Amsterdam

HIGH TIMES returns to Amsterdam for its 27th Cannabis Cup. It’s scheduled during Thanksgiving Week, a five-day celebration of international cannabis products. Each year, the legend of the Cannabis Cup grows as judges return home to share highlights of the event. The Cannabis Cup has always enabled judges to experience true cannabis freely and without worry, regardless of whether they are a medical patient or reside in an area where cannabis is outlawed.

What is the Amsterdam Cannabis Cup about? 
This year HIGH TIMES will be celebrating its 27th year hosting the Amsterdam Cannabis Cup, where every attendee has the opportunity to vote for their favorite strain and companies who host booths at the week-long Expo outdo each other in their attempts to impress judges. It's a party the likes of which few people have seen. And if there is ever a moment when, as an attendee, you just can't possibly smoke one more joint (come on, it's happened to everybody), look around -- you're in AMSTERDAM! Go see the sights (and they are gorgeous).

Anyway, we thought that the 27th year of HT's Cannabis Cup was the perfect time to map out the past 25 years. Some of the info is missing -- mostly because we don't remember everything -- but most of its there, so enjoy:
 
1988 -- 1st Cannabis Cup
Judges: Three (Steve Hager, Dr. Indoors, photographer)
Entrants: Super Sativa Seed Club, Sensi Seed Club, Nevil’s Seed Bank, Cultivators’ Choice
Winners: Cultivators’ Choice -- Skunk #1
 
1989 -- 2nd Cannabis Cup
Judges: Six
Entrants: Super Sativa Seed Club, Sensi Seed Club, Nevil’s Seed Bank, Cultivators’ Choice
Winners: Nevil’s Seed Bank -- Early Pearl/Skunk #1 x Northern Lights #5/Haze
 
1990 -- 3rd Cannabis Cup
Judges: Included Furry Freak Brothers artists Gilbert Shelton and Paul Mavrides, founders of the Dutch Provo activist movement
Winners: Nevil’s Seed Bank -- Northern Lights #5
Artist: Gilbert Shelton and Paul Mavrides
Memorable moments: first Freedom Fighter of the Year award given to Thom Harris
 
1991 -- 4th Cannabis Cup
Judges: Included Simon Vinkenoog and Rodger Belknap
Entrants: Coffeeshops replace seed companies
Winners: Free City - Skunk
 
1992 -- 5th Cannabis Cup
Judges: included Elvy Musikka and Dr. Eric Fromberg
Entrants: return of the seed companies: Sensi Seed Bank, Homegrown Fantasy, Bluebird, others
Winners: Haze x Skunk #1 -- Homegrown Fantasy
Memorable moments: Freedom Fighter of the Year award given to Elvy Musikka
 
1993 -- 6th Cannabis Cup
Judges: 50; celebrity judges included Gatewood Galbraith, Jack Herer, Paul Krassner and Sebastian Bach
Entrants: Dutch Passion, NHV, Nirvana and Sensi Seed Bank, 22 coffeeshops
Winners: Sensi Seed Bank -- Haze x Northern Lights #5
Memorable moments: event open to the public for first time; Robin Ludwig creates the first Cannabis Cup trophies, Green House enters for first time; Freedom Fighter of the Year award given to Gatewood Galbraith
 
1994 -- 7th Cannabis Cup
Judges: 700 judges; celebrity judges included Soma, Chris Conrad, Jack Herer and Enuff Z’Nuff
Entrants: Sensi Seed Bank, Cerebral Seeds, Positronics, 15 coffeeshops
Winners: Sensi Seed Bank -- Jack Herer
Artist: Kenny Scharf
Memorable moments: evening ceremonies move to Melkweg; article about Cup appears in The New York Times Magazine; Freedom Fighter of the Year award given to Jack Herer
 
1995 -- 8th Cannabis Cup
Theme: Rainbow Family
Judges: 1,500 judges; celebrity judges include Stephen and Ina May Gaskin, Alex and Allyson Grey, Ed Rosenthal and Chef RA
Entrants: 21 coffeeshops; five seed companies, two entries from US, one from Canada, one from Switzerland
Winners: White Widow -- Green House wins four Cups; Sensi Seed Bank wins Seed Company Cup; Bluebird wins the Hash Cup.
Artist: Alex Grey
Memorable moments: event takes on a theme for the first time; Green House wins Cannabis Cup for first time; Morley Safer attends and produces a feature for 60 Minutes
 
1996 -- 9th Cannabis Cup
Theme: Native American
Judges: Celebrity judges include Dennis Peron, Mel Frank, John Trudell, Mila, Felipe Chavez and Eagle Bill.
Winners: White Russian -- De Dampkring (won four Cups total)
Artist: Jeff Wood
 
