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A Complete Tourism Guide to Portland’s 2018 Cannabis Scene

Published on December 6, 2018 · Last updated August 23, 2022

Portland, Oregon is a mecca for cannabis lovers everywhere. One of the first places to legalize and decriminalize the magic herb, it was the home of the first cannabis cafe to open in the US (RIP World Famous Cannabis Cafe) and houses the country’s first CBD cafe, too.Find Your Favorite Strains NearbyUnlike our friends in Canada who nearly ran out of weed on day one, Oregon is so rife with growers that the state has more cannabis than people can consume. This happy accident means having access to a wide range of products at low prices, making Portland the place to be for all things green.

Folks today can enjoy Portland’s 167 dispensaries alongside some of the best food in the country. Whether you choose to explore the city’s many hiking trails or zip around town on a motorized scooter, there are a million and one ways to get your green on in this joyous city.

First things first: Click here to view a map of Portland cannabis shops on Leafly.

Portland’s Cannabis Laws

  • You must be 21 and older with a valid legal photo ID to buy cannabis.
  • You’re allowed to grow up to four plants on your property, possess up to eight ounces of cannabis, and have up to one ounce on your person.
  • You can’t sell or smoke recreational cannabis in public or anywhere with a liquor license.
  • You can’t drive while under the influence of cannabis.
  • You can gift cannabis if you’re 21 and older, so long as the giver doesn’t receive compensation and the gifted amount is within legal limits.
  • You’re allowed to purchase up to one ounce of flower, 72 oz of liquid edible (i.e. Muru cannamixers), 16 oz of edibles, 5 grams of concentrates, 4 plants and 10 seeds.

Top Portland Cannabis Shops

Some stores have menus displayed prominently overhead while others have booklets. Feel free to ask a budtender if you need any help or want to smell something. The best dispensaries might even have lab results or terpene reports for you to check out.

Note: The standard taxation rate for cannabis in the state of Oregon is 20%. Most dispensaries factor this into the final price but not all, so be sure to double check if in doubt.


Portland Cannabis Travel Guide: Jayne

(Courtesy of Jayne)

Jayne is class, pure and simple. Step inside and the first thing you’ll be met with is a comfy waiting area replete with a giant bowl of candy, comfy couches, and a very lifelike cannabis display. You’ll find some of the city’s most patient budtenders who are more than happy to lend a helping hand. Enjoy flower from some of the state’s finest growers like East Fork Cultivars, Pilot Farm, and Deschutes Growery.

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Electric Lettuce

With two locations in Portland, the vibes inside this stylized 70s den are all groovy, baby. A colorful storefront gives way to decked out retro gear. A record player, fur rugs, and lots of art give it a fun, upbeat feel that encourages browsing. Cannabis varietals here are also helpfully categorized in terms of their effect, with vibes ranging from active to cosmic. Grab grams here for as low as $4.

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Cannadaddy’s Wellness Center

Walking inside here is like stepping into Willy Wonka’s factory of all things cannabis. There’s more product lining every inch of the walls than you could possibly hope to smoke in a lifetime. Folks can enjoy some of the most extensive flower, concentrate, andedibles selections in the state. They also host weekly specials with great deals on everything in store.

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Bridge City Collective

Portland Cannabis Travel Guide: Bridge City Collective

(Courtesy of Bridge City Collective)

Bridge City has two locations in Portland and is home to some of the most knowledgeable budtenders around. They are also one of the only dispensaries in town that list terpenes found in their flower selection, providing you with all the info you need to make a truly informed choice.

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Top Portland Delivery Options

Can’t make it to a shop? Experience Portland’s quick delivery services.

Hello Diem

One of the finest delivery services in the city, Hello Diem offers free delivery to residential areas in Portland. They operate from 12—9, with orders before 7pm delivered same-day. Enjoy products from the Diem brand at great prices and an extremely well-stocked concentrates selection.

I Heart Jane

I Heart Jane is a very user-friendly platform where you can search by mood. This allows you to search directly for ailments like insomnia, pain, or even just a “happy” strain.


