How's this for full disclosure: The only two jobs I've ever held in publishing—in fact the only two "real" jobs I've ever had in my life—have been at Penthouse magazine and HIGH TIMES. So having the Penthouse Pet of the Year and the Pet of the Year Runner-Up grace the pages of our Pot and Sex issue represents something of a full stoner circle for yours truly.
The "420 Timeline" (May '05 HT) seems to be very inaccurate. I have grown up under the belief that the meaning behind the day is the fact the police code for marijuana is "420," just like "187" means homicide. Why on earth would you propose a 5:20?
Since 1953, Playboy has championed "the girl next door," but what about the girl in the closet—Ms. Mary Jane? Where can you send your photos of the lovely green lady you've admired from afar ever since she was still a seedling, and watched develop—over a 12-week growth cycle—into a stunning vision of fully developed, flowering femininity?
Want a pineapple bong like the one this lucky lady's smoking? Better make it your-self. Want a free subscription to HIGH TIMES? Enter our monthly caption contest (firstname.lastname@example.org). The winning entry will appear in a later issue, and the winning writer will get a free year of HIGH TIMES. Now go do our work for us.
Trans-High Market Quotations (THMQ) reports pot prlces (by the ounce), strain and location. To submit, go to the THMQ link at hightimes.com. CURRENT US PRICE INDEX: $312 (last month: $352) CURRENT KIND INDEX: ($350+ PER OZ): $409 ($582) CURRENT MIDS INDEX: ($150-$349 PER OZ): $263 ($302) CURENT SCHWAG INDEX: ($1-$149 PER OZ): $101 ($105) SUPERSKUNK Scranton,PA-$300 Sweet, sticky, skunky and loaded with resin crystals, with a strong high that lasts four to five hours.
HOW TO GROW MAGIC MUSHROOMS IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME.
2 CLEANING THE EQUIPMENT
4 COLONIZATION AND FRUITING
5 DRYING AND STORAGE
Last month HIGH TIMES paid a visit to the largest magic-mushroom farm in Holland, a massive commercial enterprise producing 770,000 pounds of psychoactive 'shrooms every year—mostly to service the "smart shops" of Amsterdam. An impressive operation, to say the least, but one self-sufficient stoner wrote in to ask: What about something for all of us do-it-yourself types?
Here's the deal: The mushroom kits available on the Internet are perfectly legal—except in California, Georgia and Utah—because the spores themselves do not contain any scheduled drugs. The psychoactive compounds found in certain mushrooms are a byproduct of growth from spore to fully-formed fungi, so as long as you're using these kits for scientific research, and not psychedelic experimentation, you should remain on the right side of the law.
TASTER ARRESTED, DISCOVERS TITLE ONLY HONORARY, OFFERS NO LEGAL POTHEAD PROTECTION.
We here at HIGH TIMES definitely appreciate the tremendous amount of loyalty our readers have shown us over the past three decades of publishing. Needless to say, the mag couldn't have survived so long without you, and—more importantly—without your kind support, we'd all be unemployed by now.
Scattered across the southern slope of Mount Guardian, just above the town of Woodstock, NY, sits America's first utopian arts and crafts community, Byrdcliffe, founded in 1903 by Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead. Today, this nonprofit arts colony includes 29 buildings on 600 acres—mostly cabins and studios occupied by working artists.
The police presence on Roszko's property had little to do with the grow op and everything to do with stolen auto parts.
It was a cold Thursday morning in northern Alberta, and snow still blanketed most of the prairie. Even if you were looking, you probably wouldn't have seen the killer moving through dawn's early light— stealthily approaching his farm's large corrugated-steel Quonset hut and slipping inside.
At what point does good-natured monkey business cross the line into a serious party foul? A group of would-be revelers in Orissa, India, discovered exactly when after a rowdy band of monkeys descended upon their village, downed a massive batch of an intoxicating cannabis brew called Pana that had been left outside to ferment, and then added injury to insult by attacking the local townspeople while all hopped up on the stolen hooch.
Moochers at a party who follow you around once they realize you're the one rolling all the joints. Next time, tell them to stick to someone else. The Dude himself abided at the inaugural Lebowski Fest West in Los Angeles and even took time out to chat with HIGH TIMES (see page 37).
