You’ve heard of High Times magazine, right?
Say what? You’ve never heard of them until now?
Okay put down your phone, your laptop, your tablet, your kindle, your, your whatever– go to your backyard, find a short rope and please go hang yourself. Now. Chop-chop.
Wait, wait–stop. That’s a horrible thing to say. Don’t hang yourself. As someone who works in the social service industry, I’m here to show you a different way, a more empowering way.
So sit down here next to me and let me tell you a story all about this magical magazine.
High Times was founded in 1974 by a man named Tom Forcade. Created as a celebration of all things cannabis (and other drugs too), it was counterculture from day 1. Yes, weed was extremely illegal back then and it still is now. Don’t let these recent laws fool you child.
In 1988 High Times held its first Cannabis Cup, which celebrated marijuana strains the world over. Created by Steven Hager it’s been hosted in Amsterdam primarily but has been making appearances in major cities all over the world.
But this year the High Times Cannabis Cup was held in good ol’ sunny Southern California, part of a chronic, two-week long Coachella in dry ass San Bernadino. Judges handed out trophies for Southern California’s best new cannabis strains, extracts, edibles and products for 2016.
Cultivation outfits like Lorax Labs, the Bay Area’s Jah Netics, and Los Angeles leader Greenwolf placed at the top in the Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid flower categories.
CBD-rich flowers, extracts and edibles continued to surge in number and quality, and non-solvent hash hit new heights with Crown Extracts’ Green Giant Strawberry Banana.
For a complete list of winners, check out the High Times website or scroll down:
1st: Phunky Feel Tips by Phunky Feel Tips
2nd: Moxie X Hitman Recycler by Moxie
3rd: Nexus Glass by Vader/Nexus
1st: Krypted Inc. Medicated E-Juice by Krypted Inc.
2nd: Caviar Gold by Caviar Gold
3rd: Cloud V Electro by Cloud V
1st: Puffco Pro by Puffco
2nd: 710 KingPen by LoudPack Extracts
3rd: G Pen by G Pen
1st: California Herbal Remedies
2nd: The Conglomerate Village
3rd: Puff Corp
1st: Prana Roll On by Harborside Health Center
2nd: Veganic Dragon Balm by Buds and Roses Collective
3rd: Treat It – Extra Strength Pain Stick by Gem Stonz Botanicals
Best Vaporizer Pen Cartridges
1st: Cali-O 710 King Pen by Greenwolf with 710 King Pen
2nd: Bhang Black Private Reserve – King Louis XIII by Bhang
3rd: Velvet Vegan Buddha by Vegan Buddha with New Amsterdam Naturals
Best CBD Edibles
1st: CBD/THC Medicated Honey by Critical Concentrates
2nd: Tea Pot – Relaxing Chamomile Mint Lavender Blend by Honey Pot
3rd: Blueberry Vanilla Granola Bar by FlyNHigh Treats
1st: 500mg Pizza Sauce by Clean Healing
2nd: Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Crunch Punch Bar by Punch Edibles
3rd: Gravity Lock with Paris OG by Goodies by MaGooch
Best Non-Solvent Hash
1st: Strawberry Banana Flower Rosin Veganic Grown by Green Giant Grows by Crown Extracts
2nd: Kimbo Kush Cubantech Drysift by Exotic Genetix
3rd: Kookies by Moxie and Nevada Pure
Best CBD Concentrates
1st: Goji D.C. by Moxie and Nevada Pure
2nd: Anonymous CBD Nug Run Shatter by Crown Concentrates
3rd: Harle-Tsu CBD Sap by Dabbenport Extracts
Best Indica Concentrates
1st: Strawberry Banana by Greenwolf and Loudpack with Moxie Genetics
2nd: Crown OG Live Resin Sugar by Crown Genetics
3rd: Josh D OG Kush by The Kind Center with Unregistered Extracts
Best Sativa Concentrates
1st: Purple Tangie by Zeinstein Gardens with Loudpack and Moxie Extracts
2nd: Lucky 13 by Quality Concentrates
3rd: Strawberry Crown Live Resin Crumble by Crown Genetics with Green Tree Remedy and Dabblicious Extracts
Best Hybrid Concentrate
1st: Strawberry Banana Lemonade by Greenwolf and Moxie 710
2nd: Zkittlez by Southern Humboldt Farms Collective
3rd: Chem Dawg by Critical Concentrates
Best CBD Flowers
1st: Mai Tai Cookies by WHTC and Terraform Genetics
2nd: Vitamin CBD by Guild Cannabis
3rd: Toci by Med Tree Seeds and Brown Dog Cannabis
Best Indica Flowers
1st: Grape Stomper OG by Mass Cannabis
2nd: Kushco OG by The W.E.E.D. Studio City with Kushco
3rd: JAH Cookies by JAHnetics
Best Sativa Flowers
1st: Mega Queso by Happy Leaf with Nameless Genetics
2nd: You Don’t Know Jack by Lorax Labs with Cannasutra and 420DLVRY
3rd: Purple Tangie by Greenwolf with Zienstein Garden
Best Hybrid Flowers
1st: CannaSutra OG by Chronic Capital with Lorax Labs and CannaSutra
2nd: LA Dizzy OG by Crown Genetics with Greenwolf
3rd: Starkiller OG by Rare Dankness
KushCA would like to personally thank all the winners of the 2016 Cannabis Cup. I would also like to state if you have any leftovers, we here at KushCA will help you get rid of them!
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.