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This well-appointed dispensary carries many of the boutique growers, extractors and edible companies that have made Oregon the envy of the Cannabis world over. The shop’s excellent Division street location and sleek interior design make it a popular destination for tourists making their rounds through the Cannabis dispensary scene.

First Cannabis experience?

I had my first experience with Cannabis at the age of 22, and the strain I smoked was OG Kush. I have been in love with the plant since that first bong hit. I remember the experience as being happy, uplifting, euphoric, and of course, it came with a large dose of the munchies as promised by the legend of OG Kush!

How long have you been a budtender? What’s your favorite part about the job?

I’ve been a budtender for about a year and a half. But you could say I’ve been in the industry for over 15 years, due to the whole “black market” thing. I love helping people discover Cannabis for the first time as well as helping people find the right strain to help with their ailments.

What’s your favorite method of consuming cannabis?

I love bong hits! For me, it’s all about taking the smoothest hit possible. Smoking flower out of a beautiful scientific bong is tops for me.

“I HAVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH THE PLANT SINCE THAT FIRST BONG HIT.”

What are some of your favorite cannabis strains? Favorite effects/terpene profiles?

I love strains like Durban Poison, Dutch Treat, Mendo Purps, and OG varieties. Two of my favorite terpene profiles are limonene and terpinolene. Terpinolene, which is found predominantly in the Dutch Treat, provides an uplifting experience while reducing stress. Limonene is found in Durban Poison and while isn’t immediately noticeable, its subtly sweet and earthy aroma will make you feel uplifted and stress-free.

How do you find the right strains or products for a customer?

I normally ask customers how they want to feel and what effects they’d like to get from Cannabis. Sometimes it’s necessary to ask them what type of relief they need. After that, it’s all about what appeals to their senses.

What smells they like, and what flavors appeal to them. How do you feel about the current testing requirements by the OLCC?
I wish that testing was standardized, as I feel that there is too much subjectivity in the algorithms that are used by each lab. I do not put much faith in the THC or CBD percentages. While they are very much an important component of the plant, I am personally, all about the terpene profile as that is really what determines the effect and the relief/ feeling/high that you get from Cannabis.

What makes your shop’s approach to customer service different?
I think what sets our shop apart, is that we take the time to educate each customer with each sale. We are a smaller shop, so we do have the luxury of spending a few extra minutes with our customers each day. What are some of your hobbies/interests outside the Cannabis industry? I am a foodie. I love to cook (when I have time) and I was raised in the PNW so I spend a lot of time camping, floating the river, and hanging out with my family in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

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