Trulieve/Sunshine Cannabis TruFlower Review: Myrcene Queen (Indica)

Trulieve and Sunshine Cannabis have been partnered for quite some time now. You may have tried one of their TruPod distillate vape cart strains, which include custom strains like Sunshine Kush and Afghan Moon, to name a couple.

I was highly impressed with all 3 strains I got from this new lineup. Crown Chakra (review here) ended up being one of the most beautiful strains I’ve ever seen, with a fiery purple color unlike any other color of all the strains I’ve tried.

Myrcene Queen doesn’t have a lot of information about it available online – like most Sunshine Cannabis strains. However, their website does offer a good description of all their strains, including this one. My hope is for this review to expand upon that information and give you a perspective straight from a Florida medical cannabis patient – as I have done in all my other reviews.

Quick Facts:

Trulieve and Sunshine Cannabis’ websites each offer this description of Myrcene Queen:

Carefully selected heavy Indica by Sunshine Cannabis from a large population of test plants and chosen for it’s Myrcene dominant terpene profile of up to 70% Myrcene of the total terpenes present. A cross of Triangle Kush x Landrace Afghani with excellent pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects and body relaxing properties for Indica lovers. Myrcene Queen is a high potency strain with an earthy, sweetly pungent & musky aroma and oldschool Indica taste with heavy euphoria. The powerful euphoric experience settles into a body numbing effect with a notable reduction of anxiety or tension for a classic “couch-lock” Indica high. Very resinous dense buds rich in beneficial medicinal Cannabinoids perfect for high tolerance Medical Marijuana patients looking for the added benefits of high Myrcene in a pure 100% Indica. A close genetic relative to our award winning Afghan Moon Indica vaporizer line.

Sunshine Cannabis website; Strains Page

Myrcene Queen (Indica)

Price at time of review: $48/eighth 

Lineage: Proprietary; cross of Triangle Kush x Afghani

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFL-BLD-I-59-PK-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 20.3%

CBD: 0.0%

THCV: 0.2%

CBG: 0.8%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.3%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 1.201% – Myrcene makes up 71.7% of the total terpene profile in these results, which verifies the claim in the strain description above.

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.143%

*R-Limonene: 0.212%

Linalool: 0.117%

(Note that the terpenes included in 3rd party lab reports are not necesarilly exhaustive, as these reports tend to focus more on cannabinoids and potential contaminants/toxins.)

Total Terpenes: 1.673%

Appearance/Cure

The Eye of the Queen is watching you.

This batch of Myrcene Queen is another example of a superior grow and cure from Trulieve and SunShine Cannabis, and it is again some of the stickiest legal Florida bud I’ve ever had. You can really tell that great care and attention were given to these strains, and they represent a level of quality above what I’ve gotten from Trulieve in the past.

Myrcene Queen has beautiful, classic green flowers that are covered in a thick blanket of sparkling crystal trichomes and vivid burnt orange pistils. The trichomes are easily visible to the naked eye, giving the flower an appearance as if it had been dipped in sugar.

My eighth contained a few large buds, the heaviest of which was 1.8g on its own (the bud with the “eye” in the photo above.) The trim is excellent, and the cure and moisture are absolutely on point. I found this strain to be extremely sticky and hard to break apart; it’s one of those types of flower that can give the grinder a bit of trouble. I think that if this flower had been dried ever so slightly longer, it would be 100% perfect. It’s probably around 93-95% right now, and to be fair, this is a totally subjective preference. Some people like dry bud, some people like it sticky, and some people like it in between.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.30/10.00

Smell/Taste

Myrcene Queen obviously has a lot of myrcene in it, so what exactly is myrcene supposed to smell like?

Beyond cannabis, myrcene is found in hops and is responsible for the peppery, spicy, balsam fragrance in beer. It’s also expressed in lemongrass, which has been used in traditional folk medicine for centuries.

Leafly

Myrcene Queen smells both very musky and very “sharp”, if this descriptor makes sense. This is one of those strains that has a bit of a “bite” when you open up the jar. The spectrum of smells I pick up include skunky, earthy, diesel, and an ammonia-like chemical smell that I’ve found in a few other medicinal cannabis strains.

I knew this strain reminded me somewhat of at least one strain I’d had before, but I couldn’t place it at first. However, after I saw the myrcene content in the lab report, I remembered another strain that had exceeded 1% myrcene; that’s when it hit me which strain this smell reminded me of: Northern Hash Plant. The smell is not totally similar, but patients who have had both strains should be able to pick up what I’m talking about here. It’s the way all the different skunky, spicy, earthy, and musky terpenes come together to make the overall smell of the flower. Northern Hash Plant has a somewhat similar terpene profile to Myrcene Queen, so this makes sense.

The taste is similar to the smell, but much more herbal in my experience. Myrcene Queen has a nice taste and smell overall.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.20/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Many patients (myself formerly included) assume that if a strain contains an abundance of myrcene, it will be more sedating or more likely to have “indica” effects. This may be true some of the time, but it is not an absolute. I recommend reading this article on Leafly that describes myrcene in depth; it’s an excellent read in general and it helped me to understand this terpene even more.

