Chocolate Industry

#14 Because Portland’s cannabis community continues to find creative ways to collaborate with other industries

Portland has long had a reputation for producing an abundance of quality artisan products, from beer and coffee to chocolate and charming homemade trinkets. So when two of these indie creators from totally different industries team up to create something new, you know you’ve usually got something special.

Our cannabis community is no different. Their mashups with other companies are particularly forward-thinking. Here are highlights of the hottest local cannabis collaborations from the past year.

The Mini Bar by Greater Goods and Chef Liv Vasquez

by Netflix Cooked with cannabis Cannabis justice winner and advocate Liv Vasquez has teamed up with Greater Goods – the subsidiary of Leif Goods, which defined contemporary branding at the start of recreational legalization – to produce a dark chocolate bar 50mg organic CBD, derived from hemp, finished with linalool- infused Bali Pyramid Salt from Bitterman Salt Co.

Dark Chocolate Bar from Lazarus Naturals and Ranger Chocolate

Wellness brand Lazarus Naturals’ foray into artisanal collaborations began with this chocolate treat produced by small-batch chocolatier Ranger. The bar is produced with hemp grown in central Oregon from Lazarus and Ranger’s premium Maker’s Blend, an ethically sourced cocoa blend that thoughtfully matches the terpene profile of cannabis.

Wake-Up Call Muddy Chai Tea by Barbari and Lion’s Mane

Less of a collaboration and more of a mix between wizarding herbalists and a functional mushroom lifestyle, Barbari’s Wake-Up Call Tea features Lion’s Mane, a mushroom that grows wild in the Pacific Northwest. . Functional mushrooms have been used in herbal blends as wellness supplements for generations, but contemporary iterations containing isolated cannabinoids are relatively new.

Kites Pre-Roll Packs and NuLeaf Project

Cannabis and nonprofit partnerships are always a good thing, especially for those still exploring how they can contribute to a more diverse and equitable industry. NuLeaf (or NuProject) is a great starting point for this research. These pre-rolls come in a variety of strains and are priced commensurate with other 10-roll packs. Frankly, the whole thing is enough to make the average customer wonder, like the best collabs do, why don’t all brands do some bullshit like this?

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