Cannabis: Shishkaberry by Redecan

4 MIN READING TIME

LOW COST, GREAT QUALITY

This review is part of a larger write up on various Shishkaberry grows I evaluated called, Battle of the Shishkaberry. This is my first review of a Redecan product that was evaluated on March 6th 2020.  Redecan is a licensed producer of cannabis based in Ridgeville, ON, just outside of Welland in the Niagara region.  

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 15.9% and had zero CBD as noted on the container. 

Data from the Redecan website showed their Shishkaberry had Myrcene as the dominant terpene with a value of 0.39%. Caryophyllene was noted with 0.14% and with a value of 0.11% each were Pinene and Limonene. Other terpenes were listed at lower values.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $6.50 per gram plus taxes on the Redecan medical website for a container with 7 grams, which was the smallest option to buy. Shipping was $10 plus taxes with Canada Post. This is also sold in retail stores and online provincial websites, on the Ontario Cannabis Store this would cost me $8.79 per gram with tax, about $1.44 more per gram outside the medical channel. 

This was packed on January 15th 2020 and was purchased on February 25th 2020. I opened the container on February 29th which means this was packaged for 32 days.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

As with all the Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried it had the common berry and earthy tones, almost like a nice red wine. Taste in the vape was similar to the way it smelled.

First thing I noticed was the seal on the container was the same as what Broken Coast uses, which reminded me of a fish food seal. After I broke the seal I noticed the smell of the flower and taking a closer look while filming I spotted a seed and put it aside, I found two more during my time with this cultivar from Redecan. 

In the macro shot below you might notice many trichome heads across the sea of orange pistils and green herb. I was impressed aside from the seeds considering this was one of the cheaper options out of the six Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried to date. 

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. 

185 degrees celsius (365F) was the best with each session lasting about seven minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. At lower temperatures of around 175C, you really notice the berry red wine taste. Once you hit temperatures above 185C that taste isn’t so noticeable and mostly about denser vapour. 

170C (338F) – 10 minutes
175C (347F) – 9 minutes
180C (356F) – 8 minutes
185C (365F) – 7 minutes – Increased vapour, best
190C (374F) – 7 minutes
195C (383F) – 7 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was grey, a good mix of salt and pepper. The smoke was smooth and tasted good.

 

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 like other Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried 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. I didn’t have an increase in hunger like other Shishkaberry grows and unsure if it’s because this one had a low value of the Pinene terpene and wasn’t as prominent. Duration of effects lasted around 90 minutes.

 

Final Thoughts

At the cost of $6.50 per gram plus taxes I will most definitely be buying this again despite the three seeds found. I didn’t need to use a humidity pack before use but I wish we could buy one at the time of ordering to maintain the moisture balance. 

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Cannabis: Shishkaberry by Color Cannabis

4 MIN READING TIME

QUESTIONABLE QUALITY

This review is part of a larger write up on various Shishkaberry grows I evaluated called, Battle of the Shishkaberry. This is my first review of a Color Cannabis product that was evaluated on March 12th 2020, however this is grown by WeedMD and would technically be my second review on them. WeedMD is a licensed producer of cannabis based in Strathroy and Aylmer, ON and also sells under the Saturday brand on the retail side. 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 12.28% and a minimal amount of CBD at 0.02% as noted on the container. 

Terpene content off the Ontario Cannabis Store was minimal but further digging on the growers website WeedMD showed their Shishkaberry was dominant in Pinene with a potential value of 0.189%. Caryophyllene was not far behind with 0.166% and Nerolidol at 0.088%, other terpenes were listed at lower values. 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $5.70 per gram on the Ontario Cannabis Store website for a container with 3.5 grams. Shipping was $5 plus taxes with Canada Post. This was much cheaper compared to the growers medical website at the time when I bought this on WeedMD’s that goes for $8 per gram plus tax in Ontario.

This was packed on September 11th 2019 and was purchased February 29th 2020. I opened the container on March 14th which means this was packaged for 186 days.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Classic Shishkaberry smell of berry and earths were noticed along with that nice red wine smell. Taste in the vape was similar to the way it smelled with a kick of sour to it.    

Appearances showed a variety of bud sizes, the largest was around a gram and some under half a gram and a couple at 0.1 grams! The flower was a bit dry and required the use of a humidity pack, you can see in the video the amount of trichome dusting that happened from bouncing around in the jar. There were concerning white spots on the flower in parts and under the macro lens you can see white matter and above it pale green bud which was soft to touch with a metal tip. Trichome heads were slightly visible and amber looking, however most were zipped off.  

