FLMCC 09.06.2020 Update: Edible Cannabis Products Debut in Florida, MPX Extracts Release, Cannabis LAB Partnership, Q4 Excitement

Hey there everyone! As always, I hope that this post finds you well, and in good health. 2020 has been a “biblical” year, as John Morgan recently put it – and with that has come an unparalleled amount of anxiety, distress, and uncertainty for millions of Floridians and Americans.

Thankfully, around 400,000 of us in Florida have a medical cannabis program to help deal with some of that anxiety – and it just so happens that the program is really starting to develop and mature with the recent addition of edible products to the industry.

There’s a lot going on for this update, so let’s get right into it!

Edible Cannabis Products in Florida (Finally!)

After literally years of anticipation, the Florida Department of Health finally released emergency rules at the end of August 2020 that allows and provides guidelines for the sale of edible cannabis products in Florida.

The significance of this development cannot be understated. In fact, I think the last development for our industry, that was this significant, was when SB 182 was passed and finally allowed for the sale of smokable flower in Florida. The industry experienced a huge influx of growth at that point, and product availability (while highly strained for the first few months) eventually caught up; with that came lower-priced options like “minis”, ground flower, and an overall more mature medical cannabis industry in Florida.

I expect a similar impact to the industry in the months ahead. It may not be quite as dramatic as what happened after smokable flower was legalized, but make no mistake: the industry is going to look a lot different in the coming months. Edible products will likely make up a significant portion of sales for the MMTCs that embrace them – and I expect that most MMTCs will; Trulieve already offers a couple of forms of edible products, and Liberty Health Sciences has already shown previews of edible products they have on the horizon.

Trulieve led the charge for Florida by being the first to introduce edibles to the market with the launch of their “TruGel” gelatin edibles – very similar to Curaleaf’s “sublingual tablets”. See the video below, courtesy of Reddit user attombomb22:

The TruGels have initially been released in Blue Rasperry and Guava Passion Fruit flavors. They followed their TruGel limited release with another limited release of Love’s Oven chocolate chip cookies.

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Kim Rivers (Trulieve CEO) also advised that brownies and chocolates are coming soon as well.

Again, I believe the industry will look totally different by the end of 2020. Expect to see each MMTC offer some form of edible product, and I’d also wager that we see several edible-focused product deals and promotions in the coming months as well – particularly around the Holiday 2020 season.

I know many patients scoff at the edibles because of the relatively expensive price: $25 for 100mg worth of THC, when we can easily buy distillate or RSO and make our own edibles at a fraction of the cost. To that, I say this: I agree with the economical assessment, but that isn’t considering the convenience factor. A patient might want to scoop up a cookie for a relaxing day on short notice, or may not like cooking cannabis themselves. They may not feel confident in their ability to accurate dose the edibles – lots of factors come into this. I appreciate the convenience, the novelty, and the fact that we can finally walk into our local dispensary and buy a cannabis cookie. We’ve come a long way since I started this site in 2018.

GrowHealthy releasing Live Rosin through partnership with MPX Extracts on 09.10.2020

GrowHealthy - West Palm Beach Reviews | Leafly

GrowHealthy is finally releasing a concentrate other than distillate and RSO, and man, are they making an entrance. For those who don’t know, Melting Point Extracts (MPX) is know as an industry leader, producing highly-reviewed cannabis extracts for several states in the US.

Their first product release will be their Live Rosin. What exactly is “live” rosin? Per MPX’s site:

Our Live Rosin is processed by separating raw trichomes from freshly frozen plant material. These trichomes are sifted and selected based upon size and structure. This process allows for the entire profile of the plant to be obtained without the use of solvents. Once the desired trichomes are obtained, they are exposed to heat and pressure to separate the cannabinoid and terpene-rich profile from the trichome body. Live Rosin is the second-best to experience the full aroma and flavor of cannabis.

MPX Live Rosin Product Page

The live rosin will sell for $80/gram – a relatively low cost for this product in Florida’s market. Initial strains released will be: Emerald City Kush, Islamorada (Florida Keys phenotype), Queso Perro, and Wookie Girl.

Surterra Partnership with Cannabis LAB

This item of news may not be quite as impactful to patients as the previous items on this update, but it still will have impacts on Florida’s cannabis industry.

Surterra (one of Florida’s MMTCs) recently announced a partnership with Cannabis LAB (Law, Accounting, and Business) in order to promote more business-based social interaction and exchange of knowledge in Florida’s cannabis industries. They also state that “media and employment opportunities” will be facilitated through the partnership.

What does this mean for Florida cannabis patients? It may lead to more job openings in the Florida cannabis industry for 2021, which is a huge positive. But reading between the lines a bit, and adding some speculation on my part: I think this will lead to a better industry, and perhaps a more consumer-conscious form of Surterra, in the long run. It sounds like Cannabis LAB helps cannabis businesses become better all-around, which could benefit patients through the downstream effects of better products, shopping experiences, social media interactions, and more.

The joint press release for Surterra and Cannabis LAB offered the following commentary:

“Florida has one of the most vibrant cannabis markets in the country, and we are excited to build this collaboration with Cannabis LAB to provide valuable insights and development opportunities to a diverse range of industry professionals in the area,” said Liz Conway, President, Florida, Parallel. “We believe it is vital to not only equip professionals with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to thrive in this competitive market but to also play a role in helping Florida residents improve their well-being.  Under Surterra Wellness retail name, we continue to expand our team members, product offering and presence in Florida, and add new members to our teams, and joining forces with Cannabis LAB will help us reach people from all corners of the state and elevate the industry.”

“Cannabis LAB is thrilled to collaborate with one of the largest and visible cannabis companies in Florida, and we are eager to share Parallel’s wealth of industry knowledge with our business community,” said Robert Friedman, Founder at Cannabis LAB. “The continued support of a world-class company like Parallel will allow Cannabis LAB to advance the organization’s ongoing efforts to advocate for the cannabis industry and pave the way for mainstream business and consumer acceptance.” 

This is a unique and interesting development for sure, and I look forward to seeing what comes from it. Perhaps it will lead to a more open flow of communication between patients and MMTCs/dispensaries?

Florida Cannabis: Q4 2020

To sum up the general “theme” of this update: Florida’s cannabis industry is again at a sort of “inflection point”, where I believe we will see a period of significant growth. That coincides with the last quarter of 2020 (Q4), which was full of activity, surprises, sales, and more in both 2018 and 2019.

As I mentioned before, with edible products finally in Florida’s market, I expect to see a lot of marketing and sales focused around them as we head into the Holiday 2020 season.

Historically, the end of the year has also been full of product releases as well – I expect to see more of the same this year.

Sales are also much more prevalent this time of year, and are especially concentrated between Black Friday (late November) and the end of the year. A notable example has been Trulieve’s “Tru 12 Days” campaign they’ve done each year, which is based around the “12 days of Christmas” theme, and offers a unique sale based around a product each day for the 12 days leading up to Christmas. I expect to see this again for 2020, or some form of it – and with edibles as another option this year, perhaps some holiday-themed, limited-edition edibles are on the menu as well.

No matter what your preference or focus is, Q4 tends to have a little something for all cannabis patients in Florida every year. Look for a slew of new products, partnerships, brands, sales, and more as 2020 draws to a close.

For new patients, a bit of advice as well: I recommend that you now start saving an “extra” budget for products during the holidays, if you can. With all the various sales and product releases that happen during this time of year, it may present a good chance to stock up on medication as we head into the new year.

Closing Thoughts

As I’m going through the beginning of my third year as a Florida medical cannabis patient, I find myself excited for the future of the industry for many reasons. Edible products are a huge game changer for our industry, and they are really one of the last major product selections that we were lacking; I can’t wait to see what the various MMTCs will come up with. The industry is about to go into a phase of relatively rapid evolution as it adjusts, and hopefully, the patients only benefit from the new landscape we’re about to navigate.

The last 3 months of the year are always an exciting time for Florida’s cannabis industry, and 2020 might find a way to top previous years with edibles on the table, more concentrates and brand partnerships coming to Florida, and with the general evolution of the industry.

TLDR: The Florida medical cannabis industry is about to pick up speed as we head into 2021, so hang on for the ride!

As always, FLMCC will be here to help you navigate the new products and developments in Florida, just as we always have – since we started this project back in 2018. And again, as always, we thank you for reading, for your support, and for your contributions. We couldn’t do it without you all!

New! ‚Äď FLMCC Coffee Mugs

I’ve been talking about launching a merchandise line forever, and finally got around to it tonight. The first product is live: the FLMCC Coffee Mug!

These are a great way to support the Collective and have another sleek new mug to add to the collection. They also pair amazingly with great sativa strains!

Here’s a link to the product page: (I highly recommend choosing the black color option!)

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FLMCC: Florida Medical Cannabis “State of the Industry” & Consumer Report – 08.09.2020

It‚Äôs been almost 7 months, since our last industry overview, and frankly, we’re living in a totally different world since that update and the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. And while the reality of our world is certainly stressful and anxiety-laden at times, the fact is that the past 7 months have not been all bad for the cannabis industry; in fact, Florida’s cannabis industry has only continued to grow – proving itself to be a mutually beneficial industry for patients, MMTCs, and investors alike.

While my previous updates such as this one have focused almost entirely on the flower and product selection of each MMTC, that becomes increasingly time-consuming as each MMTC offers more and more products through time. With that being said, I will focus more on providing a “snapshot” of the MMTC and its operation at any given time. I’ll offer two sections for each MMTC: “strengths”, and “areas needing improvement”. Since my location in the western panhandle current doesn’t have access to all of the MMTCs, I will rely on social media consensus from patients (and my own observations) for the following operations:

  • RiSE
  • Harvest
  • Columbia Care
  • One Plant
  • The Botanist
  • Perkins Nursery, Inc.

