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TJ's Gardens is a group of holistic and organic gardeners who cultivate quality cannabis for the community.

About Us

TJ’s is named after its founders: Travis MacKenzie and James Orpeza. Together, these two friends and business partners have built one of the largest stable of award-winning genetics. They’ve also been recognized as one of the most decorated cannabis grows in the country. Their dedication to creating something positive and progressive is evident in every offering.

Travis got his start in the industry as a labor of love for his wife, Cham, who suffered from debilitating migraines after surviving an accident that resulted in a brain injury. Cham’s neurologist strongly suggested she try medical cannabis, and so Travis started growing a few plants. The cannabis he produced proved effective for Cham’s pain management and stopped most headaches before they became excruciating. Thanks to treatments that consisted solely of cannabis, the frequency of Cham’s migraines was reduced by 90 percent. After seeing these positive results and benefits, Travis became motivated to help others and soon pursued a larger location so he could grow for more patients. He was inspired to aid and educate his community in a way that would allow him to have the most impact. On his journey to get to the next level, he crossed paths with James.

Prior to meeting Travis, James had also been growing medical cannabis for patients for many years. James was involved in numerous smaller partnerships with other grow-ops that sought out his consultation, implementation, and grow expertise. Through his very first patient’s experience with cannabis, James quickly understood the cannabis plant had much more to offer than a good high. He realized that his growing talents could be applied for a bigger purpose, on a much larger scale.

When James started collaborating with Travis, he had more than 25 years of indoor and outdoor growing experience under his belt. James was responsible for bringing a “beyond organic” approach to growing in the gardens. This approach has become a foundation for all of TJ’s practices. The knowledge and innovative techniques he brought to the table were pivotal in turning TJ’s great flowers into truly amazing products. Together, Travis and James have proven to be an unstoppable force.

Along the way, TJ’s has won 30+ awards at High Times Cannabis Cup events, Dope Cup events, NW Cannabis Classic competitions, and many other notable cannabis competitions in the Pacific Northwest. The company was also recognized by High Times for producing “The Best Tasting Buds on Earth” (TJ’s Durban Poison strain) two years in a row. Additionally, TJ’s has a prized CBD strain that’s won numerous awards and is the magic behind the oils that the company donates to 100+ qualifying families via The Forrest Initiative.

Travis and James spend plenty of time in their gardens personally, but they’re proud to have a dedicated crew that helps them tend to their plants—from cuttings to trimmings. The team treats the gardens with the utmost respect and honor. TJ’s truly is a labor of love, and that key ingredient is evident in both the company’s staff and flowers.

Meet the Growers

Travis MacKenzie

Co-President

Travis is co-owner and co-president of TJ’s Organics in Washington and TJ’s Gardens in Oregon. He currently oversees all retail operations in Oregon and assists with grow operations in Washington. Travis is also responsible for the extraction department, as well as day-to-day operations.

Travis has been growing cannabis for more than 10 years, and his love for the plant is undeniable—just like his passion for helping others. He’s driven by his desire to find a more natural approach to wellness. His wife, Cham, has always been the leading reason for his interest in the industry. 

Travis previously served in the U.S. Coast Guard as an electronics technician. He has also worked as a low-voltage electrician, focusing on PBX, network, and security systems installation and repair. His company specialized in data systems wiring and installations for businesses throughout Oregon. Travis’s background working with logic-based systems and analytics has helped TJ’s become one of the first cannabis companies to recognize the value of micro-dosing cannabinoids for health and wellness.

Travis enjoys spending time with his family. He is a father to three wonderful adult children who pursue their dreams and passions with vigor. Travis is known for forging friendships in the community where he lives and works, and is a highly respected businessman and Eugene resident. He enjoys exploring the outdoors and learning new things.  

James Orpeza

Co-President

James Orpeza is co-owner and co-president of TJ’s Organics in Washington and TJ’s Gardens in Oregon. James currently oversees day-to-day growing operations in both states. He is also responsible for all future expansions of the company’s grow projects.   As a master grower, he works alongside gardeners and processors in all locations.

