New and Noteworthy Craft Cannabis: October 27, 2021

Why I Love Craft Cannabis

“Government” weed gets a bad rap. Three years (and ten days) ago, the first cannabis containers I opened contained dry weed. Some containers came under 3.5g. Everyone had the exact same cultivars – seriously, there were 7 “Shishkaberry” at one time, and anyone will tell you that was 6 too many.

It took a while for craft cultivators to get space on shelves – or rather, in with the AGLC. But every time a micro cultivator would come in to tell us about their brands, they would confirm that their Terpenes hit 1, 2 or even a whopping 3% total plant composition. I was impressed: until then, most companies couldn’t tell me what the total terpene composition was. 

There are a LOT of things that set craft cannabis apart, but I thought I’d highlight my top three reasons. 

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New and Noteworthy Edibles: October 20 2021

Made in Calgary: Wabi Sabi Chocolates

Remember the post I wrote about Distillate and Full spectrum products last week? I just wanted to let you know that it’s not just for vape carts. In fact, distillate is the most common method for dosing cannabis edibles. It makes sense: distillate allows Licensed Producers (LPs)  to evenly and consistently dose their products. It’s also relatively flavourless, which makes it easy to pair with milder flavours that we find in gummies soft chews and beverages.

But because we love our full spectrum effects, we do try and find cannabis edibles that use more than just THC in them. 

Enter Wabi Sabi.

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New and Noteworthy Vape Carts: October 13 2021

What’s in your vape cart?

Vape cartridges are a convenient, mess-free and nearly smell-free way to consume cannabis concentrates. The product that ends up in your 510-thread cartridge is either a distillate or a full spectrum concentrate, like rosin or butane honey (hash) oil.

Distillate Vape Carts

Like its name implies, distillate is the extracted form of a product. We would normally only find a single major cannabinoid distillate products.

Picture courtesey of Sticky Greens

Most Licensed producers add terpenes back into their product. These terpenes are often botanically sourced – mostly because it’s cost effective. Because LPs control everything that goes into their distillate, they’re able to emulate the terpene profile of products, or add new and fun flavours. We’re keeping our eyes open for Sticky Greens coming to Alberta with their Rooty B.(eer) vape!

Full Spectrum Vape Carts

These carts are made with fresh flower, flash frozen flower, or cured flower. The only ingredient on these containers are “cannabis concentrate.” They will have the designation of “Live” if fresh or frozen flower is used.

It takes a LOT of plant material to make concentrate. A good rule of thumb is approximately 20 grams of fresh flower that’s needed for 1 gram of concentrate. (Which is why it’s pretty wild to me that 1 gram vape carts are the equivalent to 2g of flower, but one 355ml drink that contains 2.5mg of THC is the equivalent of 5 grams of dried flower.)

1 gram of concentrates requires 20 grams of fresh flower

Live Terpenes

A common trait that full spectrum cartridges have is that the concentrate is very dense. As a result, it can be prone to clogging or spilling. A way to ally increased flow without compromising (too many) terpenes is by having a mix of full spectrum cannabis with distillate. We’re seeing these products refer to themselves as “Live Terpene” products.

What’s the best product?

It really depends on each person and what they’re looking for. People who are looking for high THC for specific needs tend to gravitate around distillate products. These carts can provide the relief people are looking. On the other hand, many consumers who typically consume flower will prefer full spectrum carts. This is because the experience is allegedly more similar to that of smoking flower.

Distillate or full spec vape cart. Which is better? It depends on what you're looking for.

Back in stock flower!

Bruce by Poolboy

I have a soft spot for Alberta grown products. (It’s why we highlight them with the wild rose icon on our menu). But Bruce by Poolboy is special to me.

You see, it was the first Bruce Banner cultivar I (knowingly) tried.

My experience with Bruce include profound mellowing out, slight mood elevation and noticeable time distortion. Would pair with introspection, journaling and meditating. Would not recommend for social gatherings.

My preferred methods of consumption for Bruce are dry flower vaporizer or a bong.

