There’s nothing that enhances art more than a little cannabis, and nothing that enhances cannabis more than a little art. The true experience of art lies at that intersection point between artist and audience—the piece itself—and cannabis has been known to invigorate that experience in both directions. Nowhere is this clearer than with cannabis artists, people who create not just under the influence, but out of an expression of deep appreciation for their relationship with cannabis.
Portland, in particular, is home to some wonderfully talented cannabis artists, although their work can hardly be confined to such a singular category. Whether it’s a classy cannabis magazine full of rich visual art or a bold modern take on the classic ceramic pipe, these Portland artists express their individuality by connecting over something they all have in common—and we get to benefit from that creative fusion.
Here are seven Portland-based artists doing work with a cannabis theme you should get familiar with, and together we’ll all expand our minds about what’s possible with cannabis art.
You probably remember WokeFace from the limited series of preroll hardpacks she designed in partnership with Fire & Jane. WokeFace provided the artwork while Fire & Jane provided the prerolls and their uniquely reusable, recyclable hardpacks. Each purchase donated a portion of the proceeds to one of three charities: The Trevor Project, The Sunrise Movement, and Campaign Zero.
Primarily a visual artist, WokeFace describes herself as being known for “stickers, wheatpastes, murals and wood installations.” Her goal is “to facilitate self-love and a sense of connectedness to fuel a more compassionate and harmonious existence.” In addition to the aforementioned prerolls, WokeFace has a selection of cannabis pins, stickers, and paraphernalia, including this cool Cannabis Conversation Game.
Broccoli launched as a magazine in 2017, with the explicit goal of encouraging the intelligent appreciation of cannabis through different explorations of art, culture, and fashion. It comes out three times a year, and each page is so rich and engaging that it could take you a couple of months to really digest an issue.
Since 2017, Broccoli has unfurled into new pathways including Broccoli Talk podcast, which publishes new episodes every month, and The Broccoli Report, a semi-weekly newsletter that goes out on Mondays and Fridays. They’ve also published books like A Weed is a Flower, which showcases innovative flower arrangements involving cannabis and other plants, and a topic-adjacent magazine called, “Mushroom People.”
Make Good Choices
Alex Simon makes all the ceramic pieces on sale at Make Good Choices, and they are wonderful, whimsical creations. She’s made pipes that resemble everything from lipstick tubes to magic wand vibrators, accurate to the last detail. Currently, her lineup includes a set of distinctive and realistic-looking pickles, each modeled after a specific variety. She’s also got an inhaler that anyone who doesn’t use one might readily confuse for the real deal.
All of these pieces are born from an inspiration to transform seemingly everyday objects into functional conversation pieces. Alex Simon studied Visual Art at Bennington College in Vermont, with a concentration in Sculpture and Ceramics, which helps explain why her work is so convincing. It’s almost a relief that the lighter design is out of stock, just because of how often those things get lost,
In a similar ceramic vein, there’s Stonedware, a design-centric pipe company that also makes pieces handcrafted in Portland. They have a hypnotic video detailing the process founding artist Ariel Zimman uses to make each piece. Stonedware pipes are true porcelain, finished with food-safe glaze, and some even have 22K gold accents.
The Geo line represents three sizes of polygonal self-expression, and the strange planes and angles fit ergonomically in the hand. The pipes are designed to be an aesthetic experience to use as well as to behold. Also check out the purse pipe, a discreet and stylish one-hitter.
Make & Mary
Make & Mary is a line of beauty and wellness products made with CBD-infused botanical blends. It was founded by Yvonne Perez Emerson in 2016 as a series of cannabis-friendly workshops, and expanded in 2018 to become the brand it is today.
The mother-daughter team leads the development of skin and lifestyle products informed by decades of experience crafting folk remedies and natural beauty products. Each of their formulas is all-natural, cruelty-free, vegan, and low-waste, using plants inspired by the team’s mixed Mexican and Scottish heritage.
Have you ever been sitting in the salon, waiting for your nails to dry, and wishing you could be smoking a joint? That’s the idea behind this Portland-based cannabis-friendly nail studio run by Nomi Miraj—and frankly, it’s the way getting your nails done should have always been. Nomster Nailz offers an elegant and private nail salon experience delivered straight to your door.
Nomster Nailz explores cannabis art through beauty and wellness activities, even including CBD products into the spa experience (if that’s what you’re into) like a CBD bath salt soak, mint CBD sugar scrub, and CBD mud mask. They also have a private studio in the Alphabet district for individual or small-group appointments.
Cooking is also a form of cannabis art, and Liv Vasquez of LivvieSmalls is a cannabis chef and educator, exploring all the ways the culinary enhances the cannabinoid, and vice versa. She creates terpene-infused dining experiences, paying special attention to the interplay of flavor, aroma, and lifted effects. She even won the first season of Cooked with Cannabis on Netflix!
Liv Vasquez hosts pop-up events to provide a clearer understanding of cannabis as a plant and its role in her cooking, as well as private catering events. She’s the author of Smart Infusion: A Basic Guide to Understanding Edibles and runs her own cannabis cooking class over on Patreon. If you want to sample her work, check out her infused Grazing Tables, which you can have delivered straight to your home.
It’s hard not to feel inspired by all of this talent, and there are dozens of other cannabis artists still out there to be discovered. We’re only scratching the surface here, but we hope we’ve given you some ideas for your next project, or your next self-care day. Are there any cannabis artists we missed? Kindly let us know in the comments, we love discovering new art!