Today we review THC BioMed’s Hybrid (Landrace). That’s what the producer has chosen to call it, so not really sure what we have here. The attraction to this offering is price, so the lack of transparency doesn’t detract heavily from the experience.
Here’s an opinion of mine, Landraces sometimes suck. Nature doesn’t care if the plant tastes good or how much THC it makes, only if those traits contribute to survival. A landrace is resilient with hardy growth, but to make it attractive for the end user, several rounds of genetic selection is necessary, often with the inclusion of another genetic source, which makes it a hybrid.
So, bit of an oxymoron, but let’s get into it, the hybrid landrace.
This is a THC dominant offering with 17.4% THC, about the average content that I observe nationally.
THC BioMed describes this offering purely by its effects: ‘uplifting, trippy and cerebral, sometimes boarding on the psychedelic’. I personally find experience to be subjective, so I rarely discuss it. Suggestion and situation is very powerful especially with cannabis, so if you’re expecting to feel relaxed or in a place where you normally feel relaxed, you’ll probably feel relaxed.
Visuals are my idea of standard. The buds are full, with a close trim towards the bottom, which is left a bit leafier. Lacks any luxurious attributes, like trichome coverage or expensive colouring. Along the same vein, I don’t have many complaints about scant form or questionable areas.
Density is good, but moisture content is lacking to the point of being brittle. The largest buds are 2-3 centimetres in diameter, and you can still pinch through them with ease, they have the consistency of a hard taco shell.
Grinds are ok, just neutral. I wouldn’t regard them as cohesive, nor dry. I found adequate performance in the vaporizer, but I’d think they’d be too dry to smoke.
These flowers present mute skunks against a bit of greasy citrus sinew. Present but not wealthy, you really have to drink it in to get the character.
Heat expands the fruit flavour laterally and brings intense metallic flavours to the skunks. There’s respectable dynamism here, the metallic notes fade to chewy pines and slight spices that hint toward haze. Most of the character is upwardly facing, there’s little for comforting earths or calming florals, I could see how this interprets ‘uplifting, trippy’ or ‘cerebral’.
Pronunciation is good, I felt a bit disappointed by the scent of the flower but the flavours had the character to make up for it. Longevity is also acceptable, and character changes with use. The change over time isn’t stellar, but it has a few moves.
Price on a 3.5 gram package came to $6.90 per gram, with the taxes, not included shipping. That’s a $25 eighth. Putting it flatly, it’s respectable cannabis, available at around 50% of the average price, depending on your province. Lacks any marketing, fancy names or celebrity endorsement. High Times likely isn’t going to do a double page spread on it. But it does represent one of the better value propositions in the current market.
Similar to the previous THC BioMed product we reviewed, THC CBD Indica Landrace, I can make a case for this as value cannabis in BC, but the higher prices in Ontario nullify the logic. Quality here is strictly standard, this is no frills cannabis. I feel better about it around the $6 per gram level. Above $10 per single gram in Ontario, I’m not sure if the Hybrid Landrace will compete with offerings using traditional names or those backed by heavily marketed brands.
I feel like this is a choose-your-own-adventure short story with two good choices; be a resident of BC or, get a medical prescription for cannabis. The only tragic outcome would be buying this in Ontario at the retail prices we saw above.
There we go, THC BioMed’s Hybrid Landrace. Standard quality THC dominant cannabis, hopefully priced so low you can forgive the contradictory name.
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