibles?

The answer actually depends because due to the approval process time, products won’t be able to hit the shelves until mid-December. Moreover, provinces will be allowed to regulate the products further. What products you can buy at retail stores and online shops depends on where you live. Discussing about whether beverages or gummies will come out earlier, reports state that it really depends on the focus of provinces and companies. Health Canada also explained that it can take some time for producers and vendors to get familiar with the new rules and comply with them.

What About the Risk to Children?

The purchase and use of edibles will be regulated and restricted just like combustibles. This means you can’t buy a cannabis beverage at a bar or consume a weed brownie in a public space. While monitoring is difficult because the products look much similar to non-cannabis ones, strict rules will still be applied to transporting cannabis-infused products across the border. Canadians are instructed to store cannabis safely to keep them out of reach of kids and youth. Health Canada also states edibles should be designed in such a way that they are not appealing to young people though no flavor, colors and shapes are specified. Most products will bear simple, plain packaging, the THC symbol, levels of THC and CBD and health warnings. The government also warns users to avoid consuming edibles with nicotine, alcohol and other drugs and to avoid driving when intoxicated.

The Business Impact

While the initial rollouts of cannabis products have been rocky, the cannabis market is quite profitable. However, edibles are expected to take over the market as they are legalized. After the legalization, about 11% of Canadians reported they already use edibles while 13% expected to buy these products soon. According to a recent report by Deloitte, edibles will reach $2.7 billion this year in Canada, making 60 percent of the total legal cannabis market.