Licensed Producer Review: Broken Coast Cannabis

This is my second licensed producer review on the medical cannabis market. I’ll be making note of the things that matter to medical patients, and highlighting where companies are doing a great job and noting where changes could be made to provide better products or services to patients.

Broken Coast Cannabis is based on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada and owned by a larger company called Aphria as of early 2018. Small-batch premium “BC Bud” is noted on their website and mentions how their flower is hand-trimmed and slow cured at its indoor facility. They serve both the medical and general consumer market.

 

Wide variety, great quality however consistency varied

As of October 2019 there were 10 dried whole flower varieties, two low cost flower tips (trim), two edible oils, and one THC capsule option. Of the dried flower types available eight were over 15% THC.  I have tried seven products from Broken Coast, six on the medical side and an additional one from the retail market. Each and every time I opened one of their containers I could smell the pungent aromas hitting my nostrils and most of the time the buds were large in size, even with five gram containers. 

The flower overall was great quality however I did notice some consistency issues when it came to lighting joints. Dark ash occurred on many occasions and some in the community have advised me that this could be due to an improper cure. As I primarily vape this wasn’t much of an issue but at the cost per gram you want consistency.

 

Why a perfect seal matters

A strong induction seal on the container keeps the moisture balance intact I’ve noticed and despite some products I had from Broken Coast that were four months or older since packaged, when I opened the container the aromas were still there.

 

Price, Excise Tax & Compassion Pricing

Of the current full dried flower products on their website, the cheapest per gram was Texada (Super Lemon Haze) at $10.04 per gram, and the highest was $11.86 per gram for Muskmelon OG. The average overall cost per gram across all whole flower options was $11.05 per gram.

These amounts are based if you live in Ontario since the Cannabis Act went into force on October 17 2018 an excise tax was introduced. Many licensed producers have absorbed that cost for medical patients and Broken Coast isn’t one of them. Prices may be lower or higher depending on the province or territory you live in as this tax percentage varies. Shipping is free when the order is over $150, otherwise a $5 flat fee is applied.

Compassion pricing doesn’t exist at Broken Coast and the only low cost offerings are the Indica and Sativa Tips for $4.06 per gram which is a mixture of high quality cured trim in a container.

Return Policy

Broken Coast has a great return policy on cannabis, according to the Broken Coast website,

Returns can be made within 30 days of purchase by sending any remaining product back to Broken Coast Cannabis 3695 Drinkwater Rd. Duncan, BC V9L 3C0, along with a written note indicating the reason for return. Broken Coast will only issue a credit for up to 10 grams per strain for a maximum of 30 grams per order. Any product returned to us has to be destroyed and cannot be resold or returned to you; please consider this when ordering strains you have not tried before.”

 

End Thought

While I enjoyed my experiences with Broken Coast and now have a few new favourites, I wasn’t a fan of the pricing as there was no incentive to buy more and save more. It would be nice to see a compassion pricing program for those who could use relief from the high taxes applied to such items.  

Thanks for reading. 

Next up will be Pure Sunfarms’s take on Afghan Kush.

Cannabis Review: Stryker (Star Killer) by Broken Coast

A Past Favourite Rekindles Memories

The last time I enjoyed this cultivar was from Aurora Cannabis when they sold some of Broken Coast‘s products on the medical market back in November 2017. This was a favourite of mine then and still is now.

 

Cannabinoid Content and Packaging

The value of the THC content shown on the container was 18.3% and 0.04% CBD. This would be considered above average in terms of THC content. No other known cannabinoids were listed on the Broken Coast website so the rest remains a mystery at this time.

Package date was June 11 2019. This was purchased August 13 with my other Broken Coast products and was consumed September 3 2019. The days between packaging and opening the container, 85 days.

 

Price and Shipping

This was a medical purchase off the Broken Coast Cannabis website. I paid $11.08 per gram plus tax, total being $12.52 per gram after tax since I live in Ontario. There were no discounts given when ordering bulk and no compassion pricing program exist for medical patients. 

Shipping was free with Canada Post as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $5 flat.

