Battle of the Shishkaberry

Six grows from five different licensed producers, Color Cannabis and WeedMD are grown at the same facility based on the ones I have here but offer different package dates and lot numbers. This post is a brief opener on the Shishkaberry contenders I evaluated, first let’s look at,

Aurora Cannabis

Quick note
– $8.79 a gram plus taxes on the medical website for 5 grams
– 14.6% THC / 0% CBD
– Myrcene 0.381%, Ocimene 0.181%, Caryophyllene 0.131%, Limonene 0.108%
– Packaged 24 days

As an Aurora Certified product this means it wasn’t grown by Aurora, I tried contacting Aurora on social media and on email and was advised they couldn’t disclose this information. The aromas and flavour on this were pretty good but lacked a good presentation, the loose leaf and shake thrown into the jar is what ruined the experience for me. The grow by Redecan and this grow was dominant in myrcene, while the others were dominant in the pinene terpene.

You may read the full review here at the link.

 

Color Cannabis

Quick note
– $5.70/gram includes taxes on Ontario Cannabis Store for 3.5 grams
– 12.28% THC / 0.02% CBD
– Pinene 0.189%, Caryophyllene 0.166%, Nerdolidol 0.088%
– Packaged 186 days

I ordered this after seeing it was cheaper than the medical stream via WeedMD, which is the grower of this. If you’re a medical patient of WeedMD the cost is $8 a gram plus tax, while at the time of writing this was $5.70 a gram with tax on OCS. While the package date doesn’t indicate the harvest date, this was 186 days in the container and showed concerning white spots over the buds, this wasn’t noticed on the medical order I had with the same flower but package date and lot numbers were different, also was packaged for 125 days on the medical order.

You can read more about this review at the link.

 

JWC

Quick note
– $9/gram plus taxes on JWC’s medical website for 5 grams
– 14.07% THC / 0.04% CBD
– 26.89% content b-Pinene, 18.58% b-Caryophyllene, Cymene 13.44%, Nerdolidol 11.69%
– Packaged 10 days

JWC’s grow of Shishkaberry was second in terms of bag appeal, you can see it had some trichome heads intact in the macro shot but the cost per gram didn’t line up compared to the other contenders at a cheaper rate which offered a more pleasant smoke experience. It’s hard to determine the actual terpene values for this one as JWC shows their info based on content amounts vs actual noted tested amounts like other licensed producers. This data will vary in general and should always be taken lightly as each batch will vary in amounts but a good baseline is always nice to see and that’s what we’re given. 

More can be read on this review at the link.

 

Redecan

Quick note
– $6.50/gram plus taxes on the Redecan medical website for 7 grams
– 15.9% THC / 0.07% CBD
– Myrcene 0.39%, Caryophyllene 0.14%, a-Pinene 0.11%, Limonene 0.11%
– Packaged 32 days

While not the cheapest of the bunch it certainly deserves recognition for being one of the cheaper ones with the best quality. Trichome heads were mostly intact and had the most overall, these are vital to cannabis and are one of my markers for good quality cannabis. I did encounter three seeds in this batch which isn’t great but were easily spotted and removed. This is the winner of the Battle of the Shishkaberry for its low cost and good quality. 

If you wish you can read more about the full review at the link.

 

Thrive

Quick note
– $9.50/gram plus taxes on the PureSinse medical website for 3.5 grams
– 15% THC / 0% CBD
– Pinene 0.20%, Linalool 0.12%, Bisabolol 0.07%, Camphene 0.06%
– Packaged 180 days

Being touted as premium and not being premium, this was my least liked Shishkaberry and was bought off the PureSinse medical website and was the most expensive one out of the six I bought. It was really dry and didn’t offer much of an aroma and needed the use of a Boveda humidity pack which came at my expense. The weak number of trichomes upclose and zipped off trichome heads were not appealing at all, nor was the 6 month package date.

You can read the full review at the link.

 

WeedMD

Quick note
– $8/gram plus taxes on the WeedMD medical website for 5 grams
– 15.86% THC / 0.03% CBD
– Pinene 0.189%, Caryophyllene 0.166%, Nerdolidol 0.088%
– Packaged 125 days

Ordered off the WeedMD medical website, this Shishkaberry grow was better than their branded version by Color Cannabis based on two different package dates. This had a higher THC percentage and didn’t have the concerning white spots that I found on the retail brand. The zipped off trichomes in the macro is quite a shame and reckon the cost per gram here is a tad high for the quality. I would buy this again, but wouldn’t be my first choice. 

You can read this in its full review at the link

Final Thoughts

If you skipped to this part the winner of the Battle of the Shishkaberry was Redecan’s grow. The cost per gram and quality compared to the others is what made it shine. One takeaway for others to know is that two grows from the same licensed producer on different dates can make a huge difference, what I see is not what you might see and results could be better or worse. Unsure if consistency is an issue over at WeedMD but this was the vibe I was getting based on these two grows and other products I’ve tried by them. Aurora had a nice product minus the shake and leaves added, but the zipped off trichomes like most of the others here were unfortunate and wouldn’t qualify as a high quality flower in my books. Well done Redecan on keeping them intact!

Cannabis Review: Mango Haze by Thrive via PureSinse

Great Daytime CBD Choice, One Slight Negative. Cost.

This cannabis flower is from Thrive, a company out in Ontario who is owned by TerraFarma. They claim to be growing premium quality as a small-batch craft cannabis company. I ordered this from PureSinse 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 6.66% THC and 11.68% CBD. This would be considered a high CBD variety. 

Listing four of the top terpenes noted from the PureSinse website I was able to find that myrcene had a value of 0.77% and was the leading dominant terpene. Generally varieties of cannabis with a value higher than 0.5% myrcene is considered an “indica” type and usually has noticeable sedative effects. Other terpenes listed were ocimene 0.14%, caryophyllene 0.14% and linalool 0.10%. Many others were listed but had a value lower than 0.10%. 

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

I purchased 3.5 grams from PureSinse at the cost of $12.50 per gram plus taxes. The cost of shipping was free with Canada Post since my order was over $100, otherwise it would’ve been $9.49 for the cheapest shipping option.

The package date on the container was noted May 9th 2019 and was ordered on October 28. I began reviewing this on November 20, which means the product was packaged for 206 days before being opened.

Smell and Appearance

Even though the packaged age of this cannabis was seven months there was still noticeable aroma of fruits and earth. 

The moisture content was good and didn’t require the need of a humidity pack before consuming. Bright greens, lots of orange pistils and a heavy trichome count was easily noticed under five times magnification. There were a few 0.5 gram buds, and the rest were around a quarter gram or less.

Consumption and Taste

I used my Mighty vaporizer in the temperature range of 170 to 180 Celsius (338F to 356F) for about eight minutes using 0.25 grams of cannabis per session. Higher temperatures up to 190C (374F) were okay, sessions only lasted about six minutes using the same amount of flower. The taste was the same as it smelled, fruity and earthy. 

I didn’t bother trying this in joint form.

 

Subjective Effects

CBD varieties dull the spaced out high feeling and the same applies here. I did feel focused and relaxed though, with the ability to go about my day and function. Pain relief in my joints was fairly mild and required two sessions to work well. The duration of effects seemed to last 60 to 90 minutes and would recommend this for the daytime, despite having a high amount of myrcene. I think the CBD counters the sedation, at least for me it did.

 

Final Thoughts

My biggest issue with this cultivar is the price. $12.50 a gram is a lot for medical and CBD types don’t require different treatment when growing. If the price was slightly lower it would be one of my top picks when wanting a CBD cultivar. Aside from the price, a great job was done here. 

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Cannabis Review: Shishkaberry by Thrive via PureSinse

Another “Premium” Grow Misses The Mark

This review is part of a larger write up on various Shishkaberry grows I evaluated called, Battle of the Shishkaberry. This cannabis flower is from Thrive, a company out in Ontario who is owned by TerraFarma. They claim to be growing premium quality as a small-batch craft cannabis company. I ordered this from PureSinse 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 15% THC and zero CBD.

Listing four of the top terpenes noted from the PureSinse website I was able to find that Pinene had a value of 0.20% and was the leading dominant terpene. Linalool had a smaller value at 0.12%, with Bisabolol at 0.07% and Camphene at 0.06%. Other terpenes were present at much lower values. The amount of terpenes in total were quite low for a “premium” grow.

 

Price, Shipping and Pack Dates

I purchased 3.5 grams from PureSinse at the cost of $9.50 per gram plus taxes. The cost of shipping was free with Canada Post since my order was over $100, otherwise it would’ve been $9.49 for the cheapest shipping option.

The package date on the container was noted May 23rd 2019 and was ordered on October 28. I began reviewing this on November 18, which means the product was packaged for 180 days before being opened.

Smell and Appearance

Due to the buds being really dry there wasn’t much of an aroma to it. Slight muted berry tones if anything. I used a humidity pack at my expense to try and bring back the moisture levels, it helped a bit. 

Under a macro lens the flower looks great with a mix of purple and green, and orange pistils everywhere. If this was hand-trimmed I doubt the entire process was done this way, the trichomes look like many were buzzed off with a trimmer. Grinds were fine when used with a grinder. Wasn’t ideal for rolling a joint.

Consumption and Taste

I used my Mighty vaporizer in the temperature range of 170 to 180 Celsius (338F to 356F) for about seven minutes using 0.25 grams of cannabis per session. Higher temperatures were okay but session length was reduced to around five minutes at 190C (374F). During all sessions it tasted like a nice red wine with some berries.  

In joint form it burned grey white ash, wasn’t the greatest and preferred consuming in the vaporizer.

 

Subjective Effects

An upper body head high was mostly noticed and the relief from chronic pain I deal with in my joints was adequate. I preferred using this in the evening and found the duration of effects lasted 90 to 120 minutes.

 

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed the effects of Shishkaberry, but the quality wasn’t above average. The overly dried out flower was the downfall and I have tried better varieties for the same cost or less. Perhaps this would’ve been a better experience if the order was direct as my luck hasn’t been so great with 3rd party vendors.

Thanks for reading!