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.
Grape Diamonds is a cross of two different phenotypes of the Member Berry strain, described as “resulting in a sweet grape-tasting hybrid, with warm and relaxing effects.” Curaleaf has had this strain available for quite a while now, and it seems to get generally positive reviews in the Florida Medical Trees community on Reddit. Since Curaleaf finally opened a location in the Northwest Panhandle recently, I was able to sample this and their Strawberry Diesel “Craft” flower. Curaleaf Florida has definitely been consistently improving the quality of their flower throughout 2020.
Grape Diamonds (Hybrid)
Price at time of review: $45/eighth
Batch/Harvest Number: TLF0930202002
Total Cannabinoids: 14.351%
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 was impressed with the trichome coverage on this eighth of Grape Diamonds, and it appears Curaleaf allowed it to mature fairly well, as the trichomes show some amber color against the contrast of some of the purple buds.
A few of the smaller buds showed signs of light burn, but this was easily taken care of by removing the affected areas.
What I found disappointing, however, particularly with their “top shelf” flower product – is the trim job. There were a lot of leaves in this batch, enough that I think it may have constituted a fairly significant percentage of the total weight.
The larger buds were trimmed well, though, and they looked good. This isn’t a terrible batch, but I had higher hopes at $45/eighth, after being spoiled by flower from some of the other MMTCs recently. I also found this batch to be slightly on the dry side.
Curaleaf continues to show improvement in their flower, but extra attention needs to go towards the trimming and manicuring process so that patients get the amount of active medicine that they pay for.
Appearance/Cure Rating: 6.00/10.00
Grape Diamonds lives up to its name, with an immediate smell of spicy and slightly sweet grape when opening the jar. The smell, like its Member Berry parent, is not especially pungent – but it is certainly fruity, and I find it enjoyable.
The grape smells become stronger, and both more sweet and sour when the buds are handled or ground apart. In some ways, Grape Diamonds reminds me of another “Grape” strain’s smell when ground up: Grape Stomper from GrowHealthy.
I mentioned in my recent review of Curaleaf’s Strawberry Diesel “Craft” flower that I noticed a very strong, odd taste of cologne or dryer sheets when I smoked that strain through a water pipe. This batch of Grape Diamonds also has that taste, but to a much lesser extent. I am able to taste a more natural earthy and spicy cannabis taste on the exhale. This makes me wonder if there is something in the process for the “Craft” flower line that is causing this taste.
All things considered, Grape Diamonds is a good strain in this category.
Smell/Taste Rating: 5.45/10.00
Grape Diamonds produces warm and relaxing indica-dominant hybrid effects, very similar to its Member Berry parent, but perhaps slightly more on the heavy “indica” side of the spectrum.
Relaxing body effects come on almost immediately after smoking, and stay like a warm, comfortable blanket around the body for the duration of the effects. I don’t find Grape Stomper to be sedating, but it’s almost there, and could possibly get there at a higher THC percentage.
Due to the ~12% THC percentage on this batch, the effects seem to fade away a little quicker than strains with higher THC percentages. This isn’t a drastic different in my experience, but it is enough to be noticeable when compared to some of the upper-20s percent strains that I also have at this time.
Overall, Grape Diamonds is an enjoyable hybrid that I find best for evening use. It’s a great “leisure/relaxing” strain.
Possibly good for treating:
- Minor aches and pains
- Minor to moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
- General Relaxation
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: 5.00/10.00
Overall Rating: 5.48/10.00
Overall, I would best describe Grape Diamonds as an “above average” hybrid strain from Curaleaf.
All things considered, I am mostly impressed with this year’s progression 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 all of our continued health, wealth, happiness, and prosperity!
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