Jamaica A seven-day psychedelic festival featuring an incredible array of speakers, bands and multimedia freak-outs. HIGH TIMES is a sponsor of this event, which will benefit NORML, MAPS, the Hoffman Foundation, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors and the Drug Policy Alliance.
Here are five questions to help determine if you are a sexy Stoner:
HOW GOOD IS YOUR JAY-DAR?
Would you like to head back to my place, maybe smoke a joint and listen to some music? Hands down, the best closing line in the book. A seductive proposition that on the surface sounds so friendly, so unassuming. But beneath this seemingly innocent offer lies an inherently illicit invitation—a call to leave the permitted pleasures of the straight world behind and break a rule or two...
One short walk down Shakedown Street is all it takes to discover that there are as many different recipes for goo balls out there as there are glassy-eyed hippies in dreadlocks holding wicker baskets full of the round treats, hawking their wares for cash, trade or your extra.
6-8 grams finely ground cannabis buds 3/4 cup shredded coconut 3/4 cup dried cranberries (or raisins) 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/4 cup sesame tahini 1/4 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup sweet cocoa powder 1/3 cup sunflower seeds 1/3 cup canola oil 3 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp cinnamon First, heat canola oil in a wok or heavy saucepan.
RANDOM CHECKS, MAGIC WANDS AND UNDERWIRE AT THE ADMIRAL'S CLUB IN THE SKY.
It's always the same Story, every time I fly: Car to the airport—price goes up a dollar. Check-in at the e-ticket kiosk—a 25-minute wait in the security line, followed by a big, fat "random" check. Apparently, they've got me picked out from the parking lot.
PISCES (Feb. 23 - March 20): "This is not my beautiful house." Mansion: $2 million. "This is not my beautiful wife." Plastic surgery: $20,000. "How did I get here?" The pipe dreams of a stoner: Priceless.-Toking Heads ARIES (March 21 - April 20): Whoa, let the pot beat down upon my face, and bongs to fill my dream.
HOW PARTYING WITH PETS SPARKED A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN OUR POT AND PORN PUBLICATIONS.
Little did I realize when I covered Penthouse's 35th-anniversary party in my first Almost Infamous column (Jan. '05 HT) what a debaucherous doorway I’d stepped through. You see, that fateful evening I not only met 2004 Pet of the Year Victoria Zdrok and cranky comedian Gilbert Gottfried, I also became fast friends with Penthouse promotions director Lainie Speiser, who handed me the keys to the kingdom (so to speak) by adding my name to her permanent VIP list.
Ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes (1911-2001) was one of the three men (with Gordon Was-son and Albert Hofmann) responsible for kicking off the psychedelic revolution. A capable photographer, Schultes captured images that few, if any, white men had ever seen.
Recorded live at various Fourth of July Smoke-Ins in Washington, DC, Re-ignite It: Greatest Hits of the Smoke-In, Vol. 1 compiles 13 tracks by Tom Constanten ("Marijuana Blues," "Mr. Charlie"), G-13, Esmirelda and others. The CD is a benefit for the upcoming 35th Anniversary Smoke-In.
Sublime protégés Slightly Stoopid have been touring for years, promoting pot just like their older brothers Sublime did. These two dub-style "weed anthems" (to quote from the band’s bio) highlight their fifth album. On Closer to the Sun (Reincanate/BMG).
HIGH ROLLERS AND WHITE RUSSIANS MAKE THE ANNUAL LEBOWSKI FEST A CANNABIS CULT CLASSIC.
That phrase, shouted half-earnestly by a dedicated young beer drinker in the hot sun of the Executive West Hotel parking lot in Louisville, KY, was my first impression of last summer’s third annual Lebowski Fest—an event which drew more than 4,000 fans of the 1998 Coen Brothers film, The Big Lebowski, to the aforementioned nondescript hotel—accommodations chosen strictly for their proximity to the Executive Strike and Spare bowling alley, where most Lebowski Fest festivities took place.
HIGH TIMES: When did you discover that The Big Lebowski had inspired such a dedicated cult following? JEFF BRIDGES: There wasn't really one moment. I love it. because when the movie first came out it really didn't do much. It wasn't really a big hit.
HOW TO TELL WHETHER YOUR HORNY PLANT IS MALE, FEMALE OR HERMAPHRODITE.