Myrcene Queen turns out to be a heavily relaxing indica, but not heavily sedating. I can smoke this strain during the day and still remain functional and motivated. As I write this review, about 20 minutes after smoking a bowl, I notice increased “warm body” sensations with an equal amount of cerebral effects at this moment. I would say this is a pretty well-balanced indica that seems like its best use would be for chronic pain. Though it was not able to effectively relieve a sinus/allergy headache I’ve had the past few days, it did relieve some other muscle soreness I’d been experiencing. Typically strains that make my body feel warm and relaxed are at least partially effective for pain relief.

I’d recommend Myrcene Queen for use at almost any time of the day. It’s not going to be a great motivating strain early in the morning, but it didn’t make me lazy or sleepy, either.

Possibly good for treating:

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

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 Myrcene Queen as an “excellent” indica strain from Trulieve and Sunshine Cannabis.

For Trulieve, this combination of favorable genetics and next-level quality execution of the grow really changes the game. If they can turn out all their strains like this, and continue to deliver more batches of the Sunshine Cannabis strains, they could be a true contender for having some of the best medical flower in the state.

I think this release is really a huge move for Sunshine Cannabis as well. A lot more people are going to be talking about them now. I’ll definitely be back to try the other 8 flower strains they offer in the future. If they’re all like this and their Crown Chakra, I absolutely want to try more strains.

Many more reviews 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: One Year Anniversary – 2018-2019, Then & Now

It’s almost hard for me to believe as I type this: the Florida Medical Cannabis Collective has been around for a full year today. Our first post was a review of Sour Diesel TruFlower Cups, but here we are – dozens of reviews and industry updates later.

The industry has changed rapidly, and is completely different and more evolved than it was when this project started. Full flower sales started earlier this year, many Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs) have released several new products and forms of cannabis concentrate, and there are thousands upon thousands of new patients.

I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you who regularly read and give feedback to all the content here. Seeing all of your success stories and the ways that the Collective has helped you all as cannabis patients, has been the single most fulfilling aspect of this entire project, and is one of many sources of inspiration that I draw from as I sit down to write each new piece of content.

In celebration of our first full year together, I’ll do a few comparisons of the Florida medical cannabis industry now to what it was 1 year ago today.

December 2018December 2019
Qualified Patients (Active ID card)156,408289,285
Total Patients (Including expired ID cards)198,461410,344
Qualified Physicians 1,8652,594
Total Number of Dispensaries in Florida77205
Milligrams of Medical Marijuana (High-THC) Dispensed
(During the week prior, per latest OMMU Update)
52,348,55676,422,435
Milligrams of Low-THC Marijuana (High-CBD) Dispensed
(During the week prior, per latest OMMU Update)
2,081,8372,000,974

These numbers tell a few interesting stories. The most obvious is that the program is growing: particularly the total number of patients in the state registry. What is interesting about this is, however, is that the gap between qualified patients and total patients continues to increase, most likely due to the high costs of maintaining an ID card and the prices of the products themselves. Social media indicates that a lot of patients are heading back to the black market due to not being able to afford all the costs that being a legal cannabis patient in Florida incurs.

The number of qualified physicians has grown at a steady rate, and there is roughly one qualified physician for every 112 patients in the program, which isn’t too much of a stretch.

The number of dispensaries throughout the state has nearly tripled, with most of the growth in coastal areas in the central and southern parts of the state. The panhandle continues to have the least variety in this area, with many MMTCs still not serving that part of the state. Overall, however, access has improved throughout the state this year. If patients were divided evenly amongst the 205 dispensaries in Florida, each dispensary would serve roughly 1,411 patients.

What I found to be perhaps the most surprising from the table above, is that there was less CBD dispensed than this time last year. I attribute part of this to the fact that the Farm Bill passed last year, and hemp-based CBD products are much more readily available to order online, often at a far lower cost than the CBD products offered in Florida dispensaries.

Industry Evolution 2018 -2019

The information we’ve reviewed so far indicates that, as expected, Florida’s medical marijuana industry grew significantly last year. But how did it grow? What changed? What products became available since last year?

Full Flower Legalization

Perhaps the most monumental catalyst for growth of Florida’s medical industry in 2019 was the passage of Senate Bill 182 in the early months of 2019, which allowed MMTCs to sell loose cannabis flower in a form designed for smoking – the way nearly a majority of us medicate. I predicted this change would occur in this article I wrote on January 1 of this year. John Morgan’s lawsuit against the state was in full swing at that time, and Governor DeSantis was just a couple of weeks away from announcing the March deadline he would give the legislature to draft legislation allowing for smokable marijuana – which ultimately led to the existence of SB 182 in the first place.

As of the time of writing this article, every single MMTC in Florida now offers a smokable flower product. One year ago, only Trulieve and Curaleaf offered flower in their vaporizer cups, which were intended to be vaporized in proprietary Volcano-like products (though most of us just found a way to get the flower out of the cups and either vape or smoke it rather than pay $500+ for the intended device.)

Flower prices have also generally come down since last year – most of Trulieve’s flower strains were $55 back then, whereas a majority of them now are in their $43 tier now.

More Variety of Concentrates

One year ago, just about the only concentrate product one could find in Florida was distillate. Trulieve had released shatter a few months back, and MUV had just dropped both shatter and crumble. Other than that, however, choices were limited to distillate or vape carts for many patients.

