Cannabis Review: Sonora by Broken Coast Cannabis

ALL BAG APPEAL, BAD SMOKE

This is my seventh review of a Broken Coast Cannabis product and started the evaluation on April 25th 2020. This licensed producer is based in Duncan, British Columbia and provides products for the medical and retail market. Sonora is named after an island in British Columbia, and while I thought this was Stargazer by its actual cultivar name it’s actually called stargazer named by their team who bred this with Star killer crossed with an unknown cultivar, my guess it’s Northern Lights Haze (their Galiano).

 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was a bit different on this container compared to previous reviews, it showed 245 mg/g of THC. For those who prefer this in percent form, this would be 24.5 % THC. This was due to a labeling change in regulations which originally was for pre-rolls and has moved onto whole flower. Noted was zero mg of CBD. 

As a previous medical patient of Broken Coast I was able to log onto the website and see the terpene data for Sonora. While these numbers will vary to each grow what was listed as the dominant terpene was Caryophyllene with a value of 0.54%, Limonene at 0.24% and Terpineol at 0.10%. A few others were noted as well below a value of 0.10%, Myrcene and alpha and beta-Pinene. Total measured terpenes showed 1.77%.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $13.71 per gram with taxes on the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) website for a container with 3.5 grams. 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 is also sold on the medical side with a lower THC amount at the time of this writing and would cost me $12.81 per gram with tax if you live in Ontario, the excise tax varies on where you live and is the result of different prices on the medical side with Broken Coast.

This was packaged on October 31st 2019 and was purchased on April 17th 2020. I opened the container on April 25th which means this was packaged for 178 days before consumption. Be aware that the harvest date remains unknown.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Instantly reminded me of Galiano (Northern Lights Haze) by the same grower with citrus and earthy smells and hints of pine after vaping it. OCS described the aromas as fruity-gas, and I’d agree there was some fuel but the aromas were pretty underwhelming, especially for a Broken Coast product.

Moisture content was good and didn’t immediately require the use of a humidity pack, but the next day I went to open the container and noticed the buds were a bit dry so I threw a Boveda in the jar and waited about 6 hours. Things were in better shape upon returning.

Appearances were top notch, full of trichomes coated the flower and a mix of opaque and clear trichome heads intact.

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. This may vary by each device and the one used here was the Mighty vaporizer. 

180 degrees Celsius (356F) was the best with each session lasting about eight minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis providing a good amount of vapour with the best flavour. At higher temperatures flavour was diminished quickly but provided lots of vapour. 

170C (338F) – 11 minutes – Light vapour, light taste
175C (347F) – 9 minutes
180C (356F) – 8 minutes – Best flavour
185C (365F) – 7 minutes 
190C (374F) – 7 minutes – Increased vapour, less flavourful 
195C (383F) – 6 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was really dark while smoking, it wasn’t great at all and needed to relight the joint twice. I preferred this in the vapourizer like most cultivars. 

 

Subjective Effects

Despite this one having a high amount of THC I barely felt much, if someone told me this was 15% THC I’d likely agree with them. It barely worked for my muscle and joint pains and the only time I felt something worthwhile is when I smoked it. Some would say my tolerance has gone up possibly, but over the last few weeks I’ve been consuming mostly 15-18% THC rated flower and less grams than my usual per day. Duration of effects, for what they were I’d say was around 90 minutes and had no issue using this throughout the day, although I expected this to be an evening affair. 

 

Final Thoughts

I won’t be buying this again and likely won’t be buying another Broken Coast whole flower product for a while. When I purchased this it was recently added to the OCS website and expected something not nearing 6 months old. I blame the age of the product for its lackluster offering. All bag appeal with a bad smoke and effect. 

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Battle of the Shishkaberry

Six grows from five different licensed producers, Color Cannabis and WeedMD are grown at the same facility based on the ones I have here but offer different package dates and lot numbers. This post is a brief opener on the Shishkaberry contenders I evaluated, first let’s look at,

Aurora Cannabis

Quick note
– $8.79 a gram plus taxes on the medical website for 5 grams
– 14.6% THC / 0% CBD
– Myrcene 0.381%, Ocimene 0.181%, Caryophyllene 0.131%, Limonene 0.108%
– Packaged 24 days

As an Aurora Certified product this means it wasn’t grown by Aurora, I tried contacting Aurora on social media and on email and was advised they couldn’t disclose this information. The aromas and flavour on this were pretty good but lacked a good presentation, the loose leaf and shake thrown into the jar is what ruined the experience for me. The grow by Redecan and this grow was dominant in myrcene, while the others were dominant in the pinene terpene.

You may read the full review here at the link.

 

Color Cannabis

Quick note
– $5.70/gram includes taxes on Ontario Cannabis Store for 3.5 grams
– 12.28% THC / 0.02% CBD
– Pinene 0.189%, Caryophyllene 0.166%, Nerdolidol 0.088%
– Packaged 186 days

I ordered this after seeing it was cheaper than the medical stream via WeedMD, which is the grower of this. If you’re a medical patient of WeedMD the cost is $8 a gram plus tax, while at the time of writing this was $5.70 a gram with tax on OCS. While the package date doesn’t indicate the harvest date, this was 186 days in the container and showed concerning white spots over the buds, this wasn’t noticed on the medical order I had with the same flower but package date and lot numbers were different, also was packaged for 125 days on the medical order.

You can read more about this review at the link.

 

JWC

Quick note
– $9/gram plus taxes on JWC’s medical website for 5 grams
– 14.07% THC / 0.04% CBD
– 26.89% content b-Pinene, 18.58% b-Caryophyllene, Cymene 13.44%, Nerdolidol 11.69%
– Packaged 10 days

JWC’s grow of Shishkaberry was second in terms of bag appeal, you can see it had some trichome heads intact in the macro shot but the cost per gram didn’t line up compared to the other contenders at a cheaper rate which offered a more pleasant smoke experience. It’s hard to determine the actual terpene values for this one as JWC shows their info based on content amounts vs actual noted tested amounts like other licensed producers. This data will vary in general and should always be taken lightly as each batch will vary in amounts but a good baseline is always nice to see and that’s what we’re given. 

More can be read on this review at the link.

 

Redecan

Quick note
– $6.50/gram plus taxes on the Redecan medical website for 7 grams
– 15.9% THC / 0.07% CBD
– Myrcene 0.39%, Caryophyllene 0.14%, a-Pinene 0.11%, Limonene 0.11%
– Packaged 32 days

While not the cheapest of the bunch it certainly deserves recognition for being one of the cheaper ones with the best quality. Trichome heads were mostly intact and had the most overall, these are vital to cannabis and are one of my markers for good quality cannabis. I did encounter three seeds in this batch which isn’t great but were easily spotted and removed. This is the winner of the Battle of the Shishkaberry for its low cost and good quality. 

If you wish you can read more about the full review at the link.

 

Thrive

Quick note
– $9.50/gram plus taxes on the PureSinse medical website for 3.5 grams
– 15% THC / 0% CBD
– Pinene 0.20%, Linalool 0.12%, Bisabolol 0.07%, Camphene 0.06%
– Packaged 180 days

Being touted as premium and not being premium, this was my least liked Shishkaberry and was bought off the PureSinse medical website and was the most expensive one out of the six I bought. It was really dry and didn’t offer much of an aroma and needed the use of a Boveda humidity pack which came at my expense. The weak number of trichomes upclose and zipped off trichome heads were not appealing at all, nor was the 6 month package date.

You can read the full review at the link.

 

WeedMD

Quick note
– $8/gram plus taxes on the WeedMD medical website for 5 grams
– 15.86% THC / 0.03% CBD
– Pinene 0.189%, Caryophyllene 0.166%, Nerdolidol 0.088%
– Packaged 125 days

Ordered off the WeedMD medical website, this Shishkaberry grow was better than their branded version by Color Cannabis based on two different package dates. This had a higher THC percentage and didn’t have the concerning white spots that I found on the retail brand. The zipped off trichomes in the macro is quite a shame and reckon the cost per gram here is a tad high for the quality. I would buy this again, but wouldn’t be my first choice. 

