On the somehat sunny Sunday of March 25th, local budtenders showed up for the ultimate test of cannabis knowledge and skill. Competitors were tested on Cannabis IQ, Strain Identification, Eyeball Ability and Joint-Rolling. Ten budtenders from five Ann Arbor dispensaries answered the call to compete.
Participants included: Jason Erwin & Megan Coppock representing ArborSide, Patrick Shepard & Micah Authement representing Arbors Wellness, Colton Ryder, Betsy Furuhjelm & Trisha Stevens representing Bloom City Club, Erick Moir & Austin Barnett representing Greenstone Society and Tim Leonard representing Om of Medicine.
Event #1: Strain Recognition
The first event asked competitors to identify strains based only on look, feel and smell. Points were given for identifying the strain name and type (i.e. Indica, Sativa, Hybrid). The five strains presented were Cookies and Cream, Jack Herer, San Fernando Valley OG, Tangie and Gorilla Glue #4.
Jason Erwin (ArborSide) jumped to an early lead, scoring 7 out of 10 on Strain Recognition. The next closest competitor, Patrick Shepard (Arbors Wellness) was 3 points back with a 4.5. Every competitor scored points in round one, which was widely regarded as the most difficult event.
Event #2: Cannabis IQ
In the IQ portion of the competition, the general cannabis knowledge of each competitor is gauged using a 10 question multiple choice exam. The questions spanned topics from cannabis history to cannabis science and laws. Tim Leonard (Om of Medicine) won this event scoring 8 of 10 possible points. To see how you stack up, you can take the exam yourself at ecurrent.com.
Event #3: Eyeball Ability
This contest assesses the competitor’s ability to weigh a gram, eighth and quarter ounce without the use of a scale. This event proved the closest event of the competition, with most budtenders averaging less than seven tenths of a gram over or under the target weight. Tim Leonard (OM of Medicine), Megan Coppock (ArborSide) and Jason Erwin (ArborSide) tied for the lead, averaging just .3g margin of error.
Event #4: Joint-Rolling
In what turned out to be ‘the main event,’ contestants had 20 minutes to roll their best joint with three grams of flower. Joints were scored on smokability, appearance and creativity. All competitors eventually turned in a joint, but some overly meticulous competitors failed to finish their rolling in the alloted time and were forced to turn in incomplete entries.
The winners of this portion clearly proved their Olympian prowess Jason Erwin (ArrborSide) rolled a cross-joint, a style popularized by Hollywood Blockbuster Pineapple Express. Micah Authement (Arbors Wellness) produced a rarely seen tulip joint that included a mouthpiece cover for transportability. Colton Ryder (Bloom City Club), armed with keef and rolling utensils, presented judges with a keef-covered joint that earned first place for its appearance.
The final overall tally proclaimed Jason Erwin (ArborSide) the Gold Medalist of the first Cannabis Olympics. In second, the Silver Medalist was Micah Authement (Arbors Wellness). Megan Coppock (ArborSide) took home the Bronze.
The Cannabis Olympics brought together the best and brightest in this budding industry and offered a closer look at the professionalism with which Ann Arbor’s dispensaries serve patients. The International Cannolympic Committee plans to bring the event back for a second year next March, with more competitors and events. Until then, make sure to visit the distinguished competitors at their dispensaries!
Take the quiz and see how you stack up:
1: How many naturally occurring Chemicals are in cannabis?
a) Over 400
2: What does THC stand for?
3: THC prompts the release of what compound in humans?
4: The first national regulation was the Marihuana Tax Act, in what year was this legislation passed?
5: According to the NCIA latest tally (3/9/18), how many states have some form of medical cannabis (w/ THC)
6: The boiling point of CBD is _______ degrees F, slightly higher than that of THC, which boils at ______ degrees F
a) 343, 306
b) 356, 315
c) 352, 310
d) 365, 301
7: What is the most common Terpene found in cannabis?
8: Which of the following is not a qualifying condition for medical marihuana in the state of Michigan?
a) Trigeminal Neuralgia
c) Nail-patella syndrome
d) Hepatitis C
9: How many plants can a single registered patient grow in Michigan.
d) None of the above
10: Which of the following is not a strain of cannabis?
a) Donkey Butter
c) Alien Hallucination
d) Fruity McChicken
Answers: a, d, a, c, d, b, c, a, b, d