Creating a good conversation about cannabis with your kids might benefit from reading, planning and practice. We will continually update our site with links to reliable information and advice that may help you find the best approach for your family. Here’s a start:

WE ALL REACT DIFFERENTLY TO CANNABINOIDS

Humans contain cannabinoid (CB) receptors, which is what enables the psychoactive as well as therapeutic effects of cannabinoids to be felt. CB receptors are in many parts of the body and brain, which is why cannabis can affect a variety of sensations including pain, inflammation, appetite, neurological activity, and mood.

As with alcohol, the effects of cannabis will vary with each person’s body chemistry. This is due in large part to the fact that CB receptors vary from one person to the next, and the quantity of those receptors is not fixed.

AGE & POSSESSION LIMITS

Cannabis can only be purchased by people age 21 and older with a valid ID.  Different rules apply for registered medical patients. Here are the legal limits* you can purchase in a single visit:  

  • One ounce of usable marijuana (flower or joints)
  • Seven grams of concentrate/extract for inhalation
  • 16 ounces of solid infused products
  • 72 ounces of liquid infused products
  • no limits on paraphernalia (pipes, lighters, rolling papers etc)

*For medical card holders, the transaction limits are three times these quantities.

TRAVEL

Cannabis is legal in Colorado, Oregon and Alaska in addition to Washington, but bringing any Schedule 1 drugs (like cannabis in any form) across state lines is a federal offense.

PUBLIC CONSUMPTION

Although cannabis is legal, opening or consuming any form of it within view of the public is illegal, with a $27 fine in Seattle. Additionally, cannabis smoking is prohibited in certain private areas such as universities, workplaces, and rental properties.

GROWING

Cannabis can only be purchased legally from a licensed retailer. Recreationally, growing cannabis plants for personal use is still prohibited.

SMOKING AND DRIVING

Cannabis impairs reflexes and judgment, like alcohol or some prescription medicines. Enjoy cannabis responsibly and respect the other drivers on the road. Call a friend, rideshare, taxi, or wait until you’re sober. Open container laws apply to cannabis in the same way they apply to alcohol. Keep cannabis products in their original, sealed package in your car.

EMPLOYEE DRUG TESTS

Companies can still prohibit their employees from cannabis usage, and can still drug test. Read your company’s employee manual to know your rights.

STORAGE TIPS: TAKE GOOD CARE

Flower

Store your flower bud in a glass jar away from bright lights, moisture and heat to keep it fresh and potent. Use a grinder to minimize handling of the flowers. They’ll burn more uniformly.

  1. Airtight. Pick a container that fits flower quantity without too much extra air. Plastic bags are too permeable and may allow products to get crushed. Materials that keep out extra light are a bonus.
  2. Humidity control. Keep containers free of outside moisture to preserve flavor and potency. Optimum relative humidity is between 59% and 63%.
  3. Cool temp. Ideally, flower should be stored between 40 to 80 degrees F.  While some cannabis-infused edibles hold up well in the freezer, most other cannabis products degrade in freezing temperatures.

Cartridge

Store your cartridge with the mouthpiece upright (a drinking glass works great) and detach it from your pen when not in use. If your cartridge clogs, try blowing into the connector end to clear out accumulated oil.

Vela offers a variety of cannabis products. Learn about the types of recreational marijuana available on the market. Shop our cannabis menu to discover new products, across the spectrum.

Flower (natural, classic)

Flower is cannabis in its original state. It is harvested, dried, cured, and prepared by master growers, for smoking in pre-rolls, pipes, bongs and vaporizers.

Concentrates (potent, flavorful)

Concentrated forms of cannabis are made by extracting terpenes and cannabinoids from the flower. There are many ways to extract cannabis, including carbon dioxide (CO2), butane and cold water. The resultant concentrate delivers a more powerful effect, and can be found in the form of wax, shatter, honey oil, live resin and hash. These concentrates are usually consumed by dabbing, which is when a concentrate is vaporized.  A torch is used to heat an element. Then a small amount of concentrate is “dabbed” on the element, which turns it to vapor.

Cartridge  (convenient, modern)

Vaporizing (vape) pens and cartridges are becoming very popular because they’re discreet, and the vapor is smoother than smoke. The oil in the cartridge produces a milder odor than smoking, has a nice clean taste and delivers effects more quickly, allowing you to fine tune your experience to the desired level of intensity. The cartridge attaches to a vape pen, and the pen contains an element that heats the oil in the cartridge, turning it into vapor.

Edibles (discreet, delectable)

Cannabis-infused edibles and tinctures are among the product families that allow for a smoke-free experience. If you’re new to cannabis-infused edibles, start slowly, with less than 5 mg in your first bite. Because your body must digest the edible before its cannabis reaches your bloodstream, it may take 30 to 60 minutes for you to begin to feel any effects from the first bite. Full effects may take much longer, and edibles produce a longer lasting experience. Everyone’s system is different; experiment carefully to find your own sweet spot.

Topicals (soothing, simple)

Cannabis-infused lotions, sprays and even bathing salts are another smoke-free method for producing psychoactive or body-centered effects.  These products are absorbed through your skin, and as with edibles, you may not begin to feel their effects for 30 to 60 minutes.

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