Sensi Star by Zenabis (Namaste)5 min read

Doing a Sensi Star today, one of four Sensi Stars at the AlbertaCannabis.org store.

Since my first review of a Zenabis product, I’ve noticed a substantial increase in listing counts of Zenabis products across the country. Not sure how this review will go, but before we get into it, let’s give Zenabis the proverbial wink and gun. What up Zenabis? I see you working it.

Bred by Paradise Seeds, Sensi Star is a staple of Canadian legal cannabis, it’s one of the more commonly listed cultivars.

The 7ACRES version seems to be the one to beat, but priced at $14.00 per gram (on albertacannabis.org), it leaves room for value competition. We’ve looked poorer quality version of Sensi Star from Acreage Pharms priced at $13.99 per single gram. And now, we’ll go down in price an additional dollar to the Zenabis version, priced at $12.99 per single gram.

Let’s check the stats for this one.

Described as ‘one of the strongest indicas around’ this version of Sensi Star is grown inside (a warehouse) and is hand trimmed ‘to perfection’.

Active content ranges from 15-20% THC, CBD content is listed at 0%. Package arrived towards the low side of the range, 16.3% THC.

Major terpenes are terpinolene (43%), myrcene (24%) and caryophyllene (8%). Other terpenes comprise the remaining quarter.

This Sensi Star was packaged February 24 2019, here we go, 99 days later.

Visuals are pretty good, for what I see coming from a one gram package. Three similarly sized buds and a touch of shake. Trim is acceptable, looks like it got a once over. Was it ‘hand trimmed to perfection’, as described? I’d say no.

By touch, it’s dry, like most of its legal competitors. Density seems good but lack of malleability wins over, it’s brittle. People looking to vape this may not see a problem, smoking it may be underwhelming.

Today we’re going to try looking at the grinds against a ruler. So whatever we see there, you’ll be able to tell the approximate size.

Scent of these flowers are slightly sweet before descending into a simple earth medley. There’s presence here, but somewhat incomplete. The peppery fuels that gives the Sensi Star profile a long reach aren’t really prevalent.

With a bit of heat the rest of the character appears. The peppers are polite, accompanied by a few layers of grace notes that interpret oily and greasy so the whole thing feels somewhat slick. Although faint, the top notes twist into metallic range, hinting at the lineage of this offering. A respectable amount of earth notes round out the bottom of this profile, but are largely occluded by the more active peppers.

Pronunciation is not at all bad, fairly good. Longevity follows suit, nothing to gush about but I don’t leave disappointed. I think you could use this, leave it in the vaporizer and expect recognizable character when you go to use it again.

Said above, price on this single gram is $12.99 where I purchased this from (in Alberta). For me, it’s worth the extra $2 to step up in quality for the 7ACRES product. Above $10 per gram, my logic is, you’re already overspending, so seek the best quality. If you’re considering saving the $2, I’d prompt you to double down by buying something else in the $8-9 range.

Don’t get me wrong. In terms of the distribution of quality I see, the Zenabis Sensi Star is satisfactory, but it’s still a $12 gram of cannabis. But I make that statement relative to legal retail cannabis in Canada. In terms of the larger spectrum of cannabis quality, let’s face it, calling this Sensi Star ‘basic’ would be a compliment. The fact that something of this quality is priced at $12 per gram leaves me to be a bit disheartened.

Let’s check how Sensi Star looks elsewhere.

There are at least 10 producers with a Sensi Star product at the time of writing, it’s a very crowded market place. I’ve made the graph to show average price by package size for each producer of Sensi Star, separated by provincial web store. Use the filter at the top to filter out producers. Below, I show average price per gram for Sensi Star, across all packages sizes and web stores, by producer.

From the above graph, you can see two things. There are places were this Zenabis product is mildly competitive (some not), and there are deals on Sensi Star available from certain producers, depending on what province you’re in. Within the group overall, the Zenabis product doesn’t stick out for price or quality, which I think is a very bad place to be in this subsection of the market.

We’ve done this before, but let’s do it again. Growing your own Sensi Star is a no brainer. Those buying larger amounts of legal retail cannabis should consider offsetting their consumption by growing their own. The Sensi Star is something you could place outside and learn with, but still have the expectation of completing the plant.

Sensi Star from Paradise Seeds, a monument in any cannabis market, especially ours. It’s common, sometimes expensive, but deal hunting is possible with certain producers. You could also grow it, expecting some resiliency, one plant would likely cover a large percentage of your yearly consumption. Either way, Sensi Star is one you should probably get to know.

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See you on the next one everyone.