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In comparing levels of risk, it is important to consider patterns of use and the high global prevalence of alcohol and tobacco use. As well, years of research data collection and evaluation have provided information on the individual and societal impacts of alcohol and tobacco use that is not yet available for cannabis. Nevertheless, the Task Force acknowledges that, based on current levels of use and available information on mortality and morbidity, the harms associated with the use of tobacco or alcohol are greater than those associated with the use of cannabis.
In this report we recommend a series of measures that are, in some cases, stricter than those that exist for tobacco or alcohol in Canada. Given the relative harms, we acknowledge this contradiction but believe that the regulation of these substances has been inconsistent with WHO disease risk ranking and remains inconsistent with known potential for harm.
In designing a regulatory system for cannabis, we have an opportunity to avoid similar pitfalls. The Task Force recognizes that the regulatory regimes for alcohol and tobacco continue to evolve. It is our hope that our experience with cannabis regulation will be used to inform the further evolution of alcohol and tobacco regulations.
Setting a minimum age for the purchase of cannabis is an important requirement for the new system. The age at which to set the limit was the subject of much discussion and analysis throughout our deliberations. As with many of the other measures discussed in this chapter, a minimum age is intended to support the Government's objective to protect children and youth from the potential adverse health effects of cannabis by putting in place safeguards that better control access.
In Canada, minimum ages for alcohol and tobacco sales have been set by the federal government for tobacco and by the provinces and territories for both substances. Some have set the legal age for purchase at 18, others at However, we know that age restrictions on their own will not dissuade youth use; other complementary actions - including prevention, education, and treatment - are required to achieve this objective.
The Task Force heard broad support for establishing a minimum age for the sale of cannabis. However, the youth with whom we spoke did not believe that setting a minimum age alone would prevent their peers from using cannabis. Some health experts argued that there was no clear scientific evidence to identify a "safe" age of consumption, but agreed that having a minimum age would reduce harm.
There was a general recognition that a minimum age for cannabis use would have value as a "societal marker," establishing cannabis use as an activity for adults only, at an age at which responsible and individual decision-making is expected and respected. We heard from many participants that setting the minimum age too high risked preserving the illicit market, particularly since the highest rates of use are in the 18 to 24 age range.
A minimum age that was too high also raised concerns of further criminalization of youth, depending on the approach to enforcement. Ages 18, 19 and 21 were most often suggested as potential minimum ages. Health-care professionals and public health experts tend to favour a minimum age of A minimum age of 25, often cited as the age at which brain development has stabilized, was generally viewed as unrealistic because it would leave much of the illicit market intact.
There was considerable discussion regarding the importance of national consistency. Having the same minimum age for purchase in all provinces and territories was thought to mitigate problems associated with "border shopping" by youth seeking to purchase cannabis in a neighbouring province or territory where the age is lower.
In this regard, we heard suggestions that governments could learn from the challenges associated with alcohol age limits, which are inconsistent across the country. A range of public health and other experts recommended that the federal government set the minimum age, and that the provinces and territories be able to raise the age but not lower it.
Others argued that, for the sake of clarity and symmetry, the minimum age for purchasing cannabis should be aligned with the current provincial and territorial ages for sales of alcohol and tobacco. Many suggested that 18 was a well-established milestone in Canadian society marking adulthood. Research suggests that cannabis use during adolescence may be associated with effects on the development of the brain.
Use before a certain age comes with increased risk. Yet current science is not definitive on a safe age for cannabis use, so science alone cannot be relied upon to determine the age of lawful purchase.
Recognizing that persons under the age of 25 represent the segment of the population most likely to consume cannabis and to be charged with a cannabis possession offence, and in view of the Government's intention to move away from a system that criminalizes the use of cannabis, it is important in setting a minimum age that we do not disadvantage this population.
There was broad agreement among participants and the Task Force that setting the bar for legal access too high could result in a range of unintended consequences, such as leading those consumers to continue to purchase cannabis on the illicit market. For these reasons, the Task Force is of the view that the federal government should set a minimum age of 18 for the legal sale of cannabis, leaving it to provinces and territories to set a higher minimum age should they wish to do so.
To mitigate harms between the ages of 18 and 25, a period of continued brain development, governments should do all that they can to discourage and delay cannabis use. Robust preventive measures, including advertising restrictions and public education, all of which are addressed later in this chapter, are seen as key to discouraging use by this age group.
For many in the legal and law enforcement fields, the key issue is not the minimum age itself but the implications for those who ignore it, including those who sell to children and youth, and those under the minimum age who possess and use cannabis. The Task Force recommends that the federal government set a national minimum age of purchase of 18, acknowledging the right of provinces and territories to harmonize it with their minimum age of purchase of alcohol.
In designing a system for the regulation of cannabis, we are creating a new industry. As with other industries, this new cannabis industry will seek to increase its profits and expand its market, including through the use of advertising and promotion. Because of the risks discussed earlier in this chapter, regulation aims to discourage use among youth and ensure that only evidence-informed information is provided to adults. Restrictions on advertising, promotion and related activities are therefore necessary.
Our society's experience with the promotion of tobacco and alcohol is instructive, since the promotion of these products is recognized as an important driver of consumption and of the associated harms.
