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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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 02.10.2019 Update

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

GrowHealthy released more strains in vape carts and distillate syringes

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

Sativa: Sour Tangie and 99 Problems

Indica: Alien Bubba Berry

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

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

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

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

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

Vidacann will soon release their distillate with cannabis-derived terpenes

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

The Florida Legislature continues to attempt to create hurdles for patients

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

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

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 02.01.2019 Update

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

Altmed/MUV officially released flower today

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

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

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

Sativa: Sour Jack, Pootie Tang

Hybrid: Gorilla Glue # 4, Forum Cut Cookies

Indica: Lemon Bubba, Banana Hammock, Sirius

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

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

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

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

Watch out for social media trolls

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

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

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

New Developments for Florida Medical Cannabis Collective

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

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

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 01.25.2019 Update

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

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

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

GrowHealthy’s Tallahassee location is coming soon

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

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

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Trulieve Flower Review: Crescendo (Indica)

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

Quick Facts:

Crescendo  (Indica)

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

822.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

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

0.00% CBD

0.90% CBG

24.4% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

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

Appearance Rating: 4.10/5.00

Smell/Taste

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.90/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 4.00/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.00/5.00

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

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

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Trulieve Flower Review: Super Silver Haze (Sativa)

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

Quick Facts:

Super Silver Haze  (Sativa)

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

805.0 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

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

0.00% CBD

02.70% CBG

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

26.0% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

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

Appearance Rating: 4.00/5.00

Smell/Taste

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.90/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 4.40/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.10/5.00

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

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

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: Q1 2019 “State of the Industry” – From Our Patients

One of our primary missions here at Florida Medical Cannabis Collective is to speak out for patient rights, advocacy, and affordable prices. We spend a good deal of time reading and posting on the Florida Trees and Florida Medical Trees subreddits due to the nature of this and our other missions; we find that directly interacting with other patients is the best way to find out what’s working (and what isn’t working) in the Florida Medical Cannabis program.

I decided one of the best ways to assess the current “State of the Union” for the Florida medical cannabis industry was to ask other patients – usually the best assessment of a situation like this is to sample a large group. After giving some thought into what variables would give the best insight to how things are going, I came up with the following seven questions to poll patients who frequent the aforementioned subreddits:

1.) What is your age?

2.) What conditions are you using cannabis to treat?

3.) How long have you used cannabis to treat your conditions?

4.) What medicines, if any, has cannabis replaced for you?

5.) Which cannabis products work best for you and why?

6.) How can the program improve and help benefit you as a patient even more?

7.) What has the Florida medical cannabis program done well, in your opinion, up to this point?

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Patient #1: thisme60

1.) What is your age?

50

2.) What conditions are you using cannabis to treat?

Cancer (Multiple Myeloma) 

3.) How long have you used cannabis to treat your conditions?

9 years

4.) What medicines, if any, has cannabis replaced for you?

Alprazolam (Xanax) and Lorazepam (Ativan) for anxiety

5.) Which cannabis products work best for you and why?

Flower, shatter, and distillate (full-spectrum products)

6.) How can the program improve and help benefit you as a patient even more?

Basically in every way, to be honest. End all of the dumb regulations added by Tallahassee: Smoking ban, Vertical Integration, Dispensary caps, milligram limits, etc.

7.) What has the Florida medical cannabis program done well, in your opinion, up to this point?

Not much (see above), other than actually being implemented at all. Unless you count making a few people a boatload of money, while screwing over patients that desperately need access to affordable meds, doing well. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy we have access at all, but compared to other medical states I’ve visited, this is obscene what they’re doing to us.

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Patient #2: LinuxCharms

1.) What is your age?

22

2.) What conditions are you using cannabis to treat?

Side effect issues, depression, Fibromyalgia, anxiety.

3.) How long have you used cannabis to treat your conditions?

Going on nearly 6 months now.

4.) What medicines, if any, has cannabis replaced for you?

