All Cannabis Cup 2022 winners and where to buy them
Can you taste it, leaffolk? 2023 is almost here. This has been a stellar year for weed and weed lovers, both culturally and politically, and things can only go up from here. The New Year is the perfect time to clean out that bong and get it ready for new things.
With dozens of cannabis competitions held this year, from the High Times People’s Choice Cups to the East Coast Cultivators’ Cup, the Cowboy Cup and the Insider’s Transbay Challenges, the winners of 2022 are on a roll emerged. Here are some of the best strains, edibles, and dabs of 2022 and where to find them.
Rosa Certz (David Downs/Leafly)
The golden state remains the gold standard for craft cannabis. This year we polled winners from all tastes and walks of life, including the Emerald Cup, the LA and SF Transbay Challenges (organized by Leafly contributor Jimi Devine), the SoCal High Times Cannabis Cup, the Farmers Cup, and the California State Fair.
Boutique brand Wonderbrett’s Orange Banana was the clear winner of the Farmers’ Cup, taking first place overall as well as Best Aroma, Best Effect, Best Taste and Highest Cannabinoids.
The folks at SoCal spoke with their hearts out when they picked Woah Si Woah from Top Shelf Cultivation and Pink Certz from Sense Cannabis (also winners of the SF Transbay Challenge) as their indica and hybrid flower winners. Team Elite Genetics snagged the sativa trophy with Pearadise. Our 2022 Strain of the Year, Jealousy, grown by LitHouse, took second place.
Fig Farms had a great run at the Emerald Cup, snagging both the indoor corolla and the grower’s cup with Animal Face and Holy Moly! For sun-grown flowers, Farmer and the Felon’s Lemon Sponge Cake came out on top.
Fig Farms Animal Face. Hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)
MOCA Humboldt also won half a dozen terpene and cannabinoid rankings at the CA State Fair for their Wookies, Grape Cookies, and ZOG strains.
If you’re feeling hashish, LA Family Farms’ Rainbow Belts won best hash at LA’s Transbay Challenge, while Bear Labs’ Kiwi Thin Mintz Diamonds came out on top in solvent concentrates.
Rosin-based edibles were also a hit this year. Concentrate brand Kalya Extracts collaborated on two edible winners this year, with papaya raisin gummies from Elefante and cookies from Cosmic Edibles.
Cannastentials splash. (Courtesy of Cannassentials)
Oregon’s Growers’ Cup showcases Beaver State’s best bud. Candy Rain by Kapricorn won for Indoor Flowers, while Spritzer by Cannassentials was victorious in the Sunrown category. Avitas won both the People’s Choice Award and second place in the prerolls.
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Trophies for The Grow-Off 2022. (Courtesy of The Grow-Off)
Colorado loves its fruity strains this year and obviously it’s Runtz.
While DENREC’s Purple Monkey Face Slap won Best Flower Overall at the Connoisseurs Cup, their Zkittlez Kush Mints also won Best Sativa. In the hybrids, a pure Runtz by Lit Dispensary won, and Merakicanna’s Dry Ice was considered the indica winner.
In a twist, Harmony Extracts’ Original Glue beat Runtz for best rosin concentrate. Meanwhile, the Colorado Cannabis Cup named High Level Health’s Runtz the hybrid winner, along with the brand’s Cookie Monster for indica and Sour Orange Zkittlez by Veritas Fine Cannabis for sativa.
Colorado’s commercial Grow Off strain was Super Soldier Serum #3, which secured Growlytics for highest cannabinoids and second place for terpenes.
RS11, also known as Rainbow Sherbert 11. Hybrid. (David Downs/Lewfly)
The competition heats up in Arizona for its second year of recreational sales. The Errl (that’s oil) Cup was the perfect stage for Trumed to assert her dominance with two winning strains, Rainbow Sherbert #11 and CK Jb’s Cut.
In the state of Prairie, major multi-state brands and grower-retailers still dominate competition. Rythm’s Brownie Scout won gold and Revolution Cannabis’ Gorilla’d Cheese won for both hybrid flower and concentrates. To our surprise, Bay Area-based Fig Farms won the sativa category with Figment.
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The High Times Cannabis Cup landed in Michigan, a state we love for its deep-rooted cannabis culture. Despite a long, cold winter, Michigan loves its flavorful, tropical terps, as splashes of Society C and Hypha’s Tropical Runtz beat the competition.
Slap n Tickle freshly harvested at Bountiful Farms. (Courtesy of Bountiful Farms)
Massachusetts knows how to mix the old with the new. Dispensary Bountiful Farms won the Cultivators Cup with Slap n Tickle, while Happy Valley scored in two Cannabis Cup categories for Super Lemon Haze and End Game Cookies.
Yee ha! At the Oklahoma Cowboy Cup, Skye Flower’s Larry Bird and Bar-H-Industries’ Royal Kush won with the lasso.
(Courtesy Humboldt Seed Company)
New York loves its classics. NY Harvest Fest was packed with cannabis lovers that will hopefully be hitting shelves soon when the state’s first recreational dispensaries come online. Although these varieties were not credited, Blueberry Muffin beat all competitors.
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Montana is for (weed) lovers! The Lovers Cup held its inaugural competition, which longtime Leafly collaborator Max Savage Levenson dubbed “a DIY celebration of the best weed for sex, the chilled strains for our long winters, and a much-needed opportunity to raise a glass to our unparalleled crafting community.” designated breeders.”
The first Lovers Cup winners were Pure Remedies, who featured Exotic Genetix creation The Woah!!! won. Tropical Runtz made another winning entry for Best Flavor, this time from Big Sky Buds.
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New York-based freelance cannabis journalist Amelia Williams is a graduate of San Francisco State University’s journalism program and a former budtender. Williams has contributed to GreenState, MG Magazine, Culture Magazine and Cannabis Now, Kirkus Reviews and The Bold Italic of the San Francisco Chronicle.
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