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Survey: Canadians Less Interested in Edibles Post-Legalization

A recent survey reveals that interest among Canadians in cannabis-infused edibles — which are not yet available via the official marketplace — has dropped since legalization took effect last October.

Full story after the jump.

Interest in edible cannabis products among Canadians appears to have waned with just 36 percent of participants in a Dalhousie University survey indicating they are interested in trying edibles – down from 46 percent pre-legalization, according to a Global News report.

Sylvain Charlebois, senior director of the university’s Agrifood Analytics Lab, said that despite edible sales set for October, the demand for “cannabis-infused food products” has dropped.

“What we are getting out of the survey is that people aren’t quite as excited or enthusiastic about cannabis in general,” he said.

“By seeing cannabis on the street and with many people consuming cannabis freely, we thought people would say once cannabis edibles become legal, it would be an opportunity for anybody to try cannabis.” – Charlebois, to Global News

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, noted that under the current laws individuals can make their own edible products for personal use.

Additionally, the survey of 1,050 Canadians found that 37 percent of respondents consume cannabis in one form or another and 70 percent of consumers have already tried edibles. However, despite last October’s legalization of cannabis, 60 percent of the survey respondents still purchase their cannabis outside of the taxed-and-regulated system – which isn’t entirely surprising considering the nation saw a 17 percent price-per-gram spike following legalization.

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