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. 

180 degrees celsius (365F) was the best with each session lasting about eight minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures were fine but at 185C and above the vapour flavour quickly began to fade and wasn’t tolerable for longer than six minutes.

170C (338F) – 8 minutes – Low vapour
175C (347F) – 8 minutes
180C (356F) – 8 minutes – Best
185C (365F) – 7 minutes
190C (374F) – 6 minutes
195C (383F) – 6 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was grey, a middle ground of salt and pepper. The smoke was smooth and required no relighting. Just like my WeedMD medical review of Shishkaberry.

 

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 like other Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried 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 90 to 120 minutes.

 

Final Thoughts

At the price of $5.70 a gram after taxes I had to compare it to my medical experience with the same grower which was more pleasant and didn’t exhibit those questionable white spots on the Shishkaberry I ordered, but cost was $2.30 a gram extra for medical at the time of this writing. While package dates aren’t harvest dates this was 62 days older than my medical order. My guess the price was cheaper due to the age as it was nearing 6 months old at the time of purchase. In the end it did provide relief, I’m just happy this one didn’t make me feel sick after use.  

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Cannabis: Shishkaberry by WeedMD

4 MIN READING TIME

RED WINE AND ZIPPED OFF TRICHOMES

This review is part of a larger write up on various Shishkaberry grows I evaluated called, Battle of the Shishkaberry. This is my first review of a WeedMD product that was evaluated on February 4th 2020. WeedMD is a medical cannabis provider based in Strathroy and Aylmer, ON and also sells under the Color Cannabis and Saturday brand on the retail side. 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 15.86% and a minimal amount of CBD at 0.03% as noted on the container. 

According to the WeedMD medical website their Shishkaberry was dominant in Pinene with a potential value of 0.189%. Caryophyllene was not far behind with 0.166% and Nerolidol at 0.088%, other terpenes were listed at lower values. 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $8 per gram plus taxes on the WeedMD medical webstore for the 5 gram container. Shipping was free with Canada Post as my total order was over $99, otherwise it would’ve been $15.74. 

This was packed on October 3rd 2019 and was purchased January 26th 2020. I opened the container on February 4th which means this was packaged for 125 days before reviewing.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Berry and earthy aromas were noticed, much like every Shishkaberry I tried so far and this one emitted the nice red wine smell. Taste in the vape was similar to the way it smelled with a kick of sour to it.    

Appearances showed a variety of bud sizes, some were about 0.75 grams, while the rest were about half a gram and a few small buds. The flower was a bit dry and needed the use of a humidity pack at my expense. Overall it looked nice but under the macro lens you could clearly see the trichome heads zipped off and only left with the stalks. 

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. 

180 degrees celsius (365F) was the best with each session lasting about eight minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures were fine but at 185C and above the vapour flavour quickly began to fade and wasn’t tolerable for longer than six minutes.

170C (338F) – 8 minutes – Low vapour
175C (347F) – 8 minutes
180C (356F) – 8 minutes – Best
185C (365F) – 7 minutes
190C (374F) – 6 minutes
195C (383F) – 6 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was grey, a middle ground of salt and pepper. The smoke was smooth and required no 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 like other Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried 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 90 to 120 minutes. 

 

Final Thoughts

At the price point of $8 a gram with WeedMD as a direct medical patient of theirs I found it a bit high for the average quality, it was more around the $6 mark and currently sells for less on the Ontario Cannabis Store for $5.70 a gram. I did enjoy it and would buy it again if no other options were available, but it won’t be my first choice for a Shishkaberry at this price point.  

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Cannabis: Shishkaberry by JWC

3 MIN READING TIME

THE OVERLY LARGE CONTAINER

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.

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Cannabis: Shishkaberry by Aurora Cannabis

3 MIN READING TIME

FLAVOURFUL. WHAT THE SHAKE!

This review is part of a larger write up on various Shishkaberry grows I evaluated called, Battle of the Shishkaberry. This is my second full review from a purchase at Aurora Cannabis that was evaluated on January 26th 2020. It’s listed as an Aurora Certified product which means it wasn’t grown by them and I wasn’t able to find out what licensed producer grew this, even after asking Aurora Cannabis.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 14.6% and had zero CBD as noted on the container. 

