Before I get started with this review, I’ll go ahead and address the elephant in the room for many readers. Medmen has some controversy surrounding its mention in the Florida medical cannabis community, for a couple of reasons. A major reason is that Medmen backed the failed Make It Legal Florida (MILF) Adult Use legalization initiative that would legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older in Florida, with a couple of major catches: Vertical integration (VI) would be upheld, and patients would not be allowed to home grow. Another reason is the general corporate feel of Medmen stores, with many calling them “the Apple stores of cannabis” based on the setup of the store and the purchase experience.
To be quite honest, I am sure that there is a small subset of users in the Florida Medical Trees subreddit (Full Disclosure: I am one of the moderators there) who will react negatively to my writing a review for one of Medmen’s products. However, considering that other Florida MMTCs backed MILF and that almost all the dispensaries have their flaws or flawed actions, I put politics aside to try and review another flower option in Florida. There are many patients who depend on having a variety of options for relief, and the politics of dispensaries are one of their last concerns. I know that many of my readers are part of that demographic, so as they say: “I did it for science!” Ultimately, I’m glad I did – this eighth of M.O.A.B is some quality herb. Let’s get to talking about the strain and product itself now that we’ve addressed the inevitable.
M.O.A.B is an acronym that stands for “Mother of All Buds”, and I’d say that’s a fair name with the lineage of this strain. A child of 4 different powerhouse strains in their own right, M.O.A.B seeks to capitalize on the positive aspects of many different genetics and terpenes in this hybrid strain.
Price at time of review: $40/eighth
Lineage: Hindu Kush x Blueberry x Blue Dream x Chemdog
Batch/Harvest Number: SD-MOA-120219-22B-F
Total Cannabinoids: 15.87%
Unfortunately, Medmen doesn’t have lab reports for M.O.A.B available online at this time, so I have no terpene percentages to provide for this strain. Whenever this information becomes available, I will update this section with the terpenes and their percentages.
I have to say, I’m very impressed with this eighth of M.O.A.B flower. If this is how Medmen’s flower always is, then I will be back to try other strains in the future.
Medmen does a couple of things with their flower that I really like, and surprisingly, I’m not aware of any other MMTCs that are doing these things at this time. The first is the fact that the jar is made of ceramic. Glass jars are really more desirable for me personally, but ceramic is much better than the plastic jars that the other MMTCs use.
The other great thing Medmen does with their flower is that they put Integra humidity packs inside the cap of the jar – this particular one was a 62% pack. This helps maintain a desirable moisture content in the flower, helps preserve the terpenes, and probably has other benefits as well. This really should be an industry standard.
The flower itself is beautiful, and cured very nicely. Many deep shades of purple make for a visual treat in this eighth of M.O.A.B, and flecks of green coupled with amber trichomes and burnt orange pistils really make for a spectacular palette of colors to enjoy.
Moisture content is nearly perfect (I’m sure in part due to the Integra pack), and there’s even a bit of stickiness to this flower as well – not to mention that it is visibly frosted in trichomes.
For my first eighth of flower from Medmen, I’m very impressed. This is quality – and dare I say it, perhaps even approaching Tegridy.
Appearance/Cure Rating: 5.60/10.00
M.O.A.B has a light, piney smell that reminds me of strains like Space Bomb and Jack Herer. This isn’t really a loud, pungent strain that stinks up the entire room, but the smell is nice. There’s a bit of an earthy, almost Cookies-like terpene at play here as well.
The strain tastes much like it smells. Again, nothing spectacular, but still enjoyable.
Smell/Taste Rating: 5.00/10.00
M.O.A.B has a lot going on in the genetics department, and what ultimately results is a sativa-dominant hybrid. This is an accurate description of the effects as well, as this is a fairly energetic and stimulating strain.
I mentioned that M.O.A.B smelled like Space Bomb; it also feels very similar in its effects as well, so if you’ve tried Space Bomb, you have a decent idea of how M.O.A.B will feel. This is a cerebrally stimulating strain that is good for getting things done – going to the gym, running errands, doing chores, being creative, etc.
Even with the ~15% THC, I found this to be a potent batch of flower. I immediately feel it in the forehead and behind the eyes, and my thoughts get to going soon after. M.O.A.B is a strain that seems best for use from early morning to early afternoon. It’s a strain that makes me feel like I need to do something; I don’t really enjoy sitting around or relaxing while medicating with it. While there is a very light body relaxation component to this strain, it really feels more like a sativa than anything else.
Possibly good for treating:
- Lack of energy/motivation
- Lack of appetite
- Minor headaches
- Relief of minor skeletal/muscular aches and pains
- 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. Everybody is different, and every body reacts differently to various medications.
Effects Rating: 6.00/10.00
Overall Rating: 5.53/10.00
Overall, I would best describe M.O.A.B as a “slightly above average” hybrid strain from Medmen.
All politics and controversy aside, I really enjoyed this flower. It seems to have been grown and cured with care, and it has nice effects. Based on this first experience with Medmen’s flower, I’ll definitely be back to try another strain or two in the near future.
Though there are times when I feel the community should take action like boycotts against various MMTCs, I don’t think Medmen warrants that action at this time. With that being said, don’t let people on social media bully you into missing out on another good option for cannabis flower in Florida. It might be one of the best options you’ve tried – the only way to know is to give it a shot.
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2 thoughts on “Medmen Flower Review: M.O.A.B (Hybrid)”
I saw that the CEO stepped down here is an article https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/31/business/medmen-cannabis-ceo-bierman-steps-down/index.html