Cannabis: BC Sensi Star by Flowr

4 MIN READING TIME

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: Wedding Pie by DJA

2 MIN READING TIME

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: Black Diamond by DJA

2 MIN READING TIME

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: Strawberry Fire OG by Gage Cannabis

3 MIN READING TIME

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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Cannabis: Sonora by Broken Coast Cannabis

4 MIN READING TIME

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

5 MIN READING TIME

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!