VidaCann Flower Review: GSC (Hybrid)

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

GSC (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Durban Poison x OG Kush

Batch/Harvest Number: 5833404199487246

16.2% THC 

0.4% CBGa

16.6% Total Cannabinoids

Terpenes

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

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 6.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 6.90/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.46/10.00

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

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

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

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: GSC (Hybrid)

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

GSC (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $53/eighth 

Lineage: Durban Poison x OG Kush

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

Cannabinoids

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

CBD: 0.030%

CBG: 0.050%

Total Cannabinoids: 16.90%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 0.223%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 0.922%

Carophyllene-Oxide: 0.180%

R-Limonene: 0.224%

Linalool: 0.162%

Alpha Humulene: 0.248%

Total Terpenes: 1.959%

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.90/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 6.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.96/10.00

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

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

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

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Vaca Key (Indica)

Hey everyone – hope you are doing well! We’re here with yet another Florida Keys phenotype; in fact, it’s the 3rd phenotype from this line that we’ve tried and reviewed.

GrowHealthy recently changed the game in Florida cannabis by being the first MMTC to label different phenotypes, and sell them as entirely different strains with unique names. I really appreciate GrowHealthy for doing this. For those who didn’t click the informative phenotype link, I’ll try to explain it in a simple/concise way:

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

Vaca Key (Indica)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Bubba Kush x Key Lime Mints

Batch Number: F-072120-VCKY-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 22.786%

CBD: 0.00%

CBG: 1.281%

Total Cannabinoids: 24.067%

Terpenes

R-Limonene: 0.552%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.366%

Beta-Myrcene: 0.262%

Geraniol: 0.109%

Alpha-Humulene: 0.101%

Fenchyl Alcohol: 0.091%

Total Terpenes: 1.643%

Appearance/Cure

Physically, Vaca Key seems to resemble the “main” Florida Keys phenotype with a more vibrant green color than the Key Largo phenotype that I last reviewed. The pistils are medium-dark orange, and the trichomes are mature and visible to the naked eye in normal lighting.

I know I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but GrowHealthy continues to pump out phenomenal quality flower on a consistent basis. Every single full-priced eighth I’ve gotten from them has contained flower that was cured to near-perfection, with a possible exception for an eighth or two that was slightly dry. This eighth of Vaca Key is another masterful grow, with a lot of stickiness to it – so much that it gave my grinder some trouble.

There isn’t much more to say. GrowHealthy flower is GrowHealthy flower – which is consistently excellent to outstanding in 2020.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

Vaca Key is the first phenotype in the Florida Keys line that I have found to take on more of the smell of its Bubba Kush parent – which features more kushy, chocolate, and coffee terpenes.

Like both Florida Keys and Key Largo, limonene is the dominant terpene in Vaca Key, and this is apparent when first opening the jar as a musky, cookie/dessert-like sweetness is one of the first smells that becomes apparent. There is a lingering citrus as well, another commonality between this strain and the other phenotypes in its family that I have tried.

However, Vaca Key is the heaviest, muskiest smelling of the Florida Keys strain I have tried – especially when ground up. For patients who have tried GrowHealthy’s Bubba Kush flower, you will recognize the hints of chocolate and coffee that lie underneath the more dominant terpenes.

The taste when smoked has a cookies-esque sweetness, with the heavier hashy and spicy notes on the exhale. Overall, Vaca Key is a great smelling and tasting flower.

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I was a bit surprised at just how heavy and sedating this strain was for me. The last phenotype I tried before this one was the Key Largo, which was not sedating by any means; in fact, it could have even been a “daytime indica” that many patients speak of – a functional indica that doesn’t slow one down during the day.

Vaca Key, however, made itself known as a creeper with a hell of a punch. For the first 15 minutes, the mood-enhancing effects of limonene were most noticeable. But at the 15-20 minute mark, the hammer dropped, and I found myself in a complete daze. I had been watching TV, but I quickly found myself in one of those endless gazes where you lose focus and complete immerse yourself in the mind. My wife pointed out my condition to me, and only then did I realize it was the effects of this highly sedating strain that had put me into that state. It’s been consistently sedating ever since, and with the exception of medicating with a bowl before and while writing this review, I now reserve it strictly for the late night.

