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Why does Oregon have limits on how much recreational cannabis I can purchase?

There are probably many reasons why Oregon has imposed limits on how much recreational cannabis a customer can purchase and how much THC (the main psychoactive component of cannabis) those purchases can contain. We’d like to think this is the best reason.

Now that recreational cannabis is legal in Oregon, anyone over the age of 21 with a valid photo ID can purchase it. Many recreational customers in Colorado and Washington already have a lot of experience with using cannabis. However, the vast majority of Oregonians have little or no experience. Purchase limits help ensure that inexperienced customers, especially those using cannabis for the first time, will encounter its unique effects in a gradual and more controlled way.

To some, these limits may be inconvenient. But, for the most part, the “powers that be” are erring on the side of caution to help protect everyone’s best interests.


What are Oregon’s recreational cannabis purchase limits?

According to the Oregon Health Authority’s Temporary Rules, effective as of June 2nd 2016, an individual cannabis store is only permitted to sell the following amounts of recreational cannabis to a customer in the course of a single business day.

  • Up to 7 grams of flower. This can be a single strain or multiple strains, but the total weight cannot exceed 7 grams. All Shango flower strains are available for purchase by recreational and medical customers.
  • One edible product containing a total of 15 mg of THC or less. The product can consist of multiple pieces, but the total amount of THC in all of the pieces cannot exceed 15 mg.
  • One unflavored extract product (such as a cartridge or shatter), containing a total of 1 gram of extract or less with no more than 1000 mg of THC. However, the product can only consist of a single extract “receptacle.” It cannot consist of two or more receptacles that total 1 gram of extract.


Are Oregon’s recreational cannabis purchase limits temporary?

Yes. The current Oregon Health Authority Temporary Rules are in effect only through December 2016. Once recreational sales have been fully approved, there will still be purchase limits, but they’re expected to be higher.


I don’t live in Oregon. Are there limits on how much recreational cannabis can I purchase in Oregon?

Oregon does not allow reciprocity and the state has representational purchase limits. Please remember that it is a violation of state and Federal laws to transport any form of cannabis across state lines. Whatever cannabis out-of-state customers purchase in Oregon must either be consumed in Oregon or remain in Oregon.


How much recreational cannabis can I possess in Oregon?

In Oregon, there are strict limits on the total amount of recreational cannabis you can possess at any given time. As of July 1st 2015, if you are 21 or older, you can possess:

  • Up to eight ounces of dried, ready-to-smoke cannabis flower and/or leaves in your residence.
  • Up to one ounce of dried, ready-to-smoke cannabis flower and/or leaves on your person.
  • Up to four cannabis plants on your property. However, a single residence or property can only contain four plants regardless of how many people live there.

You can also possess limited amounts of the following types of cannabis products:

  • 16 ounces of cannabis infused products in solid form. This generally refers to edible products such as chocolates and baked goods, and not to other types of products, such as flower, leaves, concentrates and oils.
  • 72 ounces of cannabis infused products in liquid form. This generally refers to various cannabis-infused soft drinks or topicals.
  • Five grams of cannabis extracts, such as shatter, wax and oil concentrates. This limit applies whether the extracts are sold in individual containers or as part of a vaporizing system, such as a disposable vaping cartridge.


Why doesn’t Shango sell its flower in open jars?

Shango is committed to selling our flower in safety-sealed jars for several excellent reasons. Open jars:

  • Allow customers to pick out individual buds. We get that. However, constant picking damages our beautiful buds, degrades their appearance and removes many of the crystals that contain the majority of the THC and other beneficial cannabinoids.
  • Allow customers to sample the aroma of each strain. We get this, too. However, constant exposure to air dries out the flower and makes it stale. It also sacrifices the “terpenes” that give each strain its unique aroma and flavor.
  • All Shango stores have special “snifters” that enable our customers to sniff our strains. These samples are not for sale, but we guarantee that what you sniff is what you get when you open a jar of Shango flower.
  • Allow airborne dust, bacteria, oils, odors and other potentially unhealthful impurities to contaminate the flower and compromise the smoking experience. Shango’s safety-sealed jars prevent contamination and keep our flower fresh, pristine and pure.
  • Expose the flower to tampering. This is why all OTC medications and most other food and cosmetic products come in sealed containers. If the seal is broken, you can’t be sure that the product doesn’t contain a potentially harmful substance.


Why are taxes on cannabis products so high and how are these taxes used?

The answer to the first part of this question is simple. All states, including Oregon, are constantly looking for new sources of revenue to help offset the ever-rising costs of providing government services. And like all other businesses and industries, the new Cannabis Industry is expected to contribute its share of tax money to the public coffers.

Many states have determined that, since the demand for medical and recreational cannabis is high and growing, cannabis consumers should pay significantly higher taxes in exchange for the privilege of being able to purchase cannabis legally. Unfortunately, in some states, this strategy has actually driven consumers away from legal cannabis sales outlets and back to untaxable Black Market sources.

States are beginning to understand these dynamics and adjust their tax rates accordingly. For example, Oregon’s current 25% Excise Tax on cannabis products will drop to 17% later in 2016. However, local communities will still be able to levy an additional 3% tax.

How these tax monies will be used is still being determined. Oregon’s original formula was to disburse 40% of revenue to support schools, 20% to support mental health, alcoholism and drug services, 15% to support state law enforcement and 5% to support the Oregon Health Authority, with unspecified funding of 10% for cities, 10% for counties. Retail cannabis dispensaries are permitted to retain 2% of these taxes to help defray the costs of collecting and remitting this revenue to the state.


