What Should You Look For On Labels of Cannabis Edibles?

August 17, 2020

Marijuana labels are a vital safeguard for informing and protecting the cannabis consumer, ensuring that a consumer does not accidentally ingest more cannabis than they are comfortable taking. Labels and packaging are also an important method for keeping cannabis out of the hands of children or unaware adults. This is especially important for edibles, which could easily be confused for regular snacks, food or beverages.

Label Information on Cannabis Edibles

Labeling and packaging requirements are set at the state level, so each state has its own unique labeling requirements and laws. Every dispensary must strictly abide by the laws in its state.

Each type of product: flower, edibles, waxes, tinctures, and oils, will have their own label that applies specifically to that product, and they all have small differences from one another. However, each label will list the recommended dosage size, how much cannabis, THC, and CBD is present, any other ingredients, and the date of testing.

Some common label features include:

  • Manufacturer address/contact
  • Date of manufacture
  • Ingredients list
  • Nutritional information
  • Expiration date
  • THC and/or CBD content
  • Batch number or Unique ID

Portion or Dose Size

Unlike cannabis flower or concentrate, the potency of edibles is not measured in THC percentage, but by the amount of milligrams of THC present in the edible. Therefore, edibles purchased from dispensaries typically state the THC content in milligrams. It is important to always check how many milligrams of THC you are consuming and confirm if your package contains one or multiple serving sizes.

New users should always start with a smaller dose, usually about 1 to 2.5 milligrams. Anything above 5 milligrams is likely too much for a first time user. Edible labels will also typically list the THC present per serving size. Be sure to pay careful attention to this as you may need to break one serving into smaller servings if you are a beginner. You should know exactly how many milligrams of THC you are consuming by referencing the serving size. Remember that it can take anywhere up to an hour and a half for your first serving to take effect, so always wait at least two hours before deciding if you’re ready for an additional serving or not.

Clear Label

As previously mentioned, labeling laws differ from state to state and product to product. Although labels will be required by law to list important information, how that information is presented can vary a great deal from dispensary to dispensary. Some states’ laws require that labels have more information than others, such as if the product has been tested for contaminants and when the date of the last test was. Whatever information is on the label, it should be presented clearly and legibly. Many edibles will include a product expiration date on their labeling, along with an ingredient list and nutritional facts, the same as any other food. Be sure to check the ingredients list on your edibles if you have any kind of food allergy.

Proper Packaging

Like labeling laws, packaging laws also vary from state to state. Typically, state laws will require dispensaries to store edibles in sealed, child-proof containers. Commonly required features of edible packaging include:

  • Push-and-turn caps
  • Pinch-and-slide mylar bags
  • Opaque packaging

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