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 JWC

THE OVERLY LARGE CONTAINER

This review is part of a larger write up on various Shishkaberry grows I evaluated called, Battle of the Shishkaberry. This was also the 15th cultivar I tried by JWC medical in early February of 2020.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 14.07% and a minimal amount of CBD at 0.04% as noted on the container. 

Based on the data from the JWC website, the leading dominant terpene was b-Pinene with a content amount of 26.89% and taking a large portion of the content as well was b-Caryophyllene at 18.58%. Still noteworthy was Cymene taking 13.44% of the total content and slightly behind Nerolidol with 11.69%. Total measure terpenes was listed at 0.915%.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price varies on amounts bought from $7 to $9 per gram. Since I bought five grams the cost was $9 a gram plus tax at the time of purchase 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.

This was packed on January 31st 2020, a day after I purchased this which is typical of JWC. I got to reviewing this on February 11th 2020 but opened the container on February 9th 2020 and took some basic notes, so the product remained packaged for 11 days before opening.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

A sweet, berry and earthy tone was noticed, much like every Shishkaberry I tried so far but didn’t have that red wine taste like the others. Taste in the vape was similar to the way it smelled.    

The overly large container made the five grams look small and when weighed a couple of the buds displayed a weight of over 0.75 grams, with the majority around half a gram or so. When squished with two fingers you could sense the dryness of the flower and so I used the provided Boveda pack with my order, 24 hours later the moisture balance was corrected and the squish factor was better. 

In the macro shot below you can see some of the trichome heads intact which is always nice to see, nothing intense but looks decent.

Consumption Methods

With every review I’ve ever done I try a minimum of six temperatures and see how long each session lasts over a two day period. 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. Other temperatures were fine but at 190C and above the vapour flavour quickly began to fade and wasn’t tolerable for longer than five minutes.

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

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was very dark but still provided smooth smoke and no need for relighting.

 

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 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 around 90 minutes. 

 

Final Thoughts

This wasn’t my favourite Shishkaberry and I wouldn’t buy it again despite this flower looking decent in the visual department, at a lower price point I would consider it again.

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Cannabis Review: Critical Mass GE by JWC

REMAIN FUNCTIONAL WITH RELIEF

Critical Mass GE is the 14th review I’ve done by JWC’s medical offerings, while I’m not generally a fan of low THC and high CBD cultivars for its weak effects since I’m used to high THC types, I did enjoy this one during the day.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 5.47% and a high amount of CBD at 9.64% as noted on the container. 

Based on the data from the JWC website, 37.17% of the terpene content was pinene and the leading dominant terpene. Further behind but worth noting was caryophyllene taking 19.49% of the content, and smaller amounts of other terpenes listed with under 10% content. Total measured terpenes showed 0.939% which is quite low compared to the rest of the JWC lineup.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price varies on amounts bought from $7 to $9 per gram. Since I bought five grams the cost was $9 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 January 31st 2020, a day after I purchased this which is typical of JWC. I got to reviewing this on February 15th 2020 but opened the container on February 9th 2020 and took some basic notes, so the product remained packaged for 11 days before opening.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Aromas were light on this one and gave notes of a sweet grass and earth upon opening, slightly reminding me of Jack Herer. It tasted better than it smelled and in the vaporizer there was a honey aftertaste along with the perceived smell.

The bud sizes were mostly around half a gram each, with a few smaller ones in the mix. All the buds were dense, each having a good amount of moisture and used the provided moisture pack to maintain freshness.  

In the macro shot below you can see the strong amount of orange pistils with some trichome heads intact. In the photos further away you don’t see them at all.

 

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 185 degrees Celsius (365F) the best, with each session lasting about seven to eight minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures worked fine and if you like lots of vapour then 190C (374F) might be your ideal.  

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

I didn’t try this in joint form and cannot detail the smoke on this.

 

Subjective Effects and Final Thoughts

This was pretty weak as I’m used to higher THC flower, but as the effects were light it did give me the ability to function without sedation during the day and was enjoyable to use for getting my mind into a creative mode and providing some pain relief. Duration of effects lasted 60 to 90 minutes.  

I would buy this again if I was seeking something for the daytime and wanted to avoid a cloudy mind. This may be great for new medical patients seeking cannabis as the THC amount is low and the high CBD balances things out.   

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Cannabis Review: 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 Review: King Tut by JWC

King Tut Was Weaker Than Expected

Dark Helmet and this cultivar King Tut were my less desirable purchases off the JWC medical website in early December 2019. I have reviewed 11 dried cannabis cultivars to date from this Kitchener, Ontario licensed producer and this review is the twelfth of the bunch.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 20.91% and minimal amounts of CBD at 0.05% as noted on the container. 

