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The Good Weed Board, part five


Welcome to the Good Weed Board on StratCann – part five! To kick off the previous four columns, I’ve expounded on some of the flaws of cannabis marketing and quality grading. For this piece, I had another critique prepared. But at some point, I remembered the intention of the Good Weed Board is to celebrate good weed. I decided to cut the critique to praise the producers and ensure their products don’t go unnoticed.

It’s a fact that in five years, the regulated industry has not become all it was hyped up to be. There are significant flaws at every level. It feels like the wrong types have often ended up pulling the strings. Investors degrade the commodity and watch a culture crumble as a consequence. Maybe we all set out initially because we saw an opportunity to gain power or get rich. Perhaps now we’re all just paying the price for our misguidance.

Yet despite all the flaws, good weed still exists in the regulated system. Sometimes, I need to remind myself it’s only been five years. The market is still bound to mature. People come and go. It’s only so long fake thugs can pretend. Some businesses will shutter, while others will start anew. The legacy of good weed carries on.

So, let’s jump straight to the Part Five ratings.

The first entry is Pomelo Skunk by Victoria Cannabis Company. The Victoria Cannabis Company is a micro-cultivation team of traditional market operators growing craft flower in the heart of Victoria, BC. The VCC’s slogan is ‘The Nose Knows’, a clever barb at the marketing of terpene percentages.

Pomelo Skunk is a cross of Rockstar and Citrique, an exclusive genetic supplied by cannabis nursery Life Cycle Botanics. Packaged in a 3.5g format, the back label provides both cultivar and grow information, along with harvest facts that include the water activity and cure time. VCC also proudly advertises the practice of no irradiation or e-beam.

Lemon zest dominates this one, with sweet skunk on the exhale. Reminiscent of various Haze cuts from the traditional market. Nice to blaze on warm sunny days, and smooth to the very end. OG Rating = 81/100.

The second entry for Part Five is Super Lemon Haze by Homestead Cannabis Supply. Homestead offers certified organic flower grown in BC’s Fraser Valley by Rubicon Organics. Part of their Bandwagon rotating SKU, I purchased this 28-gram offering from Numo Cannabis in Edmonton for around $130.

Super Lemon Haze originates from a cross of Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze. This flower was grown in living soil, hang-dried for 14 days, cold-cured and non-irradiated. As advertised on the package, the appearance is bright green with orange pistils. The profile is a combination of lemon, sweet and tart. OG Rating = 84/100.

The third entry is GMDough by Book Club Selects. The brainchild of Adolfo Gonzalez, Book Club is a cannabis curation and innovation company that works with cannabis community leaders to develop and launch the next generation of cultivars and product formats. They also host an event space on East 10th Ave in Vancouver.

GMDough was grown by Zevk Cultivation in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, using deep water culture methods. The lineage is Chem91 x GMO x Project Strudel. I purchased this 14-gram offering from the Burb Tuscany Village store in Victoria, BC.

Less is more when it comes to extra space in packaging. This flower was placed into a small bag—perfect size for a 14g. The package features a detailed back label like VCC, which includes flavour profile, cultivar, farm, grow, and harvest information. Inside the bag, I discovered small but spongy buds with perfect moisture content.

A profile of dough mixed with vanilla rose from the undisturbed flower. Sweet gas blended with lime wafted out from the inner layers as I broke it apart. The combination revealed a minty aroma that reminded me of Secret Mintz by Dunn Cannabis. The burn was supreme. Lots of flavour and a potency signalling oil ring. OG Rating = 84/100.

The final entry for Part Five is Punch Mints by Partake Cannabis. Partake is a small-scale indoor cannabis garden in Edmonton, Alberta. Their slogan is Real. Craft. Flower. I purchased the Punch Mints 3.5-gram from Enlightened Herb in Diamond Valley.

My purchase occurred two weeks after the package date. One Boost pack was included in the small glass jar, adequately sized for a 3.5g. The moisture content was balanced. I would still love to know the harvest date of this particular batch.

