Cannabis Basics

  • What is Cannabis?
    Cannabis, also known as marijuana, weed, or pot, generally refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the cannabis plant (plant family Cannabaceae). more
  • Types of Products
    Cannabis can be consumed, inhaled, or applied to the skin. The method of use and THC content will have an impact on how soon and how intensely effects will be felt and how long they will last. more
  • Is it a Legal Product? How to Know
    For those not familiar with the legal cannabis system, it may be difficult to know whether you are buying a legal product. Here are some things to keep in mind. more
  • Reading a Product Label
    In addition to the business information for the cannabis producer or processor, labels on cannabis packaging must provide specific information to help you understand some aspects of the product you are buying. more
  • Understanding Test Results
    Before a licensed retailer can sell a cannabis product to a consumer, the product must be tested by a certified cannabis laboratory to make sure it is safe to consume. more
  • Hemp-Derived and Synthetic THC Products - Legal?
    In 2023, Washington's State Legislature passed a law that only licensed cannabis retailers may sell products with detectable levels of THC to consumers. more
  • Why Buy Legal
    Besides it being illegal to buy cannabis and/or cannabis products from an unlicensed seller, a primary consideration is that buying legal means the cannabis and cannabis products are held to quality standards. more
  • Resources
    When cannabis was legalized for adult use in 2012 by voters (Initiative 502), the law included funding for a website that would have science-based information for the public. more


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