Cannabis: Dark Helmet by JWC


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.    

Thanks for reading! 

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