Trulieve TruFlower Review: Paradise Waits (Hybrid)

For the first time since early 2019, Trulieve released two new flower strains on 09.11.2019 – Shipwreck (review here), and Paradise Waits.

I first tried the Paradise Waits strain in Trulieve’s CO2 vape cart line (review here). At the time, I stated that Paradise Waits was one of my top 5 favorite strains in the Florida Medical Cannabis industry. Trying the flower form of this strain only reiterated that feeling; I also feel that this batch of flower is the best that Trulieve has ever released, in all areas.

Quick Facts:

Paradise Waits (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $43/eighth 

Lineage: Scarlet Fire x Harlequin

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFL-BLD-H-35-PK-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 27.8%

CBD: 0.0%

THCV: 0.2%

CBG: 1.2%

Total Cannabinoids: 29.2%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 0.7584%

Fenchol: 0.1290%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.7178%

Alpha-Terpineol: 0.1276%

Alpha-Pinene: 0.0968%

Beta-Pinene: 0.1751%

Linalool: 0.1390%

*R-Limonene: 0.8869%

Humulene: 0.1763%

Total Terpenes: 3.206%

Note: This is the highest terpene content I’ve seen in any flower that I’ve purchased in Florida’s medical industry to date.

Appearance/Cure

I’ve complimented Trulieve’s increasingly high-quality consistency with the cures on various strains of their flower in recent months, but this eighth of Paradise Waits is on an entirely different level, and raises the bar for my reviews of flower in this category.

Paradise Waits has an impressive mosaic of green hues – there are light/lime greens, medium greens, and medium-dark greens all in this flower. As you can expect from the high cannabinoid percentages, this flower is absolutely caked in golden trichomes, which gives it an almost golden appearance from some angles. There is also a solid covering of tiny burnt orange pistils dispersed throughout the buds.

The flower is pretty sticky, and the moisture content is again almost perfect. The buds are very dense, and a little goes a long way when breaking it apart for medication.

I don’t usually hype products like this unless they really impress me, but this is currently the best flower I’ve gotten in Florida (keeping in mind that I’m in the western Panhandle, and don’t have access to the same variety that many patients in central and south Florida enjoy.)

This batch of Paradise Waits sets the standard of my ratings in this category going forward. This will be the batch to beat.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

As you may guess from the terpene percentages listed above, Paradise Waits has a lot going on in the smell/taste category. This is a sweeter smelling strain to me when all terpenes are considered.

The citrus and pine smells are definitely there; I find that the citrus characteristics of this strain almost present a smell similar to fresh pineapple. The muskiness of the carophyllene and myrcene is certainly noticeable as well, while fresh floral notes from the linalool are present in the background.

With all these smells combined, Paradise Waits ends up being a “loud”, pungent flower. Some of the terpenes remind me of the hard-to-place “fresh rain”-like smell I’ve noticed in strains such as Gorilla Grapes and LA Confidential.

When smoked, the taste comes out fresh, citrusy, hashy, and sweet.

All told, I really enjoy the smell and taste of this strain. As I stated above, this is currently the highest verified terpene content in any strain that I’ve gotten in Florida’s medical cannabis industry. Many of the major cannabis terpenes are present, and it surely comes out in the complex smell of Paradise Waits.

Smell/Taste Rating: 9.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I’ve said it many times – THC percentage isn’t everything. However, this batch of Paradise Waits has both high THC content and high terpene content, and it absolutely hits.

Effects are immediately noticeable and pack a potent punch. Initially, cerebral effects are predominant, resulting in color enhancement and subtle shifts to the visual field. Subtle body relaxation becomes apparently soon after the cerebral effects, resulting in a warm sativa-dominant-like buzz. While the cerebral effects are potent, they didn’t cause me much in the way of anxiety, even with my current low tolerance.

I found myself to be a bit giggly on this strain as time went on. Something I noticed about this batch of Paradise Waits is that the effects seemed to stretch on significantly longer than most flower I’ve tried; usually I get 1 to 1.5 hours of noticeable effects, but they lasted for in the 2-3 hour realm with this strain.

After the first hour, I tend to get the munchies with this strain. After about 2 hours have passed, I seem to always become really sleepy, especially if I indulged in a lot of food from the munchies.

With all that being said, this is a late afternoon and evening strain for me, as I always seem to become couch-locked a couple of hours after medicating. I am not productive on this strain by any means – it’s something I’ll reach for if I plan on watching TV or playing video games, or basically any type of leisure activity.

This strain is personally a little too cerebrally stimulating in the early stages for me to use it directly before bed, but it is a great strain to wind down at the end of the day, and is extremely relaxing if mixed with a little bit of CBD.

When I tried Paradise Waits in vape cart form, I initially described it as a 70/30% sativa-dominant hybrid. Interestingly enough, I would describe the flower with the exact opposite percentage: a 70/30% indica-dominant hybrid.

This is a wonderful hybrid strain, and I hope Trulieve intends on bringing it into their strain rotation fairly often.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • General relaxation/relief 
  • Relief of nausea and other gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Appetite stimulation
  • Insomnia (if used several hours before bedtime)

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

Effects Rating: 9.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.23/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Paradise Waits as an “exceptional and outstanding” hybrid strain from Trulieve.

