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Sean

Body and Spirit Cannabis’ Terpene Specialist

@sean.bodyandspirit

MTL Sage n' Sour

๐ŸŒ„ MTL’s Sage N Sour has been the go to wake and bake for myself and many others since it first appeared on OCS what feels like ages ago (the pandy grind is real).

The strain itself has found a lot of love as an improved version of Sour Diesel ๐Ÿ—ฝ. The famous strain was one of the first to popularize that rush indicative of a citrus forward terp profile. It was crossed with S.A.G.E. which won the 2001 High Times Cup for offering that same feeling while heavily featuring old school Afghani genetics on both sides of its lineage. The result is a sativa that will give heavier users a boost while it may couch lock the uninitiated. ๐Ÿฆ

MTL’s version of the strain is notable in that it features up to 2% CBG (my current bottle is at 1.99%). This is another reason why it is a go to for so many. Similar to CBD, CBG can act as a buffer, prolonging but moderating the THC, and for many alleviating the anxiety experienced with typical “sativa” strains ๐Ÿ˜Œ. And it is arguably more effective (as a direct antagonist of the CB1 receptor) at doing so.

So far this is MTL’s only offering and it shows how they are actually committed to their listed core values, which is refreshing to see in a LP. One of these is to “Build a business on genetics that matter”. Starting in hydroponics and then in the designated grower space the founders are clearly actual heads. Another value is to “Be consistent. Consistency is everything when it comes to trust” And this has to be the main reason it is a go to for so many. The cure, nug size, and trim is always, ALWAYS, on point. It is a bit on the dryer side but the terps sing so loud that it is a non-issue. ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐ŸŽถ

MTL is a brand that has earned cannasseurs’ trust. I look forward to their future offerings but will continue to always have some of their Sage N Sour on hand.. that is until someone puts out a better wake n bake. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Sundial Blue Nova

๐Ÿ’™ Sundial’s Blue Nova is a perfect expression of Blue Dream that will take back anybody feeling nostalgic for this classic legacy market cultivar.

The super popular strain is known for its immediate cerebral uplift assisting creativity and good times. After the initial boost it quickly settles in to a more stoney high that is not quite functional but not at all sedating or debilitating. And all of that is great, but can be found in a myriad of other strains. What makes Blue Dream unique is its accompanying profound body relaxation ๐Ÿ˜Œ. It is often used as a daytime option for pain relief.

Sundial’s rendition channels all of these qualities perfectly ๐Ÿ’ฏ. As for over all quality, Sundial has clearly stepped up their game. Not shying from complaints about dryness, they delivered some very fresh and fluffy flower. ๐Ÿ‘ถ With a packaged date less than a month prior to purchase and a moisture pack included, every bit of the sugary berry aroma hugged me. I smelt the limonene and myrecene but also what I later looked up to be guaiol. Guaiol does not have any noticeable effects on psychoactivity which is why we get to feel the unadulterated classic haze combo but with a taste much more robust, flowery, and well just like Blue Dream should. The smoke itself was not quite as smooth as some more premium stuff but was still very thick with massive chest expansion. Similarly the trim could have been better but was on par with its price.

Overall this is very hard to beat at its price point of less than $10/g. A perfect expression of a nostalgic strain, noticeably fresh. It has already be come my go to recommendation for a ๐Ÿ’ฐ friendly sativa on a day off. Well done Sundial, nice to see the return. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Broken Coast Pipe Dream

Upon opening the container I smelt a simple sweetness very reminiscent ofย  ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Jamaica’s famous Lamb’s Bread. Fresh cream with just a touch of star anise. On the exhale the strong sweetness is accompanied by many complex notes akin to a really high quality honey ๐Ÿฏ. There is an overriding sweetness in addition to an array of other flavours, so many that none is able to play star, but together they make something complete and comforting ๐Ÿค—.

It goes without saying that like all BC products it was about as fresh as possible, and is the reason I was able to fully appreciate all the subtleties in the terp profile. The trim, nug size, and cure (it burned white) were also at the high standard we all expect from BC.

The effects were hard to pin down, similar to the terp profile. Both involved aspects I was not familiar with. While definitely not a balanced strain, for some reason I felt the relatively low 1% CBD. I would not be surprised if the strain tested comparatively high for other trace CBD-family cannabinoids. As for the terp derived effects I was again reminded of a better Lamb’s Bread. A definite and immediate elevation in mood but not much of an uplift. It raised my happiness but not my energy. Though in keeping with its sativa designation there was no crash and I smoked it throughout my day off. This would again support my suspicion about the large amounts of CBD-family cannabinoids.

I stayed super toasty all day yet very even without the regular ebbs and flows in energy that go with a normal day of constant smoking. This is the perfect bud for someone looking to stay blasted all day without crashing. Also a great sativa for someone who does not like that rush ๐Ÿฅต of limonene or other uplifting terps ๐Ÿ˜Œ.

