Trulieve TruFlower Review: Jack Herer (Sativa)

Jack Herer is a classic strain, known for the cannabis activist of the same name, and is a staple sativa at dispensaries across the states that have legalized marijuana in some form. Trulieve has consistently kept this strain in stock nearly every week at their panhandle locations, and I’ve had a couple of different batches of it now. Both batches had THC levels greater than 20%; though the first was the highest THC I have known to have consumed in flower, coming it at just over 27% THC. The second batch, though not quite as potent, has had consistent medicinal benefits and clean effects that are quite enjoyable. It is an energetic strain that falls somewhere in the middle of racy and mellow, in between other sativas I’ve reviewed on this blog. 

Quick Facts:

Jack Herer  (Sativa)

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBTRUZV4000011 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

731.5 mg THC/3.5g

3.5 mg CBD/3.5g

20.9% THC

0.10% CBD

0.30% CBG

21.3% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

Both times I’ve purchased Jack Herer from Trulieve, I’ve found the flower to be dried really well, leaving slightly moist and sticky buds that have a wonderfully clean and pleasing appearance.  The buds are fuzzy and pale green in color, with lots of kief and a moderate amount of amber pistils throughout; surprisingly for a sativa, each batch has featured compressed and slightly dense nugs. Jack Herer consistently looks nice and clean, and I can’t wait for the day that we are able to buy full flower versions of these strains, so we can see the true beauty and feel the full medicinal benefits that they have to offer (I truly believe proper curing has an impact on the final result of the strain both in appearance and effects; currently our Florida dispensaries are having to quick-cure, which is still yielding good results but not a reflection of the true potential of the strain). Hopefully that happens sometime in 2019; until then, this product will definitely keep me satisfied.

Rating: 4.00/5.00

Smell/Taste

When I open the jar, the smell of Jack Herer takes me back to vacations in the mountains when I’ve hiked up over 4,000 feet and the type of forestry begins to change over to high elevation pines and spruce trees. The smell is very bright and clean: woody and piney with an earthy undertone and the ever-so-subtle hint of citrus. The taste is equally wonderful, and leaves a very piney and herbal taste upon exhale. This is another one of those strains that seems to keep me coming back to the jar to smell it. It smells great in a completely different way than both Sour Diesel and Colombian Gold or other sativas; again, I always envision the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina when I smell Jack Herer. A true woody and earthy strain with subtle hints of tangy citrus. Very enjoyable. 

Rating: 4.10/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Jack Herer is an energetic sativa that makes its effects known quite quickly after vaporization. Though not quite as racy as Sour Diesel, Jack Herer is one of those strains I would recommend for early morning to early afternoon use. It is good for productivity and also good for creativity – I happen to be writing this review while medicated from it. Patients looking to ease their depression without having as much of a risk for sativa-induced anxiety may find relief with using Jack Herer. It also seems to focus thoughts and alleviate symptoms of ADD/ADHD: not quite as efficiently as Colombian Gold worked in that matter for me, but enough to be noteworthy when reviewing medicinal benefits. Jack Herer has worked well to alleviate pain from my tension and sinus headaches, but it does not seem to be the best strain for muscular pain relief in my case. Jack Herer should be considered by any patients/consumers who enjoy sativas; again, it is a classic strain that I feel everyone should try at least once. It did not seem to have many if any negative side effects, and does bring on the munchies from time to time. Solid sativa through and through.

Rating: 3.90/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.00/5.00

I would best describe this strain as “very good”.

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

Trulieve TruFlower Review: 9lb Hammer (Indica)

Having tried the 600mg vape cart and Truclear versions of 9lb Hammer, I was eager to try the flower form of this strain to see what Trulieve was shooting for with their emulation of the taste and effects in the other products. 9lb Hammer turned out to be even better than expected with its potent effects and therapeutic benefits. Trulieve did a nice job of growing and preparing this batch of TruFlower, and it performed even better than my expectations. 

Quick Facts:

9lb Hammer (Indica)

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBULTSN000030 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

707.0mg THC/3.5g

3.5 mg CBD/3.5g

20.2% THC

0.10% CBD

0.70% CBG

21.0% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

These 9lb Hammer buds are a vibrant, almost bright shade of green; the buds have a velvety appearance and are covered in bright orange pistils. This batch of flower was prepared and cured (by standards of the current process of Florida medical cannabis curing) pretty well, though it was ever so slightly on the dry side of the spectrum. It was not near the same level of dryness as the recent batch of Stardawg TruFlower that I picked up. The results would have been perfect had the buds been a little less dry, as I personally desire a certain level of moisture/stickiness when preparing to vape flower products. However, the aesthetic/visual quality helps make up for this flaw.

Rating: 3.90/5.00

Smell/Taste

This batch of 9lb hammer had a pleasant and unique smell: earthy and pungent with a hint of limey citrus terpenes. The Vape Cart/Truclear products (excluding the CO2 version with natural terpenes; I haven’t yet sampled this product) do a fairly good job of emulating the taste of the actual flower. Obviously there is no way to perfectly replicate all the natural intricacies and terpene profiles of cannabis flower, especially without using cannabis terpenes to flavor the concentrate – but the taste was pretty close to the real thing in the end. 

Getting back to the smell and taste of the flower itself: it was very enjoyable in every sense. There haven’t been many strains I’ve sampled that had the particular earthy smell I noticed in this harvest of 9lb, and that added to the novelty of the experience when trying this product.

Rating: 3.90/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

This was absolutely the best part of the entire experience. The indica effects of the 9lb Hammer flower are potent and can be felt almost immediately. The first effect I noticed was a warm sensation enveloping my body, akin to wrapping up in a warm blanket fresh out of the dryer. The usual background anxiety in my mind steadily melted away until it was basically nonexistent about 20 minutes after the first pull. The classic indica couch lock set in within a half hour, so I would not recommend this strain if you have anything that needs to be accomplished; you will most likely find yourself doing something with electronics (movies, video games, browsing internet) or taking a nap when using this product (with a possible exception of micodosing; I haven’t tried that with this strain yet). High doses of 9lb will induce a heavy feeling on the body and face/eyes that often leads to sleepiness. 

9lb Hammer also did a wonderful job of relieving pain throughout my body. The first day I picked up this strain, I had a moderate sinus headache throughout the day prior to vaping the flower. This product completely knocked out that headache and also soothed minor muscular pains related to exercise and an active lifestyle. It has broad-spectrum benefits for pain, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, and other related symptoms. 9lb Hammer did not particularly increase my appetite, but your mileage may vary and my own mileage may vary from day to day use; I have not yet experienced the munchies with this strain, though. 

TLDR: The effects are solid and relieved a variety of my symptoms.

Rating: 4.30/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.03/5.00

I would best describe this strain as “excellent”. 

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

Curaleaf Distillate Vaporizer Cartridge – Jack Herer (Sativa) Product Review

The Jack Herer 400mg Distillate Vaporizer Cartridge was among the first Curaleaf products that I had the pleasure of sampling. The product development team did a nice job in emulating the terpene profile of the classic Jack Herer strain, and the effects felt fairly accurate when compared to its flower counterpart as well. The cartridge is $48 for 400mg, which is around or just below the current Florida market average as of December 2018.

Quick Facts:

Jack Herer Distillate (Sativa)

THC: ~ 80%

CBD: ~0.8%

Other Ingredients: MCT Oil, Natural 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

Upon first inhaling the vapor (using the Curaleaf silver pen in this instance), the Jack Herer distillate immediately blasted my taste palate with a strong earthy taste reminiscent of fresh soil – I mean that in the best way possible. The terpenes are described on the product page as “natural terpenes”; it doesn’t specify whether they are cannabis-derived or simply plant-derived, though.

The end result works: For patients who have medicated with the Jack Herer flower, you know that the strain has a woody and earthy smell/taste profile. The distillate is no different, and leaves a woody and spicy taste upon exhale. I often found myself “accidentally” medicating more than I needed to due to enjoying the taste of this product.

Taste Rating: 3.80/5.00

Vapor Quality

Curaleaf’s version of the CCell cartridge vaporizes the distillate very efficiently – so much that I found I was running out of this product sooner than I had hoped. I’m not sure if it’s the design of the cartridge, my indulgence in the product, or a combination of both, but this product would have been even better if there was a way for it to last longer. Perhaps a variable control of the airflow, akin to Surterra’s Florida’s Finest line of products? Either way, the cartridge has really good airflow and gets the job done well.

Vapor Quality Rating: 3.70/5.00

Effects

This product invokes classic sativa effects through and through. There is a racy quality that I’ve spoken of before in my Trulieve Sour Diesel flower review ; the Curaleaf Jack Herer vape cartridge has this quality as well. Though it can sometimes take inexperienced patients off guard, it has a useful medical quality in helping patients overcome depression and the often resultant lethargy and malaise. With the cart being near 80% THC, this feeling can be quite powerful in small doses. This strain was good for getting out and enjoying the Southeast Florida sun and enjoying shopping and other activities the local area had to offer.  The warmth of the day felt even nicer than usual while walking from store to store, and the sativa-enhanced colors of the area pierced through my vision quite well. The effects of this product were nice, and I would buy it again. (Might do that soon!)