I haven’t been able to stop any of my current meds, but I have been able to cut back on my anti-anxiety drugs (Vistaril, Xanax, Valium, Kolonopin). I used to take up to three a day of both just to function; now I only need one of them at night and I couple that with my MMJ.

5.) Which cannabis products work best for you and why?

Capsules work best for me at night; I’ll typically take it before my shower so it has time to kick in and chill me out for bed. Also the RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) 1:1 caps helps a lot with pain control. I vape when my symptoms are more severe, so far I’ve tried Sunset Sherbert – which works pretty well to get me to relax and numb pain.

6.) How can the program improve and help benefit you as a patient even more?

I’d like to see prices drop, and more strains become available. I use Trulieve and they seem pretty on top of things, adding new stores and strains constantly – just their prices are insane. A typical order of two bottles of capsules + vape cartridges run around $350-$450, which is really hitting my folks in the wallet. I know people who didn’t realize how expensive getting MMJ is, and they flat could not afford the fees from the doctor, dispensary, and state.

7.) What has the Florida medical cannabis program done well, in your opinion, up to this point?

I think the system implemented runs pretty well considering voters had to strongarm Rick Scott into legalizing MMJ. I’m also happy to hear that Trulieve won their case on opening more stores, and that Ron Desantis is going to strike down the ban on smoking. Things aren’t the best yet, but things operate mostly smoothly.

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Patient #3: BlazinBubl

1.) What is your age?

25

2.) What conditions are you using cannabis to treat?

Ankylosing Spondylitis, IBS-Chron’s Disease, neuropathy.

3.) How long have you used cannabis to treat your conditions?

Side-effect management started 8 years ago, treatment started 3 years ago.

4.) What medicines, if any, has cannabis replaced for you?

Sulphasalazine, meloxicam, prednisone, naproxen, Enbrel, Humira, Soma, methotrexate, and numerous others.

5.) Which cannabis products work best for you and why?

Hashish. Highly versatile, can be smoked/vaporized to relieve immediate symptoms, can be infused into carrier oils to remain innocuous, or can be eaten in its raw or activated form to avoid fats and sugars from the edible-making process. I prefer eating cannabis as the relief lasts much longer and allows for me to ingest cannabis in its acid form as well.

6.) How can the program improve and help benefit you as a patient even more?

Less restrictions on growing a therapeutic plant. You don’t need degrees or ridiculous funding to set up a medicine garden.

7.) What has the Florida medical cannabis program done well, in your opinion, up to this point?

The only advantage the legal system currently has over the black market is verified product – that is to say that when a retailer offers say, Sour Diesel, then you can feel fairly confident that you are in fact getting Sour Diesel. Every other part of the experience is below the bar, from obtaining products to being able to rely on these products for therapeutic progression.

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Patient #4: rotalotdotcom

1.) What is your age?

59

2.) What conditions are you using cannabis to treat?

Chronic daily migraine and mystery inflammation, co-morbid depression.

3.) How long have you used cannabis to treat your conditions?

6 years – less successful with black market than with medical because mmj has been so much cleaner, no mold, dryer sheet residue etc.

4.) What medicines, if any, has cannabis replaced for you?

NSAIDs, ergotamine, beta-blockers, triptans, tricyclics, benzos, BioHRT, don’t even need aspirin anymore!

5.) Which cannabis products work best for you and why?

Flower for vaping is easiest for me to control dosage, is most pleasant experience, feels like the effects are wider ranging and lasts much longer.

6.) How can the program improve and help benefit you as a patient even more?

Offer widest variety of flower cultivars still in flower form so patients can strain cycle to avoid tolerance increase and reduced effectiveness … I get really anxious sometimes about how much trash/waste this new industry is encouraged to produce … (brainstorming here) permit patient home grows OUTDOORS if properly hidden from view and secured because indoor grow costs are prohibitive … permit legal patients to form grow collectives and barter with each other … offer or encourage low cost simple inspection/testing of flower material so patients can be sure their medicine is not contaminated–these dispensaries currently have loop holes.

7.) What has the Florida medical cannabis program done well, in your opinion, up to this point?

