Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 02.10.2019 Update

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

GrowHealthy released more strains in vape carts and distillate syringes

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

Sativa: Sour Tangie and 99 Problems

Indica: Alien Bubba Berry

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

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

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

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

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

Vidacann will soon release their distillate with cannabis-derived terpenes

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

The Florida Legislature continues to attempt to create hurdles for patients

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

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

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 02.01.2019 Update

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

Altmed/MUV officially released flower today

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

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

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

Sativa: Sour Jack, Pootie Tang

Hybrid: Gorilla Glue # 4, Forum Cut Cookies

Indica: Lemon Bubba, Banana Hammock, Sirius

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

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

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

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

Watch out for social media trolls

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

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

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

New Developments for Florida Medical Cannabis Collective

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

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

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Trulieve Flower Review – Zkittlez (Indica)

Zkittlez is an indica-dominant hybrid strain that has recently risen to prominence and critical acclaim; this strain has won several cannabis cups in recent years, including the 2016 Emerald Cup. It’s a crossbreed of Grape Ape, Grapefruit, and an “undisclosed third strain”, bred by 3rd Gen Family and Terp Hogz. Trulieve released this strain at the beginning of 2019, and I was happy to find that it was in stock again this past week (end of January 2019). Though I normally prefer sativa strains to treat my depression and anxiety, I always enjoy having an indica or two around for the evening hours, and Zkittlez has truly been one of my favorites so far.

Quick Facts:

Zkittlez  (Indica)

Parent Strains: Grape Ape x Grapefruit x ?

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBUL7PS000007 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

602.0 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

17.2% THC – Middle of the THC range for this strain

0.00% CBD

0.90% THCV – First flower I’ve gotten that has this cannabinoid, though I’ve seen that Banana Kush flower also contained it in even higher amounts

1.10% CBG 

19.2% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

Zkittlez is the most colorful flower I’ve yet to get from the Florida medical cannabis program. These buds are full of mellow greens, light to dark purples, orange pistils, and white trichomes. We’re really just missing a few colors to complete the rainbow here. The moisture content was a bit on the dry side again, as has been a common factor in batches I’ve bought in late January. I would give Zkittlez a high rating in the Appearance/Feel category; unfortunately, however, my batch had an undesirably high amount of small stems in every cup. This is something I’ve never experienced from Trulieve, and it really held back what could have potentially been a great batch of flower.

Appearance Rating: 3.20/5.00

Smell/Taste

Zkittlez definitely has a dominant smell and taste of grape from my experience – no question about it. There’s a secondary sweetness, almost a floral sugar, and a subtle earthiness behind it all. The piney/earthy smell almost makes me suspect that the third “mystery” parent of Zkittlez could be Jack Herer, Super Silver Haze, or another sativa with a similar piney/woody terpene profile. When vaporized, however, this flower does in fact taste very similar to a pack of skittles – perhaps a pack mostly filled with purple ones. The batch I have is not a particularly “loud” or smelly flower like Dutch Hawaiian, Crescendo, or some of the other recent strains I’ve reviewed, but the taste is not lacking at all when vaporized. I really enjoyed the smell and taste of this strain.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.10/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

For me, Zkittlez was a bit of a “paradoxical” indica strain – almost immediately after medicating with it, I was hit with an onslaught of cerebral effects that reminded me a lot of some of my first (always pleasant) experiences with cannabis. One of my best friends from childhood lives in another state, so we often play video games online after work as a way to stay connected. When medicating with Zkittlez, this was one of my favorite things in the world to do. The first night of doing this, I had a classic case of the “giggles”; I could simply not stop laughing at almost anything. After around 45 minutes to an hour of initial medication (vaporization), Zkittlez mellowed out into the more mellow body and mind relaxation that we typical associate with indica strains. This is a strain that I think can be utilized at any time of day; even in the morning. With a little caffeine, I don’t think anyone will have trouble staying awake while using Zkittlez, especially in lower doses. This is also a great strain for general “baking” or relaxation; I would recommend it for relaxed days/nights in the house watching movies or playing video games. It’s really pretty versatile – use it anytime.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety
  • General enjoyment of life/activities
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation

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

Effects Rating: 4.20/5.00

Overall Rating: 3.83/5.00

Overall, I would best describe this batch of Zkittlez as “good”.

