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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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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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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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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Trulieve CO2 Vape Cart Review: Green Crack (Sativa)

After hearing about the Green Crack sativa strain for so long, I finally decided to cave in and try another CO2 Vape Cart from Trulieve. I don’t buy these carts regularly because of the $55 for price tag; when you’re only getting 400mg for that price, it’s hard not to just get an 850mg syringe of Truclear and fill up a VFire pod myself for a total of less than $65. I also had my doubts about the taste of this product after trying the Sunset Sherbert CO2 vape cart; fortunately, this product tasted much better, and the effects have been very nice.

Quick Facts

Strain: Green Crack (Sativa)

THC: 82.2%

CBD: 0.4%

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBULPLE000003

Extracted from: Jack Herer (Again, I really don’t understand the need to label the product as another strain. If Green Crack has a lower yield, adjust to that.)

Taste:

Trulieve’s C02 vape cart products are all made with natural cannabis-derived terpenes, so I expected the taste of them to be much better than their earlier vape carts, which are cut with MCT oil and food-grade terpenes. As I mentioned in the preceding paragraph, the Sunset Sherbert vape cart had me a little bit skeptical of how well Trulieve was going to be able to implement the cannabis-derived terpenes. Sunset Sherbert had a very earthy taste (to be blunt, it tastes like fresh soil), which can be accurate for some strains; however, the implementation in that particular product did not result in the most appealing taste.

I was pleased to find that the Green Crack CO2 cart had a completely different taste. It’s very fresh and “clean” tasting, moderately sweet, with the slightest hint of an herbal/earthy taste. Overall, it’s very pleasing, and I could see it becoming an issue for patients to dose more than usual with this product for that reason. Leafly mentions the three main tastes as “earthy, citrus, and sweet”. I would have to say that sweet was the primary tase of those three, citrus is not really present at all (at least for me), and the earthy taste was very subtle.

Taste Rating: 4.00/5.00

Vapor and Product Quality

The Trulieve CO2 carts are all CCell carts with the small rubber bands of various colors to denote which strain or ratio the cart is. Airflow is exceptionally good with these carts and possibly the best in the program that I’ve yet tried. The carts may look like they aren’t full; my Trulieve always has a package insert in my bag when I buy these carts that states the appearance of any lack of product is due to the efficient absorption of the CCell carts. These carts already seem to burn pretty fast due to how well the air flows, so I’m a little cautious about fully believing this, but online research seems to indicate this is true.

The vapor on this product always makes me cough. Every time. It doesn’t matter if I take a one second drag or if I inhale for five seconds – I am going to go into a coughing fit. This is strange for me because I generally have a good tolerance to cannabis products and rarely cough; perhaps some of the terpenes in Green Crack are causing this. I don’t necessarily find coughing to be a bad thing, though, as it seems I am always more efficiently medicated afterward vs. not coughing at all.

Vapor/Product Quaity Rating: 3.90/5.00

Effects:

I’m very pleased with the effects I’ve been getting from the Green Crack CO2 cart. This strain induces a very controlled, almost calm, focus. I find that I am able to organize and categorize my thoughts very well after medicating, leading me to believe that this product would be really good for patients looking for alternative treatment for ADD and ADHD. Green Crack does not necessarily give me a significant amount of euphoria, but it does leave me feeling generally calm and at ease, which is not what I would expect based off of the strain name. I honestly don’t know why this strain is called Green Crack, unless the flower brings on different effects; Jack Herer and Sour Diesel both have given me much more racy effects than Green Crack. The only sativa in the program that I’ve found to be an even more mellow sativa would be Colombian Gold.

The focus and productivity this strain brings is outstanding, though. I primarily vape Clementine Truclear during the day to help with my depression, anxiety, and occasional ADD symptoms; after trying this Green Crack vape cart, I may have a close contender for my main daytime medication in the near future. The only superiority that I would say I find in Clementine is its euphoric qualities seem to be more notable and better for treating depression. The effects from the Green Crack CO2 vape cart are definitely top tier.

Effects Rating: 4.40/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.10/5.00

The Green Crack CO2 Vape Cart from Trulieve is a product that I would best describe as “exceptionally good”. The one thing that would make this product even better would be a price reduction down to $40 or $45; I am really hoping that victories in court trials on the unconstitutionality of the current Florida medical cannabis law will drive prices across the state downward in 2019. Other than that, I’d definitely recommend giving this product a try.

