Recently, MedicateOH announced that Jackson, Ohio-based processor Appalachian Pharm expanded to cultivating their own flower. Now available in dispensaries, here’s what our publisher Gabrielle thought of one of their first strains, an uplifting hybrid cross of Strawberry Fritter and Runtz, called Runtz Berries. 

Runtz Berries by Appalachian Pharm

Last week, I had the pleasure of trying out the new medical cannabis strain, Runtz Berries, by Appalachian Pharm. From its focused and uplifting effects to the convenient packaging and unique terpene profile, Runtz Berries stands out as an interesting new option for Ohio medical cannabis users.

About the Company

Nestled in the Appalachian mountains in Jackson, Ohio, Appalachian Pharm’s state-of-the-art brand new cultivation facility is actually a converted mushroom plant. It operates adjacent to their processing lab. Their cultivation team said they believe strongly in not using pesticides and never rushing the curing process to maintain the integrity of the terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids. I was excited to give it a try!

Appalachian Pharm Processing has been a well-known supplier to the Ohio medical marijuana community since 2021. Patients may be familiar with their Vapen, Wynk, Countdown, and Major brands. The company also opened their own dispensary, Herbal Wellness Center, in Jackson earlier this year.

Packaging for Runtz Berries

The packaging of Runtz Berries deserves a special mention. The easy-to-open jar is a thoughtful touch for patients who might have dexterity issues or arthritis. The jar is white and green with the Appalachian Pharm logo. The black plastic lid was very easy to open with just a slight pressure from my palm downward as I turned it counter-clockwise. The bottom of the jar is see-through glass, which is perfect for patients who want to inspect their medical marijuana products before purchasing them. (Which I highly recommend that you do!) 

I also appreciated that the glass jar is reusable and recyclable; it’s important to me to buy products from companies committed to preserving our environment. 

Once open, I observed the 2.83 g package contained two very large buds and one baby one, all very rich-looking with amber trichomes. I could tell it had been hand-trimmed. The aroma was fruity and floral with a citrusy undertone. 


On the label, the total THC content reads as 26.3 percent and additional information is provided for the dominant terpenes: delta-limonene at .46 percent, linalool at .44 percent, and beta-myrcene at .39 percent. No additional cannabinoid information was listed beyond THC.

The presence of limonene, linalool, and myrcene offered a delightful sensory experience. The combination of these terpenes contributed to the appealing aroma. Limonene brings a zesty citrus note, the linalool gives a soothing floral hint, and the myrcene gives off a familiar skunky aroma. 

Runtz Berries: Taste & Effects

The taste was very mild with detectable fruity notes. The strain is a cross of Strawberry Fritter and Runtz. Runtz became a wildly popular strain in the market since it won Leafly’s Strain of the Year in 2020. It’s known to be an indica-leaner, so I was curious to see how this cross with Strawberry Fritter would hit me. Unlike it’s parent strain, Runtz Berries didn’t feel sedating.

From the first hit, the effects hit me noticeably right behind my eyes. I could see how this would really be helpful if I had a headache. Other strains that produce this effect in me typically make me sleepy but as previously mentioned, I found this to be more of a daytime high. As I continued to use this product, I felt it made me feel more focused and creative than normal, but without racing thoughts. 

Final Thoughts about Runtz Berries

As expected, the myrcene in this strain also kicked up my appetite. It was ideal for taking midday right before a hearty evening meal. The unique terpene profile of Runtz Berries was not only pleasing to the senses but also enhanced the therapeutic effects. If you’re an Ohio patient in search of a versatile and effective daytime medical cannabis strain, Runtz Berries is definitely worth a try.

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Editor’s note: Medicinal cannabis patients have thousands of different products to choose from at the dispensary. MedicateOH writers provide these insights to aid in information-gathering. We remind everyone that treating medical conditions with cannabis should be done only in accordance with your doctors’ recommendations. Nothing is for sale on this platform.


  • Gabrielle Dion

    Medicate OH's Founder and Publisher is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master's degree in public administration, both from Northern Kentucky University. She has more than 20 years of experience writing and editing professionally for the medical and wellness industries, including positions with The Journal of Pediatrics, Livestrong, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and Patient Pop.