The Best-Tasting Buds on Earth 2017

Photos by Justin Cannabis.

Welcome to our second annual installment of “The Best-Tasting Buds on Earth.” These rankings are derived from our Cannabis Cup competition data, culled from lab reports for each of our events held in the previous year (2016).

This year, we have a different look to the rankings for the terpene content in our featured strains, organizing them by Cannabis Cup competition rather than a rolling list as we did last year. The reason for this is twofold: First, each lab in the various Cannabis Cup competition tests for a different number of terps—some for more, some for less. How many and which terpenes are tested for obviously affects the percentage of mass for the terp content observed in the flowers, so each section will note the lab and the number of terpenes tested. Second, this new system of ranking helps to demonstrate which strains are performing well in terms of flavor and aroma in each distinct region of the United States, showing us what growers, patients and recreational users prefer in various areas of the country.

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STARTED IN THE GARDEN, NOW WE’RE HERE: Gold Drop Sponsors High Times Cannabis Cup

This year’s High Times Cannabis Cup, held in Santa Rosa at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, was an awesome event with some amazing vendors, seminars and entertainment. Sponsored by Gold Drop Concentrates, who also got third place in the best vape pen category, this cannabis cup was well-equipped to give NorCal a great time!

The cup was headlined by The Wailers, 311 and Sublime with Rome along with Grace, Fortunate Youth, The Tahoes and Arden Park Roots. Vendors stretched as far as the eye could see, and as I walked along there was rarely a booth without a dab bar, samples, or both. There were vape lounges, medicated and unmedicated food (I had medicated cream soda from OR Natural Remedies and a delicious gyro), and Honey Pot even gave out free massages with their topicals! I received one and it was amazing.

Gold DropThere were educational seminars on Prop 64, investing in cannabis, how to make your own medicine, tech and cannabis and a cannabis career fair. It was inspiring to see people from all over California and elsewhere come together to celebrate and defend our plant. It was also a great opportunity to learn more about brands like Gold Drop Concentrates, who have come so far in the industry, and supply an incredible product to the North State.

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Winners of the 2017 Midwest Cannabis Cup

Everyone brought their best to the 2017 HIGH TIMES Midwest Cannabis Cup! The competition was fierce across all of the categories represented, but ultimately the judges voted for these fine entries.

Special thanks to Grow Green Michigan, our presenting sponsor, as well as our premier sponsors: Advanced Nutrients, Herbal Solutions, FlavRx, CoCO Extracts, Ocean Grown Seeds, Moxie, SkunkwerksRx, Holistic Health Michigan, Greener Crossing and The Green Doctors. We’d also like to thank our partner lab, PSI Labs.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

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2017 Midwest Cannabis Cup: Day 1 Recap

Day One of the 2017 Midwest HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup kicked off with a bang on Saturday.

Even dark clouds and the possibility of rain—which thankfully never really came—couldn’t stop us from lighting up and throwing down at the Auto City Speedway in Clio, Michigan.

Photo by Jesse Faatz

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Are You the Next HIGH TIMES Midwest Top Cannabis Chef, or Can You Crown Who Is?

Calling all cannabis chefs and edible foodies! Competitors and judges are needed! Enter the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup Cook-Off, June 24 & 25, at the Auto City Speedway in Clio, Michigan presented by MagicalButter.com.

It’s not just a contest, but an immersive cannabis experience! Submit this form NOW to apply for your chance to compete!

Within the Magical Butter Edibles Tent at the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup, a heated competition is going down. Challenging top cannabis chefs to create their best dishes in a fast-paced, head-to-head battle to determine whose flavors are the freshest and whose techniques are the most refined and innovative.

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Winners of the 2017 NorCal Cannabis Cup

Everyone brought their best to the 2017 HIGH TIMES SoCal Cannabis Cup! The competition was fierce across all of the categories represented, but ultimately the judges voted for these fine entries.

Special thanks to Gold Drop, our presenting sponsor, as well as our premier sponsors: Advanced Nutrients, Kushman Brands, The Cali Connection, The Green Doctor, Ocean Grown Seeds, North Star Collective, Point Loma Patient Consumer Co-Op, Cali Crop Doc, Cali Plug, Critical Concentrates, FlavRx, Greenwolf and AbsoluteXtracts. Another special thanks to our partner lab, CannaSafe Analytics.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

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Are You the Next HIGH TIMES NorCal Top Cannabis Chef—Or Can You Crown Who Is?

Calling all cannabis chefs and edible foodies! Competitors and judges, are needed!

Enter the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup Cook-Off, June 3 & 4, in Santa Rosa, California.

It’s not just a contest, but an immersive cannabis experience! Visit the HIGH TIMES Application Form NOW to apply for your chance to compete!

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HIGH TIMES Summer Festival Guide 2017

It’s almost summer, and festival season is upon us! Break out the cooler, throw your tent and CamelBak in the car, dig out the koozies and pack your dugout—or vape pen, or edibles, or dabs… We’re goin’ festivaling! HIGH TIMES has scoured the festival circuit to present you with our Top 20 fests (of course, we had to include a couple of our very own).

Along with spreading cannabis legalization, the festival industry seems to grow every year. Hmmm… perhaps there’s a connection. A love of weed definitely goes hand-in-hand with a love of experiencing live music, especially when it’s performed outdoors for a crowd of like-minded folks grooving along. The entire jam band circuit is populated with happy tokers—but if Phish isn’t your thing, there’s a sea of other options. The neo-psychedelia of the Burning Man festival has given rise to many trippy electronic dance fests. Reggae, rock, hip-hop, soulful singer-songwriters… whatever it is you crave, there’s a festival designed just for you. And now more than ever, festivals incorporate “experiences” alongside the musical lineup—yoga, surf lessons, water parks, spas, medical marijuana lounges—truly, there has never been a better time to enjoy being grown up.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love (there’s a festival celebrating just that!), the time is ripe to tune in, turn on and drop out. Find your dream event below—and be sure to enter for your chance to win passes to a bunch of the fests (be sure you put the name of the fest you’re entering for in the subject line). We’ll see you out there—under the stars, on grassy lawns, in forests, and at the Cups!

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