In the year since then, we now have distillate, shatter, crumble, rosin, RSO, terp sauce, soft wax, and (perhaps arguably) live resin carts. MUV has been the state’s leader in new forms of concentrates, and has most all of the above forms of concentrate available at their dispensaries. Trulieve and Curaleaf also offer most of these forms, and even Surterra (who previously was hesitant to embrace flower and full-spectrum products) has jumped into the concentrate market with a recent release of shatter and soft wax products. Almost every MMTC offers distillate, and more say they plan to have shatter, crumble, and wax products by the beginning of 2020.

Closing Thoughts

From December 2, 2018 to December 2, 2019 – Florida’s medical cannabis industry has evolved to more resemble the well-developed markets in other legal states. Though the way our laws are written have provided many challenges: product availability and high prices to name a couple – conditions continue to steadily improve with respect to access and affordability.

One year ago, I never imagined that every single MMTC would offer a flower product; a few MMTCs had gained a little notoriety last year for taking stances in opposition to allowing full flower sales. One year later, all of them have embraced what patients ultimately wanted from the start – a variety of products, and the ability to purchase cannabis in its most natural full-flower form.

It is my belief that the industry will continue with this steady growth throughout 2020. Though House Representative Ray Rodrigues plans to fight against our medicine again during the 2020 legislative session – namely by his attempts to impose a 10% THC limit on all cannabis flower in product as he did at the beginning of this year – I have a feeling that the MMTCs and the will of our hundreds of thousands of patients will not allow that to happen; what is truly righteous and just will prevail, just as it did this year when we were finally granted the ability to purchase whole flower. The Florida Medical Cannabis Collective will surely be using this site and our social media reach to help fight against the misinformation campaigns that Ray and his allies are sure to use against us – and we will absolutely win.

2019 has been a great year for all of us, and 2020 stands to be even better. Whatever happens, be assured that we at the Collective will be here for you through it all. We look forward to another great year together, and again, we thank you all for your continued love and support.

May you all be blessed with peace, love, wealth, health, wisdom, prosperity, and happiness.

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Trulieve Flower Review: Green Crack (Sativa)

Trulieve released the first few batches of this strain in TruFlower during mid to late 2018; unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch it in stock during that time, and it hasn’t been available for a few months. Thankfully, another batch was released last week; at $45/eighth, it’s one of the lower-priced flower options in the Florida cannabis industry.

Green Crack gained some notoriety in the mid 2010’s as an invigorating and energizing motivational sativa; rumor has it that the strain name came from Snoop Dogg after he sampled its potent sativa characteristics.

I originally tried this strain in Trulieve’s CO2 vape carts with cannabis-derived terpenes (review of that product can be found here). I really enjoyed Green Crack in distillate form, and have really been looking forward to trying its natural flower form. I’m pleased to say it has delivered – on all accounts.


Quick Facts:

Green Crack (Sativa)

Parent Strains: Skunk #1 x ?

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBULDPV000005 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

710.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

20.3% THC 

0.00% CBD

2.10% CBG

22.4% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

Trulieve has been on a roll of better curing quality for the past couple of months, and this batch of Green Crack is yet another quality grow. The moisture content is nearly perfect as the buds are sticky and slightly difficult to break down, but not so damp that it has issues with burning. This strain is medium to light green with areas of light green and a golden yellow hue, all covered in an abundance of bright orange pistils.

While the recent batch of Lemon Tree that I picked up was absolutely covered in kief (cannabinoid crystals), this batch of Green Crack isn’t quite as covered; however, any type of flashlight or bright lighting reveals flower that is covered in sparkling crystals.

This is, again, a good grow. Trulieve – thanks for listening to the patients and continually improving the quality of your flower.

Appearance Rating: 4.10/5.00

Smell/Taste

Opening a jar of Green Crack brings a sharp, sweet and fruity citrus smell that seems to carry itself across the room quite efficiently. The sweet/sour and fruity citrus terpenes are definitely the dominant ones, but there is also an underlying earthiness to this strain as well. To me, Green Crack seems like a mix of terpenes from Colombian Gold, Sour Diesel, and Super Silver Haze.

Vaporizing and/or smoking this strain yields similar results for the taste. Fruity, sweet and sour citrus dominates, with an underlying earthy terpene(s). This has been one of my favorite sativa strains in the smell/taste category.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.20/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Green Crack is definitely an energizing sativa. I wouldn’t say that it is quite as energizing as Sour Diesel or Jack Herer, but it’s more energizing than Super Silver Haze and Colombian Gold. In lower doses, the patient can expect to feel a clean boost of energy, focus, and motivation. In heavier doses, some body relaxation and “sluggish” movement can be felt as well, which I found surprising for a strain with “crack” in its name. (Amongst friends – this is not my favorite strain name.)

I do find the effects of Green Crack to be enjoyable and among some of my favorite of effects I’ve felt from sativa strains. It’s great for morning and early afternoon use, but due to the fact that it can be slightly relaxing in higher doses, it can be even be good for rolling a joint in the late afternoon for a “second wind” type of invigoration. This strain can be harnessed for motivation and/or creativity, making it a great choice for general productivity and relieving lack of motivation.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression 
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Lack of motivation
  • ADD/ADHD symptoms
  • General relaxation/relief (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. 

Effects Rating: 4.30/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.20/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Green Crack as an “excellent” sativa strain. 

The sole “negative” factor of this product is that it currently costs $45/eighth. Though it is one of the lower priced flower options in the state, it’s still among some of the highest priced medicinal cannabis flower in the country, and is a perfect example of why vertical integration of Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers in Florida needs to come to an end – soon. 

