Medmen Flower Review: M.O.A.B (Hybrid)

Before I get started with this review, I’ll go ahead and address the elephant in the room for many readers. Medmen has some controversy surrounding its mention in the Florida medical cannabis community, for a couple of reasons. A major reason is that Medmen backed the failed Make It Legal Florida (MILF) Adult Use legalization initiative that would legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older in Florida, with a couple of major catches: Vertical integration (VI) would be upheld, and patients would not be allowed to home grow. Another reason is the general corporate feel of Medmen stores, with many calling them “the Apple stores of cannabis” based on the setup of the store and the purchase experience.

To be quite honest, I am sure that there is a small subset of users in the Florida Medical Trees subreddit (Full Disclosure: I am one of the moderators there) who will react negatively to my writing a review for one of Medmen’s products. However, considering that other Florida MMTCs backed MILF and that almost all the dispensaries have their flaws or flawed actions, I put politics aside to try and review another flower option in Florida. There are many patients who depend on having a variety of options for relief, and the politics of dispensaries are one of their last concerns. I know that many of my readers are part of that demographic, so as they say: “I did it for science!” Ultimately, I’m glad I did – this eighth of M.O.A.B is some quality herb. Let’s get to talking about the strain and product itself now that we’ve addressed the inevitable.

M.O.A.B is an acronym that stands for “Mother of All Buds”, and I’d say that’s a fair name with the lineage of this strain. A child of 4 different powerhouse strains in their own right, M.O.A.B seeks to capitalize on the positive aspects of many different genetics and terpenes in this hybrid strain.

Quick Facts:

M.O.A.B (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $40/eighth

Lineage: Hindu Kush x Blueberry x Blue Dream x Chemdog

Batch/Harvest Number: SD-MOA-120219-22B-F

Cannabinoids

THC: 15.82%

CBD: 0.05%

Total Cannabinoids: 15.87%

Terpenes

Unfortunately, Medmen doesn’t have lab reports for M.O.A.B available online at this time, so I have no terpene percentages to provide for this strain. Whenever this information becomes available, I will update this section with the terpenes and their percentages.

Appearance/Cure

I have to say, I’m very impressed with this eighth of M.O.A.B flower. If this is how Medmen’s flower always is, then I will be back to try other strains in the future.

Medmen does a couple of things with their flower that I really like, and surprisingly, I’m not aware of any other MMTCs that are doing these things at this time. The first is the fact that the jar is made of ceramic. Glass jars are really more desirable for me personally, but ceramic is much better than the plastic jars that the other MMTCs use.

The other great thing Medmen does with their flower is that they put Integra humidity packs inside the cap of the jar – this particular one was a 62% pack. This helps maintain a desirable moisture content in the flower, helps preserve the terpenes, and probably has other benefits as well. This really should be an industry standard.

The flower itself is beautiful, and cured very nicely. Many deep shades of purple make for a visual treat in this eighth of M.O.A.B, and flecks of green coupled with amber trichomes and burnt orange pistils really make for a spectacular palette of colors to enjoy.

Moisture content is nearly perfect (I’m sure in part due to the Integra pack), and there’s even a bit of stickiness to this flower as well – not to mention that it is visibly frosted in trichomes.

For my first eighth of flower from Medmen, I’m very impressed. This is quality – and dare I say it, perhaps even approaching Tegridy.

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Appearance/Cure Rating: 4.60/5.00

Smell/Taste

M.O.A.B has a light, piney smell that reminds me of strains like Space Bomb and Jack Herer. This isn’t really a loud, pungent strain that stinks up the entire room, but the smell is nice. There’s a bit of an earthy, almost Cookies-like terpene at play here as well.

The strain tastes much like it smells. Again, nothing spectacular, but still enjoyable.

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.80/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

M.O.A.B has a lot going on in the genetics department, and what ultimately results is a sativa-dominant hybrid. This is an accurate description of the effects as well, as this is a fairly energetic and stimulating strain.

I mentioned that M.O.A.B smelled like Space Bomb; it also feels very similar in its effects as well, so if you’ve tried Space Bomb, you have a decent idea of how M.O.A.B will feel. This is a cerebrally stimulating strain that is good for getting things done – going to the gym, running errands, doing chores, being creative, etc.

Even with the ~15% THC, I found this to be a potent batch of flower. I immediately feel it in the forehead and behind the eyes, and my thoughts get to going soon after. M.O.A.B is a strain that seems best for use from early morning to early afternoon. It’s a strain that makes me feel like I need to do something; I don’t really enjoy sitting around or relaxing while medicating with it. While there is a very light body relaxation component to this strain, it really feels more like a sativa than anything else.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Lack of energy/motivation 
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Minor headaches
  • Relief of minor skeletal/muscular aches and pains
  • Good for creativity

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

Effects Rating: 4.00/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.13/5.00

Overall, I would best describe M.O.A.B as a “very good, impressively grown and cured” hybrid strain from Medmen.

