Liberty Health Sciences Whole Flower: Star Killer (Indica)

Shortly after smokable marijuana was legalized in Florida in early 2019, Liberty Health Sciences (LHS) made themselves known for having the most affordable flower on the market. However, time and repetition proved to be useful to Liberty and their flower products, as the quality of their flower has steadily improved.

Recently, Liberty executed a price increase for many of their strains. Until recently, all of Liberty’s regular flower strains were $28/eighth, and their “Papa’s Herb” line was $25/eighth (and still is; it did not get affected by the increase.)

Now, many strains – including Star Killer – are priced at $40/eighth. This has brought Liberty’s flower under increased scrutiny, especially because it has been widely regarded as some of the lowest quality flower in the Florida medical cannabis industry. If the price increases, so must the quality.

Quick Facts:

Star Killer (Indica)

Price at time of review: $40/eighth 

Lineage: Skywalker OG x Rare Dankness #2

Batch/Harvest Number: SK-23.1-101519

Cannabinoids

THC: 19.108%

CBD: 0.022%

Total Cannabinoids: 19.130%

Terpenes

Alpha-Humulene: 0.182%

Alpha-Pinene: 0.040%

Beta-Myrcene: 0.852%

Beta-Pinene: 0.061%

Alpha-Bisobolol: 0.075%

Fenchyl Alcohol: 0.045%

Limonene: 0.441%

Linalool: 0.109%

Terpineol: 0.072%

Trans-Caryophyllene: 0.555%

Total Terpenes: 2.438%

Appearance/Cure

This batch of Star Killer features dark green buds, with some lighter green patches. There is an abundance of amber-color trichomes on this flower, and several burnt orange pistils covering the flower.

The density and moisture content are pretty good on this strain; it is right where it needs to be in stickiness, and a little bit of bud breaks down generously.

What isn’t so good about this flower is the trim job, which I think is largely due to the fact that Liberty machine-trims their flower, whereas most of the other companies trim their flower by hand. Considering Liberty feels that their flower quality is good enough to raise the prices to $40/eighth for many strains, I expect those $40 strains to be as good as the other flower in Florida that is at that price point. Unfortunately, I do not feel the presentation of this flower should warrant such an increase. At $28, this would be great for the price. At $40, I shouldn’t have to be picking half a dozen sugar leaves off each bud.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 3.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

Star Killer has a fairly noticeable scent when opening the jar. Spicy and sweet notes seem to be the dominant terpenes, with an earthy musk in the background.

This strain’s smell reminds me of a much weaker version of LA Confidential’s terpene profile. One thing that seems to be consistent in comments about Liberty flower’s smell, is that there tends to be a lack of smell. If they could figure out how to really get those terpenes coming through, it would help justify their case of increasing the prices on their flower.

Star Killer has a good terpene profile; I just don’t feel that it was brought to its full potential in this batch. The smoke also seemed to be a bit more harsh in taste and feel than most other strains I’ve tried.

Smell/Taste Rating: 5.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Star Killer seems to be indica-leaning, but it is not a very heavy or sedating indica strain. I always feel the effects behind the eyes and in the forehead first; it seems to bring a bit of a mood lift in the early stages. I really enjoy playing video games when medicating with this strain.

As the effects progress, heavy body sensations become more prominent, and a bit of couch-lock may set in. I wouldn’t rely on Star Killer (or at least this batch of it) as a first line treatment for insomnia, but it may help start the relaxation process in both the mind and the body.

This is a functional indica in lower doses, meaning that I could justify its use at any time of the day. However, higher doses seem to be more likely to induce couch-lock when medicating with Star Killer, so start low and go slow if you plan on getting anything done during the day.

Possibly good for treating:

Possibly good for treating:

  • Mild anxiety 
  • Mild depression
  • Minor aches and pains
  • General relaxation
  • Mild headaches
  • Mild gastrointestinal discomfort (Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other similar conditions)

I’m definitely no medical doctor, so please take the preceding conditions only as my own personal observations from using this strain and having experience with a multitude of different cannabis strains. Every body is different, and every body reacts different to various medications. 

Effects Rating: 7.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 5.33/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Star Killer as an “average” indica strain from Liberty Health Sciences.

If this strain were at its old price of $28/eighth, I would say it is absolutely a great purchase for the cost. However, at $40/eighth, there are currently better options available from most all of the other MMTCs.

I think the Star Killer strain has potential to be a really good one, but Liberty Health Sciences still needs to work on improving the overall quality of their flower to fully execute the medicinal potential of each strain – especially after the recent price hike.

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