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: 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 as you might notice in the YouTube video, 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 Review: Strawberry Fire OG by Gage Cannabis

GAGE CANNABIS BRINGS THE FIRE

This is my first review of a Gage Cannabis product that is grown by Radicle Cannabis Inc out in Hamilton, Ontario. This was bought from the Ontario Cannabis Store but can also be purchased on the medical side distributed by Spectrum Therapeutics under the Radicle brand at the time of this writing. The lineage here is Strawberry Cough crossed with Fire OG.

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was a bit different on this container compared to previous reviews and showed 223.1 mg/g of THC. For those who prefer this in percent form, this would be 22.31% THC. This was due to a labeling change in regulations which originally was for pre-rolls and has moved onto whole flower. Noted was zero mg of CBD or 0% CBD. 

Terpene and other cannabinoid data was minimal on the Ontario Cannabis Store website and noted the four mentioned, Pinene, Limonene, Myrcene and Ocimene.

 

Strawberry Fire OG, Gage Cannabis, VapeTheBud

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $11.63 per gram with taxes on the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) for a container with 3.5 grams, costing a total of $40.70. 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 April 1st 2020 and was purchased on April 28th 2020. I received the container on May 1st and opened and started consuming it a day later, which means this was packaged for 32 days.  Harvest date remains unknown.

Smell, Taste and Appearance

At waist height I could smell the sweet, earthy fruit aromas, and when vaped it tasted like a bit of a grapefruit. It had perfect moisture content and was ready to vape, no need for a humidity pack like most cannabis I’ve tried.  

Strawberry Fire OG has some really nice colouring to it with bright orange pistils, heavy amounts of trichomes glittering along the flower and under the macro lens a nice display of the trichome formations.  

Strawberry Fire OG, Gage Cannabis, 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. This may vary by each device and the one used here was the Mighty vaporizer. 

My ideal temperature used was around 185 degrees Celsius (365F) to capture the most flavour and while enjoying the vapour output. At slightly higher temperatures the flavour was less noticeable but still provided lots of vapour. 

170C (338F) – 10 minutes
175C (347F) – 10 minutes
180C (356F) – 9 minutes
185C (365F) – 9 minutes – Increased vapour
190C (374F) – 7 minutes – Flavour less noticeable
195C (383F) – 7 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was mostly a white ash with some very light grey hues in some areas. The smoke was smooth and would enjoy it in this form again.

 

Subjective Effects

Really enjoyed it effect wise with an improved mood and something I’d enjoy smoking with a group of friends. Had some good laughs to the point of putting things in the fridge that shouldn’t be going in there, but quickly realizing it in the moment. 

Dry eyes seem to be a common issue for me with this one, doesn’t happen too often anymore but this got me. Duration of effects was around 90 minutes and I preferred to use it when I didn’t feel like doing much and wanted to relax, this would help in the daytime or nighttime, situation permitting.

 

Final Thoughts

I would buy this again despite the price being close to $12 a gram, the quality lives up to what others have said. I do advise others to take caution if they are new to cannabis as it might be too strong for some, even for myself I found one session was good enough. 

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Cannabis Review: Sonora by Broken Coast Cannabis

ALL BAG APPEAL, BAD SMOKE

This is my seventh review of a Broken Coast Cannabis product and started the evaluation on April 25th 2020. This licensed producer is based in Duncan, British Columbia and provides products for the medical and retail market. Sonora is named after an island in British Columbia, and while I thought this was Stargazer by its actual cultivar name it’s actually called stargazer named by their team who bred this with Star killer crossed with an unknown cultivar, my guess it’s Northern Lights Haze (their Galiano).

 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was a bit different on this container compared to previous reviews, it showed 245 mg/g of THC. For those who prefer this in percent form, this would be 24.5 % THC. This was due to a labeling change in regulations which originally was for pre-rolls and has moved onto whole flower. Noted was zero mg of CBD. 

As a previous medical patient of Broken Coast I was able to log onto the website and see the terpene data for Sonora. While these numbers will vary to each grow what was listed as the dominant terpene was Caryophyllene with a value of 0.54%, Limonene at 0.24% and Terpineol at 0.10%. A few others were noted as well below a value of 0.10%, Myrcene and alpha and beta-Pinene. Total measured terpenes showed 1.77%.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $13.71 per gram with taxes on the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) website for a container with 3.5 grams. 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 is also sold on the medical side with a lower THC amount at the time of this writing and would cost me $12.81 per gram with tax if you live in Ontario, the excise tax varies on where you live and is the result of different prices on the medical side with Broken Coast.

