Marijuana edibles will soon be legal for purchase in Canada, but if you’re an experienced user, new regulations might mean that you need more than a single package to feel the desired effects.
“We think the regulations around edibles are going to be difficult to launch a product that consumers really want,” Anna Shlimak, head of investor relations and communications at Toronto-based cannabis company Cronos Group, told Investor’s Business Daily last week.
Final regulations for edibles, which includes products for eating or drinking, will go into effect on Oct. 17. They’re expected to hit retail shelves across Canada by mid-December.
The rules published earlier this month by Health Canada put a limit of 10 milligrams (mg) of THC per package. Meanwhile, the THC limit is 1,000 mg, or 10 times that amount, for cannabis extracts and topical products.
While 10 mg may not seem like a lot for some, experts say it can be more than enough for others.
Jenna Valleriani, a post-doctoral fellow at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Abuse, has been researching cannabis in Canada since 2013. She told HuffPost Canada the rules are designed to protect the majority of people.
“We have a lot of inexperienced users and 10 mg can actually be a lot for inexperienced users,” Valleriani said.
She’s not buying the argument that some producers will have issues creating a product people want with the 10 mg limit.
“For inexperienced cannabis users, if they pick up a package, the milligrams mean nothing to most people,” Valleriani said. “If there was a clearer understanding of a standard dose, the packages could potentially have more THC in them.”