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Legal weed hits, and a miss

It’s time for another round of cannabis reviews.

Us folks over at the oz. have been sampling as many legal cannabis products as possible so you can spend your hard-earned cash on the tried and true.

Here are a handful of hits and one big miss:

God Bud by Verse Originals

Can you get an ounce of good weed for $100 on the legal market?

You sure can.

Verse Originals recently dropped a kickass ounce of God Bud that sells for $99 or less—some people have found it for $75 at brick-and-mortar shops.

There was no shake in my 28-oz. bag; mostly medium and larger buds tumbled out. The smell was fruity and the moisture was just right.

It burns grey/white and is a pretty smooth smoke.

It’s tingly on the lips and gives a face-melting high, especially at 18% THC. Personally, I found it makes me creative and mellow.

The main terpenes are Caryophyllene, Bisabolol, Myrcene and Humulene.

This is the best value I’ve found on the market so far.

— DW

MacFlurry from BLK MKT

This is one of the prettiest eighths I’ve ever bought.

It’s immediately on the nose, with tangy sweetness of lime.

One big gorgeous sticky bud was packed into the jar, and with a shake you get a satisfying thud of the bud hitting the side.

Both rolled up and in the vape it’s smooth and tasty, allowing for big bold hits without inducing a hacking cough.

The effect for me was at times uplifting, cerebral, chill and creative.

Overall, it’s a powerful high.

The bottle lists 24.6% THC, with 2.23% terpenes—dominated by Terpinolene, Caryophyllene, Limonene.

The lineage is a cross between Ice Cream Cake and MAC, and the taste has some of the nuttiness inherent in BLK MKT’s Peanut Butter MAC.

At about $55 for 3.5 grams, MacFlurry is on the pricy end—like all of BLK MKT’s offerings. This one was worth the price of admission.

This is another stand-out offering from a truly premium brand.

— DW

Chocolates by LYF Edibles

LYF Edibles is mixing things up with their chocolates. Not only do they have unique flavour combinations in the current edible market but they also have no sugar added.

First up, we’ve got the NSA Milk Chocolate Coffee Quinoa squares. These pleasantly surprised me, especially because I am not particularly partial to milk chocolate, nor am I a coffee drinker. I thought the bitter notes from the coffee offset the milky sweetness of the chocolate nicely with the delightful crunch from the quinoa for texture. Two squares, with 5mg THC each, are in the package, making this a great little treat.

I had higher expectations for the NSA Dark Chocolate Almond 1:1 squares because one of my favorite indulgences is dark chocolate covered almonds. I was hoping for a strong almond taste and crunch but that was not quite the reality. However, I did still really enjoy this chocolate and its effect. The dark chocolate is classic, strong and bitter with just a hint of the nuttiness. These have 5mg of CBD along with the 5mg of THC in each square.

We picked these up for $4.99 each at a local retailer.

— JN

Sage N’ Sour by MTL Cannabis

Sage N’ Sour lives up to its name; the fresh and potent smell is herbal and citrusy, almost comforting in a way.

It’s high-THC at 24.86% and Sativa-dominant. It’s the first cultivar I’ve seen that features CBG (2%).

This is lovely weed. The buds are nicely trimmed and decently sized. They’re sticky and pull apart fibrously.

Sage N’ Sour quickly became one of my favourites, and the eighth is already nearly gone. At about $30, it’s a bargain on the legal market for the quality.

The Sativa-dominant flower grinds up beautifully. Vaping lets you enjoy the taste, which matches the smell. The airy ground-up bud rolls into densely packed joints that burn well with light grey ash.

Its genetics are S.A.G.E. crossed with Sour Diesel.

My lot is 24.86% THC, packaged March 16, 2021. Its terpene profile includes Terpinolene, Caryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene, and Ocimene.

— DW

Kiss Gummies by THC BioMed

Have you ever had an awkward make-out partner?

THC Kiss Gummies are like that—an experience that should be enjoyable, but leaves you feeling kinda icky.

Opening up the package, four gummies all melted into one tumbled out. They ripped apart with a bit of force, stretching like putty.

They’re initially alluring with a nice strawberry smell.

Then the Kiss touches your mouth… bland and bitter. It takes a lot of chewing to break it down.

Produced by Kelowna-based THC BioMed, there is 2.5mg of THC in each gummy. The THC is extracted from THC BioMed’s Sativa Landrace strain.

