The Emerald Cup Announces 2023 Winners

The ‘Academy Awards of Cannabis’ returned to Northern California

The Emerald Cup, California’s premiere cultural cannabis event, showcased the thriving culture, innovation, and sense of community within the cannabis industry this past weekend during the Emerald Cup Awards show at the Craneway Pavilion in Northern California. The event was an unforgettable experience for the who’s who of the Californian cannabis space and included both an outdoors smoking patio and yacht afterparty.

After moving the ECA’s back home to the North after a showing at the Ricardo Montalban Theater last year, the atmosphere was dripping with anticipation over who would take home the crown. In the end, Blue Face by Fig Farms (a multiple award-winner that night) took the crown.

Photo by: Nick Gaulin / Marijuana Retail Report

Honored this year for the Emerald Cup’s annual “Willie Nelson” Lifetime Achievement Award was lifetime advocate and hash queen herself Mila Jansen. Mila’s journey in the world of cannabis began in the 1970s when she first encountered the plant’s therapeutic benefits while traveling in Nepal and India. Inspired by these experiences, she became determined to learn more about cannabis and its potential. Her curiosity led her to further research and experimentation, culminating in the invention of the iconic pollinator machine in the 90’s. Mila Jansen’s impact on the cannabis industry cannot be overstated. Through her innovations, educational initiatives, and activism, she has helped shape the industry’s trajectory and pushed boundaries. Her work has inspired countless individuals to explore the potential of cannabis, leading to advancements in cultivation techniques, extraction methods, and product development.

Photo by: Nick Gaulin / Marijuana Retail Report

Here is the rundown of all of the winners and runner-ups from this weekend’s competition.

