Cannabis Review: Cold Creek Kush by Alberta Craft (Gtec) via PureSinse

 

Happy 30th Kush Variety!

This is my first review of a product from PureSinse, a licensed medical provider in Canada who distributes cannabis from a variety of licensed producers, today we’re looking at Cold Creek Kush by Alberta Craft (Gtec) and happens to be my 30th Kush variety.

 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

The label on the container showed a value of 24.28% THC and 0.09 % CBD.  

Myrcene was the leading dominant terpene with a value of 1.34%. Secondary listed terpenes above a value of .10% were ocimene 0.25%, caryophyllene 0.20%, humulene 0.10%, and limonene 0.10%.

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

I purchased 3.5 grams from PureSinse, a medical producer in Canada at the cost of $11 per gram, plus taxes. The cost of shipping was free with Canada Post since my order was over $100, otherwise it would’ve been $9.49 for the cheapest shipping option.

The date on the container was noted June 4th 2019 and was ordered on October 28. I began reviewing this on November 14, which means the product was packaged for 164 days before being opened.

 

 

Smell and Appearance

With a high myrcene amount it didn’t surprise me to notice the earthy and slightly sour pine notes after opening the container, however the strength of the aromas were weak . While vaping Cold Creek Kush I noticed the taste was about the same, except no pine.

Appearances were desirable, colours of the army palette were visible with light and dark greens. The buds were dense and had a bit of a nerfy feel to them, although I did use a humidity pack to bring up the moisture content as the flower was a bit dry. I did notice when breaking up the buds some resin was left on my fingers. Under five times magnification there was a high amount of trichomes on the orange pistils.

 

 

Consumption Methods

As preferred I used this in my Mighty vaporizer and found lower temperatures were best to enjoy the flavour. Higher temperatures were okay but the loss of flavour was quick after a few minutes. I found 170C (338F) was the best temperature for flavour and had an eight minute session, while a full session at 185C (365F) resulted in six to seven minute sessions, with loss of flavour around the four minute mark.

I wanted to observe this in joint form and found the smoke was smooth, burned white ash and left a nice diesel smell on my hands.

 

Subjective Effects

I consume cannabis for chronic pain and this particular variety worked great on providing the relief I was seeking. I felt very relaxed and just wanted to stay in for the night. Duration of effects lasted about 90 minutes.

 

End Thought

I enjoyed Cold Creek Kush and will buy it again for the nights when a strong cultivar for pain relief is needed, but I wasn’t a fan of how dry the product was as I think it would’ve had more potential if it was fresher.

Cannabis Review: Sensi Star Oil by KKE

Space out and see the stars

Sensi Star Oil by KKE (Khalifa Kush Enterprises) uses flower from 7ACRES and is extracted at MediPharms Labs in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. This is one of the most potent oils I’ve used to date and my first cannabis oil review in long-form.  

 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

The information listed on the label showed 27.8mg of THC per mL and 0.8mg of CBD per mL, and in my personal view this is a high THC product. 

Unlike some oils on the market that remove the terpenes this brand keeps them by using a multi-phased approach using CO2 extraction for the highest quality output. As for what the terpene values are is anyone’s guess as they’re not listed, but the flower is dominant in myrcene and I would expect the same here. A few other notable terpenes are limonene and caryophyllene.

 

Price and Shipping

One 30mL bottle was purchased off the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) at the cost of $88.55 taxes included, which is about $2.95 per mL for 27.8mg of THC (just under 11 cents per mg of THC). The cost of shipping was $5 flat plus HST (13%) with Canada Post. No free options existed as of this writing and delivery took three business days to arrive.

 

Smell and Appearance

You wouldn’t be able to smell the oil unless you put your nose up to the opening of the bottle. Slight fragrances of a sweet cannabis plant with light earths are noticed, and when tasting the silky smooth yellow oil. Included in the packaging was a stopper to prevent the oil from spilling out easily and a perfectly labelled dosing dropper. I found measuring the dose was easy to use. 