DOH resisted lowering the THC daily limit despite panelist Dr. Mark Moore’s misguided arguments, and followed up on patient complaints of excessive doctor fees.

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Patient #5: Ronald1s

1.) What is your age?

49

2.) What conditions are you using cannabis to treat?

Obesity, 270 pounds in 2014, 190 today. Diabetes. High blood pressure. Heart Disease (Triple bi-pass 2014). Chronic pain (Osteoarthritis in hips and knees) – I Had hip replacement 6 months ago. Depression/Anxiety.

3.) How long have you used cannabis to treat your conditions?

4 years

4.) What medicines, if any, has cannabis replaced for you?

Metformin, Januvia, Lovazza, Fenofibrate, Welbutrin, Lexapro and countless others.

5.) Which cannabis products work best for you and why?

Full spectrum oils/dabs and flower.

6.) How can the program improve and help benefit you as a patient even more?

Free the flower and stop the vertical integration requirements, as well as the dispensary caps. Patient access continues to be a huge problem. The prices for MJ medication are extremely HIGH. Many patients simply can’t afford it … including me! The lack of competition only leads to higher prices and, monopolies who offer fewer product choices.

7.) What has the Florida medical cannabis program done well, in your opinion, up to this point?

*No answer*

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Summarizing Thoughts

After hearing everyone’s success stories and thoughts about the program, it’s clear that most patients have many common concerns about our current state of affairs – and how we move forward. But perhaps the best thing I saw from the responses? The number of harmful pharmaceuticals everyone was able to drop thanks to cannabis – the magnitude of how amazing that is, is hard to put into words.

Since there were 7 questions, I will offer 7 summarizing thoughts based on the above responses and my own thoughts:

1.) There is a wide range of ages in cannabis users. We saw responses from patients anywhere from their 20s to their 70s. Cannabis is a universal medicine – though it should be noted that research shows THC can impair brain development in children and adolescents.

2.) Cannabis is great, versatile medicine. All we have to do to see the evidence of this is to see the wide variety of patients in any state’s medicinal cannabis program. We are fortunate to have a fairly liberal list of qualifying conditions in Florida, and I expect that list to expand even more until recreational cannabis is inevitably made into law.

3.) Florida’s medical marijuana program has a users with a wide variety of levels of experience; some people have been toking for decades, while others have only become acquainted with the healing herb through Florida’s registry.

4.) Cannabis saves lives. Just look at some of the medicines that Florida patients were able to either drastically reduce or completely omit from their medical regimen. Looking at some of those pharmaceuticals, like SSRI’s that can leave users with life-threatening withdrawals if abruptly stopped after prolonged use, it’s clear to see that cannabis is such a safer alternative for most all of us. It certainly won’t send you into life-threatening conditions like serotonin syndrome if you suddenly stopped using it, and as the cliche goes, there has never in recorded history been a single death attributed to marijuana alone. It’s natural; we can consume it in its raw form and experience a host of medicinal benefits. Cannabis is true medicine; it’s the medicine of the past, and it’s the medicine of the future.

5.) Patients prefer full spectrum cannabinoid products, notably shatter and flower. This makes sense: these products preserve the natural cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant; they are a more “authentic” cannabis medicine. I’ve noticed that distillates offer a different effect than flower and shatter; it’s not necessarily that “something is missing”, but the effects are definitely different from the respective flower and shatter versions. Business interests in Florida should embrace flower, shatter, crumble, sauce, and other similar full-spectrum products as the preferred methods of cannabis consumption and adjust their business models accordingly.

6.) Overwhelmingly, patients feel that the prices are much too high. Rick Scott’s hostility towards implementing medical cannabis and the tomfoolery of lawmakers in implementing the laws that govern the program have mostly contributed to this. The limits on the number of dispensaries a company can open and the limited number of licenses to do business are the main two contributing factors to blame. Hopefully, Ron Desantis keeps his word and allows the Florida cannabis market to open up this year. This would be in his best interest, and more importantly, in the best interest of the cannabis businesses – and most importantly, the patients.

