woody harrelson emerald cup

The Emerald Cup has been celebrating Northern California’s legendary cannabis harvests since 2004 with its annual event bringing cultivators, purveyors and smokers of all kinds together. It’s the preeminent cannabis competition in the world, rooted in the mystery and magic of the Emerald Triangle — Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino counties — and the cannabis culture that is its economic lifeblood. It’s also a really good time.

The Academy Awards of Cannabis Move to SoCal

This year, for the first time ever, the Emerald Cup got glitzy in Los Angeles, with cannabis aficionados flocking from around the state to the heart of Hollywood for the gala. The kickoff for the 18th Annual Emerald Cup took place last December in Santa Rosa, honoring its NorCal roots with the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball; and on May 14th, the awards show took over the massive Ricardo Montalbán Theater for a red (green) carpet event. It was starry, it was smoky, it was everything you could ask for from the “Academy Awards of Cannabis,” as Rolling Stone once called it.

Emerald Cup Founder Tim Blake and his daughter Taylor were joined onstage for the show by guest presenters from the cannabis community including the very funny Ngaio Bealum, Josephine & Billie’s CEO Whitney Beattie, and famed cannabis couple Nikki Lastreto and Swami Chaitanya of Swami Select. Winners from each Emerald Cup category scored a beautiful hand-blown glass trophy created by artist Ryan Fitt in collaboration with Puffco.

Emerald Cup Awards

Judging the Best Cannabis in the World

Smoking and comparing the best weed in the world sounds like the best job in the world, but it’s no joke. A select group of hand-picked judges sampled over 700 entries in 50 categories including mixed-light, certified sungrown, and environmentally conscious indoor flower. The Emerald Cup says that it is committing to the culture that's crafting clean, high-quality cannabis. This may seem like an obvious declaration, but it’s something of a radical statement in today’s California market, which has seen a proliferation of white-labeling and multi-acre “mega farms” since Prop. 64 went into effect in 2018. Supporting the small farmers who created the industry we all benefit from is important to Tim Blake, who told High Times, “It’s our culture, it’s our community. And they just feel the love. We don’t do it for the money, we do it to really do something special… at the Harvest Ball last year, we gave away over 50 free booths.” The awards also included a personal use category so that people who don’t hold an expensive commercial license could participate.

Big winners of the night included LitHouse, who swept the Mixed Light Flower category with Modified Grapes, Jealousy and Lemon Lava as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners respectively. Another fan favorite, Fig Farms, took home 1st and 3rd Place in the Indoor Flower category with Animal Face and Blue Face, as well as the Indoor Flower Breeder’s Cup for Holy Moly! There was a lot of buzz around Fig Farms’ entries as people clamored to get their hands on samples. Farmer & the Felon also did well, with several wins for Sungrown Flower. One first-place win that I was very happy to see went to Sovereign for Best Infused Solventless Extract Pre-Roll (Geode Joint - Modified), as well as 6th Place for Indoor Flower with Lemon Vuitton — notable since Sovereign’s licensing is “sunsetting.” Sovereign owner Brandy Moulton has been cultivating in Mendocino for 24 years, but she’s set to lose her indoor cultivation business due to a provision established by county supervisors in 2017 in an effort to push growers out of residential neighborhoods.

And the Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to…

In the most starry Hollywood moment of the night, longtime cannabis advocate and beloved actor Woody Harrelson was honored onstage with the 2022 Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement award, recognizing his decades of activism on behalf of cannabis culture, veganism, and a healthy questioning of the status quo. Harrelson joins a deeply respected pantheon of past winners including Winona LaDuke, Tommy Chong, and, of course, Willie Nelson himself. The timing of Harrelson’s being feted was auspicious, as his West Hollywood dispensary The Woods had just opened the day before. (Tune in next week for our review!)

Harrelson speaking Emerald Cup Awards

Attendees at the gala were a who’s who of weed in the Golden State, with cultivators, extract artists, journalists, scientists, activists and celebrities enjoying the show with musical performances by Andreas One, Jasmine Solana, and Lafa. After the hours-long ceremony, everyone headed to the rooftop to congratulate the winners and sample some of their entries — and it got so packed, the fire marshal shut it down. It was a heady time, it was the best of times. Full list of winners below!