 

Dosing and Subjective Effects

I started off with 0.5mL using the provided dropper and found good pain relief and relaxation, however I preferred 0.75 to one full mL for an optimal dose where I could still function. 

Effects took about 90 minutes to two hours to start working, this was the case when eating or without eating prior to dosing. I tried keeping the oil under my tongue for about a minute for quicker absorption and didn’t find a difference. 

The highest dose I tried was 2mL (55.6mg of THC) in one sitting, the effects were a lot stronger and I was couchlocked for the first hour or so once I started to feel it kicking in. At times I felt like I was floating and was slightly anxious. While this may sound concerning for some, I breathed in slowly and reminded myself that this is temporary and within an hour or so the peak hit and the effects started to ease into a nice calm and relaxing feeling. The pain relief I had was phenomenal the whole time!

Dry eyes were common among all doses, and noticeably stronger over 1mL. Slight dry mouth did occur as well. The effects lasted between four and six hours.

Keep in mind that some people may require higher or lower dosing. Always go low and slow to determine an optimal dose to ensure a good time. 

 

End Thought

While the cost may deter some from trying this oil, it’s worth every cent. This is one of the few brands on the retail side where they source from a single strain rather than a blended variety. I enjoy the terpenes being preserved as I believe they’re beneficial to the effect, and going this extra step shows the respect this plant deserves. 

At the end of the day I prefer to vape as the onset is quicker, but overall I found this to be a great oil to consume when my chronic pain is really bad at night. 

#VapeTheBud

Cannabis Review: Afghan Kush by Pure Sunfarms

Back To Back Kush Review

Afghan Kush is the 29th Kush variety I’ve consumed and my first review of a Pure Sunfarms product. This was chosen by a Twitter poll I ran during October 2019 as a community choice review and bought from the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS).

 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

The information listed on the label showed a potential 16.1% THC and had zero CBD. 

Very little terpene data was given on the OCS website at the time of purchase. Looking at the Pure Sunfarms website I found that myrcene, linalool, humulene, caryophyllene and limonene were part of the profile but no amounts were listed on what was the dominant terpene.

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

I purchased 3.5 grams off the Ontario Cannabis Store at the cost of $7.89 per gram, taxes included. The cost of shipping was $5 flat plus HST (13%) with Canada Post. No free options existed as of this writing. Delivery took three business days. 

The date on the container was noted August 15, 2019 and was ordered on October 17. I began reviewing this on October 24, which means the product was packaged for 71 days before being opened.

 

 

Smell and Appearance

A strange fish-like smell was emitted after opening the pouch, some on social media describe it as smelling like kelp (a type of seaweed). Light notes of sandalwood were noted when grinded and the kelp smell wasn’t so abundant. When vaporized I tasted a woodsy sweet syrup which wasn’t too bad, unique to say the least.

The flower was airy and overdried, I partly blame the packaging they used as I’ve never had a great experience with any product that uses them. I used a humidity pack at my expense and waited 48 hours before consuming again, the end result was better. Bright greens and some light tan yellows were visible, slight concerns over how powdery the buds were but at five times magnification it was noticeable that it was covered in many clear trichomes.

 

 

Consumption Methods

While I preferred this in my vaporizer, I did get around to trying it in joint form and wanted to observe how it burned, it wasn’t pure white ash and was mostly grey or dark.

Using the vaporizer I found it easy to inhale and not harsh by any means. The temperature range I used with the dried flower was 170 Celsius (338F) to 190C (374F) and my sessions lasted eight minutes on lower temperatures, to five minutes at the highest temperature. 

 

Subjective Effects

Decent relaxation was achieved, pain relief was good with a heavy upper body and head high feeling. I didn’t have any negative effects from this, not even dry mouth. I found consuming this at the end of the day was ideal and the duration of effects lasted 60 to 90 minutes. 

 

End Thought

Afghan Kush gave me enjoyable effects but wasn’t my favourite in terms of quality. At best this is average and improvements can be made to make a better product.

Cannabis Review: Northern Kush GE by JWC

Save This For The Night

This is the 28th Kush variety I’ve tried in five years and one I will be buying often as it worked well for insomnia and chronic pain, however expect a light snack before bed.

