Trulieve TruFlower Review: Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Sativa)

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

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

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

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

Trulieve’s Product Page

Quick Facts:

Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $53/eighth 

Lineage: Golden Pineapple x Trophy Wife

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

Cannabinoids

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

CBD: 0.000%

THCV: 0.175%

CBG: 1.219%

Total Cannabinoids: 32.203%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 1.505%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 1.012%

R-Limonene: 0.510%

Linalool: 0.164%

Alpha Humulene: 0.207%

Total Terpenes: 3.398%

Appearance/Cure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.60/10.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.90/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 9.60/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.03/10.00

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

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

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

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

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake is hard to type.

MÜV Flower Review: Triangle Kush (Indica)

Triangle Kush is a strain that actually originated in Florida in the 1990s, and is very well-known amongst many OG Florida cannabis users because of this. Triangle Kush gets its name from the triangle that is formed when you connect the dots of the three “Florida cannabis capitals” – Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami – on a map.

MÜV’s Triangle Kush is one of my favorite strains I’ve found in Florida to date. Though my formative years for my cannabis experience took place in a non-legal state (not Florida), this strain reminds me a lot of the first “dank” or “loud” cannabis that I tried in 2009 and 2010. The smell, taste, and effects are all top quality, and MÜV grew this strain to near perfection.

Quick Facts:

Triangle Kush (Indica)

Price at time of review: $40/eighth (T2)

Lineage: Descended from Florida OG Kush

Batch/Harvest Number: BU200220-9571TRK

Cannabinoids

THC: 25.16%

CBD: 0.08%

Total Cannabinoids: 25.24%

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 – a recycled VidaCann flower jar.

MÜV’s T2 flower is $40 per eighth. 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 Triangle Kush is one of the best growth batches of flower that I’ve found in Florida. These buds are so sticky that I actually tested them by pushing them up against the glass jar I keep them in, and then tossing it around and holding it upside down, etc. The flower stayed stuck to the jar the entire time.

This is also the most dense flower I’ve found in Florida; these buds literally make a “clink” sound similar to a rock when they’re dropped into a glass jar. Moisture content, cure, and trim are about as close to perfect as I’ve seen.

The strain itself appears to have visually appealing genetics, as the flower is a very light shade of green. (I know this is a subjective view, but I really appreciate bright green flowers as they seem to be more rare than medium and dark green strains.)

Fuzzy trichomes are easily visible, but the presentation of pistils on this flower is unique. I’m not sure if it’s due to the trim or the genetics of the strain, but where the pistils are normally longer and sometimes wispy on most strains, they are very short and compressed/cluttered in distribution on this Triangle Kush – almost in a way similar to the trichomes.

Anyway, this is a masterful grow, and most likely the best flower I’ve gotten for $40/eighth.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

Fuel. Gas. Dank. Fire.

Whichever adjective you reserve for pungent, gassy strains – it works for Triangle Kush. This is the type of strain that slaps you in the face with its aroma as soon as you open the jar. It will smell up your apartment or the area of your house its kept in if you leave the container open.

There’s different “levels” to gas strains though, so I will go more in depth. While the pungent gas and diesel terpenes are certainly the most dominant, there’s also a more complex secondary terpene profile. Those terpenes include a sour lemony musk, subtle pine, and a hint of sweetness.

I rarely continue to rave about a strain throughout the review like this as to avoid sounding sensationalist, but this eighth of Triangle Kush deserves the praise it’s getting. I love pungent, fuel strains. Everything about the smell of this strain reminds me of the first times I ever picked up cannabis that was better than the regular variety of “brick weed” that came in dimes and dubs – it’s just got that nostalgic fuel, gas smell that I can’t seem to put down.

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Though labeled as an indica strain, I found Triangle Kush to be versatile and suitable to be used at just about any time of the day. I used it to ease into sleep last night, and I used it for a medicating session soon after waking up this morning; I smoked a little bit again before and while writing this review.

Triangle Kush is one of those strains that is “happy” above all else. The euphoria and calm it invokes are great. I think of it as removing a lot of the extra noise in my mind, and as something that helps me get to a state in which I am relaxed enough to be productive. Really, I feel that I am able to choose how the effects of Triangle Kush play out based on what I do. If I want to be productive, I start doing whatever it is I want to do. If I want to relax, I am able to do that as well. Triangle Kush seems to be a strain that allows me to control the experience of the effects more so than the effects dictating my experience – if that makes any sense to you.

There are cerebral aspects to Triangle Kush, but there is a noticeable relaxing quality as well. It can be a strain that makes you feel lazy if you don’t do anything, though; so – if you want to be productive while medicating with Triangle Kush, be sure you get up and moving before you’re too relaxed to want to move!

Again, these effects remind me a lot of some of the first “good” batches of cannabis I ever smoked. Hungry, happy, and sometimes sleepy. Great strain.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety 
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues (in lower doses)
  • Lack of motivation (in lower doses)
  • Relief of minor aches and pains (in moderate to high doses)
  • General relaxation and euphoria
  • Relief of minor GI issues: IBS, etc.
  • Insomnia (in higher doses)
  • Lack of appetite

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: 9.43/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Triangle Kush as an “outstanding, exceptional” indica strain from MÜV. This may well be the best eighth of flower I’ve gotten from Florida’s medical cannabis industry.

I absolutely recommend grabbing an eighth of Triangle Kush if you can find it at your local MÜV. It really is one of those strains that smashes it in every single category. The medicinal versatility alone is worth it, but the amazing smell (and cure for this eighth) really made it stand above most all of the other strains I’ve gotten so far.

Many more reviews are coming soon – especially as I find myself at home more and more during this COVID-19 pandemic – so stay tuned!

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Trulieve & Blue River Rosin Review: Skywalker (Indica)

Earlier in 2019, Trulieve announced its partnership with California-based cannabis extract company Blue River. The first (and currently only) product available as a result of that partnership is their rosin product. For readers who aren’t familiar with what rosin is, it is a solventless extract. This means that rather than created with ethanol or CO2-based extraction methods, the creation of rosin relies of putting cannabis flower under high amounts of heat and/or pressure to create the extract. What results is a more pure, higher quality extract than concentrates like distillate, shatter, or crumble.

This Skywalker rosin is my first time trying this form of extract; I really enjoyed the flower form of this strain (review here), so I was interested to see how it would carry over to its rosin form.

Quick Facts:

Skywalker (Indica)

Price at time of review: $75/gram

Lineage: Mazar x Blueberry

Batch/Harvest Number: BCHOROS1GI20PK1

Cannabinoids

THCA: 83.4%

THC: 1.9%

CBD: 0.0%

THCV: 0.5%

CBG: 2.0%

Total Cannabinoids: 87.8%

Terpenes

Alpha-Bisabolol: 0.112%

Beta-Myrcene: 2.649%

Cis-Nerolidol: 0.159%

Linalool: 0.641%

Terpineol: 0.287%

Trans-Carophyllene: 1.42%

R-Limonene: 1.49%

Alpha-Cedrene: 0.166%

Alpha-Pinene: 0.194%

Beta-Pinene: 0.249%

Fenchol: 0.399%

Alpha-Humulene: 0.373%

Carophyllene Oxide: 0.379%

Total Terpenes: 8.518%

Appearance/Quality

This batch of Skywalker rosin is very stable, and is nearly completely solid. Some of the first batches of Trulieve/Blue River’s rosin were runny and watery, and did not have the typical consistency expected of rosin. A couple months into production, they announced that a new rosin press had been purchased to make the “Rosin 2.0”, and the difference soon became apparent in subsequent batches.

This is a high quality, stable batch of rosin, and it is fairly easy to work with when dabbing. I was impressed with it.

Appearance/Quality Rating: 4.50/5.00

Smell/Taste

Skywalker Rosin smells and tastes much like the flower form of this strain. There is a dank, gassy and earthy smell that seems to be the dominate set of terpenes, with sweet fruit and berry notes present as well, likely from the Blueberry parent strain. Rosin doesn’t seem to have quite as pungent of a smell when compared to crumble, but it has much more of a smell than shatter, and smells much like the flower form of the strain based off my experience with this Skywalker rosin.

When vaped in Trulieve’s rebranded Yocan concentrate pen, the taste of this rosin is absolutely amazing. This is hands down once of the tastiest cannabis products I’ve ever had; the terpenes are over 8%, and that really comes through in the rich, full taste of this concentrate. The sweet, fruity terpenes seem to be the dominant ones in the taste profile, but the earthy and gassy/skunky tastes are still noticeable.

If you’re a fan of flavorful cannabis products, this is something you have to try.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.70/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

I found Skywalker flower to be sort of “middle of the road” in terms of being either a functional or sedating indica, and that is true with the rosin form as well. This isn’t a strain that’s absolutely going to knock you out, but it is not the most energizing or functional indica strain I’ve tried, either.

There is a cerebral invigoration component to the first half hour or so of the effects; however, full-body relaxation begins creeping in around the 10 minute mark, and becomes more prominent as time passes. This is a great strain for winding down after a busy day, but it remains functional enough that you can still complete some tasks – I’m writing this review after a fairly large dab of the Skywalker rosin.

I find my experience with the rosin form of Skywalker to be more body-focused and relaxing than the flower form. After doing some research on rosin, I think this may be a commonly noted aspect of rosin in general – the effects of strains are typically more relaxed than the effects from their full flower counterparts. The effects of this Skywalker rosin are certainly “clean” and have a high-quality feel to them.

Skywalker rosin’s effects, in my experience, are similar to another popular indica strain, though in flower form: Grandaddy Purple. Again, this wouldn’t be my first choice for treating insomnia, but it’s not necessarily a strain I’d choose to medicate first thing in the morning, either. It’s a fairly balanced indica strain that I personally find best suited for use in the late afternoon and early evening.

Possibly good for treating

  • Relief of moderate skeletal/muscular aches and pains
  • Relief of minor to moderate nausea and gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Insomnia (especially in higher doses)
  • Lack of appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • General relaxation

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

Effects Rating: 4.30/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.50/5.00

Overall, I would best describe this batch of Skywalker Rosin as an “excellent quality” product from Trulieve.

At $75 per gram, rosin is a product that I personally save for sales and special occasions, as I find that flower and other lower-priced concentrates are usually just as good from a medical perspective. However, if you’re in Florida looking for a truly top-shelf product from our industry’s current offerings, I would definitely say this makes a good choice.

I am thankful for the fact that options like this rosin from Trulieve & Blue River are now available. The Florida medical marijuana industry has come so far from this time a year ago, and I look forward to even more great products to review in 2020!

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Surterra Wellness Whole Flower Review: Myakka Native (Sativa)

After originally having a stance against whole flower, Surterra Wellness finally embraced the evolving Florida medical cannabis market and released their “Float” line of products on Black Friday 2019, which includes products like whole flower, pre-rolls, shatter, and soft wax.

One of the strains available in whole flower is a strain that has been part of Surterra’s “Florida’s Finest” vape cart line for some time now: Myakka Native.

This strain is a shoutout to Donnie Clark, who is known for growing a strain called “Myakka Gold” in Florida during the 1970’s. Clark served time in federal prison for federal charges of “conspiracy to grow marijuana”; ultimately, he would be pardoned by then-President Bill Clinton and released from prison. You can read more about his story here.

