Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 03.13.2019 Update – SB182 Passes Florida House, Florida’s Faulted 15

Good evening (or morning, afternoon, night) to all of you! Today, March 13 2019, has been another monumental day in the history of the Florida cannabis industry. This afternoon, the Florida House of Representatives voted 101-11 in favor of passing Senate Bill 182 (SB 182), a measure to legalize smokable cannabis and raw cannabis flower sales for medical cannabis patients in Florida. This means that both the Senate and House passed SB 182 – the Senate did so last Thursday as the bill passed 34-4.

The next (and final) step is for Governor Ron Desantis to sign SB182 into law, and the current speculation is that he will do so rather quickly. We may see the bill signed as early as tomorrow, or on Friday, March 15 – the original deadline that the Governor set for the Florida Legislature to pass a bill such as SB 182.

SB 182 Recap

  • Smoking route can be ordered up to six 35-day supplies (equivalent to the current standard of three 70-day supplies for every other route of administration)
  • Each 35-day supply allows up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis flower for each patient, or a half ounce of flower per week. There can be special exceptions made through the Department of Health, as there are already exceptions for the other routes.
  • Patients can carry up to four ounces of marijuana flower on their person
  • Marijuana flower can be sold in many forms – not restricted to prerolled joints
  • Medical marijuana delivery devices intended for smoking need not be purchased from a dispensary. Unfortunately, this does not apply for vaporization devices; apparently this was a compromise that the House demanded. I personally expect this to be disputed in some way through time. It makes absolutely zero sense, given that the same legislature fought against smoking for so long. Why “open the floodgates” for smoking paraphernalia, but not allow it for vaporization devices? What is the “boogeyman” here?
  • Patients under 18 may not smoke cannabis, unless they have a terminal illness and are signed off by a second doctor under similar conditions to the current “Right to Try” act.

Significant changes on the horizon for Florida cannabis patients

This is great news for us, the patients. Say goodbye to the tedious ceramic pods, and the days of only select MMTCs offering flower. We will soon be able to buy cannabis flower that we can actually see in the dispensary, just like almost every other state that has legalized cannabis for medicinal and/or recreational purposes. Forget the days of feeling like a criminal because you chose to take your medication via the route that works the best for you, if smoking is your choice route of administration. And eventually, as more competition will inevitably enter the flower market – say goodbye to $55 being the standard price for an eighth of medicinal cannabis in Florida.

The biggest question for most of us is when we will be able to walk into our dispensary of choice and purchase raw flower. This is purely speculation now as many of us are unsure how far the dispensaries have gotten with any prior approval for containers to house smokable cannabis, how long it will take for industry standards and regulations to be set, how long it takes the various Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers to roll out products that comply with those standards, and a host of other variables. Various social media shows patients speculating anywhere from next week to the end of 2019 before we are able to purchase raw flower. My personal estimate would place this time somewhere between mid July and mid August, but only time and developments to this story will truly reveal the answer. One thing is for certain: things are about to get much better for us.

Florida’s Faulted 15

Unfortunately, every success story must have its antagonists. If we total the 112 members of the House of Representatives and the 38 members of the Senate who voted for (or against) SB182, we total 150 voting members. Of those 150: a total of 15, or 10 percent, voted against the bill; all things considered, we can only summarize this as a vote against the patients of Florida from the 15 who chose to vote “nay”.

Since 2016, we have made it very clear that nearly 3/4 (or more!) of voting citizens in Florida feel that cannabis should be legalized for medical purposes – fully. Attorney John Morgan has led a valiant movement in support of our right to smoke our cannabis as it was originally intended in the constitutional amendment, and many politicians have finally seen and agreed with what should be common sense: cannabis is medicine, and Floridians have a right to use it instead of toxic chemicals/pharmaceuticals. Yet, 15 of the individuals we elected to represent us chose to go completely against our right to fully choose how we administrate our medication.

At the Collective, we believe in the power of the people through knowledge and education, so we’re sharing the 15 individuals we’ve chosen to label as Florida’s Faulted 15. We chose this title because their votes against SB182 alone do not determine that they are unethical, immoral, or “evil” people, but they are surely faulted for their actions of ignorance and/or intolerance.