In response, many governments have restricted how tobacco and alcohol may be promoted. In Canada, there are different approaches to each. The federal Tobacco Act restricts the promotion of tobacco products, except in limited circumstances. It also specifically prohibits promotion by means of a testimonial or endorsement, false or misleading advertising, sponsorship promotion, lifestyle advertising which evokes images of glamour, excitement, and risk and advertising appealing to young people.
Advertising that promotes a tobacco product by describing brand characteristics or providing information factual information about a product and its characteristics, availability or price are permitted in limited circumstances, such as in publications and in locations not accessible to young people. Provincial and territorial laws also set stringent limits on promotion of tobacco products. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's Code for Broadcast Advertising of Alcoholic Beverages includes federal restrictions on the promotion of alcohol in radio and television broadcasting.
It includes prohibitions on advertisements that appeal to minors, that encourage the general consumption of alcohol and that associate alcohol with social or personal achievement.
Each province and territory also has its own rules restricting the promotion of alcohol. Despite regulations such as the advertising code, alcohol is heavily marketed and promoted to adults in Canada.
In the Task Force's consultations, the majority of health-care professionals, as well as public health, municipal, law enforcement and youth experts, believed there should be strict controls on advertising and marketing of cannabis. We heard that such restrictions would be necessary to counter the efforts by industry to promote consumption, particularly among youth.
There were also concerns expressed that companies would market products to heavy users or encourage heavy use, and exploit any exceptions that are left open.
We heard strong support from, among others, educators, parents, youth and the public health community for comprehensive marketing restrictions for cannabis similar to those for tobacco.
Such restrictions were considered to be necessary because the evidence from our experience with tobacco and alcohol suggests that partial restrictions send mixed messages about use. Several public health stakeholders also recommended plain packaging for cannabis products, similar to the approach taken by Australia for tobacco products and which are soon to be applied to tobacco products in Canada.
Plain packaging refers to packages without any distinctive or attractive features and with limits on how brand names are displayed e. The industry representatives from whom we heard, while generally supportive of some promotion restrictions - particularly marketing to children and youth, and restrictions on false or misleading advertising - made the case for allowing branding of products.
It was suggested that brand differentiation would help consumers distinguish between licit and illicit sources of cannabis, helping to drive them to the legal market. As well, to achieve "brand loyalty," companies would have the impetus to produce high-quality products and would be more accountable to their customers. In our online consultation, some were opposed to tobacco-style advertising restrictions for cannabis because, in their opinion, cannabis is less harmful than either tobacco or alcohol.
For some online respondents, allowing in-store advertising for cannabis brands offered a potential compromise: The Task Force agrees with the public health perspective that, in order to reduce youth access to cannabis, strict limits should be placed on its promotion.
In our view, comprehensive restrictions similar to those created by tobacco regulation offer the best approach. There is also a concern that the presence of any cannabis promotion could work against youth education efforts. The challenges with creating partial restrictions i. In practice, it is difficult to separate marketing that is particularly appealing to youth from any other marketing.
The Colorado officials with whom we met echoed this concern, noting that their partial restrictions for cannabis advertising made it challenging to avoid advertising that reaches, or is appealing to, youth. A partial restriction focusing on marketing to youth becomes even more problematic if one considers the to age group; it will be legal for those in this age group to purchase, but the evidence of potential harm suggests that use within this group should be discouraged as a matter of health.
Trying to prohibit marketing that is appealing to this age group compared to people in their late 20s or 30s would be impossible. The Task Force believes that, while there should be a federal minimum age of 18 for the reasons explained above, other policies, such as comprehensive marketing restrictions, will be needed to minimize harms to the to age group.
Comprehensive advertising restrictions should cover any medium, including print, broadcast, social media, branded merchandise, etc. Such restrictions could still leave room for promotion at the point of sale, which would answer industry concerns about allowing information to be provided to consumers and some branding to differentiate their products from the illicit market and other producers. This assumes that the point of sale is a retail outlet not accessible to minors see Chapter 3, Establishing a Safe and Responsible Supply Chain ; the Tobacco Act allows information and brand preference advertising in places where young persons are not permitted, and those provisions could be used as a model.
If branding were permitted, along with limited point-of-sale marketing and product information, we are concerned that this information would still make its way to environments where minors would be exposed and influenced, much as they are today by alcohol and tobacco brands. The Task Force feels there is sufficient justification at this time for plain packaging on cannabis products. Such packaging would include the company name, as well as important information for the consumer, including price and strain name, as well as any applicable labelling requirements see the "Cannabis-based edibles and other products" and "THC potency" sections in this chapter.
Any promotion, marketing or branding that is allowed should still be subject to restrictions, such as lifestyle advertising similar to the Tobacco Act restrictions , false or misleading promotion as for food, drugs and any other consumer product , the encouragement of excessive consumption similar to standards for alcohol and therapeutic claims similar to restrictions for drugs or natural health products in the Food and Drugs Act.
In setting restrictions, the federal government should consider options for oversight and enforcement. This should include effective oversight by government, possibly supplemented by industry self-regulation as is the case with pharmaceuticals. Advice on the appropriate penalties for those companies that violate these requirements is outlined in Chapter 4. In observing the manner in which illicit and legal markets for cannabis have emerged and continue to evolve, it is clear that cannabis is a versatile raw material that can be used to make a wide variety of consumer, medicinal and industrial products.
