Cannabis Competition

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X Cup is New England’s most rigorously tested and judged Cannabis Competition. The competition is a third-party blind evaluation of cannabis and cannabis products. The best products are recognized and awarded as the best cannabis products from New England during the XpoCanna Connecticut Convention.

X CUP CANNABIS COMPETITION
MARCH 25-26, 2023
SKY CONVENTION CENTER AT MOHEGAN SUN – UNCASVILLE, CT
1 MOHEGAN SUN BLVD, UNCASVILLE, CT 06382

X Cup Competition Category Descriptions,
Packaging Requirements, Scoring, and Testing

Seven Categories include: Indica, Sativa, Pre-Roll, Pre-Roll enhanced, concentrates, edibles, and tinctures/capsules

FLOWER
Entry Fee of $200
100% of the entry fee goes toward testing
Included with each entry fee of $200 is the following Massachusetts State Compliance Panel per category
Two weekend passes to XpoCanna CT, access to the competitor lounge, and entry to the after-party Saturday night.

 

Flower: Flower entries will be broken down into 2 categories based on Sativa dominant profiles or Indica dominate profiles

Sativa dominant – Sativas can smell and taste pine-like, sweet, fruity, or even spicy.

Indica dominate -Indica strains tend to emit musty, earthy, and skunky aromas and taste profiles.

You can select the category of your preference based on what you think your entry should be in.

***We reserve the right to move it if we feel that it belongs in the other dominate category.

If changed you will be notified which category your flower was entered into before the event happens and winners are announced.

*Flower Entries Packaging – Entries can be packaged in glass jars or plastic bottles/containers. NO Bags

NO other markings should be on the containers. No labels, no strain names. NO LOGOS or BRANDING! – All entries must be unmarked, unbranded and have no distinguishing features to the packaging.

*Flower Entry Amounts -Submissions should contain a total of eight (8) 2-gram packages and one (1) 5-gram packages (for a total of 21 grams) Please label the lab sample and display sample containers ONLY.

Display Sample – (Optional) In order to display your entry during the weekend, we will be doing a professional photo shoot with it to have on a big screen for all those who come by the X Cup Lounge where we will announce the winners.

If you would like to include an additional sample to be specifically used for the photoshoot, please include this in your submission. Also please label this sample only as the Display Sample in a way that does not interfere with our ability to photograph the sample. This is the ONLY part of your entry that should have any markings on it other than the lab sample.

This is an optional part of your submission. If none is provided, we will select the sample to photograph from your entry submissions.

*Flower Judging Criteria: Flower entries will be judged on the following items ona scale of 1-10 (with a .1-point scale) for a total possible score of 50 points: visual, aroma, taste, cure/flush, and effect.

TESTING

Test results will be available to competitors upon request after the award ceremony takes place. Please contact Scott at thc9scott@gmail.com to receive your entry/entries test results.

Cannabinoids

WHAT WE TEST FOR

We test for 16 cannabinoids: Δ9-THC, THCA-A, CBD, CBDA, CBN, CBNA, CBDV, CBDVA, CBGA, CBG, Δ8-THC, CBC, CBCA THCV, THCVA, CBL.

TESTING DETAILS

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

The cannabinoid profile of your sample informs about the potency and concentration of active cannabinoids.  While THC is the most well-known cannabinoid, it’s only responsible for a fraction of cannabis’ medicinal benefits.  It’s vital that the active ingredients in cannabis are clearly labeled.  Plant profiling allows doctors to determine accurate dosage, ensures that providers can verify the quality of their products, and helps patients to select the right treatment for their symptoms.

Heavy Metals

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Cadmium, Lead, Arsenic, Mercury

TESTING DETAILS

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Microbiological Contaminants

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Our powerful DNA technology tests for all state-required microbes with less starting material, more accurate results, and the fastest turnaround time in the state.

E.coli, Salmonella, Total Aerobic Bacteria, Bile-Tolerant Gram Negative Bacteria, Total Yeast and Mold, and Total Coliforms

 TESTING DETAILS

End point PCR and microarray

Pathogenic bacteria, yeast, and mold are some of the most common sources of contamination on cannabis products.  Our DNA-based methods ensure accurate results in less than 8 hours.

Mycotoxins

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Identifies and quantifies the most common mycotoxins including Aflatoxin B1, Aflatoxin B2, Aflatoxin G1, Aflatoxin G2, and Orchratoxin A.

