VidaCann Flower Review: GSC (Hybrid)

VidaCann is the second dispensary that I’ve gotten GSC from at this point – the other is Trulieve (review here). For readers who aren’t aware, GSC is the name for the strain that used to be known as Girl Scout Cookies; that is, until the Girl Scouts of America decided they didn’t like having their name attributed to ‘at damn dope!

All kidding aside, GSC has been a staple medicinal strain for some time now, known for its balanced mind/body effects and desirable aroma and taste of freshly baked cookies.

I always love a chance to try a strain from multiple dispensaries, especially when the experiences with that strain are consistent from company to company. It shows that there is a legitimacy to choosing strains based on their medicinal benefits, and that despite the slight variations from batch to batch, we can be confident that GSC (for example) will affect us the same or mostly the same even if we buy different batches a year or more apart from another.

Let’s see how VidaCann’s GSC holds up to my past experiences with this strain.

Quick Facts:

GSC (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Durban Poison x OG Kush

Batch/Harvest Number: 5833404199487246

16.2% THC 

0.4% CBGa

16.6% Total Cannabinoids

Terpenes

Unfortunately, VidaCann doesn’t make their lab reports available unless requested, so I have no terpene percentages to provide for this strain, as I have not received the report at this time. Whenever this information becomes available, I will update this section with the terpenes and their percentages.

Appearance/Cure

Apologies for the somewhat unsightly images. I forgot to take pictures before I smoked about half of the eighth…whoops.

It is often said that GSC plants have a genetic predisposition to produce smaller buds, and that has been true in my experience, including this eighth from VidaCann.

This eighth seems to be on the dry side – not terribly, but enough that it stands out to me. The buds easily crack apart with application of a small to medium amount of force. The trichomes seem to be a bit harder to find on this flower as well, which makes me wonder if the plant was harvested too soon.

I have seen better cures from VidaCann, definitely. This batch wasn’t terrible, but I know their team is capable of much better quality.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 6.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

This batch of GSC doesn’t have much smell in the jar – maybe a faint hint of herbal, sweet, and earthy terpenes.

When the flower is ground up, however, the smell is more noticeable. This isn’t the sweetest or most cookies-smelling GSC I’ve come across, but it has enough of the typical GSC terpenes to be recognizable. I also seem to smell more citrus in this batch, possibly indicating higher limonene content in VidaCaann’s cut.

The taste when smoked, however, is very close to the best GSC batches I’ve had. The warm, earthy, sweet, herbal terpenes all come together to make a sweet taste reminiscent of warm sugar cookies on the inhale; a well-rounded sweet, earthy, spicy finish is noted upon exhale.

This wasn’t the best GSC cut I’ve found in the smell/taste category, but it wasn’t the worst either. I need to do some more exploring of this lineage; either I’m not a huge Cookies fan like most people seem to be, or I haven’t found the exact right cut for me yet.

Smell/Taste Rating: 6.90/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

VidaCann’s cut of GSC feels almost identical to Trulieve’s cut as far as effects are concerned. The typical, balanced effects that are characteristic of GSC are present in this batch as well. A warm cerebral invigoration comes on in the first 15-20 minutes, making the surrounding environment feel cozy and inviting as I type this review. My enjoyment of music seems to be enhanced. (This is the station I listen to while writing every single review I’ve ever written, ever since the site was founded.)

As the effects progress, body relaxation creeps in and becomes increasingly apparent. While GSC never is a particularly sedating strain for me, it can be heavily relaxing in higher doses. I’ve often said GSC could be a “desert island” strain for me – because of the versatility of the effects.

Being medical cannabis patients, effects are the most important aspect of any flower strain to us. Expanding on a point I made at the introduction of this review, it’s refreshing to see that the effects are consistent between two different cuts from two different dispensaries. If anything, VidaCann’s cut might lean a little more indica, as the effects seem to be a bit “deeper” than Trulieve’s, if that makes sense.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Insomnia (possibly in higher doses)

I’m definitely no medical doctor, so please take the preceding conditions only as my own personal observations from using this strain and having experience with a multitude of different cannabis strains. Every body is different, and every body reacts different to various medications. https://c0.pubmine.com/sf/0.0.3/html/safeframe.htmlREPORT THIS ADREPORT THIS AD

Effects Rating: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.46/10.00

Overall, I would best describe GSC as an “very good” hybrid strain from VidaCann.

As I’ve said before, GSC is a good “staple” strain to keep around, for its versatile medicinal effects. I haven’t found a batch that totally “wowed” me since full flower sales started in early 2019, but I will try a few more times before I conclude that I just may not be a Cookies fan – and that’s all good too!

This is a strain that is good to use at almost any time of the day, and due to its popularity and versatility, I recommend every medical cannabis user try it at least once.

