Edibles Extracts and topicals now legal in Canada
What are Edibles?
Edibles Extracts and topicals now legal in Canada whats next?
Edibles can be described as any food item that has been infused with cannabis, which could include THC, CBD or another cannabidiol. Edibles are now legal in Canada but the Government has restricted the level of THC to be 10 milligrams. For the medical cannabis community this came as a shock. I decided to contact several people in the medical cannabis community and asked them if they felt 10 milligrams was enough. One lady with Cancer had this to say:
If you are a patient, you have no choice but to utilize the products produced for the recreational market. (The Cannabis Act rolled us all into ONE program) this should never have happened. Edibles for recreational use have been capped at 10mg per serving (no matter what the size) “I am a patient. I consume approximately 275 mg per day in edibles alone to battle Cancer, Seizures, & Chronic pain from a MVA.”
Whether its a candy, a cookie, cereal bar, or drink, the amount of products needed to be consumed in one day to meet your prescribed needs would put you into a diabetic coma! How can a patient even afford their Dr Prescribed meds with this new system?
The Government did NOT ask for feedback from the medical cannabis community. The new laws rolled the recreational and medical market into one. The Canadian Medical Association says the introduction of legal cannabis food items are “Yet another level of complexity for Canadians to navigate” But here we are one year later after Cannabis was legalised and there is still no real education on how to use Cannabis safely, or education about edibles, extracts and topicals. The biggest population of curious cannabis users are Seniors. In the USA, Cannabis stores have welcomed bus loads of seniors who go there to get questions answered. They ask: What do you recommend for Parkinsons? What type of lotion can I use for my arthritis? What can you suggest for a better sleep? How do I eat edibles safely?
We also can not forget about the restaurant industry who were disappointed with the new regulations involving edibles. The Culinary Cannabis Association has offered courses for chefs so that they know how to dose food correctly. On their website they say:
A cannabis culinary professional needs to understand the importance of food safety, dosing, inventory control and cross contamination. With ACC certifications you can be confident in knowing the cannabis chef you hire will bring the skill sets needed to grow your business.
Who wouldn’t want to try edibles in a restaurant setting with a trained chef or hire a company like Social Sessions to come to your house and cook an infused meal for you and your friends.
As I attend a lot of Cannabis events, I am able to meet a variety of professionals. At the Cannabis Living event I had the opportunity to meet The Munchy Brothers who are making products available through the legal stores. I was excited to see that they had a variety of infused sauces and other ingredients which could be used at home
I realize that legalization is a journey, but for the Medical Cannabis community who paved the road for legalization, it is not what they had hoped for. The Government continues to emphasize that legalization is not about encouraging marijuana use among Canadians. However, it does appear that they want to control it in ways that we never saw with alcohol. From how Cannabis is marketed, packaged and where it must be sold. As it stands, if you want to buy an edible product, you will only be able to purchase it at one of the approved Cannabis stores that have won the Cannabis lottery. Having said that, a simple Google search brought up a variety of “online stores” who state that they are working with Health Canada approved suppliers. You would not see this kind of product in the Government approved stores as they must be in plain packages and not in a shape that would be attractive to children, like a lego block. I know a company who is selling containers that can be locked and put in the fridge so children do not have access to edibles. Now that is a better idea
No one has mentioned anything about topicals, which will be my next post. I agree that we need to have labels on topicals, and a full ingredient list because of possible allergic reactions. What should be done, is have people certified to make them and sell them outside of the government stores. They do not need to be sold in the stores. Individuals with years of experience would be best suited to advise people about topicals.
Many agree that as far as Cannabis is concerned, the Government is being hypocritical. Whiskey, wine or beer drinkers are considered casual drinkers and there are no medical benefits. But it is easier to buy, with less regulations, and they do not restrict how much you buy. In March 2019, Health Canada proposed to restrict the alcohol content in highly sweetened alcoholic beverages It appears that Health Canada is concerned about the amount of sugar and not how certain coolers are being marketed and attractive to our youth. Nothing says “healthy” like a sparkling blueberry Elderberry Vodka beverage. Or an ad that promotes dockside dining?
As Canadians we need to get this right, the whole world is watching. We need to consider the needs of the medical cannabis user