At $43/eighth, I would absolutely consider purchasing this strain again in the future. If you like indica-dominant hybrids, this is a strain you need to add to your list.

This batch of Paradise Waits has set the bar for my flower reviews going forward. It is one of the few strains I’ve had that is truly outstanding in every category, and I will certainly be picking up more batches in the future.

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Stardawg (Hybrid)

Stardawg has been MIA from Trulieve for all of 2019, until this point, after having a prominent presence in their product line for much of 2018.

When I first tried this strain in ceramic cups back in late 2018, the curing was absolutely terrible – one of the only negative experiences I’ve had with getting flower from Trulieve. I remember the flower being extremely dry, to the point that it crumbled to the touch. It also smelled and tasted like mids from my early days buying cannabis on the black market – not at all like I expect medical grade cannabis to taste and smell.

Fortunately, Trulieve has greatly improved the quality of their flower since then, and this batch of Stardawg is exponentially better in all areas than the last batch I tried.

Quick Facts:

Stardawg (Hybrid)

Lineage: Chemdog 4 x Tres Dawg

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBULZ6L00009 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

Cannabinoids

THC: 21.1%

CBD: 0.0%

THCV: 0.2%

CBG: 0.6%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.9%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

Beta-Myrcene: 0.2339%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 0.4507%

Beta-Pinene: 0.1003%

Humulene: 0.1519%

Alpha-Bisabolol: 0.1003%

Fenchol: 0.1469%

*R-Limonene: 0.3577%

Linalool: 0.0850%

Alpha-Terpineol: 0.1228%

Total Terpenes: 1.7495%

Appearance/Cure

These Stardawg buds were mostly large with a slightly compact structure. The color fluctuates from medium to light green while all buds are covered in sparking trichomes and fiery red-orange pistils.

The first batch of Stardawg I got in the flower cups in late 2018 was extremely dry and brittle with almost no visual trichomes. As has been true with nearly all of Trulieve’s smokable flower batches in the past month, this batch is cured to near perfection. Moisture content is right near the middle of the spectrum, as I prefer it to be, and the buds are very sticky. This is how Stardawg should be grown. Great job, Trulieve!

Appearance Rating: 8.40/10.00

Smell/Taste

Stardawg has an earthy/woody smell with an underlying musk. While stains like Jack Herer and Super Silver Haze tend to have very sharp earthy and piney terpenes, the terpenes in Stardawg are much smoother and mellow. There’s also a bit of a floral smell to this strain, and a very subtle sweetness.

Stardawg produces a smooth smoke that is dominated by the earthy and woody tastes on both the inhale and the exhale. I don’t find Stardawg to be particularly noteworthy in the smell/taste category, but it is pleasant.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Though both of its parents are listed as indica-dominant hybrids, Stardawg definitely feels like a sativa-dominant hybrid to me. I would have to say it is 60/40% sativa-leaning, with potent cerebral effects that come on quickly after consumption.

After some time, Stardawg fades into a gentle body buzz that helps relieve minor aches and pains. I find this to be an excellent strain for physical activity such as working out in the gym, as the cerebral effects keep me motivated while the body effects keep me relaxed and able to carry out each exercise with proper form and focus.

I don’t think this strain is going to be a great one for pain relief or insomnia – one would look to more heavy hybrids and indica strains for that, but I do find it to be an excellent strain for stress relief and easing up the negative thoughts and feelings associated with depression. Overall, Stardawg has nice effects, and I may buy it again in the future if the $53/eighth price comes down.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Minor depression
  • Headaches
  • Lack of motivation
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort (Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other similar conditions)

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

Effects Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.94/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Stardawg as a “very good” hybrid strain.

I was pleased to be able to try this strain from a batch that was grown closer to the strain’s true potential, and I do think these are some beautiful buds. The smoke is pleasant and tastes nice, and the effects are great for use at any time of the day. I think $53 is too expensive for this strain; it would be more suitable at $33 or even $43, but I understand there are more factors that go into consideration when determining the price of a particular strain. However, with all that being said, I probably won’t go out of my way to buy this strain until the price comes down. It’s enjoyable, but there are other $53 strains I prefer to this one; however, I realize we are all different, so this could definitely be a Top 3 strain for anyone reading this review!

Overall, this is a high quality product, and another great grow by Trulieve.

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Trulieve Flower Review: 9lb Hammer (Indica)

9lb Hammer has been one of Trulieve’s staple strains since the very beginning of the Florida medical marijuana program. I first tried it in a vape cart, then in Truclear distillate, and as flower in the ceramic cups. 9lb Hammer was notably absent from Trulieve’s initial rollout of smokable flower, but it made its appearance as their 5th smokable flower strain last week.

As 9lb Hammer has always been a go-to indica strain for me, I definitely didn’t mind getting it again and seeing what it’s intended to look like as flower. Again, 9lb Hammer proves itself as a highly valuable medicinal strain.

