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WNC CBD Boax Flower (9.0)
WNC CBD Strawberry Cake Flower (8.7)
WNC CBD Master Hemp Flower (8.2)
WNC CBD Magic Bullet #5 Flower (7.9)
WNC Boax CBD Flower, 22.51% CBD, 1.05% THCa
This year has a tumultuous time for everyone. Thankfully, 2020 also saw the rise of a hemp company out of North Carolina called WNC CBD. WNC started off as a wholesale flower vendor that did limited retail sales through word of mouth. But, in the past months, they have risen to be one of the more popular vendors in the CBD flower world. WNC is known for having exclusively indoor-grown flower at a reasonable price, which has been highlighted by our favorite YouTube CBD reviewer Shabazz. The Reddit hempflowers subreddit is also chock full of people posting their positive experiences with WNC. The website and presentation is not the prettiest or most eye catching, but the flower has a great reputation in the community now. Given all of the hype around WNC, we were excited to dive into our first review of their Boax strain.
Bag Appeal (9.0 out of 10)
Let’s start off with the smell. Opening our bag of Boax from WNC unleashed a scent that smelled both unique and pleasant. It’s not necessarily the loudest flower, but all you smell is terpenes – no smell of hay or dried grass to be found. We haven’t had a flower smell this pungent since the Abacus Diesel and Frosted Kush before it. The smell on this strain is sweet and citrusy, with a very funky sour pine smell. The buds are medium-large and cured to perfection (soft, spongy but not overly moist). Quite honestly, the nuggets look monstrous due to the massive foxtails shooting off of the buds. There is a great trichome coverage with Boax – not as frosty as the Frosted Kush – but frostier than 90% of the strains we’ve reviewed thus far. The color of the flower is a uniform dark lime, or military green, contrasted with long and wild amber-orange pistils throughout. Did we mention that it’s sticky? Breaking this flower done left our fingers CAKED in resin. A grinder is definitely recommended. Overall, the bag appeal on this is great, and this is definitely one of those strains you’d want to pull out to impress a group of fellow hemp smokers.
User Experience (10.0 out of 10)
This flower burns CLEAN. Loaded in the bowl of a pipe, it almost evaporates into a pleasant smoke without any harshness at all. Our reviewers experienced very minimal throat irritation on this, even when inhaling big hits. The taste is pretty solid, as well, with a slight gassy taste. You don’t really get gas on the inhale, but it lingers in the mouth and back of the throat afterwards. Combined with the clean burning smoke, this was an extremely pleasant combustion experience. When we tried it in our vaporizer, we got a bright flavor that tasted how the flower smells. We were able to take some big draws without any harshness or coughing. Well done, WNC!
Potency (8.5 out of 10)
Ok, the first negative thing we have to say so far about WNC – and not necessarily about this strain – is that WNC doesn’t provide terpene reports on their strains. However, the owner, Mike, has said that he’s working on including those in the near future due to popular demand. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to that. WNC does provide both a paper copy of COAs, as well as a scan on their product page on their website. That’s a nice touch and should be the same with any reputable vendor. Boax comes in at a whopping 22.51% CBD, well above our 15-20% recommended range. It also has a pretty high THCA content of 1.05%. That, combined with the high CBD content, means that this flower is potent for hemp. Theoretically, it should provide a lot of relief and perceivable effects for the user.
Effect (9.5 out of 10)
The onset of effects from this flower is nearly instant. We felt our muscles relax almost immediately and a chill crept in behind the forehead, eventually spreading around the cranial area. The body effect kicked in soon after that. We felt heavy and relaxed, urging us to sit down and chill. Despite feeling super relaxed and melty, we stayed pretty lucid and clear headed. With the effects going the way they were, we expected to experience some deep brain fog but, surprisingly, stayed alert and relatively focused. This is a definite evening or chill strain, maybe even good for some pain management. Boax is a hybrid strain, with near 50/50 sativa/indica genetics, so we were expecting a balance of effects, and that’s what we got, though slightly leaning to the indica side. This flower easily is a top five effect.
Price (8.0 out of 10)
Let’s start by saying that there are not many vendors with this quality of flower. So, how do you gauge the price? It’s more expensive than outdoor, sure, but this is like comparing a Ferrari to a Honda. As far as high quality, indoor hydroponically grown hemp flower, WNC’s prices seem completely fair to us. At $35 for a quarter ounce, $60 for a half, and $100 flat with shipping included for an ounce, we don’t really have any complaints. You’d be hard pressed to find flower of this quality for less. Hemp Hop and Five Leaf Wellness, which are considered high quality indoor, sell their stuff well above this price point. When you combine that with fast shipping, secure packaging and a good variety of new strains being rolled out constantly, the price tag doesn’t leave us longing for more.
2nd Highest Rated
WNC Strawberry Cake CBD Flower, 16.12% CBD, .69% THCa
If you’re perusing this page, you’ll notice that we LOVE to review WNC CBD flower. After trying their Boax product, we became instant fans and they have yet to disappoint. WNC offers high quality, hydroponically grown indoor hemp flower from North Carolina. Their presentation is simple and not that fancy, but it doesn’t need to be, because so far, their flower has spoken for itself. They’ve also been very busy in the last year, adding new flower strains almost weekly.
Bag Appeal (8.7 out of 10)
When we first opened up the bag of Strawberry Cake, we got a nice, clean smell that wasn’t overwhelmingly pungent. What we noted was a sweet pine and slightly citrusy aroma. It wasn’t as loud as we were expecting, based on some of the customer reviews, but it was pleasant. After just a minute or two of analyzing the scent profile of this strain, a distinct gassy – almost kush-like – smell started to creep out. It never got super loud, but it got more noticeable the longer it sat open. The buds are dense and are medium-to-smaller in size, with a nice tight trim and covered in frosty trichomes. This one goes toe-to-toe with Secret Nature Frosted Kush! This strain is moderately sticky, and the cure seems good. Honestly, the nugs of this flower look great. This strain looks like it could be a close cousin to the Beleafer Remedy x Berry Blossom with its lime green color. This Strawberry Cake has more of that bluish-green hue that we’ve only seen in the highest quality hemp flower.
User Experience (9.0 out of 10)
Let’s talk about vaping the Strawberry Cake because, WOW, this is the best tasting flower we’ve vaped to-date. The vapor is smooth, bright and tastes very sweet – lingering in the mouth for some time. Given the number of strains we’ve reviewed, that’s saying something. Smoking this flower is a good experience, but not quite as smooth as we expected. That’s more of a credit to WNC’s Boax strain, which is incredibly smooth, than it is a knock on the Strawberry Cake. This flower is mellow on the inhale, but definitely slightly harsher than we anticipated. The taste is very mild, though. We got some hints of vanilla pastry at some point, combined with a standard mild hemp taste, but not any of the kushiness we detected in the initial smell test.
Potency (9.0 out of 10)
This Strawberry Cake comes in at a moderately high total THC of .84%, which is in the upper range for hemp flower. The CBD comes in at a respectable 16.12%, which is in the upper-middle range of CBD potency. WNC provides clear and concise test results for all their strains, which is awesome and we encourage all vendors to provide. More recently, WNC started providing the terpene reports on some of their strains, as well. Nice! Considering this flower has 1.27% total terpenes, which is a very respectable amount, that comes in handy. Based on the terpene report, we know this flower is high in Myrcene, b-Caryophyllene and a-Pinene.
Effect (9.0 out of 10)
We knew heading into this review that Strawberry Cake is a favorite of WNC customers due to it’s reported effects. After starting into our session, the primary effect we got from this strain was some pretty intense brain fog and couch lock. We found ourselves hyper-focusing at some points and then completely losing track of what we were doing at others, with the effects coming in waves. There is a slight muscle relaxing effect and we felt our backs loosen up for sure. Interestingly, when we switched from smoking to vaping, we got a pronounced THC-like effect. Maybe that’s due to that higher total THCa level? This is definitely some potent flower, with a kind of indica-dominant hybrid effect with some mild sedation. After some time, the effects rounded out into a more mellow, heavy indica effect, which we enjoyed the most.
