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High Times Cannabis Cup

The High Times Cannabis Cup is the world’s foremost cannabis festival. Founded in 1988 by Steven Hager, the High Times Cannabis Cup is held each November in Amsterdam. The event allows judges from around the world to sample and vote for their favorite marijuana varieties. These judges-at-large decide the Cannabis Cup (overall winner in the cannabis variety competition), best new product, best booth, best glass, best hash and best Nederhash.
A team of VIP judges decides which seed company has grown the best indica, sativa and hybrid strain and which company has produced the best Neder hash (hashish that is produced only in the Netherlands) and best imported hash. The High Times Cannabis Cup also includes live music, educational seminars and an expo for marijuana-related products from cannabis-oriented businesses.

In 2010, High Times mounted its first Cannabis Cup in the United States. The magazine now holds Cannabis Cups in Northern and Southern California, Denver, Michigan, Seattle, with plans to hold a Cannabis Cup in Portland in 2015. The High Times Medical Cannabis Cup celebrates medical marijuana in states that have passed medical marijuana laws. The U.S. Cannabis Cup celebrates marijuana in states that have passed laws that legalize marijuana for adult, recreational use. Like the High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, marijuana strains are judged and Cups (trophies) are awarded in a number of categories. Teams of expert judges vote on best indica, best sativa, best hybrid, best concentrates, best edibles and highest level of CBD in cannabis products. Attendees vote for best booth, best products and best glass of each Cannabis Cup expo.

All cannabis products are additionally tested for THC content and CBD content by independent cannabis testing laboratories.

In 2014, Amsterdam saw its last and final High Times Cannabis Cup, after 27 years of the cup in Amsterdam. This was partly due to the growing uncertainty about Dutch cannabis laws, the now available warmer, legal cannabis locations in the United States and various other countries, and the ill-fated and first ever police raid on the 2010 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup location.

In 2017, the Cannabis Cup returned and High Times celebrated its 30th anniversary in Amsterdam. The festival featured an award show hosted by Danny Danko.

The High Times Cannabis Cup is the world’s foremost cannabis festival. Founded in 1988 by Steven Hager , the High Times Cannabis Cup is held each November in Amsterdam. The event allows judges from around the world to sample and vote for their favorite marijuana varieties. These judges-at-large decide the Cannabis Cup (overall winner in the cannabis variety competition), best new product, best booth, best glass, best hash and best Nederhash. A team of VIP judges decides which seed company has grown the best indica , sativa and hybrid strain and which company has produced the best Neder hash (hashish that is produced only in the Netherlands) and best imported hash. The High Times Cannabis Cup also includes live music, educational seminars and an expo for marijuana-related products from cannabis-oriented businesses.

High Times hosting Cannabis Cup in Illinois this summer — and you can be a judge

Just months after marijuana was fully legalized statewide, members of the public will have the chance to “identify and award the best cannabis products in all of Illinois,” High Times said on its website.

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Homegrown Kush connoisseurs are being tapped to test an array of primo pot products as Illinois prepares to play host to a socially distanced version of the vaunted High Times Cannabis Cup later this summer.

High Times hosted the first Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam in 1988 and the event has since became a staple of stoner culture, with cannabis icons like Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa performing and serving as testers at recent incarnations of the bacchanal.

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the restrictions on large gatherings that followed, the pot-centric publication launched virtual versions of the event in other states this spring.

Now, just months after marijuana was fully legalized statewide, members of the public will have the chance to “identify and award the best cannabis products in all of Illinois,” High Times said on its website. Medical cannabis patients over the age of 18 and anyone 21 years or older can serve as a tester.

“This event will be the first-ever competition that is open to the Illinois public and will see the largest pool of judges in history,” according to the pot-centric publication.

Those judges will rate eight categories of pot products — including flower, concentrates, edibles and vape cartridges — that legal Illinois pot dealers must submit for consideration between Aug. 17-20.

Judges can buy testing kits between Aug. 25 and Sept. 23 at either the Zen Leaf dispensary in St. Charles, the Rise locations in Effingham and Niles or the Beyond/Hello stores in Sauget and Normal. Testing kits for each of the eight categories will likely cost between $100 and $300, according to a High Times spokesperson, who said the exact price will be dictated by how many products have been submitted for review.

The winners will be announced during an online awards ceremony on Sept. 26.

Just months after marijuana was fully legalized statewide, members of the public will have the chance to "identify and award the best cannabis products in all of Illinois," High Times said on its website.