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5 Ways Florida Dispensaries Can Improve in 2019

As we’ve touched on before, most Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs) are doing a fantastic job provided patient access considering the hostile state-regulated environment they’ve had to deal with for the past 2 years. That all finally looks to be changing as the first domino towards widespread, affordable patient access came today (January 4) as Judge Karen Gievers became the second judge to rule that the current limit on the amount of dispensaries an MMTC can open is unconstitutional. With an increasing likelihood that similar results will come from next Tuesday’s trial on the smoking ban, it appears that the foundation is being set for Florida’s cannabis market to explode this year. With this impending growth comes an important question: How can Florida MMTCs optimize their operations to truly serve Florida cannabis patients, all while keeping their business successful and profitable? We’ve been watching the trends over the past year, and a few key issues stand out. We believe if the Florida cannabis businesses can improve on these items, they will see a lucrative year ahead, and the patients will experience the benefits firsthand in more widely available and more affordable products.

1.) Focus on full-spectrum products and keep them in stock

If watching the various Florida Trees subreddits in 2018 taught us one thing, it’s that patients love their full-spectrum products: flower, shatter, crumble, terpene (terp) sauce have been the most widely desired products this past year, and consequently have been some of the most difficult to consistently acquire – particularly shatter (we still haven’t gotten to try any). We’ve seen the research that proves cannabinoids like THC and CBD work much better together than individually; this phenomenon has been dubbed the “entourage effect” – and patients love it. We saw that patients really did not particularly enjoy food-grade terpenes and vape carts cut with MCT Oil. It’s our belief that the most lucrative market involves making full-spectrum products and products with cannabis-derived terpenes much more widely available. Other products have their value, of course, but it seems that the real medicinal benefits (and potential for profit) lie within the natural products like flower, shatter, crumble, etc.

2.) Train employees to be more knowledgable and professional

More often than not, the MMTC employees get it right. They’re knowledgable. They’re friendly. They help you get in and out (or deliver) as quickly as possible. However, we’ve seen plenty of Reddit users with experiences that weren’t so stellar: mainly unknowledgeable or unprofessional employees. We at FMCC believe that every MMTC employee should at least have a basic knowledge of cannabis and its different cannabinoids and be able to effectively communicate that with the assumption that the patient they are talking to has absolutely zero knowledge of cannabis or its medicinal benefits. Professionalism is key as well; I’ve gotten more than one call center employee from various MMTCs that spoke in a way that definitely did not leaving me feeling that I had experienced superior customer service or that the employee truly cared to assist me as a patient. In a patient-centric business, employees need to be able to act with empathy, compassion, and understanding in all facets of the business. This means being educated on cannabis and always projecting that when doing business or assisting their customers.

3.) More reliable Delivery and Phone/Online Ordering

We’ve seen all too many patients complain of inconsistencies in the ordering process, particularly with respect to online ordering and how accurate its product stock is for a given location. Some patients don’t even use the online ordering system for their local dispensary because, according to them, it is never reliable or accurate and never guarantees an order. We’ve personally seen some websites that aren’t set up to be the most user-friendly. This needs to be addressed somehow: get a consistent system that keeps online ordering and in-store or phone ordering on the same page with product availability and order placement. Patients should be able to log on to a site for any given dispensary and be confident that what they are seeing in stock is in fact currently stocked at that physical location. The whole system needs to be looked at from a fresh perspective and great care should be taken to ensure the process is as effective as possible from the patient’s perspective.

4.) Better Sales/Promotions

We won’t sugarcoat it – some of the sales we saw in 2018 were downright silly. We want to make a disclaimer that we appreciate any sale or attempt to balance profit with patient access and affordability; we noticed that some MMTCs had few or no sales during times when all the other MMTCs had sales available. We think the social media teams really need to listen to the market and find a way to give the products they want at times that are mutually beneficial for the business and the patient. The end result will most likely always be lucrative.

5.) Don’t Forget about the Panhandle

We get it: state regulations and licensing caps cause so many problems for MMTCs that are beyond the scope of most patients. Dispensaries have to be opened in places that will show a return on the investment, more so because of all the regulations in place. However, 2018 was a disappointing year for variety in the Panhandle. Places like Pensacola only have access to 2 or 3 dispensaries when there are over a dozen MMTCs opening dispensaries all throughout the state. South Florida obviously has some of the highest population density, so naturally we expect them to see the bulk of dispensary openings, but many MMTCs seem to have completely neglected Northwest, North Central, and Northeast Florida during 2018. We hope to see this change as court rulings continue to be in favor of the cannabis market and its patients. Though most MMTCs do offer statewide delivery, it simply isn’t the same as going into a physical brick-and-mortar store for some patients. Hopefully the Panhandle will have a much wider variety to choose from when 2019 is over – we’re pulling for it!

We expect continued (possibly explosive) growth of Florida’s cannabis market this year, and hope the MMTCs are truly listening to what the patients have to say. It can make all the difference in future business!

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3 Ways Florida Dispensaries Will Progress in 2019

2018 is now behind us (still sinking in?), and looking back, it was a good year for cannabis across the United States. Florida was no different as our medical marijuana program found itself rapidly growing even in the face of a hostile state administration and unfair regulations set to monopolize the Florida cannabis industry. With a new incoming Governor whose administration has alluded to stopping the battle against medical marijuana from their end, we have no doubt that 2019 will surpass 2018 in growth.

One major upcoming event that will occur exactly one week from today (01.01.2019) is the court hearing on the smoking ban, which we’ve spoken about at length in an earlier article. Basically, a judge already declared the smoking ban was unconstitutional, and the Rick Scott administration immediate appealed the decision, creating a temporary stalemate that prevented the program from progressing. The hearing on 01.08.2018 will address this situation again, and hopefully with a fresh administration, the result will be better this time around.

Regardless, growth of the cannabis industry across the United States is inevitable and will only accelerate in 2019. Florida looks to be one of the fastest growing markets in the nation, and there will definitely be some positive changes coming our way over the next few years. Some of those changes may become apparent even sooner than we think – here’s some changes to the day-to-day operations of Florida dispensaries we expect to see over the next 12 months:

1.) Full Flower Sales

Potentially the biggest impact to our cannabis industry will be the green light for full cannabis flower sales in Florida. How soon this will happen is currently a hot topic of speculation, with Reddit users saying anywhere from a few weeks after the January 8 hearing up to several months or near the end of 2019. One consistent trend we’ve seen on Reddit is that most patients agree we will have full flower sales by the end of the year. Once this happens, we suspect that every MMTC will have to jump on board or risk losing signifiant sales numbers. Flower is still the preferred form of cannabis medication for many newcomers and experienced patients alike, and we expect it will dominate sales once approved by the state.

2.) Extended hours of operation

We’re already seeing the beginnings of this trend; GrowHealthy recently announced its second and third dispensary locations, all with hours of 8am – 9pm. seven days a week. This is significantly more time than most of the current dispensaries are open, as the most common hours of operation are 10am – 7pm: 13 hours a day vs. 9 hours a day. This can and will impact the bottom line of sales, especially as more locations are opened. We expect that as MMTC’s acquire more employees, they will begin to follow suit and have longer hours of operation for patients to pick up their medicine. 

3.) Expanded delivery service, less expensive fees

Many MMTCs expanded their delivery area to the entire state of Florida during 2018; several of them also dropped all delivery fees to offer free statewide delivery. We believe this is the beginning of a trend that will soon spread to most of the MMTCs. Expensive delivery fees can be a big turn off for many patients, which can ultimately hurt sales. As more business acquire their licenses to operate as MMTCs this year, expect to see more and more options for cannabis delivery in Florida. we eventually expect that within a few years, all major cannabis companies will offer free statewide delivery.

Closing Thoughts

The Florida Medical Cannabis industry is going to grow rapidly and significantly during 2019, perhaps even more than we are expecting at the moment. A lot of the final outcomes lies with the results of the smoking ban hearing on January 8, and how Ron Desantis *really* acts regarding the previous administration’s battle against Florida medical marijuana patients. Growth is sure to happen; how much growth happens by year-end will depend majorly upon these factors.

We’re getting there!

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Trulieve Truclear Distillate Review: Clementine (Sativa)

Trulieve’s Truclear line is what forged my path during the early days of having my medical cannabis card. Though I have come to prefer using flower for my main line of medication, I still use distillates and vape cartridges for when I need to have medication on the go; I never take my flower out of my home once I’ve made the initial run from the dispensary. I’d like to go ahead and point out, as many of you know, that Trulieve’s vape cart and distillate products are not made from the strain they are advertised as. This batch of Clementine was extracted from Jack Herer according to its lab report. For those of you who don’t know, you can see the third-party lab report of any Trulieve product by inputting the batch number on your product into the database/search engine found here.

With all that being said, I really enjoy the Clementine Truclear. Its effects are almost, if not entirely the classic sativa mental effects. I use cannabis to treat anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and this product is so far the most consistent at relieving all those symptoms while simultaneously allowing me to perform at my best.

Quick Facts:

Clementine Distillate (Sativa) – (extracted from Jack Herer (Sativa))

THC: 80.0%

CBD: 0.7%

THCV: 0.4%

CBN: 0.7%

CBG: 4.2%

Total Cannabinoids: 86.0%

Batch Number: FFOBBUL1EV000011

Other Ingredients: Terpenes

As with my other reviews, I rate this product on three main criteria. Those three scores will be averaged for a final “overall score” and basic description of the product quality.

Taste

I’d like to precede this section by letting readers know that my main (almost exclusive) route of administration is inhalation, so this is mainly written from that perspective. However, I have used the product orally as well, and know enough about it to shed some light on it. The taste of Clementine is just about exactly what one would expect from the name of the strain; there is a sweet citrus taste with a hint of orange upon exhale. I use VFire pods with a Trustik to vaporize my distillates, and the vapor it produces has a very mild and subtle taste. This product does induce a cough that I presume to be attributed to the high levels of THC and other cannabinoids and terpenes in the distillate. Unfortunately, the terpenes are not cannabis-derived, but are “food grade”, meaning that they are most likely artificially flavored. However, I have found that the 9lb Hammer Truclear comes remarkably close to the actual taste of 9lb Hammer flower, so this does not necessarily mean that a cannabis-esque taste cannot be acquired from food-grade terpenes. However, cannabis-derived terpenes would produce a better spectrum of medicinal benefits and effects in our opinion.

Eating Clementine Truclear yields almost the same taste as vaporizing it, with one notable difference: bitterness. It must be in the nature of extracting this product, but almost all Truclear products I’ve taken orally have had this bitter taste. However, Clementine is one of the more balanced strains when consumed orally, as the sweetness helps mask the bitterness.

Taste Rating: 3.80/5.00

Vapor Quality

Clementine distillate produces a smooth vapor when used with VFire pods and a Trustik/ALD Amaze VFire battery. Of the distillates I’ve tried, Clementine has some of the more mild side effects of inducing coughing; it can and will make me cough at larger doses (for me, this is vapor inhalations that last longer than 3 seconds). Can’t really complain about this too much. The distillate vaporizers well and manages to taste good too.

Vapor Quality Rating: 4.20/5.00

Effects

Clementine Truclear has been the absolute best product I’ve tried for completely obliterating depression without making myself lazy or unproductive. I experience almost no body high to speak of; the effects are entirely cerebral. My vision becomes notably “sharper” and more colorful when these effects set in (almost immediately upon inhalation), and thoughts seem easier to line up and organize. Flow of speech comes naturally, and I am able to interact with people just as well or better than if I were not using cannabis. There is definitely an energetic quality to this product, which I attribute to the sativa distillates being extracted from energetic sativa strains like Jack Herer and Sour Diesel. Patients suffering from symptoms of ADD and ADHD may find that this strain produces desirable effects of thought concentration and ability to remain productive and focused. For me, one 3-second inhalation will produce effects that are sufficient for managing my symptoms for two to three hours. New patients or patients with low tolerances need to take it very slow when firs tasing Clementine, as the powerful cerebral effects may be somewhat overwhelming if the user is not experienced with how they feel. The best way to override any anxiety from using sativa strains is to remember that it is normal, the effects are brought on by natural and beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes, and that they can be harnessed to help bring us to greater potential. I highly recommend this product for patients looking to treat depression particularly, and other similar mental conditions related to anxiety, ADD, ADHD, etc. Patients with PTSD may even find that this strain helps them view life from an altered perspective that can be used to help overcome past trauma and plant seeds for a better future. Clementine’s effects are great.

Effects Rating: 4.60/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.20/5.00

The Trulieve Clementine Distillate would best be described as a “great” product; it is a staple product in my line of medication that I have bought many times. It’s consistently relieved my symptoms from depression, etc., and helped me to reach greater heights than what I thought possible for my life and career. Of all products I have reviewed, I highly regard this one for its medicinal benefits. The one and only way I think it could be improved would be to use cannabis-derived terpenes. Trulieve – if you’re reading this, I really believe you’d see a good return on switching Truclear over to a cannabis-derived Terpene product. If at all possible, labeling the strain as the strain it’s actually extracted from (We’d love Jack Herer Truclear!) would result in an even better image and trustworthiness.