I’m not sure why it didn’t click with me sooner than this was the phenotype heavily expressing the effects of its Bubba Kush parent, which is one of the most sedating strains I’ve ever found. I guess Vaca Key is like the “Bubba Kush pheno” of the Florida Keys line. Use it with caution, folks. You might be locked down to your couch, chair, bed, or whatever surface you’re on after medicating with it.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • Insomnia (Especially in higher doses)
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD & related sleep issues
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • Heavy 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. Everybody is different, and every body reacts differently to various medications. 

Effects Rating: 9.40/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.30/10.00

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

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

The entire Florida Keys line has proven to be enjoyable so far, with desirable medicinal effects that have subtle variances between the different phenotypes. I look forward to trying the other members of the Florida Keys family soon – wonder how many there are in total?

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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MÜV Flower Review: Sour Jack (Sativa)

Sour Jack is the offspring of two of my favorite classic sativa strains: Sour Diesel and Jack Herer. I love both of these strains for different reasons: Sour Diesel is like the espresso of cannabis, with nearly unmatched energizing effects. On the contrast, Jack Herer is known for its ability to induce focus, making it a good strain for ADD, ADHD, and other similar mental focus-related ailments.

I’ve seen patients rave about Sour Jack for well over a year now, adding to my curiosity about how these two sativas would be when combined. After what seemed like months of not getting this strain at my local dispensary, I finally managed to grab an eighth of the T3 (small buds).

So, how does Sour Jack stack up to its superstar parents?

Quick Facts:

Sour Jack (Sativa) 

Price at time of review: $32/eighth (T3)

Lineage: Sour Diesel x Jack Herer

Batch/Harvest Number: BU220620-6570SJ

Cannabinoids

THC: 15.55%

CBD: 0.05%

Total Cannabinoids: 15.60%

Terpenes

Unfortunately, MÜV doesn’t make their lab reports available, so I have no terpene percentages to provide for this strain. Whenever this information becomes available, I will update this section with the terpenes and their percentages.

Appearance/Cure

Glass jar is my own; it is a recycled VidaCann flower jar.

MÜV’s T3 flower is $32 per eighth vs. the $50 pricetag of their T1 flower, and the $40 for T2. Per their website:

Tier 1 ($50) and Tier 2 ($40) are selected based on potency, size, structure, terpene profiles and aroma. Tier 3 is based on size only.

https://altmedflorida.com/product/copy-copy-2/

This eighth of Sour Jack was fully comprised of small, “rat pellet” size buds. Not exactly the most appealing thing to see when opening the pack, but hey – I bought the lowest tier, right?

The buds were on the dry side, but still seemed to have plenty of crystals. The physical appearance of Sour Jack, from what I can tell, leans to that of its Sour Diesel parent. I always recognized Jack Herer for both its extremely light green color, and its abundant coverage of vibrant orange pistils. Sour Diesel, on the other hand, has that forest green color with a shade darker orange pistils. As you can see in the images above, Sour Jack fits the latter description more.

After seeing other MMTCs up their flower game in the past few months, MÜV seems to be retaining the same quality that it has had since I started shopping there – which is still good quality, but it would be nice to see them improve at the same rate as the market. Maybe I’m just not getting the right strains?

Appearance/Cure Rating: 6.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

Since both Sour Diesel and Jack Herer are pungent strains (albeit on different ends of the spectrum), I expected Sour Jack to possess an equally strong aroma, especially as some Reddit reviews indicated as much. Unfortunately, my eighth of Sour Jack did not have any sort of pungent aroma, but instead had a subtle scent that I had to focus on to find and describe.

Sour Diesel, in my experience, can vary from extremely pungent gas/diesel to a sort of loud citrus smell. I’ve tried it from both Trulieve (review here) and Fluent (review here); Trulieve’s Sour Diesel cut leans citrus (but still has notable diesel when ground up), and Fluent’s is heavily on the gas/diesel side.