James has been meticulously growing cannabis for more than 25 years. His passion for growing plants in general started at a young age, when he learned a lot from his father about conserving precious resources. James has always had a green thumb, and he’s a natural leader. His persistence and drive to grow naturally and sustainably is unparalleled. He continuously educates himself regarding what’s best for people and the environment.

James has a diverse professional background that illustrates his commitment to growth and progress on many fronts. He served as a fire systems service manager and owned his own specialty construction company. James even played Poker professionally for a few years. His passion and talent for growing top-notch cannabis led him to be successful in today’s cannabis industry. James strives to help his employees thrive and excel at their jobs. He’s proactive about keeping the company involved with and connected to the local community.

When he isn’t working (which is a rare occurrence), James enjoys home life with his supportive partner, Tilly, and their dog and two cats. His hobbies include Jiu-Jitsu, driving his Audi, traveling, snowboarding, live music, camping, hiking, playing an occasional Xbox game, being an avid foodie, and all things Pacific Northwest.

 

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Every plant deserves to be grown to its full genetic potential. Every patient deserves to have access to and use the plant most helpful to them for their specific issue.

Our Mission

Every plant deserves to be grown to its full genetic potential. Every patient deserves to have access to and use the plant most helpful to them for their specific issue.  

We believe we are different because we are committed to growing effective medicine and not just weed that can get you really high.

It’s not fully understood yet, the precise components within the plant that are so successful in treating and healing so many medical issues, but it’s generally agreed that CBD is medicinal. We are fully convinced that it’s more than just CBD and THC.

The marijuana plant is capable of producing around 200 different compounds called terpenes. Terpenes are found in all plant life and they are directly responsible for what we smell and taste. Terpenes are the natural solvents in a plant and we believe key in making the CBD and other medicinal aspects of the plants therapeutically available.

We know that terpenes are more prevalent in plants that are grown to their genetic potential. We believe that the synergy of the terpenes and cannabinoids is the true magic of the plant. If the plant is not grown to its full genetic potential and then handled and processed in a way to maximize retention of these oils then you are simply not getting the full benefits of the plant. It is our opinion that if the plant is NOT grown perfectly then it is something less than medicine. The vast majority of the medicine we see in production today is grown to roughly 50-60 % of genetic potential. How can we call this medicine when the plant wasn’t given the opportunity to do what the plant is naturally capable of?

Our associate, Nigel Walker PhD CAL Berkeley, is heading up our research on this. He is a geneticist and plant biologist. Nigel works with Travis in our research and development. They are currently working on extracting the oils from the plant in a manner that doesn’t damage or destroy the terpenes. Nigel also works closely with James as we pursue breeding. We test all of our own product with a gas chromatograph. It’s as expensive as it sounds, but it’s an important tool for Nigel, and has been ‘instrumental’ in our research. <snicker>

We are committed to the pursuit of growing perfect marijuana. Not  just ‘great bud’ or ‘an excellent high’, but of developing and acquiring spectacular genetics and then fully allowing the plant to reach its natural, genetic potential, THEN processing at such a time and in such a way as to allow our medicine to be exactly what it is naturally capable of. That’s what perfect marijuana means to us.

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TJ’s  Gardens provides cannabis to people suffering from Epilepsy.

The Forrest Initiative

About the Program

TJ’s Gardens is proud to introduce The Forrest Initiative, a center dedicated to serving the needs of under-resourced families in our community. This important program was originally founded in 2014 as the TJ’s Kids and Families Program, but it has since evolved into an organization with a much broader mission. The Forrest Initiative’s mission is to help families source CBD oil at no cost for their children in dire need of this life changing oil. Cannabidiol (aka CBD) oil is a natural, non-psychoactive product derived from cannabis plants. Because there is no psychoactive quality that makes you feel “high,” this product is given to people suffering from seizures, anxiety, insomnia, neuropathic pain, ulcers, and other medical symptoms. 

The founders of TJ’s Gardens, along with a few parents looking for alternative medicine for their children, realized that there was a substantial need for affordable pediatric solutions within the cannabis industry. Prices of CBD oil, especially from high quality sources, have recently skyrocketed in some areas within the past few years. In response, TJ's Gardens unanimously voted to offer their medicinal CBD oil at no cost to children with their medical marijuana cards. Although the program was quite small to begin with, it has now grown to include over 100 families as more parents are seeking affordable alternatives for their children. 

