NorCal Cannabis Cup Winners Now Available—Exclusively at High Times Dispensaries

Be the first one in your neighborhood to get your hands on exclusive award-winning cannabis products—carefully selected by the judges at High Times. As cannabis brands duked it out over the most terpene-rich, flavorful and potent offerings, when all was said and done, only a handful of top brands could claim the titles of winners and finalists.

We’re celebrating over three decades of hosting the world’s leading cannabis competition—and for the first time ever, High Times Dispensaries are exclusively selling The Cannabis Cup Northern California 2021: People’s Edition winners and finalists. The cup was virtual and socially distanced this year, with our People’s Choice edition making it possible for judges to safely sample brands from the comfort of their own homes.

Part of NorCal’s territory overlaps with the infamous Emerald Triangle—spanning Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity Counties—which is home to some of the finest herb on the planet. Heritage growers in this region can trace their roots back several generations. To this day, the area produces cannabis that is worthy of the top connoisseurs in cannabis.

High Times has been the world’s most well-known cannabis brand—established in 1974—championing the cannabis lifestyle and educating the masses on the benefits of this natural flower. Since its humble beginnings in Amsterdam in 1988, the only place it could take place at the time, High Times Cannabis Cup has evolved into an assortment of events scattered through several markets across the U.S.

We have now evolved into a rapidly growing network of the best cannabis delivery service and dispensaries across California, currently open at locations on Oakport street in Oakland, as well as Shasta Lake, Coalinga and Redding. Delivery services are available in other areas.

Starting October 5, you can shop and browse through The Cannabis Cup Northern California 2021: People’s Edition winners and finalists—available ONLY at High Times dispensary locations. We scoured through flower, pre-rolls, edibles, ingestibles, concentrates and more to narrow down the best of the best.

Shop the winners now:

Courtesy Atrium Cultivation

Indica Flower, Atrium Cultivation

NorCal
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Sativa Flower, Garcia Hand-Picked

Sungrown Flower, High Supply

Concentrate, High Supply

Courtesy of Ursa

Solvent Concentrate, Ursa Extracts

Concentrate, Ursa

Courtesy Holy Water x Grandiflora

Non-Solvent Concentrate, Holy Water x Grandiflora

Courtesy of Dripp

Sativa Vape, Dripp

Courtesy of Kingpen

Indica Vape, Kingpen

NorCal
Courtesy of Cream of the Crop

Individual Infused Preroll, Cream of the Crop

Individual Non-infused Preroll, Cream of the Crop

Courtesy Green Revolution

Gummies, Green Revolution

Courtesy Manzanita Naturals

Drinks, Manzanita Naturals

NorCal
Courtesy of Dr. Raw Organics

Topical, Dr. Raw Organics

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The Winners of The Cannabis Cup Oklahoma: People’s Choice Edition 2021


The cannabis cup is virtual this year—virtually awesome, that is, with our People’s Choice edition making it possible to judge safely from the comfort of your home. Here are the well-deserved winners of the Cannabis Cup Oklahoma: People’s Choice Edition 2021.

Thank you to all the judges who put their hearts and souls into judging the competition entries to help crown the best of Oklahoma! For more info on how to become a judge and to sign up for updates, please visit CannabisCup.com/preregister.

Indica Flower

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First Place: Gas Giant – Wedding Crasher

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Second Place: Stability Cannabis – Terple #17

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Third Place: Texoma Labs – Gelato

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Fourth Place: F5 Farms – Sunset Runtz

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Fifth Place: Kind Origin – Platinum Gorilla Glue

Sativa Flower

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First Place: F5 Farms – Tropic Runtz

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Second Place: ALTVM – Lilac Diesel

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Third Place: Progressive Grow Labs – Tropicana Scream

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Fourth Place: Counter Culture Cannabis – Rubber City x Lemon Mints

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Fifth Place: Kind Origin – Mimosa

Hybrid Flower

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First Place: Phresh Harvest – Oreoz

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Second Place: Tradecraft Farms – Georgia Pie

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Third Place: ALTVM – Mafia Funeral

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Fourth Place: Good Luck Provisions – Strawberry Banana

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Fifth Place: Kind Origin – Designer Runtz

Pre-Rolls

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First Place: Texoma Labs – Dirty 30’s Pre-Roll

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Second Place: Chimney Hill Apothecary – Pineapple Chunk Pre-Roll

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Third Place: Calyx – Black Jack Glue #6 Pre-Roll

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Fourth Place: Extraordinary Everything – Grape Blow Pre-Roll

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Fifth Place: Stability Cannabis: Perfect Ratio- GMO Pre-Roll

Infused Pre-Rolls

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First Place: Icy Melts Solventless – Carter Creek Remix Hash Rosin Stix

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Second Place: Jungle King – San Fernando Valley Infused Pre-Roll

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Third Place: ALTVM x Cicada Labs – Live Rosin Infused Blunt

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Fourth Place: Vapen Oklahoma – Strawberry Sherbert Giggle Sticks Infused Pre-Roll

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Fifth Place: Hellagood – Platinum Slurricane Infused Blunt

Sativa Concentrates

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First Place: Releaf Extracts – Amnesia Haze Sativa Diamonds

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Second Place: Alterra Wellness x Apothecary Extracts – Citrus Gummiez Sativa Sugar

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Third Place: ALTRD – AK 49 Sativa Applesauce

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Fourth Place: Xen Xtracts – StrawLemonade Sativa Concentrate

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Fifth Place: Kind Okie – Sour Diesel #93 Sativa Live Resin

Indica Concentrates

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First Place: Desert Extracts: Slow Burn – Peanut Butter Breath Live Resin Indica Badder

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Second Place: FJC Creations – GDP Indica Diamonds

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Third Place: Oil Tycoon x ALTVM Deathstar Indica Diamonds & Sauce

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Fourth Place: Vapen Oklahoma – All Gas OG Cake Indica Badder

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Fifth Place: Releaf Extracts – Night Nurse Indica Diamonds

Non-Solvent Concentrates

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First Place: Cicada Labs x Jubel Exotics – DK Smash Live Rosin Batter

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Second Place: 918 OG – Mimosa Live Rosin

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Third Place: Wight Rabbit Extracts x Deepwell – Tropicanna Cookies Cold Cure Batter

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Fourth Place: Leaf Logic X Arbuckle Farms- Terple Live Rosin Batter

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Fifth Place: Nature’s Kiss – Gelato Cake Cold Cure Live Rosin

Sativa Vape Pens

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First Place: Flav – Forbidden Fruit Sativa Vape

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Second Place: DIME Industries – Mango Diesel Sativa Vape

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Third Place: Rove – Waui Sativa Vape

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Fourth Place: Releaf Labs – Maui Wowie Sativa Vape

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Fifth Place: Kind Okie – Cantalope Haze Blitzed Sativa Vape

Indica Vape Pens

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First Place: Rove – Skywalker Indica Vape

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Second Place: Flav – Tropical Trainwreck Indica Vape

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Third Place: Purple Reign – Key Lime Pie Indica Vape

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Fourth Place: Robot Pharmer- Roach Waffle Cone Live Resin Indica Vape

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Fifth Place: Golden Trends – Snozzberry Indica Vape Pen

Edibles: Gummies

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First Place: Pharmer’s Daughter – Rozin Bitez

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Second Place: Flav – Sour Gummy Rainbow Belts

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Third Place: Swerve – Lights Out Melatonin Gummies

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Fourth Place: White Cliff – Piña Colada 100mg Fruit Chews

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Fifth Place: Smokiez – Watermelon Fruit Chews

Edibles: Non-Gummies

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First Place: 918 OG – Solventless Fruit Crisps

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Second Place: Robot Pharmer – Live Elixir Strawberry Lemonade

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Third Place: Crispy’s – Churro Toffee Dream Bar

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Fourth Place: Vapen Oklahoma – Dark Chocolate Bar

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Fifth Place: Chef Joey’s – Berry Nuts Granola

Topicals, Tinctures and Capsules

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First Place: 918 OG – Rosin Senzu Beans Capsules

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Second Place: Bangi Topicals – Pain Stick

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Third Place: Sweet Stuff – Flawless Anti-Aging Cream

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Fourth Place: Mary’s Medicinals – Salve

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Fifth Place: ElectraLeaf – Pain Relief Roll-On

Hemp-Derived CBD

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First Place: Rove Remedies – Uplift Hemp CBD Vape

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Second Place: Turbo – Runtz Delta-8 Vape

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Third Place: Green Spectrums – Vanilla Coffee Orbz

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The Winners of The Cannabis Cup Northern California: People’s Choice Edition 2021

The cannabis cup is virtual this year—virtually awesome, that is, with our People’s Choice edition making it possible to judge safely from the comfort of your home. Here are the winners of the Cannabis Cup Northern California: People’s Choice Edition 2021.

Thank you to all the judges who put their hearts and souls into judging the competition entries to help crown the best of Northern California! For more info on how to become a judge and to sign up for updates, please visit CannabisCup.com/preregister.

Indica Flower

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First Place: Atrium Cultivation – Juice Z

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Second Place: LitHouse – Runtz

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Third Place: Top-Shelf Cultivation – Whoa-Si-Whoa

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Fourth Place: Green Dragon – Mamba Mints

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Fifth Place: Caliva – Kush Mints

Sativa Flower

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First Place Garcia Hand Picked – Super Lemon Haze

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Second Place: Sovereign – Mother’s Milk

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Third Place: Green Dragon – 80’s Baby

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Fourth Place: LitHouse – Orange Daquiri

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Fifth Place: Ember Valley – Jack Cake

Hybrid Flower

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First Place: Sovereign – Miracle Alien Cookies

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Second Place: Sense – Rainbow Chip

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Third Place: UMMA Sonoma – Apples & Bananas

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Fourth Place: LitHouse – 5Alive

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Fifth Place: Phinest Cannabis – Carbon Fiber

Sungrown Flower

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First Place: High Supply – Gordo

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Second Place: Phinest Cannabis – Fresh Squeeze OG

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Third Place: Fumé – Dank Fruit

Pre-Rolls

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First Place: Cream of the Crop – Diamond Barrel Infused Pre-Roll

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Second Place: Kingpen – Cannalope AK x Cannalope Kush Infused Kingroll

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Third Place: Sovereign – Solventless Mother’s Milk Fatso Geode Pre-Roll

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Fourth Place: Atrium Cultivation – ’92 OG Pre-Roll

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Fifth Place: Heavy Hitters – Diamond Infused Pre-Roll

Solvent Concentrates

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First Place: URSA Extracts – Orange Creamsicle Diamond Holy Water

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Second Place: Mohave Gold – Zkittle Mints Badder

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Third Place: Gold Drop – Orange Fruity Pebbles Diamond Badder

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Fourth Place: Green Dragon – Lucky #7 Badder

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Fifth Place: Phinest Cannabis – S.P.B.S. Live Resin

Non-Solvent Concentrates

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First Place: HolyWater x Grandiflora x Oakfruitland – UNHOLY Piña Acai Live Rosin

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Second Place: Jetty Extracts – Garlic Cookies Solventless Cold Cure 90μ

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Third Place: CritiCal x DNA Genetics – Ztrawberriez Live Rosin

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Fourth Place: Lowell Farms – Bianchetto Live Rosin

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Fifth Place: CLSICS – LMK Live Rosin

Sativa Vape Pens

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First Place: Dripp – Grape Soda Sativa Vape

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Second Place: Buddies – Berry Jane – Sativa Vape

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Third Place: Dime Industries – Mango Diesel Sativa Vape

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Fourth Place: Jetty Extracts – Cannalope Haze Live Resin Sativa Vape

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Fifth Place: Select – Elite Live Orangezina Sunset Sativa Vape

Indica Vape Pens

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First Place: Kingpen – Zookies Indica Vape

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Second Place: Jetty Extracts – Banana Creme Solventless Indica Vape

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Third Place: CLSICS – GMO x Silver Grape Solventless Indica Vape

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Fourth Place: Phinest Cannabis – Wedding Pie Live Resin Indica Vape

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Fifth Place: Caliva – Alien OG Fresh Flower Indica Vape

Edibles: Gummies

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First Place: Green Revolution – Doozies Mango Chile Gummies

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Second Place: Kanha – 1:1:1 CBN Tranquility Gummies

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Third Place: Sensi – Bedtime Blueberry Melatonin Gummies

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Fourth Place: Good News – Pride Sour Gummies

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Fifth Place: KIVA: Lost Farm – Super Lemon Haze Strawberry Lemonade Live Resin Gummies

Edibles: Non-Gummies

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First Place: Bhang – Ice Chocolate Bar

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Second Place: KIVA: Lost Farm – Blue Dream Blueberry Live Resin Fruit Chews

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Third Place: Dollar Dose – Fruit Punch Lozenge

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Fourth Place: Santa Cruz Mountaintops – Ganja Doses Blue Dream Mints

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Fifth Place: Jelly Wizard – White Chocolate Magic Morsels

Edibles: Beverages

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First Place: Manzanita Naturals – The Fizz Infused Cola

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Second Place: House of Saka – Spark Mimosa

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Third Place: Wunder – Sessions Grapefruit Hibiscus Beverage

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Fourth Place: Santa Cruz Mountaintops – Beber Heal Beverage Mix

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Fifth Place: TONIK – Mixed Berry Seltzer

Topicals, Tinctures and Capsules

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First Place: Dr. Raw Organics – Relax Formula Twist up Topical Balm

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Second Place: THC Living – Freeze 1:1 Cold Therapy Roll-On

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Third Place: Select – Squeeze Hint of Sweet Beverage Tincture

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Fourth Place: Green Revolution – Deep Rest Avocado Oil Tincture

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Fifth Place: Day Dreamers – Liquid Dreams – Indica Capsules

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The Winners of The Cannabis Cup Arizona: People’s Choice Edition 2021

The cannabis cup may be virtual this year, but that isn’t stopping us from nerding out over some of the best bud, concentrates and edibles in the Southwest. Here are the winners of the Cannabis Cup Arizona: People’s Choice Edition 2021.

Thank you to all the judges who put their hearts and souls into judging the competition entries to help crown the best of Arizona! For more info on how to become a judge and to sign up for updates, please visit CannabisCup.com/preregister.

Indica Flower

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First Place: Alien Labs – Kryptochronic

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Second Place: Shango x True Harvest – Modified Banana

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Third Place: Aeriz – Ice Cream Cake

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Fourth Place: Mohave Reserve – Zkittlez Mints #5

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Fifth Place: High Grade – AMF OG

Sativa Flower

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First Place: Alien Labs – Melonade

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Second Place: Shango x True Harvest – Anslinger’s Demise

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Third Place: Aeriz – Jenny Kush

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Fourth Place: Mohave Reserve – Durban Gushers

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Fifth Place: High Grade – Clementine

Hybrid Flower

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First Place: Connected – Gushers

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Second Place: Shango x True Harvest – Alien Cookies

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Third Place: Aeriz – Mac 1

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Fourth Place: Mohave Reserve – Motor Breath

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Fifth Place: Sunday Goods – Bangers & Mac #1

Pre-Rolls

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First Place: Alien Labs – Gelato 41 Pre-Roll

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Second Place: MPX – Kush Mints x Dark Knight Diamond-Roll

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Third Place: Item 9 Labs – Dosido Pre-Roll

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Fourth Place: Lovejoy’s – Sour Sprite Infused Pre-Roll

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Fifth Place: Mad Terp Labs – Snoop Dogg OG Terpstix

Concentrates

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First Place: Shango x True Harvest – Alien Cookies Live Rosin

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Second Place: HOLOH Extracts – Strawberry Banana Live Resin Diamonds

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Third Place: Earth Extracts – Platinum Kush Breath Badder

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Fourth Place: Aeriz – Runtz Live Resin Sugar

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Fifth Place: Vapen – Truck Driver Cake Batter

Vape Pens

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First Place: Item 9 Labs – Black and Blue Kush Vape

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Second Place: K.I.N.D – Sweet Karts – Rocket Pop Vape Pen

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Third Place: Bloom – Maui Wowie Vape

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Fourth Place: Rove – Skywalker Vape

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Fifth Place: The Pharm – Clementine Vape

Edibles: Gummies

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First Place: Baked Bros – Prickly Pear Lemonade OG Kush Stoney Gummies

