Besides founder Tom Forçade, no one had a greater impact on HIGH TIMES than Hunter S. Thompson. Could HIGH TIMES even exist without the incredible contribution Thompson made to drug lit? I doubt it. "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold."
Whoever said they'd rather see Nickelback in the issue instead of Maroon 5 is an idiot. Maroon 5 are a group of real musicians, while Nickelback are the real sell-outs. They just sound like everyone else. Good job, HT, on putting a great pot-smoking band in your mag.
Please make it clear that this AK-48 bud was grown under 450 watts of T8 fluoros. I've sort of been on a fluorescent crusade for the past year, and will continue until I see more people using these lights and viewing them as an equally effective alternative to HID...
This month's caption winner, David_P, predicts that people wouldn't be so afraid to die if the Grim Reaper brought along a little creeper weed for the long ride to the afterlife. Right you are, D.P. And enjoy that free subscription!
Trans-High Market Quotations (THMQ) reports pot prices (by the ounce), strain and location. To submit, go to THMQ link at hightimes.com. CURRENT US PRICE INDEX: $330 (last month: $324) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($400+ PER OZ): $484 ($500) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($200-$399 PER OZ): $298 ($315) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$199 PER OZ): $117 ($92)
THE PRESIDENT ADMITS TO PUFFING HERB AND MORE IN SECRETLY TAPED CONVERSATIONS.
BUSH ON WEED
STUDENT FINANCIAL AID
During his 2001 commencement address at Yale University, the elite, liberal East Coast college he himself graduated from in 1968, former frat boy George W. Bush joked that his presence at the ceremony proved that any C student could grow up to be president of the United States.
One of the many perks of working at HIGH TIMES is that people will sometimes pay a surprise visit to the office bearing gifts. Most of these gift-givers are our good friends and colleagues, but sometimes the representatives of corporate America will show up in hopes of wooing us into providing a positive review of their latest consumer product.
In late November 1969, John Trudell, a recently returned Vietnam War veteran, joined a group of 100 Native Americans who illegally occupied the abandoned prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. These "Indians of All Tribes” had the goal of establishing a Native American University on Alcatraz.
WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? THE SUPREME COURT, THAT’S WHO.
CANINE CORRUPTION IN COLOMBIA
A canine can be trained to search for the scent of illegal drugs, or it can be trained to detect the presence of dangerous explosives, but it cannot be trained to do both—at least not at the same time. In other words, given a world in which a limited number of dogs will be trained, then every dog trained for anti-narcotics work equals one less anti-terror dog available to sniff out explosives down at the airport.
In our March issue, HIGH TIMES took you on a field trip to the DEA’s traveling museum exhibit entitled "Target America: Drug Traffickers, Terrorists and You,” where we marveled at the best, most sophisticated piece of propaganda that taxpayer money can buy and detailed the dizzying juxtaposition of words, objects and images that greet visitors to the exhibit—including 3-D models of a hotel-room meth lab, a South American cocaine laboratory and an Afghan heroin-processing facility.
Because, try as you might, you can’t always wait until 4:20. Frontman Kelly Jones laid the blame for the band's shitty You Gotta Go There to Come Back album on the cannabis smoked during the recording process. Bob Marley, presumably, would beg to differ.
May 27-29 MIND STATES VI San Francisco More than 30 speakers will discuss the theme of "Technology & Transcendence," including the latest psychedelic research, brain fingerprinting, trans-cranial magnetic stimulation, virtual reality, sensory substitution, technobiological enhancement, visionary art and more.
Ounce for ounce, good pot is worth more than old gold—which means the monthly “greens fees" can get awfully expensive for those of us who like to put our marijuana where our mouth is. And unfortunately, due to misguided government prohibition, no matter where you find yourself in the cannabis-industrial complex, there's nothing free about this weed.
We here at HIGH TIMES enjoy a delicious pot brownie as much as the next guy. They're tasty, easy to bake (even when you're baked), and they make you laugh for hours on end. In fact, unless the next guy is eating a delicious pot brownie right now, it’s a safe bet that we enjoy them even more than he does—or at the very least, more often.