Other than that, this strain absolutely impressed me; I enjoyed it so much that I am purchasing the crumble version of it this weekend. Reviews for that and two other crumble strains will be coming soon, so be sure to stay tuned to this page and our various social media for the latest updates.

Definitely give Green Crack flower a try, especially if you enjoy energizing sativa strains. I will definitely buy more of this flower in the future.

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As always, thank you for taking the time to read this review. Truly hope it helps you – we are here for you!

Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 02.28.2019 – More Flower, More Progress

Hey there everyone! Thanks for tuning it to the Collective for another update. As I’ve said before, the cannabis industry in Florida is starting to progress so quickly that I’m having to do these “weekly” updates two or three times a week. Perhaps the most exciting update this week is that yet another Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) will be offering flower tomorrow – 03.01.2019!

Vidacann Flower Cups Available 03.01.2019

Up until today, only three MMTCs have offered flower in Florida: Trulieve, then Curaleaf, and recently, MUV. However, some buzz about Vidacann dropping their flower pods starting circulating around late last week; this evening, Vidacann made the official announcement via their Instagram page.

Yes, I need to charge my phone more often.

To answer a few of your questions about the launch:

Price: $50/eighth across the board

Strain available at launch: Duct Tape – tested at 24.9% THC.

Strains available soon: Dutch Cookies, then Kush Cake or one of its derivatives

It will be interesting to see how Florida patients react to the quality of this flower after its release tomorrow. We don’t have Vidacann in the Panhandle yet, so you all will have to let us know how it is!

More progress in the Florida Legislature

This week saw major progress in the Florida Senate particularly, with the introduction of two new bills: one to end the current requirement of vertical integration for Florida MMTCs, and another to completely legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol in Florida.

SB 1322 would effectively end vertical integration in Florida. For those who are unaware of the “vertical integration” term, it means that all Florida MMTCs have to cultivate, package, distribute, and sell all of their cannabis from the seed until the sale to the patient at the counter. This has resulted in ridiculously high prices; the average cost for an eighth of flower right now is somewhere around $50/eighth – much higher than black market prices. SB 1322 would allow for MMTCs to sign up to perform only one or any combination of cannabis-related business: cultivation, packaging, transportation, and retail sales of cannabis. This would open up the doors for much more competition in Florida, and bring prices down across the board. We will closely monitor this bill and its development over the next few weeks. We urge everyone to tweet at our Florida Senators and Representatives and show your support of SB 1322. We need this, and our wallets *especially* need this.

SB 1117, on the other hand, calls for the complete legalization, taxation, and regulation of cannabis for all individuals over 21 in the state of Florida. Though this bill admittedly has a low chance of gaining any traction, it is important in its symbolism of our progress and the fact that it will generate more widespread conversation about full legalization of marijuana in Florida. While this bill is unlikely to pass given that our legislature has already played the games they have played with our medical cannabis, Regulate Florida is just around 10,000 signatures shy of being granted review by the Supreme Court. This could ultimately result in recreational marijuana being on the ballot in 2020, and recent polls have shown a higher likelihood of it getting the 60% supermajority needed to pass. Be sure to head over to Regulate Florida and print off the petition and sign it/mail it in – Florida does not recognize online petitions/signatures.

Both of these bills indicate the significant progress we have made in such a short time with the Florida medical cannabis industry. We can’t stop now though – keep fighting for our rights, access, and affordability. We’re almost there!

Florida Medical Cannabis Collective Updates

We’d like to take another moment to thank all of you for your positive comments and support over the past few months as we’ve continued to grow at a rapid rate. It is very fulfilling to know that so many of you are touched and helped by the content we create here. There’s only more to come!

This week, look for reviews of Trulieve’s Lemon Tree and Poison Fruit flower. We’ll also have a review of their Sour Diesel TruCRMBL coming – we are again impressed at the quality of the crumble, and look forward to providing another review for patients who may be on the fence about trying this new cannabis concentrate.

If you haven’t already, be sure to join our growing community of followers on Instagram and Twitter. We regularly post from those accounts and check them (as well as this website) daily, so if you ever have any questions about Florida cannabis, don’t ever hesitate to ask us! It doesn’t matter which medium you prefer – Twitter, Instagram, email, or even comments on this website – we check them all, and respond to as many as possible, with a goal of 100% response rate as long as is reasonably possible based on the volume of our followers.

After the next round of Trulieve reviews, we will be looking to try Curaleaf’s flower, pending availability. We’ll also be looking to try the remaining strains of GrowHealthy distillate that we haven’t gotten to yet. Beyond that, hopefully we will have a VidaCann in the Panhandle very soon, so that we are able to try yet another variety of flower. 2019 is going to be very active for us, so be sure you are following this blog and the social media we mentioned above in order to stay up to date on this rapidly growing industry!

We expect some big announcements as we close in on the March 15 deadline for the legislature to pass a law that regulates smokable cannabis flower in Florida. We’ll definitely keep our eyes peeled and our ears open to provide you all with the latest updates and product reviews related to Florida cannabis, as we have been doing since December 2018. Thank you for taking the time to read this – we truly do it for your benefit.

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 02.23.2019 Update

Hello there, and welcome (or welcome back) to the site for another update! I’d like to take the beginning of this update to thank all of our subscribers and followers – you guys are really starting to grow in numbers, and we really appreciate all the support and feedback you’ve given us across the board on various social media. It’s really amazing to know that we’re making a positive impact for so many of you. We will be here to help guide you through the waters of this industry as it continues to gain momentum and growth through 2019.

