For this cannabis strain review I tried out some Strawberry Twist that’s made by Sundial. I haven’t tried a Sundial product before, actually, I haven’t even heard of them. Well, this is a licensed producer that’s based in Alberta, not too much information on this company is available out there. Now the actual strain name to this Strawberry Twist is Strawberry Banana, and outside the redish pistils, there is absolutely nothing about this weed that reminds you of strawberries OR bananas. This is a hybrid strain with a medium amount of cannabinoids, it varies between 15% and 21%, this specific batch had 21.2% THC and an inconsiderable amount of CBD.
Lineage: According to Leafly, Strawberry/Banana or Strawnana for short was developed by DNA genetics in collaboration with Serious Seeds. It’s a cross between Crockett’s Banana Kush and the “Strawberry” phenotype of Bubble Gum.
Terpene Profile: The dominant terpenes on this strain are Myrcene, Caryophyllene, Pinene and Humulene.
Packaging details: This was packaged on 01/31/2020 and tested/reviewed on 04/18/2020, exactly 78 days after being packaged.
Pricing Details: Purchased 3.5 grams for $30.20 at the SQDC in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ($8.63/gram)
I’m going to start off with the actual packaging here, outside the bud itself. We all know that branding is very limited when it comes to legal, recreational cannabis in Canada, however some companies are still figuring out cool little ways to package their products (Broken Coast, Top Leaf). Not sure who thought that this ugly light blue color would look nice for a weed container, but you were wrong, looks like a baby food container. When it comes to the bud itself, it came in at 39% humidity which is way too dry, however the terps were still in shape. There were a bunch of small popcorn nugs, with a couple of medium ones. Nothing really stood out much in the visuals either, a sheet of amber trichomes covered dark green buds, and as I mentioned before, there were many pistils that were almost redish.
So the smell on this weed is unique for sure, as in I haven’t ever smelled anything like this. The confusing part for me is that many reviews mentioned sweet, fruity, strawberry scents on this, well I’m not sure if I got the wrong weed but there was none of that here. It was as if you put your nose in an old bag of pepper, it was pretty subtle, but the caryophyllene really stood out here. I was not a fan of this aroma, however the terps were most definitely still alive.
The flavor on this Strawberry Twist is more aggressive than the aroma, especially on the inhale, the problem is that it isn’t really a pleasant one. It’s interesting that the dominant terpene is supposed to be myrcene, because the caryophyllene completely took over in my opinion. There’s a heavy pepper taste on the inhale, and a touch of cinnamon on the exhale and the after taste. It was different for sure, but different isn’t always better.
I found the effects to be pretty aggressive, the high stopped me in my tracks. You can feel the high THC content, I wouldn’t really smoke this in a social setting though. I also didn’t feel like doing much whether I smoked this in the morning or at night, I would classify this as a night time netflix strain.
If you went through this entire Strawberry Twist strain review you can probably tell I’m not a big fan. There was something missing in every aspect of this weed, I would not suggest this to beginners or everyday smokers, it’s not worth it, and it’s not like this is an amazing price point. Based on my first experience, Sundial needs to do a WAY better job if they want to compete in this industry.