 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

I would consider this a high THC product as the listed potential is 23.82% THC and negligible amounts of CBD.

The terpene profile listed on the JWC website noted pinene was the dominant terpene capturing nearly 40% of the profile and may explain the increased hunger I had. Secondary terpenes were caryophyllene and humulene taking 36% of the profile combined, and many others noted under 10%.

 

Price and Shipping

Recently JWC lowered their prices on some of their selections and this was one of them. Price varies on amounts bought from $8.67 to $11 per gram. I paid $11 a gram plus tax since I bought 5 grams off the JWC medical webstore before the price drop. 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 October 7th 2019, a day after purchase which is typical of JWC. I got to reviewing this on October 22, so the product remained packaged for 16 days before I consumed it.

Smell and Appearance

Sweet pine and slightly woodsy undertones were noticed after opening the container. No humidity pack was needed as the flower seemed to have good moisture to it. There was a Boveda pack supplied with this order, which is a first from JWC. I do use humidity packs to maintain the freshness when consuming over a period of time so that’s a win in my books.

Moderately dense flower, not tight but had good character. In the five gram container I ordered there were a variety of sized buds, some medium, some tiny but size didn’t impact my opinion. The dark green buds and orange pistils were vibrant. A mixture of clear and cloudy trichomes were noticeable with the macro lens. 

 

Consumption Methods

I use the Mighty vaporizer as my main go to device and found the range of 170 to 180 Celsius was best (338 to 356 Fahrenheit) when I wanted to consume this all while enjoying the flavourful vapour. Most of my sessions lasted around seven to eight minutes.

If I wanted to go with higher temperatures I preferred to use my water adapter hooked up to the vaporizer for cooler inhales using a bong. The ideal range I found while doing that was 190 to 195 Celsius (374 to 383F) for about six minutes or so.

 

Subjective Effects

A few minutes into my session I began to notice great pain relief and an increased appetite. At times I felt slightly clumsy and forgetful and would advised to consume this at night for best enjoyment, just make sure to have a light snack on hand.

Dealing with insomnia frequently and trying to find a good cultivar for that isn’t easy, and found it also helped me relax and fall asleep easier. The duration of effects lasted about 90 to 120 minutes.

 

End Thought

Northern Kush GE has been added to my favourites list as it helped a variety of issues that I deal with. I just wish it didn’t make me hungry before bed. 

Thanks for reading, my next write up will be on my second Licensed Producer Review – Broken Coast Cannabis.

Cannabis Review: Jean Guy by 7ACRES

All Time Favourite For Daytime 

Jean Guy has been a favourite of mine for daytime use after trying it in June of this year. From the relief of daytime stress or needing energy to get the day going, this was the one for me.

Cannabinoid Content and Packaging

Purchased off the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) the THC range shown on the website was 13.5 to 21%, when the order arrived the THC content shown on the container was 17.87% and <0.02% CBD. This would be considered above average in terms of THC content.

Package date was June 27 2019. This was purchased September 17 with my other 7ACRES products and consumed September 22, 2019. The days between packaging and opening the container, 88 days.

 

Price and Shipping

The price was $13.03 per gram including tax when I purchased 3.5 grams off OCS in mid-September of 2019, and shortly after I was advised the cost went up to $14.49 per gram.   

Shipping was $5 flat using Canada Post and arrived within two days from ordering. No free shipping options exist at the time of writing with OCS.

 

Smell and Appearance

Sweet lemon and earthy aromas were easily identified after opening the container. Bud size varied, there was a single large bud weighing just over a gram, a handful of medium sized ones and a couple tiny pieces. All the buds were dense and no humidity pack was needed to restore the balance.

 

Consumption Methods

My preferred method of consumption is vaping and I primarily used the temperatures on my Mighty vaporizer with the dried flower from 170 Celsius (338F) to 185C (365F) for about seven to eight minutes.

Using a water adapter attached to my vaporizer I went higher on the temperature scale and mostly stayed around the range of 190C (374F) to 195C (383F) for about seven minutes.

