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: 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: 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: Dutch Hawaiian (Sativa)

Dutch Hawaiian is a unique sativa strain that many patients may not have heard of, in contrast to some of the other established strains, such as Sour Diesel and Jack Herer.

My first experience with this strain was when Trulieve released it in their flower vape cups (review here) in late January 2019; before that, I had never even heard the strain mentioned.

Both my experiences with Dutch Hawaiian have been enjoyable. This is a more balanced sativa strain that may be a good choice for patients who don’t like the speedy qualities of other sativas.

Quick Facts:

Dutch Hawaiian (Sativa)

Price at time of review: $53/eighth 

Lineage: Dutch Treat x Hawaiian Sativa

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFLBLDS3PK5

Cannabinoids

THC: 20.8%

CBD: 0.0%

THCV: 0.1%

CBG: 0.9%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.8%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

Beta-Myrcene: 0.1781%

Fenchol: 0.1983%

Nerolidol-2: 0.0509%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 0.3161%

Alpha-Terpineol: 0.0915%

Beta-Pinene: 0.0910%

Guaiol: 0.1592%

Linalool: 0.1429%

*R-Limonene: 0.3968%

Humulene: 0.1390%

Total Terpenes: 1.7638%

Appearance/Cure

This batch of Dutch Hawaiian is a darker shade of green than the batch I got from the vape cups earlier this year. With this medium green color, it looks similar to other sativas available at Trulieve.

Trulieve’s flower cures have been consistently better throughout the course of 2019. However, the trimming in some of the more recent batches could be slightly improved, and this batch of Dutch Hawaiian was another example of that with its numerous sugar leaves left behind.

Other than that, the cure is better than the last batch I sampled, which was a bit on the dry side. The moisture content in this eighth is nearly perfect.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

Dutch Hawaiian is one of the most unique smelling sativa strains that I have tried. It reminds me a bit of White Buffalo with its floral and “fresh” notes – possibly attributed to the linalool seen in the terpenes above.

This is not a particularly pungent strain, but it is evident that there is a plentiful variety of different terpenes present when smelling the jar.

I also detect a hint of a “cookies” type smell in Dutch Hawaiian, with a very subtle sweet citrus lurking underneath the surface.

When vaped, the citrus terpenes seem to be more pronounced, equally blending in with the rest of the terpene profile to produce a pleasant tasting vapor or smoke.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

If you’re looking for a more mellow/balanced sativa that leans more to the “hybrid” end of the spectrum, I recommend Dutch Hawaiian. It still has the characteristic cerebral energy of a sativa strain, but with the added benefit of full body relaxation that becomes apparent fairly soon after the initial inhalation.

Other patients have commented that they find this to be a good strain for alleviating social anxiety. I’m inclined to agree with that assessment, as the relaxing and euphoric effects help round out the motivating and energetic feelings. I never got a “couch lock” with this strain, but it is definitely one of the more relaxing sativa strains that I have tried. Could almost pass for a hybrid strain in term of the effects.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety 
  • Social anxiety/agoraphobia
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
  • Good for treating lack of motivation
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor nausea/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: 8.60/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.20/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Dutch Hawaiian as another “excellent” sativa strain from Trulieve.

This is an enjoyable strain that I absolutely would recommend to patients who benefit from sativa strains, or sativa connoisseurs in general. The effects are nice, but I don’t necessarily feel this is a “top shelf” $53 strain; I feel that this would be a better candidate for the $43 tier. Perhaps as time progresses and the vertical integration laws soften or die altogether, this will be possible.

I definitely recommend trying this at least once, especially if you can catch a discount or sale. It’s a really good strain, all in all.

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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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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Member Berry (Hybrid)

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All South Park references aside, Member Berry is a newer strain to Trulieve. Originally released at the beginning of the year, Trulieve has had a few batches of this strain come and go, though it appears it is one of their less commonly grown strains.

Member Berry is a balanced hybrid with a nice, fruity terpene profile. Trulieve continues to impress me with their recent grows, and this is another strain that was done justice by them.

