(Curaleaf x Select) Elite Live Vape Cart Review: Citradelic Sunset (Hybrid)

It’s been quite a while since I reviewed a vape cart from Curaleaf (December 2018 to be exact – review of their Jack Herer vape cart can be found here.) However, the buzz around their partnership with Select Oils piqued my curiosity. I admittedly had not heard of Select until this, though it was apparently that some other members of the Florida Medical Trees subreddit had heard of them, and were hyped about their introduction to Florida’s medical cannabis market.

A little bit of research revealed that Select is already an established and well-reviewed brand in other legal cannabis states like California and Nevada. They use a “proprietary extraction method” and rigorous in-house testing of all their oils to ensure potency, consistency, purity, and high quality.

The “live” carts, like this Citradelic Sunset cart, take it a step further by adding in live resin terpenes to the cannabis oil. (For a bit of background on live resin for readers who haven’t heard of this type of cannabis concentrate before, click here.) By doing this, the oil should taste and feel closer to what the natural flower form of the given strain does.

At $60 for a half gram cart, these are among the priciest vape carts in Florida. But, as it often does, my curiosity has led me to purchasing it – to see what the hype is all about, if nothing else.

So – how good are the Select Elite Live carts, based off my one experience?

Quick Facts:

Citradelic Sunset – Hybrid

Price at time of review: $60/0.5g cart

Lineage: Ghost Train Haze x Mandarin Sunset

75.6% THC

0.0% CBD

(I’m sure there’s at least a small amount of CBD in this cart, but it isn’t listed on the box or label.)

75.60% Total Cannabinoids

Taste:

I can definitely tell that the terpenes are more “fresh” in this cart than others. The taste is closer to flower than other carts I’ve tried – and not necessarily by a huge margin when compared to carts with cannabis-derived terpenes, but enough to make a noticeable difference to me.

This Citradelic Sunset cart has a sweet and subtle citrus-forward taste, along with piney and earthy components. In some ways, the taste reminds me of the Alaska vape cart, but obviously the live resin terpenes in the Select cart are going to be a little closer to full flower.

As for the overall taste, I have had better tasting vape carts, but that may be strain-dependent. What can be said for certain, is the the “live” terpenes really do taste a lot like vaping actual flower.

Taste Rating: 8.50/10.00

Vapor and Product Quality

Select uses CCell cartridges, like many other brands I’ve tried – this is a good thing, as the quality is always there with CCell. The plastic mouthpiece like on this cart seems to bother some people, but I don’t necessarily have a strong opinion on the composition of my vape cart mouthpieces.

What I will count off some points in this category for, is for what seems like an excessive amount of “headspace” in the cart. It’s hard to tell in the image above, but my cart arrived filled to about 75-80%. I do understand that some absorption and other factors contribute to the headspace, and that this doesn’t always indicate a shortage of product – but the “headspace” in this cart seemed to be greater than the average of all the other carts that I’ve tried.

Other than that, the cart functions very well. No clogging, no issues – solid performance.

Vapor/Product Quality Rating: 8.00/10.00

Effects:

This Citradelic Sunset cart really hits in the effects. Though this strain is labeled as a hybrid, the cerebral effects that initially come on with this strain, are easily able to rival some of the most potent sativa stains I’ve tried. Novice and low tolerance consumers should approach this strain with caution, because it can really shift your perception – quickly. I would also say this Elite Live cart feels more like medicating with flower than any other vape cart I’ve tried. A 3-second draw truly feels like I just smoked a bowl of flower, to the point that the effects are almost indistinguishable. Anyone who’s tried a lot of vape carts knows that some seem a bit “empty” on the effects, or otherwise leave something to be desired. I didn’t find that to be the case at all here, and it may be the strongest aspect of this product.

After 20-30 minutes, the effects switch from cerebral to a more balanced, 50/50 split between mind and body effects. I feel stimulated, but not too racy. I feel relaxed, but not lazy or sedated. With that being said, Citradelic Sunset seems like a balanced strain that’s suitable for use at nearly any time of the day.

Possibly good for treating:

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

Effects Rating: 9.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.56/10.00

Curaleaf x Select’s Citradelic Sunset “Elite Live” cart is best described as an “excellent” product.

I can see why there was some hype around the announcement of Select carts being added to the Florida market. The experience is a small step above other vape carts I’ve tried, and for me, is the cart that feels the most like medicating with flower.

Based off this experience, I will likely try another strain from Select’s “Elite Live” cart lineup in the future.

Hope you all have a wonderful morning, afternoon, evening, or night – whichever applies. Thanks for reading the review!

New! – 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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Trulieve x Binske TruFlower Review: Blue Cheese (Indica)

I’ve waited a long time for one of my local MMTCs to offer the Blue Cheese strain in flower form. I’ve always seen it as one of the “classics” that I am obligated to try – up there with Jack Herer, Sour Diesel, OG Kush, Blue Dream, etc.

Yesterday (08.28.2020), Trulieve announced that they were releasing Blue Cheese flower through their collaboration with Binske cannabis. I just happened to see the email early in the morning, and was lucky enough to find it in stock at one of my two local dispensaries; I eagerly placed an order and picked it up yesterday afternoon.

I really enjoy this strain, and it some ways, it reminds me of another strain that shares the UK Cheese parent: GrowHealthy’s Queso Perro.