Data from the Aurora Cannabis medical website showed this Shishkaberry was Myrcene with a value of 0.381%. Other notable terpenes above 0.10% were Ocimene at 0.181%, Caryophyllene at 0.131% and Limonene with 0.108%. Other terpenes were listed at lower values.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $8.79 per gram plus taxes on the Aurora Cannabis medical website for a container with 5 grams of cannabis. Shipping was free with Canada Post as my order was over $99.

This was packed on December 18th 2019 and was purchased on January 3rd 2020. I opened the container on February 10th which means this was packaged for 24 days. 

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

As with all the Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried it had the common berry and earthy tones, almost like a nice red wine. Taste in the vape was similar to the way it smelled with a bit of a sour taste to it. 

Visual appeal wasn’t the greatest by any means, about 0.75 grams was loose leaf and trim inside the container. The buds were dense like every Shishkaberry I’ve tried and had some leaves attached still. When squeezed with some pressure you can tell there was a good amount of moisture but I did use the provided Boveda humidity pack to maintain optimal levels. 

In the macro shot below it’s clear all the trichome heads were zipped off, not a single one can be seen. 

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. 

185 degrees Celsius (365F) was the best with each session lasting about six minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Once you hit temperatures of 190C (374F) and above the flavour is diminished and mostly about denser vapour. 

170C (338F) – 8 minutes
175C (347F) – 8 minutes
180C (356F) – 7 minutes
185C (365F) – 6 minutes – Increased vapour, best
190C (374F) – 6 minutes
195C (383F) – 5 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was grey, the smoke was smooth and tasted decent. 

 

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 like other Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried 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. Duration of effects lasted around 90 to 120 minutes.


Final Thoughts

At the cost of $8.79 per gram plus taxes I won’t be rushing to buy this again. I did enjoy the flavour from this Shishkaberry, but the loose shake and leaf left in the jar seemed like a quick way to get the weight up without throwing in a bud instead. Seeing trichome heads zipped off also is a strong negative in my books and better care could’ve gone into this production. 

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Cannabis: Critical Mass GE by JWC

3 MIN READING TIME

REMAIN FUNCTIONAL WITH RELIEF

Critical Mass GE is the 14th review I’ve done by JWC’s medical offerings, while I’m not generally a fan of low THC and high CBD cultivars for its weak effects since I’m used to high THC types, I did enjoy this one during the day.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 5.47% and a high amount of CBD at 9.64% as noted on the container. 

Based on the data from the JWC website, 37.17% of the terpene content was pinene and the leading dominant terpene. Further behind but worth noting was caryophyllene taking 19.49% of the content, and smaller amounts of other terpenes listed with under 10% content. Total measured terpenes showed 0.939% which is quite low compared to the rest of the JWC lineup.

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 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 January 31st 2020, a day after I purchased this which is typical of JWC. I got to reviewing this on February 15th 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

Aromas were light on this one and gave notes of a sweet grass and earth upon opening, slightly reminding me of Jack Herer. It tasted better than it smelled and in the vaporizer there was a honey aftertaste along with the perceived smell.

The bud sizes were mostly around half a gram each, with a few smaller ones in the mix. All the buds were dense, each having a good amount of moisture and used the provided moisture pack to maintain freshness.  

In the macro shot below you can see the strong amount of orange pistils with some trichome heads intact. In the photos further away you don’t see them at all.

 

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 185 degrees Celsius (365F) the best, with each session lasting about seven to eight minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures worked fine and if you like lots of vapour then 190C (374F) might be your ideal.  

170C (338F) – 8 minutes
175C (347F) – 8 minutes
180C (356F) – 7 minutes
185C (365F) – 7 to 8 minutes – Best
190C (374F) – 6 minutes – Increased vapour
195C (383F) – 5 minutes 

I didn’t try this in joint form and cannot detail the smoke on this.

 

Subjective Effects and Final Thoughts

This was pretty weak as I’m used to higher THC flower, but as the effects were light it did give me the ability to function without sedation during the day and was enjoyable to use for getting my mind into a creative mode and providing some pain relief. Duration of effects lasted 60 to 90 minutes.  

I would buy this again if I was seeking something for the daytime and wanted to avoid a cloudy mind. This may be great for new medical patients seeking cannabis as the THC amount is low and the high CBD balances things out.   

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