Florida Medical Cannabis Collective – T7|02: Humanity’s Three Biggest Character Flaws

Good morning, afternoon, or evening to you all! Hope that this post finds you well and in good health & spirits as we deal with another month of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All this time in isolation has given me ample time to reflect on many things – deep thoughts involving myself, my trajectory – and involving humanity and its trajectory.

I acknowledge that I am far from perfect, and that I have much to learn in my own journey in life. We all do. But over the past decade (and then some), I’ve watched humanity, and often felt more like an alien in human skin than a part of the society I’ve seen evolving in the 21st century. The worst isolation I feel in 2020 is not the physical isolation that has become necessary during the pandemic; instead, the most painful form of isolation is the mental and spiritual isolation as I watch humanity seem to make the “wrong” choices over and over again.

Of course, there are many good people out there. I know that many of you readings this are good people, and may feel similar to the way I do. My goal is always to spread positivity and construction in the world. We are all human; we all were thrown into this reality without any real knowledge of its nature or reasoning, so in the end, we are all each other truly has.

I think that I need/want to write and subsequently read this article as much as any of you do – we have to have these conversations. Action often starts with discussion, and the more that we are collective aware of ways we can improve as a people, the more likely we are to take action to actually manifesting that.

A major goal I have with my life is to make this world a better place (for all people) than it was when I came into it. Whichever medium ultimately helps me achieve that is not as important as getting the work done; this website is dedicated to medical cannabis because that is the way I am currently able to help others the most, and what a wonderful thing that is – but the end goal is much bigger, and this article is a piece of that, I suppose.

I’ve rambled enough – here are some of the biggest issues I see with humanity as a collective entity, and some ideas as to how we might be able to improve in those areas.

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Cannabis Product & Strain: GrowHealthy Grape Stomper Flower

Narcissism, Selfishness, and Lack of Empathy

I’m grouping these together because they all relate to one another, and often go hand-in-hand.

American culture in 2020 revolves around “me, me, me”: how can I get what’s best for me, before anyone else takes that away from me.

I think social media may have exacerbated this issue, and though I don’t think social media in itself is an inherently bad thing, it does allow us to magnify both the best and worst parts of ourselves, so it is what it is. The “selfie culture” is a good example of it; again, nothing wrong with appreciating oneself – all things in moderation.

Regardless, we seem to have reached a point where the majority of people choose to disregard others. We see it in the decisions people make every day. Littering is an example: a prevalent problem that results from a total lack of regard for the planet or for others who will come to the area afterward – this is just one example.

Voting for leaders who lead from hatred because it puts more money in our bank accounts, or 401k, is another example. Thinking about only ourselves, not realizing that these leaders incite hatred on a massive scale, and promote policies that lock living human beings in cages – all for what? The fact that that person/family wanted to get away from oppressive living conditions and have a better quality of life? Let’s forget about “legality” (a manmade concept) and think about the core essence of the situation here: We are locking other human beings in cages because they didn’t do exactly what the rich and powerful decided were the “right” way to enter “our” land. We need to see the problem with that, and while I think we need some rule of law in this world (that’s another topic), it shouldn’t make it so hard to have a good life that a person feels the need to enter illegally in the first place.

I digress; the point is that we as a society have lost our empathy for other people. Any time we make or support a decision that oppresses another human being for any reason – a decision or policy that makes it harder for them to enjoy the same quality of life that we want for ourselves – we are making a decision with a lack of empathy.

Human beings should be able to live and let live so long as their decisions and actions do not harm one another or the planet: this has been my core philosophy as an adult, and I think it’s a good one. Why should we care if a gay man or woman wants to get married or have children? Why should we care how someone worships, or if a Black jogger comes through our “rich white community”? As long as they aren’t hurting anybody or the environment, why should we care?

We as a society need to start incorporating the well-being of other people and the planet Earth in our decisions and policies. I’m not saying to be a pushover – but find balance. There’s always a “greater good”.

We need to think more about “the whole” more often.

Materialism, Worship of Money, Lack of Spirituality

The first thing I want to ask is that the reader notice my use of the word “spirituality” rather than “religion”. I’ll come back to that in a minute.

As a society, much of humanity worships money and the mundane in some way. I think income inequality, greed, corruption, and a host of other factors play into this. The end result is a growing income gap, homelessness – you know the rest.

We worship worldly things too much, and we get lost in them. We keep thinking about that next job, that next car, that next house, that next thing. We forget the whole point of life in the process – to learn, to love, to grow, to build, to share, to explore, to live,

American society makes this all to easy. We slave away to jobs for most of our week, and then we spend 48 hours recuperating – some aren’t even that lucky. And while I think working and contributing to society is absolutely essential, I think it’s just a piece of the puzzle. We’ve got to make time for all the rest of life.

Depression and anxiety are at all-time highs, and I blame our society for this. I blame the world and the worldly for this. I think if we somehow eliminated the current structure of 1% of the people owning 99% of the wealth (yeah, I know..), gave everyone a true equal opportunity to succeed, and moved work weeks to 20 or even 25-30 hours a week, you would see a huge reduction in the prevalence of mental illness. People are forgetting how to live – or not being allowed the opportunity to!

So how do we find solace in the meantime? Almost counter-intuitively to the first section in this article, we focus on ourselves – on our spirituality. Again, notice I chose this word instead of religion.

I won’t get into the religious debate too much, but I will say that I believe any man who says he knows the nature of this universe for certain, is arrogant. How could we possibly tell someone their idea of “God”, “Allah”, etc. – is wrong? If we look into it, almost every religion has good things to offer – and some questionable content.

But spirituality – that is something we all can grow in together. The religion someone chooses doesn’t matter much to me; they are all vehicles to spiritual growth and development. Some even choose science and call themselves agnostic or atheist, but they still know deep down that there is more to life and “reality”, and that there is a level of understanding further than what we perceive.

I think if we all focused more on finding our way for spiritual development, and practiced it, we would see a more loving society. To have that, though, we must be tolerant of others’ beliefs – which are almost always going to be slightly different than our own, even within the same religions.

To bring this all together: we as a People need to focus less on the worldly aspects of life, and more on the Bigger Picture. Whichever vehicle you choose to get there, pick one – and enjoy the ride and all the joy it brings.

Partisanship, Division

One could argue that this is the biggest problem in America right now, in 2020. Partisanship and vision are absolutely rampant in our society, to the point that a damn global pandemic of all things, was politicized.

This is dangerous, and it has torn our country apart. Whatever “side” you choose, you have to admit a truth you know deep down: we are living in different worlds, and so many of us consider our fellow Americans to be the “enemy” in some way. Comment on a social media post with any sort of opposing idea, and rather than being met with discussion, chances are you’ll be met with anger or name-calling from the “opposing side”.

I hate the two-party system we have in American politics. It has caused people to lazily vote for whoever is on their “team” or become single-issue voters rather than actually look at people for their merits. And of the people we do get into office, going back to the materialism problem, they often get bought off and otherwise compromised from truly carrying out the will of the people.

Everything is political now, and it is ridiculous. If not with politics, Americans find some other way to be divided – be it race, class, religion – you name it, people find a way to divide. Perhaps it’s in human nature to form factions, but when it prevents us from truly moving forward as a People, then we have a real problem. When it prevents us from loving our neighbor, we have a real problem.

A people divided will surely fall, and we have played into that plan almost willingly. We need to stop thinking about things like “red or blue”, “black or white”, “gay or straight”, and start seeing people as human beings, as souls who are cohabiting this reality with us. We all have that in common, and we would all be so much better off if we found a way to work together and get past our differences.

Partisanship has gotten to the point where even speaking up for the right thing gets you a label – even if you identify somewhere in the center. We have created a breeding ground for evil and malice to run rampant, for fear and anger to lead us rather than love and hope, and it shows. America is slipping in many ways, and we can only become “great” again if we unite as a people and move forward, instead of trying to recreate a false sense of perfection from a bygone era. The reality is that America has never been truly “great” for everyone, but we have made giant strides together, and we can do so much more if we look past our imaginary dividing lines and find a way to work together in the name of love, justice, and righteousness.

I encourage all of my readers to analyze yourselves and ask yourself this question: “What is causing me to look at any other human being as an “enemy” instead of a fellow soul inhabiting this reality together with me?”
If you can honestly answer “nothing”, than you are ready to build and grow with others, and should help as many people as possible to reach the understanding that you have.

We have to find a way to make it our subconscious predisposition to look for commonalities in our fellow humans, rather than all the ways we are different – unless that is done with a loving perspective with intentions to learn and understand. It is time to stop fighting each other, and time to start helping each other get on our feet and make the best of our lives – together.

Closing Thoughts

Though times may certainly seem gloomy or hopeless for so many during this pandemic, we must remember that we are a resilient people. We have overcome much worse: other pandemics, slavery, civil wars, world wars, and so much more. We can overcome the issues that prevent our growth in 2020, and make the world a better place for ourselves and all those who will come after us. It may be easy to lose hope right now, but we simply can’t – our ancestors fought for hope, and we must do the same for our descendents.

The world can be a better place; the world will be a better place. I believe it. The revolution starts within ourselves – and I have faith in you, the reader. We are all uniquely beautiful, and have something that we can use to make our lives – and the lives of others – truly better.

Never forget that we are all one; we are connected, and our “whole” is much greater than the sum of its parts. We are better, we are greater, when we are together – and we can get there – together.

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: White 99 (Hybrid)

White 99 is a fairly well-known strain that crosses two opposite strains: the more sativa “Cinderella 99”, and the more indica “The White”. What results is a very cerebral, potent sativa-dominant hybrid known as “White 99”.

Judging from posts on social media, GrowHealthy’s version of White 99 is a fairly sought-after strain amongst Florida medical cannabis patients. I’ve found it to be an enjoyable and potent daytime strain, and enjoy it more than their Durban Dawg I recently reviewed.

Quick Facts:

White 99 (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $35/eighth (“Littles”)

Lineage: The White x Cinderella 99

Batch Number: F-050220-WT99-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 23.06%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 23.06%

Terpenes

Trans-Carophyllene

Beta-Myrcene

Terpineol

Beta-Pinene

Limonene

Farnesene

Fenchyl Alcohol

Alpha-Humulene

Linalool

Appearance/Cure

Apologies for the low quality: the bud is really small, and the sun wasn’t out to provide ample natural light today.

This eighth of White 99 “Littles” consisted of mostly pellet-sized buds, though it wasn’t quite to the extent of the Durban Dawg I mentioned/reviewed before. There were a few shmedium buds in there as well, as pictured in the third image above.

The cure on these small buds, however, is excellent. They are surprisingly sticky and dense despite their micro size, and are covered in a thick blanket of white trichomes and dark pink pistils. The trim is perfect, as well – what seems to be a harder feat when dealing with so many small nugs.

Once again, GrowHealthy has delivered an extremely high quality batch of flower – at a relatively affordable price, as well.

I’ve said it before, and it still applies: GrowHealthy’s “Littles” are some of the best $35 you can spend on Florida medical cannabis.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

White 99 has a unique smell that I have a hard time finding the words to describe. It has a musky herbal and floral scent, with hints of sour earth and citrus in the background. In some ways, it reminds me of a more pronounced version of the terpene profile of one of its children strains: 99 Problems.

This isn’t a particularly loud or pungent strain, but you don’t have to concentrate too much to find the smell, either.

The taste is surprisingly a bit better than the smell – I usually find the opposite to be true with most strains, but White 99 is an exception. I find the smoke from this strain to be really smooth, and in some ways, it reminds me of the way Wookie Girl tastes – but nowhere near as good, and with citrus on the exhale rather than sweet cookies and licorice. Both White 99 and Wookie Girl have “The White” as one of their parent strains, so perhaps this is the reason for the similarity in this element of the taste?

White 99 doesn’t necessarily have a smell or taste that I would rave about, but it is both unique and enjoyable.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

This is one of the most cerebral and sativa-leaning hybrid strains that I’ve come across in some time. It feels really similar to 99 problems, but with more body relaxation and less energy – so if any of you reading this have tried that strain, it may give you an idea of what to expect with White 99.

It takes a minute for the full cerebral punch to kick in, however, so take it easy. I made the mistake of assuming that White 99 was an indica-dominant strain when I first tried it due to the “creeper” nature of the effects, and paid for it after about 20 minutes when the effects really started to kick in.

Though it isn’t the most energetic strain, I find White 99 to be motivational and good for getting things done, as well as being good for inspiring creativity. This is definitely a daytime strain for me, and I feel it could get away with being labeled as a sativa.

