The Top 4:20pm Strains on the OCS

What does 420 mean? Where does it come from? People have passed around so many answers around like “It’s Bob Marley’s birthday!” but just to clear the air, that’s February 6th. If you run a quick Google query, it might describe the time kids would meet up in San Rafael, California after high school to do the deed. Four Twenty is more a time than a date, but the numbers go together so smoothly that we use it to describe cannabis, refer to cannabis, and even create an entire holiday around it. Usually, no matter where you are school/work is out and there’s a little bit of time left to gather and spark up with your best buds (pun intended).

Thus, we decided to round up our top 3 strains on the OCS that are the best strains for 4:20pm. Enjoy!

Our Winner

#1 Ghost Train Haze – sativa dominant

Canbii Rating: 4.5/5

With a sour citrus and floral aroma, Ghost Train Haze delivers a potent dose of THC to knock out pain, depression, and appetite loss, but patients prone to anxiety should steer clear of this heavy-hitter. First bred by Rare Dankness, Ghost Train Haze is a sativa cross between Ghost OG and Neville’s Wreck. Ghost Train Haze is a suitable outdoor strain for warm climates. Low doses are conducive to concentration and creativity, but you may notice some cerebral haziness as you administer more.

Pros: super strong, energetic and uplifting, tastes and smells great, classic happy-hungry-sleepy strain

Cons: potentially too strong for novice users, potential for anxiety/paranoia at high doses, price

Runner Ups:

#2 God Bud – indica

God Bud suggests that a tropical taste is the only way to experience the utmost in relaxation and euphoria. This indica strain is well known, and has a medium to high potency. It might be best to set-up your hammock before you use this product, but we bet you’ll be glad you did. Sometimes, this strain can even give you a bit of the giggles.

#3 White Widow – balanced hybrid

A relatively new strain which was developed in 1990s, the buds of this strain are covered in crystals giving it an almost sugary look. This strain provides the user with a buzz of euphoria and energy breakthroughs stimulating creativity and conversation.

The Highs and Lows: Best Value from the OCS

By: Canbii Staff

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Cost is potentially the most significant factor influencing the decision to purchase legal cannabis from the OCS. It isn’t much of a surprise that most of the legal cannabis products available today are simply too expensive to even consider for many consumers. This is particularly true for more frequent users who we can also assume still have access to significantly cheaper black-market dealers. Nonetheless, there is something to be said about knowing exactly what you’re smoking and appreciating both quality and variety. With the help of Canbii, we will review the lowest and highest priced strains available on the Ontario Cannabis Store and determine if there is a case to be made for splurging on your next legal cannabis purchase.

*Note: When sorting by cost on the OCS, the sorting feature does not work correctly for all dried flower strains.

Low Cost Strains

Shiskaberry – Redecan
Shiskaberry’s buds have a fruit and berry aroma and will be painted with shades of purple. Its initial head buzz is happy and good for finishing things up or being social, but once its indica side kicks in, lazy is the word. Shiskaberry is an indica-dominant hybrid that came about from crossing DJ Short Blueberry with an unknown Afghani strain.
CANBII RATING ⅗

White Widow – Redecan
One of the most famous strains in the world, White Widow is a balanced hybrid first bred in the Netherlands. A cross between Brazilian sativa landrace and resin heavy South Indian indica, it has been on the menu of many Dutch coffee shops. A relatively new strain which was developed in 1990s, the buds of this strain are covered in crystals giving it an almost sugary look. This strain provides the user with a buzz of euphoria and energy breakthroughs stimulating creativity and conversation.
CANBII RATING 4.5/5

High Cost Strains

Casablanca Reserve – Edison Reserve
Casablanca is strong stuff. It’s not great for beginners unless you’re looking for a really strong buzz. It’s indica dominance makes it better for evening use or just before bed. It’s not overly euphoric, but it will give you quite a bit of relaxation and have minimal side effects. The flavour profile is mild with some citrus and a nice fresh aroma. The reserve version is especially precious due to the extra care in trimming, curing and packaging.
CANBII RATING 3.5/5

Lola Montes Reserve – Edison Reserve
A body buzz in the evening is best achieved with Lola Montes. This indica strain is quite potent, offering a great body buzz and sleepy, calming effects. It doesn’t create too much of an appetite and smokes very smooth. The earthy and fruity notes give it a great flavour and smell. This strain might not be best for beginners but will be wildly enjoyed by moderate to heavy cannabis consumers. The reserve version is especially precious due to the extra care in trimming, curing and packaging.
CANBII RATING: 3.5/5

BC Delahaze FLOWR
A medium/strong sativa strain is found all over BC Delahaze. This hybrid is more on the sativa side of things, providing a huge energy boost and help with creativity, focus, and relaxation. Use this during the day if you’re looking to get the most of your strain. The price is very high, but the “high” is even higher. Mango and lemon notes give this strain the perfect flavour combination.
CANBII RATING 3/5

Summary
From the 5 strains we’ve included in this review, we found no correlation between cost and positive user ratings. In fact, many lower priced strains available on the OCS have some of the highest overall ratings and offer similar if not greater levels of THC concentration. It seems that users are not particularly impressed with products being marketed as “reserve” and/or hand-treated. Our recommendation – don’t expect to be impressed with the higher priced options and consider other factors in your selection process.