Inside the jar were small but impressive buds. A berry punch aroma erupted from my chopping tray as I worked the scissors. The smoke provided a pine-cleaner flavour, similar to menthol. Nice, smooth burn. OG Rating = 80/100.

That’s all for Part Five. My next column will showcase four more products from the Good Weed Board. Stay tuned to find out if any break the current record score of 86. Happy blazing!

Marty Wig is the cofounder of Overgrown Gardens, and creator of the OG Rating Guide. He has been grading cannabis since 2003.

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The Good Weed Board, part four


Welcome to the Good Weed Board on StratCann, part four! Before diving into the ratings, I want to address the ongoing debate about lab testing and COA results. My readers should know where I stand on this issue. In my opinion, the advertisement of THC and terpene percentages is a marketing gimmick. Check out Part Two for more on this topic.

In regard to estimating potency, I would be happy if the THC percentage for dried flower was labelled as a range. The following three ranges would suffice: low (under 10%),  medium (10-20%), and high (over 20%). This would effectively undermine THC as the dominant marketing strategy and encourage stakeholders to prioritize more relevant quality metrics.  

As for quality grading, I tune out when a reviewer starts listing the THC or terpene percentage. THC does not equal potency, and terpene content does not equal intensity of aroma and flavour. They are only contributing factors. 

Underneath the surface, the formula for any given cultivar is more complex. There are often compounds at work that aren’t just terpenes. Compounds like thiols,  esters, and flavonoids all combine in different ways to produce an end result.  

Terpenes can be the primary influence behind some expressions of cannabis—profiles such as citrus, floral and spice. But more often, terpenes play a supportive role in the background. 

For example, the skunk gas aroma is a common characteristic of cannabis. Yet this attribute exists fundamentally because of a thiol, not a terpene. The same goes for many non-citrus fruity aromas. Blueberry, grape, banana, and cherry, to name just a few, are all the results of different esters.  

In my opinion, cannabis flower is never about just one compound. It’s always about the combination, the synergy. Now let’s look at the Part Four ratings. 

The first entry is Blueberry Yum Yum by Cake & Caviar. These flowers were produced by Habitat Life in Chase, British Columbia, using the nutrient-rich waters of Habitat’s aquaponics technology. 

This 3.5-gram product was packaged in an adequately sized glass jar, well proportioned to the buds inside. And the buds were gorgeous! They look similar to the Platinum Grapes by Organnicraft. Frosty, light green on the outside with lots of orange pistils, and layered with dark purple hues.

My first whiff smelled like grape juice or a bag of raisins. An Integra Boost Pack was placed at the bottom of the jar. The flower seemed cured to perfection, nice and squishy. A subtle blueberry aroma wafted out from the inside layers as I chopped the buds. 

The first smoke was delicious, boasting a molasses flavour reminiscent of dessert cultivars. Subsequent smokes revealed an earthy blueberry flavour. I was reminded of enjoying a glass of cognac. To me, this is sipping weed, a contemplative weed with a very clean burn and light-coloured ash. OG Rating = 83/100. 

The second entry for Part Four is Master Kush Ultra by Smoker Farms. Cultivated in Beaverdell, this product was packaged by Joint Venture Craft Cannabis under the BC Black banner. 

There was an Integra Boost Pack inside the mylar bag. The buds were a tad dry on the outside but adequately cured on the inside layers. They were small but dense, typical of old-school kush. 

I was overwhelmed by a dank, earthy, citrus profile at first open, complemented by skunk-like fuel. Chopping the flower revealed a combination of lime over lemon, blending into mint. There was also that lingering vintage MKU incense characteristic. 

Smoking the first joint brought a smile to my face. The flavour boasted loud fuel complimented by a peppery aftertaste. The burn was supreme, with a potent hit in the chest. This is relaxing weed. OG Rating = 84/100. 

The third entry is Funky Banana by Simply Bare Organic. This product is part of the Gas Series 28-gram rotating SKU in Alberta. I purchased this ounce bag from a Canna Cabana in Calgary for $195 after tax. 

