High Times is arguably the biggest brand name in the cannabis industry which has been known for its monthly magazine that dates back to 1974. The cannabis magazine was originally supposed to be a parody of Playboy which substituted weed for sex which even included a centerfold photo of a cannabis plant.
In 1988, High Times has also introduced the Cannabis Cup which has become the world’s largest cannabis festival which included a tradeshow, educational seminars, live music and a competition for best marijuana strains and products.
VIP judges are selected each year to choose the best strains submitted by different cannabis producers. Strains are tested on several factors including THC and CBD content which are tested by independent cannabis testing laboratories.
In the following article we will cover strains that were past winners in the Cannabis Cup that can also be found right here on Weed List. While the strains found on our site may have the same genetics, please note, they are not from the same growers.
1. Strawberry Cough (2012 – 2nd Place Winner for Best Hybrid)
This hybrid strain is made up of 80% sativa and 20% indica. It has become a popular seller on most cannabis websites which is why its often hard to find or sold out. It contains THC levels as high as 18%
Its name derives from its strawberry-like aroma when smoked. Users find that it provides an uplifting experience with a sense of euphoria that will leave you smiling.
Strawberry Cough has THC content from 13% to 18% and can help with a range of medical issues including depression, anxiety, ADD,nausea, MS, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia and other muscle pain conditions. If you’re having a bad day, put this in your pipe and smoke it (or however way you prefer to smoke your pot).
2. Girl Scout Cookies (2013 – 1st Place Winner for Best Hybrid)
This Cannabis Cup winning hybrid is a combination of OG Kush and Durban Poison and easily another fan favorite. Also known as GSC, it contains an almost even balance of indica (60%) and sativa (40%) with THC levels as high as 28%.
Users tend to find this strain to provide a euphoric experience, tingles the body and is typically followed by a deep full-body relaxation.
This strain is known to boost creativity, put you in deep though or give you the giggles. However keep in mind, due to its sedative effects you may experience couch-lock in addition with wanting to raid the fridge from munchies.
GSC also can provide medicinal benefits for treating chronic pain, inflammation, cramps and muscle tension. This strain is also ideal for treating stress and help you get a great nights sleep.
3. Gorilla Glue #4 (2014 – 1st Place Winner for Best Hybrid)
Also known as GG4, this sativa-dominant hybrid is also known for its THC content which can reach levels as high as 32% however typically ranges between 18-25%. Some users have described its aroma to be similar to chocolate and coffee.
It’s name derives from its glue-like resin from its trichomes which collects on scissors when trimming. This strains origins include Sour Diesel, Sour Dubb, Chem’s Sister and Chocolate Diesel.
Due to its THC levels, users find they experience a full body buzz with along with uplifting effects. Due to its potency, Gorilla Glue #4 is ideal for evening time or right after work.
Not typically consumed for serious medical conditions but has been known to help with headaches and insomnia. It has a good reputation for mental issues including OCD, anxiety, stress and depression. So if you’re having a bad, this might be your go-to girl.
4. Orange Cookies (2015 – 2nd Place Winner for Best Hybrid Winner)
Orange Cookies is an indica-dominant hybrid (60/40) that has moderate THC levels as high as 14%. It’s name derives from its orange hairs, citrusy aroma when consumed with an earthy aftertaste.
This strain is enjoyed by both recreational and medical users alike. Users find that when cosumed they experience a body buzz with a cerebral euphoria. In simple terms, Orange Cookies can boost your mood, make you more social and give you the giggles. For those reasons mentioned, this is why its ideal for treating stress and depression.
It’s medical benefits can go a long. Due to its numbing effects, Orange Cookies can help relieve aches and pains. Thsi strain is deeply calming and in higher dosages users can enjoy a deep sleep.
5. Purple Tangie (2016 – 3rd Place Winner for Best Medical Sativa Flower)
Purple Tangie is a sativa dominant hybrid (approximately 70% sativa) with high THC levels as high as 22% on average.
It definitely has a “purple” taste with notes of grape and berries. Purple Tangie is effective in treating conditions such as fatigue, muscle spasms and pains. User tend to experience an energetic high, a boost in creativity and tend to become more social.
Unlike the previously mentioned strains, Purple Tangie can be used for daytime use before tackling creative projects. If you’re looking for a “wake and bake” strain then you might want to consider Purple Tangie.
6. AC/DC (2017 – 3rd Place Winner for Best CBD Flower)
This flower contains a balanced indica-sativa balance, however unlike most cannabis strains as it contains a very low THC level of 1-6% with high CBD level of up to 19%. This means that users will not experience psychoactive effects. This high-CBD cannabis strain is ideal for therapy. ACDC has proven to the world that you can enjoy medicinal benefits of cannabis without getting high.
This medical marijuana strain has help main patients dealing with mild to severe issues ranging from pain and anxiety to helping cancer patients deal with the negative effects of chemotherapy. It is also effective in treating multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, muscle pain and even alcoholism.
Users tend to detect a lemongrass and cherry scent when smoked while others say it has an earthy and skunky aroma. ACDC is sometimes used to make other cannabis products such as tinctures, lotions, teas and capsules. When consumed users also feel an uplifted mood, become more focused, experience happiness and euphoria.
7. Wedding Cake (2018 – 1st Place Winner for Best Hybrid)
Also known as Pink Cookies, this strain is a cross between Cherrie Pie and Girl Scout Cookies. It has THC levels of 25% and higher.
Wedding Cake has a profile of sour, tangy and a hint of creaminess similar to a cake when consumed. However when combusted can be harsh on the throat. This strain is ideal for both recreational and medical users.
This strain has been known for several mental and physical benefits including boosting creativity, exercise and even sex. However after a few bowls of Wedding Cake, users may find themselves sedated. Also ideal for treating disorders such as ADD, insomnia and chronic pain.
While many married couples have indulged on wedding cake, this strain is also perfect for couples with its taste and ability to add spark in the bedroom.
There you have it! 7 High Times Cannabis Cup Winners which can also be found right here on Weed List.
The High Times 2019 Cannabis Cup is set to take place April 20-21 in Sacramento California.