Trulieve TruFlower Review: Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Sativa)

Trulieve has been dropping new flower strains left and right the past couple of months: first with the release of Sunshine Cannabis flower in April, Blue Dream last week, and the release of this Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Papaya Cake todya (05.29.2020).

There is some information on a strain with the same name available at most major online strain libraries like Leafly, but the genetics listed indicate that it is bred by Humboldt (rather than Surfr) and is therefore a different strain than what Trulieve has.

My location unfortunately never received Papaya Cake, but I was lucky enough to get an eighth of this strain. Here is Trulieve’s description:

Pineapple upside down cake is a cross of Golden Pineapple and Trophy Wife (Wedding Cake F2) from Surfr Seeds. This strain is a fruity tropical treat delivering a clear mentally stimulating high that is perfect for day time and active users. High levels of THC and terpenes including terpinolene, beta-myrcene, limonene and trans-caryophyllene deliver a tropical, floral creamy smoke that has a long lasting effect unique to most Trulieve offerings. This variety should work well for people with PTSD, anxiety, appetite stimulation and mild pain relief.

Trulieve’s Product Page

Quick Facts:

Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $53/eighth 

Lineage: Golden Pineapple x Trophy Wife

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFL-BLD-S-18-PK-2

Cannabinoids

THC: 30.809% – This is the first flower I’ve had that breaks the 30% THC threshold.

CBD: 0.000%

THCV: 0.175%

CBG: 1.219%

Total Cannabinoids: 32.203%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 1.505%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 1.012%

R-Limonene: 0.510%

Linalool: 0.164%

Alpha Humulene: 0.207%

Total Terpenes: 3.398%

Appearance/Cure

I’m reminded of my first time buying Paradise Waits from Trulieve when I first opened this strain. That batch of Paradise raised the bar of flower quality for Trulieve at the time, and the overall average of their flower became better after that.

The same thing happened when Trulieve released Sunshine Cannabis flower last month; once again, the bar was raised for them.

This has happened for a third time with the batch of Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I’ve been saying for the past few weeks that GrowHealthy was leading my choices in flower quality, but this eighth meets or exceeds that level of quality, and again has Trulieve in my personal “bracket” vying for the #1 flower quality position.

The trim is close to immaculate. The cure is the same, with extremely dense, extremely sticky buds that grind or break down to a very soft, fluffy texture that is easy to work with.

Trichomes are visible to the naked eye and appear to have been allowed to mature, as they are gold to amber in color.

The entire eighth weighed 3.8 grams and is comprised of 3 nugs, of which the largest weighed 1.8 grams.

Well done, Trulieve. You seem to keep finding a way to excel your previous bests. That is the mark of a good and improving grow operation. Give that team some credit!

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.60/10.00

Smell/Taste

Pineapple Upside Down Cake has a mild smell, and honestly, it doesn’t smell like its namesake to me. It reminds me of Paradise Waits in a way, but the smell is not as pungent and full as that strain.

I find this strain to be sweet and hashy, with hints of pine and citrus.

The taste when smoking the flower is very similar to the smell; however, the taste does have a sweet cake-like quality on the exhale. It’s really nice, actually.

This isn’t a top strain in this category, but fans of the Cake lineage should enjoy this mildly sweet member of the family.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.90/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I’m one that preaches “THC % isn’t everything” – and it isn’t. Terpenes and other cannabinoids matter, and this Pineapple Upside Down Cake is not guaranteed to be potent just because of the listed THC percentage.

However, when a flower has both high THC and high terpenes, and (perhaps most importantly) it was allowed to both fully mature and cure, then it has the potential to be extremely potent. That’s exactly what happened with this batch.

The first time I tried it, all it took was one small hit. I was done. That’s all I needed.

This is a racy, speedy, energetic sativa strain for me, with little in the way of body effects. It reminds me a lot of 99 Problems from GrowHealthy, and is among the most racy sativa strains I have tried. If you are prone to any sort of anxiety from sativa and/or potent cannabis strains, tread very lightly with this strain and others like it, especially when they have ridiculous THC levels like this. A little goes a long way if you happen to have this batch.

I find this strain to be both a great mood booster and a good motivator, as well as a fairly good creativity stimulator. I did not enjoy doing leisurely tasks while medicating with it earlier; I wanted to be doing something meaningful or productive, so I came to write this review.

In my book, this is another “espresso” cannabis strain. It may have a slightly more prevalent body relaxation component than strains like 99 Problems or Sour Diesel, but not much at all – nothing noticeable to most consumers/patients.

I enjoy strains like this, but I recommend having CBD on hand if you aren’t experienced with them. They can be intense!

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
  • Lack of motivation
  • Improves concentration and memory recall
  • Increases energy/alertness, in a way almost similar to caffeine 
  • Good for “stepping out of the box” with current mindset; good for changing mental perspective.

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

Effects Rating: 9.60/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.03/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Pineapple Upside Down Cake as an “outstanding, high-energy” sativa strain from Trulieve.

It seems like Trulieve is only getting better at growing flower through time. I hope that their grow team sees this review and knows that their efforts are noticed – the quality is seriously on another level than it was this time last year.

This experience has me ready to try other new strains from Trulieve. I might have to go check out that Blue Dream to compare it to Fluent’s version

For patients who enjoy racy sativas, this strain is an excellent choice. I’m really impressed with it, and can’t wait to see what else Trulieve and other MMTCs have in store for the second half of 2020.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake is hard to type.

Trulieve/Sunshine Cannabis TruFlower Review: Crown Chakra (Sativa)

Trulieve and Sunshine Cannabis have been partnered for quite some time now. You may have tried one of their TruPod distillate vape cart strains, which include custom strains like Sunshine Kush and Afghan Moon, to name a couple.

Trulieve and Sunshine Cannabis released a limited run of half gram prerolls, but this is the first time they’ve dropped a whole flower product, and they did it in a huge way – 11 strains of their flower collaboration dropped on Sunday, 04.19.2020. I was able to pick up 3 strains: this Crown Chakra, Crippy x Purple Thai, and Mycene Queen.

All 3 batches of flower are amongst the best quality I’ve ever received from Trulieve, and hopefully represent a further increase in the quality of their flower moving forward. My sentiments are not alone: I’ve seen dozens of fellow patients raving about their Sunshine flower on social media.

Quick Facts:

Trulieve and Sunshine Cannabis’ websites each offer this description of Crown Chakra:

An exotic totally purple Sativa pheno expression of the unicorn line-up with a diverse genetic background including Sour Diesel, the original Widow, Blackberry, and an unknown mystery Sativa along with several other legendary strains in this complex polyhybrid cultivar exclusive to Sunshine Cannabis & Trulieve. Chosen from a large population after very careful terpene testing and selection, this unique and quite rare Sativa phenotype has a one of a kind & highly unusual sweet lavender, citrus candy & hippy incense like aroma, with some slight earthy cocoa notes in the background. A pungent diesel gas aroma is found when the incredibly colorful purple buds are broken up. Unlike anything else you may have seen or smelled before this rare all purple Sativa flower has strikingly beautiful long spears of trichome laden buds with contrasting bright orange hairs. The taste is very much like the exotic sweet aroma and the effects are exceedingly blissful, zen, & cerebral with a truly bright clear effect of the highest vibrations. Experience a marked reduction of stress and anxiety that is very functional, high clarity. The Crown Chakra was named for it’s vivid purple color and mind-expanding Sativa effects that are seemingly centered at the Crown Chakra. Elevate your higher senses with this mystical all purple medical Sativa strain.

Sunshine Cannabis website; Strains Page

Crown Chakra (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $48/eighth 

Lineage: Proprietary; “Poly-hybrid” cross of Sour Diesel, Original Widow, Blackberry, “Unknown Mystery Sativa”

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFL-BLD-S-20-PK-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 15.1%

CBD: 0.0%

THCV: 0.1%

CBG: 0.6%

Total Cannabinoids: 15.8%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

Beta-Pinene: 0.387%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.221%

*R-Limonene: 0.504%

*Alpha Pinene: 0.962%

Total Terpenes: 2.074%

Appearance/Cure

Crown Chakra is an absolutely beautiful strain, named for the crown chakra that is part of many meditative beliefs and studies. Depending on the version of meditative study you may use, the crown chakra is often represented as either violet purple or pure white light. The color of this flower surely matches the former; in fact, it’s what I would call a “fiery purple” color – it has a reddish or even magenta tint to it.

Not only do the genetics of this flower seem to produce an amazing looking phenotype, but it appears that Trulieve and Sunshine Cannabis cured it to near perfection, and brought out almost all of its potential.

The flower is among the stickiest I’ve ever gotten from Trulieve. Until now, their Paradise Waits had been the best cured flower I’d seen from them, but this Crown Chakra takes that position now. It’s so sticky that it has trouble coming off my fingers, and seems to give my grinder (which is usually flawless) a bit of trouble. I wonder if this bud would have been even more amazing if it would have been dried just a little longer?

The trim and overall appearance and cure are top tier. This is some of the best flower that Trulieve has brought to the market.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 9.65/10.00

Smell/Taste

This strain has a smell unlike anything else I’ve gotten in Florida. Most of the time, each new strain I try can at least be put into a “family” with a few strains that have similar attributes to their smell and taste. This Crown Chakra, however, is completely different than anything else – and the terpene report shows us why.

Oddly enough, this is one of the only strains I’ve found that has no myrcene in it – zero. Myrcene is such a common cannabis terpene – often dominant, or at least present in most strains. But there’s none here. Instead, pinene and limonene dominate the terpene profile here, and it is evident – the pine is powerful.

Sunshine Cannabis actually describes the smell pretty well, in their strain description above. Again:

“…has a one of a kind & highly unusual sweet lavender, citrus candy & hippy incense like aroma, with some slight earthy cocoa notes in the background.”

This pretty much hits the nail on the head. Pine and incense are the two strongest associations for me, and they are the two strongest tastes as well. (Tasting incense is odddly pleasant in this case?)

Props for the hard-to-pull-off feat of a truly unique terpene profile; well done!