Senate

Keith Perry, R – Gainesville

Doug Broxson, R – Gulf Breeze 

George Gainer, R – Panama City

Ed Hooper, R – Clearwater

House

Thad Altman, R – Rockledge

Mike Belran, R – Lithia

Chuck Clemons, R – Newberry

Jason Fischer, R – Jacksonville

Clay Yarborough, R – Jacksonville

Erin Grall, R – Vero Beach

Mike Hill, R – Pensacola

Mel Ponder, R – Destin

Ardian Zika, R – Land o’ Lakes

Jackie Toledo, R – Tampa

James Bush III, D – Miami

If these politicians voted against your interests, be sure you help spread awareness with those who share your beliefs, and ensure that these officials don’t get re-elected in 2020. They have no right to dictate what is or isn’t our medicine – that’s up to us and our doctors.

Closing Thoughts

As we’ve been saying since the first weekly update on January 1 of this year, 2019 is a significant year for the history and development of Florida’s cannabis industry. We are experiencing the last days of the industry as it has been since 2017. Here at the Collective, we eagerly anticipate the next phase of evolution for our industry, and today was a major catalyst in setting off that evolution. As soon as Governor Desantis signs SB182, it effectively becomes law; after that, this cannabis journey in Florida is about to pick up a lot of speed. We hope you’re as ready as we are for this very positive step forward!

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Trulieve Flower Review: Poison Fruit (Hybrid)

Poison Fruit is a strain that I hadn’t heard too much about before seeing it in the dispensary, but bought because it was new and happened to be available on the day that I normally pick up my medicine. There isn’t a whole lot of information available online about this strain, but Trulieve offers the following description on their product page:

Poison Fruit a cross of Durban Poison and Grapefruit. The strain produces a warm, happy, euphoric effect that is still typical of most sativa dominant hybrids making it a good choice for daytime or evening use. This strain is good for stress reduction, PTSD, some pain reducing effects should be experienced as well.

Quick Facts:

Poison Fruit (Hybrid)

Parent Strains: Durban Poison x Grapefruit 

777.0 mg THC/3.5g

0.1 mg CBD/3.5g

22.2% THC 

0.10% CBD

1.00% CBG

23.3% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

This batch of Poison Fruit was not by any means the most aesthetically pleasing bud I’ve ever seen, but the curing/moisture content was done well, as is consistent with Trulieve’s flower over the past 5-6 weeks. Poison Fruit is a mix of medium greens and darker yellows, covered in amber and brown pistils and a dusting of yellowish trichomes.

My major gripe with this batch is that like the recent batch of Zkittlez flower I picked up, there were over a dozen tiny stems spread throughout the cups. I tend to expect a couple of stems in bud; that is acceptable, but there was a disproportionate amount of small stems in this batch. Perhaps this is a hit-or-miss factor depending on the batch, but ultimately, it detracts from the final score in this category.

Appearance Rating: 3.20/5.00

Smell/Taste

Poison Fruit has a distinct taste when compared with the many other different flower strains I’ve picked up from Trulieve. The dominant smell (and taste when vaporized) is a spicy/peppery terpene(s), followed by a musky/skunky scent in the background. Looking at the Leafly pages for the parent strains, I’d have to guess that this strain picked up most of its terpene profile from its Durban Poison parent.

In some ways, there are hints of terpenes in this strain that ever so subtly remind me of Dutch Hawaiian; however, I’d have to say I enjoyed the smell and taste of that strain a good bit more than Poison Fruit. Nevertheless, Poison Fruit is an enjoyable vapor (or smoke), and should be enjoyed by connoisseurs for its unique terpene profile.

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.80/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Though Poison Fruit is classified as a hybrid strain, I really feel it would be more appropriately labeled as a sativa. Both of its parent strains are stimulating sativas, and Poison Fruit follows suit with power cerebral and energy-inducing effects. Some patients on the Florida Medical Trees subreddit stated that this strain brought on some of the worst cannabis-induced anxiety that they had experienced in quite some time, so patients with lower tolerances should be aware of this when trying Poison Fruit for the first time.

In my experiences: After about 45 minutes, the intense and stimulating cerebral effects fade into a more mellow and subtle buzz. At this point, I could see some of the “hybrid” classification, as my body did feel pretty warm and relaxed – but not at all heavy or sleepy. Poison Fruit is definitely either a sativa-dominant hybrid or a pure sativa. The latter classification would have never caused me to think twice.