The effect is decent; however, these gummies are more like kissing grandma than a lover.

At least they’re cheap at $3.99.

— DW

Sunset Peach THC Vape by Verse Originals

This fresh and fruity vape is the perfect summer companion.

It goes down sweet and smooth and provides a relaxed and happy buzz, the cannabis equivalent of a peach Bellini.

The Sunset Peach 510-thread Vape cart by Verse Originals comes in a 1g size, and overshadows the Tropic Lemon’s 0.3g but you won’t hear me complain about that. This is my favourite vape to date.

According to Verse they were inspired by the strains Peaches N’ Cream and Strawberry Banana when creating the Sunset Peach flavour. The key terpenes are listed as Alpha Pinene, D-Limonene, and Linalool.

I’m personally not huge on the classic cannabis flavour and you’ll rarely see me with a joint in my hand but sometimes you just don’t want to wait for an edible to hit. That’s where vape carts like this really hit the mark.

A word of warning to you, this one is so tasty you might not want to stop before you’ve hit the moon!

— JN

David Wylie is publisher at the oz. and Jenny Neufeld is the administrative coordinator. They are both passionate about locally crafted legal cannabis products. Check out theounce.ca and sign up for the weekly newsletter to stay on top of the Okanagan cannabis scene.



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Put down those joints

If there ever was a time to extoll the virtues of the dry-herb vape, it is now.

It’s a catastrophic fire season in B.C. so far. Temperatures into the mid-40s mean the woods are drier than an eighth packed in 2019.

We don’t need to be risky with our weed.

If you’re out and about in the great outdoors, consider dry-herb vaping.

For the uninitiated, this kind of vaping uses flower, which makes it a fantastic substitute to joints because you still get the tactile experience of using fresh bud. The only other thing you need is a need a dry-herb vapourizer; they range in price depending on make and features.

I prefer the Mighty from Storz and Bickel because it has easy to use temperature controls and makes fantastic vapour clouds.

Think of it like a little oven. You fill the chamber with a nice pinch of herb and turn it on to heat it up. You can control the temperature either with on-screen controls or through a browser that enables Bluetooth connections. (App stores have banned vape apps, but that’s a whole other topic.)

The vape allows you to raise the temperature by degrees, thereby vapourizing the bud’s cannabinoids and terpenes—a.k.a. the good stuff. I like to start at 175F for those smooth hits and slowly raise it to 200F which feels more like smoking.

Not only do you avoid combustion with dry-herb vaping, but also get more of the unique flavours; it’s especially fun when you have a notably flavourful cultivar. Look for strains that have names that appeal to your taste buds—might I suggest Sage N’ Sour, Blueberry Seagal or BC Black Cherry.

If you do want to try dry-herb vaping but don't know where to start or have questions, don't hesitate to email me at [email protected].

Here are five common-sense tips to keep from starting a blaze while getting blazed:

  • Don’t smoke in the woods, doubly-so if it’s windy. Save it for the concrete jungle where you can easily butt out on a sidewalk and an errant ember is less likely to find a place to ignite.
  • On the trail, stick to the gravel or dirt path. It’s legal; you don’t have to hide in the underbrush.
  • Consider dry-herb vaping or hitting a vape cart.
  • Drinks are a perfect companion. You’re going to be thirsty anyway, so why not bring a few iced teas or sparkling waters to quench your thirst and get your buzz on.
  • If you choose to smoke in the wild nonetheless, don’t toss your joint absentmindedly. Stamp it out.

Subscribe to the oz. email newsletter every Friday for a roundup of the local, provincial, and national cannabis news at theounce.ca.



Weed in space!

If a new intergalactic crypto-currency has its way, an experimental crop of weed will be launched into space on a rocket within a year.

Elon Musk’s high-profile SpaceX is part of the plan, which feels like a trip down a science fiction rabbit hole. According to SpaceGrime news releases, the company wants to use its brand-new crypto-currency to fund space missions.

Investors in GRIMEX and Coin X will one day be able to spend their coin in space, and will reap dividends.

“These space missions for resources, energy, and tourism will be a source of enormous wealth in the future,” says SpaceGrime.

The first launch could happen within a year and it would include a “Closed Ecological Life Support System,” to grow cannabis and Psilocybin mushrooms.

