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About Us

We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and are committed to fighting racism and injustice of any kind. To support community organizations here in Portland and beyond, we’re donating to Don’t Shoot PDX, Black Visions Collective, and the ACLU, and encourage others to donate, as well. We don’t have the answers but are committed to doing the work.

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we are grön.

We are a small band of visionaries in the heart of Portland, Oregon who love to create products that empower, enlighten, and leave the world a little better than we found it. We believe that life is worth savoring and that everyone deserves a chance to experience all that life has to offer, unencumbered by the stress and restlessness so prevalent in our modern culture. From the conscientious sourcing of pure ingredients to the rigorous testing of the final results, we lovingly craft our hemp-infused wellness products to give our community the tools to free themselves of the challenges that get in the way of a truly flourishing life.

how do you say grön?

Heard all over Sweden, it’s pronounced grew-n, meaning green in Swedish. It’s a tribute to our founding chocolatier’s love of both Scandinavia and Oregon, and the simple, beautiful rewards of living green.

a brief history of grön

IT STARTED WITH A DREAM

Christine founded Grön in 2015 to help Oregon cannabis consumers enjoy extraordinarily delicious chocolate. The name is the Swedish word for green, and it invokes Christine’s studies in Denmark and her love for all things sustainable and Scandinavian.

THE CRAFT BEGAN

While working full time with builders and developers on behalf of a Portland architecture firm, Christine also immersed herself in the nuanced and elusive art of chocolate making and infusing her recipes with cannabis oil extract. Without outside capital—and with only responsibly sourced ingredients—the Grön team navigated Oregon’s evolving regulatory requirements to emerge as the state’s first fully compliant edible processor, certified by the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture and the Oregon Health Authority.

 
AN OREGON LEADER EMERGES

By 2016, Grön chocolates were made available to medical-marijuana card carriers a full year before Oregon legalized recreational cannabis. Today, several cacao varietals and flavors are available in more than 400 dispensaries across Oregon. Each Grön chocolate cannabis product reaches the consumer in biodegradable, child resistant packaging.

 
A CBD REVOLUTION BEGINS

Encouraged by the company’s success and with a continued commitment to spreading the wonders of cannabis and hemp, Christine focused on finding an opportunity to make CBD and its beneficial qualities available to a wider audience by creating beautifully delicious products infused with broad spectrum hemp extract containing no traceable THC.

is grön a bean-to-bar chocolate maker?

We’re not. We leave the cultivation and harvest of farm-fermented cacao beans to the people who’ve been doing so for generations. We are, however, fully committed to sustainably sourced cacao and to always sourcing our cacao from farms that share our values.  Our chocolate is always Fair Trade Sourced and often single origin sourced!  Cacao’s sustainability depends on an ecologically complex and fragile canopy—as well as the communities who do the sorting, cracking, winnowing, conching, and aging.  We’re proud to be part of the community that gets to bring this magical product to you.

for the greater good

Our products are hand-crafted and fair-trade sourced. No soy lecithin is used in any of our products, with the exception of our Ruby Cacao, sourced from Barry Callebaut, and all our ingredients are locally and sustainably sourced whenever possible. We are always mindful of the environmental, social, and economic impact of our ingredients.

christine smith

FOUNDER / CEO

Designing buildings, making chocolates, and running a business: Christine Smith understands a thing or three about bringing people together at the right time with the right ingredients and the precise proportions.

A fourth-generation Texan, Christine Smith built her first bonafide village on the family ranch at age 10—a prelude to her degree in architectural design at the Univ. of Texas Austin, studies in Denmark, and quest to form thriving communities on small footprints.

Christine arrived in Oregon at the start of 1999, embarking on a 20-year career as an architect while her husband Jasper owned and operated a medical marijuana dispensary. Combining curiosities about tempering chocolate and a marketplace limited to cannabis-butter treats wrapped in cellophane, Christine applied her rich understanding of thoughtful proportions and exacting composition to start Grön in 2014.

While Christine and her expanding team keep up with the growing demand across Oregon, there’s also her family life with Jasper, their two kids and dog, cat, two horses, and nine chickens. Their home is on Skunk Valley Farm outside Portland where Jasper oversees the property’s Tier II OLCC-certified and Clean Green Certified grow facility. Together, the husband and wife duo is committed to providing organic, sustainably produced seed-to-sale cannabis confections.

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