Battle of Buds: High Times Cannabis Cup Tests Colorado Weed Brands

The last High Times Cannabis Cup in Denver allowing cannabis use was at the Denver Mart in April 2015.
The last High Times Cannabis Cup in Denver allowing cannabis use was at the Denver Mart in April 2015. Ken Hamblin
The High Times Cannabis Cup, one of cannabis culture's most popular commercial competitions, silently came and went through Denver last week. Dozens of Colorado cannabis growers, extractors and infused product makers put their skills to the test with Cannabis Cup judges on November 21 at Englewood's Gothic Theatre, with a few brands taking home several trophies.

The Cannabis Cup once had a huge, and loud, footprint in Denver; the last major public event took place in 2015 at the Denver Mart in Adams County. However, Adams County and Denver officials aren't too keen on events allowing public pot use anymore, and the return of the Cannabis Cup to the area was kept on the down-low.

That could change next year, however, as the state's Marijuana Enforcement Division has created new licenses for legal pot-friendly events. In the meantime, here are the winners of this year's Cannabis Cup:

Indica flower
First place: Indico, Mandarin Sunset
Second: High Level Health, Wedding Cake
Third: Dank by Pank, Blackberry Meringue #12

Hybrid flower
First place: Dank by Pank, Orange Cookies
Second: Denver Recreational, Granola Funk
Third: High Level Health, MAC

Sativa flower
First place: Denver Recreational, Samoas
Second: Dank by Pank, Pank Lemonade
Third: High West Cannabis, Headband

Sungrown (outdoor) flower
First place: San Juan Strains, Clementine
Second: Green Dragon, Tangerine Haze
Third: Roots RX, Crazy Glue

Indica concentrate
First place: Harmony Extracts, Banana Kush Ice Nectar
Second: Apothecary Extracts, Garlic Breath Ambrosia
Third:  Kush Masters, Afghani Triangle live diamonds

Hybrid concentrate
First place: Harmony Extracts, Tropicana live sugar
Second: High Level Health, MAC live budder
Third: Sano Gardens Snax, Do-Si-Dos X I-95 Aqua live resin

Sativa concentrate
First place: Harmony Extracts, Clementine live terp badder
Second: Kush Masters, Hawaiian Sunset live diamonds
Third: High Level Health, Platinum Valley live sugar

Non-solvent concentrate
First place: Dablogic, Strawnana Live SHO Cake badder
Second: Spectral Extracts, Punch Cake live rosin
Third: Kush Masters, Cookies n’ Cream live rosin
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Thomas Mitchell has written about all things cannabis for Westword since 2014, covering sports, real estate and general news along the way for publications such as the Arizona Republic, Inman and Fox Sports. He's currently the cannabis editor for
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