The kind Awards are the largest consumer-facing cannabis awards in Canadian history. Over 150 budtenders from across the country working at retail partners of kind Magazine participated. These are awards for the people, by the people. They are completely unpaid for or influenced in any capacity. Straight and simple, we asked the people who have dedicated their careers to knowing, loving, and selling weed, who makes the best?
Canadian cannabis companies are doing some beautiful things—let's celebrate the kindest brands of the year!
Across the country and in every legal licensed retail store, the budtenders spread the gospel of safe consumption, educated choices, and moderation. It's these people on the frontlines of the Canadian legalization experiment and it's these people who have made the Cannabis Act a success. This year (and every other), the budtenders determined the kind Awards. These are just some of the 157 judges who shared their tastes.
kind is honoured to present Redecan with the inaugural kind Cup for brand of the year, representing the very best in Canadian cannabis in 2020. Out of countless incredible brands, voted on by budtenders from across the country, Redecan managed to also take home a stunning five more awards and finished 2nd in four other categories. Massive congratulations to everyone at Redecan!
Family owned and fiercely independently operated, this Niagara region licensed producer makes quality products at competitive prices, and all of their cannabis is 100% greenhouse grown. Flower, pre-rolls, oils, vapes and capsules, in a crowded market, the Redecan brand has come to synonymize just one thing: excellence.
"No gimmicks or flashy marketing or goofy named mystery strains. Just good clean cannabis at a very fair price."
Jessica Ewert, Canyon Cannabis, on Redecan products
Not all Pink Kush is created equal. Flowr takes a rigorous scientific approach to every aspect of indoor cultivation. Their B.C. Pink Kush is strong, precise, and consistently has one of the tightest THC ranges in the market.
RIFF's Subway Scientist Indica Pre-Roll does things a little differently. New ideas drive them and they love a joint effort. They say collaboration is the best way to help ideas grow and they are here to push creativity further and higher, together.
No shortcuts, no excuses. With over 30 years experience in agriculture, Redecan is devoted to delivering you quality cannabis. Located in the heart of the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, their state-of-the-art greenhouse allows for the optimal use of natural sunlight and clean fresh water.
Purple Monkey, that funky monkey. You'll go ape for this smooth, sweet grape in a hard-hitting, high-potency THC distillate. 100% plant-based terpenes, no monkeying around. Good Vapes from Good Supply.
"Fantastic flavour, beautiful buds and an awesome buzz."
Isabelle Smith, Tokyo Smoke in Toronto, on Flowr's Pink Kush
Pedro's Sweet Sativa is a Canadian-bred cross of a Dominican sativa with White Russian and an unknown indica. The result is a sativa-dominant hybrid that produces large, airy flowers with a unique terpene profile and a high THC content.
This sativa-dominant Blue Dream uses only FVOPA Organic Certified whole flower. This Blue Dream is exceptionally aromatic giving a strong blueberry aroma with a warm and peppery terpene profile. Grown in living soil, hang-dried for 14 days and cold cured. This is single strain, whole bud, milled to perfection and rolled with 100% organic hemp papers, finished by hand.
Redecan remains one of the very few private, 100% Canadian owned and operated companies in the cannabis industry and maintains its family-oriented mindset. They believe that everyone should be able to buy high quality cannabis products for reasonable prices.
Get down with the citrus. Tangie Kush has arrived in high THC distillate form and is 100% plant-based. You'll know what we mean when we say sweet tangerine—no added flavour, just the good stuff.
"I love the taste of it, and the effects are amazing and uplifting."
Matthew Dhanushan, The Neighbourhood Joint, on Pedro's Sweet Sativa
Spinach focuses on producing some of the dankest Spinach™ around the glove. They only grow the chronic because when you're having fun you should never have to worry about the quality of your Spinach™. It is super frosty like your windshield in February, so kick back and relax, they got you covered.
A refined collection of high quality cannabis products and design-focused, purposeful goods. Each pre-roll uses only whole bud, and never shake, from carefully cultivated and hand-selected strains. Kolab's premium dried flower pre-rolls are milled, rolled, and hand-finished to ensure they meet the highest standards.
Ace Valley obsesses over details and work with expert cultivators in Canada to create premium and approachable cannabis products. They are designed to illuminate any lighter moment—experiences with friends, music, food and culture. Ace Valley is a cannabis brand from the team behind Ace Hill a beverage brand based in Toronto.
All aboard, Pineapple Express! This iconic cannabis strain hits hard in distillate form with an unmistakable tropical flavour. if you're looking for a no0nonsense vaping experience, it doesn't get any better than this—high-potency THC distillate with no added flavour, just the good stuff.
"Good Supply is becoming well known for their potent buds at a reasonable price, and the most flavourful vape cartridges on the market."
Jeni Wilson, Canna Cabana, on Good Supply's Purple Monkey
An award-winning consumer technology brand, PAX products continue to represent the gold standard in product quality and aim to be good stewards for a product and movement that enhances many people's lives. PAX as a company almost unanimously won this kind category.
Little Victory is a line up of vibrant, naturally flavoured, sparkling beverages to toast any of life’s little victories; and a reminder to consumers to “celebrate a little.” Available in four flavours: Dark Cherry, Blood Orange, Dry Grapefruit and Dry Lemon, this is just one of five brands from beverage company Truss Beverage Co, that do one thing only: make cannabis beverages. Little Victory was voted the 2020 kind Beverage of the Year, as voted by the budtenders across the country.
Craft, certified organic cannabis from Salt Spring Island, B.C. At Good Buds, their mission is to deliver the finest weed and concentrates available in the recreational cannabis market. Cultivated by hand, and grown in living organic solid for better flavour.
Wana™ Sour Gummies come in a variety of flavours and are handcrafted with vegan and gluten-free ingredients. Made using a shelf-stable recipe, Wana™ Sour Gummies are infused with terpene-enhanced distillate and third-party tested to ensure purity and potency.
Find your moment with Solei's "FREE," CBD products. Solei is sun-grown and sustainable which helps them grow high-quality cannabis. let them be your guide as you rediscover the moments of your every day.
Broken Coast has deep roots in British Columbia, and they are proud to contribute to the reputation their province has earned for producing outstanding cannabis. Their plants are grown in small batches in single-strain rooms, and they tailer their production schedule to ensure they have a constant supply of fresh product in stock. Hand-trimmed and slow cured, the level of quality cannot be matched by any mechanical process.
Redecan softgels are made from oils that are extracted from a blend of Redecan's greenhouse-grown cannabis. Each capsule was formulated with responsibility sourced MCT oil.
And now a word to our heroes, terpenes, the flavour profiles that give all of our cannabis products their kick. While picking just one terpene over another is a little lick picking your favourite child, the budtenders have spoken and this year the kind terpene of the year is Limonene, whose sweet and citrusy goodness is featured in Super Lemon Haze, Durban Poison, and many more excellent strains. Thank you, Limonene. You lit up our year.
Read the official press release here:nWinners of the Inaugural kind Awards Announced (newswire.ca)