A tourist guide to weeds in Portland
If you’re from a ban state where cannabis use is limited to passing a joint handed to you by strangers at a music festival, coming to Oregon can feel like a hard landing in a promised land where streets are paved with kif.
From neighborhood dispensaries to breakfasts and chewy terpene-infused cocktails, there are so many ways to consume THC and CBD in Portland that it will make a stranger’s head spin. Shoot, it sometimes even overwhelms the natives.
Luckily, we’ve taken some legwork to find the best cannabis experiences in Stumptown and created this handy weed tourist roadmap. From dining and shopping to activities and lodging, we’ve got plenty of fun ways for you to explore Portland’s rich cannabis culture.
WHERE TO STAY
1. The doctor’s house
5024 NE 30th Ave., 855-218-8410, doxhouse.com.
The great irony of parachuting into Portland’s cannabis scene is that due to public clean air and consumption laws, there are few places to smoke legally. Hotels are closed, so you’ll need to find a weed-friendly Airbnb – in this case that means ‘bud-and-breakfast’. To that end, you’ve got a few options, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a better reception than you would with Bill, a professional in the medical cannabis industry who runs this cozy art-deco home in Alberta Arts. District. Staying at the Doctor’s House instantly makes you feel part of the community and at home. No one will blink if you wake up and cook, and your morning puff can be accompanied by fresh coffee and homemade muffins, as your host is an excellent cook. See page 52 for more options.
WHERE TO BUY GRASS
916 SE, Hawthorne Boulevard, farmapdx.com, 503-206-4357.
No Portland cannabis tour would be complete without a visit to this dispensary, often called Oregon’s best. Here you’ll find a clean, well-lit space where different varieties of top-notch flowers are displayed as rare museum specimens in a minimalist setting. Budtenders are very knowledgeable, there is a wide variety of quality accessories available, and the in-store experience is totally different from any headshops you may have had in the past.
3. PDX shaft
5135 NW St. Helens Road, 503-208-2454.
If you like to combine Mother Nature and Mary Jane, head to Tree PDX, a hillside dispensary near some of Forest Park’s best hiking trails. Best of all, shopping here means supporting women of color in Portland’s cannabis industry, and the shop is run by a fun and likeable mother-daughter duo.
WHERE TO DRINK
4. Push x Pull
821 SE Stark St., pushxpullcoffee.com.
If you want to enjoy quality coffee without getting too hot, head to Push x Pull on Stark in the Buckman district for a GrÃ¶n CBD mocha. There are no sticky syrups flavoring your coffee with this drink – just very dark CBD infused chocolate melted into premium espresso, which is roasted in-house.
5. Donnie Vegas
1203 NE Alberta St., 503-477-7244.
Just a mile from Alberta’s Doctor’s House is this no-frills dive, where a chili dog, made with the owner’s secret recipe, will take your hunger pangs away, while the famous Marg-a-Weed-a infused with CBD you really help you relax. Once you’re at your peak, take a look at the vending machine on your way to the patio – it’s full of quirks, including vintage paperbacks, “doom cookies” and other fun stuff. various.
6. Ringlers Pub
1332 W Burnside St., 503-225-0627, mcmenamins.com/crystal-ballroom/ringlers-pub.
The McMenamins’ Ringlers Pub forms the ground floor of the famous Crystal Ballroom, not far from the Dr. Marten store, the Fluevog store and the Everyday Music record store. Together, the neighborhood carries the torch of classic Pacific Northwest counterculture while letting time move forward. Progress resembles McMenamins’ Saber Tooth Kush IPA, brewed with the terpenes that give cannabis its signature skunky, funky flavor. While this beer won’t get you high, it will give you a great buzz and depth of flavor that few other cannabis beers can match.
7. Coalition brewery
2705 ââSE Ankeny St., 503-894-8080, coalitionbrewing.com.
This Laurelhurst brewery takes a different take on cannabis than McMenamins, with a two-flowered, CBD-infused IPA that plays the terpenes inflected by citrus and herbaceous hops on each other. You might feel sweeter than usual after a beer, thanks to 6 percent ABV and 4 grams of CBD per glass.
WHERE TO BUY
3279 SE, boulevard Hawthorne, 503-236-6120, autelpdx.com.
If you’ve ever wanted to smoke weed in a crystal, head to the altar, where you can purchase beautiful pipes cut from shiny gemstones. The store is also full of other goodies, from jewelry to cosmetics.
9. Do & Marie
665 N Tillamook St., makeandmary.com.
Speaking of cosmetics, Make & Mary are suppliers of adaptogenic potions for your skin, aromatherapy, or consumption – think CBD-infused beauty wands to slip under your eyes, face serum to pat at night, and candles based on essential oil of wild cannabis. In addition to the products, Make & Mary also offers classes from Tillamook Station on topics ranging from natural fiber dyes to âcannabis infusedâ topspin yoga classes.
10. Ladies of Heaven
959 SE Division St., # 125, ladiesofparadise.com.
Ladies of Paradise is a vibrant boutique straight out of Broad City. From knocker earrings labeled “POTHEAD” and distinctly feminine Stonedware pipes to t-shirts and other apparel, this boutique proudly proclaims that you can be cute, sweet, and fierce while enjoying a little bit of fun. ‘humidity. Ladies of Paradise is also a creative agency that helps promote female-led cannabis brands and events, so check their calendar.
WHERE TO GO
11. The Municipality
19 NW 5th Ave., Suite 300, thecommunepdx.com.
It seems like every day a new pot-based business opens in Portland, and this co-working space bathed in natural light offers these startups and cannapreneurs a place to meet and share ideas. Check its calendar to see if an open house or event is going on while you are in Portland.
12. Horizon Tavern
8031 NW Skyline Blvd., 503-286-4788, skytav.com.
If you plan your hiking route this way, you can start near some of the best views of the St. Johns Bridge and Mount St. Helens in Portland. You can also end up near Skyline Tavern, a sunny neighborhood pub set on several acres of woodland. Come for the currywurst and live music, stay for a drink mixed with Ablis CBD soda.
13. High 5 Tours
Have you ever wanted to visit a pottery farm? Did you dream of making tampons between dispensaries? Love the concept of a pedal pub or party bus but don’t drink? High 5 Tours is the answer. It offers a variety of different regular tours, including a trip to Multnomah Falls. Not only do you not have to worry about navigation, but you can also make your way to and from the waterfall.
Cannabis Dos and Don’ts in Portland
By Lauren Yoshiko
DO: Smoke at home or at a friend’s house, as long as you are at least 21 years old and out of sight of the public when you light up.
DON’T: Smoke in the street or in a park. Technically, cannabis can only be consumed in a private residence, butâ¦ there is leeway.
DO: Enjoy this moving room at one of Portland’s Cannabis Parties, Women-Only Tokeativity Events where you can dance, read tarot, and shop from local artisans, Live at HiFi Farms concerts, and crafty art Make & Mary Classes.
DON’T: Forget your ID when you visit a dispensary, even if you don’t intend to buy anything. To see inside, you will need a state-issued ID or passport.
DO: Buy something at a dispensary. Oregon has the strictest testing laws in the world, bans most pesticides, and is home to the cleanest iterations of the ideal cannabis growing climate.
DON’T: Just walk to the nearest store. There are over 300 stores in the Portland area, all offering their own unique experiences.