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Amsterdam Cannabis Cup

The chief editor of the High Times magazine, Steven Hager, started this event in 1987. So it has been held for more than 30 years. That is enough time to fine tune organization and build a tradition. The Amsterdam Cannabis Cup usually takes the same format as those before, with experts showcasing their latest strains, celebrity guests and of course music.

Amsterdam Cannabis Cup dates

The Amsterdam Cannabis Cup usually coincides with Thanksgiving in the USA, running around November 24 – 26. However in 2018 it has been held in the middle of summer on 13th to 15th of July.

Arriving in Amsterdam a few days before the event is a good idea. Also getting to the pre-registration event in order to avoid the long queues that plague the Cannabis Cup as much as any large international event.

Accommodation near Cannabis Cup

With event like this it is important to be accommodated closeby. The Cannabis Cup takes place mostly at the Melkweg culture centre. Use the form below to get a list of nearby hotels, hostels, apartments and even houseboats.

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The program of Cannabis Cup

There is always an opening night party and host parties with different acts playing during the next days. The event finishes up with the Cannabis Cup Awards show presenting the results of the competition as voted on by holders of judges passes.

Cannabis Cup legal issues

The Cannabis Cup had to also endure some trouble. Amsterdam city officials would like to present other sides of this beautiful city more than the marijuana consumption. Therefore there have been instances where Cannabis Cup events were cancelled and there was even a police raid. Attendees should obey some rules even at an event like this. For example smoking only at designated areas.

Simmilar events

The High Times Cannabis Cup is not the only event of this type in Amsterdam. Events of simmilar kind include the Unity Cup and the Elite Cup.

Cannabis Cups on the other side of the world

With recent legalization of marijuana in the USA there have been Cannabis Cups organized around this colorful country too. Past events were in Denver, Michigan, Seattle and of course California.

The Cannabis Cup expo

The Cannabis Cup Expo usually takes place at the RAI conference centre and Melkweg club. Experts from growing companies and seed companies are present to talk about cultivation and care of plants. Expert advice from the hosts of the party, High Times, will also be available in the form of resident gurus.

The Cannabis Cup Expo is open every day of the event from noon.

Nearby attractions

The events at Melkweg are surely going to be a blast. But checking out the surrounding area is definitely worth a while. For example Vondelpark is just around the corner. Then museums – Rijksmuseum for history and Stedelijk for art. Also Van Gogh House. The Heineken Brewery tour is a must. And finally, the districts of Jordaan and Red Light District.

Counterculture Hall of Fame

A worthy person is inducted into the High Times Counterculture Hall of Fame every year. Inductees include stars like Bob Marley, Louis Armstrong, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan, Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin, Peter Tosh and others.

Judges Passes

One of the most desired ways to take part in the Cannabis Cup is with a judges pass that allows you to have your say as to what the best strains of marijuana on offer are. Passes can be bought online for approximately $280 and allow holders to mark their impressions of each strain they try to be compiled and used to decide the best strains of the show. Unfortunately, judges passes do not entitle you to free marijuana or hash, but there are many stalls in the expo offering free samples anyway.

Amsterdam nightlife ticket

It is definitely worth to consider this nightlife ticket. It will most likely save you time and money. For 7 days you get free entrance to Amsterdam clubs, free shots, beers & cocktails, lazertag & bowling, free UBER and much more. Go have a look.

Marijuana museum

Amsterdam is a city with many fascinating museums. One of them is The Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum. It makes great sense to visit it when attending The Amsterdam Cannabis Cup.

Cannabis Cup location on the map

The Cannabis Cup takes place mostly at the Melkweg culture centre. You can find it at the centre of the map below.

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Article about the Cannabis Cup 2015, including details of tickets, locaiton, musical guests and celebrity appearances.

Gear Up for 420 at the 2020 Cannabis Cup Central Valley

4/20 is less than two months away. And the 2020 High Times Cannabis Cup Central Valley is even closer. Over the April 18-19 weekend, denizens of high-mindedness from around the country and around the world will gather in Sacramento, California to kick off the 420 season with the world’s foremost cannabis experience and competition.

But the Cannabis Cup competition, which will bring together the best products in the market across 17 categories, is only one part of the weekend-long festivities. Live music by top artists, delectable food trucks with infused offerings, rides, games, VIP experiences, giveaways and a completely legal environment for buying and consuming cannabis in all of its glorious forms are even more reasons to get excited about this year’s Cannabis Cup Central Valley.

Experience the Best Cannabis Products Available

In 2018, High Times made history when its Cannabis Cup Central Valley became the first-ever licensed recreational cannabis event in California. For the first time at a California cannabis festival, any attendees over the age of 21 could legally purchase and partake inside the event itself.

The momentous occasion attracted record numbers of attendees, along with Grammy-winning rap and hip hop artists like Cypress Hill, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Ms. Lauren Hill, Gucci Mane, Rich The Kid, Rick Ross and more. In fact, High Times’ first-ever recreational cannabis festival in California was so successful, it was able to donate $125,000 to Sacramento’s Build Black Coalition, an organization with a mission to bring justice, prosperity, and economic opportunity to Sacramento’s African-American community.

The festival lineup for the 2020 Cannabis Cup Central Valley is still hush-hush. But you can stay tuned to updates by visiting cannabiscup.com. That’s also where you can buy tickets and VIP experiences, weekend pass wristbands, get information about the festival location, parking and more.

Exhibitors and anyone interested in competing in this year’s Cannabis Cup Central Valley can get in touch with High Times through the site or by emailing [email protected] You can even apply to be a judge for this year’s Cup!

Who Will Take Home This Year’s Central Valley Cup?

Last year’s admirable showing can only mean that this year’s Cup will feature products that are better than ever. Will 2019’s prize winners keep their winning streak alive? Or will new entries shake things up?

High Times Cannabis Cups award first, second and third place to product entries in 17 categories, including flower, extracts, edibles, vape pens, moon rocks, and cartridges. Judged according to five criteria—aesthetics and packaging, aroma, taste, effectiveness and ease of use—the top candidates are those that earn the highest scores in each. Of course, the criteria will vary based on category—don’t eat the topicals!

Last year, Space Gem brought home first for Best Edible. Top-Shelf Cultivation placed in both Best Sativa and Best Indica flower categories, while Team Elite won first for Best Sativa and Second in the Hybrid Flower competition. Concentrates by Apex had impressive showings in multiple concentrate competitions, and Raw Garden nearly swept the Best Vape Cartridge competition.

It’s impossible not to get excited about how awesome those products were, and how incredible they’ll be for this year’s Cannabis Cup Central Valley. And the best part is, they’re not just for the judges. Because you can buy and consume cannabis on festival grounds, you’ll be able to sample some of the Best Flower, or the Best Topicals, or the Best Cartridges or Edibles, and even take some home for yourself. See you there!

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