I’ve been waiting a long time to be able to write this review. GrowHealthy is a Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) that is based in South Florida near the Lake Wales and West Palm Beach areas. At this time, unfortunately, GrowHealthy only makes biweekly deliveries to our area in the Panhandle near Tallahassee, so it’s been a little more difficult to get some of their products for review; my busy career makes it difficult for me to be able to dedicate a full day waiting on a delivery, but I was finally able to coordinate a delivery with them for this weekend.
GrowHealthy receives a lot of hype on the Florida Trees and Florida Medical Trees subreddits for their high-quality distillates, many of which use cannabis-based terpenes. The “cannabis-based terpene” is a term that a lot of people like to throw around here recently, but basically all it means is that the same terpenes (limonene, pinene, etc.) are acquired from cannabis plants rather than other plants/fruits. However, I will have to say that I do notice a more “well-rounded” spectrum of effects when using products that have cannabis-based terpenes, so I’m sure there’s some science (similar to the entourage effect?) behind why this is so.
Birds of Paradise Distillate (Sativa)
Total Cannabinoids: 85.78%
Batch Number: ID24 BOP
Other Ingredients: Cannabis Terpenes
As with my other reviews, I rate this product on three main criteria. Those three scores will be averaged for a final “overall score” and basic description of the product quality.
This is one of the qualities of GrowHealthy’s distillates that seems to be raved about the most. Just about any patient who has tried both distillates with cannabis terpenes and distillates with food/fruit terpenes will testify that the cannabis terpene distillates taste much more like vaping a bowl of cannabis flower. After trying products with cannabis terpenes from both Trulieve and GrowHealthy, I can confirm that this is true. There’s a certain “fresh”/earthy quality to all of these distillates, and Birds of Paradise has been no different. There’s a very apparent taste of tropical fruit, with secondary tastes of earthy wood (or woody earth?) and sweet sugar. When consuming the distillate orally, there is the expected bitterness of concentrated cannabinoids, but I found that the sweet tropical taste really came through a lot more noticeably when consumed orally rather than by inhalation. Overall, the taste was very enjoyable, and I’d have to say I prefer it to the more “artificial” terpenes found in distillates like TruClear. Hopefully, all MMTCs will offer distillates with cannabis terpenes by the end of the year. Not only is the taste better, but the effects are more in line with what I would expect to feel from flower – a more authentic and enjoyable experience all around.
Taste Rating: 4.00/5.00
Birds of Paradise distillate comes in the same syringe that all other distillates I’ve tried, including the plastic/rubber screw cap on the bottom. With Truclear, I am normally able to pop off these caps so that the nose of the syringe fits into my VFire pods much easier and reduces the chance of a potential mess; unfortunately, it seems that a small amount of distillate had leaked out, causing the cap to basically be super-glued to the syringe. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to line up the end of the syringe with the pod to get it in without spilling the product everywhere.
The distillate itself is about as thick, perhaps a bit thicker, than Truclear. It vaporizes well, leaving the flavor pretty well intact all the way through to the exhale. It seems like everything about this product is at least fairly good quality.
Vapor/Product Quality Rating: 4.00/5.00
Birds of Paradise distillate brings on classic sativa effects that never seem to get too racy or speedy. The closest product I could think of to compare the effects to would be Colombian Gold flower from Trulieve: though there is definitely the cerebral burst of motivation, energy, and creativity, there is also a mellow and warm body relaxation accompanying them. I would have to guess that Bird of Paradise is a 75/25% sativa-dominant hybrid in all actuality, but it definitely gets me what I’m looking for in terms of sativa effects.
Colors in my visual perception almost instantly became more bright and vivid when I took my first pull this morning. It’s not quite as “sharp” or energetic of a distillate as some I’ve tried (Clementine for example), but there’s enough of a push that the patient can definitely get things done while under the effects of this strain. To further attest to the mellow qualities of this strain, I can say that even after taking much higher doses than I usually do (inhalation), I am not feeling any type of anxiety or panic. New patients may find this as a good option for a “first distillate” for this reason. I would definitely recommend this strain for patients looking to treat depression, lack of motivation, or those who are looking to spur creativity.
Effects Rating: 4.65/5.00
Overall Rating: 4.22/5.00
Overall, I’d say that GrowHealthy’s distillate lived up to my expectations. Birds of Paradise and Grape Stomper (review coming soon) have been my first two strains to try, and I thoroughly enjoy both for different reasons. Hopefully, GrowHealthy will expand delivery to the Panhandle to be more often than twice a month, as I definitely see myself ordering more products from them in the future. At this point, I feel safe in agreeing with what I’ve been reading online for months: GrowHealthy has the best distillate in Florida – though I haven’t been able to try distillate from MUV yet, and they tend to receive a lot of positive feedback on their products as well. I recommend that all patients reading this give GrowHealthy at least one try, if nothing else for the 25% new patient discount. I look forward to trying and reviewing more products from them in the future, and more importantly, seeing how they expand as smokable flower becomes legalized and regulated in Florida this year. Keep an eye on these guys!
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