Smokeable forms of cannabis are now legal, but with the legalization of edibles on hold, many consumers are still not willing to put the health of their lungs at risk.
The traditional way of getting high involves applying heat to the dried flower or an extract by either dabbing, vaping or smoking, which can irritate the respiratory tract or possibly damage the lungs depending on the amount of consumption. This is huge for consumers who may have health issues such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For these reasons, among others, including the consumption of cannabis to be much more discrete, Canadians are still waiting for the legalization of edibles.
What is legal in Canada as of October 17, 2018
Subject to provincial or territorial restrictions, adults who are 18 years of age or older are legally able to:
- possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis, dried or equivalent in the non-dried form in public
- share up to 30 grams of legal cannabis with other adults
- buy dried or fresh cannabis and cannabis oil from a provincially-licensed retailer
- in provinces and territories without a regulated retail framework, individuals are able to purchase cannabis online from federally-licensed producers
- grow, from licensed seed or seedlings, up to 4 cannabis plants per residence for personal use
- make cannabis products, such as food and drinks, at home as long as organic solvents are not used to create concentrated products
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Cannabis edible products and professionally made concentrates will not be legalized for approximately one year from the date of the Cannabis Act. According to a study by Dalhousie University professors in 2017, it was stated about 50% of Canadians would be willing to try cannabis in an edible form. That translates to a whopping 16 million citizens! 39% of those Canadians said they would order a cannabis-infused dish from a restaurant but most said they would have no idea how to cook with it at home.
Health Canada needs more time to consider the potential health risks and harms of edibles. Consumers will need to be educated to prevent the potential over-consumption of edibles for first-time users. There are also rules and regulations being put into place so the infused candies and baked goods will be less attractive to kids and will be sold in child-proof packaging.
Companies looking to sell edibles in the future will likely have to carry a separate license before selling any type of consumable once the legalization of edibles has been approved.
Child Proof Packaging Samples
Making your own edibles at home is LEGAL!
This is great news for consumers or chefs who have experience cooking with cannabis but for the average person, this is not the case. Thanks to the internet there are many great sources to start educating yourself on the topic of homemade edibles so you don’t have to wait a year or more for the official legalization of edibles!
Explore my list of articles to start educating yourself today!
- The Weed Decarboxylation Process
- Effects Of Edibles On The Mind, Body & Soul
- Cannabis Kitchen Staples
- Cannabis-Infused Recipes
The biggest issue is going to be dosing. It can be difficult to know exactly how many doses are going to be in each serving of your homemade dank date sqaures or lemon haze limonene curd, but you are in luck! Kind Meds has created a THC Cannabutter Dosing Calculator to help the home cook properly dose their own meals.
Just remember when trying edibles for the first time, start LOW and GO SLOW.
Baileys & Coffee Cannabis Sponge Cake By My Edibles Chef
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