MÜV Disposable Vape Pen Review: Zour Apples (Sativa)

After trying several different strains in MÜV’s disposable vape pen line, I find that I really enjoy this product. Other than their Tier 3 flower at $32/eighth, these 0.3g vape pens ($35) really provide one of the most affordable options for trying different strains from MÜV. Since these vape pens use cannabis-derived terpenes, the smell, taste, and effects are very close to what one would expect from the flower form of a strain.

Zour Apples is a child of Jack Herer and Ethos Glue, and seems to lean heavily toward the former parent with its presentation in this disposable vape pen. I think of this strain as a version of Jack Herer with a bit more stoney euphoria and body relaxation.

Quick Facts:

Zour Apples – Sativa

Price at time of review: $35/0.3g cart

Lineage: Jack Herer (“Plantman” Cut) x Ethos Glue

79.66% THC

3.3% CBD

82.96% Total Cannabinoids

Taste:

Zour Apples tastes a lot like its Jack Herer parent, with strong piney citrus notes. However, the added Ethos Glue parent seems to give this strain a very “dry”, almost floral taste. Together, I can see where some might find a resemblance to the taste of a green apple – but it isn’t an overwhelming association like some other fruit-labeled strains I’ve tried.

Taste Rating: 4.00/5.00

Vapor and Product Quality

MÜV’s disposable vape pens come packaged in a stylish and colorful cardboard box, as seen in the image above, Inside the box is one of the typical child-proof tubes that these pens often come in; to open the tube, you simply squeeze it near the top until the little cap pops out.

The pen itself resembles a CCell cart. To use this type of pen, you simply inhale to activate the battery. I had absolutely zero issues with the battery going dead before the product was gone, but this may be because I go through these pens very quickly.

I also had very little issues with clogging (had a few times where it was tough to pull), and really no other issues with the product itself. It worked exactly as intended, and the small size makes it discreet and convenient for medicating.

Vapor/Product Quality Rating: 4.00/5.00

Effects:

Zour Apples is a more gentle and mellow sativa based off my experience from this vape cart; perhaps this is partly due to the relatively high CBD content of 3.3% – this would be enough to help ease some of the anxiety from the concentrated THC.

Jack Herer again shows its influence in the focus that this strain brings on; however, I find there to be much more of a “stoney” and euphoric quality to this strain. It’s not the best strain for when I need to be composed out in the world for this reason; however, if I don’t need to be around anyone else, it is a great strain for productivity.

It reminds me of a lot of MÜV’s Maui Wowie vape cart, but with the added focus from the Jack Herer lineage. This is a good sativa for relaxing outdoors in the sun, or for any other outdoor activity that involves nature. I recommend this Zour Apples vape cart for any time between early morning and mid-afternoon.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Lack of motivation/creativity
  • General relaxation/relief 

Effects Rating: 4.40/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.13/5.00

MÜV’s Zour Apples disposable vape pen is best described as a “very good, well-balanced sativa” product.

I really enjoyed Zour Apples based off my experience with this disposable vape, and will be looking to try it in flower form as soon as it becomes available in my area.

Hope you all have a wonderful morning, afternoon, evening, or night – whichever applies. Thanks for reading the review!

Be sure to join our email subscriber list and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date with all the latest in the Florida medical cannabis industry! You can find a quick-subscribe button in the righthand column on this site. 

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

MÜV Flower Review: Strawberry Cough (Hybrid)

Strawberry Cough is a well-known and sought after cannabis strain that has a bit of mystery behind its exact origin. The general idea behind the lineage is a Haze phenotype was bred with a strawberry strain; some versions of the story say that the other parent was an unknown indica strain that was grown in a strawberry field.

Regardless of the lineage, one thing is clear: MÜV’s phenotype is Strawberry cough is an entirely different strain that VidaCann’s phenotype (review here), which is labeled as a sativa strain.

MÜV has allegedly claimed that their version of Strawberry Cough is the Kyle Kushman phenotype, which has been widely critically acclaimed. I am waiting to verify this with their team, and will report back once I have received an answer.

