April 10, 2019 | by admin
With the advancement of legalization of cannabis in Canada, understanding and executing the process of labelling according to the government’s guidelines is crucial for all product providers. Accurate labelling is also important for consumers as it ensures that the information on all legally sold marijuana in the country, is standardized.
Here’s what you need to know about Canadian cannabis labels and what they represent.
The Label Details
The label must provide THC and CBD content of the product. These are separate and there are two numbers for each. The first line is a percentage of THC or CBD in the dried product and the second number in brackets, is the actual percentage of THC or CBD after heating, which is most important for consumers to know.
The label will also to provide the number of grams of cannabis in the package, as well as the packaging date and the date for expiry if known. As some cannabis producers may not have expiration dates, they clearly need to state- “no expiry date has been determined," in place of a specific date.
The producer must list the company name and contact information, which has to include a phone number and an email. It is optional for the producer to list the specific strain of cannabis as well as the dominant terpene found in the strain.
Finally, the label must contain a lot number, which allows the specific package to be identified and traced back through the system. This is helpful to prevent unregulated cannabis from getting into the supply chain and also to assist consumers and retailers in the event of a product recall.
Every gram of legal cannabis you purchase will be sold inside uniform packaging. No graphics, patters, or designs can be on the exterior packaging at this point in legalization. But producers can use the brand name and logo as an identifier on the package, as well as the strain name.
You will also see the excise tax stamp attached to the lid and body of the package and what is now recognized as the cannabis warning symbol – an octagon with a red background, white cannabis leaf and the letters THC at the bottom in white on black text.
In addition, a label in a bright yellow background and black text must list the warning information. This is provided in both English and French. There are several different warning messages that are printed in rotation on the packaging. A child safety warning must also be in the package in both official languages.
The final thing you will notice on the packaging is opening instructions and storage recommendations, printed on the back label.
By executing streamlined processes such as responsible labelling of cannabis products, the industry functioning as a professional and legitimate business, influencing the broader Canadian economy. Events like the Cannabis and Hemp Expo are an important step in this direction. A meeting ground for cannabis experts, influencers and thought leaders, this is an opportunity to ideate and innovate for the future of cannabis in Canada. Be a part of this revolution! Get your tickets for the Cannabis & Hemp Expo today at https://www.cannabishempexpo.com/Edmonton-Buy-Tickets