In January 2018, we performed a review of compassion pricing programs from the Licensed Producers in Canada’s ACMPR.
We found that 16 of the 25 producers actively selling cannabis had compassion programs in place. Most programs require patients to meet an income prerequisite and provide a discount on all dried cannabis, or in some cases, a limited selection of products. Most producer’s compassion programs also include oils and other products, but we are only talking about dried cannabis for this visualization. Other stipulations exist and each producer’s program varies slightly, so it’s best to confirm all details by phoning your producer.
In the visualization below, we’ve taken the compassion price discounts for each producer (shown right) and applied them to each producer’s average price for one gram of dried cannabis (shown left, data taken Feb 15 2018). The average price for each producer is denoted by the entire bar, with the average discount shown in blue and the average compassion price shown in grey. Producers without compassion pricing programs are also shown for comparison, entirely in grey.
Keep in mind, we’re using average prices for this exercise, the actual discount will vary with the price of the dried cannabis variety. On average, producer compassion discounts on dried cannabis ranges from $0.92 per gram, up to $3.04 per gram. Looking at each listing separately, compassion discounts vary from $0.58 to $4.38 per gram. The average discount for one gram of dried cannabis from a Licensed Producer compassion price program is $2.04 (Feb 15 2018 current).
Shown below, a visualization of historical average of per gram pricing for all dried cannabis available in the ACMPR. This includes all listings for milled blends and dried flower available from Canadian Licensed Producers on the 15th of the month.
We will update this visualization on the 15th of every month, it was last updated February 15 2018.
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CannStandard tracks cannabis related listings in the Canadian medical and recreational cannabis markets.
Below is a summary of dried cannabis listings from three different sections of the market: licensed producers in the ACMPR, online dispensaries and storefront dispensaries.
Data shown was taken on November 17 2017. Only listings for single gram were included in this summary, bulk pricing was omitted. Storefront dispensary category contains pre-roll listings. Edibles, concentrates, drinks and all other derivatives were omitted.
Cannabinoid content and the price of medical cannabis in Canada vary with licensed producer, location of production and testing method. We track cannabinoid content and pricing data for all listed dried cannabis flowers and milled blends to understand how these prices change over time.
There were 210 available dried cannabis selections from 24 producers available August 17 2017. Up from 205 when this summary was performed on August 8th and up from the 133 selections available from this time last year (August 2016).
Canna Farms has announced lower prices across their menu but their varieties have remained the same. Their average price per gram has dropped from $8.77 to $7.54 (Aug 10 to Aug 17 2017). Medicinal prices have dropped $0.73 per 100mg THC (on average, Aug 10 to Aug 17 2017) from THC varieties, and $1.37 for 100 CBD from CBD varieties (for CannaBliss, Aug 10 to Aug 17 2017).
Recently, Emblem has raised prices across their menu. Their average price per gram has increased from $7.89 across 9 varieties (July 20 2017) of dried cannabis to $10.37 across 15 varieties (August 17 2017). This equates to an increase of $1.29 per 100mg THC (on average, July 20 to Aug 17 2017) from THC varieties and $1.22 per 100mg of either CBD/THC from 1:1 varieties (on average, July 20 (Aqua Flora, Aqua Flora Clear and Zen’s Garden) to August 17 2017 (Aqua Flora and Zen’s Garden)).
Emblem has also recently released a high CBD variety, Cherry Hill, (0.6%THC, 17.8% CBD), offering 100mg of CBD for $5.61, $0.91 below average for 100mg of CBD from a CBD variety.
Hydropothecary has added another high CBD variety to their menu (Honeydew, 1.8%THC, 18.5%CBD) which offers 100mg of CBD for $5.41, which is $1.12 below the average price for 100mg of CBD from a CBD variety.
Emerald has added a high CBD variety called Island Mist (0.4%THC, 15.9%CBD) which offers 100mg of CBD for $7.86, $1.33 above the average price for 100mg of CBD from a CBD variety.
The average THC% for the 168 THC varieties of dried cannabis in this summary is 17.47%. Eight of the nine THC varieties at Peace Naturals currently feature above 20% THC. Also notable for high THC potency, Tilray has an average THC% of 21.5% for this summary, they makes the list twice for the top 5 varieties with the highest THC.
Since our last dried cannabis summary (August 8 2017), there have been 5 additional listings to the total number of selections under the ACMPR (210 selections total).
Varieties of dried cannabis with negligible levels of THC and high levels of CBD (<0.3 THC:CBD) are relatively rare in the ACMPR (typically ~4% of all availability) and are offered by 7-8 providers (depending on availability). A new addition to these CBD varieties has been released since our last summary, to make a total of 9 providers offering a CBD only variety. These varieties are especially important to medical patients, so we wanted to highlight the new addition, and all producers that carry CBD varieties in dried cannabis form.
In alphabetical order, the producers currently offering CBD varieties are; Aphria, Aurora, Canada’s Island Garden, CannaFarms, CanniMed, CannTrust, Emblem, Hydropothecary and MedReleaf. For now, each producer carries one CBD variety.
We have shown price for 100 mg of CBD from each producer below. We want to note that Emblem’s CBD variety is the new addition to the ACMPR and offer our congratulations to them; our data shows their offering is currently the lowest price for 100mg of CBD currently available ($5.62). The quarterly low for this metric was established by Aphria ($5.29/100mgCBD, June 2017).
CannStandard logs publicly available listing information for cannabis. We have shown publicly available CBD potency values for each licensed producer below. There are three items we want to note.
Hydropothecary’s CBD selection is a decarboxylated milled blend while the other providers’ products are carboxylated, which makes Hydropothecary’s potency look comparatively lower but this is not actually the case. Before decarboxylation was performed, we estimate the potency of Hydropothecary’s CBD selection was ~15% CBD (~$8.23 per 100mg CBD).
Aurora reports rounded numbers on their public side, the in-store potency listed for their CBD selection is 13.7% CBD.
MedReleaf reports ranges for their potency, we have shown the maximum of the range.
Cannabinoid content and the price of medical cannabis in Canada vary with licensed producer, location of production, and production method. We track cannabinoid content and pricing data for all listed dried cannabis flowers and milled blends to understand how these prices change over time.
Notable additions to the listing summary this week are Canada’s Island Garden’s first CBD type offering, Painkiller XL. Hydropothecary has a limited edition Passion Fruit priced below their average price per gram.
Cannafarms’ Shake product offers the lowest price for THC. Other value offerings are MedReleaf’s Trimmings, Aphria’s Grower Blend, the Supreme Formula at CannTrust and the Blueberry Cheesecake at Organigram. There are also some notable premium varieties priced aggressively, Tweed’s Headband and Cannafarms GSC show good value for the THC content.
The Treasure Island from Aphria represents the lowest cost of CBD for CBD types, followed by the 1:13 from CanniMed and the Cannatonic variety from Aurora.
RedeCan’s Shark Shock CBD is the lowest cost for varieties with 1:1 cannabinoid ratios. Other value priced listings in this category are CannTrust’s Supreme Formula 1:1, CanniMed’s 9:9 and the Dancehall from Peace Naturals.