Shopping online for cannabis can be confusing. Do you buy from a craft vendor, or a state-regulated online store? Here we take a look at the cannabis products offered by Buyweed247.com and the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) to see which one – craft or state – comes out on top.
Buyweed247.com is an online cannabis dispensary, offering wholesale marijuana products in Canada. They operate as a mail order system. The Ontario Cannabis Store (https://ocs.ca) also offers a range of cannabis products to purchase online through mail order.
So, what’s the difference? While both sell cannabis available to purchase online in Canada, Buyweed247.com do not operate under the federally-approved medical marijuana system. Meanwhile, the Ontario Cannabis Store is the only online shop in Ontario selling legal recreational cannabis.
Here we’ll be reviewing both providers on their range of products, product quality, service, and pricing to help you make an informed decision.
There are two major strains of cannabis: Indica and Sativa. Each has their own benefits and effects, or you can buy a blend (known as a hybrid) which offers varying combinations of the two strains. Both of the sites that we’re reviewing here offer a wide range of Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Products. The difference comes in the range of each product as well as the form.
Buyweed247.com offers Flowers, Edibles and Concentrates, while Ontario Cannabis Store offers Flowers, Oils and Capsules. Buyweed247.com gives each flower a bud grade, while the information for products at Ontario Cannabis Store is more scientific than actually useful for the consumer.
A key selling point of the Buyweed247.com store is the impressive range of edibles on offer. They sell a variety of edibles, from sour candy to dried fruits.
Another marked difference from the Ontario Cannabis Store is the bulk section of Buyweed247.com’s website. Ontario Cannabis Store limits you to purchasing 30 grams at a time – that’s a tiny fraction more than one ounce. At Buyweed247.com, you can buy in bulk – quantities are offered up to one pound (16 ounces) – that’s 16 times the amount you can purchase from the government regulated site.
Different cannabis plants — often called hemp or marijuana — contain different levels of chemical compounds.
How people breed the plant affects the CBD levels. Most CBD oil comes from industrial hemp, which usually has a higher CBD content than marijuana.
Makers of CBD oil use different methods to extract the compound. The extract is then added to a carrier oil and called CBD oil.
CBD oil comes in many different strengths, and people use it in various ways. It is best to discuss CBD oil with a doctor before using it.
Both websites are easy to navigate and easy to purchase from. In fact, both offer clear and up-front information about shipping times, refunds, and order cancellations. However, it’s easier to get in touch with Buyweed247.com, because they offer a contact form as well as an email address directly on their website. Ontario Cannabis Store redirects you to another page with further information.
Another difference is that Buyweed247.com offer you real customer reviews for their products, so you can see how users really felt about what they received. This makes the buying process more transparent. This feature isn’t available from Ontario Cannabis Store.
The Ontario Cannabis Store website offers a huge amount of information on cannabis and the products that they sell in the ‘learn’ section. While this can be useful if you’re new to cannabis, this all seems aimed at educating rather than selling best-quality craft products for the cannabis connoisseur. We recommend going with Buyweed247.com for the best quality products.
Buyweed247.com offer a rewards point system to paying customers, which build up in the user’s account. Points can then be used at the next check-out, contributing to the cost of the order. This is a fantastic incentive to continue shopping with this craft cannabis store, and can reduce the price you pay each time you shop.
Price is an important factor to consider when purchasing cannabis, as it can vary widely depending on the supplier. Here we compare the cost of similar products from each site to see which worked out cheaper.
Let’s take the Blueberry Kush, an Indica dominant dried flower product, from both sites to compare. Blueberry Kush from Buyweed247.com retails at $150 for one ounce. At Ontario Cannabis Store, their Haven St Blueberry Kush is $10.94 per gram, which equates to $306.32 for one ounce – more than double the cost of the Blueberry Kush from Buyweed247.com.
To be sure, we also compared the prices of the cheapest hybrid product and the cheapest Sativa dominant product offered by each site.
For hybrid flowers at Buyweed247.com, the cheapest was White Widow at $140 for one ounce.
At Ontario Cannabis Store, it was Summer Fling at $8.28 per gram – or $231 for one ounce.
The cheapest Sativa dominant flower at Buyweed247.com was Amnesia Haze at $130 dollars per ounce.
The cheapest Sativa dominant flower at Ontario Cannabis Store was Long Weekend, which worked out at $246 per ounce.
In every case, dried flower products were cheaper at Buyweed247.com. The same applied to oils and concentrates. Ultimately, government endorsed cannabis from Ontario Cannabis Store comes at a higher cost price. This is down to taxing, testing, and working with licensed buyers – and not necessarily quality.
Additional Points on Price:
- The accessories from Ontario Cannabis Store seem expensive too: their silicone bong retails at $65, but there are many similar products on the market priced in the range of $15-$50
- Cost of products from Buyweed247.com can be further reduced by taking advantage of their reward points system
- Buyweed247.com offer reduced rates when you buy in bulk (if you shop now they’re offering up to 50% off on bulk orders)
Pros and Cons
We’ve reviewed all of the information available on each store’s website, and come up with a handy list of pros and cons for each one.
- One-stop shop: you can purchase your edibles as well as flowers and concentrates
- Lower prices than state-regulated options
- Excellent customer service
- Reward points system
- Free express shipping for orders over $150
- Lots of information offered online about their products and services
- Offers available if you shop now – up to 50% off if you order bulk
- Not regulated
- No tracing codes available to find the source of different products
- Limited payment options
Ontario Cannabis Store
- Legal service
- You can trace what you buy back to a licensed producer through tracing codes
- They accept a wider range of payment options
- Postage is cheaper: offer a flat rate of $5 + HST
- Mass produced products can mean lower quality
- Limited purchase amount of 30g
- Much higher prices when compared to craft suppliers
Both Buyweed247.com and Ontario Cannabis Store offer an impressive selection of products. However, at Buyweed247.com, the focus is on product quality, while the Ontario Cannabis Store seemed to focus more on education and scientific information.
We were impressed by the range and cannabis types and product types at Buyweed247.com, as well as the variety of quantities that you can purchase. Reviews on the Buyweed247.com proved that these products are enjoyed by consumers and really are top quality.
Go with craft cannabis instead of mass produced and heavily regulated cannabis. If you’re looking for high quality products at a lower price, choose craft cannabis with Buyweed247.com. Why not have a look today? They’re offering amazing deals if you shop now – up to 50% off if you order bulk.