FLMCC Comfort Tees Now Available Online!

Hey all – hope this message finds you well.

I’ve been talking about launching a merchandise line forever, and finally got around to it tonight. The first product is live: the FLMCC Comfort Tee! All sizes from small to 5x are available.

Minimum of 10 orders will be needed to start the first shipment, per Teespring’s policy. If that threshold is not reached, your payment method will not be charged.

These are a great way to support the Collective and have another awesome new shirt to add to the collection!

Here’s a link to the product page, as I am currently not able to embed it here:

Flmcc Comfort Tee (Unisex) Black T-Shirt Front
Front
Flmcc Comfort Tee (Unisex) Black T-Shirt Back
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https://teespring.com/flmcc-comfort-tee-unisex?tsmac=store&tsmic=flmcc-virtual-shop&pid=369&cid=6513

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music:

Cannabis Product & Strain: GrowHealthy Grape Stomper Flower

Narcissism, Selfishness, and Lack of Empathy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Materialism, Worship of Money, Lack of Spirituality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Partisanship, Division

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

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

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

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

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Birds of Paradise (Sativa)

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

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

Quick Facts:

Birds of Paradise (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Kali Snapple x Blue Heron

Batch/Harvest Number: F-042220-BIRD-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 19.56%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 19.56%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene

Trans-Carophyllene

Alpha-Pinene

Ocimene

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 2.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor gastrointestinal issues
  • General relaxation

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

Effects Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 6.00/10.00

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

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

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Blue Coffin (Sativa)

I recently tried by first batch of flower from GrowHealthy (review here) after reading so many rave reviews about it for the past year.

Spoiler: I was equally impressed by what I got; it lived up to the hype.

Blue Coffin is a strain that is actually brand new to GrowHealthy, so it was interesting to get the feeling of being one of the first people to try and review it, since I have had the 1 year delay on being able to review their flower. Consequently, there’s not really much information about this strain online, other than what GrowHealthy has listed on the product page for it:

This more moderate Sativa offers buzzy cerebral effects from its Fort Collins Cough lineage combined with body relaxation from Blue Heron. Aromas include fall leaves mixed with blueberry, rose, and citrus. Blue Coffin may increase appetite, mood and energy. Flowers tend to be plump and dark green

GrowHealthy product page for Blue Coffin

Quick Facts:

Blue Coffin (Sativa)

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

Lineage: Blue Heron x Fort Collins Cough

Batch/Harvest Number: F-040420-BCFN-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 24.09%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 24.09%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene

Trans-Carophyllene

Farnesene 

Fenchyl Alcohol

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 color and overall appearance of this strain reminds me a lot of Trulieve’s Sour Diesel – check out the images in that link for yourself; you’d almost think it’s the same bud without really closely inspecting it. The cure, trim, and moisture content are again nearly perfect here. If this is how Growhealthy consistently grows their flower, they are on another level from the other MMTCs I’ve been able to visit up to this point. The buds are moderately sticky and moderate in density.

Though there were 2 or 3 sugar leaves left behind, the trim on this eighth is really good, and I am more lenient to finding a couple of sugar leaves in what is understood to be the lower-tier option, as long as it isn’t excessive.

This is great flower, and I can really see the dedication and care that was taken throughout the grow process. Well done!

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.40/10.00

Smell/Taste

Blue Coffin is a very fruity and funky smelling strain. You can pretty much smell any tangy fruit you set your mind to: Pineapple and Green Apple are the two that I find it most comparable to.

In some ways, this strain reminds me of both a funkier Member Berry and Green Crack in its smell. Fruit with an equally present funk – almost a chemical-like funk is the best way to describe Blue Coffin’s smell.

When broken apart or grinded down, the chem-funk and citrus terpenes seem to come through much more. The taste when smoked is both fruity and spicy at once.

Overall, this is an enjoyable smelling and tasting strain. It isn’t just amazing, but it is both fruity and pungent, and patients who enjoy either smell will enjoy Blue Coffin.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Blue Coffin is described by GrowHealthy as a more moderate sativa, and I’d say that’s accurate. It still packs a mighty punch at ~24% THC, and 5 hits was enough to put me in a (now) rare state of anxiety and paranoia for about 10-15 minutes. However, when consumed at levels that are more friendly to one’s tolerance, I do find this to be slightly less racy than strains like 99 Problems or Sour Diesel – but not as mellow as others, like Clementine or Dutch Hawaiian.