We’ve had another eventful week as we near the end of February. Both the Florida Senate and House have their respective bills to set guidelines for smokable cannabis in Florida; the two versions are getting closer together and will hopefully be able to set up a good foundation for patients who have been eagerly awaiting smokable medical marijuana.

As is almost always the case, some new products became available this week as well, so we will touch on those a bit in this update too!

Smokable Cannabis soon to be reality in Florida

Perhaps the biggest news story of this week is that the Senate and House both passed bills to set the framework for smokable medical cannabis in Florida. We’ll save all the legal jargon and provide you with the highlights of each bill.

Senate Bill 182

  • Allows for whole cannabis flower sales
  • Smokable marijuana available in many forms, but each MMTC must make pre-rolled joints one of those forms
  • Patients under 18 must have two doctors sign off to allow them to smoke medical cannabis
  • Patients can acquire smoking devices such as bongs, pipes, and rolling papers from vendors other than dispensaries. This does not apply to devices used for vaporizing medical marijuana – they must be bought from the dispensary only.
  • Between the house and senate bills, this is the one we want to pass

House Bill 7015

  • Only allows smokable medical cannabis to be sold in pre-rolled joints. No pipes, rolling papers, bongs, or any other smoking devices to be sold in dispensaries.
  • Patients under 18 cannot use smokable marijuana under any circumstances.

Obviously, the senate bill is much closer to what most of us envisioned for our medical marijuana program in Florida. As we near the March 15 deadline, we should see the two legislative branches come closer to a compromise – hopefully much closer to the Senate’s version of the bill.

TruCRMBL Reception and new Trulieve Products

The big story in our last update was the launch of Trulieve’s newest cannabis concentrate – cannabis crumble, or TruCRMBL. You can read all about that update here. Note of interest – we correctly predicted nearly all of the actual strains that were released! We just missed Strawberry Switchblade and the new Lemon OG strain.

From what we’ve seen on Reddit and Instagram, TruCRMBL has hailed widespread positive reviews. Patients raved about the excellent smell/taste – very close to the flower form of most every strain – and the effects, which most everyone agreed are closer to true cannabis flower than any other concentrate. You can check out our review of TruCRMBL here – it was thoroughly enjoyed, and we will definitely be back to try the other strains soon.

New Product: Orange Cookies 5:3 CBD:THC Vape Cart

600mg Ceramic Vape Cart

Trulieve released yet another new product this week – a new ratio vape cart with a 5:3 CBD:THC ratio. This product may be a good choice for patients who want more CBD than a 1:1, but still want to feel the effects of THC. The vape cart is currently available in a 600mg ceramic tip for $74; the strain is Orange Cookies. You can order the vape cart here.

Trulieve also released a few new flower strains: Poison Fruit, Bubble Gum, and Lemon OG. You can find those on Trulieve’s flower page here.

Patients be wary – we’ve heard a couple of disappointing reviews on Bubble Gum, with many saying the flower is over-dried and stripped of any noticeable smell/taste. However, we haven’t heard those complaints about Lemon OG or Poison Fruit – and some people like for their cannabis to be extremely dry (though we aren’t one of them!); just keep this in mind as you place your next orders, as we know it already hurts enough to endure the premium prices we have to pay.

We will have several new product reviews on the way in the coming weeks as always, so be sure to look for those as we move into the month of March!

Closing Thoughts

The fact that we are getting closer to smokable cannabis in Florida is exciting, though we really hope the current House bill is not the one that’s implemented. However, we feel confident that the final law that is eventually passed will allow for full flower sales – there’s simply too much push for it, especially with Nikki Fried as our Agriculture Commissioner and the newly appointed Director of Cannabis for Florida.

We’ve been saying it over and over again – this is a good year for Florida Cannabis. With the Florida Medical Cannabis Conference currently underway in Orlando, we expect our next update will be full of new developments for the industry. Be sure to stay tuned to this site and our various social media accounts, and thanks for all of your support. We are (slowly) getting to where we want to be with our medical marijuana program!

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Trulieve Flower Review: Puck Yeah (Indica)

Last week, Trulieve dropped two new indica strains along with the announcement of TruCRMBL – Northern Hash Plant and Puck Yeah. Both have relatively little information about them available online, so I’ve really only had personal experience to go by when reviewing this strain.

Puck Yeah is definitely a heavier indica, with prominent body effects, much like Northern Hash Plant. The batch I got also happens to be the best overall quality flower I’ve gotten from Trulieve.

Quick Facts:

Puck Yeah  (Indica)

Parent Strains: The Puck x Northern Lights

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBTRUXNP000001 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

745.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

21.3% THC 

0.00% CBD

1.20% CBG

22.5% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

The quality of curing has been hit or miss in recent batches of TruFlower. However, Trulieve completely knocked it out of the park with this batch of Puck Yeah. This is absolutely the stickiest flower I’ve yet to get from Florida’s legal market – so much that the contents of all 3 ceramic pods retained their shape, as you can see in the image above. The flower consists of many shades of green and yellow, with one or two specks of purple, all covered in dark amber and burnt orange pistils. This flower is also covered in trichomes, which can be seen sparkling all over and inside the bud when held to a flashlight. If Trulieve could find a way to get every single batch of every strain to be the same quality as this batch of Puck Yeah, I truly believe that they would dominate the Florida flower market. This cure was incredible; hopefully it is a sign of things to come as the market expands.

