Trulieve TruTonic – THC cannabis powder you can drink

I’m sad that I just used my last packet of this! Trulieve came out with this product in November and I don’t think they’ve restocked since they sold out, but I had a packet lying around from that initial launch, so I used it just a moment ago. The powder came in two different flavors – Florida Orange and Black Cherry. It was a colorless powder that came in individual packets, meant to be mixed with water and drank. As someone who loves cannabis but doesn’t love smoking it, I really appreciate this product. It is a discreet way to consume your cannabinoids with no smoking required. With nano technology, this product has an onset time that won’t keep you waiting too long to feel effects. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for this product, hoping Trulieve will restock it eventually. Have you tried this one?

Interview with a Medical Marijuana Patient

This interview subject chose to remain anonymous but is a 30-year-old female who uses cannabis and is a Florida medical patient.

Q: What made you want to share your cannabis story with me?

A: Using marijuana kind of changed my life. I think a lot of people need it, but I think a lot of people are afraid because they don’t realize that recreational use and using it medicinally is completely different. It’s not about getting stoned, it’s not about getting high and it’s not about how much THC you have. And when I learned those things, I just thought everyone else should know this.

Q: How long have you been using cannabis?

A: It’ll be a year in May – so about 9 or 10 months.

Q: For what medical purposes do you use cannabis or how does cannabis help you?

A: I use it for PTSD and anxiety, and I also have really bad panic attacks so that’s mainly what I use it for.

Q: So it basically helps you with the symptoms from those ailments?

A: Yeah, I mean it saved me from having so many panic attacks. I went from having maybe 2 a week to having pretty much none. It’s pretty amazing.

Q: How else has your life changed since you started using cannabis?

A: I was at the point where I was going to quit school, and having the panic attacks was just ruining my life. I wouldn’t be able to be here and do the things that I do and accomplish without it.

Q: What is a misconception you think people have about cannabis or people who use it?

A: I feel like there are so many. One misconception is – back in the day, when you were a kid in school or at least for me – we had the D.A.R.E. Program that told us that cannabis is like the worst thing ever, and that weed is a gateway drug, and all that. But it’s not really though. I think the biggest thing for me is that people assume that if you use cannabis, you also use other drugs. Like, illegal substances. And it’s like, not true.

Q: That’s true, using cannabis does not mean you’re necessarily using anything else.

A: Yeah, that’s just my main misconception is that people think it’s a gateway drug – it’s not.

Q: Do you have a favorite method of using cannabis?

A: I like to use multiple methods – my go to methods are theragels, I really like sublinguals, and vapes.

Q: Do you find that certain strains work better for you than others?

A: I guess so, yeah. I think so, but I think it depends more for me how I use it.

Q: Do you have a favorite dispensary?

A: I’m a huge fan of Surterra. Huge fan, love them.

Q: Just out of curiosity, if you could change anything about the medical program in Florida, what would you change?

A: I definitely think it’s too expensive. The products themselves are too expensive. If prices were cut even 25%, I feel like it would make a huge difference. It is expensive to be a patient, but I can understand a doctor appointment being expensive. But the products themselves, are too expensive.

Q: Do you think we should be able to grow our own?

A: I’m cool with home grow, but would I actually grow my own? I don’t really have a green thumb. Most of my plants die except for my cactus, so, yeah.

Q: What else do you want people to know about cannabis and what else should people know?

A: Don’t be so scared. Don’t be afraid of it, it’s not gonna bite ya. A lot of people’s anxiety, and their quality of sleep – maybe you just need to smoke a joint and go to bed. You know? My doctor had be on a bunch of medications, and I was like, I’m 30 and I was taking 7 pills and it wasn’t working for me. And just a simple plant changed everything. So I think people should just not be afraid. Just give it a shot, and do the research. 

Q: Well that’s pretty much all I have – thank you for letting me interview you.

A: Thank you!

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.

Curaleaf Nano Drops Review

The 30mL bottle containing a total of 150mg THC retails for $30

Lately, I’ve been enjoying using the Nano THC Drops from Curaleaf. Here is a quick overview of the product:

  • Water-soluble THC drops can be mixed into any beverage
  • Nano technology allows for fast onset of effects
  • Taste isn’t bad when used moderately
  • Three flavors available: Lime, Grapefruit, Unflavored

When I first tried these drops I used them the wrong way – do not do what I did! I put the drops directly into my mouth instead of into a drink. The taste was not great. But on the plus side, when you use these drops correctly by mixing them into a drink and using around 2mL (10mg THC) per cup (8 fluid ounces) of beverage, they don’t taste bad at all. The taste of these drops – even the unflavored ones – is sweet; the kind of sweet is like that of a diet soda with artificial sweetener. My preferred mixer for these drops is flavored sparkling water. The result, with the drops mixed in, is a slightly sweetened version of the sparkling water.

Curaleaf, the MMTC that manufactures this product, has a blog post about nano molecular technology and what it means for “nano” products such as this one. According to the blog post, nanomolecular technology refers to extremely tiny, water-soluble cannabinoids, hence how the product is able to dissolve in water or other drinks. Also according to the blog, nano products work faster than other types of oral or edible products because you don’t have to wait for your body to digest them.

Overall, the taste isn’t bad when you use the ratio I listed above. 1mL of the product is worth 5mg of THC, and I typically add 2mL – so 10mg THC – to each of my drinks when I use this product.

The effects do seem to kick in rather quickly with this product. I feel like I can notice the effects by the time I’ve finished drinking the drink that I’ve put the drops into. The effects, for me, with around 10mg of THC in one cup, equal a relaxed feeling overall. This product would probably be great for anyone who wants to monitor their intake of THC carefully and those who micro-dose their medication.