About Daikoku: The Cannabis Boutique is on a Potcast

(And no, that’s not a typo.)

My full name, Mireille Tessier, tends to stick out in Edmonton. It also sticks out in the cannabis industry. It’s obviously French – or foreign, if you’re unfamiliar with Canada’s second official language – and not obviously female. Which is why I usually go by the far more pronounceable moniker of “Mimi.”

For the curious, my name rhymes with “Mini Death Ray.”

it’s pronounced [Mee-Ray]

What we talk about

Francophones and females are underrepresented in the legal Canadian world of grass. It’s one of the topics Luc Prévost (the ToPot’s host) and I talk about, in French, during the 44 minute episode.

During the podcast, Luc and I also discuss:

  • Why William decided to open a weed store;
  • How we decided to come to Edmonton;
  • How pot stores are different in Alberta and in Quebec;
  • What Daikoku is (although not where our name comes from!);
  • How we talk about ganja with our growing boy.

One of my favourite interviews

In the past, I’ve had the opportunity to speak about Cannabis in general, and Daikoku specifically, on TV with Ici Radio-Canada in Alberta, during the Ici Alberta’s radio morning “Café Show,” at the C-Tribe Festival, in the Le Journal Franco, during the the Rendez-vous des Affaires and, more recently and regularly, on Radio Cité, Franco-Edmonton’s community radio. When it comes to visibility, we have been spoilt rotten.

But this is the first time in a long time that I was able to take a moment to pause and think about how far we’ve come. Many of you may not know that Daikoku is not, in fact, my first business. But it is the first time I had a business start so backwards.

Before Daikoku was even incorporated, we already had letters of intent for leasing a location, a working relationship with my contractor, store designs, a lawyer and an accountant. We incorporated days before we sent our final application to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (the AGLC) in April 2018. We got our final cannabis permit exactly one year later.

We moved from Quebec to Alberta in July of 2018, just in time for K-days, knowing only a handful of people, with no promise of a business actually coming to fruition.

Looking back on it during this potcast, it hits me how much of a trip this was. The shakiness in my voice is as much nerves as emotion. It was hard not to cry sometimes – out of sheer relief, maybe?

Hope you enjoy the podcast as much as I do – bonne écoute!

Mimi

5 Cannabis Products That Make the Perfect Stocking Stuffers Under $25

It’s that time of year again, you know the time where you realize you still need gifts for everyone in the family but it’s too late to order online. We know the feeling, that’s why we’ve put together this handy list of five products that make the perfect holiday gifts. From chocolate to prerolls there’s something for everyone here and it won’t break your bank. 

1. Face Serum

Skip the hemp seed oil and opt for a higher-level experience. Compliance Brand Face Serum is a THC-infused, oil-based face serum made with jojoba oil that absorbs quickly leaving behind plump, refreshed skin. Recently reduced in price, this product makes the perfect stocking stuffer for any skincare junkie. 

2. Kushmas Stix

A blend of Mendocino Purple Kush and Critical Kush, Trailblazer’s Kushmas Stix pack a festive punch of pine, sweetness and spice in a convenient 0.5g pre-roll. A festive design that complements gift wrapping, a winter hike or making it through that third helping of stuffing. Perfect for keeping your loved ones feeling warm and ‘Kushy’ this season. 

3. Legend Chocolate

Scored into four breakable pieces, Legend combines 10 mg of THC with 10 g of rich, premium chocolate to ensure every bite is truly a celebration. The chocolate used by Legend comes from fourth-generation, Alberta-based master chocolatier Bernard Callebaut, often referred to as Calgary’s father of chocolate. For an added holiday touch, keep an eye out for their Candy Cane Crush seasonal flavour. 

4. Tropic Lemon 510-Thread Vape Cart 

Ready when you are, Valens’ Tropic Lemon 510-thread cartridges contain a total of 0.5g of ethanol-extracted distillate, and combined with botanical terpenes. Tropic lemon is a sativa-dominant profile, unique balance of floral and citrus notes produced by three lead terpenes; terpinolene, myrcene and limonene. It’s an easy way to take a quick break from one of those unending Zoom calls – maybe put this one in your own stocking. 

5. Daikoku Gift Card

Even the hardest to shop for will jump for joy at the sight of a Daikoku gift card in their stocking. With two stoner-friendly designs to choose from, you can wish your friends & family “Merry Juana” or “Happy Holiblaze” – Gift cards range from $10-$100. 

There’s More In-Store

If these aren’t quite what you’re looking for we’ve got plenty more stock that will make any stoner smile. Check out our online menu to shop before coming in, you’ll notice our prices are so good that almost everything could be a stocking stuffer!

Daikoku Discovers: Cannabis Beverages

Do you drink your weed? The edible market has expanded beyond chocolates and soft chews to offer an array of beverages from sweet to sparkling there’s something for everyone. Beverages offer a unique consumption experience and may not feel the same as edibles. 

Why are beverages different?

Beverages and beverage add-ins rely on emulsification technologies to make oil-based cannabis extracts water soluble. As a result, beverages on the legal market interact differently than other edibles.

When ingested, cannabis molecules are usually too large to absorb into your bloodstream until they are digested into your liver. When cannabis molecules are broken down in your liver Delta-9 THC converts to 11-Hydroxy THC, an alternative that’s about 5x stronger. That’s why edibles often have a stronger effect. However, the emulsifications that beverages undergo make the molecules smaller than previously allowing them to begin absorbing within 15 minutes of consumption. As a result, beverages may have a more rapid effect than edible alternatives and create a unique user experience.

And while many beverage products on the market today usually have small quantities of THC (maximum 10 mg per beverage), the effects are additive. They can easily creep up on you. So as always, start low, go slow.

For the Soda Lovers 

Tweed Sodas

Tweed’s most popular strains are now available in a ready-to-drink beverage. With 2mg of THC, Tweed currently offers beverage mixes; Houndstooth & Soda and Bakerstreet & Ginger.

Cannabinoid Content: 2mg THC/ 355ml can

Flavours: Bakerstreet & Ginger and Houndstooth & Soda

Houseplant

Houseplant offers refreshing, cannabis-infused sparkling water with 2.5mg THC/can. This naturally flavoured beverage is perfect for social or solo occasions. 

Cannabinoid Content: 2.5mg THC/ 355ml can

Flavours: Lemon and Grapefruit

Quatreau

Encouraging you to “calm up” the latest in CBD beverages comes in two refreshing flavours. With 20mg of CBD, these beverages make the perfect addition to your busy days. 

Cannabinoid Content: 20mg CBD/ 355ml can

Flavours: Cucumber Mint and Passionfruit Guava 

Summit

Claiming to be free of the distinct taste of cannabis, Summit infused waters offer citrus flavoured still water infused with 2.5mg of THC per 355ml bottle.

Cannabinoid Content: 2.5mg THC/ 355ml bottle

Flavours: Lemon and Grapefruit 

Basecamp

Just a hint of sweetness accompanies this classic black tea with lemon infused with 15mg of CBD per 355ml bottle.

Cannabinoid Content: 15mg CBD/ 355ml bottle

Flavours: Lemon Black Tea 

Veryvell

Offering a complete line of products to support your self-care journey. Veryvell CBD-dominant and balanced sparkling water and iced tea aim to be your new go-to. 

Cannabinoid Content: 15mg CBD/ 355ml bottle 

Flavours: Sicilian Lemon and Strawberry Hibiscus 

Little Victory

Vibrant, naturally flavoured sparkling beverages to toast to any of life’s little victories. Celebrate a little with their selection of balanced beverages. 

Cannabinoid Content: 2.5mg THC & 2.5mg CBD/ 355ml bottle 

Flavours: Dry Grapefruit, Dry Lemon, Dark Cherry, and Blood Orange

Everie

Made with great taste in mind, Everie’s sparkling beverages offer natural fruit flavours and really pure CBD. 

Cannabinoid Content: 10mg CBD/ 269ml can

Flavours: Mango Passionfruit, Dragon Fruit Watermelon, and Lemon & Lime

Mollo

Mollo-out with the crisp, cold taste of mollo beverages. Offering the same easy-drinking flavour in two balanced potency’s 2.5mg and 5mg. 

Cannabinoid Content: 1:1 CBD and THC in either 2.5mg or 5mg/ 355ml bottle

Flavours: Malt & Barley 

House of Terpenes

A range of terpene-forward sparkling tonics that celebrate the flavours of cannabis. House of Terpenes offers balanced sparkling tonics to help you reach a higher taste. 

Cannabinoid Content: 5mg THC & 5g CBD/ 355ml bottle 

Flavours: Limonene and Myrcene 

Deep Space

A deep, dark, and mysteriously full-flavoured carbonated beverage designed for those looking for something small, potent, and ready to go. 

Cannabinoid Content: 10mg THC/ 222ml can

Flavours: Herbs, fruits, and liquid smoke 

For the Mixologists 

Ripple

Ripple powder provides the freedom to infuse any food or beverage. They’re packed into individually sealed packets of precise portions of flavourless, dissolvable cannabis. 

Cannabinoid Content: multiple content varieties – 10mg THC, 7.5mg THC, 5mg THC (2 pack), 1mg THC & 10mg CBD (4 pack), 2.5mg THC & 2.5mg CBD (4 pack) 

Flavours: Flavourless

Drift Shots

Sip back and enjoy the journey with the refreshingly new THC Shots – a quick and easy-to-enjoy cannabis beverage captured in a conveniently small bottle. Every shot is infused with a measured dose of THC and tangy citrus flavour. Shake well before drifting.

Cannabinoid Content: 10mg THC/ 45ml shot

Flavours: Tangy Citrus 

Veryvell Drops

Get the drop on the latest from Veryvell. Their water-soluble drops allow you to infuse your drops into any beverage of your choice. Their build in dosing cap provides the ability to control the experience you’re looking for.