TESTING DETAILS

Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS)

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by naturally occurring fungi that can proliferate on cannabis in the field and/or during storage.  Mycotoxins are extremely toxic to humans, particularly in circumstances involving long-term exposure.  Aflatoxin exposure can result in severe abdominal pain, edema, hemorrhaging, liver damage, mental impairment, convulsions, coma, and even death.

Pesticides

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Bifenazate, Bifenthrin, Cyfluthrin, Etoxazole, Imazalil, Imidacloprid, Myclobutanil, Spiromesifen, Trifloxystrobin

TESTING DETAILS

Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry and Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS and GC-MS)

Even the smallest amount of pesticides in cannabis products can cause adverse health effects.  Chronic oral or inhalation exposure can result in neurodegenerative disease, respiratory disease, birth defects, cancer, and reproductive problems.

PRE-ROLLS
Entry Fee of $200
100% of the entry fee goes toward testing
Included with each entry fee of $200 is the following Massachusetts State Compliance Panel per category.
TWO WEEKEND PASSES TO XPOCANNA CT, ACCESS TO THE COMPETITOR LOUNGE, AND ENTRY TO THE AFTER-PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT.

 

Pre-Roll: Pre-Roll entries will be broken down into 2 categories based on Standard Pre-Roll and Enhanced Pre-Roll.

Standard Pre-Roll: A Pre-Roll rolled with Only flower and the paper used to roll it.  No other THC or flavor enhancing products are used.

Enhanced Pre-Roll: A Pre-Roll that has any additive other than the flower used in the Pre-Roll will be considered enhanced. – This includes dipped, dusted, snaked, or anything else that you can use to alter a Pre-Roll from being just flower and the paper used to roll it.

You can select the category of your preference based on what you think your entry should be in

***We reserve the right to move it if we feel that it belongs in the other Pre-Roll category.

If changed you will be notified which category your flower was entered into
before the event happens and winners are announced.

*Pre-Roll entries packaging – Entries can be packaged in individual glass or plastic tubes.

NO other markings should be on the containers. No labels, no strain names. NO LOGOS or BRANDING! – All entries must be unmarked, unbranded and have no distinguishing features to the packaging.

*Pre-Roll entry amounts – Submissions should contain a total of 22 Pre-Rolls in individual packages/container/tubes.

*Pre-Roll Judging Criteria: Pre-Roll entries will be judged on the following items on a scale of 1-10 (with a .1-point scale) for a total possible score of 50 points: visual, aroma, taste, burn constancy, and effect.

Display Sample – In order to display your entry during the weekend, we will be doing a professional photo shoot with it to have on a big screen for all those who come by the X Cup Lounge where we will announce the winners.

If you would like to include an additional sample to be specifically used for the photoshoot, please include this in your submission. Also please label this sample only as the Display Sample in a way that does not interfere with our ability to photograph the sample. This is the ONLY part of your entry that should have any markings on it other than the lab sample.

This is an optional part of your submission. If none is provided, we will select the sample to photograph from your entry submissions.

TESTING

Test results will be available to competitors upon request after the award ceremony takes place. Please contact Scott at thc9scott@gmail.com to receive your entry/entries test results.

Cannabinoids

WHAT WE TEST FOR

We test for 16 cannabinoids: Δ9-THC, THCA-A, CBD, CBDA, CBN, CBNA, CBDV, CBDVA, CBGA, CBG, Δ8-THC, CBC, CBCA THCV, THCVA, CBL.

TESTING DETAILS

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

The cannabinoid profile of your sample informs about the potency and concentration of active cannabinoids.  While THC is the most well-known cannabinoid, it’s only responsible for a fraction of cannabis’ medicinal benefits.  It’s vital that the active ingredients in cannabis are clearly labeled.  Plant profiling allows doctors to determine accurate dosage, ensures that providers can verify the quality of their products, and helps patients to select the right treatment for their symptoms.

Heavy Metals

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Cadmium, Lead, Arsenic, Mercury

TESTING DETAILS

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Microbiological Contaminants

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Our powerful DNA technology tests for all state-required microbes with less starting material, more accurate results, and the fastest turnaround time in the state.

E.coli, Salmonella, Total Aerobic Bacteria, Bile-Tolerant Gram Negative Bacteria, Total Yeast and Mold, and Total Coliforms

 TESTING DETAILS

End point PCR and microarray

Pathogenic bacteria, yeast, and mold are some of the most common sources of contamination on cannabis products.  Our DNA-based methods ensure accurate results in less than 8 hours.