Not much information is available about Surterra’s version of the strain online. The original Myakka Gold was described by Clark as a “pure sativa”, so the lineage of this strain is uncertain. However, Surterra’s Myakka Native turned out to be a fairly solid product for its price point.

Quick Facts:

Myakka Native (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $30/eighth 

Lineage: Unknown

Batch/Harvest Number: DEC19MN01

Cannabinoids

THC: 21.20%

CBD: 0.08%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.28%

Terpenes

Unfortunately, Surterra hasn’t make this lab report available as of the time of writing this review, 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

For one of their first batches of whole flower, Surterra did a pretty good job with this Myakka Native. The flower is trimmed fairly well, but could use more attention to detail; however, at $30/eighth, what I see with this eighth is certainly acceptable.

This flower is a more dry than I would like it to be; it seems like it falls apart easily, and it almost turns to dust when ground up. However, there are plenty of trichomes, and there is a bit of stickiness to the buds as well.

Myakka Native is listed as a pure sativa, and the buds I have do take on the old stereotype of “sativa” plant structure: long and very slightly airy buds that are brighter green in color.

Surterra definitely still has some work to do to achieve an excellent cure, but this batch of Myakka Native is not a bad start at all, and I feel that I got what I paid for at $30/eighth.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 5.80/10.00

Smell/Taste

This eighth of Myakka Native is almost completely lacking a smell. Upon close inspection, there are hints of sweet pine, with a faint trace of earthy and skunky notes lingering in the background.

Frankly, I was disappointed with the lack of smell in this flower. For me, half of what makes a truly good batch of flower is attention to getting the most out of terpene development; it results in better smelling flower, and a product that is more medicinally efferctive due to higher terpene content. I’m not sure if the genetics of the plant that Surterra has labeled as Myakka Native simply don’t develop a smelly flower, or if the lack of smell is due to Surterra’s relative lack of experience with growing whole flower products.

The taste isn’t bad – it is pretty bland, but not particularly harsh. It certainly tastes better than the “reggie” and “mids” I used to get off the street.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

For what it lacks in the other categories, Myakka Native makes up for it with its effects. I find this strain to feel like a pure sativa as advertised. For me, this strain is euphoric, energetic, and uplifting – but not at all speedy or racy. It seems like a good choice for patients fighting depression, as this is one of those strains that helps me change my angle of thinking or viewpoint of life and situations. Since it isn’t speedy or racy, it doesn’t add to my anxiety, which makes for a great daytime medication.

Myakka Native is a good choice for the morning and afternoon, but is gentle enough that I think it can be used in the early evening; however, most patients will probably prefer a heavier hybrid or indica strain for the late night before bed. Towards the end of the effects, Myakka native leaves my body feeling lightly relaxed – but not at all sedated or sleepy.

This is a well-rounded sativa strain that, in some ways, reminds me of Trulieve’s Colombian Gold flower strain. Once Surterra is able to dial in on their grow quality (and get those terpenes really coming out), this is one I may have to revisit in the future.

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: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 5.93/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Myakka Native as a “slightly above average” sativa strain from Surterra Wellness.

I’m pleased to see that Surterra has embraced more full spectrum cannabis products like whole flower and concentrates, and I am confident that in time, their quality will greatly improve and lead to the production of some excellent medical cannabis products.

At $30/eighth, I was pleased with this purchase thanks to the nice sativa effects I get from it – they work well for daytime use to help me overcome my depression. I will definitely be trying other strains from Surterra in the future, as their $30/eighth price point is one of the most affordable in the market, and the quality matches (or possibly exceeds) it.

Give Surterra’s new “Float” line of products a try, and be sure to let us know how you liked it in the comments of this post, or by reaching out to us via social media. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: One Year Anniversary – 2018-2019, Then & Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Industry Evolution 2018 -2019

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

Full Flower Legalization

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

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

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

More Variety of Concentrates

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

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

Closing Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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Fluent Cannabis Flower Review: “Atlas” (Durban Poison – Sativa)

Mid-November 2019 marked the first time in quite a while that Fluent released a new flower strain, with their “Atlas”, which is their name for the classic Durban Poison sativa.

Durban Poison is what is known as a “landrace strain”, meaning that it is a variety of cannabis that is native to a certain geographical area, and is one of many strains that have led to the hundreds of hybrid strains available today.

Durban Poison hails from South Africa and was selectively bred and finalized in Amsterdam. It is one of the few pure 100% sativa strains that is available on the market today, and brings on very potent cerebral effects that can border on the edge of being psychedelic in nature.

Quick Facts:

Durban Poison (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $50/eighth 

Lineage: Landrace Sativa from Africa (No Parent Strains)

Batch/Harvest Number: 4413949215644209

Cannabinoids

THC: 23.150%

CBD: 0.051%

Total Cannabinoids: 23.201%

Terpenes

Unfortunately, Fluent 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

This eighth of Durban Poison features mostly medium green buds, with a few darker green patches. Very noticeably covering this flower is a thick blanket of golden-amber trichomes, and a generous coating of medium-dark orange pistils. The crystals are so noticeable on my buds that they sparkle without a flashlight being held directly on them – this is some of the most resinous/kiefy flower I’ve seen from Fluent, and you can see it in the images above.

The moisture content and cure were done very well. The bud is, very, very, slightly on the dry side of the moisture spectrum; however, the buds are dense and do not crumble apart when broken down, so this does not really detract from the overall score in this section.

One thing consistent with Fluent’s flower is that it is always cured and trimmed well, and this batch of their “Atlas” flower is another fine example of that high quality.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.40/10.00

Smell/Taste

Of all the various strains of flower that have been available from Fluent, this is the most “loud” and pungent strain that I’ve gotten there. Opening the jar reveals a pungent odor that is equal parts skunky and sweet, with earthy and spicy terpenes in the background.