State of the Florida Cannabis Industry: August 9, 2020

Qualified Patients (Active ID Card): 389,235

Numbers above provided as of the latest OMMU Update ‚Äď 08.07.2020

As has been the case for pretty much the entire existence of the medical cannabis industry in Florida, Trulieve dominates the market; in fact, they have ramped up production and created an even bigger gap between them and the closest competitors as of the last update. All MMTCs now offer a flower product, and almost all of them have nearly constant availability of flower. Flower quality across the board continues to improve, and most of the major MMTCs now have multiple tiers and prices for different qualities of flower. To be frank, it’s truly a great time to be a cannabis patient in Florida, and it’s only going to get better this year.

Florida MMTCs: Brief Overview & Outlook

Top 3 Suppliers of Flower in Florida (by number of oz. sold as of the one week period before the last OMMU update):

  1. Trulieve ‚Äď 20,161.865
  2. Surterra ‚Äď 5,141.749
  3. Curaleaf Florida ‚Äď 3,453.923

Trulieve

Trulieve: Black Tuna flower – Image courtesy of Reddit u/Conflixshuns

Love them or hate them (it seems to be either/or for most people), Trulieve remains the “giant” of the Florida cannabis industry, easily producing almost four times the flower of their closest competitor as of the last OMMU update.

In my opinion, Trulieve’s recent flower quality hangs up there with the best in the state when they really get it right and nail down a good batch. Some examples have been the recent releases of their “Sunshine TruFlower” (in collaboration with Sunshine Cannabis), and the newer genetics that they have recently released.

With over 55 storefront locations now, Trulieve has pioneered patient accessibility to cannabis in Florida. Their expanded product selection also ensures that there is an option for everyone, and most of the time, they have at least something available in each product category.

Trulieve’s main issues, based on patient complaints posted on social media, seem to be website functionality, longer than average wait times, and issues with patients receiving the exact strain they ordered due to it being sold out after their online order was confirmed.

All said, I’m generally a fan of Trulieve. They get it right much more often than they get it wrong, in my opinion – and they are often the first to voice their support for various social causes: including LGBTQ+ civil rights, the Black Lives Matter movement, Breast Cancer awareness, etc. I know this doesn’t necessarily pertain to anyone’s experience with Trulieve, but as a human being, I see value in using a large voice for just causes.

Full disclosure: I am also a shareholder of Trulieve stock, and encourage other investors to check them out as well. I see them retaining their position as Florida’s industry leader through at least the end of 2021 – possibly longer if vertical integration and/or no Adult Use Cannabis remain in effect in Florida.

Strengths: Accessibility, product selection, affordable options, customer service, return policy, using their voice for positivity and progress

Improve: Better website (I’m a huge fan of I Heart Jane), more consistency with online orders (not selling product to someone else), continue to deal with large volume of patients (and their safety during COVID-19)

Curaleaf

r/FLMedicalTrees - curaleaf afghani 16.8% thc
Curaleaf: Afghani flower – Image courtesy of Reddit u/BritneysHigh

Curaleaf has remained as one of the top 3 flower producers in Florida for the past 7 months, and their quality seems to steadily improve. The main issue that most patients complain about, is that there seems to rarely be flower (or the any of products that they want) in stock.

However, Curaleaf continues to grow, and recently made headlines by being the first Florida MMTC to offer sublingual tablets, and bringing the popular “Select” brand of vape carts to Florida.

I’ve personally tried one eighth of Curaleaf’s Afghani, and the quality was close to Trulieve’s average from around the same time period. It will be interesting to try them again in the near future, and see how they have held up.

Full disclosure: I am a shareholder of Curaleaf stock, and encourage other investors to investigate them as well. Their presence in multiple states that allow medicinal and adult-use cannabis, coupled with sustained growth, seems to be a good formula for growth – especially as more legislation for cannabis legalization is passed.

Strengths: Increasing accessibility, improving quality, innovative products

Improve: Better & more consistent pricing, better consistency with keeping products in stock, continue to improve product quality relative to price

RiSE

RiSE: Wonder Skunk flower – Image courtesy of Reddit u/Dro0412

RiSE continues to offer some of the best quality of flower in Florida, and patients regularly rave about it on social media; this has been consistent for well over a year now.

The issue is that only a select few patients are able to get anything from RiSE; they have not opened any new locations since our January update – there are only 6 storefront locations as of the time of this update, almost all of them in South Florida.

Perhaps one day they will expand, but for now, it seems RiSE is focusing on maximizing potential with their current locations (and possibly expansion elsewhere, as they are a Multi-State Operator in the USA) before they invest in expansion throughout Florida.

Strengths: Consistently outstanding flower product quality

Improve: Expand access throughout Florida, expand product selection

M√úV (Altmed Florida)

r/FLMedicalTrees - Orangeade from Muv Longwood. """"12.8% THC"""" yea ok sure. I can't confirm the potency with my eyes but this stuff is absolutely sugar coated in Trichs
M√úV: Orangeade flower – Image courtesy of Reddit u/GerthySausage

M√úV continues chugging along with its recently ramped-up flower production, retaining the #4 spot for flower production in Florida.

For me personally, M√úV has been somewhat “hit or miss” with the flower quality. It’s never been bad or terrible – it’s just their best batches are among the best in the state, but their others can be more average. If M√úV can nail down the consistency of their best batches, they will absolutely be mentioned up there with the best quality flower in Florida.

M√úV also leads Florida MMTCs with some of the most innovative products – like their cannabis inhaler, and some of the best selection of cannabis concentrates in Florida.

Strengths: Outstanding flower quality when they get it right, product selection & innovation

Improve: Be more consistent with flower quality

GrowHealthy

GrowHealthy: Key Largo flower – Image courtesy of FLMCC.

If you’ve read any of my recent GrowHealthy product reviews, it’s probably no secret that I’m a huge fan of their flower. In my opinion, the quality is unmatched – with the exception of some of Trulieve’s recent best batches – and they have been consistent since they opened up a location in my area back in April of this year.

Their parent company (iAnthus, of which I am also a shareholder) seems to be having quite a run of financial troubles in 2020. I’m not sure what this means for their future in Florida, but I hope they can get it together, because the quality of their product (particularly their flower) is truly something special. GrowHealthy could also do well to expand the variety of their concentrates, as they currently only offer distillate and RSO.

GrowHealthy has recently seemed to have trouble keeping products in stock due to a change in regulations for product testing. Hopefully, this will resolve itself soon.

Strengths: Outstanding flower quality, overall excellent product quality

Improve: More consistent with product stock, expand product variety (especially concentrates)

VidaCann

r/FLMedicalTrees - Ghost toast (Tier 1) // Vidacann
VicaCann: Ghost Toast flower – Image courtesy of Reddiut u/AntifekaPR

VidaCann gets the FLMCC award for “steady consistency” for this report. They’ve opened up 1 additional dispensary since our last update, but the quality of their products continues to remain steady in the midst of a growing and changing industry. When VidaCann is at its best, it has excellent flower, and its Tikun Olam line of products has some of the medicinal effects of all medical cannabis products in Florida.

VidaCann should work to improve its variety of concentrates, which it recently did by adding RSO to its product lineup – before, they only offered distillate.

Strengths: Consistently good flower quality, excellent medicinal effects of Tikun Olam product line

Improve: Larger product variety, particularly concentrates

Liberty Health Sciences

r/FLMedicalTrees - Mango sapphire popcorn 18% thc 3.922 terps from LHS $23/eighth
LHS: Mango Sapphire flower – Image courtesy of Reddit u/MiamiDasher

The biggest complaint about LHS continues to be its low quality of flower relative to the rest of Florida’s industry; however, there are indications here and there that this could be changing. The image above came from a post that hailed a much-improved cure, overall quality, and smell of LHS’s flower. Whether this is an outlier (as unfortunately has been the case many times before), or a sign of a new standard going forward, remains to be seen.

Beyond that, LHS continues to expand access with their distillate and vape lines with various partnerships, and recently, their partnership with Papa’s Herb announced the future release of their live resin in Florida.

Strengths: Increasing product variety, possibly increasing product quality, affordability

Improve: Product quality

Fluent

r/FLMedicalTrees - Fluent Blue Note (Blueberry) 21.342% ūüĒ•
Fluent: “Blue Note” flower – Image courtesy of Reddit u/budbro420

While Fluent had ramped up production and was a contender for one of the top 3 flower producers in Florida as of the time of our last update, it has been largely left behind by the industry now. While others have ramped up their production by a factor of 2, 3, or even more, Fluent only produced just over 1,000 ounces of flower last week, while MMTCs like Surterra, GrowHealthy, and Curaleaf managed to charge ahead with growth.

Fluent has alienated many patients with the price of its concentrates, and the use of its own naming system for strains rather than using established and familiar strain names. The quality of their flower seems to consistently fall in above average to sometimes good, but it has not managed to repeat the statements it made with the batches of flower it released in early summer 2019.

Strengths: Storefront accessibility, consistent genetics/effects with products and strains

Improve: Better product quality relative to pricing, more affordable products

Surterra Wellness

r/FLMedicalTrees - $45 GDP from Surterra Brandon. 19.9% thc 23.3% tac
Surterra: GDP flower – Image courtesy of Reddit u/Irishbuffaloforyou

The Surterra of 2020 is certainly not the Surterra of 2018 or 2019 – this MMTC now regularly keeps flower and various concentrates like shatter and crumble in stock, and has fully embraced this change – a stark contrast from the previous stances of the company.

Surterra recently introduced a line of indoor grown flower ($45/eighth vs. their previous standard $30), and indications are that this stuff may actually hang in there with other producers in the state. I have not been impressed with any other flower I got from Surterra in late 2019 or early 2020, but I may have to try some of this new indoor line.

I fully welcome this new incarnation of Surterra Wellness that embraces cannabis in its natural flower form – and I’m sure their earnings reports do as well. With their flower production and storefront locations being second only to Trulieve, and a new focus on increased flower quality, Surterra might be a real contender for the “Number 2” position in the Florida MMTC rankings.