1stSungrown FlowerRebel Grown – Double OG Chem #15
2ndSungrown FlowerNaughty Squirrel – Venom OG
3rdSungrown FlowerGreenshock Farms – Peppermint Sleigh Ride
4thSungrown FlowerHeartrock Mountain Farm – Lemon Head
5thSungrown FlowerSanctuary Farms – Blunicorn
6thSungrown FlowerEsensia – Orange Creamsicle
7thSungrown FlowerRebel Grown – Double OG Chem #5
8thSungrown FlowerFarmer and the Felon x Rebel Grown – Natty Bumppo #4
9thSungrown FlowerEsensia – Lime Juice
10thSungrown FlowerGreenshock Farms – Tropical Sleigh Ride
11thSungrown FlowerEsensia – Pixie Dust
12thSungrown FlowerFarmer and the Felon – Menage 21
13thSungrown FlowerRidgeline Farms – LANTZ
14thSungrown FlowerFarmer and the Felon x Rebel Grown – Rebel Cookies & Lemon Lary OG
15thSungrown FlowerEsensia – Honey Dew
16thSungrown FlowerLempire Farmaseed x Dougie Fresh – Wicked Sour
17thSungrown FlowerRidgeline Farms – Ridgeline Runtz
18thSungrown FlowerFarmer and the Felon – Lemon Sponge Cake
19thSungrown FlowerEsensia – Maracuya
20thSungrown FlowerSoHum Royal x Southern Humboldt Royal Cannabis Company x Global Genetics – Blue Nerds
 Sungrown – BREEDER’S CUPRebel Grown – Double OG Chem #15
1stMixed Light FlowerRidgeline Farms – LANTZ
2ndMixed Light FlowerPreferred Gardens x Doja Pak – 11:11
3rdMixed Light FlowerLocal Cannabis Co – Florida Kush
4thMixed Light FlowerLocal Cannabis Co – Orange 43
5thMixed Light FlowerLocal Cannabis Co – Ice Cream Cake
6thMixed Light FlowerHealing Herb Farms – Crush Mintz
7thMixed Light FlowerPreferred Gardens x Duke of Doja / Doja Pak – P41
8thMixed Light FlowerLocal Cannabis Co – Sherbhead
9thMixed Light FlowerDos Rios Farms – Lemon Creme
10thMixed Light FlowerQuantum Humboldt – Thin Mint Cookies x Jealousy
 Mixed Light – BREEDER’S CUPRidgeline Farms – LANTZ
1stIndoor FlowerFig Farms – Blue Face
2ndIndoor FlowerSense – Gas Face
3rdIndoor FlowerCannabiotix – French Alps
4thIndoor FlowerMaven Genetics – French Laundry
5thIndoor FlowerFig Farms – Animal Face
6thIndoor FlowerDecibel Gardens – Watermelon Punch
7thIndoor FlowerCannabiotix – Blue Flame OG
8thIndoor FlowerFig Farms – Dark Karma
9thIndoor FlowerTeam Elite Genetics – Pearadise
10thIndoor FlowerCannaCruz – Biscotti Bx1
11thIndoor FlowerCannabiotix – The Silk
12thIndoor FlowerDecibel Gardens – Roswell 47
13thIndoor FlowerFig Farms – Gelato 41
14thIndoor FlowerFig Farms – Moonana Wreck
15thIndoor FlowerFig Farms – Zeclair
16thIndoor FlowerSattva Cannabis – Purple Push Pop x Cap Junkie
17thIndoor FlowerPure Beauty – Spritzer
18thIndoor FlowerFig Farms – Lemon Cherry Gelato
19thIndoor FlowerCannabiotix – Mountain Sage
20thIndoor FlowerSattva Cannabis – Biscotti x Bx1
 Indoor – BREEDER’S CUPFig Farms – Blue Face
1stSungrown Greenhouse FlowerChameleon Craft – Bubble Bath
2ndSungrown Greenhouse FlowerCre8 Cannabis – Cre8’s Gelonade
3rdSungrown Greenhouse FlowerChameleon Craft – Mule Fuel
4thSungrown Greenhouse FlowerXotic Flavors – Gushers
5thSungrown Greenhouse FlowerCre8 Cannabis – Cre8’s Jokerz #31
1stPersonal Use FlowerBrandy Schneider – Mountain Cultured Terp Blendz 241
2ndPersonal Use FlowerDerek Roseboom – In The Pines
3rdPersonal Use FlowerColin Teurfs – Double OG Chem (sungrown)
4thPersonal Use FlowerParker Moselle & Jackson Moran – Orangutan Titties #3
5thPersonal Use FlowerMatt Jones – Hippie Crippler
1st3rd Party Certified Sungrown FlowerSol Spirit Farms – Element
2nd3rd Party Certified Mixed Light FlowerEmerald Spirit Botanicals – Four Directions
3rd3rd Party Certified Mixed Light FlowerLakes Own – God’s Breath
 Best in ShowFig Farms – Blue Face
1stPre-Roll – Infused Solventless ExtractHeritage Hash Co. x Huckleberry Hill Farms – Whitethorn Rose Flower x Whitethorn Rose Live Bubble Hash
2ndPre-Roll – Infused Solventless ExtractHoly Smoke by Holy Water – Holy Smokes Papaya
3rdPre Roll – Infused Solventless ExtractArcata Fire x Humboldt 36 Farms – Grape Runtz Arcata Fire Hash Hose: Ice Water Hash Infused Preroll (1g)
1stPre-Roll – Infused Solvent ExtractWest Coast Genetics X Holy Water – Paleta Z x Oz Kush Rosin x Kiwi Resin