Bruce believes life is all about balance and that’s why he’s here to bring you the perfect combination of Sativa and Indica.

Fun facts about Bruce: he has an aroma of a pungent citrus but compared to his smell, tastes a little earthier (loves gardening) and less sweet (not too big of a sweet tooth on this guy).

Bruce comes on strong with witty pick up lines and his effects emerging swiftly, but eventually mellows out and leaves you with a relaxing body high to balance out the punch (told you life is all about balance).

Now I know you’re all thinking “Wow Bruce sounds amazing! Where in the world did he come from!?” Bred by Jason Holck of Dark Horse Genetics, he was cross bred with Strawberry Diesel and OG Kush, and has  a THC ranging from 20 – 26%. Similar to other plants of this strain, it took Bruce 8 to 10 weeks to reach his full potential and let me tell you, he was a sight to behold!

Rich magenta hued leaves, bright green buds frosted with large-headed trichomes and red hairs. One look and you’re thinking “Damn, that dude is rad!”

Great effects, but bag appeal could be better. Still, I LOVE poolboy.

About Bruce:

  • Hybrid
  • Lineage: Strawberry Diesel x OG Kush
  • Cannabinoids: THC dominant
  • Min THC: 20%
  • Max THC: 26%
  • Max CBD: 0.2%
  • Total Terpenes: 1.78%
  • Terpene Profile: Caryophyllene, Linalool, Myrcene, Limonene
  • Container: Mylar zip-sealed bag
  • Humidity Pack: Integra Boost

With Hybrids, one can expect
Stoners in motion to stay in motion,
and Stoners at rest tend to nap on the couch.

A terrible Mimi Joke©

Mirage+ by Skosha

Fluffy and aromatic, the Mirage Plus from Skosha looks more orange than green with all those beautiful pistils!

I’m pleasantly surprised upon opening the package that the nose points more towards the spice and lemon than the earthiness, which is what I expected from the description. There’s the added bonus of sweetness.

In a grinder, it busts up nicely. Aromas develop as per expectation. In a vape (Arizer Air II, 380˚ F), I do get a pleasant earthy flavour that’s beautifully rounded out by the citrus and spice aromas. It’s a hard-hitting indica, but the chronic won’t have any issues toking on this lady all day long: Mirage plus will put you at ease, but she won’t knock you out. (Your mileage may vary; start low and go slow.) I’m looking forward to rolling one of these and see how she smokes. I feel she would be a great candidate for a nice slow burn doobie.

The packaging lists out total terpene content as well as the top four terpenes for this lot.

Mirage Plus by SKOSHA is indica-dominant with high, potent THC. These buds are lightly trimmed and handled carefully throughout the harvest process to protect trichomes and terpenes. Expect a strong earthy aroma with hints of spice and citrus within the large dense flower. It is available in various dried flower sizes and pre-rolls. This flower, produced by SKOSHA, is packaged in a moisture-locking bag and is non-irradiated.

Look at that trim! What a beaut.

About Mirage Plus:

  • Indica dominant
  • Lineage: God Bud x Harlequin
  • Cannabinoids: THC dominant
  • Min THC: 23%
  • Max THC: 26%
  • Max CBD: 0.1%
  • Total Terpene content: 2.18%
  • Terpene Profile: Caryophyllene, Myrcene, Limonene, Humulene
  • Container: Mylar zip-sealed bag
  • Humidity Pack: None

New and Noteworthy Hash: October 6, 2021

I got my hash pipe. You got your big Gs.

Hash is on the menu!

Last year, we took a look at the various hash products available in the Alberta regulated Cannabis market. Believe it or not, not many of the products that we listed back then are in the market now. So we figured it would be a great time to talk hash and give you an update on some of the products that are available.

But first, what is Hash?

When people call buds frosty, they’re commenting on the coverage of trichomes throughout a cannabis flower.

On this pic, we see purple-tinted trichomes, small hairs with bulbous tips on a cannabis plant
Wedding Cake closeup photo courtesy of Parkland Flower.
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