Quick Facts:

Member Berry  (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $43/eighth 

Lineage: Skunkberry x Mandarin Sunset

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFLBLDH27PK1 

Cannabinoids

THC: 21.2%

CBD: 0.0%

CBG: 0.5%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.9%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 0.413%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.164%

*Linalool: 0.191%

Total Terpenes: 0.768%

Appearance/Cure

Green KFC, anyone?

Trulieve has been (mostly) consistent with high-quality cures over the past couple of months, and this batch of Member Berry is another great example of the positive direction they seem to be headed in.

Member Berry buds range from medium to light green, covered in a blanket of sparkling trichomes. This batch/strain did not seem to have as many pistils (the dark amber “hairs”) as most of the other strains, which I always find interesting.

This was one of the first Trulieve eighths I purchased that had no popcorn mugs. All the buds were large and at least 0.7 grams apiece. The moisture content was nearly perfect: not too wet, not too dry, and perfectly sticky. The buds were all fairly dense as well.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 8.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

If you are a fan of strains with fruity terpene profiles, this is a strain you will enjoy. Very prominent notes of various fruits: I was able to detect blueberry, citrus, and terpenes that reminded me of mangoes and apricots. This is not an especially pungent strain, but the terpene profile is full and enjoyable.

I have both smoked and vaporized this strain, and find that the fruit tastes come through nicely with both methods, but obviously much more prominently with a vaporizer since the terpenes aren’t immediately roasted by flame. The fruity, berry terpenes come through strong – not necessarily sweet, but definitely reminiscent of a bowl of fresh fruit.

Smell/Taste Rating: 7.80/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Member Berry comes off as an almost evenly balanced hybrid to me, with perhaps a very slight lean to the indica side.

This is one of the best hybrid strains for relaxation that I have found, though it is not sedating. The effects are somewhat cerebral in the beginning, but this stage does not seem to last long before fading into a relaxed body buzz.

Member Berry, for me, is the perfect strain for early evenings immediately after getting home from work. It’s cerebral enough that it helps to lift depression or any negative feelings, but not so much that one will feel stimulated.

I found that this strain did relax the body enough to help ease minor aches and pains, but did not find it to be a standout in this category. I think that Member Berry is better purposed for general relaxation and winding down – enjoying a movie, relaxing on the couch, etc. etc.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Minor to moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Depression

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: 7.86/10.00

Overall, I would best describe this batch of Member Berry as “very good”.

If you’re looking for perfectly balanced hybrids to help bridge the gap between your indica and sativa choices, this is your strain. If you enjoy fruity terpene profiles, this is your strain. If you’re looking for relaxing effects that don’t pull you too far toward stimulation or sedation – this is your strain.

As always (if the product is at least “average”), I do recommend every patient try each strain at least once if they can; as I often say, this strain might be your “magic bullet” for relieving your symptoms. This is a highly individualized form of medicine. Your mileage may (and will often) vary.

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Puck Yeah (Indica)

Puck Yeah has been one of Trulieve’s defining flower strains for the year of 2019. It was originally released in their flower vape cups (review here).

There really isn’t a lot of information available about this strain online, and the searches that I see in my website statistics each week show it. I’ll do my best to provide a comprehensive overview of this strain, which I feel is one of the best value products available at Trulieve.

Quick Facts:

Puck Yeah  (Indica)

Price at time of review: $33/eighth 

Lineage: Super Skelly Hash Plant x Northern Lights #1

Batch/Harvest Number: DUFLBLDI15PK1 

707.0 mg THC/3.5g

0.0 mg CBD/3.5g

20.2% THC

0.40% THCV

1.10% CBG 

21.7% Total Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids

THC: 20.2%

CBD: 0.0%

THCV: 0.4%

CBG: 1.1%

Total Cannabinoids: 21.7%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

Beta-Myrcene: 0.242%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 0.497%

Humulene: 0.172%

Alpha-Bisabolol: 0.102%

Fenchol: 0.145%

*R-Limonene: 0.248%

Linalool: 0.137%

Guaiol: 0.109%

Total Terpenes: 1.652%

Appearance/Cure

One thing I’ve noticed that’s consistent about Puck Yeah after trying several batches of this strain: it is always incredibly sticky. This is an outstanding cure by Trulieve, and is among the best flower I’ve ever seen from them.

I purchased two eighths, and both were filled with several extremely dense, almost rock-hard nugs. The moisture of both batches is nearly perfect by my standards.

As you can see from the images above, this is a medium to dark green strain that is covered in burnt orange pistils. Cannabinoid crystals are very evident; this is a very resinous strain.

If Trulieve could get every single cure of their various flower strains to be of this quality or better, they could be widely regarded to have the best flower in the state.

Rating: 8.80/10.00

Smell/Taste

 I really enjoy both the taste and smell of this strain. Puck Yeah is very pungent, musky, and sour, with hints of both fuel and sweet citrus. When I was extremely medicated one night, I thought of this terpene profile as being akin to a “dark” Sour Diesel. It will smell up your living area if you leave the jar open.

Now that I’ve had experience with more strains, this is one of the few strains that Trulieve offers that I feel has a somewhat “exotic” terpene profile, like Duct Tape from VidaCann.

When smoked, the sour, sweet, musky, and citrus terpenes all come through nicely for a pleasant smoke.

Rating: 8.40/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

I find Puck Yeah to be among the “heavier” indica strains I’ve tried. With that being said, it takes higher doses for me to feel any appreciable sedation or relief of insomnia. Lighter doses of this strain will be more cerebral, but a relaxed and somewhat warm body feeling become apparent not long after the initial inhalation.

My best description of Puck Yeah would probably label it around a 65/35% indica-dominant strain, with the ability to be sedative in higher doses. For me personally, this is definitely an evening strain. However, patients with higher tolerances might find it good for use at any time of the day. In lighter doses, I feel that it can bring relief of anxiety and minor aches and pains without being so sedative that it stops the patient from being able to function and get things done during the day.

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. 

Rating: 8.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.40/10.00

Overall, I would best describe this batch of Puck Yeah as “excellent” and a great overall value at $33/eighth.

With this being one of Trulieve’s lowest priced options, and consistently performing well in every category, I will join many other patients in buying this strain again and again when it is available. I highly recommend it.

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Lemon Tree (Hybrid)

 Lemon Tree is a hybrid strain that descends from the well-known Sour Diesel. Trulieve originally released this strain last year in the ceramic flower cups. It’s been available in a few batches of loose flower since SB 182 passed; this is my first time getting it as loose flower, after trying it in flower cups (review here).

Quick Facts:

Lemon Tree  (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $43/eighth 

Lineage: Lemon Skunk x Sour Diesel

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBUL1C6000036 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

Cannabinoids

THC: 18.6%

CBD: 0.1%

CBG: 0.4%

Total Cannabinoids: 19.1%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 0.578%

*Trans-Carophyllene: 0.085%

Farnesene: 0.032%

Limonene: 0.051%

Linalool: 0.027%

Ocimene: 0.044%

Total Terpenes: 0.82%

Appearance/Cure

Lemon Tree buds are covered in a frosty coating of trichomes, and feature medium and dark green hues. Light to medium orange pistils cover these buds as well, making for a colorful display of this strain.

Unfortunately, this is not the best cure I’ve seen from Trulieve, and not up to par with other flower I have gotten from them in the past couple of months. This batch was too dry: not “crumble to dust in your fingers” dry, but a few steps from it. The trim job was also not done very well, and I had to remove many small leaves from the bottom of almost all the buds.

Considering this flower is $43 and comes from an experienced company like Trulieve, I expect better. The rating in this category reflects that.

Rating: 5.00/10.00

Smell/Taste

The previous batch of Lemon Tree that I tried had a smell that was very lemony, more so than any other “lemon” strain that Trulieve currently offers.

This batch doesn’t have the same terpene profile, and it seems to have lost some of its smell in the week that I have had it. I attribute some of this to a less-than-stellar cure.

Lemon Tree characteristically picks up a lot of the terpene profile from its Sour Diesel parent; as well as having a bright, tart, citrusy collection of terpenes from Lemon Skunk.

This batch also has a smell similar to ammonia that I’ve noticed in a couple of recent batches of flower from Trulieve. It isn’t bad, but unique.

This flower had almost a spicy taste when smoked. I feel that it really could have had a lot more potential to be recognized than what is present in this batch.

Rating: 6.50/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Lemon Tree is an uplifting strain for me. Several sources online describe it as an evenly-balanced 50/50 indica/sativa hybrid, but I find it to feel more like a sativa-dominant hybrid.

