Dear Cannabis – July 2020

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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. 

Thanks for reading!

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.

Thanks for reading!

Cannabis Review: BC Sensi Star by Flowr

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SWEET AND FLORAL

This is my first review of a Flowr product by The Flowr Corporation out in Kelowna, British Columbia. I purchased this off the Ontario Cannabis Store at the end of April in 2020 and my initial reaction wasn’t good after seeing it was packaged in August 2019. Surprised it had good moisture since my previous encounters with old cannabis haven’t been great.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

Due to the old label the THC content showed in percent form only, showing 14.2% THC, under the new label regulations this would show 142 mg of THC per gram. There was 0.1% CBD equaling 1 mg of CBD per gram, which is negligible. 

Terpene and other cannabinoid data was minimal on the Ontario Cannabis Store website and noted the four mentioned, Caryophyllene, Guaiol, Humulene, and Limonene.

BC Sensi Star, Flowr, VapeTheBud

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $8.27 per gram with taxes on the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) for a container with 3.5 grams, costing a total of $28.95. Shipping was free with Canada Post or 3-day delivery due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, otherwise it would’ve been $5 plus tax. 

This was packaged on August 8th 2019 and was purchased on April 28th 2020. I received the container on May 1st and opened it a day later, which means this was packaged for 269 days. Keep in mind the harvest date remains unknown.

 

Appearance, Smell and Taste

A container holding the cannabis was inside the paper box and I had a hard time trying to pull off the seal from the container as you might notice in the YouTube video, so tough that I had to use my teeth. The golden rust coloured buds began presenting a nice sweet floral and citrus earth smell which could be noticed from waist height, which was surprising considering the package date of nearly nine months. Moisture content was perfect and didn’t need a humidity pack to restore the moisture balance. Trichomes didn’t look too great on this one, but if you look close in some areas you can see the heads intact still, unsure what to make of the rest of it.

Some on social media claim they can see mould in some areas of the macro photo taken, but I’m not making this claim since I didn’t feel sick after use and felt fine days later. That being said, not all mould will present effects for everyone and the use of irradiation will most likely make it not harmful and just gross knowing if it’s there. 

BC Sensi Star, Flowr, 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 175 to 185 degrees Celsius (347-365F) to capture the most flavour and while enjoying the vapour output. At slightly higher temperatures the flavour was less flavourful after a few minutes into the session but still provided lots of vapour. 

170C (338F) – 10 minutes
175C (347F) – 9 minutes
180C (356F) – 9 minutes
185C (365F) – 9 minutes 
190C (374F) – 6 minutes
195C (383F) – 5 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was grey and a good balance of a salt and pepper look. Was a nice smoke, smooth and flavourful. I preferred using the vape as flavour was more apparent.

 

Subjective Effects

While everyone’s experiences may vary I felt talkative, forgetful, dreamy and had good pain relief in my joints and muscles for almost two hours. After that it began wearing off over the course of another hour but the effects were minimal. Dry eyes and an increased appetite at times I didn’t want it were common nuisances.

 

Final Thoughts

It wasn’t like the other Sensi Star I’ve tried by another licensed producer, this one had a different smell to it and reminded me of my fifth grade teacher’s perfume, sweet and floral. I did question the cost as it was the cheapest whole flower at the time by Flowr on OCS, my assumption it was priced lower to sell. Despite the age of the cannabis I enjoyed the effects and was impressed how good the moisture content was, far from dried out. The concerns of possible mould others have said online made me question trying it again. 

Thanks for reading!

Community Review: Wedding Pie by DJA

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PINE AND SPICE

This flower was gifted to me back in early March of 2020 from a friend in Hamilton, Ontario who got it off a friend who grows their own. This review won’t be too detailed like the other given by DJA as I don’t have much information.

 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

Unknown of the cannabinoid content and terpenes. My guess on the THC potency would be in the range of 15 to 20% based on how I felt after use.

I would suspect this was caryophyllene and pinene dominant in terms of terpenes. 

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

This was given to me in a zip lock bag and was slightly dry so I used a Boveda to bring some moisture back to the flower. It smelled of pine and spice, and flavour too when vaped. 

Appearances showed brownish orange pistils snaking its way on this dense bud with a good amount of trichomes. Under the macro lens you can see some trichome heads were intact but also some were shaved off with a trimmer or something, just like the last grow I reviewed of theirs. While the bud looks nice and manicured, losing any trichomes is a loss.

Consumption Methods

Since I only had a few vape sessions in the Mighty vaporizer I found myself vaping mostly between the temperatures of 185 to 195 Celsius (365 to 383F) with each session lasting around seven minutes or so.

Never had the chance to try this in joint form, can’t detail on the ash quality or smoke.

 

Words From The Grower

Unfortunately I never had contact with the grower, no words from the grower on this one.

 

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed vaping this homegrown cannabis, it was a treat to photograph and appreciate the free flower.

Community Review: Black Diamond by DJA

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EARTH, WOOD AND BERRY 

This flower was gifted to me back in early March of 2020 from a friend in Hamilton, Ontario who got it off a friend who grows their own. This review won’t be too detailed as I don’t have much information but let’s get to it.

 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

Unknown of the cannabinoid content and terpenes. My guess on the THC potency would be in the range of 15 to 20% based on how I felt after use.

I would suspect there was myrcene and pinene in this.  

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

This was given to me in a zip lock bag and was quite dry so I used a Boveda to bring some moisture back to the flower. It smelled earthy and woodsy, and when vaped it also had hints of berry. 

Appearances were good on this dense bud with a heavy blanket of trichomes but under the macro lens you can see the trichome heads were shaved off with a trimmer or something, this is a first among home grows I’ve evaluated.

Consumption Methods

Since I only had a few vape sessions in the Mighty vaporizer I found myself vaping mostly between the temperatures of 180 to 185 Celsius (356 to 365F) with each session lasting around eight minutes or so.

Never had the chance to try this in joint form, can’t detail on the ash quality or smoke.

 

Words From The Grower

Unfortunately I never had contact with the grower, no words from the grower on this one.

 

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed vaping this homegrown flower and it was tasty! I wish we had this cultivar by a licensed producer as it provided me with the relief I needed.