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Banana Split by Aurora Review (Hybrid)

A forgettable cannabis hybrid

Timothy S. Boucher
Nov 9, 2018 · 6 min read

Brand Name

Strain Name

Banana Split (according to SQDC)

Producer

Aurora, who also uses the name “Luna” on its strain page for Banana Split:

Hybrid (according to SQDC), though Aurora in graphic above lists as Indica with no qualifiers, and OCS calls it an Indica-dominant hybrid, which is probably most complete answer. It does seem to have a more Indica style effect.

Product pages

  • SQDC
  • OCS

Price

In Canadian dollars:

  • SQDC (Quebec): $11.30/1g (CAD); $33.30/3.5g; $142.60/15g
  • OCS (Ontario) $12.55/1g; $41.75/3.5g; $79.30/7g; $169.90/15g

XE.com exchange rate at time of writing puts the “Quebec Gram Price” (QGP) of $11.30 at $8.66 USD.

I’ve yet to pinpoint why the price difference between provinces. It’s $1.25 more per gram in Ontario. Yowzers! One theory I’ve seen on Reddit so far on Reddit has to do with raising prices to discourage use, but I’ll try to dig around more on that topic.

Strength

SQDC site lists:

  • THC 14–20%
  • CBD 0%
  • THC 13–21%
  • CBD 0–1%

Aurora strain page lists:

  • THC 14.7%
  • CBD 0%

Product itself is marked:

  • Total THC 15.2%
  • Total CBD 0%

In cases of information conflicts like this, I tend to believe most strongly the packaging closest to the product itself.

15% sounds about right based on my experience of its effects relative to some others with higher THC.

Product packaging

Nothing too extraordinary to remark on with regard to the packaging. Typical Aurora black plastic. I’ve heard rumors on Reddit its not recyclable, but am sure something like that varies according to available processing capacities of regional facilities. Nevermind that it may just take some time for all the linked industrial aspects of this production and distribution system to get really ironed out.

Government warnings

Cannabis smoke is harmful, it says on the box label. Doesn’t say anything about vaping! To be clear, I don’t think vaping is harmless, but it’s certainly less harmful than smoking — though I know a lot of heavy smokers feel they can’t get high (or high enough in the way they’re accustomed to) with vaping. Will the government one day recommend vaping over smoking? Who knows!

Branding

Aurora doesn’t have much branding around their particular strains.

On October 29, 2018, Bloomberg reported that seven licensed producers have been warned/wrist-slapped by Health Canada over potential violations of the Cannabis Act related to promotion. The article is scant on details, and says Health Canada was apparently not forthcoming in disclosing what the violations might have been, or even who was affected. But such strict regulation might explain the lack of strong branding around a lot of these products. A quote from Bloomberg:

“Under the Cannabis Act, pot companies are prohibited from promoting cannabis or accessories or any services related to marijuana. Those include communicating to youth, testimonials or endorsements, associating cannabis alongside the depiction of a person, character or animal, or presenting it in a manner that evokes a positive or negative emotion such as “glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.”

Presumably all of this too will become more worked out over time.

Corporate

I’ve begun watching Canadian weed stocks a little bit. I’m certainly not knowledgeable on the topic by any means.

$9.94 CAD 🔽 0.65 (6.14%)

This morning they were up at $10.20, but past couple weeks I have been watching have been hovering between

$9.20–9.60. Again, I don’t know what any of this “means,” but am including for historical reference.

Flowers

I’ve seen people describe the type of buds I received as, various, “popcorn” buds, or “shake.” I’m not sure it’s shake, but popcorn sounds right. I’ve yet to comprehend though, really, why it’s problematic as a user to receive popcorn as opposed to “cones” (I think that’s the word for big fat nugs). I guess it’s probably more viscerally satisfying to get the big fat nugs, but jury is out on whether in the end it smokes or vapes any differently… Will rely on the expertise of my readers there to make their own decisions based on experience.

Hybrid (according to SQDC), though Aurora in graphic above lists as Indica with no qualifiers, and OCS calls it an Indica-dominant hybrid, which is probably most complete answer. It does seem to have…