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Second Place: Pure – 100mg Watermelon Indica Gummies

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Third Place: Kiva – Camino – Midnight Blueberry Gummies

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Fourth Place: Flav – Rainbow Sour Gummy Belts

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Fifth Place: Alien Labs – Galactic Gummies

Edibles: Non-Gummies

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First Place: Ediquette Edibles – Hazelnut Truffles

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Second Place: Good Things Coming – French Chocolate Brownie Bites

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Third Place: Encore – Tangerine Mints

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Fourth Place: Hippie Chicks – Menthe Dark Chocolate Bar

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Fifth Place: Vapen – White Chocolate Rainbow Crunch

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12 Coffeeshops With the Best Weed in Amsterdam

Greetings from Amsterdam, home of the world-famous coffeeshop scene! Though the last decade has been marked by tremendous international progress for cannabis legalization, there is still no city quite like ours when it comes to embracing the plant and its culture.

There are currently 169 coffeeshops licensed to sell cannabis in Amsterdam. Most have ample lounges where you can pull up a chair, roll a joint and share a smoke with friends… or make some new ones. Of course, not all coffeeshops have the same quality of cannabis, and it takes an understanding of the local scene to figure out how to find the best connoisseur bud during your next visit.

In recent years, Amsterdam’s coffeeshops have been under political pressure as the local government has tried to modernize the city. The area south of the central train station is being redeveloped into a “grand entrance,” and in the process, the new high-end hotels, restaurants and shops have forced dozens of coffeeshops to close. While this is absolutely a setback, the coffeeshop scene remains vibrant in other parts of town. As long as you are over 18 years old, all visitors are welcome in the shops and there are still plenty to go around.

Something else that has not changed in recent years is the cannabis supply chain in Amsterdam. It may be legal for coffeeshops to sell cannabis, but it remains illegal for the same shops to buy the inventory. We call this the “backdoor problem.” Cannabis is legal leaving the front door, but illegal entering the back.

Because cultivators must do their work in secret, coffeeshops looking to secure inventory with guaranteed quality can face challenges. Some shops work very hard to lock in top growers and cement a reputation for connoisseur product. Others are just lucky to keep any inventory at all. This is why the quality can vary so much from one shop to the next — it is all about who is supplying the cannabis. When you spend as much time in Amsterdam as I have, you gain a perspective on this that few visitors are able to. These are our picks for the coffeeshops with the best cannabis in Amsterdam right now. 

Boerejongens

The name of this shop translates as “Farmer Boys” in English, speaking to this shop’s focus on the craft of cultivation. Boerejongens’ cannabis stock is grown from Amsterdam Genetics seeds. This is a well-known breeder in regional competitions, and it has numerous awards to its name. It tends to develop a lot of contemporary hybrid strains from America’s West Coast, including some solid Kush varieties, known for pungency and potency. There are actually two Boerejongens and a third partner shop called Bij and, in recent years, all three have earned a reputation for stocking a wide variety of very top-shelf flower.

The Plug

If you’ve been to Barcelona, you might be familiar with The Plug. This is a popular cannabis social club in that city that is well-known for quality product. The owner has apparently long harbored a love for Amsterdam and dreamed of owning a coffeeshop here. Recently, he got the chance by striking a deal to buy the former Utopia Coffeeshop location. Though The Plug in Amsterdam is very new, only coming on the scene in 2018, this shop appears to be making true on its promise to bring top-shelf product to Amsterdam. We’ve been extremely happy with the flower inventory here, which features many high-potency strains, often with contemporary American genetics. If things keep up, The Plug coffeeshop is going to be a strong player in Amsterdam.

1e Hulp

1e Hulp (“First Aid” in English) is a favorite shop for many locals and visitors alike. It is much more low-key than some of the other “high profile” coffeeshops in Amsterdam. It doesn’t advertise all that much (Amsterdam laws make this difficult), nor does it own souvenir shops or smoke-friendly eateries. However, 1e Hulp has a reputation for high-quality cannabis, one it appears to have earned primarily through years of hard work. Most people learn about 1e Hulp, first and foremost, through word of mouth, and that speaks to something. We’re regular visitors here ourselves and can’t recall being disappointed.