 

Smell and Appearance

Typical kush smells of earth were very noticeable and probably why I enjoyed this particular cultivar. Slight undertones of lemon were apparent after grinding the flower. No humidity pack was needed to restore the moisture balance. 

Three round buds consisted of the contents inside. Two weighing just over two grams each, while the other around a gram in weight. Appearances showed high amounts of glittering trichomes over the purple leaves and long orange pistils blending in. This was a flower I really enjoyed capturing. 

Consumption Methods

Using my Mighty vaporizer with the dried flower I found most of my sessions lasting between seven and eight minutes using temperatures in the range of 170 to 185 Celsius (338 to 365 Fahrenheit). 

With the water adapter attached to the vapourizer my preferred temperature was 190 to 195C (374 to 383F) for about a seven minute session. Higher temperatures were achieved but session times were under four minutes and flavour loss was quicker.

 

Effects

Increased creativity and pain relief was great. Higher doses over 0.75 grams yielded stronger sedative effects and helped my insomnia. When I preferred to relax around a few friends while still getting relief from chronic pain I consumed lower doses around 0.25 grams. I was a bit hazy minded but had a good time. The effects lasted around 90 minutes to two hours before needing to medicate again.

 

Terpenes

Caryophyllene was the dominant terpene in this profile according to the terpene chart on the Broken Coast website at 0.46. Myrcene 0.31 and likely attributed to the sedative effects. Limonene had a value of 0.23 and a possible link to the creative moments I had. A few others are noted with lower values, Terpineol 0.11, b-Pinene 0.06, and a-Pinene 0.04.

 

End Thought

Stryker (Star Killer) remains as one of my top 10 favorite cultivars on the canadian market. The smell is amazing, the look of the flower is remarkable and while always subjective, the effects for me were great. All around a great flower. Good job Broken Coast Cannabis!  

My next write up is Jack Haze by 7ACRES, thanks for reading! 

Cannabis Review: Gabriola (Frost Monster) by Broken Coast Cannabis

Amping The Creativity

I found Gabriola (Frost Monster) a great cultivar to use during the daytime for expanding my creativity but some caution is advised.

 

Potency and Packaging

The potency on the container showed 22.1% THC and 0.05% CBD. This would be considered a high THC product. 

Package date was April 30 2019. This was purchased August 13 with my other Broken Coast products and was consumed August 31 2019. The days between packaging and opening the container: 108 days.

 

Price and Shipping

This was a medical purchase off the Broken Coast Cannabis website. I paid $11.60 per gram plus tax, total being $13.11 per gram after tax since I live in Ontario. The retail price for this wasn’t available at the time of writing. There were no discounts given when ordering bulk, although I wouldn’t expect much on five grams of cannabis  

Shipping was free with Canada Post as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $5 flat.

 

Smell and Appearance

Expect a sweet citrusy lemon smell with some earthy takes to it. The taste was very enjoyable in my vaporizer. No humidity pack was needed to restore the moisture balance. 

Frost Monster is frosty indeed. Heavily blanketed in trichomes with orange pistils. Applying some pressure to the flower resulted in no crumbling and bounced back to its original shape.

Consumption Methods

Using my vaporizer with the dried flower I found most of my sessions lasting between seven and eight minutes using temperatures in the range of 170 to 185 Celsius (338 to 365 Fahrenheit).

With the water adapter attached and using higher temperatures my sessions were slightly shorter. I found 190 to 195C (374 to 383F) to be optimal temperature and sessions lasting six to seven minutes before vapour quality diminished.

 

Effects

A slight heavy upper body feeling was noticed at first and then my joint pain began to fade away. Upbeat feelings and creativity increased. I was slightly dreamy but still mindful and able to capture some great thoughts. Dry mouth and an increase in hunger was obvious, have a drink or something to snack on hand. I usually do anyways so this didn’t bother me much. 

Duration of effects lasted around 90 to 120 minutes. Keep in mind effects are subjective and vary per individual.

