The Recent Discovery of Receptors in Your Brain for Marijuana Could Revolutionize the Way Medical Science Looks at Pot
The more researchers learn about marijuana, the more excited they become about its potential usefulness to medicine (and the more evidence they find that pot is not as harmful as the government would have us believe). Recent research, by the National Institute of Mental Health’s Dr. Miles Herkenham, could prove to be the final nail in the coffin of a half-century of reefer madness.
If there's one thing we've always been pretty damn sure of here at the HIGH TIMES Higher Consciousness Laboratory, it's marijuana's usefulness as medicine. From our own personal/anecdotal experiences of cannabis as mood elevator, snooze aid and menstrual-cramp reliever, to the increasing number of reports that filter into our offices about the herb’s remarkable abilities as antiemetic, anticonvulsant, glaucoma treatment and even AIDS aid—the evidence is too weighty to be ignored.
After reading the Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer, I went off my rocker! It’s awful that our government has repressed hemp so that they’d make a profit producing toxic chemicals! I praise your efforts to get marijuana (re)legalized.
“I often offer joints to students who come to my office to talk philosophy. I think it definitely enhances the discussion,” wrote UCLA professor Michael Gehman to drug czar Bob Martinez. “Just last week I delivered a lecture on the mind/body problem while tripping on some righteous acid.
In 1971, Robert C. Randall was diagnosed as having glaucoma, a degenerative disease of the eyes which, if untreated (or treated with traditional medicines), leads to blindness. Two years later he made the discovery that smoking marijuana temporarily alleviated the symptoms of the disease.
Eight years in the making! Big budget! Big laughs! Even bigger buds! Film producer Terry Lewis gives a behind-the-scenes look at Gorilla Farming—a zany new comedy video about growing pot, and describes what it was like filming monkey business at a pot plantation.
On June 21, James Mason, chief of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a decision to phase out the federal Compassionate IND program—which had allowed seriously-ill patients to receive federally-grown marijuana for a number of medical reasons—in favor of a program which offers those same patients Marinol, the controversial synthetic THC pill.
NEW YORKERS FOR POT PEACE: Woodstock alumnus Richie Havens (center,flashing peace sign) headed a star-studded cast of "Free the Herb" advocates at this year's annual Fifth Avenue Pot Parade. To Havens' left are Jerry the Peddler and David Peel.
The 1988 Ominous Crime Bill is gearing up to take the life of its first drug victim. David Chandler was convicted in Birmingham, AL of nine counts of running an ongoing criminal enterprise (marijuana trafficking) and of contracting for the murder of a police informant.
If you haven’t heard of Chuck Porter, it’s probably because you’re not one of the 110 residents of Fairfield, Kentucky. An outspoken critic of the government’s 54-year-old marijuana/ hemp prohibition, Porter wants to become the next mayor of this small farming community, located some 30 miles southeast of Louisville.
September 13th marked the 20th anniversary of the retaking of D-Yard at the Attica State Correctional Facility—a maximum-security penitentiary in upstate New York—by the authorities. The military assault on the yard by an army of state troopers, correction officers and sheriff’s deputies resulted in the deaths of 33 inmates and 10 hostages, as well as severe injuries to scores of other prisoners.
The Attica prison rebellion came at a time when America was increasingly being spelled with a “k.” Federal, state and local authorities (known then as “the pigs”) had been waging a civil war against those who disagreed with the Nixon administration’s policies of deceit that included the continuation of the Vietnam debacle and blatant attempts to destroy the antiwar movement (Kent and Jackson State) and the Black Panther Party (Fred Hampton).
Who knows what the power boys in Ottawa were on back in 1988, when they passed Section 462.2 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Probably expensive scotch. The law effectively bans HIGH TIMES in Canada, as well as any “instrument or literature for illicit drug use.”
Prolific letter-writing is one of the marijuana movement’s main weapons against the War on Drugs. People are constantly asking us what they can contribute as individuals to “really do something meaningful” to make pot legal. John Birrenbach, a Freedom Fighter from Minnesota, provided a resounding answer with his letter campaign to Pulp & Paper, a major American trade magazine.
The columnists' union requires me to tell three Dan Quayle jokes. Okay. Dan Quayle thinks that Roe v. Wade means alternative ways of crossing the Potomac River. That's one. Dan Quayle saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and thought it was a documentary about Earth Day.
Four-hundred-thousand people will be arrested this year for mere possession of marijuana. I ask of those arrested to Bog the System! If half the people arrested for pot demanded a trial by jury, the state would soon be drained of funds. Perhaps it would mean spending 30 days in the clink, which is very costly to the state.