Strengths: Accessibility, products consistently in stock, affordability, improving product quality

Improve: Continue to improve product quality

Harvest

Harvest “Gingerbread Man” flower – Image courtesy of Reddit u/dfreeds

Harvest has managed to do a complete 180 since our last update. At the time, nobody was talking about them or their flower – and what little talk there was, was negative – mentioning bad flower quality with no smell or taste, and weak effects.

A few months ago, something changed. I don’t recall exactly what shifted in Harvest’s operation, but suddenly, they started producing flower that had patients talking on social media – and they were actually saying good things.

Like RiSE however, Harvest is not accessible to many, with only 6 storefront locations. Hopefully, they will continue to expand and improve their product quality.

Strengths: Improving product quality, particularly flower

Improve: Expand accessibility and product selection/variety

One Plant

One Plant: MAC 1 flower – Image courtesy of Reddit u/NaturesGiven

One Plant is consistently mentioned among the ranks of the absolute best flower in Florida. Any time a batch of their staple MAC 1 flower is released, dozens of image flood social media, with influencers and patients alike pushing and raving about the product. There is no denying that these guys grow flower differently, and it appears that they and GrowHealthy might be the top 2 contenders for the best flower in Florida. (I haven’t been able to try One Plant as they do not deliver to my area, so unfortunately, I cannot offer my opinion here.)

Where One Plant continues to generate much controversy, and therefore shoot itself in the foot, is by making less than ethical statements on social media. I won’t go into too much detail here, but a quick search of One Plant in the Florida Medical Trees community (which I am one of the moderators for) will reveal just about anything you want to find. Be warned: the comments in many of the threads can take a toll on one’s mental health, so if you have depression and are easily triggered, tread with caution.

My personal view is that I would love to try One Plant’s flower, as it looks like it is seriously high quality. However, I will never support the ways they choose to message their patients & customers on social media, and some of the content of their marketing campaigns. I have pushed this issue a lot in the past, and will continue to voice my disapproval for any marketing/messaging that contains any sort of negativity, malice, or anything that doesn’t otherwise uplift or hinge on the quality of the product. Life in 2020 is challenging enough as it is; leave out all the negative fluff and focus on making more outstanding flower and expanding throughout the state. I am neither a fanboy or a “hater” – I am simply a reporter offering my perspective. I believe this MMTC could lead Florida’s industry if they would seriously focus on more positive messaging and interactions, and focus on expanding access and storefront locations.

I do commend One Plant on offering both ounce pricing for bulk purchases, and for offering grams, so patients can try more strains on a budget. These both should be industry standards.

Strengths: Excellent flower quality, loyalty rewards, bulk pricing, gram pricing

Improve: Work on social media messaging & advertising content

MedMen

r/FLMedicalTrees - Lemon Skunk 22.6% from Medmen West Palm. I’m typically a Grow Healthy/Trulieve/Rise guy but decided to try something new today lol
MedMen “Lemon Skunk” flower. Image courtesy of Reddit u/ChunkyStew

MedMen seems to be in deep financial troubles, and it is uncertain how much longer they will remain in operation.

The quality of their flower was around average to good, but it seems nobody is posting their products anymore.

It appears MedMen may be the first Florida MMTC to die. RIP? We will see.

Columbia Care Florida

r/FLMedicalTrees - Pineapple Express 22.43% THC from Columbia Care. HUGE BUDS (ask them to shake for larger ones)
Columbia Care: “Pineapple Express” flower – Image courtesy of Reddit u/Conflixshuns

Columbia Care is another name that gets tossed around for having extremely outstanding flower quality. A recent mold incident has turned off some patients, but it is apparent that their flower quality is among the best in Florida.

Though Columbia Care has expanded its presence with 13 stores now open, it seems to be struggling with production (possibly due to the mold?), next to only The Botanist and MedMen with the least flower produced last week (just over 300 ounces sold.)

Columbia’s future seems to have potential after it recovers from the recent contamination incident. Most all Florida MMTCs have dealt with mold at least once at some point, so I wouldn’t hold it against them as a mark of a rocky future.

Strengths: Excellent flower quality

Improve: Ramp up production, expand access

The Botanist

The Botanist: “Orange Dream Machine” flower – Image Courtesy of Reddit u/knowwhatimtalmbout

One of the newest MMTCs in Florida, The Botanist hasn’t had much time to establish a presence yet. It seems they exclusively sell flower for now, but not a whole lot of it; in fact, they produced the least in Florida with only over 100 ounces sold at their single storefront location.

Reviews of the flower indicate that it looks nice, but it is some of the driest in the state, with many reports of it “crumbling in between patients’ fingers”.

We’ll give The Botanist more time to establish themselves before we offer any opinions on them.

Perkins Nursery

r/FLMedicalTrees - Follow up information concerning future Perkins Nursery products in Florida
Response regarding Perkins’ operations in Florida – Image courtesy of Reddit u/Ronald1s

Perkins Nursery is the newest MMTC to begin operation in Florida, and the latest OMMU report indicates they delivered half an ounce of flower last week. However, I could not find any images or reviews online. We will continue to monitor for the latest updates from this new MMTC; when we find anything substantial, you can be assured it will be shared here and/or on our social media.

Closing Thoughts

Cannabis has proved itself to me an American staple during the COVID-19, and Florida has been no exception for that. Despite dealing with a changing world and new procedures in response to it, Florida MMTCs have all mostly managed to expand both their presence/patient access, and their product quality in the 7 months since our last update. This makes me even more confident in my continual assertion that cannabis is here to stay in Florida; the industry will only continue to grow through 2020 and beyond, benefiting all who are vested in the cannabis industry. For MMTCs, investors, and especially the patients: the future of Florida medical cannabis has perhaps never looked brighter.

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VidaCann Flower Review: GSC (Hybrid)

VidaCann is the second dispensary that I’ve gotten GSC from at this point – the other is Trulieve (review here). For readers who aren’t aware, GSC is the name for the strain that used to be known as Girl Scout Cookies; that is, until the Girl Scouts of America decided they didn’t like having their name attributed to ‘at damn dope!

All kidding aside, GSC has been a staple medicinal strain for some time now, known for its balanced mind/body effects and desirable aroma and taste of freshly baked cookies.

I always love a chance to try a strain from multiple dispensaries, especially when the experiences with that strain are consistent from company to company. It shows that there is a legitimacy to choosing strains based on their medicinal benefits, and that despite the slight variations from batch to batch, we can be confident that GSC (for example) will affect us the same or mostly the same even if we buy different batches a year or more apart from another.

Let’s see how VidaCann’s GSC holds up to my past experiences with this strain.

Quick Facts:

GSC (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Durban Poison x OG Kush

Batch/Harvest Number: 5833404199487246

16.2% THC 

0.4% CBGa

16.6% Total Cannabinoids

Terpenes

Unfortunately, VidaCann doesn’t make their lab reports available unless requested, so I have no terpene percentages to provide for this strain, as I have not received the report at this time. Whenever this information becomes available, I will update this section with the terpenes and their percentages.

Appearance/Cure

Apologies for the somewhat unsightly images. I forgot to take pictures before I smoked about half of the eighth…whoops.

It is often said that GSC plants have a genetic predisposition to produce smaller buds, and that has been true in my experience, including this eighth from VidaCann.

This eighth seems to be on the dry side – not terribly, but enough that it stands out to me. The buds easily crack apart with application of a small to medium amount of force. The trichomes seem to be a bit harder to find on this flower as well, which makes me wonder if the plant was harvested too soon.

I have seen better cures from VidaCann, definitely. This batch wasn’t terrible, but I know their team is capable of much better quality.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 6.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

This batch of GSC doesn’t have much smell in the jar – maybe a faint hint of herbal, sweet, and earthy terpenes.

When the flower is ground up, however, the smell is more noticeable. This isn’t the sweetest or most cookies-smelling GSC I’ve come across, but it has enough of the typical GSC terpenes to be recognizable. I also seem to smell more citrus in this batch, possibly indicating higher limonene content in VidaCaann’s cut.

The taste when smoked, however, is very close to the best GSC batches I’ve had. The warm, earthy, sweet, herbal terpenes all come together to make a sweet taste reminiscent of warm sugar cookies on the inhale; a well-rounded sweet, earthy, spicy finish is noted upon exhale.

This wasn’t the best GSC cut I’ve found in the smell/taste category, but it wasn’t the worst either. I need to do some more exploring of this lineage; either I’m not a huge Cookies fan like most people seem to be, or I haven’t found the exact right cut for me yet.

Smell/Taste Rating: 6.90/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

VidaCann’s cut of GSC feels almost identical to Trulieve’s cut as far as effects are concerned. The typical, balanced effects that are characteristic of GSC are present in this batch as well. A warm cerebral invigoration comes on in the first 15-20 minutes, making the surrounding environment feel cozy and inviting as I type this review. My enjoyment of music seems to be enhanced. (This is the station I listen to while writing every single review I’ve ever written, ever since the site was founded.)

As the effects progress, body relaxation creeps in and becomes increasingly apparent. While GSC never is a particularly sedating strain for me, it can be heavily relaxing in higher doses. I’ve often said GSC could be a “desert island” strain for me – because of the versatility of the effects.

Being medical cannabis patients, effects are the most important aspect of any flower strain to us. Expanding on a point I made at the introduction of this review, it’s refreshing to see that the effects are consistent between two different cuts from two different dispensaries. If anything, VidaCann’s cut might lean a little more indica, as the effects seem to be a bit “deeper” than Trulieve’s, if that makes sense.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Insomnia (possibly in higher doses)

I‚Äôm 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. https://c0.pubmine.com/sf/0.0.3/html/safeframe.htmlREPORT THIS ADREPORT THIS AD

Effects Rating: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.46/10.00

Overall, I would best describe GSC as an ‚Äúvery good‚ÄĚ hybrid strain from VidaCann.

As I’ve said before, GSC is a good “staple” strain to keep around, for its versatile medicinal effects. I haven’t found a batch that totally “wowed” me since full flower sales started in early 2019, but I will try a few more times before I conclude that I just may not be a Cookies fan – and that’s all good too!

This is a strain that is good to use at almost any time of the day, and due to its popularity and versatility, I recommend every medical cannabis user try it at least once.

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: GSC (Hybrid)

Trulieve first released GSC (formerly known as Girl Scout Cookies) on March 1, 2019, in their flower vape cups (review here). At the time, I was really hyped to finally get to try this strain that I had heard so much about (especially on that Disjointed show that ran a couple seasons on Netflix), and the results of my purchase exceeded my expectations. That batch of flower really did smell and taste like some sort of cookie, and it made me feel great.

I’ve picked up a couple of batches of the full flower form of GSC since then, and for some reason, I always forget to review it again. I have been sitting on this batch that I have now since about February (I’m a slow smoker), and luckily, I realized I needed to review it before I finished it off.

In my recent reviews of the Florida Keys phenotypes, I commended GrowHealthy for being the first Florida MMTC to label and market different phenotypes as separate strains. I think this should be an industry standard, as some phenotypes may have significantly different effects than the “main” strain in the line.

Why did I bring this up, and what is a phenotype, exactly? If you need a refresher on phenotypes, here is a good link I have been using in my other reviews.

I mention phenotypes because I believe this batch of GSC is a different phenotype from the other batches I have purchased from Trulieve in the past. The smell, taste, and appearance are all different enough that I was suspicious; however, I really thought I might be on to something when I realized the description of the Thin Mints phenotype of GSC closely matches the eighth that I have.

Quick Facts:

GSC (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $53/eighth 

Lineage: Durban Poison x OG Kush

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFL-BLD-H-17-PK-38

Cannabinoids

THC: 16.10%

CBD: 0.030%

CBG: 0.050%

Total Cannabinoids: 16.90%

Terpenes

‚Äú*‚ÄĚ denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 0.223%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 0.922%

Carophyllene-Oxide: 0.180%

R-Limonene: 0.224%

Linalool: 0.162%

Alpha Humulene: 0.248%

Total Terpenes: 1.959%

Appearance/Cure

This batch is from February 2020, around the time that Trulieve hit another significant improvement in the quality of their flower. Trulieve flower has always been grown and cured well relative to the rest of Florida’s market, but I started seeing some changes near the end of Q1 2020 – like the trichomes being allowed to mature much more, like in the above image of this GSC.

This batch looks physically different from all other batches of GSC that I’ve gotten from Trulieve. I have found GSC to typically have really small buds, but these were more medium-small to medium. The color was darker, with more almost-black than green, and a bountiful covering of dark orange pistils.

The cure is excellent, with dense, slightly sticky buds that are cured to an almost perfect moisture content – though this batch could have gotten away with being ever so slightly drier.

This flower is actually 6 months old now, but it has preserved its freshness fairly well.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.90/10.00

Smell/Taste

This is what really makes me suspect that this is a different GSC phenotype – this stuff smells really minty to me. Previous batches of Trulieve’s GSC smelled more like warm, fresh, sugary cookies to me – like when they’re fresh out of this oven. This batch, however, is much more herbal, peppery, earthy, and significantly minty.

I must admit that I preferred the other batches to this; I am not a fan of the earthy, herbal, minty terpenes when they are as dominant as they are in this eighth.

When smoked, I taste a strong earthy sensation on the inhale, followed by a spicy and peppery exhale. Unfortunately, I don’t particularly enjoy these tastes. This is entirely subjective, however, so remember that my “meh” could be your “whoa!”.

Smell/Taste Rating: 6.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

The area that this batch of GSC most feels like past batches, would have to be the effects. I have always experienced very balanced “indica” and “sativa” effects from this strain, and that was no exception with this eighth.

Cerebral invigoration is the forerunner here, lasting for a full 20 minutes before warm body relaxation sensations begin to creep in on the downslope of the effects. I’d say this is a suitable strain for just about any time of the day: morning, afternoon, evening, night, or anything in between. Though this wouldn’t be a “desert island” strain for me in the smell and taste department by any means, I think I could get by if I only had GSC to smoke – and maybe that’s one of the main reasons this is such a popular strain – its versatility. There are few strains that I find suitable for use at all times of the day and night, but GSC is one of those rare genetic wonders. For this reason, I believe it’s an outstanding medicinal strain.

I do tend to feel a bit sleepy on the comedown of GSC if I medicate with a large amount, but not really enough to warrant a full couchlock. I’d say this cut might be slightly sativa-dominant in effects, as there seems to be more cerebral uplift than anything else.

GSC is a good staple to have around. And if I can consistently find the batches that taste like fresh cookies, it’d be that much better.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Insomnia (possibly in higher doses)

I‚Äôm 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: 7.96/10.00

Overall, I would best describe GSC as a ‚Äúvery good‚ÄĚ hybrid strain from Trulieve.

It seems like Trulieve is only getting better at growing flower through time. I hope that their grow team sees this review and knows that their efforts are noticed ‚Äď the quality is seriously on another level than it was this time last year, and it’s nice to see this batch from February and remember when Trulieve really begin to take their quality to the next level.

As far as this being the “thin mints” phenotype – maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t. Regardless, I encourage all Florida MMTCs to begin labeling and selling their different phenotypes as different strains entirely. This is a win-win for both the patients and the MMTCs: the dispensaries have a larger variety of products with the same amount of raw material, and patients can lock in the best strain for their conditions with more ease and consistency.

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: T7|04: The Emerging Toxic Culture of FL Cannabis Social Media

How We Got Here

It was Summer of 2018, and work was stressful. I had recently been promoted for the 2nd time within the calendar year, and I was admittedly not ready for the job in front of me – not at that point.

At that time, I had been a regular cannabis user for about 9 years. It all started in late high school, early college. I didn’t realize that I was self-medicating for depression (and a form of PTSD), but as the years went by and I saw the sustained benefits of my cannabis use, I realized that this was my medicine – more so than any pharmaceutical pill could ever hope to be; I had tried all of the major SSRIs and benzodiazepines, and all of them made my symptoms worse. I’d even tried Vyvanse as an alternative therapy for all my depression and anxiety-related issues, but that sent me down a rabbit hole that ended in a mild case of amphetamine psychosis. Nothing was working – except that the reality was, the cannabis was working – I was just clouding it all up with the other pills, and the weekend alcohol binges I often partook in during college. I realized that cannabis was all I needed as far as medication for my depression and anxiety.

Back to Summer 2018. I had been looking at getting a medical marijuana card for some time at that point, and I finally decided to pull the trigger. Though I was an experienced cannabis user, I was clueless as to how to navigate the landscape of the Florida medical cannabis community. That’s when I discovered the Florida Medical Trees subreddit. I was taken aback at the wealth of knowledge I found there, but what was even more notable, was the close-knit, helpful and positive community I saw coming together in each post. There were just under 2,000 registered users in the subreddit at the time, whereas the current membership is 13.9k – so one can imagine the small community vibe.

FL Medical Trees helped me through that first 3-6 months of having my card, and though the community was steadily growing, the quality of the average user was as well. There was a good relationship between the ~5 moderators and the growing community, and information flowed freely, helping many a new patient (me included) find their way to products and dispensaries that worked best for them.

Time passed, and the community was still growing. In early 2019 – late January or early February – I reached out to the moderator team and asked if they would like my help with the now-exponentially growing community. Though there were reservations about any perceived conflict of interest between my place on the team and my then-newly made website, they ultimately accepted. I was elated, as I had a chance to give back even more to the community that I loved so much.

Things went really smooth for the first couple of months that I was a moderator. At that time, smokable flower still wasn’t available, so most of us were finding ways to get into the ceramic vape cups that many of the MMTCs were offering at the time. The subreddit consisted of a healthy balance of product reviews, and more of the educational/informational sharing content that dominated the sub when I first joined. Users were still pleasant; there are always a few “bad apples”, but the vocal majority of the community always helped put the trolls and malicious users to rest rather quickly.

Inflection Point

I believe that the ultimate turning point, from the road we were on with the community at that time, to where we have gotten now – was when SB182 passed and legalized smokable flower in late March 2019. Naturally, the landscape of the industry – and the overall “vibe” of patients – changed rather quickly once this happened. I suppose it was Summer 2019 when I first felt a noticeable shift in the climate of the community and Florida medical cannabis social media at large. Before, I’d estimate that 1 out of every 10 users were “bad”; now, that had doubled to around 1 out of every 5. The vocal constructive majority of the community was still able to control the narrative, but many longtime members of the community began speaking of the change in the atmosphere of the sub.

This trend continued and amplified through the rest of 2019, culminating into an incident where a Florida MMTC began using targeted advertising to speak negatively about their competitors – in egregious fashion. So now, not only was the “bad vibe” becoming more prevalent in the Florida medical cannabis social media community, but it had infiltrated into the MMTCs themselves – which until that point, were very positive and supportive to one another – even with the competition between them.

This marked a second inflection point, from my recollection of events. The percentage of “bad actors” across social media (particularly in the FL Medical Trees sub) seemed to more than double. Now, the number of trolls and malicious members of the community seemed to be at 50% or even a majority. “Loyalty” to certain MMTCs began manifesting as bullying other patients for their choice of medication, which is never ok to do – ever. The number of negative and attacking comments began to increase, and many longtime members began leaving the community, further adding to the shift of the community’s climate.

After the turn of the decade, the COVID-19 pandemic began to affect our lives more and more. Everyone’s base stress level increased as the world, our nation, and our state all began to plunge into turmoil. Needless to say, this did nothing to help the already downtrending vibe of FL cannabis social media.

So now, we’re here.

Where We Are – 07.11.2020

It’s been exactly 2 years since I started becoming active in the FL cannabis community. With all that history and preface, how have things changed? Where are we now?

People are less helpful, and more spiteful.

The “community” feeling from the early days of FL medical cannabis social media seems largely gone to me, and that’s a sad reality to accept. I don’t think this is irreversible, but it has been trending this way for over a year now. It would take a large effort from every individual in the community to make it better, which involves a lot of “looking in the mirror”, and sometimes admitting past fault – something not many people seem to be good at doing consistently.

Hate messages are much more common and numerous.

Being a reddit moderator, I expect to receive a certain amount of “hate” – it comes with the role. Moderators of the FL Medical Trees subreddit have to remove users who show a pattern of attacking others, etc. – and they usually aren’t too happy when they receive the ban message, which often leads to a stream of hate messages and even a few death threats from time to time. Sadly enough, a certain degree of that is to be expected. We’re talking about humans, after all.

But man, has the frequency of that increased lately. No matter what the moderator team does or doesn’t do, there is hate for it. Conspiracy theories are the dish of the day, every day, and the moderator team is often the target. There have been the allegations of us receiving compensation from dispensaries since the first day I got on the team. We don’t. But damn, these days, I wish I did! Keeping in mind that depression is the main condition I’m treating with cannabis in the first place, a constant stream of negativity takes its toll after time. Meditation and stepping away are almost always enough to help shrug off the hate, but when it becomes a daily occurence, there’s only so much we can do; moderators are human beings that are dealing with life and the pandemic just like everyone else, and people forget that everything we contribute is on our own time and is not compensated for in any manner.

More often lately, I’ve found myself wondering if it’s worth it. The answer has always been “yes”, because the positive interactions have always outweighed the negative ones; however, I’ll say, again: the trend has not been good.

Beyond the moderator team, though, the community at large has been dealing with this more lately. We’ve all been removing more hateful messages between users, and that is a disheartening trend as well.

The community is trying to be “adult use” when it isn’t quite time yet.

This one applies to both MMTCs and patients. There have been advertisements lately from MMTCs that mention “sharing” of products, which is obviously illegal in Florida. Preceding that, have been “limited edition” products, something that seems extremely out-of-place in a medicinal market. Nobody would want a limited edition asthma inhaler, so why have limited edition medicinal cannabis?

Look, I get the spirit of marketability, and engaging with the community in fun and innovative ways. But we all need to remember this is a medicinal program (myself included at times), and convey ourselves accordingly. We know we have enemies in the Florida legislative bodies that would love to dismantle the program, so let’s not give them any ammunition.

Where I’d Like to Go

Frankly, I want to get off the path we’re on. Let’s stop attacking each other. Let’s stop the hatred and negativity. Let’s stop taking out our shitty life situations on people who are also going through shitty situations. Let’s help each other.

Think about it on a base level: we are all human, all thrown into this life with no idea of the true meaning of it all. We’re all sharing this rock that is hurtling through space, all sharing its limited resources, all sharing our life experiences with one another. We are united because we are all alive together, separated from the billions who came before us, and the trillions who will come after us. Why not try to make this trip as pleasant as possible for both ourselves and others?

I’m not perfect. I mess up. I get irritable and depressed, and sometimes, I’ve been known to lash out. But life is all about the marathon, and all of us can always continually improve in each area of our lives. We are beautifully unique, each with something wonderful to offer the progression of society and civilization on this planet. We need to be more open and honest with ourselves and each other. We all mess up. But the beauty of humanity lies in our resilience, and our ability to overcome adversity. We can do so much more when we do things together, with common goals, and with a basic understanding, respect, and empathy for one another.

Back to cannabis – another commonality that we all have, is our love for the cannabis plant and its medicinal properties. So let’s work together to help others make their lives better with it. Let’s quit being “weed snobs” that talk down on one another for our different choices in how we medicate or who we buy our medication from, and let’s start rejoicing in the fact that we have made enough progress to be living in the reality we are in: a reality where we can go to a dispensary, legally purchase our cannabis of choice, and go home to use it without ever worrying about our freedom or careers being put into jeopardy. Let’s unify in that and help spread that to others who need it.

Do you remember yourself before you found cannabis? There are likely millions more out there, just like we were, desperately searching for something to cure their ailments without side effects that are worse than the disease itself. Let’s shift our focus to being as helpful as possible to those people once they find their way into our community, and quit being focused on the wrong things. Life is about growth, so let’s grow together instead of tearing down one another.

I believe in us, and I believe that we all have the ability to create a more positive future for our community; I believe that we will all make that individual choice, and we will see the positive benefits of it in due time. The first step to solving a problem, is admitting its existence..

Hope you all have a wonderful evening full of health, wealth, and happiness. Thank you for reading this; I hope it helped you in some way.

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 05.25.2020 Update – Things Dispensaries are Doing Correctly

It’s been quite a while since I wrote an industry update. This has mainly been due to the COVID-19 pandemic: ever since we all began focusing much of our energy on dealing with this crisis, I’ve focused most of my content on writing reviews and building our new T7 Series.

However, the Florida medical cannabis industry has still thrived while most all other businesses have suffered major losses during the pandemic. Cannabis is as much in demand now as it ever was – maybe more (and my medicine cabinet right now is a testament to that.)

For most of the more recent updates, I’ve given an overview of every MMTC and the current overall quality of their flower, as well as anything noteworthy that may involve those particular MMTCs.

This time, however, I’m going to change the pace a little bit. For this update, I’m going to highlight some of the things I see various dispensaries doing, that I think should be industry standards across the board.

Requiring Employees to Wear Masks; Curbside Pickup, Social Distancing

The pandemic is obviously still a large part of many of our lives (unless you’re one of the ones who chooses to pretend like it isn’t happening), so this first cluster of positive practices will focus on mitigating the pandemic and slowing the spread of COVID-19.

With the masks, it has been hit or miss in my experience. I have tried to only use curbside pickup. I commend GrowHealthy and VidaCann, as it seems every employee I’ve interacted with has had a mask on.

Face coverings are crucial to stopping the spread of respiratory viruses. If we’re going to open our stores to the public, at least the employees should be wearing masks. There’s really no good reason not to.

I understand that some stores’ volumes and/or parking situations may not make curbside pickup feasible, but this is an excellent way to get medicine during these times. I love it, and wish everyone had it. I’m much more likely to shop at a store if it has curbside pickup. Some of my local dispensaries that offer it include GrowHealthy, VidaCann, and Fluent.

Finally, if not able to offer curbside pickup, social distancing needs to be in place and truly enforced. There should not be crowds; unfortunately, I’ve seen posts on social media that indicate some dispensaries are not following with this. This, if true, is irresponsible and unacceptable.

I commend all the MMTCs and individual dispensary locations that are doing their part to protect themselves, and all of us.

Offering Lower Price Tier Options

Getting off the subject of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is something I’ve seen MMTCs start doing within the past year: offering lower tier price options.

Examples of this include the various forms of small buds: Minis, Littles, Breakaways, Smalls, Popcorn – whatever you want to call it. Another one is the shake/trim/”ground flower”. I commend (mostly) all of the MMTCs for offering some of these options, as it helps make the cannabis medicine more accessible for all – something that has always been of major importance to me.

I think we need to continue to see a trend in this direction, especially if the MMTC in question is going to offer “premium” options that cost more than $50/eighth – which is what I think should be the maximum cost for flower, personally.

Free or Low-Cost Delivery

Expanding on accessibility, this is another important service that I feel MMTCs need to focus on expanding and making less cost-prohibitive over the next year. Even without a pandemic, there are patients who are not able to get to the stores. They matter too, and shouldn’t have to pay high premiums (delivery fees) just to be able to get their medicine.

Offering More Forms of Medication, Making Flower Widely Available

I’ve seen much improvement in these areas since I became a patient in August 2018, and since smokable flower was legalized in March 2019. When I joined the registry, there were distillate syringes, vape carts, tinctures, capsules, and flower cups – and that was pretty much it.

Now there seems to be a plethora of options, including shatter, crumble, rosin, terp sauce, THCa “snow”, wax, and even “edibles” in the form of mints from Curaleaf. I have to recognize Trulieve and MUV for leading the way in this area; these two MMTCs currently have the widest variety of product options in Florida.

The second aspect of this is flower availability. This has massively improved from this time last year. I remember what seemed like weeks on end in Summer 2019, where seemingly nobody had any flower in stock. Whenever small shipments did come through (often only once a week), they were gone in hours.

Now, I can find flower at any of the several MMTCs in my area, and most of them have multiple strains in stock. Conditions are so much better than they used to be, but we still have a long way to go. We need to get to a point where every MMTC offers common medicinal strains like Sour Diesel or GDP, and has them all in stock at any given time. I believe we will see that become a reality within a couple of years.

Allowing All Discounts to Apply to Flower

Finally, some of the MMTCs are allowing their periodic discounts to apply to flower.

I’ll keep this short: I understand the need for these MMTCs (which are businesses at the end of the day) to profit, but can we please stop treating flower like it’s gold, or “ooooo, can’t have this!

The MMTCs know a lot of us prefer flower, and so I see the need to encourage sales of other product modalities. But at least offer us something on flower – you’ll still see a profit.

Display Jars for Flower – Letting Patients See Flower Before Purchase

I think this is a hugely important one. I’ve seen MUV and Medmen doing this in my local area: putting the available strains inside the budtender display jars, which also have a port where patients can smell the flower as well (though I don’t know how risky that aspect is during the pandemic.)

This should be an industry standard, especially since no MMTCs offer one gram or other small quantities of flower. If we’re dropping $30-60 for an eighth, we should be able to see it and smell it before we buy it. I know that my favorite strains are almost always determined by the terpenes – the way they smell. I’d have a lot better experiences (and be more likely to come back and shop more) if I was always able to inspect a strain before buying it.

On that note, I think every MMTC needs to move to offering a one gram quantity of their flower strains. We all want to sample as many strains as possible, and there’s more profit in selling it by the gram for the MMTC. To be clear: both eighths and grams should be offered as a standard. Ounces should be offered in bulk pricing as well, but I know we must take baby steps. I’d prefer to see grams offered first, personally.

