Wappa by Zenabis (Namaste)4 min read

Zenabis’ version of Paradise’s Wappa disappoints slightly with subpar visuals, but makes up for it with respectable quality and a pleasing performance in the upper ranges of the Wappa profile.

Checking out a Wappa today. If you’re unfamiliar, this is Paradise’s well loved hybrid. Several producers offer a Wappa and, if you ask me, 7ACRES’ version is the one to beat. Both this version from Namaste and 7ACRES are priced at the same price point at the Alberta Cannabis online store.

Wappa is bred by Paradise Seeds. Although they don’t give the actual lineage, they refer to it as a sweet skunk bred for size and resin content. By my regard, its flowers have widespread appeal; friendly and accessible, but interesting enough for multiple uses.

The buds I received in one container look like they come from two plants, the colours differ. There are a few smaller tops showing deeper colouring, the smaller buds are a lighter green. Shape is spherical but somewhat jagged in the details. I wouldn’t refer to any of the buds I received as ‘full’. They’re not unacceptable, but they are unattractive.

Like the other Zenabis offerings we’ve reviewed, trim is on the poor side, but this one lacks the clinging detritus as seen on the Zenabis Shishkaberry.

Grinds actually look pretty good. I found it hard to find signs of reproductive growth to show in the video.

Scent of the flowers are sweet green florals, and when ground, really open up with good pronunciation in some high frequency perfume tones. It interprets friendly yet surprisingly bold.

Flavours are true to the Wappa character, most will find this familiar. Heat highlights the low tone complexity of the profile. The florals present on the frontage lead into a metallic tinge which showcases the cultivar’s skunky lineage. The low tones are loaded with friendly chocolate earths bridging the high end florals with the sweet lows.

The profile is undeniably great, Zenabis has done a really good job on it. For some, the performance in the upper ranges of the profile could differentiate this offering from other Wappa offerings. While some versions of Wappa are earth forward, this one shows really well in the florals, which become near to perfume before meeting the off-putting tinge of the skunks. I think there’s a lot to like here, and I worry the poor visuals overshadow the good parts, especially when we look at price.

Price on this Zenabis’ Wappa was $11.99 per single gram from the Alberta Cannabis store. In BC, Ontario and Alberta online stores, this Wappa has good availability alongside the 7ACRES product. In BC and Ontario, Redecan also has a Wappa listing that is comparatively lower in price. By my measure, Zenabis has chosen areas of less competition and higher prices for their Wappa, I can find it in Alberta and New Brunswick a shade higher than the average price. In BC and Ontario, both 7ACRES and Redecan offer Wappa with Redecan being comparatively less expensive in both, but Zenabis Wappa appears to be absent in the fray.

The online data tells only part of the story, the data from physical storefronts will be most interesting. The taste on this Wappa was far better than the looks. Based on my experience, the 7ACRES product beats the Zenabis product visually so I’m interested to see how the Zenabis version can compete if the consumer can see what they’re buying, even at a lower price.

Grow your own, and you can absolutely grow a Wappa. Paradise notes it does well outdoors in Northern climates, finishing mid October in the Northern hemisphere. Indoors, Wappa flowers within a 55-60 day window. Large yield is one of the benefits, making 450 grams per square meter indoors or 500 per plant outdoors. Supposedly this is also easy to trim, an underrated quality in my opinion.

The cheapest Wappa price I can find is $7 per gram for a 15 gram purchase, you can crush that price in multiples by growing your own. Taking a 475 gram average yield with the minimum price per gram is $3,325 total ‘value’ per outdoor plant or indoor square meter.

And you might say, hey, I spend 10% of that per year, I don’t need to spend time growing my own. But I’d say maybe chuck a seed in the ground, water it and yield a few hundred grams of cannabis. Keep a bit for yourself and give the rest away in 30 gram increments. The price is high right now and growing is easy, think about all that sweet, sweet karma you’ll reap. We’ll probably never see a better good-deed-to-work-required ratio than in Canadian cannabis this year. Best to take advantage.