Deep Thoughts

If you have walked into an Oregon dispensary lately, you may have walked out feeling very confused after reading your cannabis product’s label. The worst part of this experience: The budtender was just as confused while trying to explain the dosage.

For example, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission states that recreational marijuana products cannot exceed 50 milligrams of THC. But we just purchased a product that indicates 110 milligrams in the bottle.

OK … How is that possible? …Say it’s 400 milligrams non-medical, but when you break down the serving and dosage sizes, you count only 109.5 milligrams in the bottle — that same bottle claiming 110 milligrams! This is fine if we’re talking estimates, but if we expect a truly accurate number, this does not compute.

That brings us back to our first unanswered question: How can the OLCC impose a rule that recreational products can’t exceed 50 milligrams? Yet we see a slew of newer items that have more THC than other, similar products. It’s very confusing! Not to mention it gives some of us the feeling of being “duped” by embellished labels.

With all this being said, here is what to expect from OLCC products in the marketplace. (These standards may change next week … LOL!)

Edibles: 5 milligrams of THC per serving with a maximum 50 milligrams of THC in the product.

Topicals: 6 percent THC per volume (Still confused? So are we!)

Tinctures: 1,000 milligrams of THC per “bottle” maximum … which is how some can claim over 400 milligrams on the recreational side. It’s allowing for more servings.

Capsules: 10 milligrams of THC per serving, not to exceed 100 milligrams (no, this is not medical) … Still confused? You don’t chew a capsule, so this makes it OK …

Extracts (THC): 1,000 milligrams with no serving size required, but there is no cartridge out there allowing for that level of THC, so if you see anything that big, BUY IT! Take a photo! And email it to me!! 

OLCC labels imply classification as edibles of products that simply are not; they’re tinctures and/or capsules. Be sure to read the labels and ask questions if you’re confused. So many of us are. So don’t feel bad.