One thing I’ve noticed about most of Fluent’s flower is that the terpenes seem to be subtle; until I tried this “Atlas” flower, their “Odra” (OG Kush) flower was really the only strain that had a strong, immediately noticeable smell. However, this flower definitely takes it a step further, with that classic funky, somewhat sour smell that many people associate with their first experiences with quality cannabis.

The taste when smoked is earthy, spicy, and sweet. If Fluent could figure out how to get all of their strains’ terpene profiles to develop and “pop” like this, it would take their flower to the next level of high quality.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.60/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Due to being a landrace strain, Durban poison is a rare example of a 100% sativa. This certainly comes through in its effects, and it is one of the most powerful and racy sativas that I have tried to this point.

My first time trying Durban Poison, I took one fairly large hit early in the morning (I have a somewhat low tolerance currently.) Cerebral effects immediately began to set in, my vision seemed to become enhanced, and my mind began engaging my surroundings and examining everything in great detail. After about 30 minutes in, the experience turned borderline psychedelic – almost like a very low dose of LSD – as my visual and mental perception seemed to completely shift to another angle. I felt a bit socially awkward due to being heavily medicated, so I took some time to let the effects fade a bit before really engaging with the tasks I had at the time.

I did not continue to have this experience after the first time; it is almost as if this strain seemed to shock my cannabinoid system a bit the first time I tried it. Every other time, the effects are as one would expect from a pure sativa: energetic, motivating, racy, etc. Some have referred to this as the “espresso of cannabis strains”; that is a fairly accurate description.

If you need energy and motivation, this is an excellent strain. I’d recommend it for early morning use – a great strain if you like to medicate soon after waking. I would not recommend this strain at night, as the energetic qualities may make it hard to fall asleep.

New patients or patients with a low tolerance should use caution and “start low and go slow” with Durban Poison; it is the type of sativa strain that has potential to induce anxiety and paranoia if the patient is not prepared for the powerful effects.

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.
  • High doses may be similar to a very low dose of psychedelic drugs such as LSD

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: 8.80/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.60/10.00

Overall, I would best describe “Atlas” as an “excellent, powerful” sativa strain from Fluent Cannabis.

Though I feel $50 is too expensive for eighths of non-exotic strains in the current Florida cannabis market, I didn’t feel too terrible about what I paid for the quality of this eighth. It is the best overall flower I’ve gotten from Fluent as of the time this review was written.

If you’re looking for a powerful sativa to get you moving, and for a strain to change your current state of mind or way of perceiving life, I recommend this strain to you. This strain works particularly well for treating my depression and resultant motivation issues, so I will most likely be purchasing it again in the future.

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Liberty Health Sciences Whole Flower: Star Killer (Indica)

Shortly after smokable marijuana was legalized in Florida in early 2019, Liberty Health Sciences (LHS) made themselves known for having the most affordable flower on the market. However, time and repetition proved to be useful to Liberty and their flower products, as the quality of their flower has steadily improved.

Recently, Liberty executed a price increase for many of their strains. Until recently, all of Liberty’s regular flower strains were $28/eighth, and their “Papa’s Herb” line was $25/eighth (and still is; it did not get affected by the increase.)

Now, many strains – including Star Killer – are priced at $40/eighth. This has brought Liberty’s flower under increased scrutiny, especially because it has been widely regarded as some of the lowest quality flower in the Florida medical cannabis industry. If the price increases, so must the quality.

Quick Facts:

Star Killer (Indica)

Price at time of review: $40/eighth 

Lineage: Skywalker OG x Rare Dankness #2

Batch/Harvest Number: SK-23.1-101519

Cannabinoids

THC: 19.108%

CBD: 0.022%

Total Cannabinoids: 19.130%

Terpenes

Alpha-Humulene: 0.182%

Alpha-Pinene: 0.040%

Beta-Myrcene: 0.852%

Beta-Pinene: 0.061%

Alpha-Bisobolol: 0.075%

Fenchyl Alcohol: 0.045%

Limonene: 0.441%

Linalool: 0.109%

Terpineol: 0.072%

Trans-Caryophyllene: 0.555%

Total Terpenes: 2.438%

Appearance/Cure

This batch of Star Killer features dark green buds, with some lighter green patches. There is an abundance of amber-color trichomes on this flower, and several burnt orange pistils covering the flower.

The density and moisture content are pretty good on this strain; it is right where it needs to be in stickiness, and a little bit of bud breaks down generously.

What isn’t so good about this flower is the trim job, which I think is largely due to the fact that Liberty machine-trims their flower, whereas most of the other companies trim their flower by hand. Considering Liberty feels that their flower quality is good enough to raise the prices to $40/eighth for many strains, I expect those $40 strains to be as good as the other flower in Florida that is at that price point. Unfortunately, I do not feel the presentation of this flower should warrant such an increase. At $28, this would be great for the price. At $40, I shouldn’t have to be picking half a dozen sugar leaves off each bud.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 3.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

Star Killer has a fairly noticeable scent when opening the jar. Spicy and sweet notes seem to be the dominant terpenes, with an earthy musk in the background.

This strain’s smell reminds me of a much weaker version of LA Confidential’s terpene profile. One thing that seems to be consistent in comments about Liberty flower’s smell, is that there tends to be a lack of smell. If they could figure out how to really get those terpenes coming through, it would help justify their case of increasing the prices on their flower.

Star Killer has a good terpene profile; I just don’t feel that it was brought to its full potential in this batch. The smoke also seemed to be a bit more harsh in taste and feel than most other strains I’ve tried.

Smell/Taste Rating: 5.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Star Killer seems to be indica-leaning, but it is not a very heavy or sedating indica strain. I always feel the effects behind the eyes and in the forehead first; it seems to bring a bit of a mood lift in the early stages. I really enjoy playing video games when medicating with this strain.

