Vape pens are a form of hand-held vaporizer intended to be used for the consumption of cannabis concentrates and extracts. A vape pen is usually comprised of a battery and a cartridge. A heating element inside of the pen will raise the temperature of the concentrate until it turns into a vapor. Vape cartridges can be filled with a wide variety of cannabis concentrates including oil and distillate. Consumers often choose these types of products for their convenience and discreetness.
The Government of Canada has stated that 0.25g of concentrate inside of a vape pen cartridge is equivalent to 1g of dried cannabis. Therefore, Canadian recreational consumers will be permitted to carry and possess up to 7.5 grams of vaporizable concentrate, or 12.5 vape pen cartridges (assuming that one cartridge contains 0.6 grams of concentrate). Legal vape pen cartridges will be permitted to contain up to 1000 mg of THC per package.
The Supreme Cannabis Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary 7ACRES has entered into a partnership with leading vaporizer company, PAX Labs, to bring cultivar-specific cannabis concentrate pods to Canadian consumers.
Edible products are foods and candies infused with cannabis extracts. Based on Deloitte’s research, the most common forms of cannabis-infused edibles are gummy bears, cookies, brownies, chocolate and lozenges.
Currently, Canadian consumers are only able to create their own edibles at home through baking or cooking with dried cannabis. In October 2019, cannabis companies will be permitted to begin creating and distributing these forms of products.
The Government of Canada has stated that 15g of cannabis-infused edibles is equivalent to 1g of dried cannabis. Each package of edibles will be permitted to contain up to 10mg of THC. Therefore, Canadian recreational consumers will be permitted to carry and possess up to 450g of edibles, or 1290 mg worth of THC-infused food items.
Beverages are drinkable products infused with cannabis extracts. These types of products are extremely new and are not very popular yet, even in mature markets like California.
These beverages can come in a variety of forms including infused water, soda, tonics, elixirs, tea, coffee and even cannabis “beer”.
The Government of Canada has stated that 70ml of cannabis-infused beverages is equivalent to 1g of dried cannabis. Each beverage container will be permitted to contain up to 10mg of THC. Therefore, Canadian recreational consumers will be permitted to carry and possess up to 2.1L of cannabis beverages, or 60 mg worth of THC-infused drinkable products.
There are a few significant challenges when it comes to producing and selling cannabis-infused beverages. These drinks are metabolized through the digestive system, resulting in effects more similar to edibles than smoking or vaporizing dried flower. The liver converts THC into a compound called 11-hydroxy-THC, which early studies suggest can produce a stronger high than THC found in dried cannabis flower. However, some individual’s genes will not allow them to metabolize THC through the digestive system and therefore they will not experience a strong effect from beverages. Cannabis-infused drinks are a complicated product because some consumers will react strongly and some will not react at all.
Cannabis beverages account for approximately 6% of ingestible sales in U.S. markets, comprising less than 1% of total cannabis sales.