Cannabis Review: Harlequin by Tantalus Labs

Packaging matters

I purchased 3.5 grams of Harlequin from Tantalus Labs directly as a medical patient in mid-June at the cost of $9.50 per gram, which the cost varies on amounts bought, from $8.55 to $9.50 a gram. The date on the package stated this was packed on October 24 2018, which makes it nearly eight months old when it arrived.

Appearance and Smell
Not expecting much due to its age and my displeasure of those bag packages, I finally opened it up and shook out the contents. Looking beautiful in photos, you can see the amber trichomes scattered across the flowers and brown pistils poking out of the greenish brown buds. When squeezed it didn’t break apart, had good composure but was pretty dry and crispy. I used a Boveda humidity pack at my expense and waited 48 hours. I could smell some light wood and earth tones, but nothing strong. I’m glad to hear the bags are done with at Tantalus Labs as they have switched to containers as pictured in my last review.

Effects and When to use
The 3.59% THC amount is really low for myself, but the 7.4% CBD worked in tandem and created a nice happy and focused feeling, which would be great for daytime use. I did prefer Watersprite by Tantalus Labs over this one, as pain relief was only light to moderate. Like with most types of cannabis, dry mouth is common but was minimal. Effects lasted 60-90 minutes.

Consumption methods
Using the capsule dosing method with the Mighty vaporizer, I found I needed to have three 0.2 gram sessions to get full pain relief. This is obviously due to the low THC amount which didn’t surprise me.

I rolled a couple joints as well and found the smoke was smooth and produced white ash, which many say is a good indicator of a great produced product.

Recommendation
I personally wouldn’t buy this again, more so on the fact of potency being too low for me, but I know many would enjoy this with the 1:2 THC/CBD ratio.

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Cannabis Review: Watersprite by Tantalus Labs

The perfect balance


This is probably the best 1:1 ratio flower I’ve had in awhile and possibly in all the years I’ve been reviewing cannabis. If you’re not familiar with the term 1:1, it means the THC and CBD potencies are the same (or very close), and in this case was rated 6.39% THC and 5.86% CBD.

If you ever had one before and didn’t like it, you’ll more than likely change your mind about them with this cultivar.

Appearance and Smell
Tantalus Labs has some very unique aromas I’ve noticed, this one had a woodsy pine with citrus notes to it. No humidity pack was needed as the buds were in great shape, slightly sticky, dense and perfect in my view. The colour was very golden to me, up close shots show dark purple leaves covered by the blankets of trichomes.  

Effects and When to use
I usually prefer higher THC amounts for chronic pain relief, but found this provided decent pain relief for daytime use when needing to feel focused and when needing the ability to go about my day. As with most cannabis cultivars I did experience dry mouth but this didn’t bother me. The duration of the effects lasted 60 to 90 minutes.

Consumption methods
Vapourization is my preferred method and I currently use the Mighty as my go to as of the last few months. I generally kept the temperatures at 182C (360F), which is enough to boil the CBD from the flower and many of the other terpenes involved. Since Tantalus Labs doesn’t post what terpenes are in their products, I sourced it from the BC Cannabis Store website and found the dominant terpene was Pinene.

I always roll a gram into a joint when reviewing, and this time around I experienced smooth smoke with white ash being produced, however the paper I was using was causing dark ash on the outside. This occurs due to hemp papers absorbing moisture really well and will make your paper seem more resiny. I tried a smaller joint to verify this claim with non-hemp papers and didn’t have the same issue.

Package dates, Price and Recommendation
Both 3.5 gram containers had a package date of May 7th 2019 and was consumed June 29th, purchase date was shortly before that. I paid $10.72 per gram plus tax since I bought 7 grams in total. This price varies from $9.60 to $11 a gram which depends on how much you buy. I’d rather have the discount taken by amount ordered in total than on a per cultivar basis.

I would recommend Watersprite to other medical patients and to retail consumers wanting a nice enjoyable daytime experience. 

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Cannabis Review: Serratus by Tantalus Labs

Flexing the strength of Serratus

As a medical patient at the time with Tantalus Labs, I tried two potency versions of this cultivar, one at 11.53% and another at 16.34%. The 11% package made me feel relaxed and happy to hang with friends, the type of cannabis to enjoy with a group of people. In joint form it was one of my favourites to smoke, smooth and burned nice with white ash left behind. It was nice to have high quality cannabis again after weeks of failed product from another provider. Minor dry mouth and very slight dry eyes were common.

The 16% container made me feel the same way as the 11% but at higher doses (0.6g>) I was a lot more at ease (couchlocked) and pain relief was greater. My eyes were also a lot drier with the higher potency. Both smelled of pine and lavender, with slight woodsy notes. The dominant terpene was Pinene, which isn’t my favourite but liked how it made me feel focused at low doses (0.2g). No humidity pack was needed as the buds were finely cured and dried.

Price was $11.46 per gram as I ordered 10.5 grams. This price adjusts from $10.57 – $13.04 based on amounts bought per cultivar, which is the first licensed producer I’ve tried that offers this.

I would buy this again as I found it was effective and would place this beside a recent top shelf product I reviewed.

Breakdown: 
Smell, taste? Lavender, Pine, Woodsy

Dominant terpene: Pinene

Dry? Humidity pack needed? No, not needed

Density? Perfect balance, bounce back

Effects: Relaxed, focused, calm, happy, social, hungry, pain relief, increased hunger

Negatives: Minor dry mouth, slight dry eyes

Duration of effects? 90-120 minutes

Time used? Late afternoon / evening

Packaged Jan 4 2019 – 11%
May 2 2019 – 16%
Consumed June 20 2019

Price per gram: $11.46/gram plus tax since I bought 10.5 grams ($12.95 TAX)
Price varies $10.57 – $13.04 a gram

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