Extending far beyond the dried cannabis popularized in the s and s, today's cannabis is available in a wide range of cannabis-infused foods, cooking oils and drinks typically referred to as "edibles" , oils, ointments, tinctures, creams and concentrates e. These products can be made with different types of cannabis, with varying levels of THC and CBD, resulting in different intensities and effects.
The net result is that any discussion about regulating a new cannabis industry quickly leads to an understanding of the complexity of regulating not one but potentially thousands of new cannabis-based products.
Under Canada's current cannabis for medical purposes system, the Government permits only dried and fresh cannabis and cannabis oils. Although other cannabis products may not be sold, the regulations allow individuals to make edible products, such as baked goods, for their own consumption.
Nevertheless, access to a broad range of cannabis products is possible via the illicit market, including through dispensaries and online retailers.
Determining the extent to which the new regulatory system should enable or restrict the range of legally accessible cannabis products, both initially as well as over the longer term, and whether and how to limit the availability of cannabis and cannabis products with high levels of THC see "THC potency," later in this chapter are critical issues. Edible products have emerged as a focal point in our discussions, given their variety and increasing popularity, as well as their particular risks.
Since legalizing cannabis, the states of Colorado and Washington have seen sustained growth in their cannabis edibles markets. Colorado officials acknowledge that a lack of regulation around edibles in the early days of legalization led to some unintended public health consequences.
Their experience provides the Task Force with a number of specific "lessons learned":. Expect edibles to have a broad appeal.
Cannabis products such as brownies, cookies and high-end chocolates are attractive to novice users and those who do not want to smoke or inhale. Colorado's prohibition on public smoking also gave a boost to the edibles market.
In some respects, it is easier to control the amount of THC ingested when smoked or vaporized compared to when it is eaten. This is because, unlike the more immediate euphoric and other psychoactive effects produced by smoking or vaporizing cannabis, it can take several hours for THC given orally to take full effect. In Colorado, this has sometimes resulted in accidental overconsumption and overdoses.
A cannabis overdose is not known to be fatal, but can be unpleasant and potentially dangerous - including severe anxiety, nausea, vomiting, a psychotic episode, or hypotension and loss of consciousness.
Controlling the amount of THC or other cannabinoids in a product, as well as establishing a standardized serving size, is important to avoid or limit such incidents. On the basis of the risk of exposure to children, and also the potential of edibles to broaden the appeal of cannabis products, public health stakeholders have advocated to the Task Force that edibles not be allowed under a regulated system.
However, there are a number of points to consider in this regard. The period in question largely pre-dates the wider regulation of cannabis in Colorado in and regulatory changes in see below. And, despite the rise in rates, the absolute number of reported poisonings remains a small proportion of all reports: Many submissions to the Task Force suggested that Canada could learn from the way U. In , Colorado set out new requirements for the sale of all edible cannabis products, including:.
Such requirements have become the best practice for other U. In October , Colorado took further steps to improve the safety of packaging of edibles by requiring that all standardized servings be imprinted with a symbol containing the letters THC and prohibiting packaging that appeals to children.
Among stakeholders, the Task Force heard several arguments in favour of allowing and regulating edibles, including:. In the illicit cannabis market, governments face an entrenched, sophisticated market that offers a wide range of cannabis products with no oversight and in which consumers are vulnerable to all the risks associated with unregulated products.
In weighing the arguments for and against limitations on edibles, the majority of the Task Force concluded that allowing these products offers an opportunity to better address other health risks. Edible cannabis products offer the possibility of shifting consumers away from smoked cannabis and any associated lung-related harms.
This is of benefit not just to the user but also to those around them who would otherwise be subject to second-hand smoke. This position comes with caveats. To protect the most vulnerable, any products that are "appealing to children," such as candies and other sweets, should be prohibited. We acknowledge that there is considerable discretion in what constitutes "appealing to children. We are confident that with clear guidance to industry by the regulator and vigilant and predictable enforcement this is not an insurmountable barrier.
The Task Force is concerned by the reports of an increase of accidental ingestion by children in states where cannabis is legal. We acknowledge that a lack of regulation contributed to this risk. Should edibles be allowed for legal sale in Canada, they should, at a minimum, conform to the strictest packaging and labelling requirements for edibles currently in force in U. Since these measures are fairly recent, the markets Canadian and U. In the event that future research and monitoring identifies new risks with existing or new cannabis products, including increases in use, the Government should be ready to react.
The system must be flexible enough to adapt in a timely way to new information and to provide appropriate safeguards as evidence indicates. Participants raised concerns about the development of products that combine cannabis with other harmful substances, especially alcohol or tobacco, as this could magnify the health risks associated with these products see "Special Focus: Cannabis, tobacco and alcohol" on page Vaping devices play an increasing role in cannabis consumption as they have with nicotine.
We heard that the devices may offer a less-harmful alternative to smoking but that more evidence is needed about their risks and harms. We also heard concerns regarding specific synthetic cannabinoids, e. These products are not considered part of the mandate of the Task Force: In our discussions about cannabis products, the Task Force heard a range of views about the risks associated with consuming cannabis products with high levels of THC and about the dangers associated with manufacturing some cannabis products, particularly those where highly combustible solvents, such as butane, and potentially toxic solvents such as naphtha, are used to extract THC.
