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Since 2004, the Emerald Cup has celebrated the cannabis harvest with a friendly gathering and competition rooted in the mysterious mountains and cannabis culture of the Emerald Triangle in Northern California. This year, however, the 18th Annual Emerald Cup Awards ceremony was held live for the first time in Southern California on Saturday, May 14th at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, bringing cannabis aficionados from across the state to the heart of Hollywood for the celebration.

This Saturday’s Emerald Cup is the first award event that uses SC Labs recently announced Cannabis Classification System, which used chemical analysis to define 6 core terpene profiles that all cannabis strains fall into. Alec Dixon, who co-founded SC Labs over ten years ago, helps us to better understand the new system, which is meant not just for Emerald Cup judges but for anyone who wants to better understand what characteristics are appreciated when it comes to high-quality, craft weed.