By Janelle Albukhari
As a freelance writer, I know what it means to live the cheap life. While it definitely has its own set of unique pleasures—eating copious amounts of Taco Bell and listening to crackheads on the bus—being broke is rough overall.
Luckily, there are plenty of dispensary deals floating around the city, so I decided to round up several opportunities to make your day a little brighter. Here are my picks for the best dispensaries on a dime. These are deals on flower. Since recreational oils and concentrates are newer to the game, they're more likely to fluctuate in price.
2637 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-444-7538, bloomportland.com.
Bloom knows how to have a good time. The dispensary is fond of throwing special events that are not only awesome (free barbecue!) but come with some crazy deals on flower, too. Bloom has a rotating $20 "out the door" special (including tax) on eighths. The strain changes frequently, so be sure to stop by when you can.
110 SE Main St., 503-477-4261.
You'll want to sign up for this shop's mailing list ASAP, because the deals are flat-out insane. In June, I purchased an eighth of Shiskaberry (at a nice 22.26 percent THC) for a mere $15. Grams were available for $5. These beautiful, leafy miracles are well-advertised in Fresh Buds' newsletter and occur on a semi-regular basis. Hell, the shop has even offered $14 eighths and $4 grams of Sugar Pine.
729 SE Powell Blvd., 971-319-6298.
If you leave a review of Blue Sky on Weedmaps, you can snag a gram of any strain for a penny. You also get 5 percent of your total purchases back at the end of the month, which you can redeem like cash to get extra discounts.
Attis Trading Company
2606 SE Gladstone St., 971-544-7685, attistrading.com.
Not all cannabis is created equal, and sometimes budget weed has a noticeable dip in quality. Well, Attis' impressive lineup offers a variety of strains on the cheap without having to skimp. Impressive offers include $6 grams and $20 eighths of Bubblegum (23.16 percent THC), $25 eighths of Platinum Girl Scout Cookies, and other favorites like Dutch Treat and Jillybean for $30 an eighth.
1436 SE Powell Blvd., 503-477-8380, terpsstation.com.
Home to one of my favorite strains, Blue Shark, Terpene Station also features a rotating eighth special for $25. There are usually a couple of strains to try—three as of July 6—and the flower here looks much fresher than the bargain-bin stuff at other places.
916 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-206-4357, farmapdx.com.
Often hailed as one of the best dispensaries in the city for its focus on patient care, Farma has a little something for everyone, including a weekly strain of pre-packaged eighths for $25. I nabbed Face Off OG at 17 percent THC, but there are plenty of other great contenders from the regular menu like $8 grams and $27 eighths of Vintage Pakistani. At 24.4 percent THC, it's one of the most potent strains you can get for your money.
Canna and the City
3607 SW Corbett Ave., 503-719-7216, cannaandthecity.com.
At $35 for an eighth, the deals here are a bit pricier than at other places in town. However, you get what you pay for, and the "bargain bin" strains are by far the best I've had in terms of quality. I've purchased everything from Chemdawg to Death Star, and the strains are always super-fresh, thanks to management's enthusiasm for rotating flower.