Trulieve CO2 Vape Cart Review: Green Crack (Sativa)

After hearing about the Green Crack sativa strain for so long, I finally decided to cave in and try another CO2 Vape Cart from Trulieve. I don’t buy these carts regularly because of the $55 for price tag; when you’re only getting 400mg for that price, it’s hard not to just get an 850mg syringe of Truclear and fill up a VFire pod myself for a total of less than $65. I also had my doubts about the taste of this product after trying the Sunset Sherbert CO2 vape cart; fortunately, this product tasted much better, and the effects have been very nice.

Quick Facts

Strain: Green Crack (Sativa)

THC: 82.2%

CBD: 0.4%

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBULPLE000003

Extracted from: Jack Herer (Again, I really don’t understand the need to label the product as another strain. If Green Crack has a lower yield, adjust to that.)

Taste:

Trulieve’s C02 vape cart products are all made with natural cannabis-derived terpenes, so I expected the taste of them to be much better than their earlier vape carts, which are cut with MCT oil and food-grade terpenes. As I mentioned in the preceding paragraph, the Sunset Sherbert vape cart had me a little bit skeptical of how well Trulieve was going to be able to implement the cannabis-derived terpenes. Sunset Sherbert had a very earthy taste (to be blunt, it tastes like fresh soil), which can be accurate for some strains; however, the implementation in that particular product did not result in the most appealing taste.

I was pleased to find that the Green Crack CO2 cart had a completely different taste. It’s very fresh and “clean” tasting, moderately sweet, with the slightest hint of an herbal/earthy taste. Overall, it’s very pleasing, and I could see it becoming an issue for patients to dose more than usual with this product for that reason. Leafly mentions the three main tastes as “earthy, citrus, and sweet”. I would have to say that sweet was the primary tase of those three, citrus is not really present at all (at least for me), and the earthy taste was very subtle.

Taste Rating: 4.00/5.00

Vapor and Product Quality

The Trulieve CO2 carts are all CCell carts with the small rubber bands of various colors to denote which strain or ratio the cart is. Airflow is exceptionally good with these carts and possibly the best in the program that I’ve yet tried. The carts may look like they aren’t full; my Trulieve always has a package insert in my bag when I buy these carts that states the appearance of any lack of product is due to the efficient absorption of the CCell carts. These carts already seem to burn pretty fast due to how well the air flows, so I’m a little cautious about fully believing this, but online research seems to indicate this is true.

The vapor on this product always makes me cough. Every time. It doesn’t matter if I take a one second drag or if I inhale for five seconds – I am going to go into a coughing fit. This is strange for me because I generally have a good tolerance to cannabis products and rarely cough; perhaps some of the terpenes in Green Crack are causing this. I don’t necessarily find coughing to be a bad thing, though, as it seems I am always more efficiently medicated afterward vs. not coughing at all.

Vapor/Product Quaity Rating: 3.90/5.00

Effects:

I’m very pleased with the effects I’ve been getting from the Green Crack CO2 cart. This strain induces a very controlled, almost calm, focus. I find that I am able to organize and categorize my thoughts very well after medicating, leading me to believe that this product would be really good for patients looking for alternative treatment for ADD and ADHD. Green Crack does not necessarily give me a significant amount of euphoria, but it does leave me feeling generally calm and at ease, which is not what I would expect based off of the strain name. I honestly don’t know why this strain is called Green Crack, unless the flower brings on different effects; Jack Herer and Sour Diesel both have given me much more racy effects than Green Crack. The only sativa in the program that I’ve found to be an even more mellow sativa would be Colombian Gold.

The focus and productivity this strain brings is outstanding, though. I primarily vape Clementine Truclear during the day to help with my depression, anxiety, and occasional ADD symptoms; after trying this Green Crack vape cart, I may have a close contender for my main daytime medication in the near future. The only superiority that I would say I find in Clementine is its euphoric qualities seem to be more notable and better for treating depression. The effects from the Green Crack CO2 vape cart are definitely top tier.

