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Your 101 Guide to Recreational Cannabis in Oregon

October 1, 2015
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Oregon's legal recreational cannabis market debuts October 1, 2015, making the Beaver State the third to implement a system where adults who are at least 21 years of age can purchase and consume cannabis. Educate yourself on Oregon's recreational cannabis guidelines by downloading our printable brochure that outlines the state's cannabis laws and consumption guidelines.

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As of October 1, 2015, medical dispensaries may sell dried cannabis flower to adults for recreational consumption. Persons over the age of 21 with valid identification:

  • May purchase up to seven grams of dried cannabis flower or up to four seeds or clones for growing at home
  • May possess up to eight ounces of dried cannabis flower at home, or up to one ounce outside your home
  • May make cannabis-infused edible products at home for private use
  • May NOT consume cannabis in public
  • May NOT drive under the influence of cannabis
  • May NOT transport cannabis across state lines

Edibles, oils, and concentrates are not yet available for recreational consumption. Stay up to date on the latest news by checking out our Dispensary and Store Finder.

Oregon's recreational cannabis flower guidelines

Dried cannabis flowers are most commonly consumed by inhalation of smoke or vapor.

Like wine or coffee, there are thousands of strains of cannabis, each with different effects and flavor profiles. However, all cannabis strains fit into one of these three categories:

SATIVA Noted for uplifting and energizing effects. Good for daytime activities.

INDICA Delivers heavier, full-body effects. Often preferred for nighttime use.

HYBRID Provides a mix of sativa and indica effects.



  • Joint
  • Pipe
  • Vaporizer
  • Bong

THC and CBD are the two primary compounds in cannabis. THC delivers euphoric effects. CBD is non-intoxicating and often used medicinally.

Oregon's recreational cannabis extracts guidelines

Extracts are potent concentrates derived from cannabis. They’re popular primarily due to their high THC/CBD content.



HASH OIL, often referred to as wax, shatter, or dabs, is usually inhaled as smoke or vapor.

TINCTURES are liquid cannabis extracts added to food or dropped under the tongue. (Please see the Edibles section for cautionary tips on orally-consumed cannabis.)

Brush up on your local cannabis laws by visiting our State of the Leaf!

Oregon's recreational cannabis edibles guidelines

Edibles include any food or beverage infused with cannabis, consumed orally.




The effects of orally-consumed cannabis are often quite different than when smoked or vaporized and can last much longer. Until you’re more experienced, the best advice is to go slow.


The average dose of THC is 10 milligrams (mg), but percentages of THC can vary product-by-product or even batch-to-batch. Also, many edibles contain multiple doses.


Edibles can take up to two hours to kick in. Wait before ingesting another dose.

Oregon's recreational cannabis topicals guidelines

Topicals are cannabis-infused products such as lotions, creams, and lip balms.



Topicals are applied to the skin for localized effects. They are not typically considered psychoactive.



Now that you have the basics, you probably want to know more about the many different strains of cannabis and where you can buy them. Download the free Leafly app and enjoy the following: