A Call for Help
Editor: About nine months ago I offered HIGH TIMES the story of the decade for $50,000. Well, today I'm offering HIGH TIMES the same story for one-tenth of my original offer. That's only $5,000—not bad for my story; nor for a poor man!
HIGH TIMES deals with millions of marijuana and drug people, many of whom are better people than those who judge us!
My story will help everyone who reads HIGH TIMES and many more besides! My story will stop the law dead for millions of marijuana and drugs offenders. After a year or two HIGH TIMES may outsell Cosmopolitan, which has a monthly circulation of eight miffion!
`-~p your magazine, help millions of your present and future readersand help me! -A poor man in Kentucky
Call us in approximately 13 months. By that time your rates should be within our range. -Ed.
Editor: Please get with it and heavy up before ifs too late. You1ve come a long way over the last decade, from being the Playboy of the dope world to the Farmer's Almanac of the Reagan erabut you've been sliding downhill into low energy and hapless sleaze.
It's time to take your responsibilities seriously, HIGH TIMES. It's time to wake up to the fact that you are not a normal commercial magazine and that you will not survive much longer simply as a promoter of recreational drug use and hedonistic lifestyles. After the long night of this country's experiment in right-wing conserva tism, a new generation is rising out of the muckof self-absorption and greed, and getting ready to grapple with the real problems of the planet-its degraded environment, its gross in equities and its impoverished, mal nourished millions. Recreational drugs and hedonistic lifestyles are no solu tion to those problems-if anything, they are problems in themselves. But psychedelics-i.e., drugs as psychic tools, with the built-in potential for spiritual revelation and cultural upheaval-will be as useful to future problem-solving as ever.
That's one long-neglected area you could concentrate on, HIGH TIMES, to the mutual benefit of us all-where drugs as psychic tools come to bear on the problems of the real world. Don't forget what it's like to be stoned! -Eugene Wheelwright Milford, Conn.
Great Balls of Peyote
Editor: Thought you'd like to see our latest strain. Well, actually it's something we'd like to see-in your magazine, that is. -Christopher San Francisco, Calif
Very cute, Chris, what do you call itPolk Street Head Meat?-Ed.
Editor: While driving through the streets of Chicago I spotted this storefront churchand immediately thought of your magazine. -Jay Walker Chicago, Ill.
Well, praise the Lord and pass the.. . -Ed.
A Word from Our Grower
Editor: It was pretty exciting to see my stuff on the cover of your magazine (HIGH TIMES, Feb. `84). Thanks. I am quite proud of my sacramental products getting broadcast around the country.
However-the picture of the grass plant in the toilet (HIGH TIMES, Jan. `84) is diabolical. Respect is very important in keeping sacraments working. -Name withheld Mann County, Calif
A Modest Proposal
Editor: HIGH TIMES does contain an odd mixture of material, just as its reader ship must be an odd mixture-people whose main characteristic in common is being on the wrong side of the law in relation to a favored drug. I've enjoyed your stories by Charles Bukowski and Terry Southern, though I'm not especially into alcohol or coke. I would like to see more space given to psychedeics, but only if the quality of the material is up to their stories, or else the argument that psychedeics do more for your consciousness than those other drugs will seem false on the face of it. I'm sure you feel the same way.
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-Steven Wasserman Nashville, Tenn.
We sure do— Ed.
Grown in Japan
Editor: I have been reading your magazine since I came to the United Statesthese past four years. Now I am back in Japan trying to grow one of my' own sinse plants with the seeds that I brought back when I lived in Cali fornia. This plant is sixth-generation Afghani ganja. It was difficult for the plant to survive since the weather here is not as good as it is in California. But I somehow got to grow the best potent killer ganja. Since the Japanese government is really strict on illegal use of drugs, I'm just using this for my own personal use. -Peter Kun Kanagawa, Japan
Editor: I have a little boy five years old. The last couple of years he has suffered quite often from serious asthma attacks. The majority of the time, an attack will start when he is visiting his grandparents in the country. He spends almost every weekend there.
I once heard my grandmother talk about how her mother had asthma and how she used something called "Greenmountain." She put it in a can, lit it and then breathed in the smoke.
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Quite a bit of pot is smoked around my house and my child is usually in the room. When he goes to his grandparents he is never around it.
Do you know if there is any connection between "Greenmountain" and "marijuana"? And could marijuana smoke be helping my little boy's asthma from flaring up when he is home?
