Curaleaf “Craft” Flower Review: Strawberry Diesel (Hybrid)

Happy Halloween! In spirit of the holiday, and the beginning of the larger holiday season, we’re doing “BOGO” reviews today – be sure to check out the review of MUV’s Prophet flower that was published today as well!

Curaleaf recently expanded their presence to the northwest Florida Panhandle by opening a location in Pensacola (about an hour drive for me), so expect a lot more reviews of their flower and other products coming soon!

Curaleaf recently introduced their “Craft” line of flower at $45 per eighth, which is a $10 increase from their “standard” flower, which is listed at $35. The difference is supposedly in the Craft flower being grown entirely indoors and having meticulous attention to detail in every step of the growing process, resulting in higher quality flower across the board for strains in this lineup.

The only other flower I’ve tried from Curaleaf in the past is their Afghani, which I enjoyed at the time. I was interested to see how the higher tier flower would stack up against that, and the short answer is that it does seem to have been grown and cured a bit better.

Quick Facts:

Strawberry Diesel (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $45/eighth 

Lineage: NYC Diesel x Strawberry Cough

Batch/Harvest Number: TLF1005202003

Cannabinoids

THC: 18.045%

CBD: 0.00%

CBG: 3.659%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.724%

Terpenes

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.

Appearance/Cure

Overall, the quality of flower in this eighth of Strawberry Diesel is really good, and shows a step up from the quality of the Afghani (from their standard line) that I had earlier in 2020. However, there is some variance between each of the buds, and sometimes within the buds themselves. Some of the buds are entirely dense, and some of them are entirely loose. But a few have a characteristic I’ve never seen before: the top of the bud is dense, and the bottom of the bud is loose.

The trim on this eighth could have been a bit better, as I found numerous small leaves left behind on a couple of the buds.

All of the flower is really sticky, and breaks down into that almost “soft” consistency that I find to be desirable, and usually indicative of a well-grown and cured batch of flower.

While I think Curaleaf Florida’s grow team still has room to improve with their grow, cure, and trim process, this batch of Strawberry Diesel is a step in the right direction.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

Strawberry Diesel has traits of both parent strains: earthy, sweet diesel notes from NYC Diesel, and a faint berry aroma lurking in the background, courtesy of the Strawberry Cough parent. There’s also hints of some sort of nutty terpene, and a pine scent lurking in the background. When the flower is broken apart, the sweet diesel really comes out.

One thing that struck me as odd about this flower, however, is the taste of it when smoked. There’s a really strong cologne, or even dryer sheet like taste that seems to overpower everything else. Some people may like this taste, but it doesn’t agree with me well. I noticed it in their Grape Diamonds Craft flower as well (review coming soon), so I’m not sure if it has something to do with the grow process, or if it’s just genuinely how these strains come through in their taste. (Feel free to drop a comment below and let me know what the source of this taste is, if you have the knowledge!)

In short, I feel that this eighth of Strawberry Diesel smells exactly like it’s supposed to, but the taste leaves me with questions. All told, it’s not bad at all, and I’m pleased to find more terpenes in these batches of flower.

Smell/Taste Rating: 6.95/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Strawberry Diesel is said to be a mostly uplifting hybrid strain, and I found that to be consistent with my experiences as well.

I first notice the effects of this strain behind the eyes, fading into a more general cerebral coziness and invigoration. My home office currently has holiday lights all around, and I felt especially cozy in here after taking a hit of Strawberry Diesel through my water pipe.

Through time, the effects do settle into a more full-body envelope of warmth and relaxation, but are not sedating at any time for me. In a lot of ways, this strain reminds me of Vidacann’s Strawberry Cough’s effects, but perhaps with slightly less of a sativa edge. It also seems to be fairly consistent in giving me the munchies.

In general, Curaleaf’s Strawberry Diesel seems like an uplifting daytime strain, suitable for use any time from early morning to mid evening.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • General enjoyment of life/activities
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Minor to moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Appetite stimulation

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: 8.70/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.05/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Strawberry Diesel as a “very good” hybrid strain from Curaleaf.

All things considered, I am mostly impressed with this sample of Curaleaf’s “Craft: flower. I will certainly have to try and review other strains in the near future as they become available.

Thanks for reading this review, and here’s to a Happy Halloween – and a happy day in general for those of you who will likely be reading this review well afterward. Here’s to all of our continued health, wealth, happiness, and prosperity!

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