 

Terpenes

Limonene was the dominant terpene with a value of 0.58. A nice variation of other terpenes are noted. Caryophyllene 0.29, Myrcene 0.20, b-Pinene 0.18, a-Pinene 0.16 and Terpineol 0.13

 

Recommendation

I would buy this again as I did enjoy this product but will keep it to special occasions as the price is fairly high. I found my experience comparable to a Sour Kush variety I had years ago. I wouldn’t use this continuously throughout the day since I found my acid reflux was acting up, I’ll use caution next time. I found this to be a common occurrence when the dominant terpene is limonene for some reason. 

Thanks for reading, my next write up is Stryker (Star Killer) by Broken Coast Cannabis.

Cannabis Review: Keats (White Walker Kush) by Broken Coast Cannabis

Far from weak, this is a heavy hitter

Taking another look at a Kush variety, White Walker Kush. Also known as Keats by the Broken Coast brand. This is my 27th among the Kush varieties out there. Like every Broken Coast product I’ve tried, none have required a humidity pack, something only a handful of other licensed producers can achieve.

 

Potency and Packaging

The potential THC was listed at 16.1%, many would say this is above average on the potency scale. While this may not be over 20% THC, I can assure you this isn’t weak by any means. 

Package dates were May 6 2019. This was purchased August 13 and was consumed August 17 2019. The days between packaging and opening the container: 104 days.

 

Price and Shipping

This was purchased on the Broken Coast medical website since I registered with them as one of my medical providers. I paid $11.08 per gram plus tax. There were no discounts given for ordering bulk and no compassion pricing program exist for medical patients. 

Shipping was free with Canada Post as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $5 flat.

 

Smell and Appearance

A sweet citrus aroma was noticed and as odd as this will sound, apples and mint is how I would describe the smell.

When pressure was applied it felt like a sponge and showed the moisture content was perfect. There was no need for a humidity pack. Visually up close it looked like many of the trichomes were amber, however many opaque ones were visible throughout the golden looking flower.

Consumption Methods

I found each session lasted seven to nine minutes with the Mighty vaporizer at 180C (356F), which is a great temperature for boiling the terpenes involved and enjoying the flavour. I did go to 190C (374F) with zero issues. 

In joint form, I wasn’t a fan of it at all. While it did produce white ash, it didn’t burn that well when lit. Perhaps the moisture content was too great. I removed it from the container and left it alone for a few days to dry out a bit and was better.

 

Effects

It was easy to nap if I wanted to when I consumed amounts over 0.5 grams as the couch lock effect was strong. Lower amounts (0.25 grams) weren’t as sedating but definitely an end of day cultivar. Don’t expect to be working out at the gym with this one, I just wanted to relax and eat. Pain relief was great like most Kush varieties that I’ve tried. Duration of effects was around two hours.

 

Terpenes

Keats had a great complex terpene profile and consisted of the following. Myrcene 0.12, Caryophyllene 0.08, A-Pinene 0.07, Limonene 0.06, B-Pinene 0.04, Terpineol 0.02

 

Recommendation

This is a cultivar I would recommend to people who want to consume at night or before bed. Many would consider this a heavy hitter. If you’re new to cannabis proceed with caution as it might be too strong. 

Thanks for reading, my next write up is Gabriola (Frost Monster) by Broken Coast Cannabis.

Cannabis Review: Galiano (Northern Lights Haze) by Broken Coast

Fresher than the last Galiano, but different

I previously reviewed Galiano (Northern Lights Haze) at the end of June 2019 when I was with the Cannabis by Shoppers medical program, this was fresher than the eighth month old product I tried from them. Let’s take a look at this purchase that was directly from Broken Coast.

 

Potency

Rated slightly higher than my previous purchase, this container had flower tested at 19.9% THC and negligible amounts of CBD at 0.04%

On the label the package date was shown as April 29th 2019, this was reviewed on July 27th, a mere three months this container was sealed before I got to opening it.

 

Price and Shipping

The cost per gram was $10.30 plus tax, with shipping being free as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $5 flat with Canada Post or $15 with Purolator.

 

Smell and Appearance

Citrus earthy aromas were easily pronounced with a slight gas notes, much different than what I tried before. I didn’t favour the smell too much, my friend said it smelled of carpet underpadding. The texture was spongy and had a good squish to it which rendered back to its original form after compressing. No moisture pack was needed as these flowers were properly stored and sealed.

