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THC – 6/18/16

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This report focuses on strains being sold under the Canadian MMPR with high quantities of THC and low quantities of CBD.

We track and analyze metrics for medical cannabis available under the Canadian Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. We primarily concentrate on collecting secondary quantitative information currently but look to expand our scope to other areas of analysis in the near future.

We wanted to preface this report by orienting ourselves with the logic behind selecting valuable cannabis, the metrics used to measure cannabis and their respective restrictions. This report looks at THC content and THC content with respect to price for all strains available in the MMPR. THC is one indicator of the value and potency for cannabis, however, it should be understood that cannabis potency as an function of THC% is greatly modified by the terpene composition of the strain, in a number of ways including tolerance, neurotransmitter activity and overall medicinal quality. For example, strain X with 20% THC  and a large amount of terpene Z will behave very differently than strain B with 20% THC and a large about of terpene C. Moreover, strain X1 with 30%THC and low levels of terpene Z could have comparatively lower medicinal qualities than strain X2 with 20%THC and a large amount of terpene Z.

Research is continually building on the subject of terpenes and our understanding of their relationship with THC and the endo-cannabinoid is growing. Information on terpenes and cannabis in generally is becoming available in wider forms from individual reviews to traditional clinical research. Here is a link to a Jon Gettman article gives a good foundational knowledge on THC and how it interacts with the brain. This article is continued at this link where subjects like potency, dosage and tolerance are discussed.

Back to cannabis available under the Canadian MMPR, it is difficult to qualify the medicinal properties of cannabis on the basis of THC alone. Also important to note, we’re looking at THC through window associated with several margins of error. On the first layer, methodology for potency testing varies wildly and allowable margins of error are large On the second layer, CannStandard currently logs cannabis data from the public side of licensed producer websites; some LP data is not publicly available and data accuracy is expected to vary with the testing company used by each LP. Adding a 3rd layer of inaccuracy is terpene composition, LP information about terpene content is sporadic, often un-quanitified and not comparatively valuable at this point.

We eat our own cooking. These reports were born out of questions we had as MMPR patients and we are continually thinking of new ways of looking at cannabis and tracking the market. The industry and science surrounding cannabis is evolving rapidly. Because the history of modern cannabis use is rooted in prohibition, a large amount of disinformation is present amongst verifiable and unverifiable scientific information. We want to be cognizant about contributing to verifiable information and not to disinformation. All information in this report is publicly available and can be verified by readers of this report. The purpose of this report is to provide comparative information about current strains in the MMPR with respect to price and CBD/THC. It is important that the information presented here remains in the context of quantitative analysis through the window we described above.

Under the MMPR patients purchase cannabis by phone or over the internet, looking through an unclear window, unable to use natural senses to evaluate the strains. However, there are several resources out there that we can use to gain some insight on currently available medical cannabis. The reviews on Lift are, by far, the best resource for primary information about each of the strains available in the MMPR While this report highlights market trends and quantitative outliers; valuable, qualitative information is housed on Lift for each strain, with pictures of most strains. Frankly, if there is a strain of interest discovered while reading this report, you would be wise to research the strain further on Lift and on the LP website. Strain information is also available on Leafly and dispensary websites but in our experience this information is less relevant to the MMPR.

Lastly, as we are discussing terpene composition as a function of THC composition, we would like to present this  information about trichomes to the readers of this report and hypothesize that THC% and hypothesize that the magnitude of terpene production are positively correlated as they are both metabolized in secretory cells by similar enzymes and stored in similar areas of the trichome We will speak about this further in an upcoming infographic. For now, while THC composition alone doesn’t tell the complete story about medicinal value, we feel that cannabis achieving higher THC levels is worth investigating for terpene content.

With the above in mind, let’s move into the report for this week. There are just over 10% more strains being sold under the MMPR this week than last week. In terms of THC oriented strains, there were 16 more than last week totalling 128. When we look at the top 11, we’re really talking about the top 9% of strains in the MMPR so keep in mind we’re skipping by a lot of good strains. To put it into context, 40% of strains this week have a minimum of 20% THC; that makes over 50 strains currently available that are worth talking about that we don’t mention during the course of this report. Keep in mind we choose to refer to strains using their true name (where available), we see value in using the existing nomenclature to trace the genetic lineage of each strain.