All politics and controversy aside, I really enjoyed this flower. It seems to have been grown and cured with care, and it has nice effects. Based on this first experience with Medmen’s flower, I’ll definitely be back to try another strain or two in the near future.

Though there are times when I feel the community should take action like boycotts against various MMTCs, I don’t think Medmen warrants that action at this time. With that being said, don’t let people on social media bully you into missing out on another good option for cannabis flower in Florida. It might be one of the best options you’ve tried – the only way to know is to give it a shot.

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 07.15.2019 Update – Industry Update, Flower Overview

It’s been exactly 2 months since our last industry update, and the Florida medical cannabis market continues to grow at a steady rate: both in the number of patients, and dispensary/product availability.

State of the Florida Cannabis Industry: July 15, 2019

Qualified Patients (Active ID Card): 243,065

Total Patients: 323,506

It’s been just over 3 months since SB 182 passed and allowed Florida dispensaries to sell smokable cannabis flower. Since our last update, the supply issues have slightly improved as many dispensaries expand their operations and most areas now have more choices for where patients can get their products.

Trulieve is still the main supplier of flower in the state by a long shot: they delivered nearly five times as many milligrams of medical marijuana as the nearest competitor as of the July 12 OMMU update.

However, Trulieve’s continuing to be plagued by customer service issues and long wait times have driven many patients to purchasing flower from other Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs), who have been building their own stock of smokable flower for the past few months. I believe that for the remainder of 2019, we will start to see the industry level out a bit – albeit very slowly. Trulieve has been the “giant” of the industry until now, and they will continue to provide the large majority of cannabis products in Florida; however, their relative dominance of the market will start to very slowly shrink as other MMTCs rise to the competition.

At this point, almost all Florida MMTCs offer some sort of flower product. The big challenge for most of them now will be to expand throughout the state, particularly to the Panhandle, which still does not have nearly the same amount of options and most of the rest of the state south of the Big Bend area.

Brief Overview of each MMTC’s Flower

Trulieve

Trulieve Lemon OG. Image courtesy of Redditor “SomeGuyMcUsername”

As the first MMTC to provide whole flower products, Trulieve has had the most time to refine their product. Their flower has been consistently good quality over the past few months, with only a couple of batches earning a few heated posts on Reddit; it is worth noting that Trulieve went out of their way to credit the patients that received the bad batches, showing their commitment to customer service even as they deal with a huge influx of new patients.

Trulieve also has pre-rolls available; I found these to be enjoyable, and they seem to get batches of them fairly often. Stock issues for both whole flower and pre-rolls are not quite as bad as they were a couple of month ago.

Curaleaf

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Curaleaf Afghani flower. Image courtesy of Redditor “Ciphtitled305”

As of the last update, Curaleaf was known for being the first MMTC to offer large quantities of whole flower: quarters, ounces, etc. However, after a few strange price increases and a few weeks where they seemed to completely run out of flower, patients have been coming to Reddit to share batches of their flower lately.

It seems that Curaleaf may finally be building a stock of loose flower and preroll, and all reviews we’ve seen on Reddit lately indicate that the flower quality is improving as well. Curaleaf offers many unique and “niche” type strains, making them a worthy option to keep around.

RiSE

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Hellcat flower from RiSE. Image courtesy of Redditor “Conflixshuns”

RiSE continues to hold their reputation for having arguably the best medical marijuana flower in Florida. Most all patients on social media continue to rave about their products, which are often near 30% THC for whole flower strains. RiSE continues to expand their locations and delivery services throughout the state; hopefully, we will see them somewhere in the western Panhandle soon!

GrowHealthy

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GrowHealthy White 99 flower. Image courtesy of Reddit “myhomesoup”

GrowHealthy has been expanding their locations in South Florida over the past couple of months; however, flower stock has seemed to be very limited. There have been rumors that something went wrong with one of their crops, leading to possible stock shortages throughout the year. The current lack of posts about GrowHealthy flower might be an indicator that there is some truth to this.

From what we have seen, though, it appears GrowHealthy still holds a firm position as having some of the best quality cannabis flower in Florida. Their batches are often above 25% THC, making them a top choice for the lucky patients who are able to get their hands on some.

VidaCann

Duct Tape flower from VidaCann

VidaCann is one of the few MMTCs that has actually expanded into the western Panhandle, so I was able to get an eighth of their Duct Tape flower a few weeks ago.

I see now why so many patients rave about the quality of their flower: it was truly premium, and had one of the most interesting and enjoyable terpene profiles I’ve found in the Florida market to this date.