The strain would usually best be suited for morning or early afternoon use as its powerful sativa effects can be quite stimulating for the patient. I would recommend this strain in treating depression, some forms of anxiety (so long as the patient is experienced with sativa strains and strong concentrates), and other similar conditions.

Effects Rating: 4.10/5.00

Overall Rating: 3.87/5.00

The Curaleaf Jack Herer Distillate Vaporizer Cartridge would best be described as a “good” product; it resulted in an overall enjoyable medication experience. 

Trulieve CO2 Vape Cart – Sunset Sherbert (Hybrid) 400mg Review

I’ve been excited to try the new CO2 vape carts from Trulieve to see how the cannabis-derived terpenes would impact the medical effects/benefits. Overall, I was pleased with the results; the cannabis-derived terpenes definitely contribute to a more “authentic” experience akin to vaping or smoking flower.

Taste: 3.5/5.0

This was what I was most curious about before I bought the cart. I haven’t tried any other products with cannabis-derived terpenes yet, so I was anxious to get my hands on some. The taste is pretty good, but not at all what I expected. It’s very earthy, a little bit herbal; honestly, the taste reminded me of Curaleaf’s Jack Herer vape cart. It’s not my favorite taste, but it is good, and I appreciate Trulieve listening to its patients and coming up with a product that uses natural terpenes. It will only improve with time.

Effects: 4.0/5.0

I don’t like to give anything a perfect score unless it really just knocks it out of the park, but I have to say I throughly enjoy the effects of this cart. It’s a balanced hybrid to me; I am currently medicated from the Sunset Sherbert cart while writing this review, and my stream of thoughts is smooth. There is definitely a warm envelope that takes over the body, especially once you get to the 2nd and 3rd three-second draws, if you dose that much. I could see this cart leaning toward indica effects at higher doses while retaining the more clear-headed cerebral buzz of sativas at lower doses. It is one of the most well-rounded hybrids I’ve tried yet. The cannabis-derived terpenes do seem to make the effects more well-rounded and closer to flower, but not significantly. For me, the effects from Truclear are almost as good. Definitely an “icing on the cake” feeling with the cannabis-derived terpenes adding to the effects. I medicate primarily for PTSD, anxiety, and depression. This strain has definitely taken the edge off of a several-day bout of depression, and also relieved muscle aches I was having related to exercise strain. Sunset Sherbert seems like a good tool to have in the bag for a variety of ailments; being a balanced hybrid, dosing can be adjusted to suit the needs of the patient. As always, your mileage may vary.

Vapor Quality: 4.5/5.0

There’s not too much to say here. The CCell carts work really nicely, and the vapor is smooth and plentiful. Not too harsh. Tastes good, makes you cough in higher doses, and gets the job done. Solid.

Overall: 4.0/5.0

The new Sunset Sherbert CO2 vape cart is a nice product. I recommend all patients try it to see how cannabis-derived terpenes make a difference in treating your conditions. This product would best be described as “good” in quality.

Two Trulieve TruFlower Reviews: Stardawg & Gorilla Grapes (Hybrids)

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to have two different hybrids simultaneously in stock at my local Trulieve – Stardawg and Gorilla Grapes. I’ve always appreciated variety and subtle differences, so I was eager to try these two together and truly appreciate the unique medical effects each had to offer. I’ll review these two under several different categories in order to provide the best comparison of the two.

Some initial facts:

Stardawg (Hybrid)

525.0mg THC/3.5g

15.0 % THC

0.40 % CBG

Total Cannabinoids: 15.4%

Gorilla Grapes (Hybrid)

735.0 % THC/3.5g

21.0 % THC

0.10 % CBD

0.30 % CBG

Total Cannabinoids: 21.4%

Appearance/Feel

Stardawg

The buds are crispy and medium-bright green in appearance, with bright orange pistils throughout. The pods contained mostly all buds, roughly 95%, with little to no shake. Unfortunately, Stardawg is some of the driest bud I’ve ever seen in my life. I appreciate a certain stickiness to flower; this did not have any stickiness, in fact, it was very brittle to the touch. Rating: 2.8

Gorilla Grapes

By contrast, these buds were, to me, the perfect consistensy and stickiness; the buds felt exactly like I would expect “dank” street bud to feel like. There was no shake in any of the pods. The buds are smaller, more compact, and a slightly darker green hue than the Stardawg buds I have. The buds have a fuzzy appearance with small white hairs accented with bits of orange. Rating: 4.0

Smell/Taste

Stardawg

Probably the most disappointing attribute of this strain for me. The bud smells only slightly, slightly better than the mids I bought when I was much younger. There are notes of skunk and a hint of citrus, but ultimately, I was not impressed with the smell. Rating: 2.0

Gorilla Grapes

Pungent and enjoyable. The smell immediately hit me the moment I opened the glass jar. The smell is reminiscent of diesel, skunk, with almost a “musk” to it, if that makes any sense. There are subtle notes of lemon/citrus and even more subtle hints of grape in the background. This is one of those strains that at first, one may not realize how enjoyable the smell it is due to the sheer power of it, but it seems to keep me coming back for more. Rating: 3.8

Effects

The most important part for me personally; I’m sure many others agree. The other categories can be looked over in the event that they are undesirable, so long as the medical attributes work as we need them to.

Stardawg

Fortunately, a strain that performed below-average in other areas makes up for it with its medical effects. The strain seems to lean towards a sativa, with a noticeable increase in the vibrancy of colors and depth of field in vision. This strain worked well for alleviating my anxiety and resulting depression, while also relaxing my body enough that the cerebral effects are not overwhelming. The effects of Stardawg have been some of my favorite for daytime use, and work well long after. My stomach felt at ease with this strain; sometimes sativa strains tend to induce nausea for me up until the peak onset of effects. This strain did not do that. Great medicine. Rating: 4.2

Gorilla Grapes

A much more seemingly indica-leaning sedating strain, Gorilla Grapes works better for me when I do not need to be productive. There is a much more noticeable body high that will lock you to whatever you are sitting or lying on at higher doses. This strain gave me the most powerful munchies I have felt in some time. I have a fast metabolism and normally a moderate appetite; I could not stop eating while under the effects of these strain. I consumed somewhere between 1500-2000 calories in the course of 2-3 hours and subsequently found myself in a “cannabis coma” not long after. This strain obliterated anxiety and insomnia and worked wonderfully as an appetite stimulant. I highly recommend it for any ailments in those areas. Rating: 4.2

Overall

Stardawg: 2.67 ( I would best describe it as “average” in overall quality)

Gorilla Grapes: 4.0 (I would best describe it as “very good” in overall quality.)

 

As always, I appreciate your time taken to read this. I hope it was of benefit to at least one medical cannabis patient.

Trulieve Flower Review: Sour Diesel (Sativa)

Sour Diesel – a classic sativa strain, and for good reason. Producing large yields for the grower, and wonderful effects for the consumer, this strain has been well-known amongst both the black market and medical marijuana patients for many years.

Likewise, Sour Diesel has made itself a staple in my medicinal marijuana regimen, and I have been lucky enough to find it in stock at least twice a month at my local Trulieve. I’ll review it on my usual criteria of 1.) appearance/feel, 2.) smell/taste, and 3.) effects/medical use. The scores from these three criteria are averaged for a final overall score.

Quick Facts:

Sour Diesel (Sativa)

602.0mg THC/3.5g

3.5 mg CBD/3.5g

17.2% THC

0.10% CBD

0.40% CBG

17.7% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

The buds I’ve gotten each time have been mid to dark green with a “fluffy” consistency; the nugs are not compact once released from their container. The buds are fuzzy with beautiful orange pistils. Moisture content has been consistent and nice; the nugs are sticky but break down well. The buds aren’t necessarily “wow!” quality in appearance, but they do have a nice aesthetic quality.

Rating: 3.80

Smell/Taste

Both batches of Sour Diesel that I purchased have been consistent in the smell and taste, even though the THC varied by more than 4%. There is definitely a notable aroma of gasoline/skunk with almost an equal smell of citrus. Smelling this strain brings back memories of classic black market strains I purchased before joining the registry; in short, it smells really nice. The citrus notes seem to dominate the taste rather than the diesel. I really enjoy this strain each time I get it.

Rating: 4.00

Effects/Medical Use

Sour Diesel is a powerful sativa that I find best suited for morning and early afternoon use. There is a bit of a racy quality that may induce anxiety in users that aren’t prepared or experienced with sativas. When prepared, however, the strain is a wonderful way to overcome depressive thoughts and lack of motivation. If you need to clean or get work done, this strain is an excellent choice and produces effects similar to a small dose of caffeine. I do not find this strain necessarily great for creativity, but it does provide drive and motivation that can be transformed into creativity if that is the desired effect; it just takes a little more work than other strains that are good for that use. As far as negative side effects, I find that strong sativa effects such as those produced by Sour Diesel can mildly exacerbate preexisting nausea in patients with stomach issues, but Sour Diesel has never generated any type of abdominal discomfort for me on its own. All in all, I would recommend this strain for patients suffering from depression, lack of motivation, or general malaise. Patients looking for relief from pain, inflammation, abdominal discomfort, or anxiety would most likely find better relief from other strains. As always, your mileage may vary.

Rating: 4.10

Overall Rating: 3.97

I would best describe this strain as “very good”.

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