Trulieve Flower Review: Bubble Gum (Hybrid)

I’m actually a bit surprised to be writing a review for loose, smokable flower before April 2019, but here we are. For those who may have been out of the loop, Governor Ron Desantis signed SB 182 into law on 03.18.2019, which allowed cannabis flower in a form intended for smoking to be sold at all Florida dispensaries. 3 days later, on 03.21.2019, Trulieve released their first batches of freed, smokable cannabis flower.

One week later, I was able to obtain my smoking recommendation and purchase my first two eighths of smokable flower from Trulieve. I chose Bubble Gum and 9lb Hammer (updated review coming soon; you can view the old review here.)

Bubble Gum is a strain that’s been around since the early 1990s; it won several awards in various Cannabis Cups throughout the mid ’90s, and has long been a popular hybrid strain known for its uplifting effects. Trulieve’s first batch of Bubble Gum flower was released in ceramic vape cups a couple of month ago, but I was unable to get any before it sold out. I’m glad I waited – it is so much nicer to get home and be able to open a jar of cannabis, rather than open up a jar of ceramic cups and proceed to spend 20-30 minutes working the metal screens off to get to the flower. The buds are absolutely beautiful now that they aren’t compressed into ceramic pods.

Quick Facts:

Bubble Gum (Hybrid)

Parent Strains: Unknown (Originated in Indiana, USA)

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBULBAF000002 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)


THC: 17.5%

CBD: 0.0%

CBG: 0.9%

Total Cannabinoids: 18.4%


“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain (in this case, the only two terpenes!)

*Beta-Myrcene: 0.2153%

*Alpha-Pinene: 0.1039%

Total Terpenes: 0.3192%


As you can see in the images above, this is an absolutely stunning flower. The mostly mid to dark greens are covered in golden-green trichomes and dark pink pistils. This eighth of flower weighed at 3.8 grams, and consisted entirely of buds; the largest and most aesthetically pleasing bud weighed near a gram, and is the one that is pictured above. There is no shake, no small stems (the only stems are the ones that run up through the bud as pictured above), and no seeds. This is some of the prettiest flower I’ve ever seen in either the medical industry or the black market.

The one slightly negative aspect of this batch was the moisture content; most of you who regularly read my reviews know that I like for there to be a certain amount of stickiness/moisture left in the flower. This batch is pretty dry – not so much that it crumbles apart when handled, but it can be easily broken down between the fingers, and is quick work in a grinder. If this batch was ever so slightly less dry, it would have been a homerun. Overall, however, this is an absolutely excellent rollout of smokable flower from Trulieve.

Appearance Rating: 7.60/10.00


I’m not sure if this strain is supposed to smell like Bubble Gum, but it doesn’t. I find it to resemble Sunset Sherbert in its terpene profile. There is definitely a floral sweetness that makes itself known almost immediately, but there is also a nearly equally noticeable sour/musty smell as well. I wouldn’t say this is necessarily my favorite smelling strain, but it is not bad by any means.

Perhaps the name of the strain comes from its taste when smoked, because the “greens” from a smoked bowl of Bubble Gum do slightly resemble the taste of actual bubble gum. The sweet terpenes are more dominant in the taste, leading to a pleasant smoke on the exhale. In some ways, the taste of this strain when smoked reminds me a bit of the taste of Girl Scout Cookies flower when smoked.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I find the effects of Bubble Gum to be notably pleasant and enjoyable; for me, this behaves like a well-balanced hybrid. Uplifting cerebral effects and a boost of creativity are common, and a warming sensation throughout the body is notable as well. As often is my experience when consuming hybrid strains, lighter doses tend to exhibit more sativa-like effects, while indica effects become more noticeable when consumed in higher doses.

For me, Bubble Gum is good at nay time of the day. I’ve used it as my first line of medication in the morning for its invigorating boost, and I’ve used it to ease myself back to sleep when I woke up in the middle of the night. Bubble Gum is versatile, and can be enjoyed medically and/or recreationally. I find music to be especially enjoyable after smoking it. This strain also is notably relaxing; it does a pretty nice job of alleviating my anxiety.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Lack of motivation (in lower doses)
  • General relaxation/relief 
  • Relief of nausea and other gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Minor 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: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.66/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Bubble Gum as a “very good and versatile” hybrid strain. 

I am truly impressed with Trulieve’s rollout of smokable flower, and can’t wait to try and review more strains. It’s so nice to be able to open up the jar and see beautiful, whole flower buds that are ready to smoke without the hassle of getting into 3 tightly clamped ceramic pods. This is how it should be!

I’m also looking forward to trying and reviewing flower from the other MMTCs as well; Curaleaf already has several strains available in select locations, and most all of the other MMTCs have announced that they will release smokable flower in the next few weeks to months.

For patients looking for relief for a wide variety of symptoms, I highly recommend giving Bubble Gum a try. It’s definitely one of the better hybrid strains I’ve tried (I normally prefer either sativa or indica), and I will probably buy it again in the future. Not for a while though – too many new strains to try first! 

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As always, thank you for taking the time to read this review. Truly hope it helps you – we are here for you!

Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 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.


Keith Perry, R – Gainesville

Doug Broxson, R – Gulf Breeze 

George Gainer, R – Panama City

Ed Hooper, R – Clearwater


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: 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


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


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

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.00/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

Low Dose Effects

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

Possibly good for treating (in low doses):

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

High Dose Effects

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

Possibly good for treating (in high doses):

  • Depression
  • Lack of motivation
  • ADHD
  • Appetite suppressant

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

Effects Rating: 4.00/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.13/5.00

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

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

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

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

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As always, thank you for taking the time to read this review. Truly hope it helps you – we are here for you!

Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 02.14.2019 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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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 ( – 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


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


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


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


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: 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.


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.


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 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 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 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.


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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