Even if you’re an experienced cannabis user, it’s always a good idea to be mindful of the basic dos and don’ts of responsible cannabis use. Some of the following guidelines may seem overly obvious to most of you, but we just want to make sure our “bases” are covered.
Always remember that, at this time, cannabis can only be sold legally for medicinal purposes. Only patients and their Designated Primary Caregivers, possessing a valid Registry Identification Card issued by the Department of Human Services, may legally purchase cannabis. Only patient and caregiver cardholders are exempt from certain laws and penalties pertaining to the purchase, possession, transport and use of cannabis. Everyone else is not.
Know the limit of how much of any cannabis product you should consume over a given period of time in a given situation. Always remember that certain cannabis strains and products can have very intense and/or long-lasting effects, and that these effects can take time to fully set in.
Shango recommends that you carefully establish these limits in the privacy of your own home. It would likely be counterproductive to get an uncontrollable case of “the giggles” in a business meeting. And it would likely be disastrous to fall asleep behind the wheel.
Why? The psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, is only present in small amounts in properly dried cannabis flower. However, its biosynthetic precursor, THCA (which has no psychoactive effect), can be present in significant amounts. THCA must undergo a chemical reaction known as decarboxylation that converts it into THC. This requires heating, cooking or burning. Only after THCA has been decarboxylated can the resulting THC enter the bloodstream, bind with the body’s cannabinoid receptors and release its effects.
Use extra caution when using cannabis with a pipe or a dabbing system to guard against fire hazards and accidental burns.
Consider that homemade smoking and vaping accessories are probably not as safe as their commercially available alternatives. Shango recommends using a vaporizer made by a reputable manufacturer when using cannabis concentrates.
Unless you are a licensed, expert cannabis manufacturer, never try to create solvent-based cannabis concentrates on your own. This process can present combustion hazards that can result in serious injury or death to you and others.
Before you purchase concentrates and edibles, always ask where they were made and which company made them. For your own safely and protection, always purchase concentrates and edibles from reputable suppliers you know or have heard of through reliable referrals.
Please support the safe and regulated practices of reputable, professional manufactures. Please do not support non-professionals who extract concentrates and make edibles at home.
Cannabis and Children
Shango believes all adults, especially parents, have a responsibility to discourage and prevent the use of cannabis by children and anyone under the age of 21.
The only exception would be if a child has been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition and the child’s attending physician has prescribed medicinal cannabis to mitigate the symptoms or effects of that condition. Even then, only the legally approved Designated Primary Caregiver of the child should provide, administer or assist in the administration of medicinal cannabis to that child.
Beyond this, Shango recommends that all adults, especially parents, should:
First-Time and Newer Users
Every “body” is different and has different tolerances and reactions to various foods (e.g. rich or spicy dishes), drinks (e.g. coffee or alcoholic beverages) and other substances, including cannabis. And every cannabis strain has different effects and intensities, which must be considered in their responsible use.
Always start with small amounts of any cannabis product and assess their results over a reasonable time period. You can gradually increase the amount until you find your “comfort level” and ultimately establish your responsible “limit.”
This is especially important when consuming cannabis-infused confections, baked goods and beverages because they require more time to digest and release their effects. The first time you use any Shango Infused Product, use only one-quarter to one-half of the recommended 25 mg dose listed on the package.
Shango is committed to preventing the accidental or intentional use of infused cannabis products by anyone under the age of 21, especially children. Please read, understand and always follow these guidelines pertaining to minors.
Always keep infused products out of the reach of children and secured in childproof containers in a lockable storage box or safe.
Never permit children to use these products unless it is for approved and supervised medicinal purposes.
Please note that, in Oregon, no infused product may be packaged in a manner that is attractive to minors. This means infused product packages cannot be brightly colored or feature depictions of cartoon characters or any image other than the logo of the manufacturer.
However, some careless or unscrupulous manufacturers have actually used packages that resemble those of widely known products, such as chocolate bars and candies, which are intended for children and which are highly attractive to children.
Always purchase infused products that are packaged in strict compliance with State regulations. They will be far less attractive and tempting to minors. They help reduce the potential for any accidental or intentional use of infused products by minors.
It’s very important to remember that while Shango Infused Products may be sweet and satisfying, most of them contain the potent ingredients that give our cannabis concentrates their various stimulating, sedating and/or mood-altering effects.
We urge you to: