Published on November 30, 2018 by David Wylie

Cannabis awards more relevant than ever

Move over Oscars…

A black-tie gala attended by nearly 600 industry leaders, the fifth annual 2018 Canadian Cannabis Awards, took place at the historic Carlu in downtown Toronto.

With legalization, these kinds of national industry awards and events are more relevant than ever. They highlight the shining stars in our growing industry across the country.

More than 17,000 individuals cast ballots for the winners.

“The almost 50 per cent increase in public votes this year is a testament to the level of public awareness and standard of excellence the CCAs represent today,” said Matei Olaru, CEO, Lift & Co.

Best cannabis

The top three cannabis products of 2018 are:

• Top Sativa Flower: OG Kush (CannTrust)

• Top Hybrid Flower: Blueberry Kush (CannTrust)

• Top Indica Flower: Bakerstreet (Tweed) –

Best people and organizations

• 7Acres wins Brand of the Year

• CannTrust wins Licensed Producer of the Year

• Canna Farms wins Top Lift & Co. Reviewed Licensed Producer of the Year

• Bruce Linton honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

• Rosy Mondin wins first-ever Woman in Weed – Trailblazer award

The full list

“The majority of product, producer and influencer awards are selected by the public, and this year saw a record-number of Canadians have their say with over 17,000 votes between September 28, and October 26, 2018. A committee of judges determine winners in 18 categories, and five select awards are determined by Lift & Co.”

Licensed Producer of the Year


This prestigious award weighs votes from all licensed producer categories, including Top Customer Service, Employer of the Year, and all Top Strain awards to determine the licensed producer that rules them all.

*NEW in 2018* Top Reviewed Product of the Year 

Ruxton (3) Sour OG – Broken Coast Cannabis

Chosen by Lift & Co. based on the overall volume and quality on the website.

*NEW in 2018* Top Reviewed Licensed Producer of the Year 

Canna Farms

Chosen by Lift & Co. based on the overall volume and quality of reviews on the website.

Top Lift & Co. Reviewer 

Shane (VapeTheBud)

Chosen by Lift & Co. based on the volume and quality of personal contributions to the website.

Employer of the Year   James E. Wagner Cultivation

Selected by the Company’s own employees. The winner is the top-rated employer as determined by an employer survey deployed and reviewed by Cannabis at Work.


Lifetime Achievement 

Bruce Linton, Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO, Canopy Growth

Start-up of the Year     

MediPharm Labs Corp.

Cannabis Product of the Year 

Hydropothecary – Elixir CBD Peppermint

Deal of the Year 

Constellation Brands and Canopy Growth, for their landmark $5 billion investment

Innovator of the Year   

Mike Gorenstein, CEO and Chairman of Cronos Group

*NEW in 2018* Woman in Weed – Trailblazer 

Rosy Mondin, CEO of Quadron Cannatech Corporation

Innovation of the Year

Hydropothecary – Elixir CBD Peppermint

Top Non-Profit/Charity/Community Initiative   

Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana

Most Progressive Public Office 

The Province of New Brunswick

Most Progressive Researcher 

Jonathan Page, Chief Science Officer, Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Writer of the Year 

Jenna Valleriani , Post-Doctoral Fellow at BC Centre on Substance Use

Marketing Campaign of the Year         

dosist for “Not Available in Canada”

Brand of the Year


Top Testing Lab 


Top Trimmer 

Twister Trimmer

Top Extraction Equipment 

Vitalis Extraction Technology

Top Nutrients Company          

Remo Nutrients

Top Lighting

Fluence Bioengineering


Top Sativa Flower

OG Kush – CannTrust

Top Indica Flower       

Bakerstreet – Tweed

Top Hybrid Flower

Blueberry Kush – CannTrust

Top High CBD Flower 

Cannatonic – CannTrust

Top High THC Flower 

Sunset – Leafs by Snoop

*NEW in 2018* Top Balanced Flower(less than 1:2 or 2:1 ratio of THC to CBD)

Penelope – Tweed

*NEW in 2018* Top High CBD Oil 

CBD Drops – CannTrust

Top High THC Oil 

Red Cannabis Oil – Spectrum Cannabis

Top Balanced Oil (less than 1:2 or 2:1 ratio of THC to CBD)    

1:1 Drops – CannTrust

Top LP Customer Service 


Top Accessory Shop 

Tokyo Smoke

Top Clinic       

Canadian Cannabis Clinics

Top Desktop Vaporizer 

Extreme Q – Arizer

Top Portable Vaporizer

Solo ll – Arizer

*NEW in 2018* Top Rolling Papers 

Zenabis 2-in-1 rolling papers with tips

*NEW in 2018* Top Pipe 

Red Eye Glass ‘O Cannabis’ Commemorative Sherlock Hand – West Coast Gifts

*NEW in 2018* Top Bong 

My Bud Vase – My Bud Vase

Top Home Growing Box

The RoomMate – BC Northern Lights – Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Cannabis Crusader 

Clinton Younge

Cannabis Influencer

Clinton Younge

Top Twitter Influencer


*NEW in 2018* Top Cannabis YouTuber 

The Cannabis Show

Top Cannabis Podcast 

The Cannabis Show


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