Perhaps due to the sheer timing of cannabis legalization passing at the same time Portland, Oregon’s cultural reputation was drawing in peak numbers of ex-pat creatives seeking a hip, left-of-center and locally-sourced home, the recreational cannabis scene has rapidly developed into a sophisticated industry. The level of thought put into designing stylish shops and the strictness of testing surpasses standards set in other legal states, and customers’ experiences extend far beyond the shop doors with infused dinner events and consumption-friendly house parties. If you haven’t visited Portland, you haven’t fully experienced legal pot cannabis culture yet.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon

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SE Hawthorne
The Scientific Shop That’s Changing the Way We Buy Cannabis

Many shops in Oregon began as medical shops in anticipation for a time when they could switch to rec. Farma brought their medicinal approach into the retail realm, educating customers while they shop the pristine glass cases in the bright, white interior. At Farma, the array of sample buds are labeled with varying shades of red and blue to indicate the degree of energetic uplift or relaxing heaviness, rather than the inaccurate binary of sativa and indica.

“Recreational cannabis can be a trojan horse for progress with medical cannabis,” says co-founder Jeremy Plumb, a global authority on cultivation and the chemistry behind the strains.

He points out how the legal approval not only increases access but also encourages people on the fence to start experimenting and discovering the right strain or edible that treats a chronic discomfort. Rookie users can take advantage of the studied budtenders for help navigating the shelves, and more habitual users will appreciate the reliably potent flower and oil from experienced producers like Nelson & Co. Organics and High Noon Farms. If you’re going to be around, keep the stamp card handy and look forward to a 20% off discount.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon

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Oregon’s Finest
NW Pearl District and Inner Southeast
The Varsity Megashop With Something(s) For Everyone

Every type of cannabis consumer will find what they’re looking for and more among these cases brimming with dabbable concentrates, vape cartridges, flower, and multiple fridges holding cannabis-infused coffees, soda and kombucha. At both locations, the budroom has two broad wings of flower shelves and concentrate displays to accommodate the steady stream of customers that trust their stringent supply chain. Not only is a magnifying glass applied to the cultivation practices of every grower, but also the grower who grew the flower that was processed into oil, and the grower of the flower that was processed to make the edibles.

People with chronic conditions have options like transdermal CBD/THC patches and bath soaking salts for relief, and those seeking sky high THC will swoon over flower by one of the house farms, SoFresh. Despite the polished presentation in branded neon and the wood-paneled interiors of the reception rooms, OF is a local face of the industry that engages with their respective neighborhoods. During the Pearl District’s First Thursday art walk, the doors are open to passersby who want to stop for non-infused samples in the art-filled reception area.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon

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Cannabliss & Co
Multiple Locations
Location, Location, Location

Come to visit a dispensary in an old fire station, stay to shop from one of the largest, friendliest selections in town. You’ll still have to enter through one of the large doors big enough for a truck to pass through and walk past the fire pole dissecting reception. Cannabliss has made a habit out of building out unique shops, with a Eugene shop located in an old sorority house.

They’ve become a family of five shops with a competitively-priced menu and merchandise branded with enough subtlety that people actually wear it. High-profile growers like Pruf Cultivar and Ten Four Farms are available for $10/gram, which is $1-2 dollars cheaper than other shops. It’s also the first functioning rec shop to get fictional screentime, the familiar brick exterior and budroom getting a scene in HBO’s Here and Now when a character needs to take the edge off.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon

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Virtue Supply Co.
NW Pearl District
A Down-to-Earth Gem in the Heart of High-End Portland

The Pearl District is known for luxury retail, art galleries, and tourist traps. So it only makes sense that when a few mellow dudes from Portland and Bend recreational scenes broke out to do things their way, the endearing vibe in their high-quality cannabis and gem shop made it a neighborhood favorite in a matter of months. From outside, the vast glass cases of glittering crystals and multi-faceted minerals do resemble a gallery more than a pot shop. But Virtue doesn’t take itself too seriously, made obvious by the large sign reading “Gluten-Free Marijuana” that hung over the door for months.

Suited customers and work-from-home creatives alike can be seen stocking up on vape pods for their PAX Era pen and Better Care CBD dog treats for an anxious or chronically-ill pet. Visitors can pick up a pint-sized pre-rolled joint of Blue Magoo or CBD-rich Wedding Cake for under $5 on the way to Powell’s Bookstore a few blocks away.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon

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Five Zero Trees
Multiple Locations
Your Friendly, Neighborhood Old-School Dealer Gone Legit

In the early days of medical dispensaries, the huge selection of well-grown house strains and plant clones had customers driving across town to the original spot in deep Southeast. The old-school hip-hop in the background and friendly, hoodied budtenders were the ideal transition from waiting on your friend’s couch to walking into a well-appointed shop that felt just as comfortable as your friend’s living room. If that living room had a 200+ glass piece selection and a revolving menu of the city’s best flower, from Cherry Kush to Dawgwalker OG.

