For the 7th time in a row, we fight through layers of branding to review Organigram’s seedy, characterless, dry cannabis flower they’re calling La Strada (this time).
Hey everyone, it’s me, Organigram’s best customer, here for another review. This will be my 7th review of Organigram cannabis, apart from the marginally attractive, but seedy, Wabanaki, most of what we’ve seen from this producer has been compromised, forgettable junk.
Organigram has made some changes since my last review. They’ve procured some genetics from another producer (yawn) and have started to provide humidity packs with their gear. They’ve actually shipped the humidity pack inside the container, which is probably what I’d prefer as a consumer. Some people suggest this is against the rules, but I don’t care, I’m hooked on their I dont give a fuck look.
Today we review Organigram’s Acadia or La Strada. This product was ordered the 3rd of February, received 5th of February, and opened 9th of February. The humidity pack was replaced inside the container, where it sat undisturbed until March 7th. Relative humidity was tracked using a cheap, uncalibrated hygrometer from February 9th to March 7th. Over the period of time, RH decreased from 42% to 26%, room RH was about 30% over the time period.
For this review, I’m going to open the Acadia and review it like I usually do. Afterwards, we’ll talk a bit about the humidity pack and I’ll do a quick look on how they are supposed to work. To close it out, we’ll fumble around with a terpene discussion.
Organigram has a furious shell game going with their offering titles, I can’t keep up with it. Much of their stuff is renamed and renamed again. This La Strada is also called Acadia and was listed like this on the Alberta Cannabis online store. They also have a ‘upscale’ version of Acadia called Edison #7. Checked for La Strada and Acadia on their website, nothing is listed under that name. So instead, I’ll mention that they report only one of their offerings has over 0.5% of its major terpene. Don’t know what this is but I can be fairly certain it’s faint crap.
Ugh, this is already not going well. Let’s open this container with all the hope I can muster.
Talking about the humidity pack first, a Boveda will get crusty when it is used up, this is a different brand so I’m not sure if it will be similar. The pack has lost some of its fluidity, but is not brittle. The liquid inside is much more viscous than when it was received. I still feel like it has some use left in it.
I’ve seen some comments that these humidity pack will absorb terpenes. This humidity pack smells like cannabis but not overwhelmingly so. I’ve placed the humidity pack inside a clean jar, I’ll smell it again at the end of this review.
Scent of this Acadia in the container is faint and uncharacteristic. I can detect that there is something there, but there is barely any scent profile to discuss.
Like other Organigram offerings, this Acadia is brittle and can be crushed with a pinch. I notice no difference after nearly a month with the humidity pack.
Grinding it now, well over half of the cannabis I’ve purchased from Organigram has been compromised by seeds, so I’ll inspect this closely.
Not surprised to see this Acadia contains seeds. The flowers grind to small particles, trichomes and dust, which releases a slight scent of musky berry. I’d tell you this amount of seeds is comparatively minimal but check the video below, you can decide for yourself.
My 1 gram package of Acadia weighs 0.8 grams at the time of review. I did not weigh this initially, so there isn’t much more to talk about here.
I’ve placed 0.6 grams of La Strada in a vaporizer chamber to continue the review.
Flavours on the Acadia are faint but still discernible. Tart berry and long musks are the two players in the profile. Projection is not great, but detectable. If I had to guess what this is based on my experience, I’d guess a Shishkaberry, which is insulting to other Shishkaberries.
But whatever, I’ve had enough trudging through the mist to find out what this is, compounded by the fact that it’s poorly produced and I really don’t give a shit about it. Welcome to pancakenap.com everyone.
Here’s the info on La Strada, or Acadia, if you care. I paid $10.78 for a single gram but it doesn’t really matter how much it costs.
By my measure, La Strada is a rename of a rename. I can find little information on Acadia anywhere. According to what I have, it’s another proprietary cultivar. For someone like me who’s interested in lineage and the creation story, the lack of transparency takes the fun out of it and is really unsettling.
I wouldn’t recommend La Strada/Acadia, it has seeds in it. Moreover, most of what I’ve purchased from Organigram has contained seeds so I’d have real difficulty recommending anything they’ve produced.
You may like Acadia and accept it as unique, or it might work for you on some level, I don’t want to detract from anyone’s personal journey. If it works for you, great. But there are many trustworthy producers with reliable product quality that I would rather recommend over this, or anything I’ve seen from Organigram.
Anyways, there’s another standard Organigram review. Seedy tumbleweed quality, ghost fart olfaction, served on a plate of ‘who gives a fuck’ genetics. Par for the course.
Reopening the clean jar with the humidity pack in it, there isn’t much smell to to it. I’d bet there is some transfer/absorption but not sure if it’s significant. I choose not to use a Boveda or any other humidity pack in my homegrown cannabis, I’ve found them more detrimental than helpful.
I’m on Boveda’s website right now to find out how these humipaks work. Boveda uses a salt solution to add and remove water from the container/system. Organigram has used an Integra Boost, which is salt free which Integra says prevents any taste alteration. With either brand, the benefit seems to be the two way moisture control around a static RH, the one included with this Acadia is a 62%, 4 gram pack.
The first RH I recorded was 42%, a day after I opened this cannabis initially. Nearly one month later, the RH recorded was 26%, a notable decrease. I also observed the humidity pack still has life left in it, so I assume it has been inputting/outputting water over the timespan.
I found no observable tactile or olfactory benefit from the humidity pack, but the decrease in RH over time suggested that it may not have worked correctly. The product container is not 100% sealed, it’s entirely possible that the outflow of moisture from the container could be greater than the outflow of moisture from the humidity pack. Either way, I think the inclusion of the humidity pack is a positive sign from Organigram, shows some commitment towards a quality product.
I tend to think the dryness is an operational problem but I don’t really know, because I’ve never worked at a LP. We’re going to look at some JWC stuff soon, it smells phenomenal, but feels similarly dry. I’ve given it the same treatment, tracking RH over time, I imagine we’ll see a similar finish point. So for those reviews, I’ll be wondering where the differences between the producers lie and why the smell is so, so much better than the other.
There is some suggestion that these humidity packs save terpenes. I’ve never been able to explain that to myself. I’m going to open a 20 year old OCHEM book (Hornback) to do a rusty walk through on a chapter we never really discussed in class.
I’ve asked someone to read this before posting, she said what follows is boring– this person loves me (supposedly), so I’ll do a summary first.
TL;DR: I don’t think these humidity pack ‘repair’ terpenes. Most common terpenes won’t benefit from the humidity packs but, I can find a few terpenes where I think they could. Either way, I don’t think it matters because the reactions I saw are more probable in the vaporizer pathway.
I’m looking for terpenes with oxygen-containing functional groups primarily, and those with delocalized pi-systems, these are locations in the molecule that may react in absence and presence of water molecules.
The most common terpenes also seem to be the most molecularly stable. A good example caryophyllene, which doesn’t include oxygen. Mycrene and pinene are other common terpenes and lack any carbon oxygen bonds. I don’t see how a Boveda will help here.
I can find some situations where these packs may offer some degradation prevention to terpenes with oxygen functional groups.
Alpha-bisabolol requires a water molecule in the final step of its synthesis, but the precursor is a fairly unhappy molecule (carbocation) and I don’t imagine the reaction readily proceeds backwards without some heat or another enzyme. Regardless, it contains a carbonyl group that could be gained/lost as a result of high/low water content in the system. Not sure if this is possible at room temperature; I’m just doing broad strokes here, we’re not landing a spaceship on the moon.
There are a few other terpenes that have an ester linkage or a carbonyl group, so perhaps there is some merit for using these as an attempt to prevent further degradation for these specific compounds (menthol, borneol, camphor, a-terpinol, linalool to name a few).
The other thing I notice, many terpenes are similar molecularly and can likely translate between themselves. For example borneol and camphor differ by one hydrogen molecule at a single point, and likely are in equilibrium with themselves according to the water content of their environment.
We’re talking about these molecules at their state at room temperature, as soon as you start to vaporize these contents, I think we change the rules of the ballgame.
Stay with me here, we’re basically discussing the benefits of adding water molecules to a system that lacks free water molecules. When you heat organic growth over 100 celsius, it releases a ton of water molecules. After some more heat, many terpenes begin to move into gaseous state and intermingle with the water vapour. I’d bet most of what could be going on molecularly with the humidity pack is also happening in the vaporizer pathway without it.
So in the case of a-bisabolol, I’m not sure if it matters it loses its carbonyl group because it is too dry. In vapour state, some of the a-bisabolol may get the functional group back from the water vapour and, as the heat increases, likely loses it again to the vapour.
Linalool contains a hydroxyl group but, in the vapour pathway, I imagine the functional group has largely left the molecule to participate in bonding with the water vapour. So again, not sure what the benefit would be of using a humidity pack to prevent the hydroxyl group from dissociating from the Linalool molecule before you actually heat it.
Moreover, people are now working out which receptors bind to these terpene classifications and how they actually modulate cannabinoid activity. I’m willing to bet stereochemistry (molecule shape) at the receptor matters, which is mostly likely related to physiology and, not the reactions in vapour pathway. And far less related to if a Boveda/Integra was used, or not.
That’s my 30 minute read on it anyways. Not sure if my logic is entirely correct, could have missed something– I’m wrong all the time, and remain thankful for the people that have provided me corrections in the past.
I remain skeptical about these packs but will note again, it may be a step in the right direction or at the very least, some observable effort from the producer. I’m sure they’re not free and in the graph above, the price did not change when the humidity pack were included.
With my home grown cannabis, I personally get way better results with a long dry and cure time, slowly ratcheting down the RH. If you maintain the water content properly and store correctly, there’s no need to use a product like this.