Hey everyone! Up until I wrote the Sunnyside Runtz Flower review recently, it had been quite a while since I’d updated this site. This is my second review after a lengthy hiatus from the cannabis community in general.
In reality, I expected it would be completely dead after 14 months without an update, but I suppose some of these strains and products have stuck around, and folks have searched for reviews for them. To those of you out there who have continued to read FLMCC content, I appreciate you, and hope you are well!
I had taken the hiatus from the site as there were other areas of life that needed more focus for a while. However, we are back to regular scheduled programming – so you can expect at least 2-4 reviews from this site each month.
Obviously, a lot has changed since then. Newer MMTCs have entered the market, and it seems like there are hundreds of flower strains and different products rotating at any given time now, which is a great thing. This site has always focused primarily on Florida Medical Marijuana flower reviews, and it will stay that way moving forward, with other products such as concentrates, carts, and edibles sprinkled here and there every once in a while.
Northwest Florida got a new MMTC in Sunnyside (formerly One Plant; formerly 3 Boys Farm) last year, so I decided to take advantage of their sales and try a few different strains from them. For my first pickup I chose this Gastro Pop, Chem-D, and Runtz. Reviews for all will be coming within the next week or so, starting with Runtz for this first new review. (I also have a couple of GrowHealthy flower reviews coming soon as well: Lemon Freeze Pop and apple Aperitif.)
Gastro Pop is a strain that I had admittedly not heard of until I saw it in stock at a couple of dispensaries recently. It is apparently a cross of several different “fruity” strains. It should be noted that Leafly mentioned there are many different phenotypes of Gastro Pop. I’m not sure which one Sunnyside has, but it seems to have leaned a bit more hybrid than sativa, in my opinion.
Price at time of review: $50/eighth
Lineage: Apples & Bananas x Grape Gas
Harvest Date: 08.12.2022
Lab report is not available at this time – be sure to check back later!
This batch of Gastro Pop is actually a bit colorful, with various shades of green, bright orange pistils, and even some faint hints of purple inside the buds.
The overall cure and trim seem to have been done very well on this eighth. Sugar leaves/larf are very limited, and the moisture content is almost perfect: sticky, dense flower than grinds down to a fluffy consistency quite well.
My only area for improvement that I noted with this batch, is that it looks like the trichomes are not quite fully mature; the flower seems to have been harvested a little early.
Otherwise, this is a well done batch of flower.
Appearance/Cure Rating: 7.70/10.00
I’ve gotten to a point now where I’ve tried enough strains that almost any new strain I try will remind me of the smell and taste of another strain I’ve had previously. For Gastro Pop, that strain is Trulieve’s Dutch Hawaiian flower from years ago.
There’s a sweet, hashy smell when first opening the jar, with an underlying cookie-like aroma that is complemented by subtle hints of fruit. This is the smell that reminds me most of the Dutch Hawaiian.
When ground up or broken apart, a stronger fuel-like aroma takes over, with all of the other smells falling in behind it.
The taste when smoked is sweet and hashy, with hints of fruit behind a spicy exhale.
I enjoyed this one more the longer I had it.
Smell/Taste Rating: 6.90/10.00
I have found Gastro Pop to be a more lazy, hazy sativa strain. It did not particularly have energetic or motivating effects for me. The only mental stimulation I really felt with Gastro Pop was that it did seem to hone my ability to focus a little better.
Some sites list Gastro Pop as a hybrid strain, and I think that is more accurate than calling it a sativa. As the effects go on, like many hybrids, body relaxation and an overall feel of ease wash over.
If you’re looking for a sativa strain to go out and be productive with, it may not be the best in this area. The effects weren’t bad, but they weren’t noteworthy, either.
Possibly good for treating:
- Depression and related anxiety
- ADD/ADHD or focus-related issues
- 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. Everybody is different, and every body reacts differently to various medications.
Effects Rating: 5.70/10.00
Overall Rating: 6.76/10.00
Overall, I would best describe Gastro Pop as a “good” sativa strain from Sunnyside.
In the year that I’ve been gone, the strain options in Florida seem to have exploded. I remember back in 2018, 2019, and even early 2020 when I seemed to be able to keep up with almost all of the new strains and review them. That isn’t the reality going forward (which is a great thing – more options is better!), but I will still continue to regularly sample new strains and review them here.
More reviews are coming very soon. Be well, healthy, wealthy, and happy!
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