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I’ve been wanting to try Curaleaf’s flower for a while now after seeing increasing positive reviews of it on social media, but until recently, it’s been difficult to catch it in stock (or available for delivery) from Tallahassee. I suppose one positive aspect of this whole COVID-19 pandemic is that delivery services are more readily available, so I’ve finally been able to try an eighth of Curaleaf’s flower.
From posts I’ve seen on social media over the past year, Curaleaf was originally really weak with the quality of their whole flower, but began steadily improving around 6 months ago. There have been enough posts of good-looking flower coming from Curaleaf for me to finally feel like pulling the trigger.
Afghani is a landrace indica strain said to hail from the high elevations of the mountains in Afghanistan. It is renowned for its heavy body effects that induce a full body relaxation, and sleep in higher doses. It’s been Curaleaf’s “flagship” strain ever since smokable flower was legalized in early 2019.
I must go ahead and say that I am impressed with the eighth that I got from Curaleaf. It is in line from the average quality I expect from Trulieve, VidaCann, Fluent, and other MMTCs with similar quality flower.
Price at time of review: $39/eighth (bought at “flat flower” sale price)
Lineage: Landrace Indica
Batch/Harvest Number: TLF0428202002
Total Cannabinoids: 21.9%
Unfortunately, Curaleaf doesn’t make their lab reports available, so I have no terpene data to provide for this strain. Whenever this information becomes available, I will update this section with the terpenes and their percentages.
I’ve seen an extremely wide variety of sentiments on Curaleaf’s flower over past year: some patients have said it’s the worst flower they’ve ever seen, and others have said that Curaleaf could contend for the best flower in Florida. Reviews have generally trended more positive in the past 6 months, but I didn’t know what to expect.
I’m actually pretty impressed with the quality of this eighth of Afghani. The trichomes are plentiful and look to be at least somewhat mature. The flower itself is light to medium green, accented with medium orange pistils.
The moisture content and cure seem to have been done well, and the flower is sticky when broken apart. It may be ever so slightly dry, but not by much – maybe 10% more dry than what I consider to be “perfect” for my preferences.
It appears that this flower was machine-trimmed judging from the “holes” throughout the bud, but the overall trim is good.
Curaleaf’s Afghani seems to check all the boxes of a well-grown flower. As I said before, it holds its own with the quality of the flower from some of the more established MMTCs in Florida.
Appearance/Cure Rating: 6.30/10.00
There’s a little story with me and the smell of Afghani flower.
For some strange reason, I had a recurring dream 2 or 3 times within the past year. In the dream, I finally had an eighth of Afghani flower, and felt excited to try it. When I opened the jar, though, there was absolutely zero smell. Every time I had the dream, it was the same.
Fortunately, my experience in the waking world was different.
Afghani has a peppery, musky, slightly sour funk terpene profile. It reminds me a lot of Trulieve’s Northern Hash Plant‘s terpene profile, so for my readers who have tried that strain, I believe you’ll notice some similar elements in Curaleaf’s Afghani. This makes sense, as Northern Hash Plant has Afghani lineage. I would suspect that this batch of Afghani has high myrcene content based on its smell.
When broken apart or ground up, Afghani flower seems to exhibit more of its sour and funky/skunky terpenes.
I find the taste of the flower when smoked to be musky, peppery, and earthy. It is somewhat smooth.
Curaleaf’s Afghani is overall a nice-smelling, funky indica strain.
Smell/Taste Rating: 5.50/10.00
Afghani is supposed to be 100% indica, and its effects seem to fall in line with this label.
While there is an initial cerebral “jolt”, it is short lived, and heavy sedating body effects creep in not long after consuming this flower. The very first time I smoked it was probably the most intense in this regard; it almost felt like an opiate or benzodiazepine sensation – something I thankfully have not felt in many years.
In lighter doses, this is still a couch-locking strain. I feel glued to my chair as I type this review – that’s after smoking only 3 hits with a moderate to high tolerance.
In heavier doses, this strain usually makes me really sleepy, and works well for helping me to get to sleep and stay asleep. It feels like it will work really well for pain relief too, based on the “warm body” sensations it gives me. Like its smell, the effects of Curaleaf’s Afghani also remind me of how Trulieve’s Northern Hash Plant makes me feel – some of the heaviest indica effects I’ve found.
If you’re looking for those “classic indica effects” – heavy, hungry, happy, sleepy – Curaleaf’s Afghani is a good choice. However, it still feels like this flower had more potential in its grow. It feels like quality medicine, but ultimately, I’ve found strains and batches that feel more “whole” and overall better during my time as a Florida cannabis patient.
With all that being said, this Afghani has high quality medicinal effects, best used during the evening.
Possibly good for treating:
- Moderate to severe aches and pains
- Moderate to severe nausea/gastrointestinal issues
- General Relaxation
- Insomnia (especially in higher doses)
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. Everybody is different, and every body reacts differently to various medications.
Effects Rating: 6.50/10.00
Overall Rating: 6.10/10.00
Overall, I would best describe Afghani as a “pretty good” indica strain from Curaleaf.
All things considered, I am impressed with this sample of Curaleaf’s flower. I will certainly have to try other strains in the near future, as I feel this Afghani held its on with the medium-high quality flower found from other MMTCs throughout the state. It seems to be one of Curaleaf’s main strains for the time being, so hopefully it is an indication that the overall quality of their flower is improving.
If you’re looking for a strain to help you relax and/or get a good night’s sleep, I’d say to give this Afghani a try!
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