What is the Cannabis Cup?
The Hightimes cannabis cup is the most significant cannabis events for every member of the global Grover community, organized annually by the owners of the first and most famous hemp magazine, High Times.
In essence, the Hightimes cannabis cup is a world-class marijuana show that attracts hemp enthusiasts from around the world. It takes place over several days and includes an annual Cannabis Cup competition, a celebrity meeting, plenty of showcases with topical products, training workshops, and loud concerts. The event is sponsored by marijuana lovers from around the world. These are activists advocating for its legalization, growers, seed companies, and other representatives of the hemp industry.
The Hightimes cannabis cup festival is held annually in cities in countries where marijuana legislation is loyal to marijuana. Over the past few years, it has been increasingly held in American states such as Colorado, California, Washington, and others. In the past, however, it was only held in Amsterdam, where it originated.
The history of the High Times Cannabis Cup festival
The appearance of the Hightimes cannabis cup owes its origin to Steven Hager, an American journalist who became editor-in-chief of the magazine in 1987. In the same year, he went to the Netherlands to interview the founder of the first seed bank in the world. In the early 80s, he founded The Seed Bank of Holland. Neville wanted his seed company to be published in a magazine, something he had never done before. It was a kind of marketing move because by that time High Times magazine had already gained credibility among marijuana lovers.
During a visit to freedom-loving Amsterdam, Steven had the idea of celebrating all growers and cannabis lovers, which could also be an additional platform for bringing together representatives of the marijuana world. And he succeeded. The same year, the first festival was held. Since then, it has been held annually and enjoys great popularity. Hundreds of thousands of growers and cannabis tourists flock to it to have a good time, discuss the future of the industry, choose the best strains of the year and join forces in the struggle for political legalization of cannabis.
The legendary Cannabis Cup competition
Of course, the most important event of the festival Hightimes cannabis cup is the competition for the best hemp strain in several categories, the main of which are:
The competition for the title of the best:
- Indica Flower
- Hybrid Flower
- Sativa Flower
- Sungrown Flower
- Pre-Rolls (Infused and Non-Infused)
- Solvent Concentrates
- Non-Solvent Concentrates
- Vape Pens and Cartridges
The public is invited to try many different strains of hemp participating in the competition. Many of the plants are represented as extracts and dishes from hemp. The festival always has a very friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
A special jury team is created to evaluate and select the winners of the Hightimes cannabis cup competition. It is a great honor for any cannabis lover to be a member of this team. In total, there are about 2 thousand tasters. Anyone can become one of them if they pay a $250 judge’s fee. However, it’s worth taking the desired position seriously. You have to be confident in your abilities. You have to try about 7-10 strains of marijuana a day. It will be necessary to evaluate the taste, aroma, effective qualities, as well as other indicators of the plant itself. A vote will determine the winners of the Cannabis Cup.
Usually, it is the newly bred strains that are used to fuel public interest in new products on the market. The award ceremony takes place on the final day of the festival on the premises of the coffee shop, which has been named the best this year.
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