Congratulations, sir or madam. You are now holding the single most important reference guide for marijuana growers in HIGH TIMES' illustrious history. Am I exaggerating? Well, if you consider that the one essential component for growing quality weed is good genetics, then what could be more important than a detailed list of the finest seed merchants in the world today?
The January issue was incredible! You really should be praised highly for publishing an interview with John Trudell! Where were the cool rooftop photos taken? I was really impressed with the insightful excerpt from the Keith Richards biography by Victor Bockris.
After Minister Maxie O'Neill was ordained in the Universal Life Church, she applied for credentials to allow her to officiate at wedding ceremonies in Hawaii. On her application to the state Department of Health, the regulating agency, she was very clear about her faith.
More evidence has been uncovered indicating that cannabis use is as old as... well, cannabis itself. Archeologists have already determined that a thriving Bronze Age drug trade supplied hashish and opium to cultures throughout the Middle East.
If you're under 35, hearing a certain harmonica lick may set you off singing, "Sunny day...." The man responsible for that tune is Eddie Gordon, a former child harmonica star and close friend of Jack Herer, who warms up Jack's audiences by telling stories and playing tunes on a two-and-a-half-foot chord harmonica.
The Delphic Oracle of Greece was in ancient times what the Psychic Friends Network is to modern nitwits. People traveled from all over Europe to visit Mount Parnassus and have their future foretold by the Pythia, a role filled by different women from about 1400 BC to AD 381.
It's alive!!! That's what Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto has discovered about water. In The Message from Water, Emoto has provided factual evidence that human vibrational energy, thoughts, words, ideas, and music affect the molecular structure of water—the wet stuff that composes over 70 percent of the human body and covers the same amount of the planet.
Actor James Coburn, best known for his distinctive deep voice and for playing tough guys and villains in numerous Westerns and action films, died last November at his home in Los Angeles. He appeared in such films as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Our Man Flint, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Cross of Iron, and Affliction, for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
Sickle-cell anemia, an inherited red-blood-cell disorder, affects at least 75,000 Americans, and an estimated 2 million more carry the gene for it. It rarely affects anyone not of African ancestry. The disease can produce debilitating pain that can last for weeks.
His name is Adam Bomb. That's the name of his band too, which has become a red-hot act in Spain. The New York City rocker has just released New York Times, a new solo CD that features former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, Flo & Eddie, pianist Nicky Hopkins, and many other supermusicians.
Last October, North Korea awarded its top science prize to an herbal medicine for constipation, the active ingredient of which is marijuana. The concoction of rhubarb, cannabis sativa, and elecampane "gives no harmful effect to internal organs but activates their functions and promotes digestion by dissolving bile well," the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.
Have you always wanted to be a pot dealer but never had the nerve—or the pot? Get your basic training in trafficking by playing Trafficking. It's the board game that was banned for embracing buds back in the bad old days of the early '80s, when the "Just Say No" campaign was in full swing.
In Vancouver, Canadian growers celebrated the 2002 harvest by allowing 100 international experts to judge the fruits of their labor.
Cannabis connoisseurs have always compared strains, but formal judging competitions are proliferating. The HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup got things rolling 15 years ago, but new cups are cropping up as often as the crops themselves. There are quiet events like the California Cup, which seek no attention.
Zimbabwean musician Thomas Mapfumo continues to challenge the iron-fisted rule of his government.
There are plenty of political songsters in the world, but not many can boast of actually having been jailed for their music. Thomas Mapfumo doesn't brag about it, but he was imprisoned for three months in 1977 by Ian Smith's white colonialist regime in what was then called Rhodesia.
Butch Trucks' nephew Derek has established himself as one of the true guitar virtuosos of his generation.
Derek Trucks has added a fresh voice to the sound of the Allman Brothers since he joined Uncle Butch's band in 1999, and he has been part of the ongoing musical experiment being conducted by former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh in Phil & Friends.
What's that strange, ominous music? No, it can't be! Ah, but it is—bruising heavy metal from the folks who brought you everything from hard rock to The Osbournes, the original Black Sabbath. And while the quartet began as a hooligan blues band from Birmingham, England, Sabbath morphed into an archetypal ensemble that spewed devilish deviance and flailed distorted guitars over prehistoric rhythms, and captured the imagination of millions.
Law-enforcement raids became part of Lenny Bruce's act in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, rendering the comedian virtually unemployable by the time he died of a heroin overdose in 1966 (more like "an overdose of police," as friend and record producer Phil Spector accused).
The folks who run the Disinformation Website are purveyors of iconoclasm who offer their readers the giddy sensation of being part of a hip elite that knows the score. In Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies—the title is taken from an old Firesign Theater line—the Disinformationistas shoot wildly in all directions, sometimes hitting their mark, sometimes not.
Leading off with a $100,000 offer to "prove us wrong," jackherer.com takes visitors on a grand journey through what the founder of the modern hemp movement alleges is a conspiracy on the part of economic interests and law enforcement to keep marijuana and its nonpsychoactive form, hemp, illegal.
Ever played Game Day NFL 2003? If so, then you've already played NCAA GameBreaker 2003. Note the similar titles. This game is a rip-off of the NFL model, from graphics to play combinations. The creators of NCAA GameBreaker 2003 aren't even trying to pretend that they didn't plagiarize NFL 2003.
Back in 1988, when I first got involved with the struggle to legalize mariwanna, I thought it was an impossible task. Government and society as a whole opposed the use of the sacred herb, and we were considered the "lunatic fringe" for even suggesting that pot be legalized.
MPP/SSDP conference in Anaheim draws a new generation of advocates.
ANAHEIM, CA—"It's great to not be the youngest person here for once," Seattle Hempfest head Dominic Holden quipped at the Marijuana Policy Project/Students for a Sensible Drug Policy conference, held in Anaheim November 8-10. Holden, 25, is used to being the baby of the pot-legalization movement.
Despite rulings in favor of Proposition 215, Feds continue to harass legal medical-pot growers.
Charles Edward "Eddy" Lepp and his wife, Linda Senti, both 50, are not quiet about their views on medical marijuana, nor do they keep it a secret that they grow and use prodigious amounts of it on their Lakeport, CA, farm. What they can't understand is why the DEA and the Lake County Narcotics Task force raided their farm and cut down and confiscated hundreds of nearly mature marijuana plants, yet have filed no criminal charges.
OLYMPIA, WA—When HIGH TIMES' October 2002 issue named Evergreen State College as the nation's top counterculture college, the local TV and newspaper media sensationalized the honor and questioned activities at the state-funded school.
The Marijuana Policy Project has filed a formal complaint with the federal Office of Special Counsel, charging White House Drug Czar John Walters with election-law violations. The complaint alleges that Walters' campaigning against Question 9, a Nevada initiative that would have legalized possession of up to three ounces of pot, constituted using "his official authority and influence for the purpose of...
Tough-on-pot Michigan judge caught toking at Stones concert.
TRAVERSE CITY, MI—State District Court Judge Thomas S. Gilbert has taken an indefinite leave of absence after admitting that he took puffs from a joint at a recent Rolling Stones concert. The judge has a reputation for being very tough on marijuana possession.
Anti-Ayahuasca Case Proceeds Despite Illegal DEA Acts
Despite the fact that the only apparent illegal act in the case of Alan Shoemaker was committed by the DEA, the Feds are continuing to prepare to take him to trial over the importation of plants necessary to make the sacred South American visionary brew, ayahuasca.
LOS ANGELES—Quadriplegic medical-marijuana patient Wayne Hobbs, 31, was found robbed and infected with gangrene on November 11 in the rural town of Hanford, CA, south of Fresno, after having been taken on a nightmarish four-day odyssey by his two state-provided "caregivers."
