The 12 months 2020 might need been an epic fail, however at the least some hearth hashish nonetheless shined.

It was clear in March, as long-standing 4/20 occasions have been canceled or postponed, that the standard slew of hashish competitions—Excessive Instances’ Hashish Cup, The Emerald Cup, Harvest Cup—couldn’t occur; at the least within the conventional sense. In order that they pivoted, democratizing the voting course of, or holding distant judging.

This 12 months, Excessive Instances’ Occasions Director Mark Kazinec helped arrange the primary nationwide Hemp Cup and three “Folks’s Alternative” Hashish Cups in Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado, with three within the works for Oregon, Arizona, and Southern California early subsequent 12 months.

High Times judges kits bring smiles to Oregon consumers this year. (Courtesy High Times)
Excessive Instances judges kits carry smiles to Oregon shoppers this 12 months. (Courtesy Excessive Instances)

As an alternative of curating a choose group of superstar judges, Cup kits shipped to dispensaries throughout every state, permitting for 1000’s of normal degular individuals to share their opinions on the perfect their state needed to supply.

High Times judges kits bring smiles to Oregon consumers this year. (Courtesy High Times)
Two Oregon judges about to faucet in. (Courtesy Excessive Instances)

“We wished to make this competitors and the probabilities to be a decide extra accessible, and convey some enjoyable to a darkish world this 12 months,” says Kazinec. “Why not permit individuals to purchase superb merchandise we curate? The individuals’s alternative is all to the individuals; it’s not only for the OGs. We additionally need the soccer mothers who need topicals, the people who find themselves going to dispensaries.”

Regardless of the constraints that made conventional gatherings not possible—the circus-like tents, and fairgrounds to smoke, dab, vape, or eat hashish with 1000’s of different followers—cannasseurs across the nation and the world remained dedicated to judging and crowning the perfect buds within the enterprise.

Whereas we wait in California till 2021 for a postponed Emerald Cup, right here’s the place to buy 2020’s most lauded cultivars, extracts, manufacturers, and way more.

Colorado keepers

A happy Grow-Off 2020 micro-grow winner. (Courtesy The Grow-Off)
A contented Develop-Off 2020 micro-grow winner Duran Jackson flexes on some foos. (Courtesy The Develop-Off)

Originating from Colorado, The Grow-Off competitors makes use of one cultivar to find out who can domesticate the dankest of the dank. This 12 months, they partnered with main breeders Cannarado to see who might develop the terpiest, stoniest, most high-quality nugs of Spritzer, a brand new cross between a Runtz mother and a Grape Pie x Capulator MAC dad.

Look out for Colorado growers Hummingbird Cannabis, who nabbed Finest Total High quality (and third for Efficiency).

Additionally, stuff your basket with the model Fat Face Farms—they cinched each the terpenes and efficiency classes.

The Grow-Off Colorado 2020 winners Fat Face Farms. (Courtesy The Grow-Off)
The Develop-Off Colorado 2020 winners Fats Face Farms all have commonplace thickness faces. (Courtesy The Develop-Off)

Develop-Off trophies additionally went to the identical classes for non-commercial residence growers; though to pattern these you might have to know a man.


  • Yow will discover Hummingbird Hashish at The Farm in Boulder.
  • And Fats Face Farms at Rocky Mountain Cannabis within the cities of Dinosaur, and Craig. (Sure, these are Colorado city names.)

Shifting on, The Excessive Instances Cannabis Cup Colorado: People’s Choice 2020 contest had three classes for flower, two for edibles, and one apiece for concentrates, topicals, and prerolls.

The model Indico dominated flower with Sour Strawberry and Mandarin Sunset alongside Pagosa Therapeutics’ Jabberwocky.

Pagosa Therapeutics’ Jabberwocky (Courtesy Pagosa Therapeutics)
Pagosa Therapeutics’ Jabberwocky (Courtesy Pagosa Therapeutics)

Excessive Nation Cones received Finest Pre-Roll for one colorfully dubbed, ahem, French Wh*re.



The Leafly Strain of the Year 2020 is—Runtz!

California champs

Honeydew sungrown Gelonade (Courtesy Honeydew Farms)
Honeydew sungrown Gelonade (Courtesy Honeydew Farms)

Competitors stays stiff in California, and it exhibits the range of winners for this 12 months’s WEEDCon.

The model High Shelf Cultivation’s Whoa-Si-Whoa received for Indicas, whereas Honeydew Farms’ sungrown Gelonade received the Sativa class. Zkittlez Mints from Mohave Reserve received Finest Hybrid.

And in a novel class, Oaksterdam OG by the model Originals received Finest OG Kush Flower.


Washington winners

A Melonade rosin from Cascadia Cartel (via i502_growercascadiacartel)
A Melonade rosin from Cascadia Cartel. (by way of i502_growercascadiacartel)

The outcomes of Oregon’s Excessive Instances Folks’s Cup obtained pushed again till January, however out of doors growers in Washington state had the Sun Cup.

