GrowHealthy “Master Grower Series” Flower Review: Florida Keys (Indica)

GrowHealthy introduced their “Master Grower Series” tier of flower at the end of 2019. The idea behind this is that their growers take that little bit of extra care in every step of growing this flower, in exchange for a $10 price increase for the consumer – these eighths are $60 instead of the usual $50 that GrowHealthy charges.

Until now, GrowHealthy offered 2 strains in the “Master Grower Series”: Rain Maker, and another strain called Bitter Sweetz.

Florida Keys has several phenotypes that GrowHealthy has made available as different strains in their regular $50/eighth flower series. I got one of them – Key Largo – and will be reviewing it soon as well.

GrowHealthy’s product page offers the following description of Florida Keys:

We’re delighted to introduce Florida Keys, our third premium flower in the Master Grower Series™. Inspired by one of the world’s most iconic island chains, this sublime Indica brings together some of the world’s most iconic cannabis strains, artfully pairing the complex lineage of classic Bubba Kush and Key Lime Mints (a combination of Blue Lime Pie and Sin Mint Cookies). Bubba Kush’s heavy sedative effects combine with Blue Lime Pie’s pain-numbing and sleep-promoting effects, while the addition of Sin Mint Cookies introduces a euphoric cerebral effect, melting stress and enhancing mood. Florida Keys is recommended for evening use, as this one-of-a-kind Indica can be heavy.

GrowHealthy: Florida Keys Strain Information Page

Quick Facts:

Florida Keys (Indica)

Price at time of review: $60/eighth 

Lineage: Bubba Kush x Key Lime Mints

Batch Number: F-061520-FLKS-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 20.83%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 20.83%

Terpenes

R-Limonene: 0.680%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.455%

Beta-Myrcene: 0.262%

Linalool: 0.261%

Alpha-Humulene: 0.132%

Fenchyl Alcohol: 0.118%

Geraniol: 0.114%

Valencene: 0.106%

Cis-Nerolidol: 0.102%

Terpineol: 0.100%

Total Terpenes: 2.33%

Appearance/Cure

One of the main selling points of the Master Grower Series, is that all of the strains within that collection are allowed to cure for a full 28 days.

While I was not overly impressed with the Rain Maker I tried before – at least with it being any better than the $50 eighths – it turned out to be a different story with this eighth of Florida Keys.

In short, this is some of the best flower I’ve ever seen – especially from Florida’s legal market. The cure, trim, stickiness – everything – are nearly perfect. There are so many mature trichomes on this bud that it stands out more than the color of the flower itself.

The cure and moisture/stickiness are the closest to perfection that I’ve ever seen. I actually had to exert a small amount of physical effort to break a few of these buds open, but somehow, the grinder seemed to break it down into wonderfully sticky, easy-to-work-with flower.

This batch of Florida Keys again raises the bar for all the cure ratings on the flower reviews that come will come after it. I’ve said it before: whoever is in charge of the grow team for GrowHealthy needs to be heavily commended for their work. GrowHealthy should do whatever they can to keep that individual and team in place.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.80/10.00

Smell/Taste

Florida Keys has limonene as its most dominant terpene, and that trait certainly comes through in the smell. This strain smells like a sweet, sugary lime citrus pastry with a hint of sweet/tangy skunk biting at the nose toward the end of inhalation. There’s also a “dutch” component lingering in the background; patients who have tried Trulieve’s Dutch Hawaiian strain will recognize it. There are very faint hints of the coffee/chocolate/berry aroma of the Bubba Kush present in the background as well.

The smells really come through when the buds are broken apart. I wouldn’t say Florida Keys smells exactly like key lime pie or other similar desserts, but it is really close to it – closer than any other strain I’ve come across, making Florida Keys one of the standout unique citrus strains I’ve tried.

The smell translates nicely to the taste when the flower is smoked, with hashy and spicy notes lingering through the exhale.

Florida Keys is another strong strain in the smell/taste category, and seems perfect for summertime due to its unique lime citrus dessert terpene profile.

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Florida Keys is on the heavier side of the indica effects spectrum, but doesn’t quite become heavily sedating for me. For patients who have tried GrowHealthy’s Wookie Girl, I find the effects of Florida Keys to be similar – but heavier.

In lighter doses, I find this to be an excellent choice for relaxing and releasing any negative feelings after a mentally tasking day. Work has been tough the past couple of weeks, but Florida Keys had me glued to the TV as I played the “MyPlayer” mode of NBA 2K20 on Xbox One. Suddenly, the mundane worries of the day had completely melted away, and my depression and anxiety were both much better than they were before I medicated.

In heavier does, I think this could be a good choice for relaxing into a deep, restorative sleep. With all this being said, I generally think Florida Keys is best reserved for evening and nighttime usage. Another way to describe the effects is like an even cross between Bubba Kush (more sedating) and Wookie Girl (more relaxing) – it’s somewhere in the middle of those two strains.

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 9.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.46/10.00

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

I felt that this flower was definitely a step above the average quality of GrowHealthy flower, even if only a small one.

Deciding whether something is “worth it” is totally subjective, so I am reserved in my judgment of this Florida Keys for that reason. I say to try out the Master Grower Series if you can afford to do so – if nothing else, just to see what the fuss is all about. However, Florida Keys was a Top 10 strain for me, for sure. It will have a spot in the next list I make.

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Queso Perro (Hybrid)

Queso Perro (Spanish for “Dog Cheese”) is a GrowHealthy original strain that has become a patient favorite within the past year.

This is one of the few “Cheese” lineage strains currently available in Florida’s medical cannabis program, and I have been eager to try it to see how it stacks up against all the other strains I’ve tried at this point.

What I’ve found is that I align with the masses on this one – Queso Perro is some high quality gas-type flower.

Quick Facts:

Queso Perro (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth

Lineage: Stardawg x U.K. Cheese

Batch/Harvest Number: F-060920-QSPO-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 24.13%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 24.13%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene

Trans-Carophyllene

Limonene

Linalool

Carophyllene-Oxide

Valencene

Appearance/Cure

I got two eighths from two different batches just a couple of days apart because I was so impressed with the first eighth, pictured above. Both eighths contained beautiful nugs that show the high level of quality and care that I’ve come to expect from GrowHealthy, after a consistent string of positive experiences in the past three-ish months that they have been open in my area.

The cure here is nearly perfect, which seems to be the usual case with GrowHealthy’s flower. Executive management should do whatever they can to hold on to the current grow team, because they are absolutely killing it every time.

Queso Perro is beautiful, covered in a blanket of dusty light gold crystal trichomes, accented with rusty orange-brown pistils. Solid genetics and a high-quality, seemingly experienced grow team yield a nearly perfect batch of flower.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.60/10.00

Smell/Taste

While I was surprised that neither eighth of Queso Perro smelled particularly cheesy, make no mistake: this is a sharp, pungent, gassy, loud strain – in my opinion at least.

The smell in the jar is very hashy, with hints of diesel and spice, and maybe a faint hint of cheese in the background. (In my experience, GrowHealthy’s Rain Maker was much more cheesy than Queso Perro.)

When the nugs are pulled apart or broken/ground up, however, the true pungent odor of Queso Perro really shines through. It is one of the most “fuel” and funky strains I’ve found, right up there with Sour Diesel and others like it. There are subtle hints of sweet hash and spice present as well, but the funky fuel is the most dominant smell.

When I was younger and less experienced with cannabis, I equated more gassy, loud strains with higher potency. I know now that this isn’t always the case; however, the point I wanted to make is that Queso Perro reminds me a lot of those classic “dank strains” from years before.

I find the taste when smoked to be more musky and spicy; the Stardawg parent seems to come through more in this area.

This is a great, classic “loud” strain that almost any cannabis patient/consumer can enjoy.

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Queso Perro comes across as a sativa-dominant hybrid to me, seeming to lean heavy to the sativa side. I find the cerebral invigoration to be so pronounced that I actually use this strain most when I first wake up to get the day started, and then once again when I first get home from work in the evening. It is one of those hybrids that I feel could get away with being labeled as a sativa strain; however, the body relaxation is noticeable enough to justify the hybrid label.

I find this to be a very versatile, happy, uppity strain. Unintentionally, it has been the only daytime flower strain I’ve used since I got it. It does a great job of both lifting my depression and motivating me, with the relaxing aspects keeping it controlled enough to prevent anxiety and/or paranoia. Queso Perro seems suitable for use any time from early morning to early evening.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Lack of motivation
  • General relaxation/relief 

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: 9.30/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.43/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Queso Perro as an “outstanding” hybrid strain from GrowHealthy.

At this point, I would label Queso Perro and Wookie Girl as my 2 favorite strains from GrowHealthy, and amongst my favorite Florida strains of all time. This is one that I will have to keep in stock and pick up whenever it is available.

If you enjoy loud, funky strains – or strains that are happy and uplifting, I think Queso Perro is an excellent fit.

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GrowHealthy “Signature Blend Series” Vape Cart Review: Sour Silly Bean (Hybrid)

GrowHealthy’s “Signature Blend Series” is their premium vape cart line, designed to feature custom strains that are set apart from the “stock strains” that they keep in rotation.

GrowHealthy’s Brand Page for the series offers the following:

At GrowHealthy, we’re not only dedicated to bringing you high-quality cannabis—but also highly-anticipated experiences.

That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce our premium Signature Blend Series ™, a small-batch collection of high potency, limited-release cartridges that brings together coveted cannabis strains to create new and unique effects.

These one of a kind cartridges contain custom blends by true luminaries, including Melina Villalobos, Extraction Manager for GrowHealthy. For those who want to elevate their experience this exclusive Signature Blend Series™ is that—special. But hurry. Once a blend is gone, it’s gone for good.

GrowHealthy Signature Blend Series Brand Page

Quick Facts:

Sour Silly Bean – Hybrid

Price at time of review: $55/0.5g cart

LineageJilly Bean x Smile x Sour PZ

80.23% THC

1.27% CBD

81.50% Total Cannabinoids

Taste:

I’d say the Jilly Bean parent stands out the most in the taste, bringing tart and tangy citrus notes to the forefront of the taste. I’ve heard some patients compare this to a Warhead candy, and I can see where they’re coming from with that evaluation as well.

There is an earthy musk that lingers on the exhale as well. In some ways, the taste of this Sour Silly Bean cart reminds me of how MUV’s Pootie Tang disposable vape tasted, with an almost grapefruit-like citrus being the most dominant taste.

I think most people who enjoy citrus-forward vape carts will enjoy the taste of Sour Silly Bean.

Taste Rating: 8.00/10.00

Vapor and Product Quality

GrowHealthy cartridges are all variations of CCell, so the overall build of the cart is solid. Though this cart didn’t seem to draw quite as efficiently as others I have tried, it didn’t give me any real clogging issues.

I found the cart to be filled nearly to the top, as seen in the second image above. I know there’s a certain about of “headspace” to be expected in vape carts, but some are much more pronounced than others. Fortunately, this cart had little to no headspace.

Solidly constructed cart + generous product amount = satisfaction in this category.

Vapor/Product Quality Rating: 9.00/10.00

Effects:

Though Sour Silly Bean is listed as a hybrid, I find it to feel almost entirely like a sativa strain, albeit a more mellow one. Like the taste, I find that the effects of this strain are really close to the Jilly Bean parent: very uplifting, cerebral, motivating, and generally good for daytime use.

Body relaxation is present, but very mild. Even later in the day, after a long day of work, a couple of draws of Sour Silly Bean has me back on the grind, eager to write this review and to remain productive throughout the night.

Sour Silly Bean is best for use from early morning to late afternoon, and at least from my experience, can be substituted for a sativa strain if needed.

Possibly good for treating:

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

Effects Rating: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.66/10.00

GrowHealthy’s Sour Silly Bean “Signature Blend Series” cart is best described as an “excellent” product.

I always enjoyed GrowHealthy’s distillate and distillate vape carts from the very first time I tried them in early 2019. Sour Silly Bean is a great addition to their lineup, and though I know the description for this product line says “once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!”, I hope GrowHealthy brings it around again in the future – it’s a very uplifting, happy strain.

Based off this experience, I will likely try another strain from the Signature Blend Series in the future.

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

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Grape Stomper (Hybrid)

Grape Stomper is a relatively new strain, created by Gage Green Seeds. I originally tried this strain in distillate form in early 2019; however, back then, GrowHealthy’s product structure was a bit different. Grape Stomper was still a “Balance” product, but Balance wasn’t the label for hybrid strains back then; instead, it was a line of 1:1 CBD:THC formulations – and Grape Stomper was one of them. Eventually, GrowHealthy introduced hybrid strains and changed its 1:1 line to “Relief” so hybrids could take over “Balance”.

As for Grape Stomper itself, it is said to be a slightly sativa-dominant high-THC hybrid strain, also known as Sour Grapes. Many Florida cannabis patients enjoy this strain, based on what I see on social media, and I think I have now joined their ranks.

Quick Facts:

Grape Stomper (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Purple Elephant x Chemdog Sour Diesel

Batch Number: F-042920-GRST-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 21.74%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.74%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene

Limonene

Terpinolene

Appearance/Cure

The batch of Grape Stomper pictured above is some of the frostiest flower I’ve ever seen; it is absolutely covered in trichomes – to the point that I find them caked on my fingers after handling the bud.

Stickiness is not especially present in this batch, but the flower is dense, and the nugs are large and aesthetically pleasing. There’s so much kief (trichomes) all over the flower, that it has an almost golden appearance, especially in certain lighting.

This batch is slightly dry, but not bad at all by any means. Overall, it’s another fantastic quality batch from GrowHealthy.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

Grape Stomper has a sweet candy-berry aroma, with an equally present earthy/peppery scent making up its pleasant terpene profile.

I find that the earthy/peppery terpenes are more noticeable when I smell the flower inside the plastic container, but when I grind the flower up, that candy-grape smell really becomes apparent. It reminds me a lot of the way grape Smarties candy smells and tastes, actually – with the earthy peppery, musky cannabis scent to top it off.

When smoked, I find Grape Stomper to lose most of its sweet berry qualities; instead, the taste of the smoke is almost completely spicy, peppery, and earthy. It reminds me of GrowHealthy’s Strawberry Haze in some ways, but I think I enjoy that strain a little bit more than this one, in the smell/taste category.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I’ve found Grape Stomper to be mostly energetic and cerebral in its effects, but there is a small aspect of body relaxation that is present as well. In terms of effects, I would say this is probably 65/35 sativa-dominant.

Really, the effects are even-keel and well-rounded, all-in-all relaxing. Grape Stomper initially gives me a lot of lift, but it very quickly mellows out into a more “hybrid” effect profile.

This seems like a versatile strain, great for anything from being productive to relaxing at home or outdoors. I found myself to get giggly more than once while medicating with this strain, even during a Moderator meeting for Florida Medical Trees. I don’t seem to get appetite stimulation from Grape Stomper, though, which I usually find to be concurrent with getting the giggles.

Grape Stomper overall has versatile effects that are both energetic and relaxing, and I personally find it suitable for use any time from early morning to late evening – just not right before bed, as it seems a bit too energetic for that (for me.)

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety 
  • Motivation issues
  • Good for general relaxation
  • Relief of minor aches and pains
  • Relief of minor to moderate nausea and gastrointestinal discomfort

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: 8.66/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Grape Stomper as an “excellent” hybrid strain from GrowHealthy.

I continue to find myself more and more impressed with GrowHealthy’s quality consistency across all their products. As it stands, they are currently one of my favorite MMTCs to buy my products from. If you like “berry” strains or sativa-dominant hybrids, I think Grape Stomper is an excellent choice.

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Sativa)

Trulieve has been dropping new flower strains left and right the past couple of months: first with the release of Sunshine Cannabis flower in April, Blue Dream last week, and the release of this Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Papaya Cake todya (05.29.2020).

There is some information on a strain with the same name available at most major online strain libraries like Leafly, but the genetics listed indicate that it is bred by Humboldt (rather than Surfr) and is therefore a different strain than what Trulieve has.

My location unfortunately never received Papaya Cake, but I was lucky enough to get an eighth of this strain. Here is Trulieve’s description:

Pineapple upside down cake is a cross of Golden Pineapple and Trophy Wife (Wedding Cake F2) from Surfr Seeds. This strain is a fruity tropical treat delivering a clear mentally stimulating high that is perfect for day time and active users. High levels of THC and terpenes including terpinolene, beta-myrcene, limonene and trans-caryophyllene deliver a tropical, floral creamy smoke that has a long lasting effect unique to most Trulieve offerings. This variety should work well for people with PTSD, anxiety, appetite stimulation and mild pain relief.

Trulieve’s Product Page

Quick Facts:

Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $53/eighth 

Lineage: Golden Pineapple x Trophy Wife

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFL-BLD-S-18-PK-2

Cannabinoids

THC: 30.809% – This is the first flower I’ve had that breaks the 30% THC threshold.

CBD: 0.000%

THCV: 0.175%

CBG: 1.219%

Total Cannabinoids: 32.203%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 1.505%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 1.012%

R-Limonene: 0.510%

Linalool: 0.164%

Alpha Humulene: 0.207%

Total Terpenes: 3.398%

Appearance/Cure

I’m reminded of my first time buying Paradise Waits from Trulieve when I first opened this strain. That batch of Paradise raised the bar of flower quality for Trulieve at the time, and the overall average of their flower became better after that.

The same thing happened when Trulieve released Sunshine Cannabis flower last month; once again, the bar was raised for them.

This has happened for a third time with the batch of Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I’ve been saying for the past few weeks that GrowHealthy was leading my choices in flower quality, but this eighth meets or exceeds that level of quality, and again has Trulieve in my personal “bracket” vying for the #1 flower quality position.

The trim is close to immaculate. The cure is the same, with extremely dense, extremely sticky buds that grind or break down to a very soft, fluffy texture that is easy to work with.

Trichomes are visible to the naked eye and appear to have been allowed to mature, as they are gold to amber in color.

The entire eighth weighed 3.8 grams and is comprised of 3 nugs, of which the largest weighed 1.8 grams.

Well done, Trulieve. You seem to keep finding a way to excel your previous bests. That is the mark of a good and improving grow operation. Give that team some credit!

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.60/10.00

Smell/Taste

Pineapple Upside Down Cake has a mild smell, and honestly, it doesn’t smell like its namesake to me. It reminds me of Paradise Waits in a way, but the smell is not as pungent and full as that strain.

I find this strain to be sweet and hashy, with hints of pine and citrus.

The taste when smoking the flower is very similar to the smell; however, the taste does have a sweet cake-like quality on the exhale. It’s really nice, actually.

This isn’t a top strain in this category, but fans of the Cake lineage should enjoy this mildly sweet member of the family.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.90/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I’m one that preaches “THC % isn’t everything” – and it isn’t. Terpenes and other cannabinoids matter, and this Pineapple Upside Down Cake is not guaranteed to be potent just because of the listed THC percentage.

However, when a flower has both high THC and high terpenes, and (perhaps most importantly) it was allowed to both fully mature and cure, then it has the potential to be extremely potent. That’s exactly what happened with this batch.

The first time I tried it, all it took was one small hit. I was done. That’s all I needed.

This is a racy, speedy, energetic sativa strain for me, with little in the way of body effects. It reminds me a lot of 99 Problems from GrowHealthy, and is among the most racy sativa strains I have tried. If you are prone to any sort of anxiety from sativa and/or potent cannabis strains, tread very lightly with this strain and others like it, especially when they have ridiculous THC levels like this. A little goes a long way if you happen to have this batch.

I find this strain to be both a great mood booster and a good motivator, as well as a fairly good creativity stimulator. I did not enjoy doing leisurely tasks while medicating with it earlier; I wanted to be doing something meaningful or productive, so I came to write this review.

In my book, this is another “espresso” cannabis strain. It may have a slightly more prevalent body relaxation component than strains like 99 Problems or Sour Diesel, but not much at all – nothing noticeable to most consumers/patients.

I enjoy strains like this, but I recommend having CBD on hand if you aren’t experienced with them. They can be intense!

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 9.60/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.03/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Pineapple Upside Down Cake as an “outstanding, high-energy” sativa 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.

This experience has me ready to try other new strains from Trulieve. I might have to go check out that Blue Dream to compare it to Fluent’s version

For patients who enjoy racy sativas, this strain is an excellent choice. I’m really impressed with it, and can’t wait to see what else Trulieve and other MMTCs have in store for the second half of 2020.

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Emerald City Kush (Indica)

Emerald City Kush is one of GrowHealthy’s newer strains as of the time of this review. There really isn’t a lot of information available about it, so I can only describe my experiences with this strain for you all to have a reference when considering buying it or not.

I enjoy this one. It’s not necessarily my favorite GrowHealthy indica flower, but it is a nice strain.

Quick Facts:

Emerald City Kush (Indica)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth

Lineage: Triangle Kush x OZ Kush BX1

Batch/Harvest Number: F-043020-EMCK-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 20.68%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 20.68%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene

Carophyllene Oxide

Limonene

Linalool

Trans-Carophyllene

Appearance/Cure

I was really impressed with the overall quality of this eighth of Emerald City Kush. The large nug in the images above is the largest I’ve ever gotten in Florida’s legal market up to this point, weighing in at 2.8 grams by itself.

The color of the strain fairly closely matches its name, with a deep and vivid almost-emerald green color that immediately grabs one’s attention.

The cure and trim of this flower is, again, nearly perfect – another great staple in a long series of phenomenal quality pickups from GrowHealthy (who operates as iAnthus, or $ITHUF for you investors who are reading this.)

I found this flower to be dense and really sticky to the touch. This was another great job from start to finish by GrowHealthy.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.10/10.00

Smell/Taste

Emerald City Kush has a unique smell, that has notes of musky hash, different types of wood, and oddly enough – a hint of bad breath.

If there’s any other strain I’ve tried that has a smell somewhat close to Emerald City Kush, it would have to be Trulieve’s Crescendo – but it is not a close match.

When ground up, a much more pungent diesel and chemical/ammonia aroma quickly becomes apparent.

The taste when smoked slightly resembles the smell of the flower, but it’s mostly just earthy, woody, and spicy.

I enjoyed the smell and taste of Emerald City Kush, but did not find it to be a standout strain here.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.90/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I find Emerald City Kush to be a heavy and sedating indica strain, but it doesn’t necessarily make me sleepy. I smoked quite a bit before writing this review, and mostly just found myself spaced out and laughing at random things. It’s hard for me to focus or remain productive; really, all I want to do is just “sit here”.

This isn’t really a “fun” indica for me either though, not when compared to the likes of other great strains like Wookie Girl. It seems like it may be good for pain, GI issues, or other similar ailments – maybe even a good strain for anxiety.

There is some cerebral lift with this strain, but not much. The body relaxation is not the most fulfilling either; there is just more of an overall haziness and cloudiness that I feel every time I medicate with this strain.

I have to say, Emerald City Kush is not my favorite indica in the effects department. As I always say though: it might be your favorite, so don’t let this review stop you from trying it!

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General (Heavy) Relaxation 
  • Other similar ailments that heavy/relaxing indicas may relieve
  • Insomnia (in high 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: 7.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Emerald City Kush as a “very good” indica strain from GrowHealthy.

While the genetics weren’t my personal favorite, I do have to give the growers at this MMTC their credit for an excellent production. To any GrowHealthy executives who may be reading: your greatest strength right now is in whoever is behind the grow operation – hands down.

I’ll be back with more GrowHealthy reviews coming in the near future, so stay tuned to this website and our various social media for all the latest updates from FLMCC!

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MÜV Flower Review: Guru (Indica)

Guru – an offspring of the well-known Forbidden Fruit strain, and somewhat of a cult favorite amongst Florida medical cannabis patients. This strain doesn’t have much in the way of “official” information about it online yet, but there are a decent amount of reviews that can be found in various Reddit communities.

This seems to be somewhat of a “love it or hate it” strain; I’ve seen nearly equal amounts of people raving about how good it is, and others who don’t understand the love for Guru.

I find myself more in line with the former group – this is an excellent indica for relaxation and helping one drift off to sleep at the end of the day.

Quick Facts:

Guru (Indica) 

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

Lineage: Forbidden Fruit x Petrol OG

Batch/Harvest Number: BU060520-111GU

Cannabinoids

THC: 19.37%

CBD: 0.07%

Total Cannabinoids: 19.44%

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

MÜV’s T3 flower is $32 per eighth vs. the $50 pricetag of their T1 flower or 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/

Guru definitely takes after its Forbidden Fruit parent with its appearance. The purples – which seem to be a blend of violet and fuchsia shades – are amongst some of the most beautiful that I’ve seen, even with these micro-popcorn nugs. (Speaking of that, I’ve been told that this strain tends to put off smaller buds than average – so take that for what you will.) This is a strain that is sometimes recognizable without it even being identified in the post, due to the distinct blend of purples and greens. Very aesthetically desirable genetics here – lots of bag appeal.

The trim is really good, and even though the nugs are extremely small, they are within acceptable range for the Tier 3 price point – by my standards, at least. What matters most is that I was able to work with them.

Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this batch, is the dryness of the flower. I’ve had worse, but after getting used to the phenomenal cures that GrowHealthy, VidaCann, and Trulieve seem to have been pumping out lately, this really stood out as being undesirably dry. It turned to dust in the grinder; luckily, this didn’t result in extremely harsh smoke.

If this batch had been cured and dried correctly, it’d have an upper-9’s rating in this category. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case this time. I’ll surely try T2 or T1 again in the future though – this is a great strain overall.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

This is a strain with a very distinct smell. Guru has a really pungent, tart, zesty citrus smell, which is accompanied by a hint of a more skunky/diesel terpene. The citrus presentation here seems to be closest to a bitter grapefruit scent/taste.

It reminds me a lot of VidaCann’s I95 x Lemon G13 flower in its smell, but with grapefruit citrus terpenes rather than lemon.

The smell and taste seem to be the most “controversial” aspect of this strain for most patients, from what I’ve seen. I can see why this is – this is a very strong and unique smell, and it is not like most other strains we come across in Florida.

For my part, I enjoy the smell and taste a lot. My wife is a patient as well, however, and she does not – though she does love the effects.

I suppose you’d have to determine for yourself if you like this one – it seems to be a relatively more even split as to whether you will or you won’t.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Guru is among the most relaxing indica strains I have found: it has exceptional effects, in my opinion. In many ways, it reminds me of the way GrowHealthy’s Wookie Girl makes me feel, but I think Guru is a bit more sedating.

For me, this is strictly an evening strain. While there is a cerebral quality to Guru, it is not enough to make it useful for motivation or energy. Instead, I go to Guru when I want to sit down and do something that requires little to no movement.

I’ve found that small doses are better for relaxation, and heavier doses better for sedation and/or sleep. This seems like it would be a good strain for pain relief, and for any GI issues as well. Its effects are what I consider to be true indica (relaxing, sedating) in nature. If I had to tie a percentage to it, I would say Guru feels like it is 80-85% indica in effects – not referring to the plant structure or genetics, but instead whether the strain makes you feel energized (“sativa”) or sedated (“indica)”. I’ll have a more complete article on the evolution of the meaning of these terms coming soon.

Back to Guru – it’s strictly night time use for me. I love it, and recently included it in my Top 3 Indica Strains for the month of May 2020.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety 
  • Motivation issues
  • Good for general relaxation
  • Relief of moderate aches and pains
  • Relief of minor to moderate nausea and gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Relief of minor insomnia (in higher doses, and during the latter part of effects)

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: 9.10/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.50/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Guru as an “excellent” indica strain from MÜV.

In the end, I come out as a solid fan of this strain. I’d say I recommend it – but know that this seems to be a more “divisive” strain than others, or perhaps people are just more opinionated with it.

For me, this is a solid indica, and I will be getting it again in the future – hopefully with a much better cure next time.

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GrowHealthy “Master Grower Series” Flower Review: Rain Maker (Hybrid)

GrowHealthy introduced their “Master Grower Series” tier of flower at the end of 2019. The idea behind this is that their growers take that little bit of extra care in every step of growing this flower, in exchange for a $10 price increase for the consumer – these eighths are $60 instead of the usual $50 that GrowHealthy charges.

This leads to the unavoidable, cliche question that comes up when we talk about premium flower: is it worth it?

People get so passionate about the price tiers of flower, and I’ve seen so many people get angry at others for buying “premium” products – they say that this will cause all prices to go up.

However, what I’ve seen in the ~6 months of these premium options being available, is that they are just that: options. GrowHealthy offers really spectacular flower in their “Littles” for $35/eighth, and the only drawback (which isn’t even a drawback in the medicinal sense) is the bud size. My view is that as long as these dispensaries offer the more affordable options as often, or more often, then their premium options – why get mad at someone for exercising their freedom of choice? Sometimes, this type of “activism” can be counterproductive to our cause.

All this goes to say: I still had my $75 off $150+ discount, and I really liked everything I’ve gotten from GrowHealthy so far. I decided to pull the trigger and see what the hype is about.

To my knowledge, GrowHealthy currently has offered 2 strains in the “Master Grower Series”: this Rain Maker, and another strain called Bitter Sweetz.

Enough preface – let’s get into the review.

Quick Facts:

Rain Maker (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $60/eighth 

Lineage: Citral Skunk x Mandarin Sunset

Batch Number: F-050220-RAIN-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 21.74%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.74%

Terpenes

Terpene data for this strain are currently unavailable – check back later for updates!

Appearance/Cure

One of the main selling points of the Master Grower Series, is that all of the strains within that collection are allowed to cure for a full 28 days.

I’d say this eighth of Rain Maker was allowed to grow, mature, and cure very well; what I’m not so sure of is that this flower is any better quality than their other eighths priced at $50. I feel like this is on a similar level to the Jilly Bean I recently picked up from GrowHealthy, and perhaps a bit dryer.

However, nothing can take away the fact that this is outstanding quality cannabis flower. It’s extremely frosty, as you can see from the images above. It retains that density of trichomes (or even more so) when the buds are broken apart. The trim is good. The flower is dense.

So again – amazing quality. But worth the extra $10 vs. their other flower? That’s debatable in this instance. I’d be more likely to “believe” $55 based on this eighth alone.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.20/10.00

Smell/Taste

Rain Maker has two distinct smells that make up the bulk of its aroma: citrus and cheese.

Both are equally prevalent, and both equally intensify when the bud is broken apart or ground up.

This strain reminds me of another I’ve tried: MUV’s Mandarin Dreams flower. As another Redditor pointed to me, this makes sense: Both Rain Maker and Mandarin Dreams have a common parent strain in Mandarin Sunset.

The taste when smoked is very similar to the smell, with an added spice on the exhale that seems to be common on strains with fruity terpene profiles.

I enjoy the smell and taste of this strain, and the 28-day cure seems to be noticeable in the more “full” aroma.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I find Rain Maker to be a sativa-leaning hybrid, but not drastically so: perhaps 55/45 sativa in effects.

The initial feelings I get are very strong, cerebral, and energizing. I feel it in my forehead and behind the eyes – somewhat intense, but not overwhelming.

The “sativa” effects are really dominant for the first 20 minutes or so. At that time, a very full body relaxation comes washing in, but not in a sedating manner. This is another strain I enjoyed using for leisurely activities like playing video games and watching movies. It isn’t bad for writing this review either, but perhaps a little more relaxing (and less motivating) than I would like.

Rain Maker seems best suited for use any time from the morning to the evening. It’s overall a well-balanced hybrid – just a bit sativa-leaning. Like the smell, the quality of the flower seems to come through in the effects feeling “full” – I don’t know how to describe what I’m talking about beyond that, but I know many of you will know what I’m talking about – sometimes products can feel like there’s “something missing”; however, really high-quality products will leave one feeling more relaxed and truly medicated/relieved of their ailments. This is one of those products.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Depression

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: 8.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.63/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Rain Maker as an “excellent” hybrid strain from GrowHealthy.

I felt that this flower was on par with the quality of the rest of the flower I’ve gotten from GrowHealthy. I do not feel there was anything in my medicating experience that warranted the extra $10 for the eighth, but perhaps this was an example of the “low end” of quality for the Master Grower Series.

Deciding whether something is “worth it” is totally subjective, so I am reserved in my judgment of this Rain Maker for that reason. I say to try out the Master Grower Series if you can afford to do so – if nothing else, just to see what the fuss is all about.

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: White 99 (Hybrid)

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

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

Quick Facts:

White 99 (Hybrid)

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

Lineage: The White x Cinderella 99

Batch Number: F-050220-WT99-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 23.06%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 23.06%

Terpenes

Trans-Carophyllene

Beta-Myrcene

Terpineol

Beta-Pinene

Limonene

Farnesene

Fenchyl Alcohol

Alpha-Humulene

Linalool

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.16/10.00

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

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

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

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Curaleaf Flower Review: Afghani (Indica)

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I’ve been wanting to try Curaleaf’s flower for a while now after seeing increasing positive reviews of it on social media, but until recently, it’s been difficult to catch it in stock (or available for delivery) from Tallahassee. I suppose one positive aspect of this whole COVID-19 pandemic is that delivery services are more readily available, so I’ve finally been able to try an eighth of Curaleaf’s flower.

From posts I’ve seen on social media over the past year, Curaleaf was originally really weak with the quality of their whole flower, but began steadily improving around 6 months ago. There have been enough posts of good-looking flower coming from Curaleaf for me to finally feel like pulling the trigger.

