The countdown is on. The federal government’s plans to legalize new classes of cannabis products come into full force in October.
In what many are calling the “second wave of legalization,” the legislative framework for the production and sale of cannabis extracts, edibles and topicals will come into force on October 17, 2019. The legislation is subject to provincial and territorial restrictions.
The changes to the Cannabis Regulations allow Licensed Processors to produce and sell new types of cannabis products. JWC anticipates bringing the following new products to market sometime after the legislation comes into effect: kief, rosin, and vape cartridges/pens. JWC’s product offerings will continue to be formulated using our aeroponically-grown cannabis.
In accordance with Health Canada requirements, current Licence Holders must provide written notice at least 60 days in advance of making a new cannabis product available for sale. New product notifications for the new classes of cannabis may be submitted as of October 17th, 2019.
As such, the earliest date that cannabis extracts, edibles and topicals could be commercially available is December 16, 2019.
Cannabis extracts can come in a variety of consistencies (e.g. oil, solid) and contain concentrated amounts of chemical compounds (cannabinoids) extracted from cannabis plants, such as Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).
A variety of methods can be used to extract and concentrate cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. Some examples of extraction methods include CO2, mechanical (sifting/pressing), and solvent-based (e.g. butane). All of these methods are designed to isolate cannabinoids from the plant material, while preserving the chemical integrity of the compound to maintain substance purity.
Additionally, the new legislation mandates the standardization of displayed quantities of cannabinoids.
For example, all cannabis products must display actual and potential total THC and CBD quantities in:
• Milligrams per gram (mg/g) and/or total milligrams per unit
• Their equivalency, expressed in grams, to dried cannabis
Limits on THC content are as follows:
• 10 mg/discrete unit (e.g. capsule)
• 10 mg/package edible cannabis
• 1,000 mg/package extract
• 1,000 mg/vape cartridge/pen
• 1000 mg/package topical cannabis
Extracts come in a wide array of formats and can be used in a variety of applications, for example, they may be vaporized, smoked, or used to formulate edibles. Always consume responsibly.
With any consumption of cannabis products by whatever method or means, the general rule is to start with a low amount, and only increase slowly. Here at JWC, we would like to remind you that determining your dosage should be based on the information provided on your medical document. Do not change your dosage without first consulting with your healthcare provider. As always, make sure that your cannabis consumables are properly labelled and stored out of reach of children and pets. When creating cannabis consumables, try to maintain the ratios between the amount of cannabis and the ingredient (such as butter or oil) which is being infused. If your cannabis ingredient is potent, consider reducing the amount used in a recipe by increasing the portion of non-infused ingredient. This caution applies for cannabis whether obtained on the recreational or the medical market, such that you should carefully monitor your use in order to determine a dosage which is predictable and appropriate for you.
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