Cannabinoid Content: multiple content varieties: 1mg CBD/2 drops, .5mg THC & .5mg CBD/2 drops, 1mg THC/ 2 drops 

Flavours: Chamomile Extract, Ginseng Extract, and Passionflower Extract

For the Tea Drinkers

TGOD tea

Whole Leaf Tea combines the highest quality organic ingredients with cannabinoids from certified organic cannabis. Responsibly sourced premium ingredients are packed in a resealable pouch containing two biodegradable pyramid sachets. Add one tea sachet to 250ml cup of hot water and steep for five minutes. Absorption can occur in just 15 minutes, with 4.5 times more absorption versus oil alone. Sip and enjoy!

Cannabinoid Content: multiple content varieties: 5mg THC/ tea bag, and 10mg CBD/ tea bag

Flavours: Happy Hibiscus Mate, Zen Green Sencha  

Everie

Three deliciously bold tea blends all boldly infused with CBD. Everie tea is a decaffeinated premium, whole leaf herbal tea designed to offer you a soothing tea experience. 

Cannabinoid Content: 10mg CBD/ tea bag

Flavours: Lavender Chamomile, Peach Ginger Green, and Vanilla Rooibos

Haven St.

Blended in small batches, using only the highest quality, natural ingredients. Each street is hand-crafted, using organic ingredients and a proprietary cannabis infusion process to provide an enchanting aroma and superior flavour.

Cannabinoid Content: multiple content varieties – 20mg CBD, 5mg THC & 5mg CBD, 5mg THC & 10mg CBD, 10mg THC & 5mg CBD, 10mg THC

Flavours: Green, Chamomile Berry, Vanilla Earl Grey, Chocolate Rooibos, Citrus Berry

How can I find the best cannabis product for me

(Without Trying A Million Products)

Whether you consume cannabis regularly or have just started, it can be daunting to find the right product in the legal market. Our own cannabis boutique has hundreds of items on our menu!

To get you started, and help you in finding the cannabis product that’s right for you, let’s take a look at 4 basic elements that (should) affect your cannabis choice:

  • Method of Consumption
  • Terpenes and Potency
  • Brand and Price
  • Time of consumption
Continue reading “How can I find the best cannabis product for me”

An Introduction to Growing Your Cannabis. No Elbow Grease Necessary.

Seeds!
Grow your own Pink Lemonade this summer!

New seeds have hit our shelves making this summer the perfect time to test out your green thumb. Growing cannabis shouldn’t only be for the experts. That’s why we’re breaking down the simplest methods for growing. Using these beginner steps for growing your cannabis, you’ll have your own buds in no time*.

* Actually takes a few weeks.

Continue reading “An Introduction to Growing Your Cannabis. No Elbow Grease Necessary.”

4-20 Calendar: April 5th – Sensi Star

These sales are no joke!

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.

Continue reading “4-20 Calendar: April 5th – Sensi Star”

4-20 Calendar: April 4th – Sweet Jersey 3

These sales are no joke!

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.
04/04/20: Sweet Jersey 3 by Riff | High THC Sativa.

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.

Please note:

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.

About Riff

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.”

Our Cannabis Brands, Aphria

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.

For more information, check out our menu.

4-20 Calendar: April 3rd – Great White Shark

These sales are no joke!

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.

03/04/20: Great White Shark by San Rafael '71 | Balanced THC/CBD Ratio.

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.

Sativa dominant.

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.”

Home page, San Rafael ’71 Website
Available in 1 gram packages
Myrcene is the primary terpene in Great White Shark
Guaiol is the secondary terpene in Great White Shark
Bisabolol is not actually Bisabo laughing out loud.

(Actually, no one really knows where 4:20 comes from… but we’ll gladly toke to it!)

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.

For more information, check out our menu.

April 1 | April 2

4-20 Calendar: April 2nd – Quadra

These sales are no joke!

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?

02/04/20: Quadra byBroken Coast | A variant of Headstash.

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.

About Quadra

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.

Available in 3.5 gram containers.
Caryophyllene is the main terpene found in Quadra
Limonene is the secondary terpene found in Quadra
Terpineol is the tertiary terpene found in Quadra

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.

About us, Broken Coast Website

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.

For more information, check out our menu.

April 1 | April 3

4-20 Calendar: April 1st – Pre-98 Bubba Kush

These sales are no joke!

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.

01/04/20: Pre-98 Bubba Kush by Qwest | This cultivar is no joke!

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

Pre-98 Bubba Kush comes packaged in 2x1 gram prerolls.
Myrcene is the main terpene found in Pre-98 Bubba Kush
Caryophyllene is the secondary terpene found in Pre-98 Bubba Kush
Linalool is the tertiary terpene found in 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.

About Qwest

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
  • Hang dried
  • Hand trimmed
  • 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.”

About us, Qwest website

4-20 at Daikoku

Specials will be going on throughout the month to celebrate April 2020:

  • 20% off all non-liquidation items
  • A new sale on a cultivar every day that runs for the remainder of the month or (until stock is out)

For more information, check out our menu.

April 2 | April 3