Weed in space ‘worth a fortune’

“These will be important for many reasons: mushroom mycelium can be used as a radiation proof bio-building material and many useful medications can be made from it to aid in long-term space habitation. Cannabis can be used for its fibres, oils, medicines and other products”

“Not to mention these products will be worth a fortune to future space travellers as they can’t be easily brought from Earth.

“The growth and automated robotic harvesting and processing of the crops will be monitored by cameras and streamed back to Earth. Other crops may be considered as well.”

The first launch will have artificial gravity, climate control, water recycling, solar power, and block-chain nodes that support GRIMEX and X currency.

SpaceGrime appears to have started out as a joke currency linked to Elon Musk that wasn’t really a joke at all. As of May 28, it had 11,500 holders and its value had soared 45,000%.

The company described it like this:

"SpaceGrime is an experimental interplanetary virtual currency. It is inspired by memes, music, technology, and digital art, as those items will be the cultural artifacts that transcend space and time and are destined to spread virally throughout the galaxy.

"SpaceGrime seeks to bring together a rapidly growing community of Earthlings who want to go to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

"This is no longer fanciful science fiction. It is going to happen and we are already seeing just the beginning stages. All proceeds from space missions in the future will be distributed to GRIMEX and X holders in proportion to their holdings."

Here is the white paper for those who want to dive in.

https://spacegrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/SpaceGrime-Whitepaper.pdf

Pick up Issue 3 of the oz. magazine at a cannabis store in the Okanagan. Here’s where to pick up a print copy. https://okanaganz.com/oz/news/where-to-find-a-print-copy-of-the-oz-magazine/



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'I love smoking weed'

Jenn Larry has never been shy about her cannabis use.

Since her first puff as a young teenager, she knew weed was something special. Decades later, Larry is the chief commercial officer at Montreal-based MTL Cannabis.

“It’s important now that we’re normalizing, we’re reducing the stigma, and we’re affording people an opportunity to lean into what legalized cannabis is supposed to mean: to not be afraid to say, ‘I love smoking weed, and lots of it,’” she tells the oz.

MTL has built its reputation on a single strain. Hundreds of thousands of jars of Sage N’ Sour have been sold throughout Canada. The high-THC, Sativa-dominant Sage N’ Sour is unique in its high CBG percentage.

“We are amazed that we get to be on so many shelves,” says Larry.

Ironically, MTL is not available in Quebec (just yet), but Larry says the hand-trimmed flower represents Montreal’s rich cannabis history.

“We have so much of our own nomenclature, we have so many of our own genetics, so many of our own stories; and while we may not be as advanced as maybe the B.C. market is in some of the outdoor grows, we certainly have a craftmanship that exists in Montreal,” she says.

“We grow in small rooms, it’s our homage to our own backyard.”

Larry has used her experience in the music industry, as well as regulated spaces like tobacco and gambling, to guide her in cannabis.

She even compares bud tenders to record store clerks.

“The bud tenders are becoming almost like that person at the record shop, who just knew so much. You’d go in for an afternoon and chat with them just because you had this shared passion for something that spoke to you both on totally different levels but was still a connective piece.

“Being with MTL Cannabis and having our chance to put out our ‘song,’ which is Sage N’ Sour, it’s been really cool to see how many people are connecting with that.”

MTL is continually looking to how they can “own more of the process,” says Larry.

They recently made the move to packaging in-house. That’s led to significant job creation. When Larry started at MTL earlier this year, there were 40 employees. That has quickly grown to about 100 people.

“When you function as a cultivation company, then you really mature into a manufacturing company, it really shows you how many more people you need to get the job done.”

In a feature interview with the oz., Larry talks about:

  • Whether MTL is short for Montreal;
  • Her history of working in "vice" industries
  • Why she’s cool with being the poster child for smoking pot.

Read the Q&A. https://okanaganz.com/oz/features/qa-with-mtl-cannabis/

All these reviews — and more — are featured in Issue 3 of the oz. magazine. Here’s where to pick up a print copy. https://okanaganz.com/oz/news/where-to-find-a-print-copy-of-the-oz-magazine/



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About the Author

David Wylie is publisher of the oz. — a cannabis newsletter that covers the growing legal weed industry from the Okanagan Valley.

He has been a journalist for nearly two decades, working in newsrooms all over Canada.  

David is active as okanaganz on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Reddit. Subscribe to the email newsletter at okanaganz.com.

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