Mycotoxins

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Identifies and quantifies the most common mycotoxins including Aflatoxin B1, Aflatoxin B2, Aflatoxin G1, Aflatoxin G2, and Orchratoxin A.

TESTING DETAILS

Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS)

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by naturally occurring fungi that can proliferate on cannabis in the field and/or during storage.  Mycotoxins are extremely toxic to humans, particularly in circumstances involving long-term exposure.  Aflatoxin exposure can result in severe abdominal pain, edema, hemorrhaging, liver damage, mental impairment, convulsions, coma, and even death.

Pesticides

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Bifenazate, Bifenthrin, Cyfluthrin, Etoxazole, Imazalil, Imidacloprid, Myclobutanil, Spiromesifen, Trifloxystrobin

TESTING DETAILS

Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry and Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS and GC-MS)

Even the smallest amount of pesticides in cannabis products can cause adverse health effects.  Chronic oral or inhalation exposure can result in neurodegenerative disease, respiratory disease, birth defects, cancer, and reproductive problems.

Concentrates
Entry Fee of $200
100% of the entry fee goes toward testing
Included with each entry fee of $200 is the following Massachusetts State Compliance Panel per category.
TWO WEEKEND PASSES TO XPOCANNA CT, ACCESS TO THE COMPETITOR LOUNGE, AND ENTRY TO THE AFTER-PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT.

 

Concentrates: Hydrocarbon solvent or non-solvent cannabis extract including but not limited to rosin, wax, bubble hash, ice hash, water hash, etc.

*Concentrates packaging – Entries can be packaged in 4” x 4” parchment or PTFE squares inside a blank coin envelope, in silicone containers or in small, unmarked glass jars.

NO other markings should be on the containers. No labels, no strain names. NO LOGOS or BRANDING! – All entries must be unmarked, unbranded and have no distinguishing features to the packaging.

*Concentrates Entry Amounts – Submissions should contain eight (8) 1-gram packages and one (1) 5-gram package (for a total of 13 grams) Please label the lab sample and display sample containers ONLY

*Concentrates Judging Criteria: Concentrates entries will be judged on the following items on a scale of 1-10 (with a .1-point scale) for a total possible score of 50 points: visual, aroma, taste, purge/cure, and effect.

Display Sample – (Optional) In order to display your entry during the weekend, we will be doing a professional photo shoot with it to have on a big screen at the XCup Lounge where we will announce the winners.

If you would like to include an additional sample to be specifically used for the photoshoot, please include this in your submission. Also please label this sample only as the Display Sample in a way that does not interfere with our ability to photograph the sample. This is the ONLY part of your entry that should have any markings on it other than the lab sample.

This is an optional part of your submission. If none is provided, we will select the sample to photograph from your entry submissions.

TESTING

Test results will be available to competitors upon request after the award ceremony takes place. Please contact Scott at thc9scott@gmail.com to receive your entry/entries test results.

Cannabinoids

WHAT WE TEST FOR

We test for 16 cannabinoids: Δ9-THC, THCA-A, CBD, CBDA, CBN, CBNA, CBDV, CBDVA, CBGA, CBG, Δ8-THC, CBC, CBCA THCV, THCVA, CBL.

TESTING DETAILS

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

The cannabinoid profile of your sample informs about the potency and concentration of active cannabinoids.  While THC is the most well-known cannabinoid, it’s only responsible for a fraction of cannabis’ medicinal benefits.  It’s vital that the active ingredients in cannabis are clearly labeled.  Plant profiling allows doctors to determine accurate dosage, ensures that providers can verify the quality of their products, and helps patients to select the right treatment for their symptoms.

Heavy Metals

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Cadmium, Lead, Arsenic, Mercury

TESTING DETAILS

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Microbiological Contaminants

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Our powerful DNA technology tests for all state-required microbes with less starting material, more accurate results, and the fastest turnaround time in the state.

E.coli, Salmonella, Total Aerobic Bacteria, Bile-Tolerant Gram Negative Bacteria, Total Yeast and Mold, and Total Coliforms

 

TESTING DETAILS

End point PCR and microarray

Pathogenic bacteria, yeast, and mold are some of the most common sources of contamination on cannabis products.  Our DNA-based methods ensure accurate results in less than 8 hours.

Mycotoxins

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Identifies and quantifies the most common mycotoxins including Aflatoxin B1, Aflatoxin B2, Aflatoxin G1, Aflatoxin G2, and Orchratoxin A.

