Article by Sharon Montgomery-Dupe, Chronicle Herald
Cape Bretoners are sweet on cannabis.
Beverley Ware, spokeswoman with the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp., said their 12 stores that sell cannabis products — including the Sydney River location — continue to sell out of certain edibles such as chocolates, soft chews and mints. The stores have also begun to offer some teas and vape products.
“It turns out with the edibles, it’s the chocolates and soft chews that are most popular with customers,” Ware said.
Carmel Henry of Sydney was leaving the Sydney River store with cannabis products Tuesday. She said she has never tried edibles but would like to.
“I inquired last week but they never had any in,” she said. “One of the employees told me it sells out fast but they will be getting more.”
Henry, who said she enjoys marijuana to help her relax, said she has a friend who has tried it a few times but doesn’t like to inhale smoke.
“I think she would enjoy the chocolates more. I plan to get some for her when they get more in.”
The new level of products arrived at the NSLC warehouses the weekend before Christmas and as of Dec. 23 the cannabis stores had the new stock.
“In terms of edibles, we have had a very limited selection of these chocolates, soft chews and mints,” Ware said. “By the time we closed Christmas Eve we had sold out of those.”
A second delivery of chocolates and soft chews arrived late last week.
‘It was pretty much the same situation where we sold out of the chocolates and soft chews within a couple of days,” Ware said. “It’s proving it’s the same products that are popular in all our stores across the province.”
The products vary with producers but there are milk chocolate, dark chocolate and salted caramel chocolates.
Ware said under Health Canada regulations there is a maximum of 10 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol — THC — permitted per package.
“That’s the same in every jurisdiction across Canada,” she explained.
Part of the reason is due to the difference with cannabis when inhaled and when ingested.
Ware said many people buying edibles don’t want to smoke it so it’s their first-time trying cannabis.
With lower THC levels, it’s safer for people new to cannabis because they start out with a lower dosage.
“If they find they’d like more than they can take another piece.”
The THC limits vary within the types of cannabis products and include 1,000 mg of THC allowance in each package of vape products, which are also now offered.
The new products have also been offered online as of Jan. 6. The two-week wait was due to the limited supply.
The NSLC website shows all products that will be available when everything is up and running, as well as the products they currently have in stock.
History was made with the legalization of Cannabis in Canada on Oct. 17, 2018. It was a challenge for the first year as the licensed producers tried to keep up with the demand evident at the NSLC stores thath began selling dried flowers, oil and capsules. Ware said now there is a good selection of products now across the board with low and high THC, as well as cannabinoids (CBD).
“The supply has certainly improved in recent months.”
Neither Gerard Black nor his wife Sherri-Ann Black, of Port Hawkesbury, who were both found purchasing a number of cannabis products last week, plan to try the edibles but do like the vape products.
“I believe it’s healthier for your lungs than smoking it,” Sherri said. “You can also vape discreetly, such as if you were at a family gathering and didn’t want it to be so obvious of what you were doing.”
In hearing about the next level of products the NSLC plans on stocking, Gerard said he would try the cold beverages once they are available.