New and Noteworthy Weed: July 14th 2021

We LOVE Weednesdays at Daikoku. And we’ve been looking forward to this week’s delivery  with anticipation. While this post highlights weed from Moodring, we received some great milled flower by Divvy and a sweet ounce bag by Table Top. But first, a couple of our favourite weed products: Tutti Frutti by WeedMe and Gaelic Fire by Highland Grow.

By the by: noticing the store feels bigger? We finally got the lights fixed! It’s (almost) as bright inside as it is outside. It’s also much, much cooler because yup: it’s still hot in Edmonton this week, and the A/C is going full blast. Never been so happy to be slightly chilly. (Which is funny, because in French, “être gelé” is a slang term for being high, and also means being cold.)

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New and Noteworthy Alberta Cannabis: July 7th 2021

Cannabis: Not just for athletes!

A few new arrivals this week! But before we get into that, I just wanted to touch on the fact that cannabis culture can be more than just toking for fun. For some, cannabis provides a few options for relief. In fact, we recently looked at how cannabis has been (scientifically) proven to help people out when exercising! You can take a look at that over on our Instagram.

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New and noteworthy cannabis in Alberta

Cannabis in Alberta, (ok, ok, cannabis in Canada) is ever changing. Lots of new products hit our shelves on the regular, but we don’t often have the time to go into is as much as we’d like. So here are some of Mimi’s top picks for new products coming in-store this Weednesday, June 16th 2021.

BC God Bud by Verse

Verse is hitting the market with a new ounce bag. We’re always stoked to see big bags at a small price. But their BC God Bud caught our eye because of the frostiness we saw on candid online reviews

Here’s what Verse has to say about it:

Meet BC God Bud, hand selected, dried cannabis by Verse Originals. BC God Bud is an indica-dominant strain and has flavour that consists of tropical fruit with undertones of berry, lavender and pine produced by lead terpenes: caryophyllene, bisabolol, and humulene.

Flo by Divvy

Divvy has been making a name for itself with their multipack of 12 Sour Kush Pre-rolls. While we weren’t able to grab any of those this week, we did manage to score some Flo. It’s a high THC cultivar that shows lots of promises when you realize what its lineage is:

Go with the Flo. A cross between Afghani Indica and Purple Thai, this high-THC, sativa-leaning hybrid has some serious bag appeal. And it smells positively bananas, owing its sweet aroma to its unique terpene profile dominated by terpinolene and rounded out by myrcene and beta-caryophyllene. Its large spearhead-shaped buds boast a tight, dense structure flecked with copper calyxes, while its flavour is a blend of sweet citrus with earthy hints of pine.

New Cannabis in Alberta: Gorilla Berry by GreenSeal

Lastly, we’d like you to meet GreenSeal! We always love scouring the internet for the best cannabis in Canada. So when we found out one of their co-founders is their master grower, we couldn’t resist bringing them in. In fact, Chad Morphy got recognized as “Canada’s Top Grower” by Grow Opportunity magazine in 2019

“…the province of Alberta really loves cannabis, especially high quality flower and pre-rolls from local retailers.”

Greenseal News, Alberta Announcement

Their first foray into Alberta includes the Gorilla Berry that we snagged in both the 3.5g and 3-pack pre-rolls.

The best of Cannabis in Canada

After testing hundreds of Gorilla Berry seedlings for terpene levels, bud structure, and potency, GreenSeal’s intensive genetic selection program (aka phenotype hunt) discovered this true unicorn – a rare find combining the sweet, fruity flavours of blueberries and citrus notes. Upon opening a container of Gorilla Berry, the immediate sensation is the unforgettable smell of a freshly baked blueberry pie cooling on the windowsill. When consumed, the rich mix of terpenes (headlined by tart pinene and balanced with peppery caryophyllene and musky myrcene) mingle to impart more subtle earthy and spicy flavours beneath the unmistakably sweet berry overtones.

Daikoku Discovers: Chat with Tyler from GOOD BUDS

I am super psyched, super stoked to be able to talk to Tyler, CEO and co-founder at GOODBUDS. I’ve been fangirling on GOODBUDS since we got our first batch of Mango Taffie. For the first time, I was able to open a cannabis jar on the regulated market… And it was fresh! I was won over then and there. I didn’t know it yet, but it was only just the beginning.

“Small-Batch Cannabis, Hash and Rosin,  Organically Grown on Salt Spring Island, BC”

How GOODBUDS describes themselves on their website

Over time, I learned more about GOODBUDS. I found out they hang dry their weed. They use living soil. They have some of the most interesting cultivars on market. One reason for that is that the team, including Master Grower Mikael Rykes (whose name I mispronounced, and beg for forgiveness) choose the cultivars based on terps… and so much more. When GOODBUDS reached out to ask me questions (you can read their blog post here), I asked if I could ask some to Tyler to learn more about this awesome, award-winning, family-owned Licensed Producer in British Columbia. (And because we know you were wondering: yes, their logo is an eye.)

It takes less than 10 minutes to listen to the whole interview. But each nugget is dense with info, so we split the questions up for you and transcribed it all for ease of understanding.

1. Why did you choose to hang dry your weed?

That’s a great question, actually. It ties right back to a big thing you brought up which is freshness. The hang dry, we find, really is key for getting that fresh out of the jar cure. The kind that you’re used to when you’re crafting really premium bud. We find that hang dry contributes to the flavour, contributes to the burn, it contributes to the smoking flavour, and it even contributes to the shape or the appearance of the bud. So for all those reasons, we’re really passionate about the hang dry.