You can read this in its full review at the link

Final Thoughts

If you skipped to this part the winner of the Battle of the Shishkaberry was Redecan’s grow. The cost per gram and quality compared to the others is what made it shine. One takeaway for others to know is that two grows from the same licensed producer on different dates can make a huge difference, what I see is not what you might see and results could be better or worse. Unsure if consistency is an issue over at WeedMD but this was the vibe I was getting based on these two grows and other products I’ve tried by them. Aurora had a nice product minus the shake and leaves added, but the zipped off trichomes like most of the others here were unfortunate and wouldn’t qualify as a high quality flower in my books. Well done Redecan on keeping them intact!

Cannabis Review: Shishkaberry by Redecan

LOW COST, GREAT QUALITY

This review is part of a larger write up on various Shishkaberry grows I evaluated called, Battle of the Shishkaberry. This is my first review of a Redecan product that was evaluated on March 6th 2020.  Redecan is a licensed producer of cannabis based in Ridgeville, ON, just outside of Welland in the Niagara region.  

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 15.9% and had zero CBD as noted on the container. 

Data from the Redecan website showed their Shishkaberry had Myrcene as the dominant terpene with a value of 0.39%. Caryophyllene was noted with 0.14% and with a value of 0.11% each were Pinene and Limonene. Other terpenes were listed at lower values.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $6.50 per gram plus taxes on the Redecan medical website for a container with 7 grams, which was the smallest option to buy. Shipping was $10 plus taxes with Canada Post. This is also sold in retail stores and online provincial websites, on the Ontario Cannabis Store this would cost me $8.79 per gram with tax, about $1.44 more per gram outside the medical channel. 

This was packed on January 15th 2020 and was purchased on February 25th 2020. I opened the container on February 29th which means this was packaged for 32 days.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

As with all the Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried it had the common berry and earthy tones, almost like a nice red wine. Taste in the vape was similar to the way it smelled.

First thing I noticed was the seal on the container was the same as what Broken Coast uses, which reminded me of a fish food seal. After I broke the seal I noticed the smell of the flower and taking a closer look while filming I spotted a seed and put it aside, I found two more during my time with this cultivar from Redecan. 

In the macro shot below you might notice many trichome heads across the sea of orange pistils and green herb. I was impressed aside from the seeds considering this was one of the cheaper options out of the six Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried to date. 

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. 

185 degrees celsius (365F) was the best with each session lasting about seven minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. At lower temperatures of around 175C, you really notice the berry red wine taste. Once you hit temperatures above 185C that taste isn’t so noticeable and mostly about denser vapour. 

170C (338F) – 10 minutes
175C (347F) – 9 minutes
180C (356F) – 8 minutes
185C (365F) – 7 minutes – Increased vapour, best
190C (374F) – 7 minutes
195C (383F) – 7 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was grey, a good mix of salt and pepper. The smoke was smooth and tasted good.

 

Subjective Effects

Pain relief is my main reason for using cannabis, I found the relief was mild in my joints and muscles. Feelings of a slightly heavy upper body were noticeable like other Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried and at times it was hard to concentrate, after a few days of use this was less of an issue thankfully. I found this was best used in the evening, for those with long term experience with cannabis anytime would be fine. 

Dry eyes were common when used multiple times per day, and when used in my first session of the day this wasn’t noticed. I didn’t have an increase in hunger like other Shishkaberry grows and unsure if it’s because this one had a low value of the Pinene terpene and wasn’t as prominent. Duration of effects lasted around 90 minutes.

 

Final Thoughts

At the cost of $6.50 per gram plus taxes I will most definitely be buying this again despite the three seeds found. I didn’t need to use a humidity pack before use but I wish we could buy one at the time of ordering to maintain the moisture balance. 