7.) While acknowledging all the flaws in the program, patients are thankful that we have a legal way to acquire cannabis at all. This is definitely something we all should remember to step back and be thankful for as we fight for the program we deserve. Originally hailing from a state that is hostile to cannabis and has no medical or recreational laws at all, I surely know I am grateful for our medical program. Here’s to its full growth and improvement in 2019 – for all of us.


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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: Guide to 7 Common Cannabis Terpenes and their Medicinal Benefits

Any patient or fan of cannabis who has spent any considerable time trying different strains of cannabis flower has most likely noticed that each strain has a unique smell and taste, and often, unique (sometimes subtle) variations in their effects and medicinal benefits. Some flowers smell like gasoline, while others smell like pine forests, and still others smell like a bowl of fruit.

But why is this? Why does the same species, cannabis, have seemingly endless variations and strains? What causes these variations that result in such a wide variety of smells, tastes, and effects from flowers that can look very similar visually?

The answer boils down to the concentration of various terpenes, which are organic compounds produced by a large number of plants and even a few species of insects. Terpenes are present in just about any natural fruit and many vegetables; they are a large part of what gives these foods their smell, taste, and nutritional benefits. Cannabis is no different – those same terpenes present in the food we eat, are present in the cannabis we use. If you’ve ever come across a strain of cannabis that you could swear smelled and tasted just like fresh lemons, it probably did – your cannabis likely had a higher concentrate of the terpene called limonene, which is also largely present in the skins and peels of many citrus fruits.

Now that we understand the concept of terpenes and how they affect our cannabis, what are the most common cannabis terpenes; more importantly, how can these cannabis-derived terpenes be medicinally beneficial to us? We’ll review some of the most common terpenes and delve a little into the terpene profiles of some of the flower strains currently available to us in Florida.

Limonene

Since we’ve already mentioned limonene, we’ll review it first. Limonene is a terpene commonly found in citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges; it’s what gives these fruits their characteristic “citrus” smell when we cut them open. Limonene is also abundant in many cannabis strains, and likewise, usually results in the strains with “lemon”, “lime”, “orange”, or other citrus fruits in their name.

Limonene’s most well-known medicinal benefits are the ability to improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety, making it a great choice for patients looking to treat mental and emotional symptoms. Limonene has also shown promise as an antibacterial and anti fungal.

Some strains available to us in Florida that have high concentrations of Limonene are: Sour Diesel, OG Kush, Super Lemon Haze, Trainwreck, and Bubba Kush. Patients looking to maximize the stress-relieving properties of these strains may consider eating citrus fruits while medicating; the limonene from both sources may work to produce an overall more beneficially effect.

Pinene

As the name suggests, pinene is the terpene responsible for the smell we often associate with pine trees. Alpha Pinene and Beta Pinene. Some other fruits that are rich in this terpene include rosemary, basil, and orange peels to name a few.

Like many other cannabinoids and terpenes, Pinene has well-known anti-inflammatory properties. Perhaps more importantly for cannabis users, however, is pinene’s potential to block short-term memory impairment and other annoying cognitive side effects that THC can sometimes cause. Pinene can actually sharpen memory recall, which means that strains rich in this terpene may ironically improve mental clarity and memory. Pinene also shows some promise in alleviating respiratory inflammation, which may make strains rich in this terpene a considerable option for cannabis patients looking to treat asthma and other respiratory ailments.

Strains rich in Pinene include Jack Herer, Blue Dream, and OG Kush.

Humulene

Humulene is a terpene often attributed to hops; it produces woody, earthy, and spicy smells/tastes. It’s commonly found in cloves, hops, and black pepper.

Humulene has shown some promise in possible proliferation (inhibition) of cancer cell growth, making it worth researching for use in cancer patients. It also has been known to have appetite-suppressant qualities; patients who do not desire the appetite-stimulating effects that cannabis often induces may find it worth researching strains that are high in Humulene. As with many other terpenes and cannabinoids, it is also an anti-inflammatory.

