Cannabis: 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: 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. 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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Cannabis: Warwick #1 (91 Krypt OG Melon) by Aurora Cannabis

A Bud With A Smile

91 Krypt OG Melon or as Aurora Cannabis puts it, Warwick #1 on the medical side. If I wanted this from a retail store, it’s sold as OG Melon by Aurora. Confused a bit? It’s okay I am too. The genetic lineage of Captain Krypt, OG and 91 Chemdawg make this interesting flower, and was a long time favourite of mine from this Alberta company. 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 18.3% and had zero amounts of CBD as noted on the container. 

Based on the data at the time of purchase from Aurora’s medical cannabis website, Caryophyllene was the leading dominant terpene with a value of 0.313%, Myrcene at 0.26% and Limonene at 0.223%. Smaller amounts of many other terpenes were present at lower values.

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price per gram was $8.75 plus taxes with shipping being free with Canada Post or Purolator as my total order was over $99, otherwise it would’ve been $16 to 18 depending on the carrier used.

This was packed on December 19th 2019 according to the label, and I purchased this on January 3rd 2020. I opened the container on January 10th which means this product was packaged for 23 days.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Initial observations upon taking the seal off the jar was a strong fruity smell, slightly reminding me of Tangerine Dream. Taste during inhalation was orange and earthy, the same as when I tried this cultivar in the past. 

Appearances seemed okay, slightly small and airy buds that held together but had a good moisture balance and didn’t require an immediate need for a humidity pack before use, however I did use the one provided with my order free of charge. Light green buds with a light amount of scattered trichomes were present. It wasn’t the most visually appealing flower I’ve had to date and would classify the visual bag appeal low.

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 my ideal 180C (356F). Higher temperatures around 190C (374F) resulted in a harsh taste. 

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

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 and Final Thoughts

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. 

As much as I enjoyed “OG Melon” as it was held as one of my favourites for a while in the past, I can’t deal with the intense acid reflux issue caused. For others they may enjoy it in the daytime but cautioning others if they notice similar effects to mine. As for value, I think other cultivars around the $9 price point per gram do a better job than this. 

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Cannabis: Med 01 by Bower via CannMart

Average At Best

Med 01 was grown by CannTx Life Sciences under the brand called Bower. This was purchased from CannMart’s medical website, 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 12.63% THC and 0.05% CBD.

Based on the CannMart website the terpene profile displayed b-Pinene as the leading dominant terpene with a value of 0.216%. Caryophyllene held a distant second with 0.122% and smaller values were noted for a-Pinene (0.056%), Myrcene (0.027%) and Linalool (0.009%).

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

I purchased 3.5 grams from CannMart at the cost of $10 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 September 11th 2019 and was ordered on November 29th 2019. I opened the container on December 18th 2019, which means the product was packaged for 99 days before being opened. I began to review this on January 5th 2020.

Smell and Appearance

Upon opening the container I noticed a light sweet smell of floral and earthy undertones. The large dense bud was fairly dry and the Boveda pack inside was already dried out. I used a fresh Boveda pack that I had on hand and waited a week. The flower was in better shape with a bit more moisture but overall aromas were still dull.

Up close and in the lightbox I noticed the large bud was really colourful with light greens, dark purples and orange pistils throughout. The trichome coverage wasn’t the greatest but lightly scattered.

Consumption and Taste

Using the Mighty vaporizer with the dosing capsules holding about 0.25 grams of cannabis, I found the temperatures of 170 to 195 Celsius (338 to 383 Fahrenheit) with sessions lasting about seven minutes on the lower temperature scale to five minutes on the higher end.

Rolled into a joint I found the ash was pretty dark when burned, but the smoke was smooth to inhale. My preferred method was with the vaporizer.

 

Subjective Effects

Despite being low in THC compared to what I’m used to I did feel mildly sedated or as some say relaxed. Pain relief was average. The overall taste was okay, nothing special when vaped, earthy and light lavender. Food cravings were common after consuming this.

 

Final Thoughts

This was pretty average and not something I would buy again at the $10 mark. I did enjoy the effects from it and would probably rate it better if it wasn’t so dry after opening it. The fact the Boveda humidity pack was dried out shows that these large containers aren’t a good fit for 3.5 grams. Maybe a smaller container would’ve raised my rating.

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Cannabis: Sensi Star by Supreme via CannMart

Just Under A Year Since Packaged

Sensi Star was ordered from CannMart, a 3rd party medical provider of licensed produced cannabis in Canada and the flower was grown by the people over in Kincardine, Ontario at 7ACRES which is owned by the Supreme Cannabis Company and branded as Supreme on CannMart’s website.

