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On October 17, 2019, cannabis edibles, extracts, and topicals were legalized in Canada, meaning they are beginning to appear in stores and online.
With Health Canada’s legal framework that enforces compliant packaging, labeling, THC limits, and product rules, cannabis edibles will be regulated and restricted to keep them out of the hands of youth and those selling products on the Black Market.
Cannabis edibles are food products that have been infused with cannabis oil or dried flower, such as beverages, candy, baked goods, or dissolvable strips.
When you consume cannabis edibles, you skip the act of smoking or vaping the material, which may be of benefit to some users. Edibles typically take longer for the effects to kick in, taking anywhere from 30 minutes to over four hours.
Health Canada recommends that cannabis consumers start low and go slow, meaning beginning with a product with low THC content (2.5mg or less) and avoiding consuming more until the full effects take place (at least four hours). Effects can last up to 12 hours, with residual effects lasting up to 24 hours.
When people ingest cannabis, it takes longer for the body to absorb it into the bloodstream than it would when inhaling, prolonging the effects. Plus, ingesting cannabis causes the body to turn THC into a stronger compound called 11-hydroxy-THC, which can amplify the sensations.
As of October 17, 2019, Licensed Producers (LPs) can begin submitting their products to Health Canada, which will then take 60 to 90 days to be approved.
Although the legalization of edibles and topicals took place in October, they’re only now beginning to appear in stores and online. This is due to the rigorous approval process, as well as the process LPs need to take to be compliant with Health Canada’s regulations.
Since each province is allowed to further regulate its products, it may take longer to see cannabis edibles in some locations in the country. Luckily, with online stores like CannMart, you can order buy cannabis edibles, topicals and extracts online, making the process extra simple.