Hello, FLMCC readers! Hope you are all doing well. I’ve finally gotten the last of the 4 Tikun Olam strains that are currently available at VidaCann: Erez. (There are a total of 6 Tikun Olam Strains. The two that haven’t yet been released in flower form are Avidekel and Or.)
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 almost since the beginning (2018-2019), 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. Finally, Eran Almog flower dropped in January 2020, followed by the Alaska and Erez strains later that year. Midnight was the most recent strain released in flower, earlier this month (January 2021.)
Erez is supposedly named for Tikun Olam’s first cannabis patient, and is comes from the Hebrew word for “cedar”, a type of wood – which is what Erez flower’s are said to smell like as well.
The strain itself has supposedly underwent a clinical trial for relieving a number of conditions, which you can read about on Tikun Olam’s website linked here and below on the Erez strain name.
Price at time of review: $55/eighth
Lineage: Proprietary/Landrace Strain
Total Cannabinoids: 15.63%
In contrast to the recent batch of Midnight flower that I recently picked up, this Erez flower appears to have been grown, cured, and manicured much better – and more on par with other eighths of flower that I’ve recently picked up from VidaCann.
The buds are full of long, bright orange pistils, and are nice and dense. The moisture content is pretty good as well; it was a tiny bit dry, but 24 hours with a 62% Integra humidity pack fixed that.
The trichomes aren’t clear – they are in what looks like the beginning stages of turning to gold/amber – but I believe this batch could have been allowed to grow just a bit longer before harvest.
Appearance/Cure Rating: 6.00/10.00
In the jar, Erez does in fact have a woody, cedar, piney, and herbal smell. It’s not a smell that I’ve found in many strains in Florida. If you’ve ever smelled Valerian Root before (it stinks), there is a similar quality (though not nearly as offensive) to the smell of Erez right out of the jar.
When broken apart, a very tart and zesty smell of some sort of fruit comes out, with a hint of funk behind it. The closest fruit I could compare the fruit smell to, would be a mix of peach and tangerine. It bites at the nose.
When smoked, Erez tastes woody and herbal to me. It has possibly one of the most unique blend of smells that I’ve ever encountered in a Florida medical cannabis strain.
Smell/Taste Rating: 5.00/10.00
Erez brings on dreamlike, extremely relaxing effects; I’d have to say it’s best described as an indica-dominant hybrid.
In the right doses, the cerebral shift that Erez brings on will help take the edge off any anxiety that I have, leaving me in a warm, “cozy”, dreamy frame of mind. The body relaxation becomes apparent at almost the same time as the cerebral effects. It is not particularly heavy or sedating; I find Erez to be lighter than Eran Almog.
This strain consistently stimulates my appetite as well, leaving me with the classic “munchies” that cannabis is known for.
Erez seems like another good after-work strain for easing into a more relaxing and leisurely state of mind. Sometimes it can leave me feeling a little sleepy, particularly if I’ve overindulged in food from the aforementioned munchies this strain causes, but I wouldn’t consider it as a primary strain for insomnia.
With all that being said, this strain seems best used in the afternoon and evening.
Possibly good for treating:
- Mild to Moderate aches and pains
- Mild to Moderate nausea/gastrointestinal issues
- General Relaxation
- Appetite Stimulation
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: 6.90/10.00
Overall Rating: 5.96/10.00
Overall, I would best describe Erez as a “pretty good” indica strain from VidaCann and Tikun Olam.
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. The true strength of Erez, like most other Tikun Olam strains, is in its medicinal properties.
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. With this review, I have now reviewed every Tikun Olam strain currently available in flower form – we will eagerly await the release of Avidekel and Or!
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