Though Poison Fruit is by no means a bad or subpar strain, it isn’t my personal favorite. I find it to be rather unremarkable in treating my depression/anxiety/ADD symptoms; though it definitely offers relief, I have found many other strains that do a better job of it.

I’d recommend this strain to patients who enjoy high-energy sativas and sativa-dominant hybrids; again, I really think this strain would be more of a fit for a sativa, rather than a hybrid.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • Lack of motivation
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor 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: 3.80/5.00

Overall Rating: 3.60/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Poison Fruit as a “slightly above average” strain. 

This was a fairly enjoyable strain, but I think I’d prefer to go with Durban Posion – or even try Grapefruit, before buying this strain again. Every strain can’t be a homerun, but I will say that Trulieve has been staying consistent with the curing and moisture of their recent batches, and the overall quality of flower seems to be steadily rising throughout the State of Florida.

An important thing to remember: every body and every experience is different. Just because this strain wasn’t a personal favorite of mine does not mean it can’t or won’t be one of your favorites! One of the most fascinating aspects of medicating with cannabis is how individualized and different the various treatments can be from patient to patient. It’s more incentive to experiment, shop around, and find what works best for you personally! My one hope is that all these reviews help contribute to your overall medical cannabis experience in a positive way.

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Trulieve Flower Review: Lemon Tree (Hybrid)

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

Quick Facts:

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

Parent Strains: Sour Diesel x Lemon Skunk

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

833.0 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

23.8% THC 

0.00% CBD

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

0.60% CBG

25.6% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

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

Appearance Rating: 4.40/5.00

Smell/Taste

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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.00/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

Low Dose Effects

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

Possibly good for treating (in low doses):

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

High Dose Effects

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

Possibly good for treating (in high doses):

  • Depression
  • Lack of motivation
  • ADHD
  • Appetite suppressant

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

Effects Rating: 4.00/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.13/5.00

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

The sole negative factor of this product is that it currently costs $55/eighth. Like most all of the prices in the Florida medical cannabis industry, this is highway robbery, and is a perfect example of why vertical integration of Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers in Florida needs to come to an end – soon. 

Other than the price, Lemon Tree absolutely impressed me, and I will certainly be making another purchase in the future – especially when the prices are able to come down. The unique effects of this batch make me wonder about the potentially unique therapeutic benefits of THCV, the effects I’ve experienced with this batch of Lemon Tree are slightly different from any other flower strain I’ve gotten so far.

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

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Trulieve TruCRMBL Review: Sour Diesel (Sativa)

Trulieve released their version of cannabis crumble – TruCRMBL – on 02.15.2019. My preferred strains for my “main” line of medication are almost always sativa; the sativa strains currently available in Trulieve’s crumble are Sour Diesel, Jack Herer, and Super Silver Haze. Sour Diesel has been a longtime classic strain, a staple of the cannabis industry, and long used as a label for many a generic strain that your black market dealer happened to have at the time.

“Aye man, I got that gas! This is that Sour Diesel!”

True Sour Diesel is a long acclaimed sativa that is known to obliterate depression, and provide enough energy and motivation to power through almost any task. I found these effects to be consistent with my experience when I tried the flower form of Sour Diesel (review here), and was interested to see if I would have a similar positive experience with the crumble.

Quick Facts:

Sour Diesel (Sativa)

Lineage: Chemdawg 91 x Super SkunkI find it interesting that one hybrid and one indica parent yielded a sativa. The science of cannabis is fascinating!

Batch/Harvest Number: PR190219H

813.0 mg THC/1g

0.0 mg CBD/1g

81.3% THC 

0.00% CBD

2.50% CBG

83.8% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

Sour Diesel TruCRMBL

As one Reddit user on the Florida Medical Trees subreddit put it: “TruCRMBL looks exactly as it’s supposed to.” The crumble itself is very “pure” looking and is a very nice waxy consistency that is very easy to work with using any type of dabbing tool. The crumble I got was as pictured above. I noticed with this particular batch that the cannabinoid crystals are very visible and sparkly, especially when held under a flashlight. If you have any crumble, I recommend doing just that (holding it under a flashlight); it looks spectacular. This gram weighed out to 1.0g. Overall, I think Trulieve did a fantastic job processing this batch. It looks great, and it’s a nice consistency. 

