Here we are again, time for the annual hydroponic roundup. We’re talkin' all systems grow, with the best hydro kits to make your crops rock. Hydroponics can work for anyone, anywhere. So along with the most sophisticated systems you can buy, we’ve also found kits for those on a budget.
In the ’70s and ’80s I was a commercial guerrilla farmer and found HIGH TIMES revolutionary for fighting the good fight against the government's ridiculous prohibition of marijuana. I spent the ’90s as a fugitive and a convict and was unable to obtain the publication.
From Helsinki in the Baltic to Auckland in the South Pacific, from Tucson to Tokyo and Philadelphia to Prague, proud potheads and their supporters turned out in almost 200 cities on Million Marijuana March weekend to celebrate cannabis and demand its legalization.
On top of the cable-TV world with The Osbournes, the Prince of Darkness and family are cashing in. Ozzy Osbourne’s record label, Epic, has released The Osbourne Family Album, featuring fuchsia-haired daughter Kelly’s cover of Madonna’s 1986 single, “Papa Don’t Preach,” plus versions of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” which Ozzy says features the first-ever heavy-metal riff.
Most growers would prefer to let Mother Nature nurture their plants, but the fear of Big Brother forces many to grow indoors. As a result, clever cultivators have devised an impressive array of systems to give indoor gardens outdoor-quality sustenance.
Medeski Martin & Wood offer some critical advice for their jam-band brethren.
In numerology, three is the luckiest of numbers. Those associated with “three” are said to express themselves wittily, effectively and with frequency. That’s certainly the case with America’s favorite keyboard trio, Medeski Martin & Wood.
With the opening track on his sophomore album Radio Life Force (Koch/ln the Paint), the Brooklynborn Rasta rapper, Tae Kwon Do master and weed-smoking mystic Afu-Ra has resurrected the hip-hop anthem. But “Ip Hop,” a rap-rock spasm that blasts the mind frequencies with its thudding bass and hyperspeed rhyming, is only the beginning of a diverse collection of 16 tracks that features cameos by Wu-Tang Clan’s Rza, Big Daddy Kane and ’80s R&B hitmaker Teena Marie.
Around the world with two DV cameras and a laptop, this global travelogue is destined to be a stoner favorite.
Say you and your best friend got really high on some superprimo pot and came up with a wild scheme to travel around the world with a laptop and a couple of DV cameras and record your favorite musicians, artists and thinkers in a project that explored the underlying unity behind all human experience.
California's notorious "three strikes" law is the subject of a new movie.
Moviegoers who got a few yucks out of DJ Pooh’s 3 Strikes in 2000 will truly understand the power of California’s sweeping “three strikes” law, enacted in 1994, when they see Steve Sobel’s Resin. Currently making the rounds on the film-festival circuit, Resin tells the story of Zeke, a pot dealer (played by David Alvarado) who gets into big trouble with the law.
Performing as a nightclub act, recording comedy albums, playing music and creating feature films, Cheech & Chong were the Abbott & Costello of the '70s, and single-handedly paved the way for every clueless duo from Bill and Ted to Beavis and Butthead.
School starts again and harvests get destroyed. A month of bummers!
Chef Ra's New Potato and Vegetable Harvest Medleg with Ganja Sauce
It's been many years since I've done any guerrilla gardening. As a high-profile mariwanna activist, I can't afford to indulge anymore. But I have my war stories. One year a friend and I decided to grow a garden deep in the woods. We were tired of street dealers selling inferior product.
Canadian governmant's medical-pot crop turns out to be garbage.
WINNIPEG, MB—The Canadian government's first attempt at growing medicinal marijuana has gone to pot. The nearly 2,000 plants planted in August 2001 in an abandoned mine shaft in northern Manitoba—intended to be ready for harvest and distribution to the nation's seriously ill by January—turned out to be an inconsistent mess of schwag.
COLUMBUS, OH—In a stunning upset, longtime marijuana activist Kenneth "Cannabis Kenny" Schweickart won the Democratic primary for the 22nd district seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. He edged out union veteran Gary Josephson, who had been endorsed by the county Democratic Party, to get the nod in the Columbus-area district.
Montana woman undertakes hunger strike for medical pot.
Silja J.A. Talvi
MISSOULA, MT—Robin Prosser, a 45-year-old single mother, was diagnosed with a lupus-related immunosuppressive disorder 17 years ago. It has given her a host of serious physical ailments, including bone fractures, heart irregularities, migraine headaches and nausea.
Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics reveals more good news on ganja.
Constance Emerson Crooker
PORTLAND, OR—ln May, scientists and medical-marijuana patients presented information about the medical uses of cannabis to health-care professionals at the Second National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in Portland, Oregon.
NEW YORK CITY—On April 17, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the about 1,200 detainees of Middle Eastern descent who were rounded up in the federal dragnet following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
FORT WORTH, TX—The fake-drug scandal that led to the arrest of more than 50 innocent people during the past two years on drug charges continues to rock the Dallas Police Department. The scandal, which broke late last year, Involves Enrique Martinez Alonso, an informant who worked for years for two Dallas narcotics cops, Cpl. Mark Delapaz and Officer Eddie Herrera.
Plan Colombia is spraying South American peasants with deadly chemicals.
Glyphosate, the herbicide sprayed in Colombia to eradicate coca bushes and poppy plants, releases cyanide when burned. If that weren’t toxic enough for the people breathing it, US government-contracted DynCorp crop dusters flying all over the Colombian fields usually—and illegally—deliver the glyphosate mixed with diesel fuel, according to two pilots who claim to have worked for DynCorp in the eradication campaign and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The irony was impossible to miss. In the week that US Drug Czar John Walters spent promoting pot prohibition, publishing a widely syndicated editorial column entitled “The Myths of ‘Harmless Marijuana’” and speaking in Washington state about the menace of B.C. bud, government officials north of the border were quietly putting his Reefer Madness myths to rest.
WASHINGTONߞFederal Drug Czar John Walters admitted to the Wall Street Journal on May 14 that after five years and expenditures of nearly $1 billion, the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s media campaign to deter youngsters from trying drugs is a total failure.
Sometimes I think I’m stoned when I’m not. When I found myself watching Tonya Harding punching out Paula Jones, I thought I was hallucinating. But it was actually a Fox TV show called Celebrity Boxing. Likewise, when I read the transcript of Richard Nixon’s presidential conversation with his chief of staff, H.R. “Bob” Haldeman—“You know,” said Nixon, “it’s a funny thing—every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish.
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A good hydroponic system should be easy to run and fun to use. It should make your life easier, rather than complicate the many tasks associated with indoor gardening. This is the 21st century, and we have come to expect more from our hydro kit than just built-in plumbing. Of course, technology comes with a price, and some of you may not be ready to invest.
There are as many ways to grow marijuana as there are people who grow it. This grower has utilized cutting-edge technology to increase his yield to a whopping 0.63 grams per watt every 30 days. Not all newfangled gizmos are worth their weight in bud, but educated consumers can definitely increase their harvest size with the right system.
Looking at the hydroponic innovations of the last few years, we see a menagerie of new gardens, test meters and nutrient-delivery systems. Often these products are poorly thought out; beta models are sold to unsuspecting guinea-pig growers with the promise of immense yields and knock-your-socks-off performance.
I first visited the Netherlands in 1987 to write an article on the founder of Holland’s first cannabis-seed company. Titled “The King of Cannabis,” the article described how an Australian named Nevil got access to some of the world’s greatest known strains of cannabis and established a mail-order company in Holland that eventually made him rich.
I first walked into this case in late 1983 when I got a call from former CIA case officer David MacMichael. As a matter of conscience, Dave had for many years been speaking out about illegal and inhumane operations being conducted by the CIA. “Mike, there’s a woman in New Mexico named Dee Ferdinand.
For over 30 years, the name David Carradine has been synonymous with martial arts. Although he was originally trained in classical music, he was soon following in the footsteps of his legendary father, John Carradine, the most prolific film actor in history.
This was the best-looking plant in the garden. The buds were nearly 2' long, and dried, it weighed over 2 ounces. Nonymous CANADA This magnificent piece of art came from Saudi Arabia. It stands 4’ 9" tall, and the hose is nearly 11 feet long. I found it while helping a neighbor clean her attic.
My grow area is 4' x 9' with four 600-watt lamps. All organic, guano all the way. B. Smith Address Unknown These are the tops of two plants; the strain is Surfer x Skunk. When dry they weighed 150 grams, and it was primo bud. Squirrel #1 Tillsonburg, California This is 7.5 grams of the Big Bud strain.
Infestation is a vexing problem that nearly every gardener has to contend with eventually. Pest control comes in many forms, from traps to soap to chemical powders and sprays. One biotech solution is to fight fire with fire. That is, to use nature against itself by introducing beneficial insects into the garden.
Just because you grow indoors and utilize chemical fertilizers doesn't mean you can't take advantage of what Mother Nature has to offer. While the perfect feeding regimen alone will not re-create the great outdoors on your ebb-and-flow table, there are several products on the market that fill in some of the gaps.
Cees Van Wingerden
I admit it. I am drawn to products that are natural and believe in utilizing them to the max. I know it’s not very PC to admit it, but I am not a back-to-nature kind of guy. I’ve been known to spray a pesticide or two in my time, so my interest in natural products is based purely on their potential to enhance the quality and yield of plants.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authority on marijuana prices for the last 28 years. You, the faithful and loyal HIGH TIMES readers, are responsible for the quotes that are placed into the THMQ column. So, do your duty, fire up a monster spliff, rip a few bong hits, read THMQ thoroughly, then grab a pen and paper and write out a list of pot prices in your area.
My friend and I have been told everything we need to know about growing weed indoors except how to tell female from male plants. We were told to keep the females. How do we tell? Jeff R. Minneapolis Dear Jeff, Once you have tried your hand at growing, you may find that you are not the expert you think you are.
Harvest time is here if you planned ahead and grew quick-maturing plants. Early varieties should finish starting the second week of the month. Wait until buds are completely ripe to harvest. Calyxes in buds should be swollen, and at least half of the hair-like pistils protruding from calyxes should be brownish-amber.
Every time you turn around, another top athlete is caught toking. In the traditional sports world, smokers do penance via suspension or smarmy apologies to fans and teammates. But in the world of “extreme sports,” pot is embraced for inspiration and relaxation.