Over the last few decades, changes in growing and production techniques have resulted in cannabis products with higher levels of THC. Despite studies showing that a typical user does not actually require large amounts of THC to experience the psychoactive effects of cannabis, the demand for, and availability of, products with higher levels of THC has persisted in jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis. Support for setting limits for THC content in cannabis products was strong among a range of stakeholders, particularly those with public health and health-care perspectives.
Several also supported a ban on "high-potency products" when defined, these were the highest-potency concentrates, such as wax and shatter. These arguments were based on assumptions regarding higher risks of harm associated with higher potencies. Based on the current evidence, the higher the potency of THC, the lower the amount of a product required to achieve the desired effect, the higher the likelihood of developing dependence and the higher the likelihood - particularly with novice and inexperienced users - of an overdose.
Products containing higher levels of THC may trigger psychotic episodes in individuals at risk and may further increase the risk of harms to vulnerable populations, such as those with illness associated with psychosis. Submissions advocating THC limits rarely specified what those limits should be.
Nevertheless, many saw a THC limit as a necessary precaution. There was also strong opposition from other respondents to the use of THC limits. A range of stakeholders agreed that, due to a lack of evidence, any such level would be arbitrary. Respondents to the online consultation asserted that users accustomed to high THC would either need to smoke a larger quantity of lower-potency cannabis to reach the desired effect, leading to higher smoking-related harms, or would simply turn to the illicit market for high-potency products.
The argument that banned products would continue to be available on the illicit market was one we heard several times. However, in this case, we were told that the stakes were considerably higher due to the significant risks of illicit production of high-potency concentrates. Illicit producers often use highly flammable solvents such as butane to extract cannabinoids from plants, an inherently dangerous process that can also leave carcinogenic residues on the end product.
Product safety was also a concern, as the extraction process may also concentrate contaminants such as heavy metals and other impurities in addition to THC. Some roundtable participants believed that further research in this area could lead to innovations to modulate the effects of THC potency.
The debate about whether to allow high-potency concentrates on the regulated market has similarities to our discussions on other cannabis-based products. One side emphasizes the risks of use of the products themselves, while the other highlights the consequences of allowing an illicit, unregulated market to continue. While there may be risks of consuming high-potency concentrates, the dangers inherent in their production strongly suggest that they be included as a part of the regulated industry, subject to effective safety and quality-control restrictions.
The harms associated with high THC potency remain a concern, and should be minimized. However, we do not believe that limiting THC content in concentrates is the most effective way to do so, based on current information. We agree that, due to a lack of evidence, any chosen threshold would be arbitrary and a challenge to enforce. Even the standard THC content of today's dried cannabis is considered high by historical standards.
We suggest that variable tax rates or minimum prices linked to THC level potency , similar to the pricing models used by several provinces and territories for beer, wine and spirits, should be applied to encourage consumers to purchase less-potent products. We also recommend labelling all products with clear indications of their levels of THC and CBD, as well as appropriate health warnings.
Such labelling must be based on mandatory laboratory testing that conforms to acceptable standards of accuracy. The system must have the means to implement further measures, including THC limits and limits to other cannabinoids or their ratios , should future evidence warrant it. While government influence over price is often met with resistance in many industries, the risks associated with psychoactive substances can justify government intervention in this area.
Used appropriately, price controls can discourage the use of cannabis and provide government with revenues to offset related costs. They are flexible tools, able to respond relatively quickly to emerging evidence. On the other hand, missteps on price can lead to unintended consequences: Governments have a number of means to influence price, and therefore consumption, of a product.
Many of these tools can be used together to control the price of a product:. The Task Force heard about the need to strike a balance on price: Tobacco was often cited as an example of how price controls can achieve public health goals. This balance could be adjusted strategically.
A lower tax rate, initially, could help to avoid repeating the experience in Washington, where a high tax at the start of legalization, combined with a shortage of legal product, strengthened the existing illicit market. Taxes could be adjusted over time to reflect changes in market conditions. We were cautioned that low prices could increase the consumption of cannabis overall.
Sudden drops in price could result from a decrease in production costs for regulated cannabis, or from "predatory" pricing i. There is evidence that a drop in the price of cannabis can lead to new users, particularly among youth. We heard that tax and price co-ordination between levels of government is critical. The federal, provincial and territorial governments have the authority to tax products such as cannabis, through either a unit tax or sales tax.
Most participants, including provincial and territorial officials with whom we met, agreed with the view that cannabis regulation should prioritize public health and safety, not revenues. However, there were opinions on how any resulting revenues should be allocated. Several stakeholders, including substance-use experts, law enforcement and municipalities, called on government to redirect revenues to support prevention and treatment programs for individuals with cannabis dependence.
We also heard calls to direct a portion of tax revenues toward education programs, including targeted programs for youth, for Indigenous communities and for enforcement.
Stakeholders also called for the allocation of tax revenues to support research on cannabis. Putting public health concerns ahead of the generation of revenues is crucial to the success of a regulated cannabis market. Tax and price policies should therefore focus on achieving the Government's public health and safety objectives. Taxes should be high enough to limit the growth of consumption, but low enough to compete effectively with the illicit market.
Mechanisms such as a minimum price should be used to prevent predatory pricing, if necessary. The federal government, in co-ordination with its provincial and territorial counterparts, should conduct the necessary economic analyses to determine a tax level that achieves the balance between public health objectives and reducing the illicit market. Municipalities and Indigenous national organizations and representatives should be included in discussions regarding the equitable allocation of revenues.