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Florida Medical Cannabis: Patient’s Guide to all MMTC Discounts (Updated 11.15.2019)

One of the most frequently asked questions I’ve seen in the various “Florida Trees” communities on Reddit is what all discounts the various dispensaries have to offer. For the convenience of the new patient, I’ve compiled all current discounts onto this page. This will be updated as dispensaries and their discounts change through time.

Trulieve

  • New patients receive 15% off their first order.
  • All patients receive $75 off their second order of $150 or more to offset the cost of the ID Card.
  • Veterans receive 20% off all purchases.
  • SNAP Card holders receive a 10% off all purchases.

Surterra Wellness

  • Get $75 off of your first purchase when you make a minimum purchase of $150 or more
  • Get $25 off of your second purchase when you make a minimum purchase of $100 or more
  • Veterans receive 15% off all purchases.
  • First responders receive 10% off all purchases.
  • Students receive a 10% discount off all purchases.

Liberty Health Sciences

  • New patients receive $75 off a purchase of $150 or more on their first order.
  • Veterans and retired first responders receive 25% off all purchases.
  • Patients on SSDI and government assistance programs receive 15% off all purchases.
  • Patients receive a $15 store credit on their birthday. (Cannot be combined with other offers)

GrowHealthy

  • New patients receive $75 off a purchase of $150 or more on their first order.
  • Veterans receive 30% off all purchases.
  • SSDI and SNAP patients receive 20% off all purchases.

Curaleaf

  • 1st Order: 25% off your entire order (No Minimum Required)
  • 2nd Order: Get $25 off every $100 spent.
  • 3rd Order: Get $25 off your purchase of $150 or more.
  • Veterans receive 20% off all purchases.
  • Recipients of financial assistance receive 20% off all purchases.
  • Senior citizens receive 20% off all purchases.
  • Patients under 18 years of age receive 40% off all purchases.
  • Get $15 off one purchase of $50 or more during your birthday month.
  • All Florida Medical Marijuana Industry Employees receive 15% off all purchases.

Fluent

  • 1st Order: 25% off your entire order + free vape pen battery with vape cartridge purchase.
  • 2nd Order: Get 50% off on purchases up to $200.
  • 3rd Order: BOGO Free – Get two of your favorite item for the price of one.
  • Veterans and spouses receive 20% off all purchases.

Altmed (MUV) Florida

  • New patients receive 25% off first purchase.
  • Veterans receive 20% off all purchases.
  • Senior citizens receive 10% off all purchases.
  • All Florida Medical Marijuana Industry Employees receive 10% off all purchases.
  • Each patient can receive a free pre-roll during their birthday month.

Columbia Care Florida

  • Columbia Care does not list any discounts at the time of posting.

MedMen Florida

  • New patients receive 15% off their first purchase.
  • Veterans receive 15% off all purchases.
  • SSDI and SNAP patients receive 15% off all purchases.

Harvest

  • New patients receive: BOGO Free: Capsules, Tinctures, Vapes on their first order.
  • Veterans receive 20% off all purchases.
  • All Florida Medical Marijuana Industry Employees receive 20% off all purchases.

VidaCann

  • New patients receive $55 off one purchase of $100 or more.
  • Veterans receive 15% off all purchases.
  • Patients under 18 years of age receive 15% off all purchases.
  • Industry physicians and their staff receive 15% off all purchases.
  • First delivery is free.

RiSE

  • New patients receive 25% off first purchase.
  • Veterans receive 25% off all purchases
  • All Florida Medical Marijuana Industry Employees receive 15% off all purchases.
  • Senior citizens receive 15% off all purchases.

One Plant

  • New patients receive 25% off first purchase.
  • Veterans receive 20% off all purchases.
  • Senior citizens receive 10% off all purchases.
  • All Florida Medical Marijuana Industry Employees receive 20% off all purchases.

Last Updated: 11.15.2019, 9:00 PM EST

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Trulieve Flower Review: Oregon Lemons (Hybrid)

Ever since becoming a Florida medical cannabis patient, I’ve noticed that Trulieve would keep a couple of “lemon” strains in rotation, the other strain being Lemon Tree. Having fond memories of a Lemon Kush strain from my younger days, I’ve been eager to try another strain named after the yellow fruit. This past week, Trulieve restocked with Oregon Lemons (they would later stock Lemon Tree as well, but this was after my purchase was made). I picked up Oregon Lemons along with Sherbert and another batch of 9lb Hammer (all in TruFlower). Compared to the other hybrid strains that I’ve tried for Trulieve, Oregon Lemons seemed to be one of the more well balanced hybrids. I’ve enjoyed it so far; the effects are relaxing without being sedating.


Quick Facts:

Oregon Lemons  (Hybrid)

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBENT6QU000034 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

640.5 mg THC/3.5g

3.5 mg CBD/3.5g

18.3% THC

0.10% CBD

0.30% CBG

18.7% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

This batch was generally well-prepared, though it did seem to be ever-so-slightly on the dry side of the moisture spectrum. As far as appearance, Oregon Lemons is about as “middle of the road” as you can imagine in terms of aesthetic properties such as color, etc. The buds are a medium green that is actually fairly uniform throughout the particular batch I have. There are a few spots of lighter green, almost yellow; other than that, there isn’t much color variation in this strain. There are very tiny burnt orange/amber pistils that can be seen upon close inspection of the bud, and there is a fair amount of keif as well. This flower isn’t particularly dense, but it isn’t leafy or “disorganized” looking as some strains or purely-cured buds can be. Trulieve did a pretty good job curing this batch, but it isn’t necessarily aesthetically spectacular like some of their other strains I’ve reviewed. To their benefit, I care much more about the effects.

Rating: 3.40/5.00

Smell/Taste

Oregon Lemons smells really nice. Think Sour Diesel with more citrus and less gas; I would use words like “bright”, “zesty”, “clean”, and “fresh” to describe the smell. Lemon isn’t necessarily the first scent I identified when I opened the jar; there’s more of a general “bright” citrus smell. After really digging in and taking some time with it, I could definitely detect a smell akin to a lemon dessert of some sort. It really did strike me as interesting as to how similar to Sour Diesel this batch smells – I like Sour Diesel, and I like Oregon Lemons for offering a similar smell and taste that lies on the “cleaner” side of the spectrum rather than “pungent”. The taste brings out some of the heavier kush-like undertones of this strain; overall, it made for an enjoyable experience when medicating with it. Definitely above average in this category; I think most patients will enjoy it for its smell and taste as well.

Rating: 3.70/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

As I mentioned earlier in the review, Oregon Lemons is definitely one of the most balanced hybrid flower strains I have tried from Trulieve. The effects have a quick onset, maybe a minute or less from the first inhalation. I felt this one behind the eyes quite a bit; it creeps in around the face and really sets in with this warm comforting feeling. It’s not extremely heavy to the point that I would say it results in a couch lock every single time, but it definitely makes itself known throughout the body. I think this strain would be a great option for patients looking for physical relief from various ailments while still remaining lucid and able to perform various tasks. I’m currently writing this review while under the effects of Oregon Lemons, and am having almost no trouble retaining my train of thought and finding the words I need to express my thoughts. This strain could definitely put you down if consumed in high doses, though; I would recommend going slow if medicating early in the day or otherwise needing to complete any errands or other tasks. Oregon Lemons does not seem to give me any sort of anxiety like some strong sativas have the ability to do in high doses; instead, it creates a really mellow high that could have a variety of beneficial uses for Florida cannabis patients.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Headaches or other minor body aches
  • Relief of nausea or similar gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Relief of mild anxiety

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.

Oregon Lemons had enjoyable effects. Middle-of-the-road strain from beginning to end.

Rating: 3.90/5.00

Overall Rating: 3.67/5.00

Overall, I would best describe this strain as “slightly above average”.

While I enjoyed my experience with Oregon Lemons, it is not one of my favorite strains that Trulieve has had. It may be a magic bullet for others – that’s the beauty of this program; every strain and every product has the potential to benefit at least some percentage of patients. I’d definitely recommend this strain for at least one try. It wasn’t amazing, but it most certainly wasn’t terrible. I probably won’t get this one again, but it didn’t leave a bad taste in my mouth literally nor figuratively.

As always, I appreciate your taking time to read this review, and truly hope that it benefits at least one patient.