Bristol Cannabis Club

Going Dutch!!

2 Bristol Cannabis club admins won a trip to Amsterdam for 420, to judge the International Cannagraphic Growers Cup. The competition was organised by the Scottish Cannabis Community, here is what happened!

by Jo Martin-Moss

I woke up on the morning of 4th April to find a message from Rab Allen, Scottish Cannabis Community, telling me to check their Facebook page because I had won a trip to Amsterdam, in the competition they had been promoting.

10959788_691818630934549_7667846460497327399_nThe prize included return flight, accommodation, spending money, and judges packs for the Growers Cup.. OK, I never win anything.. not even a grinder in the club fundraising raffles, and I find myself looking at this amazing prize. Although to be fair, I rarely enter competitions, or buy lottery tickets. So, guess my chances of winning anything are pretty remote. To say I was excited and pleased, would be a major understatement. So, on with booking flights, Rab booked a very comfortable hotel for us, out on the Singel, close to some of my favourite coffee shops and places to walk.

The Singel

The Singel

This was my 7th visit to Amsterdam, but my first to judge a competition! My last trip was in 2009, when I was still using a wheelchair and sticks, the contraption they used to get me down the airplane steps was enough to put me off for a while.. that and the prices!

Going Dutch

Going Dutch

Our flights left the UK at silly oclock on Saturday 18th, I was not able to sleep due to excitement, and drove to the airport in a daze, a walk to the terminal woke me up a bit, and the security guard going through my liquids and pots in my hand luggage woke me even further.. I suddenly wondered if I needed an export licence for my Sativex prescription, but he did not give it a second glance. After a first breakfast we were onto the plane around 6am, and up into the bright morning sunshine above the clouds.

Way up high!

Way up high!

We arrived at Schipol Airport to a lovely sunny morning and made our way by train to Amsterdam, emerging onto the Damrak, heading for the first available coffee shop for juice and to sample what Amsterdam had to offer.. We ended up in Stones  for our first smoke of Strawberry Sour Diesel but quickly made our way to Abraxas for some moreish Amnesia Haze, both of which have always been a favourite of mine over the years. (I was sad to see that Blues Brothers had closed down, along with many other coffee shops). After cannabinnoid levels were successfully restored we made our way to our hotel on the Singel, to deposit our bags.

View from Hotel window

View from Hotel window along the Singel

After dropping our bags we took a leisurely walk along the Singel, toward Central Station and the  Lost in Amsterdam lounge bar, where we were to meet John Queen, organiser of the Growers, Breeders and Coffee Shops cups, who would be giving us our judges packs at 1pm.

100_3742

Lounge Bar, which does not sell weed, but you can take your own and smoke it there. Great table service.

We met John, and he gave us 2 large brown envelopes which contained the judges samples and score sheets.. an told us to meet him back at the same venue at 1pm on Monday, with our completed score sheets, which was when the reality hit us, that we would need to smoke our way through these samples in less than 48 hours.

Judges pass for 11th Annual International Cannagraphic 4/20 Grow Cup, Amsterdam

Judges pass for 11th Annual International Cannagraphic 4/20 Grow Cup, Amsterdam

What at first seemed like fun, got a bit serious, so, to lighten the load,  my companion and I took a pack each, I opted for the Sativa one, whilst he was more than happy to take the Indica selection.

Judging

Judging

So, we got stuck straight in with the first ones on each of our lists, as we thought it would be a logical way to proceed.. Yeah, by the time of the third sample the task of rummaging in the envelope for the next sequential ID number seemed too taxing, and we instead adopted a lucky dip approach.

Judging the samples

Judging the samples

We spent time on Saturday socialising with other judges and members of the Scottish Cannabis Community, and enjoying the range of different beverages available where we were.

100_3674

Mango, pineapple and coconut smoothies

We spent time on Saturday socialising with other judges and members of the Scottish Cannabis Community, and enjoying the range of different beverages available where we were.

Later that evening we headed for a meal at a place I have visited every time I have been in Amsterdam, its an Argentinian Steakhouse, just off Dam Square, where they have all the money stapled to the wall. We left one wishing them a happy 420.

After a lovely shared meal, we watched all the lights and fairground rides in Dam Square, and then took a slow stroll back to our hotel, via a coffee shop, where I enjoyed a really nice spliff of Bubblegum, then on to our hotel for a much needed sleep, as I had clocked up 42 hours without any, by the time i finally did! Thank goodness for sativa.

100_3694

Sunday Morning crossing the Singel

Sunday morning we enjoyed  a leisurely breakfast in our hotel, which the hotel provided for free after a mix up with the rooms. I have not mentioned the name on purpose as they were quite hopeless on this occasion. Comfy beds though.

By day 2, we had resorted to smelling them first, and sampling the ones we liked the smell of the most, and working our way through in batches of 3, in between going out for food and walks, and surprisingly by the end of day 2, we had sampled all the entries, and I can honestly report that I have not felt so battered since eating way too many cannabis medibles at St Pauls Carnival last year.

a non alcoholic mojito helping to freshen my mouth between samples.

a non alcoholic mojito helping to freshen my mouth between samples.

Around 7pm we headed off again to my fave Argentinian steakhouse, just off Dam square, ate another lovely meal, then headed back to our hotel room, where we both crashed out until the early hours of  the morning, which seemed an apt time to upload all our judges scores to the IC magazine website.

https://www.icmag.com/modules/ICMAG/index.php

I liked it that much...

I liked it that much…

It was great fun entering the scores, and finding out exactly which strain each secret ID was. The strain I found the strongest, which stunned me into silence and sent my mind to far away places, was Jack Herer x Black Domina, but it was overall let down by its appearance, taste and smell. My favourite was secret ID strain number 4, and was called Happiness 2, by cloudz, which ranked number 5 in the Growers Cup. To me, it tasted, smelt and looked amazing, and the high was clear and invigorating. (Luckily).

The Sativa Judges Pack

The Sativa Judges Pack

The eventual winners in this pack were :- Breeders Cup – Best Sativa Winner Supersonic by dr.penthota, which had secret ID number 13, and Growers Cup – Best Sativa Winner Chloe’s cut by HUG, which had secret ID number 12. 

The Indica Judges Pack

The Indica Judges Pack

The eventual winners in this pack were Breeders Cup – Best Indica Winner Starbud by Hortilab secret ID number 44 and Growers Cup – Best Indica Winner OGKB 2.0 cookies by ChunkyPigs, secret ID number 31

When we got our judges packs, we never thought we would get through all the samples, but we did. The problem was, by 3.30pm on 20th April, we had less than 2 hours left before needing to head off to the airport to get our flights back to the UK, and despite giving samples away in Lost in Amsterdam, we still found we had loads of bags of yummy weed left.. So, the only solution was to approach random people in the street, or in cafes asking them if they wanted some free weed, quickly explaining we had won it ourselves, and wanted to share the 420 love. After a free strange looks, we had soon distributed the remaining samples and a good number of people went off to celebrate 420 thinking they had finally met the pot fairy!!

 

Quirky building

Quirky building

We met up again with John, and some of the folk from the Scottish Cannabis Community for a 420 celebratory smoke at Pri DÁmi, before bidding them, and Amsterdam a hasta luego, rather than adios, and heading back to central station and Schipol to catch our flights back to the UK, and its draconian laws on cannabis.

It was a privilege to take part in judging all those awesome strains, and I have to say, that unsurprisingly, much of the weekend is a bit of blur, but the overall feeling I had was one of relaxation, many laughs, great people, and bright sunshine. Just what the doctor ordered.

Huge thanks to everyone at Scottish Cannabis Community and International Cannagraphic who made it all possible.

Check out the Scottish Cannabis Communities page for up to date news, views and competitions https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottish-Cannabis-Community/111971545585930?fref=ts

https://www.seedboutique.com/

https://www.seedbay.com/

 

 

One thought on “Going Dutch!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *