Understanding Cannabis Product Labels
How to Understand & Read Cannabis Product Labels
All cannabis product packages vary in their size and shape but they all follow the same labelling requirements. Arguably the most important information on a product label is the concentration of both THC & CBD.
THC – Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol
THC is the component of cannabis products that’s responsible for the psychoactive and euphoric effects of being “high”.
CBD – CANNABIDIOL
CBD is the active chemical compound found in cannabis products that’s associated with feelings of relaxation.
Cannabis products can vary significantly in their concentrations of THC & CBD and you need to carefully read the label to understand what type of product you’ll be consuming.
Information on Cannabis Product Labels
Common Elements on Cannabis LAbels
1. Standardized Cannabis Symbol
Every licensed cannabis product that contains more than 10μg per gram of THC requires this specific “THC” symbol.
2. Brand Name & Logo
A cannabis product label should include the brand name of the product and will also typically include a logo.
3. Excise Stamp
An excise stamp should be found on all products that are legally licensed and are intended for the excise duty-paid market. The stamp contains unique features that allow retailers, consumers, and law enforcement agencies to easily identify illegal products.
4. THC & CBD Concentrations
The front of all labels should include the concentrations of both THC and CBD. There are typically two different amounts of THC and CBD levels on product labels because one is intended for dried cannabis where the cannabinoids haven’t been activated, while the other is for products where they have been activated during production.
The first amount is the quantity of THC and CBD as purchased, and the second amount is the “Total THC & CBD” amounts when the product is used and intended.
5. Health Warnings
6. Mandatory Product Information
7. Ingredients List
8. Nutrition Facts
9. Optional Product Information
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