Quick Facts:

Strawberry Cough (Hybrid) 

Price at time of review: $40/eighth (T2)

Lineage: Unknown; Clone-Only

Batch/Harvest Number: BU050320-7814SC

Cannabinoids

THC: 19.44%

CBD: 0.05%

Total Cannabinoids: 19.49%

Terpenes

Unfortunately, MÜV doesn’t make their lab reports available, 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

Jar is my own; it is a recycled VidaCann flower jar.

MÜV’s T2 flower is $40 per eighth vs. the $50 pricetag of their T1 flower or the $32 for T3. Per their website:

Tier 1 ($50) and Tier 2 ($40) are selected based on potency, size, structure, terpene profiles and aroma. Tier 3 is based on size only.

https://altmedflorida.com/product/copy-copy-2/

This is a beautiful Strawberry Cough phenotype that expresses a large amount of purple shades throughout the buds. Fuzzy amber trichomes are numerous and easily visible with the contrasting shades of purple and green in the background. Pistils are slightly fewer in comparison to what I consider the average for all the strains I’ve tried, and are a vibrant burnt orange color.

The buds are medium density and very slightly on the dry side, but are still somewhat sticky when broken apart.

Very nicely grown batch of Strawberry Cough here – and a very nice phenotype, Kyle Kushman or otherwise.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.60/10.00

Smell/Taste

This cut of Strawberry Cough smells nearly identical to a Strawberry Creme Saver candy, for those of you who remember it. Strawberry and Cream are the dominant smells, with a faint earthy terpene in the background. This is a moderately loud flower that smells really nice, sweet, and floral, with the cream terpenes being some of the most pronounced I’ve found in Florida cannabis flower.

The taste is much like the smell – musky strawberry overtones with hints of earthy haze. Very good, and currently my favorite of the three “strawberry” flower strains I’ve tried so far. (The other two are Vidacann’s Strawberry Cough and Trulieve’s Strawberry Switchblade.)

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.80/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

As I mentioned before, MÜV lists their cut of Strawberry Cough as a hybrid strain – a contrast from VidaCann’s sativa cut of the strain.

This seems to reflect in the effects as well. MÜV’s Strawberry Cough feels like a more balanced hybrid strain, if slightly sativa-dominant. The typical sativa-esque cerebral invigoration is immediately noticeable, but gentle. This strain is a bit of a creeper, and the mind/euphoric effects seem to reach full intensity about 20-25 min after the first hit.

After the peak of cerebral effects, the indica-like body relaxation begins to set in, but not too heavily. This is a functional strain that I’ve used to wake-and-bake, but it is versatile, as I’ve also used it to wind down after a long day at work. It is notable that this strain does a good job of helping me stay productive and not as anxious from the COVID-19 pandemic that is consuming so much of our lives at this time. Overall, the effects are pretty balanced, and could be used at almost any time of the day – except right before bed, perhaps. This strain has enough of a sativa edge that I would not want to use it before trying to ease my mind off to sleep.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • General enjoyment of life/activities
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Minor to moderate 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. Everybody is different, and every body reacts differently to various medications. 

Effects Rating: 8.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.52/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Strawberry Cough as an “excellent” hybrid strain from MÜV.

At this point, I would have to say that this is my favorite cut of Strawberry Cough currently available in Florida. It truly delivers good results in all the categories I’m looking for. I recommend getting the T2 if you have a chance – it’s the best of both worlds in terms of price and overall quality.

Stay tuned for many more new Florida cannabis reviews coming soon and throughout 2020 – and beyond!

Be sure to join our email subscriber list and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date with all the latest in the Florida medical cannabis industry! You can find a quick-subscribe button in the righthand column on this site. Thank you for taking the time to read; we genuinely hope you find this site beneficial to helping you as a patient.

MÜV Püre Cartridge Review: Maui Wowie (Sativa)

MÜV’s “Pure” line of cartridges are distillate-based concentrate vapes that use a CCell variant with a more open-style mouthpiece to produce large, quality draws of vapor.

Maui Wowie (often styled “Maui Waui”) is a landrace sativa that is said to originate from the volcanic soil of Maui. I really enjoy both the Pure cartridge and the Maui Waui strain itself, and felt it was an excellent first strain to try from this product line after reading much hype about it on the Florida Medical Trees subreddit.