“Moderate” is a very appropriate word to describe the effects of this sativa strain. I find it good to use from the early morning to mid afternoon. It has worked well for lifting my depression, but it isn’t the best motivating strain for me; I actually seem to be more in a haze with this strain than with other sativas I’ve tried recently. I’m still able to stay productive; it just seems to take a little more effort. But: This could be due to a host of different factors, like my diet, caffeine consumption, etc. over the past few days.

I always have the disclaimer at the bottom of the “effects” section that addresses how strains can affect people differently, but I really want to drive that home here. While a great number of my readers do leave feedback saying their experience was exactly like how I described the strain in my review, there’s always going to be people who are “paradoxically” affected by certain strains. I say this to encourage you to continue to pursue looking for options that are best for you. Don’t always take what I, or any other reviewer says, as fact. I think I get it “right” (for most people) a lot of the time, but experiences will always vary to an extent from person to person. Please keep that in mind – a friendly reminder from me to you!

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
  • 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: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.60/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Blue Coffin as an “excellent” sativa strain from Growhealthy.

Sativa lovers or patients who enjoy fruity strains will most likely enjoy Blue Coffin. I don’t think it will be a staple strain in my rotation, but I certainly wouldn’t mind smoking it if it was the only sativa I had, and would certainly choose it over some other strains I’ve tried in the past.

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

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

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

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

*Screenshot taken at time of writing*

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

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

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

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

Medical Cannabis and Home Isolation

Music:

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

Maintaining Physical Health

3 Reasons To Add Weed To Your Gym Workout
Image courtesy and property of Cannabis.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maintaining Mental Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maintaining Spiritual Health

Cannabis and Spirituality: A Smoking Exercise! – natural budz
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This is a more subjective topic, as everyone has a different interpretation of spirituality. Some are religious, some aren’t, etc.

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

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

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

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

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective Colab: Q&A w/ Josh Kerrigan 03.29.2020

Good morning, afternoon, or evening – whichever applies to you. I’m excited to announce a bit of a change of pace for content from the Collective with this post. Some of you may already be familiar with fellow cannabis advocate and Florida medical cannabis product reviewer Josh Kerrigan; if you aren’t, here is a link to his YouTube pageAnthony Drew.

Josh has been a Florida medical cannabis patient for roughly the same amount of time I have, and he does a good job of making easily digestible video reviews of various medical cannabis products in Florida. He also provides insight into the industry and what his local dispensaries are up to, so anyone in the Tampa area will definitely relate to some of the non-review content that he has.

Josh and I have been bouncing the ball back and forth for some time now, trying to find a way we could collaborate on a piece of content that both of our audiences would enjoy, that would somehow link our projects together. That’s how we came up with this collaborative Q&A.

The premise is pretty simple: we came up with 5 different questions to ask each other. We will provide our answers to each question on our channel, and then link each of our audiences to the other’s respective post for the Q&A.

We think this will be a fun way to engage our viewers and see how our individual experiences compare and contrast. Since we are both Florida medical cannabis patients and have been in the program for roughly the same amount of time, it should be quite interesting to see how our answers line up.

I’ll go ahead and insert Josh’s YouTube video with his answers here, for your convenience. You can choose to watch his answers first (the embedded video should play in-site) and then scroll down to read my answers, or vice-versa. The idea is to digest both pieces of content at the same time; they can be thought of as “companion pieces”, or two parts of a mini-series.

Without further ado, here are the 5 questions – and my answers.

1.) What are a few of the more noteworthy flower strains you’ve encountered lately?

This is a fun question. The overall quality of flower throughout Florida’s medical cannabis industry has greatly improved over the past 6 months – even the past 3 months, so I think that is noteworthy in itself. However, to answer the question, there are three strains I’ve recently tried that really stood out to me.

This strain is really good in just about every category, and could possibly be the best strain I’ve found in Florida’s medical market as of right now. It’s got that really old-school pungent dank fuel smell to it, and the effects are just as good – very happy strain, very versatile strain good for use at almost any time of the day. Triangle Kush is one of those rare strains that I would choose if I could only have one strain for a year and probably not get tired of it. It really is that good, to me.

I got this strain back in September 2019, and it really set a new bar for how I reviewed flower going forward. The cure was almost perfect, the strain had a wonderful terpene profile, and the effects felt nice. The only catch was that I had a low tolerance at the time, and that batch was around 27% THC if I remember correctly – so I held onto it for quite a while. After having it for 3 to 4 months, the smell and overall quality of the flower began to slightly diminish, but it was a great strain. Hope Trulieve keeps it around.

This was one of those strains that I bought on a whim, and ended up being taken off-guard by. The smell was so lemony and so pungent/gas at the same time, and it smelled even better when it was ground up. Easily my favorite “lemon” strain I’ve found. Great for a day outside in nature, or for a day doing something creative and artistic. VidaCann has some great strains in their library, and this is one that deserves more attention.

2.) What was your first dispensary?

Trulieve, as I’ m sure is the case for many patients. When I first got my card, the Pensacola area only had 2 dispensaries to choose from: Trulieve and Surterra. I had done quite a bit of research online while waiting for my card, and Trulieve was certainly more in line with what I was looking for as a patient.

Flower cups had just been released at the time, but I was skeptical of them at first for whatever reason, so I opted for a few of the 1g vape carts that Trulieve had at the time – yes, the ones that were cut with MCT oil. Pineapple Express and Super Lemon Haze were my first strains, and I also got a 1:1 half gram cart, but can’t remember what the strain was called at the time (it wasn’t Harlequin GDP).

I was so nervous on my first trip to the dispensary. I still felt like I was doing something “wrong”, but was equally extremely excited to finally go pick up cannabis without fear of getting pulled over and arrested for having my medicine.

It’s fun to think back on that time, and how different it is now; going to a dispensary is like anything else for me.

3.) What do you consider the two most pivotal moments that shaped Florida MMJ, and why?

This is a great question. Even in the 2.5 years I’ve been a patient, the landscape of the industry in Florida has changed so much, and I think it’s important for all patients to understand how we got here.

Obviously, my first choice would be the passage SB 182 that allowed for full smokable flower – loose flower and prerolls – to be sold. Until that time, MMTCs offered mostly vape carts and oils – only a few were offering concentrates like distillate syringes, shatter, and crumble. A few MMTCS offered flower sold/marketed for volcano-style vaporizers; these were basically just bud stuffed into ceramic cups, and most people found ways to get the bud out of the cups for their own usage. Nobody wanted to pay $500+ for a dispensary-branded volcano. So that moment was huge, because after SB 182, every dispensary had to get in on the full flower game. That totally changed the landscape of the industry, and made dispensaries like Surterra (who were slow to embrace flower before) really get on the radar for a larger group of patients. I can’t imagine what things would be like now if the smokable bill never passed, but I’m fairly certain the industry would be much smaller and have less patients. Flower is king.

My second pivotal moment is actually one that hasn’t happened yet, but I think it will have an equal impact to that of the passage of SB 182. This will be the passage of regulations for edibles in Florida. I think that once all MMTCs are able to offer true edible products, the entire landscape will change again. For examples, MMTCs that aren’t strong now – for whatever reason – could suddenly become relevant if they are able to offer superior or highly sought-after edible cannabis products. Furthermore, once edible cannabis is available in Florida, I think it will feel much more like a matured or fully-developed cannabis market.

4.) Where do you think the Florida medical industry will be this time next year (2021)?

This question’s context is much different now with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; however, I think that the Florida medical cannabis industry will have less impacts that others in the state and country.

To be sure, I believe the industry will continue to grow, expand, and mature. New dispensary openings may take a temporary hit as we endure the worst of the pandemic, but I think the overall trend for growth will continue.

Hopefully, regulations for edible cannabis products will be passed, and that will make up a large part of the market this time next year. Other than that, I expect to see MMTCs expand their product selection to include new flower strains and more concentrate options. We will probably see more MMTCs develop and refine their tier options for flower (and possibly concentrates), and competition should continue to drive average flower prices downward.

In short: We may not grow as much as we would have without the COVID-19 pandemic, but we will continue to grow.

5.) What are some things the medical industry could do to improve?

A big one that comes to mind is improving websites and online ordering. I think I Heart Jane should be the gold standard for the industry, and everyone should be using it. When I pickup from dispensaries that use this, I always have a good (and quick) experience. When I pickup from dispensaries that use their own proprietary websites, it’s really anyone’s guess as to how the experience will go. MMTCs take note: Use Jane.

Another big one is to continue making products more accessible and affordable. Trulieve is really leading the way with this right now with their various options for flower, especially with the minis for $27/eighth and the ground flower/trim for $25/quarter. This is exactly the type of affordable options that should be offered alongside the more expensive options for $40+ per eighth.

Continue to expand access for areas like the panhandle and the keys. This has improved a lot in the past year, but we still have a way to go before most of the state has a level playing field with their options.

Closing Thoughts

This collaboration is the first in a series to come from Josh Kerrigan and myself, so be sure you are subscribed to both of our channels in order to stay tuned with the latest updates and product reviews to come!

The Florida medical cannabis industry has really come a long way in a short time, and we expect to see it continuing to grow – even in the face of adversity. Regardless of what comes next, both Josh and myself will continue to keep you updated with the latest developments. We’re always here for you!

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: Why a THC Cap on Cannabis does more harm than good

The 2020 Legislative Session is well underway in Florida, and another year brings from the House GOP another thinly veiled attempt to milk more money out of Florida cannabis patients (at worst), or to overreach into our basic rights as Floridians and Americans (at best.)

A bit of context for those of you who aren’t familiar with the history of proposed THC caps in Florida: In 2019, House Representative Ray Rodrigues (R – Lee County) attempted to impose a 10% THC cap on medical cannabis flower in a number of different ways – first as a standalone bill, and then attaching it as a provision in a completely unrelated bill at the end of the legislative session. The measure was widely condemned by patients, corporations in the Florida medical cannabis industry, medical professionals, cannabis advocates, and fellow lawmakers alike. Ultimately, the bill died in the Senate after some back-and-forth between the members of the two legislative branches.

One year later, talk of a potential cap of THC has arisen again – this time from Speaker of the House Jose Oliva (R – Miami-Dade County). However, Oliva wants to take the cap a step further and apply it to all medical cannabis products in Florida.

It doesn’t take much thought to realize how detrimental any cap on THC will be to cannabis patients. Each patient will have to consume more product to get the same levels of relief, which will not only cost them much more money over time, but will also increase the likelihood of any adverse effects as caused by their method of consumptions – particularly for patients who get the best relief from smoking the dried cannabis flower.

As a cannabis patient myself (11 years including before legalization), the prospect of any limits to my medication resonates deeply with me. Cannabis is the only medicine that provides me relief from my depression, anxiety, and PTSD – and it’s the only medicine I take.

I’m going to take the most objective approach possible to laying out the arguments of Jose Oliva and others who support a THC cap, and then I’ll explain why these are simply not solidly backed by science, and offer some personal anecdotes as well.

Why do Florida Republicans want to cap THC?

Before we answer this question, let’s talk about alcohol. There’s a point to make that will be important to keep in mind once we get to answering this.

Alcohol Caps? Psychosis?

This is jumping from medical to adult use cannabis a bit by using this comparison, but it is an important one to address in principle. We don’t limit the percentage of alcohol we drink. Any Floridian age 21 or older can walk into a liquor store and buy as much (and as potent) alcohol as they want. They can buy enough to drink themselves to death. They can buy enough to induce Alcohol Psychosis, a well-documented (but rare) side effect of excessive alcohol consumption. In short, any adult in Florida has access to enough alcohol to seriously hurt themselves or others at any given time. And it happens, unfortunately, far too often.

Back to cannabis – why do Jose Oliva and others like him want to limit the amount of THC we can have in our medical cannabis? Well, it boils down to one main argument that has been the common denominator between the efforts to cap THC in 2019, and the talk of it in 2020: they claim that they are concerned about the potential for cannabis-induced psychosis.

Mind you, there is currently no scientifically-proven link between cannabis use and new psychosis. There have been some studies coming out of Europe that claim cannabis users are at an increased risk for psychosis – and this have been a favorite reference for the lawmakers who support the THC cap. But the study itself indicates that some variables are not fully known or able to be connected; in short, the study was not able to prove that the high THC levels are more likely to cause psychosis. Other studies question this method as well, and consider other factors, like pesticides or cutting agents, as being potentially responsible for any link between cannabis use and psychosis.

I won’t bore you with a drawn out argument here, but you get the gist. Jose Oliva is basing his argument off an idea that really doesn’t have consistent scientific research to back it. And even if it were proven, why aren’t we looking at other more commonly used substances – like alcohol – if we are truly concerned about the mental health of Floridians?

“Not your mother’s weed”

This argument is a classic amongst opponents of cannabis, and it’s been used for almost 100 years now. The premise is always that today’s cannabis is much more potent and scary than what your folks were smoking 20-30 years prior. Jose Oliva also directly stated this to reporters from the Sun Sentinel in this article.

