2018 Categories

The top products, people, organizations & places of 2018

Social Media & Influencers

Nominations for this section are open to the general public


Cannabis Crusader

Our crusader is a cannabis champion, challenging social stigma and encouraging the normalization of cannabis in Canada. This award recipient is voted on by the public.

Cannabis Influencer

Our influencer is a social media maven, who uses their platform to inform and inspire cannabis consumers on the cannabis market in Canada. This award recipient is voted on by the public.

Top Twitter Influencer

Our influencer has top quality cannabis content and strong community engagement make this Twitter account shine. This award recipient is voted on by the public.

Top Cannabis YouTuber

Our top YouTuber uses their platform to teach, share and inspire viewers with their timely and informative cannabis content. This award recipient is voted on by the public.

Top Cannabis Podcast

Our top cannabis podcast is the top source for cannabis news and updates. This award recipient is voted on by the public.

Celebrity Advocate

This honourary award is bestowed on a celebrity who has helped portray cannabis, its culture, and benefits in a positive light. This award recipient is selected by Lift & Co.

Organizations & People

Nominations for this section are open to industry professionals and the general public. See more details below.


Lifetime Achievement

This is an exciting time for Canadian cannabis thanks to decades of tireless work by our industry’s trailblazers. This award recognizes the service and dedication exhibited by one particularly active Canadian cannabis leader. This award recipient is voted on by the judging committee. Nominations for this award are open to the general public.

Start-up of the Year

This company exemplifies the qualities that define promising startups: plucky, innovative and creative. Its top-notch team identifies and solves industry problems and contributes beneficially to the cannabis sector at-large. This award recipient is voted on by the judging committee. Nominations for this award are open to industry professionals only. 

Cannabis Product of the Year

The most interesting, innovative or straight-up mind-blowing new cannabis product of 2018. This award recipient is voted on by the the judging committee. This award recipient is voted on by the the judging committee. This award recipient is voted on by the judging committee. Nominations for this award are open to industry professionals only. 

Deal of the Year

The year’s boldest move. The investment, merger, or acquisition with the biggest impact on Canada’s cannabis sector. This award recipient is voted on by the the judging committee. Nominations for this award are open to industry professionals only. 

Innovator of the Year

The brains behind the most original, useful, or game-changing policy, product, or procedure in the Canadian cannabis sector. This award recipient is voted on by the judging committee. Nominations for this award are open to the general public.

Woman in Weed – Trailblazer

This award recognizes a fearless female making a difference in the cannabis space. This award recipient is voted on by the judging committee. Nominations for this award are open to the general public.

Innovation of the Year

This award serves to honor a product, service or idea that adds significant value to people, businesses and society. This idea/product/service is either a significant improvement on an already existing entity within the cannabis space or a new and revolutionary addition. This award recipient is voted on by the judging committee. Nominations for this award are open to industry professionals only. 

Top Non-Profit/Charity/Community Initiative

Working towards social well-being, the winner of this category shines in engagement and the extent to which a positive change was made in the cannabis industry. This non-profit, charity or initiative goes the extra mile in bettering the lives of people who use or are affected by cannabis. This award recipient is voted on by the judging committee. Nominations for this award are open to industry professionals only. 

Most Progressive Public Office

The public office in this city, municipality, province, or territory approaches cannabis sensibly, breaking barriers and setting conditions for a responsible, thriving cannabis industry, all while protecting the public good. This award recipient is voted on by the judging committee. Nominations for this award are open to industry professionals only. 

Most Progressive Canadian Researcher

The most impactful cannabis research conducted in Canada this year. This award recipient is voted on by the judging committee. Nominations for this award are open to the general public.

Writer of the Year

This prize is awarded to an individual Canadian author writing in the English language between September 2017 and August 2018. This award recipient is voted on by the judging committee. Nominations for this award are open to the general public.

Marketing Campaign of the Year

This award goes to the company behind an innovative and memorable public relations, marketing or advertising campaign (either ongoing or a singular event) that grabbed people’s attention and got them talking. This award recipient is voted on by the judging committee. Nominations for this award are open to industry professionals only. 

Brand of the Year

The most powerful brands seem to spring into public consciousness, capturing hearts and minds as if they’ve always existed. This award recognizes the enormous effort behind such apparent effortlessness, awarding brand strategy, culture, image, and impact. This award recipient is voted on by the judging committee. Nominations for this award are open to industry professionals only. 

Top Lift & Co. Reviewer

This award recognizes the reviewer who contributes the most consistently excellent reviews to lift.co, making it easier for others to find the cannabis products and brands to best suit their needs. This award recipient is selected by Lift & Co.

Flowers, Strains & Licensed Producers

Nominations for this section are open to industry professionals only


Top Indica Flower

The top indica flower, as voted by the public.

Top Sativa Flower

The top sativa flower, as voted by the public

Top Hybrid Flower

The top hybrid flower, as voted by the public

Top High CBD Flower

The top high CBD flower, as voted by the public. Min 5% CBD

Top High THC Flower

The top high THC flower, as voted by the public. Min 18% THC

Top Balanced Flower

The top balanced flower, as voted by the public. Less than 2:1 ratio (or 1:2)

Top High CBD Oil

The top high CBD oil, as voted by the public. Min 15 mg/mL CBD

Top High THC Oil

The top high THC oil, as voted by the public. Min 20 mg/mL THC

Top Balanced Oil

The top balanced oil, as voted by the public. Less than 2:1 ratio (or 1:2)

Top LP Customer Service

This LP team delivers stellar service, combining expertise and consistency with friendliness and compassion. This award recipient is voted on by the public.

Employer of the Year

Great ideas can only make manifest with a great team and management that helps a team be great. The Employer of the Year Award strives to recognize employers who go above and beyond to build, maintain and reward great teams. This award recipient is voted on by the employees of the nominated companies.

Top LP

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

Top Reviewed Product of the Year

The best product, as reviewed by our reviewers in 2018. This award recipient is selected by Lift & Co.

Top Reviewed LP of the Year

The best LP, as reviewed by our reviewers in 2018. This award recipient is selected by Lift & Co.

Products & Places

Nominations for this section are open to industry professionals only


Top Accessory Shop

The best head shop in country or online, as voted by the public.

Top Clinic

The best cannabis clinic in the country, as voted by the public.

Top Desktop Vaporizer

For an item that generally stays put, the top desktop vaporizer will take you places, offering clean inhalation, easy maintenance and superb design. This award recipient is voted on by the public.

Top Portable Vaporizer

The top portable vaporizer proves that good things come in small packages, offering discretion and ease with every clean, delicious puff. This award recipient is voted on by the public.

Top Rolling Papers

The top rolling paper burns slowly, evenly and brings something innovative to the space. This award recipient is voted on by the public.

Top Grinder

Quality grinders mill cannabis thoroughly and evenly, and protect against loss of bud or kief with innovative design elements. This award recipient is voted on by the public.

Top Pipe

The best pipes are easy to use, aren’t too harsh on the lungs and look great, too. This award recipient is voted on by the public.

Top Bong

The best bongs are easy to use and clean, provide for smooth and efficient consumption and have visual appeal, too. This award recipient is voted on by the public.

Top Home Growing Box

The top home growing box cultivates a healthy, hardy cannabis crop yield in one convenient, customizable package. This award recipient is voted on by the public.

Cannabis Growing

Nominations for this section are open to industry professionals only


Top Testing Lab

Accuracy and reliability are the currency of any testing lab, but the top lab goes above and beyond, pairing smart science with superior service. This award recipient is voted on by license producers.

Top Trimmer

Size doesn’t matter. No, really—large or small, the winning trimmer is easy to use and maintain and gets the job done right, day after day, year after year. This award recipient is voted on by license producers.

Top Seed Company

Consistency and reliability are the top seed company’s hallmarks, promising stellar plants at every stage of the growth and consumption cycle. This award recipient is voted on by license producers.

Top Extraction Equipment

Clean, consistent extracts—that’s the promise this extraction equipment delivers, every time. This award recipient is voted on by the license producers.

Top Nutrients Company

Great cannabis starts with great nutrients, and this is Canada’s best. This award recipient is voted on by license producers.

Top Lighting

The brightest of the bunch, Canada’s best cannabis lighting company. This award recipient is voted on by license producers.

Learn more about our judging process here