Green House

Seriously… did we even need to list these guys? Green House is simply legendary for its focus on cannabis genetics. The vast majority of shops and breeders in this world are content crossbreeding common strains, trying to develop new tastes and potencies. We love that work, don’t get us wrong. However, the team at Green House is on a whole different level. They travel the globe looking for landrace strains, which are original, unique cannabis lineages. I can’t think of another coffeeshop in Amsterdam that is as dedicated to cannabis genetics. They even have their own seed line, the Green House Seed Company.

Voyagers

This is essentially a take-and-go shop, though there is some limited seating here. It resides at the north end of the city center and sees a lot of foot traffic from people coming into the city. But the popularity of this shop is unquestionably due to one thing: cannabis quality. Voyagers works with some solid breeders on its strains. The selection isn’t enormous, so you should expect to find maybe six to 10 strains on the menu. However, the quality tends to be really on-point here. You’ll have a hard time picking. Voyagers has become a first-stop shop for many a cannabis connoisseur visiting the city.

Grey Area

You can’t make a best weed list without including this shop. Like Voyagers, Grey Area isn’t much to speak of with regard to size, seating or amenities. There are a few chairs, some stools and a few corners to squeeze into if you want. Otherwise, this place is a take-and-go. Its reputation for weed, however, is nothing short of legendary. This shop is owned by Americans and made a name for itself by specializing in selling American eighths, complete in traditional non-zip sandwich bags. It offered absolutely outstanding weed at very fair prices. It has evolved a bit over the years, so you’ll find regular gram baggies. The pricing isn’t as reasonable as it once was but, the inventory here has remained just as top-notch.

Coffeeshop Amsterdam

Coffeeshop Amsterdam has earned its place on this list. The establishment sits in a prime location on Haarlemmerstraat, a trendy street well-known for its coffeeshops. New management in recent years has completely revamped the place. The interior is now clean, modern and a bit funky. They have been working closely with strong breeders to improve the menu. This shop has always stood out for its roomy interior and chill vibe. Lately, it’s been getting noticed for its more upscale ambiance and product, too. This is one of the better coffeeshops in Amsterdam overall, and for sure a great place to find top-shelf flower.

Mr. K & Co.

This coffeeshop is another local favorite. Mr. K & Co. is currently working with Devil’s Harvest and Lady Sativa Genetics for their flower stock. The quality has been pretty outstanding. While it does carry an old-school variety or two (think Thai or White Widow), this shop is really known for contemporary strains (like Gorilla Glue or Kosher Kush). The management tries to stock rare strains when they can, so the inventory isn’t all “same same” when you walk in here. You can always expect to see an unusual item or two on the menu.

De Kade

People that live in Amsterdam, no doubt, have an advantage over visitors when it comes to sniffing out quality. Locals are less distracted by the flash and eventually find the shops that serve the best quality or value. De Kade screams of this… and is for sure another locals’ favorite shop. At present, it seems to be working with an awesome grower. It has a good mix of strains as well, including some stand-out contemporary varieties.

Easy Times

This shop is another one with a really impressive menu. Again, there are a lot of contemporary strains here. Easy Times has some of the best Kosher Kush we’ve ever smoked, in fact! And that is one of the favorites strains among our staff, so when we find it, we usually grab it. If you see this on the menu, we highly recommend at least giving it a sniff before you choose. Can you say pungent?!

Het Ballonnetje

This is another iconic Amsterdam shop, with a long presence in this city. Het Ballonnetje recently caught the public’s attention when actor Samuel L. Jackson was photographed visiting the coffeeshop, though of course, this major celebrity appearance did not influence our rankings. In recent years, we’ve noticed that the management has really been focusing on their cannabis inventory and putting out some great flower in particular.

Bagheera

A shop with two Cannabis Cup wins already this year for flower closes out our Best Weed list. Bagheera is new on our radar, but certainly a shop we are keeping an eye on now. The inventory here has been remarkably high-quality as of late, and we’ve not been disappointed with anything we’ve purchased. We suspect you won’t be either.

TELL US, do you have a favorite Amsterdam coffeeshop?

