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Amsterdam Cannabis Cup

The chief editor of the High Times magazine, Steven Hager, started this event in 1987. So it has been held for more than 30 years. That is enough time to fine tune organization and build a tradition. The Amsterdam Cannabis Cup usually takes the same format as those before, with experts showcasing their latest strains, celebrity guests and of course music.

Amsterdam Cannabis Cup dates

The Amsterdam Cannabis Cup usually coincides with Thanksgiving in the USA, running around November 24 – 26. However in 2018 it has been held in the middle of summer on 13th to 15th of July.

Arriving in Amsterdam a few days before the event is a good idea. Also getting to the pre-registration event in order to avoid the long queues that plague the Cannabis Cup as much as any large international event.

Accommodation near Cannabis Cup

With event like this it is important to be accommodated closeby. The Cannabis Cup takes place mostly at the Melkweg culture centre. Use the form below to get a list of nearby hotels, hostels, apartments and even houseboats.

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The program of Cannabis Cup

There is always an opening night party and host parties with different acts playing during the next days. The event finishes up with the Cannabis Cup Awards show presenting the results of the competition as voted on by holders of judges passes.

Cannabis Cup legal issues

The Cannabis Cup had to also endure some trouble. Amsterdam city officials would like to present other sides of this beautiful city more than the marijuana consumption. Therefore there have been instances where Cannabis Cup events were cancelled and there was even a police raid. Attendees should obey some rules even at an event like this. For example smoking only at designated areas.

Simmilar events

The High Times Cannabis Cup is not the only event of this type in Amsterdam. Events of simmilar kind include the Unity Cup and the Elite Cup.

Cannabis Cups on the other side of the world

With recent legalization of marijuana in the USA there have been Cannabis Cups organized around this colorful country too. Past events were in Denver, Michigan, Seattle and of course California.

The Cannabis Cup expo

The Cannabis Cup Expo usually takes place at the RAI conference centre and Melkweg club. Experts from growing companies and seed companies are present to talk about cultivation and care of plants. Expert advice from the hosts of the party, High Times, will also be available in the form of resident gurus.

The Cannabis Cup Expo is open every day of the event from noon.

Nearby attractions

The events at Melkweg are surely going to be a blast. But checking out the surrounding area is definitely worth a while. For example Vondelpark is just around the corner. Then museums – Rijksmuseum for history and Stedelijk for art. Also Van Gogh House. The Heineken Brewery tour is a must. And finally, the districts of Jordaan and Red Light District.

Counterculture Hall of Fame

A worthy person is inducted into the High Times Counterculture Hall of Fame every year. Inductees include stars like Bob Marley, Louis Armstrong, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan, Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin, Peter Tosh and others.

Judges Passes

One of the most desired ways to take part in the Cannabis Cup is with a judges pass that allows you to have your say as to what the best strains of marijuana on offer are. Passes can be bought online for approximately $280 and allow holders to mark their impressions of each strain they try to be compiled and used to decide the best strains of the show. Unfortunately, judges passes do not entitle you to free marijuana or hash, but there are many stalls in the expo offering free samples anyway.

Amsterdam nightlife ticket

It is definitely worth to consider this nightlife ticket. It will most likely save you time and money. For 7 days you get free entrance to Amsterdam clubs, free shots, beers & cocktails, lazertag & bowling, free UBER and much more. Go have a look.

Marijuana museum

Amsterdam is a city with many fascinating museums. One of them is The Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum. It makes great sense to visit it when attending The Amsterdam Cannabis Cup.

Cannabis Cup location on the map

The Cannabis Cup takes place mostly at the Melkweg culture centre. You can find it at the centre of the map below.

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Article about the Cannabis Cup 2015, including details of tickets, locaiton, musical guests and celebrity appearances.

The Winners of the High Times Hemp Cup 2020

The High Times Hemp Cup of 2020 brought together competitors from all divisions of the hemp space. Here are the products that stood out and won the judges’ hearts in this spin-off of the Cannabis Cup:


First Place: Hawaiian Haze Hemp CBD Flower by Gold Standard CBD
Second Place: Zero G CBD Flower by Hometown Hero
Third Place: Sour Space Candy CBD Flower by Grateful Beginnings Farm & OrganaCBD


First Place: Luxury Hemp Live Resin Lot #LR001 by Magu’s Nectar
Second Place: Otto II Live Resin by Hemp Hop
Third Place: GAS CBD Terpsolate by Alliance Hemp Co.

Edibles: Food

First Place: Evening Collection 135mg Truffle Set by Grön
Second Place: 180mg Hemp CBD Chocolate Bar by Green Roads World
Third Place: Taste of the Island CBD Gummy Bears by Zilla’s

Edibles: Non-Food

First Place: 3000mg Magical Creme de Menthe CBD Tincture by Magical Butter
Second Place: Vanilla Flavor 1500mg CBD Daily 50 Tincture by Myriam’s
Third Place: Cannabidiol Capsules by Zilla’s

Vape Pens and Cartridges

First Place: Apricot Night Time Vape by Drip CBD
Second Place: White Fire 200mg CBD Vape by Fuego CBD
Third Place: Revive 500mg CBD Vape by ECO Therapy


First Place: Paradise OG Hemp Kief Joint by CBD Hemp Direct
Second Place: Motorhead/ Sherbinskis Kush Hemp Pre-Roll by California Finest
Third Place: CBD Blunts by Hometown Hero


First Place: 20mg CBD Lip Balm Assortment by Windy Hill Hemp Co.
Second Place: Lavender Bath Bomb by Hugs Wellness
Third Place: Ubuntu 500mg Hemp CBD Rose Cream by Canvas 1839

Pet Products

First Place: Natural Chicken & Bacon Flavored Hip & Joint Health CBD Chews by Heelr
Second Place: Peanut Butter Pet Tincture by SunMed
Third Place: 300mg Omega-3 Pet Oil Pump by VESL Oils

Here are all the winners of the 2020 Hemp Cup!