Quick Facts:

9lb Hammer (Indica)

Lineage: Jack The Ripper x Hell’s OG x Gooberry

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBULTSN000058 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

Cannabinoids

THC: 19.6%

CBD: 0.1%

CBG: 0.5%

Total Cannabinoids: 20.2%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 0.440%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.080%

Alpha-Pinene: 0.30%

Beta-Pinene: 0.10%

Terpinolene: 0.02%

Alpha-Humulene: 0.02%

*Farnesene: 0.70%

Limonene: 0.07%

Linalool: 0.03%

Total Terpenes: 1.76%

Appearance/Cure

The first batch of 9lb Hammer flower I got (in December 2018) were a vibrant, almost bright shade of green. This batch is actually a few shades darker than the first batch I got, and though it has less total cannabinoid percentages, it is much more covered in trichomes than the first batch I received.

The eighth I got was made up of over a dozen small, dense buds. There was no shake, no seeds, and no small stems other than the thicker stems inside the buds themselves.

This batch of 9b Hammer was a bit dry, similar to the batch I got in late 2018. Again, it wasn’t dried to the point that it crumbled when handled, but it was extremely easy to break down. I believe Trulieve will continue to refine their curing process, and the quality will continue to improve as we move forward.

Rating: 7.80/10.00

Smell/Taste

This batch of 9lb hammer had a pleasant and unique smell: earthy and pungent with a hint of limey citrus terpenes. The earthy terpenes are definitely the dominant ones; however, it is worth nothing that this batch had much more of the limey citrus smell present. This eighth honestly smells pretty close to an earthy version of Sprite soda, and tastes even more like it when smoked.

Due to the slight variation in color and terpene makeup, it seems that this batch is a slightly different phenotype of 9lb Hammer than the first batch I picked up. The effects seem to be a bit heavier, as well. Overall, this is another quality cure that could be even better by not drying it as much.

Rating: 8.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I always enjoy the effects of 9lb Hammer. It’s definitely a heavier indica, and there’s almost no notable cerebral stimulation with this strain. The first effects have an onset almost immediately after smoking or vaporizing the flower; a warm sensation blankets the body and helps ease away any aches or pains. 9lb Hammer also does a solid job of alleviating my anxiety, and helping me to relax and enjoy whatever activity I’m doing at the time. This is a great strain for relief of insomnia, particularly in high doses.

I wouldn’t recommend this strain for daytime medication, at least not if you plan on getting anything done. 9lb Hammer will most likely result in the patient having to take a nap if used in high doses during the day. My favorite way to use this strain is to wind down during the later evening hours. I find it enjoyable for watching TV and playing video games during the final few hours of the day. After smoking a few bowls, it almost always leads to getting the munchies; after I’ve finished eating, my eyes and head are usually getting too heavy to be able to stay awake.

Continuing the theme of variance between this batch and the last one I got, the effects of this batch seem to be a little heavier and more indica-leaning. If I had to put a number to it, I would say this is an 85/15% indica-dominant strain. It’s a staple in my nighttime medication regimen, and I’ll definitely buy it again in the future.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Good for relaxation
  • Relief of moderate skeletal/muscular aches and pains
  • Relief of minor to moderate nausea and gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches

Rating: 8.70/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.16/10.00

I would best describe this batch of 9lb Hammer as “excellent”. 

Every single 9lb Hammer product I’ve purchased has consistently been a great example of beneficial medicinal effects from an indica strain. If you like indica cannabis strains, you absolutely have to try this one out. It’s definitely in my top 3 favorite indica strains, and most likely will be for a long while to come.

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Trulieve TruCRMBL Review: Lemon OG (Hybrid)

Trulieve released their version of cannabis crumble – TruCRMBL – on 02.15.2019. Along with many strains that had previously been available in flower form, Lemon OG was a surprise strain that launched alongside TruCRMBL; the flower form came about a week afterward.

Though hybrids have been hit-or-miss for me in regard to offering any significant relief for my symptoms of anxiety and depression, Lemon OG has been a surprise in that it seems to be a standout strain among the hybrids that Trulieve has offered.

Quick Facts:

Lemon OG (Hybrid)

Lineage: Lemon Skunk x OG # 18

Batch/Harvest Number: PR190301R

846.0 mg THC/1g

0.0 mg CBD/1g

81.3% THC 

0.00% CBD

2.80% CBG

0.50% CBN

87.9% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

Where my previous crumble purchases from Trulieve have all been the same “off-white”/beige color, this batch of Lemon OG was new to me in the fact that it had some darker brown pieces mixed in as well. I’m not sure what process led to this difference in the coloration, but it does not seem to affect the smell/taste or the effects; it still smells, tastes, and feels really good. Would be interested to know what caused this variation in color.

Appearance Rating: 4.40/5.00

Smell/Taste

Lemon OG has an absolutely pleasant aroma. The initial smell when opening the container is a sharp, sweet citrus; this is complemented by an earthy and slightly pungent collection of terpenes. Lemon OG actually does smell a lot like lemons, and when vaporized, tastes somewhere close to a lemon Starburst candy. I enjoy the smell and taste of this strain so much that I’ll be trying out its flower form in the near future as well, if it’s still in stock at that time. Lemon OG and Lemon Tree are close competitors for my favorite “Lemon” strain in the smell/taste category.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.20/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Lemon OG is listed as an indica-dominant hybrid, but for me, it performed more like a 60/40% sativa-dominant hybrid. The initial effects are very cerebral, and can be felt behind the eyes not long after the initial inhale. Lemon OG is an excellent choice for watching movies, video gaming, going for a walk; really, Lemon OG is a great choice for almost any activity. In higher doses, it can have sedating qualities, so be sure to take it lightly if you want to be productive or engage in physically demanding activities.