Strains with higher concentrations of Humulene include White Widow, Girl Scout Cookies, and Headband.

Linalool

Linalool is a terpene commonly found in lavender; like Lavender, linalool has a spicy, “clean”, floral smell.

Another thing Linalool and Lavender have in common is their sedative and relaxing qualities – patients looking to find relief from depression, insomnia, and even arthritis may find value in strains rich in linalool.

Strains with high concentrations of linalool include Skywalker OG, Headband, and (not surprisingly) Lavender.

Myrcene

Myrcene is often the terpene with the largest percentage of the total makeup of most cannabis strains, and cannabis tends to be the main source of this terpene in nature. It gives off the signature earthy, musky smell we commonly attribute to cannabis. Myrcene is also found in higher amounts in mangos, which leads some to believe that eating a mango while medicating with cannabis can potentiate, or increase, the overall “high”.

Myrcene is known for its sedative properties, and also for its ability to reduce pain and inflammation. Strains with high amounts of this terpene may induce more relaxation than strains without it.

Some strains that have high amounts of myrcene: Green Crack, Northern Lights, and Grandaddy Purple.

Caryophyllene

Like humulene, caryophyllene is known for spicy, woody, and earthy tones. It’s also particularly abundant in food items like black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon; it’s what gives them their “spice”.

Caryophyllene is known to have anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic properties, but perhaps the most interesting potential medical benefit has been the ability to reduce the voluntary intake of alcohol in mice. In other words, caryophyllene has the potential to make humans want to drink less alcohol, which makes it a promising potential treatment for patients who suffer from alcoholism or otherwise are unhappy with the amount of alcohol that they consume. (Besides, cannabis is way better on all accounts!)

Strains with relatively higher amounts of caryophyllene include: Chemdawg, Bubba Kush, and Girl Scout Cookies.

Delta-3 Carene

This terpene is found in plants like rosemary, bell peppers, and pine. It’s known to create a fresh, floral, earthy scent, and sometimes a lemon-esque taste.

The most medically significant potential benefit of Delta-3 Carene is its ability to heal broken bones, making it potentially useful for patients suffering from muscle and bone diseases/disorders like osteoporosis, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Delta-3 Carene has also shown promising benefits relating to memory recall and retention, making it worth researching for patients looking to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease and/or other related conditions. Delta-3 Carene may also be responsible for the “dry mouth” side effect common with many cannabis strains.

Strains with high Delta-3 Carene content: Super Silver Haze, Super Lemon Haze.

Closing Thoughts

As we can see, treatment with cannabis is a highly customizable option with hundreds of variables. The preceding list is only scratching the tip of the iceberg of terpenes; there are so many more that we know about and probably an even higher number of terpenes that we haven’t discovered yet. We are only just beginning to understand the medicinal benefits of terpenes, and how they work together with cannabinoids to provide the therapeutic effects that cannabis induces.

As cannabis continues to be normalized and recognized for the highly valuable medicine that it is, our ability to research it and understand it will only continue to grow and improve. The next 25-50 years are going to see many new treatments and cures for diseases and ailments as we truly unlock the potential of these terpenes and cannabinoids.

We’ll continue to provide more articles like this that give more insight into the building blocks of cannabis, and help give patients a better understanding of these compounds that will lead to better selection of strains to treat their unique medical ailments. A helpful infographic from Leafly for use in future strain selection can be found here.

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Trulieve Truclear Distillate Review: 9lb Hammer (Indica)

Trulieve’s 9lb Hammer Truclear was one of the first Indica products I tried in the Florida medical cannabis program. Until that point I had primarily relied on sativa strains and a few hybrids here and there; depression is the main condition I use cannabis to treat, so sativas tend to work the best for me in that regard. Having my first experience with actual medical indica strains really opened up a whole new world of medicinal cannabis benefits for me; I am one of the patients who does notice a marked difference in sativa, hybrid, and indica strains. The 9lb Hammer Truclear distillate is a good strain for “heavier” relaxation, and in high doses, an excellent sleep aid.

