Champagne lovers have Champagne, France.
Fashion lovers have New York Fashion Weeks.
Cannabis lovers have all of California this Summer.
The smoke has cleared on last weekend’s High Times NorCal Cannabis Cup 2018, and the winners have taken their trophies home. Now, it’s time for aficionados to hunt down the Cup winners for themselves. There’s nothing better than knowing you have the world’s ultimate stash on-hand — making a home of the summit itself.
To judge the Cup, a panel of expert industry judges reviewed a dozen-plus California products in 19 categories — from Best Hybrid Flower all the way down to Best CBD Concentrate. Winning a famed Cup catapults cannabis growers onto an international stage, setting off statewide runs on product — decreasing supplies and raising prices. The key is to swoop in quick this week and stock up. Here’s how.
Best Indica Flower
Creme De La Crème — First Place — Team Elite Genetics
Call it a night after a long summer’s day with top-shelf indica. For that, we’re proud to point you to Buds and Roses in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles. No stranger to winning Cups themselves, Buds and Roses carries flowers from the Best Indica Flower winners Team Elite Genetics.
We’re also seeing Team Elite Genetics flower in the Left Coast Collective in San Diego.
Team Elite took first place with their Creme De La Crème, which judges said had “a nice, sweet, skunky flavor with grape undertones.” Creme De La Crème took two third place trophies in years past, seizing gold finally this June.
Best Sativa Flower
Gelonade — First Place — Connected Cannabis Co.
Connected Cannabis Co. hogs first place in Best Sativa Flower as well with their “Gelonade” — which my guess is Gelato and Melonade.
Atrium Farms’ second place finish with “Mimosa #A5” should puttrending strain Mimosa on everyone’s shopping list. Mimosa mixesClementine and Purple Punch and was created by The Village. The main source for The Village genetics is South Sacramento Care Center.
You’ll also spot Mimosa at The Bloom Room in San Francisco. We see Select Mimosa carts in Santa Ana and Venice — and Mimosa flower in L.A. at Hollywood High Grade and Variety Cannabis, and in West Hollywood.
Best Hybrid Flower
40 Elephants — First Place — Garrison Lane
Hats off to SoCal growers Garrison Lane for coming out and just admitting their first place Best Hybrid Flower winner “40 Elephants” is Gelato bag-seed. No shame in that game. There’s bound to be lovelyoffspring worth cloning. Garrison Lane flowers have been sighted inEast LA and Echo Park.
For the second place winner, set your Google Maps to Compassionate Heart in rural Ukiah, Calif. and go buck wild on their stash of The Lemon Tree and all the other good stuff you’ll find there. Lemon Tree genetics have also been spotted at MedMen in Venice, Downtown LA and West Hollywood.
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Published: June 7, 2018
Founder & Interim Editor of L.A. Cannabis News