Below we’re looking at strains listed in alphabetical order and include THC% and CBD%. For this report, we look at strains that are THC oriented. Meaning, we remove strains with higher levels of CBD (>3.5%) and the ratio strains that have even or comparable levels of CBD and THC. From here, we’re going to look at the strains with the most THC.


Aurora has a second offering of their ’91 K-OG Chemdawg that is of notable THC levels this week. Chemdawg is known for its diesel type undertones and is known to propel a more energetic experience. This particular OG Kush clone has infamous genetic lineage within the cannabis community and is known to be incredibly potent. Week to week, Aurora has continually occupied this position although there has been some notable comparable releases from producers like MedReleaf and Cannafarms.

A new notable sativa strain this week is Broken Coast’s attractive looking Super Lemon Haze at 28% THC. This strain is typically popular for energy and focus due to the large composition of limonene.

Pink Kush by Cannafarms is also on the list for the second week in a row. Pink Kush is known to be more representative of the indica end of the spectrum and is known to be high in linalool and other terpenes that can be calming.

Also new this week, Cannafarms is carrying a low cost strain ($4.00 per gram) they’re referring to as Bottoms that boasts over 25% THC. We’re not sure of the exact composition of the strain but it offers a high level of THC for a low pice. We’ll see it again when we look at price with respect to mg of THC.


Let’s step back and look at the range in THC% for all 128 strains, last week average THC% was 18%. Average THC is up this week a half point to 18.5% with a change in a minimum THC% (down 1% over last week).


Let’s look at per gram price of THC strains now. Last week, THC strains averaged $8.63 per gram. Average prices are down 2.3% this week, bringing the average price of one gram to $8.52. The minimum of the market also decreased this week from $3.50/gram to $2.50/gram. Per gram, the lowest cost strain this week is MedReleaf’s Trimmings product with 9.5% THC.


Now we’ll change the scope to look at pricing for all strains in the context of 75mg of THC. Below, we’ve shown the 11 strains with the lowest prices for 75mg of THC. All strains on this list are priced 39% – 53% below the MMPR average (with respect to THC content). Per gram pricing is also shown on the right side, notice there is not one strain on this list priced higher than $8.00 per gram.

Whole flower on this list gets special note. UK Cheese by MedReleaf is a phenomenal deal at $5.00 and has many high quality reviews on Lift. At 23.5% THC, it will be quite strong. Cheese is known to be a good mix of indica and sativa traits that is both energetic and cerebrally comfortable.

Bedrocan’s strains always make this list as they sell strains ~20% THC for $5 a gram. Their whole flower Bedrocan strain is a derivation of Jack Herer. In our minds, it sets the benchmark for appropriately priced cannabis in the MMPR. They also have two other whole flower strains on this list by the way.

We saw Aurora’s ’91 K-OG strain when we looked at the strains with the highest THC percentages. We see it again here on this list below.


To put these 11 strain in the context of price per 75 mg of THC from all 128 strains.


We’ve seen that the average $ per 75 mg of THC right now is $3.61. Of the 128 strains in this summary, 72 are below this average. The range in THC content for these 72 strains of below average price is 9.5% to 28.6%. Meaning that strains with lower THC% aren’t necessarily strains with lower value with respect to per mg THC prices. Per gram price really matters. Of these 72 strains, average per gram price is actually $7.01 and the maximum is $12.00. Average price per 75mg of THC beings to increase slightly after the $9.50/gram mark and then in much larger magnitudes in the $12.50 – $15.00 ranges.

Moving along, let’s try to get an indication on value and look at the number of THC portion obtained from each of the 128 strains. There is a correlation between the amount of THC portions obtained and price per gram. On the graph below, we’ve shown the number of THC portions against per gram price for each strain. Notice the gradual increase in per gram price as the number of THC portions decrease. The strains making up the right side of the graph still likely offer medical value; but at a higher costs than other choices available in the market.


If you read a bit of the Jon Gettman article at the beginning of this report, you know it’s better to choose from a wider variety of strains and a wider variety of terpenes. We summarized 128 strains in this report, in the graph below we’ve shown how many come from each LP.


Cannabis Oil – 6/13/16

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This report focuses on Cannabis infused oils. Some producers have secured their licenses for both the production and sale of cannabis infused oils. Others have licenses for production only.