Price (8.0 out of 10)
At $135 an ounce, this is no budget option and is best suited for people that don’t mind paying the cost that comes along with ensuring they get extremely good quality flower with noticeable effects. WNC is currently (at the time of writing this) offering ounces of smalls/minis (smaller buds and popcorn nugs) of this strain for $80. So, that is a much more affordable option if you can snag it and you get the same quality and effects. WNC never fails to impress us with their quality, but unless money is no concern, you might have to save up a bit for this one.
3rd Highest Rated
WNC Master Hemp CBD Flower, 15.5% CBD, .6% THCa
By now, you’ve probably read some of our previous WNC CBD reviews. If you haven’t, scroll on up the page after you finish reading about Master Hemp. We’ve been incredibly impressed so far with the overall quality and effects of WNC products. There is no doubt that their offerings land at the extreme high end of premium quality and are all hydroponically grown indoors. We came into this Master Hemp review with a high standard set and big expectations from a company that, so far, hasn’t let us down.
Bag Appeal (8.5 out of 10)
Straight off the bat, Master Hemp is an exotic looking strain with an array of contrasting greens, purples and dark orange pistils dotted throughout. There is a healthy amount of trichomes covering the buds, as well, which rivals Secret Nature Frosted Kush. That said, this flower is not as loud as it looks. Based on initial appearance, the pungency of the smell may be a slight let down for some. Master Hemp smells clean and well cured, it just doesn’t have any kind of dank, or potent, terpene smells that it looks like it would have. What our reviewer detected was a light floral-citrus smell, with an almost soapy funk to it. When broken down, the smell on this is released and amplified a lot. The funk and citrus smell gets much more pungent and bright. This flower is not the stickiest flower ever, especially for how frosty it is, but it’s sticky enough for the average consumer. The cure on this flower seems pretty good, albeit a bit on the dry side. Perhaps it would have a louder smell overall with a bit more moisture preserved in the buds.
User Experience (8.2 out of 10)
The smoke on this strain has a touch of that coveted gassy flavor to it, with an almost-tobacco-like aftertaste that lingers in the back of the mouth. Now, this isn’t as smooth or as clean burning as their Boxx, but it’s not a throat killer either. Frankly, we’re not sure we’ll meet another flower as clean burning as Baox. The smoke is heavy and rich and taking any amount of large hits may take a toll on the average user. Let’s clarify that Master Hemp is not crazy harsh or anything, it’s just robust and we found it was easier to smoke when taking smaller hits and not straight to the lungs. A different flavor profile presented itself when vaporizing this flower. Interestingly, much more of that soapy taste came through in the vape, mixed with pine. Just like the smoke, the vapor on this is thick and rich, and is slightly harsh on the inhale. Once again, smaller hits may be better for the beginner or occasional user.
Potency (8.0 out of 10)
This Master Hemp comes in at .60% total THC, which is in the upper-middle range of total THC and definitely enough to get the job done. The CBD potency on this strain comes in at 13.6%, which isn’t the highest amount, but respectable.WNC provides clear and concise test results for all their strains, but currently does not offer any kind of a terpene analysis for the Master Hemp strain. This is unfortunate, and we have of course urged them, like all vendors, to provide a more comprehensive lab report that includes the terpene percentages as well as cannabinoid percentages. Because of the lack of a terpene analysis, we have no idea what the terpene content on this flower could be.
Effect (8.5 out of 10)
This is another one of those strains that we could feel the effects of almost instantly after using it, similar to the Mr. Hemp Flower Baox. Pain spots and aches were dulled first, then the sensation crept over the rest of the body. This flower is a definite back cracker, as it came down over the torso and spine. Those full body effects quickly transform into what feels like a mild muscle relaxer effect. While this strain is not as heavy as some indicas, you can really feel it in the body, as well as a slight tingle and numbness in the top of the head and scalp. The head effects on this aren’t super pronounced. Our reviewers experienced a nice, focused calm that wasn’t overwhelming or sedated, but still packed enough of a punch.
