It’s been a long few days (anyone else struggling to keep a child educated and occupied?).
Amid all the chaos, we wanted to let you know what’s going on at daikoku, and to reassure you that business, for the most part, remains as usual. And that we have a healthy inventory of dried bud, vapes, edibles – even soft chews! – oils and caps.
Our plan is to have Daikoku remain open from 10 AM to 9:30 PM daily.
However, as of Thursday, March 19th, 2020, we will be instituting special hours:
From 10 AM to 11 AM, the store will be closed to the general public, and open exclusively for customers who are immunocompromised or who are over 60 years old.
(We won’t ID you or ask for your doctor’s note; this is an honour system, after all. We simply ask for your help and cooperation in this matter.)
We took the decision to stay open with our regular hours after discussions with our staff and taking into consideration the effect that shorter hours might have on in-store foot traffic, especially with regards to density. We also want to try and keep normalcy going for as long as possible, for you and for our team.
It goes without saying that we sanitize regularly. We’re also very lucky in the fact that the store is very large. In an effort to keep everyone healthy, we will ask you to utilize all that room: let’s spread out and keep at least one meter away from everyone.
Thanks for all your help. Stay safe. Stay healthy.
In April 2018, I was walking around YEG (the airport, not the city) when I started an “Unladylike” podcast. It was before William and I had moved to Edmonton. Before we even knew for certain that we would be opening a dispensary. Before I knew what Daikoku would be. (It was my fourth time in Edmonton, and it was on this trip that I found our location.)
The first guest on the podcast was Wanda James. She became a huge inspiration for me. Her own skin colour was darker than that of her friends, but by and large, she lived a life many of us take for granted. Her life changed when she found out her brother (it’s a long story, just listen to the podcast) had been in prison on charges of cannabis possession. He is a male of colour. His sentence was 10 years long.
While this story happened in the United States, Canada is not so different. There is a massive racial disparity in charges being pressed, despite similar cannabis usage rate across ethnicities.
There is injustice. There is inequality. There is anger. There is fear.
Do not forget the anger you feel at the injustice; the fear you feel at the inequality.
These feelings, which will pass soon enough for most of us, remain with others throughout their lives.
Black lives matter.
If you want to show your solidarity, here are a few resources:
Join the Peaceful Protest: follow @yegactivism on Instagram or YegAction on Facebook – remembering to respect social distancing rules;
Check out the post by Chew Project that lists organisations and ressources to support BIPOC and LGBTQ+ ressources.
Live Resin Caviar by Premium5 has landed. Many people have asked about concentrates – shatter being the most requested. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve finally received our first shipment of high-potency, Live Resin by Premium5. The Live Resin is available in badder (looks like crunchy peanut butter) and caviar.
The first time you’ll look at Live Resin Caviar, you’ll notice 3 things:
One gram of Caviar doesn’t look like a whole lot
Live Resin is unique because cannabis flower was either processed fresh or frozen. The flower is then cooled down to cryogenic levels. This preserves as many of the cannabinoids as possible. That being said, it can take upwards of 20g of flower to make 1g of live resin. (Read: this product is better suited for experienced consumers, not someone starting their cannabis journey.)
There’s a gold-tinted liquid in the Caviar
Because the flowers are fresh or frozen, more terpenes are preserved in the process. In fact, the terpene content of Premium 5’s Caviar accounts for 10% of the product in your jar. Terpenes would be the main components of the oily liquid at the bottom of the glass jar.
There are larger spheres
These larger spheres are also referred to as ‘diamonds’ – ergo, the joke about being a girl’s best friend – and are pretty much pure THC.
Consuming Caviar and Badder
These types of concentrates are best consumed when using a concentrate vaporizer or a dab rig. You’ll want an e-nail (quartz, borosilicate glass or metal) to manipulate the concentrate with.
Premium5 confirmed that the cultivar used for their first batches of single-strain Live Resin products was Glueberry OG. The terpene profile features myrcene leading out, followed by pinene, caryophyllene and limonene.
Sensi Star – do you pronounce “sen-see” or “sen-sei”? Either way, this evening cultivar pops up in the roster of several licensed producers.
Admittedly, it’s not surprising: Sensi Star has a high THC potential and relatively rapid growth. It is best suited for outdoor cultivation. The cultivar was first bred in Amsterdam in the mid-nineties by Paradise Seeds. Since then, it has won a plethora of awards.
Sweet Jersey 3 by Riff is another example of a licensed producer who renamed their product. In fact, this 1 gram pre-roll is Riff’s take on Jean Guy.
As a result, I thought we’d take some time to learn how to pronounce the cultivar’s name:
Jean Guy: You probably read that as blue jeans and a guy. We’ll understand, and might even correct you.
J-uh Ghee: This is the correct pronunciation! We’ll understand, and assume that you either speak French or were previously corrected.
Jean Grey: Not actually correct. We’ll understand, and we won’t correct you. We’ll assume you also like comic books.
Did you know? This was the very first strain Mimi smoked on Legalization day. Suitably, it was an obvious pick for the first Saturday of the month. With a peppery kick, this Jean Guy variant is great to get chores done or to watch a bilingual buddy cop movie with your friends over the net. Inhale after every time you yell out “Social Distancing!”
About Sweet Jersey 3
Spice up your life with Sweet Jersey 3 pre-rolls. This hoppy citrus sativa has a hint of spice, sure to help kick things up a notch.