Overall Pipe Dream is exactly what a BC version of a hype strain should be. While your average hype strain’s quick rise to fame is centered on its THC %, colour, or sometimes even just a funny name ๐Ÿ˜ , the BC version is based on complex effects and flavours and the excitement of their world renowned master grower. ๐Ÿ’š

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QWEST Ex-Wife

Qwest’s Ex-Wife is a strain I have been looking forward to for a bit now. Ever since we got the prerolls and they came in at 29%. I knew I wanted to hold out for the flower after recently trying their Pineapple Cake and being awe-struck by the large pretty buds ๐Ÿคฉ.

But on first opening the container I was disappointed. The nugs were not quite popcorn size but were not what I was expecting for the price nor from my past experiences with Qwest. However after about 5 seconds I got punched in the nose with what can only be described as the kush burn โ›ฐ๐Ÿ”ฅ. It made the entire store dank in the minute it took us to take the pic. Diesel โ›ฝ, citrus ๐Ÿ‹, and a little something Axe would probably call “Arctic Blast โ„”. Super frosty, dense, and impeccably hand trimmed. The bud size was easily made up for by every other aspect of the bag appeal.

It was very smooth, as are all Qwest products. Whatever they are doing in their hanging room they are doing it right and with obvious care. ๐Ÿ™Œ

As for the effects, it was like a cleaner version of a super potent kush. The diesel was accompanied by the spiciness and citrus you would expect of a kush making it very balanced. However unlike your traditional legacy-market kush which also has large amounts of myrcene, Ex-Wife has bisabolol and linalool. Replacing the skunk and belly button cheese undertones ๐Ÿคฎ with those of chamomile and lavender ๐Ÿฅฐ. This is why the high felt so clean. The couch-locking myrcene was largely replaced with linalool, which produces some body relief but no sedation.

It was perfect for an evening after work. I was able to take the dog for a short walk before settling on the couch (I am binging the Rocky movies right now ๐ŸฅŠ). Thankfully my eyes did not begin to close until my normal bed time, which was perfect as I did not have to switch to a specifically sleepy strain before ending the night. ๐Ÿฅฑ

Overall a great smoke with very pronounced specific effects that could accompany almost any (unproductive) quarantine evening. The bud quality, especially the cure, is at the high bar you would expect from Qwest. Be sure to grab it fast, as with all Qwest flower it is small batch, and they do not always come back! ๐Ÿ’š

JWC Old School Black Hash

JWC’s “Old School Black Hash” is exactly that other than appearance ๐Ÿง“๐Ÿฝ. I was pumped when I saw it on our menu because finding that old squishy hash, the traditional Afghan style, has been hard. Especially hard to find at a higher THC %. The bubbles and sifts have been testing higher than the gooey stuff, which is they way it is on the legacy market, but one of the benefits of legalization has been the improvement of niche products ๐Ÿง

Opening the container I was surprised to see what looked like any ordinary compressed dry sift, however picking it up I immediately felt the give and moldability I was hoping for. The layers seen in the pic did not crumble or flake but cohered. I was also surprised to see such a light golden colour despite nearly half of the 449 mg of THC being decarbed. They took the extra time to use a lower temperature when processing the kief. This also produced a less oily consistency ๐ŸŒต

The extra care was evident in the smoke. It had all the calling signs of a good hash. It stayed smoking for a long time when hot knifed, has zero burnt toast taste, and left very little (if any) residue on my hands. The taste was much brighter than any of the soft hash I have tried, clearly a result of the lower baking temp. It had some of the deeper coffee and earthy notes but also a notable pop of thyme and citrus ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ‹

On smoking it I felt the kind of high I was searching after. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’ฏ Anyone else excited by the product name “Old School Black Hash” knows exactly what I’m talking about. There is something clear yet spacey about a real hash high. Like those couple of minutes after an amazing nap, where you are relaxed and content๐ŸŒ…

JWC’s “Old School Black Hash” would be perfect to smoke at the park or beach. It has exactly that nostalgic high that is almost impossible to find these days, even on the legacy market. Delightfully though, it is clearly of a higher quality than the tar we all used to love. The defined layers show the care in handling the final product. The light gold despite the impressive THC : THC-A ratio shows the time taken. I cannot wait to take this stuff in to the sunshine where it belongs. ๐Ÿฆฉ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒด

SHRED Cannabis

SHRED

Without question, my favourite value oriented brand on the OCS. I was very skeptical when it first appeared on our menu. I was thinking “Now here is some bucket ass bud, It’s not even whole ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿง”. But I could not shake the $5 per gram price for a 20%+ sativa outta my head.

Like with all new products I started looking up the reviews… and they were overwhelmingly great. Of course there was a lot of hate from people who had not tried it. Those like me, who were almost offended by the idea. But sifting out the real ones and the response was clearly positive.

I took home the Tropic Thunder and wow. Less shake and stem than many premium containers, being manly visible flower pistils. And the smell ๐Ÿ˜ ooo the smell. An orange blossom honey bee farm ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ. It was very fresh due to the moisture pack, but as you can see it burns nice and white.

They have three blends that are combined based on aroma. Though they all taste and smell great, my one gripe with the brand is that you can never rely on consistent terpene derived effects. That citrus note could be from uplifting limonene or great tasting but no effect having terpinolene.

Overall a great choice for stretching your buck. Keep them all on hand to fill out a joint, use as a base for your hash and concentrates, or even enjoy by itself. ๐Ÿค™๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿค™

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