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: GSC (Hybrid)

Trulieve first released GSC (formerly known as Girl Scout Cookies) on March 1, 2019, in their flower vape cups (review here). At the time, I was really hyped to finally get to try this strain that I had heard so much about (especially on that Disjointed show that ran a couple seasons on Netflix), and the results of my purchase exceeded my expectations. That batch of flower really did smell and taste like some sort of cookie, and it made me feel great.

I’ve picked up a couple of batches of the full flower form of GSC since then, and for some reason, I always forget to review it again. I have been sitting on this batch that I have now since about February (I’m a slow smoker), and luckily, I realized I needed to review it before I finished it off.

In my recent reviews of the Florida Keys phenotypes, I commended GrowHealthy for being the first Florida MMTC to label and market different phenotypes as separate strains. I think this should be an industry standard, as some phenotypes may have significantly different effects than the “main” strain in the line.

Why did I bring this up, and what is a phenotype, exactly? If you need a refresher on phenotypes, here is a good link I have been using in my other reviews.

I mention phenotypes because I believe this batch of GSC is a different phenotype from the other batches I have purchased from Trulieve in the past. The smell, taste, and appearance are all different enough that I was suspicious; however, I really thought I might be on to something when I realized the description of the Thin Mints phenotype of GSC closely matches the eighth that I have.

Quick Facts:

GSC (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $53/eighth 

Lineage: Durban Poison x OG Kush

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFL-BLD-H-17-PK-38

Cannabinoids

THC: 16.10% – This is the first flower I’ve had that breaks the 30% THC threshold.

CBD: 0.030%

CBG: 0.050%

Total Cannabinoids: 16.90%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 0.223%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 0.922%

Carophyllene-Oxide: 0.180%

R-Limonene: 0.224%

Linalool: 0.162%

Alpha Humulene: 0.248%

Total Terpenes: 1.959%

Appearance/Cure

This batch is from February 2020, around the time that Trulieve hit another significant improvement in the quality of their flower. Trulieve flower has always been grown and cured well relative to the rest of Florida’s market, but I started seeing some changes near the end of Q1 2020 – like the trichomes being allowed to mature much more, like in the above image of this GSC.

This batch looks physically different from all other batches of GSC that I’ve gotten from Trulieve. I have found GSC to typically have really small buds, but these were more medium-small to medium. The color was darker, with more almost-black than green, and a bountiful covering of dark orange pistils.

The cure is excellent, with dense, slightly sticky buds that are cured to an almost perfect moisture content – though this batch could have gotten away with being ever so slightly drier.

This flower is actually 6 months old now, but it has preserved its freshness fairly well.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.90/10.00

Smell/Taste

This is what really makes me suspect that this is a different GSC phenotype – this stuff smells really minty to me. Previous batches of Trulieve’s GSC smelled more like warm, fresh, sugary cookies to me – like when they’re fresh out of this oven. This batch, however, is much more herbal, peppery, earthy, and significantly minty.

I must admit that I preferred the other batches to this; I am not a fan of the earthy, herbal, minty terpenes when they are as dominant as they are in this eighth.

When smoked, I taste a strong earthy sensation on the inhale, followed by a spicy and peppery exhale. Unfortunately, I don’t particularly enjoy these tastes. This is entirely subjective, however, so remember that my “meh” could be your “whoa!”.

Smell/Taste Rating: 6.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

The area that this batch of GSC most feels like past batches, would have to be the effects. I have always experienced very balanced “indica” and “sativa” effects from this strain, and that was no exception with this eighth.

Cerebral invigoration is the forerunner here, lasting for a full 20 minutes before warm body relaxation sensations begin to creep in on the downslope of the effects. I’d say this is a suitable strain for just about any time of the day: morning, afternoon, evening, night, or anything in between. Though this wouldn’t be a “desert island” strain for me in the smell and taste department by any means, I think I could get by if I only had GSC to smoke – and maybe that’s one of the main reasons this is such a popular strain – its versatility. There are few strains that I find suitable for use at all times of the day and night, but GSC is one of those rare genetic wonders. For this reason, I believe it’s an outstanding medicinal strain.

I do tend to feel a bit sleepy on the comedown of GSC if I medicate with a large amount, but not really enough to warrant a full couchlock. I’d say this cut might be slightly sativa-dominant in effects, as there seems to be more cerebral uplift than anything else.

GSC is a good staple to have around. And if I can consistently find the batches that taste like fresh cookies, it’d be that much better.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Insomnia (possibly in higher doses)

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

Effects Rating: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.96/10.00

Overall, I would best describe GSC as a “very good” hybrid strain from Trulieve.

It seems like Trulieve is only getting better at growing flower through time. I hope that their grow team sees this review and knows that their efforts are noticed – the quality is seriously on another level than it was this time last year, and it’s nice to see this batch from February and remember when Trulieve really begin to take their quality to the next level.

As far as this being the “thin mints” phenotype – maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t. Regardless, I encourage all Florida MMTCs to begin labeling and selling their different phenotypes as different strains entirely. This is a win-win for both the patients and the MMTCs: the dispensaries have a larger variety of products with the same amount of raw material, and patients can lock in the best strain for their conditions with more ease and consistency.

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Key Largo (Indica)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

Key Largo (Indica)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Bubba Kush x Key Lime Mints

Batch Number: F-061720-KYLG-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 13.70%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 13.70%

Terpenes

R-Limonene: 0.690%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.363%

Beta-Myrcene: 0.317%

Total Terpenes: 1.37%

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 8.50/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.13/10.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GrowHealthy Signature Blend Series Brand Page

Quick Facts:

Sour Silly Bean – Hybrid

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

LineageJilly Bean x Smile x Sour PZ

80.23% THC

1.27% CBD

81.50% Total Cannabinoids

Taste:

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

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

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

Taste Rating: 8.00/10.00

Vapor and Product Quality

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

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

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

Vapor/Product Quality Rating: 9.00/10.00

Effects:

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

Effects Rating: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.66/10.00

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

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

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

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

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Grape Stomper (Hybrid)

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

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

Quick Facts:

Grape Stomper (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Purple Elephant x Chemdog Sour Diesel

Batch Number: F-042920-GRST-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 21.74%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.74%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene

Limonene

Terpinolene

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 8.50/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.66/10.00

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

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

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

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Sativa)

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

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

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

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

Trulieve’s Product Page

Quick Facts:

Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $53/eighth 

Lineage: Golden Pineapple x Trophy Wife

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

Cannabinoids

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

CBD: 0.000%

THCV: 0.175%

CBG: 1.219%

Total Cannabinoids: 32.203%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 1.505%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 1.012%

R-Limonene: 0.510%

Linalool: 0.164%

Alpha Humulene: 0.207%

Total Terpenes: 3.398%

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.60/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.90/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 9.60/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.03/10.00

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

It seems like Trulieve is only getting better at growing flower through time. I hope that their grow team sees this review and knows that their efforts are noticed – the quality is seriously on another level than it was this time last year.

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

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

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake is hard to type.

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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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: T7|03: Favorite Strains – 05.23.2020

This is a question I seem to be getting more often as time goes on. I’ll be writing a review and mention that the strain is “one of my favorite indicas/sativas” (or something similar), and then some of you will be curious as to what other strains are on that list.

The “list” is ever-changing and has never been manifested in any “physical” form until now. I have tried enough strains that I think it’s time for me to share some of my favorites, with a quick blurb on why I enjoy that strain so much.

Since this is the third installment of the T7 series, I’ll list my Top 3 favorite flower strains in Sativa, Hybrid, and Indica categories. I’ll revisit this list once it’s been significantly changed, which I’m sure will happen as Florida’s medical cannabis industry continues to grow.

Music:

Cannabis Product & Strain: Fluent “Aria” (AK-47) Flower and MUV Guru Flower

Note: I haven’t yet been able to try any products from the following MMTCs: RiSE, One Plant, Harvest, Colombia Care, and The Botanist.

Top 3 Sativa Strains

(In no particular order)

1.) VidaCann & Tikun Olam: Alaska

I have always enjoyed the Alaska vape cart, and was even more impressed with it in flower form.

Tikun Olam is an Israeli company with multiple decades of experience and research into their genetics and how they interact with various medical conditions.

Alaska is hands down the best strain I have found for treating my depression. Its ability to shift mindset (without inducing paranoia or anxiety) is extremely useful in snapping out of the negative thought patterns that depression and other similar conditions can cause.

Beyond that, the smell and taste of the flower exceeded my expectations – skunky and citrusy, with pine and other terpenes as well. Very well-rounded sativa, and VidaCann grew it well, allowing it to fully mature and cure with patience. This made all the difference in the quality of the effects, and should be the industry standard.

2.) GrowHealthy: Jilly Bean

This strain took me by surprise, and I actually passed over it for a few weeks before finally settling on an eighth of it. I was taken aback by the strong candy citrus smell that seemed to be heavy in terpinolene, but what really made me a huge fan of this strain was its effects. This is one of the “happiest”, most peaceful sativa strains I’ve found.

GrowHealthy also grew it to perfection, as you can see in the image above.

3.) Fluent: “Subra” (Sour Diesel)

I’m a huge Sour Diesel fan: it’s like the espresso of sativa strains, and I love it for the energy and motivation it gives me. Fluent seems to have a really good cut of this strain, and when I got it, it smelt exactly like gasoline when it was ground up. The only issue was that it wasn’t very strong-smelling out of the jar, and I feel that Sour Diesel should be.