The one major thing that held this back from being a “great” or “excellent” review was the amount of stems in my batch of flower – I bet there was close to a half gram of them. I recommend Trulieve turn a little extra attention to its QA/Quality department, especially as flower is being produced in higher numbers. You guys have a good thing going with your flower – don’t let little things like this stop that momentum!

Otherwise, the effects are great. I’ll definitely buy Zkittlez again in the future – I don’t say that about too many strains unless they are really enjoyable; this is one of them.

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Trulieve Flower Review: Dutch Hawaiian (Sativa)

Dutch Hawaiian is a strain that I had never heard of until it recently became available on Trulieve’s website. As I personally prefer sativa strains (I primarily use cannabis to treat depression and anxiety), I always find myself going to pick up every sativa that becomes available. In this instance, it paid off very nicely – Dutch Hawaiian is one of the most unique sativa strains I’ve yet to try in Florida’s program; with well-rounded and balanced cerebral and body effects, a unique smell, and a beautiful appearance, this strain could become widely popular this year should Trulieve choose to keep it around.

Quick Facts:

Dutch Hawaiian  (Sativa)

Parent Strains: Dutch Treat x Hawaiian

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBTRUV0U000002 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

801.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

22.9% THC – This is relatively high compared to recent flower batches from Trulieve

0.00% CBD

01.00% CBG 

23.9% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

Dutch Hawaiian is described on Leafly as being
“lime green in color”. This is an understatement – this stuff glows, as you see in the picture above. I actually double checked my phone before posting the above image to Reddit to make sure that I hadn’t accidentally applied a filter (I didn’t) – that is how bright green/gold this flower is. In my opinion, it is beautiful. There are fuzzy orange pistils and clear/off-white trichomes covering the flower, making for a bright display of colors. As far as moisture/curing, this batch seemed to be a bit on the dry side, but not so much that it all became a crumbly, shaky mess when handled. If it had just a bit more moisture, I would consider this flower to be nearly perfect in this category.

Appearance Rating: 4.10/5.00

Smell/Taste

Dutch Hawaiian may be the most unique-smelling sativa I have gotten my hands on. While other sativas like Jack Herer, Super Silver Haze, and even Sour Diesel have at least some similar qualities in the way they smell, Dutch Hawaiian seems to smell more like Sunset Sherbert, Crescendo, and other “heavy”-smelling indica and hybrid strains. There’s a sweet and sugary scent that seems to predominate this strain; the best way I can describe it is to say that it smells like warm sugar cookies. There are more subtle notes of skunky fruit; this all comes together to create a heavy “musk” that makes Dutch Hawaiian the unique sativa that it is in this category. When vaporized, the sweet and sugary cookie taste is dominant on inhale, and a subtle sweet/sour hint of tropical fruit is evident in the background.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.00/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Being that I use cannabis to treat depression, anxiety, ADD, and mild PTSD, I rate the effects from this perspective. Any strain that makes me feel happy, productive, and focused is a winner for me. As many of us know, sativas have an unfortunate tendency to induce paranoia and anxiety in high doses; these are the strains that are more likely to make us feel like our heart is beating out of our chest. In that regard, Dutch Hawaiian is a smooth balance of cerebral and body effects, similar to Colombian Gold, but perhaps even on the more relaxing side of the spectrum. It does not make me feel sleepy in the slightest; I am alert, focused, but my body also has a warm and relaxed sensation that is more typical of hybrid and indica strains. This strain has been one of the best strains for inciting creativity; I definitely noticed this effect prominently the first couple of times I medicated with Dutch Hawaiian. It’s one of my favorites, and though I feel I say that about almost every new sativa strain I try, I can almost guarantee that patients looking to treat similar mental ailments as mine will find that Dutch Hawaiian does an excellent job of healing those symptoms while keeping us relaxed enough to prevent unpleasant side effects.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
  • Good for treating lack of motivation
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor nausea/gastrointestinal issues

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

Effects Rating: 4.50/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.20/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Dutch Hawaiian as a “uniquely excellent” sativa strain.