As the effects progress, heavy body sensations become more prominent, and a bit of couch-lock may set in. I wouldn’t rely on Star Killer (or at least this batch of it) as a first line treatment for insomnia, but it may help start the relaxation process in both the mind and the body.

This is a functional indica in lower doses, meaning that I could justify its use at any time of the day. However, higher doses seem to be more likely to induce couch-lock when medicating with Star Killer, so start low and go slow if you plan on getting anything done during the day.

Possibly good for treating:

Possibly good for treating:

  • Mild anxiety 
  • Mild depression
  • Minor aches and pains
  • General relaxation
  • Mild headaches
  • Mild gastrointestinal discomfort (Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other similar conditions)

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: 7.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 5.33/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Star Killer as an “average” indica strain from Liberty Health Sciences.

If this strain were at its old price of $28/eighth, I would say it is absolutely a great purchase for the cost. However, at $40/eighth, there are currently better options available from most all of the other MMTCs.

I think the Star Killer strain has potential to be a really good one, but Liberty Health Sciences still needs to work on improving the overall quality of their flower to fully execute the medicinal potential of each strain – especially after the recent price hike.

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Liberty Health Sciences: “Papa’s Herb” Whole Flower – Bio Diesel (Hybrid)

Shortly after smokable marijuana was legalized in Florida in early 2019, Liberty Health Sciences (LHS) made themselves known for having the most affordable flower on the market – namely with their “Papa’s Herb”, or lower tier flower, at $25/eighth. In the beginning, this also meant that LHS was known for having extremely low quality flower.

However, time and repetition proved to be useful to Liberty and their flower products, as the quality of their flower has steadily improved.

My experience with this eighth of Bio Diesel has been very enjoyable. I definitely feel it is a value purchase at $25/eighth, and while the aesthetic properties are a tier below most of the other flower I’ve tried in Florida, the medicinal effects are very potent and enjoyable.

Bio Diesel is a direct descendant of a few varieties of Sour Diesel, and it surely comes through in some of the terpenes and effects. This strain first became well-known in 2009, when it took first place at Colorado’s 2nd Medical Marijuana Harvest Cup.

Quick Facts:

Bio Diesel (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $25/eighth 

Lineage: Sour Diesel x Original Diesel x NYC Diesel x Sensi Star

Batch/Harvest Number: BIOD-21.1-101619

Cannabinoids

THC: 17.8%

CBD: <0.1%

Total Cannabinoids: ~17.81%

Terpenes

Alpha-Humulene: 0.171%

Alpha-Pinene: 0.029%

Beta-Myrcene: 0.265%

Alpha-Bisobolol: 0.053%

Fenchyl Alcohol: 0.034%

Guaiol: 0.213%

Limonene: 0.319%

Linalool: 0.082%

Terpineol: 0.049%

Trans-Caryophyllene: 0.430%

Total Terpenes: 1.695%

Appearance/Cure

This eighth of Bio Diesel features dark green buds with some lighter green accents, a pretty generous coating of white trichomes, and a dusting of burnt orange pistils. This strain looks a lot like a darker form of Sour Diesel flower.

The buds break apart pretty easily, and while there is some stickiness to this flower, it is a bit on the dry side. The cure could use some more refining – though at $25/eighth, I know not to expect premium quality cures.

The trim job could also use more work, as there are a fair amount of large sugar leaves left behind, which at this point is typical for LHS flower.

Overall, the cure isn’t really bad, nor is it really great. This is overall average flower in appearance and cure.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 5.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

Bio Diesel certainly presents some of its Sour Diesel parent in its smell. It reminds me a lot of a very weaker version of Fluent’s “Subra” (Sour Diesel) flower’s terpene profile. The dominant smells are earthy and musky, with a faint hint of diesel and another sweet smell.

This flower is not especially pungent as one might expect from a strain with “Diesel” in the name, but I would not say it “smells like hay”, as a lot of patients tend to say about LHS flower. For $25, the taste and smell aren’t bad – you get what you pay for, and this is about what I’d expect for such relatively inexpensive flower that is marketed for being lower tier.

Smell/Taste Rating: 5.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I find the effects from Bio Diesel to be very similar to Sour Diesel, with the difference being that there is a slightly heavier comedown with Bio Diesel being a hybrid strain with indica-leaning parents.

Initial effects are very potent, speedy, racy, and energizing. This is a strain that new patients or low tolerance patients need to take very lightly and very slowly. I find that Bio Diesel is an excellent strain for motivation and for getting things done. Cerebral effects are powerful, and enhance colors and the overall field of vision and visual perceptions. Music seems more enjoyable with this strain, and tasks are easy to stay focused on, especially in the beginning stages of the effects.

After the typical 30-35 minute “comeup” period of effects, the hybrid tendencies come out, with a relaxed body sensation. For me, this feels like a very sativa-dominant hybrid, and is never too sedating to interfere with staying functional. I enjoy this strain most in the morning and early afternoon, and as I said above, find it to be a slightly heavier alternative to Sour Diesel.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety 
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
  • Lack of motivation
  • Improves concentration and memory recall
  • Increases energy/alertness, in a way almost similar to caffeine 
  • Relief of minor aches and pains

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: 7.40/10.00

Overall Rating: 5.80/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Bio Diesel as an “average” hybrid strain from Liberty Health Sciences.

At $25/eighth, I feel this product is certainly worth its cost, with the effects being what really increase the value. I’d recommend this to any patient who enjoys potent sativa effects, or the Sour Diesel strain lineage. It’s great medicine for uplifting through depression, and kickstarting an energized motivation to get things done.