2022 Emerald Cup Award Winners 


Sungrown Flower

1st Place - Farmer and the Felon - Lemon Sponge Cake2nd Place - Rebel Grown - Double OG Chem

3rd Place - Farmer and the Felon x Cookie Fam Genetics - Georgia Pie

4th Place - Farmer and the Felon - Double OG Chem

5th Place - Full Moon Farms - Black Water OG

6th Place - Canna Country Farms - #26

7th Place - Rebel Grown - Natty Bumpoo

8th Place - Farmer and the Felon - 92 OG

9th Place - Huckleberry Hill Farms - Mom's Weed

10th Place - Esensia - Lime Juice

Sungrown - Breeder’s Cup

1st Place - Rebel Grown - Double OG Chem

Mixed Light Flower

1st Place - LitHouse - Modified Grapes

2nd Place - LitHouse - Jealousy

3rd Place - LitHouse - Lemon Lava

4th Place - Safier Family Farms x Peak Humboldt x Mattole Uplift Cooperative - Angel Food Cake

5th Place - Healing Herb Farms - Lemon Head OG x Zkittlez

6th Place - Monterey Kush Co - Matchalato

7th Place - LitHouse - Paragon

8th Place - Bono-Ape - Ice Cream Cake

9th Place - Monterey Kush Co - Citra-Lato

10th Place - Booney Acres - Strawberry Jelly Flower

Mixed Light - Breeder’s Cup

1st Place - Healing Herb Farms - Lemon Head OG x Zkittlez

Indoor Flower

1st Place - Fig Farms - Animal Face

2nd Place- Panacea - Pablo's Revenge

3rd Place - Fig Farms - Blue Face

4th Place - NUG - Chocolatina

5th Place - Fig Farms - Holy Moly!

6th Place - Sovereign - Lemon Vuitton

7th Place - STIIIZY - Blue Burst

8th Place - Cure Company - Marathon OG

9th Place - Source Cannabis - Quest

10th Place - Atrium Cultivation - Juice Z

Indoor Flower Breeder’s Cup

1st Place- Fig Farms - Holy Moly!

Sungrown Greenhouse Flower

1st Place - Local Cannabis Co - Sherbhead

2nd Place - Glass House Farms - Glass House Farms Waiting Game

3rd Place - Local Cannabis Co - Ice Cream Cake

4th Place - Local Cannabis Co - Orange 43

5th Place - Harborside Farms - The Mac

6th Place - Harborside Farms x Bloom Farms - SFV OG

7th Place - Humboldt Redwood Healing x The Humboldt Brand - Sour G

8th Place - Country Club Cannabis - EVB Rainbow Frootz

9th Place - Ridgeline Farms - Ridgeline Runtz

10th Place - Harborside Farms - Motorhead

Personal Use Flower 

1st Place - Parker PZ Moselle - Ohrangatang Titties

2nd Place - Colin Teurfs x Dan Pomerantz - Double OG Chem 4

3rd Place - Matt Jones - Cheese

4th Place - Brandy Schneider - AM Lime

5th Place - Mary Polson - Pink Champagne

3rd Party Certified Sungrown Flower

1st Place - Emerald Spirit Botanicals - Farm Cut - Pink Boost Goddess

3rd Party Certified Mixed Light Flower

1st Place - Old Briceland Cannabis Company - Epiphany

2nd Place - Old Briceland Cannabis Company - Area 41

3rd Place - Old Briceland Cannabis Company - White Gummies #1

Best in Show

1st Place - Farmer and the Felon - Lemon Sponge Cake


Pre-Roll – Infused Solventless Extract

1st Place - Sovereign - Geode Joint - Modified Lemons

2nd Place - El Toro Verde - El Toro Verde Cannagar

3rd Place - Vital Grown x Sticky Fields x Compassionate Heart x Massive Creations x Feeling Frosty - Mendo Massive

