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: Stryker (Star Killer) by Broken Coast

A Past Favourite Rekindles Memories

The last time I enjoyed this cultivar was from Aurora Cannabis when they sold some of Broken Coast‘s products on the medical market back in November 2017. This was a favourite of mine then and still is now.

 

Cannabinoid Content and Packaging

The value of the THC content shown on the container was 18.3% and 0.04% CBD. This would be considered above average in terms of THC content. No other known cannabinoids were listed on the Broken Coast website so the rest remains a mystery at this time.

Package date was June 11 2019. This was purchased August 13 with my other Broken Coast products and was consumed September 3 2019. The days between packaging and opening the container, 85 days.

 

Price and Shipping

This was a medical purchase off the Broken Coast Cannabis website. I paid $11.08 per gram plus tax, total being $12.52 per gram after tax since I live in Ontario. There were no discounts given when ordering bulk and no compassion pricing program exist for medical patients. 

Shipping was free with Canada Post as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $5 flat.

 

Smell and Appearance

Typical kush smells of earth were very noticeable and probably why I enjoyed this particular cultivar. Slight undertones of lemon were apparent after grinding the flower. No humidity pack was needed to restore the moisture balance. 

Three round buds consisted of the contents inside. Two weighing just over two grams each, while the other around a gram in weight. Appearances showed high amounts of glittering trichomes over the purple leaves and long orange pistils blending in. This was a flower I really enjoyed capturing. 

Consumption Methods

Using my Mighty vaporizer with the dried flower I found most of my sessions lasting between seven and eight minutes using temperatures in the range of 170 to 185 Celsius (338 to 365 Fahrenheit). 

With the water adapter attached to the vapourizer my preferred temperature was 190 to 195C (374 to 383F) for about a seven minute session. Higher temperatures were achieved but session times were under four minutes and flavour loss was quicker.

 

Effects

Increased creativity and pain relief was great. Higher doses over 0.75 grams yielded stronger sedative effects and helped my insomnia. When I preferred to relax around a few friends while still getting relief from chronic pain I consumed lower doses around 0.25 grams. I was a bit hazy minded but had a good time. The effects lasted around 90 minutes to two hours before needing to medicate again.

 

Terpenes

Caryophyllene was the dominant terpene in this profile according to the terpene chart on the Broken Coast website at 0.46. Myrcene 0.31 and likely attributed to the sedative effects. Limonene had a value of 0.23 and a possible link to the creative moments I had. A few others are noted with lower values, Terpineol 0.11, b-Pinene 0.06, and a-Pinene 0.04.

 

End Thought

Stryker (Star Killer) remains as one of my top 10 favorite cultivars on the canadian market. The smell is amazing, the look of the flower is remarkable and while always subjective, the effects for me were great. All around a great flower. Good job Broken Coast Cannabis!  

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Cannabis Review: Gabriola (Frost Monster) by Broken Coast Cannabis

Amping The Creativity

I found Gabriola (Frost Monster) a great cultivar to use during the daytime for expanding my creativity but some caution is advised.

 

Potency and Packaging

The potency on the container showed 22.1% THC and 0.05% CBD. This would be considered a high THC product. 

Package date was April 30 2019. This was purchased August 13 with my other Broken Coast products and was consumed August 31 2019. The days between packaging and opening the container: 108 days.

 

Price and Shipping

This was a medical purchase off the Broken Coast Cannabis website. I paid $11.60 per gram plus tax, total being $13.11 per gram after tax since I live in Ontario. The retail price for this wasn’t available at the time of writing. There were no discounts given when ordering bulk, although I wouldn’t expect much on five grams of cannabis  

Shipping was free with Canada Post as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $5 flat.

 

Smell and Appearance

Expect a sweet citrusy lemon smell with some earthy takes to it. The taste was very enjoyable in my vaporizer. No humidity pack was needed to restore the moisture balance. 

Frost Monster is frosty indeed. Heavily blanketed in trichomes with orange pistils. Applying some pressure to the flower resulted in no crumbling and bounced back to its original shape.

