April 16, 1993 marks the 50th anniversary of chemist Albert Hofmann's first, accidental use of lysergic acid diethylamide, LSD. Since that time, millions of us have experimented with Hofmann's "problem child." Most of those trips have been good.
Myself and a couple of my friends were wondering who organizes the Hash Bash held at the University of Michigan each year? We attend Ferris State University, which seems to have a large number of hemp-supporting students. We were also wondering how to organize a prohemp group at our school.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE COMPANIES CURRENTLY PRODUCING HEMP PRODUCTS:
On September 20, 1963, Richard Case Nagell walked into the State National Bank in El Paso, Texas, and fired two shots into the wall. Within minutes, Nagell was arrested by Officer Jim Bundren and charged with attempted bank robbery. “I’m glad you caught me,” he told the El Paso policeman.
This legendary San Francisco guitar hero glimpses back into the past and shares a few details about his four decades with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna.
Jorma Kaukonen has laid down some of the heaviest psychedelic licks ever to bounce off any space cadet’s forehead. His live shows (with Hot Tuna), which usually begin with an acoustic set of “old-time” numbers, are legendary for their sustained energy levels, flange-oscillated electric sounds at souped-up volumes and, if the mood is right, fluorescent kaleidoscopic mantras.
On the cover of his latest million-seller—an album which loudly proclaims, “Fuck Billboard and the editor”—Ice Cube appears to be sucking down a big fat hit from a skull pipe, surely a first in the annals of mass-market herb endorsements. When he exhales, what comes out of Cube’s mouth are the further adventures of ghetto America, post-LA riots style.
A founding member of the forever fabulous GTOs, bestselling author of I’m With The Band and enlightened master of the fine art of mixed emotions, Pamela Des Barres tosses her shiny red mane with a crystalline laugh. It’s a double-edged sword, this self-acknowledged status as The World’s Most Famous Groupie.
Being a narc ain’t your everyday nine-to-five. Basically, you buy drugs. Any kind of illegal drug: coke, smack, speed, pot. The Drug War needs evidence! A normal home life is out of the question. You’re always looking over your shoulder. Since the smart dealer forces big buyers to “fix up,” this creates sticky legal and moral dilemmas for undercover cops.
Sun Ra should be proclaimed a national treasure. As a jazz bandleader, composer, arranger, musician and entertainer, he has created a body of work that is monumental in scope, crystalline in vision and perfect in execution. Unfortunately, Sun Ra has been releasing his own records on the Saturn label since the mid-’50s and they’ve never been easy to find—until now.
It has been almost 15 years since LSD was in the media limelight. But recent reports suggest that acid’s popularity is being rediscovered by the press—and, in a new wave of hysteria and repression, by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
MUMIA ABU-JAMAL: FORMER BLACK PANTHER ON DEATH ROW IN PENNSYLVNIA
On death row for almost 10 years, radical radio reporter Mumia AbuJamal (formerly Wesley Cook) is seeking a new trial to overturn his conviction for the 1981 killing of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Supporters of the Black Panther-turned-journalist say that if he goes to the electric chair, it will be the first execution of a political prisoner in the US since Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1953.
Lead singer John “Ecstacy” Fletcher of the rap group Whodini and producers Vincent “DJ Black” Stephens of Gang Starr, Richard “Latif” King of Brand Nubian and Ross “Spiderman” Sloane of Bel Biv DeVoe have filed charges with New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board that they were physically and verbally abused by police during a car stop in Harlem.
In November 1992, the FDA approved a study which will allow the testing of MDMA (Ecstasy) on humans to evaluate the physiological and neurological effects of the drug. If no harmful effects are found, researchers will seek to study MDMA in the treatment of pain and distress in terminal cancer patients.
An unidentified El Paso man, puzzled by the strange behavior of his rabbits, asked police Sgt. Andres Yslas to help him discover what was making his bunnies so happy. When asked what he had been feeding his pets, the man said that he had given them grass which he had found in a trash can.
LSD & JFK: AUTHOR CLAIMS NEW EVIDENCE; OSWALD WAS MK-ULTRA PUPPET
On November 2, 1963, Aldous Huxley was administered LSD on his deathbed, in accord with his wishes, and died under the influence. Just a few hours earlier President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. New evidence suggests that JFK’s death may also have been linked to the powerful psychoactive agent.
DON CHRISTEN: MAINE'S ONCE AND FUTURE FREEDOM CANDIDATE
Donald Christen, a veteran of the battle to legalize medical marijuana in Maine, launched a campaign last fall for a seat in that state’s legislature. Christen, a member of the group Maine Vocals, decided to take on Democrat incumbent Andrew Ketterer after Governor “Jock” McKernan, a Republican, vetoed a measure that would have allowed marijuana use for chemotherapy and glaucoma patients last year.
Inhale to the Chief, the first potlegalization demonstration of the new administration, was held the day after Clinton’s inauguration on January 21. The event, which took place across the street from the White House in Lafayette Park, was sponsored by the Green Panthers!
The American Anti-Prohibition League is a political action committee registered in the state of Oregon working to hasten an end to the war on drugs—especially the war against cannabis users. The AAPL is lobbying in Salem to repeal state forfeiture laws and is testifying at public hearings.
More than a quarter century ago, Timothy Leary called a press conference to announce a new religion. It was held in New York at the Advertising Club, where reporters hesitated to drink the coffee because they weren’t sure what was on the sugar cubes.
In early 1992, John Perry Barlow, a lyricist for the Grateful Dead, appeared on the television program, A Closer Look, hosted by Faith Daniels. The topic was LSD. In response to his appearance, a viewer from Barlow’s Sublette County, WY community wrote an angry letter to the local paper asking that readers “find some good role models so the kids can choose strong, clean values...hold up for them someone with something more than what Mr. Barlow represents.”
WELCOME TO THE TECHNO-FUTURE, A CELESTIAL TRIBAL POWWOW POPULATED BY TOON TOWN CARICATURES FLYING HIGH ON DESIGNER DRUGS. IS THIS THE DAWN OF THE "NEW INFANTILISM” (AS NEWSWEEK WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE)? OR DOES THE RAVE GENERATION REPRESENT THE BRIGHTEST MINDS OF THE CYBERSONIC ERA? IF YOU THINK THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF AMERICA ARE "SAYING NO TO DRUGS,” GUESS AGAIN. Every weekend, in every major city in the US, thousands of people are gathering together, dropping MDMA (and other psychedelics) and dancing until dawn.
THROUGH LSD at 50: THE WHAT A LONG, LOOKING STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN GLASS
The discovery of LSD and its amazing effects on human consciousness have often been termed a "psychedelic revolution." But the use of powerful mindaltering substances is as old as the human race itself. The strange career of the chemical compound known as LSD—spanning a spectrum from CIA mind-control laboratories to the revelatory ecstasies of utopian visionaries—tells us as much about ourselves as about the substance itself.
The mad philosopher from Harvard who proselytized the benefits of acid and psychedelicized the world. Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out, and Set and Setting were his calling cards. LSD is a tool for operating the brain. It allows you to turn off, reformat, and reprogram your brain.
In 1938, Albert Hofmann, a young Swiss chemist employed by the Sandoz Pharmaceutical Company in Basel, Switzerland, was working with lysergic acid in the hopes of developing a stimulant for blood circulation. On the twenty-fifth experiment in the series he produced lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), a product he was certain was the stimulant he was seeking.
Art Linkletter’s Daughter Took LSD and Jumped to Her Death
The CIA Tried to Buy 100 Million Doses of LSD
LSD Causes “Flashbacks”
People Have Stared at the Sun and Gone Blind on LSD
The Manson Murder Cult Killed while on LSD
Mickey Mouse Acid and the LSD “Tattoo” Hoax
LSD and Strychnine
If LSD wasn’t fantastic enough for the American public, the stories that followed its media discovery had to be. Like the mythological Hydra, for every head you cut off, two more grew back! Amusing or disturbing, gossip came in technicolor in the early days of LSD. Here are some of the top myths about everybody’s favorite psychedelic.
Another successful guerilla garden. My friends had said you had to give clones daily attention, so that gave me a new idea: an automatic clone grower. First, I found a thick piece of cardboard, a bucket and a piece of wood. The cardboard was cut and I stuck the cuttings through.
Have you ever been on a long, crosscountry drive with a carload of people? Over the long haul, the gang drinks lots of soda and beer. The driver asks if anyone needs to piss because the rest stop is up ahead. The whole car unloads and the fans happily dance to the rest room to relieve their achee, breakee bladders, but you stay in the car because you don’t need to go....
For best results, this edition of the THMQ Report should be read while listening to Steppenwolf's "The Pusher," and "Jupiter's Child." THMQ gives you the latest, most accurate and thoroughly researched soft-substance price wisdom available anywhere in four dimensions.
ALTHOUGH IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT SMOKING CAN HAVE A MEDICINAL EFFECT ON THE THROAT AND LUNGS, COLTSFOOT (TUSSILAGO FARFARA) HAS LONG BEEN SMOKED THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND ASIA AS A CURE FOR SORE THROATS, RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS AND EVEN HEADACHES. Before there were cigarettes, there was coltsfoot—and it wasn’t addictive or processed with additives.
...by stopping bugs and fungi before they damage your weed
THE BUSH DOCTOR
GROWERS TAKING TIME to harvest a healthy cornucopia of cannabis must also carefully watch over their cut crops. In addition to two-legged thieves, myriad bacteria, molds and insects have been known to rip-off your stash while curing, drying or in the fridge.
We're camping here in northeastern Arizona so the four of us can take LSD-25 in an ideal setting. We’re all in our early 20’s and road tripping across the American Southwest. Today, our group is miles from even the tiniest dirt road and it’s totally silent here—a great environment for psychedelic endeavors Already, after six days in the desert we’ve experienced telepathy, pure light consciouscosmic ecstasy underneath blinding sunlight Pretty good, don’t you think?
CANVASES OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS: PSYCHEDELIC ART TODAY
THE HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW: KENNY JENKS
He’s a Merry Prankster, Hog Farmer, Environmentalist, Entertainer, Politician and Clown Prince of Pot. HIGH TIMES celebrates Wavy’s induction into Ben & Jerry’s flavor hood by publishing his thoughts on hemp. by Lester Grinspoon The renowned author of Marijuana Reconsidered explores the herb’s potential as a curative in his new book.