Legal marijuana in Oregon: A glossary of basic terms

Legal marijuana in Oregon: A glossary of basic terms


Oregon’s vote to legalize marijuana means Oregonians are likely to hear a lot more about marijuana in the coming months.

Here’s a glossary of basic terms:

Dispensary: A store that sells an assortment of marijuana and marijuana products, including dried flowers, edibles and concentrates, like hash oil. In Oregon, only medical marijuana patients and their caregivers may purchase cannabis at a licensed dispensary.

Processor: This is one of the licenses the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will issue under the new law. Processors include people who make marijuana products, such as edibles, hash oil, concentrates and tinctures.

Wholesaler: Another license the state will issue to people who purchase from producers and sell to processors or other commercial license holders.

Producer: A license the state will issue to people who grow marijuana.

Retailer: The state will license people who sell marijuana to consumers.

Clone: A rooted cutting from a mature marijuana plant. Clones, essentially young plants, may be sold in licensed marijuana stores in Oregon. The new law allows four marijuana plants per household.

Flowers: The part of the marijuana plant richest in chemical compounds, such as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Flowers are consumed in dried form.

Vaporizing: A popular method of consuming marijuana. The consumer inhales vapors from heated marijuana, such as hash oil or dried flowers. Vape pens are portable devices that allow people to discreetly consume the drug.

Tincture: A liquid form of marijuana that’s ingested orally or in a drink. Tinctures are alcohol or glycerin extractions of the marijuana plant.

Edibles: Food, candy and drinks that have been prepared with marijuana. These products are popular among marijuana consumers who don’t want to smoke or vaporize the drug. The onset of the effect takes longer and tends to last longer as well.

Hash, also known as hashish, concentrate, extract or oil: A concentrated form of marijuana that involves extracting tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and other cannabinoids from the plant’s leaves and flowers. People make concentrates using solvents, such as butane or water. While dried marijuana flowers typically contain 10 to 25 percent THC, hash and other concentrates can have up to 80 percent THC, the psychoactive component that gives consumers a high. Depending on how often the person consumes it, a gram of hash can last a couple days to a couple weeks.

— Noelle Crombie


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