Pot-TV’s The Contest

In February 2005, I announced a new idea with Marc Emery on my Pot-TV show. We called it The Contest. The rules were simple: ?Send Us Your Weed?!
We decided to film the smoke-off and put it all on Pot-TV.net so the contestants could see their entries and what we thought of them. Marc with his Prince of Pot bong, Chris Bennett and his beloved Volcano, and I with Vogue rolling papers on hand would smoke and rate the samples, and declare a winner. Fabulous prizes for the top ten finishers ranged from trips to the Tokers Bowl, to Volcano vaporizers, Bubble Bags, books, and pipes. The contestants didn?t have to grow the pot, just send it in. But would they? And more importantly, would the pot get through?

The first entry arrived just days after the announcement. They were pristine buds in glass jars, simply packed in a box and mailed from Texas. No stealth was used. This was a good sign! From there, it was like somebody left the garden gate open and weed began to pour in from all over Canada, the U.S. and even one from England. The three judges, Kaara our scorekeeper, a skeleton video crew, and assorted guests would gather after work hours and smoke ten entries ? ?overtime,? if you will. Only we were getting paid bud and a half.

The weed that was entered was mostly very good. Many buds were excellent. Some were indoor, some outdoor, from a wide range of growing experiences and conditions. With strains like Blueberry, SAGE, New York City Diesel, Skunk #1, White Widow, Haze, Lavender, KC 36, Kush, Power Plant ? the list read like an Amsterdam coffeeshop menu. More than half of the entries were grown from seeds purchased from Marc Emery Direct, which was very exciting for us, as we got to see the seed-to-bud process come full circle.

Our original intention was not only to judge the entries based on flavor, how they smoked and were prepared, but also to really try and see what the high was like and how long it lasted. But the problem wasn?t whether the high would last ? it was whether or not we could last! Smoking 10 joints isn?t at all an unusual occurrence around here. I easily do that every day. But to smoke 10 more after a long day at work, and to stretch each sample out over several hours was about to make Jack a pretty dull boy. So we abandoned the notion of trying to detect the length of high after the first session. It was either that, or we?d never come down.

Our technical producer and video editor did a fantastic job of keeping everything ?straight? by cataloguing, photographing and keeping the running totals of all of the entries. His masterful editing was a fine tribute to everyone who sent in his or her weed. Without him I don?t think we could have pulled it off. Oh, we would have smoked all the entries ourselves, but I doubt we could have figured out who won in the end!

There are many questions as to whether or not one can actually determine which pot is the best. Much has to do with the individual who is smoking, combined with the setting, and about one million other growing considerations. I don?t think this or any other contest can ever narrow it down to just one strain, but in my experience it is actually possible to rate these one against another. Each joint I smoked would give me a different high. I was either instantly more stoned than I was before, or not. I would be higher, or more laid back than I was before, and the flavors and how it smoked were either better or worse than the others. While The Contest continued, the cream of the crop would assuredly rise to the top.

As the entries continued to pour in, we had to keep getting a bigger box. Very quickly we realized that we had more entries than we could smoke in only a few episodes. Over time, The Contest turned into 12 shows of at least one hour each, as 142 weed entries arrived, over one pound of pot!

But smoking only 10 a week was not making a dent in the mountain of pot we had, and time was beginning to run out. So we stepped up the proceedings to 2 sessions a week. We also did a couple of on-the-fly episodes to pick up the slack, concluding in 2 final monster efforts where we smoked 18 in one show.

As the final tally was made, the top two strains tied with a score of 13.6 out of a possible 15. First Place came from Mr. Green Genes in Tennessee, with Southern Afghani. This grew out of a Nirvana Seeds Indoor Mix, so the strain is unknown. The smoke was a very strong Indica, with a fruity flavor. The other top contender was Early Wonder Skunk from Solar Warrior Seeds, which we had always known as an early finishing outdoor strain, but this was grown indoor and was truly wonderful to smoke. It had an earthy, spicy flavor, with a very strong high.

Finishing 1/10 of a point behind were 2 more strains from our seed catalogue. Afghan Dream entered by Little Big Way came from the British Columbia Seed Co. and was magnificently grown. It was hashy with a smooth laid-back high. The other was KC 36 entered by BabaKu. This was outstanding. It had a full lemony Thai flavor, with a crisp ?up? Sativa high. Rounding out the top 10 were Sage, Amnesia Haze, Organic Hempstar, KC33, Yoda, and Mazar. All were stunning, very well grown, and could have easily won. In fact, more than half of the entries finished less than one point behind the winners.

No one could have predicted that we were creating the biggest pot competition the world has ever seen, and we can?t thank the participants enough for joining in. Your efforts along with our crew here made this a truly unforgettable experience. It gave proof to the fact that you are watching Pot TV, and we are each in our own way overgrowing the government. One entry came in that was grown 20 miles from George W. Bush?s ranch ? how cool is that?

As for Marc, Chris and I… well, we learned a lot about running a cannabis competition of this magnitude. It?s just tough to remember what it was!

Peace and Pot!