I really enjoy the effects of Lemon OG. Leafly’s description of the strain had me skeptical about trying it at first; the strain’s page basically says that the effects do not last very long. However, in my experience, the effects from this strain last just as long as any other crumble strain that I’ve tried – somewhere between one to two hours depending on dosage.

As I come down from the peak of the effects, I do find the indica body-relaxing effects to kick in much more prominently. This strain is relaxing, but not necessarily sedating, unless taken in high doses.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety 
  • Minor lack of motivation
  • Good for general relaxation
  • Relief of minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Relief of minor to moderate nausea and gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Relief of minor to moderate insomnia (in higher doses) 

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

Effects Rating: 4.30/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.30/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Lemon OG as an “excellent and versatile” strain.

TruCRMBL really impressed me. In the past, I have always been more partial to flower; however, after trying this and Trulieve’s Sour DieselSuper Silver Haze crumble, I will definitely be keeping more strains around as a sort of “extra strength medication”, if you will. I’d highly recommend for each patient to try at least 1 gram of their favorite strain to compare the relief to other forms of cannabis medication. This is a very high quality product in my opinion. Is it the best thing ever? That’s entirely a matter of personal preference, but I think it’s definitely worth at least a “test run” from anyone. 

Lemon OG has definitely impressed me and stood out to me among hybrid cannabis strains. I will definitely be trying the flower form of this strain in the near future, pending availability.

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Florida Medical Cannabis Collective: 03.13.2019 Update – SB182 Passes Florida House, Florida’s Faulted 15

Good evening (or morning, afternoon, night) to all of you! Today, March 13 2019, has been another monumental day in the history of the Florida cannabis industry. This afternoon, the Florida House of Representatives voted 101-11 in favor of passing Senate Bill 182 (SB 182), a measure to legalize smokable cannabis and raw cannabis flower sales for medical cannabis patients in Florida. This means that both the Senate and House passed SB 182 – the Senate did so last Thursday as the bill passed 34-4.

The next (and final) step is for Governor Ron Desantis to sign SB182 into law, and the current speculation is that he will do so rather quickly. We may see the bill signed as early as tomorrow, or on Friday, March 15 – the original deadline that the Governor set for the Florida Legislature to pass a bill such as SB 182.

SB 182 Recap

  • Smoking route can be ordered up to six 35-day supplies (equivalent to the current standard of three 70-day supplies for every other route of administration)
  • Each 35-day supply allows up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis flower for each patient, or a half ounce of flower per week. There can be special exceptions made through the Department of Health, as there are already exceptions for the other routes.
  • Patients can carry up to four ounces of marijuana flower on their person
  • Marijuana flower can be sold in many forms – not restricted to prerolled joints
  • Medical marijuana delivery devices intended for smoking need not be purchased from a dispensary. Unfortunately, this does not apply for vaporization devices; apparently this was a compromise that the House demanded. I personally expect this to be disputed in some way through time. It makes absolutely zero sense, given that the same legislature fought against smoking for so long. Why “open the floodgates” for smoking paraphernalia, but not allow it for vaporization devices? What is the “boogeyman” here?
  • Patients under 18 may not smoke cannabis, unless they have a terminal illness and are signed off by a second doctor under similar conditions to the current “Right to Try” act.

Significant changes on the horizon for Florida cannabis patients

This is great news for us, the patients. Say goodbye to the tedious ceramic pods, and the days of only select MMTCs offering flower. We will soon be able to buy cannabis flower that we can actually see in the dispensary, just like almost every other state that has legalized cannabis for medicinal and/or recreational purposes. Forget the days of feeling like a criminal because you chose to take your medication via the route that works the best for you, if smoking is your choice route of administration. And eventually, as more competition will inevitably enter the flower market – say goodbye to $55 being the standard price for an eighth of medicinal cannabis in Florida.

The biggest question for most of us is when we will be able to walk into our dispensary of choice and purchase raw flower. This is purely speculation now as many of us are unsure how far the dispensaries have gotten with any prior approval for containers to house smokable cannabis, how long it will take for industry standards and regulations to be set, how long it takes the various Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers to roll out products that comply with those standards, and a host of other variables. Various social media shows patients speculating anywhere from next week to the end of 2019 before we are able to purchase raw flower. My personal estimate would place this time somewhere between mid July and mid August, but only time and developments to this story will truly reveal the answer. One thing is for certain: things are about to get much better for us.

Florida’s Faulted 15

Unfortunately, every success story must have its antagonists. If we total the 112 members of the House of Representatives and the 38 members of the Senate who voted for (or against) SB182, we total 150 voting members. Of those 150: a total of 15, or 10 percent, voted against the bill; all things considered, we can only summarize this as a vote against the patients of Florida from the 15 who chose to vote “nay”.