With management rooted in experienced cultivation and the legendary house farm, they are also one of the most trusted destinations to new growers shopping for seeds and clones to grow their own. Choose from over fifty clones for sale from $6-$40 varying in genetic prestige, some tracing back to legendary bay area breeders and the back row at a Grateful Dead reunion tour.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon

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The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon

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Buckman and Downtown
The Only Shop Pretty Enough To Be Approved by Goop

Serra is the first recreational shop to become a household name by design. Literally, this shop gained instant fame by designing every inch of their shops like a cutting-edge retail brand, from the custom tiles reflecting the Serra logo pattern underfoot, to accessories like a necklace with a  pipe tamper pendant etched with the same signature honeycomb. It’s the only cannabis retail shop to be listed as a travel destination on Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s apex-yoga-mom-sophisticate lifestyle brand.

Budtenders weigh out flower with golden chopsticks that match the gold-finished accent lights, and the flower itself is as carefully designed as their greenhouse-style glass cases. The in-house farm, Pruf Cultivar, is currently helmed by renowned cannabis researcher and cultivator Jeremy Plumb, who is taking advantage of Pruf’s technical capacity and controlled growing environment to learn more about what characteristics are true to a particular strain.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon

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Inner Northeast
If Mother Nature’s Chill, Stoner Daughter Opened a Recreational Dispensary

Jayne has become known as a female-friendly dispensary not because they market to women, but more to do with the serene, botanical decor and a curated menu that highlights local female and minority producers. Women seem to like coming back to Jayne, as indicated by the pairs of middle-aged girlfriends leaving with a bag of Drip Gem edible candies and a Quill vape pen on the average Friday afternoon.

Customers can take their time perusing hand-held menus rather than peering up at digital screens, and edibles sit in woven baskets rather than wire racks. Follow them on Instagram for news about Jayne yoga sessions, where they curate a yoga class in a privately-owned space where cannabis can legally be consumed.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon

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Bridge City Collective
North Williams and Inner Southeast
Hometown Heroes, Through Thick and Thin

When Bridge City Collective’s first location opened in 2014 on N. Williams, the street was a quiet stretch of rundown Victorians and shuttered convenience stores. Four years later, they’re about the only thing left unchanged in this vortex of Portlandia gentrification. The North location is a beacon of chill amidst new, unaffordable apartment buildings and hyped eateries, and in either up-and-coming neighborhood, BCC has crafted a cozy, sincere Portland aesthetic with hand-painted murals covering reception walls and a concise selection of local brands. Evolvd vape cartridges come in half and full grams of flavorful blends like OG Green Tea and the balanced CBD-THC Lavender Trinity, along with locally-grown buds of Dawgwalker Cookies and Jack Herer.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon

Courtesy of Jeffrey’s Flower & Oil

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon

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Jeffrey’s Flower & Oil
North Overlook
The Bougiest Bodega & Bud Shop

The majority of dispensaries answer to consumers’ most base impulses: the biggest bang for the cheapest buck. High-THC products and lots of pre-rolls for those who want to walk out with something for less than $10. Jeffrey’s bet on the customers looking for a different kind of value, adding a boutique mini-market to their budroom. Now you can knock a Whole Foods trip off the to-do list while picking up an eighth of Grapefruit by TKO Reserve and a cinnamon, chili and cannabis-infused Mexican chocolate bar by Leif Goods. Next to a massive selection of notable farmers, edibles, and concentrates, they carry locally-cured salami by Olympic Provisions, hunks of artisan cheese and an assortment of Haribo candies.

The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Portland, Oregon

Courtesy of Panacea

Northeast Sandy
Where Everyone Gives Back When They Get High

Whether you’re buying a gram of Dream Dog by the in-house farm, Bull Run Craft Cannabis, or a gram of Acai live resin for the purest of dabs, a portion of all profits in this airy, gallery-like shop go to nonprofits and social justice organizations.

“I am an advocate before I [am] a business person,” says Melissa Egan, co-owner of Panacea.

She initially helped found the dispensary to raise funds for efforts to provide affordable housing to disenfranchised seniors in the LGBT community. Egan calls it “marijuana with benefits,” this mission to use the business profits to enact social change. Panacea also offers up to an eighth of free flower a day to registered medical patients, thanks to donations from local growers.

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.


11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.