—Curious mother Tex.
We asked some docs about this one.
The general opinion was that probably your little boy has a sensitivity to some particular kind of airborne pollen that exists around your folks' place, but not where you live. On the other hand, it's true that marijuana, up to the 1930s, was widely sold in prerolled cigarette form for asthma relief. "Asthmador" was the most memorable national brand, although there were innumerable local brands with names like "Greenmountain." One big reason marijuana was made illegal in the 1930s, really, was because no single drug company could get a patent on this unpatentable bush. As to whether potsmoke may serve as some kind of asthma prophylactic, keeping your child from having attacks at home, that's a tough question. The THC in potsmoke definitely does relieve acute asthmatic constriction of lung airways, by reducing the blood levels of the particular hormones—"prostaglandins"—
that promote the constriction. That was settled in 1976 by researchers at UCLA. And of course, when proof of exactly how pot can help asthmatics emerged like that, the government closed down that whole area of research. So it's impossible to say whether it's the potsmoke that keeps your kid from seizing up with asthma at home. But thanks for writing. —DAL
Little Brains on the Prairie
Editor: Being an ex-night-shift worker, I have many nights sat up unable to sleep and watched TV. Usually I take in the movies, but last night I decided on the "Tonight Show." Well, I sat there and Johnny did the monologue, went to a commercial, and then introduced Michael Landon as his guest star.
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Mr. Landon came out and was explaining his recent achievements, when he got on the subject of drugs, and this is what's eating me. You see, he explained to Mr. Carson how "These people nowadays, by smoking grass and drinking at the same time, shut off a throwing-up mechanism, disenabling them to throw up, and at the same time enabling them to drink all they wish." Needless to say, I turned the TV off and went to sleep. Sounds like bull to me. What do you think? I never throw up anyways.
—Chester central N.Y.
Poor Michael Landon has been hanging out for years now with a bad bunch: Kathy Crosby\ Nancy Reagan, Mr. T and a whole bunch of other "drug-abuse experts" who are forever discovering disturbing new scientific evidence about marijuana. These are the people who discovered that pot shrinks men's testicles while growing breasts on them, and if they can do that, it wouldn't probably strain them much to discover that pot depresses the gag reflex too.
And if only marijuana really would depress the gag reflex, we all could fortify ourselves with it against creeps like that. —Ed.
Think Before You Snort
Kudos to Mark Swain and the News Department for exposing the cesspool of neo-nazi cocaine traffickers stinking up Bolivia. With such characters being the ultimate recipients of our cocaine dollars, one wonders if we all wouldn't be better off giving up the drug altogether. Seriously, between the people that use it, and the people that sell it, cocaine has some serious karma problems. I'm not calling for a boycott or anything like that, just a little thought before you purchase your next gram. —Philip A.
He Hates N.Y.
Editor: Looking at the article "I Love N.Y. Pot," in your Mar. '84 issue, has convinced me that California hasn't got a
thing to worry about. You should send the guy whose plants you featured a book on how to grow buds that are good.
—Red Bluff Northern Calif.
He Loves N.Y.
Editor: Thanks, HIGH TIMES, for "I Love N.Y. Pot" (Mar. '84). Most people do not realize that agriculture is the largest industry in New York. We rank high in the potgrowing states in both quality and quantity. Most of the harvest is not produced in New York City, although this is where the finest imported seeds stocks are found. I have grown pot upstate for ten years and could comfortably compare my product with any other from the United States. Don't forget your success rate will depend on experience, skill and a passion for the art!
—Alive with pleasure upstate N.Y.
Editor: I have been a constant reader of HIGH TIMES for over six years; during that time I've found the magazine an excellent source of information and entertainment.
As a connoisseur myself, I think "R" 's column is one of the best in the book and I'm envious of his position as the "true" Connoisseur. I tip my hat to you, "R.”
The main reason I am writing though, is to comment on the TransHigh Market Quotations. The Area Bulletin was and still is the highlight of the report, but prices found there, and in the national market as well, are a bit high, to say the least. If I didn't know better I'd say you got your prices from the police. Why don't you print the mailing address of the THMQ on the same page as the prices, to facilitate reader response? As it is now, the address is real hard to find when you're stoned. -M.D. Hackensack, N.J.
Thanks for the tip—we'll use it. Until we make the change, those of you wishing to send in your price quotes can mail them to THMQ c/o HIGH TIMES, 17 W. 60 St., New York, NY 10023.— Ed.