…but when will the products be available?
Topicals, edibles and concentrates, oh my. You’ve been waiting a while, but we still have a little ways to go before we see these products on our shelves.
October 17th, 2019 marked the day LPs could submit their applications for new products but will then be subject to a 60-day approval process (which takes us to precisely December 17th), and THEN the products will make their way into the government-run supply chain (think AGLC, OCS etc.) and then to our stores. AGLC has not given us an exact timeline, but they predict we should see products around mid-January 2020.
It’s like waiting for your chocolate bar to be released from the vending machine, you have to watch it move through the metal bars only to get stuck in the free fall. A true test of patience but a little perseverance and then it’s that much better when you finally get it. We're close, but the exact date these products will hit the shelves still is unknown.
But in the meantime, let’s get to know the products a bit better. Here are our “top of mind” items regarding Legalization 2.0.
Vape pens are rechargeable or disposable vapourizers that contain cannabis concentrate. These pens are discreet and great for on the go use. Some vape pens are “pre-dosed” meaning you know exactly how much of the active ingredients you consume in each puff. This is great for those looking for a controlled dose, or those who are wary of the effects of THC.
These items have become highly controversial due to recent reports and fatalities, but we must reiterate the fact that the issues stemming from vape pens are associated with products that are coming from the black or grey market. A new report from Leafly highlights the alarming amounts of chemicals in these products. The proposed products will be held to Health Canada’s rigorous safety standards to provide the consumers with quality products you can trust. Gambling with the health of your lungs isn’t really a game we would ever play.
We know edibles are highly requested, and for good reason. Edibles were initially delayed because people tend to overconsume. The golden rule with edibles is to start low and go slow. You can always take more, you can never take less.
Edibles are processed by your liver, which makes the THC undergo a change in your body which doesn’t happen with smoking. This function can increase the strength of the high and makes the high last longer (6-8 hours versus 2-4 with traditional smoking, give or take).
While edibles are an exciting item to hit the market, it’s crucial for new users to keep the effects of edibles in mind before gobbling down these treats. The Canadian market will explicitly state serving sizes and how much THC is in each product. For beginners, we suggest starting at 2.5mg or 5mg servings to familiarize yourself with the experience. Also, its VERY important to remember that edibles cause effects. Edibles typically take 1 to 1.5 hours to kick in. Do NOT double dose in the waiting period. Give yourself sufficient time before consuming any more.
There is SO much to talk about with edibles, for our previous articles, click here, and keep your eye on this page for more information as we ramp up for the new products.
We've been told that this product segment will likely take even longer to hit the shelves. The potential release date is like late spring.
Topicals are lotions, creams, salves, oils or other wellness items (that allow the cannabinoids to be absorbed by the skin. Anecdotally, these products can be effective in treating of a variety of medical conditions and are also being introduced in beauty and wellness routines. Topicals are simply applied to the affected area and will not result in any psychoactive activity. The cannabinoids work locally in the tissues to where they are applied. As stated by Leafly “because they’re non-intoxicating, topicals are often chosen by consumers who want the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the cerebral euphoria associated with other delivery methods.”
Similar to topicals, most concentrates will not hit the market until late Spring. So what are concentrates? Rosin, Hash, Dabs, budder... These products are all part of this product segment. Many of these are created through Extractions which increase the potency of the end product.
Cannabis extracts are created by passing a solvent through cannabis flower. Some extractions, such as kief, hash and rosin, can be made without any solvents and rely on heat and pressure. These products are for advanced users because of the increased concentrations. Though we will be launching some additional education to show how you can comfortably and safely add concentrates into your cannabis repertoire.
Want to know more?
We’ll keep you updated with further product information and more comprehensive looks at each of the product categories over the next two months, not only to introduce you to the new products but as always we want to ensure you have access to the best information to make sure your cannabis experience is comfortable and tailored to your needs.
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