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Corporations suck, and so does corporate cannabis. Buy and get high locally with these stellar Oregon brands.

7 Points Oregon Cannabis

The first time I heard of a “veganic growing” method, I thought was being punked for an episode of Portlandia.

But the choice to forgo all animal products, such as manure or bone/blood meal, makes sense. Cannabis is a consumable plant, so replacing those amendments, and their strong tastes, could potentially influence the buds’ final flavors.

I was won over with the first hit, and I’ve stanned for them since. They’ve produced some of the strongest flower I’ve ever smoked, resulting in some epic, lofty highs and heavy stones. But it’s the taste that’s kept me coming back. When vaped, this coats your mouth with intense flavors. They’ve won numerous awards and would be my “Desert Island” grower.

Elbe’s Edibles

Remember when you used to make pot cookies or brownies? Were you using alcohol distillate THC or butter infused with a sack of weed? Exactly.

Nothing matches butter for a rich, decadent mouth feel, and Elbe’s demonstrates that with all their products. Their 1:1 25 mg CBD/THC Gingerdoodle Cookies and 15 mg THC Orange Dreamsicle Cakeballs will get me through the upcoming dark months, along with their holiday travel-friendly Cold Brew Coffee Hard Candies, each with 5 mg of THC in dice-sized and -shaped candy.

They melt in your mouth, but also into a warm drink. Caffeine and cannabis are increasingly the two things getting me through these challenging times.

Nelson and Company Rosin and Water Hash

There remains a market segment, myself included, that seeks out solvent-free concentrates for a taste and experience akin to the complex and flavorful hashes from years ago.

The Water Hash and Rosin from Nelson and Co. provide just such an experience. They start with beautiful, homegrown organic flower and use water extraction and presses to produce jars that have room-filling scents when opened, tasting like they smell.

The highs are consistently refined and surprisingly clear, producing a betterment in mood and outlook, and are great for both creative work or binging with Netflix.

It’s the connoisseur’s choice, appreciated by all. Screw the wine; bring a jar of either to your next function for the host.

Farmer’s Friend Extracts FECO/RSO

The good people at FFE specialize in full spectrum CO2 extraction of oils from whole plants, without adding terpenes or additives, and refine out only chlorophyll, fats, waxes, lipids and impurities.

They offer it up in vape cartridges, and RCO (Refined Cannabis Oil) which can be eaten, dabbed, smoked, or vaped. It comes in brilliant dispensers that make measuring and doling out portions a breeze.

Their syringe-based FECO (Full Extract Cannabis Oil) comes in various single strains and blends from some great Oregon farms. With THC percentages pushing 80 percent, it has remarkable benefits for pain and nausea relief.

Dirty Arm Farm Adabinol

Dirty Arm Farm (DAF) are arguably the most sought out producer of butane hash oil (BHO), and his skill and technique have earned him a sizeable following. His BHO is “epic super Godzilla fire fistbump” emojis, but his transformational product is Adabinol.

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These full plant cannabis syrups are “nanoenhanced,” which DAF states increases the bioavailability. Translation: It hits hard and fast, with effects felt within two to three minutes. It’s made with only what they grow, processed into a live resin, and available in six flavors, in THC and CBD versions, with a sugar free option.

People needing short activation time for pain, sleep, or anxiety issues will appreciate a measured effect in minutes. It travels well and is a discreet consumption option in a setting where drinking is the only available choice. It’s tasty on its own but mixes great as a non-alcoholic Stoned Spritzer.