As the High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup drew to a close on Sunday in Seattle, it seemed like the whole motley crew of the weekend’s attendees gathered inside for the big moment: who would take the Cup? As High Times hyped up the crowd with a freebie free-for-all, growers, extractors and business owners mingled with patients and recreational users in a continuation of what was a very community-focused event. In true Pacific Northwest style, even Sasquatch made a rare appearance to present an award.
Throughout the weekend, there were some common themes at the Cup: support for growers; safety and standardization; and a need for continued activism were all touched upon. Dr. Sanjay Gupta was still making small waves, CBD-rich strains were highlighted and the pros and cons of the sudden popularity of concentrates were all touched upon.
Overall, though, the Cannabis Cup came down to highlighting superb strains, whether people were combusting them, dabbing or trying them as edibles and concentrates. There were plenty of samples to go around and the producers and dispensaries had no shortage of steady testers. As anyone in Washington over the age of 21 can now legally consume cannabis, there was a buzzy feeling of liberation in the air—or maybe that’s just some really good cannabis talking.
In the end, the Cup’s winners reflected the major trends in the cannabis community. The Best Product category leaned toward concentrates, with both first and third place going to dabbing accessories. Mirroring the trend toward medicinal potency and lab testing, high CBD strains had their own category that was determined by lab results. Kyle Kushman’s Veganic Strawberry Cough, which took the top prize of the evening, is an example of conscientious growing techniques that focus on a purity of product for the patient. If Seattle’s first legal Cannabis Cup tells us anything about where the movement is going, it’s that innovation and sophistication will be what wins.
Without further ado, here’s the best of the best to keep your eyes open for:
BEST U.S. FLOWER
1st Place: Veganic Strawberry Cough from Kushman Genetics
2nd Place: Uncle Jim from Camo Collective Gardens
3rd Place: Master Yoda from Kush Connection
1st Place: TJ's Platinum Label from TJ's Organic Gardens
2nd Place: Tres Dawg from Fweedom Collective
3rd Place: OG Ghost Train Haze #1 from A Greener Today
1st Place: True OG from Only The Best (OTB)
2nd Place: Star Dawg from Evergreen Patient Network
3rd Place: TJ's Purple Label from TJ's Organic Gardens
1st Place: Ewok from Fweedom Collective
2nd Place: Jack One (aka Rebel Alliance) from Triple Mega
3rd Place: El Jeffe from Only The Best (OTB)
BEST U.S. HASH
1st Place: Whitewalker OG from Gold Coast Extracts
2nd Place: Killer Bee OG from Brutal Bee Concentrates & Precision Oil Tech
3rd Place: H.G.H. Goji O.G. from VHL Collectives
1st Place: H.G.H. Goji OG Overshatter from VFL Collective
2nd Place: OG Thin Mints from Gold Coast Extracts
3rd Place: After Life OG Honeycomb from Exotic Genetix
1st Place: Day Dreamers High CBD Chocolate Bar from SJ Patients Group
2nd Place: Be The Light Golden Frankincese Truffle from Cheffettes
3rd Place: Ettalew's Medibles Sampler from Greenside Medical
HIGH CBD AWARD
Best Flower: Catatonic from Elemental Wellness Center
Best Concentrate: CBD Simple from Phytosphere Systems
Best Edible: C.B. Can-D Lollies from MTG Seeds
BEST NON-EDIBLE MEDICALLY INFUSED PRODUCT
Winner: Kush Creams Kit from Kush Creams
Congratulations to all the winners, and special kudos to the Leafly dispensaries that had winning entries! You can see the full list of winners over at High Times.