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Here Are the Winners of the 2021 High Times Cannabis Cup Arizona

More than 1,400 judges voted for the winners of the 2021 High Times Cannabis Cup Arizona awards.
More than 1,400 judges voted for the winners of the 2021 High Times Cannabis Cup Arizona awards. Cannabiscup.com

The results of the 2021 High Times Cannabis Cup Arizona are in. The winners include makers of edibles, vape pens, concentrates, and a California company that swept all three flower categories.

Founded in Amsterdam in 1988 by former High Times magazine editor Steve Hager, the Cannabis Cup has grown into the world’s premier cannabis championship, with annual competitions taking place in more than a dozen cities. This year marked the first High Times Cannabis Cup in Arizona, and the first People’s Choice Edition, in which the general public participated in voting.

Judge kits for each of the eight categories went on sale (ranging from $79 to $239) at dispensaries Valleywide starting June 12, and results were announced August 22. More than 1,400 judges voted for the winners among 120 entries from 45 brands.

Connected Cannabis Co. and Alien Labs won first place in all three flower categories (indica, sativa, and hybrid).


“We’re proud to receive top honors across all flower categories in the cannabis industry’s most competitive product awards for Arizona,” Connected CEO Sam Ghods said. “Our first-place rankings in Cannabis Cup Arizona are a testament not only to the success of our complex breeding program and premium genetics portfolio but also our ability to cultivate quality cannabis at scale.”

click to enlarge Gelato 41 by Alien Labs, first-place winner in the pre-roll category. - MATTIO COMMUNICATIONS
Gelato 41 by Alien Labs, first-place winner in the pre-roll category.
Mattio Communications

Local company Baked Bros won first place in the “Edibles – Gummies” category with its Prickly Pear Lemonade OG Kush Stoney Gummies. The gummies contain THC, CBD, and Delta 8, and are the company’s newest product. They debuted during the Cannabis Cup. “Baked Bros was born and raised in Arizona,” Baked Bros co-founder and chief marketing officer Nadeem Al-Hasan said. “We entered the dispensaries in 2015, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of the first Arizona High Times Cannabis Cup.”

Here is the complete list of 2021 High Times Cannabis Cup Arizona winners:

Indica flower
1st place: Kryptochronic by Alien Labs
2nd place: Modified Banana by Shango x True Harvest
3rd place: Ice Cream Cake by Aeriz

Sativa flower
1st place: Melonade by Alien Labs
2nd place: Anslinger’s Demise by Shango x True Harvest
3rd place: Jenny Kush by Aeriz

Hybrid flower
1st place: Gushers by Connected Cannabis Co.
2nd place: Alien Cookies by Shango x True Harvest
3rd place: Mac1 by Aeriz

Pre-rolls
1st place: Gelato 41 Pre-Roll by Alien Labs
2nd place: Kush Mints x Dark Knight Diamond-Roll by MPX
3rd place: Dosido Pre-Roll by Item 9 Labs

Alien Cookies Live Rosin by Shango and True Harvest - SHANGO
Alien Cookies Live Rosin by Shango and True Harvest
Shango

Concentrates

1st place: Alien Cookies Live Rosin by Shango x True Harvest
2nd place: Strawberry Banana Live Resin Diamonds by HOLOH extracts
3rd place: Platinum Kush Breath Badder by Earth Extracts

Vape pens
1st place: Black and Blue Kush by Item 9 Labs
2nd place: Rocket Pop Vape Pen by K.I.N.D. – Sweet Karts
3rd place: Maui Wowie Vape by Bloom

click to enlarge Baked Bros' new Prickly Pear Lemonade OG Kush Stoney Gummies - BAKED BROS
Baked Bros' new Prickly Pear Lemonade OG Kush Stoney Gummies
Baked Bros

Edibles – gummies
1st place: Prickly Pear Lemonade OG Kush Stoney Gummies by Baked Bros
2nd place: 100mg Watermelon Indica Gummies by Pure
3rd place: Indica Sugar Plum Gummies by KIVA x CAMINO

Edibles – non-gummies
1st place: Hazelnut Truffles by Ediquette Edibles
2nd place: French Chocolate Brownie Bites by Good Things Coming
3rd place: Tangerine Mints by Wana
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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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