Cannabis Review: Critical Mass GE by JWC

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Remain Functional with Relief

Critical Mass GE is the 14th review I’ve done by JWC’s medical offerings, while I’m not generally a fan of low THC and high CBD cultivars for its weak effects since I’m used to high THC types, I did enjoy this one during the day.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 5.47% and a high amount of CBD at 9.64% as noted on the container. 

Based on the data from the JWC website, 37.17% of the terpene content was pinene and the leading dominant terpene. Further behind but worth noting was caryophyllene taking 19.49% of the content, and smaller amounts of other terpenes listed with under 10% content. Total measured terpenes showed 0.939% which is quite low compared to the rest of the JWC lineup.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price varies on amounts bought from $7 to $9 per gram. Since I bought five grams the cost was $9 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 January 31st 2020, a day after I purchased this which is typical of JWC. I got to reviewing this on February 15th 2020 but opened the container on February 9th 2020 and took some basic notes, so the product remained packaged for 11 days before opening.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Aromas were light on this one and gave notes of a sweet grass and earth upon opening, slightly reminding me of Jack Herer. It tasted better than it smelled and in the vaporizer there was a honey aftertaste along with the perceived smell.

The bud sizes were mostly around half a gram each, with a few smaller ones in the mix. All the buds were dense, each having a good amount of moisture and used the provided moisture pack to maintain freshness.  

In the macro shot below you can see the strong amount of orange pistils with some trichome heads intact. In the photos further away you don’t see them at all.

 

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 185 degrees celsius (365F) the best, with each session lasting about seven to eight minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures worked fine and if you like lots of vapour then 190C (374F) might be your ideal.  

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

I didn’t try this in joint form and cannot detail the smoke on this.

 

Subjective Effects and Final Thoughts

This was pretty weak as I’m used to higher THC flower, but as the effects were light it did give me the ability to function without sedation during the day and was enjoyable to use for getting my mind into a creative mode and providing some pain relief. Duration of effects lasted 60 to 90 minutes.  

I would buy this again if I was seeking something for the daytime and wanted to avoid a cloudy mind. This may be great for new medical patients seeking cannabis as the THC amount is low and the high CBD balances things out.   

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Home Grow Review: Rare Dankness by PankcakeNap

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Another Great Home Grow

This is the second review of a Pancakenap homegrow, of which he sent me 2.3 grams to try and this was reviewed back in late January 2020. Omitted from this review will be price, shipping and pack dates since the cost to me was zero as this was gifted cannabis. I’ve added a new section for homegrown reviews called, “Words from the grower” which includes some insights to the grow itself if the grower would like to detail a bit.   

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

Unknown of the cannabinoid content and terpenes. I would suspect there were high amounts of myrcene and caryophyllene in this and small amounts of limonene. My guess on the THC potency would be in the range of low to mid 20s based on how I felt after use.  

Smell and Appearance

Vacuumed sealed for freshness and presenting itself with nice earthy and lemon gas notes after unpacking, I instantly noticed the heavy coated trichomes on the buds along the properly trimmed and beautiful orange pistils surrounded by dark purple leaves on display. I knew this was going to be an enjoyable flower to photograph and consume. The buds were extremely dense, hard to pick apart and sticky. It made me miss how licensed produced cannabis used to be years ago on the medical side. 

Consumption Methods and Effect

Every vape session in the Mighty vaporizer was enjoyable and I didn’t have a preferred temperature with this one as each setting was great. Each session lasted around seven to eight minutes. Below this wording I’ve included the temperatures and length of my sessions before I had to dispose of the cannabis.

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

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint was enjoyable as well, very smokey and ash was grey but on the lighter side. It tickled my tongue a bit and the flavour was earthy with a hint of lemon. I preferred this in my vape as I got to have more experience with it and to enjoy the flavour profile. 

I felt a heavy head high with great upper body pain relief. I found myself using this in the evening or before bed. A few minutes into my session I felt it, but after 20 to 30 minutes it felt stronger. Peaking about an hour in and slowly fading over the next 30 to 60 minutes. Total experience was around two hours.  

Words From The Grower

This seed became available from rare dankness early 2019, And I couldn’t wait to grow it in the upcoming season. I grew it in soil in an air pot and fertilized it with aquaponic water.  I vegetated it outdoors for about 160 days and flowered it indoors for just less than 80 days. The plant yielded just over 300 grams of dried flower or 1.3 grams of flower for every day it grew. Yield in the space it flowered in was 15 grams per square foot. Overall, I really like the flower. The buds are really dense, so I have some lessons learned on how to cure it better for the next grow.”

 

Final Thoughts

Photographing homegrown cannabis has been my favourite out of most of the cannabis I’ve tried, the level of detail shown in the macro shots are intense with full trichome heads intact and stunning variation of colour presenting itself. I enjoyed this cultivar grown by Pancakenap and hope to share more from his grows.  

Thanks again pancakenap! You can follow his work on his website, or on social media on Twitter, Instagram or YouTube

Cannabis Review: Warwick #1 (91 Krypt OG Melon) by Aurora Cannabis

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A Bud With A Smile

91 Krypt OG Melon or as Aurora Cannabis puts it, Warwick #1 on the medical side. If I wanted this from a retail store, it’s sold as OG Melon by Aurora. Confused a bit? It’s okay I am too. The genetic lineage of Captain Krypt, OG and 91 Chemdawg make this interesting flower, and was a long time favourite of mine from this Alberta company. 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 18.3% and had zero amounts of CBD as noted on the container. 

Based on the data at the time of purchase from Aurora’s medical cannabis website, Caryophyllene was the leading dominant terpene with a value of 0.313%, Myrcene at 0.26% and Limonene at 0.223%. Smaller amounts of many other terpenes were present at lower values.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price per gram was $8.75 plus taxes with shipping being free with Canada Post or Purolator as my total order was over $99, otherwise it would’ve been $16 to 18 depending on the carrier used.

This was packed on December 19th 2019 according to the label, and I purchased this on January 3rd 2020. I opened the container on January 10th which means this product was packaged for 23 days.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Initial observations upon taking the seal off the jar was a strong fruity smell, slightly reminding me of Tangerine Dream. Taste during inhalation was orange and earthy, the same as when I tried this cultivar in the past. 

Appearances seemed okay, slightly small and airy buds that held together but had a good moisture balance and didn’t require an immediate need for a humidity pack before use, however I did use the one provided with my order free of charge. Light green buds with a light amount of scattered trichomes were present. It wasn’t the most visually appealing flower I’ve had to date and would classify the visual bag appeal low.

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 my ideal 180C (356F). Higher temperatures around 190C (374F) resulted in a harsh taste. 

170C (338F) – 8 minutes – Okay
175C (347F) – 8 minutes – Okay
180C (356F) – 7 minutes – Best
185C (365F) – 6 minutes – Increased visible vapour
190C (374F) – 6 minutes – Bad
195C (383F) – 5 minutes – Bad

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 and Final Thoughts

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. 

As much as I enjoyed “OG Melon” as it was held as one of my favourites for a while in the past, I can’t deal with the intense acid reflux issue caused. For others they may enjoy it in the daytime but cautioning others if they notice similar effects to mine. As for value, I think other cultivars around the $9 price point per gram do a better job than this. 

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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.    

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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.