POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 91 Warning Labels Every product is packaged in child-safe, tamper-proof packaging to protect youth from the harms of cannabis. Additionally, because THC is intoxicating, the package for any product containing THC above 10 micrograms per gram, will feature a red icon to indicate the presence of THC and a message highlighted in yellow carrying a health-related warning. CBD andTHC Content As the two cannabinoids primarily responsible for the effects of cannabis, CBD and THC content must be displayed on every product label.To help consumers make informed decisions, they are shown two ways. What’s the difference between the two numbers? First, it’s important to know that cannabinoids are only activated by heat over 150 degrees Celsius - a process called decarboxylation. So, in its natural state, cannabis has a low level of active cannabinoids. When cannabis is decarboxylated, either through heating or processing, its cannabinoid levels increase. On package labels, the first numbers, listed as “THC” and/or “CBD”, represent the active cannabinoid levels in the cannabis as purchased. Dried cannabis will have a low level of active cannabinoids because it hasn’t been heated yet. The second numbers are listed as “Total THC” and “Total CBD.”These figures represent the active cannabinoid levels in the cannabis when ready for consumption. Because oil and capsule products have been processed (and the cannabinoids heated already), the second and first numbers will be the same between products. Licensed Producer Information Should you ever need to reach them, the licensed producer of every product must provide their name and contact details on the label, including an email address and phone number. Each product also includes a lot number which refers to a specific harvest, or “lot” of products, which helps trace it back to quality control processes. Take note of the lot number if making a product inquiry. Understanding cannabis labels is important for making an informed decision about products.While they contain a lot of information and feature some unique elements, the details are helpful once you know what they mean. Read labels carefully to find the information you need. More information about cannabinoids and their effects can be found in our Learn section. Understanding Cannabinoid Content on Product Labels If you are like most people, you want to understand the cannabinoid content in the products you consider. Every product is different in its variations and levels of cannabinoids, so it’s a good thing that every product label must state its THC and CBD contents. However, cannabis product labels can be difficult to understand because they list THC and CBD contents in two ways and use different units of measure depending on the product format. So, how do you know what’s in what you are buying? Read on to learn how to demystify cannabis product contents and labeling. How to choose cannabis products (continued) (continued)