Cannabis Review: Jean Guy by 7ACRES

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REREVIEWING ONE OF MY FAVOURITE DAYTIME CULTIVARS

Jean Guy has been a favourite of mine for daytime use after trying it in June of 2019, and so I decided to take another look at it again a year later in September 2020. I added a YouTube video this time around to discuss anything I’ve noticed that changed and the only thing I noticed was the price was lower at a much more affordable cost of $8.76/gram with taxes from the Ontario Cannabis Store.

If you don’t have time to watch the video I’ll simply say this review still stands. Brief notes have been updated to reflect from the time when I first tried it and a year later where things stand. From the relief of daytime stress or needing energy to get the day going, this was the one for me.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

Purchased off the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) the THC range shown on the website was 13.5 to 21%, when the order arrived the THC content shown on the container was 17.87% and <0.02% CBD. This would be considered above average in terms of THC content. The second time I ordered this the THC was 18.97% in September 2020, a bit higher than in 2019. 

Terpene data I’ve found via PureSinse medical under the Supreme Cannabis label in 2019 was that myrcene was the dominant terpene at 0.69%. The secondary terpene was terpinolene at 0.44%. Smaller amounts of others were noted as well, ocimene 0.19%, pinene 0.17% and surprisingly limonene was only at 0.12% despite the strong lemon aromas. There’s many other terpenes noted at lower amounts. Keep in mind that from harvest to harvest this data will vary, but gives a brief idea of what it may consist of.

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The first time I tried 7ACRES Jean Guy the price was $13.03 per gram including tax when I purchased 3.5 grams off OCS in mid-September of 2019, and shortly after I was advised the cost went up to $14.49 per gram. On my order about a year later the price per gram was $8.76 with tax and free shipping via OCS, much lower than when I first tried 7ACRES Jean Guy in 2019, however the second time around was for 7 grams not 3.5, but that price was even lower today at $9.41 per gram for a 3.5 gram container. 

Package date was June 27 2019. Initial purchase was September 17 2019 with my other 7ACRES products and consumed September 22, 2019. The days between packaging and opening the container, 88 days. On my order around a year later there was about a month from packaging to sale. While the date of packaging sounds good, the harvest date remains unknown.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Sweet lemon and earthy aromas were easily identified after opening the container. Bud size varied, there was a single large bud weighing just over a gram, a handful of medium sized ones and a couple tiny pieces. All the buds were dense and no humidity pack was needed to restore the balance.

 

 

Consumption Methods

With every review I’ve ever done I try a minimum of six temperatures, each are individual sessions to see how long each lasts at a set fixed temperature. This may vary by each device and the one used here was the Mighty vaporizer.

Noted below I found 175 degrees Celsius (347F) the best for full flavour with each session lasting about eight minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures worked fine though and if you like lots of vapour then 190C (374F) might be your ideal with a session lasting about seven minutes.

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

 

Subjective Effects

I loved the way it made me feel energized, upbeat and happy. My creative thinking cap was on all while being comfortable and providing great pain relief. I did feel slightly dreamy at higher doses in a single session (0.75> grams) but still capable of having a conversation. I found the best time to consume was in the daytime or during social settings. Duration of effects lasted 90 to 120  minutes.

 

Final Thoughts

Jean Guy by 7ACRES is by far my favourite cultivar to date for daytime use and a must try for those buying from the retail market seeking similar experiences. The price was a reason why I didn’t buy it often from the retail side in October 2019 and was saved for special occasions, but since the price has come down from my initial look last year, it is something I’ll be buying more regularly as the quality is more affordable.  

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Cannabis Review: Bubba Kush by Whistler Cannabis (WMMC)

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MUSKY ARMY SURPLUS STORE

This is my first review of a Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation (WMMC) cannabis product, which is also sold under the Whistler Cannabis Company label on the retail side. Grown in beautiful British Columbia in a place called Whistler known for winter sport is where this cannabis was grown. 

All their cannabis grown at WMMC is certified organic by the FVOPA (Fraser Valley Organic Producers Association) and is compliant with the Canadian Organic Standards. Also to note, this particular cultivar by WMMC hasn’t been irradiated by any means and if it has it would show a plus (+) symbol beside the name of the cultivar, only two for sale as of this writing use irradiation and of which use e-beam sterilization. Much of the regulated Canadian cannabis market uses e-beam or gamma for sterilization, so it’s nice to see a licensed producer not using it entirely to compare and see if there’s any noticeable differences.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 227.4mg per gram as labeled or 22.47% THC for those who prefer that terminology, which I myself agree with more on dried cannabis. There was a minimal amount of CBD at 0.05%.

Terpene and other cannabinoid data was quite detailed on the WMMC website, listing Limonene (0.49%) as the dominant terpene with Caryophyllene (0.31%), Myrcene (0.26%) and Linalool (0.24%) with values over 0.2% and many others below that number. Total combined amount of terpenes showed a moderate amount around 1.75%.

Most licensed producers today don’t list anything else other than THC and CBD, while WMMC notes a few other cannabinoids with CBC at 0.22%, CBG at 1.47% and THCV at 0.12%, keep in mind these values will vary lot to lot and are potential amounts after heating them. 

Bubba Kush, WMMC, Whistler Cannabis, VapeTheBud

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $13 per gram plus taxes for a container with 5 grams, costing a total of $73.45 after tax in Ontario. Shipping was free with Canada Post since my first order of the month is free, after that the cost will vary on the selected provider. I had the choice of Purolator at the time of shipping for free as well.

While I didn’t purchase this via the retail side, it does sell around $22 per gram with tax in a package with 3.5 grams for a total cost of $76.95. 

This was packaged on May 8th 2020 and was purchased on May 12th 2020. I received the container on May 19th and opened it on May 25th, which means this was packaged for 18 days. While the date of packaging sounds good, the harvest date remains unknown.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

The smell of Bubba Kush always reminds me of an army surplus store, dank and musty earths with a slight leathery scent. This also had notes of pine and lemon to boot while using the vaporizer and tasted great.

The flower was a little bit dry and dense but still usable the same day. I decided to use a humidity pack at my expense and after a day of being sealed the buds were sticky and at my preferred level of moisture of around 62%. I believe the dryness could’ve been avoided if the jar was properly sealed, there was no induction seal or anything other than the screw cap on top. They did use some plastic around the bottle on the outer part as shown in the YouTube video, but thankfully WMMC has since changed this method and is now properly sealing them according to an email I got in July 2020. 

The image above the section of price, shipping and pack dates shows a macro at 5x the magnification using a Laowa lens and we can see the trichome heads are intact and seems to be healthy looking. While with the image below, this is with a kenko extension tube using the same DSLR camera the trichome heads are hard to see. I sort of expected this from the manicured look of the bud. 

Bubba Kush, WMMC, Whistler Cannabis, VapeTheBud

Consumption Methods

With every review I’ve ever done I try a minimum of six temperatures, each are individual sessions to see how long each lasts at a set fixed temperature. This may vary by each device and the one used here was the Mighty vaporizer. 

Noted below I found the temperature of 185 degrees celsius (365F) the best with sessions lasting about nine minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures worked fine, lower temperatures offered less vapour but effects felt the same, while higher temperatures offered quicker sessions and slightly reduced flavour half way through.  

170C (338F) – 11 minutes
175C (347F) – 10 minutes
180C (356F) – 9 minutes
185C (365F) – 9 minutes
190C (374F) – 7 minutes
195C (383F) – 7 minutes 

In joint form it was observed that the ash was light grey, with the smoke being smooth during inhalation and enjoyed this more in the rolled format than vaporization, which is very rare for me to say.

 

Subjective Effects

Since I’m more seasoned with cannabis I found anytime of day would be okay to consume Bubba Kush, others may prefer to use this at nighttime as the effects noticed were a heavy head high and paired nice with a movie or kicking back and relaxing while listening to music. Pain relief was decent but the acid reflux after use was an issue with me and as previously mentioned in other reviews I’m finding the terpene Limonene the cause, generally when this is a high amount it seems to cause issues for me and my acid reflux is gone when fully abstaining from said cultivar. Duration of effects lasted roughly 60 to 90 minutes.

 

Final Thoughts

While I enjoyed this cultivation of Bubba Kush the high limonene isn’t for me due to acid reflux being triggered, if it wasn’t for that effect on me I’d likely buy it again. The retail price makes it unaffordable and I wouldn’t pay anything more than I did at $13 plus tax on the medical side. For those thinking about buying it on the retail side at the cost at $22 with tax in Ontario and you think organic is worth the premium by all means try it, but I wouldn’t say this is worth that nor any cannabis at that price per gram.

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Dear Cannabis – July 2020

4 MIN READING TIME

ANNIVERSARY AND CHANGES

Yesterday was the anniversary of launching the VapeTheBud website, I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started it! Things have slowed down over the last couple months due to a variety of things and figured it would be easiest to write it out and share what’s been happening, statistics over the past year and future changes. 

 

VapeTheBud.com Turns One

 

In the one year of running this website I accomplished writing 54 licensed cannabis reviews, of which two were cannabis oils and the rest were packages consisting of at least 3.5 grams of dried flower or more. I choose this amount as I like to have at least two or three days with the cultivar and see how it works out in various situations and using varied temperatures, all being timed to see how long each session lasts to give a baseline of how to vape. The time and temperature mentioned is dependent on using the Mighty vaporizer as other vaporizers will vary due to different heating elements and the way it’s designed.

I plan on creating a list of cultivars I enjoyed and would buy again, although these worked for me, they might not work for you the same way. Keep in mind every review you read is subjective to the reviewer, their experience and understanding of the plant. Different outcomes can also happen due to a different lot number and package date, which brings me to alert others that any review over 6 months should be viewed as past material and quality may have changed since, for better or for worse.

 

Website Statistics Over The Year

Views and Visitors — In the first six months from July 1 2019 until December 31 2019, the website had 5,938 views and 2,198 unique visitors, then from January 1 2020 until June 30 2020 there were 11,132 views and 3,876 unique visitors. For the first year this totals to 17,070 views and 6,074 unique visitors which was automatically gathered by the WordPress application. 

Most Viewed Review — While the most viewed review is hard to pinpoint since my website is set up as a blog, people who clicked on the actual link to the review shows that Jean Guy Oil by KKE was the most viewed with 1,603 views, which was written on December 8th 2019.

Countries — This website has been viewed all over the world from a total of 55 countries, with people from Canada and the United States making most of the visits. 

 

What’s Been Happening

My personal life has kept me busy the last few months, we’ve been looking at moving for a while now and the timing of things were aligning despite our world battling a pandemic. I’ll be leaving Halton Region in a few weeks and moving to the Niagara Region which is in Ontario, Canada.

Also, earlier in 2020 I began having eye issues and had to get corrective glasses, unfortunately my issues persisted and my eyes were always dry, heavy and tired feeling with slight burning and blurry vision. A few weeks ago I saw an ophthalmologist and was diagnosed with meibomian gland dysfunction and blepharitis, in short my eyelids are inflamed and aren’t making tears and general eye drops didn’t help. 

Without proper treatment this could lead to cornea scarring which may lead to blindness, and since I’ve been taking a variety of eye drops, four in total per day, one of them being four times a day and takes almost an hour total each day to get through. I’ve been advised that the eye treatment can take 6-12 months, with signs of relief in a matter of weeks, so far there’s some improvements but I can’t handle looking at a lit screen for more than an hour at best nor play any video games without my eyes drying out severely.

A followup appointment is booked in two months time and will determine whether or not I have to take a break completely from using cannabis, this will be difficult as it has helped me greatly avoid taking opiates for chronic pain constantly throughout the day. Months ago I reduced my cannabis intake as it can cause dry eyes, but I don’t believe this was the cause as I do have Crohn’s disease which can cause extraintestinal manifestations, thankfully my stomach isn’t currently inflamed and all is well there.

 

Future Changes

I was working on a rating system earlier this year until the eye issue happened, unfortunately that’s been delayed for now as my focus is on the new house and getting my eyes back in shape. Due to the move and my new location being an hour away I will be cancelling the P.O. Box I had at the end of July 2020, unsure if I’ll reopen another in the new town I’m moving to but advising those who sent me homegrown flower, baked goods or swag for giveaways to remove my address. I appreciated it very much and will inform you if I open a new one. 

The email mailing list is also being discontinued, future updates will be posted on social media which you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram where I’ll post a link of what’s new and changed. The YouTube channel is still continuing, this is just a place to give others a view of what’s to come and is a resource for my website for others to view an unboxing before the review.

For now, reviews will still happen although at a much slower pace and my presence on social media will continue to be seen but at a reduced rate. I may shift to writing articles in the short term or showing other ideas in the near future for you to enjoy. 

I hope to be back at full speed soon, thanks for reading!

Cannabis Review: Dayshift by Kingsway

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LOOKS LIKE OG MELON, WELL IT IS!

This is my second review of a Kingsway cannabis product, it was labeled as Dayshift (91 Krypt OG) by the High12 company under the Kingsway brand. This is grown by Aurora Cannabis as mentioned on the label, which is based near Edmonton, AB. 

As described on the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) where I purchased this, it was noted as having Captain Krypt and 91 Chemdawg lineage, which is OG Melon. Under Aurora’s medical program this is called Warwick #1 which I’ve previously reviewed my thoughts on before.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 181.5mg per gram as labeled or 18.15% THC for those who prefer that terminology, which I myself agree with more on dried cannabis. 

Terpene and other cannabinoid data was minimal on the Ontario Cannabis Store website and mentions five terpenes as, Humulene, Myrcene, Limonene, Linalool and Caryophyllene

Dayshift, Kingsway, Aurora, VapeTheBud

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $8.60 per gram with taxes on the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) for a container with 3.5 grams, costing a total of $30.10. Shipping was free with Canada Post due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, otherwise it would’ve been $5 plus tax. 

This was packaged on March 26th 2020 and was purchased on April 30th 2020. I received the container on May 5th and opened it on May 16th, which means this was packaged for 52 days. While the date of packaging sounds good, the harvest date remains unknown.

 

Appearance, Smell and Taste

Without even putting a bud into my hand I could tell by the unique smell and look of the flower that this was indeed OG Melon. It had a nice fruity, tangerine type smell and visuals showed the flower were dusted with trichomes and had an airy composure. When lightly touched the bud began to break apart due to the dryness of the buds, which varied in size but were mostly small and nothing special.

The use of a humidity pack was needed at my expense to make it more worthwhile to use and I waited two days before consuming it again as it grinded to dust initially. This wasn’t an issue after the two days of remediation. 

Under the macro lens we can see a heavy blanket of trichomes, better than the Aurora review of the same product from earlier this year. Trichomes were mostly clear and my guess here is that this was harvested early, but you do see some amber ones there. Ideally I’d you’d like to see at least a mix of opaque and clear looking trichomes and here we don’t see that.

Dayshift, Kingsway, Aurora, VapeTheBud

Consumption Methods

With every review I’ve ever done I try a minimum of six temperatures, each are individual sessions to see how long each lasts at a set fixed temperature. 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 my ideal 180C (356F). Higher temperatures around 190C (374F) resulted in a harsh taste. 

170C (338F) – 8 minutes
175C (347F) – 8 minutes
180C (356F) – 7 minutes
185C (365F) – 6 minutes
190C (374F) – 6 minutes
195C (383F) – 5 minutes 

In joint form the smoke was smooth and didn’t produce any coughing, however the ash was very dark. As usual I preferred vaporization to enjoy the flavour.

 

Subjective Effects

I did enjoy this cultivar from Aurora as it made me feel relaxed and was great for daydreaming, adding some creativity to my day but found repeated use led to triggering acid reflux and felt an upper tightness along with it. Laying down made the burning sensation ease and stopping the use of this particular cultivar eradicated the issue. Duration of the effects were short and lasted roughly 60 minutes

 

Final Thoughts

When I bought this and Nightshift by Kingsway I thought I was trying new cultivars but instead I learned ten minutes after my purchase that this was Aurora flower rebranded by a “brandhouse”, which is basically an outside company rebranding flower they bought at wholesale prices and running a marketing campaign. I do agree this is for a “dayshift” and the marketing was done right on that front, but by no means will I ever buy this again knowing what the quality is. 

