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 Color Cannabis

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.  

Thanks for reading!