If Fluent can consistently maximize the genetics they have, I think they have one of the best cuts of Sour Diesel in Florida.

Top 3 Hybrid Strains

1.) Trulieve: Paradise Waits

When Trulieve first released this strain’s flower form in early fall 2019, it was the best flower I’d tried up to that point. At a high 27.8% THC coupled with over 3% terpenes, the effects were potent.

I found Paradise Waits to be one of the most powerful, but still relaxing hybrids that I’ve tried. It had a really invigorating cerebral quality to it, but enough warm-body relaxation that anxiety didn’t seem to be an issue.

The smell was really nice and unique as well. I remember there being strong citrus, pine, and an almost creamy hash smell as well. Great strain.

2.) VidaCann: I95 x Lemon G13

This was another strain that really impressed me after initially trying it on a whim. If you buy it, prepare for strong Lemon Diesel and funky smells, with excellent balanced hybrid effects that seem to slightly lean toward the sativa end of the spectrum.

I campaigned for this strain to be renamed “Lemon I95”, but… we’ll say I’m still waiting to hear back on that one.

In all seriousness, this is one of VidaCann’s best balanced hybrid strains, in my opinion, though it seems to be a more “rare” strain of theirs – at least in flower form. If you like Lemon and/or Gas strains, grab this one if you see it.

3.) MUV: Strawberry Cough

This is one of my favorite Strawberry strains in Florida. It smells just like a Strawberry Creme Saver candy to me, and the effects are mellow – great for relaxing and watching TV or playing video games, etc.

The genetics make for a really pretty flower, too. It’s like a more toned-down version of their Guru strain.

Top 3 Indica Strains

1.) GrowHealthy: Wookie Girl

This strain is about as close to perfection as I have found in Florida. The smell, the taste, the effects, the way which GrowHealthy grows it – everything is maxed out on this one. This is a very relaxing indica that isn’t too sedating. What keeps me coming back to it is the amazing taste – there’s nothing like it that I’ve found in Florida – yet.

It’s currently my #1 overall strain, a “desert island” type strain that I would be happy with if it were all I could smoke.

Based on what I’m seeing across social media, many other Floridians agree.

2.) MUV: Guru (Full Review Coming Soon!)

This is another popular indica for many people, though I do see a lot more divide in the like/dislike for this strain.

With a pungent and bitter skunky grapefruit citrus aroma, Guru seems to draw the most “controversy” in its smell and taste. I personally love it; it reminds me a lot of Vidacann’s I95 x Lemon G13 from earlier in this list – but with grapefruit instead of lemon.

The effects remind me a lot of Wookie Girl, sealing Guru’s position on this list. I do find Guru to be more sedating than Wookie Girl, and tend to end up falling asleep if I smoke too much of it.

3.) MUV: Triangle Kush

Triangle Kush is a classic Florida strain, and I really enjoyed MUV’s version of it. This was one of my favorite Skunk-type strains, with a taste and aroma that kept me coming back for more.

I seem to prefer the “relaxing but not too sedating” indicas the best – in part because if I smoke enough of almost any “indica” strain, I will feel sleepy. I enjoy having something I can relax with, but still remain functional. Triangle Kush is a perfect example of one of those strains.

It looks like some other brands are coming out with their versions of Triangle Kush, so I’ll definitely be trying those when they become available in my area. We’ll see if they’re able to replace this version on the next list – or maybe an entirely different strain will.

Closing Thoughts

I’ve tried a lot of strains in my almost 2 years as a medical cannabis patient in Florida. A lot of them are noteworthy, and could easily have been on this list as well if I had chosen to make it longer – it was tough narrowing it down too these 9 strains.

As I try more MMTCs, products, and strains, I expect this list to change every few months. I’ll be sure to create future installments of it, so be sure to subscribe to this website’s email list to stay tuned to the latest updates coming from the Collective.

I hope this answers some of your questions about my favorite strains, and hope it made for an interesting read.

What are some of your favorite strains in Florida? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enough preface – let’s get into the review.

Quick Facts:

Rain Maker (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $60/eighth 

Lineage: Citral Skunk x Mandarin Sunset

Batch Number: F-050220-RAIN-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 21.74%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.74%

Terpenes

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

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.20/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 8.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.63/10.00

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

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

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

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

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: White 99 (Hybrid)

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

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

Quick Facts:

White 99 (Hybrid)

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

Lineage: The White x Cinderella 99

Batch Number: F-050220-WT99-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 23.06%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 23.06%

Terpenes

Trans-Carophyllene

Beta-Myrcene

Terpineol

Beta-Pinene

Limonene

Farnesene

Fenchyl Alcohol

Alpha-Humulene

Linalool

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.16/10.00

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

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

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

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