The Initiative originally began with one child, Forrest, hence the namesake. Forrest started on a low dose regime of this non-psychoactive cannabis oil to treat his seizures after his pharmaceutical medication did not help him. Forrest was suffering from extremely negative side effects as a result of the pharmaceutical medication, so his parents decided to seek a different route. Forrest has now been completely seizure free for the first 6 months since his original dose of CBD oil, and he gets to experience a significantly improved quality of life. Therefore, we believe that this special gift needs to be shared with other families in need of this oil. The Forrest Initiative continues to greatly improve the lives of both children and families across Oregon by constantly striving to grow the program to help as many families in our community as we can. Please contact TJ’s Gardens today about how you can contribute to this special program. 

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Our genetic lineup is constantly growing, offering patients a large number of treatment options for medicinal and recreational needs. All of our flower and products are upheld to the highest quality standard and are always lab tested

TJ's Strains

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TJ’s Blue Dream

A delightful sativa dominate strain, Blue Dream is a cross of Haze and Blueberry. This effective and tasty flower is noted to affect the body in a very relieving way, while not being too sedating. With flavors reminiscent of cool spring air, fresh linen, and warm blueberries, this strain hits smoothly and sweetly on the palate. TJ’s Blue Dream placed 2nd in the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup for “Best Medical Sativa.” A great choice for any time of the day, Blue Dream provides a soothing and calm effect for body and mind alike.


TJ’s CBD

The linage of our CBD strain is unknown, but we do know it came out of the Washington area and was gifted as a clone. We also know that this powerfully medicinal strain tests in from 13 -18% CBD and just under 1% THC! We took home the Dope Cup “Best CBD” award in 2014 with this popular strain. Looking at this plant and it’s high trichome production, one would assume this to be a potent high THC strain, but it is actually the opposite.  Our CBD strain is a true example of cannabis as a medicinal plant, as it has been the backbone flower we use for making the oils for our “TJ’s CBD Kids Program” and has had tremendous success in treating and controlling various types of seizures and other disorders. We have heard countless success stories of this strain helping with Crohn’s disease, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis, migraines, pain-relief, anti-inflammatory, and anti-nausea.  We are still learning of all the medical benefits of CBD, but the list of conditions that it helps is growing at a tremendous rate.  She was grown indoors and matured in approximately 65 days.  Grown using only organic practices and methods using techniques adopted from no-till/living soil concepts.


TJ’s Chocolate Kush

Chocolate Kush is a clone-only plant that was donated from a good friend of TJ’s Gardens. This astounding flower is believed to be a cross of a couple unknown Kush varieties, possibly including Master Kush and Blackberry. Chocolate Kush became popular in the Pacific North West and has since been highly sought after by everyday smokers and connoisseurs alike. You can expect tastes of malty dark chocolate undertones paired with crisp blackberries. This strain is vibrantly beautiful to look at, as the heavy coating of trichomes and deep purple flower captivate all who get to see her. Many people use this strain in the evening to take the edge off a stressful day and relax their minds and bodies. This cut matures in approximately 55 days. TJ’s Chocolate Kush also won 2nd in the “Best Hybrid” category of the Washington Northwest Cannabis Classic in 2015.


TJ’s Darkstar

 Darkstar is a cross of Purple Kush, Hindu Kush mix, Purple Afghani, and Mazar-I-Sharif. This strain was bred by TH Seeds and hand-selected from multiple seed batches for specific qualities. Darkstar is an extremely potent Indica that patients choose to use for: chronic pain, general stress and anxiety, and appetite stimulation. Darkstar delivers an earthy, hashy, slightly spicy and buttery explosion of flavors, guaranteed to take you to space. This flower matures in approximately 70 days and is absolutely gorgeous, with deep green colors and orange pistils.  


TJ’s Durban Poison

TJ’s Durban Poison is one of our most popular strains. A pure landrace sativa hailing from South Africa, this strain is uplifting, euphoric, and blissful. Proudly titled the “Best Tasting Bud on Earth” by High Times Magazine in 2016, this strain is highly sought after. Our Durban also took 3rd place in the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup for “Best Sativa,” #1 “Best Sativa” in the Northwest Cannabis Classic 2015 and “Best Sativa” in the Dope Cup 2014. Nico Escondito from High Times Magazine highlighted this strain’s unique qualities when he stated, “At just over 4% total terps (terpenes)—a serving size usually reserved for concentrates, not flowers—the Durban perches atop The List with a heavy lead”.


