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: Lemon Tree (Hybrid)

Lemon Tree is a strain that Trulieve has carried in flower for quite some time now; I remember watching my first review of it from Prince Vapors in summer 2018. However, for one reason or another, it’s a strain that I haven’t gotten around to buying. Maybe it’s because I was unimpressed with another “lemon” strain from Trulieve (Oregon Lemons); whatever the case may be, I wish I had gotten around to trying this strain sooner. It has been one of the most potent and psychedelic experiences I have had from flower in quite some time, and definitely the strongest I’ve gotten from Florida’s medical cannabis industry.

Quick Facts:

Lemon Tree  (Hybrid – 50/50 Indica-Sativa)

Parent Strains: Sour Diesel x Lemon Skunk

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBENT000000023(that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

833.0 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

23.8% THC 

0.00% CBD

1.20% THCV – This is the highest percentage of THCV I’ve personally seen in flower.

0.60% CBG

25.6% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

This is the kiefiest (covered in trichomes) flower I’ve gotten, ever – legal or otherwise. As you can see in the image above, Lemon Tree is a bright golden yellow/green flower that is absolutely covered in cannabinoid crystals and sprinkled with medium orange pistils. Trulieve has been more consistent with curing their flower in the past month, and this batch of Lemon Tree is another job well done by them. One out of three ceramic pods had flower that was ever so slightly on the dry side, but not enough to make me complain. As you can imagine, this bud is particularly sticky. This is another quality cure, and really boosts my faith in the progress of Trulieve’s flower all around.

Appearance Rating: 4.40/5.00

Smell/Taste

While the batch of Oregon Lemons that I got a few months ago smelled nothing like lemons, Lemon Tree is extremely citrusy, and does smell like a fresh batch of lemons. When first opening the jar, there is a sharp, tart scent that sort of “bites” at your nose; this is followed by sweeter citrus undertones, with a very subtle hint of diesel – most likely acquired from its Sour Diesel parent.

Lemon Tree is equally tangy and citrusy when vaped, and even manages to retain a bit of that lemon/citrus quality when the flower is smoked. This is an enjoyable flavor that I’d recommend to any patient who enjoys citrus cannabis strains. The smell and taste both hold true to their namesake.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.00/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

I had two distinctly different experiences medicating with Lemon Tree: the first with a low dose of medication (a very small amount smoked in one hit), and then a higher dose of medication: a fairly large bowl smoked in four hits, one of which was an extremely large toke. I will detail both experiences separately, because they demonstrate how hybrids (and even indicas & sativas) can exhibit different effects depending on the dosage.

Low Dose Effects

I felt really nice hybrid strain effects that probably leaned slightly more toward the indica side of the spectrum. Body was warm and relaxed, my mind felt at easy, and video games seemed much more fun than usual. The effects of low dosage remind me of my first positive experiences with cannabis, similar to how I feel when medicating with Girl Scout Cookies flower. The relaxation seems to last for an extended period of time, and tapers off very gently.

Possibly good for treating (in low doses):

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

High Dose Effects

Lemon Tree in a high dose absolutely kicked my ass. I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t really get anxiety from cannabis, even with the most potent sativa strains. I’m not sure if the 1.2% THCV played a part in this, but about two minutes after taking a large hit of Lemon Tree, I felt my heart rate and adrenaline start climbing. About five minutes after that, I felt almost like I was having a psychedelic “trip”, as my visual field seemed so enhanced to the point that it was nearly distorted. This went on for about 15 to 20 minutes; after that gradually wore off, I felt more of the same effects that I get in low doses. Lemon Tree seems unique in that it exhibits more indica-type effects in lower doses and sativa-type effects in higher doses; I have found that the opposite is normally true in my experiences. So all cannabis patients, here’s a “heads up” of caution with Lemon Tree: no matter what your tolerance level may be, tread lightly until you feel comfortable with it.

Possibly good for treating (in high doses):

  • Depression
  • Lack of motivation
  • ADHD
  • Appetite suppressant

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

Effects Rating: 4.00/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.13/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Lemon Tree as an “excellent” strain. 

The sole negative factor of this product is that it currently costs $55/eighth. Like most all of the prices in the Florida medical cannabis industry, this is highway robbery, 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 the price, Lemon Tree absolutely impressed me, and I will certainly be making another purchase in the future – especially when the prices are able to come down. The unique effects of this batch make me wonder about the potentially unique therapeutic benefits of THCV, the effects I’ve experienced with this batch of Lemon Tree are slightly different from any other flower strain I’ve gotten so far.

For patients looking for potent medication, this strain is an absolute must-try. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for beginner cannabis patients, as it may be a little potent for those without much of a tolerance. Cannabis enthusiasts should really enjoy this strain – it checks all of the boxes for a quality strain and a quality product.

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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: 02.23.2019 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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GrowHealthy “Mind” Distillate Review: Sour Tangie (Sativa)

GrowHealthy released several new distillate strains in the past couple of weeks – some of which are “limited edition” runs. Sour Tangie is one of the “limited edition” sativa concentrates, but after trying it, I really hope GrowHealthy decides to keep it around. Other than the classic energetic and motivational effects typical of sativa strains, this strain tastes absolutely wonderful.

GrowHealthy receives a lot of hype on the Florida Trees and Florida Medical Trees subreddits for their high-quality (and often great-tasting) distillates, many of which use cannabis-based terpenes. The “cannabis-based terpene” is a term that a lot of people like to throw around here recently, but basically all it means is that the same terpenes (limonene, pinene, etc.) are acquired from cannabis plants rather than other plants/fruits. However, I will have to say that I do notice a more “well-rounded” spectrum of effects when using products that have cannabis-based terpenes, so I’m sure there’s some science (similar to the entourage effect?) behind why this is so.

Quick Facts:

Sour Tangie Distillate (Sativa)

Parent Strains: East Coast Sour Diesel x Tangie

THC: 81.12%

CBD: 0.002%

Total Cannabinoids: 81.32%

Batch Number: ID62 SRTN

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

Let’s cut to the chase – I think Sour Tangie distillate tastes amazing. It is hands down the best tasting distillate that I’ve tried in the program – and that’s after trying all the Truclear strains, some Curaleaf strains, and several GrowHealthy strains. The earthy tangerine/orange citrus taste is very notable and dominant; there is a sour/dank cannabis taste present as well, which I assume comes from the East Coast Sour Diesel parent. It sort of reminds me of Trulieve’s Clementine distillate, except for the fact that it tastes much closer to real cannabis – and the effects are closer to flower as well.

I thought Birds of Paradise (another GrowHealthy sativa concentrate) tasted exceptionally good; then Sour Tangie topped it. If you try this strain before it’s supposedly discontinued, be careful: it’s one of those strains that tastes so good, you may accidentally “overmedicate” with it. The fact that this taste is achieved with the flower’s natural terpene profile has me really hoping one of the Florida dispensaries drops the flower version of Sour Tangie soon.

Taste Rating: 4.30/5.00

Vapor/Product Quality

Sour Tangie 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

Sour Tangie is one of the more relaxing sativa distillates I’ve tried. It’s definitely energetic and motivational – no doubt, but there is also a definite (but light) body relaxation present after medicating. I attribute this to the fact that Sour Tangie is supposedly an 80/20% sativa-dominant hybrid (Leafly); this is a good thing for most patients, as a common complaint with sativa concentrates is that they can induce paranoia in higher doses. This has certainly not been the case with Sour Tangie, or any other distillate I’ve gotten from GrowHealthy for that matter.

It’s easy to carry on conversations and complete tasks while medicating with Sour Tangie, and colors/visual perception seem enhanced as well. I would recommend this strain as best used during the morning or early afternoon hours – it may be too stimulating for some patients to use in the evening or before bed, especially patients with a low tolerance.