Appearance Rating: 4.50/5.00

Smell/Taste

Puck Yeah has a very heavy, musky, sour cannabis smell that reminds me a bit of another indica strain I recently picked up from Trulieve: Crescendo. This is a very pungent and “loud” flower that will smell up your entire living space if you leave the jar open.

When vaporized, some of the more familiar citrusy cannabis terpenes are more notable – not so much when smelling the bud in the jar. The most dominant taste would have to be the musky, dank cannabis taste – followed by the citrus notes. Puck Yeah is a strong strain that tastes really good when vaporized.

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.90/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Where Northern Hash Plant immediately hit my body with heavy indica effects, Puck Yeah is more of a subtle “creeper”. At first, the effects are more cerebral and relaxed, probably for about the first 30-45 minutes after medicating. After that point, the body effects became much more prominent, and I became gradually more and more sleepy. In high doses, Puck Yeah is a great choice for insomnia. It’s a bit too heavy for daytime use in my opinion; this is strictly a strain I will use for late night relaxation and sleep. Overall, I’d say this is one of the most heavy indica flower strains I’ve tried, though I think Northern Hash Plant is a bit more of a “pure” indica with its effects.

I definitely noticed the higher THC content on this strain. When smoked, it only took one hit to start feeling the effects.

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 3.80/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.07/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Puck Yeah as “an excellent strain for evening and nighttime medication”. 

Puck Yeah and Northern Hash Plant are definitely two of the heaviest indica strains I’ve gotten in the Florida medical cannabis program. Though I wish the price would come down – $55 an eighth is way too steep – Trulieve absolutely knocked it out of the park with growing and curing this strain. Hopefully it will come back around in the future: I would definitely recommend this product based on the quality of the grow alone. Hope the next batch is consistent (or better)!

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GrowHealthy “Body” Distillate Review: Bubba Kush (Indica)

Bubba Kush is a strain that is well known for its “tranquilizing effects” (per Leafly), giving it great potential benefit for patients suffering from insomnia and pain. This particular distillate from GrowHealthy has received a lot of praise on the various Florida Trees subreddits over the past few months for its taste and potent effects. I grabbed a half gram syringe of Bubba Kush with my last delivery order, and it has definitely lived up to the hype in my experience. If you’re looking for an absolute knockout indica strain distillate that has potent effects on the body, this is the one to get.

Quick Facts:

Bubba Kush Distillate (Indica)

Parent Strains: OG Kush x Unknown strain from New Orleans

THC: 79.05%

CBD: 0.40%

Total Cannabinoids: 79.45%

Batch Number: ID35 BODY BUBBA KUSH

Other Ingredients: Cannabis Terpenes

As with my other reviews, I rate this product on three main criteria. Those three scores will be averaged for a final “overall score” and basic description of the product quality.

Taste

This Bubba Kush distillate probably tastes more like vaporized cannabis flower than any other distillate strain I’ve tried. The cannabis taste is very obvious – an earthy, woody taste with a sweet background. There’s also notes of coffee, chocolate, or some other cocoa-based product that I detect here as well. Some other patients I’ve talked with described the taste as having a honeysuckle-like quality present as well; I could see where one can pick this up. Cannabis terpenes really taste much better than anything else to me; I suppose this is because flower has always been my preferred form of cannabis, and the cannabis terpenes really do a nice job of emulating the taste of their parent strains when added to distillate.

Taste Rating: 4.10/5.00

Vapor/Product Quality

Bubba Kush distillate comes in the same syringe that all other distillates I’ve tried, with an easily removable rubber cap on the bottom, allowing for easy filling of a VFire pod or your empty cartridge of choice.

The distillate itself is about as thick, perhaps a bit thicker, than Truclear. It vaporizes well, leaving the flavor pretty well intact all the way through to the exhale. It seems like everything about this product is at least fairly good quality. 

Vapor/Product Quality Rating: 4.00/5.00

Effects

Ever since I joined the Florida medical marijuana registry, I’ve been searching for a strain that has those classic indica effects everyone talks about – hitting the body like a ton of bricks and locking it into the couch for a solid hour or two. Though I’ve had some good indica strains in my year as a patient, I still haven’t found one that totally knocks me out for sleep; I haven’t found one that I simply can’t stay awake on.

Bubba Kush changed that. My first experience with it went like this: I took one 3-second drag from my Trustik (VFire pod filled with distillate). Between 5 and 10 minutes later, the first full body effects hit – hard. The best way I can describe it is like having a heated, weighted blanket draped over your entire body. There’s really no desire to move around or do anything; sitting or lying in place is much more desirable.

I went ahead and took a second quick drag. That was game over; not long after the second toke, my head began to feel really heavy. It was bedtime at that point. I fell asleep fast and stayed asleep through much of the night.

The effects I’ve gotten over the nights since that first time have been consistent – it’s always much easier to fall asleep after a drag or two from the Trustik. I’ll have to keep some of this strain around simply to fight insomnia. I could see it being a great strain for pain relief as well.

Effects Rating: 4.20/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.10/5.00

GrowHealthy definitely has the best distillates, at least of all the different ones that I’ve tried. I would best describe Bubba Kush distillate as an “excellent” product, and highly recommend it for anyone looking to fight insomnia. It works for me, and for many of the other patients I’ve talked to as well. This is hands down the heaviest indica product I’ve yet to try from the Florida medical cannabis industry.