Public health experts should also be included in this exercise to help ensure that the health burden is taken into account. The Task Force also believes that building flexibility into the system will allow for adjustments based on new data.
We also suggest that the federal government consider a THC potency-based minimum price or tax to shift consumers to lower-potency products see "THC potency" in this chapter. As we move away from prohibition, many stakeholders will turn to governments for information on how to assess the risks and harms of cannabis use and on how the regulation of cannabis will work. There is significant misinformation that must be addressed.
Public opinion research shows that youth and some adults do not understand the risks of cannabis use. Typically they are either exaggerated echoing the era of "reefer madness" or understated cannabis is benign. In the online consultation and in meetings with experts and officials, we heard that public education was critical to:. There was agreement that messaging about risks should be consistent across the country. Given the potential number of players delivering messages - including different levels of governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector - a need for co-ordination was emphasized, often with the federal government in a leading role.
We heard that reaching youth with this messaging may be a challenge. Health experts and educators stressed that we need a new approach. Whether in schools or in national campaigns, education should be evidence-informed, credible, informative and respectful of youth judgment. We heard that youth should be involved in the design and content of education that is targeted at youth. We heard that school programs should start at a young age. For adolescents, health experts recommended a focus on building competencies to help young people develop resiliency and critical thinking skills.
Some jurisdictions are taking this approach in their schools already. Education programs should not only be age-appropriate but also culturally appropriate. An Indigenous Elder who met with the Task Force called on the Government to work with Elders to develop culturally appropriate messaging on the risks of cannabis use for Indigenous youth.
In Washington and Colorado, funding for their respective education campaigns came from the states' cannabis revenues. As a result, campaigns did not begin until two years after legalization. Officials from both states strongly advised starting educational campaigns as soon as possible.
National campaigns and in-school programs are important components of an overall approach to public education on cannabis. A Welsh Government spokesperson said: Shop owner Jeff Lang says increased competition suggests otherwise. Every day before work I come in here. It says to me "it's ok, you've got this". Jeff Lang, owner of Bogarts CBD Coffee House, says people think 'they're going to have a cup of coffee and float out of here, but obviously that's not the case at all'. He said his customers range in age from 18 up to 80 years old, with younger customers tending to use CBD for anxiety, while older people find it helps with painful conditions affecting their mobility such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Cannabis culture is catching worldwide, with bars, cafes and beauty shops infusing with CBD oil. Its having a sophisticated rebrand, as shifting attitudes started in the US. The Green Goddess Cafe, in Vermont, says their most popular specialty drinks is the Jamaican Me Shake, a CBD smoothie with tropical fruit, spinach, avocado, organic apple juice and whipped cream.
London fitness studio Frame offers the greenest smoothie out there to its clientel, claiming its anti-inflammatory properties. It's part of an assortment of treats at their pop-ups in London branches until end of October. CBD gummies, skincare, perfume and even water are available to buy online at a hefty cost.
One customer commented on his Facebook post, 'I might make an appearance but also my granny!! Suppliers in England and Wales have to obtain a licence to sell it as a medicine, following the decision in October two years ago. Manufacturers are able to avoid the strict regulation by selling it as a food supplement - ignoring the lengthy process of gaining a medicinal licence.
Typically, it's sold in the form of oils and capsules, but businesses are thriving on the idea of mixing it with food and drink. Fitness studio Frame is offering clients cannabis-spiked smoothies after classes, and the latest offering at Behind This Wall, a bar on Mare Street, contains CBD in it's alcohol-free mocktail alongside ginger and kombucha. It's a glass of red wine after work to mellow out. Behind This Wall's Harris first came across mixologists experimenting with cannabis compounds while living and working in LA in However, state laws vary.
This year, Canada became the second country in the world to legalise the recreational use of cannabis. Behind The Wall, a bar in London, is now selling a alcohol-free cannabis infused cocktail, telling followers on Instagram to 'let that seep in'.
Of these, over a third are beetles , and over a quarter are bugs. Some 20 species of nematodes , 9 species of mites, and several snails and slugs also attack the crop. Birds and rodents sometimes eat coffee berries, but their impact is minor compared to invertebrates. Each part of the coffee plant is assailed by different animals. Nematodes attack the roots, coffee borer beetles burrow into stems and woody material,  and the foliage is attacked by over species of larvae caterpillars of butterflies and moths.
Mass spraying of insecticides has often proven disastrous, as predators of the pests are more sensitive than the pests themselves. Branches infested with scale are often cut and left on the ground, which promotes scale parasites to not only attack the scale on the fallen branches but in the plant as well.
The 2-mm-long coffee borer beetle Hypothenemus hampei is the most damaging insect pest to the world's coffee industry, destroying up to 50 percent or more of the coffee berries on plantations in most coffee-producing countries. The adult female beetle nibbles a single tiny hole in a coffee berry and lays 35 to 50 eggs.
Inside, the offspring grow, mate, and then emerge from the commercially ruined berry to disperse, repeating the cycle. Pesticides are mostly ineffective because the beetle juveniles are protected inside the berry nurseries, but they are vulnerable to predation by birds when they emerge. When groves of trees are nearby, the American yellow warbler , rufous-capped warbler , and other insectivorous birds have been shown to reduce by 50 percent the number of coffee berry borers in Costa Rica coffee plantations.