 

Subjective Effects

I loved the way it made me feel energized, upbeat and happy. My creative thinking cap was on all while being comfortable and providing great pain relief. I did feel slightly dreamy at higher doses in a single session (0.75> grams) but still capable of having a conversation. I found the best time to consume was in the daytime or during social settings. Duration of effects lasted 90 to 120  minutes.

 

Terpenes

Keep in mind this is just a possible terpene allotment and will vary. I was able to find some terpene information on this from PureSinse who sells this on the medical side under the Supreme branding.

I was able to find that myrcene was the dominant terpene at 0.69%. The secondary terpene was terpinolene at 0.44%. Smaller amounts of others were noted as well, ocimene 0.19%, pinene 0.17% and surprisingly limonene was only at 0.12% despite the strong lemon aromas. There’s many other terpenes noted at lower amounts.  

 

End Thought

Jean Guy by 7ACRES is by far my favourite cultivar to date for daytime use and a must try for those buying from the retail market seeking similar experiences. The price is a reason why I won’t be buying it often from the retail side and saved for special occasions. I have part of my medical ‘script with PureSinse that Supreme Cannabis currently supplies at a lower cost, expect a review on that in November.  

Thanks for reading, my next write up will be on my second Licensed Producer Tour – 7ACRES in Kincardine, Ontario.

Cannabis Review: Sensi Star by 7ACRES

Manicured To A High Standard 

Sensi Star is one of my favourite cultivars, great pain relief and a way to tap out for the night. Let’s take a closer look.

Cannabinoid Content and Packaging

When I purchased this off the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) the THC range was 17 to 25%. When the order arrived the THC content shown on the container was 19.53% and <0.04% CBD. This would be considered high or above average in terms of THC content.

Package date was July 17 2019. This was purchased September 17 and consumed September 24, 2019. The days between packaging and opening the container, 70 days.

 

Price and Shipping

I purchased this the day Jack Haze by 7ACRES was released on OCS.ca and paid $11.45 per gram including tax since I purchased 3.5 grams. The price has been adjusted recently and now cost $13.69 per gram. 

Shipping was $5 flat using Canada Post and arrived within two days from ordering. No free shipping options exist at the time of writing.

 

Smell and Appearance

Without even knowing the full terpene profile I could tell this was high in myrcene. I would describe the aromas as earthy with sweet floral notes. 

Every 7ACRES product I’ve tried the buds were dense and most weighed around half a gram each. Moisture content was perfect and no humidity pack was needed to restore the balance. Trichomes up close were white and cloudy looking which is a good indicator of when it was harvested.

Consumption Methods

I used my Mighty vaporizer in the temperature range of 170 to 185 Celsius (338F to 365F) for about seven to eight minutes with 0.25 grams of cannabis per session.

Using the water adapter with the vapourizer attached I mostly stayed around 195 Celsius (383F) and enjoyed the clean smooth tasting vapour.

 

Subjective Effects

Consuming low doses (0.25 grams) gave me great pain relief and some creativity while feeling slightly dreamy. Sleepiness was achieved at higher intake in one sitting (over 0.5 grams) and preferred this for evening use.

 

Terpenes

Listing four of the top terpenes noted from PureSinse who sells this on the medical side under the Supreme branding I was able to find that myrcene had a value of 0.9003% and was the leading dominant terpene. Limonene was further behind at 0.3925%, caryophyllene 0.1516% and humulene at 0.0796%. Other terpenes were present at much lower values.

 

End Thought

As mentioned earlier in this write up Sensi Star is a favourite and 7ACRES excels at the quality. The price might seem off putting but for medical patients like myself this can be obtained for cheaper at PureSinse or CannMart, which I plan on reviewing next month.

The shape of 7ACRES dried flower is something to appreciate, while some might not be a fan of the hand-polished approach I don’t mind the consistency of appearance. When I went on a tour last week of their facility I saw first hand the care and attention that went into the flower and can assure the human touch is taken across every step of the way. 

Thanks for reading, my next write up will be on Jean Guy by 7ACRES.