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Tried, true and highly subjective.
I hope you like them.
I love them.
Or my most supersensitive
friends love them.

Crossing state lines with cannabis is still a federal offense.
Please do not call from jail.

Notes: Portland

There’s a sense of true community and transparency in Portland that is unparalleled to any other cannabis city in the US and abroad.

FLOWER

  • East Fork Cultivars  – Outdoor and organic CBD and THC. EF supplies most of the high-end brands with their CBD. Dedicated to sustainable practices. Great people and activists. Newsletter No.06
  • Pruf Cultivar – Indoor. Where science meets spirit. Led by legend ‘Wizard of Weed’ Jeremy Plumb. Clean Green Certified. Total life force —zero depletion. Moments that exceeded all expectations.
  • Liontree Farms – Organic, native soil, slow cured. “Currently living with, and lovin. I want to be calm and lifted. If I feel sluggish the next day, it’s not for me. Stay tuned…”— Nina🌱

EDIBLES

  • Serra – Amazing ingredients. Partnered with Stumptown Coffee and Jacobsens Salt Co. Great ratios, good for newbies, excellent gifts
  • Gron Chocolate  – Great starter kits, top-notch ingredients and smart ratios. Rasberry is my fave 
  • Leif Goods  – made with FECO oil. Mint Hibiscus is my fave
  • Toro Ma – Organic. Made with RSO. “There’s something about this line. I can feel the care that went into it. Currently sampling their latest additions. For me, edibles are not often. On planes, extreme painful small talk events and in lieu of a pain reliever. Stay tuned…” — Nina 🌱

FECO OIL

TINCTURES

TOPICALS

  • Empower Bodycare – Bath and lotion. Great ingredients and feel. My older relatives say it’s been the best for pain out of everything I throw at them.

SENSUALS

WHERE TO GO

Notes: The Bay

It’s a tough time for farmers. They laid the foundation and did the heavy lifting. With commercialization snowballing, and the government continually working against the industry, I’m hoping they get their well-deserved piece of the pie and seat at the table.

FLOWER

  • Harborside Farms – Greenhouse, organic. Steve DeAngelo’s farm and also the supplier to Sundae School, my new favorite pre-rolls from LA. Been writing a ton with this lately
  • Pure Beauty – Indoor. High THC that stops just shy of too much. Great morning after high. Cigarette style joints are always a winning gift
  • Swami Select – Outdoor, organic. Live regenerative soil. Fall in love with Nikki and Swami Season 1 Episode 5 of Viceland’s “Weediquette”
  • HerbaBuena – Organic, biodynamic. Mild. Danced all night with this one
  • Brother Davids – Outdoor, organic. Dr. Bronner’s lavender soap people. Super passionate about psychedelics. Have their own organic stamp of approval called Sun and Earth Certified. Amazing mindset. Love listening to them.

EDIBLES

  • Rose Delights – Made with Rosin. Few ingredients sourced from SF farmers market. Tastes great and love that it’s whole plant and not distillate

TINCTURES

TOPICALS

PATCHES

WHERE TO GO

You have to hit a few places to get everything on the list

Notes: LA

Surprisingly, the flower selection is getting heavy on the indoor, which doesn’t seem synonymous with the ‘California Sunshine’ I want fueling my joints. Serra from Portland opens this month which is sure to ‘up the game’ all around. 

FLOWER

EDIBLES

  • Rose Delights – Made with rosin and few ingredients from the SF farmers market. Love that this is whole plant and not distillate.

TOPICALS

  • Marys Medicinals – Muscle Freeze has replaced the China Gel. Mix in with other lotions and potions for massage.
  • Papa and Barkley – Bath Salts. Great scent and texture. Not sticky or icky.

WHERE TO GO

  • LAPCG – LA’s first medical dispensary, little underground feeling. Organic selection. They are truthful about what the gold is. Mad respect
  • Shop Serra – Opens this month/next month…
  • MedMen – West Hollywood. Always has the latest selection. Knowledge is a consistent FAIL

Notes: Seattle

Seattle’s dispensaries raise an eyebrow in an ultramodern city that’s increasingly known as Silicon Valley North. The scene is mostly old-school pot shops that carry practically the same selection. Still, I found some gems. Emeralds, if you will.

FLOWER

  • Raven Grass – Indoor, organic. Strong. Love the messaging, clear labeling and old-school strains 
  • Cannaorganix – Organic, greenhouse, hand watered. Yes, hand watered

EDIBLES

  • Spot Seattle – Few ingredients, well balanced. The only CBD that doesn’t make me feel blah.
  • GoodShip – Tastes great. Multiple ratios and recipes. Same owners as SPOT. Pastilles are my fave for painful small talk events. Peppermint tastes like the old-school patties. I learned how to ‘dial in’ my edible high with this line

WHERE TO GO

  • Lux Pot Shop in BallardClean, quick, chill
  • Hashtag in Fremont Friendly little pot shop. Typically have tons of Goodship
  • Paper and LeafTake a ferry to Brainbridge Island and get high on the greenery alone. Owned by Blues Traveler Drummer Brendan Hill. If you call ahead they will pick you up from the ferry for $1. Cute CBD shop next door

Notes: Aspen

Due to the low-humidity weather conditions, the cannabis is dry and ridiculously strong. Stoner strong. If you’re a cannabis connoisseur, you’ll notice the difference. Silverpeak is truly the saving grace.

FLOWER

EDIBLES

  • 1906  – Little heavy. Midnight is my fave

TOPICALS

PATCHES

WHERE TO GO

  • Silverpeak – Where the luxury leaning crowd goes

Notes: Denver

The state that paved the way feels left behind. An overabundance of tired pot shops and inventory that lacks any innovation. The cannabis in general is very dry (due to the weather) and strong. Yep, ‘one with the couch’ strong. The three dispensaries below are true shining stars.

FLOWER

  • Verde Natural – Indoor. Organic/in soil/award winning/great effect. Many epiphanies with this one. Too strong to use often.

EDIBLES

  • 1906 – Little heavy. Midnight is my fave

TOPICALS

PATCHES

WHERE TO GO

  • Simply Pure – Owned by Wanda James. The first African American to own a dispensary, cultivation facility and edible company. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Great selection. So inspiring Wanda!
  • Verde Natural – For flower
  • Botanico – Always pop in to browse. Cute place. I’ve experienced a few amazing strains that aren’t always stocked but has me coming back

Notes: Vegas

OOF. But ok. Should Vegas even be allowed to grow cannabis with the water issue? During the microdosing mushroom trip from hell (Newsletter No.12), I went to a cannabis conference and was blinded by the light and electrocuted by the fake vibe. I practically crawled to my room from the Uber. Luckily I made it to the dispensary, and tried to breathe my way through the two days.

FLOWER

  • Green Life mini joints – The cleanest and most organic one they have. Good effect. I actually missed them when I left.

WHERE TO GO

Notes:Amsterdam

Cannabis is not legal in Amsterdam. It’s ‘tolerated’. The scene is not nearly as sophisticated as the US — but then again, we take everything to levels that no other countries would.

WHERE TO GO

  • Green House Coffee Shop – The Green House guys do great things around the world and have created some of the most legendary strains. Thirty years in the business and a mindset I really admire. Newsletter No.08 
  • Boerejongens Coffeeshop – Cute little place. Feels like a bakery with staff in bowties. Little smoke room up the circular staircase.

AT A GLANCE

This is a story of evolution, knowledge and consistency. Check back every so often.