Inside the package, I discovered medium-sized, dense buds. Despite being packaged more than two months prior, they still had decent moisture content. There wasn’t a humidity pack, but a little air was left inside the bag to protect the buds from being flattened. 

The flower exhibited a forest green colour. I was reminded of banana runts as I cracked open the bag. Then gas mixed with banana as I diced the buds up, along with a little bit of spice. 

A robust gas profile surfaced in the flavour, with banana subtle in the background.  The smoke packed a punch, rich but with a very pure aftertaste. OG Rating = 84/100. 

Last for Part Four is Crushed Velvet by Sweetgrass Cannabis. Cultivated in Ymir,  British Columbia, this flower was grown in living soil and is FVOPA organic certified. 

A fruity cereal aroma exploded out of the bag, reminiscent of dried cherries and cream. Inside was one solid 3.75g bud exhibiting a bit of foxtailing and an abundance of crystals. 

A savoury aroma wafted out from the inside layers, almost like roasted chicken. The flower broke up in hard bits, not completely fluffy, indicating low moisture content. 

But the first smoke was serene. It was highlighted by a very unique floral rose profile complimented by a hint of soap. The session featured a super smooth burn and complex flavour until the end of the joint, and a mild but very pleasant effect. OG  Rating = 82/100. 

That’s all for Part Four. I hope you enjoyed reading about these products as much as  I enjoyed smoking them. My next column will showcase four more products from the Good Weed Board. Stay tuned to find out if any of them break the current record score of 86. Happy blazing!

Marty Wig is the cofounder of Overgrown Gardens, and creator of the OG Rating Guide. He has been grading cannabis since 2003.

The Good Weed Board, part three


Welcome to the Good Weed Board on StratCann – part three! In Part One I touched on the origin story of the OG Rating Guide and explained why the grading system was developed. In Part Two, I ranked the most important quality metrics for grading cannabis and described how these metrics influence the OG Rating Guide.

Here in part three, I showcase four more products from the Good Weed Board. I also speculate about why good weed is so hard to find in the regulated market. 

Before diving in I want to make an announcement. The OG Rating Guide does not engage in pay-to-play. These are genuine ratings from a guy who loves good weed. I encourage producers to offer free samples, but the Good Weed Board is not for sale. My honest assessment of products will never be swayed.

I also want to give some advice. Don’t believe everything you see posted on Reddit. In my quest for good weed, I’ve graded an abundance of mediocre products: so many examples of hyped flower that was truly overrated. In my estimation, more than 90 percent of the products promoted on social media are of ordinary quality at best.

To put this into perspective, only twelve products have qualified for the Good Weed Board. If the bar was lowered to 70, the standings would be chock full. 

Why are there so many unremarkable products for sale on the regulated market? One reason is the 3.5-gram category, the dominant category for dried flower in every province across the country. The issue with 3.5-gram products is that the flower is almost always over-dry by the time it reaches the end consumer. 

The 3.5-gram category makes sense in a deli-style consumer market, where cured flower is stored in bulk until an order is placed, and is then consumed within a few days of purchase. The 3.5-gram category does not make sense in a wholesale distributor market, where flower is pre-packaged and stored for several weeks before consumption.

One way to increase the average quality of dried flower on the regulated market is more bulk offerings. Craft producers should have more 28-gram products available for sale. In a pre-packaged market, 28-grams of adequately cured flower is more likely to keep fresh until it reaches the end consumer. 

But there is a catch. The only way more 28-gram packages can become a reality is if regulators agree to adjust excise tax policy to account for the discounted price of a bulk sale. In my opinion, the excise tax policy should become the lesser of $1 or 10% per gram, not the greater as currently structured. It is not feasible for craft producers to pay $28 of excise tax on a product that should retail for around $150. 

Another way to increase the average quality of dried flower on the regulated market is direct distribution. Direct distribution would allow producers to ship directly to retailers and avoid the wholesaler warehouse. Not only would this encourage more local trade in the industry, it could also reduce the time of delay from when a batch is ready for sale until it reaches the final destination.

Now let’s look at the part three ratings. 

The first entry is Grape Cake by Joi Botanicals. Grape Cake is the third product by Joi Botanicals to qualify for the Good Weed Board. I purchased a 3.5-gram offering from Lake City Cannabis in Lincoln Park.

The buds are packaged inside a heavy glass jar. Their profile is layered with sweet fruit and cream, comparable with another Joi Botanicals offering, Purple Punch Mints #11. The Grape Cake buds are bigger and denser with less uniformity. They are also frostier than the Purple Punch Mints #11 with deep purple hues and an abundance of long orange pistils. I am pleased to report that the burn was supreme: tasty, potent, smooth, and even. OG Rating = 81/100. 

The second entry for Part Three is Animal Face by Carmel Cannabis. Carmel is a craft cultivator based out of Oro Medonte, Ontario, specializing in small-scale cultivation and unique genetics. 

I love Carmel’s packaging. The best part is the back label. They include information about the cultivar, breeder, lineage, aroma, flavour, and appearance. They advertise that the buds are hand-trimmed, hang-dried, hand-packaged, grown in small batches, and never irradiated. Carmel also gives credit to other growers if the product was sourced, not grown in-house. 

The Animal Face buds are light green and frosty with lots of orange hairs—usually a good sign. The OG Kush influence is clearly visible. The flower has a dominant profile of pine mixed with lemon and cake. Pockets of diesel are released near the stem. Once again the burn is supreme. OG Rating = 84/100. 

The third entry is Drew’s Pheno, also by Carmel Cannabis. I purchased both Carmel offerings from one of my favourite stores, the unfortunately now defunct Peak Cannabis. Drew’s Pheno features a rotation of limited drops grown by Carmel’s partner craft growers. The batch I sampled was Hippie Headbanger, grown by Magi Cannabis on Salt Spring Island in BC. 

There are predominant Sour Diesel traits in this Hippie Headbanger. The flower has a pungent sour lime fragrance with notes of gas under the surface. Just like the Animal Face, this batch was dried and cured exceptionally well. OG Rating = 80/100.

Last but not least for part three is Banana Cake by Crystal Cure. Crystal Cure is a licensed producer of hand-crafted small-batch cannabis farmed in certified organic living soil in Shediac Cape, New Brunswick. 

Crystal Cure also has one of the best packages in the game. Their back label provides information about the growing method, breeder, and parent genetics. The label also advertises the flower as non-irradiated and provides both a harvest & package date. 

The batch of Banana Cake I sampled was cultivated by one of Crystal Cure’s partners, Golden Peak Cannabis in Moncton, NB.

Although over-dry, the buds are still sticky and coated in trichomes. There is a dominant Cake profile with grape and pineapple fragrances on the outside and banana mixed with cheese on the inside. One whiff reminded me of Banana Starburst. The next puff tasted like soda pop with a chocolate aftertaste. This is flavourful smoke that provides a potent hit and reaches deep inside the chest. OG Rating = 80/100. 

That’s all for part three. I hope you enjoyed reading about these products as much as I enjoyed smoking them. My next column will showcase more products from the Good Weed Board. Stay tuned to find out if any of them break the current record score of 86. Happy blazing!

Marty Wig is the cofounder of Overgrown Gardens, and creator of the OG Rating Guide. He has been grading cannabis since 2003.

The Good Weed Board, part two

Showcasing Canada’s best dried flower products

Welcome back to the Good Weed Board! In Part One, we discovered some of the first regulated dried flower products for sale in Canada that were actually worth consuming. Here in Part Two, I will showcase four more products from the Good Weed Board. I will also touch on some of the most important quality metrics for grading cannabis, and explain how these metrics influence the OG Rating Guide. 

By now you might be asking why? Why does The OG Rating Guide matter?

You might argue that most consumers only care about the basics—basics like price and THC—that they don’t need some fancy rating system. You might point to the data, which it shows the average consumer trends towards the most bang for their buck. But the OG Rating Guide isn’t for the average consumer: it’s made for consumers with good taste. 