Setbacks are inevitable. The key is that we learn from them. The defeat of several drug-law-reform initiatives in the 2002 midterm elections was disheartening to those of us who work in the field. Nevertheless, this outcome also offered us an opportunity to review our strategies and better identify our movement's strengths and weaknesses.
MILL SPRING, NC—The Polk County courthouse in Columbus is a classic American small-town tableau: a 143-year-old brick building with white pilasters and greenish-black shutters, the windows festooned with half-moons of red-white-and-blue bunting, and a candidate for the state legislature speaking on the steps.
WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission has ruled that all public-service announcements broadcast under the auspices of the Office for National Drug Control Policy must now identify their sponsor. Until now, the ONDCP was the only group in the US permitted to make public-service announcements without such identification, and the FCC ruled that there was no reason for such an exemption.
GAO Study: Most Med-Mar Users Are Men Over 40 WASHINGTON—According to a study made by the congressional General Accounting Office, most medical-marijuana users in four states that have legalized its use are male and over 40. and use it for severe pain or persistent muscle spasms.
US Arrests Four Colombian Paramilitaries in Guns-for-Drugs Deal
Brazilian Smugglers Have Morbid Sense of Humor
WASHINGTON—Attorney General John Ashcroft announced on November 6 that four members of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) have been arrested on charges that they participated in a $25 million cocaine-for-arms deal that fell through because the arms dealer was actually an undercover FBI agent.
At the Woodstock Festival in 1969, Country Joe McDonald and the Fish performed their popular anti-Vietnam War protest song, "Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag." Now an updated version has been released—titled "The Iraqi War Song" or "Feel Like I'm Smelling a Rat Rag"—but this rendition is not by the original group.
'I was now face to face with the voice of a group whose music was the most revolutionary I'd ever heard.' It was at a hotel then called the Windsor, on 56th Street and Fifth Avenue. I was visiting Jim Capaldi, the drummer and co-writer of songs for Traffic.
Cannabis-seed companies have continued to grow and expand in 2003. Canadian companies dominate the North American market, while Dutch companies rule in Europe. New seed sellers have appeared in Switzerland, Spain, and central Europe.
The use of black gold to launder drug profits is well established. One example concerns an airline that flew gold bullion from Medellin to London. The amount shipped was more than the gold reserves of most central banks. Where did this gold originate?
THE PRINCE OF PLUNDER
THE BLACK EAGLE FUND
A RARE LIE
THE PRIORY OF SION EXPLAINED
RICH KNIGHTS OR POOR KNIGHTS?
THE M FUND
THE SPOILS OF WAR
The story about what really happened to the loot plundered by the Nazis and Japanese during World War II remains one of the best-kept secrets of the last 50 years. A decades-long propaganda campaign focused public attention on gold stolen from governments—known as monetary gold—as a means of eclipsing from public view far larger amounts of privately held gold that was also stolen.
Along with a good home, great plants must have the proper nutrition. Many growers think that early growth requires nothing more than water. Seedlings and clones don’t need much to get started, but the difference between the right nutrition and no nutrition can be very important. Your youngest plants will appreciate the full range of nutrients and trace elements, just at a very low dose. Use a weak bloom formula that is high in potassium. An old favorite of mine is the original Pure Blend tea supplements for seedlings. Their bloom formula has a 0.5-0.5-1 nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium ratio; use it at full strength from seed soaking through the appearance of the first set of real leaves. For hydroponic applications, I suggest using Pure Blend Pro, a 2.5-2-5 bloom formula (right jug pictured), at half strength. Pure Blend is available at grow shops nationwide. Find the nearest at americanagritech.com.
