Almost half of Canadians would try edible cannabis product, study suggests

Nearly half of Canadians say they are interested in trying cannabis-laced edibles such as brownies when marijuana is legalized, according to a study by Dalhousie University professors.

The survey also found that 39 per cent of respondents would be willing to order a dish made with marijuana at a restaurant, but most said they would have no idea how to cook with cannabis at home.

The study was led by Faculty of Management professor Sylvain Charlebois, a specialist in food distribution and policy.

It’s bound to contribute to the debate over what edible cannabis products should be made available, and how quickly. The federal government has promised to legalize recreational pot by July 1, 2018. Only dried weed and cannabis oil will be for sale initially. Edible products will be regulated later, but the government has given no time frame.

Health Canada says it needs time to consider the “unique potential health risks and harms” of edible products.  Over-consumption is a concern with edibles, for example,  because new users might not realize it can take several hours for them to take effect. Candy, cookies and other edibles may be attractive to children.

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