UPDATE August 30th 2018: As you will soon read, my experience wasn’t great when I first ordered from FairCannaCare. After 3 months I gave them another try, this time 3 high-CBD strains which I’ve tried many good quality samples recently and I can be a good judge of their quality. Although the packaging and shipping has been greatly improved, unfortunately the quality of the buds remained questionable. I’m convinced there is something wrong with the buds and probably extracted/blasted. Again they all smell harsh, they all taste bitter when smoked and they’re very flaky and fragile with no trichomes. I would suggest trying other online dispensaries. Some of them may have a Flash sale for something of a good quality. Here is the original review:
After my positive experience with Buds2Go I decided to try a few other online dispensaries so I started searching.
The prices at FairCannaCare.com seemed too good to be true but after some googling it turned out to be legit with lower quality buds but the reviewers were mostly satisfied considering the prices.
At FairCannaCare buds are categorized by price. There are buds for as low as $2 to a maximum of $7 a gram with discount for bulk orders of up to half a pound! An ounce of the lower category is only $50 so if the quality turns out somehow acceptable, it might be at very least good for making edibles.
I like learning about new strains and experiencing different effects they have so I decided to take advantage of their great prices and order many different strains in one order. That would also give me the opportunity to compare them all side by side.
Registration was straight forward. The same standard requirements. Name, Email Address, Phone number and a photo ID for age verification. Upon registration they gave me 20 points which later I learned is worth $20.
Shipping is free for orders above $150. They also charge a 5% GST! So I put together an order of the following 14 strains:
- Sage N Sour
- Sugar Kush
- Quantum Kush
- Hindu Kush
- Berry OG Kush
- Lemon OG
- Green Crack
- Banana Kush
The payment process is similar to others, Interac money transfer with order number placed as the security question.
I placed my order on a Saturday. The order was processed on the following Monday, the package was shipped the same day using Canada Post Expedited Parcel service and I received it on Monday the week after. If I didn’t order on a weekend I imagine it would have taken 7-8 days for delivery in Toronto.
So finally the package arrived but to my surprise it’s not a box! It’s a padded/bubble-lined envelope and it smells before I open it.
Well. I receive the products but they don’t look like the pictures on their site. They were mostly small nugs all jammed into individual small bags and then all in the bubble-lined envelope. In each bag, the buds are mostly squished together and it seems to be that way for some time in a way they all come out in one piece and you have to break pieces apart.
The good thing was that I couldn’t detect any mold. I’m usually allergic to mold and I sneeze about one hundred time each time I’m exposed to moldy weed but thankfully I was safe there (UPDATE: Not everybody had the same experience. There are at least 2 recent comments on this post reporting moldy weed). They were also pretty generous as most bags had more in it than I’ve ordered and paid for. The bad thing was that from 14 bags, at least 8 look and smell the same. They are dark green with brown-ish hair with a pungent citrusy, Lysol-like smell. The smell itself although strong, isn’t something that cannot be expected from a cannabis plant but when its in 10 of the bags, it’s concerning. I contacted them using their contact form on the website asking if it might be because of a pesticide or a chemical they used and the next day I got the following response:
The flowers that we source and offer at the $2-$3 range are from growers who otherwise were not able to sell them and therefore have been sitting on shelves for over 3 months. The smell is therefore caused by the fact that they are not freshly grown new flowers. There are no foreign substances added nor have they been put through any extraction process.
Our product is 100% safe and offers a quality high and relief for our customers.
Well, I’m not an expert but I know first hand from my many instances of forgetting weed in different places that keeping weed alone for 3 months is not going to give it the strong smell I’m sensing.
I didn’t even think about extraction but their response got me searching and apparently it has been done before that flowers go through an extraction process involving a chemical solvent and in the end they look slightly compressed but mostly untouched. Or it might very well be that they put the same strong-smelling strain in 8-9 of the bags under different names! Seriously they might be! I’ll make a separate blog post going through all the products with photos and details! I’m reserving my judgement for now but until I find out more I shop from other online dispensaries. If you still want to give them a try, here is my affiliate link so at least I get a commission from your purchase! These commissions allow us to cover the cost of operating this site and order anonymously, reporting back the results for everyone to use.