Based on the success of their award-winning (Sep. '02 HT) cloner, the makers of EZ-Clone are proud to present their newest system. This new system is custom-molded and produces even better results. The products' capacity levels have been increased for greater growing potential. The smallest EZ-Clone holds 30 cuttings, the medium unit 60, and the large system holds 120 cuttings. The custom-molded lid holds thick neoprene collars securely in place without any additional parts. It’s specially designed to fit securely onto the bottom reservoir, preventing leakage without the need for gaskets or insulation. The new lid’s design also allows you to place it on the ground or a table without damaging the cuttings, and provides easy access to the solution in the reservoir. The same energy-efficient, high-powered water pump acts as the heart of the system. However, optimal results are achieved by increasing the manifold’s diameter. This allows higher volumes of water to produce a uniform atomized misting action to your cuttings. A high-quality air pump and newly designed air stone provide aeration. Each system comes equipped with thermometers, and aquarium heaters are also available for those working in colder regions. Coming soon for rockwool farmers: customized rockwool cubes for use in conjunction with the system. To order, call (866) 392-5663 or go to ez-clone.com.
ELECTRIC PROPAGATION MAT
This may not seem like a top priority, but if you’ve had less than optimal success starting seeds or cuttings during winter, then heat is what you need. Cold weather plus high humidity can lead to a condition called damping off, which is unacceptable for root formation and will eliminate any possibility of a 100% success rate. Whether you’re talking sprouting, cloning, or seedlings, the Electra Grow propagation mat is the one you want. It's made to industrial-grade standards, strong enough to last you a lifetime with proper care. All the electrical components are sealed in heavy-gauge rubber, making it very hard for you to electrocute yourself. No thermostat is required. Just plug it in, place your trays on the wire rack, and you’re off. Electra Grow comes in two sizes. I suggest buying the larger one, as you’ll probably need it one day. Call Alternative Garden Supply at (800) 444-2837.
Choosing the first home for your babies is an important decision. You want them to be as comfortable as possible to ensure rapid, unencumbered development. All three media choices here each have strong points of their own, and each is best suited to one specific use. Xtreme coco starter plugs are specially suited for sprouting seeds. (Their size, roughly 1" around, is too small to support cuttings.) They're extremely convenient, with custom plastic trays that fit inside and under standard seedling trays and humidomes. They're made from high-quality coconut husks and have an initial nutrient charge to last the first seven to 10 days. For starting seedlings that have already been sprouted, Rapid Rooter starter grow plugs are an excellent medium. They're composed of 96% composted tree bark and 4% organic materials as a bonding agent, which gives them the consistency and nickname of "rubber dirt." These plugs have the perfect density to retain the optimal air-to-water ratio for rapid rooting. Also packaged under the names Organo Starter and Super Starter, they can make rooting hassle-free. For cuttings, these rockwool cutting plugs (pictured) from General Hydroponics are great. They're split down the middle to allow for perfect placement of each cutting, helping to facilitate better absorption of nutrients for quicker rooting. Having flush contact between the medium and the cutting also maximizes the chance for success—no more manipulating the hole size with a toothpick to achieve perfect contact. Available nationwide; call (800) 444-2837 or go to altgarden.com or generalhydroponics.com.
Here’s an investment that will start multiplying from the first sprout. That's because you can't overstate the importance of proper early development for your plants. The small differences—in internodal spacing, stem thickness, and root structure—affected by light are the make-or-break differences that can lead to record-breaking yields. The new garden light from Sunlight Supply casts intense light over a roughly 2' × 2' area, which is perfect over a seedling tray or cloning machine. This 95-watt compact fluorescent (pictured) burns at a cool, bluish 6,400°K, making its usable light spectrum comparable to that of any metal-halide lamp. The pitted aluminum reflector efficiently captures and concentrates every one of the 5,500 lumens in a small, direct light pattern. It's as if they took two 4' tubes and folded them over, condensing all the power into a small, jacketed bulb. What could be called the ballast is actually built into the bulb, and it comes with an easy-to-hang reflector. I recommend the fully outfitted garden light for $159.95. You can also purchase individual parts; the bulb is $69.95, and the socket-and-cord set sells for $36.95. Available at Alternative Garden Supply, (800) 444-2837, or go to altgarden.com.