Appearance Rating: 4.60/5.00

Smell/Taste

Sour Diesel crumble has an absolutely amazing smell and taste – I cannot put the jar down if I’m around it, because I have to keep smelling it. Seriously. There is this very pungent/sharp citrus smell, with an equally/pungent smell that does in fact smell very similar to something between gasoline and diesel fuel. It smells very “clean” and fresh. The taste is similar to the smell, if not a bit more on the citrus side vs. diesel. Compared to the flower, the Sour Diesel crumble seems to have an even more sharp/pungent smell, and also a bit more sweetness to it.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.40/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Sour Diesel is a very racy sativa in flower form, and it holds true for the crumble as well. I recommend that any patient looking to try this strain have at least some experience with sativa, or you may find yourself dealing with a bit of sativa-induced anxiety. Sour Diesel is very motivational and energetic, and it can get the heart pumping. I do find that my heart seems to beat a little bit harder/faster after medicating with this strain; however, I have over a decade of experience with cannabis, so it doesn’t really bother me.

If you’re a patient who is experienced with sativa strains, you will find Sour Diesel to have classic sativa effects, and great for morning/daytime medication. Need to clean your house, beat a deadline, exercise, or basically do anything that you might otherwise procrastinate? Sour Diesel will help you soar through that task. For me, it works pretty well for depression, though I have found other sativas that do that job better – like Colombian Gold. Sour Diesel is definitely one of the best sativa strains I’ve found for energy and motivation, whether consumed in flower or concentrate form. 

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

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

Effects Rating: 4.50/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.50/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Sour Diesel as an “excellent” strain.

TruCRMBL really impressed me. In the past, I have always been more partial to flower; however, after trying this crumble and Trulieve’s Super Silver Haze crumble, I will definitely be keeping more strains around as a sort of “extra strength medication”, if you will. I’d highly recommend for each patient to try at least 1 gram of their favorite strain to compare the relief to other forms of cannabis medication. This is a very high quality product in my opinion. Is it the best thing ever? That’s entirely a matter of personal preference, but I think it’s definitely worth at least a “test run” from anyone. 

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Trulieve Flower Review: Puck Yeah (Indica)

Last week, Trulieve dropped two new indica strains along with the announcement of TruCRMBL – Northern Hash Plant and Puck Yeah. Both have relatively little information about them available online, so I’ve really only had personal experience to go by when reviewing this strain.

Puck Yeah is definitely a heavier indica, with prominent body effects, much like Northern Hash Plant. The batch I got also happens to be the best overall quality flower I’ve gotten from Trulieve.

Quick Facts:

Puck Yeah  (Indica)

Parent Strains: The Puck x Northern Lights

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBTRUXNP000001 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

745.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

21.3% THC 

0.00% CBD

1.20% CBG

22.5% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

The quality of curing has been hit or miss in recent batches of TruFlower. However, Trulieve completely knocked it out of the park with this batch of Puck Yeah. This is absolutely the stickiest flower I’ve yet to get from Florida’s legal market – so much that the contents of all 3 ceramic pods retained their shape, as you can see in the image above. The flower consists of many shades of green and yellow, with one or two specks of purple, all covered in dark amber and burnt orange pistils. This flower is also covered in trichomes, which can be seen sparkling all over and inside the bud when held to a flashlight. If Trulieve could find a way to get every single batch of every strain to be the same quality as this batch of Puck Yeah, I truly believe that they would dominate the Florida flower market. This cure was incredible; hopefully it is a sign of things to come as the market expands.

Appearance Rating: 4.50/5.00

Smell/Taste

Puck Yeah has a very heavy, musky, sour cannabis smell that reminds me a bit of another indica strain I recently picked up from Trulieve: Crescendo. This is a very pungent and “loud” flower that will smell up your entire living space if you leave the jar open.

When vaporized, some of the more familiar citrusy cannabis terpenes are more notable – not so much when smelling the bud in the jar. The most dominant taste would have to be the musky, dank cannabis taste – followed by the citrus notes. Puck Yeah is a strong strain that tastes really good when vaporized.