If you need to get your cannabis medicine on a tighter budget, this is a wonderful product for daytime use. While the cure, trim, and terpenes are on the weaker side, the effects are about as good as any other flower I’ve gotten at higher price points. I might get this strain again in the future, but I’ll definitely be interested in sampling other strains from Liberty’s “Papa’s Herb” line soon.

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 11.07.2019 – Industry Update, MMTC/Flower Overview

Florida’s medical cannabis industry has continued to expand since our last update on 08.20.2019. Each Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) continues to open new dispensary locations throughout the state, and more products are becoming available at each one.

With respect to the availability of flower (which seems to be the preferred form of cannabis medication for many patients), there have been some ups and downs in the industry since our last update. You may remember my reporting that the industry was beginning to have an abundance of flower at the time of the last update. Unfortunately, availability seemed to enter a decline for much of September and October. The good news is that this trend seems to be reversing, and flower is becoming more widely available again throughout the state.

State of the Florida Cannabis Industry: November 07, 2019

Qualified Patients (Active ID Card): 280,149 – It seems the growth of this number is slowing, possibly due to former patients not renewing their cards.

Total Patients: 393,663

Numbers above provided as of the latest OMMU Update – 11.01.2019

Trulieve continues to dominate the Florida market in sales of all forms of medical cannabis, selling over four times as much medical marijuana (measured in mg THC) of the closest competitor (Surterra Wellness) and over three times the amount of smokable marijuana (Liberty Health Sciences). With rapid expansion of dispensary locations – including 2 new locations in the western Panhandle, one of the most underserved areas in the state – it looks like Trulieve will continue to dominate the market for the foreseeable future, though other MMTCs are beginning to significantly increase their numbers as well.

All Florida MMTCs (except for Columbia Care) now offer flower, and have been offering it for some time. It doesn’t look like Columbia Care has plans to offer flower any time soon, either.

The Panhandle (particularly the western portion) continues to be the most underserved area in the state, due a host of factors, namely the unfriendly political climate towards cannabis in those areas. However, there have been several dispensaries to open in this area over the past 2 months, so perhaps more access is finally on its way for all patients.

Brief Overview of each MMTC’s Flower

Top 3 Suppliers of Flower in Florida (by number of oz. sold as of the one week period before the last OMMU update):

  1. Trulieve – 6,739.755
  2. Liberty Health Sciences – 2,927.098
  3. AltMed Florida (MÜV) – 1,539.419

Trulieve

Recent batch of Paradise Waits flower from Trulieve. Image courtesy of Florida Medical Cannabis Collective.

Trulieve has been consistently producing high-quality flower for several months now. In October, they introduced their “TruFlower Minis” – eighths of small “popcorn nugs” for $27/eighth. This product was extremely popular, and resulted in long lines forming at dispensaries throughout the state, sometimes well before the location’s opening time. Unfortunately, supply has not been able to meet demand for many patients, due to Florida’s restrictive vertical-integration requirement for MMTCs to grow, package, distribute, and sell their own cannabis products – “from seed to sale.”

Trulieve continues to provide superior customer service in the Florida industry, though there was a period of a few weeks in late September where their online website seemed to go without being updated, leading to expressions of frustration from some patients on social media. Thankfully, this issue seems to have been resolved in recent weeks, and the site is functioning as it used to again.

Trulieve’s overall flower quality, and quality of all products in general, seems to be improving and staying more consistent. We expect this trend to continue as their company rapidly grows in all areas.

Trulieve’s full-size flower ranges from $33 to $53 for an eighth, depending on time and effort required to grow the strain in question.

Concentrates: Trulieve currently offers cannabis concentrates in the form of distillate, shatter, crumble, RSO, and rosin.

Curaleaf

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Image couresy of reddit user PoliLeft-RightSwipe

Over the past couple of weeks, there has been an influx of posts on social media that show greatly improved quality of flower from Curaleaf. Reviews from patients indicate that the overall quality of taste, smell, and effects are better as well – though there have been a couple of mixed reviews that describe batches with weak or undesirable terpene profiles.

Oddly enough, Curaleaf processed slightly less smokable flower on this update than they did during the time of our last update. This may just be the natural ups and downs of production, as availability seems to be about the same as it was back then.

Curaleaf has some of the more expensive flower in the state, so it’s good to see that at least the quality of the flower is improving. Hopefully this significant improvement of their flower quality is a sign of good things to come in the near future.

Curaleaf’s flower ranges from $47.50/eighth an eighth to $57.50/eighth based on overall quality and THC percentage, with some outliers if quality is significantly higher or lower than their norm. They currently do not offer smalls or minis.

Concentrates: Curaleaf currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate, shatter, and wax.

RiSE

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Queen Heron flower from RiSE. Image courtesy of reddit user jrdy787.

RiSE has been a favorite of South Florida patients for several months now, and they continue to steadily pump out batches of extremely high-quality flower. Patients still rave about their products on social media, and if the pictures we’ve been seeing are any indication, their flower is surely some of the best in the state.

Unfortunately, RiSE hasn’t opened any additional locations since our last update; they currently only have 5 locations open in Florida. We hope to see them expand their presence soon, and produce even more of the high quality cannabis that we’re seeing from them.

Rise offers flower for $50/eighth, and their “smalls” (same as Trulieve’s minis – small, popcorn nugs) are $35/eighth.

Concentrates: RiSE currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate.

GrowHealthy

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Queso Perro (left) and Birds of Paradise (right) flower from GrowHealthy. Image courtesy of Redditor YTLupo.

GrowHealthy has expanded from 6 to 9 locations in the past couple of months, again, mostly in South Florida. Their flower is some of the most expensive in the industry at $50/eighth (and no lower-priced smalls or minis). Reviews of their flower on social media have been mostly positive and indicative of high-quality flower, though there have been a few batches that made me feel bad for the patient who paid $50/eighth for the flower that I saw in their images.

