We’ve all been there.
It’s a familiar scene for parents: Friday night, a car full of kids and noise, no dinner planned, not enough time to stop. No one wants to take an exhausted child to the grocery store at the end of the week anyway. This is why people sign up for meal box subscriptions and clothing box subscriptions and shaving box subscriptions. Who can think about all this shit all the time?
With children, procuring cannabis can be even trickier. Although it’s perfectly fine to bring your minor to the alcohol store while you wander the aisles, children aren’t allowed anywhere near a dispensary sales floor, which means best case scenario parking them unattended in a lobby.
And while there are plenty of cannabis dispensaries who have put time and money into creating a welcoming waiting area perfectly suitable for anyone to sit quietly, sip tea, and look at art, lots of parents would rather not leave their kid alone in any lobby. With innovative products coming online all time, parents want to be able to take time to discover what’s new, learning at their own pace, rather than rushing through a transaction so that they can get back to their child.
Cannabis at the door
Wouldn’t it be so much better if, every now and then, the cannabis simply arrived at your door, inconspicuously wrapped and professionally curated? Adrian Wayman thinks so. He started Green Box PDX to help consumers keep up with the latest trends, while saving them a lot of the legwork.
“As a parent, you’re busy, you don’t have time to go shop at a dispensary. You can shop in the comfort of your home. Delivery is discreet and safe. The packages aren’t attractive to minors,” Wayman tells us.
Not attractive to minors but certainly attractive to cannabis connoisseurs, Green Box is designed to help smart consumers be in the know without sacrificing that most precious human commodity: time. All you have to do is describe your preferences once, and Green Box does the rest.
The chance to explore
“It gives you the opportunity to try new things that you wouldn’t have time to explore. We’ll pick out a box just for you, so it’s truly curated,” Wayman elaborates. To make things even easier, the technologically advanced can pay for their subscription via Bitcoin.
This means a lot of running around for the Green Box team. They research diligently to find the perfect products. Adrian must approve everything that goes into each kit to ensure quality and to foster relationships within the community.
He describes his criteria for partnership: “First we meet with you, we tour your facility. We look for companies with diversity, companies that focus on sustainability, and Oregon-based brands that started from the ground up. And when it meets our standards, we’ll put in our box. Our daily job is finding new, cool, innovative products. We’re always on the hunt. We can just be ten steps ahead of the consumer, and we get to sample everything that goes into the box.”
One who brings the party
Adrian draws from years of practice selecting high quality goods for his friends, and he’s excited to expand the circle of those who benefit from his expertise. “I’ve always been one who wants to provide the party,” he says. “At a young age I latched onto high quality cannabis, and, once that bar was set, it was set. I wanted to share my passion for cannabis. So when I’d show up, I’d have a travel bag of different things.”
While working as a budtender at Panacea, another Portland pot company with a progressive mission, Wayman noticed how much he enjoyed dipping into his husband’s subscription boxes. It wasn’t long before the vision behind Green Box began to gel: they’re delivering cannabis, but they’re also curating an experience. It’s the perfect chance to couples or friends to explore new products together without even leaving the house.
Fun stuff and how to use it
“For parents you’ve got date night in a box. I think that’s the coolest thing,” explains Wayman. “We’ll walk you through the steps of how to properly use the products so we’re not just throwing you a bunch of stuff and saying here you go.”
And, because 10% of proceeds go to charity, consumers will feel good. Not just from all the cannabis they’ll get, but also from the knowledge that they support a socially responsible company. “Building a community is one of the reason I started this business,” Wayman shares. “So that I can make money, not just for myself, but to give back to our communities.” Green Box has already demonstrated that commitment by hosting an event that benefitted Raphael House of Portland, a domestic violence agency.
Adrian and his team have spent a lot of time cultivating impeccable tastes so that parents can take it a little bit easier. So what does the one who brings the party want to find in his Green Box?
“My perfect box would have a nice balance. A nice solventless wax, some ice hash. Some good OG Kush, a few prerolls, some one grammers for myself, and larger ones for me and a friend. And a nice, relaxing brownie or chocolate.”