ROOTECH CLONING GEL
Technaflora's Rootech is the strongest cloning gel you can buy, "powerful enough to propagate even the most difficult plants," I'm told by its manufacturer. This premium formulation of hormones (0.55% indole butyric acid), vitamins, nutrients, and antimicrobials promotes rapid, healthy root development. Technaflora's unique manufacturing process creates a smooth, ultrathick, gel without "hot spots" that can burn plant tissues and developing roots. For outstanding results, add in conjunction with Thrive Alive to cloning machine reservoirs. Check it out at technaflora.com, or call (800) 586-1211.
RUSH Xcite root-presoak biostimulant
RUSH Xcite root-presoak biostimulant contains humic and fulvic acids, rare trace elements, and zeatin, a powerful cytokinin complex. It’s quite simply the best growth stimulant you can buy. Soak your seeds for 30 minutes and plant when dry, for increased germination rates. Then continue using Xcite as a presoak for all your grow media and expect to see sudden accelerated growth. Xcite increases cell division, promotes auxiliary branching and shoot formation, and inhibits excessive root formation. Make sure to read High Tech and Tip of the Month on page 94 for more detailed information on the whole RUSH line. These unique formulas have special ingredients that'll rock your crops. Read and follow all instructions on packaging, as these are powerful products. Don’t expect professional products to be cheap; Xcite costs $28.95 for the 500-ml bottle shown. Contact Rambridge Wholesale, (800) 265-4769, or go to rambridge.com.
Two of the greatest minds of the counterculture converge to probe the effects of pot on creativity, the state of conspiracy research, the importance of Hannibal Lecter, and many other topics.
I first met Bob Wilson in 1959. The '60s counterculture was in its embryonic stage, exploding out of the blandness, repression, and piety of the Eisenhower-Nixon administration, Reverend Norman Vincent Peale's positive thinking, and Snooky Lanson singing "It's a Marshmallow World" on TV's Lucky Strike Hit Parade.
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Here are some shots of my finest indoor. This crystally bud is G-13. Hope you enjoy the picture: I sure enjoyed the bud. Herbal Akron, Ohio This room utilizes a single air-cooled 1,000-watt high-pressure sodium lamp, a CO2 system, and a Uvonair ozone generator to eliminate odors.
Brand new to the market is the RUSH line of growth enhancement products from the Prism Co., based in Calgary, AB. They've teamed up with a company called Agrowchem, which has been formulating professional products for commercial agriculture for some time.
RUSH foliar biostimulant sprays use patented technology based on a molecule called IPA (isopentyladenine), which accelerates movement of nutrients into the plant leaves, and also improves efficiency in the uptake of nutrients from soil and growing media.
The easiest way to germinate your seeds is to simply plant them in your growing medium. When container gardening, start by preparing the medium and the planters. Fill small pots or seedling trays and thoroughly moisten. Check the pH—it should be 5.5-6—and adjust if necessary.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authority on marijuana prices for the last 29 years. You, the faithful and loyal HIGH TIMES readers, are responsible for the THMQ column's quotes. So do your duty: Fire up a monster spliff or rip a few bong hits and read THMQ thoroughly, then grab a pen and paper and write out a list of pot prices in your area.
I've read that optimal lighting to grow very nice buds is 30 watts per square foot, or 300 lumens per square foot. I have an 11.25 square-foot growing area, so that would mean 337.5w (11.25 × 30) or 3,375 lumens (11.25 × 300). A 400w high-pressure sodium bulb puts out about 54,000 lumens.
If you haven’t checked the HIGH TIMES Website, hightimes.com, for the 15th Annual Cannabis Cup winners, roll a spliff and surf on by! Many of this year’s varieties are not only great to smoke, they are also pestand disease-resistant. Mountain growers and tropical growers will find more coldand heat-tolerant varieties this year.
Cannabis enthusiasts from around the globe descended on Amsterdam in record numbers for the 15th Cup, the Peace Cup. A certain obsession with water hash became apparent early on. New faces appeared on the dais to accept awards, while revelations were made regarding the true nature of the sacrament.