Beans from different countries or regions can usually be distinguished by differences in flavor, aroma, body , and acidity. Arabica coffee beans are cultivated mainly in Latin America , eastern Africa or Asia, while robusta beans are grown in central Africa , throughout southeast Asia , and Brazil.
Originally, coffee farming was done in the shade of trees that provided a habitat for many animals and insects. These include leguminous trees of the genera Acacia , Albizia , Cassia , Erythrina , Gliricidia , Inga , and Leucaena , as well as the nitrogen-fixing non-legume sheoaks of the genus Casuarina , and the silky oak Grevillea robusta.
This method is commonly referred to as the traditional shaded method, or " shade-grown ". Starting in the s, many farmers switched their production method to sun cultivation, in which coffee is grown in rows under full sun with little or no forest canopy.
This causes berries to ripen more rapidly and bushes to produce higher yields, but requires the clearing of trees and increased use of fertilizer and pesticides, which damage the environment and cause health problems.
Unshaded coffee plants grown with fertilizer yield the most coffee, although unfertilized shaded crops generally yield more than unfertilized unshaded crops: Proponents of shade cultivation say environmental problems such as deforestation , pesticide pollution , habitat destruction , and soil and water degradation are the side effects of the practices employed in sun cultivation.
The American Birding Association , Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center ,  National Arbor Day Foundation ,  and the Rainforest Alliance have led a campaign for 'shade-grown' and organic coffees , which can be sustainably harvested. Another issue concerning coffee is its use of water. Used coffee grounds may be used for composting or as a mulch. They are especially appreciated by worms and acid-loving plants such as blueberries. Climate change may significantly impact coffee yields within a few decades.
In , world production of green coffee beans was 9. Coffee berries and their seeds undergo several processes before they become the familiar roasted coffee. Berries have been traditionally selectively picked by hand; a labor-intensive method, it involves the selection of only the berries at the peak of ripeness.
More commonly, crops are strip picked, where all berries are harvested simultaneously regardless of ripeness by person or machine. After picking, green coffee is processed by one of two methods—the dry process method, simpler and less labor-intensive as the berries can be strip picked, and the wet process method, which incorporates fermentation into the process and yields a mild coffee.
Then they are sorted by ripeness and color, and most often the flesh of the berry is removed, usually by machine, and the seeds are fermented to remove the slimy layer of mucilage still present on the seed. When the fermentation is finished, the seeds are washed with large quantities of fresh water to remove the fermentation residue, which generates massive amounts of coffee wastewater.
Finally, the seeds are dried. The best but least used method of drying coffee is using drying tables. In this method, the pulped and fermented coffee is spread thinly on raised beds, which allows the air to pass on all sides of the coffee, and then the coffee is mixed by hand. In this method the drying that takes place is more uniform, and fermentation is less likely.
Most African coffee is dried in this manner and certain coffee farms around the world are starting to use this traditional method. Next, the coffee is sorted, and labeled as green coffee. Some companies use cylinders to pump in heated air to dry the coffee seeds, though this is generally in places where the humidity is very high.
An Asian coffee known as kopi luwak undergoes a peculiar process made from coffee berries eaten by the Asian palm civet , passing through its digestive tract, with the beans eventually harvested from feces. The next step in the process is the roasting of the green coffee. Coffee is usually sold in a roasted state, and with rare exceptions all coffee is roasted before it is consumed.
It can be sold roasted by the supplier, or it can be home roasted. The bean decreases in weight as moisture is lost and increases in volume, causing it to become less dense. The density of the bean also influences the strength of the coffee and requirements for packaging. Sucrose is rapidly lost during the roasting process, and may disappear entirely in darker roasts.
Roasting is the last step of processing the beans in their intact state. Dark roasting is the utmost step in bean processing removing the most caffeine.
Although, dark roasting is not to be confused with the Decaffeination process. Depending on the color of the roasted beans as perceived by the human eye, they will be labeled as light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark, or very dark. A more accurate method of discerning the degree of roast involves measuring the reflected light from roasted seeds illuminated with a light source in the near- infrared spectrum.
This elaborate light meter uses a process known as spectroscopy to return a number that consistently indicates the roasted coffee's relative degree of roast or flavor development. The degree of roast has an effect upon coffee flavor and body.
Darker roasts are generally bolder because they have less fiber content and a more sugary flavor. Lighter roasts have a more complex and therefore perceived stronger flavor from aromatic oils and acids otherwise destroyed by longer roasting times. A small amount of chaff is produced during roasting from the skin left on the seed after processing.
Decaffeination of coffee seeds is done while the seeds are still green. Many methods can remove caffeine from coffee, but all involve either soaking the green seeds in hot water often called the "Swiss water process"  or steaming them, then using a solvent to dissolve caffeine-containing oils.
Coffee is best stored in an airtight container made of ceramic, glass or non-reactive metal. In , a method of packing coffee in a sealed vacuum in cans was introduced. Today this method is in mass use for coffee in a large part of the world. Coffee beans must be ground and brewed to create a beverage. The criteria for choosing a method include flavor and economy. Almost all methods of preparing coffee require that the beans be ground and then mixed with hot water long enough to allow the flavor to emerge but not so long as to draw out bitter compounds.