“I think it’s important that we pass it. We’re seeing different strains. Now in Europe, there are strains that are 100 times stronger,” Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, said. “And we’re starting to learn that this has some schizophrenia-type results, and especially in young developing brains. And so it is, in fact, a priority for us.”

Jose Oliva to News Service of Florida, 02.14.2020

What Jose is saying is completely untrue, and a little simple math can prove it. We’ll even look at different time periods, because yes – cannabis potency and growing skills have increased through time, but not in the way that people like Oliva suggest. While it’s hard to reliably say how concentrated the THC in the marijuana of the 1970s was, current estimates are that it ranged anywhere from 1% to 4% for “regular” bud, and up to 10% for what was considered “premium” at the time. But even these figures could be inaccurate, as one of the government’s most common use of testing THC – gas chromatography – altered the chemical profile of the cannabis during tested, which could have lead to a breakdown of the THC molecules, and therefore a lower potency.

So Jose Oliva says there are new strains in Europe recently that are 100 times stronger. Oliva doesn’t provide a reference, so we aren’t sure what cannabis he’s referring to. But let’s take the low number from the studies we were talking about earlier – 1% THC. According to Oliva’s statement, this means that there must be new strains that are 100% THC in Europe! This isn’t true – cannabis flowers are now testing around 30-33% THC on the high end.

While there are cannabis concentrates that clock in to the 90% THC range, Oliva’s argument doesn’t account for the fact that nearly all medical cannabis patients will use far less of a product if the potency of cannabinoids like THC are higher. This brings me to my next point:

Microdosing

Many cannabis patients are familiar with the term “microdosing”, but others may not know the term. Microdosing is the practice of using much smaller amounts of a substance for maximum medical benefit efficiency.

This is what I do with my own cannabis use to treat my conditions. While the previous generations may have been smoking cannabis in the sub-10% THC range, they typically smoked more of it. Multiple cannabis cigarettes in single sessions weren’t unheard of – this could use anywhere from one to several grams of raw cannabis flower at once to achieve the desired medical effects. That means more burnt material inhaled, and more potential for harmful side effects.

Most of the medical cannabis flower I get in Florida is between 15% to 25% THC, with a few outliers on either side. And because of this increased potency, I use much less at once. Instead of taking a full cannabis cigarette to the face every time I need to medicate, I use one or two hits every few hours. This means less irritation to my throat, and it means my products last longer – which means I spend less money. With the costs of being a Florida medical cannabis patient already extremely high in comparison to other legal medical cannabis states, I really appreciate every dollar I can stretch.

Summary

I said at the beginning that we would ultimately take an objective look at this. We’ll summarize all this in a format that is simple and easy to understand: Pros and Cons. I will include Jose Oliva’s perspective in this as well.

Pros of THC Cap

  • On the chance that there is in fact a direct link between cannabis use and increased risk for psychosis (which is currently not scientifically proven), keeping THC levels limited could possibly reduce overall risk of psychosis development. This is essentially the sole argument for the cap.

Cons of THC Cap

  • Costs will go up. Patients will have to spend much more money to get enough product for relief of their conditions. Conditions like chronic pain sometimes require high amounts of cannabinoids, which means those patients could see extreme increases in costs that are already prohibitive.
  • Patients will need to use more product. For those who get the best relief from smoking cannabis, this could potentially increase the likelihood of negative effects as a result from inhaling a combusted material.
  • Patients will return to the black market. For some, weaker medicine simply isn’t an option, and they will return to the black market – and all the risks that come with it. If anyone is in doubt of this, just look at medical cannabis social media; people are already doing this due to the high costs now – and that’s without a THC cap.
  • This will hurt the industry and the Floridians it employs. The Florida medical cannabis industry provided 15,498 jobs for Floridians in 2019. If a THC cap is enforced, the entire industry will have to start over from scratch. Current grow operations focus on genetics that produce THC levels higher than 10%. These crops will all have to be killed off and replaced with new genetics, which takes time, research, and money. This will inevitably shock the industry, leading to product shortages, higher costs, and potential layoffs. In short, hundreds of thousands of Floridians will be very negatively impacted if a THC cap is to happen.
  • Patients may not find relief in weaker cannabis, leading them back to more dangerous drugs. The fact is, most cannabis strains that are under 10% THC, are simply inferior in their medical value (with the exception of high-CBD products for certain conditions.) Some patients will not be able to find the same relief in their cannabis. Many won’t be able to afford it. This will lead to many Floridians returning to more dangerous substances to relieve their ailments: Opioids, SSRIs, Benzodiazepines… the list goes on. A quick Google search of any of those medications shows a much more daunting profile of side effects than any potential side effects of cannabis use. After reading so many success stories of Floridians who were able to stop these drugs and have a much higher quality of life after switching to cannabis, the prospect of yanking that way from them is disheartening.

Conclusions

It is my hope that this article provides a new perspective for anyone who is unaware of the damages that a cap on THC (or any cannabinoid) in cannabis will undoubtedly cause. The potential benefits of imposing such a cap are far outweighed by the adverse consequences of doing so. Frankly, there are much more important issues that deserve the time of the legislators – and our tax dollars. Medical cannabis has helped hundreds of thousands of Floridians find a better quality of life. It’s working. Leave it alone.

What can patients and advocates do?

The prospect of a THC cap will be discussed this coming week – the week of 02.17.2020. Contact your local representatives and senators and let them know why you oppose any cap on THC. A quick google search can provide you with resources to contact them.

Here is contact information for Jose Oliva and Ray Rodrigues, currently the two biggest proponents of a THC cap:

Jose Oliva

District Office: (305) 364-3114

Capitol Office: (850) 717-5110

Twitter: @RepJoseOliva

Email: jose.oliva@myfloridahouse.gov

Ray Rodrigues

District Office: (239) 433-6501

Capitol Office: (850) 717-5076

Twitter: @isayray

Email: Ray.Rodrigues@myfloridahouse.gov

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Fluent Cannabis Flower Review: “Polaris” (Grandaddy Purple – Indica)

“Polaris” is Fluent Cannabis’ name for Grandaddy Purple, a very popular West Coast strain that is said to have been initially bred in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This was the first strain that Fluent released in full-flower form, and seems to come around every couple of months since then. This is a classic indica strain in terms of its effects, and is an absolutely beautiful flower.

Quick Facts:

Grandaddy Purple (Indica)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Purple Urkle x Big Bud

Batch/Harvest Number: 1278483223053005

Cannabinoids

THC: 19.166%

CBD: 0.049%

Total Cannabinoids: 19.215%

Terpenes

Unfortunately, Fluent doesn’t make their lab reports available, so I have no terpene percentages to provide for this strain. However, their product catalog shows the “major terpenes” for each strain.

Grandaddy Purple (“Polaris”) Major Terpenes

B-Myrcene: Often responsible for earthy, musky, spicy, or peppery smells. May produce sedative and muscle-relaxant effects.

Ocimene: Sweet, herbal, earthy aroma. Possible hints of citrus. Anti-inflammatory properties, possible uplifting effects.

Appearance/Cure

Full disclosure: I’m a sucker for purple buds, but beyond that, Fluent has produced an absolutely beautiful batch of flower with this batch. Grandaddy Purple obviously gets it name for its dominant color, but these buds have a very synergetic color pallette. Purple buds with flecks of green are topped off with a heavy resinous coating of milky golden trichomes and a generous amount of burnt orange-colored pistils.

This batch of Fluent’s “Polaris” may have one of the best cures of any flower I’ve seen lately. The buds are naturally dense, but the moisture content is nearly perfect for breaking down and burning; the buds will leave your fingers sticky as well.

Fluent has been generally known for high-quality flower, and this eighth is certainly a step in the right direction for continuing the momentum of that excellence.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.20/10.00

Smell/Taste

Grandaddy Purple initially hits me with a sweet, fresh smell – possibly with a very slight hint of spice. Further inspection finds a musky, earthy smell present as well. While this isn’t an especially pungent strain, it has a nice terpene profile and a good smell.

Interestingly, breaking open the buds yields even more variety of smells, with the inside of the buds have a very funky, nearly fuel-like aroma that reminds me of strains like Northern Hash Plant.

When smoked, the sweet taste seems to be dominant on the inhale, with a more peppery and earthy/musky taste on the exhale. Overall, this is a pleasant smelling and tasting strain.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Grandaddy Purple is said to be 75% indica, and I would have to agree with that assessment when describing the effects. The first 20-30 minutes after the initial inhalation features an almost even balance between very gentle cerebral effects and a relaxed body sensation. As time passes, the scales begin to tip much more towards heavy, almost sedating body effects; only a small hint of cerebral stimulation remains.

After 45 minutes, this strain usually has me couch locked, and TV/video games seem to be the activity of choice if I’m going to remain conscious. Heavier doses of Grandaddy Purple/Polaris end up putting me to sleep most of the time. For that reason, I’d recommend this strain primarily for evening use.