Sativa connoisseurs, don’t pass this one up. It is different from any other sativa strain I’ve tried so far, in a great way. Dutch Hawaiian is a strain that could really be great for use during any time of the day, but as sativa strains go, this one may not be best late at night or before trying to sleep. However, it does not at all make me feel speedy or racy, so perhaps it isn’t a bad choice for night time medication either. You guys will have to let me know. Enjoy!

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 01.25.2019 Update

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

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

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

GrowHealthy’s Tallahassee location is coming soon

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

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

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Trulieve Flower Review: Crescendo (Indica)

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

Quick Facts:

Crescendo  (Indica)

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

822.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

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

0.00% CBD

0.90% CBG

24.4% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

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

Appearance Rating: 4.10/5.00

Smell/Taste

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.90/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 4.00/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.00/5.00

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

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

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 01.17.2019 Update

As we go into the third week of 2019, progress in the Florida cannabis industry has remained steady. Dispensaries are continuing to gradually roll out new products and expand their locations. But perhaps the biggest news-worthy item of the week came today at 1:30 PM EST, when Ron Desantis finally made his policy announcement on medical marijuana in Florida.

Ron Desantis Cannabis Policy/Smoking Ban Update

You can watch the video here if you’d like to see the full announcement. I’ll summarize the main points and offer my interpretation of everything that was said.

This moment has been eagerly anticipated basically ever since Desantis won the election. He stated during his campaign that he was against recreational marijuana in Florida (he reaffirmed this today), stating that the main reason for his views was he didn’t think children and teenagers should have access to it. But the newly elected governor gave subtle hints that he thinks the medical marijuana program as currently implemented, is heavily flawed and needs to be rewritten to take a patient-focused approach. Finally, he addressed that in his policy announcement today, and we got our first clear answers from Desantis himself.

To summarize the highlights of the video:

  • Matt Gaetz opened up the conference, stating that as one of the main lawmakers that implemented the amendment in 2017, he too believes that the current system is flawed after hearing court cases and seeing the results of the law he helped create.
  • John Morgan was next to speak; he reaffirmed that he has been “encouraged” ever since Ron Desantis took office and began identifying the flaws in the program.
  • Lieutenant Governor Jeannette Núñez briefly spoke next, echoing Morgan’s sentiments of encouragement and the “bold new direction” of the Desantis Administration.
  • Desantis was the fourth and final speaker, and begins by reaffirming that the current law is not “up to snuff” with what he feels the voters of Florida intended when they voted 71% in favor of Amendment 2 in the 2016 elections.
  • The governor stated his belief that the current Florida cannabis industry is basically a cartel, and that he prefers horizontal integration over vertical integration. He said the current system is simply not founded on good economic principles.
  • Ron Desantis repeatedly states that he wants patients to stop suffering, stating “whether [patients] have to smoke it or not, who am I to judge that? I want people to be able to have their suffering relieved.”
  • The state legislature will have 2 months (until mid-March) to essentially “fix” the current Florida medical marijuana law. As a former congressman, Desantis states that he wants to give the legislature a chance to right the law. He assures us that if they do not do this for any reason, then he will drop the lawsuit against smoking.
  • Governor Desantis seems to have mixed feelings about patients growing their own cannabis at home. I felt that his general “vibe” was in opposition of the idea, but this is purely speculation.
  • Matt Gaetz claims that the entire reason for the vertical integration and licensing limits in the first place was simply to ensure that it would get the votes. Now that the people of Florida are clearly not happy with the current law, Gaetz says it is time to take a patient-centric approach rather than one that focuses on political maneuvering.

From everything I watched in Governor Desantis’ speech, I truly feel that we will be able to smoke our cannabis by the beginning of the summer at the latest. Politics aside, Desantis really seems like he is going to do what he says he will do, if nothing else to ensure his approval and longevity as Governor of Florida. I also feel that vertical integration will come to an end around the same time – what system ultimately replaces it is up for speculation and debate. I do not think that Desantis will allow home growing, at least not this year. It won’t make sense to him from an economic perspective. Hopefully as we get closer to 2020, this will change.

We will see what happens in mid-March. However, we shouldn’t become complacent in the next 60 days. Take this time to make your voice louder than ever – reach out to your elected officials. You can tweet at them. Email them. Mail them letters. Call them. Whatever it takes, let them know how much you need to smoke your cannabis, or how the current market is making it hard for you to access and/or afford your medicine. Let them know why we need to move toward letting patients grow their own cannabis at home. Now is when we need to close in and make sure we help make this happen as the people and voters of Florida.


