We stopped by Farma to see if they live up to the ratings online
Store Name: Farma
Store Location: 916 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Store Website: https://www.farmapdx.com/
Farma is well touted as one of the best dispensaries in the entire country. On their website, they even have an entire section dedicated to accolades from different publications praising their beautiful, well ran store as well as speaking to the unparalleled quality of their product. We decided to stop by Farma when we were in Portland to see if the reality matched up with the hype. Pulling up to Farma was easy. Street parking was widely available, and the nondescript storefront with the bright red sign out was easily identifiable while driving. Upon entering the storefront, the first thing we noticed was how white and clean everything was. It didn’t seem too large, but considering how off the beaten path Farma is from Downtown Portland proper, this may or may not be an issue depending on how many patients they see during rush hour. While we were there, there was a steady but controlled flow of patients coming at a rate of around 1 every 10 minutes or so which kept things moving without the budtenders or consumers being over inundated with bottlenecking. We were informed upon arrival by the receptionist that their print software that makes the labels was on the fritz, and that there was around a 50/50% chance of the label being able to print properly. They apologized for the inconvenience and explained they were working on it. I was a little apprehensive after that not knowing quite what to expect, but I brushed it off as technology just being technology and simply hoped that the system would work. Checking of my ID was quick and easy and there was no wait time for entry.
I walked in and I took a moment to admire in the budroom as it was BEAUTIFUL. Minimalist in its design but extremely high-end looking, I was floored by what they were able to achieve with such a small space. Plants were on the walls, the wood was accented by the white, literally everything was taken into consideration when creating the floor space. You never feel crowded, and the budroom’s waiting area seems much more leisurely than what is seen at most dispensaries. My budtender greeted me enthusiastically and with a warm smile and was eager to show me the setup. He began to explain how their cannabis is displayed as Farma has its own unique take on the process. Rather than by species, which is how most shops do it, Farma has the cannabis sectioned by the effect (Euphoric, Creative, Sleepy, ext) with CBD/medical being its own category. From there, you would look top to bottom for the strength of that effect with the top being the strongest. This methodology speaks to Farma’s desire to solve a 2 fold problem in the retail cannabis space. First-time cannabis consumers feeling intimidated by the process and a general lack of consumer knowledge on the product. New, uninformed users are able to come in and effectively choose their strain based on what they want to get out of it, vs being expected to know what each strains effects are, or worse, having to ask a budtender to explain it to them slowing down patient turnover. I liked this newfound approach, and I hope to see it implemented at more stores. Those who are strain connoisseurs can still find their favorites without too much issue as strain diversity is at a perfect level. The budtender, however, was still more than happy to explain the strains to me individually. He was well versed in the cannabis he had on hand from the terpenes down to the genetics providing an excellent description of each strain I inquired about.
Their cannabis was pretty good quality for the price, not dried out and keep good strain diversity. I ended up settling on Super Silver Haze by Sissortail Farms and was impressed by even the branding of the bottles which was emblazoned with their bright red Farma logo. The label printer worked, much to the excitement of the budtender as well as myself, and I thanked him and left feeling extremely satisfied as a retail consumer. Everything about Farma makes it an absolutely top-notch operation and they are every bit as much the hype they are claiming when it comes to having a beautiful well ran dispensary. Farma is a prime example of how retail cannabis retailers are supposed to be by exemplifying 3 basic traits; forward thinking, placing a high value on consumer experience, placing a high value on consumer knowledge. I would be just as comfortable bringing my grandmother who has never medicated before to this dispensary as I would my friends who are regulars. Hats off to Farma, and I hope this level of care and design is a continuing trend for the industry.
– TOP MARKS –
- Knowledgeable Budtenders
- Beautiful Interior Design
- Excellent Strain Display Methodology
- Strain Diversity
– BOTTOM MARKS –
- Distribution Jars Used For Smelling / Looking
Marijuana Retail Report Rating – 9.2 / 10
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