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.80/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

My experience with this strain is a good example of why we shouldn’t base our expectations solely off the THC percentage. Many less experienced patients may take a look at the ~15% THC and scoff, or even pass this option over because of it. That would be a mistake, though, because Crown Chakra still packs a strong cerebral punch.

The feelings from this sativa-dominant hybrid are very warm, fuzzy, and euphoric. I feel no anxiety from this strain; in fact, it’s another strain that closely replicates some of my first experiences with cannabis as a teenager, when I would just laugh a lot and get the fierce munchies. I am able to stay both motivated and creative on this strain as it lifts away my depression, which is exactly what I look for in sativa and sativa-dominant hybrid strains.

Crown Chakra is a good strain to use any time from early morning to late evening. It’s not too racy or speedy, but also not sedating at all. There is a mild body relaxation that begins to set in as the effects progress, but this strain feels mostly sativa.

For some reason, this is how I imagine the best cannabis in the 1970s might have felt? That’s a totally off-the-wall thought that came to me a couple of times when medicating with Crown Chakra. I can’t say that any other strain has ever made me think that – ha!

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • General enjoyment of life/activities
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Minor to moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Motivation Issues
  • May stimulate creativity

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

Effects Rating: 9.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 9.21/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Crown Chakra as an “outstanding” sativa strain from Trulieve and Sunshine Cannabis.

For Trulieve, this combination of favorable genetics and next-level quality execution of the grow really changes the game. If they can turn out all their strains like this, and continue to deliver more batches of the Sunshine Cannabis strains, they could be a true contender for having some of the best medical flower in the state.

I think this release is really a huge move for Sunshine Cannabis as well. A lot more people are going to be talking about them now. I’ll definitely be back to try the other 8 flower strains they offer in the future. If they’re all like this, I absolutely want more.

Many more reviews are coming soon – especially as I find myself at home nearly 24/7 during this COVID-19 pandemic – so stay tuned!

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Banana Kush (Hybrid)

Banana Kush first became at Trulieve in mid-2018 when flower vape cups were the only way to get cannabis flower in Florida. It’s been available a handful of times since then, once or twice of which were in full flower form.

Banana Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid with both uplifting and relaxing effects, that seems to have a heavier comedown than most hybrid strains.

Quick Facts:

Banana Kush (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $53/eighth 

Possible Lineage 1: Ghost OG x Skunk Haze

Possible Lineage 2: OG Kush x Unknown Banana Male Parent

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFL-BLD-H-2-PK-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 20.2%

CBD: 0.0%

THCV: 0.2%

CBG: 0.7%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.1%

Terpenes

Beta-Myrcene: 0.882%

Ocimene: 0.172%

Total Terpenes: 1.054%

Appearance/Cure

Nannnnnnnnnners, man.

Banana Kush buds are medium green, covered in golden trichomes and pinkish-orange pistils.

This batch of Banana Kush got a fair amount of criticism on social media, but I must have been lucky, as my eighth has a nice cure. It isn’t the best I’ve seen from Trulieve by any means, but it isn’t terrible at all. The buds are a bit airy and longer/skinny, but I wonder if this has to do with the genetics of the plant rather than any part of the growing or curing process. They are still fairly sticky, and the moisture content is nearly perfect.

The one critique I have of this batch is that it had a fair amount of small stems that could have easily been clipped, and a fair amount of sugar leaves left behind as well. At $53/eighth, I expect a to see a premium medical cannabis product in all areas, and I have seen better results from Trulieve flower at a lower price point. The trim seemed to be the weak point on this batch from my experience.

With all that being said, this is good flower with a good cure – nothing to be overly critical about.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 7.60/10.00

Smell/Taste

I tend to expect strains with specific names like Banana Kush to smell like their namesake. While Banana Kush does have a fruity smell, especially when broken apart or ground up, bananas were not the first fruit that came to mind. I’d have to say there is more of an overall tropical/tree fruit smell, and a bit of both earthy and diesel/chemical terpenes present as well. I found the fruit terpenes to be the dominant ones overall.

When broken open, there was a hint of a banana-like smell, but I really had to look for it – so it may or may not have really been there. Maybe it’s just this cut or even this batch of Banana Kush, but I don’t think that’s what I would have named this strain based on its smell or taste.

The earthy and fuel terpenes seem to be more dominant in the taste of Banana Kush when smoked. It’s a pretty good smelling flower, but not a standout for me.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.80/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Banana Kush definitely presented more indica-type effects for me when smoked. A calm cerebral invigoration and a relaxed body sensation both become apparent just a minute or two after the first inhalation. I really feel this strain behind the eyes, and it makes my eyes bloodshot as well (not a negative factor for me, since I use this strain at night.)

About 20-30 minutes in, I really begin to feel a heavy and couch-locked sensation that I imagine would be useful in treating pain, cramps, etc. However, Banana Kush was also uplifting in the sense that it made my depressive and negative thought patterns lift, and be replaced with a more content/”in the moment” relaxation. I enjoyed cooking while under the effects of this strain.

Banana kush is described as a 60/40 indica-dominant hybrid, and I’d generally agree with that assessment, or even say it’s slightly more indica-dominant. It’s on the borderline of being sedating, especially in higher doses. I generally wouldn’t choose to medicate with this early in the day, especially if I had a lot of things to get done.

Patients who enjoy heavier strains and indica-dominant hybrids will enjoy Trulieve’s cut of Banana Kush. With its ability to uplift the mood and simultaneously relax the body, I will certainly be looking to try this strain in other products in the future.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Mild to moderate aches and pains
  • Mild to 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: 8.40/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.92/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Banana Kush as a “very good” hybrid strain from Trulieve.

Though I’m not sure I agree with the $53/eighth price tag for this particular batch of Banana Kush, it was overall a good quality product that I would probably purchase again, especially if it were a $43 (or lower priced) stain. However, I really did enjoy the heavy effects I experienced from this strain; for that reason, I’d be interested in trying this product in concentrate form – most likely crumble or rosin.

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Northern Hash Plant (Indica)

Northern Hash Plant first became available in Florida by way of Trulieve’s flower vape cups (review here) in early 2019. It subsequently disappeared until September 2019, when it became available in full flower form.

I really enjoyed this strain back when I tried it in the flower cups, and I’ve found the same is true with the full flower version. This is one of the heaviest indica strains I’ve tried in Florida.

Quick Facts:

Northern Hash Plant (Indica)

Price at time of review: $43/eighth 

Lineage: Northern Lights x 88 G13 Hashplant

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFL-BLD-I-11-PK-2

Cannabinoids

THC: 18.7%

CBD: 0.0%

THCV: 0.2%

CBG: 0.9%

Total Cannabinoids: 19.8%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 1.317% – Note: This is the first time I’ve seen any single terpene at over 1% in flower.

*Trans-Carophyllene: 0.377%

Alpha-Pinene: 0.311%

Beta-Pinene: 0.112%

R-Limonene: 0.239%

Humulene: 0.125%

Nerolidol-2: 0.050%

Ocimene-2: 0.190%

Total Terpenes: 2.721%

Appearance/Cure

Northern Hash Plant buds are pretty and medium-green in color. There are also flecks of purple at the bottom of some of the buds; this is consistent with the flecks of purple I found in some of the buds when I purchased this strain in the vape cups early this year.

This seems to be a very dense flower, and a little goes a long way when loading a bowl or one-hitter of this strain.

Again, the cure on this flower is really good; however, the moisture content seems to leave a little room for it to be slightly drier. I always love a good sticky bud, but I find that I almost have difficulty burning the end of the bowl when I load it up with this flower.

Overall, the cure and moisture are both good, and this is a pretty strain that seems to have remained consistent despite having a 7 month gap in between batches.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

This strain is abundant in myrcene, and that immediately becomes apparent when opening the jar, as a very strong “musty”, almost-sour smell hits the nose.

There are also earthy and piney scents present in Northern Hash Plant, and an ever-so-subtle hint of citrus lingering in the background.

This is consistent with what I detailed in my review of the batch that was released early this year; the difference is that we now have access to the terpene content in the lab reports (where I got the terpene percentages listed above), and those concentrations of terpenes check out with my experience with the smell and taste of this strain.

For patients who enjoy the pungent and dank strains, this is a good choice.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

As I mentioned in the very beginning of this review, Northern Hash Plant is a really heavy indica for me. I experience some light cerebral stimulation immediately after inhaling a hit of this strain, but the real feature of Northern Hash Plant lies in the heavy body effects that become noticeable not long after medicating.

In lighter doses, I can still perform some tasks that require concentration; for example, I took a hit of Northern Hash Plant right before I started writing this review. While I am able to do this without any sedative hinderance, I do find that my head feels a bit heavy even with the lighter dose, and my body feels very relaxed.

Higher doses almost always end in my taking a nap or going to sleep for the night. For that reason, I would primarily recommend Northern Hash Plant for late night medication, and I find it particularly useful about an hour before going to bed for the night.

The initial light cerebral stimulation may keep thoughts going enough to prevent sleep in the very beginning stages of the effects from this strain, but for me, that doesn’t last long – it always ends up becoming sedative after some time.

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: 8.20/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.06/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Northern Hash Plant as a “very good, heavy” indica strain from Trulieve.

At $43/eighth and due to the desirable heavy indica effects, I will most likely be purchasing this strain again in the future. If you’re looking for a heavy and sedating indica strain, Northern Hash Plant is a good choice from my experience.

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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: Shipwreck (Sativa)

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

Shipwreck is a sativa strain that is known for being on the more mellow end of the sativa effects spectrum. I’ve found that I really enjoy this strain for its versatility in effects, making it a good choice for any time of the day.

Quick Facts:

Shipwreck (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $43/eighth 

Lineage: Trainwreck x Mothership

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFL-BLD-S-8-PK-5

Cannabinoids

THC: 17.2%

CBD: 0.0%

THCV: 0.2%

CBG: 1.0%

Total Cannabinoids: 18.4%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 0.253%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.087%

*R-Limonene: 0.121%

Ocimene-2: 0.072%

Total Terpenes: 0.533%

Appearance/Cure

These Shipwreck buds are medium to dark green, with some hints of purple in a few of the smaller buds – something I have not seen in many sativa strains. Red-orange pistils and a dusting of gold trichomes cover the flower.

