Canada intends to delay the use of cannabis-based edibles for legal reasons, but the country is concerned about the approach to be followed for this speciality, which could become an important segment of the growth market.
According to a new study by Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, 45.8% of Canadians would buy edible cannabis products if they were available on the legal market.
Cannabis products such as cannabis seeds or edible foods enriched with cannabis are the form of consumption recommended by Health Canada,”said Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, professor of food distribution and politics.
Out of the 1,087 Canadians surveyed in August 2017,39% of adults can try cannabis edible foods sold in restaurants, 20% feel sufficiently informed to make their own recipes, 12.6% consider cannabis to be a healthy food ingredient and 59.8% are worried about excessive consumption of these foods.
Only 26.6% of respondents indicated that edible foods would replace their alcoholic beverages in restaurants.
“It is rather reassuring for the alcohol industry that cannabis is not a direct competitor once it is legal,”said Charlebois.
58.5% of adults are concerned about the potential risks for children and young people from the recreational aspect. Health Canada wants to warn minors against abuse for recreational legalization in July 2018.
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