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The Emerald Cup 2019 winners and where to buy them

Published on December 16, 2019 · Last updated April 9, 2021
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Smoke ’em if you got ’em. And if you don’t got ’em—go get ’em!

The Emerald Cup 2019—the world’s largest commercial outdoor cannabis contest—wrapped last Sunday in Santa Rosa, California, when judges awarded the Cup to Ridgeline Farms of Humboldt County for their version of the cannabis variety Runtz, out of 700 entrants in 14 categories.

There’s so much more to the contest, though. Expert judges announced 20 runners-up in the outdoor category—called “sun grown”—alone. The Emerald Cup winners list is one of the best snapshots available of what’s great in legal cannabis in California—the biggest legal cannabis market in the world.

Let’s dig into the winners and where to find them.

For the cannabis connoisseur

Best sun grown (outdoor) flower in California

In a stunning repeat of 2018, Humboldt County’s Ridgeline Farms returned to the podium with Ridgeline Runtz. The gassy, berry, sweet Zkittlez x Gelato cross is surging in popularity.

“It’s the most beautiful bud I saw in the entire competition,” said judge Nikki Lastreto. “A Boeing 747 that takes you to space.”

Also, check out Greenshock Farms’ POG (Passion Orange Guava), which came in second, and really, the 20 other top contenders in the contest. Farmers took top spots for superb White Runtz, GMO Cookies, Gelato 41, and Zkittlez.

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(Runtz-Courtesy of @highlyelevated1)

Where to buy them:

Shop for Runtz at Cookies stores in Maywood, and Oakland; as well as Mission Organic, San Francisco; or 7 Stars in Richmond.

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Best greenhouse flowers in California

One of the West Coast’s original growers of OG Kush, Josh D, went home with a huge win for his Ice Cream Cake. Other greenhouse contest finalists included Alien Labs for Baklava and Lit House for Lemon Lava.

Where to buy them:

You can find Josh D products across California, like LAXCC near Los Angeles airport; or Weden, in Santa Ana. Alien Labs and Lit House can also be found on top shelves statewide, including Sparc-Haight, San Francisco; and MedMen stores.

The title of California’s best prerolls went to Talking Trees for their It’s-It cultivar.

Where to buy them:

Talking Trees can be found from Eureka to San Diego, including Harvest HOC in Venice Beach.

Best edibles in California

In the savory contest, established edibles brand Zendo garnered yet another top honor for their peanut butter, which is the best bet for Christmas shoppers statewide. Meanwhile, Stoned Age Mandarin Teriyaki THC Infused Beef Jerky Sticks had us craving some beef. On the sweet side, Atlas granola clusters beat out all contenders, followed by Binske’s mango gummies.

Where to buy them:

Urbana, San Francisco; Berkeley Patients Group, Berkeley; Evolv, Harbor City.

In drinks, we’re excited to try these new Tinley High Horse Spicy Ginger & Lime Sparkling Tonic by Vet’s Leaf & Lakewood Libations. Their Tinley ’27 Coconut Cask Elixir took second.

Where to buy them:

Start with Los Angeles Cannabis Co.

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Tommy Chong meets and greets in Santa Rosa, CA. (Courtesy of Emerald Cup)

For the high-THC adventurer

Best extracts

Getting as close to the plant as possible, Zenganic took first for their Fruit Stripe solventless rosin.

Where to buy them:

Start with Zenganic luxury delivery service in Oakland, CA.

For hash made with ice water, Papa’s Select swept first through fourth places.

Where to buy them:

Papa’s Select can be found statewide at places like Green Cross of Torrance, and Kind People’s in Santa Cruz.

And for solid butane hash oil (BHO), Rainbow Driver by Surprize Surprize, from Sabertooth Farms claimed the gold. In liquid BHO, Terp Hogz’ Zkittlez grabbed first.

Best vape

In the contest for disposable vaporizer cartridges filled with CO2 oil, Eel River Organics upset the field with their Nectar Ancient Lime cart.

Where to buy them:

LAPCG in Los Angeles; Buds & Roses, and Harvest Venice.

Also, California titan Raw Garden took home gold in the live resin carts category for their Lime Mojito Refined Live Resin Cartridge, and fourth for their Raspberry Punch Refined Live Resin Cartridge.

Where to buy them:

Shop Raw Garden statewide at places like LAXCC in Los Angeles and OG Maywood in Maywood.

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(Courtesy of Emerald Cup)

For the folks who don’t want to get high

It’s such a great time to be a low-high or no-high cannabinoid fan.

Super-terpy, CBD-rich flower is coming in hot in 2020—like the Best CBD flower Holy Crunch; an “enhanced flower” grown by Phytologie with genetics from Napro and Biotech Institute. MediHaze from Foothill River Farms and Harle Bubba from Amaranth Farms took second and third, respectively.

Also, shout-out to the Bay Area women elevating California topicals. Marin County’s Cosmic View took gold for their athletic balm. But don’t sleep on second or third—Green Bee’s eye cream, or Om’s Love Balm, respectively.

Where to buy them:

Sweet Flower in Los Angeles; Society Jane delivery San Francisco; and Zenganic delivery, Oakland.

Also for those with low-tolerance—Oakland brand Chemistry took the Cup in the CBD vapes category for their high-CBD Electric Jah.

Women take 1st and 3rd place for best personal flower

Lastly, shout-out to the best personal growers in California. First place winner Paula Jobe-Hudgens wept as she raised her trophy to the sky and said, “This is for my Dad.”

Here’s a link to the full list of Emerald Cup 2019 winners.

What strain do you want to try next? Let Leafly know in the comments below.

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David Downs
David Downs
Leafly Senior Editor David Downs is the former Cannabis Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. He's appeared on The Today Show, and written for Scientific American, The New York Times, WIRED, Rolling Stone, The Onion A/V Club, High Times, and many more outlets. He is a 2023 judge for The Emerald Cup, and has covered weed since 2009.
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