The buds themselves are a little bit fluffy but still fairly dense and sticky, all with a great moisture content that breaks down well, both by hand and with a grinder. Trulieve has once again dialed into their consistency for producing high-quality flower with this eighth of Shipwreck.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.20/10.00

Smell/Taste

Shipwreck has that classic pungent skunk smell that I associate with some of my earliest memories of smoking high-quality cannabis – most of you can relate to the first time you got something other than “reggie” or “mids”, and being blown away by how pungent the smell was. That was my initial reaction when I opened my jar of Shipwreck; it immediately blew me away with a powerful smell of skunk and earthy tones.

After further investigation of the smell, there is definitely a sweetness that is masked by the pungent skunk aroma, and a bit of citrus in the mix as well – thanks to the presence of Limonene in this terpene profile.

Smell and taste are very subjective categories, as we all know that we have different preferences when it comes to what we consider to smell “good”. I happen to love strains that have this powerful skunk aroma, and am always impressed when the smell really “hits” as you open the jar.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.80/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Of all the sativa strains I’ve tried, Shipwreck has one of the most mellow and well-rounded effects spectrums that I’ve experienced. This isn’t the type of sativa that hit me over the head with racy, energetic sensations; instead, I found that it creeped in with a simultaneously enhancement of colors/vision and a noticeable body buzz.

I found Shipwreck to be versatile – that is to say, the state of one’s mind and body before medicating can really influence whether the mind (or body) sensations dominate the experience. For instance, I took a hit of this flower before heading out to the beach, and it really helped motivate me to get up off the couch and get my day started early. Likewise, I took another hit of Shipwreck when I got home from the beach, and found the effects to be much heavier and more relaxing after a couple of hours in the sun. Though the state of our mind in body can affect the overall effects experience for any flower strain, I felt that this really was prominent with how I felt the effects from Shipwreck.

With all that being said, I really enjoy and appreciate the versatility of the effects spectrum from Shipwreck. This can be a great “wake and bake” strain for morning medication (alleviating depression and motivation issues), or it can be a good “winding down” strain for relieving stress and anxiety in the late afternoon. The only time I wouldn’t recommend this strain would be right before bedtime.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Lack of energy/motivation 
  • Depression and associated anxiety
  • Lack of appetite
  • Minor headaches
  • Relief of minor skeletal/muscular aches and pains
  • Good for general relaxation (in higher doses or later in the day)

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: 8.34/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Shipwreck as an “excellent and versatile” sativa strain from Trulieve.

At $43/eighth, I would definitely consider purchasing this strain again in the future, especially with the enjoyable terpene profile and effects spectrum. I absolutely recommend this strain to patients who are “sativa connoisseurs”, and even to patients who normally prefer hybrid and indica strains – this could be a great “introductory” sativa strain for those patients.

This is a great sativa strain that I hope Trulieve will add to its rotation, and definitely a future repeat buy for me personally.

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Space Bomb (Hybrid)

Space Bomb has been available at Trulieve a couple of times since Summer 2018, though this is one of their more “rare” strains that has been almost completely absent from being available in flower form for several months at a time.

Space Bomb finally made its full-flower appearance in late August 2019, and I was eager to pick up an eighth of this powerful cerebral hybrid, after hearing many positive comments about it.

Quick Facts:

Space Bomb (Hyrbid)

Price at time of review: $43/eighth 

Lineage: Space Queen x Tiny Bomb

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFL-BLD-H-42-PK-1

Cannabinoids

THC: 20.2%

CBD: 0.0%

THCV: 0.2%

CBG: 0.8%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.2%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

Beta-Myrcene: 0.2520%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 0.2600%

Guaiol: 0.1300%

*Terpinolene: 0.4720%

Total Terpenes: 1.1140%

Appearance/Cure

This batch of Space Bomb was grown and cured very nicely, as most all flower batches from Trulieve have been for the past several months. Colors range from medium to light green, and every bud seems to be covered in a generous blanket of orange pistils. There are also plenty of golden trichomes to be seen; I didn’t even need a flashlight to see some of the crystals on these buds.

Each bud is fairly sticky and dense, and the moisture content is again nearly perfect here – not so sticky that your grinder will be clogged, but not dry by any means. Trulieve has improved their flower game to the point that they are often being mentioned in many patients’ “Top 3” Florida dispensary flower rankings, and this eighth of Space Bomb proved to be another great example of their consistently high-quality flower.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.20/10.00

Smell/Taste

Space Bomb has a very sweet smell, with underlying hints of rose-like flower and pine. Leafly offered the following brief description of Space Bomb’s smell, which I found to be accurate as well:

Buds have a fruit candy smell with a little bit of that sweet-rot smell […]

I believe the unique and pleasant sweet/floral smell of Space Bomb can be attributed to some of the less-common terpenes that dominate its profile. According to a Leafly article, Terpinolene is one of the least common terpenes in cannabis, but it is the dominant terpene in Space Bomb; Terpinolene is described as having a complex, piney, floral, even citrus smell – so this makes sense.