Patients who are prone to anxiety and paranoia when medicating with potent cannabis should exercise caution when first trying White 99. It’s definitely one of those perspective-shifting strains, so be aware of that, and remember that it may take longer for the effects to kick in than what you’re used to with other strong cerebral strains.

The body relaxation is mild, and creeps in at about the same pace as the cerebral effects. If you find yourself feeling the same as I do with most strains, don’t expect too much full-body relaxation from this one.

White 99 is best used any time from early morning to early afternoon, based on my experience.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
  • Lack of motivation
  • Improves concentration and memory recall
  • Good for “stepping out of the box” with current mindset; good for changing mental perspective
  • Mild relief of minor aches and pains
  • Has a mild relaxation component

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: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.16/10.00

Overall, I would best describe White 99 as a “very good” hybrid strain from GrowHealthy.

If you prefer your hybrids to be more cerebral than relaxing, this is an excellent choice. I think it’s best used for relieving depression and stimulating creativity. I may try it again in the future in full flower form, as it seems to have potential to be really beautiful in large nugs based on what I saw from these micro-buds. However, that may be a while – there’s too many good strains out there that I haven’t got to yet, so those come first!

Be well, and stay healthy. I appreciate each one of you and all your support, and please know that all that positivity will come back to you – Law of Attraction.

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Curaleaf Flower Review: Afghani (Indica)

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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.

Quick Facts:

Afghani (Indica)

Price at time of review: $39/eighth (bought at “flat flower” sale price)

Lineage: Landrace Indica

Batch/Harvest Number: TLF0428202002

Cannabinoids

THC: 18.5%

CBD: 0.00%

CBG: 3.4%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.9%

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

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: 8.30/10.00

Smell/Taste

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: 8.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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:

  • Anxiety 
  • 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: 8.70/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.33/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Afghani as an “excellent” 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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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Durban Dawg (Hybrid)

Durban Dawg is one of GrowHealthy’s newest strains as of the time of this review, and it intends to create an uplifting, clear-headed hybrid strain by combining the popular Durban Poison landrace strain with the newer Stardawg.

I found this strain to be an enjoyable sativa-dominant hybrid. It reminds me of Trulieve’s Space Bomb in several ways.

Quick Facts:

Durban Dawg (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $35/eighth (“Littles”)

Lineage: Durban Poison x Stardawg

Batch/Harvest Number: F-042120-DBSD4-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 20.21%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 20.21%

Terpenes

Beta-Carophyllee

Beta-Myrcene

Terpineol

Beta-Pinene

Limonene

Ocimene

Alpha-Humulene

Appearance/Cure

While all the other eighths of “littles” that I’ve purchased have contained mostly decent, medium-sized buds, this eighth of Durban Dawg littles had the smallest buds I’ve ever seen in it – it was like hundreds of rat pellets, no joke.

The pellet-buds seemed to be cured well; they were really sticky, and covered in visible trichomes that look like they were allowed to properly mature.

The trim job on this eighth is one of the worst I’ve seen from GrowHealthy flower, but I understand it may be more difficult when working with tiny pieces of flower.

There’s nothing wrong with the overall quality; it’s just one of the weaker batches I’ve gotten from this MMTC. I hear that the full flower is spectacular, however.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 7.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

I’ve seen a colorful variety of adjectives used to describe the smell and taste of Durban Dawg: funky, skunky, loud, etc.

Maybe the batches of flower for this strain have a wider variability in regards to smell/taste, but I found that my Durban Dawg smells and tastes almost identical to Trulieve’s Space Bomb strain.

What I’m assuming is the terpineol seems to dominate the terpene profile, with spicy, woody, herbal, and “sharp” notes. It seems like the Stardawg may dominate the genetics, because the Durban Poison (“Atlas”) parent strain that I got from Fluent was extremely skunky and sour – like your stereotypical “loud” herb.

Durban Dawg, however, strikes me as having a more “bright”, “sharp” aroma. The taste when smoked is very similar to the smell, with added musk and spice on the exhale.

I know a lot of patients/cannabis consumers really enjoy strains that smell like this (often terpinolene or terpineol dominant), but they truthfully aren’t my favorite. Taste and smell are an extremely subjective category, so don’t take my rating for an absolute. My “9” might be your “3”, and vise-versa.

Durban Dawg has a nice smell and taste, but it doesn’t land as one of my favorite strains in this category.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Durban Dawg feels 100% like a sativa-dominant hybrid to me, with the effects being almost entirely cerebral. This is a good strain for creativity, and for the motivation to initiate creativity. I found that after just two hits of the flower I have, I instantly felt more “in tune” with writing this review, and more overall enjoyment from it.

Again with the Space Bomb theme – I find the effects of Durban Dawg to be very similar, though possibly more euphoric and relaxing. It seems like a good, versatile daytime strain for use any time from early morning to early evening. I think it would be a good choice for both work and leisure tasks.

I find other strains more useful for my individual needs, but Durban Dawg comes across as a high quality strain with mostly sativa effects. There may be a slight element of body relaxation, but I personally don’t feel much of it from this strain.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Lack of energy/motivation 
  • Depression
  • Relief of minor skeletal/muscular aches and pains
  • Good for creativity
  • Good for general relaxation/leisurely tasks

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: 7.70/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.40/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Durban Dawg as a “good” hybrid strain from GrowHealthy.

I want to state this again: don’t take my reviews as absolutes. Everyone is different. What I do here is try to most accurately describe my experience with a product/strain. Most times, I hear from a lot of fellow patients who confirm that they had the same experiences. But I know there is always a group of people who feel different effects – it’s another example of the wonders of chemistry and biology.

That being said: always go with the decision that works best for you. I have a lot of experience with different strains, and writing about them, but I never claim to know it all. Don’t let this review, or any other review that anybody makes, stop you from trying a product that you truly want to try. It could be the best thing you’ve ever gotten for treating your condition(s).

I personally won’t purchase this strain again, but fortunately, GrowHealthy has many other options that I really enjoy. I’ve quickly come to realize that of all the MMTCs I’ve tried, they are currently the most consistent with producing the highest quality flower. I believe this has a lot to do with them letting their plants fully mature and cure, as I’ve noticed the trichomes on their flower are always fully-developed and gold to amber in color.