Price (8.0 out of 10)
WNC flower probably isn’t for the budget smoker out there, as their prices run on the high end of the spectrum, as we’ve noted in some of our other reviews. Put simply, you get what you pay for. One thing that probably makes people overlook WNC’s price tag is that they always has a good selection of strains and they’re all hydroponically grown indoor flower. We’re confident that our readers will find some quality strains at WNC that are hard to find elsewhere. We have no complaints about WNC pricing, we just wish we had a slightly larger bankroll so that we could keep their products constantly in our stash.
4th Highest Rated
WNC Magic Bullet #5 CBD Flower, 16.15% CBD, .75% total THC
WNC, short for “Western North Carolina,” is quietly and slowly becoming a powerhouse in the hemp industry. They specialize in hydroponically-grown, indoor hemp flower that speaks for itself in terms of quality and desirability. Their website and packaging isn’t the flashiest, but when you exclusively offer the most premium stuff, that can easily be overlooked. We previously reviewed a number of WNC strains and have been blown away by the overall quality of their offerings. We were excited to break open our bag of Magic Bullet #5.
Bag Appeal (8.0 out of 10)
Opening up the bag of Magic Bullet #5, we got a pleasant smell that is comparable to the WNC BAOX, but not quite as pungent. This flower offers a light, clean, sour, funky smell with a hint of pine to it. The buds are a lime green color with short and stubby pistils that are clay-orange throughout. The buds have a nice medium density – not rock hard but definitely not airy – and have an above average, but not perfect, trim job. There is an adequate covering of trichomes on the nuggets, but nothing as remarkable as some of WNC’s other strains. Breaking down the nugs amplifies the smell we described previously and releases more of the “pine” smell, adding a peculiar hint of a peanut butter. This bud is somewhat sticky, but nothing extravagant.
User Experience (8.5 out of 10)
As with any good flower, we couldn’t wait to pack this into a bowl and smoke it. So, that’s just what we did. The smoke is super light and mellow, very similar to WNC’s Boax. Inhaling this strain is pleasant and mild, but it doesn’t have any exceptional or standout qualities from a taste perspective. What we can say is that it has a light, almost-tobacco-taste with some puffs and a citrusy, lemon-pine taste in others. Vaped, this flower has a more distinct lemon and pine flavor to it. The smoke on this might be smoother than the vapor, honestly, which is generally not the case with most flower. The vapor isn’t harsh though and we enjoyed it overall.
Potency (8.0 out of 10)
This Magic Bullet comes in at .75% total THC, which is in the upper-middle range of THC in hemp flower and definitely enough for an enjoyable experience. The CBD comes in at 16.15%, which isn’t a whopping number, but is definitely high enough for our standards. Now, while WNC does provide lab results for their strains, they do not, at least not at the time of writing this, provide full terpene reports for all strains. We implore all vendors to do this, as it greatly increases the users ability to select and find which strains will work best for them.
Effect (7.0 out of 10)
We noted that the onset of effects on this strain is particularly slow. This is a definite creeper that does eventually make itself known, but after a significant wait. The effect is mostly a head effect at the beginning that feels very airy and left us slightly dazed. The effects did intensify after some time, but even that was slow. Our reviewers noticed a nice tingle on the top of the head and scalp that comes on eventually, which transforms into a numbness in the head, neck and shoulders. Overall, the effects on this are a bit strange with the long onset. We felt slightly dazed without being terribly relaxed. Hemp effects everyone differently, so take that with a grain of salt. But, for our money, some of the other WNC strains offer more interesting effects.
Price (8.0 out of 10)
Like all WNC flower, the price point on this flower is in the upper echelon of what you’ll pay for hemp flower. Some people are comfortable paying a very premium price for their hemp, while others seek out something a bit more affordable. We usually find the justification for premium prices on premium flower, but this Magic Bullet #5 is kind of a disappointing follow up to their Baox and Strawberry Cake offerings. With the overly lengthy onset of the effects and the oddity of the effect once it did hit, we can’t give this strain our strongest recommendation. We won’t necessarily say you should go to another vendor, rather, try another strain from WNC.