Quick Facts:

9lb Hammer Distillate (Indica) – (extracted from 9lb Hammer (Indica)) – This may currently be one of the only Trulieve distillates that is named for the actual strain it was extracted from. Hooray!

THC: 80.1%

CBD: 0.4%

THCV: 0.0%

CBN: 0.4%

CBG: 3.0%

Total Cannabinoids: 83.9%

Batch Number: FFOBBULK0O000029

Other Ingredients: Terpenes

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

Taste

Although I wouldn’t know it until long after my first trying Trulieve’s 9lb Hammer distillate, this stuff gets really close to the taste of vaping actual 9lb Hammer flower. There is definitely that earthy, slightly grape-like taste that is a defining characteristic of the flower; Trulieve did a great job (with food-grade terpenes at that) with accurately emulating the taste of this distillate. As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, there is a notable bitter taste and sensation when consuming any strain of Truclear distillate orally; this can be alleviated by eating your distillate of choice with something slightly sweet or otherwise pleasant in flavor. The distillate may have a slightly sweeter taste when consumed via inhalation in comparison to vaping raw 9lb Hammer flower, but again, it seems to be remarkably close. I like the taste of both the flower and the distillate – very cannabis-esque and enjoyable.

Taste Rating: 3.80/5.00

Vapor Quality

9lb Hammer distillate produces a smooth vapor when used with VFire pods and a Trustik/ALD Amaze VFire battery. The hits can be as small or as big as the user chooses; the taste of the distillate carries over to the vapor fairly efficiently as well, leaving the patient with an enjoyable vaping experience. This strain does not make me cough as much as sativa distillates do, though I suspect the reason for this is the difference in food-grade terpenes between the products. Overall, I think the vapor quality is solid when vaping 9lb Hammer Truclear.

Vapor Quality Rating: 4.00/5.00

Effects

9lb Hammer distillate quickly brings on warm body sensations and, perhaps surprisingly, a strong cerebral high as well. I tend to feel the effects nearly instantaneously when vaping, and they come on strong. The main difference with the effects of the distillate vs. the flower is that the body effects are not quite as strong or noticeable in the distillate. My suspicion of the reason for this is that natural flower has so many hundreds of different cannabinoids and terpenes, some of which we may not even be aware of yet. It’s difficult to accurately emulate something created by nature, and though the effects from the distillate are enjoyable, they just aren’t quite the same as the flower. In low doses, 9lb Hammer distillate really doesn’t feel too different from a sativa distillate like Clementine other than having more noticeable effects on the body, but even those effects are only moderately more noticeable in this distillate. Low doses will relieve minor to moderate aches and pains in the body and help my anxiety; high doses will help me ease into sleep much easier and stay in a deeper sleep longer if I’m having issues with insomnia. If you’re a fan of concentrates, I definitely recommend trying this or any other indica product for evening and nighttime use. It’s great for unwinding after a long day and helping the thought train to slow down to a comfortable speed. Patients looking to relieve pain, insomnia, GI issues, anxiety, lack of appetite, and other similar conditions may find relief from using 9lb Hammer distillate. The effects are warm, relaxing, and enjoyable, and perhaps not best suited for the patient planning to be productive.

Effects Rating: 4.10/5.00

Overall Rating: 3.97/5.00

The Trulieve 9lb Hammer Distillate would best be described as a “good” product; I would definite recommend patients trying this or other strains for late afternoon, evening, and nighttime medication. I find this strain particularly good for soothing my anxiety and relieving minor aches and pains related to exercise. Though I prefer the 9lb Hammer flower to the Truclear distillate form, I still see medical value in both, and find the distillate convenient for on-the-go medicating when used via inhalation.

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Trulieve Truclear Distillate Review: God’s Gift (1:1 CBD:THC)

1:1 CBD:THC products are some of the most versatile forms of medication that the Florida program has to offer; the higher presence of CBD in these formulations results in a less psychoactive experience, traded for potentially more wide-ranging medicinal benefits and definitely less potential for anxiety than the other distillates. I found that the God’s Gift 1:1 Truclear was a great medicine for any time of the day and for almost any ailment. With levels near 40% of both CBD and THC, God’s Gift can relieve your anxiety while simultaneously stimulating appetite and suppressing nausea. The versatility of 1:1 products definitely make them something we recommend trying for any new patient, regardless of what condition(s) they may have been diagnosed with.

