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Portland’s best cannabis strains of summer 2021

Damn, Portland—you crazy.

This summer, Stumptown stoners hit the rarest, strongest, most affordable herb in the known universe.

Oregon’s ancient and loose medical cannabis program spawned one the world’s first adult-use markets all the way back in 2014. The rec scene grew too robust and farmers grew too much pot. Prices collapsed to $6 per eighth-ounce by 2019.

Homeostasis has since returned. Brands like Decibel Farms, PDX Organics, Archive Portland, and LTRMN have set the tempo for high-key chronic. Portland has more than 200 dispensaries, offering elite produce from the likes of Alibi Farms, Fenario Farms, and The Heights, Co.

How have you not booked a stony weekend? The sun is about to come out for the summer.

After you book, check out this list: Portland’s best cannabis strains of summer 2021. These picks come sorted by activity and are based on strain search traffic, menu prevalence, Cup winners, and Instagram stars.

Smoke ‘em all and let us know what you think!

Juicy daytime cultivars

Nug with sunshine

Two guava strains won People’s Choice Cups in Oregon recently. These modern, potent fruit strains go down fabulously at any function.

Punch party

Purple Punch offspring have plenty of fight in them. Check these contenders in 2021.

  • Portlanders are puffing a vacay in a bowl of Papaya Punch—grown by Meraki Gardens at Weed Land and by Decibel Farms
  • Oregrown has a fancy Rozay Punch for Rose City dwellers
  • PDX Organics has an OJ Orange Julius (Purple Punch x Jelly Breath) that pairs with their award-winning Mimosa #2

Do-Si-Dos and Purple Punch is Slurricane—and Portland remains Slurricane-landia this year. See Cosmic Treehouse’s at Weed Land.

(Photo by Resinated Lens; Courtesy of LOWD)
LOWD has Punch Breath that hits a little bit harder. (Photo by Resinated Lens; Courtesy of LOWD)

Also in the flavor zone:

Zkittlez offspring continue to deliver syrupy, sweet, fruity, and tropical terps and chillaxing power this year.

  • Paradise Seeds’ fruity Wappa is huge in Oregon, grown by Lifted Northwest, selling at Gras Cannabis
  • Fruity creamy Bonkers crosses a Lemon Tree mother and a Cookies and Cream F2 father; from growers Deep Creek Gardens at TreeHouse Collective

New for chart-topping glues in 2021—elite brand LTRMN has the strain Future at Bridge City Collective. That’s Glue and Starfighter, for a heavier effect. 🛸

Prefer the old school, Unc?

Blazing night tree

Nug on dark background with a moon

As the sun sets, Portland gets heavy—as in knockout, high-THC cultivars others like to copy.

In top-shelf cake strains, Ice Cream Cake makes tourists scream. Fresh this Cake season:

Ever since the medical days, Oregon has known Cookie genetics almost as well as Cali does.

  • LOWD unleashes a monster MAC 1; Farma carries LOWD
  • Meanwhile, Lemonnade PDX serves hot, fresh Apple Fritter from KNF Farms
  • For even fancier dessert, living soil growers at Flowersmith bang bananas, Cookie, and OG flavors together in Banana Cream Truffles; catch them at Eden Cannabis
  • The clout is also strong with Fenario Farms’ I95 x G33 x Wilson—a heavy-hitting OG/GSC/tropical thing. Sheesh!
(Photo by Resinated Lens; Courtesy of LOWD)
MAC 1 on the branch. (Photo by Resinated Lens; Courtesy of LOWD)

For bed, Portlanders keep picking Chocolate Hashberry—grown by the likes of Longshot, at Floyd’s Fine Cannabis.

OK—you got 20-ish flavors to pack into a summer that’s maybe 90 days long.

Better get to it!

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David Downs

David Downs directs news and lifestyle coverage as the California Bureau Chief for Leafly.com. He's written for WIRED, Rolling Stone and Billboard, and is the former cannabis editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the author of several cannabis books including 'Marijuana Harvest' by Ed Rosenthal and David Downs. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. TW: @davidrdowns | IG @daviddowns

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