Quick Facts:

Blue Cheese (Indica)

(The label on the bottle was printed as “Hybrid”, but I believe this to be a misprint; the genetics are listed as an indica strain on various cannabis websites, and Trulieve’s website also listed it as an indica strain.

Price at time of review: $48/eighth 

Lineage: Blueberry x U.K. Cheese

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFL-I-23-PK-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 21.801%

CBD: 0.000%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.801%

Terpenes

The lab report for this batch is currently unavailable; this section will be updated when the report is uploaded to Trulieve’s online database.

Appearance/Cure

Some of Trulieve’s recent batches of flower have been contenders for some of the best I’ve had in Florida. This eighth of Blue Cheese is certainly good, but it isn’t quite at the level that some of the other recent strains have been grown to. The trichomes are a light amber color, but don’t look quite as mature as they should be, so perhaps this batch was harvested a bit early.

As far as the cure and moisture content, they are nearly perfect, and the trim was almost immaculate as well, save for a couple of sugar leaves that were left behind.

I feel that this strain had a bit more potential, but Trulieve didn’t do a bad job at all with this first batch, and I expect the next few batches will be much improved.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 7.90/10.00

Smell/Taste

Blue Cheese has dominating smells of diesel-y hash and blueberry, which really become evident when the bud is handled, broken apart, or ground up. There is a slight hint of cheese in the midst of everything else, but surprisingly (or perhaps not), the hashy diesel (with slight hint of cheese) in this strain really reminds me of Queso Perro from GrowHealthy. As I mentioned before, both strains share the U.K. Cheese parent, so my guess is that this is where the smell comes from.

The blueberry smell is equally notable and equally dominant to the hash/diesel/cheese, and I obviously attribute this to the Blueberry parent.

Blue Cheese is not terribly pungent in the jar, but the smell is not hard to find once the lid is opened. It becomes much more noticeable when ground up. For reference (especially for readers who have tried both strains), I think Queso Perro is a more pungent strain than Blue Cheese – at least from my experience with the cultivars we currently have available in Florida.

When smoked, the blueberry translates surprisingly well to the taste, and dominates over the fuel/hash/cheese, with a hint of a spicy finish on the exhale.

Blue Cheese seems to have the genetic potential to have a really unique and pleasant/pungent aroma, so I’m interested to see reports of improvement in future batches from Trulieve – and to possibly try them myself. It is there in this batch, but I feel there is room for improvement.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Blue Cheese hit me harder than I expected it to, with heavy/sedative effects among some of the heaviest of Trulieve’s indica flowers. I don’t find this to be an instant knockout, but it creeps in and becomes heavier with time, leaving the body feeling warm and idle. I am able to function and write this review after smoking a bowl, but I don’t feel like doing any physical activity at the moment. Such has been my experience each time I’ve medicated with this strain.

It reminds me of Queso Perro in the effects as well, but Blue Cheese seems to be quite a bit heavier, as the Queso leaned more sativa in my experience. This seems to be especially good for body aches and pains, so patients looking for that type of relief might especially appreciate this one.

For my personal use, I prefer Blue Cheese for evening and nighttime use. It leaves my mind cloudy and my body feeling heavy, which isn’t the best combination for productivity. If you find yourself to align with the effects in most of my other reviews, I recommend trying this when you don’t have anything important to get done. It’s among Trulieve’s heavier indica strains.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • General relaxation/relief 
  • Insomnia (in higher doses)

I’m definitely no medical doctor, so please take the preceding conditions only as my own personal observations from using this strain and having experience with a multitude of different cannabis strains. Everybody is different, and every body reacts differently to various medications. 

Effects Rating: 8.80/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.40/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Blue Cheese as an “excellent” indica strain from Trulieve.

For patients who enjoy the U.K. Cheese and/or Blueberry lineage, I’m sure you will find this strain is another enjoyable addition to that line – and a classic one at that. I will probably try it again next year if it is still available, as I find most MMTCs take a few batches before they really dial in on any new stains that they grow.

Trulieve continues to produce high quality flower, and I will continue to review new additions to their strain lineup as they come. Thank you to all who continue to support FLMCC – I hope this review was useful to you!

New! – 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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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Brick House (Indica)

Brick House is a relatively new indica strain for GrowHealthy- there have been a couple of batches released in 2020, but for the most part, this seems to be an uncommon strain at this point.

Brick House is a cross of Ghost Train Haze and OZ Kush, two strains I had not heard of until I checked the genetics of Brick House for this review.

Here’s a link to the popular song of the same name, just because it seemed obligatory for the review:

Quick Facts:

Brick House (Indica)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Ghost Train Haze x OZ Kush BX1

Batch Number: F-080320-BRKH-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 21.88%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.88%

Terpenes

R-Limonene: 0.432%

Beta-Myrcene: 0.504%

Linalool: 0.196%

Total Terpenes: 1.132%

Appearance/Cure

Once again, GrowHealthy delivers an outstanding cure on another eighth of flower. At this point, their flower quality (and the consistency of it always being this good) is unmatched in Northwest Florida.

The trim on this batch, however, was a bit lacking compared to that of other recent batches – you can see the sugar leaves in the images above. However, I’ve seen much worse. The trim will deduct a half point from the rating in this category.

The cure, moisture, etc. is once again top tier quality for Florida medical cannabis. I particularly liked the shade of orange on the pistils of this strain – more vibrant than most.

All in all, another great batch of flower – just don’t start slacking on the trim, GrowHealthy!

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

Brick House predominantly smells of mild, sweet lemon citrus, complemented by pine and musky floral notes in the background. It reminds me a lot of OG Kush, but not with quite the intensity of the smell as I experienced with Fluent’s Odra (OG Kush) flower.

The smell is intensified when the flower is broken apart or ground up, as is common with most all cannabis flower that I’ve tried.

When smoked, I taste sweet citrus on the inhale, followed by a spicy exhale. This isn’t a particularly notable strain in the smell/taste category, but it’s pleasant enough.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I find Brick House to be both cerebrally invigorating/stimulating, and heavily relaxing/borderline sedating on the body. This isn’t quite heavy enough of a strain for it to be a reliable bedtime strain, but it is heavy enough that I reserve it for times that I know I won’t have to do much physically or mentally demanding activity. Even writing this review has me feeling slightly scatterbrained (with two cups of coffee no less), but with effort, I can focus the cerebral effects of the strain to remain productive. I would much prefer a sativa or sativa-dominant hybrid effect strain for an activity like this, but I am still functional.

The warm-body relaxation effects of Brick House have been good for both pain and gastrointestinal issues that I’ve been having recently, so this seems like a medicinally useful strain in that regard.

All in all, GrowHealthy has other indica strains that I enjoy more, but Brick House is nice. At the end of the day, I’d say it reminds me of a more heavy/sedating OG Kush.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety 
  • Relief of minor to moderate aches and pains
  • General relaxation
  • Relief of minor GI issues: IBS, etc.

I’m definitely no medical doctor, so please take the preceding conditions only as my own personal observations from using this strain and having experience with a multitude of different cannabis strains. Everybody is different, and every body reacts differently to various medications. 

Effects Rating: 7.50/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Brick House as a “very good” indica strain from GrowHealthy.

Though not necessarily one of my favorite indica strains from GrowHealthy, it seems that it’s another strain they grew to near-perfection. I always remind my readers: just because a certain strain isn’t my favorite, doesn’t mean that it won’t be one of your favorites. Most strains are always worth at least one try (especially if the price is right), in my opinion – just because we never know what might work best for our unique physiology and endocannabinoid system.

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

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Mandelo (Indica)

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all doing well. Today is August 24, 2020, and we here in the northwest Florida panhandle are currently enjoying a steady trickle of rain from Tropical Storm Marco as it approaches the Louisiana coast to our southeast. I digress, lest we go completely off-course into a weather blog – GrowHealthy has released another new strain lineage with multiple phenotypes, and as always, I was more than eager to pick up an eighth of one whenever it became available at my local dispensary. If you need a refresher on what phenotypes are, be sure to click that link above – it’s a great source to familiarize yourself with this useful cannabis knowledge, because it does have impacts on our strain selection when we’re looking for specific medicinal effects.

Mandelo appears to be the “main” strain of this line, which crosses Herijuana with Orange Skunk to produce several citrus-forward phenotypes. My local shop only received Mandelo, but I’ll definitely get to the other phenotypes if they come around in the future, because I’ve found that I really enjoy these genetics.

My “Phenotype Campaign” for Florida MMTCs

I am a firm believer in the concept of every MMTC labeling and selling their various strains’ phenotypes as completely different strains with unique names, because the variance between phenotypes can be just as much or greater than the variance between entirely different strains/genetics. It’s a “win-win” for the MMTC and the patient: more product variety from a single variant for the MMTC, and more ease with nailing down the best strain/phenotype for the patient and their unique physiology.

If you agree with this position, be sure to let your favorite MMTC know! They do listen to the community, and this has been proven multiple times in the past. The more patients that ask for something, the more likely it is to become reality!

Quick Facts:

Mandelo (Indica)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Herijuana x Orange Skunk

Batch Number: F-073120-MNSN3-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 14.634%

CBD: 0.00%

CBG: 1.281%

Total Cannabinoids: 14.634%

Terpenes

For some reason, my label does not have a scannable QR code – the area where the code would be is blank. If anyone has the terpenes for this batch, please drop them in a comment or shoot me an email! (My email address is listed on the contact page for this site.)

Appearance/Cure

I try not to sound like a total GrowHealthy fanboy, but more often than not, their flower really impresses me. I’ve seen many different batches of flower at this point, so it’s a little harder for a particular eighth to “wow” me – but man, this eighth of Mandelo did exactly that.

I’m not sure what GrowHealthy does differently with their flower compared to other Northwest Florida MMTCs, but it is definitely consistently on an entirely different level from anything else that I’ve tried. It appears that GrowHealthy may cure their flower for a full 3 weeks, indicated by a harvest date of July 13 and a package date of August 6 on the label for this Mandelo flower. Whatever it is, it is consistently working – this eighth is incredible.

The most impressive physical aspect, in my opinion, is a tie between the near-perfect cure and the thick caking of trichomes all over the buds. The large nug in the images above weighs 2 grams on the nose, and it’s hard to see its green color on account of all the dusty golden trichomes that cover it.

This is extremely sticky flower as well, and though the grinder does pretty well with it, it is physically a bit difficult to break down. Phenomenal job, GrowHealthy.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.75/10.00

Smell/Taste

The Mandelo fruit is also known as a “cocktail grapefruit” – it is similar to the grapefruit, but slightly smaller and sweeter, often used in mixed drinks – hence the nickname.

With that being said, Mandelo flower was very appropriately named, as it has a very prominent orange citrus aroma – likely inherited from its Orange Skunk parent. I find the citrus smell to be on the sweeter side, with a hint of more musky/sour tangerine terpenes lying underneath. There may be the slightest hints of diesel, and possibly pine, when the flower is broken down or ground up. Compared to other strains I’ve tried, the smell reminds me of a cross somewhere between MÜV’s Clementine and Trulieve’s Mandarin Dreams; if any of you reading this have tried either of those strains, you may recognize some of the same terpenes in Mandelo. This strain also slightly reminds me of GrowHealthy’s Jilly Bean (Phenotype 3).

(Please note that the linked review in the above paragraph is for Jilly Bean Phenotype 5, which I found to have a much different smell than Mandelo or Jilly Bean 3. This is another great example for why naming different phenotypes is so important!)

The taste when smoked does not really reflect the orange citrus terpenes; instead, the inhale is mostly spicy and earthy, and the exhale is spicy with a slight hint of diesel.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.90/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Mandelo has been a very relaxing strain for me, surprisingly heavy for being a seemingly limonene-dominant strain, which tend to be more uplifting and sometimes energetic.

The effects of this strain come on gently, invoking the body and mind with warm and dreamy relaxation. Soon after the first draws, I find myself in a cozy haze that seems to envelope the entire body like a warm blanket. In some ways, Mandelo reminds of my first experiences with cannabis many years ago – when time seems to slow down, and all worries melt away. I love strains that are able to replicate this feeling, and it seems like GrowHealthy’s indica strains often find a way to do that for me. Mandelo is a great addition to that lineup, and I hope these genetics are here to stay.

Though I am functioning well this morning after smoking a bowl to write this review, I generally recommend Mandelo for afternoon and evening usage. This isn’t a knockout sedative strain for me, but it is heavily relaxing and borderline sedative in higher doses.

Another note: While the effects of sub-15% THC strains often seem to wear off quicker than higher percentage strains for me, that didn’t seem to be as noticeable with Mandelo.

All in all: Great medicinal strain.

Possibly good for treating:

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

I’m definitely no medical doctor, so please take the preceding conditions only as my own personal observations from using this strain and having experience with a multitude of different cannabis strains. Everybody is different, and every body reacts differently to various medications. 

Effects Rating: 9.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.28/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Mandelo as another “outstanding” indica strain from GrowHealthy.

Again, I’m really glad to see GrowHealthy leading the charge on labeling different phenotypes. It’s something that the entire industry needs to adopt as a standard practice, and I look forward to seeing others follow suit soon.

Mandelo proves to be another great example of strong genetics and superior growing skills from GrowHealthy. I look forward to trying the other phenotypes of this strain soon!

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

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Fluent “Lab” Whole Flower Review: “Aria” (AK-47: Hybrid)

Fluent’s “Lab” Releases marked a new line of products that were released in early to mid 2020. Per Fluent’s website:

Fluent Lab is an initiative that gives early access to newly developed cannabis products that have not been made available yet. These releases will feature small batches of unique routes, strains, and other innovations.

Fluent’s “Lab” Webpage

AK-47 is a strain I’ve heard of long before I became a medical cannabis patient, and one I’ve always wanted to try. A cross between 4 different landrace strains, AK-47 is known for having a “tough name” but mellow effects.

When I saw that this strain was available at my local Fluent, I eagerly ordered an eighth. This was in late May 2020 – I am a very slow smoker, and have several strains, so I’m just now finishing my last bowl for this review.

How does Fluent’s “Aria” stack up to reviews of the legendary AK-47 strain? Let’s dive in and see!

Quick Facts:

“Aria” (AK-47: Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $40/eighth 

Lineage: Colombian x Mexican x Afghani x Thai

(Note: All 4 parents are landrace strains)

Batch/Harvest Number: 0041668139197846

20.156% THC

0.052% CBD

20.258% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Cure

This batch of Aria was pretty good quality on the cure. The buds were mostly small, but had a good moisture content and seemed to be cured well. The plants may have been harvested early, as the trichomes seemed a bit shorter than on recent flower from other Florida MMTCs .

AK-47 is known for having an abundance of bright orange pistils, and those genetics came through well in this batch of Aria – most buds had a generous covering of them.

This isn’t the best flower I’ve seen in Florida, but it’s far from the worst. Fluent seems to have kept around the same flower quality for roughly the past 8 to 10 months – good, but not great.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 7.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

I didn’t know what to expect for the smell of AK-47/Aria; for some reason, I thought this would be a more gassy or skunky strain. That didn’t turn out to be the case. Aria smelled predominantly fruity – somewhere between sour apple and grape, with a herbal or earthy aroma lingering in the background.

This is the first strain of flower I’ve found in Florida that smells anything remotely like green/sour apples, so that was nice to find – I like green apples.

The taste when smoked is spicy and sweet on the inhale, and sweet and floral on the exhale, with a hint of spice. Overall, I found the taste and smell of Aria to be pleasant.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

This batch of “Aria” had really nice, mellow effects – just as I expected after reading various literature about AK-47. I find it to be a pretty well-balanced hybrid that leans slightly to the sativa end of the effects spectrum, with energetic and uplifting cerebral effects being the star of the show.

As the effects progress, and in higher doses, this can be a heavily relaxing strain that actually managed to induce couch-lock a couple of times for me. Like many hybrids and even some indica strains, I found Aria great when coupled with leisurely activity like watching TV, movies, playing video games, or even taking walks outdoors.

The effects were probably the best part about this strain – very happy, and great for eliminating depression in my case.

Possibly good for treating:

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

I’m definitely no medical doctor, so please take the preceding conditions only as my own personal observations from using this strain and having experience with a multitude of different cannabis strains. Every body is different, and every body reacts different to various medications. 

Effects Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.50/10.00

Overall, I would best describe this batch of AK-47 (or “Aria”) flower from Fluent Cannabis as “very good”.

I could definitely see myself buying this strain from Fluent again in the future, especially if the grow team tightens up and becomes more experienced; I think the genetic potential is definitely there in Fluent’s cut of AK-47, it just seems that it wasn’t fully grown to its potential this time around. By no means was the flower, bad, however – I’ve just had better at this point.

If you like AK-47 or uplifting strains in general, this is worth a try if it comes back around.

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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’m definitely no medical doctor, so please take the preceding conditions only as my own personal observations from using this strain and having experience with a multitude of different cannabis strains. Every body is different, and every body reacts different to various medications. 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 “very good” 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

“*” 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’m definitely no medical doctor, so please take the preceding conditions only as my own personal observations from using this strain and having experience with a multitude of different cannabis strains. Everybody is different, and every body reacts differently to various medications. 

Effects Rating: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.96/10.00

Overall, I would best describe GSC as a “very good” 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 – 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.

You can be assured I’ll continue to be here to try and review all the newest strains, so be sure to hit that subscribe button on the sidebar or bottom of the screen, depending on your platform. I love connecting with all of you!

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Vaca Key (Indica)

Hey everyone – hope you are doing well! We’re here with yet another Florida Keys phenotype; in fact, it’s the 3rd phenotype from this line that we’ve tried and reviewed.

GrowHealthy recently changed the game in Florida cannabis by being the first MMTC to label different phenotypes, and sell them as entirely different strains with unique names. I really appreciate GrowHealthy for doing this. For those who didn’t click the informative phenotype link, I’ll try to explain it in a simple/concise way:

Phenotypes are basically just different expressions of the same genetics. We can even think of them like human children: two parents can have several children; unless there are identical twins in the mix, chances are that each child will have their own unique looks and personality. While there may be (sometimes extremely close) similarities, the children are different; they are their own individuals, they have their own names, and they serve different purposes in the world as they live their lives.

Phenotypes are basically the same for cannabis strains: two parent strains have the potential to produce several different “children” (phenotyopes), depending on several factors such as the strain’s genetic predisposition to have a large variance between different batches. Many of us have already familiarized ourselves with phenotypes: If you’re aware of the Girl Scout Cookies strain, you may have heard of various Cookies strains such as Thin Mint, Platinum Cookies, etc. – these are all phenotypes of the Girl Scout Cookie strain.

GrowHealthy, by labeling and selling their Florida Keys phenotypes as different strains, is doing something I think everyone should be doing. Why not label the different phenotypes? It’s a mutual win for both the MMTC and the patients: the MMTCs have a larger product selection (more appealing to investors and others who fund the operation), and patients are more likely to dial in a strain that works for their unique morphology and conditions.

I can’t iterate this enough: every MMTC should label and sell their various strains’ phenotypes as completely different strains with unique names, because the variance between phenotypes can be just as much or greater than the variance between entirely different strains/genetics.

Quick Facts:

Vaca Key (Indica)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Bubba Kush x Key Lime Mints

Batch Number: F-072120-VCKY-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 22.786%

CBD: 0.00%

CBG: 1.281%

Total Cannabinoids: 24.067%

Terpenes

R-Limonene: 0.552%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.366%

Beta-Myrcene: 0.262%

Geraniol: 0.109%

Alpha-Humulene: 0.101%

Fenchyl Alcohol: 0.091%

Total Terpenes: 1.643%

Appearance/Cure

Physically, Vaca Key seems to resemble the “main” Florida Keys phenotype with a more vibrant green color than the Key Largo phenotype that I last reviewed. The pistils are medium-dark orange, and the trichomes are mature and visible to the naked eye in normal lighting.

I know I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but GrowHealthy continues to pump out phenomenal quality flower on a consistent basis. Every single full-priced eighth I’ve gotten from them has contained flower that was cured to near-perfection, with a possible exception for an eighth or two that was slightly dry. This eighth of Vaca Key is another masterful grow, with a lot of stickiness to it – so much that it gave my grinder some trouble.

There isn’t much more to say. GrowHealthy flower is GrowHealthy flower – which is consistently excellent to outstanding in 2020.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

Vaca Key is the first phenotype in the Florida Keys line that I have found to take on more of the smell of its Bubba Kush parent – which features more kushy, chocolate, and coffee terpenes.

Like both Florida Keys and Key Largo, limonene is the dominant terpene in Vaca Key, and this is apparent when first opening the jar as a musky, cookie/dessert-like sweetness is one of the first smells that becomes apparent. There is a lingering citrus as well, another commonality between this strain and the other phenotypes in its family that I have tried.

However, Vaca Key is the heaviest, muskiest smelling of the Florida Keys strain I have tried – especially when ground up. For patients who have tried GrowHealthy’s Bubba Kush flower, you will recognize the hints of chocolate and coffee that lie underneath the more dominant terpenes.

The taste when smoked has a cookies-esque sweetness, with the heavier hashy and spicy notes on the exhale. Overall, Vaca Key is a great smelling and tasting flower.

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I was a bit surprised at just how heavy and sedating this strain was for me. The last phenotype I tried before this one was the Key Largo, which was not sedating by any means; in fact, it could have even been a “daytime indica” that many patients speak of – a functional indica that doesn’t slow one down during the day.

Vaca Key, however, made itself known as a creeper with a hell of a punch. For the first 15 minutes, the mood-enhancing effects of limonene were most noticeable. But at the 15-20 minute mark, the hammer dropped, and I found myself in a complete daze. I had been watching TV, but I quickly found myself in one of those endless gazes where you lose focus and complete immerse yourself in the mind. My wife pointed out my condition to me, and only then did I realize it was the effects of this highly sedating strain that had put me into that state. It’s been consistently sedating ever since, and with the exception of medicating with a bowl before and while writing this review, I now reserve it strictly for the late night.

I’m not sure why it didn’t click with me sooner than this was the phenotype heavily expressing the effects of its Bubba Kush parent, which is one of the most sedating strains I’ve ever found. I guess Vaca Key is like the “Bubba Kush pheno” of the Florida Keys line. Use it with caution, folks. You might be locked down to your couch, chair, bed, or whatever surface you’re on after medicating with it.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • Insomnia (Especially in higher doses)
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD & related sleep issues
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • Heavy Relaxation 

I’m definitely no medical doctor, so please take the preceding conditions only as my own personal observations from using this strain and having experience with a multitude of different cannabis strains. Everybody is different, and every body reacts differently to various medications. 

Effects Rating: 9.40/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.30/10.00

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

Again, I’m really glad to see GrowHealthy leading the charge on labeling different phenotypes. It’s something that the entire industry needs to adopt as a standard practice, and I look forward to seeing others follow suit soon.

The entire Florida Keys line has proven to be enjoyable so far, with desirable medicinal effects that have subtle variances between the different phenotypes. I look forward to trying the other members of the Florida Keys family soon – wonder how many there are in total?

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

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MÜV Flower Review: Sour Jack (Sativa)

Note: All ratings for this strain were updated on 08.24.2020 to better reflect my experience after trying a higher-tier batch (T1) of this strain.

Sour Jack is the offspring of two of my favorite classic sativa strains: Sour Diesel and Jack Herer. I love both of these strains for different reasons: Sour Diesel is like the espresso of cannabis, with nearly unmatched energizing effects. On the contrast, Jack Herer is known for its ability to induce focus, making it a good strain for ADD, ADHD, and other similar mental focus-related ailments.

I’ve seen patients rave about Sour Jack for well over a year now, adding to my curiosity about how these two sativas would be when combined. After what seemed like months of not getting this strain at my local dispensary, I finally managed to grab an eighth of the T3 (small buds).

So, how does Sour Jack stack up to its superstar parents?

Quick Facts:

Sour Jack (Sativa) 

Price at time of review: $32/eighth (T3)

Lineage: Sour Diesel x Jack Herer

Batch/Harvest Number: BU220620-6570SJ

Cannabinoids

THC: 15.55%

CBD: 0.05%

Total Cannabinoids: 15.60%

Terpenes

Unfortunately, MÜV doesn’t make their lab reports available, so I have no terpene percentages to provide for this strain. Whenever this information becomes available, I will update this section with the terpenes and their percentages.

Appearance/Cure

Glass jar is my own; it is a recycled VidaCann flower jar.

MÜV’s T3 flower is $32 per eighth vs. the $50 pricetag of their T1 flower, and the $40 for T2. Per their website:

Tier 1 ($50) and Tier 2 ($40) are selected based on potency, size, structure, terpene profiles and aroma. Tier 3 is based on size only.

https://altmedflorida.com/product/copy-copy-2/

This eighth of Sour Jack was fully comprised of small, “rat pellet” size buds. Not exactly the most appealing thing to see when opening the pack, but hey – I bought the lowest tier, right?

The buds were on the dry side, but still seemed to have plenty of crystals. The physical appearance of Sour Jack, from what I can tell, leans to that of its Sour Diesel parent. I always recognized Jack Herer for both its extremely light green color, and its abundant coverage of vibrant orange pistils. Sour Diesel, on the other hand, has that forest green color with a shade darker orange pistils. As you can see in the images above, Sour Jack fits the latter description more.

After seeing other MMTCs up their flower game in the past few months, MÜV seems to be retaining the same quality that it has had since I started shopping there – which is still good quality, but it would be nice to see them improve at the same rate as the market. Maybe I’m just not getting the right strains?

Update 08.24.2020: I tried this strain again in T1 form. The cure was much better; though the buds were still small, the trichomes were easily visible and appeared to be more mature than the last batch. The trim and everything else seemed to be improved as well. With that in consideration, I will increase the score in this area from 6.00 to 7.20.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 7.20/10.00

Smell/Taste

Since both Sour Diesel and Jack Herer are pungent strains (albeit on different ends of the spectrum), I expected Sour Jack to possess an equally strong aroma, especially as some Reddit reviews indicated as much. Unfortunately, my eighth of Sour Jack did not have any sort of pungent aroma, but instead had a subtle scent that I had to focus on to find and describe.

