The pandemic could not put a damper on the celebrations in Oklahoma. The High Times Cannabis Cup: People’s Choice Edition announced the winners of the coveted 2020 medical cannabis product awards. Unfortunately, there were no fancy dresses and designer suits at this year’s annual event for Oklahoma; the event was held virtually in accordance with social distancing requirements.
The High Times Cannabis Cup is the most internationally recognized cannabis competition. It was founded in Amsterdam by Steve Hager, the former editor of “High Times.” A blind competition of unlabeled products (in a kit) is provided to judges and the top three products by consumer choice in each category are awarded.
Who Judges All the Cannabis Cup Entries for the People’s Choice Edition?
Some would argue it’s the best job in the world. Volunteers selected by High Times have the enviable task of trying the most premium medical cannabis products cultivated and manufactured in Oklahoma. And since COVID-19 has transitioned trade shows, conferences and award ceremonies to virtual events, the lucky judges of the High Times Cannabis Cup each picked up a kit at their local dispensary to participate.
But there are a couple of caveats to becoming a High Times Cannabis Cup Judge. First, you can only participate in your state of residence. If your home state has a recreational cannabis program, you can apply to be a judge. If your state is exclusively regulated for medical cannabis, you will need to be a cardholding medical marijuana patient in good standing and provide your license number.
The High Times Cannabis Cup used to select from specific industry experts in each state. They recently opened the opportunity to sample and judge leading cannabis products to consumers, for “The People’s Choice” events. Between 28-35 judges are selected and each dispensary submits enough products in each category to create a sample kit that is mailed to for the blind test.
What Does Winning at the Cannabis Cup Mean for Cannabis Manufacturers?
You get more than a shiny trophy (they are great trophies though, and worth bragging rights). As a cannabis grower, processor, or marijuana product manufacturer, it is recognition for what may have been a year or longer in cultivation and product development.
The High Times Cannabis Cup: People’s Choice Edition creates just over 200 kits per judging category. The results are tabulated, and the winners are announced at the event and online.
The 2020 Oklahoma Cannabis Cup Winners by Category
The pheno-hunt is on in Oklahoma! Cultivators work to propagate the most beneficial properties of medical cannabis for patient care in each generation of plants, right down to each singular seedling. Here are the winners by category for the 2020 Oklahoma Cannabis Cup:
First Place: Tina—Red River Pharms x Exotic Genetix Second Place: Garlic Breath—ALTVM Third Place: Glue 4—Texoma Labs
First Place: Tropic Truffle—Red River Pharms x Exotic Genetix Second Place: Biscotti—Trade Craft Farms Third Place: Orange Krush—Higher Up Cannabis Co.
First Place: Lilac Diesel—ALTVM Second Place: Nebula—Kured Cannabis Co. Third Place: Thai Flower—Texoma Labs
First Place: Biscotti Infused Blunt Pre-Roll—Trade Craft Farms x Infamous Woodz Second Place: StrawNana Infused Pre-Roll—Gorilla Gardens Third Place: Thunderstick—Releaf Labs x ALTRD & Troy Buds
First Place: NC Fire—Sunday Extracts Second Place: Garlic Breath Diamonds in Lilac Diesel Sauce—Oil Tycoons x ALTVM Third Place: Crystal Queen Live Resin Sugar—Desert Extracts
First Place: Garlic Breath Solventless Daily Delight—ALTVM x Leaf Logic Second Place: Sundae Strudel Live Rosin Batter—Stability Cannabis Third Place: Sundae Supreme Live Rosin—Nature’s Kiss Oklahoma x 918 OG