Confused by Canadian cannabis labels? You’re not alone.
In fact, many consumers have no idea what the various numbers on Canadian cannabis labels mean – and we don’t blame them! Most folks are used to seeing THC displayed as a simple percentage, so when they receive a cannabis product labelled with four different figures (THC, total THC, CBD, and total CBD) and all kinds of numbers, it can seem a little daunting.
Of course, you can always ask your local budtender to help you decipher the various information displayed on labels, but we figured this guide to understanding Canadian cannabis labels might be helpful for reference – for those times when a budtender isn’t around.
Converting THC mg/g to Percent
Before we discuss how to read cannabis labels, it’s important to understand THC and CBD potency in terms of mg per gram.
As if things weren’t confusing enough already, new regulations introduced in October 2019 require Licensed Producers (LPs) to transition from displaying THC/CBD content on dried flower as percentages to mg per gram.
So, while you may have gotten used to seeing THC content displayed as “XX%”, you’ll notice that the next time you purchase dried bud the container likely displays THC in terms of mg per gram. Some containers will still show THC as a percentage, but those will eventually be phased out.
Luckily, converting THC/CBD content from mg/g to percentage is easier than you might think. There are two basic methods for this conversion. The first method is to divide the mg/g figure by 10, then add a percent sign at the end. If math isn’t your strong suit, simply move the decimal over one space to the left.