Based on the data from the JWC website, 30.07% of the terpene content was Nerolidol, 22.84% was b-Caryophyllene and Limonene taking 12.28% of the profile. Others were listed with a value of under 10% content. Total measured terpenes showed 1.922%.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price varies on amounts bought from $8.87 to $11 per gram. Since I bought five grams the cost was $11 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 10th 2019, a day after purchase which is typical of JWC. I got to reviewing this on January 12th 2020 but opened the container on December 18th 2019, so the product remained packaged for 9 days before opening.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

An earthy woodsy smell was noticed when putting the open jar near my nose but from far away you could hardly tell there was cannabis in the room. When this was vapourized there was a hint of lemon along with the perceived smell but fairly weak overall. 

I was a fan of the bud sizes in this five gram container, most weighed over 0.75 grams. The container is still too large for 5 grams but JWC tries their best at containing them using a foil over the flower to hold it in place, newer containers will hopefully fix this issue in the future.

All the buds were dense and had some moisture, a bit on the dry side so I used the provided Boveda humidity pack that was included with my order. After 24 hours of not opening the jar with the pack inside, there was a better moisture ratio compared to before.

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 the ranges between 180 to 190 degrees celsius (356-374F) the best with sessions lasting about six to 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.    

170C (338F) – 8 minutes
175C (347F) – 8 minutes
180C (356F) – 7 minutes – Best
185C (365F) – 6 minutes – Best – Increased vapour
190C (374F) – 6 Minutes – Best
195C (383F) – 4 minutes

In joint form the smoke was okay, no relighting was needed but dark grey ash was noticed. It didn’t taste great, almost tasteless and preferred vaporization.

 

Subjective Effects

A few minutes into my session a mild body stone feeling began with relaxation. At the same time I felt awake and energized.  The pain relief was mild and I didn’t find it was best for that. Some may find working out with this useful or enjoying it in a social situation. The best time to use this would be in the daytime and not before bed.

 

Final Thoughts

I wouldn’t buy this again as my primary reason for using cannabis is for pain relief, however I did enjoy using this in the daytime but expected a stronger effect seeing as the THC percent was just over 20% and felt more along the lines of something lower. At the cost of $11 per gram the value isn’t there and would expect this to be priced lower when buying five grams.

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Cannabis Review: West Coast Sour Diesel by JWC

Memories Of Sour Tangie

West Coast Sour Diesel is one of the newest cultivars I’ve tried by JWC and this particular one reminded me of Sour Tangie that was purchased off the JWC medical website in early December 2019 from this Kitchener, Ontario licensed producer. 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

As I began my review I checked the THC content on the container which showed 18.90% THC and 0.06% CBD.

Based on the data from the JWC website, 33.23% of the terpene content was Limonene, 23.64% was Nerolidol, and b-Caryophyllene at 11.34%. Others were listed with a value of under 10% content. Total measured terpenes showed 1.667%.

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 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 January 8th 2020 but opened the container on December 18th 2019, so the product remained packaged for 9 days before opening.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Smell and taste of West Coast Sour Diesel was herbal and orange with hints of lemon, and if you tried Sour Tangie before you would think it was similar, although this wasn’t as pungent.  

Appearances were good, moderately dense, light and dark greens with light orange pistils throughout. There was no immediate need to use the provided Boveda humidity pack but was used to maintain the relative humidity for freshness.

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 dense vapour but effects felt the same regardless if I vaporized at higher temperatures.    

170C (338F) – 8 minutes
175C (347F) – 8 minutes
180C (356F) – 7 minutes – Best
185C (365F) – 7 minutes – Ok
190C (374F) – 6 Minutes – Ok
195C (383F) – 4 minutes

In joint form the smoke was smooth, no relighting was needed but dark grey ash was noticed. The after taste was like an orange peel and dry mouth was very noticeable after smoking.

 

Subjective Effects

On a per session basis of consuming 0.25 grams, there was mostly a body high feeling with a slight creative mind boost and feeling energized. I found this was best for the daytime and the duration of effects lasted about 90 minutes..

Dosing 0.75 grams over six hours resulted in feeling slightly anxious and aggravated acid reflux. To note, most limonene terpene dominant cultivars make me feel this way, sometimes not even when dosing high.

 

Final Thoughts

This isn’t something I’d buy on the regular as I wasn’t a huge fan in terms of effects but it was nice to enjoy the flavour in the vaporizer during the day. I have other daytime cultivars that I prefer over this, but if you’re a fan of the limonene terpene it might be desirable for you. 

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