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Edibles: SQDC now carries cannabis tea, but no chocolates or treats

So far there’s chamomile tea.

Edible cannabis products have been available in Quebec since Jan. 1, but as of Tuesday afternoon the only edibles listed on the SQDC website were three cannabis-infused teas — and two of them were out of stock.

“We ran out quickly,” said Fabrice Giguère, spokesperson for the Société québécoise du cannabis, noting that the two back-order varieties may still be available in some stores.

For $16.80, consumers get a package of three bags of CBD-infused lavender chamomile herbal tea. The caffeine-free blend is described on the SQDC website as having a light yellow colour. The beverage is said to provide “an impression of relaxation and could create a feeling of joy.”

Users are cautioned that effects may take 30 minutes to an hour to appear, and could last “up to eight hours or more.”

Each tea bag contains 0.1 milligrams of THC and 10 mg of CBD.

The two other varieties are a decaf ginger-peach green tea and a vanilla rooibos. All three teas are by the company Everie, an offshoot of Fluent Beverages in partnership with High Park.

The SQDC plans to offer other edibles, including drinks, and cannabis extracts in the near future.

“Hash, tinctures and cooking oils should be available over the course of the next few months,” Giguère said.

That’s right, cannabis-infused cooking oils are coming — which you could use more or less like regular oils, though perhaps a bit more selectively.

There is no timeline for cannabis-infused, alcohol-free beer, which had been mentioned as a possibility by the SQDC last year.

“For the moment, it’s not in the plans,” Giguère said.

And there are no actual edibles in the works. Cannabis-infused sweets are forbidden in Quebec, as they could appeal to minors.

Cannabis muffins were talked about by the SQDC last year, but will not be available anytime soon, due to concerns about contravening provincial regulations.

“We’re limited in our offer of products based on what Quebec law permits,” Giguère said.

Other provinces have no such restrictions, and as a result are already offering a much wider range of edibles.

Ontario boasts 59 edibles and derivatives including cookies, chocolates, chews and vapes, which are slated to arrive in stores this week.

Vapes are legal in Quebec, but the SQDC has decided not to sell them due to health concerns.

B.C. Cannabis Stores offer chews, in flavours including peach mango and raspberry vanilla; chocolates, including vanilla chai milk chocolate, salted caramel chocolate, dark chocolate and something called “chowie wowie THC solid milk chocolate”; peppermint chillers; soft baked chocolate cookies; and a range of vapes and accessories.

Quebec consumers hoping to order those products online will be disappointed to learn that Canadian cannabis outlets cannot sell to customers in other provinces.

All of which leaves Quebec cannabis fans out of luck when it comes to edibles, and raising the question of whether we may start to see the advent of inter-province cannabis tourism.

Giguère promises that the SQDC’s offer of edibles and derivatives, though limited, will improve in due course.

“It will get better,” he said, “in the same manner as (the range of) our regular, dried products did.”

In the mean time, anyone for tea?



Source: montrealgazette.com