Quest of Qwest

Updated: Jul 5


For many the cannabis industry is based on behemoths such as Aprhia, Tilray & Tweed coupled with vintage marketing and sales approaches. The beginning of Canada's cannabis industry resembled an Amsterdam Coffeeshop at the turn of the century featuring a wide variety of Jack Herer's, White Widow's and Shiskaberry's. Within the legislation surrounding the Cannabis Act, new licensed producers were permitted to bring in genetics held at the time of receiving their license. The intent was to dislodge the genetic bottleneck and deliver an industry that reflects modern cannabis culture through unique cultivars, of which Qwest is among those at the forefront.

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Ontario has seen a limited selection of Qwest products with Ice Qwest, Vision Qwest and Spirit Qwest being among the first, setting themselves apart from other products on the Ontario market and beyond. Since my first pre-roll of Ice Cream Cake, capped recently by the arena blaring Kush Mints (pictured left), I have been floored time again by the grippingly efficient cascading highs of a well groomed, clean, flavourful smoking experience.


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From within their estate in the Kootenay region, the spiritual home of Canadian cannabis BC, Qwest produces small batch cannabis fueled by pure glacial mountain water to deliver hang-dried, hand manicured buds to your home. The 70 years of combined experience is in the details, from each flowers delicate structure to aromas and flavour defying the norm to deliver captivating experiences. This was cemented with releases of GMO and MAC 1 earlier in the year and further solidified after sampling the newest lot of MAC 1.

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In celebrating good cannabis, it is also worth to note the price as Qwest products can singe a hole in your budget. With the average price of cannabis in Canada set around $8/gram (legal cannabis at $10.30/gram and legacy market at $6.50/gram) paying upwards of $20/gram can be considered excessive. Nevertheless such high prices are not the sole result of the legal market, prior to legalization across dispensaries, reserves and open market, the option to pay $18/gram existed without the justification of government required infrastructure costs nor burdensome excise tax. Currently in Canada, approximately 10% of dried flower in the Canadian legal market includes products priced $15/gram or higher (of which nine were reviewed on this site). For many long time cannabis growers, becoming acclimated to a new system of producing cannabis can take time in order to develop efficiencies that enable a drop in consumer prices. Regardless, high prices come with high expectations, value becomes a big part of the decision that can leave an unwanted sour taste.

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Along with the main avenues of reviewing cannabis, there are many factors included in choosing the right bud for you. At the high end threshold, factors such as growing medium, curing and bag appeal become important; high end cannabis should pop in all facets leaving you dumbfounded like a deer in headlights. A major component of which I pride myself on is the ability to catalog experiences with different cultivars; travelling far and wide to complete Leafly's 100 strains to try before you die. The convenience of accessing unique cultivars increases the legal cannabis experience.

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Qwest is one of the first cannabis companies to begin introducing rare genetics to the industry with cultivars such as:


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Recently celebrated cultivars from the US are rare finds in any market and come with high priced tags; unless you grew it and even then selecting the appropriate phenotype amongst a host of seeds can be daunting. Qwest has leveraged their experience not only to secure high quality genetics, but by improving upon phenotypes across generations.

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Bred by Capulator, MAC 1 "Cap's Cut" crosses Alien Cookies, Columbian and Starfighter genetics to deliver a mix of tangy, dank, citrus musk with a blissful, creative high. In the vain of Champagne, Chianti, Trappist Beers, source and nomenclature become vital in ensuring legitimacy of genetic roots, avoiding appropriation as well as brand dilution from improper imitations. It is to be said, if it's not Caps Cut, it is not MAC 1.


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From the March release of orange spotted, lime green, pointed calyxed glistening buds to the purpling, crystalline thick cluster that oozed new found aromas of tropical fruit rinds and odes to sandy beaches. It is the kind of cannabis that makes a non-cannabis users head turn. Refinements on the palette and flavour made this a much cleaner and less resin-burdened smoke, with the high now combined with a more powerful bright terpene profile allowing it to exist in 3-dimensional space of infinite waves and joyous revery.

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For some, slapping a price tag and letting the bucks role in would be satisfactory. Gladly, Qwest endeavours to challenge not only themselves but the industry by building upon releases and being on the cutting edge of renowned cultivars. For the steep price tag offered on their products, regardless if it is for you or not, the quality and unique genetics deliver as much value as one can find in the current market. In the Quest of good cannabis, all roads lead to Qwest!

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