Cannabis Review: Rockstar Kush by JWC

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Nighttime Kush After A Rockstar Day

You could say I’m a fan of Kush varieties, Rockstar Kush was my 26th. 

 

Potency

I would consider this a high potency product with 20.16% THC and negligible amounts of CBD. This was packed on August 2 2019, a day after purchase. August was a busy month for me and didn’t get around to reviewing this until September 3rd.

 

Price and Shipping

The price varies on amounts bought from $8 to $12 per gram. I paid $10 a gram plus tax since I bought 5 grams 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.

 

Smell and Appearance

Pungent earths and pine aromas were noticeable upon opening the container. The buds weren’t the largest and only a couple were the size of a ping pong ball, with the rest popcorn sized.

Glittering like a rockstar on stage, these plump green buds showed light orange pistils across the abundant trichomes. No humidity pack was needed to restore the moisture balance.

 

Consumption Methods

Primarily using the Mighty vaporizer with varying temperatures, I found the best temperatures were around 170C (338F) to 195C (383F). Most of my sessions were around seven to eight minutes and held 0.25 grams of cannabis each time.

 

Effects

After consuming 0.25g in my vaporizer, I found great pain relief and relaxation being the primary effects for me. I preferred this potent cultivar at night as I experienced the “heavy head” feeling and after having a few sessions of this in a row, it made me sleepy. 

Duration of effects lasted around 90 to 120  minutes

 

Terpenes

The terpene profile listed on the JWC website noted b-Caryophyllene being the dominant terpene at 31.92%. b-Ocimene 16.51% and b-Pinene 12.02% as secondary terpenes, and quite a few others making up the content below 11%.

 

Recommendation

I would buy it again but preferred other cultivars over Rockstar Kush. Maybe next time I’ll buy 15 grams and see how big the buds are, as larger containers generally have better sized flower.   

Thanks for reading, my next write up is Bakersteet (Hindu Kush) by Tweed.

Licensed Producer Tour & Review: James E. Wagner Cultivation (JWC)

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This is my first licensed producer review, I’ll be making note of the things that matter to me when choosing one, and highlighting where companies are doing a great job and noting where changes could be made to provide better products or services to patients.

Choosing a licensed producer is never an easy task, I’ve seen some cannabis reviews and talk on social media about James E. Wagner Cultivation (JWC) and decided to switch half my prescription to them at the end of June 2019.

 

Pricing that makes sense and free shipping

The cheapest per gram of dried flower that JWC offers is $7 when buying 30 grams of ChemDawg, with tax that’s $237.10 in Ontario for just over an ounce. While ordering less grams of the same cultivar for example does cost more, in the case of five grams, the cost would be $9 plus tax. It sounds a little confusing, but makes sense, buy more, save more. I do wish companies who use this method of pricing to extend the discount in some way when ordering 30 grams overall in an order.

Shipping is free with Canada Post or Purolator if the total order is over $150, otherwise its $10 flat. Orders generally ship within one business day, delivery times vary but since I live close usually one to two business days until it makes way to the local post office.


Selection is key

As of September 2019 there were 10 dried flower varieties, three oil options, and dozens more arriving down the road. It’s important to have a good selection as I find rotating my choices around keeps cannabis effective, rather than my body getting use to the same cultivar over and over.

 


Quality of the flower

I’ve consumed eight products from JWC since the end of June, the quality of the flower was excellent each and every order and didn’t require a humidity pack to bring the moisture balance back. This is exactly what I expect from a licensed producer that delivers high quality cannabis.

 

Packaged just right

Too many times I’ve received dried cannabis flower that was packed over six months ago with other licensed producers (LPs) and many consumers I’ve spoken to on social media having similar fates, which leads me to advise that JWC packages their cannabis when an order comes in, which is probably one of the reasons why their flower isn’t dried out and fresh every time.

 

Excise Tax & Compassion Pricing

When the Cannabis Act went into force an excise tax was introduced, many licensed producers have absorbed that cost for medical patients and JWC is one of those companies. Also to those with an annual income of less than $25,000, a 15% discount is given with proof (usually this is a Notice of Assessment or other government issued documentation).

 

 

Terpenes matter

Under each cultivar on their website is a link to a “Strain Profile”, this shows what terpenes and cannabinoids are present and helps consumers draw possible conclusions as to what worked and what didn’t for them. For instance, Rockstar Kush has Caryophyllene as their dominant terpene, while White Russian is Pinene dominant, there’s a high chance you’ll likely feel different from each of these and may prefer one over another.

 

What can be changed or improved

Okay, I’ve said A LOT of positive things so far, what could be changed or improved. Once you log into the website to make your purchase those “Strain Profiles” are no longer there, adding those links within the webstore when logged in would be great!

That’s it. I would throw in that I hate the wide mouth containers, but those are already in the process of being changed later this year.

How I got a tour

It started with a Twitter joke Cory Philion (@c_philion) made originally about us going together on a tour, someone I never met but had casual online conversations with. A few weeks later JWC had a contest for a branded hat, and I made a comment, “A tour would be nice too”, and Laura Foster, Chief Compliance Officer at James E. Wagner, asked me to direct message and it was set from there.

 


The tour experience

Last month I went on my first tour of a cannabis facility, and I must say I’ve never seen that many cannabis plants in my life, it was unreal. Nathan and Laura were my tour guides for the next two and a half hours, I asked some questions and learned a bit on the business of cannabis. Also, no soil plants here, JWC only uses aeroponics to grow cannabis, and as JWC puts it, “Aeroponics is a plant-cultivation technique in which the roots hang suspended in the air while being periodically misted with nutrients and water.” 