TJ’s Grapefruit

The parents of Grapefruit are Cindy 99 and unknown fast-flowering Sativas.  TJ’s particular cut originated out of the Washington area and was gifted as a clone-only, making this a popular strain for TJ’s. This pure Sativa flower has a strong scent of citrus, and the taste is reminiscent of fresh grapefruit rind and tangy fruit. Known to be energetic and an uplifting stress reliever, many who want to get medicated while still being able to complete daily tasks choose grapefruit. This cut matures in approximately in 65 days.   


TJ’s Mad Scientist

A potent blend of White Widow and Herijuana come together to create Mad Scientist. Known for its deeply relaxing effects, stress seems to melt away when enjoying this indica strain. Those looking for a great night-time strain, or something to unwind with, Mad Scientist is a wonderful solution. High levels of the terpenes β-Mycene and α-Pinene come together to create an intriguing mix of sweet lemon combined with the robustness of dark coffee. These flavors are strong upon the exhale, making this a deliciously unique kind of bud to enjoy. 


TJ’s MTF

Matanuska Thunder F*ck (MTF) is a pure sativa strain originating from the Matanuska valley in Alaska. This is a landrace Sativa, meaning that the genetics of this cannabis haven’t been altered since it was discovered in its natural habitat. Our cut of MTF has won 1st place in the “Best Sativa” category in the 2013 High Times Cannabis Cup and “Best Sativa” in the 2015 Washington Dope Cup awards. This flower is frosty and bright green in appearance, smelling of light cinnamon and zesty lemon. With high amounts of terpenes, including β-Myrcene, β-Caryophyllene, Limonene, and β-pinene, this sativa has a very delightful and unique flavor that cannot be easily forgotten. MTF is commonly sought after by people looking for a cerebral escape, as this is a heavy hitting strain accompanied by a long lasting high.


TJ’s MK Ultra

MK-Ultra is named after the CIA’s infamous mental manipulation project.  An Indica dominant strain that comes from a cross of the famous OG-Kush and G-13, which was bred by TH Seeds.  Our particular phenotype was selected from multiple females for distinct traits, and it has notes of tangy citrus and freshly harvested berries, coupled with strong Kush overtones.  The experiences are very cerebral, with hypnotic effects.  She was grown indoors and matured in approximately 65 days.  Grown using only organic practices and methods using techniques adopted from no-till/living soil concepts.


TJ’s Purple Kush

TJ's Purple Kush is an original cross of Purple Afghani and Hindu Kush. This strain won both the “Judges' Choice” & “People's Choice” categories at the 2013 DOPE CUP. It also took home the third place award for “Best Indica” at the 2013 High Times Cup. As one of our most popular flowers in our lineup, this Kush embodies the essence of a true Indica strain. With a deep purple aesthetic and orange pistils (hairs), this flower is stunning to the eye. Our terpene results for this flower include high amounts of β-Myrcene, β-Caryophyllene, and α-Pinene. You can expect a strong skunk-like, lavender, and pine flavor on the exhale from this tasty strain. This flower is especially good for those whom suffer from pain and insomnia. Purple Kush is exceptionally smooth on the palette and can quickly become a favorite for the end of a long day.


TJ’s White Label

TJ’s White Label is a beautiful Indica flower consisting of Mountain Berry Kush and El Dorador. Coveted for its trichome-covered buds, sugar coated look, and sweet berry essence, White Label can provide clear-headed pain relief and relaxation without any intense drowsiness. Used by people of all ages for healing and alleviating purposes, this flower is versatile and appeals to many because of its powerful effects. A perfect combination of body relaxation and cerebral uplift creates the ideal high. This strain is great for both daytime and nighttime use showing itself as one of our most sought after and unique Indicas. Our White Label won “1st place Indica” in the Northwest Cannabis Classic in 2015, both “Best Indica” and “Judges’ Choice” in the 2014 Oregon Dope Cup, and 6th for “Best Indica” in the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup. 


