Health Canada has asked licensed cannabis companies to stop the sale of certain ingestible marijuana products characterized as “ingestible extracts” instead of edibles. Canadian edibles have a maximum THC limit of 10mg per package, whereas extracts or concentrates may have much higher THC levels in each package.
According to a report by data firm, Headset, Health Canada’s regulations on THC limits for edibles might have significant effects on the cannabis market, potency, and packaging. The report’s key findings include:
- Though edibles are the fourth most popular category of product in Canada, they are not as popular as they are in America, partly due to the strict 10-milligram THC limit in Canada.
- Some edible producers in Canada have sidestepped THC limitations by designating their products as “ingestible extracts,” a classification that allows them to exceed the 10 milligrams of THC per package limit.
- Cannabis consumers in Canada prefer affordable and valuable packaging, and the market is dominated by high potency products, representing 17.7% of all edible sales between January to April 2023.
- Headset’s researchers say that restricting high total package potency may harm the edible category, leading to decreased consumer spending and financial losses for producers.
- The researchers conclude that restricting high total package potency in Canada could result in a negative impact on the edible category, lower consumer spending, and financial harm for producers.
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