Great White Shark by MedReleaf (San Rafael ’71)4 min read

Poor visuals detract from this otherwise acceptable offering of Green House Seeds’ Great White Shark CBD from San Rafael ’71.

Going to look at San Rafael ’71’s Great White Shark today.

We’re starting with the stats for this Great White Shark. If you’re familiar with the name there’s a little surprise here, this is actually a CBD dominant cultivar. Cannabinoid ratio is about 2:1 CBD to THC. The specific container we review here today ranks in at 7.4% THC and 13.16% CBD.

Date packaged is February 13 2019 and we are reviewing it 72 days later.

Great White Shark can be attributed to Green House Seeds. Green House lists this cultivar as a Super Skunk with South Indian and Brazilian influences. Elsewhere, the lineage is listed as a Super Skunk crossed to a White Widow, both could be correct. Green House also offers a CBD version of this cultivar, which is a cross of the Greath White Shark we just described, to an unknown CBD dominant cultivar. I suspect this is the cultivar we review here today.

Visually, it looks like many single grams I review, comprised of about 10 or so smaller particles about 1-2 centimetres in diameter. The smaller buds appear spherical in overall shape, but they are actually rather intricate and jagged when you look up close.

The immature seeds hanging out the sides are readily observable.

Moisture content is favourable, these aren’t delicate by any measure. Density is good so the buds maintain under pressure, compressing slightly before retiring to near their original shape.

Here’s a video of the product once it’s ground.

Stiff skunks greet with caustic blare on the frontage of this profile, it’s notably firm, like black rubber baking in the sun. Lighter earths and sandy spices make up the secondary notes, but I find the frontage successfully occludes these notes making the profile seem rather one dimensional.

Heat amplifies the earth notes, bringing some spice into the top end of the profile and some allure to the midsection. The flavours lose their sulphurous edges and homogenize inward producing an earth forward profile with critic acid note of a crisp skunk, although somewhat reduced. Taste is present but not high in magnitude. I’d go so far as to call it rather inert, which could be favourable in some cases.

Price on this Great White Shark is $11.99 for a single gram package, slightly above average for the place of purchase (Alberta Cannabis online store). Looking at the graph below, I would have been paying below market average prices if I bought a 3.5 gram package, otherwise, the price I paid looks to be the highest in the country.

In BC, this is priced near one deviation below the store’s average, prices for 3.5 gram and 7 gram packages are attractive. Quebec is similar, prices look comparatively attractive. The other thing to note about this graph is the disparity between 1 gram and 3.5 gram packages, sometimes the increase is above 20%.

So there we go, Great White Shark I hope this was a valuable exploration of this offering. Positive attributes for this one is accessibility, by way of cannabinoid composition and overall taste. I find pricing in packages above 1 gram favourable. The surface visuals were the negative aspect, easily mitigated with a vaporizer, but for those looking for a premium product, this isn’t it.

Grow your own. Green House Seeds are available at many, many seed banks. Their Great White Shark CBD flowers for 9 weeks indoors and supposedly yields a massive 800 grams per square meter. Outdoors Green House notes it flowers for 10 weeks, finishing in first week October in the northern hemisphere. Yield outdoors is said to be up to 900 grams per plant.

I’ll leave by saying there is a duplicate offering of Great White Shark from United Greeneries, except it is a THC dominant version. So, if you find yourself shopping for a Great White Shark, mind the cannabinoid content and producer.