“Fry the bastards.... ” It is a sad day for American jurisprudence. Justice Thurgood Marshall, after a remarkable tenure lasting 24 years as the only black to serve on the US Supreme Court, has retired, abdicating in favor of the ascendent right-wing majority.
The wheels of American justice are spinning once more for Sandy Wells, who was first arrested along with her husband in September, 1988 for growing cannabis at their home in Burlington, VT (see Oct. ’90 HT, “Vermonter for Pot Peace”). During that episode she lost her house, car and other possessions to increasingly terrifying forfeiture laws; was imprisoned, separated from her children, and branded a “marijuana addict” and criminal.
John Densmore (Delacorte Press) In Oliver Stone’s movie The Doors, Kevin Dillon’s portrayal of John Densmore was almost as compelling as Val Kilmer’s Jim Morrison. It was as if he too had a story to tell—one that was left behind in the wake of the Hollywood Morrison Myth Machine.
How did this 70-year-old Michigan woman end up in the marijuana-distribution business? It was simple really. After discovering that the US government was preventing her cancer-stricken son—and other, similar sufferers—from getting the pot he needed to stop the horrendous vomiting caused by his chemotherapy, she just decided to take matters into her own hands....
Published this past summer by Rip Off Press (home of Freak Bros.), Guy Colwell's Central Body serves as a retrospective both of this California artist’s life and his career. Best known for his politically/sexually-charged work in underground comics (five issues of Inner City Romance in the early to mid-’70s, seven issues—so far— of Doll in the late ’80s to ’90s), Colwell is also a skilled painter who’s produced canvases since the early ’60s in a variety of styles— from his early experiments in psychedelic surrealism to his later, densely-peopled tableaux of dramatically-pregnant life scenes.
The organic farmer returns with tips on growing late-season sativas.
Vegetable Gardening as a Cover for Cannabis Cultivation
Last year, I was fortunate enough to acquire a pure sativa strain from South Africa. After planting some seeds, I discovered the strain thrived in my Northeastern US climate. The problem was how to camouflage the late-blooming and conspicuously-illegal plants from nosy neighbors and low-flying aircraft.
Breeders look for female plants that have superior yield and potency, early maturation and disease resistance. What characteristics should breeders look for in male plants? T.M. Compton, CA The same ones they look for in females. Could you explain the relationship between lumens and foot-candles?
A new feature film has done what most people in the media refuse to believe could be done. The Money Tree not only paints a realistic portrait of a marijuana grower and dealer, but it does so in an entertaining, credible and sympathetic way.
A packed house enthusiastically greeted the premiere of The Money Tree at the Mann Cinema IFestival October `90. Just a few minutes after the show began, a marijuana garden appeared on the screen, and the crowd rose for a standing ovation. For most of the people in the audience, the film represented an affirmation of a value system and lifestyle seldom depicted in the entertainment media.
Go back to the 1930s—though it must have been discovered some-where in the '20s, I’m almost it sure—start from say ’32, under cover before ’33, I know that— Benzedrine was then only known by a few: nurses and doctors, students at universities where they’d come in contact with science types and medical people, and a few oddballs like myself.
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There's one thing in this world that I know a little about, and that's ganja. For better or worse it rear-ranged my worldview, lifestyle and politics, and brought me culture, music and friends from around the world. Maryjane is my friend and my lover, and she has brought me to you—my readers—here in HIGH TIMES!!
Worried about damage to the lungs—even though there has never been one single case of death or lung cancer reported from smoking herb? It’s VapoBong to the rescue! It combines the healthy qualities of the Dr. Lunglife Vaporizer with the smogging action of a classic bong.
This peace sign was hand carved from wood I salvaged from construction/demolition sites. I also do pot leaves, male/female signs, VWs, etc. If anyone thinks they want one, write: Mario, Box 51 Bay Rd., Port Henry, NY 12974. Prices start at $10.
If New York City has an indigenous rock’n’roll style, it is doo-wop. It’s been over 30 years since the first rock’n’roll revival in New York, and like the blues in Chicago, rockabilly in Memphis and surf music in Southern California, the sound of group harmony still enjoys a huge cult in the Big Apple.
Stan Getz’ Serenity (Emarcy) finds the late, legendary tenorist in peak form. Recorded live in Copenhagen in ’87, Getz’s group dives into four standards and one original, using melody lines as springboards to spin increasingly intricate variations and abstractions.
The Project For A Calculated Transition (PACT) is perhaps the most unusual of all drug-legalization groups— it’s run from a New York prison. They have rallied behind State Senator Joseph Galiber’s drug-legalization bill, recently introduced into the state legislature, by holding seminars and mailing information.