Quantifying CBD and THC Amounts According to New Regulatory Standards: Mg per g

Overview

The Cannabinoid content in cannabis products will soon be following new labelling standards! Our latest JWC journal provides everything you need to know before the changes come into effect on October 17.

What’s happening?

New cannabinoid labelling requirements for cannabis products are coming into effect in October.

As part of “Legalization 2.0”, regulatory changes to labelling standards come into full force alongside the legalization of new classes of cannabis, including extracts, topicals and edibles, on October 17, 2019.

The amendments to the Cannabis Regulations are intended to standardize how the quantities of cannabinoid content are displayed on the labels of all cannabis products.

Mg/g

Beginning October 17, all cannabis products must display the actual and potential total cannabinoid content in mg/g.

Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) quantities must be displayed as:

  • Milligrams per gram (mg/g) and/or total milligrams per unit
  • The product’s equivalency, expressed in grams, to dried cannabis

Why milligrams/gram?

The new standard ensures the total cannabinoid content is measured as accurately as possible and enables easier comparison between various products.

Tips for understanding the new requirements:

  • Mg/g is a dried product weight measurement
  • 1 gram (g) is equal to 1,000 milligrams (mg)
  • Converting the cannabinoid content to a percentage is a simple calculation:
  • The easiest way to make the conversion is to divide the mg/g measurement by 10.
  • For example, if you buy JWC Northern Kush GE the THC content will now be labelled as THC 239.2 mg/g. You can arrive at the equivalent THC % with a simple calculation.
  • To calculate: 239.2÷10 = 23.92%

Maximum THC limits

Under the amended regulations, products must not exceed maximum THC limitations. Limits are as follows:

  • 10 mg/discrete unit (e.g. capsule)
  • 10 mg/package edible cannabis
  • 1000 mg/package extract
  • 1000 mg/vape cartridge/pen
  • 1000 mg/package topical cannabis

When will I see these changes?

Though the new legislation comes into full force starting October 17, 2019, Licence Holders are permitted a transitionary period of one year – up to October 17, 2020 – following the date of enforcement to fully implement the labelling changes.

Where can I learn more?

For additional information regarding packaging requirements for cannabis products, please refer to Health Canada’s Packaging and labelling guide for cannabis products.

For more information on changes to the Cannabis Regulations that come into effect for cannabis products on October 17, 2019, please refer to our Journal.

Always consume responsibly.

DISCLAIMER:

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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