There were a few batches a month or two ago that were suspected to have mold, but VidaCann has not had any issues with their flower quality since then. Availability seems to be spotty at best; we figure this is due to their expansion throughout the state, and will improve over the next few months.

MUV (Altmed Florida)

MUV Velvet Glove flower. Image courtesy of Redditor “hopsandcrops”.

 After a few weeks of what seemed like zero flower availability throughout the state, posts of MUV’s premium-quality flower have been surfacing on various social media again over the past couple of weeks. MUV continues to be praised for consistent high-quality flower, and many patients would argue that they have the best flower in the state of Florida.

MUV is unique in that they also offer loose flower in 1 gram qualities in addition to eighths, making them a great choice for patients looking to sample a variety of strains.

Liberty Health Sciences

Liberty Health Sciences Super A5 flower with suspected mold. Image courtesy of Redditor “Psyched4This”

Liberty Health Sciences has quickly made itself known as the “budget”, low quality option for Florida patients.

With eighths at $28 and their “Papa’s Herb” product line that offers eighths of whole flower for $25, they do make a good choice for patients who need medication on a budget.

Reviews of Liberty’s flower have been mostly negative, with the best reviews saying that their flower “gets the job done” as far as medicating effects go. With recent reports of mold and lack of quality control in their flower, we will be staying away from their flower until they can prove that they are able to keep a consistently good-quality product available.

Fluent (Formerly Knox)

“Odra” (OG Kush) whole flower from Fluent

Formerly known as Knox Medical, Fluent rebranded themselves a couple of month ago and began offering whole flower and pre-rolls not long after.

As somewhat of a surprise to many patients who knew Knox for unremarkable products, Fluent has exploded into the industry with rave reviews of their whole flower batches.

I’ve actually been able to try two different strains of their whole flower, and can confirm that both batches were on an entire other level from the other flower products I have tried. Fluent confirmed that all of their flower is hand trimmed “so that even the most experienced connoisseur can appreciate the quality.”

We hope and expect to see Fluent continue to produce high quality flower, and expand their product availability over the next few months.

Surterra Wellness

Surterra Stardawg flower pre-roll

Surterra was the last “major” MMTC to arrive on the whole flower scene; it was only last week that they announced the release of their whole flower pre-rolls.

After trying each of their strains, I can confirm that the pre-rolls provide quality medicating effects. Though the first batches were lacking in the terpene department, I feel that we will see this improve over the next few months. Hopefully, Surterra will eventually consider their stance on loose flower and realize its value in the market – would love to see what they can offer there.

Harvest

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Florida’s Gift flower from Harvest. Image courtesy of Redditor “treelasagna”

Harvest has made a name for themselves since our last update, offering many unique strains of flower throughout the state of Florida – all for $35/eighth. One might assume this means their flower is of lower quality, but reports and reviews over the past few weeks indicate otherwise. Most batches have been near or flirting with the 20% THC mark, and most reviews indicate that these strains have nice terpene content and are well-cured.

With vertical integration and desire of profits causing most all other MMTCs to average around $50/eighth, Harvest and their lower-priced options are much needed in the Florida market. We hope to see them expand throughout the state over the course of the next couple of years, and help force other MMTCs to lower their prices because of the increased competition.

3 Boys Farm

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Vanilla Berry Pie flower from 3 Boys Farm. Image courtesy of Redditor “splifstar88”

3 Boys Farm has a bit of a cult following on social media – known for their “#dognotdawg” campaign, a reference to the spelling of the Chemdog strain.

Initial reviews of their flower have been positive, and they are yet another MMTC to offer a unique selection of strains, some of which are even considered “exotic”.

3 Boys Farm is currently delivery-only in Florida, so a very limited number of patients have been able to try their flower. Interestingly, 3 Boys is the first Florida MMTC to offer flower before offering any other products. We look forward to seeing more from them, and eventually being able to try them for ourselves.

MedMen

MedMen announced as recently as this week that they would offer pre-rolled flower at their sole location. We’ve seen a couple of text reviews on Reddit that indicate the quality is hit-or-miss, with some strains being good, and others not good at all.

We haven’t seen any images of the pre-rolls, but we will be looking out for them, and share them here soon.

Closing Thoughts

Since the passing of SB 182, the availability and selection of smokable cannabis flower in Florida has grown at a rapid rate. With talks of vertical integration possibly coming to an end in Florida, we could soon be looking at an entirely different market – so stay tuned to this site and our social media for daily updates on what’s happening in the industry.

For now, however, we are happy with the progress the state’s industry is making. Availability is going up, prices are slowly coming down, and access is becoming more widespread. We expect to see these trends continue throughout 2019, and will continue to keep you updated on the latest as it happens.

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