(Full disclosure: I am one of the moderators of the aforementioned subreddit community. I do highly recommend all my readers join this community if they haven’t already; it is an excellent source of knowledge.)

Quick Facts:

Maui Wowie
I forgot to take a picture of my cart before I vaped it all (it was that good), so here’s the stock image from MÜV’s website.

Maui Waui – Sativa

Price at time of review: $50/0.5g cart

Lineage: Landrace strain

~80.0% THC

~0.33% CBD

~80.33% Total Cannabinoids

Taste:

MÜV offers the following description of their Maui Wowie cart on their website:

Like a fresh basket of tropical fruit, these exotic terpenes will awaken your senses and melt away stress.

MÜV product page for Maui Wowie Pure cartridge

I find this description to be accurate. You can imagine just about any tropical fruit and find it in this terpene profile: pineapple, mango, even banana. It does, in fact, taste like a fresh basket of tropical fruit. It also reminds me of the smell when you first open a bottle of any tropical-flavored soda.

MÜV says that this particular cartridge uses a blend of both cannabis and plant-derived terpenes. I always prefer pure cannabis-derived terpenes in cannabis vape carts, but this Maui Wowie cart does manage to taste very good and still feel like cannabis “should” feel.

Taste Rating: 4.20/5.00

Vapor and Product Quality

MÜV’s Pure vape pens come packaged in a stylish and colorful cardboard box, as seen in the image above.

The cartridge itself is a CCell cart with a wider, more open mouthpiece than what I’ve typically seen from other vape pens in Florida. To use this type of cartridge, you can attach it to any 510-thread vaporizer pen; MÜV offers their own branded 510-thread battery in all of their dispensaries, and it obviously will fit this cart.

The cart draws very well and produces big, quality hits. I never had any clogging issues with this cartridge.

Vapor/Product Quality Rating: 4.50/5.00

Effects:

Maui Wowie is a very relaxing sativa, and it strongly reminds me of another landrace sativa I enjoyed very much: Colombian Gold. (Bring it back, Trulieve!)

Fittingly, this is a perfect strain to use for a day out on the beach, and I often used it for exactly that.

Proof:

This was a good day, about a week before COVID-19 social distancing began in Florida. My family was already practicing it at the time anyway – we had a large portion of this beach all to ourselves, and it was great.

This is a great strain to use anytime from morning to early evening. It’s not a paranoid, speedy, or racy sativa. Very relaxing, and a bit creativity-inducing – artistic cannabis users will really enjoy Maui Wowie while working on their various projects. Cerebral stimulation and visual invigoration gradually fade into a gentle full-body relaxation throughout the duration of the effects.

However, my absolute favorite to do with this Maui Wowie cart, is to be doing something on the beach. Let’s hope everyone does their part with social distancing measures and the COVID-19 pandemic is defeated relatively soon, so we all can get back to enjoying strains like this on the beautiful beaches we call home.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Lack of motivation/creativity
  • General relaxation/relief 

Effects Rating: 4.40/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.36/5.00

MÜV’s Maui Wowie Pure cart is best described as an “excellent” product.

I’m very impressed with my first product from MÜV’s “Pure” vape cart line, and look forward to trying other strains in the future. I absolutely recommend this product to patients looking for a perfect strain for outdoor activities, or for patients looking for a strain to lift their depression and boost their creativity and motivation. $50 is in the mid to upper price range for vape carts in Florida, but I do feel the quality matches the price tag relative to the rest of the Florida industry.

Hope you all have a wonderful morning, afternoon, evening, or night – whichever applies. Thanks for reading the review!

Be sure to join our email subscriber list and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date with all the latest in the Florida medical cannabis industry! You can find a quick-subscribe button in the righthand column on this site. 

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

MÜV Flower Review: Clementine (Sativa)

Clementine. I’ve been waiting for quite a while to see this strain in full flower form, after immensely enjoying it during my early days as a legal cannabis patient; back then, I was filling up VFire pods with Trulieve’s Clementine Truclear distillate and vaping them it out of their Trustik. I always wondered what the flower would smell and taste like, as even the plant-derived terpenes in the Truclear had a nice orange citrus flavor.

I didn’t expect the smell to be amazing, but I found one of my favorite citrus strains in Florida in MÜV’s Clementine flower.

Quick Facts:

Clementine (Sativa)Most sources online list Clementine as a hybrid strain, but both Trulieve and MÜV list it as a sativa.

Price at time of review: $40/eighth (T2)

Lineage: Lemon Skunk x Tangie

Batch/Harvest Number: BU270120-1663CLM

Cannabinoids

THC: 21.40%

CBD: 0.04%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.44%

Terpenes

Unfortunately, MÜV doesn’t make their lab reports available, 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

MÜV’s T2 flower is $40 per eighth vs. the $50 pricetag of their T1 flower. Per their website:

Tier 1 ($50) and Tier 2 ($40) are selected based on potency, size, structure, terpene profiles and aroma. Tier 3 is based on size only.

https://altmedflorida.com/product/copy-copy-2/

With that being said, I didn’t feel that this Clementine was any lesser quality than the T1 Rainbow Trainwreck I tried, at least in regards to potency and terpenes; in fact, this Clementine had higher cannabinoid content. The only difference was the size of the buds – medium size for T2, and large rocklike buds for T1.

Clementine itself is a pretty flower. Mostly lime green hues give way to medium green accents, all absolute covered in milky trichomes and light pink pistils. This eighth is moderate in density and has nearly perfect moisture content, and has a bit of stickiness about it.

Based on my experience with this eighth, MÜV’s T2 is well grown and worth the $40.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.20/10.00

Smell/Taste

As I said at the beginning of the review, I’m very impressed with the smell of this flower. It’s loud and very orange citrus-esque. Very bright citrus terpenes. The smell reminds me of an actual clementine right after it’s been peeled and the little sections are broken open. The smell is also reminiscent of Sunkist or any similar orange-flavored soda. Of all the “lemon” and “orange” citrus-named strains that I’ve tried, MÜV’s Clementine flower deserves its name the most.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn’t come through quite like the terpenes smell. Instead, I find the taste of the smoke on exhale to be more spicy and peppery. It still tastes good – just not like it smells.

If you’re looking for a strain that smells like orange citrus, this is the one. Absolutely nailed the naming of this strain with regards to its smell.

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.20/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Clementine is a comfortable sativa for me; in fact, the Rainbow Trainwreck felt more racy despite the fact that it is labeled as a hybrid strain.

Clementine seems to be a really good mood lifter, causing my depression to fade into nothing, and replacing it with a happy, steady motivation. Like many sativa strains, this seems to enhance colors and general perception of my visual field. Doing tasks like folding laundry (which I usually dislike to an extent) are much more bearable, and doing things I enjoy (like writing this review, playing instruments, etc.) are even more enjoyable.

This is a good daytime strain, and I’d say it’s best for use anywhere from early morning to early evening. It does ease into a dreamy and mellow full-body relaxation as the effects progress, making it a strain that I can’t wait to try before heading out to the beach in the spring and summer.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety 
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
  • Lack of motivation
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Increased energy and alertness (to an extent)

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: 8.40/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.60/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Clementine as an “excellent, exceptionally smelling” sativa strain from MÜV.

This is just the beginning of many, many MÜV product reviews to come. Now that they’ve finally come to my part of Florida, I have a lot of catching up to do!

Be sure to join our email subscriber list and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date with all the latest in the Florida medical cannabis industry! You can find a quick-subscribe button in the righthand column on this site. Thank you for taking the time to read; we genuinely hope you find this site beneficial to helping you as a patient.

Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 05.15.2019 Update – Industry Expansion, Flower Overview

It’s been over a month since our last update when we first recognized Republican House Representative Ray Rodrigues’ last ditch effort to dismantle the Florida medical cannabis industry. Due to the nature of how quickly events were unfolding on a daily basis during the end of the legislative session, I found our Twitter feed to be a more practical way of keeping all of you updated. (If you aren’t already following us, do that! The highlighted text above links to our handle: @FLMCCollective.)

Thankfully, the legislative session ended with Rodrigues failing in his attempts; the Florida Senate effectively tabled the bill indefinitely, allowing it to die, at least until the next legislative session that begins in March 2020. This means that our medical cannabis industry will continue to expand at a rapid rate: we are now over 250,000 patients, and it doesn’t look like anything is going to slow down any time soon.

