Wednesday July 1, 2015

By Abby Hutmacher

Ask Pot Guide v.7: First Time & Weed Donations Education

This week’s installment of “Ask,” we got a few questions asking us to elaborate on purchasing amounts and marijuana donations.

How much marijuana should I purchase my first time?

User from Dearborn, MI

One important part of vacation planning is figuring out a budget for either time, money or both. But if you're planning a vacation involving marijuana, you might want to consider setting a cannabis budget, too.

Your cannabis budget should be more involved than how much you want to spend, however. In addition to deciding which dispensary to visit, you should also budget in exactly how much you want to purchase, lest you buy too much and have to -- gasp -- throw some away.

To figure out how much you will need, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What products do I want to try? Will you be buying flower, edibles or concentrates? Perhaps you'd like to try tinctures or patches, instead? Whatever you choose, remember that the effects and duration will vary so plan your activities accordingly.

  • How often will I consume cannabis? If you'll be staying in a marijuana-friendly hotel or frequenting 420-friendly events and social clubs, there will be ample opportunities to consume marijuana at your leisure. But if you'll be spending most of your time on public or government property, your chances to toke will be pretty limited. If the latter is true, you might consider choosing edibles, tinctures or patches because of their discretion.

  • How much marijuana do I need to get high? Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division has outlined standard dosing instructions for cannabis products. For edibles, the standard dose is 10 milligrams (though you can take another dose if you don't feel anything after few hours), and for flower, the dose is one to two hits.

Keeping in mind that the effects of edibles typically last for about six to eight (sometimes up to 12) hours, you can base your purchase on simple math: the number of doses multiplied by the number of people who will be participating.

Figuring out how much flower you will need is a bit more complicated. Because of differences in strain potency, humidity level and individual preference, it can be very difficult to know exactly how much you'll need. Generally speaking, Indicas burn slower and will therefore last longer in a pipe, but may not provide the same punch as a faster-burning sativa. If you plan on smoking joints, expect each one to contain between a half and a full gram of weed (which is sufficient for about two to four people on average). The high you will get from smoking typically lasts between two to four hours.

Are marijuana donations legal?

User from Boulder, CO

Chances are, if you type in the word "marijuana" on Craigslist or hang around a pot-friendly Facebook page long enough, you'll run into someone openly offering up some tasty nugs in exchange for a donation of sorts -- sometimes in the form of a "free gift with purchase." And, though many will claim that they are acting within the perimeters of the law, this gray area is getting some people in trouble.

According to the State of Colorado, "Only licensed retail marijuana stores may sell retail marijuana, and only to those 21 and older." And, just to clarify, a sale includes barters, gifts and exchanges "with or without remuneration" (whether or not they get paid). This means that it is technically illegal to give marijuana to anyone in exchange for anything other than comradery.

That's not to say that you can't give your left-over stash to a friend, though. In fact, doing so is considered nothing more than possession, which is totally legal provided that you're at least 21 years old with no more than an ounce of weed at a time.

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Abby is a freelance writer and founder of Cannabis Content, a marketplace where marijuana enthusiasts can create and sell digital content to businesses in the cannabis industry. Follow Cannabis Content on Facebook and Twitter, or visit to learn more.

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