 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

The label on the container showed a value of 23.677% THC and 0.06% CBD.

Limonene was the leading dominant terpene with a value of 0.1539%. Pinene (0.0598%) and Myrcene (0.0470%) were noted as well.

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

I purchased 3.55 grams from CannMart at the cost of $4.20 per gram plus taxes during the Cyber Monday sales week . 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 January 24 2019 and was ordered on November 29. I opened the package and began reviewing this on December 20th, which means the product was packaged for 331 days.

Smell and Appearance

While this cannabis was ten months old by the time I got my order, and then opening it just under a month later it still retained an aroma. Wasn’t quite as strong as a fresher batch but the earthy and lime scent was there.  

Moisture content wasn’t too bad, I used the provided Boveda humidity pack that came with my order. The buds were dense and quality was close to what my order would be with OCS. Trichome heads seem to be zipped off upon closer magnification in the photo below, however the rest was still there and plenty were noticed.

Consumption and Taste

Using the Mighty vaporizer with the capsule doses I used about 0.25 grams of flower and found 175 to 185 Celsius (347 to 365 Fahrenheit) the best temperature to use for about seven minutes. Higher temperatures yielded denser vapour but shorter sessions of around five minutes. Tasted just like it smelled, earthy and lime. At 185C (365F) a minty taste was apparent.

I rolled a gram joint to see how it burned and found grey ash on the lighter side was produced, smoke being smooth to inhale and didn’t require any relighting. I still preferred to use this in the vape.

 

Subjective Effects

One session using 0.25 grams was perfect for me, pain relief was great and the same creative dreamy feel I had with my previous review of Sensi Star. Having back to back sessions (0.5 grams) made me feel sleepy so I preferred this at night when dosing as such. Overall effects lasted 90 to 120 minutes.

 

Final Thoughts

At first I wasn’t too impressed with the date on the container but tried to keep an open mind. The aromas weren’t as pungent as the one I got from the OCS which was 70 days in packaging, but the cost was also more than half here. I’d say this was worth $4.20 a gram and a great way to move older product out the door.

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Cannabis: Hindu Skunk by CannMart

Not Even Worth $4.20 A Gram

Hindu Skunk was an experience I will never forget. I purchased this from CannMart’s medical website and acts as a 3rd party provider of licensed produced cannabis in Canada. This is currently no longer offered on CannMart’s website but I felt it was necessary to review.

 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

The label on the container showed a value of 14.726% THC and 0.0215% CBD.

Based on the CannMart website the terpene profile displayed caryophyllene as the leading dominant terpene with a value of 0.248%. Not too far behind was myrcene with 0.172%, and small amounts of limonene (0.055%), b-Pinene (0.014%), a-Pinene (0.007%) and a tiny amount of linalool (0.002%) was present.

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

I purchased 5 grams from CannMart at the cost of $4.20 per gram plus taxes during the Cyber Monday sales week that was on their website. 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 October 4th 2018 and was ordered on November 29th 2019. I began reviewing this on December 12th 2019, which means the product was packaged for 435 days before being opened. A new record in my books!

Smell and Appearance

Upon opening the container I noticed a light musky chlorine smell. The buds were extremely dry and required the use of the provided Boveda pack.    

Bag appeal was low with this one and had a large stem randomly inside with no flower attached. Light greens and some leaves were present on the large 3.2 gram bud. The rest was a gram and 0.8 grams of shake/stem. While not noticeable with the naked eye, under five times magnification I did notice some sort of webbing or possible mold as advised by the cannabis community. This would explain the effects I had mentioned below.

Consumption and Taste

Using the Mighty vaporizer with the dosing capsules holding about 0.25 grams of cannabis, I found the effective temperature of 170 to 185 Celsius (338 to 365 Fahrenheit) for about six to seven minutes.

I didn’t consume this in joint form due to the effects I dealt with. 

 

Subjective Effects

After my initial session with Hindu Skunk I began to feel nauseous and figured it was something I ate earlier that day. I had a couple more sessions throughout the day and the effect got worse. I couldn’t vape or smoke any cannabis for a week as the nausea was so bad. 

After taking detailed photos as pictured above I noticed webbing or possible mold on the buds. This was only noticed with the macro lens and not visible with the naked eye.

 

Final Thoughts

While I had my doubts about a steal of a deal at $4.20 a gram I tried to keep an open mind. Currently there’s no word on expiration dates on cannabis due to the lack of stability studies, and I wonder if the issue was because it was in the container for so long or a grow gone wrong. I’m happy to see it’s no longer available on the CannMart medical website, but from now on I will take all types of pictures before consuming any bud again. Macros tend to be more time consuming but better to be safe than sorry.

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