Briteside is extremely well-designed, making for a streamlined, simple shopping experience. They also offer a recurring delivery service, so you can have a box full of goodies delivered to your door at the same time every week. Check their website for a handy blog chock full of industry info and cannabis best practices.

Rip City Delivery

Rip City is here to service all your SW Portland needs. Same-day orders stop at 8pm, with a minimum purchase of $40 for delivery. You’ll find a nice variety of products represented here including some of the cheapest PAX pods in town.

What to Buy in Portland if You’re a Beginner

If you’re visiting Oregon as a cannabis newbie, there’s tons of products to get you started. Look for these infused favorites and find the best match for your first experience.

  • The Quill is a great way to microdose on the go while WYLD’s carefully dosed 5mg gummies help users easily regulate their cannabis consumption.
  • Jayne has pre-rolls in all sizes including rare 0.25g joints perfect for beginners.
  • Peak Extracts has fantastic, terpene heavy cartridges, as well as strain specific chocolate bars dosed at 5mg a piece, allowing you to set the mood for your high.
  • Empower’s soaking salts are the perfect way to wind down after a long day of frolicking about town.

What to avoid: Edibles marked ‘sativa’ over 5mg can be very strong for beginners, so be sure to ask your budtender about what strains were used to make your edibles.

For the Intermediate Consumer

(Courtesy of Pax Era)

Social situations or the occasional weekday relaxant, cannabis fits perfectly into a semi-regular routine. Below, check out which Portland products to break out for a well-deserved pick-me-up.

  • The PAX Era is one of the best ways to vaporize cannabis on the go. You can get your hands on every kind of cartridge, from CBD rich blends to 1:1 varieties.
  • Peak Extracts’ Rescue Rub is made with a secret blend of Chinese herbs and essential oils, and it’ll heal just about any skin surface.
  • Elbe’s Edibles are made with pure cannabutter rather than distillate—they also happen to be the most delicious edibles out there. Eat half a bonbon to start.

What to avoid: You may be tempted to think “the higher THC percentage the better the high,” but cultivars over 25% THC can be too stimulating (even for seasoned users). If available, try examining flower’s terpene profile instead of relying on THC alone.

Best Products for the Cannabis Connoisseur

Avid consumers know exactly what they want and what works best for their smoking experience. Expand your stash with Portland’s potent products.

  • Siskiyou Sungrown crafts full-spectrum RSO. Made from sun grown flower, there are CBD and THC versions as well as a 1:1 blend. It’s an extremely powerful way to dose, so be sure to exercise caution.
  • Dave’s Space Cakes are tiny chocolate cakes that pack a real punch. Dosed at 50mg each, these are perfect for users with high tolerances (and they’re delicious to boot).
  • Mana Extracts make the concentrate game affordable for all. Grab a gram of live resin—like the Fire OG for $20 at select vendors—to experience the full wave of terpenes (up to 27%).
  • Enjoy a fine Dip Stick—a half gram joint dipped in rosin oil and rolled in kief—from Karma Originals. They also have other goodies in stock like “Moon Dust” (dry ice kief) that are definitely worth a try.

What to avoid: Edibles can take up to 2 hours to take effect, so always err on the side of caution. Don’t be that guy who goes “I can’t feel anything!”, eats more and ends up being too high. Having some CBD on hand is a great safety net to protect you from accidentally overdoing it.

Check Out Portland’s Cannabis Tours

(Courtesy of The Portlandia Experience)

Tourists can get an in-depth look into Portland’s cannabis scene by hopping on one of these informative and eye-opening cannabis tours.

  • High 5 Tours: Hop aboard the iconic yellow High 5 bus to enjoy one of its many cannabis tours. You’re options include a grow specific tour, a daily 420 tour, and a scenic Multnomah Falls tour. Did we mention you can smoke on the bus?
  • The Potlandia Experience: This colorful party bus is a great way to get acquainted with Portland’s cannabis culture. Tours run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday weekly, and include stops at dispensaries, food carts, and breweries. You can also rent the bus for wine & weed tours across Oregon.

