Emerald Cup opens Entries for 18th Annual Competition & Awards

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Emerald Cup (The Emerald Cup), globally recognized as the “Academy Awards of Cannabis” is proud to announce the entry window for the 18th annual Emerald Cup Competition & Awards. The iconic cannabis competition, celebrating excellence in the sungrown cannabis world and awarding the “best-in-class” in their community will begin their submission process starting on Monday, January 3, 2022 thru Friday January 28, 2022. Those looking to enter the competition or for more information, should visit https://enter.theemeraldcup.com.

For the 2022 competition, Emerald Cup consists of over 40 judged categories (a full list below) –  a full-spectrum of cannabis including flowers, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and more – with nine brand new classifications for the upcoming awards including Sungrown Greenhouse, Pre Roll – Infused – Solventless Extract, Pre Roll – Infused – Solvent Extract, Solventless Rosin Cartridge, Edible – Gummies, Edible – Beverage Enhancer, Hemp Derived Ingestible, Most Innovative Product – Consumable, and Most Innovative Product – Industry Asset.


The Emerald Cup Competition & Awards offers a transparent and trusted chance for California’s best cultivators, extractors, movers, shakers, and cool-product-makers to put their best head-to-head against the rest. The 18th annual cannabis competition is a constantly evolving entity. For this next edition, significant changes have been addressed based on advancements in testing and the competition is always fine-tuning their approach to the judging criteria.

All winners will be announced by the organization at a formal ceremony in Los Angeles in springtime with an accompanying virtual broadcast. The recognition from peers and consumers alike that comes along with an Emerald Cup achievement can be transformational for a brand as it highlights their commitment to the culture by crafting clean cannabis. The California cannabis market is stronger when united and the 2022 Emerald Cup Awards will bridge the gap between the NorCal and SoCal markets, providing more opportunities for farmers and brands and new options for consumers.

“The Harvest Ball was the official start of the Emerald Cup competition,” reveals founder and executive producer Tim Blake. “Over the next 6 weeks, contestants can submit their entries. I feel like a kid at Christmas waiting to see all the latest flowers and products from the best of the best our community has to offer up. I’m never disappointed. Our Emerald Cup Awards ceremony will be a stellar moment for all the contestants. We’ll broadcast the ceremony across the United States and to a global audience and rock LA with the finest cannabis flowers and products in the world.”

The Emerald Cup Competition & Awards would not be possible without the generous support of SC Labs (Quality Cannabis and Hemp Testing in California & Oregon (sclabs.com)), the Emerald Cup’s 12-year testing partner, who last year debuted new terpene data technology into the judging process (more information available here). An innovation that allows for a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity and range of cannabis chemistry and chemotypes. Through SC Labs’ sorting process, judges rate similar terpene profiles against each other to choose the “best-of-class’ winner for each, much like how wines are judged in similar events.

Official 2022 Emerald Cup Competition & Awards Categories


  • Sungrown – BREEDER’S CUP
  • Mixed Light – BREEDER’S CUP
  • Sungrown Greenhouse – NEW FOR 2022
  • Indoor – BREEDER’S CUP
  • 3rd Party Certified – Sungrown
  • 3rd Party Certified – Mixed Light
  • Personal Use Flower


  • Pre Roll  – Non Infused
  • Pre Roll – Infused – Solventless Extract  – NEW FOR 2022
  • Pre Roll – Infused – Solvent Extract  – NEW FOR 2022


  • Ice Water Hash
  • Rosin
  • Personal Use Ice Water Hash/Rosin
  • Hydrocarbon – Liquid
  • Hydrocarbon – Solid


  • Solventless Rosin
  • Distillate
  • Live Resin


  • Edible – Sweet
  • Edible – Savory
  • Edible – Gummies  – NEW FOR 2022
  • Edible – Beverage
  • Edible – Beverage Enhancer  – NEW FOR 2022


  • Topical – Therapeutic
  • Topical – Cosmetic
  • Personal Use Topical


(Now including CBD, CBG, CBN, etc)

  • Flower – BREEDER’S CUP
  • Hemp CBD Flower
  • Hemp Derived Ingestible – NEW FOR 2022
  • Hemp Derived Topical
  • Edible
  • Beverage
  • Tincture
  • Topical
  • Cartridge


  • Most Innovative Product – Consumable
  • Most Innovative Product – Industry Asset
  • Eco Conscious Indoor Cultivation Award
  • Eco Conscious Packaging Award
  • Photo Contest – Professional
  • Photo Contest – Amateur


Emerald Cup is the world’s premier cannabis heritage brand and iconic live events. While advancing the concept of sustainable, sun-grown farming, the 17-year old organization’s reputation is firmly solidified as the largest, most-respected cannabis competition in the world. As a group, The Emerald Cup prides itself in bringing together leading experts in the cannabis industry to educate and inspire our fellow farmers, patients, and patrons each year. The community celebration has grown to become a global movement honoring the year’s finest organic and sun-grown, cannabis harvest as well as the finest cannabis products available. The Cup has stood as a celebration of excellence and over the years, has seen founder Tim Blake recognized as a guardian of the ever-changing cannabis industry. www.theemeraldcup.com.