A word to the wise:
As with most pre-rolls on the legal market, these are machine packed and rolled by the licensed producer. We strongly recommend giving the J a little massage to loosen up the herb. Another option would be to use a long toothpick to poke through the centre of the bat to create a chimney. The chimney allows the air to flow better and can help prevent canoeing.
It’s important to remember that combustion is not the method of cannabis consumption that has the lowest-risk. In fact, edibles, oils, and dry flower vaporization are more recommended methods of consumption because they pose less risk. Visit “Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines” for more information.
Aphria is the medical licensed cannabis producer behind the brand Riff. Because they tend to produce high-THC, tasty and well known strains at a decent price, we often stock their products. Additionally, the oil vapes by Riff are full-spectrum, with cannabis-derived terpenes, and their cartridges are Pax Era Pods.
However, we do not stock their oils because they use Palm Oil derived MCT.
“RIFF is not a conventional cannabis brand. Created for the discerning cannabis consumer with an eye for the little things, RIFF is community x cannabis. Co-created by a community of artists, makers and cultural provocateurs, RIFF provides high-quality cannabis designed by nature.”
In the wonderful world of cannabis, there are certain differences between the legal market and the black market that consumers should be aware of.
One example is Great White Shark. Historically, the cultivar was known as a hard-hitting indica with a big bite.
On the other hand, San Rafael ’71’s take on the cultivar is a high CBD sativa. It also contains a bit of THC. In fact, the ratio of CBD:THC makes this cultivar is a good option for new users. Many first time users report feeling altered mental and physical states. However, it’s important to note that everyone’s experience with cannabis is unique. Remember to start low and go slow.
Great White Shark helps you end your week with a level head. Of sorts. With twice as much CBD as THC, its balanced ratio pairs well with lemon-ginger herbal tea, chores and quarantine induced binge-watching of the Sharknado series. Or Jaws, if you’re a classicist.
About Great White Shark
This is the only Great White you’d be cool sharing the beach with. Carefully cultivated to the highest standard of quality, this best in class 2:1 Sativa strain offers the benefits of both CBD and THC, and is enhanced by its unique, earthy dominant aroma.
About San Rafael ’71
“San Rafael, California. It’s where five pals gathered every day at 4:20 to search for their holy grail – an elusive, near-mythical patch of cannabis. While this crop was never found, the story continues to inspire us today.”
Stoners get a bad rap. The stereotype focuses on someone lazing about. Likely, they’re in their pj’s all day. They are homebodies who rarely leave the house.
In the era of social isolation, who’s a humble hero now?
The rest of you probably feel a little stir crazy. To break the monotony for a bit, why not take a “trip” to Quadra by Broken Coast?
Quadra is part of the Discovery Islands in BC. The island seems tame on its Wikipedia page. However, the fictional crime thriller MARRY, BANG, KILL by Canadian author Andrew Battershill paints the quaint island in a different light. Pick it up if you’re a fan of Terry Fallis (The Best Laid Plans) or Andy Weir (The Martian) and enjoy gritty crime novels.
Named after Quadra Island off the west coast of British Columbia, this strain produces thick, powerful smoke with a funky kush flavour and notes of mandarin zest.
It’s a variant of Headstash.
The cultivar is indica dominant.
About Broken Coast
Broken Coast is a licensed producer of medicinal cannabis located on Vancouver Island. We have deep roots in British Columbia, and we’re proud to contribute to the reputation our province has earned for producing outstanding cannabis.
Broken Coast was the first premium brand available on the non-medical legal market in Alberta. They are renowned for their relative freshness and frosty buds. Broken Coast’s respect for cultivars, the plant and its effect is obvious in the product that hits the shelves. On the non-medical market, they typically rename their products based on locations/ in BC (Quadra, Gabriola, Galiano, Savary to name a few).
4-20 at Daikoku
Specials will be going on throughout the month to celebrate April 2020:
20% off all non-liquidation accessories
A new sale on a cultivar every day that runs for the remainder of the month or until stock is out.
It’s probably the weirdest 4-20 in Canada. We go to weed stores to get our greens and get our groceries delivered — I remember when it was the other way around!
Start the month off with even more nostalgia: Qwest‘s Pre‑98 Bubba Kush is the first special for 4-20.
Reminisce about the good ole days, when TP was plentiful and weed was illegal (and now, we’re an essential service ?). Maybe your mom sang you to sleep when you were stressed out. The flavour in each of these 1 gram pre-rolls is a serious blast to the past and oh, so smooth.
About Pre-98 Bubba Kush
THE original, old school Bubba Kush got its start in the mid-’90s and quickly became a favourite for indica lovers with its sticky denseness. The popularity of Bubba Kush meant that, over time, the strain’s genetics became diluted. Re-enter Pre‑98 Bubba Kush. It takes you back to the original mid-’90s undiluted strain that launched the legend.
Enthusiasts prefer the Pre 98 because of its pure genetics. This cultivar is for people who like the old school Cali Kush flavour.
If you think you’ve had Bubba Kush, Qwest’s Pre‑98 Bubba Kush is a wonderful reminder that you haven’t.
Qwest is premium (we could even say “luxury”) BC bud in all its glory.
A few factoids:
All their grows are small-batch grown, allowing Qwest to give each plant the specific care she needs
The fanciest water. Like, ever:
“Our plants are nourished by pure glacial mountain water which runs naturally through the Qwest Cannabis Estate. A true gift from nature, this water happens to be perfectly pH balanced to the level that cannabis thrives on.”