Hi all, its your boys Jonny Fry and the Cann Man checking in with our first installation of What’s What with Weed. Before we dive in, we just wanted to quickly explain what it is we are doing here. As an industry professional (Cann Man) and some dude who smokes way too much weed (Jonny Fry), we have some fairly dissenting views on products, industry news, etc. What’s good for business, may not be good for business, if you catch my drift. So, we thought we would sit down each week to sort out What’s What with Weed. First up, 314 Pure Cannabis Blend Pre-rolls.
According to the 314 Pure website, these pre-rolls are the “finest small-batch craft cannabis, we infuse the flower with solventless dry sift extracts to reach soaring THC levels never before seen in individual rolls.” They come in a pack of 4 x 0.5-gram pre-roll format and are packed with a Boost hydro for freshness. The THC is listed at a whopping 36.1%.
CM: The first thing I want to talk about is the high. I sparked this baby on my walk to Longo’s to grab some Friday night snacks. Let me tell you, these bad boys slap! At first, I wondered, am I too high for this right now?
Then I walked into the brightly lit grocery store, and my eyes opened wide. Suddenly, I was floating and feeling fantastic. I even started singing along with the Christmas music playing over the speakers. Normally, I like to get in and out of the grocery store as quickly as possible, but I had none of my usual anxieties. I wasn’t worried about what anyone thought and could just enjoy being myself. As my girl Lizzo says, I was “feeling good as hell.” Although the THC is north of 36% and hits hard, I would describe the buzz as calmly uplifting and a lot of fun.
JF: As much as I wanted to start of this article series with a controversial, hot take, I have to say I agree with the Cann Man. I am not a lover of hybrids particularly, but this high was positive, even-keeled and, most importantly for me, POTENT.
While I am always skeptical about the quality of the flower that goes into pre-rolls, this batch was definitely on point in terms of potency. If only, 314 would tell us exactly what strain(s) are in these things…
I would recommend keeping these bad boys to the evening unless you are a really high tolerance user. If not, you may end up wasting a big chunk of your day. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
CM: The rolls themselves look average, packed in a standard white container. When opening them up, it doesn’t look like anything special. They smell nice, but again, not so aromatic that you get excited to smoke them.
JF: “Standard white container” may be one way of putting it, Cann Man. I have a bit of a bone to pick with the packaging. I have to question the seal on the pack, as the joints I received were pretty dry despite a pack date of late October and the inclusion of an integra boost pack. It feels like more time and attention was given to keeping children out of these things than properly storing the product itself. I agree the safety of children is paramount but can we also protect the product? We are in year three of legalization, and packaging that protects children, the natural environment and the product itself, is a standard worth driving towards. For me, this packaging isn’t quite there.
CM: I took the tip from 314 Pure’s website and lit the “wick” allowing it to light the cannabis slowly. The smoke was smooth with a light citrus flavour. The joint burned evenly and did not need to be re-lit, even in the cold, windy weather. Overall, I was impressed with the burn and flavour profile.
JF: As for the burn of the joints themselves, I also got little to no aroma before lighting. This is a bit disappointing and possibly related to the packaging issues noted above. That being said, the joints had a nice greasy ring, white/speckled grey ash and burned long and slow for 0.5’s, so I was quite pleased. Two of the four joints did clog slightly but a few strong hoots and we were back in business. I got a bit of the citrus notes mentioned by the Cann Man, as well as fleeting hints of Diesel. Again, would be awesome to have some strain info. Overall, solid burn even if there was a bit of clogging on my end.
CM: I have to agree with the producer’s description that the Blend pre-rolls are quality in both flower and kief. There’s a reason you pay more for something craft and unique like this. I’m going to say it… these are the best 30% THC + pre-rolls on the Canadian cannabis market to date. Prove me wrong!
I highly recommend these for all of your holiday parties because they’re the perfect uplifting buzz that will certainly help you enjoy this season to the fullest.
JF: Although I may be a bit more skeptical than my buddy the Cann Man, I have to say, these do give me hope for the future of so-called, “infused” pre-rolls.
With an excellent potency and a slow burn, this is a product that can satisfy both new and seasoned consumers alike, depending on your preferences. Just remember, these things slap…so if you can’t handle the heat then stay out of the kitchen.
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