Jack Herer, on the other hand, has always had a very sharp and pungent piney citrus aroma with a terpinolene-dominant terpene profile. Again, I’ve tried it from Trulieve (review here) and Fluent (review here); the smell was almost identical on both cuts.

So now that I’ve laid out the full spectrum of my experience with the smell and taste of the parent strains, where in that spectrum does Sour Jack fall?

Like with its physical appearance, I found Sour Jack to lean more toward its Sour Diesel parent in its smell – but fully on the citrus end of the spectrum; the gas/diesel terpenes were nowhere to be found in this eighth. The smell of Sour Jack when I ground it up, was actually sort of sweet, with citrus being the dominant smell, and an underlying earthiness in the background. I did not detect any terpinolene with my nose, but without a lab report, I can’t say if it is present or not. I can say that not much of the Jack Herer is present in the smell, unless some of the subtle citrus notes come from that parent.

The taste was much like the smell – smooth, subtle, and sweet citrus. Frankly, I expected to be more impressed by Sour Jack in this category, but maybe I got a weaker batch. I suppose I’ll revisit the strain if it’s available in T1 in the future; I don’t want to give up on a strain that has such good genetic potential just yet.

Smell/Taste Rating: 6.20/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Sour Jack leaned toward its Sour Diesel parent in the preceding categories, but it manages to find itself more balanced in the effects.

As I said before, I consider Sour Diesel to be my “cannabis espresso” and Jack Herer to be my “cannabis Adderall”. Sour Jack is not a speedy or racy strain, but it is not focused either. I find it to be right between Sour Diesel and Jack Herer – more mellow and uplifting, good for the mood – not necessarily a strain for motivation, energy, or focus.

Though there is some of a “sativa” energy boost associated with this strain, it isn’t overwhelmingly present. I smoked my last bowl just before i started typing this review; it is late morning, and I would best describe my mood as content. I am not really “in the zone” like I like to be after medicating with a sativa strain, but I am not aloof or unfocused either. Sour Jack seems to be right in the middle of the sativa effects spectrum, representing a good blend of the more subtle effects from its two parent strains.

With all that being said, I’d recommend to think of Sour Jack as its own unique strain if you’re buying it for its effects. If you want energy, stick with the Diesel. If you want focus and motivation, stick with Jack Herer. If you want a relatively mellow sativa to ease through the day on a fluffy cloud of happiness, but with a very light dose of energy, get Sour Jack.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and associated anxiety
  • Lack of appetite
  • Minor headaches
  • Relief of minor skeletal/muscular aches and pains
  • Good for general relaxation (in higher doses or later in the day)

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

Effects Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 6.73/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Sour Jack as a “good, balanced” sativa strain from MÜV.

While I wasn’t floored with this strain as I expected it to be, it was good enough that I want to give it another chance. I will get a higher tier next time, as I feel that the negatives in my experience can all be attributed to buying the Tier 3 small buds. A strain like this needs to be experienced at its full potential. If I do try T1 and have a notably better experience, that will birth an entirely new section for this site – “Round 2 Reviews”. We will cross that bridge if and when we get to it!

Hope you all have a wonderful day – and thanks again for reading and being a subscriber to this site. I truly enjoy writing for it, and for all of you.

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Key Largo (Indica)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

Key Largo (Indica)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Bubba Kush x Key Lime Mints

Batch Number: F-061720-KYLG-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 13.70%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 13.70%

Terpenes

R-Limonene: 0.690%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.363%

Beta-Myrcene: 0.317%

Total Terpenes: 1.37%

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 8.50/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.13/10.00

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

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

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

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Queso Perro (Hybrid)

Queso Perro (Spanish for “Dog Cheese”) is a GrowHealthy original strain that has become a patient favorite within the past year.

This is one of the few “Cheese” lineage strains currently available in Florida’s medical cannabis program, and I have been eager to try it to see how it stacks up against all the other strains I’ve tried at this point.

