As vape pens, cannabis drinks and edibles continue to grow in popularity in the United States, Canadians are still awaiting the 2nd wave of legalized products to come, and with it bring the incredible edible and the convenient vape pens that Americans have been enjoying for quite some time now.
And as we wait for the next wave of cannabis products to come to Canada’s smoke shops, let’s have a look at what makes these particular products so popular, and the effect they can have on the Canadian cannabis market once they become legal.
Why are Vape Pens and Edibles so Popular?
There are numerous reasons why vaping and consuming cannabis in edible form are increasingly popular among recreational and medical users.
Let’s have a look at some of the pros of vape pens and what make them so popular.
Vape pens are:
- Super convenient and easy to use
- Safer than smoking joints, blunts or spliffs
- Super Portable
- Very Discreet
- Potent, but without a strong smell
When it comes to the edibles, they:
- Are an easy and tasty way to consume cannabis
- Great for people who can’t smoke
- Safer than smoking
- Have long lasting effects
- Lead to a stronger high
- Can help with muscle pain, loss of appetite and nausea
- Great for pain relief
Although edibles are the go to choice for many people who use medical marijuana to treat numerous health problems, they are a bit harder to dose, and their effects show up only after 2 hours of consumption which is why they are not suitable for people who are looking to see instantaneous results or want to feel instantaneous relief.
Why Are They Still Illegal in Canada?
As we mentioned before the high that you can get from edibles can be stronger and can have longer lasting effects. That’s why edibles are not the right choice for people who are experimenting with marijuana for the first time, and should be consumed with caution and according to the dosage on the label.
Since edibles are not yet regulated when it comes to concentration of marijuana, labeling, packaging and most importantly childproof marijuana packaging and seals, their production and sales will remain illegal until all of these regulations are put in place.
For the time being the government is looking into the matter of getting edibles, vape pens and other products to the market next year, but for the moment they still remain illegal in all provinces.
Although cannabis oil is legal as of October 17th, edible products and concentrates (which are used in vape pens) should be legal within a year after legalization day.
The reason why these two seemingly similar cannabis products (cannabis oil and cannabis concentrate) are not viewed equally by Health Canada, the main regulatory body when it comes to cannabis products on the Canadian cannabis market, is the fact that they want to take some time to develop safety regulations when it comes to the production of concentrates, whose production process is a bit more complicated than that of cannabis oil.
How Will their Legalization Affect the Canadian Cannabis Market?
Edibles and vape pens are some of the most popular cannabis products in the States. In California, the United States’ largest cannabis market, vape pens and vape pen cartridges account for nearly a quarter of cannabis shops’ sales every year. Similar numbers were tracked in other States as well. The US loves edibles and vape pens, and so will Canada.
Here’s what the legalization of these products will mean for the Canadian cannabis market and smoke shops and dispensaries across the country.
- Canadian smoke shops can expect a rise in the sales of their cannabis products
- There will be a new wave of consumer types
- There will be more products to choose from and more products to offer
- The cannabis market will boom, and companies will succeed
All in all, there’s no doubt that these products will play an important role in shaping the overall Canadian cannabis landscape and cannabis culture. They will help make cannabis more accessible and offer users a variety of ways to enjoy their favorite herb.