This is the first strain I’ve seen with a significant concentration of Guaiol, which is described as being piney with woodsy and floral undertones – again, accurate for my experience with Space Bomb.

When smoked, Space Bomb has “clean” and “fresh” floral tastes. I enjoy both the smell and taste of this strain, personally.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.80/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Space Bomb definitely feels like a sativa-dominant hybrid to me; if I had to put a number to it, I would say this is a 65/35 sativa-dominant strain.

The effects are immediately cerebral, and on my first couple of times trying to medicate with this strain, those powerful cerebral effects led to a very introspective state of mind. This could definitely be beneficial for patients looking to change their outlook and state of mind (for conditions such as depression), but patients who tend to feel a lot of anxiety from these strains should exercise caution and start off with very light doses, until the effects are familiar and easier to navigate.

After 15-20 minutes, the typical warm-body indica sensations start to fade in, but they never become too heavy – just enough to be relaxing. For this reason, I find Space Bomb to be good for use at almost any time of the day, except perhaps before bed, as this strain tends to stimulate the mind. It is a good strain for creativity and some degree of motivation, though, so the ideal time for use may be morning to early afternoon.

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Effects Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Space Bomb as a “very good” hybrid strain from Trulieve.

At $43/eighth, I would definitely consider purchasing this strain again in the future. I would absolutely recommend each patient to try it at least once – perhaps it will become more commonly available in the future, because I definitely see it being a potential favorite hybrid strain for many patients.

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Mandarin Dreams (Indica)

Mandarin Dreams has been a strain that Trulieve has brought into its rotation more than a few times in the past year. In fact, it was actually the very first TruFlower strain I purchased – in the ceramic vape pods back then (September 2018).

Interestingly, Mandarin Dreams is listed as an indica strain at Trulieve, though almost every other source lists it as a hybrid strain. I’ve found that the effects lean more to a hybrid, with a bit of an indica finish.

Quick Facts:

Mandarin Dreams (Indica)

Price at time of review: $43/eighth 

Lineage: Stormtrooper #2 x Mandarin Sunset

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFLBLDH25PK9

Cannabinoids

THC: 19.8%

CBD: 0.0%

THCV: 0.2%

CBG: 0.6%

Total Cannabinoids: 20.6%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 0.7860%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 0.2122%

Alpha-Bisabolol: 0.0604%

Linalool: 0.0794%

R-Limonene: 0.0772%

Humulene: 0.0638%

Ocimene-2: 0.0569%

Total Terpenes: 1.3359%

Appearance/Cure

Mandarin Dreams is another visually appealing strain, and the fact that the eighth I purchased was comprised of large, chunky buds was icing on the cake for the overall aesthetic.

Colors range from medium to lime green, and are all covered in burnt orange pistils and sparkling trichomes.

This cure is excellent, with (again) nearly perfect moisture content; the buds themselves are dense and sticky when broken down.

The trim job was better than others I have seen recently, but there were still a couple of sugar leaves left behind. This never really negatively impacts my overall experience when medicating, but I find it a sign of attention to detail when the trim job is immaculate.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.20/10.00

Smell/Taste

Mandarin Dreams most definitely lives up to its name in terms of its smell/terpene profile. When I first opened the jar, I immediately noticed a sour citrus smell with an underlying earthy musk; in all honesty, it smells like very good musky cannabis flower with a piece of tangerine peel left inside the jar. It’s unique, and for my personal taste, very enjoyable.

There are also subtle hints of more sweet/tropical notes, particularly if you choose to vaporize this strain as opposed to smoking it.

After trying more than one “Lemon” strain that didn’t necessarily smell like lemons, I appreciate a “Mandarin” strain that does smell like orange citrus. Nice genetics for smell/taste on this strain!

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.20/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Though listed as an Indica strain, I found Mandarin Dreams to perform much more like a hybrid, and not necessarily an indica-heavy hybrid at that.

In fact, powerful cerebral effects are what I first notice each time I medicate with this strain. For me, this was an uplifting, happy, “giggly” strain – great for knocking out some persistent symptoms of depression that I have been facing for the past couple of months. I didn’t personally experience anxiety from these cerebral effects, however, nor did I feel particularly energized. “Content” is a good descriptor.

Not long after the cerebral effects set in, a subtle body warmth/buzz starts to become noticeable in the background, and continues with nearly that same intensity for the duration of the effects. This never really settles into the full-on “couch lock” or sleepy effects that many patients search for with indica strains, so if you’re looking for something to put you to sleep, strains like 9lb Hammer or Duct Tape may be better choices.

However, if you’re looking for a good, “happy” strain the provides a nice side of relaxation without being neither too energizing or sedating, then Mandarin Dreams is an excellent choice.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety 
  • Good for general relaxation
  • Relief of minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Relief of minor to moderate nausea and gastrointestinal discomfort
  • I found this strain to be a good appetite stimulant

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: 7.80/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Mandarin Stream as a “very good” indica strain from Trulieve.

At $43/eighth, I would definitely consider purchasing this strain again in the future. I find it to be a good “light” indica option: not a strain that is going to render me unable to function, but heavy enough to enjoy the evening after a long day at work.

