Cannabis: Shishkaberry by JWC



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.

Thanks for reading!

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