In October 2018, recreational use of cannabis, especially using CBD cream Canada, finally became legal. As a result, in November 2018, experts began to discuss the possibility of having an organic certification for cannabis products, including CBD.
So, in this case, will organic cannabis remain a dream for Canadians, or will it finally become a reality?
An Overview of Cannabis
Cannabis is a dioecious flowering plant, which means it has both female and male plant species. Aside from this, it’s known to contain high levels of the compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or more commonly known as THC.
This compound is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, often resulting in euphoric feelings when ingested. In general, the maximum concentration of THC is often found in an unfertilized female flower’s resin.
Overall, cannabis is consumed both for medicinal and recreational purposes. However, besides THC, cannabis plants are also known to contain other compounds, with cannabidiol or CBD being the most popular.
CBD is a compound that helps users feel more relaxed and calm without the psychoactive effects of THC. As a result, it’s continuously studied for its potential therapeutic effects.
However, it’s best to remember that smoking or vaping cannabis means that it can go directly to your bloodstream, which can be problematic if the plant has high doses of toxins or pesticides.
Therefore, people are advised to use cannabis with caution to avoid potentially harmful effects.
Is Certifying Cannabis as Organic Possible?
Both hemp- and cannabis-derived products, such as CBD oil in Canada, fall under the 2018 Cannabis Act, separate from the food laws regulated by the Safe Food for Canadians Act or SFCA and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Since they don’t fall under the SFCA, hemp and cannabis products cannot be certified as organic by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency or CFIA. As a result, they cannot use the Canada Organic logo.
However, the lack of regulations means that, theoretically, anyone can label their cannabis products as organic even without the actual certification.
Possible Challenges to Organic Certification
Overall, cannabis investors aim to gain this organic certification as a way to improve the industry’s often misunderstood reputation. However, they might encounter several challenges before gaining this organic certification, such as:
Cannabis products are required to undergo rigorous product testing before they can be sold on the market. Here, they are tested for potential contaminants, such as pesticides, toxins, and heavy metals.
In addition, manufacturers are also required to report any presence of pathogenic bacteria like salmonella and their microbial levels.
Cannabis products are regulated by Health Canada, while organic goods fall under Agriculture Canada’s CFIA supervision.
According to David Kohlmeyer of OCO, until the two departments begin working together, attaining an organic certification for cannabis products won’t be possible.
The Future of Organic Cannabis
Overall, cannabis experts strongly believe that the highest demand for organic cannabis would be in the edibles. These include cannabis-infused drinks, baked goods, cannabis-infused confections, and the like.
However, while these edibles are still not legal in Canada, some US states have legalized them and have perceived potentially high market demand.
Moreover, CBD Oil in Canada and other healthy cannabis-derived organic products are also expected to be in high demand on the market. However, the Canadian government’s efforts to legalize cannabis were only seen last 2018.
Unfortunately, the sudden passing of this legislation caused several regulatory issues, so individuals can expect to experience more regulatory changes in the next few years.