Cannabis: Canuck Cookies by Verte West

THE BUD THAT LASTED 50+ DAYS

The cultivar that I bought from Shelter Market’s medical cannabis store was a 14 gram pouch of Canuck Cookies which is a cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison. 

This is my first write up of a Verte West cannabis product who is based in Duncan, BC on Vancouver Island. According to their website they use traditional methods when cultivating their flower by hang drying and hand trimming after it’s grown in soil, of which they use no chemical pesticides and take an all natural approach with pest management. 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 179 mg per gram as labeled or 17.9% THC for those who prefer that terminology, which I myself agree with more on dried cannabis. There was a minimal amount of CBD with less than <1%.

Terpene and other cannabinoid data was minimal on Shelter Market’s website, but listed Caryophyllene as the dominant terpene at 0.37%. Bisabolol (0.11%), Humulene (0.1%) and other terpenes (0.17%) accounted for the total terpene percentage of 0.75%, which is quite low and I didn’t expect strong aromas based on this data.

Canuck Cookies, Error Price

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price I paid back in October of 2020 was $4.27 per gram plus taxes for a pouch with 14 grams, costing a total of $67.52 after tax in Ontario, this was due to a pricing error on Shelter Market’s end and they honoured it. The usual price is $10 per gram plus tax for the same size, but when it’s on sale it goes for $8 per gram plus tax.

Shipping was free with Canada Post since my total order was over $99, otherwise a fee of $15 + tax would apply. The Purolator option was also available but had a fee regardless of the total cost of the order.  

Lot # 20-P75 was packaged on October 20th 2020 and was purchased on October 26th 2020. I received the package a few days later and opened it around December 20th 2020, which means this was packaged for 62 days before I began consuming it, but from packaging to arrival was about 9 days. Keep in mind, pack dates are not harvest dates but I had no concerns that this was old cannabis by any means.

Canuck Cookies, Verte West, Cannabis, VapeTheBud

Smell, Taste and Appearance

While I didn’t expect a strong scent from this due to a low terpene percentage and the fact I opened this way longer than I usually do after getting a delivery, it did offer some muted tones of fruit and earth with slight hints of pepper (Hello there Caryophyllene!). 

The buds were a little bit on the dry side, but not unusable however I opted to use a couple 4-gram 62% Boveda humidity packs at my expense to draw some moisture back. I’ve found dried flower that has a good balance of moisture tends to be smoother in the vape.

Appearances were on the good side, out of the 14 gram pouch offered a few around 3.2 grams in weight, while others around the gram mark. Buds in lighter shades of green with some dark purples were coated in trichomes among orangish pistils. The macro shot above shows a good amount of trichomes with heads intact, a clear example of good hand trimming, whereas machine trimmed flower has them zipped off. 

Canuck Cookies, Verte West, Cannabis, VapeTheBud

 

Consumption Methods

Since I was without my Mighty vaporizer during the end of summer for two months for a warranty repair, I began using my Pax 2 again alongside the Mighty when it returned. I found both devices using temperatures around 193C (380F) the best in terms of vapour production and keeping a good flavour profile over an 8 minute session.   

In joint form the ash was grey, a little bit on the dark side but the smoke was smooth and enjoyable.

 

Subjective Effects

Since I had to cut down on my cannabis intake to a single session a day (around 0.25 grams) due to my ongoing eye issues, I found this to be a heavy hitter and was quite sedating with great muscle pain relief. I’m sure people who enjoy cannabis multiple times a day would be able to use this anytime of the day, as I was able to at one time, but in my current situation I found myself keeping this to an evening occasion which worked out very well over the 50 or so days that it lasted me. Duration of effects lasted roughly 90 minutes before wearing off.

 

Final Thoughts

Without trying to remember how much I paid for this due to a technical error, I would say it’s worth the sale price of $8 a gram. $10 a gram may seem a little high for the amount bought, but some may find value in the craft aspect of it all and the clarity of their growing methods. The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was the dryness of the flower and the packaging. Regardless, I’ll try it again as I enjoyed the sedation effects and how it eased my daily muscle pains.  

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Cannabis: 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 wrote 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: BC Sensi Star by Flowr

SWEET AND FLORAL

This is my first review of a Flowr product by The Flowr Corporation out in Kelowna, British Columbia. I purchased this off the Ontario Cannabis Store at the end of April in 2020 and my initial reaction wasn’t good after seeing it was packaged in August 2019. Surprised it had good moisture since my previous encounters with old cannabis haven’t been great.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

Due to the old label the THC content showed in percent form only, showing 14.2% THC, under the new label regulations this would show 142 mg of THC per gram. There was 0.1% CBD equaling 1 mg of CBD per gram, which is negligible. 

Terpene and other cannabinoid data was minimal on the Ontario Cannabis Store website and noted the four mentioned, Caryophyllene, Guaiol, Humulene, and Limonene.

BC Sensi Star, Flowr, VapeTheBud

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $8.27 per gram with taxes on the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) for a container with 3.5 grams, costing a total of $28.95. Shipping was free with Canada Post or 3-day delivery due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, otherwise it would’ve been $5 plus tax. 

This was packaged on August 8th 2019 and was purchased on April 28th 2020. I received the container on May 1st and opened it a day later, which means this was packaged for 269 days. Keep in mind the harvest date remains unknown.

 

Appearance, Smell and Taste

A container holding the cannabis was inside the paper box and I had a hard time trying to pull off the seal from the container, so tough that I had to use my teeth. The golden rust coloured buds began presenting a nice sweet floral and citrus earth smell which could be noticed from waist height, which was surprising considering the package date of nearly nine months. Moisture content was perfect and didn’t need a humidity pack to restore the moisture balance. Trichomes didn’t look too great on this one, but if you look close in some areas you can see the heads intact still, unsure what to make of the rest of it.

Some on social media claim they can see mould in some areas of the macro photo taken, but I’m not making this claim since I didn’t feel sick after use and felt fine days later. That being said, not all mould will present effects for everyone and the use of irradiation will most likely make it not harmful and just gross knowing if it’s there. 

BC Sensi Star, Flowr, 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 175 to 185 degrees Celsius (347-365F) to capture the most flavour and while enjoying the vapour output. At slightly higher temperatures the flavour was less flavourful after a few minutes into the session but still provided lots of vapour. 

170C (338F) – 10 minutes
175C (347F) – 9 minutes
180C (356F) – 9 minutes
185C (365F) – 9 minutes 
190C (374F) – 6 minutes
195C (383F) – 5 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was grey and a good balance of a salt and pepper look. Was a nice smoke, smooth and flavourful. I preferred using the vape as flavour was more apparent.

 

Subjective Effects

While everyone’s experiences may vary I felt talkative, forgetful, dreamy and had good pain relief in my joints and muscles for almost two hours. After that it began wearing off over the course of another hour but the effects were minimal. Dry eyes and an increased appetite at times I didn’t want it were common nuisances.

 

Final Thoughts

It wasn’t like the other Sensi Star I’ve tried by another licensed producer, this one had a different smell to it and reminded me of my fifth grade teacher’s perfume, sweet and floral. I did question the cost as it was the cheapest whole flower at the time by Flowr on OCS, my assumption it was priced lower to sell. Despite the age of the cannabis I enjoyed the effects and was impressed how good the moisture content was, far from dried out. The concerns of possible mould others have said online made me question trying it again. 

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Cannabis: Dark Helmet by JWC

Spaceballs and Licorice

If you google Black Helmet you’ll see many references to the classic 1987 movie, Spaceballs. An interesting name for a cannabis cultivar but we’ve seen more interesting ones out there. This production by JWC was okay but didn’t knock me out of my seat.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 20.37% and minimal amounts of CBD at 0.05% as noted on the container. 

Based on the data from the JWC website, 31.76% of the terpene content was Caryophyllene, 27.24% was Nerolidol and Humulene taking 12.61% of the profile. Others were listed with a value of under 10% content. Total measured terpenes showed 2.188%.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price varies on amounts bought from $8 to $10 per gram. Since I bought five grams the cost was $10 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 December 9th 2019, the same day I purchased which is typical of JWC. I got to reviewing this on January 16th 2020 but opened the container on December 18th 2019 and took some basic notes, so the product remained packaged for 10 days before opening.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

The aromas were fairly low on this one despite showing over 2% measured terpenes, unsure if this was the character of the genetics or something else. I’d characterize this with a slight herb smell and when inhaled was similar with added notes of black licorice.  

The bud sizes were uniform for the most part, a couple 0.75 grams while the rest were averaging around 0.3 grams. All the buds were dense and tight, slightly dry and had to use the provided Boveda humidity pack.    

In the macro shot below you can see the green, orange and purples throughout but it seems the trichome heads have been zipped off. In some rare areas you may see a surviving trichome head.

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 higher temperatures. Coughing was a common negative with this one for me, at least for a good hour after use.

170C (338F) – 8 minutes – Okay
175C (347F) – 8 minutes – Okay
180C (356F) – 7 minutes – Best
185C (365F) – 6 minutes – Okay
190C (374F) – 6 Minutes – Okay
195C (383F) – 3 minutes – Bad

In joint form the smoke was okay, no relighting was needed but dark grey ash was noticed. It didn’t taste great and left a weird taste on my tongue. As usual I preferred vaporization.

 

Subjective Effects and Final Thoughts

Dark Helmet gave me an upper body head high, while providing great pain relief in my joints and muscles. When I reviewed this in the daytime I just hung around home and relaxed. I didn’t feel like doing much and preferred to keep the use of this one to the late afternoons or evening. Duration of the effects lasted 60 to 90 minutes.  

While I enjoyed the sedative and pain relieving effects, I didn’t enjoy the licorice herb taste or the coughing after every use. As of this writing I noticed JWC has put this fairly new released flower on sale for $7.20 to $9 a gram, and I hope this is a new price point they plan on as it seems a bit more fitting.    