Keep it up, GrowHealthy! Your flower is amongst, if not, the best in Florida’s legal market right now – even if this Durban Dawg wasn’t my favorite.

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Jilly Bean 5 (Sativa)

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Jilly Bean is a strain from MzJill Genetics that crosses a female Orange Velvet plant with a male Space Queen plant, for a candy-citrus sativa that is said to have both strong uplifting, and pain-relieving effects.

The strain has received overwhelmingly positive reviews in Florida, where it is grown by GrowHealthy. After initially passing over this strain in favor of other sativas from GrowHealthy, I decided to try it after seeing more and more positive feedback about it. In short, I’m glad I did. This is a noteworthy sativa strain, in my opinion.

Update 06.02.2020: GrowHealthy carries different phenotypes of Jilly Bean. I discovered this when I bought another eighth and found it was “Jilly Bean 3”, while the strain reviewed here is “Jilly Bean 5”. A social media representative for GrowHealthy confirmed that the different numbers correspond to different phenotypes. This is not indicated in their online store at this time, however.

Quick Facts:

Jilly Bean (Sativa) (Phenotype 5)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Orange Velvet x Space Queen

Batch/Harvest Number: F-042920-JLBN5-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 18.64%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 18.64%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene

Terpinolene

Terpineol

Beta-Pinene

Limonene

Appearance/Cure

I was highly impressed with this eighth of Jilly Bean. The nug pictured above weighs over 2 grams on its own, and there’s really nothing negative I can say about it. The cure is spot on; the trim is perfect, The moisture content is perfect (for my personal preference), and the flower itself is absolutely stunning.

You can see the ridiculous amount of trichomes on the flower, whose gold/amber color seems to indicate that the plant was allowed to fully mature, or at least mature more so than the current market average for Florida. The genetics seem to be really good to begin with, as these buds display a beautiful range of greens and golds, accented with flecks of violet and completed with a generou amount of vibrant burnt orange pistils.

This is one of the best-grown batches of flower I’ve seen, even for GrowHealthy, who seems to currently be a standard above all the other MMTCs I’ve tried with the quality of their flower. There are so many trichomes that I can easily see the fully developed bulbous heads with my naked eye.

The 2+ gram nug pictured above is all that I have left from this eighth now, and I think I will hide it from myself for a while. Outstanding grow, cure, genetics – the whole package.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.70/10.00

Smell/Taste

I can definitely detect the terpinolene and terpineol in Jilly Bean almost immediately. It is one of the most distinct terpenes I’ve come across. Other notable terpinolene and/or terpineol strains I’ve tried include Jack Herer, Space Bomb, Super Silver Haze, and Fluent’s “Odra” (OG Kush). Of these strains, Jilly Bean’s terpenes probably remind me the most of Jack Herer.

However, there’s much more to the overall terpene profile of Jilly Bean. It all comes together to produce a smell that reminds me of candied grapefruit. There is an almost even balance of a sweet/candy-like smell, and a strong bitter orange or grapefruit citrus. There also seems to be an underlying hint of funk beneath it all, which I will guess can be attributed to the myrcene in the terpene profile.

The taste is very similar to the smell when smoked: candy grapefruit/bitter citrus; however, the taste also has a co-dominant taste of spices as well.

Overall, Jilly Bean has a very unique and enjoyable terpene profile.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.75/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Jilly Bean has all of the good qualities I look for in a daytime, or “sativa” strain. It is energetic, and it is motivating. It is uplifting, and it has a very mild body relaxation to round it all off. When I took my first hit of it this morning, I really felt it in my forehead and behind my eyes. While being highly energetic and motivating, I do not find it to be racy or anxiety-inducing.

In some ways, the effects remind me of Jack Herer’s, though I think Jilly Bean is more euphoric and perception-altering when compared to the laser-focus of the Jack.

I find Jilly Bean to be good for being productive, and generally enjoying the task at hand. While I was initially scatterbrained and unfocused earlier this morning, the combination of Jilly Bean and some caffeine has helped me overcome that “wall” and immerse myself into productivity. This is great daytime medicine, and I personally find it best to use in the morning or afternoon.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
  • Lack of motivation
  • Improves concentration and memory recall
  • Increases energy/alertness, in a way almost similar to caffeine 
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor gastrointestinal issues
  • General mild 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: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.15/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Jilly Bean as an “outstanding” sativa strain from GrowHealthy.

A combination of good genetics, a good grow with apparent love & care for the plant, and a good cure all come together to make for an exceptional batch of medicinal cannabis. This is a strain I will definitely get again in the future. Patients looking for well-rounded sativa effects, good genetics, or any combination of the two should try this strain at least once, in my opinion. It’s in my top 10 sativa strains for sure!

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Birds of Paradise (Sativa)

Birds of Paradise is a strain I thoroughly enjoyed when I tried it in distillate form (review here) in early 2019. The tropical and fruity tastes, coupled with the balanced sativa effects, made for a memorable strain.

Naturally, when I saw the flower form become available at my recently opened local GrowHealthy, I had to try it to see how it compared to one of my favorite sativa distillates from last year.

Quick Facts:

Birds of Paradise (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Kali Snapple x Blue Heron

Batch/Harvest Number: F-042220-BIRD-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 19.56%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 19.56%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene

Trans-Carophyllene

Alpha-Pinene

Ocimene

Appearance/Cure

This batch of Birds of Paradise is very visually appealing, with one of the thickest blankets of trichomes that I’ve seen. Various shades of medium green are accented with bits of deep violet, all speckled with medium orange pistils.

This flower is some of the driest I’ve gotten from GrowHealthy. Even then, it isn’t “crumble apart in your fingers dry”, but it is not the same quality as what I’ve come to expect from most of the other eighths.

The trim and everything else seems good. The flower’s grow and cure is still quality – just not the outstanding quality I usually see from this MMTC.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

After enjoying the tropical pineapple and fruit flavors of the distillate last year, I was really disappointed with this batch of Birds of Paradise flower. There is next to zero smell to speak of here. Many patients use “hay” to describe flower that doesn’t have a good smell, but I feel that has become overused, so I try to avoid it whenever possible. But.. this batch does smell somewhat like dry hay.

The only other flower I’ve ever gotten that had such a distinct lack of smell was Surterra’s Myakka Native flower that I got in late 2019.

