Tikun Olam flower finally dropped in Florida this past Saturday (01.25.2020), after quite some time of being teased and hyped both by VidaCann and Tikun Olam.
For readers who aren’t yet aware, Tikun Olam is a highly regarded medicinal cannabis company that originated in Israel. Since Israel has had legal medical cannabis since the early 1990s, Tikun Olam has had plenty of time to research and refine their proprietary strains.
Tikun Olam vape carts and tinctures have been available at VidaCann for quite some now, and they have generally received positive to rave reviews about their quality, namely the true and “clean” medical effects that they offer. Flower was first teased in early Summer 2019, and for a while, the word was that VidaCann was to release Tikun Olam prerolls by the end of July 2019. That never came to fruition, leaving patients to only anticipate the release of Tikun Olam flower more and more through time.
Eran Almog is considered to be Tikun’s heaviest, most potent (high THC), and most sedating indica strains. I tried the Eran Almog vape cart recently (review here), and found these claims to be true, particularly regarding the sedation. Needless to say, I was looking forward to the release of Eran Almog flower more than I have for other products in quite some time.
Another note of interest: Eran Almog won the award for “Top High THC Flower” in the 2017 Canadian Cannabis Awards.
Eran Almog (Indica)
Price at time of review: $55/eighth
Lineage: Proprietary/Landrace Strain
Batch/Harvest Number: 0205216022346752
Total Cannabinoids: 18.6045%
Unfortunately, VidaCann doesn’t make their lab reports available unless requested, so I have no terpene percentages to provide for this strain, as I have not received the report at this time. Whenever this information becomes available, I will update this section with the terpenes and their percentages.
However, Tikun Olam’s website breaks down the terpene content of Eran Almog:
The buds in this eighth of Eran Almog are small, light, airy, and fluffy. This may be a characteristic of the strain, or it may be due to this being the first flower release of this strain, and VidaCann is still dialing in how to grow it to its full aesthetic potential.
Colors are an almost even balance of medium and light green, covered in yellowish trichomes and dusted with dark pink/brown pistils.
I can’t remember exactly where I read it, but some form of media for VidaCan or Tikun Florida even acknowledged that this strain was not necessarily the best in terms of bag appeal. This can somewhat be expected – Tikun is known for, and growing their cannabis for the premium research-backed medicinal quality of their products, not the appearance. I do understand some patients grievances about an unremarkable looking flower at $55/eighth, and I do believe that future batches of this strain will look better and perhaps be more dense. However, I also understand that many patients who complained about the appearance of Eran Almog flower, came back to their posts later (after actually trying the product) and said that the effects were so good that they retracted their previous complaints.
Overall, this is a good first grow of this strain; it’s an excellent and well-anticipated collaboration from VidaCann and Tikun Olam.
Appearance/Cure Rating: 5.40/10.00
If you’ve tried the Eran Almog vape cart, then you have a good idea of the “essence” of this strain. It’s a really nice smell, actually, right in between mild and pungent. First impressions are earthy and sweet citrus, with a background smell of diesel and fruity berry notes. The smell is fairly floral as well.
When the buds are broken up, the gassy diesel terpenes seem to come through much more, accentuated with the sweet citrus and earthy berry smells.
This isn’t a crazy dank strain, nor is it one that’s going to stink up the house. But it’s not hard to find the smell of this strain either, and all of the terpenes make for a pleasant aroma.
The taste comes through well when smoked, and the smoke itself is very smooth. I find the taste of the smoke to be peppery and gassy with a very slight hint of the sweeter fruity terpenes upon exhale.
If you like the taste of the vape cart, you’ll like the smell and taste of the flower.
Smell/Taste Rating: 5.80/10.00
If you’re a cannabis patient who thoroughly researches each product you try, then you’re most likely buying Tikun Olam products for their established high quality medicinal effects backed by decades of research. Eran Almog flower certainly doesn’t disappoint in this regard.
I mentioned earlier that the vape cart was the most sedative strain I’ve tried. The flower form of Eran Almog follows suit as well, but my experience seems to be hit or miss with how sedating my experience will be, and find that it seems to be largely dependent on the amount I consume.
Lower amounts (2 to 4 hits for me) feel mildly sedating and very relaxing. I don’t have any chronic pain, but the way this strain makes my body feel makes me think it would be good for treating it – think of “heavy warm blanket” sensations. There is a bit of a cerebral component to the effects, but I would say 80-90% of the experience is body-oriented.
Larger doses become sedating much like the vape cart, and a couple of times have managed to be even more sedating on the comedown. Because of this, I strictly use Eran Almog flower in the evenings. Even the small bowl I smoked before writing this review has my head feeling heavy after a long day at work. If you’re looking for a heavy, sedating indica, this is a great option.
Possibly good for treating:
- PTSD & related sleep issues
- Moderate aches and pains
- Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
- Heavy 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.
Effects Rating: 8.00/10.00
Overall Rating: 6.40/10.00
Overall, I would best describe Eran Almog as a “good” medicinal indica strain from VidaCann and Tikun Olam Florida.
Patients who have high expectations for “bag appeal”, aesthetics, and/or smell & taste may not be impressed with this strain after forking out $55 for the eighth. However, any patient who is looking for true relief as described above, will be more than pleased with this purchase. I fall into the latter group, and will definitely be buying more Tikun flower in the future.
As it stands right now, I think Tikun Olam has some of the most effective and truly medicinal products offered in Florida. I look forward to seeing more releases from them in the near future, and will certainly be trying them and reviewing them as they come.
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