If nothing else, I would give this strain a try for its unique terpene profile. Of the many strains I’ve tried, I haven’t found any others that smell like orange citrus in the same way that Mandarin Dreams does. Definitely a unique strain, worthy of at least one purchase.

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Sherbert (Hybrid)

Sherbert is a hybrid cannabis strain that is known by a couple of other names and spellings, particularly “Sunset Sherbert”, and what many people argue is the correct spelling of the strain – Sherbet.

This is yet another strain that I initially sampled in the Trulieve’s flower vape cups earlier this year (review here). It’s always interesting to see these strains in their full flower glory, especially when some time has passed since the last time I was able to try the strain, around 7 months in this instance.

On that note, this experience with Sherbert is a great example of how doing just that – revisiting strains we tried in the past – can be beneficial to us as patients (more on that later).

Quick Facts:

Sherbert (Hyrbid)

Price at time of review: $43/eighth 

Lineage: GSC x Pink Panties

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFLBLDH40PK2

Cannabinoids

THC: 19.0%

CBD: 0.0%

CBG: 0.5%

Total Cannabinoids: 19.5%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 0.0941%

Nerolidol-2: 0.0263%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 0.0821%

Alpha-Bisabolol: 0.051%

Linalool: 0.0792%

R-Limonene: 0.0540%

Humulene: 0.0339%

Total Terpenes: 0.4206%

Appearance/Cure


I found Sherbert to be a visually appealing strain, as indicated in the above images. Several different hues of green, ranging from deep forest green to an almost golden shade, are all complemented by a generous cover of rich orange pistils; cream-colored trichomes complete the mosaic.

Whoever has been responsible for the QA of Trulieve’s cures in the past two months or so has really done a fine job in their position, as I have noticed that the cures and moisture content are definitely a level or two ahead of what they were in late March/early April 2019. The trim on this eighth was also nearly immaculate, which was a nice observation after seeing quite a few sugar leaves left behind on recent batches of other strains from Trulieve.

This was definitely a satisfying strain to come back to in its full flower form after initially trying it in the ceramic vape cups – here’s to being thankful that SB182 passed and allows us to obtain our medicine in its purest form.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.80/10.00

Smell/Taste

Sherbert certainly has a complex array of smells going on; in fact, I mentioned my difficulty in accurately describing the smell the first time I reviewed this strain.

Time and more experience have helped me dial in on how to describe the terpene profile of this strain a bit better. “Musky” is definitely the first word that comes to my mind, and by that, I mean that there is a heavy, almost sour smell when first opening the jar.

I can detect some of the GSC lineage in the terpene profile as well – for those of you who have sampled GSC flower, you will recognize it. It’s a subtle, sweet, almost sugary smell lurking underneath the surface.

Finally, there seems to be a certain “tangy” element underneath all this. Leafly’s page indicates “blueberry” as one of the top reported smells/tastes. While I don’t feel that is the best description, it is reminiscent of some strains I’ve sampled from the Blueberry lineage, so maybe that’s what they were referring to.

Interestingly enough, the terpene percentages above show a far less complex (and lower percentage) terpene profile when compared to the percentages in Dutch Hawaiian; ironically, I would say that Sherbert has a stronger smell despite having around only half the terpene content. I suppose this goes to show that we still have so much to learn about the makeup of the cannabis plant and how each component contributes to our overall medication experience.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.60/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Sherbert is listed on Leafly as an indica-leaning hybrid, and I will echo that sentiment in this review. Warm body effects are apparent very early on in the medication experience. There is still a cerebral quality to this strain, and it can be quite potent in larger doses. I actually found myself going to my Delta8:CBD 1:1 vape to help level out some of the effects from this strain.

As time passes from the last inhalation, the relaxing effects become more and more apparent. For that reason, I recommend this strain for evening and night time use. I find myself feeling a bit lazy and unproductive after medicating with Sherbert; for this reason, I also would recommend it as a possible choice for treating insomnia.

I mentioned above that revisiting strains from the past could be beneficial to us as patients. My two experiences with Sherbert are a great example of that. If you followed the links above to my past review of this strain, you’ll see that I found it to be a bit lackluster in the effects department; I did not find this as a very useful strain medicinally – I felt it was more suited for general adult use rather than trying to treat a specific ailment.

Coming back to it 7 months later, my take on this strain has changed. I think it is one of the better indica-dominant hybrid strains that I have tried, and found it to have some of the most pronounced body effects of any hybrid strain I have tried.

What changed? Maybe it was a genetic variation, maybe external factors during the grow, or perhaps my own body reacts to strains differently through time. Regardless of exactly what led to my having a different experience with this strain the second time I tried it, I feel this presents a good piece of advice for medical cannabis patients: it may be beneficial to revisit strains again in the future after initially “writing them off”.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • General relaxation
  • Minor nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • 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: 7.80/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.06/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Sherbert as a “very good” hybrid strain from Trulieve.

At $43/eighth, I would definitely consider purchasing this strain again in the future. If nothing else, my two experiences with Sherbert taught me to give initially unremarkable strains another chance in the future – we may find that we actually enjoy the strain more the next time.