TESTING DETAILS

Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS)

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by naturally occurring fungi that can proliferate on cannabis in the field and/or during storage.  Mycotoxins are extremely toxic to humans, particularly in circumstances involving long-term exposure.  Aflatoxin exposure can result in severe abdominal pain, edema, hemorrhaging, liver damage, mental impairment, convulsions, coma, and even death.

Edibles
Entry Fee of $200
100% of the entry fee goes toward testing
Included with each entry fee of $200 is the following Massachusetts State Compliance Panel per category.
TWO WEEKEND PASSES TO XPOCANNA CT, ACCESS TO THE COMPETITOR LOUNGE, AND ENTRY TO THE AFTER-PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT.

 

Edibles: Anything SWEET THC-infused food product including but not limited to cakes, cookies, confections, hard candy, gummy bears, sweet snack mixes, chocolates, granola bars, popsicles, etc.

Anything SALTY OR SPICY THC-infused food product including but not limited to pickles, soups, baked beans, popcorn, beef jerky, spicy/salty snack mixes, crackers, etc.

(Please note: Any items that require refrigeration/freezing are to be entered at your own risk as we cannot guarantee the stability of the product during transition periods. We cannot stress enough that we do not recommend these types of products and we have had many judges complain about the integrity of such products as they are often not able to consume them for at least a week after submission. Please keep this in mind when crafting your edible creation!!

*Edible Packaging – Entries can be packaged in a variety of ways. Each sample MUST include mg per item, ingredients, dosing instructions, allergen information, and any handling instructions for Judges (i.e. Item must be heated, served over ice, etc.).

NO other markings should be on the containers. No labels, no strain names. NO LOGOS or BRANDING! – All entries must be unmarked, unbranded and have no distinguishing features to the packaging.

*Edible Entry Amounts: Edible category submissions should contain a total of 20 samples or individual servings.
      • What is an Individual Serving? – If you want the judges to eat 2 cookies to judge the effect of your entry then 2 cookies is 1 individual serving.

*Edible Judging Criteria – All Edible entries will be judged on the following items on a scale of 1-10 (with a .1-point scale) for a total possible score of 50 points: visual, taste, directions/instructions accuracy, consistency/texture, and effect.

Display Sample – (Optional) In order to display your entry during the weekend, we will be doing a professional photo shoot with it to have on a big screen for all those who come by the X Cup Lounge where we will announce the winners.

If you would like to include an additional sample to be specifically used for the photoshoot, please include this in your submission. Also please label this sample only as the Display Sample in a way that does not interfere with our ability to photograph the sample. This is the ONLY part of your entry that should have any markings on it other than the lab sample.

This is an optional part of your submission. If none is provided, we will select the sample to photograph from your entry submissions.

TESTING

Test results will be available to competitors upon request after the award ceremony takes place. Please contact Scott at thc9scott@gmail.com to receive your entry/entries test results.

Cannabinoids

WHAT WE TEST FOR

We test for 16 cannabinoids: Δ9-THC, THCA-A, CBD, CBDA, CBN, CBNA, CBDV, CBDVA, CBGA, CBG, Δ8-THC, CBC, CBCA THCV, THCVA, CBL.

TESTING DETAILS

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

The cannabinoid profile of your sample informs about the potency and concentration of active cannabinoids.  While THC is the most well-known cannabinoid, it’s only responsible for a fraction of cannabis’ medicinal benefits.  It’s vital that the active ingredients in cannabis are clearly labeled.  Plant profiling allows doctors to determine accurate dosage, ensures that providers can verify the quality of their products, and helps patients to select the right treatment for their symptoms.

Microbiological Contaminants

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Our powerful DNA technology tests for all state-required microbes with less starting material, more accurate results, and the fastest turnaround time in the state.

E.coli, Salmonella, Total Aerobic Bacteria, Bile-Tolerant Gram Negative Bacteria, Total Yeast and Mold, and Total Coliforms

 TESTING DETAILS

End point PCR and microarray

Pathogenic bacteria, yeast, and mold are some of the most common sources of contamination on cannabis products.  Our DNA-based methods ensure accurate results in less than 8 hours.

Mycotoxins

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Identifies and quantifies the most common mycotoxins including Aflatoxin B1, Aflatoxin B2, Aflatoxin G1, Aflatoxin G2, and Orchratoxin A.

TESTING DETAILS

Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS)

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by naturally occurring fungi that can proliferate on cannabis in the field and/or during storage.  Mycotoxins are extremely toxic to humans, particularly in circumstances involving long-term exposure.  Aflatoxin exposure can result in severe abdominal pain, edema, hemorrhaging, liver damage, mental impairment, convulsions, coma, and even death.

