Cannabis Edibles, Cannabis Beverages, Topicals, Vapes, Hashish, & Concentrates have been legal in Canada since Oct 2019 and yet here in Alberta, we have had to wait a long time for these new products to arrive in retail stores.
But fear not... some are now here in the store, and the rest are finally coming soon!
That's right, now that Health Canada has approved certain product lines (not all, but we'll talk about that later), products are starting to ship to the AGLC and should be available for retail stores to order in the next couple of weeks.
Keep in mind, not all products will be available right away. In fact, the initial roll-out was a bit of a trickle at first with chocolates the first products to hit shelves in the 2nd week of January. From there we have some sporadic shipments of some beverages, and a steadily increasing number and variety of items like hash, budder, creams and more over the coming weeks and months as they become available.
What to Expect
> The first thing you can expect is a limit of 10mg of THC per package of any Cannabis 2.0 product. The idea being to ease first-time users (and even experienced users) in to a whole new world of cannabis in a completely safe & enjoyable way. These products are meant to be enjoyed socially, though some may find they need to take a few more than one to reach their preferred level.
> You can also expect, within a few months, a vast array of different 2.0 cannabis products available. With just beverages alone there are CBD Sports Drinks, Herbal Teas, Sparkling Waters, Distilled Beverages, Energy Drinks... and the list goes on! With multiple producers entering the market and some pairing up with existing massive corporations such as Molson, Corona, & Anheuser-Busch, pretty soon you will spoiled for choice.
> Vapes have proven to be one of the most popular 2.0 products with super potent disposable or 510 cartridge compatible devices flying off the shelves. Products as high as 85% THC are available, so novices (and seasoned vets) should go easy at first.
Here's a closer look at what we know about the first few products that wither have or are expected to arrive:
As mentioned, there will be a wide variety of beverages coming but most companies are remaining tight-lipped. However, Tweed has released some info on their expected lineup with details on:
These are basically cocktail mixers (though not recommended to mix with alcohol) that come in a 150ml size with of course, a 10mg THC limit.
These will be based on their Houndstooth, Penelope, and Bakerstreet strains.
RTD (Ready to Drink)
The same strain flavours are available in Tweed's ready to drink canned offerings as well.
Also under the Canopy Growth label (like Tweed), will be the Quatreau Sparkling water beverages.
Coming in flavours like Cucumber+Mint, Passionfruit+Guava, and Blueberry Acai, these 355ml cans will contain 2mg of THC along with up to 25mg of CBD in some flavours.
Bean & Bud
This 70% dark chocolate from Canopy Growth is made from beans grown on a bird sanctuary in the Dominican Republic.
The package contains two pieces of craft chocolate with 5mg THC of per piece.
Each bar has 5 pieces, containing 2mg of THC per piece.
Ironically created in an old Hershey factory, Tweed will have a few milk chocolate bars based on their Houndstooth, Bakerstreet, and Penelope strains.
Each of the 4 squares contains 2.5mg of THC. Penelope also contains 1.8mg of CBD.
Well, that gets us started on the first Cannabis products we have here in Alberta.
It's exciting times in the Cannabis industry in Canada with a lot of change and innovation to come. Stay tuned to learn the latest on Cannabis 2.0 with Good Roots.
The Good Roots Gang