TJ’s Platinum Cookies

Platinum Cookies is a coveted strain around the country, boasting strong genetics of Durban Poison and OG Kush, with a third unknown strain that creates this outstanding hybrid. Our cut of this strain won “Best Hybrid” in the Northwest Cannabis Classic in 2015. With a dense bud structure and an enticing palette of striking purples and greens, this is an exquisite looking strain that quickly catches the eye. Closely resembling and smelling like the original Cookies, our Platinum Girl Scout Cookies are packed full of R(+)-Limonine, β-Caryophyllene, and α-Humulene, resulting in a very enjoyable strain of cookies. TJ’s Platinum Cookies is one of our fastest selling strains when it’s on the shelves.


TJ’s Hypnos Oil & Capsules

TJ's HYPNOS and CBD Tincture

TJ’s Hypnos and CBD Tinctures are made with 100% organic coconut oil and can take up to two hours for their full effect. Dosing can vary for each individual and if you are trying either tincture for the first time, we recommend that you start low. The state recommends with all edibles to “try 5(mg)” and build up to a custom dose for your needs. Keep in mind your dosing may vary from numerous factors such as, meals, metabolism, current medications and choice of application (was the tincture consumed in a capsule or sub-lingually?).  

To get the most accurate dosing use the following equation:

Look at the 1ml THC number (on the white label) and divide that by 36,

 the number you will get is the THC per drop in your bottle of tincture.

All Tinctures have 12 drops per 1/3 mL and one full dropper equals 1mL. 12 drops times 3 would give you 36 drops per one full dropper.

For example, if you have a tincture labeled 1ml=28.64mg THC. Your equation is 28.64/36=0.79 of THC per drop of tincture.


TJ’S CBD Oil & Capsules

CBD: Starting with organically cultivated Cannabidiol (CBD) from TJ’s Gardens, we use organic alcohol to extract cannabinoids which are then mixed with 100% pure food grade, vegan, non-gmo coconut MCT oil diluted to ~250 mg of cannabinoids per 30ml bottle.  TJ’s controls every facet of production and processing, this way we can feel confident about offering our satisfaction guarantee.

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TJ's Gardens has won multiple awards for quality and potency

TJ's Awards

TJ's Gardens has won multiple awards for quality and potency including 1st place in the High Times Cannabis Cup Seattle as well as being People's Choice and Judge's Choice at the Dope Cup Awards.

TJ's Education

We want to empower you to learn more about cannabis on your terms. 


Canabanoid Profiles

THC (∆9-Tetrahydrocannabinol)

  • Strongly psychoactive (induces a euphoric high)
  • Most cannabis strains are bred to contain a high THC content while other cannabinoids occur only in trace amounts
  • Demonstrates promise in treating painnauseasleep and stress disorders, and appetite loss
  • Can cause anxiety and paranoia in some individuals
  • Boiling point: 315 °F (157 °C)

 

THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)

  • Strongly psychoactive (induces a euphoric high)
  • More strongly psychoactive than THC, but duration of effects is about half as long
  • Typically occurs in only trace amounts in cannabis
  • Pronounced energetic effects
  • Found to effectively counter anxietystress, and panic disorders without suppressing emotion
  • Reduces tremors associated with Alzheimer’sParkinson’s, and other neurological disorders
  • Diminishes appetite
  • Stimulates bone growth
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CBD (Cannabidiol)

 

 

 

CBDV (Cannabidivarin)

  • Non-psychoactive (does not induce a euphoric high)
  • Demonstrates promise in treating seizures

 

Types of Marijuana

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Indica

Indica plants are short, densely branched and have wider leaves. They are better suited for growing indoors.

  • relaxing and calming
  • body buzz or ‘couch lock’
  • best for night use

Sativa

Sativa plants are tall, loosely branched and have long, narrow leaves. They are usually grown outdoors and can reach heights of up to 20 feet.

  • uplifting and energetic
  • cerebral, spacey or hallucinogenic
  • best for day use

Hemp

Hemp is used to describe a Cannabis Sativa plant that contains only trace amounts of THC. 

  • oils & topical ointments
  • fiber for clothing
  • construction + more
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