Effects Rating: 4.40/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.10/5.00

The Green Crack CO2 Vape Cart from Trulieve is a product that I would best describe as “exceptionally good”. The one thing that would make this product even better would be a price reduction down to $40 or $45; I am really hoping that victories in court trials on the unconstitutionality of the current Florida medical cannabis law will drive prices across the state downward in 2019. Other than that, I’d definitely recommend giving this product a try.

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3 Big Wins for Florida Medical Marijuana Patients in 2018

In a program that is currently both rapidly expanding and facing more than a few lawsuits, it can be easy to look to more mature and developed legal cannabis sates such as Colorado and California, and become discouraged at the current climate in the Florida Medical Marijuana business. Prices across the board at various dispensaries range from moderately high to outrageous when compared to other legal markets, causing patients to actively seek ways to save a buck with the current Florida MMJ system. Caps on the numbers of dispensaries each company is allowed and vertical integration requirements (meaning the Medical Marijuana Treatment Center must do everything from grow to sell and market the product) keep prices high and stock low, and sometimes the dispensaries themselves can add to the frustration.

However, if we take a step back and look at 2018 from beginning to date (12/16/2018), we begin to see that a lot of things really went in the right direction for patients this year. Most of the dispensaries have found a way to balance profit with affordable prices to boost patient access, or at least take a stance in favor and steps toward getting things where they need to be. Let’s take a look at a few of the things that went well in 2018.

Expansion of Product Variety

This was a big one. Trulieve and Curaleaf both released and refined their flower cup products that continue to be the only legal source of the true marijuana flower that many of us are used to – in Florida, at least. Both Curaleaf and Trulieve released several new strains of flower, and Curaleaf finally seems to be consistently improving the quality of their once dry and brittle flower. In the late summer, Trulieve released their TruShatter, a full spectrum concentrate available in several indica, sativa, and hybrid strains. MUV was not far behind in offering a multitude of shatter strains, and eventually released both crumble (MUV Blue) and terp sauce (MUV Gold) products as well. Trulieve also furthered experimentation of ratio products with their Delta 8 1:1:1 ratio product – a 1:1:1 blend of THC, CBD, and Delta-8 THC; Delta-8 is a chemical that is very slightly different from the “traditional” Delta-9 THC and claims to offer a different scope of medicinal benefits. Liberty Health Sciences acquired more products and expanded their available strains in concentrates and vape carts, as did GrowHealthy and pretty much every other dispensary in Florida. In short, there are significantly more products available now than there were at the beginning of the year; heck, there’s a significant increase in the variety from what was available in the middle of the summer. This will only trend better and expand more in 2019.

Expansion of Dispensary Locations and Delivery Services

Another item of significance for patient access was the expansion of brick-and-mortar locations for almost all the current registered MMTC’s in Florida. South Florida and the central peninsula (Tampa, Orlando, etc.) seemed to reap the greatest benefits from this, as the only notable expansion in the panhandle came from Curaleaf opening locations in Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Trulieve, Curaleaf, MUV, Liberty Health Sciences, GrowHealthy, and VidaCann all began rapidly opening new locations in the second half of the year. Curaleaf began offering free state-wide delivery early in the year, as did Liberty Health Sciences and GrowHealthy.

My only criticism is the lack of attention to opening locations in the panhandle; while I understand the greatest population of patients is focused in central and south Florida, the only dispensaries most of the panhandle currently has access to are from Trulieve, Curaleaf, Knox, and Surterra. Hopefully more MMTC’s will expand to locations like Pensacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and areas in between during 2019. With Florida Medical Cannabis Collective’s HQ being located near Tallahassee, we look forward to having a much greater variety of products to review in the coming year. We hope to see continued expansion, especially if Ron DeSantis follows his word on implementing the will of the voters and ceasing to enforce the ridiculous caps and vertical integration requirements of dispensaries. Even with the cards turned against the patients, we were able to see significant growth in 2018 – this is a win in my book.