The liquid can be consumed after the spent grounds are removed. Brewing considerations include the fineness of grind, the way in which the water is used to extract the flavor, the ratio of coffee grounds to water the brew ratio , additional flavorings such as sugar , milk, and spices, and the technique to be used to separate spent grounds.
The roasted coffee beans may be ground at a roastery, in a grocery store, or in the home. Most coffee is roasted and ground at a roastery and sold in packaged form, though roasted coffee beans can be ground at home immediately before consumption. It is also possible, though uncommon, to roast raw beans at home. Coffee beans may be ground in various ways. A burr grinder uses revolving elements to shear the seed; a blade grinder cuts the seeds with blades moving at high speed; and a mortar and pestle crushes the seeds.
For most brewing methods a burr grinder is deemed superior because the grind is more even and the grind size can be adjusted. The type of grind is often named after the brewing method for which it is generally used. Turkish grind is the finest grind, while coffee percolator or French press are the coarsest grinds. The most common grinds are between these two extremes: Coffee may be brewed by several methods. It may be boiled, steeped, or pressurized. Brewing coffee by boiling was the earliest method, and Turkish coffee is an example of this method.
This produces a strong coffee with a layer of foam on the surface and sediment which is not meant for drinking settling at the bottom of the cup. Coffee percolators and automatic coffeemakers brew coffee using gravity. In an automatic coffeemaker, hot water drips onto coffee grounds that are held in a paper, plastic, or perforated metal coffee filter , allowing the water to seep through the ground coffee while extracting its oils and essences.
The liquid drips through the coffee and the filter into a carafe or pot, and the spent grounds are retained in the filter.
In a percolator, boiling water is forced into a chamber above a filter by steam pressure created by boiling. The water then seeps through the grounds, and the process is repeated until terminated by removing from the heat, by an internal timer,  or by a thermostat that turns off the heater when the entire pot reaches a certain temperature. A circular filter which fits tightly in the cylinder fixed to a plunger is then pushed down from the top to force the grounds to the bottom.
The filter retains the grounds at the bottom as the coffee is poured from the container. Because the coffee grounds are in direct contact with the water, all the coffee oils remain in the liquid, making it a stronger beverage.
This method of brewing leaves more sediment than in coffee made by an automatic coffee machine. The espresso method forces hot pressurized and vaporized water through ground coffee. As a result of brewing under high pressure ideally between 9—10 atm , the espresso beverage is more concentrated as much as 10 to 15 times the quantity of coffee to water as gravity-brewing methods can produce and has a more complex physical and chemical constitution.
Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coarsely ground beans in cold water for several hours, then filtering them. Once brewed, coffee may be served in a variety of ways.
It may be sweetened with sugar or artificial sweetener. When served cold, it is called iced coffee. Espresso-based coffee has a variety of possible presentations. Such effects are known as latte art. Coffee can also be incorporated with alcohol to produce a variety of beverages: Darker beers such as stout and porter give a chocolate or coffee-like taste due to roasted grains even though actual coffee beans are not added to it. A number of products are sold for the convenience of consumers who do not want to prepare their own coffee or who do not have access to coffeemaking equipment.
Instant coffee is dried into soluble powder or freeze-dried into granules that can be quickly dissolved in hot water. Canned coffee has been popular in Asian countries for many years, particularly in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Vending machines typically sell varieties of flavored canned coffee, much like brewed or percolated coffee, available both hot and cold.
Japanese convenience stores and groceries also have a wide availability of bottled coffee drinks, which are typically lightly sweetened and pre-blended with milk.
Bottled coffee drinks are also consumed in the United States. Liquid coffee concentrates are sometimes used in large institutional situations where coffee needs to be produced for thousands of people at the same time.
The machines can process up to cups an hour, or 1, if the water is preheated. Coffee ingestion on average is about a third of that of tap water in North America and Europe. Brazil remains the largest coffee exporting nation, however Vietnam tripled its exports between and and became a major producer of robusta seeds. Organic Honduran coffee is a rapidly growing emerging commodity owing to the Honduran climate and rich soil. In , The Seattle Times reported that global coffee prices dropped more than 50 percent year-over-year.
In Thailand , black ivory coffee beans are fed to elephants whose digestive enzymes reduce the bitter taste of beans collected from dung. Coffee is bought and sold as green coffee beans by roasters, investors, and price speculators as a tradable commodity in commodity markets and exchange-traded funds. Dating to the s, coffee has been incorrectly described by many, including historian Mark Pendergrast , as the world's "second most legally traded commodity".
Coffee continues to be an important commodity export for developing countries, but more recent figures are not readily available due to the shifting and politicized nature of the category "developing country". International Coffee Day , which is claimed to have originated in Japan in with an event organized by the All Japan Coffee Association, takes place on September 29 in several countries.
Organizations funded by the coffee industry include the International Coffee Organization ,  the National Coffee Association  and the British Coffee Association. A review of clinical trials found that drinking coffee is generally safe within usual levels of intake and is more likely to improve health outcomes than to cause harm at doses of 3 or 4 cups of coffee daily. Exceptions include possible increased risk in women having bone fractures , and a possible increased risk in pregnant women of fetal loss or decreased birth weight.