Since 2016, we have made it very clear that nearly 3/4 (or more!) of voting citizens in Florida feel that cannabis should be legalized for medical purposes – fully. Attorney John Morgan has led a valiant movement in support of our right to smoke our cannabis as it was originally intended in the constitutional amendment, and many politicians have finally seen and agreed with what should be common sense: cannabis is medicine, and Floridians have a right to use it instead of toxic chemicals/pharmaceuticals. Yet, 15 of the individuals we elected to represent us chose to go completely against our right to fully choose how we administrate our medication.

At the Collective, we believe in the power of the people through knowledge and education, so we’re sharing the 15 individuals we’ve chosen to label as Florida’s Faulted 15. We chose this title because their votes against SB182 alone do not determine that they are unethical, immoral, or “evil” people, but they are surely faulted for their actions of ignorance and/or intolerance.

Senate

Keith Perry, R – Gainesville

Doug Broxson, R – Gulf Breeze 

George Gainer, R – Panama City

Ed Hooper, R – Clearwater

House

Thad Altman, R – Rockledge

Mike Belran, R – Lithia

Chuck Clemons, R – Newberry

Jason Fischer, R – Jacksonville

Clay Yarborough, R – Jacksonville

Erin Grall, R – Vero Beach

Mike Hill, R – Pensacola

Mel Ponder, R – Destin

Ardian Zika, R – Land o’ Lakes

Jackie Toledo, R – Tampa

James Bush III, D – Miami

If these politicians voted against your interests, be sure you help spread awareness with those who share your beliefs, and ensure that these officials don’t get re-elected in 2020. They have no right to dictate what is or isn’t our medicine – that’s up to us and our doctors.

Closing Thoughts

As we’ve been saying since the first weekly update on January 1 of this year, 2019 is a significant year for the history and development of Florida’s cannabis industry. We are experiencing the last days of the industry as it has been since 2017. Here at the Collective, we eagerly anticipate the next phase of evolution for our industry, and today was a major catalyst in setting off that evolution. As soon as Governor Desantis signs SB182, it effectively becomes law; after that, this cannabis journey in Florida is about to pick up a lot of speed. We hope you’re as ready as we are for this very positive step forward!

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Trulieve Flower Review: Green Crack (Sativa)

Trulieve released the first few batches of this strain in TruFlower during mid to late 2018; unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch it in stock during that time, and it hasn’t been available for a few months. Thankfully, another batch was released last week; at $45/eighth, it’s one of the lower-priced flower options in the Florida cannabis industry.

Green Crack gained some notoriety in the mid 2010’s as an invigorating and energizing motivational sativa; rumor has it that the strain name came from Snoop Dogg after he sampled its potent sativa characteristics.

I originally tried this strain in Trulieve’s CO2 vape carts with cannabis-derived terpenes (review of that product can be found here). I really enjoyed Green Crack in distillate form, and have really been looking forward to trying its natural flower form. I’m pleased to say it has delivered – on all accounts.


Quick Facts:

Green Crack (Sativa)

Parent Strains: Skunk #1 x ?

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBULDPV000005 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

710.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

20.3% THC 

0.00% CBD

2.10% CBG

22.4% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

Trulieve has been on a roll of better curing quality for the past couple of months, and this batch of Green Crack is yet another quality grow. The moisture content is nearly perfect as the buds are sticky and slightly difficult to break down, but not so damp that it has issues with burning. This strain is medium to light green with areas of light green and a golden yellow hue, all covered in an abundance of bright orange pistils.

While the recent batch of Lemon Tree that I picked up was absolutely covered in kief (cannabinoid crystals), this batch of Green Crack isn’t quite as covered; however, any type of flashlight or bright lighting reveals flower that is covered in sparkling crystals.

This is, again, a good grow. Trulieve – thanks for listening to the patients and continually improving the quality of your flower.

Appearance Rating: 4.10/5.00

Smell/Taste

Opening a jar of Green Crack brings a sharp, sweet and fruity citrus smell that seems to carry itself across the room quite efficiently. The sweet/sour and fruity citrus terpenes are definitely the dominant ones, but there is also an underlying earthiness to this strain as well. To me, Green Crack seems like a mix of terpenes from Colombian Gold, Sour Diesel, and Super Silver Haze.

Vaporizing and/or smoking this strain yields similar results for the taste. Fruity, sweet and sour citrus dominates, with an underlying earthy terpene(s). This has been one of my favorite sativa strains in the smell/taste category.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.20/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Green Crack is definitely an energizing sativa. I wouldn’t say that it is quite as energizing as Sour Diesel or Jack Herer, but it’s more energizing than Super Silver Haze and Colombian Gold. In lower doses, the patient can expect to feel a clean boost of energy, focus, and motivation. In heavier doses, some body relaxation and “sluggish” movement can be felt as well, which I found surprising for a strain with “crack” in its name. (Amongst friends – this is not my favorite strain name.)

I do find the effects of Green Crack to be enjoyable and among some of my favorite of effects I’ve felt from sativa strains. It’s great for morning and early afternoon use, but due to the fact that it can be slightly relaxing in higher doses, it can be even be good for rolling a joint in the late afternoon for a “second wind” type of invigoration. This strain can be harnessed for motivation and/or creativity, making it a great choice for general productivity and relieving lack of motivation.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression 
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Lack of motivation
  • ADD/ADHD symptoms
  • General relaxation/relief (in higher doses)

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

Effects Rating: 4.30/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.20/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Green Crack as an “excellent” sativa strain. 

