Our Mission

High Times Cannabis Cups are designed to identify and award the best cannabis products everywhere. Now, we have designed the Hemp Cup to identify and award the best Hemp-Derived products everywhere. We oversee the collection and judging of the most effective and well-produced products in each market in which we operate. Our process was painstakingly crafted to ensure that our Cups are conducted in the fairest and most transparent way possible in full compliance with local and state law. The sales division of HIGH TIMES has no say or influence in the Cup winner. Buying a High Times sponsorship, booth, or advertising has no impact on our competitions. All entrants, while always complying with state and/or local, rules and regulations, have an equal opportunity to win. No single person can determine a winner or sway the process.

Hemp Cup Competition Categories

1. Hemp-Derived CBD Ingestibles – Food items

2. Hemp-Derived CBD Ingestibles – Non-Food items

3. Hemp-Derived CBD Topicals

4. Hemp-Derived CBD Flower

5. Hemp-Derived CBD Pre-Rolls

6. Hemp-Derived CBD Concentrates

7. Hemp-Derived CBD Vape Pens

8. Hemp-Derived CBD Pet Products – Must own a house-pet to base testing on

Entry Submission Guidelines

Step 1:

All products entered must be from a licensed CBD Grower, Processor or Retailer. All products must be legally considered Hemp-Derived CBD as defined by the Farm Bill. ​At the federal level, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334, (the 2018 Farm Bill) was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018. Among other things, this new law changes certain federal authorities relating to the production and marketing of hemp, defined as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” These changes include removing hemp from the CSA, which means that cannabis plants and derivatives that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis are no longer controlled substances under federal law.

Competitors must deliver their products and provide their licensed, lab results proving that the products meet the requirements of the Farm Bill, and an invoice for a maximum of $.01 per entry. Entries must be delivered with proper labeling for “High Times” with indication of brand name, product name, and category that you are entering.

Step 2:

Entries are ​$500​ per entry, or ​$250​ per entry with the purchase of a booth. We offer discounts on entries if submitting more than 5 entries. Please contact your High Times Sales Rep or email ​enterthecup@hightimes.com​ to complete your entry into the competition. You can pay over the phone by credit card or in person by cash, credit card or check. If paying by check please make check payable to: High Times Productions.

Step 3:

Once we have payment confirmation, you will receive a follow-up email with all details and instructions of where and when to drop off your competition entries at our official intake dispensary partner.

Step 4:

Entries must be ​Packaged & Delivered​ to official Cup distribution point.
Dates to submit product:​ Monday, February 17-Friday, February 21, 2020
Location to submit product: ​revealed to competitors upon confirmation of entry submission. Entries may be shipped to location or hand-delivered.

Judging & Awards Show​: After all entries are submitted and the window is closed, High Times will deliver products in categorical kits to all judges for judging at home using our online scorecard. Judges have 2 weeks to judge. Results are tallied and winners are announced during the ​Awards Show on Friday, March 20.

Hemp Flower/PreRolls: ​(Hemp-Derived Flower with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis that is intended to be inhaled.)

  • Please provide 28 grams of clearly labeled flower or pre-rolls packaged into 1 gram increments that are ready to be resold to judges with instructions on how to use them. If you would like to submit a pre-roll or cannagar that is more than 1g, please contact competition@hightimes.com
  • Each of the 28 units submitted should be packaged in child-resistant containers with all packaging and labeling

Hemp Concentrates:​ ​(Hemp-Derived Concentrates with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis that is intended to be inhaled)

  • Please provide 28 packages of clearly labeled concentrates packaged into .5 gram increments that is ready to be resold to judges with instructions on how to use
  • Each of the 28 units submitted should be packaged in child-resistant containers with all packaging and labelingHemp Vape Pens & Cartridges:​

(Hemp-Derived Vape Pens & Cartridges with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis that is intended to be inhaled)

  • Please provide 28 clearly labeled packages of .5g cartridges that is ready to be resold to judges with instructions on how to use
  • Please provide a battery for each cartridge. Rubber-band each cartridge in its compliant packaging to the battery.Hemp Ingestibles – Food Items:​ (Hemp-

Derived ingestibles with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis that is intended to be ingested. Must be food items such as chocolate, gummies, ice cream etc)

  • Please provide 28 packages of clearly labeled ingestibles that are ready to be resold to judges with instructions on how to use them.

Hemp Ingestibles – Non-Food Items:​ (Hemp-Derived ingestibles with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis that is intended to be ingested. Must be Non-food items such as tinctures, capsules, sublinguals, etc)

  • Please provide 28 packages of clearly labeled ingestibles that are ready to be resold to judges with instructions on how to use them.

Hemp Topicals:​ (Hemp-Derived topicals with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis that is intended to be used topically including ointments, lotions, balms, and transdermals.)

  • Please provide 28 packages of clearly labeled topicals that are ready to be resold to judges with instructions on how to use them.

Hemp Pet Products:​ Hemp-Derived products designed for Pets with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

  • Please provide 28 packages of clearly labeled pet products that are ready to be resold to judges with instructions on how to use them for their pet and what affects to look out for.

Contest Rules

  1. Each competitor must be a properly licensed company to produce hemp-derived products and provide current, un-expired license information.
  2. Competitors must have been paid in full for their entries in order to submit their products into the competition.
  3. High Times will provide each competitor with information on what, where, when and how you may drop off your competition entries to the High Times team. Please follow all instructions. These procedures have been developed to comply with local and state laws. If all instructions are not followed, competitors may risk their chance at entering the competition or having their products scored.
  4. Each competitor agrees to provide intake samples to the designated dispensary or distribution facility, as selected by High Times, at zero cost or at wholesale cost, depending on the local laws and requirements. High Times and each competition entrant shall mutually agree on a price in order to accept the entries into the competition. High Times will set the individual sample and total entry amount per category based on the compliance of local laws.
  5. Competitors may not influence any of the judges.
  6. Competitors may not also be judges, and vice versa.
  7. Competitors may enter as many entries per category and as many categories as they wish, however, each competitor may only win up to 1 award per category. The more entries per category, the higher your chances of one of your products winning, but you can only place once per category.
  8. Competitors may request to receive the judges scores and comments for the
    products they entered.

For those competitors entering multiple entries in a given category: 

This rule relates directly to competitors entering multiple entries per category, whether it be via dispensary shops, collectives, co-ops, collaborations with other entities or via any other legal entity of the same name brand: 

A competitor may only win ONE award per category, regardless of how many collaborations they put together, or how many entries they have in a category. This rule is in place to prevent competitors from “stacking the field” and ensures a level playing field for everyone involved. Because competitors will only be eligible to receive one award, the higher of the awards will be awarded and the rest dropped from award consideration. For example, if a competitor places 1st and 3rd in a category, they will win 1st Place only with the 3rd Place entry being dropped and the next highest score moving up into its place. PLEASE NOTE: The above rules may affect “collaboration” entries as well. For example, if Competitor A wins 1st Place and also wins 3rd Place via a collaboration entry with Competitors B and C, 3rd Place will still be dropped from consideration even if the collaboration partners B and C were not a part of the 1st Place entry.

*All products entered must be purely Hemp-Derived products as defined by the Farm Bill. At the federal level, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334, (the 2018 Farm Bill) was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018. Among other things, this new law changes certain federal authorities relating to the production and marketing of hemp, defined as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” These changes include removing hemp from the CSA, which means that cannabis plants and derivatives that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis are no longer controlled substances under federal law.

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