Closing Thoughts

I’ve seen a lot of progress in Florida’s cannabis industry in the past 2 years, and amazingly, it continues to gain momentum with a global pandemic raging on around it. I have full confidence that the industry will continue to grow and become better and better for all involved – especially when edibles are able to be offered (whenever that happens; I’m not holding my breath anymore.)

The practices listed above are good for the patient and the business alike, and should be adopted by all MMTCs as a uniform industry standard, especially those regarding to safety during COVID-19.

What things do you see that you think should become standard practice for all MMTCs? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: T7|03: Favorite Strains – 05.23.2020

This is a question I seem to be getting more often as time goes on. I’ll be writing a review and mention that the strain is “one of my favorite indicas/sativas” (or something similar), and then some of you will be curious as to what other strains are on that list.

The “list” is ever-changing and has never been manifested in any “physical” form until now. I have tried enough strains that I think it’s time for me to share some of my favorites, with a quick blurb on why I enjoy that strain so much.

Since this is the third installment of the T7 series, I’ll list my Top 3 favorite flower strains in Sativa, Hybrid, and Indica categories. I’ll revisit this list once it’s been significantly changed, which I’m sure will happen as Florida’s medical cannabis industry continues to grow.

Music:

Cannabis Product & Strain: Fluent “Aria” (AK-47) Flower and MUV Guru Flower

Note: I haven’t yet been able to try any products from the following MMTCs: RiSE, One Plant, Harvest, Colombia Care, and The Botanist.

Top 3 Sativa Strains

(In no particular order)

1.) VidaCann & Tikun Olam: Alaska

I have always enjoyed the Alaska vape cart, and was even more impressed with it in flower form.

Tikun Olam is an Israeli company with multiple decades of experience and research into their genetics and how they interact with various medical conditions.

Alaska is hands down the best strain I have found for treating my depression. Its ability to shift mindset (without inducing paranoia or anxiety) is extremely useful in snapping out of the negative thought patterns that depression and other similar conditions can cause.

Beyond that, the smell and taste of the flower exceeded my expectations – skunky and citrusy, with pine and other terpenes as well. Very well-rounded sativa, and VidaCann grew it well, allowing it to fully mature and cure with patience. This made all the difference in the quality of the effects, and should be the industry standard.

2.) GrowHealthy: Jilly Bean

This strain took me by surprise, and I actually passed over it for a few weeks before finally settling on an eighth of it. I was taken aback by the strong candy citrus smell that seemed to be heavy in terpinolene, but what really made me a huge fan of this strain was its effects. This is one of the “happiest”, most peaceful sativa strains I’ve found.

GrowHealthy also grew it to perfection, as you can see in the image above.

3.) Fluent: “Subra” (Sour Diesel)

I’m a huge Sour Diesel fan: it’s like the espresso of sativa strains, and I love it for the energy and motivation it gives me. Fluent seems to have a really good cut of this strain, and when I got it, it smelt exactly like gasoline when it was ground up. The only issue was that it wasn’t very strong-smelling out of the jar, and I feel that Sour Diesel should be.

If Fluent can consistently maximize the genetics they have, I think they have one of the best cuts of Sour Diesel in Florida.

Top 3 Hybrid Strains

1.) Trulieve: Paradise Waits

When Trulieve first released this strain’s flower form in early fall 2019, it was the best flower I’d tried up to that point. At a high 27.8% THC coupled with over 3% terpenes, the effects were potent.

I found Paradise Waits to be one of the most powerful, but still relaxing hybrids that I’ve tried. It had a really invigorating cerebral quality to it, but enough warm-body relaxation that anxiety didn’t seem to be an issue.

The smell was really nice and unique as well. I remember there being strong citrus, pine, and an almost creamy hash smell as well. Great strain.

2.) VidaCann: I95 x Lemon G13

This was another strain that really impressed me after initially trying it on a whim. If you buy it, prepare for strong Lemon Diesel and funky smells, with excellent balanced hybrid effects that seem to slightly lean toward the sativa end of the spectrum.

I campaigned for this strain to be renamed “Lemon I95”, but… we’ll say I’m still waiting to hear back on that one.

In all seriousness, this is one of VidaCann’s best balanced hybrid strains, in my opinion, though it seems to be a more “rare” strain of theirs – at least in flower form. If you like Lemon and/or Gas strains, grab this one if you see it.

3.) MUV: Strawberry Cough

This is one of my favorite Strawberry strains in Florida. It smells just like a Strawberry Creme Saver candy to me, and the effects are mellow – great for relaxing and watching TV or playing video games, etc.

The genetics make for a really pretty flower, too. It’s like a more toned-down version of their Guru strain.

Top 3 Indica Strains

1.) GrowHealthy: Wookie Girl

This strain is about as close to perfection as I have found in Florida. The smell, the taste, the effects, the way which GrowHealthy grows it – everything is maxed out on this one. This is a very relaxing indica that isn’t too sedating. What keeps me coming back to it is the amazing taste – there’s nothing like it that I’ve found in Florida – yet.

It’s currently my #1 overall strain, a “desert island” type strain that I would be happy with if it were all I could smoke.

Based on what I’m seeing across social media, many other Floridians agree.

2.) MUV: Guru (Full Review Coming Soon!)

This is another popular indica for many people, though I do see a lot more divide in the like/dislike for this strain.

With a pungent and bitter skunky grapefruit citrus aroma, Guru seems to draw the most “controversy” in its smell and taste. I personally love it; it reminds me a lot of Vidacann’s I95 x Lemon G13 from earlier in this list – but with grapefruit instead of lemon.

The effects remind me a lot of Wookie Girl, sealing Guru’s position on this list. I do find Guru to be more sedating than Wookie Girl, and tend to end up falling asleep if I smoke too much of it.

3.) MUV: Triangle Kush

Triangle Kush is a classic Florida strain, and I really enjoyed MUV’s version of it. This was one of my favorite Skunk-type strains, with a taste and aroma that kept me coming back for more.

I seem to prefer the “relaxing but not too sedating” indicas the best – in part because if I smoke enough of almost any “indica” strain, I will feel sleepy. I enjoy having something I can relax with, but still remain functional. Triangle Kush is a perfect example of one of those strains.

It looks like some other brands are coming out with their versions of Triangle Kush, so I’ll definitely be trying those when they become available in my area. We’ll see if they’re able to replace this version on the next list – or maybe an entirely different strain will.

Closing Thoughts

I’ve tried a lot of strains in my almost 2 years as a medical cannabis patient in Florida. A lot of them are noteworthy, and could easily have been on this list as well if I had chosen to make it longer – it was tough narrowing it down too these 9 strains.

As I try more MMTCs, products, and strains, I expect this list to change every few months. I’ll be sure to create future installments of it, so be sure to subscribe to this website’s email list to stay tuned to the latest updates coming from the Collective.

I hope this answers some of your questions about my favorite strains, and hope it made for an interesting read.

What are some of your favorite strains in Florida? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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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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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective – T7|01: Medical Cannabis and Home Isolation

Good morning/afternoon/evening to all who are reading this. As many of my readers know, I have now joined the millions of Americans who have been furloughed or laid off in the past few weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that I have found myself with a lot of extra time on my hands. Staying busy is a key component to maintaining my mental health, so I’ve been looking for ways to be more active with this site, even as I am temporarily unable to spend quite as much on new cannabis products to review.

This Monday morning as I showered (where some of the greatest ideas often come to us – right?), I thought of the T7 series concept. That will be a new focal point for this site going forward. T7 is a play on alliteration – “Take The Time To Toke Things Through.” We’re taking the time to think things through, but with medical cannabis involved. I invite all of you who are reading to join me in a short time of meditation and reflection as you read along.

I went ahead and checked to ensure I wasn’t stealing someone else’s concept.

*Screenshot taken at time of writing*

The idea behind the series is pretty simple. This will be more of a traditional blog-style series of posts that will complement the other content on this site. None of that content (reviews, industry updates, etc.) will stop, though the reviews may come a little bit slower for a month or two.

Each T7 “episode” will focus on a variety of topics, some of which will be cannabis-related, and some of which will be focused on more broad topics. I’ll go with the flow to an extent, but my intention is to keep every episode focused on a topic that is at least somewhat relevant to you all. I’ll also include a YouTube link to the YouTube radio station I’m listening to while writing; you can play the music in-page as you read along if you’re on a desktop or laptop, and possibly tablet. Finally, I’ll include the product and strain that I’m medicating with as I write – a little “extra” for those of you who are interested.

The first episode will focus on something that is so real and so relevant to a lot of us right now, and that’s maintaining your full health (physical, mental, and spiritual) during a pandemic that has caused millions of us to isolate ourselves at home. Since depression and anxiety were prevalent in so many of us before a respiratory virus pandemic was thrown into the equation, it becomes perhaps even more challenging to maintain our full health.

I’ll share what I am doing personally to cope. Since I was furloughed from my job last week, my wife and I have been isolated at home for a few days together now. We’re doing well so far. This post does not intend to suggest that my choices or decisions are superior or the “right” way, but are here to help and give all of you a sense of community during this challenging time.

Medical Cannabis and Home Isolation

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Cannabis Product & Strain: Growhealthy 99 Problems Flower (Review coming soon!)

Maintaining Physical Health

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I’ll start here, as this is one of the more “rooted” areas that we can all work on.

For me personally, I see multiple components to this. There’s obviously the virus that’s out there, and we want to avoid catching that and/or spreading it. If you’re essential workforce, hopefully working from home is an option for you. If not, then trying to maintain as much distance from others as possible is extremely important. Washing hands often (with warm, soapy water) and avoiding touching the face are equally paramount to preventing infection. Do everything you can to follow the CDC and WHO guidelines. Face coverings are optional, but I am a fan: they prevent spread, and we can’t say that they don’t at least provide some protection from viral droplets in the air.

