Legalization 2.0: A Look at What is Coming This December
With about two months left until the government rolls out a variety of edibles and other popular products, it is important to understand what these are and the limitations around them.
Unlike dried flower, these upcoming items require a little more care when dosing, while others shouldn’t be touched by all but the most experienced users. Consuming one of these products without fully understanding them could lead to a bad experience.
Needless to say, the legal marijuana landscape is about to change, so the public needs to know everything it can about “Legalization 2.0”.
Edibles span a variety of different options. Marijuana brownies are often the default thing that comes to mind when people think of edibles. But the list is far more extensive.
The term “edible” is rather broad. It does not simply refer to solid foods, but any cannabis product that is meant to be ingested. This is why drinks are also included in this category.
There are some strict rules around edibles. First, no individual unit can contain more than 10mg of THC.
Certain ingredients also cannot be added, such as nicotine, alcohol, vitamins or minerals. Caffeine is allowed to a small extent.
To avoid cross-contamination, facilities that produce marijuana edibles cannot also produce normal versions of these foods/drinks.
The manufacturers also are forbidden to make any health claims about their products.
Many have criticized the 10mg THC limit as being to weak. While 10mg is more than enough to intoxicate beginners and intermediate users, heavy, frequent consumers will likely not experience anything from such a low amount.
Extracts are essentially marijuana products where the THC or CBD has been removed from the plant matter via an industrial extraction process. This allows producers to then use those concentrated cannabinoids for a variety of different products.
Concentrates are the most powerful options. In most cases, users smoke them, but some are available as capsules. The minimum THC for concentrates is around 60% – about two to three times more than the highest potency dry herb available. This makes them extremely risky for inexperienced users.
Ingestible concentrates will follow the same rules as regular edibles – 10mg of THC per dose. However, consumers can purchase these in packs of 1,000mg.
It appears that these products will be available in vape pens, with a maximum THC concentration of 1,000mg per cartridge.
Topicals are particularly unique, since they do not need to be inside the body through inhalation or ingestion. Instead, the cannabinoids are absorbed through the skin. These include options like shampoos, balms, creams and bath products.
Also unlike edibles and concentrates – or dry herb, for that matter – topicals are more geared toward medicinal users. When treating things like pain or inflammation, it is best to apply the THC or CBD as close to the source as possible. This allows for more effective, targeted relief.
However, the creams can still cause intoxication, so consumers need to be vigilant and start with small doses.
Like with edibles and concentrates, topicals will have a THC limit. In this case, it is 1,000mg per container (hence why slow dosing is important).
WeedAdvisor’s Anticipation for an Expanded Market
It is a harsh reality that legalization did not turn out to be as successful as people hoped. But the edible market will open a whole new line of products that appeal to a much broader audience, especially those who are uncomfortable with smoking dry herb.
WeedAdvisor expects a much better response following the second wave of legalization. We look forward to offering our business solutions to retailers and producers alike as they enter this uncharted territory.