Few consumers understand THC levels in cannabis edibles — ScienceDaily
Few cannabis consumers understand what the THC numbers on packages of cannabis edibles actually imply, based on a brand new University of Waterloo examine.
The examine, which surveyed practically 1,000 Canadians aged 16 to 30, discovered that almost all consumers couldn’t determine whether or not a cannabis edible contained ‘low’ or ‘excessive’ levels of THC based mostly on the label.
The researchers additionally discovered that descriptive data, comparable to symbols and phrases, are simpler in serving to consumers understand THC efficiency and approximate serving sizes for cannabis merchandise.
“Using THC numbers to express potency of cannabis products has little or no meaning to most young Canadians,” stated David Hammond of Waterloo’s School of Public Health and Health Systems. “We’ve known for many years that people struggle to understand the numbers on the back of food packages and cigarette packages. Consumers seem to have equal or even more difficulty with THC numbers, which are used to indicate the potency of cannabis products.”
He added, “Effective THC labelling and packaging could help reduce to accidental over-consumption of cannabis edibles and adverse events, which have increased in jurisdictions that have legalized recreational cannabis.”
Health Canada at the moment requires cannabis packages to record the substances, product sort, efficiency and different important data, together with weight in grams, and share of THC (or CBD, relying on the product), however not symbols or intuitive labeling on THC levels.
The researchers performed two experiments with 870 Canadians aged 16-30 in 2017: The first investigated whether or not consumers might understand what number of servings there have been in a bundle, and the second examined if consumers might determine how potent the product was.
The examine discovered roughly 6 per cent of consumers might accurately determine serving measurement on merchandise that had no label, or solely listed the load. Seventy-seven per cent might determine the serving when the dosage was listed.
The examine additionally discovered ‘site visitors gentle’ system, which makes use of site visitors gentle colors to point efficiency, allowed two-thirds of respondents to determine merchandise with excessive levels of THC, in comparison with 33 per cent of respondents who solely used numerical THC data.
In 2018, Statistics Canada discovered that 32 per cent of cannabis customers consumed edibles.
“New regulations that limit cannabis edibles to a maximum of 10 mg per package are particularly important given that most consumers do not understand THC numbers,” Hammond stated. “However, the findings suggest that consumers will need easier-to-understand THC information for other products, including oils, concentrates and dried flower.”