I enjoyed walking the halls of the connected rooms in my marshmallow-like suit, the environment was really clean and made me feel happy knowing this is where I get my medicine from.

 


After reading the recent
AMA on Reddit that Nathan Woodworth, CEO of JWC took part in, I’m excited to hear their that JWC is currently working with provincial retailers to bring its products to the recreational market in the coming months.

Thanks for reading and big thanks to Nathan and Laura for taking the time out of their day to show me how a cannabis company works day to day. 


Next up will be a review on JWC’s Rockstar Kush.

Cannabis Review: Terpedo GE by JWC

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Extremely Terpy! 

If you haven’t smelled strong terpenes from cannabis before, Terpedo GE by James E. Wagner (JWC) will change that by filling the room with a sweet lemongrass scent.

 

Potency

As much as I want to say this is average on the potency scale, and yes it may be assumed because the THC value was only 13.16%, however this nearly toppled me over with its rich terpene content. 

My most recent order was September 3 2019, when I received my order a few days later, I saw that the package date was noted September 4th 2019.  


Price and Shipping

Exact same wording is used from my last review on this section, as the price varies from $8.67 to $11 per gram on amounts bought, I paid $11 a gram plus tax since I bought 5 grams. Shipping was free with Canada Post or Purolator as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $10 flat.

 

Smell and Appearance

An intense smell of pine and lemongrass was apparent after taking the foil seal off, visually these flowers are immaculate, perfectly trimmed and showing off its healthy looking trichomes, light green with many orange pistils, and the odd purple.  

The buds were sorta dense, slightly airy but had good give when squished. There were about nine medium size buds making up the five grams, no humidity pack was needed to restore freshness.

 

Consumption Methods

When my vape was set to 185C (365F) I would get about eight minutes out of my session, this was my ideal temperature as it would boil the majority of the terpenes and cannabinoids. I did try higher temperatures with my water adapter from 190 to 200C (374 to 392F), session was reduced to around six to seven minutes.

 

Effects

I felt content as I melted into my seat, but still had some energy and at the same time it provided great pain relief. However, I found I was sorta restless each time after consuming this cultivar, I even vaped at a lower temperature than 185C (365F) to see if the terpene terpinolene was to blame, and found it wasn’t as bad. Slight dry eyes were also common after use. Duration of effects lasted 90 to 120 minutes.

Remember when reading reviews that detail effects, that these are subjective and every person may have different outcomes.

 

Terpenes

Terpinolene (27.27%) and Pinene (26.20%) were the main contending dominant terpenes, Myrcene (17.19%) is worthwhile to note, and there were a variety of others under 10%.

 

Recommendation

This may be great cultivar to those seeking pain relief, but advising caution as I found it made me feel restless, and is the only reason why I won’t buy again. Overall, this is high quality cannabis and you can see the care that went into it. 

Thanks for reading, my next write up is on JWC, my first licensed producer review and how my tour went when I visited in August 2019. 

Cannabis Review: Cherry Diesel GE by JWC

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Fuel The Mood

Cherry Diesel GE by James E. Wagner (JWC) relieved the daily chronic pain I deal with and relaxed my sore muscles. It was also enjoyable for kicking back and relaxing.

 

Potency

Some might be hesitant to try this cultivar judging by the 14.61% THC amount, fear not, this was a powerful one and properly grown cannabis may have a much greater effect than a high THC cultivar that wasn’t grown with care. In my experience, this is true.  

Purchased in early August after logging into the JWC medical website, and arrived via Canada Post four days later – side note, I ordered before the long weekend! Whoops! The label noted a pack date of August 2 2019.


Price and Shipping

The price varies from $8.67 to $11 per gram on amounts bought, I paid $11 a gram plus tax since I bought 5 grams. Shipping was free with Canada Post or Purolator as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $10 flat.

 

Smell and Appearance

You could notice the Pinene as soon as you opened the container, slight earths and sweet berries were noted. No humidity pack was needed to restore moisture, just like every JWC product I’ve tried so far, impressive! 

The buds were a bit airy, but well contained and held composure showing its light green colours and immersive pistils everywhere.  On the iPhone macro, we can see the trichomes are looking white to opaque, better visualization would require proper hardware.

 

Consumption Methods

Many of my sessions with my current vape was around eight to nine minutes using the 175C (347F) temperature setting. If I wanted to go higher I had to use my water adapter with my vape since I can’t handle hot vapour, and I was able to reach 200 to 210C (392 to 410F), the session was shorter, about 6 minutes in total before there was no visible vapour present.

In joint form, white ash was produced and smoke was smooth to inhale.

 

Effects

I found this improved my mood if I was stressed out after dealing with chronic pain all day, it also worked very well with the muscle and joint pain, for me it was a combo winner. Much of my upper body and head was under a haze, and felt nice and relaxed. I found it was best to consume at the end of the day or late afternoon while being social. Duration of effects lasted about 90 to 120 minutes.

 

Terpenes

Alpha and Beta Pinene accounted for over 45% of the profile, with Caryophyllene (16.88%) and p-Cymene (14.24%) having notable amounts as well. Many other terpenes were listed at lower values.

 

Recommendation

I would buy this again as I found it effective for my needs, and some may find this useful for chronic pain, or to relax and destress. 

Thanks for reading, next up will be Terpedo GE by James E. Wagner Cultivation (JWC).