The initial effects are cerebral and remind me somewhat of how I feel when first medicating with Sour Diesel; however, the effects never get to that same energetic level that we typically experience with sativa strains. A subtle body buzz is noticeable almost immediately after the cerebral effects set in, and stays present throughout the experience.

As with most hybrids, the body effects become heavier and more pronounced as time passes. Lemon Tree never really makes me feel sleepy, but it does relax the body enough to ease some pain. I find this strain best for day time use; really any time from early morning to early evening would be good. I prefer heavier strains than this for night time medication.

I find Lemon Tree to be another good strain for getting active: working out in the gym, going for walks or runs, really anything outside. It’s got a good balance of mind and body effects, though I would probably describe it as a 65/35% sativa-dominant hybrid.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Anxiety 
  • Moderate aches and pains
  • Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
  • General Relaxation 
  • Depression
  • Lack of motivation

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. 

Rating: 7.80/10.00

Overall Rating: 6.43/10.00

Overall, I would best describe this batch of Lemon Tree as “about average”.

I would have to say that I enjoyed my previous batch of Lemon Tree in the flower cups more than I did this batch of loose flower. It had higher cannabinoid percentages, and a better cure. The effects were also much better. Here’s an image of that flower:

Lemon Tree flower from vape cups; early 2019

I think that the strain itself is a good one, but this was not the best quality I’ve seen from Trulieve. I may give Lemon Tree another shot if if someone else confirms that the percentages or overall quality is better than this, but other than that, I doubt I would buy this strain again at $43/eighth.

I do recommend every patient try each strain at least once if they can; as always, this is a highly individualized form of medicine. Your mileage may (and will often) vary.

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Oregon Lemons (Hybrid)

Trulieve has had this strain around for a little while now; my first experience with it was when I tried it in flower cups late last year (review here).

Oregon Lemons is described as a 60/40% indica-dominant hybrid, and the effects are pretty on-par with this description. This is what i like to call a “middle of the road” strain, being that it isn’t overpowering in its cerebral effects, or too sedating with its body effects. Strains like this are great for physical activity such as lifting weights or playing sports; the cerebral effects are just enough to focus, and the body effects help keep the body relaxed and limber.

Quick Facts:

Oregon Lemons  (Hybrid)

Price at time of review: $43/eighth

Lineage: Lemon Diesel x Face Off OG BX1

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBUL1FA000031 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

Cannabinoids

THC: 19.1%

CBD: 0.1%

CBG: 0.3%

Total Cannabinoids: 19.5%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 0.422%

Trans-Carophyllene: 0.203%

Alpha-Humulene: 0.032%

*Farnesene: 0.493%

Limonene: 0.240%

Linalool: 0.037%

Total Terpenes: 1.42%

Appearance/Cure

Oregon Lemons is a pretty average looking strain, mostly medium green with some yellow highlights, all covered in burnt orange pistils. The buds are fairly dense, with a few looser areas near the bottom of the larger buds. The cure was done well – not necessarily the absolute best I’ve seen from Trulieve, but not subpar by any means. In fact, this batch is very consistent with the batch I had in the flower cups around Christmas 2018, from the cannabinoid percentages to the appearance and cure.

Trulieve is definitely doing a consistently better job of curing than they were in late 2018 and the beginning of 2019. It’s nice to see this strain presented as loose flower – definitely shows more of its potential.

Rating: 6.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

Oregon lemons has a tart, almost sour citrus smell when broken open. There’s also a pungent, almost earthy or even kush-like smell. It almost reminds me of the smell of Lemon OG, but muskier.

The earthy, pungent tastes are more notable when smoking this strain, but the citrus notes are definitely still present in the taste. This is an enjoyable strain, but not necessarily a standout in this category.

Rating: 6.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

This is a very mellow strain. I find it preferable for evening use, good for unwinding after a long day of work; I also find it enjoyable to use right before working out, as it helps me tune in to both my mind and body while exercising.

Oregon Lemons is described as a 60/40% indica-dominant hybrid on its CannaSOS page, and I find that to be exactly how I would describe the effects. As I said before, this isn’t a strain that I think will cause sativa anxiety for many people, nor will it be one that sedates most patients to the point of sleep. This is why I find it best for unwinding and before physical tasks.

