Amsterdam Cannabis Cup

The annual Amsterdam Cannabis Cup has been held for the last time in 2014. It was replaced by Unity Cup about which you can read on our Amsterdam Unity Cup webpage.

It was held for close to a quarter of a century since editor of the High Times magazine, Steven Hager, started the event in 1987. The Amsterdam Cannabis Cup usually takes the same format as those that have gone before, with experts showcasing their latest strains, celebrity guests and of course music.


The Cannabis Cup Amsterdam Expo usually takes place at the RAI conference centre and Melkweg club. Experts from Soma Seeds, T.H. Seeds, Barney's, DNA, Big Buddha, Cali Connection and The Greenhouse will be 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.

Counterculture Hall of Fame

As always, this year's Amsterdam Cannabis Cup will induct a worthy person into the High Times Counterculture Hall of Fame.

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.


The Amsterdam Cannabis Cup usually coincides with Thanksgiving in the USA, running around November 24 - 26. 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. Arriving in Amsterdam a few days before the event is a good idea, as is 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.