In my experience, this is a great indica strain for relaxation, pain relief, and for sleep (in higher doses). A few hits of this around 45 minutes to an hour before bedtime seem to always make for a good quality sleep.

I find this to be one of the better strains for anxiety as well, since the cerebral effects are never too powerful or concentrated. However, patients with a low tolerance should still start low and go slow (1 hit and then wait 30 minutes), as it is still a potent medication.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Insomnia (especially in higher doses)
  • Lack of appetite

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

Effects Rating: 8.40/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.53/10.00

Overall, I would best describe “Polaris” as an “excellent” indica strain from Fluent Cannabis.

Though I feel $50 is too expensive for eighths of non-exotic strains in the current Florida cannabis market, I didn’t feel too terrible about what I paid for the quality of this eighth. The prices across the market will inevitably continue to come down, so it’s only a matter of time before $50 are an exception reserved for extremely powerful flower strains.

If you’re looking for a relaxing indica that helps you ease into a restful sleep, I absolutely recommend this strain. I’ll most likely purchase it again in the future – hopefully at a lower price, in time.

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Fluent Cannabis Flower Review: “Lyra” (Sweet Kush – Hybrid)

“Lyra” is Fluent Cannabis’ name for Sweet Kush, a strain that was bred in the West Coast, and remains well-known there to the present day.

Fluent initially released this strain in full-flower form back in May 2019, and has had a few batches available since then. I picked up this batch in late September 2019.

Quick Facts:

Sweet Kush (Hyrbid)

Price at time of review: $40/eighth 

Lineage: OG Kush x Sweet Tooth

Batch/Harvest Number: 7695744112492747

Cannabinoids

THC: 11.971%

CBD: 0.042%

Total Cannabinoids: 12.013%

Terpenes

Unfortunately, Fluent doesn’t make their lab reports available, so I have no terpene percentages to provide for this strain. However, their product catalog shows the “major terpenes” for each strain.

Sweet Kush (“Lyra”) Major Terpenes

B-Myrcene: Often responsible for earthy, musky, spicy, or peppery smells. May produce sedative and muscle-relaxant effects.

Trans-Carophyllene: Herbal, spicy, “warm” smell (similar to cinnamon or clove). May have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Carophyllene is the only terpene that directly interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system.

Appearance/Cure

This batch of Lyra was cured pretty well. The eighth I got was comprised of several medium sized buds; all were trimmed nicely and looked good.

The moisture content on this batch was nearly perfect. Possibly due to the low cannabinoid content, there isn’t a whole lot of stickiness to this flower, but the buds are dense and break down well.

The flower itself is medium-dark green, all covered in an abundance of red-orange pistils. This strain has a more “typical” or “average” appearance.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 6.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

Lyra is not an especially pungent strain. There is a very sweet and herbal smell upon close inspection that smells almost exactly like crushed tea leaves – I’m thinking specifically of green tea.

When smoked, this strain has a very “meh” taste that reminded me of some of the less-than-stellar black market bud I used to get. It’s not bad, but it’s not anything I would recommend to a cannabis taste/smell connoisseur.

Smell and taste are very subjective as they highly depend on the individual tastes of the user; that being said, this wasn’t particularly my cup of tea.

Smell/Taste Rating: 5.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Sweet Kush is listed almost everywhere as being a 50/50 hybrid strain, including in Fluent’s product guide. However, I found the effects to be slightly indica dominant.

There’s definitely an initial cerebral invigoration present not long after taking the first hit of this strain, but the warm body effects also become present not long after the cerebral effects set in.

This is a strain that I find good for relaxing around the house and possibly for being creative – making art, music, etc. I don’t find it to be particularly energizing, but it isn’t sedating, either. This is a good “middle ground” strain for leisurely activities and for winding down.

My one complaint with the effects from this batch of “Lyra” are that they didn’t seem to last as long as other strains of flower that I’m experienced with; perhaps this is due to the relatively low THC content.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Headaches or other minor body aches
  • Relief of mild nausea or similar gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Relief of mild anxiety
  • General relaxation
  • Stimulating creativity

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: 6.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 5.90/10.00

Overall, I would best describe “Lyra” as an “average” hybrid strain from Fluent Cannabis.

This is a strain that I probably won’t be trying again in the future – at least not at the current price. It was by no means terrible or even bad, but it simply wasn’t worth the $40 I paid for it; this is a strain that should be in the $30 range, tops.

