Cannabis has been fully legal in Portland since July 2015. The selection is surprisingly small, perhaps limited by Portland’s trademark rainy weather conditions. Still, something tells us that Portland will leapfrog its’ sister states and turn the cannabis scene into a commercial and creative triumph the way it has with craft beers.
Where to Go
The southeast section of Portland is home to this sophisticated pharmacy/boutique. The Farma team prides themselves on carrying only the very best, but it’s the fact that they can explain and back up why, that makes them the go-to in Portland. Ask for our favorite budtender, Ben, who understands what top quality truly is.
What to Get
Anyone who’s anyone in Portland’s cannabis scene, knows that East Fork Cultivars is behind most of the high-end CBD brands in Oregon.
Brothers Nathan and Aaron Howard started East Fork Cultivars in 2016 with the intention of growing superior cannabis to help their older brother cope with his medical condition. When they saw how effective their products were, they decided to grow for all Oregonians. Their business partner, Mason Walker, completes the trifecta and has become the heart of the operation.
East Fork’s Farm is Clean Green Certified. Their cannabis is organically grown in a small town of Taklima, an informal artist colony located four miles from the California border. They recently added a hemp farm for CBD without the high. Big news: this hemp farm is USDA Organic. A very rare stamp in the cannabis space.
Mason and the East Fork team are also the minds behind a free educational program called CBD Certified aimed at helping dispensaries and budtenders round out their scientific knowledge to guide customers on a CBD experience. Thanks, team!
The website is very digestible and includes lab results, potency and terpene profiles, and fun notes on that particular strain.
Why it’s good:
Sun-grown in the Illinois River Valley
Clean Green Certified farm
USDA organic hemp that can cross state lines
CBD-rich, CBD-dominant, and THC-dominant flowers
CBD drops are water-soluble, sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan
Joints come in unbleached rice paper
Pro tip: We mix the CBD-rich flower in with our other flower for an added bit of protection from inflammation while smoking.
Founder Marley set out to make a cannabis product he would want to consume himself. Lucky for us, he reverse engineered it.
We describe these live resin vapes, as the "Scotch of Cannabis" — staying true to the plant with their Artisn(TM) technique. This heavy, special live resin is as pure as you can get and results in a full experience that the entire plant in all its glory has to offer.
In a beautiful move that echoes the wine industry, EVOLVD lists each product’s origins on the inside of the box: sun-grown or indoor, the cultivator, the harvest year and season.
Why it’s good:
Their labels - hat tip to Marley for full transparency
Clean Green Certified
Tailored extraction methods to each strain
Heavy and special occasion
Full experience of the flower
The cartridge is glass and stainless steel with a ceramic coil
Note: We recommend pairing with the EVOLVD medical-grade stainless steel atomizer to avoid unnecessary harshness on the throat.
Stay tuned: EVOLVD releases a much anticipated distillate late-April 2018
Husband-and-wife team, Carrie and Jody, give us a foodie’s dream, making cannabis feel gourmet. It’s impossible to ever forget Leif with their memorable flavors and vibrant packaging — all while giving us the gift of products that are high in CBD and great for treating inflammation.
Why it's good:
Derived from sun-grown cannabis from Siskiyou Sungrown
Made with RSO (a concentrated form of cannabis oil known to have medical benefits)
Memorable, delicious taste
Fair trade with no chemicals or additives
We have a particular obsession with the balanced CBD:THC 1:1 Mint Hibiscus bar.
Founders Sally and Devan’s inspiration was sparked after Devan began fiddling with cannabis recipes to heal after a back injury.
Luminous is mastering things differently with a new approach to ratios of long and medium chain triglycerides. Meaning: the path of absorption goes through the lymphatic system vs. going through the liver. The end result is a higher absorption rate of cannabinoids and a very smooth, long-lasting effect with an equally subtle exit. To top off a superior product, Luminous impresses us with their values of “support the world you want to live in” by offering this formula as an honest 3-in-1 tincture, topical and sensual. Our wallet thanks you, Luminous!
Why it's good:
Sun-grown organic CBD flower from East Fork Cultivars
Convenience of tincture, topical and sensual all-in-one
Blended with essential oils
Smoooooooth onset and offset
Earth is our favorite
For more suggestions on how to use for pain, pleasure and self care.
For sensual use, THC is the thing that really seems to increase blood flow and enhance feeling. The Sky blend is WONDERFUL for amplifying pleasure for both men and women. CBD is useful for anyone that experiences any sort of discomfort or pain, either during or after intercourse. People that receive anal sex really like the Meadow blend, because it reduces pain afterwards. CBD can also help delay ejaculation for men. It’s not numbing, but it does reduce sensitivity. So we hear from guys that use Earth blend for this.
For topical use, THC is effective for localized muscle and joint soreness. We have a few massage therapists here in Portland that use the Sky blend in their massage practices, diluting it by 10 for full body work and using it full strength on problem areas. A massage with the Sky blend is REALLY powerful. It doesn’t make you feel high, but it makes you feel incredibly relaxed. CBD can be a useful topical for treating inflammatory conditions of the skin, or mild skin injuries like sunburn or scrapes and bruises. Meadow provides some of the pain relieving qualities of THC plus the anti inflammatory effects of CBD. I use Meadow as aftershave on my face - the THC reduces any burning feeling, and the CBD reduces redness.
— Devan Anthony, Co-Founder of Luminous.
This line is made by the team behind Leif Goods. Yep, they did it again.
These THC and CBD plant-based vegan balms come in two scents, Wood and Field, and boast the highest potency in Portland. If you’re new to using cannabis-infused topicals, rest assured that this high-performing balm won’t make you high.
Why it's good:
Derived from sun-grown cannabis from Siskyou Sungrown
Combined with arnica and essential oils
Great for aches, pains, and tension
Amazing on dry skin, eczema and mild irritations
Empower creator, Trista, discovered her calling after a dustup with the anti-cannabis aspect of the legal system: she was arrested for possessing three young cannabis plants. Trista was acquitted by a jury, but the experience lit the fuse of her work in anti-prohibition activism and the creation of the Empower line.
Why it's good:
Derived from organic sun-grown cannabis at Yerba Buena Farms
High-quality ingredient list: pharmaceutical-grade epsom, pink Himalayan salt, and ethically sourced Dead Sea salts, essential oils, and organically grown cannabis
Our favorite part: This product supports a creator-activist pushing for cannabis law reform.