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The Winners of the High Times Cannabis Cup Illinois: People’s Choice Edition 2023

The Prairie State is known for so much more than just vast stretches of grassland. Now four years after we launched the first Illinois: People’s Choice Edition, we’ve seen a wide variety of cannabis products and brands take home a coveted High Times trophy. But this year in particular, Illinois cannabis brands have given it everything they’ve got.

We announced the launch of this year’s Illinois: People’s Choice Edition 2023 earlier this summer, and gathered up some of the state’s finest products spanning 15 different categories, both adult-use and medical. But we previously held the hugely successful Illinois: People’s Choice Edition in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Here’s a glimpse of the trending strains and other products that won over our resident judges back then.

Even though the world was still waist-deep in the pandemic at the time, Illinois cannabis brands came through with shining colors. At the Illinois: People’s Choice Edition 2020, the fourth People’s Choice Edition competition to launch following the 2020 Hemp Cup, Oklahoma, and Colorado, with only seven categories. Back then, Revolution Cannabis brought home trophies with Florida Orange, Gorilla’d Cheese, and Turbo Lemon Cake, while we also saw wins from Bedford Grow with Grape Sugar Cookies, Velvet Glove with Columbia Care, Jenny Kush with Aeriz, Private Stock Mag Landrace with Verano, and Red Line Haze with Cresco, in addition to many other worthwhile wins from other product categories.

In 2021 the category list increased up to eight, and Revolution Cannabis took home numerous trophies for strains such as Blueberry Clementine, Mac & Cheese (Spicy Papaya Cut), Banana Runtz, along with Seed & Strain’s Velvet Glove, Aeriz’s Ice Cream Cake and Jenny Kush, Cresco’s Lemon Bean, and Triple 7’s Tropical Runtz and Rainbow Runtz.

That same year, NuEra, Seed & Strain, and Aeriz won in the pre-rolls category. In concentrates, Revolution Cannabis’s Blueberry Clementine Live Resin, Bedford Grow’s Highwayman Live Resin, and Aeriz’s Bundy OG Budder took home a win. Not to mention in edibles, Illinoisans rated edibles from Bedford Grow, Sweet Releaf, Revolution Cannabis, and Bhang, too.

In 2022 our category list increased again, this time to eleven. Brands such as RYTHM entered the game strong with Brownie Scout (and Orange Herijuana in the medical flower category), Fig Farms brought its famous Figment strain, along with UPNORTH’s Durban Poison, Floracal’s Vanilla Cake, and Verano Reserve’s Guru 0 for medical flower. But the previous year’s winning brands also came in with Bedford Grow’s I-95 and Revolution Cannabis’s Peach Crescendo, Miami Punch, and Gorilla’d Cheese (as well as Buttermilk Biscuits in the medical flower category). Revolution Cannabis, RYTHM, and Floracal were also chosen as the winning concentrates and extracts as well.

This time capsule of winners from the past three years shows the evolution of popular brands in Illinois, as you’ll see below. Exceptional cannabis is still being cultivated by Revolution Cannabis, RHYTHM, Aeriz, Verano, Fig Farms, and so much more, but you’ll also find a handful of new brands that joined the competition this year. So without further ado, here is the official list of Illinois: People’s Choice Edition 2023 winners.

In the meantime, the High Times Cannabis Cup: People’s Choice Edition continues to gain speed, so keep an eye out for winners in other regions such as Oregon in December, Massachusetts in January 2024, followed by Arizona in February 2024.