Consumption Methods

Using my vaporizer with the dried flower I found most of my sessions lasting between seven and eight minutes using temperatures in the range of 170 to 185 Celsius (338 to 365 Fahrenheit).

With the water adapter attached and using higher temperatures my sessions were slightly shorter. I found 190 to 195C (374 to 383F) to be optimal temperature and sessions lasting six to seven minutes before vapour quality diminished.

 

Effects

A slight heavy upper body feeling was noticed at first and then my joint pain began to fade away. Upbeat feelings and creativity increased. I was slightly dreamy but still mindful and able to capture some great thoughts. Dry mouth and an increase in hunger was obvious, have a drink or something to snack on hand. I usually do anyways so this didn’t bother me much. 

Duration of effects lasted around 90 to 120 minutes. Keep in mind effects are subjective and vary per individual.

 

Terpenes

Limonene was the dominant terpene with a value of 0.58. A nice variation of other terpenes are noted. Caryophyllene 0.29, Myrcene 0.20, b-Pinene 0.18, a-Pinene 0.16 and Terpineol 0.13

 

Recommendation

I would buy this again as I did enjoy this product but will keep it to special occasions as the price is fairly high. I found my experience comparable to a Sour Kush variety I had years ago. I wouldn’t use this continuously throughout the day since I found my acid reflux was acting up, I’ll use caution next time. I found this to be a common occurrence when the dominant terpene is limonene for some reason. 

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Cannabis Review: Texada (Super Lemon Haze) by Broken Coast

When 20 minutes feels like an hour

Texada (Super Lemon Haze) is the third product I’ve reviewed that was grown by Broken Coast, while this is my first direct medical purchase from them. This licensed producer is based in Duncan, British Columbia and provides products for the medical and retail market.

 

Potency

The listed amount of THC on the bottle had a value of 14.5% with zero percent CBD, which is average on the potency scale, despite this average number and in my experience, a properly grown plant will yield greater effects than a poorly grown plant at a higher value of THC.

The container label listed the package date as May 30 2019 and I began reviewing this on July 24 2019.

 

Price

This was bought directly from Broken Coast since I’m a registered medical patient of theirs and I purchased five grams of this cultivar at the cost of $10.04 per gram plus tax. Shipping was free as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $5 flat. 

 

Appearance and Smell

Out of the container I noticed two large light green buds with some purple leaves covered in a thick amount of trichomes with light brown pistils poking out, and the moisture is balanced perfectly which didn’t require a humidity pack after opening. The buds were dense and one was 3.08 grams in weight, while the other was around two grams. 

The cultivars name doesn’t disappoint on the aromas, a clear sweet lemon is noticed and when consumed in a vaporizer, it reminded me of those lemonhead candies.   

 

Consumption Methods

With the Mighty vaporizer, I found the most enjoyable temperatures were around 170C to 180C (338-356F), although I did attempt higher temperatures I found I could only handle three to four minutes before the vapour was too hot. My session length at preferred temperatures lasted around seven to eight minutes which produced lots of vapour and will boil most of the terpenes and cannabinoids.  

Oddly when smoked in joint form (1 gram) I didn’t feel as the effects as much as 0.4 grams vaporized, keep in mind this will vary person to person. The smoke was smooth and burned nicely, required no relighting and produced white ash. 

 

Effects

Daytime use is advised for this particular energizing product as it may keep you up at night. Doses at 0.2 grams were adequate as I felt relaxed, great for social settings and for sparking creativity.


When vaping 0.4 grams it gave intense feelings and found twenty minutes felt like an hour, it was best to stay at home and just relax. Anyone with ongoing anxiety might want to stay clear of this one. Duration of effects lasted around 90 minutes to two hours.

 

Terpenes

Listed on the Broken Coast website, Caryophyllene was the dominant terpene at 0.28%, Terpineol and Limonene were equal at 0.06%, with Pinene and Myrcene just below that.

 

Recommendation

If you want something to get energized and awake, try this before it’s gone. I was advised by email that Texada was being discontinued once stock is depleted. Many are unsure why this is happening as it’s a common favourite among others I know in the community and has become a new favourite of mine as well.

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