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When choosing cannabis products, it’s important to understand the information on the labels so that you know exactly what you’re consuming.
This is arguably the most powerful aspect of Legalization - regulation and controls can feel overbearing at times, but the end result for the consumer is that you now have complete assurance of what, exactly, is in the product you have purchased. That being said, it can be a little confusing to understand everything at first, so we’re going to help break it all down for you.
Packaging for legal recreational cannabis must follow certain requirements and guidelines according to the strict regulations that Health Canada has put in place. Licensed Producers (LP's) are legally required to display information about the cannabis product directly on the packaging.
Cannabis labels all follow the same guidelines, making them universal to read and understand. There are many items that you would expect to see on a label, such as brand logos, barcodes, and health warnings. There are a few extra areas that you will want to pay special attention to;
Cannabis Strain Type
If you’re new to cannabis, or you haven't partaken in some time, you’ll notice that there are three main category types of cannabis strains, namely Sativa, Indica and Hybrid.
Each cannabis strain can look different when cultivated, smell different and have a different flavour. Further, each strain has its own unique set of properties that distinguish it from other strains which can change the effects that strain has on the user.
Some of the labels on cannabis packaging will clearly identify which strain category the product is part of (Sativa, Indica or Hybrid) and the specific name of the strain. For example, “Stryker” from Broken Coast is an Indica-dominant strain, whereas "Dancehall" by Spinach is Sativa-dominant. "CBD Cannatonic" from Tantalus Labs is a Hybrid.
Packaged on and Expiry Date
Cannabis labels must provide the date that the cannabis was packaged on. This isn’t an indication of when the actual cannabis flower was harvested, but instead the date when the product was sealed inside its packaging ready for distribution.
LP's are not required to provide any expiry date.
Cannabis Product Weight
Individuals may only possess up to 30g of dried cannabis flower (or equivalent converted weight in oils etc) on them at any time. You will not be able to purchase any more than a combined 30 grams at any one visit.
Every cannabis product is required by law to be child-safe and tamper-proof. The red cannabis leaf icon is to make it clear that the cannabinoid THC, with an intoxicating psychoactive effect, is present in this product.
THC and CBD
The two most well-known cannabinoids will be displayed on the product label to signify the levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound that can cause a high) and CBD (cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid) present in the cannabis product.
The Licensed Producer (LP) of the cannabis product is required to list their company details and contact, should a situation arise where you need to get in touch with them. More details can be found on the lot number, which can help you track the harvest that the cannabis flower came from, to trace the quality of the product back to its source.