Growers are obsessed with sex. Above all they want to know whether their pot plants are male or female. Female cannabis flowers form into the sticky buds we all desire, while males are virtually useless except to those interested in doing their own breeding.
Penthouse magazine’s Pet of the Year for 2005, Martina Warren is no stranger to the spotlight—having begun her modeling career at the tender age of 3. Though she was born in London, her family is originally from the Netherlands, where she spent much of her youth.
Martina'S second-in-command, Pet of the Year Runner-Up Natalia Cruze, was born in Winnipeg and grew up in Vancouver. The buxom brunette worked as a runway model before relocating to the US at age 18 to attend the University of Arizona, where she studied aesthetics (the philosophy of beauty, natch).
Cynthia Plaster Caster rocks out with her cocks out.
Forget super-groupies like Pamela DeBarres and Pamela Courson. They may have slept their way to the middle of the starfucker food chain, but when all was laid and done, what was their real rock-star souvenir—aside from hazy memories and a bad taste in their mouths?
Adult-film star Mary Carey plots her next campaign for California's highest office.
California elected the wrong thespian. Back in 2003, after local Republican Party operatives manipulated one of the Golden State's obscure election laws into a full-blown, three-ring recall circus, the contest quickly devolved into a reality show on wheels as 135 certified candidates made their case directly to the public, crisscrossing the state, cameras in tow, and transforming the race for governor of the globe's fifthla rgest economy into a made-for-TV event.
THE FIRST ANNUAL MISS HIGH TIMES CONTEST IS UNDERWAY!
Jenni (Miss May)
morgan (Miss July)
Alexis (Miss August)
Back in our May issue, we announced the exciting new Miss HIGH TIMES contest-a nationwide hunt for the cutest, coolest ganja girl in America, a head fit to wear the crown and become our new spokesmodel. With just a small mention in the magazine, we've already received e-mails from close to a hundred eager entrants-a collection of cannabis cuties not only easy on the eyes, but also comprised of hard-core smokers fully committed to the cause.
When medical-marijuana activist Robin Few started speaking up for prostitutes' rights, she had no idea that the honesty of her activism would be so ill-received in the cannabis community.
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Robin Few moved to California determined to legalize marijuana. In 1999, with her business partner Michael Foley, she opened Cannabis Healing Californians (CHC)—a medical-marijuana club offering free natural-remedy services to its patients, including acupuncture, massage and yoga classes.
Every society has its sex goddess. But no one has filled the role more successfully-or more exuberantly-than Jenna Jameson.
"America's drug policy is oppressive," says porn star Jenna Jameson. "Prohibition didn't work for alcohol, and it won't work now. We have to justify a war on people. And that's what it is. It's absolutely psychotic." Jameson, who appears on HIGH TIMES' cover for the third time, is an American icon.
AMSTERDAM IS PBS PERSONALITY, GUIDEBOOK AUTHOR AND NORML ADVISORY-BOARD MEMBER RICK STEVES' FAVORITE STONER-TRAVEL DESTINATION.
I've spent a quarter of my adult life in Europe and Asia, living out of a 9 x 22 x 14-inch bag, promoting the idea that travel is accelerated living, the last great source of legal adventure for Americans. When you travel, everything is vivid; your cultural furniture is rearranged.
Does PBS or anyone else give you flak about your marijuana advocacy?
What's your No. 1 travel destination?
Besides Amsterdam, where have you smoked the best pot or hash in the world?
What's something every stoner traveler should know?
How did you become a travel personality?
Do you write high?
If someone didn't have any of your DVDs, which one would you recommend getting first?
I believe it's good citizenship for anyone who thinks a law is wrong to encourage our government to change it. Conversely, I believe that to have this belief and do nothing is cowardice. Advocating for the rights of people who want to smoke marijuana is what NORML does, and the best way I can help NORML is to publicly put my name on their list of supporters.
She received an award and spoke on a panel. But more than that, Raich was the conscience of the conference as she awaited the Supreme Court's decision on her and Diane Monson's medical-marijuana case. Even if the decision goes against her, Raich proclaimed: "I've got other tricks up my sleeve.
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 curl.
August is historically the hottest month in all corners of the northern hemisphere. Fueled these days by global warming, searing temperatures are common. Temps above 85°F curb growth. Shade cannabis plants in hot climates to protect from the scorching midday sun.
COURTESY OF OVERGROW.COM This month's page features photos and text by Chaman, a Costa Rican grower who speaks Spanish and English. He's been growing for several years, both outdoors and in a greenhouse. Chaman has the perfect climate to grow year-round.
I haven't been a fan of air-cooling—until now. Air-cooling technology has been revolutionized by glass tubes that accommodate every size of high-intensity discharge lamp. "Cool tubes" (not a trade name) may look high-tech, but they're surprisingly easy to install.
Building an odor-proof and light-tight growing space isn't easy or fun for most pot growers, especially when all you really want to do is flower some plants. HydroHut provides the solution with their instant growroom, which is perfect for a 3-by-3-foot hydro table. It took two HIGH TIMES staffers less than half an hour to set up and costs less than $300. A ceiling grid holds up your grow light and reflector, and an exhaust hose is built into the unit ready for installation of a vent fan with carbon filter. Whether you use it as a stand-alone unit to fully flower plants, or as a growroom addition to keep mothers and clones healthy without having to dedicate another space, HydroHut allows you to keep your clotnes in tne closet and your buds out or signt. Price: $279.99 contact. Hyaroasis, 888-355-4769; hydroasis.com.
An infestation of spider mites can make even the most organic-minded and conscientious grower want to turn to the harmful poisons available in most commercial pest-killing sprays or bug bombs. Natural neem oil and pepper sprays only seem to slow bugs down without eliminating whole populations. Before you "go nuclear," consider BugZyme, a natural botanical soap concocted of enzymes, proteins and sugars that penetrate the outer shells of soft-bodied insects and dissolve them from within. Two or three treatments several days apart eliminate spider mites, aphids and whiteflies without harming hard-bodied, beneficial insects such as ladybugs. Spray leaf undersides as well as all other foliage and stems, including the surface of your growing medium. Spider mites are very creative at hiding their nests, so give the whole area a thorough dousing. Stop bugging out; BugZyme is safe, biodegradable and devastatingly effective at killing pests. Price: Pint, $9.95; quart, $16.95; gallon, $54.95 Contact: Urban Garden Source, 207-776-0610; growugs.com.
With so many vaporizers on the market these days, it's difficult to decide which one is right for you. Be sure to consider the size of the unit and its ease of use. Bulky components and complex instruction manuals tend to stay stored away and out of sight, while simple, compact machines remain part of the everyday herbal arsenal. One of the easiest and smallest units around, the Happy Vappy simplifies the vaporization process dramatically. Plug it in, place a small bud into the heating chamber (grinding the bud is not recommended), and sip the vapor directly from the removable Teflon mouthpiece. The Happy Vappy doesn't overheat, and there are no hoses or bags to worry about. At only 7 inches tall, it's as discreet as it is relaxing. Price: $199 Contact: Happy Vappy, 604-710-1851; happyvappy.com.
THANKFULLY, GUIDELINES FOR HAIR AND SALIVA EXAMINATIONS HAVE FAILED TO ARRIVE ON TIME.
More than a year has passed since the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) first advocated revisions to the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs. In April 2004, the agency released a proposal to include hair, sweat and saliva standards in the federal drug-test arsenal.
Back in March of 2003 my buddy Stuy and I were on our annual pilgrimage to catch the All-man Brothers at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Peach-heads refer to this series of shows as "March Madness," but henceforth Stuy and I will always refer to it as "the week the Man probed our rectums."
LIBERTY AND FREEDOMS ARE TAKEN FROM GOVERNMENTS-NOT GIVEN.
ALLEN ST. PIERRE
Let's acknowledge and give great praise to the amazing and groundbreaking work that the so-called "baby boomer" generation has contributed to the great task of establishing the intellectual and legal underpinnings for current and future generations to effectively challenge and end marijuana prohibition, and to develop responsible and civic-minded policies guiding cannabis use.
Roger Goodman is at the center of some of the most exciting changes happening in drug policy. A lawyer with a master's degree in public administration from Harvard, Goodman worked in senior positions for members of Congress before moving to Washington State in 1998 to direct the Washington Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
HIGH TIMES picks the best grow equipment and paraphernalia of the last year. Which HID light, reflector, fluorescent, ballast, nutrients, hydro garden, carbon filter, grinder, waterpipe and rolling papers are the best? Danny Danko and Kyle Kushman hand out the awards.