They found that higher coffee consumption was associated with lower risk of death, and that those who drank any coffee lived longer than those who did not. However the authors noted, "whether this was a causal or associational finding cannot be determined from our data. Moderate coffee consumption is not a risk factor for coronary heart disease. Drinking four or more cups of coffee per day does not affect the risk of hypertension compared to drinking little or no coffee; however, drinking one to three cups per day may be at a slightly increased risk.
Meta-analyses have consistently found that long-term coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of Parkinson's disease. The effects of coffee consumption on cancer risk remain unclear, with reviews and meta-analyses showing either no relationship   or a slightly lower risk of cancer onset. One psychoactive chemical in coffee is caffeine , an adenosine receptor antagonist that is known for its stimulant effects.
In a healthy liver , caffeine is mostly broken down by hepatic enzymes. The excreted metabolites are mostly paraxanthines — theobromine and theophylline —and a small amount of unchanged caffeine.
Therefore, the metabolism of caffeine depends on the state of this enzymatic system of the liver. Polyphenols in coffee have been shown to affect free radicals in vitro ,  but there is no evidence that this effect occurs in humans. Polyphenol levels vary depending on how beans are roasted as well as for how long.
As interpreted by the Linus Pauling Institute and the European Food Safety Authority , dietary polyphenols, such as those ingested by consuming coffee, have little or no direct antioxidant value following ingestion. Depending on the type of coffee and method of preparation, the caffeine content of a single serving can vary greatly.
According to an article in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association , coffee has the following caffeine content, depending on how it is prepared: While the percent of caffeine content in coffee seeds themselves diminishes with increased roast level , the opposite is true for coffee brewed from different grinds and brewing methods using the same proportion of coffee to water volume.
The coffee sack similar to the French press and other steeping methods extracts more caffeine from dark roasted seeds; the percolator and espresso methods extract more caffeine from light roasted seeds: Coffea arabica normally contains about half the caffeine of Coffea robusta. A Coffea arabica bean containing very little caffeine was discovered in Ethiopia in In the first coffeehouse was opened in Damascus.
Soon after, coffeehouses became part of the Ottoman Culture , spreading rapidly to all regions of the Ottoman Empire. In the 17th century, coffee appeared for the first time in Europe outside the Ottoman Empire, and coffeehouses were established and quickly became popular. The first coffeehouses in Western Europe appeared in Venice , as a result of the traffic between La Serenissima and the Ottomans; the very first one is recorded in The first coffeehouse in England was set up in Oxford in by a Jewish man named Jacob in the building now known as "The Grand Cafe".
A plaque on the wall still commemorates this and the cafe is now a cocktail bar. A legend says that after the second Turkish siege of Vienna in , the Viennese discovered many bags of coffee in the abandoned Ottoman encampment.
Using this captured stock, a Polish soldier named Kulczycki opened the first coffeehouse in Vienna. This story never happened. Nowadays it is proven that the first coffeehouse in Vienna was opened by the Armenian Johannes Theodat in The modern steamless espresso machine was invented in Milan , Italy, in by Achille Gaggia ,  and from there spread in coffeehouses and restaurants across Italy and the rest of Europe in the early s.
An Italian named Pino Riservato opened the first espresso bar, the Moka Bar, in Soho in , and there were such bars in London alone by Cappucino was particularly popular among English drinkers. He chose to focus on roasting batches with fresher, higher quality seeds than was the norm at the time. He was a trainer and supplier to the founders of Starbuck's. The American coffeehouse chain Starbucks , which began as a modest business roasting and selling coffee beans in , was founded by three college students, Jerry Baldwin , Gordon Bowker , and Zev Siegl.
The first store opened on March 30, at the Pike Place Market in Seattle , followed by a second and third over the next two years. South Korea experienced almost percent growth in the number of coffee shops in the country between and The capital city Seoul now has the highest concentration of coffee shops in the world, with more than 10, cafes and coffeehouses.
A contemporary term for a person who makes coffee beverages, often a coffeehouse employee, is a barista. The Specialty Coffee Association of Europe and the Specialty Coffee Association of America have been influential in setting standards and providing training. Coffee is often consumed alongside or instead of breakfast by many at home or when eating out at diners or cafeterias. It is often served at the end of a formal meal, normally with a dessert, and at times with an after-dinner mint, especially when consumed at a restaurant or dinner party.
A coffee break in the United States and elsewhere is a short mid-morning rest period granted to employees in business and industry, corresponding with the Commonwealth terms " elevenses ", "smoko" in Australia , "morning tea", "tea break", or even just "tea". An afternoon coffee break, or afternoon tea , often occurs as well.
Cannabis Café in Waterford given green light to sell real marijuana
Bogarts CBD Coffee House in Swansea, Wales is using CBD shots in their coffee . MinimizeExpandClose As well as coffee at Bogarts CBD Coffee House, The Brain Box Shop, in Swansea, sells hemp flowers and tea that can Billy Caldwell, from Castlederg, Northern Ireland, made headlines last April. Blooms Cafe on John Street in Waterford promotes the relaxing properties of cannabis while staying well within the legal limits of its usage in Ireland. While the cannabis sold in the café contains high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) for relaxation and stress relief, Two changes Ireland may be forced to make for Scotland clash. Flower Power Coffee includes an infusion of cannabidiol, or CBD. and introduces them to our ice cream, which is our primary driving force.”.