Disclaimer: Cannabis does not affect everyone in the same way. The information in this article is user reported and does not constitute medical advice. Always consult your physician prior to using cannabis to treat a medical condition. Individual results may vary.

Why haven’t you used the OCS?

By: Canbii Staff

Do you ever ask yourself why cannabis has been legal for quite a few months now, but you have yet to order from the Ontario Cannabis Store?

On October 17, 2018, the Ontario Cannabis Store “OCS” started pedaling legal cannabis (for recreational use) to residents of Ontario. One giant store, the one-stop solution for everyone in the province to get their hands (and lungs) on legal weed. The promise of legalization was not broken. The long-awaited legislation officially passed. The government held their end of the bargain.

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When you first arrive at the OCS website, you’re presented with a quick age verification screen before you can get to browse the products. Now that you’re in, you get a few options on where to start. Everything looks like it’s easily accessible and the site seems to be working just fine, but you still feel a little lost. You click on the help guide and it tells you a little bit about cannabis and its potential effects. You even get a brief glossary of the terms so you can understand the basic cannabis lingo. Something still doesn’t feel quite right; you’re not entirely engaged in your shopping experience – a potentially important (and expensive) one.

Let’s take a moment to draw a quick contrast. Wouldn’t it be nice if you owned the only store allowed to sell bread? You wouldn’t have to spend any money on marketing, customer service and experience, loyalty – the list goes on. Would you lose business? Maybe. Would it ultimately matter? No. If someone needed bread, they’d suck it up and buy from you anyway.

Of course, no one expected the OCS to be perfect right from the start. The back-end is built off Shopify, an out-of-the box solution for a government institution! Do you ever wonder where your tax dollars are going? If you follow the media at all, you will know that delivery logistics and wait time were poorly executed… Why would you trust your information to a system who can’t even meet the demands of the people? Nonetheless, tons of money was (and probability still is) spent on consultants making good predictions aka “due diligence.” With the lack of any legal competition, any shortcomings in the OCS’ success as a venture could simply be justified in the name of ensuring SAFETY. It doesn’t sound like they have anything to lose…

The market for recreational cannabis users is growing. The OCS is growing. In fact, they are pushing out thousands of deliveries on a weekly basis. Is cannabis a necessity? Maybe not, but it is without doubt in high demand. If you are one of the people that could benefit from cannabis being legal as a consumer you either use the OCS website, or you don’t. So, the questions remain… What would have to change for you to give it a try. We say open the flood gates, make it easier for businesses to get into operation. Put the power into the hands of the people. Let the free market decide what the people want, instead of having everything go through the convoluted filter that only cares about the dollar. How about letting anyone create a shopping experience that ultimately integrates with the OCS store for logistical and distribution purposes (but please – let’s avoid another crazy lottery and try to reward merit instead of plain luck).

We’re glad that our government has legalized cannabis and are generally progressing in a positive direction. However, the execution was poor, the website is clunky, even the logistics are way off. If you’re still reading, we’re finally ready to answer the question: Why you haven’t used the OCS?

Because no one cares if you do or not.

“Sexiest Strains” at the OCS

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April 6, 2019 By: Canbii Staff

Summer is right around the corner and spring is officially here! Whether you’re interested in adding a little electricity to a spring fling or spicing things up with your spouse, cannabis can be a wonderful addition to the bedroom. There is a ton of research that supports this theory, including articles from The Journal of Sexual Medicine with over 50,000 participants. We won’t bog you down with all the stats, but you should definitely expect to hear your partner say “this feels amazing” more than a few times over the course of your evening.

Not all strains are ideal for the bedroom. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the best “strains for sex” available on the OCS today based on our users recommendations. Happy reading.

#1) Cabaret
If you’re a fan of day-drinking, you’ll like Cabaret. This is a very strong sativa-dominant strain that is hand-trimmed and hang dried. It’s definitely a premium strain at the price, but it’s packaged perfectly and might just be worth the price. Expect a lot of energy and uplifting feeling, suitable for a fun day off. It’s been known to have a sweet, grapefruit flavour and a strong aroma. This strain is perfect for high-energy activities.

#2) Rio Bravo
A high energy sativa strain, Rio Bravo is a great choice for a rockin’ good time. Use this strain during the day for all sorts of fun activities (sex included). You’ll also get a really stronger flavour profile with hints of sweet and spice. Take this strain for a ride and see for yourself.

#3) Rise
Rise is a sativa-dominant hybrid that can be described as a fairly strong strain with a wide range of #positive and #energizing effects. As the name suggests, this is a great morning strain to start your day with great vibes and a lot of productivity. It’s got a strong fruity flavour that compliments a complete breakfast.