The following paragraphs will give my perspective on the current state of the industry as a whole, and comment on the current flower offerings from each Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC). Flower is what many patients use for their main course of cannabis treatment (myself included), and it’s currently the fastest growing area of the Florida cannabis industry.

State of the Florida Cannabis Industry: May 15, 2019

Since the passing of SB 182 and the full legalization of medical marijuana flower in Florida, the industry has only accelerated in its growth. This is good for the industry as a whole in the long run, but is causing some growing pains for most patients right now, namely in the form of long wait times and stock issues, particularly with flower. The average price for an eighth (3.5 grams) of flower is around $50. Prerolls are around $13 for a gram.

Trulieve is the main supplier of flower in the state for the moment, but other MMTCs are rolling out or have already rolled out their flower as well, and will soon (hopefully) provide more competition. The state’s laws make it hard to provide adequate stock as it is, so MMTCs are having to adjust to the new high demand for flower. There currently seems to be a gradual increase of overall availability; the past couple of weeks saw most locations being completely sold out of flower for days at a time, save for the lucky few patients who endured long wait times (some for several hours) to get their product of choice.

Fluent (formerly branded as Knox) released their flower yesterday with one strain available (that nobody in the state has had until now): Grandaddy Purp.

The quality of flower across the board seems to be mostly good to great, and will only improve with time and experience.

Brief Overview of each MMTC’s Flower

Trulieve

Trulieve White Buffalo Flower
Trulieve Stardawg Flower

Trulieve’s flower has been available for well over a month now; in fact, they were the very first MMTC to release flower a mere 3 days after Governor Desantis signed SB182 into law.

For the most part, reviews of their flower have been excellent. My personal experience with their flower has been really good. Like many other patients in the various online communities, I’ve found some batches to be a little too dry; other than that, I’ve really enjoyed every single eighth I’ve bought.

Trulieve also has prerolls available; I found these to be enjoyable as well.

Curaleaf

Where Trulieve was the first to MMTC to release smokable flower, Curaleaf has been the first (and so far only) MMTC to offer flower in bulk quantities: quarter ounces and ounces have been available as well.

Curaleaf seems to have high quality flower as well (I haven’t personally tried it), with the consensus placing the quality near Trulieve’s flower quality.

Many patients have been boycotting Curaleaf due to them not being transparent with a “rollout pricing” promotion on their ounces of flower. The initial price for an ounce from Curaleaf was $300; after about a week, without any announcement, the price was raised to $345/$360 depending on the strain. The timing of this price raise with Ray Rodrigues’ threatening the industry lead many to believe that Curaleaf was capitalizing on the current political climate at the expense of Florida cannabis patients.

Regardless of how you feel about their business strategy, Curaleaf remains as one of the main players in the Florida cannabis industry with high quality flower products.

RiSE

Though their availability is currently very limited due to their small number of locations, RiSE has made an impact in the Florida medical cannabis industry already with their reputation of very high-quality flower. Many patients argue that RiSE currently has the highest quality flower in Florida, with most agreeing that the quality is higher than what can be found at Trulieve, Curaleaf, MUV, and Liberty Health Sciences. The only other MMTCs that seem to currently be in the same class as RiSE are GrowHealthy and VidaCann. As the industry grows, this is sure to change; however, other MMTCs should be on the top of their game as RiSE expands their locations throughout the state.

GrowHealthy

GrowHealthy Queso Perro – image credit: Reddit user leicabeast

With several batches that have rang in near or over 30% THC, GrowHealthy definitely takes its place with Rise and VidaCann as the current Top 3 MMTCS in Florida for flower quality. GrowHealthy currently only offers flower for in-store patients, but hopefully this will change soon; since GrowHealthy offers statewide delivery, they could really benefit from ramping up flower production to meet the needs of the patients who enjoy their product.

With only a few physical locations open, this means that not many patients have been able to try GrowHealthy’s flower – so you guys will have to let us know how good it is if you’ve been lucky enough to try it!