Afghani is a landrace indica strain said to hail from the high elevations of the mountains in Afghanistan. It is renowned for its heavy body effects that induce a full body relaxation, and sleep in higher doses. It’s been Curaleaf’s “flagship” strain ever since smokable flower was legalized in early 2019.

I must go ahead and say that I am impressed with the eighth that I got from Curaleaf. It is in line from the average quality I expect from Trulieve, VidaCann, Fluent, and other MMTCs with similar quality flower.

Quick Facts:

Afghani (Indica)

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

Lineage: Landrace Indica

Batch/Harvest Number: TLF0428202002

Cannabinoids

THC: 18.5%

CBD: 0.00%

CBG: 3.4%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.9%

Terpenes

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

Appearance/Cure

I’ve seen an extremely wide variety of sentiments on Curaleaf’s flower over past year: some patients have said it’s the worst flower they’ve ever seen, and others have said that Curaleaf could contend for the best flower in Florida. Reviews have generally trended more positive in the past 6 months, but I didn’t know what to expect.

I’m actually pretty impressed with the quality of this eighth of Afghani. The trichomes are plentiful and look to be at least somewhat mature. The flower itself is light to medium green, accented with medium orange pistils.

The moisture content and cure seem to have been done well, and the flower is sticky when broken apart. It may be ever so slightly dry, but not by much – maybe 10% more dry than what I consider to be “perfect” for my preferences.

It appears that this flower was machine-trimmed judging from the “holes” throughout the bud, but the overall trim is good.

Curaleaf’s Afghani seems to check all the boxes of a well-grown flower. As I said before, it holds its own with the quality of the flower from some of the more established MMTCs in Florida.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.30/10.00

Smell/Taste

There’s a little story with me and the smell of Afghani flower.

For some strange reason, I had a recurring dream 2 or 3 times within the past year. In the dream, I finally had an eighth of Afghani flower, and felt excited to try it. When I opened the jar, though, there was absolutely zero smell. Every time I had the dream, it was the same.

Fortunately, my experience in the waking world was different.

Afghani has a peppery, musky, slightly sour funk terpene profile. It reminds me a lot of Trulieve’s Northern Hash Plant‘s terpene profile, so for my readers who have tried that strain, I believe you’ll notice some similar elements in Curaleaf’s Afghani. This makes sense, as Northern Hash Plant has Afghani lineage. I would suspect that this batch of Afghani has high myrcene content based on its smell.

When broken apart or ground up, Afghani flower seems to exhibit more of its sour and funky/skunky terpenes.

I find the taste of the flower when smoked to be musky, peppery, and earthy. It is somewhat smooth.

Curaleaf’s Afghani is overall a nice-smelling, funky indica strain.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Afghani is supposed to be 100% indica, and its effects seem to fall in line with this label.

While there is an initial cerebral “jolt”, it is short lived, and heavy sedating body effects creep in not long after consuming this flower. The very first time I smoked it was probably the most intense in this regard; it almost felt like an opiate or benzodiazepine sensation – something I thankfully have not felt in many years.

In lighter doses, this is still a couch-locking strain. I feel glued to my chair as I type this review – that’s after smoking only 3 hits with a moderate to high tolerance.

In heavier doses, this strain usually makes me really sleepy, and works well for helping me to get to sleep and stay asleep. It feels like it will work really well for pain relief too, based on the “warm body” sensations it gives me. Like its smell, the effects of Curaleaf’s Afghani also remind me of how Trulieve’s Northern Hash Plant makes me feel – some of the heaviest indica effects I’ve found.

If you’re looking for those “classic indica effects” – heavy, hungry, happy, sleepy – Curaleaf’s Afghani is a good choice. However, it still feels like this flower had more potential in its grow. It feels like quality medicine, but ultimately, I’ve found strains and batches that feel more “whole” and overall better during my time as a Florida cannabis patient.

With all that being said, this Afghani has high quality medicinal effects, best used during the evening.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • Moderate to severe aches and pains
  • Moderate to severe nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Insomnia (especially in higher doses)

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

Effects Rating: 8.70/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.33/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Afghani as an “excellent” indica strain from Curaleaf.

All things considered, I am impressed with this sample of Curaleaf’s flower. I will certainly have to try other strains in the near future, as I feel this Afghani held its on with the medium-high quality flower found from other MMTCs throughout the state. It seems to be one of Curaleaf’s main strains for the time being, so hopefully it is an indication that the overall quality of their flower is improving.

If you’re looking for a strain to help you relax and/or get a good night’s sleep, I’d say to give this Afghani a try!

NEW: YouTube “Minute Review”

Maybe you don’t have time to read the in-depth review, or maybe you’d like to see more photos of this strain, and less words. Whatever the case may be, we’ve got you covered. Check out the “minute review” below – you’ll be done in less than 2 minutes.

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