Potency of Cannabis Products

With new products come new questions, and “What’s the potency?” is a great one to start with. If it’s your first time trying these new products, there can be a lot to learn. Read on to learn the max amount of THC and CBD that can legally be included within edibles, extracts (concentrates) and topicals, as well as the key differences between legal vs. illegal cannabis.


How Much THC and CBD Are in Edibles, Extracts (Concentrates) and Topicals? 

That depends on the product. Each product may have different amounts of THC and CBD. Check the descriptions on OCS.ca and the product labels carefully before consuming. Learn more about the potential effects of cannabis here.


With these new cannabis products, there are limits set by the federal Cannabis Act for how much THC can be in cannabis products:

 

Edibles

These include soft chews, chocolate, cookies, beverages, tea bags and more. Each package of edibles may contain a maximum of 10 mg of THC. There is no limit to how much CBD can be in edibles. The amount of THC in each piece depends on how many pieces are in a package.

 

Extracts (Concentrates)

Extracts include vape cartridges, disposable vape pens, hash, resin and more. Concentrates may contain a maximum of 1000 mg of THC per package. Like edibles, there is no limit to how much CBD can be in concentrates.

Topicals

Topicals are creams, lotions, face washes, bath bombs and more. They may contain a maximum of 1000 mg of THC per package. There is no limit to how much CBD can be in topicals as well.

 

What’s the Difference Between the Potency of These Regulated Products and What’s Being Sold on the Illegal Market?

As a legal dispensary, Ashario guarantees label accuracy. With the legal edibles, extracts (concentrates), and topicals sold on Ashario.ca; you can trust that the amount of THC and CBD displayed on the product label is correct. All products sold onAshArio.ca go through rigorous testing to ensure that the potency values are accurate and validated. Suppose you’ve consumed cannabis products sold on illegal channels. In that case, there’s no way to know how much THC or CBD was in them -- which could make for an unpleasant experience with adverse effects.

As always, when trying new cannabis products for the first time, start low and go slow.

Another benefit of buying legal edibles, extracts (concentrates), and topicals are that Health Canada’s quality assurance processes ensure that the same amount of THC or CBD is in each product serving. This means that in a 10 mg chocolate bar with multiple pieces, you can expect a uniform amount of THC or CBD in each piece.

How Do I Know How Much to Take?

Everybody is different. With edibles especially, there are a lot of factors that influence how your body processes THC, like what you ate that day. We’ve said it before, and we’ll repeat it:

  1. Start low and go slow.
  2. Remember, it can take up to 4 hours for an edible to produce effects.
  3. Read more about responsible consumption here.

No matter how much you have smoked or vaped in the past, it’s not entirely possible to figure out how cannabis will affect you when you consume it in different forms. Ingesting cannabis may affect you very differently than smoking or vaping – so remember to start low and go slow.