There’s a lot of chatter about the grey market and how it is so much cheaper and better. The legal market is competitive even with a huge 90% government markup. We compared Color Shishkaberry with the best Shishkaberry in the grey market and while the grey market effects were significantly more intense and vibrant it is also cost significantly more. At this price point for Summer Shishkaberry, this strain can compete with the grey market. Similar effects and intensity are priced at the same price point as Color’s products. And, it’s legal and safer.
Summer Shishkaberry is a decent rendition of the strain. It does not incapacitate the user and provide a full strain experience albeit at a lower intensity. For a 12% THC rating, this strain hits above that rating because the strain profile is fully expressed making the experience more satisfying. We have tried beautiful looking buds with 18% THC rating from non-traditional growers and the experience is muted. The strain expressions are just not there and all you get is time dilation, a function of higher THC. This Summer Shishkaberry with lower THC rating do, however, provide the full spectrum experience, which makes it feel more potent.
Cost: $28.60 for 3.5 grams
In conclusion, Summer Shishkaberry is a lower intensity rendition of Shishkaberry that is viewed more of a table wine category. It’s not something you would gravitate to for special occasions.
On an investment note, the competitive strength of the legal market is conclusive when we use RIFF’s DT81 against similar grey market products. DT81 hits harder, cheaper and stronger than any similar price point products in the grey market all for under $10 a gram. The high end grey market is marked by the $10 a gram price point, or $280 to $300 an ounce. This is a stable price point because that is what the connoisseurs have paid and will pay for the best. This pricing model is proven and sustainable. When we find a legal producer with competitive products against this metric, we have a winner.
Aphria and WEEDMD are two low cost sellers with strong effects in their products that can compete against any grey market offerings. The high end of the legal market is as good or better than the high end of the grey market. But, the high end legal products cost at least 30% more. Broken Coast, Whistler Medical, Grail and Qwest are some high end producers in the legal market whose products are some of the finest cannabis produced against nearly 50 years of cannabis consumption experience.