VidaCann

VidaCann has also had several batches flirt with the 30% THC mark, with patients on the Florida Medical Trees Subreddit raving about the quality of their flower. VidaCann is currently quickly expanding their locations, so we expect them to remain one of the key players for cannabis flower in Florida for the foreseeable future. VidaCann hasn’t been able to offer quite the same variety of strains as the preceding MMTCs on this list (there’s usually only one or two strains available from the at any given time), but we expect for this to change as they expand.

MUV (Altmed Florida)

MUV “Guru” flower. Image credit: Reddit user leicabeast
MUV “Guru” flower. Image credit: Reddit user leicabeast

It hasn’t been all that long since MUV released their flower cups, which received rave reviews all across various Florida medical cannabis social media. Their loose flower has been of similar (excellent) quality from the posts we’ve seen; the issue seems to be that they aren’t carrying much of it in stock. Of all the MMTCs that are known to carry high quality flower, we see the least amount of posts of MUV flower. Cannabis patients on the Florida Medical Trees subreddit have expressed that their local dispensary always seems to be out of stock of loose flower when they visit; if anything, flower cups were available.

As with all other current growing pains in the industry, we expect this to resolve itself as each MMTC grows and expands. For now, MUV retains its reputation for having some of the highest quality cannabis flower in product – if you can get your hands on some.

Liberty Health Sciences

LHS “Star Killer” flower. Image credit: Reddit user PastActivity

Liberty Health Sciences has been hit-or-miss with both flower and preroll availability in the near-month that they’ve had flower. Reviews across the various medical cannabis communities have been mixed, with many comparing the flower to “ditch weed”, “mids”, “reggie”, etc. At $28, this flower is the cheapest in the Florida market, so I suppose you get what you pay for.

LHS, like VidaCann, has only had a couple of strains available since they released flower. Hopefully this, and the quality of their product, will both improve as we move forward.

Fluent (Formerly Knox)

Knox recently went through a rebranding phase, now calling themselves “Fluent” and as of yesterday, offering flower to Florida cannabis patients. Fluent has been known for renaming well-known cannabis strains, like Grandaddy Purp, into their own names – Polaris in this example.

Currently, GDP/Polaris is the only strain available from Fluent, and reviews have been generally positive. We will wait to see the other strains that Fluent offers; the fact that nobody else is currently offering GDP does give them some novelty in this area. We look forward to seeing more from them!

Coming Soon: Surterra Wellness

The current buzz around various Surterra dispensaries and social media is that they will begin to offer flower within the next couple of months.

As most of Surterra’s current products are based around CBD:THC ratios rather than strain-specific products, it will be interesting to see what type of flower products they offer. Ratio CBD:THC prerolls sold as Zen, Relief, etc.? We will see!

Closing Thoughts

The Florida medical cannabis industry is continuing to grow at a rapid pace, and most all MMTCs are now offering flower. Thankfully, the Florida House GOP was unable to thwart the medical cannabis industry, and it will continue to thrive through 2020 and beyond. We look forward to seeing how the industry continues to grow and expand, and how flower continues to improve in quality and availability. Times may be a little tough now due to the limit of product, the wait times, and the high prices – but I believe they will get better as the industry continues to grow.

The next thing to watch for are cannabis edibles, as word is that the Department of Health is in the final stages of approving various edible cannabis products. Stay tuned!

Be sure to join our email subscriber list and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date with all the latest in the Florida medical cannabis industry! Don’t forget to join our email subscriber list as well; this will ensure that you stay up-to-date will all develops in the Collective and the Florida medical cannabis industry! You can find a quick-subscribe button in the righthand column on this site.

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.

Be sure to join our email subscriber list and follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date with all the latest in the Florida medical cannabis industry! You can find a quick-subscribe button in the righthand column on this site. Thank you for taking the time to read; we genuinely hope you find this site beneficial to helping you as a patient.

