Mandarin Sunset Strain Review

I recently picked up some flower from Trulieve in the strain Mandarin Sunset.

Mandarin Sunset is bred by Ethos Genetics, and it’s a cross between Herijuana and Orange Skunk. It’s an indica with a ”rich, skunky, orange flavor profile.”

I picked up 3.5 grams, or one eighth of an ounce, of the flower for $53. The THC percentage came in at 17.648%, with the entire 3.5 grams containing 645.54 milligrams of THC.

Looking at the lab test results, we can find out some information about the terpenes within this batch of flower. The flower is 1.018% terpenes. Beta Myrcene is the most dominant terpene in this flower, coming in at 0.348%. The following terpenes are also contained within this flower: Caryophyllene, Limonene, Farnesene, Bisabolol, Humulene, Linalool.

The structure of this flower was pretty impressive – it was one huge nug and four smaller ones.

The big nug.

But more important than the size of the nugs is the quality of the flower. It seemed to be cured properly, with the flower not being too dry.

When I smoke this flower, I get a sense of euphoria and uplifted mood. My anxiety melts away, leaving me wanting to socialize and be productive. The smell of this flower is both orange-y and skunky just like the description says.

I’ve been using this flower to unwind at the end of the day and it’s been working out well. I would recommend this strain if you’re dealing with anxiety or trouble sleeping, as it’s helped me with both of those issues.

Have you tried Mandarin Sunset?

Chill Steel Bong Review

Me with my Chill

Since I love flower and smooth hits, I was super excited to try out this new piece from Chill.store.

This bong is made to keep ice water cold for smooth, icy hits. It’s vacuum insulated with a stainless steel exterior and the base has a ceramic interior. The neck piece and the base unscrew from each other for easy cleaning and adding ice. You can also mix-and-match the color of your neck piece to change up the look of the base.

Screenshot from Chill.store

This bong keeps ice cold for hours and works just like it says it’s supposed to – it delivers icy cold hits and I barely even cough when I use it.

I love that the Chill bong is made from stainless steel because that means I never have to worry about breaking it. I can have it forever! Although it’s made from a durable material, the weight of the bong with water in it is a little less than my similarly-sized glass bong with water.

Would you try this bong?

Cannabist whole flower – Platinum Gorilla, Painter’s OG, and Red Bullz

In my experience, Cannabist brings some excellent flower to the Florida medical marijuana market. Whether you’re looking for a sativa, indica or hybrid, chances are Cannabist will have some great options for you.

I recently tried three different strains: Platinum Gorilla, Painter’s OG, and Red Bullz.

Red Bullz

I reviewed the strain Red Bullz in this post, so feel free to go and check that out.

Platinum Gorilla

Platinum Gorilla is a pure indica, according to Cannabist’s website. I find that this strain has a relaxing effect on the body, locking you to the couch after smoking or vaping it. The mental effect is also relaxing. THC: 16.66%

Painter’s OG

Painter’s OG is some of the best looking flower I’ve bought from a dispensary in a while. The nugs are big, and well-trimmed. This is a cross between OG Kush x Afghan x Bubba’s Gift and it’s an indica-dominant strain. Terpenes in this strain include Linalool, Beta-Caryophyllene, Bisabolol, and Limonene. The effects this strain has on me are mildly uplifting, with reduced anxiety and increased energy. I have been enjoying this strain. THC: 15.6%

Have you tried Cannabist flower?

My top 3 favorite medical cannabis products recently (besides flower)

1. Dissolvable Powder from Cannabist

The dissolvable powder from Cannabist is a THC drink mix made with cannabis-infused sugar. Whether you’re at home or on the go, drinking your THC is a super subtle way to medicate. The dissolvable powder is sweet, so keep that in mind when mixing it with liquids besides water. I personally prefer water but might play around with mixing it into mocktails this afternoon. Each container comes with 10 packets which each have 10mg of THC. The dissolvable powder comes in several flavors; I think the raspberry is my favorite one.

2. Trulieve & Muse Live Suga

The Live Suga from Trulieve is a cannabis concentrate made with hydrocarbon extraction and fresh flower. It is a grainy, not-sticky concentrate that is pretty easy to work with (except when it falls off of your dabber). My favorite strain that I’ve tried so far is Space Age Cake, an indica.

3. Cannabist CO2 vape cartridges with cannabis-derived terpenes

The CO2 vape cartridges from Cannabist have cannabis-derived terpenes. These cartridges’ vapor is so smooth to inhale, it’s a refreshing departure from vape cartridges of the past in the Florida medical marijuana market. Earlier vape cartridges made with ethanol extraction seemed to be harsher. CO2 seems like one of the best extraction methods for carts; in my experience, the CO2 carts I’ve tried have always been pretty dang good. The cannabis-derived terpenes in these carts make them that much better.

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Have you tried any of the products mentioned in this post?

Plants and pills aren’t mutually exclusive

We’ve heard it time and time again in the cannabis community: plants over pills! I absolutely think this saying has the spirit; after all, I for one am all for celebrating cannabis in just about any context, and if weed made you stop taking pills and that helped you? That’s awesome.

The thing that gets left out of plants over pills, though, is the idea that they can coexist in one’s life. And the people who use both cannabis and pills because they have to.

I’m definitely not saying you need both pills and plants in your life, or that anyone needs anything. I just know that there are some people who “find relief” from their symptoms through the use of a combination of herbal and traditional medicine. And I know because I’m one of them.

There was a time, shortly after I started using cannabis for medicinal purposes, that I decided to quit taking my prescribed medicines in an act of rebellion or something. An act of breaking free from big pharma, out of the grasp of these pills that I seemed to depend on. The thing is, I did depend on the pills I was taking then. They had been helping me, and when I went off of them, bad things happened. It took me months before I realized I couldn’t persist without certain medications.

It didn’t mean I had to stop using cannabis, necessarily. It just meant I needed to go back onto at least some of the medications I had been taking before. I decided I could live with that. I could live with taking certain prescribed meds, and I could keep using cannabis too. Why not?

All of this is to say, when it comes down to it, don’t let a saying like “plants over pills” sway you from doing what’s best for you. Everyone is unique, and we don’t all fit into the boxes that people set out for us. We don’t always do what people expect. And I have been using meds and cannabis together for several years now with positive results. Perhaps I’m one of the few, but I know I’m not the only one.

Müv Rosemary Mint Hydrating Lotion Review

Müv Rosemary Mint Hydrating Lotion Review

2020 is full of surprises. If I said I thought I’d find a quality skincare product nestled in amongst a line of medical marijuana products, I’d be lying. No offense to the cannabis industry whatsoever; I know there is a lot of product formulation magic happening behind the scenes of the legal pot industry at any given moment, and I have a lot of respect for the people involved in that.

I just thought lotion would be a bit of an after thought for a dispo, but after trying Müv’s Rosemary Mint Hydrating Lotion on a whim and then reading the ingredients like the curious one that I am, I was floored and delighted by what I found.

The list? It goes a little something like: Aloe leaf juice, safflower oil, vegetable emulsifiers, organic rose hip oil, squalene, shea butter, cannabis extract, green tea, vitamin E, potassium sorbate and natural fragrance.

The lotion’s first ingredient is aloe

At $20 for the 1.7fl oz. bottle, I don’t know what I was expecting but aloe juice as the first ingredient was not it. I’m impressed, as I think that’s the mark of a highly moisturizing lotion. And the results are there. After the first try I could tell this was something special. Now I slather it on myself nightly and it lives on my nighstand, or next to my person at all times (it’s lying next to my iPad as I type this).

2020, man. It’s not all bad.