The average consumer has become a walking billboard for cannabis marketing and misinformation.

Take indica and sativa for example. This nomenclature applies to cannabis plant morphology, but is not capable of predicting user experience, and doesn’t translate neatly into product categories. Yet the lingo prevails on labels, store menus, and provincial wholesaler lists. 

There are other examples. THC is related to potency, but marketing the exact percentage is a hoax. The testing labs are not standardized, and the results can’t be trusted. Producers compromise the integrity of their bud just to push the numbers higher. Today we commonly see results of 30% and upward. The truth is that almost all dried flower on the market lies in the 16-24% range, and the exact number isn’t a predictor of how high the user will get. 

It’s the same issue with terpenes. The number on the label doesn’t indicate how flavourful or aromatic a product will be. Some labs test for ten different terpenes, others test for more than forty, when only the top three to five really count. The goal of the marketers isn’t to quantify quality. Their goal is to manipulate a number in order to inflate the price and increase demand. The day marketers start talking about cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, esters, and thiols all mixed together is the day I’ll start paying attention.

The question I have for you is: as an industry, how do we quantify quality? In my opinion, the best way is through education, relying less on fake data and more on the voice of experts. Experts like the folks at CannaReps, the dynamic duo of WhatsMyPot, or for a really deep dive, pancakenap. For the OG Rating Guide, the most important characteristics of any sample are flavour and aroma. To preserve flavour and aroma, producers must do everything right. From the genetics and growing side, to the processing, storage and packaging. If they miss one step, an entire crop can be compromised. I’ve witnessed the most beautiful flower at harvest become dusty mids within weeks after not being handled properly. 

The second most important characteristic of any sample is smoothness. Is the burn clean? Is the ash colour grey/white? Does the joint burn consistently? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then there is a problem—it could be the moisture content, or chemical residue, or simply the way the joint was rolled—but there is definitely a problem because good weed should burn smoothly.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the third most important characteristic of any sample: potency and effect. It’s not a big surprise that most of us like to get high when we smoke. For me, getting high off dried flower isn’t really about the psychoactive effect. It’s more about the sensation deep in your chest when you take a good hit, and the relaxation that tends to follow. If I really want to get lifted, I take a dab or smoke some hash. That’s all I’ve got to say about potency and effect.

The fourth most important characteristic of any sample is beauty, because cannabis is art. Gorgeous weed might not always translate to quality smoke. But who doesn’t love to break apart a big, sticky bud that is layered in colour and covered in trichomes? I know I do (even though I’ve been fooled once or twice by sexy flower that had no substance). Now to the ratings.

To reflect on Part One, the OG Rating Guide is weighted on a 100-point scale. To qualify for the Good Weed Board, a product must score at least 80 points. 

The first entry for Part Two is a record breaker! Sweet Bubba by Simply Bare Organic. This is the second product from Simply Bare to qualify for the Good Weed Board. 

The Sweet Bubba is the first regulated product I’ve sampled that is the gassy kind of kush with a lime, caramel aftertaste. It reminded me of various Bubba Kush or OG Kush cuts from the traditional market. In fact, the Sweet Bubba was so good I went back to the store for two more containers. But at $46.19 per 3.5g, it’s not sustainable. This level of quality should be available in larger formats at a discounted price. My rating = 86/100

The second entry for Part Two is Platinum Grapes by Organnicraft. Their marketing team nailed the packaging on this product. I love that they included detailed information about the cultivar and how it was produced on the label. The flower inside was still fresh—even though it was packaged in a mylar bag and without any humidity pack which means the producer invested in the proper drying and curing of this batch. 

The Platinum Grapes is some of the nicest looking bud I’ve ever laid eyes on. Frosty green on the outside with lots of orange pistils, and layered with deep purple hues. The first joint burned so smoothly, I immediately went back to the store and grabbed two more packages. I even recommended this product to my uncle in Saskatchewan who had been smoking bag after bag of Farm Gas by North 40. Now he and his buddies only want to smoke the Platinum Grapes. My rating = 85/100

Next up is Purple Punch Mints #11 by Joi Botanicals. This was my first regulated purchase in the 28g format, and I ended up buying several bags. It is also the second entry on the Good Weed Board for Joi Botanicals. The product features a delicious blend of sweet fruit and cream. There is definitely a strong Kush Mints influence. Now if only more craft producers would start releasing ounces. Perhaps the industry requires excise tax reform to make that happen?