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.90/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Where Northern Hash Plant immediately hit my body with heavy indica effects, Puck Yeah is more of a subtle “creeper”. At first, the effects are more cerebral and relaxed, probably for about the first 30-45 minutes after medicating. After that point, the body effects became much more prominent, and I became gradually more and more sleepy. In high doses, Puck Yeah is a great choice for insomnia. It’s a bit too heavy for daytime use in my opinion; this is strictly a strain I will use for late night relaxation and sleep. Overall, I’d say this is one of the most heavy indica flower strains I’ve tried, though I think Northern Hash Plant is a bit more of a “pure” indica with its effects.

I definitely noticed the higher THC content on this strain. When smoked, it only took one hit to start feeling the effects.

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 3.80/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.07/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Puck Yeah as “an excellent strain for evening and nighttime medication”. 

Puck Yeah and Northern Hash Plant are definitely two of the heaviest indica strains I’ve gotten in the Florida medical cannabis program. Though I wish the price would come down – $55 an eighth is way too steep – Trulieve absolutely knocked it out of the park with growing and curing this strain. Hopefully it will come back around in the future: I would definitely recommend this product based on the quality of the grow alone. Hope the next batch is consistent (or better)!

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Trulieve Flower Review: Northern Hash Plant

Last week, Trulieve dropped two new indica strains along with the announcement of TruCRMBL – Northern Hash Plant and Puck Yeah. Both have relatively little information about them available online, but Trulieve’s website offers the following description of Northern Hash Plant:

Northern Hashplant is a breed from 2 of the most well-respected strains ’88 G13 Hashplant and Northern lights. The flowers odor is classic hashplant with a bit of sweetness from the northern lights and G13. The high is happy and euphoric that is gentle on your mind transitioning into a relaxing and sedative phase with good pain-relieving qualities, an excellent choice for medicating in the evening or at night.

Quick Facts:

Northern Hash Plant  (Indica)

Parent Strains: G13 Hash Plant x Northern Lights

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBTRUDDF000001 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

598.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

17.1% THC 

0.00% CBD

1.10% CBG

18.2% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

The quality of curing has been hit or miss in recent batches of TruFlower. Thankfully, this batch of Northern Hash plant has been one of the better cures, with just the right amount of moisture. As you can see in the image above, this is a brighter colored indica strain marked with lime greens and golds; however, there are a few patches of dark green and a couple specks of purple, all topped with bright orange and amber pistils. This flower is pretty sticky as well. Good job on this batch, Trulieve.


Appearance Rating: 4.00/5.00

Smell/Taste

Northern Hash Plant has been one of Trulieve’s more pungent indica strains. The most notable smell is an earthy, sour, musky, pungent cannabis smell – most likely acquired from its G13 Hash Plant parent. However, there is also an underlying sweetness and the slightest hint of citrus, most likely as a result of breeding G13 Hash Plant with the sweeter pine terpenes of Northern Lights. When vaporized, this strain tastes like one would expect your “typical” vaporized cannabis to taste. It’s definitely enjoyable, but not necessary noteworthy or unique.

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.80/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

This category is where Northern Hash Plant really shines for me. Of all the indicas I’ve tried from Trulieve so far, this has been possibly the heaviest and most “true” indica strain that I’ve gotten. I have a high tolerance, but one bowl of Northern Hash Plant gets my body feeling warm and relaxed while my head starts feeling heavy. If I consume any more than a bowl of this strain, there’s a high likelihood I’m going to fall asleep. I definitely recommend Northern Hash Plant as a great medication for relaxing the mind and body and helping one ease into a deep and relaxing sleep. I would not recommend using this strain if you have anything planned to do during the day; it is not a good strain for productivity, but a great strain fort relaxation, pain relief, and sleep.


Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 4.10/5.00

Overall Rating: 3.97/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Northern Hash Plant as “a really good strain for evening and nighttime medication”. 

Northern Hash Plant and Puck Yeah (review coming soon) are definitely two of the heaviest indica strains I’ve gotten in the Florida medical cannabis program. Though I wish the price would come down – $55 an eighth is way too steep – I hope Trulieve keeps this strain around, because it is a “true” indica. If some of the hybrid or other indica strains haven’t been giving you the relief you need, I’d recommend looking to Northern Hash Plant. It’s a solid medicinal strain.

