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Ryan Cohen, The Sophisticated Dabber

"I saw a need for quality reviews of extracts and concentrates available on the Oregon market."

Ryan Cohen first caught our attention with their refreshingly honest product reviews. 

The Sophisticated Dabber is a blog built to critique Oregon OMMP goods, from the marvelous to the mediocre. But this former New York bookkeeper incorporates Cannabis into far more than just an online persona. These days, Ryan lives in Beaverton, taking odd industry jobs, selling hand-crafted wooden dab tools and utilizing Cannabis for a host of health reasons. 

We linked up to learn more.

Can you tell us a bit about how and why you use Cannabis?

These days I mainly use a combination of Cannabis capsules (cannacaps), extracts, and concentrates to help with my IBS and the difficulties that come with Autism/ADHD. I take cannacaps at regular intervals every day and dab as needed. I also enjoy consuming Cannabis recreationally with friends, before short walks or at small events/gatherings.

How has Cannabis changed your relationship with your mental and physical health?

Cannabis has been a lifesaver for me over the past 17 years. It’s helped me with everything from anxiety and depression to my GI issues. It’s allowed me to function without the need for prescription medications and do many things I would otherwise have been unable to do. I’m a true believer that Cannabis is medicine – and some of the best at that.

What products, strains and methods of consumption do you turn to most often?

Homemade cannacaps are my go-to for edibles. I make them with either FECO or decarboxylated flower rosin (that I make myself). For extracts/concentrates, I usually go for high-quality live resin or live rosin from craft brands like Echo Electuary and Bo’s Nose Knows. The strains that work best for me are typically ‘indicas’ – with some of my favorites being Kosher Kush, Tally Mon, GMO, Papaya and Dawgwalker.

What inspired you to start your review endeavor: The Sophisticated Dabber?

I originally started The Sophisticated Dabber page about three or four years ago to connect with people in the community and learn about new products and brands on the market. As time went on, I saw a need for quality reviews of extracts and concentrates available on the Oregon market and decided to start doing them myself. The reception has been great. Over this last year, I’ve been working to increase both the quality and quantity of my reviews. I’m really happy with where they are at, and I am looking forward to what the future holds with federal legalization on the horizon.

Photos by @workdubs

This article was originally published in the December 2021 issue of Oregon Leaf.

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