Cannabis Review: Nightshift by Kingsway

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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Cannabis Review: BC Sensi Star by Flowr

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. 

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Community Review: Wedding Pie by DJA

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

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.

Cannabis Review: Strawberry Fire OG by Gage Cannabis

GAGE CANNABIS BRINGS THE FIRE

This is my first review of a Gage Cannabis product that is grown by Radicle Cannabis Inc out in Hamilton, Ontario. This was bought from the Ontario Cannabis Store but can also be purchased on the medical side distributed by Spectrum Therapeutics under the Radicle brand at the time of this writing. The lineage here is Strawberry Cough crossed with Fire OG.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was a bit different on this container compared to previous reviews and showed 223.1 mg/g of THC. For those who prefer this in percent form, this would be 22.31% 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 or 0% CBD. 

Terpene and other cannabinoid data was minimal on the Ontario Cannabis Store website and noted the four mentioned, Pinene, Limonene, Myrcene and Ocimene.

 

Strawberry Fire OG, Gage Cannabis, VapeTheBud

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $11.63 per gram with taxes on the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) for a container with 3.5 grams, costing a total of $40.70. 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 April 1st 2020 and was purchased on April 28th 2020. I received the container on May 1st and opened and started consuming it a day later, which means this was packaged for 32 days.  Harvest date remains unknown.

Smell, Taste and Appearance

At waist height I could smell the sweet, earthy fruit aromas, and when vaped it tasted like a bit of a grapefruit. It had perfect moisture content and was ready to vape, no need for a humidity pack like most cannabis I’ve tried.  

Strawberry Fire OG has some really nice colouring to it with bright orange pistils, heavy amounts of trichomes glittering along the flower and under the macro lens a nice display of the trichome formations.  

Strawberry Fire OG, Gage 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. This may vary by each device and the one used here was the Mighty vaporizer. 

My ideal temperature used was around 185 degrees Celsius (365F) to capture the most flavour and while enjoying the vapour output. At slightly higher temperatures the flavour was less noticeable but still provided lots of vapour. 

170C (338F) – 10 minutes
175C (347F) – 10 minutes
180C (356F) – 9 minutes
185C (365F) – 9 minutes – Increased vapour
190C (374F) – 7 minutes – Flavour less noticeable
195C (383F) – 7 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was mostly a white ash with some very light grey hues in some areas. The smoke was smooth and would enjoy it in this form again.

 

Subjective Effects

Really enjoyed it effect wise with an improved mood and something I’d enjoy smoking with a group of friends. Had some good laughs to the point of putting things in the fridge that shouldn’t be going in there, but quickly realizing it in the moment. 

Dry eyes seem to be a common issue for me with this one, doesn’t happen too often anymore but this got me. Duration of effects was around 90 minutes and I preferred to use it when I didn’t feel like doing much and wanted to relax, this would help in the daytime or nighttime, situation permitting.

 

Final Thoughts

I would buy this again despite the price being close to $12 a gram, the quality lives up to what others have said. I do advise others to take caution if they are new to cannabis as it might be too strong for some, even for myself I found one session was good enough. 

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