1997 -- 10th Cannabis Cup
Theme: Reggae / Rasta
Judges: celebrity judges include Rita Marley, Ras Menelik, Rocker T, Robin Ludwig, Mountain Girl, the HIGH TIMES staff
Winners: Peace Maker - De Dampkring; Homegrown Fantasy wins the Seed Company Cup
Memorable moments: Counterculture Hall of Fame is introduced, with Bob Marley becoming the first inductee
 
1998 -- 11th Cannabis Cup
Theme: Jazz
Judges: John Sinclair
Winners: Green House -- Super Silver Haze
Artist: Banks Clayton
Memorable moments: inductions of Louis Armstrong and Mezz Mezzrow into the Counterculture Hall of Fame; De Dampkring pulls out, declaring the event had become too commercial
 
1999 -- 12th Cannabis Cup
Theme: The Beats
Judges: Celebrity judges included Robert Anton Wilson, Carolyn Cassady, John Cassady, Paul Krassner
Winners: Green House -- Super Silver Haze
Artist: Sweetbryar Ludwig
Performers: Fishbone, Culture, Kottonmouth Kings
Memorable moments: Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs are inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame; Seed Company Cup is split into two categories (sativa and indica)
 
2000 -- 13th Cannabis Cup
Theme: Goddess
Judges: Cannabis Castaways (HT reality show stars chosen by Steve Hager)
Winners: Blueberry from the Noon; Kali Mist from Serious Seeds for sativa and Blueberry from Dutch Passion for indica.
Artist: Steve Marcus
Performers: Patti Smith, Upright Citizens Brigade, Jefferson Starship, Galactic
Memorable moments: Ina May Gaskin becomes the first living inductee into the Counterculture Hall of Fame; Cannabis Cup is decided by six Cannabis Castaways instead of public judges; Freedom Fighter of the Year award given to Keith Stroup
 
2001 -- 14th Cannabis Cup
Winners: Barney’s Breakfast Bar -- Sweet Tooth
Performers: 311, Steel Pulse
Memorable moments: Paul Krassner is inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame; event scaled down due to 9/11 tragedy; Barney’s wins Cup for first time; Freedom Fighter of the Year award given to Vivian McPeak
 
2002 -- 15th Cannabis Cup
Theme: Peace
Winners: Barney’s -- Morning Glory; Mother’s Finest from Sensi Seed Bank won the Sativa; Hog from THSeeds won the Indica.
Performers: Fishbone, Steel Pulse
Memorable moments: Bob Dylan and Joan Baez inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame; Cup founder Steve Hager is arrested for possessing too much pot; first Cannabis Cup DVD is released
 
2003 -- 16th Cannabis Cup
Theme: Conspiracy
Winners: Hawaiian Snow - Green House; White Haze from White Label Seeds won the Sativa; and MK-ULTRA from THSeeds won the Indica. :
Performers: George Clinton
Memorable moments: Jack Herer is inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame; Freedom Fighter of the Year award given to Mike and Valerie Corral
 
2004 -- 17th Cannabis Cup
Winners: Barney’s - Amnesia Haze
Artist: Jeff Wood
Memorable moments: Stephen Gaskin inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame; Freedom Fighter of the Year given to Eddy Lepp; Canadian seed companies (Reeferman Seeds and BC Bud Depot) enter for first time and win Indica and Sativa Cups
 
2005 -- 18th Cannabis Cup
Theme: Native American
Winners: Barney’s -- Willie Nelson; The Indica Cup was won by Lavender from Soma Seeds, and DNA took the Sativa Cup with Martian Mean Green.
Artist: Jeff Wood
Performers: Patti Smith, John Trudell
Memorable moments: John Trudell is inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame; Alex White Plume is named Freedom Fighter of the Year
 
2006 -- 19th Cannabis Cup
Winners: Green House - Arjan’s Ultra Haze #1; Kiwi Seeds won the Sativa Cup with Mako Haze, Big Buddha Seeds won the Indica Cup with Big Buddha Cheese.
Artist: Alex Grey
Performers: Kottonmouth Kings and Muck Sticky
Memorable moments: Garrick Beck and Barry “Plunker” Adams are inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame; Bobby Black arrested for distributing weed; Freedom Fighter of the Year award given to Richard Lee
 
2007—20th Cannabis Cup
Theme: Comedy
Judges: Tommy Chong
Winners: G-13 Haze -- Barney’s wins Cannabis Cup, Hash Cup and Nederhash Cup; The Sativa Cup was won by Apothecary Seed's Kia Kush, while the Indica Cup was won by Amnesia Seed's Top Dog.
Artist: Jeff Wood
Performers: Tommy Chong, Redman, Moe, Pyrx
Memorable moments: Expo, Opening Ceremonies and Awards Show all moved to the PowerZone; 20th anniversary DVD is released; a tarot deck featuring the High Times staff and Cup celebs; Cheech and Chong inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame; Freedom Fighter of the Year award given to Tommy Chong
 