I searched Reddit to see if any other patients had this issue with this Birds of Paradise flower, but couldn’t find anything conclusive, except for a few posts that alluded to their flower having a tropical fruity smell – like the distillate tasted.

Maybe I got an “off” batch? Please drop a comment below and let me know if you’ve gotten Birds of Paradise flower that had a strong or otherwise enjoyable smell. If enough evidence arises that shows this could be an outlier batch, I’ll try it again in the future and adjust the batch number and rating here if needed. I think the only way this flower could score lower in this category, is if it actually had a bad smell. Even that would be subjective, and arguably better than the total lack of smell I found here.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn’t do much to redeem the lack of smell (which the Myakka Native did.) The smoke isn’t harsh, but it strangely has almost no flavor. It just tastes like burnt plant material.

I’m really hoping this batch was just a bad one for the terpenes. There has to be something here, because the distillate tasted wonderful, and it uses cannabis-derived terpenes from this strain.

Again: Please let me know if your batch smelled/tasted good! I will update this section to more accurately reflect the “big picture” if so.

Smell/Taste Rating: 2.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Where it lacked in the smell and taste when compared to the Birds of Paradise distillate, the flower does manage to match the effects. These are more mellow sativa effects, in my opinion.

Cerebral energy and a slight mood elevation are present for me, but I never seem to get that strong motivation or perception shift as I do with other sativas. Truthfully, Birds of Paradise feels much more like a sativa-dominant hybrid that preserves some of the “jolt” that many of us look for in sativa strains – this can especially be felt in higher doses.

Maybe it’s due to having tried dozens of other strains since my experience with the distillate, but the effects of the Birds of Paradise flower did not seem to stand out to me as much. It’s not that they are bad or lacking; they just don’t seem to have the same appreciable medicinal benefits as many of my favorite sativa strains do.

I’d still recommend this strain for use anywhere from the early morning to early afternoon; it’s not a strain I find useful for winding down or relaxing. This is more of a good fit for a lazy day at home or in nature.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor 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: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 6.00/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Birds of Paradise as a “slightly above average” sativa strain from GrowHealthy.

I’m really hoping that I got a bad batch – I want to like this flower after enjoying the distillate so much. I think if I do end up trying it again, I will opt for the Littles, so the financial loss isn’t as great if it turns out that this is just an unimpressive strain. I’ve gotten bad batches of other strains before, only to find they were much better in future batches. Every variable makes a difference in the final product.

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Wookie Girl (Indica)

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Wookie Girl is a Cookies derivative that is a patient favorite in Florida, due to its flavorful smoke and its pleasant, relaxing effects.

I’ve read statements from patients on a few social media outlets that claim this strain can be hard to find, and/or doesn’t come around often, so I did not hesitate to order an eighth of their “Littles” (small buds) as soon as I saw it was available.

This is probably one of my favorite tasting strains that I’ve tried – and I know more than a few dozen patients in the Florida Medical Trees subreddit that would agree.

Quick Facts:

Wookie Girl (Indica)

Price at time of review: $35/eighth (Littles) 

Lineage: GSC x The White

Batch/Harvest Number: F-041520-WGRL-1-SH

Cannabinoids

THC: 15.00%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 15.00%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene: 0.559%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.678%

R-Limonene: 0.697%

Linalool: 0.627%

Alpha-Humulene: 0.169%

Total Terpenes: 2.73%

Appearance/Cure

I opted to get the “Littles” (small buds) for $35 eighth, due to currently being furloughed for the COVID-19 crisis – every dollar counts a little bit more than normal right now for me. With that being said, I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. These buds are actually small-medium in size, and are much larger than some buds I’ve paid much more money for in the past. The largest bud weighed over half a gram.

This flower is really pretty, and falls on the darker end of the green spectrum. It has both burnt orange and completely brown pistils (the latter being something I don’t see often), all covered in mature golden trichomes.

The trim job is nearly immaculate, and the cure is about as close to perfect as I can expect from “littles”. The buds are very dense, and yield a very soft, “fluffy” flower when ground apart.

This eighth of Wookie Girl continues a streak of outstanding flower from GrowHealthy. They truly seem to be on a roll as long as I’ve been able to get flower from them.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.40/10.00

Smell/Taste

Wookie Girl has a sweet and earthy smell, with strong hints of diesel and sugar, with a terpene profile that is reminiscent of its GSC parent. When ground apart, more of the fuel, and even some citrus terpenes become apparent. All of it comes together to remind me of some sort of candy – maybe black licorice?

What makes Wookie Girl so amazing in this category, however, is its taste. Usually strains tend to smell better than they taste to me. This makes sense, because smoking involves completely roasting the flower and all of its trichomes and terpenes. One wouldn’t expect for all of the terpenes (which give the flower its smell) to translate to taste through combustion.

This strain is a different story. It smells good, but it tastes incredible. Both the cookies and that licorice-like smell really come through in the taste, leaving a very sugary and slightly earthy taste on the exhale. I cannot get enough of this strain, and have smoked it way quicker than most other strains, because of how much I like the taste. The sugary/licorice notes seem to linger on the tongue for a while after the last hit.

Let it be clear: The smell of Wookie Girl is nice, but the way the taste translates when smoked is really something special. That is the reason it gets such a high rating here, which is somewhat exceptional – usually it is the smell of a strain alone, that earns it a high score in this category.

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I recently wrote a review about Tikun Olam/VidaCann’s Alaska flower, and a lot of the effects section was dedicated to explaining how that batch was such a good example of why the THC percentage cannot always accurately determine how potent a particular flower will be.

I’ll be damned if that didn’t turn out to be the exact same case with this Wookie Girl flower. Want to know what those batches have in common? Both show signs of being allowed to fully mature, and having great care taken to maximizing the genetic potential of the plant. The trichomes are full, large, and golden in color. The cure shows patience and care. The percentages of cannabinoids or terpenes don’t tell the whole story, but patients with experience just know there’s a certain feel that quality medical flower has.

[Redacted: Medicated 3-paragraph rant about paying attention to the overall growth of a flower for maximizing medicinal potential. We’ll save that for a separate piece.]

Wookie Girl has balanced “classic” indica effects, right in the middle of the “indica” spectrum. The strain is mostly relaxing and uplifting, but can be sedating in higher doses. As I mentioned before, this 15% THC flower hit me with potent effects that equal or exceed some of my previous experiences with 25+% flower.