Quick Facts:

God’s Gift Distillate (1:1 CBD:THC) – (extracted from Harlequin GDP (Hybrid))

THC: 41.8%

CBD: 38.6%

THCV: 0.5%

CBN: 0.4%

CBG: 1.2%

Total Cannabinoids: 82.5%

Batch Number: FFOBBULNHH000007

Other Ingredients: Terpenes

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

Taste

Unlike most all other products, I actually consumed this product orally for the most part. All Truclear distillates have a notable bitterness to them when consumed orally, and God’s Gift was no different. There is definitely a grape taste in this distillate, and a hint of something similar to licorice as well. When I vaped this distillate with my PuffCo pen, the bitterness was replaced with a very subtle sweetness behind the grape and licorice tastes. God’s Gift actually tastes pretty similar to the Grandaddy Purple Truclear; this makes sense considering that GDP is one of the genetic parents of the strain. The taste is “okay”, but I much prefer products with cannabis-derived terpenes. The effects tend to be better, too.

Taste Rating: 3.40/5.00

Vapor Quality

God’s Gift distillate produces a smooth vapor when used with VFire pods and a Trustik/ALD Amaze VFire battery. It worked fairly well with my PuffCo pen, but the vapor was not very thick and consequently did not seem to get me as medicated as other methods of consumption. With the VFire, the vapor is on par with other distillates I’ve used it to vape; it produces as much vapor as you want/are able to draw.

Vapor Quality Rating: 4.00/5.00

Effects

God’s Gift Truclear is one of the most versatile products that I’ve yet to try in Florida’s medical cannabis program. For me, I used it to treat anything from nausea to muscle spasms to anxiety and depression; I seriously recommend every patient trying out at least one 1:1 CBD:THC product if not the God’s Gift distillate. As we continue to learn about the hundreds of cannabinoids and how they work individually and together, we find that some of the most medically useful products involve this “entourage effect” of multiple cannabinoids being used at the same time. The higher concentration of CBD in God’s Gift gives it added versatility and seems to help it have more “soothing” medical properties. Patients needed the strong effects of THC for conditions like depression, insomnia, and other similar illnesses may find that THC-dominant products like the Clementine distillate or Jack Herer distillate vape cartridge work better for managing their symptoms. God’s Gift may be a good choice for patients who are prone to anxiety and/or panic attacks from using high concentrations of THC as the CBD works to reduce the amount of psychoactive effects the THC is able to induce.

When I used God’s Gift (both orally and through inhalation), the effects were very mellow and relaxing. There was a prominent sensation of relaxation throughout the body, almost a warmth, and thoughts seemed to ease into a slow and steady pace so as not to overwhelm my mind as some strong sativa concentrates have done before. Any nausea or abdominal discomfort I had gradually faded away as a stronger appetite faded in. While this strain was not the best I’ve used to treat my depression, it was definitely one of the better products for treating anxiety and racing thoughts. Again, the benefits of God’s Gift are far-reaching and well-rounded.

TLDR: Every patient needs to give a 1:1 product a try at some point, whether it be this product or another one.

Effects Rating: 4.60/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.00/5.00

The Trulieve God’s Gift Distillate would best be described as a “medically versatile and useful” product; the higher amounts of CBD in combination with high concentrations of THC (both near 40%) really opens up a broad spectrum of medicinal benefits.. The one major way I think it could be improved would be to use cannabis-derived terpenes. Trulieve – if you’re reading this, I really believe you’d see a good return on switching Truclear over to a cannabis-derived Terpene product. If at all possible, labeling the strain as the strain it’s actually extracted from (We’d love Harlequin GDP Truclear!) would result in an even better image and trustworthiness.

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