Indica Flower

First Place: nuEra – Cobra Milk

Courtesy nuEra

Second Place: RYTHM – Animal Face

2ND INDICA FLWR RYTHM ANIMAL FACE
Courtesy RYTHM

Third Place: Revolution – Purple Monarch

3RD INDICA FLWR REVOLUTION PURPLE M
Courtesy Revolution

Sativa Flower

First place: RYTHM – Jack Herer

1ST SATIVA FLWR RYTHM JACK HER
Courtesy RYTHM

Second Place: Revolution – Raspberry Shortcake

2ND SATIVA FLWR REVOLUTION RASPBERRY S
Courtesy Revolution

Third Place: Seed & Strain – White Grapefruit Cookies

3RD SATIVA FLWR SEED STRAIN WG
Courtesy Seed & Strain

Hybrid Flower

First Place: RYTHM – Slapz

1ST HYBRID FLWR RYTHM SLAPZ
Courtesy RYTHM

Second Place: Revolution – Crockett’s Dawg

2ND HYBRID FLWR REV CROCKETT
Courtesy Revolution

Third Place: Verano Reserve – Yum Yum Reserve Flower

3RD HYBRID FLWR VERANO YUM
Courtesy Verano

Non-Infused Pre-Rolls

First Place: Revolution – Blueberry Clementine

1ST NON INFSD PREROLL REV BLUEBERRY
Courtesy Revolution

Second Place: Paul Bunyan – Macnanna

2ND NON INFSD PREROLL PAUL MAC
Courtesy Paul Bunyan

Third Place: Dogwalkers – Mini Dogs – Animal Face

3RD NON INFSD PREROLL DOGWALKERS MINI
Courtesy Dogwalkers

Infused Pre-Rolls

First Place: Moon Walkers – Coffee Creamer Solventless Live Rosin Moon Walkers

1ST INFSD PREROLL MOON WALKERS COFFEE
Courtesy Moon Walkers

Second Place: Revolution – Future Kush Rocket

2ND INFSD PREROLL REVOLUTION FUTURE KUSH
Courtesy Revolution

Third Place: Bedford Grow – Diamond-Infused Pre-Roll – Hot Mint Sundae

3RD INFSD PREROLL BEDFORD HOT MINT
Courtesy Bedford Grow

Solvent Concentrates

First Place: aeriz – Florida Oranges

1ST SOLVENT CON AERIZ FLORIDA
Courtesy aeriz

Second Place: Superflux – Live Resin Strawberry Bubbles Budder

2ND SOLVENT CON SUPERFLUX STRAWBERRY
Courtesy Superflux

Third Place: RYTHM – Live Resin – Super Silver Cookies

3RD SOLVENT CON RYTHM SUPER SILVER
Courtesy RYTHM

Non-Solvent Concentrates

First Place: Fig Farms – Blue Face

1ST NON SOLVENT CON FIG FARMS BLUE FACE
Courtesy Fig Farms

Second Place: RYTHM – Rosin – Sunset Sherbet

2ND NON SOLVENT CON RYTHM SUNSET SHERBET
Courtesy RYTHM

Third Place: Revolution – Moon Boots

3RD NON SOLVENT CON REVOLUTION MOON BOOTS
Courtesy Revolution

Vape Pens & Carts

First Place: Revolution – Florida Orange Live Rosin

1ST VAPE PEN REVOLUTION FLOIDA ORANGE
Courtesy Revolution

Second Place: Superflux – Strawberry Bubbles Live Resin

2ND VAPE PEN SUPERFLUX STRAWBERRY BUBBLES
Courtesy Superflux

Third Place: On the Rocks – Fresh Powder Live Rosin Cartridge

3RD VAPE PEN ON THE ROCKS FRESH POWDER
Courtesy On the Rocks

Edibles: Gummies

First Place: Goody Bag – Pink Lemonade

1ST EDIBLE GUMMIES GOODY BAG PINK LEMONADE
Courtesy Goody Bag

Second Place: nuEra – Pink Lemonade Live Resin Gummy

2ND EDIBLE GUMMIES NUERA PINK LEMONADE LIVE RES
Courtesy nuEra

Third Place: Hedy – Sour Cherry Lime Gummies

3RD EDIBLE GUMMIES HEDY SOUR CHERRY
Courtesy Hedy

Edibles: Chocolates & Non-Gummies

First Place: Incredibles – Peanut Budda Buddha Bar

1ST EDIBLES CHOCO NON INCREDIBLES pB

Second Place: KIVA – Churro Bar

2ND EDIBLES CHOCO NON KIVA CHURRO
Courtesy KIVA

Third Place: Mindy’s – Caramelized Chocolate Marshmallow Graham

3RD EDIBLES CHOCO NON MINDYS CARAMELIZED
Courtesy Mindy’s

Edibles: Beverages

First Place: Señorita – Mango

1ST ED BEVERAGES SENORITA MANGO
Courtesy Señorita

Second Place: CQ – Cola

2ND ED BEVERAGES CQ COLA
Courtesy CQ

Third Place: Artet – Mango Ginger Spritz

3RD ED BEVERAGES ARTET MANGO
Courtesy Artet

Topicals, Tinctures, & Capsules

First Place: Doctor Solomon’s – Restore Transdermal Lotion

1ST TOPICAL TINCTURE DR SOLOMONS
Courtesy Doctor Solomon’s

Second Place: Avexia – Pain Relief Balm 1:1 CBD:THC

2ND TOPICAL TINCTURE AVEXIA PAIN BALM
Courtesy Alexia

Third Place: Remedi – Rest 1:5 Capsules

3RD TOPICAL TINCTURE REMEDI REST
Courtesy Remedi

Medical Flower

First Place: Revolution – Blueberry Clementine

1ST MED FLWR REVOLUTION BLUEBERRY
Courtesy Revolution

Second Place: RYTHM – Black Afghan

2ND MED FLWR RYTHM BLACK AFGHAN
Courtesy RYTHM

Third Place: Verano Essence – Strawberry Guava Essence

3RD MED FLWR VERANO ESSENCE STRAWBERRY
Courtesy Verano

Medical Vape Pens

First Place: Revolution – Blueberry Clementine Live Rosin Cart

1ST MED VAPE REVOLUTION BLUEBRRY
Courtesy Revolution

Second Place: Beboe – Inspired Vape Pen

2ND MED VAPE BEBOE INSPIRED
Courtesy Beboe

Third Place: Verano Reserve – Coconut Cream Pie Reserve Live Resin Cart

3RD MED VAPE VERANO COCONUT
Courtesy Verano

Medical Edibles

First Place: Nature’s Grace and Wellness – French Toast White Chocolate Crunch Bar 1:1:1 THC:CBD:CBG

1ST MED EDIBLES NATURES GRACE FRENCH TOAST
Courtesy Nature’s Grace and Wellness

Second Place: Bedford Grow – Sea Salt Caramels

2ND MED EDIBLES BEDFORD SEA SALT
Courtesy Bedford Grow

Third Place: On the Rocks – Sour Apricot Apple – Cherry Punch Live Rosin Gummies

3RD MED EDIBLES ON THE ROCKS SOUR APRICOT
Courtesy On the Rocks

A special thank you to our partners and sponsors!

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Bronze Sponsor: Kaviar

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