For those of us who are at home, staying at home as much as possible is what I see as the best, most obvious way to combat spread of the virus. Grocery store and pharmacy trips should be eliminated in favor of delivery if possible; we have Publix deliver our groceries as needed. If you must go inside the store, try to go in the early morning or other times when there are less people out and about. Everything factors your chances for catching this virus. Remember that, and implement it into your plans and actions. Choose awareness over fear.

Since we are now unable to access our usual public gym, my wife and I have made it a point to do something active every day. This is extremely important as a foundation for good mental and spiritual health for us. Since I can’t lift weights as much or use machines at all, I’ve been using some 10 and 20 pound dumbbells for exercises at home, as much as is possible. I’ve accepted that these workouts won’t be quite the same intensity, but they will allow me to stay healthy and fit until we return to “normal” once the virus has been mostly or completely defeated.

Going for walks is important too, as I feel the natural Vitamin D from the sun is a key component to maintaining a good mental state and outlook on life in general. We take walks through nearby neighborhoods and are sure to keep plenty of distance between us and any others who are outdoors. This always seems to be somewhat of a “reset” for me, as I find it easier to achieve a meditative and mindful state while walking. I usually carry my vape pens with me for these walks, and enjoy a puff or two when nobody else is around.

Healthy sleeping and eating habits are essential to overall health, so we are sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night – it’s what works best for us, personally. We keep the same schedule as if we still had our jobs. I work on the site and do productive activities during what would normally be my work hours; this seems to help me retain some sense of normalcy. We make sure we are getting enough key nutrients, eating healthy foods as much as possible, and taking multivitamins every 2-3 days to supplement any gaps in nutrition.

Doing all of these things on a daily basis was really part of our routine before the pandemic, with the exception of how we get our exercise. I feel that the more we all do this, the better we will find our overall health to me.

Maintaining Mental Health

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Equally important to physical and spiritual health, our mental health is often what poses a challenge for medical cannabis patients. So many of us (myself included) are medicating for PTSD, depression, and anxiety – even ADD and ADHD for some of us. We do our best to stay happy and motivated on a day to day basis. Now a pandemic has been thrown into the equation, and many of us hypochondriacs (again, myself included) are suddenly highly anxious all the time. I have seasonal allergies and allergic asthma. Now is not a great time to experience the symptoms of seasonal allergies!

I say all this for one reason: I get it. I feel the same anxiety that so many of you are feeling. And on top of worries about the virus itself, and what it can do to us and our loved ones, there’s the economic impacts. Millions of us lost our jobs in the past month, so we have to sign up for unemployment. But the unemployment website was already broken by design, and now it’s overloaded, so we’re unsure if we’ll be getting a paycheck in two weeks. There is so much to think about, and it’s really tough for a lot of us to deal with the reality of life right now. So how do we maintain our sanity in a trying time?

The good thing for us is that we have our medication, and like all other things, I believe maintaining a healthy balance and moderation is key to the best outcome. It may be tempting to smoke twice as much as we normally do, especially when we’re at home and bored. For me, I’m doing my best to medicate as I did when I was working. It keeps my tolerance in check, it keeps my supply within levels that won’t induce my anxiety of running out of medicine, and it is another way I am able to retain some sense of normalcy. Definitely medicate to alleviate your symptoms; that’s exactly why we have it. Just remember not to get lost in the sauce.

Other than that, a more universal thing we’ve been practicing is to stay occupied. It doesn’t really matter what it is, so long as it isn’t harmful. If you’ve still got your job, this is much easier. But if you’re like us and isolated at home, it can be more challenging to fill up our days. Ultimately, do what you love and wish you had more time to do when you were working. Invest some time into your hobbies, creativity, whatever you enjoy. Play video games, binge watch those series you wanted to see, make a marathon of your favorite movie series. Just don’t forget to keep up your physical health and exercise, as we discussed in the last section!

Talking to friends and family is important too, so reach out to them however you can. Call them, text them, Facetime them, message them, tweet them – you get the picture. Many of us are staying away from elderly and immunocompromised friends and relatives due to the virus, but maintaining some form of human contact is really important for our mental health.

And as hard as it may be, try not to think too much about the virus. This is a hard one for me; I love to read scholarly articles and studies and absorb as much information as I can about this novel coronavirus. It is frightening and fascinating, and that is a bad combination for me. I find that I am happier and less anxious when I am able to stay away from the news about the virus. While I do think everyone should stay updated on the latest guidance and remain aware of what is going on, the line should be drawn at obsession – which I have learned the hard way.

Doing all these things has been helpful to keeping my mental health in check, which has a feedback loop in that it supplements keeping my physical and spiritual health in check as well.

Maintaining Spiritual Health

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This is a more subjective topic, as everyone has a different interpretation of spirituality. Some are religious, some aren’t, etc.

Personally, I am open-minded and believe that many religions and schools of thought hold value. Whatever gives you a foundation to thrive and find meaning is the right choice for you. One of my main mantras for life has always been “as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else or the planet, let each person do as they wish.”

I say this to preface this section. I will offer limited guidance here, because it’s not my place to tell anyone what to believe. But we must acknowledge spiritual health and morale as a separate, equally important component of overall health. How do we universally keep this area healthy during this time?

Meditation and prayer (often combined) are my tools of choice for maintaining my spirituality. I want what is best for the greater good. I want to see others thrive. Like the other areas of our health, it can be more challenging to maintain a positive morale when there is so much going on. I feel that meditation is a universal tool that anyone, regardless of their beliefs, can use to their benefit. You likely have the time, so do some google searches. There are thousands of ways to do it, and every one of them could be the right answer for you; a high percentage of the tools you find will be beneficial to you in some way.

If you are religious, maintaining normalcy can come in the form of attending virtual church services, or spending more time reading and studying your texts of choice. Do what you can to feel “at home”, and use this time to your advantage. We should all strive to be the best versions of ourselves, and so often, the “working world” can hold us back from investing the time that is needed. If you’re able, take advantage of this time as a chance to develop your spirituality and morale. You may (and likely will) find yourself better off after the pandemic is over, than you were before it.

Closing Thoughts

This is a tough time for millions upon millions of people across the planet. You are not alone; we are not alone. We are all in this together. Take comfort in knowing that.

I firmly believe that we will emerge from this pandemic as a stronger, more united race of people – if we all take advantage of this “pause” in the fast pace of our world. Think about the big picture; think about the meaning of it all. Do what you can to maximize the opportunity of all this extra time. After all, time is our most valuable asset —

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 01.16.2020 – Industry Update, MMTC/Flower Overview

It’s been just over 2 months, and an entirely different decade since our last industry overview. The industry has again picked up some momentum in its development, and all Florida MMTCs now offer a flower product. At the time of our last overview – early November 2019 – flower had been somewhat scarce for some time, but was becoming more widely available again. Since then, flower is available in almost an abundance at this point; every MMTC usually has at least one strain available at almost any given time now. It may not be the exact strain you’re looking for, but it’s a much better scenario than Fall 2019 when there seemed to be weeks with almost zero flower availability, supplemented only by small “limited” releases.

As we begin 2020, all the potential Adult Use Cannabis amendments have discontinued their campaigns due to lack of signatures in time for the February deadline, so this topic will not be on the Florida 2020 ballot. However, Senator Jeff Brandes and Representative Carlos Guillermos Smith have introduced bipartisan companion bills in the Florida House and Senate to legalize adult use cannabis in Florida, and they even go a step further by breaking down the current vertical integration system (largely responsible for high prices and lack of wide availability) and expunging minor prior cannabis offenses for Florida residents.

While this is great news and a sign of progress, there is still doubt on whether either of these bills can pass in the Republican-dominated legislative branches of Florida’s government. And since this would not technically be “the people’s choice” since it’s in the form of bills, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that Governor Ron Desantis – who has been known to be opposed to adult use cannabis – would veto the measure entirely.

Another item of contention for Florida legislators and patients is the resurfacing of talk to impose a cap of 10% THC on all cannabis flower in Florida. Republican Representative Ray Rodrigues has apparently been attempting to build support for his ongoing war against medical cannabis, and there are rumors that he has convinced much of the House to agree with him. Patients and the industry itself will certainly fight back (and win) against any measure introduced with the intention of limiting (read: harming) Floridian cannabis patients, but now is the time to contact your local representatives (particularly your Senators) and let them know how much you oppose a cap/limit of any cannabinoid in our medical cannabis products.

With that in mind for future action and organization, let’s shift our focus back to the current growth of the industry, and the even brighter future that lies ahead.

State of the Florida Cannabis Industry: January 16, 2020

Qualified Patients (Active ID Card): 302,891

Numbers above provided as of the latest OMMU Update ‚Äď 01.10.2020

As has been the case for pretty much the entire existence of the medical cannabis industry in Florida, Trulieve dominates the market; in fact, they have ramped up production and created an even bigger gap between them and the closest competitors as of the last update. All MMTCs now offer a flower product, and almost all of them have nearly constant availability of flower. Flower quality across the board continues to improve, and most of the major MMTCs now have multiple tiers and prices for different qualities of flower. To be frank, it’s truly a great time to be a cannabis patient in Florida, and it’s only going to get better this year.

Brief Overview of each MMTC’s Flower

Top 3 Suppliers of Flower in Florida (by number of oz. sold as of the one week period before the last OMMU update):

  1. Trulieve ‚Äď 9,099.311
  2. Liberty Health Sciences ‚Äď 2,343.171
  3. Curaleaf Florida ‚Äď 2,083.905

Trulieve

Skunk Ape flower from Trulieve. Image by Florida Medical Cannabis Collective.

Trulieve’s flower remains as some of the highest-reviewed flower across the board in Florida, and they continue to keep consistent high quality pumping out from their powerhouse operation. Many times recently, patients have uploaded daily product menus from their local dispensaries that show upwards of 16 different strains available in flower. This certainly shows growth from 2019, and begins to resemble a more developed legal cannabis market in Florida.

A slight controversy on social media as of late – particular the Florida Medical Trees subreddit – has been a slew of reports of underweight eighth ounces (standard: 3.5 grams) being sold at Trulieve. A few dozen patients have reported eighths weighing anywhere from over a full gram short (isolated incident), to the more common eighths weighing in the 3.1-3.3 gram range.

The way I see it is this: there are two possible extremes. One is that Trulieve is either intentionally or unintentionally selling a significant number of short eighths. The other extreme is that patients (or even competitors) are fabricating these reports for attention and/or free product.

The reality is probably somewhere in the middle. Regardless, Trulieve has responded and stated that the issue is being addressed. Hopefully, the issue is resolved and becomes a distant memory, as the quality and selection of products at Trulieve continues to improve with time.

Concentrates: Trulieve currently offers cannabis concentrates in the form of distillate, shatter, crumble, RSO, and rosin.

Curaleaf

LA Woman flower from Curaleaf. Image courtesy of Reddit u/OutlierForLife

Curaleaf had just started to ramp up the quality of their flower as of the time of our last update, and that trend has continued over the past two months, with several posts each week from patients who are highly satisfied with their flower pickups. No major changes have occurred with Curaleaf’s flower pricing; strains range from $37 to $57 and are typically 20 +/- 5% THC.

Curaleaf has expanded their selection of concentrates since the last update, as reports of limited batches of crumble have surfaced since then.

The main complaint about Curaleaf is a consistent lack of stock at many locations; however, some patients have reported this week that their local dispensaries had have 10+ strains available. Perhaps Curaleaf is ramping up their grow operation in Florida?

Concentrates: Curaleaf currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate, shatter, crumble, and wax.

RiSE

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Glitter Apples flower from RiSE. Image courtesy of Reddit u/imisstebow1523.

RiSE has opened up one additional location since our last update, for a total of 6 locations throughout the state.

Their flower is consistently highly rated and regarded as some of the best in Florida’s medical cannabis industry, though its availability is limited when compared to that of other MMTCs.

RiSE offers flower for $50/eighth, and their ‚Äúsmalls‚ÄĚ (same as Trulieve‚Äôs minis ‚Äď small, popcorn nugs) are $35/eighth.

Concentrates: RiSE currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate.

GrowHealthy

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Silicon Valley OG flower from GrowHealthy. image courtesy of Reddit u/jetfire245.

GrowHealthy has expanded form 9 to 12 locations since the last update, and had already expanded from 6 locations at the time of the update before that – so they are definitely rapidly expanding their operation in Florida.

Reviews of GrowHealthy’s flower continue to be mostly all very positive. The MMTC recently started offering their “littles”, which are the same as other MMTCs’ “minis”, “smalls”, “popcorns”, etc: small buds from the lower parts of the plant that don’t get as much light. GrowHealthy’s “littles” are $35 per eighth and $99 per half, making for a very affordable high-quality flower option.

GrowHealthy also recently introduced periodic releases of their “Master Grower Series” flower priced at $60/eighth, and reviews have largely indicated that patients believe the quality matches the expensive price tag.

This recent shift in pricing scheme shows the effect of competition in the Florida cannabis industry that I’ve been talking about for nearly a year now. As more MMTCs expand and more locations open in the same areas, competition and production both increase – so prices come down. I believe this is another good sign of things to come throughout 2020.

VidaCann

King Dosi flower from VidaCann. Image courtesy of Florida Medical Cannabis Collective.

VidaCann has remained steady with 13 locations since our last update, and their operation has remained steady as well. VidaCann locations across the state seem to regularly have flower almost any given day of the week during the past month, and rumor has it that their highly popular Tikun Olam partnered line of products will be releasing a flower product very soon.

Other than that, we expect to see VidaCann continue to steadily grow in its presence and product selection & availability throughout 2020.

Concentrates: Cresco/VidaCann currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate ‚Äď available in both syringe and glass jar containers.

M√úV (Altmed Florida)

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Guru flower from MUV. Image courtesy of Reddit u/meyerchandler972.

M√úV continues chugging along with its recently ramped-up flower production, retaining the #4 spot for flower production in Florida.

Some reports lately have indicated that M√úV‘s flower quality has not been quite as good as most patients are used to. Whether this is a “blip” or a longer trend remains to be seen, as these posts on social media are relatively new.

Regardless, M√úV has progressed their flower product into 3 different tiers based on various factors that affect the overall quality – size, terpene profile, potency, etc.

Tier 3 flower is $32/eighth and is M√úV‘s version of “smalls”. Tier 2 flower is $40/eighth, and Tier 1 – the highest quality M√úV offers – is $50/eighth.

Great news for Panhandle patients: M√úV has confirmed locations in both Tallahassee and Pensacola. The Tallahassee location is set to open within the next week or two, and the Pensacola location’s opening date is currently unknown.

Concentrates: M√úV offers concentrate in the forms of distillate, shatter, crumble, terp sauce, rosin, and RSO.

Liberty Health Sciences

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Super A5 flower from LHS. Image courtesy of Reddit u/_briannacoffey

Liberty Health Sciences flower has continued to improve, and some patients have reported the their eighths are even beginning to have a more pungent smell – a far cry from the “LHS flower smells like hay” reports that were rampant for much of 2019. One thing is for sure: LHS has continued to ramp up their flower production, and remains the #2 producer of cannabis flower in the state of Florida.

Liberty also offers a second tier of their flower in their ‚ÄúPapa‚Äôs Herb‚ÄĚ line, which is priced at $25/eighth. These batches are typically lower THC than the rest of their flower, but they are often very good quality in their own right.

Since our last update, LHS has started to offer a third tier of flower: their “popcorn” product, priced at $23/eighth.

Concentrates: Liberty Health Sciences currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate.

Fluent

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“Gemmador” flower from Fluent. Image courtesy of Reddit u/DedicatedMedicated71

Fluent has ramped up their flower production since our last update, and offers a new pricing structure for their flower, which is broken down into 5 tiers:

Fluent is still regarded to have very high quality flower relative to the rest of the Florida industry; with a new pricing structure and more production, we expect that Fluent’s flower sales and production both will only continue to increase throughout the rest of the year.

Fluent also introduced two new ice water extract concentrate products: their “Melt” priced at $90/gram, and rosin at $80/gram.

Concentrates: Fluent currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate, melt, and rosin.

Surterra Wellness

Myakka Native flower from Surterra. Image courtesy of Florida Medical Cannabis Collective.

Surterra has had some pretty massive updates to their product selection since our last update. They introduced their “Float” line of products, which features whole flower (finally!), shatter, and a “soft wax” concentrate product.

Surterra’s flower is priced at $30/eighth across the board, making it some of the more affordable flower in Florida. However, quality has not been particularly impressive according to my own experience and other patients’ experiences on social media; I suppose at that price, you get what you pay for, right? I am thankful that Surterra is finally offering a whole flower product, and hope they continue to improve the quality as we move forward.

Concentrates: Surterra currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate, shatter, and soft wax.

Harvest

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Florida’s Gift flower from Harvest. Image courtesy of Reddit u/Icewind6

Harvest is another relatively affordable option for Florida medical cannabis patients, with all of their eighths priced at $35/eighth.

For some reason, Harvest’s flower seems to be the least talked about on social media, and what little talk I have seen has been negative.

We’ll continue to keep our eye on Harvest to see if they try to increase their presence in the Florida medical marijuana market.

Concentrates: Harvest only offers concentrates in the form of distillate vape carts at this time.

One Plant (Formerly 3 Boys Farm)

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MAC1 flower from One Plant. Image courtesy of Reddit u/bigjocita.

One Plant has made a name for themselves in Florida’s medical cannabis industry since our last update. They’ve introduced new pricing tiers based on overall quality, shown in the chart below:

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Reviews of strains in all tiers have been largely positive, and indications from social media are that the “Exosphere” tier really is extremely high quality bud, even with the ridiculous price tag. I haven’t had a chance to try One Plant’s flower yet, so I’ll let you all be the judge. Let us know about your thoughts/experiences with their flower in the comments section of this post!

Concentrates: One Plant currently offers distillate vape carts.

MedMen

MedMen has expanded from 7 to 10 locations since our last update. However, they hardly ever have any flower available, and both the numbers on the OMMU report and the lack of social media posts show it. There are rumors that MedMen as a company may be near the end of its life; while that remains to be seen, they surely haven’t made much of an impact in Florida yet.

Concentrates: MedMen only offers concentrates in the form of distillate vape carts at this time.

Columbia Care Florida

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Tangie and Cream flower from Columbia Care. Image courtesy of Reddit u/bobbylight407

Columbia Care has made a surprising, extremely strong statement with their entrance into the Florida medical cannabis flower market. Up until the time of our last update, Columbia Care was the lone holdout of all MMTCs; it was the only one not currently offering a flower product. at the time.

That suddenly and unexpectedly changed in late Fall 2019, with Columbia Care’s announcement of their flower product, priced at $43/eighth. Reviews of this flower have been mostly overwhelmingly positive – it’s possible that Columbia is on its way to gaining a reputation as having some of the best medical cannabis flower in Florida. We’re certainly watching their growth and expansion with anticipation, and look forward to trying their flower, hopefully soon.

Concentrates: Columbia Care currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate vape carts.

Closing Thoughts

2020 looks to be another great year for medical (and possibly Adult Use) cannabis in Florida – perhaps an even better year than 2019. As all Florida MMTCs continue to grow their operations and refine their products, competition increases, and lower prices become more common; we’re seeing the beginning of this now. Multiple price tiers will continue to become more common in the industry; I predict that by the end of the year, almost all of the MMTCs will have multiple price tiers for their flower products, and will all continually have multiple strains available.

Depending on how the 2020 Legislative Session in Florida goes, a myriad of possible outcomes for our cannabis industry are possible. We optimistically believe that the outcome will be for all of our benefit; regardless of what happens, the Florida Medical Cannabis Collective will be here to inform you of all the latest developments in our cannabis industry.

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