Fortunately, GrowHealthy seems to have some of the highest quality flower in the state when they get it right, and a selection of strains that no other MMTCs seem to offer at this time. We hope to see GrowHealthy continue to expand throughout the state and produce more high-quality flower in the near future.

Concentrates: GrowHealthy currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate.

Cresco Florida (Formerly VidaCann)

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Duct Tape flower from VidaCann. Image courtesy of Reddit user Conflixshuns.

Though the rebranding hasn’t seemed to become apparent on any of their products or dispensary locations yet, the OMMU website now lists VidaCann as Cresco due to their acquisition earlier this year.

As of our last update, VidaCann had completely stopped producing flower due to issues with their grow facility. They began releasing very limited batches in September, which became more frequent during the month of October. It seems that they are beginning to offer flower regularly again; hopefully they are back in the groove of having flower every week as they were at the beginning of the year.

The first batches of the new/recent flower from VidaCann in September were unfortunately not nearly the quality that their flower was earlier in the year, but it seems that the most recent batches in the past couple of weeks are back on par with what we’ve come to expect from VidaCann – some batches recently have registered as high as 29% THC.

VidaCann has also started offering their flower “smalls” since our last update – these are the same as Trulieve’s “minis”; they are small popcurn nugs sold for a lower price. VidaCann’s regular flower is $50/eighth, and their smalls are $40/eighth.

With 13 locations open in Florida, VidaCann is in the “mid range” of Florida MMTCs in terms of size/coverage. Here’s to seeing much more premium quality flower from them soon!

Concentrates: Cresco/VidaCann currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate – available in both syringe and glass jar containers.

MÜV (Altmed Florida)

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MÜV Guru flower. Image courtesy of Reddit user Conflixshuns.

MÜV has more than doubled their flower production since our last update, taking the No. 3 slot for most cannabis flower dispensed throughout the state. They also now offer two pricings for flower: T1 is their full-size flower, which is $50/eighth. T2 is the equivalent of smalls or minis, and is $40/eighth.

MÜV hasn’t missed a beat with producing high quality flower that has patients raving across social media. They’ve also expanded their footprint throughout the state, and have expanded as far north as Jacksonville. (We’re still waiting for them to open up in the western Panhandle!)

Concentrates: MÜV offers concentrate in the forms of distillate, shatter, crumble, terp sauce, rosin, and RSO.

Liberty Health Sciences

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Stark Killer flower from LHS. Image courtesy of Florida Medical Cannabis Collective.

Liberty Health Sciences (LHS) has arguably made the most progress this year in terms of their flower availability and quality. LHS started their flower production in Spring 2019 with $28 eighths that were available in very limited batches, and the reviews of the flower in these first batches were generally negative. There were also major concerns of mold and mites, and entire batches of flower were reportedly disposed of due to this.

At the time of our last update, LHS had resolved many of their major quality issues, and began producing much more flower – to the point that they moved up to #3 flower production in the state.

Liberty has continued that momentum over the past few months, and dispensed nearly 3,000 ounces of flower in the week of the most recent OMMU update; they now produce the 2nd highest amount of flower in the state, second only to Trulieve.

In the past couple of weeks, LHS increased the prices of some of their flower strains, which were all originally $28/eighth. Their Blue Dream flower increased to $33, and several new strains were released at $40/eighth. LHS stated that the quality of their flower would be greatly improved after the price increase, and all recent reviews of their flower on social media indicate that this is exactly what is happening. This is promising, and we hope LHS will continue with this momentum of improved quality, especially since they feel it is enough to charge more money for certain strains.

Liberty also offers a second tier of their flower in their “Papa’s Herb” line, which is priced at $25/eighth. These batches are typically lower THC than the rest of their flower, but they are often very good quality in their own right.

Concentrates: Liberty Health Sciences currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate.

Fluent

Grandaddy Purple flower from Fluent. Image courtesy of Florida Medical Cannabis Collective.

Fluent continues to offer limited releases of flower, though they have seemed to increase their availability within the past month. Quality has been generally very high, as is usual from Fluent, though there was a batch of “Lyra” (Sweet Kush) flower I purchased from them last month that may have been some of the weakest medical cannabis flower I’ve tried.

Thankfully, their “Polaris” (Grandaddy Purple) flower that is pictured above was much better when I paid them another visit a couple of weeks later. Most reviews of their flower have remained very positive.

Fluent offers most of their flower for $50/eighth, though they will lower it to $45 or $40 for an eighth depending on the THC amount.

Concentrates: Fluent currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate.

Surterra Wellness

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Tillamook Strawberry preroll from Surterra. Image courtesy of Reddit user Bolliver.

Surterra continues to offer pre-rolls at most of their locations. They also removed a previous limit of 3 pre-rolls per patient per day, allowing for patients to stock up on this form of medication. Surterra’s prerolls used to be sold for $8/each, but are now sold in packs of 2 for $15.

There have been no indications that Surterra is anywhere close to offering a loose flower product, though some buzz around social media says they are learning how to grow quality flower with a high aesthetic value and consistent medical quality.

Concentrates: Surterra currently offers concentrates in the form of distillate.

Harvest

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Jet-A flower from Harvest. Image courtesty of Redditor OrlandoSmoke.

Harvest is another relatively affordable option for Florida medical cannabis patients, with all of their eighths priced at $35/eighth.

Harvest still isn’t producing much flower (only around 171 ounces as of the last OMMU update), and reviews on social media are few and far between. Reviews have been mixed: some patients have said Harvest has the worst flower they’ve had legal or otherwise, while others complimented the cure and terpene profiles.

We’ll continue to keep our eye on Harvest to see if they try to increase their presence in the Florida medical marijuana market.