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Cannabis: Hash Plant by JWC

Blueberry and Spice

It’s been a few months since I wrote a review on a JWC product, they recently launched six new cultivars and I’ve tried four of them as of this writing. Hash Plant was the first one I consumed after purchasing it off the JWC medical website in early December 2019 from this Kitchener, Ontario licensed producer.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

Looking at the container showed the THC content of 18.53% and 0.04% CBD.

The terpene profile listed on the JWC website noted nerolidol was the dominant terpene capturing a third of the profile and close behind it was b-Pinene with a quarter noted. Secondary terpenes were caryophyllene and humulene taking 27% of the profile combined, and many others noted under 6%. Total measured terpenes was 1.377%.

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price varies on amounts bought from $8.67 to $11 per gram. I paid $11 a gram plus tax since I bought 5 grams 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 December 10th 2019, a day after purchase which is typical of JWC. I got to reviewing this on December 24th but opened the container on December 18th 2019, so the product remained packaged for 9 days before opening.

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Upon opening the container I noticed a sweet blueberry scent, and when grinded it reminded me of blueberry muffins fresh out of the oven with hints of sugar and spice. The taste was similar in the vaporizer.

Dense buds were the size of a quarter to a full gram in weight. Moisture wasn’t too bad, still there but used the provided Boveda pack that was included with my order. Upclose visuals at five times magnification showed light orange pistils surrounded by lighter greens, and the trichomes were a bit on the light side, not heavily coated.

Consumption Methods

I preferred using my Mighty vaporizer with the dosing capsules that held about 0.25 grams of cannabis per session. I found temperatures of 175 to 180 celsius (347 to 356 fahrenheit) offered the best flavour with each session lasting up to eight minutes. Higher temperatures up to 190C (374F) was okay, but not great and sessions were much shorter around five minutes. 

When reviewing I usually try a gram rolled up in joint form and found it produced grey ash on the darker side. Wasn’t much of a fan when it came to combustion.

 

Subjective Effects

A mild body buzz was the prime effect for me, slightly sedated but was able to function and still be productive. This hash plant cultivar made a great choice to consume when around others and a good way to relax after a long day. Pain relief was good, but not great. 

The duration of effects lasted around 90 minutes and preferred using this in the evening, however daytime was okay after a couple days of use.

 

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed the taste of hash plant and would buy it again but not at $11 per gram. If it were cheaper when buying five grams I would find it more appropriate as I found the amount of visible trichomes to be on the low end.

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Cannabis: Opium by Agro Greens via CannMart

A Mean Looking Bud

This cannabis flower is from Agro Greens, a licensed producer out in Macklin, Saskatchewan and was purchased from CannMart which is a 3rd party provider of licensed produced cannabis in Canada. 

 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

The label on the container showed a value of 19.5% THC and zero CBD.

On the Agro Greens website they have listed the terpenes in this cultivar, Myrcene had a value of 0.754% and was the leading dominant terpene. Bisabolol was a mere 0.188%, Humulene 0.115%, Guaiol 0.113% and a very small amount of Limonene at 0.036%.

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

I purchased 5 grams from CannMart at the cost of $13.99 per gram plus taxes. The cost of shipping was free with Canada Post since my order was over $100, otherwise it would’ve been $9 flat.

The package date on the container was noted July 17th 2019 and was ordered on November 11. I began reviewing this on November 22, which means the product was packaged for 129 days before being opened.

Smell and Appearance

Upon opening the container I could smell an earthy pine scent with hints of lemon. Inside the container was a small four gram Boveda pack which likely kept this product fresh over the short time it was packaged. Reason why I say that is because my luck with these large round containers usually dry out the buds fairly quickly as you’ll see in my other CannMart reviews.  

The buds looked decent and averaged of a medium size, had a good spongy feel to them and perfectly balanced moisture. A golden shade with light greens were noticed, and up close and magnified showed a ton of trichomes covering the bud. Lots of dark orange pistils poking about, however small amounts of leaves were left intact and noticeable stems.

Consumption and Taste

I used my Mighty vaporizer in the temperature range of 170 to 190 Celsius (338F to 374F). Eight minute sessions were typical at lower temperatures, and on the higher end six to seven minutes sessions using 0.25 grams of cannabis. In joint form it burned grey but the ash was on the lighter side. The smoke was smooth and I really enjoyed, but as usual I preferred consuming in the vaporizer.  

 

Subjective Effects

Upbeat, positive feelings with moderate pain relief and a noticeable head high. I didn’t feel tired by any means despite the high amount of myrcene and was able to maintain a conversation and staying productive.

Common negatives were increased hunger and dry mouth but easily remedied . I preferred using this in the afternoon or evening and found the duration of effects lasted around 90 minutes.

 

Final Thoughts

I would buy this again but it was expensive and will prevent me from buying it again as I found cheaper alternatives. Overall, a great choice to mellow out and relax while getting things done.

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