There are few cannabis oils available in the market currently (18) from producers Cannadarms, CanniMed, Mettrum, Peace Naturals, Tweed and Whistler. Oils are also available from Tilray but they had none available during the time the data was collected for this summary.

We track and analyze metrics for medical cannabis available under the Canadian Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. We primarily concentrate on collecting secondary quantitative information currently but look to expand our scope to other areas of analysis in the near future.



A small percentage cannabis oils offer CBD in larger quantities (>8mg/mL) and fewer offer oils with 1:1 or similar ratios. The vast majority of oils offer THC in varying concentrations. On average, the oils contain 16.3 mg of THC per millilitre and 3.42mg of CBD per millilitre.


Let’s check for oils with high THC content. Of only 13 available THC oils, these are the 11 with the highest THC content. Producers often sell oils in multiple volumes with a small scaled discount; we’ve averaged those prices and shown them with respect to one mL of cannabis oil in the right-most column below.


The strongest THC oil available right now is Zaius by Tweed; it also offers the lowest per mL price. Obviously, we’ll see it again when we look at price with respect to concentration.

Keep in mind this is a very small sample size (13). The MMPR average for THC cannabis oil concentration is 21.1mg; the top 6 oils on the above list beat the MMPR average. Only the top 3 are notable.

With that being said, Mettrum offers two oils with identical concentrations in sativa and indica varieties. Between preparing and writing this report, Mettrum has released a hybrid oil offering which we did not include in the analysis.

Below, we switch our focus away from potency to price. The State of Colorado has mandated that edibles are to be sold in 10mg THC increments. We’ve noticed a lot of dispensaries selling ‘rookie’ doses of edibles at 10mg of THC. Let’s look at cannabis infused oils available in the MMPR with respect to 10mg of decarboxylated, edible THC.

Also note, on the right we’ve shown the millilitres required to achieve 10mg of THC for each cannabis oil.


Zaius is sold in 100mL portions that pack a 3000mg of THC per $185 bottle. It’s the best deal for THC oil right now. Edibles will often surpass inhalation in terms of effective dose over a long period of time, with that in mind, a 10 mg portion of THC from Zaius priced $0.60 is amongst the least expensive THC available in the MMPR right now. Also important to note, it’s potent; a 10mg dose comes from 0.3mL; 1mL will provide 33mg of THC. Hopefully Tweed provides an accurate dosage vessel with this product.

The MMPR average for 10mg of THC from cannabis oils is $1.32 right now. The ‘above average deals’ come from Tweed, Mettrum and Cannafarms this week.

There were 13 THC oils included in this summary and 12 were shown on this list. The 13th was Acapulco Gold by Whistler at $1.70 per 10mg THC portion.

The above list is represented graphically in the price range graphic below.


Next we’ll assume we are spending $100 on each of the cannabis oils. Let’s look at how many 10mg THC portions we would receive from each of the oils.


There are only 5 cannabis oils with higher concentrations of CBD available this week; two of them are ratio strains with comparable THC:CBD levels. With this in mind, let’s look at the range in CBD pricing from cannabis oils.

The lowest cost for CBD in the MMPR comes from Tweed’s production of Bedrocan’s Bedrolite ($1.10/10mg CBD).


As mentioned above, producers sometimes offer these oils in multiple volumes and they give a discount on larger volumes. We’ve averaged prices for all cannabis oil offerings and shown those averages with respect to one millilitre of cannabis oil.

We saw that the lowest price per millilitre is Bedrolite by Tweed ($1.10/mL); a 100mL bottle costs $110. With respect to volume, the highest priced THC oil is Omega by Peace Naturals at $3.97/ml; a 30mL bottle costs $119.


Lastly, let’s look at the producers offering cannabis oil. Whistler offers 8 seperate varieties of cannabis oil; well above the MMPR average of 3 offerings per LP. Of the 18 LPs we regularly investigate, six of them have cannabis oil and only 5 had oil available this week.


CBD – 6/11/16

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This report focuses on Cannabidiol (CBD). From a pool of 150 strains available in the MMPR this week, we identify 46 strains that contain more than 3.5% CBD. From there, we organize all strains by CBD content and list the 11 strains with the highest percentages of CBD.

We track and analyze metrics for medical cannabis available under the Canadian Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. We primarily concentrate on collecting secondary quantitative information currently but look to expand our scope to other areas of analysis in the near future.

Let’s look at the strains with the highest CBD content.


Aurora’s version of Cannatonic tops the CBD content list at 18.6% CBD; it doubles the MMPR average for CBD this week (9.11%). At $8.00 a gram it presents a pretty decent value; we’ll see it again when we look at cost.

CB Diesel by MariCann, Avidekel by MedReleaf and CBD Kush by Tweed offer around 1.5x more CBD than the MMPR average.

The majority of strains on this list offer at least 1% THC as well. A small portion are 3:4 THC to CBD (Shark Shock, CBD Godbud, Midday Vault Reserve, CBD Kush).

Three of these strains offer below 1% THC (Avidekel, TWD Lot#3, 1-13) for those looking for a negligible amount of THC with their CBD.

Now let’s widen the scope to look at the entire 46 strains and the range in CBD content.


Last week, the average CBD% for CBD strains available in the MMPR was 9.3%. This week the average is 9.11%; a 2.1% decrease over last week. The maximum and minimum CBD% remained the same as last week. There were 3 fewer CBD strains available in the MMPR this week which accounts for the change in average CBD%.

Now, we’ll look at cost of cannabidiol in the MMPR. First we take a look at the 11 strains with the least price for CBD and then we’ll look at CBD price for all 46 strains.


Aurora’s Cannatonic appears at the top of this list as well as the CBD content list. Because of its high CBD content and below average per gram price, this strain presents the lowest cost for CBD in the MMPR currently.

Another notable is RedeCan’s Shark Shock. This has 12.3%CBD as well as 7.1%THC at $6.50 a gram. For those looking for both THC and CBD, this is one of the best deals available right now.

Slightly more expensive, offering around 25% more CBD and slightly less THC (than Shark Shock), CB Diesel by MariCann is also notable for value.

Rounding out the top 5 of this list are two Bedrocan CBD strains both offering ~9% THC. These strains from Bedrocan appear to be quite reliable for availability.

All strains on the above list are at least 39% below the current average cost for CBD ($7.84). Let’s take a look at the range below.


We saw above that that minimum cost for CBD ($3.22/75mg CBD) comes from Aurora’s Cannatonic strain.

At the maximum end of this range ($20.38/75mg CBD) are strains with CBD percentages in the 3.5%-6% range. Representative of the lower end of potency, these strains require more crude cannabis to achieve a 75 milligrams of CBD.

The average price for 75mg of CBD increased 2% over last week to $7.84/75mg CBD.

Now that we’ve looked at price for a comparable amount of CBD, let’s look at the range in price per gram of crude cannabis for all 46 CBD strains.


Nebula II CBD Private Release from Canntrust has the lowest price per gram for CBD strains in the MMPR. It’s a 2:3 strain offering 4% THC along with 5.6% CBD. A 75mg portion of CBD from this strain costs $4.69 and comes with 68mg of THC.

There are 3 other CBD strains being sold at or below the $5/gram price point in the MMPR. All 3 offer between 8%-9%CBD; two of them come from Bedrocan (Bediol and Bedrolite) and one from Tilray (Blend+CBD). Bediol and Blend+CBD also offer THC ~7%.

Last week, the average price per gram was $8.29 for CBD strains. Per gram prices have increased 1% to $8.39 for this week.

There are two prominent plateaus at the end of the CBD per gram pricing line diagram. The first plateau is created by 2 MedReleaf strains (Midnight and Avidekel) and 1 Aphria strain (Iroquois); all available at $12.50 per gram. Midnight by MedReleaf has 10.5%THC and 11%CBD; MedReleaf’s Avidekel ups the CBD to 15.5% and drops the THC to under 1%. Aphria’s offering at this price point offers 7%THC and 4.6% CBD.

The 3 CBD strains with the highest per gram pricing ($15.00 per gram) are produced by Hydropothecary.


Finally, we’ll look at how many CBD strains each licensed producer offers.

Tweed offers the most CBD strains in the MMPR this week (6). They also offered 6 strains last week.

The average CBD strains per LP is 2.6; the majority of producers offer 2 or less CBD strains.




THC – 6/11/16

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This report focuses on THC. From a pool of 150 strains available in the MMPR this week, we identify 112 strains that contain more than 10% THC. From there, we organize all strains by THC content and list the 11 strains with the highest percentages of THC.

