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Collective Awakenings: Solid Cannabis Advice in a Calming Atmosphere

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Collective Awakenings - Portland, OR

Collective Awakenings – Portland, OR

Entering this eight-year-old establishment is pure, unadulterated pleasure. The trunk and limbs of seven types of trees are grafted into an organic installation that beckons one to the front desk, while a painted mural adorns the back wall of the store. Gorgeous, hand-crafted light fixtures by local artisan Hail Mary hang throughout; buddhas and amethyst crystals are found tucked into product displays and atop cabinets, counters and shelves; reclaimed wood is used throughout on the floors, walls, ceilings and benches. I so enjoyed the ambiance of this space — I wanted to pull out my computer and hunker down for a day of writing.

Collective Awakenings - Portland, ORThe Product

Beginning as a medical dispensary, there is a distinct focus in this shop on cannabis’ medical uses. Having been at the forefront of the industry for so long, only tried-and-true products worth the shelf space and budtender approval are on offer, including Leif Goods, Lunchbox Alchemy, elbe’s edibles and Luminous Botanicals, to drop a few names. The flower is displayed movie theater-style, behind handcrafted and artistically designed cabinets dreamed up by the owners. Their amazing array of products is so well-known in the cannabis community that many dispensaries will actually send customers to Collective Awakenings for specialty items and advice.

Collective Awakenings - Portland, ORThe People

The people behind the scenes and at the front of the shop at Collective Awakenings are a diverse and well-represented group of individuals who exude knowledge and warm, welcoming vibes. Creating a destination shop for cannabis consumers was the owners’ ultimate goal, which has proven to become a reality. Talking with Aligra, one of the shop owners, I was inspired and in awe of this cannabis advocate and dispensary owner who also happens to be a mother of two, a former nurse and tax accountant, health coach, photographer and all-around everything to everyone. She hires and educates staff members who are genuinely interested in bringing the benefits of cannabis to those in need, or customers merely desiring a fun buzz.

Collective Awakenings - Portland, OR“… buddhas and amethyst crystals are found tucked into product displays and atop cabinets, counters and shelves …”

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