As you may have noticed, all three strains on our list are sativa or sativa-dominant. We’d also suggest taking the THC % into account when picking your strain, especially if your partner may not have the same tolerance level as you.

Disclaimer: Cannabis does not affect everyone in the same way. The information in this article is user reported and does not constitute medical advice. Always consult your physician prior to using cannabis to treat a medical condition. Individual results may vary.

Top 5 OCS Strains

By: Canbii Staff

The Ontario Cannabis store has been open just over 5 months and now offers over 70 legal cannabis strains at the click of a button…but how does one know which strain to choose? There are lots of factors to consider including cost, potency, flavor, brand, etc. but we’ll try our best to help guide you through choosing the right strain for you.

INDICA vs SATIVA vs HYBRID

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This is the easiest way to separate the different types of cannabis products available. Simply put, an indica strain will help you rest and relax, while sativas will boost your energy. Hybrids can be a bit tricky as they will fall somewhere in the middle, but some hybrids will tell you which side of the spectrum they lean towards.

POTENCY and THC vs CBD

Most strains on the OCS offer a range of potency, so you won’t know exactly what % you get until it’s in your hands. Nonetheless, these ranges can provide us with a basic understanding of the strength of the product, and whether to expect effects in the mind or the body (or both). Let’s start with % THC. The easiest way to split this scale up based on our current user reviews: 0-10% = weak/mild, 11-20% = medium/strong and 21-30% = strong/extremely potent. CBD is generally sought out for its medicinal effects, but some recreational users prefer the mellow body buzz without the head high. CBD strength can be roughly split up into 0-10% = weak/mild and 11-20% = medium/strong. Remember, individual results may vary, but these broad categories should help give you some indication of where your strain sits on the scale.

BRAND AND FLAVOUR

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We’ve decided to put these two categories together since they often go hand in hand. The brand behind the product can give you a good indication of what to expect in terms of product quality and strength of the flavour profile. In order to control the quality and consistency of their cannabis, some brands offer hand-trimming, curing, and small batch production. Others can use state-of-the-art growing facilities and mix popular globally recognized strains to create unique and individual products. A good brand will generally be as transparent as can be about their growing practices and online reviews can help too. Flavours can be difficult to detect at first, but like any fine wine, once your palette is cleared and your mind is empty, a strong flavour can enhance your experience.

CANBII Top 5

#1) White Widow
One of the most famous strains in the world, White Widow is a balanced hybrid first bred in the Netherlands. A cross between Brazilian sativa landrace and resin heavy South Indian indica, it has been on the menu of many Dutch coffee shops. A relatively new strain which was developed in 1990s, the buds of this strain are covered in crystals giving it an almost sugary look. This strain provides the user with a buzz of euphoria and energy breakthroughs stimulating creativity and conversation.

#2) MK Ultra
Highly effective at alleviating convulsions, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea, as the CBD in MK Ultra has anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-oxidant, sedative, and immunomodulatory properties. If using recreationally, it is best to use this at night. It offers the MK Ultra user a sedated, relaxed body stone, making the strain a good choice of indica for muscle spasms and tremors as well. Named after the methods of mental manipulation employed by the CIA’s Project MK Ultra, this indica dominant strain stands apart due to its powerful cerebral effects.

#3) Sensi Star
Some smokers find the buzz to be a very strong body stone, while others report a high with more energetic, cerebral properties as well as a body sensation. Sensi Star is a very strong indica with THC levels reaching up to 20%. Although mostly indica, she retains a complex high that affects the mind as well as the body. Sensi Star is a headstrong indica that produces rock hard colas with a lemony scent and taste.

#4) Jean Guy
Its energizing and uplifting qualities makes Jean Guy a perfect strain to start the day with, although scattered and distracting thoughts may interfere with productivity. Jean Guy is a sativa dominant strain from Canada with intensely cerebral effects and a sour citrus smell. This strain is a reputable source of relief for fibromyalgia, but patients prone to anxiety may want to dose with caution due to its typically high THC content. Hints of lemon and pine come through in Jean Guy’s flavour, providing a gentle launch into jolting sativa effects.

#5) GSC (Girl Scout Cookies)
What happens when you mix OG Kush and Durban Poison? You get GSC or “Girl Scout Cookies.” Don’t let the friendly name fool you, this hybrid strain will send you flying into euphoria and relaxation. This award-winning strain tastes sweet and earthy with a strong spicy aroma.

Many other strains at the OCS have received wonderful reviews, but that wraps up our top strains list for March 2019. Let us know what your top picks are, and we’ll highlight your reviews on our website, Instagram and Facebook pages. Also lookout for our article on the “Sexiest Strains at the OCS” just in time for spring!

Disclaimer: Cannabis does not affect everyone in the same way. The information in this article is user reported and does not constitute medical advice. Always consult your physician prior to using cannabis to treat a medical condition. Individual results may vary.