GrowHealthy “Master Grower Series” Flower Review: Florida Keys (Indica)

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.

Until now, GrowHealthy offered 2 strains in the “Master Grower Series”: Rain Maker, and another strain called Bitter Sweetz.

Florida Keys has several phenotypes that GrowHealthy has made available as different strains in their regular $50/eighth flower series. I got one of them – Key Largo – and will be reviewing it soon as well.

GrowHealthy’s product page offers the following description of Florida Keys:

We’re delighted to introduce Florida Keys, our third premium flower in the Master Grower Series™. Inspired by one of the world’s most iconic island chains, this sublime Indica brings together some of the world’s most iconic cannabis strains, artfully pairing the complex lineage of classic Bubba Kush and Key Lime Mints (a combination of Blue Lime Pie and Sin Mint Cookies). Bubba Kush’s heavy sedative effects combine with Blue Lime Pie’s pain-numbing and sleep-promoting effects, while the addition of Sin Mint Cookies introduces a euphoric cerebral effect, melting stress and enhancing mood. Florida Keys is recommended for evening use, as this one-of-a-kind Indica can be heavy.

GrowHealthy: Florida Keys Strain Information Page

Quick Facts:

Florida Keys (Indica)

Price at time of review: $60/eighth 

Lineage: Bubba Kush x Key Lime Mints

Batch Number: F-061520-FLKS-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 20.83%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 20.83%

Terpenes

R-Limonene: 0.680%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.455%

Beta-Myrcene: 0.262%

Linalool: 0.261%

Alpha-Humulene: 0.132%

Fenchyl Alcohol: 0.118%

Geraniol: 0.114%

Valencene: 0.106%

Cis-Nerolidol: 0.102%

Terpineol: 0.100%

Total Terpenes: 2.33%

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.

While I was not overly impressed with the Rain Maker I tried before – at least with it being any better than the $50 eighths – it turned out to be a different story with this eighth of Florida Keys.

In short, this is some of the best flower I’ve ever seen – especially from Florida’s legal market. The cure, trim, stickiness – everything – are nearly perfect. There are so many mature trichomes on this bud that it stands out more than the color of the flower itself.

The cure and moisture/stickiness are the closest to perfection that I’ve ever seen. I actually had to exert a small amount of physical effort to break a few of these buds open, but somehow, the grinder seemed to break it down into wonderfully sticky, easy-to-work-with flower.

This batch of Florida Keys again raises the bar for all the cure ratings on the flower reviews that come will come after it. I’ve said it before: whoever is in charge of the grow team for GrowHealthy needs to be heavily commended for their work. GrowHealthy should do whatever they can to keep that individual and team in place.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.80/10.00

Smell/Taste

Florida Keys has limonene as its most dominant terpene, and that trait certainly comes through in the smell. This strain smells like a sweet, sugary lime citrus pastry with a hint of sweet/tangy skunk biting at the nose toward the end of inhalation. There’s also a “dutch” component lingering in the background; patients who have tried Trulieve’s Dutch Hawaiian strain will recognize it. There are very faint hints of the coffee/chocolate/berry aroma of the Bubba Kush present in the background as well.

The smells really come through when the buds are broken apart. I wouldn’t say Florida Keys smells exactly like key lime pie or other similar desserts, but it is really close to it – closer than any other strain I’ve come across, making Florida Keys one of the standout unique citrus strains I’ve tried.

The smell translates nicely to the taste when the flower is smoked, with hashy and spicy notes lingering through the exhale.

Florida Keys is another strong strain in the smell/taste category, and seems perfect for summertime due to its unique lime citrus dessert terpene profile.

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Florida Keys is on the heavier side of the indica effects spectrum, but doesn’t quite become heavily sedating for me. For patients who have tried GrowHealthy’s Wookie Girl, I find the effects of Florida Keys to be similar – but heavier.

In lighter doses, I find this to be an excellent choice for relaxing and releasing any negative feelings after a mentally tasking day. Work has been tough the past couple of weeks, but Florida Keys had me glued to the TV as I played the “MyPlayer” mode of NBA 2K20 on Xbox One. Suddenly, the mundane worries of the day had completely melted away, and my depression and anxiety were both much better than they were before I medicated.

In heavier does, I think this could be a good choice for relaxing into a deep, restorative sleep. With all this being said, I generally think Florida Keys is best reserved for evening and nighttime usage. Another way to describe the effects is like an even cross between Bubba Kush (more sedating) and Wookie Girl (more relaxing) – it’s somewhere in the middle of those two strains.

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 9.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.46/10.00

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

I felt that this flower was definitely a step above the average quality of GrowHealthy flower, even if only a small one.

Deciding whether something is “worth it” is totally subjective, so I am reserved in my judgment of this Florida Keys 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. However, Florida Keys was a Top 10 strain for me, for sure. It will have a spot in the next list I make.

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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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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02.03.2019: VidaCann Concentrate Syringes will soon offer more competition in the Florida Cannabis Distillate Market – and more options for patients

Vidacann recently announced via an Instagram post on 02.02.2019 that their concentrate syringes are “fast approaching”, which will bring yet another cannabis distillate option for Floridians. There’s actually quite a bit of information available about their upcoming distillate.

The syringes will be marketed as 750mg THC, which leads us to believe they will be 1 gram syringes that come in around 75% THC. The Instagram post referenced above confirms that the distillate will be enriched with cannabis-derived terpenes and no other cutting agents.

We reached out to Vidacann on Instagram to inquire what strains will be available at launch. They replied back with the following:

Sativa: Strawberry Cough

Hybrid: OG Kush

Indica: Pakistani Chitral Kush (PGK)

…and a few other surprise strains in the near future.”

Per their website, Vidacann plans to expand through much of the state of Florida in 2019, so this is great news for patients who find that cannabis concentrates provide the best relief of their symptoms. There is also a “concentrate jar” product listed as “coming soon” on the site as well – could this be shatter, crumble, terp sauce, or all 3? More options are headed our way in the coming months, so be sure to stay tuned to this website and our social media for all the latest updates on the Florida cannabis industry as we progress through a pivotal year for Florida cannabis!

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 02.01.2019 Update

Hey there everyone! Want to open up this weekly update by thanking all of you (followers & viewers) for the overwhelming positive support you’ve provided during our first 2 months of operation. We have received many kind compliments and inquiries, and take pride in being able to be your chosen source for Florida Medical cannabis news, product reviews, and discussion. As we enter into the second month of 2019, January definitely seems to have progressed as we expected it to. Trulieve and Curaleaf both have much wider flower availability now vs. last summer, MUV introduced flower today, Governor Ron Desantis seems to support our right to smoke medical marijuana, and more dispensaries and products are becoming available. Hopefully, February 2019 will pick up on this momentum and accelerate as we near a more affordable and accessible market.

Altmed/MUV officially released flower today

We’ve been reporting on this since the end of 2018, and it finally came to fruition today. Prices are $55/3.5g (eighth) across the board at the moment, making MUV’s flower the most expensive in the state.

The following strains were reported to be available at the Apollo Beach location:

(Credit to Reddit user Anna_McAnna for the following information.)

Sativa: Sour Jack, Pootie Tang

Hybrid: Gorilla Glue # 4, Forum Cut Cookies

Indica: Lemon Bubba, Banana Hammock, Sirius

Reported THC levels ranged from 16% all the way up to 28%.

It will be interesting to see how the current flower market reacts to a third player, especially if MUV expands into the Panhandle either through delivery or storefront openings (please come up here!).

Keep an eye on your local dispensaries for sales/specials this month

Trulieve opened the month with a 10% off sale for all flower today – you can still catch this special if you place an online order! Liberty Health Sciences also announced they would offer some of their PAX pods and other products at 20% off, so it seems reason to believe that other MMTCs will follow suit as we near Valentine’s Day. Trulieve has advertised February as “Trulove” month, so it seems they have a few more specials up their sleeve – possibly some new products as well? Whatever the case may be, most of us are nearly recovered from the 2018 holiday season, so I expect to see some grabs for sales in the coming weeks – keep an eye out for a sale that may benefit you!

Watch out for social media trolls

The photo below may or may not be legitimate, but it was stolen from the original post and used by a troll account for malicious purposes.

An unfortunate consequence of the booming Florida cannabis market: with new successful operations, businesses, and innovators, there are bound to be those who wish to sabotage a good thing. This made itself known across various social media in the past few weeks, particularly Reddit and Instagram. We won’t name any specific names here (we did that on Reddit; you can take a look at how we defend patients by calling out bad information on a post here), but the takeaway from this should be to do your research, and take what random online users say with a grain of salt. If it sounds too bad (or too good) to be true, and there is no visible or factual evidence to be accounted for, then it probably doesn’t deserve your time or energy.

We’re always staying on top of what’s happening in Florida’s cannabis industry, so feel free to reach out to us here, on Twitter, on Reddit, or by email (FLMedCanCollective@Gmail.com) – we will always be happy to answer your questions or even do investigative research into whatever questions you may have. We stand by our word that we’re dedicated to providing you with a platform (with increasing followers every day) to speak for patient advocacy. Beware of those who wish to do the exact opposite – unfortunately, they do exist. We are seeing increasing numbers of “smear campaigns” dedicated to inciting fear, doubt, and loss of confidence in our medical cannabis industry. While we do acknowledge that there are bound to be hiccups along the way, we also acknowledge that there is propaganda out there with malicious intent towards us as patients and the industry as a whole. We have to stick together as patients; though we are extremely diverse and come from many beliefs and backgrounds, we all can agree that cannabis is our medicine, and we will band together to fight for our right to use it as we choose, and to be sure that all available information is accurate and constructive.

New Developments for Florida Medical Cannabis Collective

Though it may seem like we’ve been around for much longer (it certainly does to us), this project is only 2 months old today. We are still in our very early phases, and are always looking for ways to improve, innovate, and expand. One major development in the coming weeks will be the launch of the Florida Medical Cannabis Collective Instagram account. As flower sales expand this year, and eventually full flower (not in ceramic cups) is available, the images in our reviews and generally throughout the site will greatly increase in number. To keep all these future images of beautiful flower buds and other cannabis products in one place, and to reach as many patients as possible, it makes sense to expand our operation to this platform. Stay tuned to this site and our other social media (be sure to follow us!) for the latest updates in that regard.

I’m also excited to announce that we will be releasing reviews of GrowHealthy distillates starting next week – we were finally able to line up our schedule and get a delivery to the Panhandle, so be looking for more variety on our Product Reviews page in the coming weeks! GrowHealthy distillates come in 3 product lines: Mind (Sativa), Body (Indica), and Balance (1:1 CBD:THC). I have one syringe of each type coming this weekend, so those reviews will drop next week! Definitely looking forward to trying these GrowHealthy distillates, as they have received rave reviews on the Florida Trees and Florida Medical Trees subreddits.

If you have any suggestions for the collective – new products to review, new ideas for topics you’d like to see discussed, or just any new ideas in general – shoot them our way! We love hearing from you guys; after all, a major part of the reason we do this is to benefit as many people in the industry (patients, employees, investors, etc.) as possible.

Closing Thoughts

January 2019 was good to us. Though I believe it’s not even the tip of the tip of the iceberg of what we’re going to see this year, I do think some positive progress was made, and I believe that we have good momentum to pound through until March: when either the legislature gets it together and passes a sensible medical cannabis law, or Ron Desantis uses executive authority to drop the lawsuit from his end entirely. Either way, full flower sales are inevitable; it is now only a question of exactly when they start. Hang on tight – we’re in for a fun ride this year, and lower prices will eventually set in as the market becomes larger and increasingly competitive.

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Trulieve Flower Review – Zkittlez (Indica)

Zkittlez is an indica-dominant hybrid strain that has recently risen to prominence and critical acclaim; this strain has won several cannabis cups in recent years, including the 2016 Emerald Cup. It’s a crossbreed of Grape Ape, Grapefruit, and an “undisclosed third strain”, bred by 3rd Gen Family and Terp Hogz. Trulieve released this strain at the beginning of 2019, and I was happy to find that it was in stock again this past week (end of January 2019). Though I normally prefer sativa strains to treat my depression and anxiety, I always enjoy having an indica or two around for the evening hours, and Zkittlez has truly been one of my favorites so far.

Quick Facts:

Zkittlez  (Indica)

Parent Strains: Grape Ape x Grapefruit x ?

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBUL7PS000007 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

602.0 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

17.2% THC – Middle of the THC range for this strain

0.00% CBD

0.90% THCV – First flower I’ve gotten that has this cannabinoid, though I’ve seen that Banana Kush flower also contained it in even higher amounts

1.10% CBG 

19.2% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

Zkittlez is the most colorful flower I’ve yet to get from the Florida medical cannabis program. These buds are full of mellow greens, light to dark purples, orange pistils, and white trichomes. We’re really just missing a few colors to complete the rainbow here. The moisture content was a bit on the dry side again, as has been a common factor in batches I’ve bought in late January. I would give Zkittlez a high rating in the Appearance/Feel category; unfortunately, however, my batch had an undesirably high amount of small stems in every cup. This is something I’ve never experienced from Trulieve, and it really held back what could have potentially been a great batch of flower.

Appearance Rating: 3.20/5.00

Smell/Taste

Zkittlez definitely has a dominant smell and taste of grape from my experience – no question about it. There’s a secondary sweetness, almost a floral sugar, and a subtle earthiness behind it all. The piney/earthy smell almost makes me suspect that the third “mystery” parent of Zkittlez could be Jack Herer, Super Silver Haze, or another sativa with a similar piney/woody terpene profile. When vaporized, however, this flower does in fact taste very similar to a pack of skittles – perhaps a pack mostly filled with purple ones. The batch I have is not a particularly “loud” or smelly flower like Dutch Hawaiian, Crescendo, or some of the other recent strains I’ve reviewed, but the taste is not lacking at all when vaporized. I really enjoyed the smell and taste of this strain.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.10/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

For me, Zkittlez was a bit of a “paradoxical” indica strain – almost immediately after medicating with it, I was hit with an onslaught of cerebral effects that reminded me a lot of some of my first (always pleasant) experiences with cannabis. One of my best friends from childhood lives in another state, so we often play video games online after work as a way to stay connected. When medicating with Zkittlez, this was one of my favorite things in the world to do. The first night of doing this, I had a classic case of the “giggles”; I could simply not stop laughing at almost anything. After around 45 minutes to an hour of initial medication (vaporization), Zkittlez mellowed out into the more mellow body and mind relaxation that we typical associate with indica strains. This is a strain that I think can be utilized at any time of day; even in the morning. With a little caffeine, I don’t think anyone will have trouble staying awake while using Zkittlez, especially in lower doses. This is also a great strain for general “baking” or relaxation; I would recommend it for relaxed days/nights in the house watching movies or playing video games. It’s really pretty versatile – use it anytime.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety
  • General enjoyment of life/activities
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation

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

Effects Rating: 4.20/5.00

Overall Rating: 3.83/5.00

Overall, I would best describe this batch of Zkittlez as “good”.

The one major thing that held this back from being a “great” or “excellent” review was the amount of stems in my batch of flower – I bet there was close to a half gram of them. I recommend Trulieve turn a little extra attention to its QA/Quality department, especially as flower is being produced in higher numbers. You guys have a good thing going with your flower – don’t let little things like this stop that momentum!

Otherwise, the effects are great. I’ll definitely buy Zkittlez again in the future – I don’t say that about too many strains unless they are really enjoyable; this is one of them.

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Trulieve Flower Review: Dutch Hawaiian (Sativa)

Dutch Hawaiian is a strain that I had never heard of until it recently became available on Trulieve’s website. As I personally prefer sativa strains (I primarily use cannabis to treat depression and anxiety), I always find myself going to pick up every sativa that becomes available. In this instance, it paid off very nicely – Dutch Hawaiian is one of the most unique sativa strains I’ve yet to try in Florida’s program; with well-rounded and balanced cerebral and body effects, a unique smell, and a beautiful appearance, this strain could become widely popular this year should Trulieve choose to keep it around.

Quick Facts:

Dutch Hawaiian  (Sativa)

Parent Strains: Dutch Treat x Hawaiian

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBTRUV0U000002 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

801.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

22.9% THC – This is relatively high compared to recent flower batches from Trulieve

0.00% CBD

01.00% CBG 

23.9% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

Dutch Hawaiian is described on Leafly as being
“lime green in color”. This is an understatement – this stuff glows, as you see in the picture above. I actually double checked my phone before posting the above image to Reddit to make sure that I hadn’t accidentally applied a filter (I didn’t) – that is how bright green/gold this flower is. In my opinion, it is beautiful. There are fuzzy orange pistils and clear/off-white trichomes covering the flower, making for a bright display of colors. As far as moisture/curing, this batch seemed to be a bit on the dry side, but not so much that it all became a crumbly, shaky mess when handled. If it had just a bit more moisture, I would consider this flower to be nearly perfect in this category.

Appearance Rating: 4.10/5.00

Smell/Taste

Dutch Hawaiian may be the most unique-smelling sativa I have gotten my hands on. While other sativas like Jack Herer, Super Silver Haze, and even Sour Diesel have at least some similar qualities in the way they smell, Dutch Hawaiian seems to smell more like Sunset Sherbert, Crescendo, and other “heavy”-smelling indica and hybrid strains. There’s a sweet and sugary scent that seems to predominate this strain; the best way I can describe it is to say that it smells like warm sugar cookies. There are more subtle notes of skunky fruit; this all comes together to create a heavy “musk” that makes Dutch Hawaiian the unique sativa that it is in this category. When vaporized, the sweet and sugary cookie taste is dominant on inhale, and a subtle sweet/sour hint of tropical fruit is evident in the background.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.00/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Being that I use cannabis to treat depression, anxiety, ADD, and mild PTSD, I rate the effects from this perspective. Any strain that makes me feel happy, productive, and focused is a winner for me. As many of us know, sativas have an unfortunate tendency to induce paranoia and anxiety in high doses; these are the strains that are more likely to make us feel like our heart is beating out of our chest. In that regard, Dutch Hawaiian is a smooth balance of cerebral and body effects, similar to Colombian Gold, but perhaps even on the more relaxing side of the spectrum. It does not make me feel sleepy in the slightest; I am alert, focused, but my body also has a warm and relaxed sensation that is more typical of hybrid and indica strains. This strain has been one of the best strains for inciting creativity; I definitely noticed this effect prominently the first couple of times I medicated with Dutch Hawaiian. It’s one of my favorites, and though I feel I say that about almost every new sativa strain I try, I can almost guarantee that patients looking to treat similar mental ailments as mine will find that Dutch Hawaiian does an excellent job of healing those symptoms while keeping us relaxed enough to prevent unpleasant side effects.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
  • Good for treating lack of motivation
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor nausea/gastrointestinal issues

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: 4.50/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.20/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Dutch Hawaiian as a “uniquely excellent” sativa strain.

Sativa connoisseurs, don’t pass this one up. It is different from any other sativa strain I’ve tried so far, in a great way. Dutch Hawaiian is a strain that could really be great for use during any time of the day, but as sativa strains go, this one may not be best late at night or before trying to sleep. However, it does not at all make me feel speedy or racy, so perhaps it isn’t a bad choice for night time medication either. You guys will have to let me know. Enjoy!

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 01.25.2019 Update

Hey all! Hope your January has been excellent – you may have noticed that I’ve taken a bit of a break from posting in the past few days. My full-time career has kept me extremely busy for the past week or so, resulting in extremely limited free time. Rest assured, however, that more content is on the way in the coming weeks. I’ve finally succeeded in placing a delivery order with GrowHealthy, so expect reviews of some of their distillates in the coming weeks. I’ve also ordered an eighth of Dutch Hawaiian TruFlower from Trulieve, and look to order more of their new strains for my use and review, as I’m sure the options will continue to become more plentiful this year. 2019 continues to chug along, and the Florida cannabis program continues to grow.

Altmed/MUV flower pods will be available next Friday, 02.01.2019

MUV announced via Instagram that their long and eagerly-awaited flower pods will finally debut one week today, on February 1st. This is most exciting for Central and South Florida patients who are able to access MUV’s dispensaries and delivery radius, bringing the total of Florida’s Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers that offer flower to 3 – the other two are Trulieve and Curaleaf. As MUV has been known for quality concentrate products, it will be interesting to see the competition they are able to bring to the flower market in Florida. Hopefully, they will be able to expand their delivery and/or storefront locations to the panhandle this year, as I am looking forward to being able to try and review their products.

GrowHealthy’s Tallahassee location is coming soon

As I mentioned earlier, I have a couple of GrowHealthy distillates scheduled for delivery next weekend (Bird of Paradise and Grape Stomper); however, I learned an interesting bit of news while speaking to the patient representative: I made a comment about GrowHealthy’s need to expand to the Panhandle so that we could have more variety and competition up here – the rep then told me that that was actually about to happen “really soon”. This is promising news for Panhandle patients who are currently only able to receive delivery orders from GrowHealthy on a biweekly basis; the addition of a location in Tallahassee should complete their delivery radius and allow for statewide delivery each day of the week for all locations. We look forward to seeing more options in 2019!

Trulieve and Curaleaf continue to improve their flower and grow a larger variety of strains

One year ago, there weren’t many options for flower in Florida. It seems that in the past 4 months or so, however, that both Trulieve and Curaleaf have been consistently growing higher quality flower; both MMTCs also have made a larger variety of strains available for Florida patients. When smokable flower becomes available later this year, I expect Trulieve and Curaleaf both to have even more refined and high-quality buds available. 2019 is going to be a great year for Florida cannabis.

Closing Thoughts

Growth of Florida’s medical cannabis program has been steady in the first month of 2019. Some promising developments have come to light, namely Governor Ron DeSantis’ order for the Florida legislature to essentially “fix” the current medical marijuana flaw by the middle of March 2019 – or he will do it for them. Dispensaries seem to have realized that patients want more availability of flower and other full-spectrum cannabinoid products, and have responded by making them more available, notably in the last half of 2018 and the first month of 2019. As I’ve been saying for months, I fully expect 2019 to be a booming year for Florida cannabis. The pieces are set into place; now is the time that we patients capitalize and continue to make our voices heard. We have the ability to influence the ultimate outcome of what happens to our program and its accessibly/affordability for patients this year, so may we continue to speak loudly for a program that Floridians deserve. Let’s make this happen.

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Trulieve Flower Review: Crescendo (Indica)

For months, it seemed like 9lb Hammer was the only indica strain available from Trulieve. Finally, that changed at the beginning of 2019 with the release of Skywalker OG (review will be written soon, pending availability) and this strain – Crescendo. With 23.5% THC, this is one of the most potent batches of flower I’ve seen in a while – just above the Super Silver Haze I got at 23.0% THC. Crescendo is a much “heavier” indica than 9lb Hammer for me personally, but it still has potent cerebral effects.

Quick Facts:

Crescendo  (Indica)

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBTRUGSP000001 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

822.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

23.5% THC – This is relatively high compared to recent flower batches from Trulieve.

0.00% CBD

0.90% CBG

24.4% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

Crescendo buds are fluffy, around “average” density, and bright green and gold in color. Covered in orange and amber pistils, this really is some of the prettiest flower I’ve seen in a while. You can take a look at it and the Super Silver Haze I picked up recently here – Crescendo is the large ceramic pod-shaped bud on the left side. This batch was a little bit on the dry side, but not terribly. Again, this was a good grow.

Appearance Rating: 4.10/5.00

Smell/Taste

Crescendo has a lot going on in the smell/taste department. It’s definitely skunky and musky, with an underlying hint of pepper and a sweet floral smell. This bud is loud! The top 3 smelliest strains I’ve gotten from Trulieve would have to be Crescendo, Sunset Sherbert, and Gorilla Grapes. When vaped, the skunky and sweet tastes really seem to be the dominant ones – there’s a very subtle hint of a sweet and spicy citrus. I’d guess that there are moderate concentrates of a pretty decent variety of terpenes in this strain. I enjoyed it; it reminded me a lot of Sunset Sherbert, but with different ratios of the terpenes for a slightly different smell and taste.

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.90/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Crescendo was a really hard-hitting indica strain for me, especially if I was already the least bit tired before medicating with it. It knocked out any pain or headaches I had as well, so I suspect this one is a good pain reliever for a number of patients. When I first tried Crescendo, I was already pretty tired and slightly sleepy, and the effects completely took over my body and sent me into a deep sleep not long after getting into bed. However, when using it in the earlier evening hours (like I did before beginning to type this review), there’s definitely a more cerebral and stoney quality to it as well. I would have to guess this strain is about 60 to 80 percent indica based on how the effects hit me. To me, it’s heavier and more effective for insomnia than 9lb Hammer. Though Crescendo doesn’t necessarily stimulate my appetite, it definitely dries my mouth out a lot, so it keeps me going to my Zephyr Hills.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Pain, headaches, joint pain, etc.
  • Anxiety, irritability, “wired” mind
  • Great for any type of relaxation
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and gastrointestinal symptoms such as indigestion, pain related to Chron’s Disease, IBS, etc.

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 bo dy is different, and every body reacts different to various medications.

Effects Rating: 4.00/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.00/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Crescendo as a “good, heavy” strain.

Crescendo makes for a really good afternoon, evening, and nighttime medication. I would not recommend using it if you have any tasks or plans that need to be completed – it is a true indica that will keep you rooted to just about any comfortable seat. Crescendo is dank. I recommend trying it at least once – hopefully the price comes down when the smoking ban is lifted in mid-March of this year.

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 01.17.2019 Update

As we go into the third week of 2019, progress in the Florida cannabis industry has remained steady. Dispensaries are continuing to gradually roll out new products and expand their locations. But perhaps the biggest news-worthy item of the week came today at 1:30 PM EST, when Ron Desantis finally made his policy announcement on medical marijuana in Florida.

Ron Desantis Cannabis Policy/Smoking Ban Update

You can watch the video here if you’d like to see the full announcement. I’ll summarize the main points and offer my interpretation of everything that was said.

This moment has been eagerly anticipated basically ever since Desantis won the election. He stated during his campaign that he was against recreational marijuana in Florida (he reaffirmed this today), stating that the main reason for his views was he didn’t think children and teenagers should have access to it. But the newly elected governor gave subtle hints that he thinks the medical marijuana program as currently implemented, is heavily flawed and needs to be rewritten to take a patient-focused approach. Finally, he addressed that in his policy announcement today, and we got our first clear answers from Desantis himself.

To summarize the highlights of the video:

  • Matt Gaetz opened up the conference, stating that as one of the main lawmakers that implemented the amendment in 2017, he too believes that the current system is flawed after hearing court cases and seeing the results of the law he helped create.
  • John Morgan was next to speak; he reaffirmed that he has been “encouraged” ever since Ron Desantis took office and began identifying the flaws in the program.
  • Lieutenant Governor Jeannette Núñez briefly spoke next, echoing Morgan’s sentiments of encouragement and the “bold new direction” of the Desantis Administration.
  • Desantis was the fourth and final speaker, and begins by reaffirming that the current law is not “up to snuff” with what he feels the voters of Florida intended when they voted 71% in favor of Amendment 2 in the 2016 elections.
  • The governor stated his belief that the current Florida cannabis industry is basically a cartel, and that he prefers horizontal integration over vertical integration. He said the current system is simply not founded on good economic principles.
  • Ron Desantis repeatedly states that he wants patients to stop suffering, stating “whether [patients] have to smoke it or not, who am I to judge that? I want people to be able to have their suffering relieved.”
  • The state legislature will have 2 months (until mid-March) to essentially “fix” the current Florida medical marijuana law. As a former congressman, Desantis states that he wants to give the legislature a chance to right the law. He assures us that if they do not do this for any reason, then he will drop the lawsuit against smoking.
  • Governor Desantis seems to have mixed feelings about patients growing their own cannabis at home. I felt that his general “vibe” was in opposition of the idea, but this is purely speculation.
  • Matt Gaetz claims that the entire reason for the vertical integration and licensing limits in the first place was simply to ensure that it would get the votes. Now that the people of Florida are clearly not happy with the current law, Gaetz says it is time to take a patient-centric approach rather than one that focuses on political maneuvering.

From everything I watched in Governor Desantis’ speech, I truly feel that we will be able to smoke our cannabis by the beginning of the summer at the latest. Politics aside, Desantis really seems like he is going to do what he says he will do, if nothing else to ensure his approval and longevity as Governor of Florida. I also feel that vertical integration will come to an end around the same time – what system ultimately replaces it is up for speculation and debate. I do not think that Desantis will allow home growing, at least not this year. It won’t make sense to him from an economic perspective. Hopefully as we get closer to 2020, this will change.

We will see what happens in mid-March. However, we shouldn’t become complacent in the next 60 days. Take this time to make your voice louder than ever – reach out to your elected officials. You can tweet at them. Email them. Mail them letters. Call them. Whatever it takes, let them know how much you need to smoke your cannabis, or how the current market is making it hard for you to access and/or afford your medicine. Let them know why we need to move toward letting patients grow their own cannabis at home. Now is when we need to close in and make sure we help make this happen as the people and voters of Florida.


Trulieve releases Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) Product

Trulieve released an announcement of a new product this week – their version of Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), a full-spectrum cannabis extract intended only for oral or topical use. RSO offers a new product for patients to use to treat their ailments. Syringes are $50 and are anywhere from 50% to 80% THC. The first batches were cut with MCT oil, though Trulieve informed us that they have addressed this issue and future batches will not be cut with it. You can order Trulieve’s RSO here -currently only available in a hybrid strain (Gorilla Grapes).

Dispensaries are neglecting the Panhandle

I know, I know – the population density in the larger metropolitan areas of central and southern Florida accounts for at least part of why this situation exists – on an economic basis. But as Gaetz and Desantis stated in the video, it’s time to take a patient-centric approach. When South Florida patients are seeing new dispensaries open every other week and have access to such a wider variety of products, it isn’t fair to the patients in the Panhandle when absolutely none of those locations up here within the entire year of 2018. I’m one of those patients (Tallahassee), and experienced this problem firsthand this week. GrowHealthy only delivers to our area biweekly, so it’s already difficult to come by their products. However, when I placed my delivery order (they deliver this Saturday), I was called back and told they had already reached the “delivery maximum”, and it would be February 2 before I could have a delivery. This was a minor inconvenience for someone like myself, as I was mainly wanting to try another dispensary for my own purposes and to provide some variety in my reviews, but it could have been a much worse situation for a patient with terminal illness or a more severe debilitating condition.

While South Florida has access to dispensaries from MUV, GrowHealthy, Liberty Health Sciences, Vidacann, Trulieve, Surterra, Knox, and Curaleaf, some areas in the Panhandle only have access to a fraction of that. Take areas like Pensacola for example, who only have Trulieve and Surterra within 50 miles of them (the next closest dispensary is Knox in Fort Walton Beach). It simply isn’t fair that those patients don’t have the same diversity of medical products available to them, and it’s past time for Florida cannabis companies to address that. Please, quit neglecting the Panhandle.

Closing Thoughts

I choose to remain positive about Ron Desantis’ announcement today. I believe that he is taking approach that allows the state legislature to dignify themselves and fix the broken system, rather than taking the authoritarian approach and “taking the rug from underneath them”, so to speak. By the beginning of April, I full expect to see the beginnings of a totally different (and much better) cannabis industry in the state of Florida. Products are going to become more numerous, prices are going to go down, more companies are going to come into existence, more dispensaries will open, and more patients will use cannabis to relieve their ailments and achieve a much higher quality of life. It’s going to take more time, but we are already seeing the beginning ripples of progress, and they will grow in frequency and intensity in the coming weeks. As patients and advocates, we need to remain vigilant and active and see this through to completion. Our state’s patients deserve nothing less.

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Trulieve Flower Review: Super Silver Haze (Sativa)

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 – though I am admittedly a bit biased towards sativa strains.

Quick Facts:

Super Silver Haze  (Sativa)

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBTRUE9W000002 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

805.0 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

23.0% THC – This is relatively high compared to recent flower batches from Trulieve

0.00% CBD

02.70% CBG

0.30 % CBN – One of the first flower strains we’ve seen that has any amount of this cannabinoid 

26.0% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

It really seems like Trulieve was on their game with these recent batches of flower. I also picked up an eighth of Crescendo (review coming soon), and both flowers were high in THC; they were both cured very well too. This is a welcome observation after Trulieve’s recent batches of flower have taken a small dip in overall quality and THC content. Super Silver Haze features densely packed bright green buds that are absolutely covered in sparkling cannabinoid crystals and dark pink pistils. The bud has excellent moisture content – not too dry or too “uncured” either – perfect balance. There are hints of lighter greens/yellow and also darker pink/amber pistils peppered throughout the buds as well; they really have those classic sativa features. This was a good grow.

Appearance Rating: 4.00/5.00

Smell/Taste

Super Silver Haze has a bright aroma of earthy pine and sharp citrus, akin to Jack Herer; I suspect that this strain may contain more limonene than Jack Herer, however, as the citrus smell is much more present in this strain. Vaporizing the flower yields a great tasting vapor that features even more citrus and an underlying sweetness that really balances out the flavor nicely. This is a strain that I personally keep coming back to smell, though I don’t enjoy the smell quite as much as the more fruity strains like Colombian Gold.

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.90/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

I definitely found great benefits for my depression and ADHD particularly when medicating with Super Silver Haze. This has been one of the best strains for helping me focus, which could possibly be due to higher amounts of Pinene being present in this strain. Again drawing a comparison to the similar-scented Jack Herer, it is well known for its ability to mitigate the short-term memory loss side effect of THC. My theory is that both Jack Herer and Super Silver Haze contain high amounts of pinene, accounting for both of their earthy pine smells and their common effect of mitigating THC-induced short-term memory loss; again, this is why research into the hundreds of cannabinoids and terpenes present in cannabis is so paramount to how we really unlock its medicinal potential in the coming decades.

Super Silver Haze creates a bright, cerebral high that has a bit of full-body relaxation present as well. I have not experienced any “sativa anxiety” while using this strain; I’d say it’s somewhere in between Colombian Gold and Jack Herer in the mellow quality of the high. I’m able to remain productive and focused on all tasks that need to be completed; communicating information both in person and through text-based interfaces comes quickly and naturally.

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: 4.40/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.10/5.00

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

I can see why it won the Cannabis Cup 3 years in a row. The buds are pretty, it smells and tastes good, and the effects are truly excellent. I hope Trulieve keeps this strain around – at $45/eighth, it’s one of their middle-ground priced strains. Hopefully all the prices will come down this year; regardless, Trulieve should keep this strain around. It’s a good one.

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