On social media channels others have stated this is Daily Special Sativa, sometimes it’s OG Melon and sometimes Sour Tangie, since that’s cheaper at the time of writing I’d suggest you try that if you really want this. I won’t be buying either until I hear positive changes have happened as this flower was below average. 

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Cannabis Review: Nightshift by Kingsway

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L.A. CONFIDENTIAL IN DISGUISE

This is my first review of a Kingsway cannabis product, it was labeled as Nightshift (Afghan OG) by the High12 company under the Kingsway brand. This is grown by Aurora Cannabis as mentioned on the label, which is based near Edmonton, Alberta.

As described on the Ontario Cannabis Store where I purchased this it notes O.G. LA Affie and Afghani lineage, which is LA Confidential.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 164.4mg per gram as labeled or 16.44% THC for those who prefer that terminology, which I myself agree with more on dried cannabis. 

Terpene and other cannabinoid data was minimal on the Ontario Cannabis Store website and mentions five terpenes as, Pinene, Myrcene, Ocimene, Guaiol and Caryophyllene.

 

Nightshift, Kingsway, Aurora, VapeTheBud

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $8.60 per gram with taxes on the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) for a container with 3.5 grams, costing a total of $30.10. Shipping was free with Canada Post due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, otherwise it would’ve been $5 plus tax. 

This was packaged on March 27th 2020 and was purchased on April 30th 2020. I received the container on May 5th and opened it on May 16th, which means this was packaged for 51 days. While the date of packaging sounds good, the harvest date remains unknown.

 

Appearance, Smell and Taste

The container’s seal was hard to peel open and required the use of a pen to break it. I often have cramps in my hands so some might not have this issue but it was really on there. Presented after opening were four buds, you could spot some yellowing in some areas but mostly green and dense with lots of brown pistils throughout. The buds were really dry and lacked moisture, the use of a humidity pack was needed at my expense and waited two days before consuming it again as it grinded to dust. This wasn’t an issue after the two days of remediation. 

Smell and taste were earthy and pine and relate to the terpenes myrcene and pinene. If I didn’t know this was an Aurora product as labeled on the container I’d know it was L.A. Confidential by them as I’ve tried it countless times in the past when I posted reviews on Lift & Co. as this is Snow Dome under Aurora’s medical program.

 

Nightshift, Kingsway, Aurora, VapeTheBud

Consumption Methods

With every review I’ve ever done I try a minimum of six temperatures, each are individual sessions to see how long each lasts at a set fixed temperature. This may vary by each device and the one used here was the Mighty vaporizer. 

My ideal temperature with this cultivar was in the range of 180 to 185 degrees Celsius (356-365F) with a session lasting around 9 minutes. At slightly higher temperatures the flavour was less noteworthy but still okay. 

170C (338F) – 9 minutes
175C (347F) – 9 minutes
180C (356F) – 9 minutes
185C (365F) – 8 minutes 
190C (374F) – 6 minutes
195C (383F) – 5 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was very dark and found myself relighting multiple times as it kept going out. Wasn’t a good smoke and preferred using this with the vaporizer.

 

Subjective Effects

The effects offered me a nice head high, I didn’t feel tired but relaxed. Slight clarity and focus, while providing good pain relief to my joints and muscles. Dry eyes were common and needed to use eye drops. Evening use is advised to individuals who don’t partake daily and duration of effects was around 90 minutes.

 

Final Thoughts

My guess this is for someone who doesn’t know what they’re looking for and the nightshift name was used for the idea to use at night, which I found was appropriate. This isn’t for an enthusiast nor is it “the people’s weed” as noted on the Kingsway website as I found other cultivars at a lower price more worthy.

L.A. Confidential by Aurora Cannabis was $10.50 a gram on OCS with taxes previously so I’m happy to see the price is lower here but on Twitter it is said Daily Special Indica is L.A. Confidential or sometimes MK Ultra by the same grower, which I’d prefer as the cost per gram is $6.27 with taxes.

I won’t be buying this again and wouldn’t recommend paying above the $8 per gram price.

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