I find myself only using this strain in the late evenings. It is extremely relaxing, and not really ideal for me when I have things I need to get done. But it is perfect for doing almost any relaxing and/or mindless activity you can think of. Video games? Yes. Movies? Yes. Music? Absolutely.

You get the idea. This is a strain I’d love to keep around for those afternoons after a long productive day at work, or whatever your chosen profession may be. It is cerebral enough to be uplifting, but not enough to cause any sort of unpleasant sensations (for me, anyway.) The body effects are creeper in nature and become heavy fairly quickly. I took just 2 hits at the start of this review, and I am in that frame of mind where I’m staring into the words and letters as I write them. As you can tell, this strain has me rambling.

To get to the point: The effects are great. They’re exactly what I look for in an indica that I want to use in the evenings as I wind down for the day.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Insomnia (especially in higher doses)
  • May be a good strain for being social/talkative

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: 9.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.33/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Wookie Girl as an “outstanding” indica strain from GrowHealthy.

This has quickly become one of my favorite indica strains. I’ll absolutely get it next time it comes around – whether or not I “need” it, it’s one of those rare strains that makes me want to have it as often as I can, a regular part of my rotation.

Patients looking for a great tasting, heavily relaxing indica should enjoy Wookie Girl. In my opinion, it has certainly earned its place as a favorite strain amongst Florida medical cannabis patients.

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Trulieve/Blue River Rosin Cart Review: Paradise Waits (Hybrid)

The day that this product became available (04.30.2020) was a day that has been long-awaited and highly anticipated by many Florida medical cannabis patients. Rosin Carts (or Rosin “Sauce” cart) are a top-tier medical cannabis product that uses solventless extraction and proprietary refining methods to produce one of the most flavorful cannabis vape carts in existence. From Trulieve’s website:

Blue River™ Rosin Cart offers consumers a safe, convenient, and controlled way to vaporize strain-specific solvent-less hash oil. Using advanced mechanical separation techniques, Blue River™ is able to naturally preserve a higher concentration of full-spectrum cannabinoids and terpenes without the use of water, chemical solvents, or other additives. Also, due to the proprietary extraction process, the Blue River™ Rosin Cart offers one of the most flavorful, terpene-rich experiences available in a cartridge.

Trulieve Rosin Cart Product Page

Basically, this is rosin in a vape cart – but with less THC, and more terpenes.

Quick Facts:

Paradise Waits (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $60/half gram

LineageScarlet Fire x Harlequin

Batch/Harvest Number: BCHO-RC-.5G-H-35-PK-3

Cannabinoids

THCa: 5.2%

THC: 47.5%

CBD: 0.5%

THCV: 0.6%

CBG: 6.0%

Total Cannabinoids: 59.6%

Terpenes

Alpha-Bisabolol: 0.129%

Beta-Myrcene: 1.691%

Linalool: 0.669%

Terpineol: 0.645%

Trans-Carophyllene: 5.192%

R-Limonene: 3.336%

Valencene: 0.277%

Fenchol: 0.836%

Alpha-Humulene: 0.734%

Carophyllene Oxide: 0.166%

Borneol: 0.125%

Alpha-Pinene: 0.507%

Camphene: 0.141%

Cis-Nerolidol: 0.241%

Total Terpenes: 13.275% 

Taste

I’ll start this section off with a rather blunt statement: This vape cart changes the playing field for how I rate the taste of vape carts from this moment forward.

Before, I always said that distillate carts with cannabis-derived terpenes (rather than plant-derived terpenes) taste the best, for a number of factors; the main reason being that the nature of the extraction method for cannabis-derived terpenes ensures that all of the terpenes (including ones we haven’t been able to identify yet) are included in the product. With botanical or plant-derived terpenes, someone is adding a list of terpenes and rationing them based on the expected terpene profile for a given strain. But these often don’t taste exactly like the strain truly does (and consequently feel like the strain is supposed to feel), because they don’t account for all the unidentified terpenes in a strain.

Rosin carts are on a different level entirely, because they are derived from rosin, which is one of the most pure (and solventless) forms of concentrated cannabis. If you’ve ever vaporized rosin before, these cart taste almost exactly the same – but even more flavorful.

Take a look at the terpene percentages above: ~13% terpenes is insane in comparison to anything else currently available in Florida. For reference, most flower strains I’ve tried average somewhere between 1 and 2 percent terpenes. TruWax and other concentrates like crumble and shatter are somewhere around 4 to 5 percent, and rosin being the old top position at around 8 percent.

This vape cart actually smelled loud when I opened the canister – not unlike opening up a gram of rosin, or even a container of flower. I’ve never had a vape cart that actually smelled like raw cannabis material before. That being said, these also tend to smell more, so exercise extra caution if using them outside your home.

The rosin cart tastes a lot like Paradise Waits flower smells, but obviously more concentrated. The flavor is very piney, sweet, citrusy, with a hint of fuel and skunk on the exhale. I also find that the taste seems to linger on my tongue for some time after I’ve vaped it.

Again, there are no other vape carts in Florida that taste as flavorful as these rosin carts – though I haven’t tried Curaleaf’s “Live Resin Carts” yet, so maybe those are in the same league? If you’ve tried it, definitely drop a comment once you’re done reading, and let me know how the rosin carts compare to it!

If you’re a “flavor chaser” with vape carts, you absolutely have to try one of these.

Taste Rating: 9.50/10.00

Product Quality

Trulieve’s product page for the rosin cart describes its design:

The Blue River™ Rosin Cart packages the solventless hash oil in an AVD cartridge specifically made to handle thinner oils. Its design combines glass casings, a unique ceramic bullet mouthpiece, and a custom low temperature ceramic core vaporizer. This results in an effective, clean, and controlled experience with smooth, robust flavors.

Trulieve Rosin Cart Product Page

I included the instructions for using the cart in the last image above, both for your reference, and in case I lose the box and can’t remember what the voltages are.

The cart itself seems sturdy and resembles a CCell cartridge, but is designed to handle thinner oils such as rosin sauce.

The specially-designed AVD battery works well for me, and seems to produce the best results on the lower voltage setting. I normally hit my other vape carts for a 2-second draw for most dosages, but with the lower voltage and lower THC in these carts, I find myself taking a couple of 4 or 5-second draws to get the same dosage.

