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Cannabis Edibles 101: Frequently Asked Questions

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Legalization of cannabis in several parts of the world has spurred the production, marketing, distribution and consumption of cannabis-infused food and drinks (collectively Edibles 101). Cannabis is also known as marijuana, weed and pot. Commonly available cannabis-infused edibles are colas, tinctures, luxury chocolates, and nostalgia-inducing candies. So, smoking is not the only way to get the taste and benefit of cannabis.  The worth of the edibles 101 is likely to surpass the $4.1-billion mark by 2022.

What are edibles?

Edibles are food containing any of the compounds found in cannabis like intoxicating Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or non-intoxicating CBD within the permissible limit. THC is the chemical compound that makes people feel high. CBD does not make you feel high. It provides relief from chronic pain, inflammation and anxiety.

The health regulator in Govt of Canada, has set a limit of 10 mg of THC per unit (such as a capsule) or dispensed amount. The regulator also sets product rules as below:

  1. No added vitamins or minerals
  2. No nicotine or added alcohol
  3. Limits on caffeine

Top Tier Cannabis, the leading online dispensary in Canada, offers cannabis edibles with flavors of beverages milk, fresh fruit juices, syrups, cream, herbs, spices, dark chocolate, salted caramel, peppermint, chai, and truffle, to name a few. Check the ingredients label before you order it from the online cannabis dispensary.

Is buying edibles legal in Canada?

Yes, provided you are 18 or 19 years or older (depending on the province or territory). On October 17, 2018, cannabis became legalized in Canada but in a restricted manner.

You can buy it online. Search a cannabis dispensary near me, and you are likely to find results containing a list of dispensaries. Always buy it from a registered dispensary like Top Tier Cannabis. Mind the durable life date, means the date on which the durable life of a cannabis product ends.

Is there any edibles-dosing limit?

There is no direct reference in the law as how much edibles you can take on a day, but the maximum daily dosage that a healthcare professional can prescribe to a patient is three times a day, as per the Food and Drug Regulations (C.R.C., c. 870) under section C.08.004 or C.08.004.01. If you have to drive, mind the regulation. Anything beyond 2 ng of THC is an offence.

Do they taste like cannabis?

Yes and No. You are always right! Edibles are made by adding cannabis substance to some common food items as mentioned above. In addition, the product may contain some additives. A food additive means any substance the use of which or its by-products affecting the taste of the food. In general, it enhances its taste and adds to its shelf-life.

Therefore, the taste of edibles depends upon the flavor profile of the edible, its potency, the quantity and type of carrier used, processing temperature and pH value. Only edibles with cannabis of higher potency taste like cannabis. If you are not sure about the taste, do not hesitate to ask about it from your online cannabis dispensary.

How long does it take to feel effects?

In majority of the cannabis consumption cases, consumers feel the effect within 30 minutes to two hours. For the complete effect, it may take as long as four hours. Consumers with a history of taking dried flower and other inhalable forms of cannabis may exhibit different level of sensitivity. THC is transformed into a stronger form called 11-hydroxy-THC. The conversion time may vary from person to person.

How many edibles can I buy?

As per the Cannabis Act of the Govt of Canada, you can carry up to 30 grams of dried legal cannabis or equivalent in non-dried form in public. Refer to individual product labels or product pages about the quantity of cannabis included when buying at any online cannabis dispensary.

How do I store edibles?

Keep edibles in a cool, dry place. It’s essential to make sure that they are kept securely and safely stored away from anywhere that pets or anyone under the age of 19 may be able to access.

Can cannabis affect the chances of getting conceived?

Yes. The use of cannabis use may affect you in the following manner:

  1. Ability to get pregnant
  2. Menstrual cycle
  3. Sperm count and quality

How can cannabis affect the health of a pregnant woman and her fetus?

Cannabis is not recommended to treat morning sickness or for medical purposes during pregnancy. Ask a health care provider about safer options to feel better.  The consumption may affect the baby’s developing brain.

If using cannabis during pregnancy, a newborn has more risk of:

  1. Lower birth weight
  2. Lower alertness
  3. These risks can lead to health problems for a growing child.

Can I drive after consuming edibles?

No. Along with legalizing cannabis, the Government of Canada put in place stronger laws to deter and detect those who drive while impaired by alcohol and drugs, including cannabis. The transport authority uses an oral fluid drug screener to screen drivers with suspicion. You are a law-breaker if your blood has over 2 ng of THC.

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