Portland Best Buds – Portland, OR
Situated across the street from New Seasons on the North side of Lombard in the St. John’s neighborhood is this fun and funky gem of a dispensary. An antique refrigerator that seems to be older than any living human holds the cannabis drinks, while products are stored atop wooden shelving built from the apothecary set of the television series “Grimm.” Artistically inspired metallic wall hangers grow living plants, thanks to a plant-tending budtender. Framed art hangs throughout the shop — some of the posters are ads created by one of Portland Best Buds’ own budtenders. Once I went in, I didn’t want to leave. It’s a good thing they don’t have a hammock strung up in a corner, or I’d be writing this review from inside the shop!
Portland Best Buds carries a wide assortment of cannabis products, be it a sativa to take hiking and talk to the trees or an indica to help with sleep and have sweet dreams. There are truffles and tinctures and ginger beer, flower and pre-rolls and pens, but not so much of anything that one feels overwhelmed. The minds behind the dispensary have developed close relationships with spectacular growers like Stacie Jenkins of Meraki Gardens, featuring her flower and pre-rolls, so what they carry is what they enjoy and trust. My favorite discovery is Paul Pedreira’s own Artisan Peanut Butter Cups, sold exclusively at Portland Best Buds. Mind-blowingly yummy!
Paul Pedreira, owner of Portland Best Buds, worked in the film industry on projects you may have heard of like the aforementioned “Grimm,” until discovering the benefits of CBD after hip surgery and subsequently deciding to open a dispensary in North Portland. Pedreira brought in business specialists Dave Davie and Trent Aho, who took the reins with their vivacious spirits, helping to create a multi-dimensional dispensary with positive energy and personality galore. Davie and Aho have a knack for creating amazing spaces as well as hiring the coolest people, including a 65-year-old budtender named Mary Lynn. Other staff members also represent the LGBTQ community, fitting nicely into the diverse North Portland melting pot.