Cannabis Review: Shishkaberry by Color Cannabis

QUESTIONABLE QUALITY

This review is part of a larger write up on various Shishkaberry grows I evaluated called, Battle of the Shishkaberry. This is my first review of a Color Cannabis product that was evaluated on March 12th 2020, however this is grown by WeedMD and would technically be my second review on them. WeedMD is a licensed producer of cannabis based in Strathroy and Aylmer, ON and also sells under the Saturday brand on the retail side. 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 12.28% and a minimal amount of CBD at 0.02% as noted on the container. 

Terpene content off the Ontario Cannabis Store was minimal but further digging on the growers website WeedMD showed their Shishkaberry was dominant in Pinene with a potential value of 0.189%. Caryophyllene was not far behind with 0.166% and Nerolidol at 0.088%, other terpenes were listed at lower values. 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $5.70 per gram on the Ontario Cannabis Store website for a container with 3.5 grams. Shipping was $5 plus taxes with Canada Post. This was much cheaper compared to the growers medical website at the time when I bought this on WeedMD’s that goes for $8 per gram plus tax in Ontario.

This was packed on September 11th 2019 and was purchased February 29th 2020. I opened the container on March 14th which means this was packaged for 186 days.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Classic Shishkaberry smell of berry and earths were noticed along with that nice red wine smell. Taste in the vape was similar to the way it smelled with a kick of sour to it.    

Appearances showed a variety of bud sizes, the largest was around a gram and some under half a gram and a couple at 0.1 grams! The flower was a bit dry and required the use of a humidity pack, you can see in the video the amount of trichome dusting that happened from bouncing around in the jar. There were concerning white spots on the flower in parts and under the macro lens you can see white matter and above it pale green bud which was soft to touch with a metal tip. Trichome heads were slightly visible and amber looking, however most were zipped off.  

Consumption Methods

With every review I’ve ever done I try a minimum of six temperatures and see how long each session lasts. This may vary by each device and the one used here was the Mighty vaporizer. 

180 degrees celsius (365F) was the best with each session lasting about eight minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures were fine but at 185C and above the vapour flavour quickly began to fade and wasn’t tolerable for longer than six minutes.

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

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was grey, a middle ground of salt and pepper. The smoke was smooth and required no relighting. Just like my WeedMD medical review of Shishkaberry.

 

Subjective Effects

Pain relief is my main reason for using cannabis, I found the relief was mild in my joints and muscles. Feelings of a slightly heavy upper body were noticeable like other Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried and at times it was hard to concentrate, after a few days of use this was less of an issue thankfully. I found this was best used in the evening, for those with long term experience with cannabis anytime would be fine. 

Dry eyes were common when used multiple times per day, and when used in my first session of the day this wasn’t noticed. For some the increased appetite may be of value or an annoyance, be sure to have a snack on hand, I’ve noticed it as a common occurrence with pinene dominant cultivars. Duration of effects lasted 90 to 120 minutes.

 

Final Thoughts

At the price of $5.70 a gram after taxes I had to compare it to my medical experience with the same grower which was more pleasant and didn’t exhibit those questionable white spots on the Shishkaberry I ordered, but cost was $2.30 a gram extra for medical at the time of this writing. While package dates aren’t harvest dates this was 62 days older than my medical order. My guess the price was cheaper due to the age as it was nearing 6 months old at the time of purchase. In the end it did provide relief, I’m just happy this one didn’t make me feel sick after use.  

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Cannabis Review: Shishkaberry by WeedMD

RED WINE AND ZIPPED OFF TRICHOMES

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 WeedMD product that was evaluated on February 4th 2020. WeedMD is a medical cannabis provider based in Strathroy and Aylmer, ON and also sells under the Color Cannabis and Saturday brand on the retail side. 

Cannabinoid Content and Terpenes

THC content was 15.86% and a minimal amount of CBD at 0.03% as noted on the container. 

According to the WeedMD medical website their Shishkaberry was dominant in Pinene with a potential value of 0.189%. Caryophyllene was not far behind with 0.166% and Nerolidol at 0.088%, other terpenes were listed at lower values. 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

The price was $8 per gram plus taxes on the WeedMD medical webstore for the 5 gram container. Shipping was free with Canada Post as my total order was over $99, otherwise it would’ve been $15.74. 

This was packed on October 3rd 2019 and was purchased January 26th 2020. I opened the container on February 4th which means this was packaged for 125 days before reviewing.

 

Smell, Taste and Appearance

Berry and earthy aromas were noticed, much like every Shishkaberry I tried so far and this one emitted the nice red wine smell. Taste in the vape was similar to the way it smelled with a kick of sour to it.    

Appearances showed a variety of bud sizes, some were about 0.75 grams, while the rest were about half a gram and a few small buds. The flower was a bit dry and needed the use of a humidity pack at my expense. Overall it looked nice but under the macro lens you could clearly see the trichome heads zipped off and only left with the stalks. 

Consumption Methods

With every review I’ve ever done I try a minimum of six temperatures and see how long each session lasts. This may vary by each device and the one used here was the Mighty vaporizer. 

180 degrees celsius (365F) was the best with each session lasting about eight minutes using around 0.25 grams of cannabis. Other temperatures were fine but at 185C and above the vapour flavour quickly began to fade and wasn’t tolerable for longer than six minutes.

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

Rolled into a gram and smoked as a joint I found the ash was grey, a middle ground of salt and pepper. The smoke was smooth and required no relighting.

 

Subjective Effects

Pain relief is my main reason for using cannabis, I found the relief was mild in my joints and muscles. Feelings of a slightly heavy upper body were noticeable like other Shishkaberry grows I’ve tried and at times it was hard to concentrate, after a few days of use this was less of an issue thankfully. I found this was best used in the evening, for those with long term experience with cannabis anytime would be fine. 

Dry eyes were common when used multiple times per day, and when used in my first session of the day this wasn’t noticed. For some the increased appetite may be of value or an annoyance, be sure to have a snack on hand, I’ve noticed it as a common occurrence with pinene dominant cultivars. Duration of effects lasted 90 to 120 minutes. 

 

Final Thoughts

At the price point of $8 a gram with WeedMD as a direct medical patient of theirs I found it a bit high for the average quality, it was more around the $6 mark and currently sells for less on the Ontario Cannabis Store for $5.70 a gram. I did enjoy it and would buy it again if no other options were available, but it won’t be my first choice for a Shishkaberry at this price point.  

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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: 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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