2. Why are you so careful about the soil you use? 

There’s definitely the old adage “You are what you eat.” and it’s true for cannabis plants too. They definitely show different traits or characteristics – or sometimes I even just call it better personality based on what you feed them or what they’re eating. Maybe not a different personality but a different aspect of their personality.

We see that in multiple cultivations, both outdoors and indoors, in our living soils. Sometimes the biosphere will actually contribute to the uniqueness of the terp profile, or the bud characteristics. So that’s something  we keep evolving and improving to let our soil give back to the buds, and really take them to the next level.

3. How do you pick what you’re going to grow? What’s your process?

Just like you said, we don’t just… we do get tests done in the lab. But we start with our senses. We start with, just like you: with our nose, with our mouth when we get to sample or like you, smoke the product. Additionally, we will do a lot of stem rubs and kind of observations as it’s growing, seeing the different terp profiles, both in flower and then again when it starts to dry and cure, cause those evolve too (at this, I’m nodding vigorously) – yeah, that’s definitely an exciting part of the process. We do it from unique seeds, we’ll just walkthrough huge sample groups and kind of get our noses brown with resin from smelling all the different flowers, you know?

(Now I start laughing and it’s contagious) 

Tyler amongst the plants at GOODBUDS

Yeah, it’s pretty funny, getting all stuck and sticky with a resin patch just from checking so many different plants. But you find that magic one. And sometimes you don’t even expect it! We had one last year that smelled like Mezcal, a nice, like a smokey whiskey smell, a smokey tequila smell. Just some really, really amazing, unique qualities that you’ll get when you get enough different plants express themselves. And then, you know, you just follow your nose.

4. Will there be GOODBUDS seeds? (Besides when we win the lottery and find that ONE seed in our jar!)

*Laughs* You can catch those, and those should definitely pop.

As far as seeds for home cultivators, it’s definitely something we’re working on and trying to stabilize some nice fem stock for outdoor growers. We’re not there yet, but we’re definitely working on the back burner for some action in the future.

5. GOODBUDS already discontinued one of my favourite products, Island Fig. And I’m salty about that, despite having Salty God at hand. So what you tell us about what’s coming?

We’ve got a couple of exciting new flowers that we’ll be releasing to market soon. One of them is the Dosi Melon: and that one is a cross between  Watermelon Zkittlz and Do-Si-Dos. Really, smells like a banana, fruit, melon bowl, you know, in summer, with some orange juice poured on top with some really delicious tropical profile. Nice strong sativa too, like good THC in there, real strong and really strong with the terp profile as well. 

And then, another one we introduced like on a small scale last year, in pre-rolls, called the Gluerangutang (You can hear me exclaim excitedly when he announces this). That one is going to be coming back as a flower.  We’re extremely excited about that strain. That one is a really strong THC, it’s s Harambe back cross that we hand picked out of a huge sample group.  And just crazy terpenes, like really strong terpenes. Strong lemon and just a cleaner smell to it. Yeah, really excited about that strain as well.

6. Ok, so you called [Dosi Melon] as a sativa – so what’s your take on the whole “sativa/indica” [discussion]?

BTW: there’s more laughter than words in this clip

*Laughs*

Let me just claim that I am definitely not a scientist. But! My take on it is, like, that I’ve smoked a Haze and it definitely felt different than when I smoked a Kush. And so I would say, I subscribe to that part of it. I would say that, in that context, that’s what I would say to someone when talking about sativa or indica.

7. How much fun is QA (Quality assurance)? 

Oh that’s a mean question! Well the fun thing is… a lot of times, those things you do, growers will tell you this: all the little things that you do make the difference in the final quality of your products.  You know, it’s hard to say that scrubbing pots if fun, or things like that, like sanitation isn’t always fun. But when you put the elbow grease in, and you do the work, and you reap the rewards. That part of it stays with you, and pushes you and it challenges you to deliver better products and to really push what you’re doing. So that part is fun, and you get to reap the reward, and yeah. That part is fun.

8. Why is it important for you to pay your employees a living wage?

Oh! Yeah. So that one has to do with, I guess, just with our business philosophy at GOOD BUDS. We try to be a very open, very community based organization. Even within our own staff, we have a lot of people who live locally, and work locally. And the thing in there is that we’re a family, and a family company.

Pic of brothers Alex and Tyler Rumi, Co-Founders

So trying to include everyone who works here, in part of that family by looking out for them, and making sure that they are able to look after their family too. That’s kind of, our thinking behind it, that approach. Yeah, we want to keep people at a good livelihood, cause that way they can keep GOOD BUDS in a good livelihood. It’s a nice relationship to have with your people.

Smalls is a series of quick conversations with CEOs and leaders within the Cannabis industry.

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 

XMG

All the XMG sodas contain the maximum allowed 10mg of THC per can. While their initial offerings were prepared with palm oil, they’re moving away from palm and towards coconut oil. (Don’t worry coconut haters: you can’t taste the difference.) 

Cannabinoid Content: 10mg THC/ 236ml bottle 

Flavours: Tropical Fruit, Mango Pineapple, Watermelon and Citrus

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

Seeds!

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.

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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.

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