Banana Split by Aurora Review (Hybrid)

A forgettable cannabis hybrid

Brand Name

Banana Split

Strain Name

Banana Split (according to SQDC)

Producer

Aurora, who also uses the name “Luna” on its strain page for Banana Split:

Image source: https://www.auroramj.com/strains/ — Used under Fair Use, educational

Type

Hybrid (according to SQDC), though Aurora in graphic above lists as Indica with no qualifiers, and OCS calls it an Indica-dominant hybrid, which is probably most complete answer. It does seem to have a more Indica style effect.

Product pages

Price

In Canadian dollars:

  • SQDC (Quebec): $11.30/1g (CAD); $33.30/3.5g; $142.60/15g
  • OCS (Ontario) $12.55/1g; $41.75/3.5g; $79.30/7g; $169.90/15g

XE.com exchange rate at time of writing puts the “Quebec Gram Price” (QGP) of $11.30 at $8.66 USD.

I’ve yet to pinpoint why the price difference between provinces. It’s $1.25 more per gram in Ontario. Yowzers! One theory I’ve seen on Reddit so far on Reddit has to do with raising prices to discourage use, but I’ll try to dig around more on that topic.

Strength

SQDC site lists:

  • THC 14–20%
  • CBD 0%

OCS lists:

  • THC 13–21%
  • CBD 0–1%

Aurora strain page lists:

  • THC 14.7%
  • CBD 0%

Product itself is marked:

  • Total THC 15.2%
  • Total CBD 0%

In cases of information conflicts like this, I tend to believe most strongly the packaging closest to the product itself. ~15% sounds about right based on my experience of its effects relative to some others with higher THC.

Product packaging

Nothing too extraordinary to remark on with regard to the packaging. Typical Aurora black plastic. I’ve heard rumors on Reddit its not recyclable, but am sure something like that varies according to available processing capacities of regional facilities. Nevermind that it may just take some time for all the linked industrial aspects of this production and distribution system to get really ironed out.

Government warnings

Cannabis smoke is harmful, it says on the box label. Doesn’t say anything about vaping! To be clear, I don’t think vaping is harmless, but it’s certainly less harmful than smoking — though I know a lot of heavy smokers feel they can’t get high (or high enough in the way they’re accustomed to) with vaping. Will the government one day recommend vaping over smoking? Who knows!

Branding

Aurora doesn’t have much branding around their particular strains.

On October 29, 2018, Bloomberg reported that seven licensed producers have been warned/wrist-slapped by Health Canada over potential violations of the Cannabis Act related to promotion. The article is scant on details, and says Health Canada was apparently not forthcoming in disclosing what the violations might have been, or even who was affected. But such strict regulation might explain the lack of strong branding around a lot of these products. A quote from Bloomberg:

“Under the Cannabis Act, pot companies are prohibited from promoting cannabis or accessories or any services related to marijuana. Those include communicating to youth, testimonials or endorsements, associating cannabis alongside the depiction of a person, character or animal, or presenting it in a manner that evokes a positive or negative emotion such as “glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.”

Presumably all of this too will become more worked out over time.

Corporate

I’ve begun watching Canadian weed stocks a little bit. I’m certainly not knowledgeable on the topic by any means.

Aurora Cannabis Inc (ACB.TO)
$9.94 CAD 🔽 0.65 (6.14%)
As of: 11/08/18 7:00:42 pm

This morning they were up at $10.20, but past couple weeks I have been watching have been hovering between ~$9.20–9.60. Again, I don’t know what any of this “means,” but am including for historical reference.

Flowers

I’ve seen people describe the type of buds I received as, various, “popcorn” buds, or “shake.” I’m not sure it’s shake, but popcorn sounds right. I’ve yet to comprehend though, really, why it’s problematic as a user to receive popcorn as opposed to “cones” (I think that’s the word for big fat nugs). I guess it’s probably more viscerally satisfying to get the big fat nugs, but jury is out on whether in the end it smokes or vapes any differently… Will rely on the expertise of my readers there to make their own decisions based on experience.

Album cover at left: Jackson Browne, “Running on Empty” (1977)

Method

Vaping between 215–220 degrees Celsius

Taste

I will admit that it does have a sort of maybe possibly Banana-y taste. But I wonder if I would come to that conclusion on my own, were it not for the name. It seems like a little bit of a reach. Honestly though, I usually feel that way about “fruit” named weed strains.

It tastes slightly banana, but “thin.” The taste is fine, but not one of my favs by any means.

Effects

Effects for me are just average indica effects for this range of THC potency. I did not take extensive session notes for this strain, as I didn’t find it particularly compelling or distinct from others that I had tried. For indicas, so far I prefer by far Purple Chitral which at ~17ish% is in the same ballpark. Or for stronger indicas, LA Confidential (also by Aurora) is a knock-out punch. For hybrids, I would even say that I preferred the very weird moldy tasting Balmoral (Tweed/Canopy Growth). At the stated potency of 19.7% though, Balmoral is starting to be in a different ballpark of strength.

I did make a note somewhere — I think its in my garage — that read something like:

+1 creativity
+1 buzzed (impaired)

And I forget what the third thing was. Something positive. But it’s sort of how I feel about Banana Split overall: slightly weird but not bad gimmicky taste and name, milder but fine effect. Probably will never buy it again.

Duration

Usual stuff, nothing different to report here. Generally after 2 hrs, I’m ready for another puff at my dosage, regardless of strain (though I don’t always indulge).

Other reviews

OCS has an interesting line at the bottom of the page:

“This hybrid is machine-trimmed, hand-inspected and free from pesticides and gamma irradiation.”

The gamma irradiation topic is its whole own subject. Pesticide-free is cool though. What about fungicides, herbicides, artificial growth supplements? Canada is still a long way off from completeness on its cannabis labeling.

SQDC says:

“It may give the impression of experiencing stimulating sensations, having more energy and feeling a physical heaviness.”

I don’t feel that stimulated. I agree with probably physical heaviness.

Leafly:

They call it a sativa-dominant hybrid, which I have doubts about. I’m not sure how such things can be determined scientifically. A question for another day…

“Banana Split offers a clean level-headed high suitable for anyone looking to have a productive day.”

Not sure I agree with that either. Maybe they had a different batch of this strain, which is certainly possible.

Someone here calls it a “beginner’s strain” — that’s probably true, as its not too weird or funky like Balmoral, or too hard hitting like LA Confidential.

Lift.co:

Lift refers to it by Aurora name of “Luna.” One person calls it a “not very strong high,” which sounds approximately right. Same reviewer writes “Can be kind of hard to focus, however, so I wouldn’t recommend using if you have things to do.” This matches more my experience of it. Could be a +1 for creativity if its a more non-linear task, but might be harder to get into the zone on other more structured analytical tasks.

Wikileaf (link removed):

Oddly, this site wants me to input my email address to “unlock” the full review, so I won’t even bother to give them my traffic. Doubt there’s anything drastically different there anyway.

In summary, not a bad weed by any means, but not really my style.

Next!

CW🍁R


This opinion piece is for artistic/educational purposes only and is not medical or legal advice. The author did not receive compensation for this review.