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Delta-8: A Beginner’s Guide to a Functional High

While the cannabis industry continues to expand, we’re seeing new strains and cannabinoids being created and discovered at a dizzying pace –– and right now, the newest craze is Delta-8.

Since it’s relatively new, there are a lot of questions surrounding Delta-8. Delta Munchies created this Beginner’s Guide to a Functional High as a way to help people become well acquainted with Delta-8 and all of its wonderful attributes. 

What Are Delta-8 and Delta-9? 

Delta-8 and Delta-9 are both compounds of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical in cannabis plants that gets you high. Delta-9 THC is the compound that we are most familiar with, as it’s the primary psychoactive compound in the plant. While Delta-8 is molecularly very similar, the difference lies in how it affects the user. 

Delta-9 typically has pretty strong effects. It’s the most prevalent compound in the cannabis plant, the one that’s known to give you that stereotypical high, which can either be euphoric and relaxing with a side of the giggles and some munchies, or it can send you into a state of paranoia and anxiety or lethargy and couchlock. It can be a gamble depending on the strain, but it also depends entirely on the person. It’s important to remember that everybody reacts differently to THC.

Delta-8 is also a derivative of THC, but in comparison, it’s not as strong as Delta-9. Delta-8 gives you a similar experience to Delta-9, just without the notable adverse side effects. We like to think it’s more of a functional high.

Delta-8 vs. CBD

Delta-8 isn’t quite Delta-9, but it’s also not quite CBD. Delta Munchies describes Delta-8 as the love child of Delta-9 and CBD. It’s perfectly in the middle.

CBD doesn’t contain any psychoactive ingredients, so while it still delivers all of the wonderful benefits of the cannabis plant –– help with pain, anxiety, hunger, nausea, insomnia, and more –– it won’t get you high. It’s ideal for people who want (or need) to experience the benefits of cannabis but aren’t interested in the mind-altering effects.

While Delta-8 is similar to CBD in that it delivers many of the same positive effects, the difference lies in the fact that it still contains psychoactive ingredients.

Does Delta-8 Get You High?

Yes, it does! Delta-8 still contains psychoactive properties, just like Delta-9 — just not as heavy-duty. 

Once again, THC (whether it’s Delta-8 or Delta-9) affects everybody differently, so think of it like this: For experienced smokers, Delta-8 may feel like a more robust version of CBD. But for more inexperienced smokers or those who may have a lower tolerance, it may feel like a less intense version of THC.

(Also, just a heads up: Yes, Delta-8 will show up on a drug test!)

Like many areas in the cannabis industry (especially in America), this answer is constantly changing. For now, it’s mostly yes. As of 2021, it’s legal in most states in the U.S., except for Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Utah.

It initially became legal because of The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which made it possible to extract small amounts of Delta-8 THC from hemp plants.

While the government creates new laws and regulations as marijuana legalization continues to expand across the country, this answer can (and probably will) change again in the future. 

Benefits of Delta-8

There are many benefits of Delta-8. Just like the rest of the cannabis plant, Delta-8 binds to the CB1 receptors in your brain, which can help with things like:

  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Negative mood

Delta-8 may also produce feelings of:

  • Happiness
  • Euphoria
  • Relaxation
  • Pain relief
  • Increased focus

Delta-8 may deliver all of the same amazing properties that you’d find in Delta-9 THC or CBD. Again, the only difference is the type of high it gives you.

How to Take Delta-8

Since Delta-8 is relatively new in the cannabis scene, there aren’t quite as many ways to ingest Delta-8 as there are for Delta-9. But, don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy Delta-8:

What sets these products apart from other companies is a higher standard for safety and quality. Delta Munchies’ products are safe, potent, clean and fully lab tested. Information and lab results can be found by scanning the QR codes on the side of their boxes. Delta Munchies is a firm believer that the THC products you’re using should be clean, safe and have undergone a full lab panel of testing and screening.

Delta-8 Provides a Functional High

It’s time that the cannabis industry becomes more inclusive to people of all skill levels when it comes to THC. CBD was a great introductory step for many people into the world of cannabinoids and their healing properties, but Delta-8 takes it one step further.

For people who want to get high but remain functional or want something with a little more kick than CBD, Delta-8 is here to handle all of that. 

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