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Cannabis enthusiasts and curious first-timers now have the perfect spot to indulge their CBD delights, as local edibles company Grön has opened a CBD cafe at the same site as its manufacturing facility in Southeast Portland.

The CBD cafe is fashioned after other tasting rooms such as the Jacobsen Salt Co.’s showroom and Woodblock Chocolate’s upcoming “manufactory.” This type of cafe is becoming more popular in legal marijuana states as cannabis becomes more socially accepted.

Grön is able to get around Oregon law, which prevents the sale of weed products outside licensed dispensaries, because Grön’s CBD products are derived from evergreen tree bark, instead of hemp or cannabis. Owner Christine Smith says the effect is different from regular CBD and “more in line with taking an aspirin.”

Owner Christine Smith says that while visiting GrönCAFE,  customers will be able to sample and purchase all of the company’s CBD products, including chocolate bars, teas, and hot chocolate, and there will be long tables inviting patrons to relax and enjoy some social time.

“I find it energetic and uplifting but not sleepy-time,” she says, adding, “It has absolutely zero head impact.”

The idea, she says, is to indirectly demystify cannabis for consumers who are still wary of buying from a dispensary.

“In the cannabis world, we’re not allowed to communicate directly to the customer because we sell through dispensaries,” Smith says. “People can see how it’s made, see what the kitchen looks like and ask questions.”

According to the Portland Business Journal, Grön “rocketed to a leadership spot in Oregon’s cannabis edibles market” when it launched two years ago. The company began making CBD edibles in February, and because it uses tree bark instead of cannabis, those products are not considered a Schedule 1 drug. Therefore, they are legally permitted to transport across state lines. Due to this, the Grön CBD cafe will serve all ages, rather than 21+.

GrönCAFE opened on June 6th, and will be open Wednesday-Friday, 11 am-6, pm and Saturday 10 am-4 pm.

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