The 2019 Emerald Cup

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2 days at the Emerald Cup, the must-see cannabis festival

The 16th annual competition and meeting of California’s top growers got underway under a magnificent sun, exceptional for this time of December, in a very festive and smoky atmosphere.

The top weed breeders are here!

As soon as the show opened, the public flocked to the many stands of the most famous breeders such as Meangenefrommendocino, CSI Humboldt, Equilibrium Seeds, Emerald Mountains Legacy, Capulator… in the hope of being able to buy and complete their collection of seeds in ultra-limited series with prices going up to over $300 for regular seeds …
Cherry West, Pina F4, Gelato 33 x Cherry Limeade, Banana Mac, Royal Kush 10, pure Royale x Oil Spill …

For cannabis growers …

Growers are also storming the many nurseries such as Phinest Cannabis and Purple City Genetics, which offer the best elite clones of the most sought-after strains, Fatso, Forbidden Fruit, Mac1, Ice Cream Cake, Frosted Lemonade, etc., in a frenzy of good-natured activity.

… and for weed lovers

Cannabis enthusiasts do their shopping and buy the most beautiful flowers from current strains such as Ice Cream Cake, Lava Cake, Runtz, Magma Cookies, Lemon Lava, Sundae Driver … and resin extracts in every possible form, Hash , Drysift, Rosin, BubbleHash, Live resin, Shatter, Wax, Sauce, Diamonds …

Organic and biodynamic cannabis

A series of highly enriching conferences focusing on knowledge sharing, breeding to improve genetic resistance, the importance of preserving ecosystems and crop biodiversity…

The regenerative culture movement is a pillar of the spirit of the Emerald Cup, the world’s only 100% organic competition. Jesse from Biovortex and Sunshine from Sunboldtgrown are brilliant conference hosts, enthusiastically sharing their knowledge and passion.

Further on, in a large patio, we discover the regenerative farm area, which features companion plants such as Azola, which live in symbiosis with cannabis, enabling them to capture more nitrogen. Permaculture practices demonstrating how to build a cultivation soil.

Hash, resin, iceolator

On the stand of Swami and Nikki from Swamiselect, the famous Mendocino grower duo who have been Emerald Cup judges since its inception in 2003, Frenchy Cannoli, the famous hashishin, smokes up the crowd with his Hookah 2020 version and his deliciously sweet hashish.

Right in front of this stand, Mila the Hash Queen, who is present at all the cannabic events around the world, is exhibiting her latest book: Comment je suis devenue la Reine du Hash. She invites us to sit down and we roll our last joint of our best Cherry Valley Dog iceolator. An emblematic figure in our community who taught us back in 2002 how to make hash with water and ice. A revelation for us at the time.

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Emerald Cup 2019, the competition

Entering the pavilion where all the most incredible flowers and resins were on display, we were impressed by the number of entries – over 500 in all. They are magnificently displayed in huge, luminous, pristine white showcases.

The 2019 winners


1. Ridgeline Runtz – Ridgeline Farms, Humboldt
2. POG (Passion Orange Guava) – Greenshock Farms, Mendocino
3. White Runtz – Humboldt Redwood Healing, Humboldt


1. Ice Cream Cake – Josh D., Santa Barbara
2. T.I.T.S. – Diamondback Genetics, Yolo
3. OG T.I.T.S. – Diamondback Genetics, Yol

The winners (continued)


LA Kush Cake – Paula Jobe-Hudgens, Nevada
2. ” Skunky ” Cookies, Jon ” Texas ” Kelley
3. Blackjack – Debbie Perticara, Humboldt


1. THC Bomb 104u Water Hash –
Papa’s Select grown by Humboldt Kine Farms, Humboldt
2. Peanut Butter Breath 104u Water Hash –
Papa’s Select grown by Humboldt Kine Farms, Humboldt
3. Wedding Crasher 104u Water Hash –
Papa’s Select Grown, Humboldt


1. Fruit Stripe Rosin – Zenganic Inc. Kalya Extracts, Sours, Alameda
2. Banana Cream Rosin –
Zenganic Inc. Kalya Extracts & Monterey Kush Co., Alameda
3. Garlic Juice Rosin – Zenganic Inc. Kalya Extracts, Dancing Dog Ranch, Alameda


1. Zkittles – Terp Hogz/Humboldt Terp Council, Mendocino
2. Banjo – Humboldt Terp Council, Humboldt
3. ErrlHill-BlueBerryMuffins live resin from the Humboldt Seed Company –
ErrlHill x The Humboldt Seed Company, Humboldt


1. Rainbow Driver Suprize Suprize – Sabertooth Farms Humboldt
2. Strawberry Banana Batter ArcataX, Royal Budline Humboldt
3. Live Resin Project Red Congolese CWG Botanicals Alameda


Nice Guys Delivery featuring Albert Einstone’s


Mel Frank


POG (Passion Orange Guava) – Greenshock Farms, Mendocino

A crazy atmosphere!


As night falls, the concerts begin to set the festival mood. A variety of bands of all styles take to the stage: Hip Hop, Reggae, Scratch, Electro: Dj Craze, Jurassic 5, Flatbush Zombies, Steel Pulse…

2 crazy days, where the Zmoothie team had an unforgettable time, and we’d like to extend our warmest thanks to Jesse from Biovortex, Sunshine from Sunboldtgrown, Farmer Tom from Trinidad, Gerassimos and Rachelle from Herbanology, Frenchy Cannoli, c jherMarkus from Ubanterpfarm707 and Mila, the hash queen, for showering us with flowers and wonderful genetics.

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