Pre-Roll – Infused Solvent Extract 

1st Place - Paletas - Paletas Mother's Milk Infused Blunt 

2nd Place - Sugar Daddy - Sugar Daddy Indica 2.5G Infused Blunt

3rd Place - Weedwoodz - Weedwoodz XOXO

Pre-Roll - Non Infused

1st Place - Lost Paradise Organics - Gelonade 6pk Flower Pre-Roll

2nd Place - Atrium Cultivation - Juice Z Pre-Roll

3rd Place - Country - 1:1 Good Neighbor Pre-Roll 6pk


Ice Water Hash

1st Place - Heritage Hash Co - Whitethorn Rose Live Bubble Hash

2nd Place - el Krem - Papaya Bomb Ice Water Hash

3rd Place - Papa's Select - Amarelo #9 90u Ice Water Hash

4th Place - Feeling Frosty - Banana Cream Cake x Jealousy 120u Ice Water Hash

5th Place - Kalya x Dancing Dog Ranch - Double Rainbow


1st Place - Rosin Tech Labs x Luma Farms - Papaya

2nd Place - Heritage Hash Co - Whitethorn Rose Live Rosin

3rd Place - Kalya x LUMA Farms - Lemon Limez

4th Place - FIELD - FIELD Papaya Cold Cured Live Rosin

5th Place - Rosin Tech Labs - Garlic Cookies

6th Place - Rosin Tech Labs - Garlic Juice #3 Cold Cure

7th Place - el Krem - Strawberry Runtz - Rosin

8th Place - Moon Valley Hash Co - Strawberry Banana Cold Cure Live Rosin

9th Place - Doc Green's - White Buffalo Cold Cured Live Rosin

10th Place - Have Hash - Zkittlez Cold Cure Live Rosin (Headstash)

Personal Use Solventless

1st Place - Alice Reis x Flynn Abeln - Wooksauce Winery Screaming Mimis

2nd Place - Brett Byrd - Modified Grapes Full spec 45-159 creme brulee consistency w/THC-A layer

3rd Place - Brett Byrd - Gush Mints Full Spec 45-159

4th Place - Brett Byrd - Modified Grapes Full Spec 45-159

5th Place - Brett Byrd - Apple Fritters Full Spec 45-159


C02 Cartridge

1st Place - Haku - Haku CO2 Live Resin

2nd Place - Featured Farms x Burzt Farms - Burzt by Featured Farms

3rd Place - Wildseed Co x Cannabis Refined - Cherry Wife CO2 Cartridge

Distillate Cartridge

1st Place - LEGION - Monarch - Strawberry Banana - Cannabis Derived Terpenes

2nd Place - GoldDrop x Fig Farms - Kush Mint Cookies Nug Run Vape Cartridge

3rd Place - Beezle Brands - Orange Blossom Buzz Cartridge

Live Resin Cartridge

1st Place  - URSA Extracts - Liquid Diamond Sauce Humboldt Jack

2nd Place - Arcata Fire x Humboldt Seed Co - Raspberry Live Resin Sauce Cart

3rd Place - Lemon Tree x Holy Water x Orchard Beach Farms - Kiwi Tree Single Source Live Resin Cartridge

4th place - ColdFire Extracts x Turtle Pie Co - Prickly Pear Juice by ColdFire Extracts  

5th place - Friendly Farms - Friendly Farms Liquid Live Resin Apple Fritter

6th place - The Bohemian Chemist - The Bohemian Chemist Cart Blanche .5g Hotsy-Totsy Live Resin Cartridge 

7th place - Halara - GMO Live Diamond Sauce

8th place - Friendly Farms - Liquid Live Resin Flight #23

9th place - ColdFire Extracts - UpDog Juice by ColdFire Extracts

10th place - Oakland Extracts - Papaya Pucker

Solventless Cartridge

1st Place - Doc Green's - Runtz Live Rosin Vape Cartridge

2nd Place - Jetty Extracts - Fatso Solventless Vape

3rd Place - Arcata Fire x Highwater Farms - Key Lime Pie Solventless 


Hydro-Carbon Solid

1st Place - Beezle Brands x Luma Farms - Key Lime Paya Live Resin Budder

2nd Place - Beezle Brands x Earthen Farms - Gary Payton Live resin Budder

3rd Place - URSA Extracts - -Live Badder Modified Grapes

4th Place - Cookies x ArcataX - Day Day 

5th Place - PaperPlanes Extracts x Land Hammer Farms - Donnie Burger #5 Live Resin Batter

Hydro-Carbon Liquid

1st Place - Cosmic x Peak x Feeling Frosty - White Runtz

2nd Place - FIELD x Wizard Trees x Doja - FIELD x Wizard Trees x Doja RS-11 Live Resin

3rd Place - Cosmic x Peak x Feeling Frosty - Orange Daiquiri

4th place - Terphogz - Live Resin Sauce Melon Brainz

5th place - Orchard Beach Farms x Holy Water - Kiwi Tree


Therapeutic Topical

1st Place - Care By Design - CBD Joint & Muscle Cream

2nd Place - Kush Queen - Kush Queen Transdermal THC Water Based Personal Lubricant

