This week, Health Canada released its multi-year report, studying cannabis health products and making recommendations to the Canadian government. While cannabis has been available through a medical practitioner for years, some Canadians want freer access to cannabis flower, CBD oil, and other products. History of Cannabis in Canada Since 2001, dried cannabis plant has been available to Canadians with authorization from a medical practitioner. Other CBD products, including oils, were later allowed in 2016. Only a few years later in 2018, the Cannabis Act legalized cannabis for adults, but there were still certain guidelines. Adults could have up to 30 grams of dried cannabis without permission from a healthcare practitioner. Young people who needed cannabis products for medical reasons could still access cannabis with authorization from a healthcare practitioner. Cannabis products must also meet Health Canada’s Good Production Practices standards and undergo quality reviews. Health Canada also authorized prescription medications containing cannabis, including Sativex and Cesamet. Sativex is prescribed to ease spasms in multiple sclerosis patients, and Cesamet is used by cancer patients dealing with nausea and vomiting from their treatments. What Does The Report Say? Health Canada’s report and its findings were a huge boost of confidence for cannabis users and CBD producers. While their report and recommendations were kept strictly to oral administration – such as oils, tinctures, or capsules – many of their conclusions were unanimous. Unanimous from Health Canada’s Report: CBD Is Safe For Healthy Adults “…[The Health Canada report] committee unanimously agreed CBD is safe and tolerable for short-term use…for healthy adults provided they discuss the use of any other medications with their pharmacist.” Unanimous from Health Canada’s Report: CBD Alone Is Not Habit Forming “All members of the committee agreed research shows CBD alone is not habit forming, which reflects a similar finding reached in a recent CBD review done by an expert committee of the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO expert committee identified CBD as non-addictive, not associated with potential human abuse and found no case reports of abuse or dependence related to pure CBD. The committee agreed unanimously that there is a very low risk CBD could be abused because it does not cause intoxication.” Unanimous from Health Canada’s Report: Educating The Public Is Essential. Over-the-counter products containing CBD should come with written details about the product and its effects. “Committee members unanimously recommended there should be a requirement that over-the-counter health products containing CBD are packaged in boxes, so an insert with key details on the product can be provided to the consumer.” While the findings of the study are non-binding, Health Canada will review the recommendations and consider its conclusions. However, the demand for CBD products is rising in Canada, and these decisions may be happening sooner than later. Readers, we want to hear from you! What do you think about the report’s conclusions? Leave a comment below! Also, remember that you can order Arete Hemp’s full range of CBD products and have them delivered to all 50 states, free shipping for orders over $100!