Sour Tangie seems like it would be good for treating depression, minor anxiety, ADD/ADHD, minor headaches, minor aches and pains, and minor gastrointestinal issues or upset stomach. It’s one of the more well-rounded sativa strains that I’ve tried so far.

Effects Rating: 4.40/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.23/5.00

GrowHealthy definitely has the best distillates, at least of all the different ones that I’ve tried. Sour Tangie is another excellent high-quality product, and I really hope that they will consider keeping it around or bringing it back in the near future. This is one I’d recommend trying to get your hands on while you can – it’s all-around enjoyable and useful medication.

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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: 02.14.2019 Update – TruCRMBL and Smokable Cannabis in Florida

Hey there, and Happy Valentine’s Day (or singles awareness day!) to all of our readers. We have a few items of really good news for you on this update. When we first started doing these updates in early January 2019, it was almost difficult to get enough material for a weekly update. Just 6 weeks later, there’s enough going on in the Florida cannabis industry that we’re having to update more than once a week! This is definitely a good thing. Let’s go ahead and cut to the chase, as we have a couple of exciting news items on this edition of the Florida Medical Cannabis Collective Update.

Trulieve will release TruCRMBL (crumble) tomorrow, 02.15.2019

Many patients reading this post may not yet be familiar with what exactly “crumble” is. In short, it’s another form of cannabis concentrate. It’s defined on Weedmaps as:

An Extract identified by its malleable texture that falls apart, or “crumbles,” when handled. Crumble, sometimes called “honeycomb wax,” is quite versatile, and not limited to dabbing. Some sprinkle the extract over the top of cannabis buds in a bowl, blunt, or joint. The Crumble texture results from elevated temperatures used during the solvent removal process, or by whipping the extract under the presence of heat.”

If you’re familiar with shatter, this is basically another “consistency” of cannabis concentrate that will yield similar effects, though some patients have stated that crumble effects feel closer to flower than shatter effects do.

TruCRMBL will drop at $60/gram, the same price as TruClear (distillate) and TruShatter (shatter). We pressed Trulieve to leak a few strains for this post, but they are holding out to release the strains tomorrow morning. Our guess is that we will have Sour Diesel and/or Jack Herer or Super Silver Haze in Sativa, Gorilla Grapes and/or Lemon Tree in Hybrid, and 9lb Hammer and/or Zkittlez in Indica.

This is a very positive and significant development, especially for patients in areas that are not able to access MUV – the only other dispensary to carry cannabis crumble so far. This means that tens of thousands of patients will be able to access this form of medication, and it could be the “home run” they’ve been searching for.

I will be picking up a gram of Sativa Crumble tomorrow for review on this site, so be sure to stay tuned for that post coming within the week!

Also, Trulieve dropped two new indica flower strains earlier this week: Northern Hash Plant and Puck Yeah. Reviews of those strains are also coming within the week, as well as several new GrowHealthy reviews. It’s going to be a busy week on this site, so be sure you’re following us to stay up to date!

Progress is being made in advancing the legalization of smokable cannabis in Florida

On our last update, we reported on how the legislature was playing games with our quality of life again – setting ridiculous regulations requiring a second doctor to sign off on a smoking recommendation among other hurdles and added costs for patients.

Thankfully, this was addressed and removed in the updated bill from the Senate, which you can find here. The Senate version of the bill basically opens the flower industry as was intended in 2016: all forms of flower and flower smoking devices will be available for legal purchase. The House version of the bill, unfortunately, requires all smokeable cannabis to come in the form of pre-rolled joints. We expect to see the Senate and House compromise on a final bill in the coming weeks – hopefully it will be closer or identical to the proposed Senate version of the bill.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried also issued a statement calling for an end to the hurdles and delays for passing a bill to legalize smokable marijuana in Florida. This is all promising news, but we are cautiously and anxiously watching as the legislature works to finalize their version of the law to go into effect.

Florida Medical Cannabis Collective News and Closing Thoughts

We’re now on Instagram! Be sure to follow us for all our newest images of the beautiful flower that is being released, and other cannabis related images. Our username is flmccollective, and you can find a link to our page here.