3rd Place - OM x Feeling Frosty - Sweet Dreams CBN Rosin Bath Bomb

Cosmetic Topical

1st Place - Proof - Face Serum

2nd Place - OM x Feeling Frosty - Himalayan Kush Rosin Bath Bomb

Personal Use Topical

1st Place - Erica A - Deep Muscle Rub - Liniment Lotion


1st Place - Care By Design - Refresh Drops 1:1 MAX

2nd Place - Santa Cruz Mountain Tops - La Luna

3rd Place - Lempire Farmaseed - LEM OG 1000mg Rosin Tincture



1st Place - HiFi Sessions x Lagunitas x Absolute Xtracts - HiFi Hoppy Chill

2nd Place - Pure Beauty - Little Strong Drink

3rd Place - K-Zen Beverages - Mad Lilly Passion Fruit Mango Spritzer

Beverage Enhancer

1st Place - S*Shots - Berry Blast 


1st Place - Kalya x Elephante - Papaya Rosin Gummies

2nd Place - Space Gem - Sweet Sleepy Fig

3rd Place - Queen Mary - Enchanted


1st Place - Cosmic Edibles x Kalya - Solventless Rosin Plant-Based Chocolate Chip Sprinkles Cookie Dough

2nd Place - Oasis - Peanut Butter Cup Minis

3rd Place - Mammamia - Capri Lemon Cake Bites


1st Place - Potli x SF Roots - Shrimp Chips 

2nd Place - TSUMo Snacks - TSUMo Snacks Classic Cheese Crunchers


Alternative Cannabinoid Flower

1st Place - Pure Beauty - Terry T & Gelato 33

2nd Place - Glass House Farms - Jelly Fish 

3rd Place - Glass House Farms - Tangelo Flow

Alternative Cannabinoid Flower Breeder's Cup

1st Place - Pure Beauty - Terry T & Gelato 33

Alternative Cannabinoid Hemp Flower

1st Place - Flowgardens - Orange Glaze #32  

2nd Place - Flowgardens - Grapefruit

Alternative Cannabinoid Edible

1st Place - Papa & Barkley - Sleep Releaf

2nd Place - Granny B Goods 1:1 Canamels

3rd Place - Hi Burst Raspberry Lemonade Fruit Chews

Alternative Cannabinoid Beverage

1st Place - KHEMIA - Chakra Chai

Alternative Cannabinoid Topical

1st Place - Carter's Aroma Therapy Designs - Rasta Roll-On

Alternative Cannabinoid Tincture

1st Place - Sunrise Mountain Farms - PACIFIC - Full Spectrum CBD Rich Tincture

2nd Place - PROOF - CBN Tincture

3rd Place - Fiddler's Green - Kindred Spirit - Raw Tincture

Alternative Cannabinoid Cartridge

1st Place - Chemistry - Serpentine 

2nd place - Kurvana -  CBD All-In-One - Banana Smoothie 5:1:5 

Hemp-Derived Ingestible

1st Place - Green Truth - Trifecta Immune (CBDA-CBGA-CBDVA)

2nd Place - Kurvana CBD Dream 2:1:3

Hemp-Derived Topical

1st Place - WeedSport - WeedSport CBD Muscle Stick

2nd place - Pure Dharma - Glow CBD Activated Oil Serum

Most Innovative Product - Consumable

1st Place - Holy Water x Honey Suckle Lotus  - Jelly Ranchers. Unholy Rosin/Resin Split Jar

Most Innovative Product - Industry Asset

1st Place - Huckleberry Hill Farms - Sow Your Own Magic

Breeders Hall Of Fame

Greg McAllister

Visionary Award for Glass Artistry

Scott Deppe - Mothership Glass

Regenerative Farm Award

Emerald Spirit Botanicals - Farm Cut

Best Photo Contest Winner - Amateur

Claudia Price - Pancake Stomper No. 5

Best Photo Contest Winner - Professional

Benjamin Neff - The Heart

Best Dispensary - Northern California

Mercy Wellness - Redwood Dr - Cotati

Best Dispensary - Central California

Big Sur Canna + Botanicals - Carmel Rancho Ln - Carmel

Best Dispensary - Southern California

Cornerstone Wellness - Colorado Blvd - Los Angeles

Eco-Conscious Packaging

Sol Spirit Farms 

Environmentally Conscious Indoor

Moon Valley Cannabis