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Trulieve Flower Review: Northern Hash Plant

Last week, Trulieve dropped two new indica strains along with the announcement of TruCRMBL – Northern Hash Plant and Puck Yeah. Both have relatively little information about them available online, but Trulieve’s website offers the following description of Northern Hash Plant:

Northern Hashplant is a breed from 2 of the most well-respected strains ’88 G13 Hashplant and Northern lights. The flowers odor is classic hashplant with a bit of sweetness from the northern lights and G13. The high is happy and euphoric that is gentle on your mind transitioning into a relaxing and sedative phase with good pain-relieving qualities, an excellent choice for medicating in the evening or at night.

Quick Facts:

Northern Hash Plant  (Indica)

Parent Strains: G13 Hash Plant x Northern Lights

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBTRUDDF000001 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

598.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

17.1% THC 

0.00% CBD

1.10% CBG

18.2% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

The quality of curing has been hit or miss in recent batches of TruFlower. Thankfully, this batch of Northern Hash plant has been one of the better cures, with just the right amount of moisture. As you can see in the image above, this is a brighter colored indica strain marked with lime greens and golds; however, there are a few patches of dark green and a couple specks of purple, all topped with bright orange and amber pistils. This flower is pretty sticky as well. Good job on this batch, Trulieve.


Appearance Rating: 4.00/5.00

Smell/Taste

Northern Hash Plant has been one of Trulieve’s more pungent indica strains. The most notable smell is an earthy, sour, musky, pungent cannabis smell – most likely acquired from its G13 Hash Plant parent. However, there is also an underlying sweetness and the slightest hint of citrus, most likely as a result of breeding G13 Hash Plant with the sweeter pine terpenes of Northern Lights. When vaporized, this strain tastes like one would expect your “typical” vaporized cannabis to taste. It’s definitely enjoyable, but not necessary noteworthy or unique.

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.80/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

This category is where Northern Hash Plant really shines for me. Of all the indicas I’ve tried from Trulieve so far, this has been possibly the heaviest and most “true” indica strain that I’ve gotten. I have a high tolerance, but one bowl of Northern Hash Plant gets my body feeling warm and relaxed while my head starts feeling heavy. If I consume any more than a bowl of this strain, there’s a high likelihood I’m going to fall asleep. I definitely recommend Northern Hash Plant as a great medication for relaxing the mind and body and helping one ease into a deep and relaxing sleep. I would not recommend using this strain if you have anything planned to do during the day; it is not a good strain for productivity, but a great strain fort relaxation, pain relief, and sleep.


Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 4.10/5.00

Overall Rating: 3.97/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Northern Hash Plant as “a really good strain for evening and nighttime medication”. 

Northern Hash Plant and Puck Yeah (review coming soon) are definitely two of the heaviest indica strains I’ve gotten in the Florida medical cannabis program. Though I wish the price would come down – $55 an eighth is way too steep – I hope Trulieve keeps this strain around, because it is a “true” indica. If some of the hybrid or other indica strains haven’t been giving you the relief you need, I’d recommend looking to Northern Hash Plant. It’s a solid medicinal strain.

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Trulieve TruCRMBL Review: Super Silver Haze (Sativa)

Trulieve released their version of cannabis crumble – TruCRMBL – today, 02.15.2019. As promised, I made it to my local dispensary early this morning to pick up a gram for review. My preferred strains for my “main” line of medication are almost always sativa; the sativa strains available were Sour Diesel, Jack Herer, and Super Silver Haze. After having such a good experience with Super Silver Haze Flower, I opted to go with this strain for my first Florida cannabis crumble purchase.

Super Silver Haze is a classic powerhouse sativa strain perhaps best known for taking first prize in the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1997, 1998, and 1999. The widespread critical acclaim for this strain really isn’t a surprise when we take a look at its parents: Northern Lights, Skunk, and Haze – all notable strains in their own right. Super Silver Haze has definitely been one of my favorite strains from Trulieve, both in flower and crumble.

Quick Facts:

Super Silver Haze (Sativa)

Lineage: Northern Lights x Haze x Skunk #1

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBULQNE000001 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

698.0 mg THC/1g

0.0 mg CBD/1g

69.8% THC

0.00% CBD

8.30% CBG

78.1% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

As one Reddit user on the Florida Medical Trees subreddit put it: “TruCRMBL looks exactly as it’s supposed to.” The crumble itself is very “pure” looking and is a very nice waxy consistency that is very easy to work with using any type of dabbing tool. The crumble I got was as pictured above; it consisted of about 7 big pieces and twice that amount of smaller pieces. This gram weighed out to 1.1g. Overall, I think Trulieve did a fantastic job processing this batch. It looks great, and it’s a nice consistency.

Appearance Rating: 4.50/5.00

Smell/Taste

Super Silver Haze crumble smells almost identical to its flower form. It has a bright aroma of earthy pine and sharp citrus, akin to Jack Herer flower. The concentrated crumble version of Super Silver Haze seems to have an even (pleasantly) sharper smell than its flower form, most likely due to the fact that like the cannabinoids, the terpenes are also more concentrated in crumble. Every smell that is present in the flower (pine, citrus, earthy) is there too, only amplified by a factor of 3 to 4. The taste of the vapor is true to the smell – a very pleasant experience. I’m impressed with how well the terpenes held together.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.00/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

I regularly use distillate (another cannabis concentrate) in VFire pods for vaporization, so I’m experienced with using highly concentrated cannabis in the realm of ~80% THC. That being said, my first dab of Super Silver Haze crumble completely floored me – in the best way possible. I wasn’t anxious nor was I cloudy or sleepy, but I was extremely medicated. It took a good 20 minutes or so before I felt ready to go out and be functionally social again, so keep this in mind when first trying out any TruCRMBL strain; this stuff is extremely potent.