See Pot.TV’s The Contest

1 – 13.6 Southern Afghani (Mr. Green Genes)
2 – 13.6 Early Wonder Skunk (Solar Warrior)
3 – 13.5 KC36 (BabaKu)
4 – 13.5 Afghan Dream (Little Big Way)
5 – 13.49 Sage (BabaKu)
6 – 13.35 Amnesia Haze (BabaKu)
7 – 13.3 Organic Hempstar
8 – 13.3 KC33 (Bakbaku)
9 – 13.25 Yoda (MasterYoda)
10 – 13.19 Mazar (Jason)
11 – 13.15 Kush (SneakyD)
12 – 13.15 White Widow (BabaKu)
13 – 13.1 Blueberry Skunk (Cortez)
14 – 13.1 Sour Diesel (Rainbow Farms)
15 – 13.1 MatT-Powerplant (Shotgun69er)
16 – 13.07 Early Wonder Skunk (BabaKu)
17 – 13.05 Mikado1 (Little Big Way)
18 – 13.02 SensiStar
19 – 13.01 Skunk#1
20 – 13.01 Coffee Cake
21 – 13.0 Wahine Wonder
22 – 13.0 Jerryuana
23 – 13.0 OGer Kush
24 – 13.0 Powerplant
25 – 13.0 Skunk X Hawaiian
26 – 13.0 Hashplant (Ross)
27 – 12.95 Mikado 2
28 – 12.95 Ogre
29 – 12.95 Lavender
30 – 12.95 Grapefruit
31 – 12.936 k2
32 – 12.91 Suger
33 – 12.9 Romulan 7of9
34 – 12.9 Black Spice
35 – 12.9 B (RH)
36 – 12.9 Superkush
37 – 12.85 Island Sweet Skunk X Romulan
38 – 12.82 Sir
39 – 12.8 Grapefruit
40 – 1 2.8 Diesel
41 – 12.8 Hashplant (Shotgun69er)
42 – 12.8 Potpurri X Haze
43 – 12.8 GrapeSkunk
44 – 12.78 Romulan(BDiddy)
45 – 12.77 Ambrosia
46 – 12.7 Burmese
47 – 12.7 A (RH)
48 – 12.7 Sweet Tooth
49 – 12.7 Mighty Mite X Pluton
50 – 12.7 Haze Daze
51 – 12.7 Da Bomb
52 – 12.7 Sugar
53 – 12.7 Marley?s Collie
54 – 12.68 Supreme Skunk
55 – 12.68 KD Hash
56 – 12.65 The Hog(Annabee)
57 – 12.65 Flo
58 – 12.65 Romulan X BC Kush
59 – 12.63 Thickett Berry
60 – 12.61 Hawaiian X BigBud
61 – 12.6 Grape Haze
62 – 12.6 Grape Skunk
63 – 12.6 J27
64 – 12.55 Hawaiian X Island Sweet Skunk
65 – 12.55 2 Ras
66 – 12.55 High Desert Mutant Jack
67 – 12.5 Blue Buddha
68 – 12.5 Hubba Bubba Tuska
69 – 12.5 B52
70 – 12.5 Prarie Leaves
71 – 12.5 C(RH)
72 – 12.46 Stuporsonic
73 – 12.45 Eddy Lepp Skunk
74 – 12.45 Romulan X Island Sweet Skunk
75 – 12.4 Super Incredible Heaven
76 – 12.4 NL5
77 – 12.46 Stupersonic
78 – 12.38 Chronic
79 – 12.38 #9
80 – 12.36 Blue Rhino-Juiced
81 – 12.35 Cherry Thai
82 – 12.31 Cave Man
83 – 12.3 Haze White Rhino
84 – 12.3 Chemo Grizzly
85 – 12.3 Blueberry (the curve)
86 – 12.3 Blue Berry White Widow X Chemo
87 – 12.3 Purple#1 X Skydog
88 – 12.3 Skunk
89 – 12.3 DutchTreat?
90 – 12.3 Vancouver Island Big Bud X Burmese
91 – 12.3 E(RH)
92 – 12.25 Skywalker
93 – 12.25 Jack X Ortega
94 – 12.2 Genius Bud
95 – 12.2 Nebula X Early Girl
96 – 12.2 Durban
97 – 12.2 D(RH)
98 – 12.2 Unknown Bud
99 – 12.1 Apollo11 X Mat Tundra
100 – 12.1 Unknown Clone
101 – 12.14 Herb Of LIfe
102 – 12.14 NL5 X Kush
103 – 12.05 Poo
104 – 12.05 Blueberry (Snake)
105 – 12.0 Conciouse KD
106 – 12.0 Blue Rhino
107 – 12.0 Blueberry Hashplant
108 – 12.0 Hawaiian Sativa
109 – 12.0 NL5 X Haze
110 – 12.0 Outdoor Mix
111 – 12.0 Island Sweet Skunk
112 – 11.98 NL (MedMark)
113 – 11.9 Leda Uno
114 – 11.8 Super Silver Haze
115 – 11.8 Early Wonder Skunk
116 – 11.7 Killer Kai
117 – 11.7 Blueberry (Chicken)
118 – 11.7 Indoor Mix
119 – 11.68 Stargazer
120 – 11.6 Apollo11 X Moonshine
121 – 11.6 BubbleGum
122 – 11.6 Hawaiian X Cotton Candy
123 – 11.4 1947
124 – 11.4 Rez
125 – 11.4 Wreck
126 – 11.35 Strawberry Tart
127 – 11.3 Scary Gary
128 – 11.14 Black N? Blue
129 – 11.1 Mango
130 – 11.1 Outdoor NL
131 – 10.95 Romulan (Med Mark)
132 – 10.8 Chernoble
133 – 10 Old Lady From Florida
134 – 9.8 NL36
135 – 9.7 The Pink
136 – 9.5 Starburst
137 – 9.3 Black Domina
138 – 9.2 Jus Another Sativa
139 – 8.96 Afghani Skunk
140 – 8.2 Jack
141 – Disqualified -Scientist
142 – Disqualified -Citrus Orange

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