What I’ve found is that I align with the masses on this one – Queso Perro is some high quality gas-type flower.

Quick Facts:

Queso Perro (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth

Lineage: Stardawg x U.K. Cheese

Batch/Harvest Number: F-060920-QSPO-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 24.13%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 24.13%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene

Trans-Carophyllene

Limonene

Linalool

Carophyllene-Oxide

Valencene

Appearance/Cure

I got two eighths from two different batches just a couple of days apart because I was so impressed with the first eighth, pictured above. Both eighths contained beautiful nugs that show the high level of quality and care that I’ve come to expect from GrowHealthy, after a consistent string of positive experiences in the past three-ish months that they have been open in my area.

The cure here is nearly perfect, which seems to be the usual case with GrowHealthy’s flower. Executive management should do whatever they can to hold on to the current grow team, because they are absolutely killing it every time.

Queso Perro is beautiful, covered in a blanket of dusty light gold crystal trichomes, accented with rusty orange-brown pistils. Solid genetics and a high-quality, seemingly experienced grow team yield a nearly perfect batch of flower.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.60/10.00

Smell/Taste

While I was surprised that neither eighth of Queso Perro smelled particularly cheesy, make no mistake: this is a sharp, pungent, gassy, loud strain – in my opinion at least.

The smell in the jar is very hashy, with hints of diesel and spice, and maybe a faint hint of cheese in the background. (In my experience, GrowHealthy’s Rain Maker was much more cheesy than Queso Perro.)

When the nugs are pulled apart or broken/ground up, however, the true pungent odor of Queso Perro really shines through. It is one of the most “fuel” and funky strains I’ve found, right up there with Sour Diesel and others like it. There are subtle hints of sweet hash and spice present as well, but the funky fuel is the most dominant smell.

When I was younger and less experienced with cannabis, I equated more gassy, loud strains with higher potency. I know now that this isn’t always the case; however, the point I wanted to make is that Queso Perro reminds me a lot of those classic “dank strains” from years before.

I find the taste when smoked to be more musky and spicy; the Stardawg parent seems to come through more in this area.

This is a great, classic “loud” strain that almost any cannabis patient/consumer can enjoy.

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Queso Perro comes across as a sativa-dominant hybrid to me, seeming to lean heavy to the sativa side. I find the cerebral invigoration to be so pronounced that I actually use this strain most when I first wake up to get the day started, and then once again when I first get home from work in the evening. It is one of those hybrids that I feel could get away with being labeled as a sativa strain; however, the body relaxation is noticeable enough to justify the hybrid label.

I find this to be a very versatile, happy, uppity strain. Unintentionally, it has been the only daytime flower strain I’ve used since I got it. It does a great job of both lifting my depression and motivating me, with the relaxing aspects keeping it controlled enough to prevent anxiety and/or paranoia. Queso Perro seems suitable for use any time from early morning to early evening.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Lack of motivation
  • General relaxation/relief 

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: 9.30/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.43/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Queso Perro as an “outstanding” hybrid strain from GrowHealthy.

At this point, I would label Queso Perro and Wookie Girl as my 2 favorite strains from GrowHealthy, and amongst my favorite Florida strains of all time. This is one that I will have to keep in stock and pick up whenever it is available.

If you enjoy loud, funky strains – or strains that are happy and uplifting, I think Queso Perro is an excellent fit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

GrowHealthy Signature Blend Series Brand Page

Quick Facts:

Sour Silly Bean – Hybrid

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

LineageJilly Bean x Smile x Sour PZ

80.23% THC

1.27% CBD

81.50% Total Cannabinoids

Taste:

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

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

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

Taste Rating: 8.00/10.00

Vapor and Product Quality

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

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

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

Vapor/Product Quality Rating: 9.00/10.00

Effects:

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

Effects Rating: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.66/10.00

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

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

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

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

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GrowHealthy Flower Review: Grape Stomper (Hybrid)

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

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

Quick Facts:

Grape Stomper (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Purple Elephant x Chemdog Sour Diesel

Batch Number: F-042920-GRST-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 21.74%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.74%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene

Limonene

Terpinolene

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 8.50/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.66/10.00

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

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

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Sativa)

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

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

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

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

Trulieve’s Product Page

Quick Facts:

Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $53/eighth 

Lineage: Golden Pineapple x Trophy Wife

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

Cannabinoids

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

CBD: 0.000%

THCV: 0.175%

CBG: 1.219%

Total Cannabinoids: 32.203%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 1.505%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 1.012%

R-Limonene: 0.510%

Linalool: 0.164%

Alpha Humulene: 0.207%

Total Terpenes: 3.398%

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.60/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.90/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 9.60/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.03/10.00

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

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

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

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

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake is hard to type.

GrowHealthy Flower Review: Emerald City Kush (Indica)

Emerald City Kush is one of GrowHealthy’s newer strains as of the time of this review. There really isn’t a lot of information available about it, so I can only describe my experiences with this strain for you all to have a reference when considering buying it or not.

I enjoy this one. It’s not necessarily my favorite GrowHealthy indica flower, but it is a nice strain.

Quick Facts:

Emerald City Kush (Indica)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth

Lineage: Triangle Kush x OZ Kush BX1

Batch/Harvest Number: F-043020-EMCK-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 20.68%

CBD: 0.00%

Total Cannabinoids: 20.68%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene

Carophyllene Oxide

Limonene

Linalool

Trans-Carophyllene

Appearance/Cure

I was really impressed with the overall quality of this eighth of Emerald City Kush. The large nug in the images above is the largest I’ve ever gotten in Florida’s legal market up to this point, weighing in at 2.8 grams by itself.

The color of the strain fairly closely matches its name, with a deep and vivid almost-emerald green color that immediately grabs one’s attention.

The cure and trim of this flower is, again, nearly perfect – another great staple in a long series of phenomenal quality pickups from GrowHealthy (who operates as iAnthus, or $ITHUF for you investors who are reading this.)

I found this flower to be dense and really sticky to the touch. This was another great job from start to finish by GrowHealthy.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.10/10.00

Smell/Taste

Emerald City Kush has a unique smell, that has notes of musky hash, different types of wood, and oddly enough – a hint of bad breath.

If there’s any other strain I’ve tried that has a smell somewhat close to Emerald City Kush, it would have to be Trulieve’s Crescendo – but it is not a close match.

When ground up, a much more pungent diesel and chemical/ammonia aroma quickly becomes apparent.

The taste when smoked slightly resembles the smell of the flower, but it’s mostly just earthy, woody, and spicy.

I enjoyed the smell and taste of Emerald City Kush, but did not find it to be a standout strain here.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.90/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I find Emerald City Kush to be a heavy and sedating indica strain, but it doesn’t necessarily make me sleepy. I smoked quite a bit before writing this review, and mostly just found myself spaced out and laughing at random things. It’s hard for me to focus or remain productive; really, all I want to do is just “sit here”.

This isn’t really a “fun” indica for me either though, not when compared to the likes of other great strains like Wookie Girl. It seems like it may be good for pain, GI issues, or other similar ailments – maybe even a good strain for anxiety.

There is some cerebral lift with this strain, but not much. The body relaxation is not the most fulfilling either; there is just more of an overall haziness and cloudiness that I feel every time I medicate with this strain.

I have to say, Emerald City Kush is not my favorite indica in the effects department. As I always say though: it might be your favorite, so don’t let this review stop you from trying it!

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 7.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Emerald City Kush as a “very good” indica strain from GrowHealthy.

While the genetics weren’t my personal favorite, I do have to give the growers at this MMTC their credit for an excellent production. To any GrowHealthy executives who may be reading: your greatest strength right now is in whoever is behind the grow operation – hands down.

I’ll be back with more GrowHealthy reviews coming in the near future, so stay tuned to this website and our various social media for all the latest updates from FLMCC!

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