2008 -- 21st Cannabis Cup
Winners: Super Lemon Haze -- Green House
Performers: Andrew Tosh, Kimani Marley, Cenci Wailer
Memorable moments: Peter Tosh is inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame;
 
2009 -- 22nd Cannabis Cup
Theme: Smugglers
Winners: Super Lemon Haze -- Green House
Artist: Steve Marcus
Performers: Slightly Stoopid, Dilated Peoples, Easy Star All-Stars, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Starship, David Peel
Memorable moments: HT founder Tom Forcade is inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame; Freedom Fighter of the Year award given to Rick Simpson
 
2010 -- 23rd Cannabis Cup
Theme: Hip-Hop
Winners: Tangerine Dream -- Barney’s
Artist: Dome
Performers: Kid Cudi, Dilated Peoples, Devin the Dude, DJ Muggs, Del the Funky Homosapien, Curren$y
Memorable moments: Coke LaRock is inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame
 
2011 -- 24th Cannabis Cup
Theme: Psychedelic
Judges: Michael and Carol Randall, Travis Ashbrook of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love
Winners: Liberty Haze -- Barney’s
Artist: Punchgut
Performers: B-Real, B.O.B, Winstrong, Dilated Peoples, DJ Logic
Memorable moments: Expo moves to new venue Borchland and is raided by Dutch police; Debbie Goldsberry is named Freedom Fighter of the Year; “Farmer” John Griggs is inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame; Freedom Fighter of the Year award given to Debby Goldsberry
 
2012 -- 25th Cannabis Cup
Winners: Green House -- Flower Bomb Kush
Artist: Billy Perkins
Performers: Ghostface Killa, MF Doom, Styles P, Fun Loving Criminals
 
2013 -- 25th Cannabis Cup
Gold Coast Collection -- Whitewalker OG
Artist: Billy Perkins
Performers: The Wailers, Marlon Asher, Smif-n-Wessun, Cam'ron, Killer Mike, El-P
Check out all the 2013 Cannabis Cup Winners!

 

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FAQ

 

Where can I find information on Travel Packages to this year's Cannabis Cup?
A great place to start is our Travel Partner CS TRAVEL. They have full packages with lots of hotel choices and airfare included.

Where will this event take place?
The location of the event will be announced shortly.

What are the dates for this year’s Cannabis Cup?
The HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup is always held in Amsterdam during the week of Thanksgiving. The 27th Cannabis Cup will be held from November 23-27, 2014.

When will Cannabis Cup judge’s passes go on sale?
Judge’s passes are on sale NOW!!!

How can I buy a 2014 Cannabis Cup judge’s pass?
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR PASS NOW!

How much are the 2014 Cannabis Cup judge’s passes?
Passes are available for $269.00

Can I buy a Cannabis Cup judge’s pass at the event?
Yes, you may buy a Cannabis Cup judge’s pass at the door. EUROS ONLY. NO CREDIT CARDS PLEASE.

I bought a Cannabis Cup judge’s pass, when are you going to mail it to me?
Once your payment is processed YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION FOR YOUR ORDER. IN YOUR EMAIL CONFIRMATION, YOU WILL RECEIVE A PRINTABLE TICKET WITH A BAR CODE. PLEASE PRINT AND BRING THIS TICKET WITH YOU TO THE EVENT OR HAVE IT ON YOUR SMARTPHONE.

Are the Cannabis Cup judge’s passes refundable?
No, but they are transferable and may be re-sold to someone else if you are unable to attend. When transferring or re-selling a ticket all you have to do is give the ticket to person attending. No need to contact HIGH TIMES or Event Brite.

Do I get free weed with my judges pass?
No. You must purchase samples at the coffeeshops, although some shops have booths at the expo, and some of these booths give free samples, usually in vapor bags.

What does the judges’ pass entitle me to?
The judges pass includes admission to all ceremonies, concerts, seminars and the expo for four days, an event t-shirt and program guide, free bus tours to and from the expo, and the right to vote.

Is the Cup wheelchair-friendly?
Many shops are wheelchair friendly and the main floor of the expo is accessible by wheelchair. We have many wheelchair participants every year and welcome your participation.

I can’t afford the pass. Can I still attend the event?
Yes. You can buy single ticket admission to the expo only for 50 euro — these day passes are not available in advance.

I’m planning a vacation to Amsterdam next year. I would like to acquire a book and/or information on the city. Do you have anything like that?
You can get a lot of free info online by searching “Amsterdam Hotels”; “Amsterdam Travel Guide”; and “Amsterdam Coffeeshops”.

CONTACT

Interested in buying a booth, sponsoring, or entering the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup? Contact us here:
Email: cannabiscup@hightimes.com
Phone: 212-387-0500

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