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 02.14.2019 Update – TruCRMBL and Smokable Cannabis in Florida

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

Trulieve will release TruCRMBL (crumble) tomorrow, 02.15.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Medical Cannabis Collective News and Closing Thoughts

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

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

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

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Trulieve Flower Review: Strawberry Switchblade (Hybrid)

Strawberry Switchblade has been coming and going from Trulieve’s inventory for some time now; a batch will show up on the website once every couple of months or so. Being one of the few strains Trulieve offers at $35/eighth (and the only hybrid strain at that price), I’ve always wanted to try this one, but never seemed to catch it in stock until now. This product is a good value all around, and performs well in each of the categories I use to rate flower strains. There isn’t much other information available on Strawberry Switchblade (no Leafly page), so most of the information in this review is solely based off my experience with this one batch of flower.

Quick Facts:

Strawberry Switchblade  (Hybrid)

Parent Strains: Unknown

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBULX9Y000008 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

528.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

15.1% THC 

0.00% CBD

0.80% CBG

15.9% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

As you can see in the image above, Strawberry Switchblade is really purple; this is hands down the most vibrant and totally purple flower I’ve ever encountered, acquired through the Florida medical market or otherwise. There’s a bit of dark green mixed in there as well, and yellowish trichomes cover the buds entirely. This batch of flower was a bit on the dry side, but mine wasn’t terrible; it wasn’t nearly as bad as a batch of Stardawg I reviewed in late 2018.

This flower is really pleasing to the eye, and it was cured fairly well. If it weren’t so dry, this grow would have been a near-homerun.

Appearance Rating: 4.00/5.00

Smell/Taste

Strawberry Switchblade indeed smells like strawberries; in fact, this is one of the best sweet-smelling strains I’ve come across. This is not a “loud” or pungent strain that’s going to smell up your entire house/apartment, but sniffing the jar always yields pleasing results. The most prominent smell/taste is the sweet, sugary berry – this is probably the “sweetest” smelling strain I have had, even more so than Zkittlez. Underneath these dominant terpenes, there is a tangy/sour citrus smell that really complements the sweet strawberry for an extremely pleasing vapor or smoke. When vaporized, I found the vapor to taste of warm strawberry creme flavored dessert, maybe cookies or a slice of pie. Even when nearing the end of the bowl, the flavor was nice. Strawberry Switchblade even retains its sweetness when smoked; this would be a very enjoyable strain to roll into a joint for patients who find the best relief of their symptoms through that route of administration. Simply put, this is one of my favorite smelling/tasting strains in the program; this fact coupled with the $35 price tag resulted in the rare occasion of me ordering a second eighth immediately after sampling the first. The only other strain that earned an immediate second buy so far, has been Colombian Gold.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.30/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Strawberry Switchblade is a pretty well-balanced hybrid strain from my experience. The best way I can describe it is to think of a “heavier” Colombian Gold, for patients who have tried that strain. Though it is “only” around 15% THC, for me, this flower performed as well as any ~20% THC flower I’ve tried.

The initial effects are more cerebral/sativa-like, but not overwhelmingly stimulating at any point. In fact, the strain has a way of inducing motivation without ever feeling too speedy or racy. This is a good strain for promoting creativity. Around a half hour after initially medicating, Strawberry Switchblade begins to exhibit more indica-like effects of warm full-body relaxation. It does not necessarily make me sleepy; however, I could see this strain helping relieve insomnia if consumed in high doses before bed. I would have to guess this is a 55/45% indica-dominant hybrid.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • General enjoyment of life/activities
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Minor to moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Insomnia (in higher doses)

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

Effects Rating: 3.90/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.07/5.00

Overall, I would best describe this batch of Strawberry Switchblade as “a really good product, especially for the price”. 

Strawberry Switchblade is overall an extremely pleasing strain to medicate with, from my experience. Definitely in my top 3 favorite hybrid strains that I’ve tried so far, and at $35 an eighth, there’s no denying that this medication has great value. I’ve already ordered my second eighth after a couple of days of experience with the first. Will definitely buy this strain again in the future, especially as Trulieve continues to improve their curing process. Strawberry Switchblade that has been properly and completely cured would be an absolute knockout strain. Will be looking for this in the future.

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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: 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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