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Sour Diesel (Sativa)

I’ve been waiting quite a while to be able to catch Trulieve’s smokable Sour Diesel flower in stock. This strain really doesn’t need an introduction for most cannabis consumers; Sour Diesel is arguably one of the most popular strains of all time, claiming its fame a couple of decades ago in the early ’90s.

Before the passage of SB182 and the subsequent legalization of full smokable cannabis flower in Florida, Sour Diesel was a common strain available in Trulieve’s ceramic flower vape cups (review of Sour Diesel vape cups here). The strain seemed to all but disappear from Trulieve’s flower offerings thereafter, until a few weeks ago, when the first batches of Sour Diesel flower appeared – almost a full 3 month after the passage of SB 182.

Sour Diesel is one of my favorite sativa strains of all time. This strain consistently obliterates my depression and allows me to get into a motivated, productive, and happy state of mind.

Quick Facts:

Sour Diesel (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $33/eighth

Lineage: Chemdog 91 x Super Skunk 

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFLBLDS9PK5

Cannabinoids

THC: 17.2%

CBD: 0.0%

CBG: 0.4%

Total Cannabinoids: 17.6% (These cannabinoid percentages are almost *exactly* the same as they were in the Sour Diesel vape cups batch I reviewed in early December 2018. Talk about consistency!)

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

Beta-Myrcene: 0.2160%

Fenchol: 0.2500%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 0.3530%

Linalool: 0.1920%

*R-Limonene: 0.3260%

Humulene: 0.1530%

Nerolidol-1: 0.1440%

Total Terpenes: 1.634%

Appearance/Cure

Opening up this jar of Sour Diesel and taking a look at the flower took me back to the old days of using tiny flathead screwdrivers to work the metal screens off of the old vape cups. This flower looks almost exactly like I remember its counterpart in the vape cups, down to the distinct shade of green that Trulieve’s cut of Sour Diesel seems to have.

I purchased two eighths, and found that both were filled up with popcorn nugs. Popcorn nugs don’t typically bother me, as they ultimately work the same way when medicating, but I do prefer to see large, beautiful buds when rating the appearance and cure.

The flower itself is sticky and seems to be cured well, though whoever trimmed this batch seemed to miss a bunch of dark green sugar leaves. 

After seeing Sour Diesel from other MMTCs, I do think this batch could have had better presentation, but it certainly wasn’t bad or even below average.

Appearance Rating: 7.80/10.00

Smell/Taste

I found this batch of Sour Diesel to have a slightly different terpene profile than what I typically encounter with this strain. The sour, musky, earthy, and citrus terpenes are all there; however, the characteristic “diesel” smell seems to be lacking in this batch.

I’ve tried quite a few cuts and batches of various Sour Diesel products since joining the Florida registry. Most all of them, including earlier flower vape cup batches from Trulieve, had that loud, pungent, gasoline smell that makes Sour Diesel such a standout strain. That seemed to be completely absent in this batch, save for a small hint lurking below the other terpenes.

When vaped, I found this batch to have an almost sweet/sour citrus taste, that was very enjoyable – just not what I’m typically accustomed to with Sour Diesel. Since every MMTC surely has a slightly different genetic variant of each strain, I suppose this is to be expected; a host of other environmental factors can affect the final product of a grow as well.

I do hope that future batches have more of that pungent “gas” smell, if nothing else for my enjoyment of the novelty.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.80/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

While it may have differed slightly from past batches in other categories, there’s one thing I have found is always consistent with Trulieve’s Sour Diesel flower: it is the most energizing sativa I have found in Florida.

This is one of the few strains that seriously feels like drinking a cup of coffee for me, making it my first choice for early morning medication. Cerebral effects are apparent almost as soon as the first exhale is finished, bringing on a wave of motivation and energy that can be useful for powering through almost any “to do” list.

For patients who are prone to getting anxiety from sativa strains or the effects of THC in general, I recommend being extra cautious with this strain. The classic advice for new patients is to “start low and go slow”; if you normally don’t heed those words, I advise that using this strain be the one time you do. It’s potent.

Experienced patients will find the powerful sativa effects enjoyable and invigorating, and will be able to harness the strain’s energy to get through the day and any tasks at hand.

Sour Diesel is one of my favorite strains for treating my depression; I attribute some of this to the fact that it helps keep me busy and my thoughts productive, rather than sitting and getting lost in introspection. On that note, I would say that in my year of being a Florida cannabis patient, this is the best strain I’ve found for treating my depression.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety 
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
  • Lack of motivation
  • Improves concentration and memory recall
  • Increases energy/alertness, in a way almost similar to caffeine 

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: 8.40/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Sour Diesel as an “excellent” strain.

Though I have seen better cures from Trulieve, they still did a great job with this batch, and it definitely got the job done from a medical perspective.

At $33/eighth, this is one of the most affordable flower strains in Florida, and I absolutely would recommend it to anyone looking to treat any of the conditions (or similar ones) listed above. As I mentioned before – be cautious if it’s your first time trying Sour Diesel, especially Trulieve’s cut. I associate this strain with energy and focus, and one of the most pure or “true” sativa strains available in Florida.

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