California-based TruFlora Herbal Spliffs sources hand-harvested ingredients from small farms dedicated to “sustainable, mindful horticulture” in order to realize TruFlora’s founding vision of sparking “a plant-human cosmic connection.” This pitch is reinforced by their gold-embossed black packaging adorned by colorful plant renderings, which bear filtered roll-ups in corked plastic tubes. TruFlora cannabis is also “sun grown and dry framed”, which means that the plants are raised outside of grow houses using no excess water, in addition to being harvested according to the phases of the moon.
Co-founders Erica Kay and Carlos De La Torre, who also own Los Angeles dispensary Cornerstone Wellness and bring over 20 years of experience to their latest venture, work to bring people and plants together through botanically-inspired cannabis products. Kay and De La Torre expand their efforts into the realms of empowered education, community outreach, and policy change in order to further their mission to build a “conscious cannabis business”.
I sampled TruFlora’s “Feel Good” and “Wings” pre-rolls, and found if not what I would call a “cosmic connection”, then at least some distinctly pleasurable effects. The “Feel Good” blend contains 60mg of THC and 113.68mg of CBD in addition to Wanderlust Cannabis (85%) and “Vizion Herbal Blend” (15%), which includes organic Gingko Biloba, Gotu Kola, Damiana, Mate, Calamus, Lobelia, and Skullcap. These are some of my favorite herbs to work with and Lobelia is notable for being beneficial for the lungs, though it never would have occurred to me to smoke Mate. The packaging promises a “euphoric and vibrant” experience, which I didn’t quite achieve, but I did experience a clear-headed calm that was most welcome and seemed to contribute to more restful sleep that evening.
“Wings”, billed as a “creative and engaging” smoking experience, contains 176.4mg of THC, 1mg of CBD from Wanderlust cannabis, and a “KinNikNik Herbal Blend”(15%), which is made up of Uva Ursi, Passionflower, Motherwort, Damiana, Red Raspberry Leaf, and Lobelia. I enjoyed the taste of this one and the presence of Motherwort, which is a supreme herb for anxiety. Passionflower has a deep tranquilizing effect on me, which did not lend itself to feeling “creative and engaging”, though the blend did seem to boost me over the kind of negative self-talk that can sometimes hinder my creativity.
Overall, I rate TruFlora’s herbal spliffs high for taste, quality, and experience, but no herb is one-size-fits all and will affect every individual differently. Not everyone who smokes TruFlora’s pre-rolls will find themselves in a “cosmic connection” with the plant world, but they will have a thoroughly enjoyable smoke balanced by some of nature’s most effective botanical allies.