Forty teams of medical marijuana growers put themselves to the test in the Grow Off, a competition that gives commercial marijuana cultivations the same genetics and then tests their harvests for potency, terpenes and yield. And now we know the results.
Some of the state's best and most-recognized cultivators participated in this year's run, including Altitude Organic Medicine, The Clinic, The Herbal Cure and RiNo Supply Co. Also stepping onto the court were infused-product companies, such as Olio, a concentrate manufacturer, and edibles maker Sweet Grass Kitchen. Each growing team was given Scroopy Noopers (named after the Rick and Morty character), a cross between a Girl Scout Cookies female and Stardawg male from Green Dream Cannabis.
The differences between the top and bottom harvests were pretty stark, according to Grow Off co-founder Jake Browne. "There was an over 24 percent difference in total potency between first and last place, with an average potency of 18.87 percent," he says. "Of our three greenhouse teams and one outdoor team, only one placed in the top ten in any category: BioMeds. We had heard that allowing sun-grown teams to compete against indoor would be a massive advantage for the former, but it looks like the latter held their own."
Browne was also impressed by Sweet Grass Kitchen, which finished in the top ten for potency and terpenes. "An impressive showing for Peter Gay, who had the smallest square footage to work with of any team," Browne says of the Sweet Grass cultivator.
Here are the top three in each category:
Potency (total cannabinoids)
1. Verde Natural
3. Riverrock Cannabis
1. The Clinic
2. Golden Leaf
3. Verde Natural
1. The Clinic
2. Golden Meds Denver
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