Sour Diesel, in my experience, can vary from extremely pungent gas/diesel to a sort of loud citrus smell. I’ve tried it from both Trulieve (review here) and Fluent (review here); Trulieve’s Sour Diesel cut leans citrus (but still has notable diesel when ground up), and Fluent’s is heavily on the gas/diesel side.

Jack Herer, on the other hand, has always had a very sharp and pungent piney citrus aroma with a terpinolene-dominant terpene profile. Again, I’ve tried it from Trulieve (review here) and Fluent (review here); the smell was almost identical on both cuts.

So now that I’ve laid out the full spectrum of my experience with the smell and taste of the parent strains, where in that spectrum does Sour Jack fall?

Like with its physical appearance, I found Sour Jack to lean more toward its Sour Diesel parent in its smell – but fully on the citrus end of the spectrum; the gas/diesel terpenes were nowhere to be found in this eighth. The smell of Sour Jack when I ground it up, was actually sort of sweet, with citrus being the dominant smell, and an underlying earthiness in the background. I did not detect any terpinolene with my nose, but without a lab report, I can’t say if it is present or not. I can say that not much of the Jack Herer is present in the smell, unless some of the subtle citrus notes come from that parent.

The taste was much like the smell – smooth, subtle, and sweet citrus. Frankly, I expected to be more impressed by Sour Jack in this category, but maybe I got a weaker batch. I suppose I’ll revisit the strain if it’s available in T1 in the future; I don’t want to give up on a strain that has such good genetic potential just yet.

Update 08.24.2020: After trying this strain in T1, I am much more impressed with the smell and taste of this strain. The pungent diesel aroma from the Sour Diesel parent was much more prominent when the flower was pulled apart or ground up, though this wasn’t immediately noticeable with the flower in the jar. The earthy terpenes of Sour Diesel are what is most noticeable without handling the flower. The spicy, woody, piney terpenes of Jack Herer were faintly detectable when the flower was ground up, but overall, Sour Diesel seems to dominate this strain in the appearance and smell/taste. Considering this, I will increase the smell/taste score from 6.20 to 7.50.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Sour Jack leaned toward its Sour Diesel parent in the preceding categories, but it manages to find itself more balanced in the effects.

As I said before, I consider Sour Diesel to be my “cannabis espresso” and Jack Herer to be my “cannabis Adderall”. Sour Jack is not a speedy or racy strain, but it is not focused either. I find it to be right between Sour Diesel and Jack Herer – more mellow and uplifting, good for the mood – not necessarily a strain for motivation, energy, or focus.

Though there is some of a “sativa” energy boost associated with this strain, it isn’t overwhelmingly present. I smoked my last bowl just before i started typing this review; it is late morning, and I would best describe my mood as content. I am not really “in the zone” like I like to be after medicating with a sativa strain, but I am not aloof or unfocused either. Sour Jack seems to be right in the middle of the sativa effects spectrum, representing a good blend of the more subtle effects from its two parent strains.

With all that being said, I’d recommend to think of Sour Jack as its own unique strain if you’re buying it for its effects. If you want energy, stick with the Diesel. If you want focus and motivation, stick with Jack Herer. If you want a relatively mellow sativa to ease through the day on a fluffy cloud of happiness, but with a very light dose of energy, get Sour Jack.

Update 08.24.2020: Effects were consistent between the T3 and T1 batches, although they were possibly a bit more racy in the T1, which I believe was a more true representation of Sour Jack. The effects score will remain the same at 8.00.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and associated anxiety
  • Lack of appetite
  • Minor headaches
  • Relief of minor skeletal/muscular aches and pains
  • Good for general relaxation (in higher doses or later in the day)

I’m definitely no medical doctor, so please take the preceding conditions only as my own personal observations from using this strain and having experience with a multitude of different cannabis strains. Everybody is different, and every body reacts differently to various medications. 

Effects Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.56/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Sour Jack as a “very good” sativa strain from MÜV.

While I wasn’t floored with this strain as I expected it to be, it was good enough that I want to give it another chance. I will get a higher tier next time, as I feel that the negatives in my experience can all be attributed to buying the Tier 3 small buds. A strain like this needs to be experienced at its full potential. If I do try T1 and have a notably better experience, that will birth an entirely new section for this site – “Round 2 Reviews”. We will cross that bridge if and when we get to it!

Hope you all have a wonderful day – and thanks again for reading and being a subscriber to this site. I truly enjoy writing for it, and for all of you.

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Key Largo (Indica)

Hello everyone – hope this message finds you well! This product review marks my return to working on this site and the Collective project after a 2-3 week hiatus from everything. Without going into too much detail that I’m sure none of you really care about, I will say that life in 2020 has been exhausting, with both the pandemic and the civil unrest in the country – on top of working my full-time, 50 hour per week career. Frankly, I had no energy left at the end of the day to contribute. But human beings are incredibly resilient creatures, and I simply can’t seem to spend prolonged time away from this community that I love so dearly.

