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.

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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!

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Curaleaf Flower Review: Afghani (Indica)

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

Afghani (Indica)

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

Lineage: Landrace Indica

Batch/Harvest Number: TLF0428202002

Cannabinoids

THC: 18.5%

CBD: 0.00%

CBG: 3.4%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.9%

Terpenes

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

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.30/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

Fortunately, my experience in the waking world was different.

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 8.70/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.33/10.00

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

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

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

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Durban Dawg (Hybrid)

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

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

Quick Facts:

Durban Dawg (Hybrid)

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

Lineage: Durban Poison x Stardawg

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

Cannabinoids

THC: 20.21%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 20.21%

Terpenes

Beta-Carophyllee

Beta-Myrcene

Terpineol

Beta-Pinene

Limonene

Ocimene

Alpha-Humulene

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 7.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 7.70/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.40/10.00

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

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

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

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

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

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Jilly Bean 5 (Sativa)

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

Jilly Bean (Sativa) (Phenotype 5)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Orange Velvet x Space Queen

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

Cannabinoids

THC: 18.64%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 18.64%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene

Terpinolene

Terpineol

Beta-Pinene

Limonene

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.70/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.75/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.15/10.00

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

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

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Wookie Girl (Indica)

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

Wookie Girl (Indica)

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

Lineage: GSC x The White

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

Cannabinoids

THC: 15.00%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 15.00%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene: 0.559%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.678%

R-Limonene: 0.697%

Linalool: 0.627%

Alpha-Humulene: 0.169%

Total Terpenes: 2.73%

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.40/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 9.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.33/10.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trulieve Rosin Cart Product Page

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

Quick Facts:

Paradise Waits (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $60/half gram

LineageScarlet Fire x Harlequin

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

Cannabinoids

THCa: 5.2%

THC: 47.5%

CBD: 0.5%

THCV: 0.6%

CBG: 6.0%

Total Cannabinoids: 59.6%

Terpenes

Alpha-Bisabolol: 0.129%

Beta-Myrcene: 1.691%

Linalool: 0.669%

Terpineol: 0.645%

Trans-Carophyllene: 5.192%

R-Limonene: 3.336%

Valencene: 0.277%

Fenchol: 0.836%

Alpha-Humulene: 0.734%

Carophyllene Oxide: 0.166%

Borneol: 0.125%

Alpha-Pinene: 0.507%

Camphene: 0.141%

Cis-Nerolidol: 0.241%

Total Terpenes: 13.275% 

Taste

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taste Rating: 9.50/10.00

Product Quality

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

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

Trulieve Rosin Cart Product Page

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

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

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

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

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

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

Product Quality Rating: 7.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating

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

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

Effects Rating: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.66/10.00

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

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

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

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VidaCann/Tikun Olam Flower Review: Alaska (Sativa)

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

Alaska (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $55/eighth 

Lineage: Unknown; Proprietary Genetics

Batch/Harvest Number: 0793507618221130

Cannabinoids

THC: 15.2%

CBGa: 0.38%

Total Cannabinoids: 15.58%

Terpenes

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

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

Appearance/Cure

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.20/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.80/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 9.70/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.23/10.00

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

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

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

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