The fight against Florida Cannabis patients seems to be turning in our favor

Several judges have already ruled the caps on the number of dispensaries a MMTC can open, vertical integration requirements, and even the smoking ban as unconstitutional and a direct violation of the will of the voters when they overwhelming voted to implement Amendment 2 in the 2016 election. The main factor preventing these rulings from ending the prevention of expansion was Rick Scott and his constant appeals against the judge’s ruling. That may all change in 2019, though, as the Ron DeSantis administration has indicated that it will not continue some of the legal battles against marijuana in 2019, and that DeSantis respects the will of the voters and what they intended to implement. While we won’t believe this until we see results, it is admittedly better than another year with Rick Scott as Governor – thankfully, his term limit prevented that nightmare from becoming reality. While exactly what DeSantis will or won’t do remains to be seen, we remain cautiously optimistic that he will keep his word and drop the appeals; this will allow an even more rapid expansion of both products and dispensary locations in 2019. It can only get better from here in that scenario, and that scenario is what we will do everything in our journalistic power to make a reality. 2018 seemed to turn in favor of Florida patients – let’s all work together to make sure that gain in our strength increases exponentially in 2019.

Trulieve TruFlower Review: 9lb Hammer (Indica)

Having tried the 600mg vape cart and Truclear versions of 9lb Hammer, I was eager to try the flower form of this strain to see what Trulieve was shooting for with their emulation of the taste and effects in the other products. 9lb Hammer turned out to be even better than expected with its potent effects and therapeutic benefits. Trulieve did a nice job of growing and preparing this batch of TruFlower, and it performed even better than my expectations. 

Quick Facts:

9lb Hammer (Indica)

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBULTSN000030 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

707.0mg THC/3.5g

3.5 mg CBD/3.5g

20.2% THC

0.10% CBD

0.70% CBG

21.0% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

These 9lb Hammer buds are a vibrant, almost bright shade of green; the buds have a velvety appearance and are covered in bright orange pistils. This batch of flower was prepared and cured (by standards of the current process of Florida medical cannabis curing) pretty well, though it was ever so slightly on the dry side of the spectrum. It was not near the same level of dryness as the recent batch of Stardawg TruFlower that I picked up. The results would have been perfect had the buds been a little less dry, as I personally desire a certain level of moisture/stickiness when preparing to vape flower products. However, the aesthetic/visual quality helps make up for this flaw.

Rating: 3.90/5.00

Smell/Taste

This batch of 9lb hammer had a pleasant and unique smell: earthy and pungent with a hint of limey citrus terpenes. The Vape Cart/Truclear products (excluding the CO2 version with natural terpenes; I haven’t yet sampled this product) do a fairly good job of emulating the taste of the actual flower. Obviously there is no way to perfectly replicate all the natural intricacies and terpene profiles of cannabis flower, especially without using cannabis terpenes to flavor the concentrate – but the taste was pretty close to the real thing in the end. 

Getting back to the smell and taste of the flower itself: it was very enjoyable in every sense. There haven’t been many strains I’ve sampled that had the particular earthy smell I noticed in this harvest of 9lb, and that added to the novelty of the experience when trying this product.

Rating: 3.90/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

This was absolutely the best part of the entire experience. The indica effects of the 9lb Hammer flower are potent and can be felt almost immediately. The first effect I noticed was a warm sensation enveloping my body, akin to wrapping up in a warm blanket fresh out of the dryer. The usual background anxiety in my mind steadily melted away until it was basically nonexistent about 20 minutes after the first pull. The classic indica couch lock set in within a half hour, so I would not recommend this strain if you have anything that needs to be accomplished; you will most likely find yourself doing something with electronics (movies, video games, browsing internet) or taking a nap when using this product (with a possible exception of micodosing; I haven’t tried that with this strain yet). High doses of 9lb will induce a heavy feeling on the body and face/eyes that often leads to sleepiness. 

9lb Hammer also did a wonderful job of relieving pain throughout my body. The first day I picked up this strain, I had a moderate sinus headache throughout the day prior to vaping the flower. This product completely knocked out that headache and also soothed minor muscular pains related to exercise and an active lifestyle. It has broad-spectrum benefits for pain, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, and other related symptoms. 9lb Hammer did not particularly increase my appetite, but your mileage may vary and my own mileage may vary from day to day use; I have not yet experienced the munchies with this strain, though. 

TLDR: The effects are solid and relieved a variety of my symptoms.

Rating: 4.30/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.03/5.00

I would best describe this strain as “excellent”. 

As always, I appreciate your taking time to read this review, and genuinely hope that it benefits at least one patient.