As with Super Silver Haze flower, I found my senses to sharpen and my mind to seem to function more efficiently after medicating with the crumble. Depression melted into the background with almost zero chance of creating a negative thought pattern, colors sharpened, and creative/constructive ideas came into the foreground. I was a bit surprised at how close the effects from crumble resembled those from flower. This is a great Sativa: not quite as mellow as Colombian Gold, but not at all speedy or racy like other sativa can be. Super Silver Haze’s many awards in the late nineties are well deserved; this is a classic strain that holds high medicinal value over 20 years later.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety 
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
  • Good for treating lack of motivation
  • Improves concentration and memory recall

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: 4.55/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.35/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Super Silver Haze as a “great” strain.

TruCRMBL really impressed me. In the past, I have always been more partial to flower; however, after trying this crumble today, I will definitely be keeping more strains around as a sort of “extra strength medication”, if you will. I’d highly recommend for each patient to try at least 1 gram of their favorite strain to compare the relief to other forms of cannabis medication. This is a very high quality product in my opinion. Is it the best thing ever? That’s entirely a matter of personal preference, but I think it’s definitely worth at least a “test run” from anyone.

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 02.10.2019 Update

February 2019 is almost halfway gone, meaning that we are almost 66% through the first quarter of 2019 already. The good news is that our medical cannabis program in Florida is continuing to expand with new product offerings. The bad news is that the Florida Legislature is trying to create more issues for patients who wish to smoke their cannabis. We’ve got a mixed bag of news in this week’s update.

GrowHealthy released more strains in vape carts and distillate syringes

Earlier this week, GrowHealthy announced via their Instagram page that there are now several new strains available, some for only a limited time. They are:

Sativa: Sour Tangie and 99 Problems

Indica: Alien Bubba Berry

All these strains are processed with cannabis-derived terpenes, meaning that they are injected with the exact terpenes in the exact ratios found in the respective flower strains.

These products can be found on GrowHealthy’s product page on their website. Here is a quick link to the page.

Trulieve released Indica Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) and a new flower strain

Until this week, Trulieve has only had hybrid RSO available. (For more information on RSO and its benefits, click here.) However, Trulieve now offers RSO in indica varieties as well – currently Zkittlez is the only strain available; you can order it here.

Trulieve also rolled out yet another new flower strain this past week well- a hybrid strain called Gilz Nilz. We reviewed this strain recently; you can find the review here. It is a sativa-dominant hybrid with strong stimulating cerebral effects.

Vidacann will soon release their distillate with cannabis-derived terpenes

Vidacann has announced via their Instagram page that their distillate syringe product is very close to completion and release. We detailed this announcement in another post last week; so far, 3 strains have been announced for this product: Strawberry Cough, OG Kush, and Pakistani Chitral Kush. This will offer even more “entourage effect” (two or more cannabinoids working together) options for Florida patients; this is a great thing, as most patients prefer options with more than one cannabinoid for optimum relief of their symptoms.

The Florida Legislature continues to attempt to create hurdles for patients

As we detailed in updates earlier this year, Florida Governor Ron Desantis has given the Florida legislature until mid-March to correct the current medical cannabis law to address smoking of cannabis. The legislature, unfortunately, is playing their usual game of creating ways to milk every dollar out of sick and suffering Floridians. The newest shenanigans of the primarily Republican legislature call for patients to have to visit another doctor to testify that smoking is the best method for the patient to intake cannabis. There are also provisions that require patients to be “reviewed” by a panel on a case-by-case basis for smoking their cannabis.

Needless to say, the developments have drawn outrage from all interests of the Florida cannabis market, and speculation is rife on how exactly Ron Desantis will respond to these initiatives from the legislature. We hope this atrocious law will not be accepted, but we are anxiously awaiting to see how events transpire between now and March 2019. 

Altmed (MUV) flower pods have been well-received
The first ten days of Altmed’s flower sales have passed, and Reddit posts suggest that the flower is of the highest quality in the Florida medical cannabis industry. THC levels have been reported from 16% all the way up to 29%, with all strains priced at $55/eighth. The introduction of a third competitor in the Florida cannabis flower market (Trulieve and Curaleaf are the other two) will be interesting to watch as Altmed/MUV opens more dispensaries and expands their delivery area this year.

Closing Thoughts

The fact that more products are becoming available is promising, but the audacity of the Florida legislature to continue to play games with the quality of life of so many patients, is discouraging. Hopefully, Governor Ron Desantis will stick to his word of having a Florida cannabis law that the patients feel is exactly what they voted for in 2016. In the mean time, we will continue to try more products as they become available, and provide you all with the latest updates and product reviews in the program. One thing is for certain: it’s going to be a long month until mid-March, when we find out just how the “smoking ban” of cannabis in Florida will ultimately be addressed. We hope that the will of the people will prevail, and will do everything we can to help ensure that happens.

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