The Purple Punch Mints is also a test case for THC percentage. The first two bags I grabbed were labelled 20%. Then I started hearing buzz on social media that there was a new 27% variety available, so I went to Lake City Cannabis in Calgary to find one. But after sampling both, the 20% variety burned more smoothly than the 27% batch, and was also more pungent. I definitely didn’t get higher from the extra THC. My rating = 83/100

To round out the Good Weed Board for Part Two, we have Orange Tingz by Pistol & Paris. Grown by JBuds in Summerland BC, this product came packaged in a glass container. The flower was still fresh in March 2022, even though it was packaged in November 2021. The buds are dense, featuring a zesty citrus profile with hints of earthy berry and pine. This is energetic daytime smoke. My rating = 80/100

That’s all for Part Two. I hope you enjoyed reading about these products as much as I enjoyed smoking them.

My next column, Part Three, will showcase more products from the Good Weed Board. Keep an eye out to see if any of them break the current record score of 86. Happy blazing!

Marty Wig is the cofounder of Overgrown Gardens, and creator of the OG Rating Guide. He has been grading cannabis since 2003.

The Good Weed Board, part one

Showcasing Canada’s best dried flower products 

“Good weed is hard to find!” That’s what the old heads used to say.

Not much has changed today. Except back in the day, it was easy to tell when you found some, because there was transparency. 

Back then, you could look at the buds before purchasing. You could smell the buds. In fact, with the right connection, you could even grab a bud and snap it in half. 

Consumers understood which quality factors mattered the most, while growers and dealers had to stand behind their product, face-to-face with the person that might purchase it. 

Now everything has changed. Regulated cannabis is an entirely different beast. Instead of growers and dealers, we have producers and retailers. It’s not a person-to-person type of game anymore. Now it’s a CPG game, an analytics game, a marketing game. There is no transparency. 

Everybody claims to be the leader in craft cannabis, selling today’s hottest fire. Yet most of the products on the market are subpar. Consumers routinely get tricked, as they predominantly shop for higher numbers on the label, instead of better quality inside the bag. 

Back in the day, we used to grade cannabis in four different categories. Good weed was rated AAAA. Decent weed was AAA. Discount weed was AA. Bunk weed was an A. Just like today, the vast majority of flower available on the market back then was dubs and trips. Rarely did anything ever reach the glory of quad status. The ones that did reach quad status were always special. They deserved to be hunted after. They deserved to be remembered.


I’ve always loved good weed. Hash is delicious. I’ll even indulge in an intense dab every so often. But good weed rolled into a joint is my favourite way to consume it. I enjoy all different kinds of weed. Different aromas, different flavours. I like to examine the finer details. Over the years, I’ve learned that the only way to know if weed is good or not is to break it apart and smoke it. And from my experience, if the weed isn’t good, then it isn’t worth smoking. 

Other people like good weed too. Yet with the structure of distribution and packaging, good weed from the regulated industry can be even harder to find than before. So I’ve refined the old-school grading system to meet the needs of today’s consumers. The new version has evolved from four tiers into a 100-point scale. I call it the OG Rating Guide. To be considered “good weed” (aka AAAA status), a product must score at least 80 out of 100 points. 

As the regulated industry started opening for business in Canada, I put the OG Rating Guide to the test. It took a while for anything to reach good weed status. At first, it seemed like every store I walked into recommended something from the same group of producers. producers that claimed to be craft, but only really cared about the bottom line. Every time I opened the package with hope. But every time, I put out the first joint with disappointment. The products lacked vibrancy and appeal. Most importantly they lacked flavour and potency. It wasn’t long before I decided to go back to the old way of sourcing flower.