The 5 Florida Cannabis Companies that will lead the Industry in 2019

2018 has been a huge year for medical marijuana in Florida. Despite facing a host of legal obstructions from Rick Scott and his administration, the budding industry has soared to over 150,000 patients with active ID cards and over 200,000 patients total. Many Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs), another word for Florida cannabis companies, have significantly expanded their storefront presence this year. With incoming Governor Ron DeSantis seeming to indicate a softer approach on the herb than his predecessor, and the number of patients rapidly growing week in and week out, we expect this growth to only increase (possibly explode) in 2019. If the correct combination of factors come to play out in the next few months, we could see a program that has much more affordable medication and much greater patient accessibility than what we are currently working with in December 2018. Regardless, the program is going to grow, and that raises the question of which companies are going to lead the cannabis revolution in Florida as the medical program expands and we begin to further discuss the possibility of a recreational marijuana law passing in the next decade. We’ve been watching the current MMTC’s grow and do business in the program, and we have picked the five companies that we will be watching to lead the Florida medical marijuana industry in 2019; we based our picks on factors such as current sales, growth in 2018, business policies, to name a few. The following companies are listed in no particular order.

1.) Trulieve

There should be no surprises here. With 2017 sales around the $20 million mark and 2018 sales projected to possibly quintuple that, Trulieve has established itself as an early leader in the Florida medical marijuana industry. There’s many reasons for those high numbers, one of which goes back to the fundamentals of cannabis: Trulieve hasn’t tried to reinvent the wheel with exotic product names or ratios; instead, they stuck to what most all of us are familiar with – strains. This played a large part in why I was initially attracted to Trulieve when I first became a medical marijuana patient: they were the only dispensary in my area that offered products that I was familiar with and allowed me to research them online to get an idea of what might work for various ailments before I ever set foot in the store. Trulieve expanded their product variety particularly in the second half of 2018 – rolling out products like shatter, a larger variety of flower strains, experimental cannabinoid ratios such as their Delta-8 THC 1:1:1 product, and their God’s Gift 1:1 THC/CBD distillate. They also greatly expanded their storefront presence in the state, surpassing over 20 locations well before the end of the year. But perhaps my favorite thing about Trulieve and their direction under the lead of Kim Rivers is that they have found a way to do business that balances profit with true patient advocacy. They’ve expressed their support of smokeable marijuana, of full flower sales; they’ve rejected and even filed lawsuits on unconstitutional restrictions such as limits of the amount of dispensaries an MMTC can open and the vertical integration requirement for medical marijuana sales. Though many Redditors often express their frustration at Trulieve’s lack of consistent product stock, we believe that the bulk majority of this is to be attributed to the current restrictions on the program. Trulieve has expressed that they welcome competition; they aren’t trying to become a monopoly, they are trying to be a successful business that works towards a truly great goal of benefiting (one day) millions of patients in the state of Florida. I expect Trulieve to continue to lead the industry in 2019 with further expansion of product selection, storefront locations, and potentially lower prices if the vertical integration requirements are repealed and more competition is allowed to enter the market.

2.) Altmed Florida (MUV)

MUV had a couple of bumps in the road this year with early questions about the legitimacy of the listed THC on some of its products, and the recent data breach on its website. However, MUV had more successes than it had setbacks in 2018, and we expect they will only continue and accelerate this pattern into the new year. MUV made several varieties of THC concentrates available in the late summer and afterward, releasing its shatter product soon after Trulieve; it followed not too long after with MUV Blue (crumble) and MUV Gold (terp sauce), two other types of concentrates that have received rave reviews on Reddit. If MUV develops and releases a flower product in 2019, and is also able to expand its physical locations into northern Florida and the Panhandle, Trulieve may have to seriously prepare for worthy competition from another potential big player in the Florida MMJ industry. The consensus we’ve seen on Reddit is that MUV’s concentrates, particularly their MUV Gold term sauce products, are top shelf quality and are unlike anything else currently available in the program. Patients also routinely comment on their appreciate of the packaging and labeling/style of the various MUV products, which only adds to their potential presence in the 2019 market. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on MUV and hope to see a dispensary location open near Tallahassee and/or Pensacola soon.

