Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
The results are in from more than two months of public consultations by Health Canada regarding cannabis health products, with more than 60 per cent of respondents indicating that they would be interested in such items.
Health Canada reports it will now create a scientific advisory committee before drafting any regulations around therapeutic cannabis products that don’t require prescriptions.
Respondents were broken down into three categories: consumers, industry representatives and “other” interested parties. The majority indicated they were interested in cannabis health products for both human and animal use.
Under the Cannabis Act, products cannot be marketed in a manner that purports health claims or contains information about potential therapeutic use. Despite those regulations, consumer participants felt that cannabis “is safer or healthier to use than pharmaceuticals, and reported personal experiences of therapeutic benefits, particularly with CBD products.”
Respondents indicated they would prefer to access therapeutic cannabis products without the need for practitioner oversight, and the majority of respondents noted they would seek out cannabis health products to treat pain and inflammation. Trouble sleeping was also a common interest, as were cannabis health products for treating mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and stress.
Respondents were particularly interested in products that could be taken orally — extracts, tinctures, oils, capsules — and topicals that could be applied directly for joint pain and sore muscles. About 10 per cent of participants in the survey preferred to continue smoking or vaping cannabis.
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