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Cannabis Confusion – What Everything On Your Product Label Means

Matt P is a professional freelance content creator and copywriter who has recently turned his attention to the Cannabis industry, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for the plant. It is Matt’s goal to support other professional, legitimate businesses in the legal market and is dedicated to doing his part to help eliminate existing stigmas. The Cannabis Content Writer provides high quality, in-depth blog posts and web content for the legal medical and recreational Cannabis industry in Canada and the US.

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If you’ve ever purchased legal cannabis products in Canada, you’ve probably noticed the elaborate packaging that they all come in.

The problem is that, while the packaging does indeed provide plenty of information, a lot of it can be tricky to decipher, especially for inexperienced users.

We’ve got you covered – the following is a complete guide to cannabis labels in Canada, how to read them, and how to find the information you need to make an informed purchase and stay safe.

THC/CBD Content

The first details you should be aware of are the numbers for THC and CBD content.  While they’re not the only factor that matter, these two cannabinoids are going to have a huge impact on your experience with the product – and unfortunately, this is where a lot of the confusion comes in.

You’ve probably noticed that there are two different numbers for both cannabinoids on all packages.  This a legal requirement in Canada – the lower number is the actual amount of THC and CBD in the dried cannabis.  The higher number represents the amount after the cannabis has been heated up and activated.

At the end of the day, it’s really the second number that you need to pay attention to, since this represents the amount of THC and CBD available when the product is ready to be consumed.

The label will also clearly indicate the product’s net weight.


The warning labels found on all cannabis products are another legal requirement for licensed producers.  All products must have the THC logo, a black and yellow label with specific warnings for consumers, and information on child safely (all packaging is also required to be child-resistant).

Excise Stamp

You may have noticed that when you purchase your cannabis, it comes with a bright, colorful excise stamp on it.  If you’re wondering what exactly that means for you as a consumer, it’s basically to indicate that the company producing the product is licensed by the Canada Revenue Agency, and therefore what you’re getting is fully legal and regulated.

Strain Name, Description And Terpene Profile

While things like THC and CBD content are required by law, there are a number of details that aren’t, but that you’re very likely to find on a label.  This will typically include the name of the strain, as well as a description and information about terpene content.

While a full breakdown is beyond the scope of this article, strains and terpenes can have more of an impact than most people realize, and they’re definitely something you should take into account when choosing a product.

Producer Information

In the event that you ever need to contact the producer, you’ll find all the information you need to do so right on the label.  At a minimum, producers are required to provide their name, phone number and email.  You’ll also find the “lot” number on the package, which is useful for things such as recalls and product issues

Being able to read and understand your cannabis labels may seem trivial, but it’s important to make sure you’re getting a product that’s legal, safe and right for you.  For more information, be sure to drop by any Spiritleaf location for a chat with an experienced bud tender.

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