Cannabis 2.0: A New Wave Of Canadian Cannabis Products Coming Soon

On October 17th, of 2019, Canada’s legal cannabis industry celebrated its first birthday. Back in October of 2018, Canada legalized recreational cannabis across the board, making it possible to purchase, possess, and consume cannabis flower and cannabis oils throughout the country.

However, legalization came with a few caveats. One of the most notable was the restriction of sales for certain types of cannabis products, such as edibles, beverages, extracts and topical solutions.

Now, as 2019 draws to a close, Canada has loosened these regulations and cannabis stores will soon be able to sell new approved cannabis products.

Let’s take a look at what’s next for Canada’s cannabis industry as these new laws come into effect.

Canadian Cannabis 2.0 – Edibles, Concentrates, and Topicals

As of October 17th, 2019, Canada legalized the sale of cannabis edibles, concentrates, and topical products

These products must be approved by Health Canada. Because this approval process is said to take a minimum of 60 days, the first cannabis edibles and topical products are expected to hit store shelves sometime in December 2019.

More likely, the bulk of these cannabis infused treats and topicals will begin to reach the market in early 2020, making 2020 the “Year of Cannabis 2.0” for Canadian consumers.

Although it is now legal for manufacturers to create these new cannabis products and for retail cannabis stores to sell them, Canada is still imposing quite a few restrictions, especially for cannabis edibles.

While these products will be available across much of Canada, individual provinces are still free to impose their own restrictions, meaning that some types of cannabis products may still be unavailable in certain regions. For example, Quebec has imposed restrictions which prohibit the addition of any flavorings or colorings to cannabis edibles Those not appealing to children such as cannabis butter will still be available.

For provinces which are allowing edibles, there are still many hoops for producers to jump through to comply with regulations. As with existing Canadian cannabis products, all edibles, concentrates, and topicals must be sold in approved child safe packaging and have their contents and concentrations clearly labeled.

Similarly, a variety of restrictions have been imposed on what types of concentrates and topicals can be produced, as well as what sort of claims they can make in their marketing.

Let’s take a closer look.

Canadian Cannabis Edibles

Edible products include things like treats, sprays, and beverages which can be consumed for a “smokeless” cannabis experience. 

These are a favorite among cannabis fans who prefer not to smoke. Since they are absorbed through the digestive tract, cannabis edibles take longer to start working, but can also last substantially longer than combusted cannabis.

Canadians are likely to enjoy a wide variety of different edible products, but all edibles sold in Canada must follow these restrictions:

  • The products may have a maximum concentration of 10mg THC per edible package
  • The product, packaging, and marketing must not appeal to children in any way 
  • The products must not make any dietary/health claims such as being “low fat”
  • The products cannot be fortified with vitamins or minerals
  • The products have limits on caffeine 
  • The products cannot have alcohol added to them

Canadian Cannabis Concentrates

Cannabis concentrates are products such as oils, shatter, and other preparations which extract the active ingredients from cannabis and concentrate them into a refined form. These products are made to be smoked or ingested.

When these hit the shelves, Canadian cannabis consumers can enjoy the effects of ingesting concentrated cannabis oils, or taking a powerful hit from a dab rig or oil infused joint.

These concentrates will also come with some regulations, including:

  • The products may contain up to 1000mg of THC per package and a maximum of 10mg of THC per individual unit.
  • The products cannot have any additives such as nicotine, flavoring, sweeteners, vitamins, caffeine, or other additives.
  • The products cannot contain any elements that would associate said product with alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or vaping products
  • The products must have their cannabinoid and terpene content distributed equally throughout the concentrate material

Canadian Cannabis Topicals

Topical solutions include products such as creams and ointments which can be applied topically to the skin. These types of products are absorbed into the bloodstream and muscles, primarily affecting the local area where they are rubbed on the body.

Cannabis topicals are often applied to the skin, hair, nails, and other external areas of the body. 

Regulations for cannabis topicals will include:

  • The products may have a maximum concentration of 1,000mg of THC per package
  • The products ingredients must all be cosmetic grade
  • The products cannot make health or cosmetic claims, i.e. “relieving pain,” “improves skin health,” etc.

Canadian Cannabis Accessories

To help accommodate these new products, Canadian cannabis consumers will also be able to purchase some new cannabis accessories to help them consume these newly available products.

For the most part, these will include devices to aid in the smoking of cannabis concentrates, such as:

  • Disposable vaporizer pens, cartridges, and batteries
  • Hand-held vaporizers
  • Dab rigs and accessories

Canadian Cannabis in 2020

Although some of these products may begin to appear in late December 2019, we can expect 2020 to bring all sorts of new cannabis products to the Canadian market which take advantage of these new possibilities.

Keep an eye on your favorite local  retail cannabis store’s new products as the year progresses. You’re likely to find alot of new options appearing across Canada.

For the latest information on Canadian cannabis policies, visit the government’s official Cannabis website on the Government of Canada webpage.