Out of the five gram container there were two massively large buds, beautiful dark greens with rampant amounts of brown pistils visibly shown. Trichomes are glittering and the heads of the trichomes look perfect, noting it was harvested correctly.

 

Consumption Methods

Was able to use higher temperatures with my vaporizer than usual but still preferred 180C (356F) on the vape as most terpenes boil off around that temperature anyways. I found vaping at 195-210C (383-410F) was best for the first four to five minutes of the session, then dropping it down around 175C (347F) if wanting to use high temperatures.

Rolled into a joint it burned great, very smoky and white ash was produced, unlike my last order of Galiano. I preferred this rolled up and smoked which is rare for me.

 

Effects

Started off with a noticeable head high, and then leading to an energized, happy and creative effect. Dealing with chronic joint and muscle pain daily is never great, and found this helped moderately with the pain. While dry mouth is often a common effect with cannabis use, it was more pronounced with this cultivar. At higher doses slight euphoria was common

This was best to consume during the morning or afternoon, duration of effects lasted around 90 to 120 minutes.

 

Terpenes

Two almost equally dominant terpenes were Myrcene (0.34%) and Limonene (0.30%). Caryophyllene was fairly high (0.26%), Pinene and a low amount of Terpineol were also present. 

 

Recommendation

This is perfect for someone who wants to get up and get the day going. I wouldn’t buy this again as I didn’t like the taste, and some have advised it likely wasn’t properly flushed before harvesting. I noticed this was almost completely different than my initial Galiano order in June, this is a hit or miss situation with Broken Coast I’ve heard from others and expect better consistency for future grows.

At least it wasn’t’ eight months old…

 

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

Cannabis Review: Ruxton (Sour OG) by Broken Coast

High quality despite over 125 days since packaged

Ruxton (Sour OG) is a cross of Sour Diesel and OG Kush, a great daytime cultivar.

 

Potency

This cultivar by Broken Coast had a value of 22.8% THC which is considered high on the potency scale for dried flower, while miniscule amounts of CBD had a value of <0.05%.

For those tracking package dates, March 7 2019 was printed on the label and was purchased directly from Broken Coast in early July. I’ve been a bit busy this summer with other reviews and didn’t opened and review this product until August 4th, which leaves this product sitting in the container for 150 days before consuming.

 

Price and Shipping

The cost per gram was $11.60 plus tax, there were no discounts on amounts bought and would welcome to see that. Shipping was free as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $5 flat.

 

Smell and Appearance

Of the five grams I ordered, I was concerned about the date of the product as my past experience with aged flower usually doesn’t turn out great, thankfully this flower had perfect moisture and no humidity pack was needed to freshen it up. The three big buds were sticky and emitting a lemon and piney aroma with hints of fuel. 

 

Consumption Methods

Vaping at 176C (349F) was the best temperature I found, this boils most of the terpenes and cannabinoids with no coughing being exhibited, great amounts of vapour were also produced at this temperature. 

I had no issue vaping up to 185C (365F) as well but flavour wasn’t as optimal. Duration of each session was around seven to eight minutes per capsule with my Mighty. 

In joint form, I smoked a gram rolled up and it produced smooth smoke and nice white ash. I found the effects stronger when vaping 0.4 grams compared to a full gram smoked. 

 

Effects

Energized, creative and with a late body stone feeling near the end. Too much consumed in a short time frame may produce restlessness. Pain relief was good with the joint pains I deal with. 

This was best to consume during the day and the duration of effects lasted around 90 to 120 minutes.

 

Terpenes

Myrcene was the dominant terpene at 0.83%, which is quite high and may explain the body stone feeling. Caryophyllene was further behind at 0.48%, Limonene 0.33% and much lower amounts of a few others below 0.10%.

 

Recommendation

Many will enjoy this for daytime use but will note that a few hits of this might be too strong for some. This was a worthwhile product and one I’ll be purchasing again in the future as it was effective for my needs.

 

Thanks for reading, next up will be Galiano (Northern Lights Haze) by Broken Coast.