How do I use a concentrate?

Cannabis concentrates are used to create a wide range of products that can be classified into five categories: edibles, ingestibles, drinkables, topicals and combustibles.

Concentrates used in edibles (e.g. confections and baked goods), ingestibles (e.g. dietary or medicinal supplements in pill or capsule form) and drinkables (beverages) are consumed orally. Their active ingredients are released into the body through the processes of digestion and absorption in the digestive tract.

Tinctures containing cannabis concentrates can also be taken orally, but their active ingredients are absorbed directly into the bloodstream via the capillaries located under the tongue.

Concentrates used in topicals (e.g. lotions, creams, oils, etc.) are generally applied to and absorbed through the skin.

Combustible concentrates (e.g. shatter, wax, butter, crumble, oil, etc.) are consumed by heating the concentrate and inhaling the resulting vapor – a method is generally referred to as “vaping” or “dabbing.” Their active ingredients are absorbed directly into the bloodstream via the arterial network in the lungs. Using combustible concentrates generally requires a pipe, a “dabbing” system or an electric- or battery-powered vaporizer.


How much should I consume?

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.

First and foremost, patients and patient caregivers should always follow any cannabis dosing recommendations specified by the patient’s attending physician. Beyond this, experience is usually the best teacher of how much cannabis to consume.

For example, experienced cannabis users already know how much of a given product is required to achieve a desired effect, as well as the limit they should consume in a given situation. However, new cannabis users and even those with moderate experience should always be extremely cautious about the amount they consume.

Always start with small amounts of any cannabis product and assess their results over a reasonable time period. This is especially important when consuming cannabis-infused confections, baked goods and beverages because they require more time to digest and release their effects. Always follow the dosing recommendations on their packages.

Shango advocates the responsible use of cannabis and that begins with exercising caution and good judgment. One can always consume more cannabis, if desired. However, like alcohol, once cannabinoids, such as THC, reach the bloodstream they cannot be “unconsumed.”


How do I know which cannabis products are right for me?

There are literally thousands of cannabis strains and products. All have different aromas, flavors, effects and specific medicinal applications. While searching the Web can provide a wealth of information, the process can be time-consuming and a bit overwhelming, especially for patients and inexperienced cannabis users. And determining what information you can really trust is often even more difficult.

The best way to get the right cannabis products is to visit a Shango store and speak with our friendly, knowledgeable staff. They’ll be happy to discuss our cannabis strains and their various effects and medicinal applications. They’ll also answer your questions, and recommend the appropriate Shango products and cannabis accessories that meet your personal needs.

Shango is prepared to earn your trust and become your cannabis retailer of choice.


Is cannabis dangerous?

Any substance, including food, alcohol, medication or cannabis, can be dangerous if it is abused. And the potential danger of any substance can be reduced or even eliminated if it is used responsibly. Shango advocates the responsible use of all cannabis products.

Cannabis has been used safely for medicinal purposes for centuries in cultures all around the world. However, in America, the debate over whether cannabis is essentially dangerous has been raging for almost 100 years.

In the early 20th century, the production, distribution and consumption of cannabis were legally banned for various political, commercial and social reasons. Until recently, many advocates of the ban remained either seriously misinformed or overly cautious about any real or perceived danger posed by cannabis use.

Their perennial, primary argument against cannabis use warned that it was a “gateway” to other illegal substances, which included patently dangerous, addictive drugs often available from the same sources that illegally sold cannabis.

However, in the 1980s, the American medical profession began to rediscover the benefits of using cannabis to treat various medical conditions. This not only contradicted the long-held belief that cannabis was essentially dangerous, but also lent legitimate support to the growing popular call for the reform of anti-cannabis laws.

Today, more and more states are permitting the legal sale of medicinal and even recreational cannabis. The question of whether cannabis is any more dangerous than beer, wine or spirits seems to be resolving itself. And in a recent published and televised statements, the widely recognized and respected physician and journalist, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, (who once opposed the use of medicinal cannabis) declared, “It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications.“ and “I cannot find the harm in it.”

Ultimately, individuals will have the freedom to reach their own conclusions.


How do I know Shango products are safe?

Shango offers cannabis products of the highest quality and consistency. They are rigorously tested for cannabinoid content and potency, as well as purity. These tests confirm our products contain no traces of mold, mildew, yeast or pesticides.

All of our cultivation and processing facilities are equipped with hepa filtration systems to eliminate airborne contaminants. They are also thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Access to these facilities is strictly limited and all employees always wear gloves and hairnets when handling our cannabis plants and products. Our concentrates and edibles are produced in food-grade kitchens that meet commercial standards for cleanliness and safety.

However, like alcohol, the safe use of cannabis ultimately depends upon the good judgment and personal responsibility of the customer. Our Guidelines for Responsible Use recommends commonsense practices and tips for making your cannabis experience as safe as possible, and for protecting others, especially children, from the potentially unsafe use of cannabis products.


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Shango produces, distributes and sells a full range of premium cannabis products, including flower, concentrates and cannabis-infused confections, baked goods and beverages.

We are committed to setting the standards for product quality, customer service, ethical business practices and education for the entire Cannabis Industry. Shango is a leading advocate for the safe and responsible use of cannabis products.

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The information provided on this website is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Individuals who have been diagnosed with health problems and who use or are considering using cannabis as prescribed medication, should consult with their doctor beforehand.