Cannabis as an ingredient in food or supplements (Canada)

In Canada, cannabis (which includes CBD), cannot be used as an ingredient in conventional food or supplements. However, in Canada, cannabis is legal when produced and sold pursuant to the Cannabis Act and Cannabis Regula-tions. A class of cannabis referred to as “edible cannabis” is effectively cannabis products intended to be consumed in the same manner as food (i.e. cookies, candy, bars etc.). However, edible cannabis can only be sold at locations permitted to sell cannabis. At this time, dietary supplements (in Canada known as Natural Health Products (NHPs)) cannot contain any cannabis ingredients. As such cannabis products, including CBD, do not have claims in Canada.

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 30 May 2024. We recommend you contact a specialised food lawyer for legal advice for your particular circumstances to support commercial decisions which could impact your product or business.

Lewis Retik

Gowling WLG