This was packaged on October 31st 2019 and was purchased on April 17th 2020. I opened the container on April 25th which means this was packaged for 178 days before consumption. Be aware that the harvest date remains unknown.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Instantly reminded me of Galiano (Northern Lights Haze) by the same grower with citrus and earthy smells and hints of pine after vaping it. OCS described the aromas as fruity-gas, and I’d agree there was some fuel but the aromas were pretty underwhelming, especially for a Broken Coast product.

Moisture content was good and didn’t immediately require the use of a humidity pack, but the next day I went to open the container and noticed the buds were a bit dry so I threw a Boveda in the jar and waited about 6 hours. Things were in better shape upon returning.

Appearances were top notch, full of trichomes coated the flower and a mix of opaque and clear trichome heads intact.

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. This may vary by each device and the one used here was the Mighty vaporizer. 

180 degrees Celsius (356F) was the best with each session lasting about eight minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis providing a good amount of vapour with the best flavour. At higher temperatures flavour was diminished quickly but provided lots of vapour. 

170C (338F) – 11 minutes – Light vapour, light taste
175C (347F) – 9 minutes
180C (356F) – 8 minutes – Best flavour
185C (365F) – 7 minutes 
190C (374F) – 7 minutes – Increased vapour, less flavourful 
195C (383F) – 6 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was really dark while smoking, it wasn’t great at all and needed to relight the joint twice. I preferred this in the vapourizer like most cultivars. 

 

Subjective Effects

Despite this one having a high amount of THC I barely felt much, if someone told me this was 15% THC I’d likely agree with them. It barely worked for my muscle and joint pains and the only time I felt something worthwhile is when I smoked it. Some would say my tolerance has gone up possibly, but over the last few weeks I’ve been consuming mostly 15-18% THC rated flower and less grams than my usual per day. Duration of effects, for what they were I’d say was around 90 minutes and had no issue using this throughout the day, although I expected this to be an evening affair. 

 

Final Thoughts

I won’t be buying this again and likely won’t be buying another Broken Coast whole flower product for a while. When I purchased this it was recently added to the OCS website and expected something not nearing 6 months old. I blame the age of the product for its lackluster offering. All bag appeal with a bad smoke and effect. 

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Cannabis Review: Shishkaberry by Redecan

LOW COST, GREAT 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 Redecan product that was evaluated on March 6th 2020.  Redecan is a licensed producer of cannabis based in Ridgeville, ON, just outside of Welland in the Niagara region.  

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 15.9% and had zero CBD as noted on the container. 

Data from the Redecan website showed their Shishkaberry had Myrcene as the dominant terpene with a value of 0.39%. Caryophyllene was noted with 0.14% and with a value of 0.11% each were Pinene and Limonene. Other terpenes were listed at lower values.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $6.50 per gram plus taxes on the Redecan medical website for a container with 7 grams, which was the smallest option to buy. Shipping was $10 plus taxes with Canada Post. This is also sold in retail stores and online provincial websites, on the Ontario Cannabis Store this would cost me $8.79 per gram with tax, about $1.44 more per gram outside the medical channel. 

This was packed on January 15th 2020 and was purchased on February 25th 2020. I opened the container on February 29th which means this was packaged for 32 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.

First thing I noticed was the seal on the container was the same as what Broken Coast uses, which reminded me of a fish food seal. After I broke the seal I noticed the smell of the flower and taking a closer look while filming I spotted a seed and put it aside, I found two more during my time with this cultivar from Redecan. 

In the macro shot below you might notice many trichome heads across the sea of orange pistils and green herb. I was impressed aside from the seeds considering this was one of the cheaper options out of the six Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried to date. 

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 seven minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. At lower temperatures of around 175C, you really notice the berry red wine taste. Once you hit temperatures above 185C that taste isn’t so noticeable and mostly about denser vapour. 

170C (338F) – 10 minutes
175C (347F) – 9 minutes
180C (356F) – 8 minutes
185C (365F) – 7 minutes – Increased vapour, best
190C (374F) – 7 minutes
195C (383F) – 7 minutes 

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was grey, a good mix of salt and pepper. The smoke was smooth and tasted good.

 

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. I didn’t have an increase in hunger like other Shishkaberry grows and unsure if it’s because this one had a low value of the Pinene terpene and wasn’t as prominent. Duration of effects lasted around 90 minutes.

 

Final Thoughts

At the cost of $6.50 per gram plus taxes I will most definitely be buying this again despite the three seeds found. I didn’t need to use a humidity pack before use but I wish we could buy one at the time of ordering to maintain the moisture balance. 

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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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