Competition Categories

The 2024 Emerald Cup Awards will feature winners from the following categories:

See full category definitions below

FLOWER:

Sungrown
Mixed Light
Sungrown Greenhouse
Indoor
3rd Party Certified
Personal Use

SOLVENTLESS CONCENTRATE:

Rosin
Ice Water Hash
Personal Use

CARTRIDGE:

Solventless
Live Resin
Distillate

TOPICAL:

Therapeutic
Personal Use

ALTERNATIVE CANNABINOIDS:

Flower
Cartridge
Topical
Tincture
Edible
Health Conscious Edible
Beverage
Hemp Flower
Hemp Topical
Hemp Consumable (edible/beverage/tablet/gummies)

ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS PACKAGING

PHOTO COMPETITION:

(Photo Submission window Feb 19 thru Mar 17, 2024)

Amateur
Professional

WILLIE NELSON AWARD:

Lifetime achievement award in cannabis

PRE ROLL:

Non Infused
Solventless Infused
Solvent/Hydrocarbon Infused
Hemp Wrap
Deluxe Joints (2gr+)

SOLVENT/ HYDROCARBON:

Hydrocarbon

EDIBLE:

Sweet
Savory
Gummy
Beverages
Beverage Enhancer
Health Conscious

TINCTURE:

Tincture
Wellness

MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT:

Industry Asset
Consumable

BEST DISPENSARY:

(Dispensary nomination window Feb 19 thru Mar 17, 2024)

North
Central
South

REQUIRED ENTRY AMOUNTS:

Licensed:

Flower: (All THC categories) – 4oz
PreRoll: 37 single units/30 multipack units
Concentrate: (Solventless/Solvent) – 23 1gr units
Cartridges: 20 units
Infused: (Edible, Tincture, Topical) – 20 units
Alternative Cannabinoid & Hemp Flower: 1oz
Most Innovative Product: (Consumable & Industry Asset) – 5 units

REQUIRED ENTRY AMOUNTS:

Personal:

Flower: 4oz
Solventless: 28 1gr units
Topical: 28 units

FLOWER SUB-CATEGORY GUIDE:

Category Definitions:

Flower (Blind):

Sungrown – Full sun, full term outdoor cultivation of mature cannabis without the use of artificial lighting in the canopy area at any point in time and without the use of a protective structure; artificial lighting is permissible only to maintain immature plants​ (Breeder’s Cup)

Mixed Light – Cannabis cultivation in a greenhouse, hoop-house, glasshouse or other similar structure using light deprivation and/or artificial lighting methods (Breeder’s Cup)

Sungrown Greenhouse – Cannabis cultivation with or without use of manual tarps/deps and without automated or artificial lighting in a greenhouse, hoop-house, glasshouse or other similar structure.

Indoor – Cultivation of mature cannabis flower under artificial lighting and in a climate-controlled environment (Breeder’s Cup)

3rd Party Certified – Mature cannabis flower from cultivations that have been certified for clean product and environmentally responsible practices by a third-party, independent organization

Personal Use Flower – Mature cannabis flower from homegrown, personal use gardens. For personal use not commercial sale

Pre-Roll – Non Infused – Non Infused – Pre rolled flower joints

Pre-Roll – Infused Solventless Extract – Pre rolled flower joints infused with solventless extracted cannabis concentrate

Pre-Roll – Infused – Solvent Extract – Pre rolled flower joints infused with a solvent extracted cannabis concentrate

Deluxe Joints – Hash holes, experiential, large deluxe joints ex cannagars, etc


Solventless Concentrate (Blind):

Ice Water Hash – Cannabis concentrate made by ice/water extraction

Rosin – Hash that has been followed by a secondary heat and/or pressure process

Personal Use Ice Water Hash/Rosin – Cannabis concentrate made by ice/water extraction or followed by a secondary heat/pressure process. For personal use not commercial sale


Solvent Concentrate (Blind):

Hydrocarbon – (Batter, Shatter, Sauce, Diamonds, etc) – Extraction technique using hydrocarbon solvents to extract cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis plant material


Cartridge:

Solventless Rosin – Cartridges containing solventless cannabis concentrate

Distillate – Cartridges containing solvent extracted cannabis that has been purified through distillation

Live Resin – Cartridges containing solvent extracted cannabis from fresh, not dried and cured, flower


Infused:

Edible – Savory – Any savory food item that is infused with cannabis

Edible – Sweet – Any sweet food item that is infused with cannabis

Edible – Gummies – Any gummy food item that is infused with cannabis

Edible – Health Conscious – Any food item that is infused with cannabis and prioritizes reducing/eliminating inflammatory and/or allergenic ingredients (ie sugar, gluten, HFCS, nuts, etc)

Beverage – Any drinkable food item that is infused with cannabis

Beverage Enhancer – Any drinkable food item that is infused with cannabis and meant to be combined with/added to a beverage for consumption

Tincture – Cannabis infused alcohol or oil based oral application

Topical – Therapeutic – Cannabis infused products applied directly to the skin

Personal Use Topical
– Cannabis infused products applied directly to the skin. For personal use, not commercial sale.


Alternative Cannabinoids:

(including CBD CBG CBN, etc)

Flower(Blind) (Breeder’s Cup)

Hemp CBD Flower – (Blind)

Hemp Derived Ingestible – Edible items produced using hemp, not cannabis

Hemp Derived Topical – Topical items produced using hemp, not cannabis

Edible – Any food item infused with non-THC dominant cannabis

Health Conscious Edible – Any food item infused with non-THC dominant cannabis and prioritizes reducing/eliminating inflammatory and/or allergenic ingredients (ie sugar, gluten, HFCS, nuts, etc)

Beverage – Any drinkable food item that is infused with non-THC dominant cannabis
Tincture – non-THC dominant cannabis infused alcohol or oil based oral application

Topical – non- THC dominant  – cannabis infused products applied directly to the skin

Cartridge – cartridges containing non-THC dominant cannabis concentrate


Other Awards:

Most Innovative Product – Consumable – (Combustible, edible, etc) New, groundbreaking products being introduced to the cannabis market, consumption focused

Most Innovative Product – Industry Asset – (Tools, cultivation aids, etc)  New, groundbreaking products being introduced to the cannabis market, production/operation focused

Eco Conscious Packaging Award – Packaging that is designed to have the smallest impact on the environment and leave the smallest carbon footprint. Eco-friendly, biodegradable (but preferably compostable), recyclable, reusable, non-toxic, made from recycled products, based in biomass or natural products or manufactured through low-impact means, are all eligible

Photo Contest – Professional – Best photo depicting cannabis or the cannabis lifestyle

Photo Contest – Amateur – Best photo depicting cannabis or the cannabis lifestyle, chosen by public vote

Best Dispensary – Northern, Central and Southern California, chosen by public vote