Main grower CannaSol Farms’ indica-dominant Blackwater received for Finest Sungrown THC Flower, and their Lemon Meringue, a sativa, received for Finest Gentle Deprivation THC Flower.

Melonade by Cascadia Cartel received greatest Solventless Focus.

“We have been actually excited to take action properly.”

CannaSol Founder Jeremy Moberg

“We have been actually excited to take action properly,” says CannaSol founder Jeremy Moberg, who initially proposed the Solar Cup to the Washington Sungrowers Business Affiliation as a fundraiser. “We mainly swept the flower class and we really feel tremendous proud.”

A statewide Craft Hashish Cup for small-scale indoor growers is available in January 2021.


Additionally, don’t sleep on any of The Oregon Grower’s Cup 2020 winners, together with: Fenario Farms; Alter Farms; Luvli; plus, the Decibel Banana Punch and GMO rosins; and Blueberry Muffin greenhouse flower by Grateful Greenery.

Illinois—make some noise

Incredibles’ CBN-infused Snoozzzeberry Gummies (via Leafly)
Incredibles’ CBN-infused Snoozzzeberry Gummies (by way of Leafly)

In Illinois’ first Hashish Cup, one model proved themselves a minimize above the remainder. Revolution Global received gold in each class besides edibles, the place they took third place. Their greatest buds of the 12 months? Turbo Lemon Cake, Gorilla’d Cheese, and Florida Orange, the latter of which additionally received the vape class for the corporate’s Terp Tanks. Yow will discover these winners at The Herbal Care Center in Chicago and New Age Care in Mount Prospect.

The one manufacturers to interrupt Revolution’s successful streak? Bhang’s Toffee chocolate bar and Incredibles’ CBN-infused Snoozzzeberry Gummies.


New England/ East Coast symbolize

Mary Palmer's award-winning Rose Lotion. (Courtesy Mary Palmer)
Mary Palmer’s award-winning Rose Lotion. (Courtesy Mary Palmer)

The Backyard State is trying loads greener going into 2021. As New Jersey prepares for the leisure market, the New England Harvest Cup held their fourth competitors remotely with a streamed awards ceremony. Joe Merkt and Shamanic Roots received the Sativa and Indica classes for creamy lemon Bonkers and Rasta Pie, respectively.

A lot of the Harvest Cup classes skipped flowers, and showcase merchandise you received’t discover in California. Edible and topical model Mary Palmer took residence a majority of the awards of their classes, with standout merchandise like 24K Truffle Oil and 911 Salve. Their THC-infused pickles additionally received greatest edibles on the Maine-based Pheno Cup.

Excellent in Oklahoma

Red River Pharms and Exotic Genetix Tina elevated Oklahoma. (Courtesy Red River Pharms)
Crimson River Pharms and Unique Genetix Tina elevated Oklahoma. (Courtesy Crimson River Pharms)

Oklahoma led the way in which in 2020 with the primary Excessive Instances Folks’s Alternative Cup in June, paving the way in which for a brand new slew of hashish competitions throughout the nation.

Collaboration proved key this 12 months, because the mixed drive of Crimson River Pharms and Unique Genetix took first place within the indica and hybrid flower classes for strains Tina and Tropic Truffle.

ALTVM’s Lilac Diesel received for Sativa flower. ALTVM additionally partnered with Leaf Logic to win gold for dabbables with a solventless Garlic Breath (GMO X Mendo Breath).


Worldwide all-stars

Banana Split diamond and sauce (via thebackyardbcn)
Banana Break up diamond and sauce (by way of thebackyardbcn)

Covid canceled Spannabis this 12 months, however promoters nonetheless held a (not so) Secret Cup! Secret Cup Bizkaia streamed their seven-hour award ceremony on Youtube in lieu of an in-person gathering. One of the best flowers in Basque nation have been:

Standout extracts got here within the type of:

Parting shot: Hemp hitters

Award-winning, terpy Hawaiian Haze from Gold Standard CBD. (Leafly)
Award-winning, terpy Hawaiian Haze from Gold Normal CBD. (Leafly)

Not like the Hashish Cup, the Excessive Instances’ 2020 Hemp Cup invited growers and producers coast to coast to sq. up, they usually did. One of the best hemp flower of the 12 months was Hawaiian Haze Hemp by Gold Normal CBD. Magu’s Nectar received greatest vape with Luxurious Hemp Dwell Resin Lot #LR001, and Grön’s 135mg Truffles received greatest edibles.

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Amelia Williams

Amelia Williams is a long-time budtender and hashish author from San Francisco. She has contributed to MG Journal, Tradition Journal, Hashish Now, the San Francisco Chronicle’s GreenState and is the writer of Barbary Coast dispensary’s Bud Weblog.

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