Cannabis Review: Dark Helmet by JWC

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Spaceballs and Licorice

If you google Black Helmet you’ll see many references to the classic 1987 movie, Spaceballs. An interesting name for a cannabis cultivar but we’ve seen more interesting ones out there. This production by JWC was okay but didn’t knock me out of my seat.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 20.37% and minimal amounts of CBD at 0.05% as noted on the container. 

Based on the data from the JWC website, 31.76% of the terpene content was Caryophyllene, 27.24% was Nerolidol and Humulene taking 12.61% of the profile. Others were listed with a value of under 10% content. Total measured terpenes showed 2.188%.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price varies on amounts bought from $8 to $10 per gram. Since I bought five grams the cost was $10 a gram plus tax at the time of purchase off the JWC medical webstore. Shipping was free with Canada Post or Purolator as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $10 flat.

This was packed on December 9th 2019, the same day I purchased which is typical of JWC. I got to reviewing this on January 16th 2020 but opened the container on December 18th 2019 and took some basic notes, so the product remained packaged for 10 days before opening.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

The aromas were fairly low on this one despite showing over 2% measured terpenes, unsure if this was the character of the genetics or something else. I’d characterize this with a slight herb smell and when inhaled was similar with added notes of black licorice.  

The bud sizes were uniform for the most part, a couple 0.75 grams while the rest were averaging around 0.3 grams. All the buds were dense and tight, slightly dry and had to use the provided Boveda humidity pack.    

In the macro shot below you can see the green, orange and purples throughout but it seems the trichome heads have been zipped off. In some rare areas you may see a surviving trichome head.

Consumption Methods

With every review I’ve ever done I try a minimum of six temperatures and see how long each session lasts. This may vary by each device and the one used here was the Mighty vaporizer. 

Noted below I found 180 degrees celsius (356F) the best with sessions lasting about seven minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures worked fine, lower temperatures offered less vapour but effects felt the same regardless if I vaporized at higher temperatures. Coughing was a common negative with this one for me, at least for a good hour after use.

170C (338F) – 8 minutes – Okay
175C (347F) – 8 minutes – Okay
180C (356F) – 7 minutes – Best
185C (365F) – 6 minutes – Okay
190C (374F) – 6 Minutes – Okay
195C (383F) – 3 minutes – Bad

In joint form the smoke was okay, no relighting was needed but dark grey ash was noticed. It didn’t taste great and left a weird taste on my tongue. As usual I preferred vaporization.

 

Subjective Effects and Final Thoughts

Dark Helmet gave me an upper body head high, while providing great pain relief in my joints and muscles. When I reviewed this in the daytime I just hung around home and relaxed. I didn’t feel like doing much and preferred to keep the use of this one to the late afternoons or evening. Duration of the effects lasted 60 to 90 minutes.  

While I enjoyed the sedative and pain relieving effects, I didn’t enjoy the licorice herb taste or the coughing after every use. As of this writing I noticed JWC has put this fairly new released flower on sale for $7.20 to $9 a gram, and I hope this is a new price point they plan on as it seems a bit more fitting.    

Thanks for reading! 

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Accessory Review: Personal Air Filter by Eco Four Twenty

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I was given two of these personal air filters by Eco Four Twenty, one to review and give my thoughts on and the other to a friend, which I decided will be part of my 4/20 2020 accessory and swag giveaway. The cost is $39.20 CAD for the set which includes an air filter and a spare filter, or just two replacement filters for $26.00 CAD. You can find these on Amazon or buy directly from Eco Four Twenty. In the video I explain what I liked about it and show the quality materials being used. I found it useful during the winter months when I wanted to vape inside and was able to avoid going outside in the freezing cold. Great product and one I can recommend to others if they seek discretion and don’t want the lingering unwanted smells.

This is not a paid product placement, sponsorship or endorsement.

Cannabis Review: King Tut by JWC

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King Tut Was Weaker Than Expected

Dark Helmet and this cultivar King Tut were my less desirable purchases off the JWC medical website in early December 2019. I have reviewed 11 dried cannabis cultivars to date from this Kitchener, Ontario licensed producer and this review is the twelfth of the bunch.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 20.91% and minimal amounts of CBD at 0.05% as noted on the container. 

Based on the data from the JWC website, 30.07% of the terpene content was Nerolidol, 22.84% was b-Caryophyllene and Limonene taking 12.28% of the profile. Others were listed with a value of under 10% content. Total measured terpenes showed 1.922%.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price varies on amounts bought from $8.87 to $11 per gram. Since I bought five grams the cost was $11 a gram plus tax at the time of purchase off the JWC medical webstore. Shipping was free with Canada Post or Purolator as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $10 flat.

This was packed on December 10th 2019, a day after purchase which is typical of JWC. I got to reviewing this on January 12th 2020 but opened the container on December 18th 2019, so the product remained packaged for 9 days before opening.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

An earthy woodsy smell was noticed when putting the open jar near my nose but from far away you could hardly tell there was cannabis in the room. When this was vapourized there was a hint of lemon along with the perceived smell but fairly weak overall. 

I was a fan of the bud sizes in this five gram container, most weighed over 0.75 grams. The container is still too large for 5 grams but JWC tries their best at containing them using a foil over the flower to hold it in place, newer containers will hopefully fix this issue in the future.

All the buds were dense and had some moisture, a bit on the dry side so I used the provided Boveda humidity pack that was included with my order. After 24 hours of not opening the jar with the pack inside, there was a better moisture ratio compared to before.

Consumption Methods

With every review I’ve ever done I try a minimum of six temperatures and see how long each session lasts. This may vary by each device and the one used here was the Mighty vaporizer. 

Noted below I found the ranges between 180 to 190 degrees celsius (356-374F) the best with sessions lasting about six to seven minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures worked fine, lower temperatures offered less vapour but effects felt the same regardless if I vaporized at higher temperatures.    

170C (338F) – 8 minutes
175C (347F) – 8 minutes
180C (356F) – 7 minutes – Best
185C (365F) – 6 minutes – Best – Increased vapour
190C (374F) – 6 Minutes – Best
195C (383F) – 4 minutes

In joint form the smoke was okay, no relighting was needed but dark grey ash was noticed. It didn’t taste great, almost tasteless and preferred vaporization.

 

Subjective Effects

A few minutes into my session a mild body stone feeling began with relaxation. At the same time I felt awake and energized.  The pain relief was mild and I didn’t find it was best for that. Some may find working out with this useful or enjoying it in a social situation. The best time to use this would be in the daytime and not before bed.

 

Final Thoughts

I wouldn’t buy this again as my primary reason for using cannabis is for pain relief, however I did enjoy using this in the daytime but expected a stronger effect seeing as the THC percent was just over 20% and felt more along the lines of something lower. At the cost of $11 per gram the value isn’t there and would expect this to be priced lower when buying five grams.

Thanks for reading! 

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Cannabis Review: West Coast Sour Diesel by JWC

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Memories Of Sour Tangie

West Coast Sour Diesel is one of the newest cultivars I’ve tried by JWC and this particular one reminded me of Sour Tangie that was purchased off the JWC medical website in early December 2019 from this Kitchener, Ontario licensed producer. 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

As I began my review I checked the THC content on the container which showed 18.90% THC and 0.06% CBD.

Based on the data from the JWC website, 33.23% of the terpene content was Limonene, 23.64% was Nerolidol, and b-Caryophyllene at 11.34%. Others were listed with a value of under 10% content. Total measured terpenes showed 1.667%.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price varies on amounts bought from $8 to $10 per gram. Since I bought five grams the cost was $10 a gram plus tax off the JWC medical webstore. Shipping was free with Canada Post or Purolator as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $10 flat.

This was packed on December 10th 2019, a day after purchase which is typical of JWC. I got to reviewing this on January 8th 2020 but opened the container on December 18th 2019, so the product remained packaged for 9 days before opening.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Smell and taste of West Coast Sour Diesel was herbal and orange with hints of lemon, and if you tried Sour Tangie before you would think it was similar, although this wasn’t as pungent.  

Appearances were good, moderately dense, light and dark greens with light orange pistils throughout. There was no immediate need to use the provided Boveda humidity pack but was used to maintain the relative humidity for freshness.

Consumption Methods

With every review I’ve ever done I try a minimum of six temperatures and see how long each session lasts. This may vary by each device and the one used here was the Mighty vaporizer. 

Noted below I found 180 degrees celsius (356F) the best with sessions lasting about seven minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures worked fine, lower temperatures offered less dense vapour but effects felt the same regardless if I vaporized at higher temperatures.    

170C (338F) – 8 minutes
175C (347F) – 8 minutes
180C (356F) – 7 minutes – Best
185C (365F) – 7 minutes – Ok
190C (374F) – 6 Minutes – Ok
195C (383F) – 4 minutes

In joint form the smoke was smooth, no relighting was needed but dark grey ash was noticed. The after taste was like an orange peel and dry mouth was very noticeable after smoking.

 

Subjective Effects

On a per session basis of consuming 0.25 grams, there was mostly a body high feeling with a slight creative mind boost and feeling energized. I found this was best for the daytime and the duration of effects lasted about 90 minutes..

Dosing 0.75 grams over six hours resulted in feeling slightly anxious and aggravated acid reflux. To note, most limonene terpene dominant cultivars make me feel this way, sometimes not even when dosing high.

 

Final Thoughts

This isn’t something I’d buy on the regular as I wasn’t a huge fan in terms of effects but it was nice to enjoy the flavour in the vaporizer during the day. I have other daytime cultivars that I prefer over this, but if you’re a fan of the limonene terpene it might be desirable for you. 

Thanks for reading! 

#VapeTheBud

Dear Cannabis Community – February 2020

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First and foremost, this is just my personal opinion and any wording used here should be treated as such. 


To the cannabis community, 

As some might be aware I recently had an issue with a licenced producer (LP) on the quality of the flower and asked directly on Twitter as I couldn’t directly message them. I have taken hundreds of photos over the years and never seen anything like it and asked if I should be concerned. Many began to speculate on the matter and then the LP reached out to me to look into it further and gave me a possible explanation. I took down the post after feeling the answer I got was satisfactory. Instead  it seemed to fuel the fire. Hateful DMs were sent and comments about my integrity on reviewing cannabis and about being transparent. 

I reposted said issue without tagging them and later tagging them in an update after looking further into what they said. I believe in being transparent about all my experiences and looking back I took the wrong approach initially.

Seven dried flower reviews are in the current queue to be posted on the website and some are from a month ago or so. Once those are posted I will be reviewing cannabis in a different way. This will lead to posting a “quick look” video on YouTube, then reviewing a product within a week after consuming it and any issues found will be shown or written in the review as such. 

Many of us in the community buying LP products on a continual basis may have had an issue at some point and these issues need to be shown so these companies can do better when such things arise. This also serves medical patients like myself to understand cannabis better, what is quality cannabis and what matters to us. A second part write up will follow this soon and will be directed to the industry but also my passionate cannabis peers will likely want to read it.

Thank you to those that have reached out to me in a positive way over the last few days, your support has greatly helped me during a situational time.

#VapeTheBud