Trulieve releases Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) Product

Trulieve released an announcement of a new product this week – their version of Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), a full-spectrum cannabis extract intended only for oral or topical use. RSO offers a new product for patients to use to treat their ailments. Syringes are $50 and are anywhere from 50% to 80% THC. The first batches were cut with MCT oil, though Trulieve informed us that they have addressed this issue and future batches will not be cut with it. You can order Trulieve’s RSO here -currently only available in a hybrid strain (Gorilla Grapes).

Dispensaries are neglecting the Panhandle

I know, I know – the population density in the larger metropolitan areas of central and southern Florida accounts for at least part of why this situation exists – on an economic basis. But as Gaetz and Desantis stated in the video, it’s time to take a patient-centric approach. When South Florida patients are seeing new dispensaries open every other week and have access to such a wider variety of products, it isn’t fair to the patients in the Panhandle when absolutely none of those locations up here within the entire year of 2018. I’m one of those patients (Tallahassee), and experienced this problem firsthand this week. GrowHealthy only delivers to our area biweekly, so it’s already difficult to come by their products. However, when I placed my delivery order (they deliver this Saturday), I was called back and told they had already reached the “delivery maximum”, and it would be February 2 before I could have a delivery. This was a minor inconvenience for someone like myself, as I was mainly wanting to try another dispensary for my own purposes and to provide some variety in my reviews, but it could have been a much worse situation for a patient with terminal illness or a more severe debilitating condition.

While South Florida has access to dispensaries from MUV, GrowHealthy, Liberty Health Sciences, Vidacann, Trulieve, Surterra, Knox, and Curaleaf, some areas in the Panhandle only have access to a fraction of that. Take areas like Pensacola for example, who only have Trulieve and Surterra within 50 miles of them (the next closest dispensary is Knox in Fort Walton Beach). It simply isn’t fair that those patients don’t have the same diversity of medical products available to them, and it’s past time for Florida cannabis companies to address that. Please, quit neglecting the Panhandle.

Closing Thoughts

I choose to remain positive about Ron Desantis’ announcement today. I believe that he is taking approach that allows the state legislature to dignify themselves and fix the broken system, rather than taking the authoritarian approach and “taking the rug from underneath them”, so to speak. By the beginning of April, I full expect to see the beginnings of a totally different (and much better) cannabis industry in the state of Florida. Products are going to become more numerous, prices are going to go down, more companies are going to come into existence, more dispensaries will open, and more patients will use cannabis to relieve their ailments and achieve a much higher quality of life. It’s going to take more time, but we are already seeing the beginning ripples of progress, and they will grow in frequency and intensity in the coming weeks. As patients and advocates, we need to remain vigilant and active and see this through to completion. Our state’s patients deserve nothing less.

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Trulieve Flower Review: Super Silver Haze (Sativa)

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

Quick Facts:

Super Silver Haze  (Sativa)

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

805.0 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

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

0.00% CBD

02.70% CBG

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

26.0% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

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

Appearance Rating: 4.00/5.00

Smell/Taste

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

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.90/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

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

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

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 4.40/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.10/5.00

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

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

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

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

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

1.) What is your age?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Patient #1: thisme60

1.) What is your age?

50

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

Cancer (Multiple Myeloma) 

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

9 years

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

Alprazolam (Xanax) and Lorazepam (Ativan) for anxiety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Patient #2: LinuxCharms

1.) What is your age?

22

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

Side effect issues, depression, Fibromyalgia, anxiety.

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

Going on nearly 6 months now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Patient #3: BlazinBubl

1.) What is your age?

25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Patient #4: rotalotdotcom

1.) What is your age?

59

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Patient #5: Ronald1s

1.) What is your age?

49

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

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

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

4 years

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

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

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

Full spectrum oils/dabs and flower.

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

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

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

*No answer*

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Summarizing Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Limonene

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

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

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

Pinene

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

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

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

Humulene

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

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

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

Linalool

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

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

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

Myrcene

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

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

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

Caryophyllene

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

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

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

Delta-3 Carene

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

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

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

Closing Thoughts

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

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

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

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