Cannabis Review: Dayshift by Kingsway

LOOKS LIKE OG MELON, WELL IT IS!

This is my second review of a Kingsway cannabis product, it was labeled as Dayshift (91 Krypt OG) by the High12 company under the Kingsway brand. This is grown by Aurora Cannabis as mentioned on the label, which is based near Edmonton, AB. 

As described on the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) where I purchased this, it was noted as having Captain Krypt and 91 Chemdawg lineage, which is OG Melon. Under Aurora’s medical program this is called Warwick #1 which I’ve previously reviewed my thoughts on before.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 181.5mg per gram as labeled or 18.15% THC for those who prefer that terminology, which I myself agree with more on dried cannabis. 

Terpene and other cannabinoid data was minimal on the Ontario Cannabis Store website and mentions five terpenes as, Humulene, Myrcene, Limonene, Linalool and Caryophyllene

Dayshift, Kingsway, Aurora, VapeTheBud

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $8.60 per gram with taxes on the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) for a container with 3.5 grams, costing a total of $30.10. Shipping was free with Canada Post due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, otherwise it would’ve been $5 plus tax. 

This was packaged on March 26th 2020 and was purchased on April 30th 2020. I received the container on May 5th and opened it on May 16th, which means this was packaged for 52 days. While the date of packaging sounds good, the harvest date remains unknown.

 

Appearance, Smell and Taste

Without even putting a bud into my hand I could tell by the unique smell and look of the flower that this was indeed OG Melon. It had a nice fruity, tangerine type smell and visuals showed the flower were dusted with trichomes and had an airy composure. When lightly touched the bud began to break apart due to the dryness of the buds, which varied in size but were mostly small and nothing special.

The use of a humidity pack was needed at my expense to make it more worthwhile to use and I waited two days before consuming it again as it grinded to dust initially. This wasn’t an issue after the two days of remediation. 

Under the macro lens we can see a heavy blanket of trichomes, better than the Aurora review of the same product from earlier this year. Trichomes were mostly clear and my guess here is that this was harvested early, but you do see some amber ones there. Ideally I’d you’d like to see at least a mix of opaque and clear looking trichomes and here we don’t see that.

Dayshift, Kingsway, Aurora, 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. 

Noted below I found 180 degrees Celsius (356F) the best with sessions lasting about seven minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures worked fine, lower temperatures offered less vapour but effects felt the same regardless if I vaporized at my ideal 180C (356F). Higher temperatures around 190C (374F) resulted in a harsh taste. 

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

In joint form the smoke was smooth and didn’t produce any coughing, however the ash was very dark. As usual I preferred vaporization to enjoy the flavour.

 

Subjective Effects

I did enjoy this cultivar from Aurora as it made me feel relaxed and was great for daydreaming, adding some creativity to my day but found repeated use led to triggering acid reflux and felt an upper tightness along with it. Laying down made the burning sensation ease and stopping the use of this particular cultivar eradicated the issue. Duration of the effects were short and lasted roughly 60 minutes

 

Final Thoughts

When I bought this and Nightshift by Kingsway I thought I was trying new cultivars but instead I learned ten minutes after my purchase that this was Aurora flower rebranded by a “brandhouse”, which is basically an outside company rebranding flower they bought at wholesale prices and running a marketing campaign. I do agree this is for a “dayshift” and the marketing was done right on that front, but by no means will I ever buy this again knowing what the quality is. 

On social media channels others have stated this is Daily Special Sativa, sometimes it’s OG Melon and sometimes Sour Tangie, since that’s cheaper at the time of writing I’d suggest you try that if you really want this. I won’t be buying either until I hear positive changes have happened as this flower was below average. 

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Cannabis Review: Nightshift by Kingsway

L.A. CONFIDENTIAL IN DISGUISE

This is my first review of a Kingsway cannabis product, it was labeled as Nightshift (Afghan OG) by the High12 company under the Kingsway brand. This is grown by Aurora Cannabis as mentioned on the label, which is based near Edmonton, Alberta.

As described on the Ontario Cannabis Store where I purchased this it notes O.G. LA Affie and Afghani lineage, which is LA Confidential.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 164.4mg per gram as labeled or 16.44% THC for those who prefer that terminology, which I myself agree with more on dried cannabis. 

Terpene and other cannabinoid data was minimal on the Ontario Cannabis Store website and mentions five terpenes as, Pinene, Myrcene, Ocimene, Guaiol and Caryophyllene.

 

Nightshift, Kingsway, Aurora, VapeTheBud

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $8.60 per gram with taxes on the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) for a container with 3.5 grams, costing a total of $30.10. Shipping was free with Canada Post due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, otherwise it would’ve been $5 plus tax. 

This was packaged on March 27th 2020 and was purchased on April 30th 2020. I received the container on May 5th and opened it on May 16th, which means this was packaged for 51 days. While the date of packaging sounds good, the harvest date remains unknown.

 

Appearance, Smell and Taste

The container’s seal was hard to peel open and required the use of a pen to break it. I often have cramps in my hands so some might not have this issue but it was really on there. Presented after opening were four buds, you could spot some yellowing in some areas but mostly green and dense with lots of brown pistils throughout. The buds were really dry and lacked moisture, the use of a humidity pack was needed at my expense and waited two days before consuming it again as it grinded to dust. This wasn’t an issue after the two days of remediation. 

Smell and taste were earthy and pine and relate to the terpenes myrcene and pinene. If I didn’t know this was an Aurora product as labeled on the container I’d know it was L.A. Confidential by them as I’ve tried it countless times in the past when I posted reviews on Lift & Co. as this is Snow Dome under Aurora’s medical program.

 

Nightshift, Kingsway, Aurora, 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 180 to 185 degrees Celsius (356-365F) with a session lasting around 9 minutes. At slightly higher temperatures the flavour was less noteworthy but still okay. 

170C (338F) – 9 minutes
175C (347F) – 9 minutes
180C (356F) – 9 minutes
185C (365F) – 8 minutes 
190C (374F) – 6 minutes
195C (383F) – 5 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was very dark and found myself relighting multiple times as it kept going out. Wasn’t a good smoke and preferred using this with the vaporizer.

 

Subjective Effects

The effects offered me a nice head high, I didn’t feel tired but relaxed. Slight clarity and focus, while providing good pain relief to my joints and muscles. Dry eyes were common and needed to use eye drops. Evening use is advised to individuals who don’t partake daily and duration of effects was around 90 minutes.

 

Final Thoughts

My guess this is for someone who doesn’t know what they’re looking for and the nightshift name was used for the idea to use at night, which I found was appropriate. This isn’t for an enthusiast nor is it “the people’s weed” as noted on the Kingsway website as I found other cultivars at a lower price more worthy.

L.A. Confidential by Aurora Cannabis was $10.50 a gram on OCS with taxes previously so I’m happy to see the price is lower here but on Twitter it is said Daily Special Indica is L.A. Confidential or sometimes MK Ultra by the same grower, which I’d prefer as the cost per gram is $6.27 with taxes.

I won’t be buying this again and wouldn’t recommend paying above the $8 per gram price.

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Battle of the Shishkaberry

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!

Cannabis Review: Shishkaberry by Aurora Cannabis

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 as you might notice in the quick look on the YouTube channel. 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 Review: Warwick #1 (91 Krypt OG Melon) by Aurora Cannabis

A Bud With A Smile

91 Krypt OG Melon or as Aurora Cannabis puts it, Warwick #1 on the medical side. If I wanted this from a retail store, it’s sold as OG Melon by Aurora. Confused a bit? It’s okay I am too. The genetic lineage of Captain Krypt, OG and 91 Chemdawg make this interesting flower, and was a long time favourite of mine from this Alberta company. 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 18.3% and had zero amounts of CBD as noted on the container. 

Based on the data at the time of purchase from Aurora’s medical cannabis website, Caryophyllene was the leading dominant terpene with a value of 0.313%, Myrcene at 0.26% and Limonene at 0.223%. Smaller amounts of many other terpenes were present at lower values.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price per gram was $8.75 plus taxes with shipping being free with Canada Post or Purolator as my total order was over $99, otherwise it would’ve been $16 to 18 depending on the carrier used.

This was packed on December 19th 2019 according to the label, and I purchased this on January 3rd 2020. I opened the container on January 10th which means this product was packaged for 23 days.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Initial observations upon taking the seal off the jar was a strong fruity smell, slightly reminding me of Tangerine Dream. Taste during inhalation was orange and earthy, the same as when I tried this cultivar in the past. 

Appearances seemed okay, slightly small and airy buds that held together but had a good moisture balance and didn’t require an immediate need for a humidity pack before use, however I did use the one provided with my order free of charge. Light green buds with a light amount of scattered trichomes were present. It wasn’t the most visually appealing flower I’ve had to date and would classify the visual bag appeal low.

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 180 degrees celsius (356F) the best with sessions lasting about seven minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures worked fine, lower temperatures offered less vapour but effects felt the same regardless if I vaporized at my ideal 180C (356F). Higher temperatures around 190C (374F) resulted in a harsh taste. 

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

In joint form the smoke was smooth and didn’t produce any coughing, however the ash was very dark. As usual I preferred vaporization to enjoy the flavour.

 

Subjective Effects and Final Thoughts

I did enjoy this cultivar from Aurora as it made me feel relaxed and was great for daydreaming, adding some creativity to my day but found repeated use led to triggering acid reflux and felt an upper tightness along with it. Laying down made the burning sensation ease and stopping the use of this particular cultivar eradicated the issue. Duration of the effects were short and lasted roughly 60 minutes. 

As much as I enjoyed “OG Melon” as it was held as one of my favourites for a while in the past, I can’t deal with the intense acid reflux issue caused. For others they may enjoy it in the daytime but cautioning others if they notice similar effects to mine. As for value, I think other cultivars around the $9 price point per gram do a better job than this. 

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