Strain Integrity

According to Leafly, ” Bred by Capulator, Miracle Alien Cookies (better known as MAC) crosses Alien Cookies with a hybrid of Columbian and Starfighter. MAC is a gorgeous resin-covered flower with a dank, gassy musk and sour citrus highlights. The smooth flavors of MAC have thick zesty orange notes that are balanced out by floral accents and a sweet, earthy finish.

From the OCS website, ” MAC1 has been shared with only a small group of growers who have the expertise to keep the standard high for this unique creation. Much sought after and hard to find, Qwest has used its finest techniques to cultivate this strain and to bring it to Canadians coast to coast.


At $66.95 for 3.5 grams, or $19.13 a gram, this is the most expensive cannabis flower on the Province of Ontario website. Even if you can afford this, it just doesn’t feel right.  A quick Internet search may wet our appetite for a super high 30% THC but we hit ground bottom with below 20% THC.  The most unfortunate outcome is MAC 1 by Qwest delivers the effects despite lower THC.

The “high’ is immediate as you would expect given the price.   The taste was smooth and very flavourful.  It burned slow and white ash off course.  It’s euphoric and uplifting as our head buzzed on the take off.  Less than 10 minutes our heads are elevated and a uplifting sense of “Self” emerges.

After an hour, the “high” changes and there is a bit more body effects making it feel like the intensity just increased.  Energy level remains strong through the second hour, which is great as a productivity strain.

It is interesting to note the “high” experience for Qwest’s MAC 1 and WMMC’s Sour Jack are very similar.  Both are very uplifting, euphoric and creative.  Their genetic routes are different but the end point effects are similar.    We would probably fail a blind test in differentiating these two strains.  Both strains provide high energy with focus and very weaponizable meaning you can use it to accomplish a lot of challenging tasks.  Think super uplifting, euphoric and creative expresso “high.”

Activity pairing is for daytime activities given the very high energy delivered.  It may be used in the evenings to combat fatigue with a mental refresh.  For some, high doses may lead to anxiety attacks.  Under the right dosing, this strain can be very effective in solving tough mental challenges with clear focus uplifting creativity.  This is a very prized effect for us.


MAC 1 by Qwest

Qwest wants to be known for “Ultra Premium”  products.  Arguably, we believe they have one of the best tasting products on the market. Combining visual appeal, scent, taste and “high” effects, Qwest is one of the the best and most expensive.

Is it worth the price?  It is hard to justify the price.  FIGR may not taste as refined but FIGR hits even harder and considerably cheaper to Qwest.  For the price conscious, RIFF’s DT81 is very competitive on the effects side.  But, if you are a fan of Cannabis, Qwest delivers a unique product and experience albeit at a ridiculous cost.  MAC 1 is an elitist strain ….

THC: 18.97%

Quality: 8.8

Intensity: 8.5

Duration: 8.2

Total: 8.5

Cost: $66.95 for 3.5 grams

MAC 1 has a reputation on the Internet and we are glad we tried it.  For those of you who would not ever try this, DT81 will make sure nothing is missed for an equivalent effect experience.  DT81, however, is not tasty as MAC 1 by Qwest but it cost half as much.  Both provide a very satisfying experience.  But, MAC 1 is a more unique strain, which is invaluable to expanding our strain horizon at a painful cost.

On an investment note, we respect cultivars striving to be the best as a reflection of their connection to the herb.  Cannabis, however, should not cost $535 an ounce.  Most people would pass on even trying as a matter of principle.   It is hard to see a business surviving on selling at these prices given cannabis prices are falling as fast as their growers’ plunging stock prices.  We believe long term sustainable pricing is around $300 to $400 an ounce for the highest quality as benched marked by Broken Coast and Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp..