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Here we’re looking at another fine Edison flower from producer Organigram. Edison calls it “tangy and tart,” to which we’ll agree. It’s another example of a solid ‘all-rounder’ strain.

The aroma is slightly sour and bitter, but not especially lemony like most sour strains. The flavour is closer to cranberries to my tongue, but mileage may vary.

The terpene profile isn’t dominated by any one chemical. Myrcene (27%) is the most abundant, followed by caryophyllene (16%), and pinene (11%). The result is a sort of middle ground strain, perfect for those not looking for couch lock, but still a relaxing experience.

Another benefit is that, like Edison’s Lola Montes, La Strada is one of the cheaper strains available at around $10/g. Check out this nice flower today!

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Up next in our ongoing series on terpenes is a lesser known, and lower proportion terpene: humulene.

Humulene is a major component of hops, along with caryophyllene and myrcene, and largely contributes to the ‘hoppy’ aroma of beer. Humulene is generally found with caryophyllene as it is an isomer of β-caryophyllene. In fact, α-humulene is also known as α-caryophyllene.

Humulene has many positive properties, namely its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic aspects, especially when seen in concert with caryophyllene. Many studies have noted humulene and trans-caryophyllene’s ability to shrink tumours, which is a promising line of research.

A nice strain with high levels of humulene is Girl Scout Cookies.

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Cali-O is a nice example of what we hope is a popular trend: good strains with 1:1 CBD:THC ratios.

Expect a bright orange flower, owing to the large hairs covering this strain. The flavour is heavy on lemons, which checks out give its high limonene content (65%!). Pinene (20%) and linalool (10%) round out the rest.

You can expect a very energizing strain with Cali-O. Limonene and pinene both have uplifting effects, and combined with the high CBD content will ensure that you get things done.

Check out this one in a store today if you’re looking for a more CBD enriched strain.

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Up next in our ongoing series on terpenes is a lesser known, and lower proportion terpene: humulene.

Humulene is a major component of hops, along with caryophyllene and myrcene, and largely contributes to the ‘hoppy’ aroma of beer. Humulene is generally found with caryophyllene as it is an isomer of β-caryophyllene. In fact, α-humulene is also known as α-caryophyllene.

Humulene has many positive properties, namely its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic aspects, especially when seen in concert with caryophyllene. Many studies have noted humulene and trans-caryophyllene’s ability to shrink tumours, which is a promising line of research.

A nice strain with high levels of humulene is Girl Scout Cookies.

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One of our favourite aspects of legalization in Colorado is vape pen cartridges. One of our least favourite aspects of legalization in Canada is the lack of vape pens – until October 2019! CBDfive seems to be getting ahead of the game by marketing to Canadians now.

The pen comes in a nice rainbow anodized or silver finish, and its operation is very straightforward. 5 clicks of the button turns the unit on, 2 clicks preheats, 3 clicks changes the voltage (temperature), and holding down the button activates the heat when inhaling.

The well made refillable cartridge has a wickless ceramic rod, which is a big plus for these types of pens. The kit comes with 2 cartridges so you can run two different oils or wax. The unit charges via USB micro on the base, and comes with a cable.

The vape has 3 voltage settings, but we have no idea what temperatures those correspond to. And therein lies the problem. One of the main risks with vaping is the temperature of the oil being inhaled. You can read about vaping cannabis oils here.

Our testing of the CBDfive pen has been without fault so far, even if vaping sublingual oils is less than ideal.

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Pink Kush is a new strain from San Rafael (MedReleaf) based on a classic kush flower. It is a high THC strain (20-24%), so saddle up!

Kush is a classic relaxing all-rounder, and Pink Kush is no exception. Terpenes come in as myrcene (25%), caryophyllene (17%), and limonene (16%). So don’t expect an overwhelming effect from any one terpene, but a nice synergistic effect from all 3.

People describe the flower as having pink hairs, giving Pink Kush its name, but we don’t see any. Maybe that’s just a result of shipping? In any case it’s a nice trichome-rich flower, with bright green buds.

The flavour is nice and sweet, but has a myrcene woody aftertaste. Overall Pink Kush is a nice flower, much like the other San Rafael strains.

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Solei Gathering is a sun-grown flower from Aphria. It’s dominated by myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene, giving it a mossy, or wood-like smell and flavour.

Aphria gives a wide range of THC content from 9-19%, so anything is possible. But that’s the risk with a sun-grown strain. The flip side of the sun-grown debate is that it’s currently the cheapest flower you can buy in Alberta at $9.55/g from albertacannabis.org.

Overall this is a chill strain with some couch-lock effects, but nicely balanced by the pinene content. A solid all-rounder to chillout flower, by our testing.

Check it out today!

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MK Ultra is going to put you on the couch. Plain and simple. This tasty flower has some of the highest myrcene content out of any strain we’ve ever tested. The original MK Ultra is supposedly a cross between OG Kush and G-13.

That’s not a bad thing though! Just don’t expect to smoke some MK Ultra and then go to the gym. It has that lovely woody flavour, with lemon and pine after notes. Myrcene clocks in at 55%(!), followed by caryophyllene (20%) and limonene (20%).

MK Ultra is another example of a nice Alberta-grown flower, so snap some up from a local retailer or albertacannabis.org while you still can!

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Short answer: maybe?

The general safety of vaping oils or “juice” is debatable. The issue is with the thinning agents used to make vaping of cannabis extracts possible. The usual method for producing cannabis vape oils is to create shatter extract using CO2 or solvent extraction, then to dissolve the extract in a mixture of vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG), polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG400), or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).

These thinning agents are thought to be harmless, and in the case of MCTs even beneficial to your health when ingested at room temperature. The question is what chemical reactions occur when these compounds are heated to vaping temperatures (170-230°C)?

This study looked at the formation of two known carcinogenic carbonyls when these thinning agents were heated above 230°C. It found that PG and PEG 400 created potentially dangerous amounts of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde when heated to 230°C. However, VG, and MCTs did not.

So can you vape MCT oil?

Yeah, maybe? But it’s going to taste awful. Most, if not all sublingual oils like CannTrust’s 1:1 oil are made with a MCT base derived from coconut oil. This particular study doesn’t look at the potential for a condition called lipoid pneumonia – a particularly nasty type of pneumonia caused by fatty compounds irritating the lungs. This is a potential risk of any oil vaporization, so moderation and caution is likely key. CGYweed experience shows that it’s possible, but not ideal.

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One of the most fascinating areas of cannabinoid research is cannabidiol or CBD. But what is it exactly?

CBD is one of the two dominant cannabinoids in cannabis (the other being THC). The interesting thing about CBD is how it interacts with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. CBD acts as an atagonist for both the CB1 and CB2 receptors. It may potentiate the uptake of THC by increasing the number of CB1 receptors. That means that CBD may reduce the effect of THC, but increase the number of potential sites for your body to receive THC.

The interesting aspect of CBD is how it is the exact chemical used in the mammalian endocannabinoid system. It suggests a possible symbiotic evolutionary link between cannabis plants and mammals.

CBD has been shown to have very positive effects in dealing with inflammation, rare forms of epilepsy, and the treatment of tobacco and cannabis dependence. CBD has no psychoactive properties, but can cause somnolence and diarrhea in some.

Because there seems to be an upper limit of how much cannabinoid content a plant can produce (roughly 25%), the amount of CBD in modern cannabis plants has been reduced to nearly 0 in recent decades. However with new research suggesting the benefits of CBD, many producers are developing higher CBD strains. A simple way to get CBD is with CannTrust oils like their CBD oil or 1:1 oil, which gives a roughly 1-to-1 ratio of THC to CBD.

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