For this cannabis strain review, I tried out some Headband that Sundial Cannabis makes under the Palmetto brand. In Quebec, they named it “Bandeau” which is a literal French translation of Headband, cute touch. This came in with 19.2% THC and an inconsiderable amount of CBD (the range is between 18-24%). Although the SQDC shows this as a Sativa strain, this is more of a balanced hybrid based on my research (even Palmetto’s website shows this). Below is a detailed breakdown of this cultivar.
Terpene Profile: Pinene, myrcene, humulene, ocimene and terpineol.
Lineage: Headband is a cross between OG Kush and Diesel.
Packaging Details: This was packaged on 8/19/2020 and tested/reviewed on 9/30/2020, exactly 42 days later. Lot# 00000127
Pricing Details: Purchased 3.5 grams for $30.20 at the SQDC in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ($8.63/gram)
The Boost humidity pouch that was present kept the buds nice and moist (RH was at 60%), but overall, I found the bag appeal to be average at best. I like big nugs, and I cannot lie (sorry, this happened as I was writing), and well, size DOES matter, so the nug size dropped the score for me. I know some people don’t mind this as long as the weed is good, but I’ll take a 3.5 gram nug over these little popcorn ones any day. There were 2 medium sized buds in there to be fair, but I did see a couple of seed holes which is always a turn-off, other reviews mentioned seeds as well. The buds were of a bright green shade with purple spots on them, covered in a light sheet of trichomes with bright orange pistils sticking out.
Initially, right after removing the seal, I got rainforest vibes, like walking in the forest during fall time. It’s slightly accented with woodsy notes, which seemed to have disappeared on the inside of the buds. After bidding up this “bandeau” (I love the literal translation to french!), it felt like a pine explosion, the nostrils filled with piney goodness! You will enjoy the nose on this one if you’re into piney strains.
I would put the flavor in the “slightly above average” category; the pineyness comes through pretty aggressively on the inhale. While exhaling, there are mostly woodsy notes left on the palette. The smoking experience itself was relatively smooth, with a slight cough but nothing that’ll bring the score down. The Pinene is quite dominant on this bad boy, it seems like combustion makes it come out even more.
The effects that this Headband strain emitted were right up my alley; they just didn’t last too long. This weed got me feeling uplifted right after the first few puffs; it’s a positive buzz that hits you instantly. I had to lower the score slightly because I wanted more of it after about 45 minutes! It’s a pretty short “high” without any drowsiness afterward, I found this weed to be suitable for the daytime; you can easily be productive after smoking it.
If you’re a fan of Pinene when it comes to aroma and flavor, this will be right up your alley. If you’re a fan of strains that get you quite high but do not knock you on your couch with your brain feeling fried, then you should try some of this out. This weed goes in the “slightly above average ” category, and I would buy it again. If you’ve tried some of this Headband or, as we Quebecers call it, “Bandeau,” let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.