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Alexander Beadle, Analytical Cannabis.

To a cannabis connoisseur, the Emerald Cup needs no introduction. The annual cannabis competition and awards ceremony has now been a part of Californian cannabis culture for 18 years and has grown to be one of North America’s foremost cannabis events.

The Emerald Cup also has a similarly long history with SC Labs, which has partnered with the event for the past twelve years and in 2021 debuted new terpene data technology into the event’s judging process. This year, SC Labs has also announced its partnership with the California State Fair to bring the first-ever CA State Fair Cannabis Awards to life.

By utilizing cannabis testing in cannabis competitions to highlight variation between strains, Wurzer and Gray believe that judges are now more able to appreciate the wide range of different flavors and experiences that are offered by unique cannabis strains.

To learn more about what it means for cannabis labs to partner with competitive cannabis events, and just how involved they are in the judging process, Analytical Cannabis caught up with SC Labs co-founders Jeff Gray and Josh Wurzer…