As stated earlier, we have around a half dozen new product reviews on the way over the course of the next week, so be sure to follow us here and on Twitter if you haven’t already – our Twitter handle is also @flmccollective there as well, and you can find a link to our page here.

With nearly 2 months of 2019 down, progress has remained steady and seems to be picking up momentum as we near the end of Q1 2019. We all anxiously await the final results of what will become the new law for smokable cannabis in Florida; this will be the single most impacting factor in the future of the industry this year.

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Curaleaf Slim Vape Pen Review: Strawberry Cotton Candy

I’ve noticed a lack of Curaleaf product reviews, so I’ll be working to balance that out a little bit with a Curaleaf Product review series. This is the third installment and will focus on another strain from the slim vaporizer pen line.

In my experience, the Curaleaf Slim Vapes are a great product line to supplement any medical marijuana regimen. These products are not designed to be “heavy-hitters” for any specific medical condition, but they can be useful to relieve general ailments with a sufficient dose. There’s 150 mg of THC in the entire pen, so it is not a heavily concentrated product; it may be a good choice for novice cannabis users for this reason. It will take several draws to feel an effect if you have any type of moderate to high tolerance.

As is my standard, I will review this product on 3 criteria/ratings. The numbers from those ratings will be averaged for a final score and general statement regarding the overall quality of the product.

Quick Facts

Curaleaf Slim Vape – Strawberry Cotton Candy

THC: ~ 30%

Total THC (per pen): 150mg

Batch #: TSV0417201801

Taste

I tried three different “strains” (more like flavors in this line of products): Blue Raspberry Lemonade, Tangie, and Strawberry Cotton Candy. Curaleaf states that these slim vape pens are made with “natural terpenes”, which makes me think that they are probably fruit terpenes. Regardless, Curaleaf does a nice job of emulating the taste of whichever name they choose for a particular pen. Strawberry Cotton Candy tasted a lot like the typical artificial “strawberry” taste, and indeed, there was an equivalent presence of the cotton candy flavor. These pens did not really taste a lot like cannabis to me, but they taste good in the same sense as someone might enjoy vaping e-juices for flavor. I found myself hitting the pen way more than I “needed” to due to enjoying the flavor.

 Taste Rating: 4.00/5.00

Vapor/Product Quality

The Curaleaf slim vapes are extremely convenient. The batteries are built-in and disposable, so the only thing required to use this product is to place it to your lips and draw. The major downside to the slim pen design is that there is no way to know how much product is remaining other than paying attention to the vapor quality. When there is almost no product left remaining, the vapor will become more sparse, harsh, and have a slightly burnt taste. Other than that, all the Curaleaf slim vapes I have purchased have functioned exactly as intended. I even had a 6 month old slim vape with a tiny amount of product remaining that produced a hit when I drew from it. As previously mentioned, these products seem more designed as “supplemental” medication and not a product intended to focus on any type of ailment. They are portable and convenient.

Vapor/Product Quality Rating: 3.80/5.00

Effects/Medical Benefits

The Strawberry Cotton Candy Slim Vape produced effects that were most similar to those found from medicating with a balanced hybrid strain. There was definitely a warm-body and relaxing sensation that became increasingly noticeable with higher doses. The cerebral effects were not too stimulating, but did produce a nice change in perception which made watching TV and playing video games even more enjoyable than normal. This would be a good product to take for outdoor activities as well. However, I don’t feel that patients looking to treat any specific conditions will find much success with the slim vapes. In all honesty, they seem best suited for recreational use; so in a medical context, I say they would be best used to supplement other products that are better suited to be a main/frontline medication.

Effects Rating: 3.00/5.00

Overall Rating: 3.60

I would recommend each patient try at least one Curaleaf slim vape pen for the taste if nothing else – all three I got (Blue Raspberry Lemonade, Strawberry Cotton Candy, and Tangie) had a very enjoyable taste, and each brought on relaxing effects. This product would best be described as “average to good”.

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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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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: 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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