Tinctures & Capsules
Entry Fee of $200
100% of the entry fee goes toward testing
Included with each entry fee of $200 is the following Massachusetts State Compliance Panel per category.
TWO WEEKEND PASSES TO XPOCANNA CT, ACCESS TO THE COMPETITOR LOUNGE, AND ENTRY TO THE AFTER-PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT.

 

Tinctures & Capsules: Any alcohol-based, vegetable glycerin-based, MCT or any other oil-based tincture; any capsule, etc.

*Tinctures Packaging – Tincture entries should be packaged in either glass or ceramic containers (NO METAL OR PLASTIC).

*Capsules Packaging Capsules can be packaged using any food-grade capsule – capsules can then be packaged into any plastic or glass container.

• Each sample Tincture or Capsule MUST include dosing instructions how much is the expected THC MG per serving and any allergen information (ingredients if applicable).

NO other markings should be on the containers. No labels, no strain names. NO LOGOS or BRANDING! – All entries must be unmarked, unbranded and have no distinguishing features to the packaging.

*Tinctures – Submissions should contain a total of 10 items of each packaged in a 30 ML container
• What is an Individual Serving? – If you want the judges to use use 2 droppers full to judge the effect of your entry then 2 dropper squeezes is 1 individual serving. Please include this in the instructions.

*Capsules – Submissions should contain a total of 17 individual servings each. i.e if 2 capsules = 1 serving then you would want to include 34 capsules with your submission.
• What is an Individual Serving? – If you want the judges to swallow 2 capsules to judge the effect of your entry then 2 capsules is 1 individual
serving. Please include this in the instructions.

*Tinctures & Capsules Judging Criteria: Tinctures & capsules will be judged on the following items on a scale of 1-10 (with a .1-point scale) for a total possible score of 50 points: visual, taste OR ease of ingestion, Mg Accuracy, consistency/texture, and effect.

Display Sample – (Optional) In order to display your entry during the weekend, we will be doing a professional photo shoot with it to have on a big screen for all those who come by the X Cup Lounge where we will announce the winners.

If you would like to include an additional sample to be specifically used for the photoshoot, please include this in your submission. Also please label this sample only as the Display Sample in a way that does not interfere with our ability to photograph the sample. This is the ONLY part of your entry that should have any markings on it other than the lab sample.

This is an optional part of your submission. If none is provided, we will select the sample to photograph from your entry submissions.

TESTING

Test results will be available to competitors upon request after the award ceremony takes place. Please contact Scott at thc9scott@gmail.com to receive your entry/entries test results.

 

Cannabinoids

WHAT WE TEST FOR

We test for 16 cannabinoids: Δ9-THC, THCA-A, CBD, CBDA, CBN, CBNA, CBDV, CBDVA, CBGA, CBG, Δ8-THC, CBC, CBCA THCV, THCVA, CBL.

TESTING DETAILS

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

The cannabinoid profile of your sample informs about the potency and concentration of active cannabinoids.  While THC is the most well-known cannabinoid, it’s only responsible for a fraction of cannabis’ medicinal benefits.  It’s vital that the active ingredients in cannabis are clearly labeled.  Plant profiling allows doctors to determine accurate dosage, ensures that providers can verify the quality of their products, and helps patients to select the right treatment for their symptoms.

Heavy Metals

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Cadmium, Lead, Arsenic, Mercury

TESTING DETAILS

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Microbiological Contaminants

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Our powerful DNA technology tests for all state-required microbes with less starting material, more accurate results, and the fastest turnaround time in the state.

E.coli, Salmonella, Total Aerobic Bacteria, Bile-Tolerant Gram Negative Bacteria, Total Yeast and Mold, and Total Coliforms

 

TESTING DETAILS

End point PCR and microarray

Pathogenic bacteria, yeast, and mold are some of the most common sources of contamination on cannabis products.  Our DNA-based methods ensure accurate results in less than 8 hours.

Mycotoxins

WHAT WE TEST FOR

Identifies and quantifies the most common mycotoxins including Aflatoxin B1, Aflatoxin B2, Aflatoxin G1, Aflatoxin G2, and Orchratoxin A.

TESTING DETAILS

Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS)

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by naturally occurring fungi that can proliferate on cannabis in the field and/or during storage.  Mycotoxins are extremely toxic to humans, particularly in circumstances involving long-term exposure.  Aflatoxin exposure can result in severe abdominal pain, edema, hemorrhaging, liver damage, mental impairment, convulsions, coma, and even death.

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