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Cannabis Review: Shishkaberry by Color Cannabis

QUESTIONABLE QUALITY

This review is part of a larger write up on various Shishkaberry grows I evaluated called, Battle of the Shishkaberry. This is my first review of a Color Cannabis product that was evaluated on March 12th 2020, however this is grown by WeedMD and would technically be my second review on them. WeedMD is a licensed producer of cannabis based in Strathroy and Aylmer, ON and also sells under the Saturday brand on the retail side. 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 12.28% and a minimal amount of CBD at 0.02% as noted on the container. 

Terpene content off the Ontario Cannabis Store was minimal but further digging on the growers website WeedMD showed their Shishkaberry was dominant in Pinene with a potential value of 0.189%. Caryophyllene was not far behind with 0.166% and Nerolidol at 0.088%, other terpenes were listed at lower values. 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $5.70 per gram on the Ontario Cannabis Store website for a container with 3.5 grams. Shipping was $5 plus taxes with Canada Post. This was much cheaper compared to the growers medical website at the time when I bought this on WeedMD’s that goes for $8 per gram plus tax in Ontario.

This was packed on September 11th 2019 and was purchased February 29th 2020. I opened the container on March 14th which means this was packaged for 186 days.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Classic Shishkaberry smell of berry and earths were noticed along with that nice red wine smell. Taste in the vape was similar to the way it smelled with a kick of sour to it.    

Appearances showed a variety of bud sizes, the largest was around a gram and some under half a gram and a couple at 0.1 grams! The flower was a bit dry and required the use of a humidity pack, you can see in the video the amount of trichome dusting that happened from bouncing around in the jar. There were concerning white spots on the flower in parts and under the macro lens you can see white matter and above it pale green bud which was soft to touch with a metal tip. Trichome heads were slightly visible and amber looking, however most were zipped off.  

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. 

180 degrees celsius (365F) was the best with each session lasting about eight minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures were fine but at 185C and above the vapour flavour quickly began to fade and wasn’t tolerable for longer than six minutes.

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

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was grey, a middle ground of salt and pepper. The smoke was smooth and required no relighting. Just like my WeedMD medical review of Shishkaberry.

 

Subjective Effects

Pain relief is my main reason for using cannabis, I found the relief was mild in my joints and muscles. Feelings of a slightly heavy upper body were noticeable like other Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried and at times it was hard to concentrate, after a few days of use this was less of an issue thankfully. I found this was best used in the evening, for those with long term experience with cannabis anytime would be fine. 

Dry eyes were common when used multiple times per day, and when used in my first session of the day this wasn’t noticed. For some the increased appetite may be of value or an annoyance, be sure to have a snack on hand, I’ve noticed it as a common occurrence with pinene dominant cultivars. Duration of effects lasted 90 to 120 minutes.

 

Final Thoughts

At the price of $5.70 a gram after taxes I had to compare it to my medical experience with the same grower which was more pleasant and didn’t exhibit those questionable white spots on the Shishkaberry I ordered, but cost was $2.30 a gram extra for medical at the time of this writing. While package dates aren’t harvest dates this was 62 days older than my medical order. My guess the price was cheaper due to the age as it was nearing 6 months old at the time of purchase. In the end it did provide relief, I’m just happy this one didn’t make me feel sick after use.  

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Cannabis Review: Shishkaberry by WeedMD

RED WINE AND ZIPPED OFF TRICHOMES

This review is part of a larger write up on various Shishkaberry grows I evaluated called, Battle of the Shishkaberry. This is my first review of a WeedMD product that was evaluated on February 4th 2020. WeedMD is a medical cannabis provider based in Strathroy and Aylmer, ON and also sells under the Color Cannabis and Saturday brand on the retail side. 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 15.86% and a minimal amount of CBD at 0.03% as noted on the container. 

According to the WeedMD medical website their Shishkaberry was dominant in Pinene with a potential value of 0.189%. Caryophyllene was not far behind with 0.166% and Nerolidol at 0.088%, other terpenes were listed at lower values. 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $8 per gram plus taxes on the WeedMD medical webstore for the 5 gram container. Shipping was free with Canada Post as my total order was over $99, otherwise it would’ve been $15.74. 

This was packed on October 3rd 2019 and was purchased January 26th 2020. I opened the container on February 4th which means this was packaged for 125 days before reviewing.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Berry and earthy aromas were noticed, much like every Shishkaberry I tried so far and this one emitted the nice red wine smell. Taste in the vape was similar to the way it smelled with a kick of sour to it.    

Appearances showed a variety of bud sizes, some were about 0.75 grams, while the rest were about half a gram and a few small buds. The flower was a bit dry and needed the use of a humidity pack at my expense. Overall it looked nice but under the macro lens you could clearly see the trichome heads zipped off and only left with the stalks. 

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. 

180 degrees celsius (365F) was the best with each session lasting about eight minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures were fine but at 185C and above the vapour flavour quickly began to fade and wasn’t tolerable for longer than six minutes.

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

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was grey, a middle ground of salt and pepper. The smoke was smooth and required no relighting.

 

Subjective Effects

Pain relief is my main reason for using cannabis, I found the relief was mild in my joints and muscles. Feelings of a slightly heavy upper body were noticeable like other Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried and at times it was hard to concentrate, after a few days of use this was less of an issue thankfully. I found this was best used in the evening, for those with long term experience with cannabis anytime would be fine. 

Dry eyes were common when used multiple times per day, and when used in my first session of the day this wasn’t noticed. For some the increased appetite may be of value or an annoyance, be sure to have a snack on hand, I’ve noticed it as a common occurrence with pinene dominant cultivars. Duration of effects lasted 90 to 120 minutes. 

 

Final Thoughts

At the price point of $8 a gram with WeedMD as a direct medical patient of theirs I found it a bit high for the average quality, it was more around the $6 mark and currently sells for less on the Ontario Cannabis Store for $5.70 a gram. I did enjoy it and would buy it again if no other options were available, but it won’t be my first choice for a Shishkaberry at this price point.  

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Cannabis Review: Shishkaberry by JWC

THE OVERLY LARGE CONTAINER

This review is part of a larger write up on various Shishkaberry grows I evaluated called, Battle of the Shishkaberry. This was also the 15th cultivar I tried by JWC medical in early February of 2020.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 14.07% and a minimal amount of CBD at 0.04% as noted on the container. 

Based on the data from the JWC website, the leading dominant terpene was b-Pinene with a content amount of 26.89% and taking a large portion of the content as well was b-Caryophyllene at 18.58%. Still noteworthy was Cymene taking 13.44% of the total content and slightly behind Nerolidol with 11.69%. Total measure terpenes was listed at 0.915%.

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 website. 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 11th 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

A sweet, berry and earthy tone was noticed, much like every Shishkaberry I tried so far but didn’t have that red wine taste like the others. Taste in the vape was similar to the way it smelled.    

The overly large container made the five grams look small and when weighed a couple of the buds displayed a weight of over 0.75 grams, with the majority around half a gram or so. When squished with two fingers you could sense the dryness of the flower and so I used the provided Boveda pack with my order, 24 hours later the moisture balance was corrected and the squish factor was better. 

In the macro shot below you can see some of the trichome heads intact which is always nice to see, nothing intense but looks decent.

Consumption Methods

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

185 degrees Celsius (365F) was the best with each session lasting about six minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures were fine but at 190C and above the vapour flavour quickly began to fade and wasn’t tolerable for longer than five minutes.

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

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was very dark but still provided smooth smoke and no need for relighting.

 

Subjective Effects

Pain relief is my main reason for using cannabis, I found the relief was mild in my joints and muscles. Feelings of a slightly heavy upper body were noticeable and at times it was hard to concentrate, after a few days of use this was less of an issue thankfully. I found this was best used in the evening, for those with long term experience with cannabis anytime would be fine. 

Dry eyes were common when used multiple times per day, and when used in my first session of the day this wasn’t noticed. For some the increased appetite may be of value or an annoyance, be sure to have a snack on hand, I’ve noticed it as a common occurrence with pinene dominant cultivars. Duration of effects lasted around 90 minutes. 

 

Final Thoughts

This wasn’t my favourite Shishkaberry and I wouldn’t buy it again despite this flower looking decent in the visual department, at a lower price point I would consider it again.

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