Sear the mushrooms for flavor; heat your pan on high, then add 1 tbsp ganja oil; cook ‘til golden brown, then add 1 tsp of soy sauce and sesame oil. Set aside. Reheat pan (add 1 tbsp ganja oil) and sauté all vegetables for 1 minute, then add chili paste, soy sauce, lime juice, green onions and cilantro; drain vegetables (if you leave the liquid in when the spring roll is deep-fried, it will explode) and season with salt and pepper.
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE STOP THE FLOOR? I’D LIKE TO GET OFF.
We all know the old saying about drinking liquor before beer and vice versa, but where in that rhyme does weed fit in? Beer before grass, you're on your ass; grass before beer, you're in the clear? Or is it the other way around? Who knows? All I'm absolutely positive of is that the lager/pot mix often results in a deadly reaction that puts my stomach's insides all over my outsides.
CHILLIN’ WITH THE KING OF CANNABIS COMEDY IN NEW YORK CITY.
You might imagine that at a show called The Marijuana-Logues, the theater would be blanketed in a fog of pot smoke. But, alas, New York City's draconian smoking laws make such a scene impossible. Nevertheless, the majority of the crowd packed into the Actors' Playhouse in the West Village for a sold-out show back in December were most assuredly high.
What do our founding fathers have in common with Lao-tzu, the Sufis, the bawdy troubadours of Provence and '60s radical Abbie Hoffman? According to sage-of-the-cyber-age R.U. Sirius' Counterculture Through the Ages: From Abraham to Acid House (Villard), they're all promulgators of progressive countercultures that made, in varying measures, fine, upstanding contributions to society.
HIGH TIMES GETS ‘HIGHER’ WITH THE GAME, WEST COAST RAP'S RISING SUPERSTAR
A BLUNT INTERVIEW
"I can do this all day," The Game declares, sitting down to examine the three distinct strains of California's finest marijuana provided for his HIGH TIMES cover shoot. Inspecting the bouquet—comprising fragrant Afghani Blueberry, OG Kush and Purple Urkel buds—the 25-year-old Compton rapper, born Jayceon Taylor, quickly finds a favorite in the latter.
If you're familiar with the works of Dr. Seuss, then you have a pretty good idea of what Humboldt County looks like. The craggy hills in the North Coast region of California resemble the impossibly off-kilter knolls found in Green Eggs and Ham and other Dr. Seuss classics.
Some growers remove themselves from society and plant their fields deep in the woods, hiding away at the edge of civilization. They live solitary lives and earn a living from the lush earth, as farmers have done for thousands of years. Others, however, choose to conduct their cannabis-cultivation experiments deep in the heart of America's largest cities, relying on the smog of their industrial surroundings and the anonymity of city life to protect their illicit urban crops.
Ounce for ounce, marijuana is more expensive than gold and doesn't last nearly as long. So if you want to smoke the good stuff, you're going to have to grow it yourself or shell out some serious money for the privilege. And while growing is a nice option for some, not everyone has a green thumb or even the "seed money" required to get started.
What would cause severe tip curl in plants grown hydroponically? It occurs worst during flowering. I use Ionic brand nutrient solution at 1,750 ppm in a 30-gallon aerated reservoir and keep the pH at 6.0. There's no leaf discoloration at all, just this curl.
June is a great month to plant in all but the warmest climates. For example, even if the last average day of frost was April 1 in your climate, outdoor planting in June will ensure that the soil has warmed and that nighttime temperatures will not dip below 50°F to 55°F. If you're growing in a harsh climate, bring plants in if temperatures dip below 50°F at night.
OUR RESIDENT GROW EXPERT IS A MEMBER OF THE 600-WATT CLUB.
It's obvious that high-intensity discharge lamps (HIDs) are the choice for anyone serious about indoor horticulture. It's also unanimously believed that high-pressure sodium (HPS) is the best overall light when deciding between HPS and metal halide (MH).
Increasingly concerned with finding organic alternatives, hydroponic growers are enthusiastically embracing new mediums that reflect a more natural approach to pot farming. Higromite, a new inert and completely organic growing medium, is mined from volcanic deposits colonized by protozoa in freshwater lakes millions of years ago. Higromite provides several advantages over expanded clay pellets: It’s high in silica, pH neutral and has greater moisture retention. Completely reusable, the varied shapes of the rocks promote porosity, allowing more oxygen to reach the roots. Price: 0.75 cubic feet (21.45 liters), $24.95 Contact: Golden Earth Distributors, 800-315-0789, higromite.com.
Golden Earth Distributors
Our favorite smoking-paper company has rolled out a whole new clothing and accessory line. Bambú, founded in 1764 in Spain and revamped 30 years ago in the US, enters the new millennium with fresh gear. With innovations like natural animal-free glue and papers made from hemp, it's no wonder their clothes are fashion-forward and stylish. Spin one up and check out their Web site for T-shirts, trucker hats and more. Price: Various Contact: Bambú Rolling Papers, 516-333-4080, bambu.com.
Golden Earth Distributors
Advances in breeding have made for more pungent pot—and though we're not complaining, we do wish there were better ways to conceal those tell-tale odors. While watching a late-night infomercial, we found the answer: FoodSaver Sealers. They’re used for vacuum-sealing leftovers and veggies, but they work wonderfully with our favorite herb as well. Simply pack your buds into the handy bags and seal them up (we recommend not using the vacuum option to keep the buds from being crushed). Seal whole jars full for an intense cure. Price: FoodSaver Vac 1075 (pictured), $159.99 Contact: FoodSaver, 800-777-5452, foodsaver.com.
Golden Earth Distributors
Chi Foliar Spray
Experienced growers know that feeding plants through their leaves provides tremendous benefits. Rather than spraying diluted nutrient solution designed for roots, try Chi Foliar Spray instead. Chi, from industry stalwarts General Hydroponics, is formulated specifically for leaf absorption. Derived from ocean crustaceans, Chi contains several forms of chitin, a naturally occurring polymer beneficial to plant health and vigor. Price: $22.95 per quart Contact: Hydroponics 4 Less, 800-864-9744, Hydro4Less.com.
Golden Earth Distributors
Medical patients and marijuana connoisseurs alike prefer organic pot to buds cultivated with chemical nutrients. Plants grown with naturally derived foods taste better, are healthier to smoke, and have the added benefit of helping the environment by avoiding toxic run-off. Advanced Nutrients has pioneered new cannabis-specific formulas that helps create a living ecosystem for roots to flourish. The Mother Earth line contains vitamins, nutrients and beneficial bacteria that promote and supplement organic growth. Price: 1 liter, $13.95; 4 liters, $34.95; 10 liters,$74.95; 23 liters, $159.95 Contact: Discount Hydro, 877-476-9487, discounthydro.com.
BABY BOOMERS PLUS YOUTH CUL TURE EQUALS SOCIAL CHANGE.
ALLEN ST. PIERRE
NORML's board of directors and staff recently went on a weekend retreat to reflect on cannabis-legalization strategies for the coming year and on ways to improve organization building. Think Survivor meets Up in Smoke. In the first moments of the strategy session, with all 20 of the participants facing each other in a large circle, the professional meeting facilitator remarked incredulously, "There is far more gray hair in this room than one would imagine for a social-justice movement so strongly associated with a more youthful constituency!" It's hard to argue that NORML’s leadership, which is principally over 55 years of age, doesn’t fit our society’s unfounded stereotype that cannabis use is exclusively an activity for the young.
One of the power couples of marijuana activism, Rob Robinson and Jen Rog are skilled festival organizers who are now positioning themselves as pivotal players in the effort to legalize medical marijuana in New York. Among other things, their attention is focused on the state legislature, where a medical-marijuana bill is expected to make strides this session.
The superintendent of schools in Salem, MA, wants to implement random drug testing, a decision he made after discovering his own son was addicted to the painkiller OxyContin. The superintendent has created a task force to explore the issue and plans to submit a proposal to the city's school committee before he retires in June.
Last September, a few friends and I planned a road trip to a big harvest festival in rural Minnesota. We reserved a campsite near the heady festivities, and each of us procured an ample variety of nuggets to last the weekend. I had to work on Friday morning, so I ended up making the three-hour drive alone, since my friends decided not to wait for me.
The father of gonzo journalism loved HIGH TIMES, and we loved him right back. In our July issue, Paul Krassner, Keith Stroup, Ben Corbett and other HT alums pay tribute and respect to the brilliant Dr. Thompson. Growers and smokers both love purple pot.