We track and analyze metrics for medical cannabis available under the Canadian Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. We primarily concentrate on collecting secondary quantitative information currently but look to expand our scope to other areas of analysis in the near future.

Although similarly high in THC content, these strains differ wildly in their price per gram. We’ll look at even comparison for THC price later on in this report.

For now, let’s focus on THC content alone. Aurora’s ’91 K-OG Chemdawg has the most THC content of any strain in the MMPR at 28.6%. Aurora has held this spot for 6 consecutive weeks; first with their LA Confidential and now with their ’91 K-OG Chemdawg. Their melon phenotype of ’91 K-OG occupies the second spot in the list. In terms of THC content, the strains available at Aurora continually rank above others in the MMPR.

Cannafarms’ Pink Kush rounds out the top 3 with notable THC content of 26.1%.

These 3 strains from Aurora and Cannafarms represent the top 2.5% of all strains in the MMPR for THC content. Coincidentally, they are all derived in some part from OG Kush genetics.

Just outside the top 3, we’ll look at Tweed’s new stronger offering of their  UK Cheese. This one boasts 25.9% THC which is almost double the content of their usual offering of UK Cheese.

MedReleaf has the most entries on the THC content list. They have 4 strains all with around 25% THC. Notable for those looking for a variety of high THC strains.


Next, we’ll look at the range in THC% for the all 122 strains. THC ranges from 28% to 10% this week with a slightly lower average (18.0%) than last week’s (18.1%).

We saw that Aurora’s ’91 K-OG Chemdawg has the highest amount of THC of any strain in the MMPR. For those looking for lower amounts of THC, Cannafarms’ Rockstar has the lowest THC content in the MMPR at 10.1%


Let’s turn the focus to cost now. We’re still looking at the same 112 strains of medical cannabis, but instead of looking for strains with the highest THC%, we’re selecting for strains with the lowest price for a comparable amount of THC (75mg). In a 300mg portion of crude cannabis, a strain with 25%THC will contain about 75mg of actual THC. Because of this, we like to look at THC price with respect to 75mg of THC.

MedReleaf occupies the top spot here with their version of UK Cheese. A 75mg portion of THC costs $1.60, which is the lowest price we’ve logged for THC in from a whole flower yet.

MariCann offers a Amnesia Haze Blend that is $0.02 more. This strain has just over 20% THC and is amongst the strongest blended products in the MMPR.

Bedrocan has continually performed well on this list. Their flat pricing structure and high THC strains make for a reliable provider of low priced THC.


Let’s widen the scope again to look at these prices with respect to the range in THC price for the entire MMPR. All of the strains listed above are available at least a 39% discount over the market average for THC ($3.68).

Market average price for THC dropped 1.4% over last week’s average.

MedReleaf’s UK Cheese (23.5% THC) represents the minimum value on this chart at $1.60 per 75mg THC. Hydropothecary’s After Dinner (15.5% THC) strain is comparatively the most expensive strain in the MMPR at $7.26 for 75mg of THC.


The price for a comparative amount of THC has decreased over last week and, not surprisingly, the average price per gram of medical cannabis in the MMPR has decreased along the same tangent (1.4%). On average, one gram of medical cannabis purchased in the MMPR this eek costs $8.63 (excluding shipping and tax); last week it was $8.75 per gram on average.

The strain with the lowest per gram pricing is Canntrust’s Original Cheese PR (11.4%THC) at $3.50 per gram.

On the high side of per gram pricing, 7 strains are being sold at $15.00 per gram. Four of these strains are produced by Hydropothecary and three are produced by MedReleaf.


To gain insight on purchase value, let’s look at the range in the number of 75mg THC portions obtained from spending $100 on every strain of cannabis in the MMPR.

Strains with the lowest prices for THC occupy the top end of this list. UK Cheese by MedReleaf, Amnesia Haze by MariCann and Bedrocan by Bedrocan all offer great longevity.

Of the ten strains giving the most 75 mg THC portions from $100, half are blends. If we look at the 21 strains with the most 75mg THC portions from $100, we see that all of them are over 15%THC.


Last we’ll look at the number of THC strains coming from each LP. The average here is just over 6 offerings per provider. Whistler has the most offerings this week with 12 strains available.

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