Medically, I found Oregon Lemons to be a fairly effective pain reliever, and somewhat of a muscle relaxant. It also seems to take away my anxious thoughts, replacing them with a more mellow stream of consciousness. This is a nice strain, but I think it should be $33, as it is not top-shelf quality in its terpenes or effects.

Possibly good for treating:

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

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

Rating: 7.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 6.50/10.00

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

My previous summary of this strain holds true after my second round with it. I will quote it directly.

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

Try it – you may love it. Would definitely consider buying it again at $33/eighth.

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Trulieve TruFlower Review: Super Silver Haze (Sativa)

A popular sativa strain best known for winning the High Times Cannabis Cup three years in a row for 1997, ’98, and ’99, Super Silver Haze is an energetic and motivational strain that I’ve enjoyed before in the ceramic flower cups (review here).

I always try to review each strain again when I get to try it as loose flower, because I think having the full buds and all the kief and terpenes intact really affects the overall outcome of the review. Super Silver Haze is a strain that consistently performs well in each category.

Quick Facts:

Super Silver Haze (Sativa)

Lineage: Northern Lights x Skunk #1 x Haze

Batch/Harvest Number: FFOBBULGWZ000014 (that’s an “O” at the beginning and zeroes at the end)

Cannabinoids

THC: 20.7%

CBD: 0.0%

THCV: 0.2%

CBG: 2.1%

Total Cannabinoids: 23.0%

Terpenes

“*” denotes the two dominant terpenes in this strain

*Beta-Myrcene: 0.569%

Carophyllene Oxide: 0.156%

*Terpinolene: 0.351%

Hexahydrothymol: 0.121%

Total Terpenes: 1.197%

Appearance/Cure

The appearance and feel of this batch of Super Silver Haze was consistent with the last batch I got in the flower cups; these were both really good cures.

These Super Silver Haze buds are fluffy and cured to near perfection, as the moisture content is almost perfectly in the middle, with a nice (albeit soft) stickiness when handling the buds.

The color is mainly medium to light green, covered in amber trichomes and dark pink pistils. This seems to be a beautiful presentation of this strain.

Rating: 8.40/10.00

Smell/Taste

Super Silver Haze is a piney and woody sativa, akin to Jack Herer. However, I’ve notice that there is more of of a fruity/citrusy smell present in the batch, as well as the slightest hint of an ammonia-like terpene.

Super Silver Haze tastes nice when smoked, with both the citrus and pine terpenes dominating the taste. Though I usually prefer the more dank and musky strain smells, this piney, woody, citrusy sativa is nice.

Rating: 7.60/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

For me, Super Silver Haze consistently proves to be a great strain for daytime use, particularly in the morning and early afternoon. This strain almost immediately brings on a cerebral rush that can be felt behind the eyes; after this initial period of the effects settling in, I find myself in an energetic, clear-headed and motivated space that is great for getting almost anything done.

Super Silver Haze never really causes me the anxiety that some strains (particularly sativa strains) can be notorious for, and I would have to say it feels like an 85/15% sativa-dominant hybrid for me. There is a bit of mind and body relaxation noticeable in the background, especially in the later stages of the effects, which really helps me remain grounded and clear-headed during the day. I can definitely see how this strain won the cannabis cup for years in a row – it’s consistently one that I enjoy for its energetic and motivational effects. It also does a good job of keeping my depression and anxious thoughts at bay, while simultaneously replacing them with more constructive and productive thoughts.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Depression and related anxiety 
  • ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
  • Good for treating lack of motivation
  • Improves concentration and memory recall
  • Relief of minor aches and pains

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.

Rating: 8.80/10.00

Overall Rating: 8.26/10.00

I would best describe this batch of Super Silver Haze as “excellent”. 

This strain is one of my favorite sativas, and at $43/eighth, one that I will absolutely buy again in the future. I highly recommend it to patients looking to treat focus and motivational issues, as well as for treating depression and anxiety.

Trulieve seems to be in a really good rhythm with flower quality in the past month. I’ll be back for more – so be sure to stay tuned for more reviews coming soon!

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