On October 17th in Canada, new rules and regulations have come into effect for cannabis edibles and topicals. With this exciting news, we can expect to see products in both categories hit shelves by December of this year.
Here are the nitty-gritty details that you need to know about the new regulations.
Defining Edibles and Topicals
Firstly, under the new laws, the term “edibles” is a catch-all term for any consumable cannabis-infused product. This includes, but is not limited to confectionaries (candies, gummies, cotton candy), beverages and baked goods. “Topicals” on the other hand, can be defined as products that are also infused with cannabis but are more for medicinal and pain relief purposes and are absorbed via the skin. These include balms, lotions, and oils that help reduce chronic pain and inflammation.
Both edibles and topicals have been in the market for quite some time, and have been used as an alternate way to consume cannabis for those who are avoiding smoking. The effects of cannabis-based edibles are often stronger and tend to take longer to kick in (between half an hour to around four hours between consumption and the high) and can last longer than the effects of inhalation or smoking.
New to edibles? Handy tips can be found here.
Breakdown of the Laws
As of October 17th, licensed producers can have their edible and topical products reviewed by Health Canada for legal selling on the Canadian market. Once the products have been approved by Health Canada, we can expect to start seeing a variety of government-approved edible and topical innovations hit the shelves around December of this year.
Further, depending on which province you are in, the wait may even be longer. Provinces have the final say on the selling of specific cannabis-related products, and we may not even see specific types of each hit the market. For example, Quebec has limited access to candy and baked goods, so you won’t be able to find pot brownies in cities across the country. Part of this is a bid to ensure that public health and safety is kept in check, but also to deter children from accessing these consumables. B.C. is another province that will have stronger health and safety regulations around these products.
Just a year ago, Canada legalized pot sales, and now, today, we are celebrating edible legalization. The first wave of legalization brought great benefits for Canada and according to Deloitte, Canada’s second wave of Cannabis products and sales could generate 2.7 billion dollars in annual sales.
We’re excited for what this could bring in terms of product innovation and creating distinctly Canadian brands of edibles and topicals.