Oregon Marijuana FAQ

We get a lot of questions at WeedSmart. Below are several of the most common questions about WeedSmart and about Oregon marijuana laws. If we don’t answer your question. please feel free to contact us.

How much can I buy?

There are different categories of marijuana infused products, and because of this there are different limitations on what customers are allowed to purchase in any one day.

The physical purchase limits are as follows:

  • 28 grams (one ounce) of flower for recreational customers, and 24 ounces (1.5 pounds) if a registered patient or caregiver in the state of Oregon.
  • 16 ounces (one pound) of solid cannabinoid product
    This includes edibles, transdermal patches, capsules, and suppositories.This means if a cookie weighs 1 ounce, you can purchase 16 cookies per day.
  • 72 ounces of liquid cannabinoid product
    This includes topicals, tinctures, and drinks. This means if a drink contains 12 ounces of liquid, you can purchase 6 drinks per day.
  • 5 grams of concentrate or extract
    This includes cartridges, disposable prefilled pens, and RSO. This means if a cartridge contains 500mg, you can purchase 10 cartridges per day.

What is an extract? What is a concentrate? What is the difference?

The State of Oregon defines extracts as chemical separation of cannabinoids from marijuana, while concentrates are defined as a mechanical separation of cannabinoids from marijuana. In simpler terms, extracts require certain gasses to become the end product, while concentrates use a mechanical process to create the final product. The most common solvents used in extraction are butane, propane and carbon dioxide (CO2)**.  Concentrates are a little broader; keif, hash, rosin, cannabutter, and RSO are all considered concentrates because these are all processed mechanically rather than chemically. Extracts and concentrates contain much more THC than flower does. Extracts are often referred to as “dabs” because they say just a dab will do. **(CO2 can be used in the processing of a concentrate as long as it does not use high heat or high pressure in conjunction with the gas, otherwise it would be considered an extract.)

 

How long does it take for cannabis to take effect?

Activation time will vary depending on a number of factors including the type of product, whether or not you have ingested food, and your experience level with cannabis. Typically, any product inhaled will have an activation time that is immediate, up to 15 minutes. Edibles can take 2 or more hours to take effect. The best advice is to start low and slow.

Where can I use my cannabis?

Oregon does not allow for ANY public consumption of cannabis. Cannabis products can only be used on private property with the landowner’s permission. Marijuana is NOT allowed on federal land, such as Crater Lake or the Oregon Caves.

Why is there tax? How much is it?
There is a 17% state tax and an optional 3% municipality tax for a total tax rate of 20% at the retail level. The taxes go towards funding schools, law enforcement, mental health and various other programs in the community.

What are the different ways to consume cannabis?

There are various ways to consume cannabis. Perhaps the most well-known consumption method is smoking. Cannabis can be rolled into a joint or packed into a bowl for one of the quickest and simplest forms of consumption. The second most common form of consumption is likely edibles, sometimes called medibles. Cannabis has been used in brownies, cookies, and cakes for decades. The method of consumption that is gaining the most popularity is dabbing. Whether using a rig, a nectar collector, or a prefilled cartridge, dabbing is taking the masses by storm. Because of the high concentrations of THC in extracts, dabbing is effectively the fastest consumption method.  There are other methods as well, including topical application of marijuana infused lotions and oils, sublingual drops (often called tinctures), and transdermal patches. Different consumption methods have different effects, and users should be cautious not to consume too much.

What is the difference between sativas, indicas, and hybrids?

Although there is little scientific evidence available, there are widely accepted differences between species of cannabis plants.  Indica plants are typically smaller, bushy, and dark in color. They have wide leaves and are known for their sedating effects. Indicas are great for insomnia, relaxation and body relief. Remember, indica = in-da-couch. On the other hand, sativa strains are taller, skinny, and lighter in color. They have thin leaves and are known for their cerebral effects. Sativas are recommended for daytime use, social gatherings and creative projects. Hybrids are a cross of indica and sativa strains and the characteristics often reflect the more prominent lineage, but tend to have traits of both.  Blue Dream is one example of a hybrid strain that offers both cerebral stimulation as well as body relaxation.

What are cannabinoids? What’s the difference between cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are the main chemical compounds released in the cannabis plant that provide relief for an array of symptoms.  There are 113 known cannabinoids in cannabis; the most prominent cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and cannabidiol, or CBD. Cannabinoids bind themselves to receptors in the brain and the body known as the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for a number of physiological functions including appetite, pain sensation and memory.  Different cannabinoids can help different symptoms, and combinations of cannabinoids work to provide multi-faceted relief.