The sole “negative” factor of this product is that it currently costs $45/eighth. Though it is one of the lower priced flower options in the state, it’s still among some of the highest priced medicinal cannabis flower in the country, and is a perfect example of why vertical integration of Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers in Florida needs to come to an end – soon. 

Other than that, this strain absolutely impressed me; I enjoyed it so much that I am purchasing the crumble version of it this weekend. Reviews for that and two other crumble strains will be coming soon, so be sure to stay tuned to this page and our various social media for the latest updates.

Definitely give Green Crack flower a try, especially if you enjoy energizing sativa strains. I will definitely buy more of this flower in the future.

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Trulieve Flower Review: Poison Fruit (Hybrid)

Poison Fruit is a strain that I hadn’t heard too much about before seeing it in the dispensary, but bought because it was new and happened to be available on the day that I normally pick up my medicine. There isn’t a whole lot of information available online about this strain, but Trulieve offers the following description on their product page:

Poison Fruit a cross of Durban Poison and Grapefruit. The strain produces a warm, happy, euphoric effect that is still typical of most sativa dominant hybrids making it a good choice for daytime or evening use. This strain is good for stress reduction, PTSD, some pain reducing effects should be experienced as well.

Quick Facts:

Poison Fruit (Hybrid)

Parent Strains: Durban Poison x Grapefruit 

777.0 mg THC/3.5g

0.1 mg CBD/3.5g

22.2% THC 

0.10% CBD

1.00% CBG

23.3% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

This batch of Poison Fruit was not by any means the most aesthetically pleasing bud I’ve ever seen, but the curing/moisture content was done well, as is consistent with Trulieve’s flower over the past 5-6 weeks. Poison Fruit is a mix of medium greens and darker yellows, covered in amber and brown pistils and a dusting of yellowish trichomes.

My major gripe with this batch is that like the recent batch of Zkittlez flower I picked up, there were over a dozen tiny stems spread throughout the cups. I tend to expect a couple of stems in bud; that is acceptable, but there was a disproportionate amount of small stems in this batch. Perhaps this is a hit-or-miss factor depending on the batch, but ultimately, it detracts from the final score in this category.

Appearance Rating: 3.20/5.00

Smell/Taste

Poison Fruit has a distinct taste when compared with the many other different flower strains I’ve picked up from Trulieve. The dominant smell (and taste when vaporized) is a spicy/peppery terpene(s), followed by a musky/skunky scent in the background. Looking at the Leafly pages for the parent strains, I’d have to guess that this strain picked up most of its terpene profile from its Durban Poison parent.

In some ways, there are hints of terpenes in this strain that ever so subtly remind me of Dutch Hawaiian; however, I’d have to say I enjoyed the smell and taste of that strain a good bit more than Poison Fruit. Nevertheless, Poison Fruit is an enjoyable vapor (or smoke), and should be enjoyed by connoisseurs for its unique terpene profile.

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.80/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Though Poison Fruit is classified as a hybrid strain, I really feel it would be more appropriately labeled as a sativa. Both of its parent strains are stimulating sativas, and Poison Fruit follows suit with power cerebral and energy-inducing effects. Some patients on the Florida Medical Trees subreddit stated that this strain brought on some of the worst cannabis-induced anxiety that they had experienced in quite some time, so patients with lower tolerances should be aware of this when trying Poison Fruit for the first time.

In my experiences: After about 45 minutes, the intense and stimulating cerebral effects fade into a more mellow and subtle buzz. At this point, I could see some of the “hybrid” classification, as my body did feel pretty warm and relaxed – but not at all heavy or sleepy. Poison Fruit is definitely either a sativa-dominant hybrid or a pure sativa. The latter classification would have never caused me to think twice.

Though Poison Fruit is by no means a bad or subpar strain, it isn’t my personal favorite. I find it to be rather unremarkable in treating my depression/anxiety/ADD symptoms; though it definitely offers relief, I have found many other strains that do a better job of it.

I’d recommend this strain to patients who enjoy high-energy sativas and sativa-dominant hybrids; again, I really think this strain would be more of a fit for a sativa, rather than a hybrid.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • Lack of motivation
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor gastrointestinal issues

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

Effects Rating: 3.80/5.00

Overall Rating: 3.60/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Poison Fruit as a “slightly above average” strain. 

This was a fairly enjoyable strain, but I think I’d prefer to go with Durban Posion – or even try Grapefruit, before buying this strain again. Every strain can’t be a homerun, but I will say that Trulieve has been staying consistent with the curing and moisture of their recent batches, and the overall quality of flower seems to be steadily rising throughout the State of Florida.

An important thing to remember: every body and every experience is different. Just because this strain wasn’t a personal favorite of mine does not mean it can’t or won’t be one of your favorites! One of the most fascinating aspects of medicating with cannabis is how individualized and different the various treatments can be from patient to patient. It’s more incentive to experiment, shop around, and find what works best for you personally! My one hope is that all these reviews help contribute to your overall medical cannabis experience in a positive way.