If you’re looking for a “middle of the road” strain to help you relax without getting pulled too far into either extreme of the cannabis effects spectrum, this may be a good choice. I would personally try other hybrids from Fluent like their “Baldor” or “Odra” before purchasing this strain.

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Surterra “Florida’s Finest” Pre-Roll Review: Chemdog (Hybrid)

Today (07..08.2019), I was surprised to receive an email from Surterra announcing that they finally had flower available in the form of 0.5 gram pre-rolls.

3 strains were initially released at launch (for a select few locations): Original Glue (GG4), Stardawg, and Chemdog.

Since I’ve already tried Stardawg flower from Trulieve (review here), I opted to try the Original Glue and Chemdog.

After sharing the Chemdog with my wife (who is also a patient), we were both pleasantly surprised at the quality of the effects. This feels like high-quality medicine, just as much as the flower that I’ve tried from Trulieve, Fluent, and VidaCann.

Quick Facts:

Chemdog (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $7.50/0.5g (1 pre-roll)

Lineage: Nepalese x Thai

Batch/Harvest Number: JUN19CSI

118.19 mg THC/0.5g

0.0 mg CBD/0.5g

23.6% THC 

0.06% THCV

0.08% CBG

0.04% CBN

0.53% CBC

24.31% Total Cannabinoids

Myrcene: 0.06%

Limonene: 0.04%

Pinene: 0.02%

Carophyllene: 0.03%

Terpineol: 0.09%

0.24% Total Terpenes

Appearance/Product Quality

I immediately noticed the fact that the twisted ends weren’t cut off – not sure how much this would cut into production time, but it feels like it would be a nice “final touch” to really pull this product together.

I’m appreciative of the fact that Surterra does not bleach their papers. The flower itself, as shown in an image from Redditor Comet_trees, is actually high quality ground flower – not shake, as some other Redditors have claimed.

Image courtesy of Redditor “Comet_trees”

Other than the goofy twisted ends that were left behind, I don’t have anything negative to say about this product. It burned nice and even – not rolled too tight or too loose. Enjoyable smoke.

Appearance/Product Quality Rating: 3.90/5.00

Smell/Taste

This pre-roll of Chemdog did not have a strong smell, as evidenced by the low terpene percentages listed above. This was a bit disappointing for me, as Chemdog is known for its pungent smell. What smell I did notice had a hint of that pungent, skunky, chemical smell.

As I smoked the joint, the taste on exhale was more of an earthy pine. The taste was more enjoyable than the smell, but I am still a bit disappointed that this cut of Chemdog did not slap me in the face with its classic pungent odor.

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.50/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

This category is where the Chemdog pre-roll really shined. The effects are immediate, with a strong forehead and “behind the eyes” sensation. This quickly launches into a relaxed cerebral space, accompanied by subtle warm body sensations. This strain notably reduced my anxiety.

After 30 minutes or so, as with many hybrids, the indica effects of body relaxation become more apparent. I feel ever so slightly sleepy as I type this, about 40 minutes after smoking the joint; however, the main (and very welcome) sensation that I feel is total relaxation. Based on the effects, I will definitely pick up Chemdog in the future, especially in full flower form.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Minor aches and pains
  • General relaxation
  • Headaches
  • Lack of appetite (mild appetite stimulant) 
  • Mild gastrointestinal discomfort (Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other similar conditions)

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: 4.00/5.00

Overall Rating: 3.80/5.00

Overall, I would best describe the Surterra Wellness Chemdog pre-roll as an “above average” product.

For me personally, I find prerolls to be a good choice for “special occasions”, or for times that one needs a higher dose of medication, but perhaps doesn’t feel like going through the trouble of rolling a joint themselves. Prerolls are also a great choice for patients who don’t know how to roll joints, and a convenient option for those who do.

I would much prefer to have a full flower available at Suterra; however, I’ve heard mixed rumors regarding whether or not they will ever do so – suppose only time will tell here.

Ultimately, it is nice to have another option for whole cannabis flower in Florida’s medical program. For their first batch, Surterra did a nice job with this cut of Chemdog, though I would definitely like to see higher terpene percentages in future batches. Not sure what the solution would be for Surterra in that regard, but it is something to consider.

I’ll have a review of Surterra’s Original Glue pre-roll coming soon, so be sure to check the site and all of our social media for the latest! I would definitely recommend this product for most any patient, especially at $7.50 – you don’t have a whole lot to lose there.

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