The battery does not have an on/off switch; instead, it is activated when you take a draw. Be advised that the battery vibrates while you’re hitting it to let you know that it is working, so don’t be alarmed. I probably would have freaked out and thrown mine across the room if I hadn’t gotten a heads-up from someone on Reddit.

I’ve seen a few people have issues with leaking cartridges, and a few more issues with burnt-tasting oil. I haven’t had either of these problems, fortunately. The oil does taste a bit burnt if I use the higher voltage or if I hit it on low voltage for too long, but this seems to resolve after a few hits if it happens.

The product seems to function as intended for me, but I will leave some room in this category to account for somewhat repeated issues of leaking and burning, until we know for sure that these issues are either outliers or have been resolved.

Product Quality Rating: 7.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Paradise Waits has always been one of my favorite hybrid strains, and the rosin cart captures its essence very well. I find this to be a sativa-dominant hybrid that works well for both depression and anxiety, but it also has an appreciable relaxation component as well, and it can make me sleepy at the end of the night if I use it before bed.

I medicated before taking a long walk in the sun this morning, and it felt like this was the perfect strain and product to do so with. I think the combination of relatively low THC for a vape cart, coupled with very high terpenes, helps to produce a more complete entourage effect that seems medicinally “whole”.

I’m able to hit this pen over and over again, and though I become more and more medicated, I never seem to hit the threshold for anxiety; this would not be the case with a distillate vape cart, and I would probably have a panic attack after just a few big hits. This doesn’t seem to be the case with the rosin carts, at least with the Paradise Waits strain.

The effects of rosin seem to be “clean” and pure, smooth on onset, and closer to what flower feels like than any other concentrates. The same seems to be true with rosin carts as well.

I saw a few patients complaining of getting headaches more than once after medicating with the rosin carts (including this strain), but I have not had that happen to me yet.

The effects feel nice, but my concern is that the smoothness of them coupled with the amazing taste, means that I will go through these carts very quickly. I suppose we’ll see!

Possibly good for treating

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Lack of motivation (in lower doses)
  • General relaxation/relief 
  • Relief of nausea and other gastrointestinal symptoms
  • May ease insomnia in high doses
  • Generally versatile strain

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: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.66/10.00

Overall, I would best describe this Paradise Waits rosin cart as an “excellent quality” product from Trulieve.

Trulieve continues to offer the most options of cannabis medication in Florida, and these rosin carts make an excellent addition to their product lineup. I think these carts are best suited for patients who want the best tasting vape carts possible, or for patients who want to experiment with the medicinal benefits of higher terpene concetrations.

I’ll absolutely be trying different strains in the rosin carts in the future, so stay tuned for more reviews coming soon!

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VidaCann/Tikun Olam Flower Review: Alaska (Sativa)

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Tikun Olam flower in Florida. The last time I had it was when Eran Almog flower first dropped on January 25, 2020.

The Alaska vape cart (review here) is still one of my favorite sativa vapes in Florida, and probably still the absolute best at treating my depression, PTSD, and anxiety. I’ve always been interested to see how the whole flower form of the strain would stack up against the vape.

I was actually on the fence about purchasing this strain – not because of anything other than my current having more flower than I could smoke in 2 or even 3 months. But after seeing over a dozen rave reviews for Alaska flower on social media, I thought – “hell, one more eighth can’t hurt..” – and here we are!

(Let me take a second after that lighthearted statement to express that I am most thankful and humble to be able to afford an abundance of medication due to my wife and I both having good jobs/stable income; I realize this is not the case for many patients and still advocate for affordable medicine every single day. We all stand together!)

Quick Facts:

Alaska (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $55/eighth 

Lineage: Unknown; Proprietary Genetics

Batch/Harvest Number: 0793507618221130

Cannabinoids

THC: 15.2%

CBGa: 0.38%

Total Cannabinoids: 15.58%

Terpenes

(This is not an exact lab report for this batch of flower.)

ALPHA-PINENE 39%
BETA-MYRCENE 28%
BETA-PINENE 12%
LIMONENE 10%
OCIMENE 7%
OTHER 4%
Cited from https://tikunolam.com/alaska-thc/

Appearance/Cure

What I think makes this batch of Alaska flower stand out from so many other flowers I’ve gotten in Florida, is that it was allowed to fully mature before harvest, and from there was allowed to fully cure. You can see it in the full, rich amber color of the trichomes, and you can feel it when you handle the buds. Not only does this help the aesthetic qualities of an otherwise unremarkable-looking strain, but I believe it significantly impacts the quality of the effects as well (we’ll look into that in the effects section of this review.)

Tikun themselves have admitted that they don’t grow for aesthetic qualities; it’s purely for the medicinal properties of the flower. But this batch of Alaska deserves a high score in this category – not because it looks amazing – but because you can tell that a lot of care went into every step of growing this flower.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.20/10.00

Smell/Taste

The Alaska vape cart has always had a very strong, notably pine-dominant taste, with hints of citrus and sweet terpenes as well.

I suppose that’s part of the reason I was surprised at how dank the Alaska flower is. It’s immediately loud as soon as you open the jar. There’s some really musty funk there, with equal amounts of citrus and pine. It actually reminds me of VidaCann’s I95 x Lemon G13 flower‘s smell in some ways. Some patients also described it as “the smell of a pine forest after a thunderstorm”, and that’s a fair assessment as well.

When smoked, I taste pine and hints of fuel and spice the most. It may slightly resemble the taste of the Alaska vape cart in some ways, but it isn’t exact – for me, anyway.

To be candid, this flower had a much better smell and taste than I expected. Well done!

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.80/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

The effects are the real “bread and butter” of Tikun Olam products. They’ve had decades to refine their genetics, and it is always evident to me when I try their products.

The Alaska flower is no exception, and this is a perfect example of why we cannot look at just the THC percentage when deciding what product we will purchase. I have, we’ll say.. quite a few, strains of flower at my disposal right now. They range from ~12% THC (old batch of Fluent’s Lyra I still have plenty of) to over 26% THC in a newer batch of Trulieve’s White Buffalo.

Usually, almost any flower will do something for my depression. But this past week, it’s been an episode that seems more relentless than usual (probably because I feel the United States is rushing to open up the economy and inviting a worse second wave of COVID-19 to ravage the nation, but I hope I’m wrong, and that’s a different subject entirely.) I digress – the point I want to make, is that none of the strains I have were completely lifting me out of that funk. Not even the several strains I have that are in the mid-20’s percentage of THC.

