What will cannabis beverages look like?

  • As per Health Canada’s proposed regulations, cannabis edibles (including beverages) must be packaged in opaque, child-proof containers. They must be child-proof and re-sealable, and display cannabis health warning messages, the standardized cannabis symbol and information pertaining to the THC and CBD content of the product.

How can I make sure my kids aren’t drinking cannabis beverages?

  • Cannabis beverages will be retailed the same way current dried flower products and cannabis oils are made available to consumers - in provincially or territorial licensed retailers. Persons under the age of 18 or 19 (depending on the jurisdiction) are not permitted to enter these locations.

  • Cannabis beverages will also be child-proof and re-sealable, and labelled in such a way that it will be clear the products contain cannabis.

  • The CBPA encourages discretion on the part of consumers in the storing of cannabis beverage products, and advises that they be kept out of reach of children.

How old do you have to be to purchase a cannabis beverage?

  • The age of majority to purchase cannabis beverages align with the rules currently in place for cannabis flower and oils.

  • In Alberta, consumers must be 18 to purchase a cannabis beverage.

  • In Quebec, the provincial government is in the process of passing Bill 2, which would raise the age of majority to purchase and consume cannabis products from 18 to 21.

  • In every other province and territory, individuals must be aged 19 or older to purchase cannabis beverages.

How much THC will be in a cannabis beverage?

  • As per the draft regulations published on December 20, 2018, there is a proposed maximum of 10 mg of THC per individual unit of cannabis edibles (including beverages).

  • That being said, individual products may vary in THC content as long as they do not exceed the proposed limit. The CBPA advises consumers read the THC/CBD content on the product package carefully before consuming.

How long do I have to wait to drive after consuming a cannabis beverage?

  • There is no magic number of hours for how long an individual should wait to drive after consuming cannabis. Every individual is different, and the effects of cannabis can vary depending on how much was consumed, the potency of the cannabis consumed, and the specific product forms consumed.

  • MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada) advises to wait a minimum of four hours after cannabis use before driving, but notes that people who aren’t used to consuming cannabis should wait longer.

  • Health Canada advises waiting 24 hours after consuming cannabis before getting behind the wheel.

  • The safest option is to eliminate driving from the equation if you are consuming cannabis. If you do not feel right, do not get behind the wheel.

What’s the possession limit for cannabis beverage?

  • In the regulatory proposal for cannabis edibles (including beverages), Health Canada outlined conversion rates for solids and non-solids containing cannabis that would align with the 30g public possession limit for dried flower.

  • As such, the public possession limit for beverages is proposed to be 2100ml, or 2.1L.

Who will be allowed to produce cannabis beverages?

  • Licence holders authorized by Health Canada will be allowed to produce cannabis beverages. Cultivators of presently-available dried flower and cannabis oil products will be required to obtain a licence amendment from Health Canada that allows them to produce cannabis edibles, including beverages.

How many cannabis beverages will be available?

  • At this time, the CBPA cannot clearly state how many licence holders will be manufacturing cannabis beverages.

  • The availability will also depend on orders for cannabis beverages placed by licensed wholesalers in each province and territory, and the movement of such products through the overall cannabis supply chain.

Will my favourite brands be able to produce cannabis beverages?

  • Health Canada proposes that representations that associate cannabis products with an alcoholic beverage would be prohibited. As such, you would not see a cannabis beverage product that displays a logo or brand element from a beverage alcohol company.

  • That being said, current trusted and socially-responsible beverage alcohol manufacturers have agreements in place with Health Canada licence holders to manufacture cannabis beverages.

Are cannabis beverages legal?

  • Cannabis beverages are not currently legal for commercial sale.

  • Health Canada is currently reviewing nearly 7000 submissions from the public and industry that will inform the final regulations and provide a clearer timeline on when cannabis beverages will officially be legal and made available.

  • This will occur on or before October 17, 2019.

Where can I consume cannabis beverages?

  • Public consumption laws for cannabis products vary in each province and territory.

  • In Ontario, for example, you may consume cannabis products in public spaces where individuals are currently permitted to use tobacco products.

  • Generally, it will only be permissible to consume cannabis beverages within the comfort of your own home. If you are not a homeowner, please consult with your landlord on the rules of cannabis consumption in your dwelling.

Can I buy cannabis beverages in a liquor store, restaurant, or bar?

  • Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada that permits the sale of cannabis products in the same location as liquor products (in provincially-licensed and provincially-run liquor stores).

  • As it stands, you will only be able to purchase cannabis beverages in provincially or territorial licensed cannabis retail locations.

I heard you can buy cannabis beer? Is that a thing?

  • Per Health Canada’s proposed regulations, cannabis edibles (including beverages) may only contain 0.5% alcohol, and may not carry labels that reference alcohol in any way. This would include, but is not limited to: beer, wine, lager, chardonnay, stout, etc.

How fast do I get high?

  • The on-set of the effects of consuming a cannabis beverage will vary depending on the product formulation and THC/CBD content. The CBPA advises consumers to look into the product information made available by the manufacturer regarding the onset of the product effects before consuming a cannabis beverage.

What will I feel like when I drink a cannabis beverage?

  • The effects of a cannabis beverage will vary based on the THC/CBD content and specific product formulations.

  • As per Health Canada, short-term effects of cannabis consumption may include:

    • Euphoria (feeling high)

    • A sense of well-being

    • Relaxation

    • Heightened sight, taste, smell, sound

  • Potential negative effects of consuming cannabis beverages may include:

    • Confusion

    • Anxiety or fear

    • Sleepiness

    • Impaired ability to concentrate and/or pay attention

  • Effects of cannabis beverages can occur within 30 minutes to 2 hours, and can last up to 24 hours.