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Trulieve Flower Review: Puck Yeah (Indica)

Last week, Trulieve dropped two new indica strains along with the announcement of TruCRMBL – Northern Hash Plant and Puck Yeah. Both have relatively little information about them available online, so I’ve really only had personal experience to go by when reviewing this strain.

Puck Yeah is definitely a heavier indica, with prominent body effects, much like Northern Hash Plant. The batch I got also happens to be the best overall quality flower I’ve gotten from Trulieve.

Quick Facts:

Puck Yeah  (Indica)

Parent Strains: The Puck x Northern Lights

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBTRUXNP000001 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

745.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

21.3% THC 

0.00% CBD

1.20% CBG

22.5% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

The quality of curing has been hit or miss in recent batches of TruFlower. However, Trulieve completely knocked it out of the park with this batch of Puck Yeah. This is absolutely the stickiest flower I’ve yet to get from Florida’s legal market – so much that the contents of all 3 ceramic pods retained their shape, as you can see in the image above. The flower consists of many shades of green and yellow, with one or two specks of purple, all covered in dark amber and burnt orange pistils. This flower is also covered in trichomes, which can be seen sparkling all over and inside the bud when held to a flashlight. If Trulieve could find a way to get every single batch of every strain to be the same quality as this batch of Puck Yeah, I truly believe that they would dominate the Florida flower market. This cure was incredible; hopefully it is a sign of things to come as the market expands.

Appearance Rating: 4.50/5.00

Smell/Taste

Puck Yeah has a very heavy, musky, sour cannabis smell that reminds me a bit of another indica strain I recently picked up from Trulieve: Crescendo. This is a very pungent and “loud” flower that will smell up your entire living space if you leave the jar open.

When vaporized, some of the more familiar citrusy cannabis terpenes are more notable – not so much when smelling the bud in the jar. The most dominant taste would have to be the musky, dank cannabis taste – followed by the citrus notes. Puck Yeah is a strong strain that tastes really good when vaporized.

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.90/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Where Northern Hash Plant immediately hit my body with heavy indica effects, Puck Yeah is more of a subtle “creeper”. At first, the effects are more cerebral and relaxed, probably for about the first 30-45 minutes after medicating. After that point, the body effects became much more prominent, and I became gradually more and more sleepy. In high doses, Puck Yeah is a great choice for insomnia. It’s a bit too heavy for daytime use in my opinion; this is strictly a strain I will use for late night relaxation and sleep. Overall, I’d say this is one of the most heavy indica flower strains I’ve tried, though I think Northern Hash Plant is a bit more of a “pure” indica with its effects.

I definitely noticed the higher THC content on this strain. When smoked, it only took one hit to start feeling the effects.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Insomnia (especially in higher doses)

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

Effects Rating: 3.80/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.07/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Puck Yeah as “an excellent strain for evening and nighttime medication”. 

Puck Yeah and Northern Hash Plant are definitely two of the heaviest indica strains I’ve gotten in the Florida medical cannabis program. Though I wish the price would come down – $55 an eighth is way too steep – Trulieve absolutely knocked it out of the park with growing and curing this strain. Hopefully it will come back around in the future: I would definitely recommend this product based on the quality of the grow alone. Hope the next batch is consistent (or better)!

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Trulieve Flower Review: Northern Hash Plant

Last week, Trulieve dropped two new indica strains along with the announcement of TruCRMBL – Northern Hash Plant and Puck Yeah. Both have relatively little information about them available online, but Trulieve’s website offers the following description of Northern Hash Plant:

Northern Hashplant is a breed from 2 of the most well-respected strains ’88 G13 Hashplant and Northern lights. The flowers odor is classic hashplant with a bit of sweetness from the northern lights and G13. The high is happy and euphoric that is gentle on your mind transitioning into a relaxing and sedative phase with good pain-relieving qualities, an excellent choice for medicating in the evening or at night.

Quick Facts:

Northern Hash Plant  (Indica)

Parent Strains: G13 Hash Plant x Northern Lights

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBTRUDDF000001 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

598.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

17.1% THC 

0.00% CBD

1.10% CBG

18.2% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

The quality of curing has been hit or miss in recent batches of TruFlower. Thankfully, this batch of Northern Hash plant has been one of the better cures, with just the right amount of moisture. As you can see in the image above, this is a brighter colored indica strain marked with lime greens and golds; however, there are a few patches of dark green and a couple specks of purple, all topped with bright orange and amber pistils. This flower is pretty sticky as well. Good job on this batch, Trulieve.


Appearance Rating: 4.00/5.00

Smell/Taste

Northern Hash Plant has been one of Trulieve’s more pungent indica strains. The most notable smell is an earthy, sour, musky, pungent cannabis smell – most likely acquired from its G13 Hash Plant parent. However, there is also an underlying sweetness and the slightest hint of citrus, most likely as a result of breeding G13 Hash Plant with the sweeter pine terpenes of Northern Lights. When vaporized, this strain tastes like one would expect your “typical” vaporized cannabis to taste. It’s definitely enjoyable, but not necessary noteworthy or unique.