Concentrates: Harvest only offers concentrates in the form of distillate vape carts at this time.

One Plant (Formerly 3 Boys Farm)

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Ebony and Ivory flower from One Plant. image courtesy of Reddit user MrThompson311.

One Plant underwent a rebranding since our last update. They’re also trying to make some moves in the industry: they offered an unprecedented $125/ounce special last month, and are opening their first brick & mortar storefront location in Boynton Beach tomorrow.

Reviews of OnePlant flower have been generally mixed to negative. While the flower typically looks good in images found online, many patients complained about overly dry flower and a complete lack of a terpene profile in some strains. This has been disappointing to see, as 3 Boys Farm was often purported to be bringing some of the best cannabis flower to the Florida industry in their first days of providing flower via delivery.

Hopefully, we will see One Plant up their flower quality and offer more low-priced quantity specials as they continue to expand their operation.

Concentrates: One Plant currently only offers flower at this time; there are no concentrates available.

MedMen

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Lemon Skunk flower from MedMen. Image courtesy of Redditor LondonxxSmith.

Medmen has rapidly expanded from one to seven storefront locations since our last update in August. However, only one of those – the original West Palm Beach location – is currently offering flower. In fact, MedMen dispensed the least amount of smokable flower of any MMTC as of the last OMMU update, with just over 111 ounces dispensed that week.

Though many of patients are opposed to MedMen due to their stance against allowing home grow in Florida, the reviews of their flower have been generally positive. We hope that they will get flower to their other 6 locations soon.

Concentrates: MedMen only offers concentrates in the form of distillate vape carts at this time.

Closing Thoughts

The Florida medical cannabis industry continues to grow at a steady rate, as each MMTC continues to expand their operations throughout the state, and expand their product availability. Flower selection and availability continue to increase (albeit slowly), and overall quality seems to be on a steady incline.

It’s been refreshing to see many MMTCs offer more affordable flower options in the forms of minis, smalls, etc. – this is a good sign of things to come as patient access and affordability continues to increase throughout the state into 2020.

If you’re a medical cannabis patient in Florida right now, enjoy the ride. Industry conditions are steadily improving, and it’s my belief that they’re only going to continue to get much better as we close 2019 and begin the next decade.

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Fluent Cannabis Flower Review: “Lyra” (Sweet Kush – Hybrid)

“Lyra” is Fluent Cannabis’ name for Sweet Kush, a strain that was bred in the West Coast, and remains well-known there to the present day.

Fluent initially released this strain in full-flower form back in May 2019, and has had a few batches available since then. I picked up this batch in late September 2019.

Quick Facts:

Sweet Kush (Hyrbid)

Price at time of review: $40/eighth 

Lineage: OG Kush x Sweet Tooth

Batch/Harvest Number: 7695744112492747

Cannabinoids

THC: 11.971%

CBD: 0.042%

Total Cannabinoids: 12.013%

Terpenes

Unfortunately, Fluent doesn’t make their lab reports available, so I have no terpene percentages to provide for this strain. However, their product catalog shows the “major terpenes” for each strain.

Sweet Kush (“Lyra”) Major Terpenes

B-Myrcene: Often responsible for earthy, musky, spicy, or peppery smells. May produce sedative and muscle-relaxant effects.

Trans-Carophyllene: Herbal, spicy, “warm” smell (similar to cinnamon or clove). May have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Carophyllene is the only terpene that directly interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system.

Appearance/Cure

This batch of Lyra was cured pretty well. The eighth I got was comprised of several medium sized buds; all were trimmed nicely and looked good.

The moisture content on this batch was nearly perfect. Possibly due to the low cannabinoid content, there isn’t a whole lot of stickiness to this flower, but the buds are dense and break down well.

The flower itself is medium-dark green, all covered in an abundance of red-orange pistils. This strain has a more “typical” or “average” appearance.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 6.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

Lyra is not an especially pungent strain. There is a very sweet and herbal smell upon close inspection that smells almost exactly like crushed tea leaves – I’m thinking specifically of green tea.

When smoked, this strain has a very “meh” taste that reminded me of some of the less-than-stellar black market bud I used to get. It’s not bad, but it’s not anything I would recommend to a cannabis taste/smell connoisseur.

Smell and taste are very subjective as they highly depend on the individual tastes of the user; that being said, this wasn’t particularly my cup of tea.

Smell/Taste Rating: 5.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Sweet Kush is listed almost everywhere as being a 50/50 hybrid strain, including in Fluent’s product guide. However, I found the effects to be slightly indica dominant.

There’s definitely an initial cerebral invigoration present not long after taking the first hit of this strain, but the warm body effects also become present not long after the cerebral effects set in.

This is a strain that I find good for relaxing around the house and possibly for being creative – making art, music, etc. I don’t find it to be particularly energizing, but it isn’t sedating, either. This is a good “middle ground” strain for leisurely activities and for winding down.

My one complaint with the effects from this batch of “Lyra” are that they didn’t seem to last as long as other strains of flower that I’m experienced with; perhaps this is due to the relatively low THC content.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Headaches or other minor body aches
  • Relief of mild nausea or similar gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Relief of mild anxiety
  • General relaxation
  • Stimulating creativity

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: 6.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 5.90/10.00

Overall, I would best describe “Lyra” as an “average” hybrid strain from Fluent Cannabis.

This is a strain that I probably won’t be trying again in the future – at least not at the current price. It was by no means terrible or even bad, but it simply wasn’t worth the $40 I paid for it; this is a strain that should be in the $30 range, tops.

If you’re looking for a “middle of the road” strain to help you relax without getting pulled too far into either extreme of the cannabis effects spectrum, this may be a good choice. I would personally try other hybrids from Fluent like their “Baldor” or “Odra” before purchasing this strain.

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