3.) Curaleaf Florida

Curaleaf is another MMTC that has rapidly increased their number of dispensaries in 2018, with several locations opening from the Panhandle all the way to the Miami metro area. Curaleaf is also the only other Florida cannabis company other than Trulieve that currently offers a flower product, which greatly boosts their appeal with those of us here at the Florida Medical Cannabis Collective. Curaleaf faced some harsh criticism of their flower pods early on, with Reddit users uploading images that showed grassy shake with stems and almost no buds. Though the effects of the flower were reportedly good at times, the smell/taste and appearance were often compared to “brick weed” that can be found in certain black markets. Fortunately for Curaleaf, reports from November 2018 and after are much better; patients have found the pods to contain much higher quality flower that consists more of buds than of leaves. With an early lead in the flower sales market that we expect to rapidly grow in 2019, and a large storefront presence already established throughout the state, we expect to see Curaleaf remain as one of the industry leaders. We hope to see them expand their selection of flower strains and keep more in stock – we want to review Curaleaf Flower soon!

4.) Liberty Health Sciences

A company that not too many patients had heard of at the beginning of the year, Liberty Health Sciences soon made its presence known in Florida by offering free statewide and delivery and their line of Aphria products, which have received generally positive reviews on Reddit for their good taste and desirable effects. Liberty increased their strain availability in their Aphria vape cart and distillate products and increased their overall product availability by introducing more products from the Mary’s Medicinals line (though the initial agreement was made in 2017). Aside from acquiring more products, Liberty began to quickly open dispensaries in central and south Florida as the year went by, with 8 locations open as of the time of writing this article. Their sales haven’t been too shabby either – recently reported year-to-date financials show revenue has totaled near $6.5 million USD. We expect to see further physical expansion of this company in 2019, and seriously hope that they will open a panhandle location (we prefer doing business at a physical location) so that we can enjoy all the products they will have to offer us this coming year. Another significant event for Liberty in 2018 was the signing of their agreement with PAX,a popular line of proprietary products often used for the vaporization of various forms of cannabis. With all these things considered, and rumors that Liberty is looking to introduce flower products soon, we expect to see them have much more presence in the 2019 Florida cannabis market.

5.) GrowHealthy

With cannabis-derived terpenes in most of its products, GrowHealthy has established itself as a reputable company with quality products in the Florida market during 2018. Reddit users have critically acclaimed the GrowHealthy distillate products, with Bubba Kush (Indica) being a favorite among a sizable group of patients. Having recently opened its West Palm Beach location, GrowHealthy has finally began to establish itself with a physical brick-and-mortar storefront location. As with Liberty Health Sciences, there have been talks of GrowHealthy releasing a flower product in the near future. We hope that all Florida dispensaries will be able to offer flower before the end of the year; in any event, we expect that GrowHealthy will have top-shelf flower to offer if it is able to get a product approved if the talk about the quality of its distillate is any indication of what to expect. GrowHealthy also offers statewide delivery, though delivery to locations such as cities in the Panhandle is limited to as few as two times per month. We expect to see their delivery area and frequency increase this year along with their storefront locations and product availability.

Another one worth watching:

Vidacann

Our final MMTC to make the list currently has the smallest presence of the five on this list, but are very open to the possibility that could be due to change in the next year. Vidacann has increased its number of dispensaries to 5 (mainly in central Florida) as of the time of this writing, and offers deliver to much of the state excluding the Panhandle and extreme northern Florida. Their website indicates they plan on expanding to 22 locations, though not all of those listed have an ETA for completion. We are excited that they list plenty of locations planned for the panhandle; it sounds like they are going to have a solid presence throughout the state in the next few years. The Vidacann website currently shows a respectable variety of products ranging from vape carts to concentrate syringes, tinctures, etc. – on par with the selection of most of the other dispensaries. Of our particular interest is their “concentrate jar” product line that is coming soon; we are curious as to what consistency (crumble, shatter, sauce, etc.) it will be, and what strains it and other products will be available in. Though we haven’t heard much out of Vidacann this year compared to the other MMTCs on this list, we have a gut feeling that says this will change sometime in 2019. We’ll definitely be watching them for growth.

Closing Thoughts

Depending on how a number of factors play out, 2019 has the potential to be anything ranging from significant growth to outright explosion for the Florida medical marijuana market. Regardless of which path we take, we expect these five companies to be major players in shaping the program this year. Hopefully we trend towards the “explosive” side of growth – our patients deserve it and our state needs the revenue. We will remain cautiously optimistic, but one thing is for certain: we will be here to inform you of the latest developments along the way, and we will use our voice to stand up for your right to access affordable and safe medicine.