Smell/Taste Rating: 3.80/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

This category is where Northern Hash Plant really shines for me. Of all the indicas I’ve tried from Trulieve so far, this has been possibly the heaviest and most “true” indica strain that I’ve gotten. I have a high tolerance, but one bowl of Northern Hash Plant gets my body feeling warm and relaxed while my head starts feeling heavy. If I consume any more than a bowl of this strain, there’s a high likelihood I’m going to fall asleep. I definitely recommend Northern Hash Plant as a great medication for relaxing the mind and body and helping one ease into a deep and relaxing sleep. I would not recommend using this strain if you have anything planned to do during the day; it is not a good strain for productivity, but a great strain fort relaxation, pain relief, and sleep.


Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Insomnia (especially in higher doses)

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

Effects Rating: 4.10/5.00

Overall Rating: 3.97/5.00

Overall, I would best describe Northern Hash Plant as “a really good strain for evening and nighttime medication”. 

Northern Hash Plant and Puck Yeah (review coming soon) are definitely two of the heaviest indica strains I’ve gotten in the Florida medical cannabis program. Though I wish the price would come down – $55 an eighth is way too steep – I hope Trulieve keeps this strain around, because it is a “true” indica. If some of the hybrid or other indica strains haven’t been giving you the relief you need, I’d recommend looking to Northern Hash Plant. It’s a solid medicinal strain.

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Trulieve Flower Review: Strawberry Switchblade (Hybrid)

Strawberry Switchblade has been coming and going from Trulieve’s inventory for some time now; a batch will show up on the website once every couple of months or so. Being one of the few strains Trulieve offers at $35/eighth (and the only hybrid strain at that price), I’ve always wanted to try this one, but never seemed to catch it in stock until now. This product is a good value all around, and performs well in each of the categories I use to rate flower strains. There isn’t much other information available on Strawberry Switchblade (no Leafly page), so most of the information in this review is solely based off my experience with this one batch of flower.

Quick Facts:

Strawberry Switchblade  (Hybrid)

Parent Strains: Unknown

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBULX9Y000008 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

528.5 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

15.1% THC 

0.00% CBD

0.80% CBG

15.9% Total Cannabinoids

Appearance/Feel

As you can see in the image above, Strawberry Switchblade is really purple; this is hands down the most vibrant and totally purple flower I’ve ever encountered, acquired through the Florida medical market or otherwise. There’s a bit of dark green mixed in there as well, and yellowish trichomes cover the buds entirely. This batch of flower was a bit on the dry side, but mine wasn’t terrible; it wasn’t nearly as bad as a batch of Stardawg I reviewed in late 2018.

This flower is really pleasing to the eye, and it was cured fairly well. If it weren’t so dry, this grow would have been a near-homerun.

Appearance Rating: 4.00/5.00

Smell/Taste

Strawberry Switchblade indeed smells like strawberries; in fact, this is one of the best sweet-smelling strains I’ve come across. This is not a “loud” or pungent strain that’s going to smell up your entire house/apartment, but sniffing the jar always yields pleasing results. The most prominent smell/taste is the sweet, sugary berry – this is probably the “sweetest” smelling strain I have had, even more so than Zkittlez. Underneath these dominant terpenes, there is a tangy/sour citrus smell that really complements the sweet strawberry for an extremely pleasing vapor or smoke. When vaporized, I found the vapor to taste of warm strawberry creme flavored dessert, maybe cookies or a slice of pie. Even when nearing the end of the bowl, the flavor was nice. Strawberry Switchblade even retains its sweetness when smoked; this would be a very enjoyable strain to roll into a joint for patients who find the best relief of their symptoms through that route of administration. Simply put, this is one of my favorite smelling/tasting strains in the program; this fact coupled with the $35 price tag resulted in the rare occasion of me ordering a second eighth immediately after sampling the first. The only other strain that earned an immediate second buy so far, has been Colombian Gold.

Smell/Taste Rating: 4.30/5.00

Effects/Medical Use

Strawberry Switchblade is a pretty well-balanced hybrid strain from my experience. The best way I can describe it is to think of a “heavier” Colombian Gold, for patients who have tried that strain. Though it is “only” around 15% THC, for me, this flower performed as well as any ~20% THC flower I’ve tried.

The initial effects are more cerebral/sativa-like, but not overwhelmingly stimulating at any point. In fact, the strain has a way of inducing motivation without ever feeling too speedy or racy. This is a good strain for promoting creativity. Around a half hour after initially medicating, Strawberry Switchblade begins to exhibit more indica-like effects of warm full-body relaxation. It does not necessarily make me sleepy; however, I could see this strain helping relieve insomnia if consumed in high doses before bed. I would have to guess this is a 55/45% indica-dominant hybrid.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • General enjoyment of life/activities
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Minor to moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Insomnia (in higher doses)

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

Effects Rating: 3.90/5.00

Overall Rating: 4.07/5.00

Overall, I would best describe this batch of Strawberry Switchblade as “a really good product, especially for the price”. 

Strawberry Switchblade is overall an extremely pleasing strain to medicate with, from my experience. Definitely in my top 3 favorite hybrid strains that I’ve tried so far, and at $35 an eighth, there’s no denying that this medication has great value. I’ve already ordered my second eighth after a couple of days of experience with the first. Will definitely buy this strain again in the future, especially as Trulieve continues to improve their curing process. Strawberry Switchblade that has been properly and completely cured would be an absolute knockout strain. Will be looking for this in the future.

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