Strain Integrity

Aphria does not provide expected effects of the strain other than it is greenhouse grown Sativa.  Gather is Jack Herer and according to Leafly, “Jack Herer is a sativa-dominant cannabis strain that has gained as much renown as its namesake, the marijuana activist and author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Combining a Haze hybrid with a Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk cross, Sensi Seeds created Jack Herer hoping to capture both the cerebral elevation associated with sativas and the heavy resin production of indicas. Its rich genetic background gives rise to several different variations of Jack Herer, each phenotype bearing its own unique features and effects. However, consumers typically describe this 55% sativa hybrid as blissful, clear-headed, and creative.

Reader’s note: Aphria is one of the suspected Cannabis LP whose CEO does not consume cannabis noted in a Bloomberg article.  There is something wrong when you have the CEO of a major Cannabis company who does not consume his products.  You buy top quality wine from the CEO who doesn’t drink wine?  There is something wrong with this picture.  Jack Herer is one of the classic sativas and if you want to change the name make it count by ensuring the strain is the best possible expression available.

Jumping Jack Flash?

Aphria’s rendition of Jack Herer under their brand name of Solei Gather hits all the major markers of the strain.  Happy, energetic, uplifted, euphoric and focused are the top sativa expressions and the Gather delivers.

The softshell packaging squashies the buds flat.  Since it is also bone dry, it is odorless too.   Just because it is bone dry it doesn’t have to be odorless.  Broken Coast flowers are also bone dry but they still retain a strong herbal medicinal scent and their intensity is full on.  Gather’s intensity is about 75% of top shelf Jack Herer.

The high starts fast and energy delivery is a Jack Herer trademark.  This is a coffee replacement to jump start your day.  Once the high hits the other expressions of euphoria and uplift about 20 minutes after inhalation, you are ready to cruise and get things done.  Your mind is focus and that will help you stay on track.  The high is great for some mindless coding making it more entertaining, web design, writing, video gaming, photo editing, walking the dog or a 5km jog.

While the intensity is in the middle range, the duration is a solid two hours.  There is not much burn out at the end.

Jumping Jack Flash?  Errr … yes … but not out of this world and this is a strain that can deliver that out of the world experience.


Solei Gather (Jack Herer) by Aphria

We know all about branding and this is the time to Brand.  So, Solei Gather is an Aphria brand for Jack Herer.  Yea, well the way things should work is the Brand is so amazing that it becomes the strain’s benchmark.  For example, Broken Coast rendition of Northern Lights is call Galiano.  Galiano is the one of the best and strongest Northern Lights we have tried.  Trying to imagine Solei Gather as the benchmark for Jack Herer is really tough.

Quality: 7.8

Intensity: 7.5

Duration: 8.0

Total: 7.8

Cost: $9.95 for 1.0 gram

Softshell packaging is the destroyer of fine herbs.  It’s mass market low cost packaging reflecting the product as a commodity produces a very middle of the road product.  Readers should note the painful attention to the product sold from 7 Acres or Broken Coast, the craft growers.  They only sell you perfectly cured flowers with zero shakes.  The craft growers’ medicinal odor is overpowering and this corporate version is odorless.

We find it hard to stomach the idea that people would do things they don’t believe in for money.   They tend not to do a very good job.  In this case, it is not a bad job either.  There is a believe among Master Growers that natural sunlight produce the best cannabis.  We support the train of thought too.  Solei is a hybrid greenhouse product.

Recommendation? <Shrug>