2ndPre-Roll – Infused Solvent ExtractCream of the Crop – COTC Diamond Barrel Monkfruit x High C
3rdPre-Roll – Infused Solvent ExtractKhalifa Kush – Khalifa Kush Infused Pre-Roll
1stPre-Roll – Non InfusedRoyal Key x Suprize Suprize – ROLLS Ghost Candy Walls
2ndPre-Roll – Non InfusedHuckleberry Hill Farms x CannaCountry Farms – Whitethorn Rose CannaCountry #26 Blend
3rdPre-Roll – Non InfusedWeedLove – WeedLove John Lemmon 1g Preroll
1stPre Roll – DeluxeRosin Tech Labs x Decibel Gardens x LUMA Farms – Roswell 47/Cali-O (Flower) – Papaya (Rosin) – Hash Hole
1stPre Roll – Hemp WrapPaletas – Paletas Infused Blunt 2.1g – Jealousy Cap Junky (Hybrid)
1stIce Water HashHeritage Hash Co x Huckleberry Hill Farms – Whitethorn Rose Live Bubble Hash
2ndIce Water HashHeritage Hash Co x Mattole Valley Sun Grown – Purple Papaya Live Bubble Hash
3rdIce Water HashMoon Valley Hash Co – Super Boof 119u-104u
4thIce Water HashPapa’s Select x Archive Seeds x Emerald Queens Farms – Rainbow Belts 90u Water Hash
5thIce Water HashHeritage Hash Co x Bon Vivant – Hova Live Bubble Hash
1stRosinFullyMelted x Alien Labs – Zkittlez
2ndRosinEl Krem x Purple City Genetics x Ahti Hash x Sunrise Gardens – El Krem Moroccan Peaches Live Rosin
3rdRosinPapa’s Select x Booney Acres – Strawberry Rainbows Premium Live Rosin
4thRosinPunch Edibles & Extracts x Redwood Valley Farms – Rambutan Badder Rosin – Redwood Valley Farms/ Bloomseedco
5thRosinEl Krem x Purple City Genetics x Ahti Hash x Sunrise Gardens – El Krem Peach Panther Live Rosin
6thRosinPunch Edibles & Extracts x Luma Farms – Poochies Papaya by Luma Farms Rosin
7thRosinHeritage Hash Co x Bon Vivant – Hova Live Rosin
8thRosinHeritage Hash Co x Emerald Queen Farms – Queens Chem Live Rosin
9thRosinReal Deal Resin x LUMA California – Lemon Limes
1stPersonal Use SolventlessBrett Byrd – Purple Magic
2ndPersonal Use SolventlessMatt Schackow – Papaya Live Rosin Badder
3rdPersonal Use SolventlessChristian Luevano – Papaya Piss
4thPersonal Use SolventlessBrett Byrd – GAKnana
5thPersonal Use SolventlessMatt Schackow – Lemon Sour
1stC02 CartridgeHuckleberry Hill Farms x Vesuvio Garden- Whitethorn Rose
1stDistillate CartridgeMVN Productions – XXX OG
2ndDistillate CartridgeHelmand Valley Growers Company (HVGC) – Afghanimal
3rdDistillate CartridgeJetty Extracts – Jetty Vanilla Blossom Cartridge
1stLive Resin CartridgeArcata Fire x Humboldt Trees – Strawberry Zkittlez- Arcata Fire 100% Live Resin Sauce Vape: Original Blend
2ndLive Resin CartridgeAbsolute Xtracts – ABX Farmer’s Reserve 1g Vape – Honey Banana
3rdLive Resin CartridgePaperPlanes Extracts – Zawtz x Zruntz Live Resin Vape
4thLive Resin CartridgeGold Drop x Lemon Tree – Kiwi Tree Liquid Diamonds
5thLive Resin CartridgeHalara x Sweetleaf Collective – Halara Live Diamond Sauce – Forbidden Roses
1stSolventless CartridgeArcata Fire x Humboldt 36 Farms – Arcata Fire All in One 100% live Rosin Vape: Banana Punch
2ndSolventless CartridgeArcata Fire x Royalbudline – Zkittlez Vape – Rosin Syrup All In One (.5g) Vape
3rdSolventless CartridgeArcata Fire x Humboldt 36 Farms – Arcata Fire 100% live rosin syrup All in One Vape: Orange Tree
4thSolventless CartridgeJetty Extracts – Jetty Gas Man Solventless Rosin Cartridge
5thSolventless CartridgeReal Deal Resin x Booney Acres – Strawberry Meltshake
1stHydro-Carbon SolidJetty Extracts – Jetty Super Lemon Haze Live Badder
2ndHydro-Carbon SolidBeezle Brands x Ember Valley- Orange Peel Live Resin Budder
3rdHydro-Carbon SolidBeezle Brands x Luma Farms – Papaya Live Resin Budder
4thHydro-Carbon SolidBeezle Brands x Ember Valley – Red Runtz Live Resin Budder
5thHydro-Carbon SolidBeezle Brands x Ember Valley – Verzace Live Resin Budder
1stHydro-Carbon LiquidHoly Water x Lemon Tree – Melon Tree/Gas Tree Split Jar
2ndHydro-Carbon LiquidCannabiotix – Mountain Sage Terp Sugar
3rdHydro-Carbon LiquidCannabiotix – Blue Flame Terp Sugar
1stTherapeutic TopicalVal’s Original x West Valley Patient Center – Val’s Hawaiian Cream (Pono)
2ndTherapeutic TopicalHello Again – Hello Again Period
3rdTherapeutic TopicalLiquid Flower – Deep Relief
1stTinctureProof – Bazillion Drops
2ndTinctureQueen Mary – Boost
1stTincture – Wellness ProductProof – CBG Elixer Drops
1stEdibles – BeverageHerba Mate – Herba Mate Lemon Mint
2ndEdibles – BeverageMari y Juana Beverages Co. – ¡Guava! 50mg THC Soft Drink
3rdEdibles – BeverageLagunitas HiFi Sessions – Lagunitas x Absolute Xtracts – Hi-Fi Cloudberry Four Pack
4thEdibles – BeverageMari y Juana Beverages Co. – iPiña! 10mg THC Soft Drink
5thEdibles – BeverageBodega – Bodega Pear Cooler
1stEdibles – Beverage EnhancerAtlas Edibles – Alta Infused Peach Iced Tea Drink Mix
1stEdibles – GummiesSpace Gem – Sour Spacedrops
2ndEdibles – GummiesP&B Kitchen – Watermelon Chili Gummies
3rdEdibles – GummiesLost Farm – Yuzu Fizz Sour Dream Live Rosin Gummies
4thEdibles – GummiesLost Farm – Raspberry Wedding Cake Live Resin Gummies
5thEdibles – GummiesWest Coast Cure – Pink Lemonade Strain-Specific, Vegan, Solventless Ice Water Hash Gummy
6thEdibles – GummiesWest Coast Cure – Blackcurrant Ashram Kush Strain-Specific, Vegan, Solventless Ice Water Hash Gummy
7thEdibles – GummiesPapa’s Select – Rainbow Rubble, Hint of Lychee Gummies
8thEdibles – GummiesPapa’s Select x Tar Hill Cannabis – Pink Lemonade Gummies
9thEdibles – GummiesPapa’s Select x Sunrise Mountain Farms – Grape Pie + Animal Cookies Gummies
10thEdibles – GummiesBigfoot Cannabis Company – Live Resin Raspberry Lemonade Gummies
1stEdibles – SweetOui’d Confections – Bonbon Hazelnut Praliné
2ndEdibles – SweetP&B Kitchen – Caramel Filled Dark Chocolates
3rdEdibles – SweetCosmic Edibles x Hash & Flowers – Plant Based Solventless Peanut Butter Breath Rosin S’Mores Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough
1stEdibles – SavoryTSUMo Snacks – Chili Limon Cannabis Infused Corn Chips
1stEdibles – Health ConsciousQueen Mary – Enchanted
2ndEdibles – Health ConsciousFRUIT SLABS – Tropical Haze FRUIT SLABS
3rdEdibles – Health ConsciousNUG – Sugar Free Dark Chocolate
1stAlternative Cannabinoid FlowerPure Beauty – Terry T x Gelato 33 (2:1 CBD)
2ndAlternative Cannabinoid FlowerMoon Made Farms – Sungrown Mixed Ratio Flower Sapphire Tsu
3rdAlternative Cannabinoid FlowerHeartrock Mountain Farm – Love Laughter Flower
1stAlternative Cannabinoid – BREEDER’S CUPPure Beauty – Terry T x Gelato 33 (2:1 CBD)
1stHemp FlowerStoney Branch Farms – Godfather OG
2ndHemp FlowerFlowgardens – Blue Meringue
3rdHemp FlowerHemp Hop – Abacus Diesel CBD Hemp Flower
1stAlternative Cannabinoid EdibleSpace Gem – Mind Expanding Belt – Sleepy Fig
1stAlternative Cannabinoid BeverageKeef – Life H2O Blueberry Lemon +CBN
1stAlternative Cannabinoid TinctureProof – CBG Elixer Drops
1stAlternative Cannabinoid CartridgeChemistry x Emerald Spirit Botanicals – Harmony Rose Full-Spectrum 1:1 CBD Vape
1stHemp Derived IngestibleGreen Truth – Weedman’s Sampler Hemp Chocolates
1stHemp Derived TopicalGreen Revolution – Solace CBD Topical
2ndHemp Derived TopicalMetta Hemp – CBD Full-Spectrum Topical Cream
1stMost Innovative Product – ConsumableCompound Genetics x Node Labs x The Original Resinator x Industry Processing Solutions – Rainbow Cheddar Flower
1stMost Innovative Product – Industry Asseta Pot for Pot – 5 Gallon Complete Grow Kit
1stEco-conscious PackagingTalking Trees Farms – Talking Trees Farms 100% Compostable Packaging
“Willie Nelson” Lifetime Achievement AwardMila Jansen
Visionary AwardAmber E. Senter
Social Justice AwardWeldon Angelos
Trailblazer AwardAlex Aquino
Breeder’s Hall of FameSoma
1stBest Photo Contest Winner – AmateurRyan Gageby – @freegrow8 – “Fierce Fire”
1stBest Photo Contest Winner – ProfessionalMark Archer – – “The Drip”
1stBest Dispensary – Northern CaliforniaThe Bright Spot – Walters Ct, Fairfield
1stBest Dispensary – Central CaliforniaBig Sur Canna+Botanicals – Carmel Rancho Ln, Carmel-By-The-Sea
1stBest Dispensary – Southern CaliforniaCornerstone Wellness – Colorado Blvd – Los Angeles

Check out some of our favorite pics from around The Emerald Cup Awards!

Photo by: Nick Gaulin / Marijuana Retail Report
Photo by: Nick Gaulin / Marijuana Retail Report
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