Key Largo is one of many phenotypes of GrowHealthy’s Florida Keys strain. I really appreciate GrowHealthy for labeling the Florida Keys phenotypes as different strains, as I believe they are the first MMTC/dispensary in Florida to do this. For those who didn’t click the informative phenotype link, I’ll try to explain it in a simple/concise way:

Phenotypes are basically just different expressions of the same genetics. We can even think of them like human children: two parents can have several children; unless there are identical twins in the mix, chances are that each child will have their own unique looks and personality. While there may be (sometimes extremely close) similarities, the children are different; they are their own individuals, they have their own names, and they serve different purposes in the world as they live their lives.

Phenotypes are basically the same for cannabis strains: two parent strains have the potential to produce several different “children” (phenotyopes), depending on several factors such as the strain’s genetic predisposition to have a large variance between different batches. Many of us have already familiarized ourselves with phenotypes: If you’re aware of the Girl Scout Cookies strain, you may have heard of various Cookies strains such as Thin Mint, Platinum Cookies, etc. – these are all phenotypes of the Girl Scout Cookie strain.

GrowHealthy, by labeling and selling their Florida Keys phenotypes as different strains, is doing something I think everyone should be doing. Why not label the different phenotypes? It’s a mutual win for both the MMTC and the patients: the MMTCs have a larger product selection (more appealing to investors and others who fund the operation), and patients are more likely to dial in a strain that works for their unique morphology and conditions.

I can’t iterate this enough: every MMTC should label and sell their various strains’ phenotypes as completely different strains with unique names, because the variance between phenotypes can be just as much or greater than the variance between entirely different strains/genetics.

Quick Facts:

Key Largo (Indica)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Bubba Kush x Key Lime Mints

Batch Number: F-061720-KYLG-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 13.70%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 13.70%

Terpenes

R-Limonene: 0.690%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.363%

Beta-Myrcene: 0.317%

Total Terpenes: 1.37%

Appearance/Cure

Key Largo really expressed itself beautifully in this batch, and proved to be a great example of my preceding discussion about how different phenotypes can be. You can look at the pictures in the Florida Keys review and see that it looks like an entirely different strain (other than similar bud structure). The color presentation with Key Largo is absolutely beautiful, with the deep purples really providing a contrast that shows just how caked in trichomes these buds are.

GrowHealthy seems to have an all-star grow team, as the overall cure and quality of their flower seems to be in a league in its own compared to anything else than I’ve tried, other than a few recent batches from Trulieve. This eighth of Key Largo was no exception, with dense buds that seemed to have a perfect moisture content – and a lot of stickiness.

If GrowHealthy continues to keep and improve this quality of flower, I don’t see anything stopping them from being the best in Florida. The entire business seems to be running well at this point.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

This phenotype, on paper, does not contain nearly the same variety of terpenes as the “main” Florida keys strain – and only half the total. But I’ve found that the percent of terpenes in the report doesn’t always accurately predict how “loud” or strong a flower’s smell will be, or even how pungent it will be. I attribute this to testing discrepancies between MMTCs and the fact that we still have a lot to learn about terpenes, flavonoids, and everything that contributes to what makes cannabis so wonderful.

With all that being said, the smell and taste of this strain reminds me a lot of another GrowHealthy favorite: Wookie Girl. There’s that really sweet, dessert/cookies-esque smell that I find difficult to fully describe. Anyone who’s had Wookie Girl will be able to recognize it immediately, though. I’ve never found two different strains that smelled so similar until I came across these two. A comparison of their terpene profiles shows a similar terpene makeup, with limonene being the dominant terpene in both. This explains the dominant sweetness of both strains.

It didn’t really smell like Florida Keys, which smelled more like a sweet lime citrus dessert pastry. Key Largo, though being limonene-dominant, doesn’t have much of a citrus smell to me. The herbal, earthy, sweet cookies smell and taste are what dominate this phenotype.

If you like the smell and taste of Wookie Girl, I estimate you’ll enjoy Key Largo as well.

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Keeping with the theme of “this strain is a lot like Wookie Girl”, the effects follow suit. Key Largo is extremely relaxing and uplifting, but never sedating. The potency might be questioned due to the low THC content, but I found Key Largo to pack a punch, perfect for winding down immediately after a long day of work.

The one drawback I’ve discovered with some (not all) low THC strains is that the effects, while perhaps equally potent to higher THC strains, fail to achieve the same longevity. I found myself going for another hit of Key Largo every 30-45 minutes, when typically I wait closer to 2 hours between sessions.

This was a “lighter” indica that I found suitable for afternoon, evening, and night time usage. While it was great for relaxation, I found myself going to other strains for the sedation I need to treat my occasional insomnia.

I think of it as Wookie Girl, or even Florida Keys – without quite the same sedative punch. It’s a good “bridge” strain, but not one to end the day on – for me, at least.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • May be a good strain for being social/talkative

I’m definitely no medical doctor, so please take the preceding conditions only as my own personal observations from using this strain and having experience with a multitude of different cannabis strains. Everybody is different, and every body reacts differently to various medications. 

Effects Rating: 8.50/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.13/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Key Largo as an “excellent” indica strain from GrowHealthy.

Again, I’m really glad to see GrowHealthy leading the charge on labeling different phenotypes. It’s something that the entire industry needs to adopt as a standard practice, and I look forward to seeing others follow suit soon.

Key Largo itself is a good strain, but with the lower average THC content, I think it should be a $40 eighth. The lack of longevity of the effects, coupled with the enjoyable taste and smell, makes for a product that seemed to disappear quicker than most – not a great value at $50. But the strain itself? More than solid.

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

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