Simply Bare Organic – Sour CKS

But as time went by, more craft producers entered the regulated space. Eventually, I decided to give the market another chance. One day I strolled into a store at Cook Street Village. It was a Trees Cannabis store, one of the original chains to boom in Victoria during the dispensary days. I asked for the best quality dried flower product. The budtender recommended I try something from Simply Bare Organic. They had the Sour CKS in stock. At $52.49 for 3.5g, I almost walked out of the store. But I was in a pinch and needed a smoke. So I went for it. 

The Sour CKS came in a small, opaque glass container. The package date on the label read March 15. I was making the purchase on May 22, so I crossed my fingers and hoped the buds inside would still be fresh. As I cracked opened the jar and peeled back the seal, there were immediate signs the weed was good. My previous regulated purchases had all smelled like hay. This time a rich aroma of zesty dough wafted out of the jar. The buds inside were small. But as I started chopping them up with my scissors, I was impressed by the density and overall structure.

I rolled a half-gram joint and sparked it up. As expected, the burn was clean, and the flavour was full. The joint tasted sweet like cookies, mixed with orange citrus. I was reminded of an old GSC cut, crossed with Jack Herer. It was by far the best weed I’d ever sampled on the regulated market. My rating = 82/100. 

Joi Botanicals – Cake Crasher

It would be months before I would find another batch of good regulated weed. The next time I was in Calgary, Alberta. I had heard good things about a producer named Joi Botanicals. Eventually, I tracked down a 3.5g offering of their Cake Crasher. Just like the Sour CKS, the Cake Crasher product was also packaged in an opaque glass container. When I opened the jar, the buds appeared dense and colourful. The primary colour of the buds was a lighter shade of green, which for me has always been a common indicator of quality. As I broke up the buds, a pleasant fruity aroma filled the air. I rolled up a joint and sparked it up.

Good weed always wants to be lit, and this Cake Crasher loved the flame. The smoke was clean and smooth. The ash was light-coloured and stayed intact at the tip of the joint. These are signs that the grower took great care in producing their product. The flavour was delicious too. Sweet and gassy like soda pop. It reminded me of a Wedding Cake cut from the traditional market. My rating = 83/100. 

Dunn Cannabis – Secret Mintz

After the Cake Crasher, I kept on searching for good weed. Next up was a product from Dunn Cannabis, a micro-cultivator based in Abbotsford, BC. Dunn had managed to transition from the traditional market, and I was excited to try one of his regulated offerings for the first time. I grabbed a 3.5g of their Secret Mintz.

From the moment I opened the jar, it was apparent the Secret Mintz would be a pleasure to burn. The buds were squishy and covered in trichomes. There was a sweet mint aroma as I broke them apart. Like the ice cream, but with a mix of skunk and pine bursting from the inner layers near the stem. The buds displayed all the traits of a Kush-dominant cultivar. The first joint burned so well, that I immediately lit up another one. I even went back to the store for a few more jars. My rating = 81/100. 

By the end of 2021, the reviewer community was abuzz over a product from Organnicraft called Platinum Grapes. I had heard only good things about this Okanagan Valley based micro-producer. So I went out searching for a jar. But I couldn’t find any at first. I had to settle for a 3.5g of their Lilac Diesel.

Organnicraft – Lilac Diesel

As I cracked open the jar, I was reminded of a very floral version of Sour Diesel from the traditional market. Just like Sour D, the buds appeared fluffy but busted up into more than expected. And just like good Sour D, these buds loved to burn. Slow and even, with a lemon citrus aroma, and an earthy berry aftertaste. This is the ideal kind of weed to smoke while being active. My rating = 80/100. 

That’s all for Part One. I hope you have enjoyed reading about these products as much as I enjoyed smoking them. My next column, Part Two, will showcase four more products from the Good Weed Board. Keep an eye out to find out if any of them break the Part One record score of 83.

Happy blazing!

Marty Wig is the cofounder of Overgrown Gardens, and creator of the OG Rating Guide. He has been grading cannabis since 2003.

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