Portland’s Unique Cannabis Events

Whether they’re running all year long or pop up as the days go by, cannabis events flourish in Portland. Grab some paint or work out with the best of them with these unique and infused happenings.

  • Puff Pass and Paint: There’s no better way to fire up your creativity than by firing up a joint. Revel in the childlike joy that is creating with these daily art classes. Everyone gets an easel and paint; all you need to do is bring the pot.
  • Mary Jane Fonda: Who says exercise has to be boring? Live your best life and get yo’ workout on with a little help from your favorite plant. There’s a new session each week ranging from yoga to speed-dating workouts.
  • Make and Mary: Make and Mary is a cannabis lifestyle brand. Their studio space also hosts events designed to “nourish the creative soul inspired by plant medicine and good vibes.” You’ll find all sorts of creative activities here, from workshops on the art of plant display to yoga classes and self-care sessions held in a peaceful environment.
  • NW Cannabis Club: From dance parties to stoner karaoke, edible contests and beyond, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. Membership is $25 for the year, with nominal fees at the door for special events.
  • Tokeativity: The most magical way to celebrate all things cannabis, Tokeativity hosts women-only consumption events on the regular. Events are themed and feature local vendors and tasty eats provided by community members.

The Best Munchies in the City

What’s a good cannabis session without some amazing munchies on hand? Get the most out of your Portland excursion with these tasty eats and treats.

  • Townshend’s Tea Company: With four locations in Portland, you’ll feel a wave of peace wash over you from the moment you enter. It’s a little slice of zen in a bustling city that’s made even better thanks to a partnership with East Fork Cultivars. Add in some CBD drops to your tea, chai, or kombucha for an extra dose of relaxation.
  • Luc Lac Kitchen: One of the finest late stops on the West Coast, this beloved Vietnamese staple is open until 4am. Fulfill your late-night munchies with items like steak rolls and sugarcane shrimp and mussels for $4-5 a plate.
  • Hunnymilk: Do brunch right with a trip to Hunnymilk. Helmed by master pastry-chef Brandon Weeks, Hunnymilk offers guests a choice of one savory and one sweet dish, complete with coloring books and epic drink options like caramel hot chocolate with toasted milk marshmallows.
  • Gumba/Little Chestnut Man: These two food carts are owned by the same man, and that man is Jesse Martinez. Dubbed as “some of the best pasta in Portland” by The Oregonian, Martinez is a wizard whose Mediterranean-inspired fare seems way, way too good to have possibly come from an unassuming food cart. Get your hands on it while you can.
  • Tiny Moreso: Quite possibly the sweetest cafe in the whole city, this humble little shop is equal parts healthy and satisfying. You can find CBD goodies like homemade infused shakes and tasty Aurora Elixirs to sip along with a counter full of visually stunning vegan desserts.

Bonus: A Timeline to Cannabis in Portland

Nov 3, 1998: The state of Oregon decides to legalize medical marijuana

November 2009: The first marijuana cafe, The Cannabis Cafe, opens its doors in Portland.

2012: The state of Oregon creates a registry system for medical marijuana dispensaries. Legislators also reduce harsh sentencing, reducing possession of more than an ounce to a misdemeanor rather than felony.

2014: Voters pass a recreational cannabis law allowing anyone 21 and older to grow or purchase cannabis.

Oct 1, 2015: The OLCC (Oregon Liquor Control Commission) issues the first licenses to cannabis businesses. A few dispensaries open for their first day of sales.

January 2018: Portland opens the world’s first “CBD boutique:” The CBD Hemp Store.

June 2018:Green Hop, the world’s first hip hop dispensary, opens in NE Portland. The Grön Confections Café, dubbed the world’s first CBD cafe, also opens.

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Janelle Lassalle
Janelle Lassalle
Janelle is a writer, artist and cannabis/cannabidiol (CBD) expert. Her works have appeared in a variety of top-tier publications including Forbes, Rolling Stone, BBC, and VICE. She’s also the co-founder of The Full Spectrum Revolution, a cannabis publication dedicated to educational and lifestyle cannabis content. Follow her on Instagram @jenkhari.
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