Then, I bought this Alaska flower, and took two hits of it. About 10 minutes later, I found myself in a psychedelic-esque shift of mindset, and I was finally able to start willing myself into some more positive, constructive, and hopeful thoughts. This 15.2% THC flower lifted my depression in a way none of the others have. Not only that, but it hit me hard, and really felt more like it was almost double the reported THC.

I hope this example really helps drive it home: terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids all work together to produce the medicinal effects we seek. No single variable will determine how a product or strain will affect us. In fact, there are probably many other variables in cannabis that we haven’t even discovered yet.

Does this mean all lower-THC flower hits hard? No; sometimes low THC strains are actually terrible and offer little medicinal value. But the same can be said for strains that approach 30% THC. I invite all of my readers to truly keep this in the forefront of their mind when considering products. Don’t miss out because of a self-imposed restriction that may not even be accurate.

Back to the Alaska flower: This is what I imagined “sativa” flower to feel like when I joined the registry. It is perfect for daytime use, with its uplifting, motivational and cerebral effects. However, there’s just enough body relaxation and anxiolytic effect in this flower to make it a truly well-rounded sativa strain.

In short: If you tried the Alaska cart and liked it, you should like the flower, maybe even more so than the cart. If you’re looking for a product to lift depression without triggering anxiety, I recommend either (or both) the Alaska vape and flower. As always, please remember that your mileage will vary.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Lack of motivation
  • General relaxation/relief 
  • Relief of nausea and other gastrointestinal symptoms

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: 9.70/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.23/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Alaska as an “outstanding, medicinally valuable” sativa strain from VidaCann and Tikun Olam.

As with the vape cart, this has been one of the absolute best products for treating my depression that I’ve currently found in Florida. Alaska is what I consider to be a true medicinal sativa strain, and a very good one at that.

Many more reviews from the various MMTCs and other content are coming soon – especially as I find myself at home nearly 24/7 during this COVID-19 pandemic – so stay tuned!

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Strawberry Haze (Sativa)

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Strawberry Haze is a Florida cannabis community favorite strain from GrowHealthy. A quick search on the Florida Medical Trees subreddit will yield dozens of threads from different people, all raving about the different desirable aspects of this strain – from its strawberry smell, to its strong sativa effects.

It appears this version of Strawberry Haze is unique to GrowHealthy, as the only other Strawberry Haze I can find on various cannabis websites seems to have been developed by a grower named Arjan, and has different genetics.

I initially chose 99 Problems over this strain for my first flower purchase from GrowHealthy, because I felt I had enough “strawberry” strains at the time. Ironically, I like Strawberry Haze more.

Quick Facts:

Strawberry Haze (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Strawberry Cough x Super Silver Haze

Batch/Harvest Number: F-040120-SBHZ-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 24.01%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 24.01%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene

R-Limonene

Trans-Carophyllene

Linalool

Alpha-Pinene

Appearance/Cure

This eighth of Strawberry Haze was grown tremendously well. This is among the best quality I’ve gotten from GrowHealthy, and every single batch I’ve bought has been at least excellent quality as it is.

Folks really hype up this strain, and I can see why now – it’s well-deserved. The buds are thick, dense, and very sticky, with the perfect amount of moisture content. It’s just at that level of stickiness where the grinder can still handle it. It looks like everything about the grow, including the overall cure and trim, are superior quality.

Trichomes are easily visible to the naked eye without any artificial light needed, and breaking open any one of the buds reveals an even more impressively thick blanket of crystals all throughout the flower. It’s a flower that is truly stunning.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.65/10.00

Smell/Taste

One of the most hyped aspects of Strawberry Haze is its smell – it seems almost unanimous that this is the most strawberry-like of all the Strawberry strains in Florida.

I agree with the majority here, as someone who has tried all of the available Strawberry Strains. It smells a lot like fresh, ripe strawberries. It easily beats Trulieve’s Strawberry Switchblade and VidaCann’s Strawberry Cough in this category. MUV’s Strawberry Cough smells about as good, but it smells more like a Strawberry Creme Saver candy than a fresh strawberry. Strawberry Haze is the strain to go for if you’re looking for an authentic strawberry smell and taste. It should be noted that other berry smells, such as grape and blueberry, can be picked up as well.

To me, I found the Super Silver Haze parent strain could also be faintly detected in the terpene profile. Patients who have had this strain should know what I’m talking about – it’s an earthy, piney scent that seems to linger on underneath all the dominant berry terpenes.

The taste when this strain is smoked is both sweet and almost syrup-like, with a slight earthy diesel finish on the exhale.

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Strawberry Haze reminds me a lot of how Trulieve’s Super Silver Haze made me feel, but perhaps even more on the energetic and speedy side of the sativa spectrum. This is a sativa that I find best for the early morning up to the late afternoon, as it has intense cerebral effects. I find Strawberry Haze good for both motivation and creativity. I enjoyed taking a walk this morning after smoking a bowl, and I have also enjoyed writing this review after medicating with it, easily remaining focused and keeping my train of thought.

This seems like one of the better sativa strains for treating my depression; I am able to step back and look at things from a more constructive and logical perspective, rather than having my anxieties distort my outlook on life or whatever the topic may be.

Strawberry Haze is very similar to 99 Problems in terms of how it affects me, but I think 99 Problems was the more racy strain of the two. This strain really keeps the “happy” feeling that I loved so much in its Super Silver Haze parent. Patients who enjoy either of Strawberry Haze’s parents should absolutely try this one out.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
  • Lack of motivation
  • Improves concentration and memory recall
  • Increases energy/alertness, in a way almost similar to caffeine 
  • Good for “stepping out of the box” with current mindset; good for changing mental perspective.

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: 9.60/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.41/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Strawberry Haze as an “outstanding, noteworthy” sativa strain from Growhealthy.

Like many others, this easily takes the place as my favorite Strawberry strain currently available in Florida. I absolutely recommend this strain to sativa connoisseurs and patients who are looking for an authentic strawberry-smelling cannabis strain.

Many more reviews from the various MMTCs and other content are coming soon – especially as I find myself at home nearly 24/7 during this COVID-19 pandemic – so stay tuned!

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