Review: With Aurora's Aces Sativa Prerolls, the Effect is a Wild Card

It took about two weeks for my first online order from the Ontario Cannabis Store to arrive (just one of the many disasters facing the embattled government-run weed store since Canada's legal cannabis program launched on October 17). So by the time it showed up, I had forgotten what exactly I had even ordered.

When I tore open the Canada Post package filled with goodies, I was especially excited to see pre-rolls, which are still a novelty for most Canadians. I peered at the "Aces Sativa THC" five-pack that I bought from Aurora, one of Canada’s largest licensed cultivators.

When I had ordered the five-joint package, I thought it would be a sampler pack. However, not only was it not a sampler pack, but there was little information on the labeling about its contents.

This was not at all like the cannabis version of mini-cereal box sample packs for kids. (And there was no hidden toy at the bottom.) In any event, while I will never, ever pay $36.95 for a total of 2.5 grams of cannabis blend pre-rolls again, I was nonetheless pleasantly surprised to learn they weren't filled with the shaky ditch weed that so many people from legal states in the U.S. had warned me would start to appear in pre-rolled products on the newly legal Canadian market.

Instead, after wrestling with the childproof packaging a bit, I peeled back the vacuum pack to discover powerful, fruit salad flavours and strong effects.

I don’t recommend spending so much on a blend, but I’d also stay away from this blended strain entirely if you’re a novice smoker looking to chill on your own. Instead, the Aces Sativa blend packs a punch that will stimulate great conversation among people who know each other well, or awkward, self-conscious conversations among those who don’t. If you get your hands on this intense, quick-acting cannabis blend, take it to a party and share among friends.

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