California smokers have some new all-stars to snap up in stores.
Sunday in Santa Rosa, CA, and online, the organizers of The Emerald Cup 2021 announced the winners of the prestigious pot contest during a 90-minute livestream. Now the race is on to buy up these winning brands and strains, and taste a piece of the glory.
The awards started at 4:20 pm Sunday featuring pre-recorded skits from Abdullah Saeed, musical performances from Ziggy Marley, and an interview with the 2020 Willie Nelson Award winner, Winona Laduke.
Even during a pandemic, the creme of California breeders, cultivators, extractors, and manufacturers sent their best for what Leafly has previously called “the world’s largest commercial outdoor cannabis contest.”
Despite an increasingly bad fire season that burned many outdoor grows, contest categories swelled this year to 37 total. As legalization makes information more accessible, cannabis is proving far more complex than its THC content.
The Emerald Cup 2021 trophies. (Courtesy The Emerald Cup) A new categorization system organized strains by their most dominant aroma molecules “the terpenes,” as well as awards for:
highest terpene content; THCV content; and most unique cannabinoid profile. Here are the top winners and where to buy them:
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Best flowers of the Emerald Cup 2021
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