There's a lot of reasons you may be thinking about growing your own pot. Maybe you've been ripped off one too many times or are sick of being dry for weeks at a time. You might consider cannabis cultivation a patriotic act in the face of propaganda linking foreign-grown pot to terrorism.
I can personally attest to the fact that The Game hates joints. At a Snoop Dogg and Game concert, I held up the June HIGH TIMES all during The Game's show. One of his security guys saw me and the mag and then escorted my friend and I back to The Game's dressing room, where we were assured smoking bud was allowed.
I want to share this recent pic from my medicinal garden, taken at A2 days flowering. The plant itself was harvested 10 days later. My crops are grown under a 400-watt HPS bulb in a three-by-three-foot flood-and-drain system, in three-inch rockwool cubes put into six-inch net pots surrounded by grow rock.—Scoon Cannabis is the cornerstone of a nutritious breakfast....
Trans-High Market Quotations (THMQ) reports pot prices (by the ounce), strain and location. To submit, go to the THMQ link at hightimes.com. Dallas, TX—$300 This photo was taken on the 50th day of flowering. Strain obtained from Nirvana Seed Bank.—Kop Solvang, CA—$290 This Chronic looks as if the gorgeous buds were thrown into a Cheetos bag.—Ricky Tallahassee, FL—$400 This is a hybrid of Blueberry x Wakeford.
Does Sativex represent the future of medical marijuana—or the end?
PAGING DR. GRINSPOON
No. 1 HIGHLIGHT FROM THE GW FAQ
For the first time in world history, a cannabis-derived pharmaceutical has been officially accepted for medical use, and wouldn't you know it— those freewheeling Canadians are the first ones in line. Sativex, an oral spray produced by British-based GW Pharmaceuticals, will soon become available to Canadian patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, particularly to combat episodes of "neuropathic pain" associated with that degenerative condition.
Lawmakers target Whizzinator and other drug-test solutions.
"How will we Stop the flow?" Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI), clearly alarmed, asked his Congressional colleagues in May during a three-hour special session wholly devoted to the discussion of products and devices designed to thwart drug tests, including the now-infamous Whizzinator.
In 1993, at the sixth annual Cannabis Cup, the proceedings were opened to the public for the first time, and 50 people responded to a notice in HIGH TIMES inviting them to become judges. Since this proved successful, the concept was greatly expanded the following year, and, for the first time, band performances and ceremonies were held at the Melkweg—Holland's premier nightclub.
The União do Vegetal demands the right to use an ancient tribal remedy on the grounds of religious freedom.
'A' IS FOR AYAHUASCA
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute involving ayahuasca, the visionary vine of the Amazon, during its fall 2005 term, which begins in October. The case involves a lawsuit filed by the US branch of the Brazilian-based Centro Espiírita Beneficente União do Vegetal (UDV) religion, which claims ayahuasca (known as hoasca in Brazil) as its sacrament, and is demanding the US government acknowledge its right to import and ingest hoasca ceremonially.
"I haven't smoked marijuana in months. My drugs these days are nicotine and coffee," Dave Chappelle told a Time magazine reporter recently while hiding out in South Africa, denying that either mental illness or "partying" played a role in his recent mysterious disappearance.
NAME: Stefani AGE: 19 CITY: Redding, CA OCCUPATION: Actress SMOKES: 25 times a day FAVORITE METHOD: Blunts and bongs FAVORITE MUSIC: Rock, metal, alternative HOBBIES: Acting, singing, dancing, running, playing with my pit-bull and Rottweiler puppies.
Meet the Israeli scientists who discovered THC (see interview, page 56). The Australian actor recently spoke up in defense of Schapelle Corby, a young countrywoman facing life in an Indonesian prison after being convicted of smuggling marijuana on a flight to Bali.
August 29-September 5 BURNING MAN Black Rock Desert, Nevada
September 10 MISSOULA HEMPFEST Missoula, MT
September 17 FREEDOM RALLY Boston
November 20-24 HIGH TIMES CANNABIS CUP Amsterdam
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 Albert Hofmann Foundation,, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors and the Drug Policy Alliance.
Here are five questions to help determine if you're high-minded:
HOW GOOD IS YOU JAY-DAY?
The way you interpret this month's quiz question will actually reveal a lot about the answer. For starters: What exactly do we mean by "high-minded"? Are we asking if you've always got getting high on your mind? Are we asking if your mind's high at this very moment?
Down to seeds and stems in the kitchen, our ganja gourmet undertakes a pothead pilgrimage in search of his secret ingredient.
CHEF RA'S RED.GREEN AND GOLD DREADLOCK RASTA PASTA
Do you ever get confused and lose track of where you're at? I get that feeling when I run out of weed to cook with in the kitchen. Contrary to popular opinion, being "too stoned" doesn't keep me from accomplishing things; conversely, it's the lack of greenery that makes it hard to get anything done.
Mike Patton is a musician of the highest order. Just not my kind of high.
Every superhero has an arch-nemesis: Superman's got Lex Luthor, Spicoli has Mr. Hand, Maggie Simpson has her monobrowed baby—and though most of these sworn enemies hate each other for representing the extreme opposite of what they themselves stand for, other antagonistic relationships aren't so easy to define.
Embracing the classic hedonist's credo of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll at an early age, Bobby Black has devoted his life to the exploration of what it means to be cool. Destiny smiled on this average stoner when he scored a gig at one of the coolest magazines on Earth. Now, armed with only his leather jacket, a joint and a HIGH TIMES business card, Bobby's eternal quest for the BBD—the Bigger, Better Deal—rages on. These are his intoxicated adventures...
BLACK MAKES HIS DRUNKEN DEBUT IN THE HIGH TIMES FILM POTLUCK.
When HIGH TIMES decided to venture into the movie business back in 2001 by lending our name to a cannabis comedy called HIGH TIMES' Potluck, one of the perks was that the HT staff were all invited to be extras. Like many of my fellow co-workers, I jumped at the chance to make my big-screen debut.
For Deadheads, there's much to be grateful about these days. Three essential documents of the Grateful Dead's career are available for mind-expanding consumption. Rhino's 10-CD box set Beyond Description (1973-1989) is a companion to the previously released The Golden Road (1965-1973).
Which came first, the joint or the microchip? A new book by New York Times writer John Markoff, What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry (Viking), suggests that drugs and radical political thinking may have had as much to do with the rise of the PC as did those nerds in white smocks always seeking a smaller, faster chip.
It was a sad day in 1996 when Sublime lead singer/guitarist Brad Nowell succumbed to a hot shot of heroin. The band was literally flying high at the time, with their biggest hit, "What I Got," racing up the charts. Despite Nowell's death, the band's third album, Sublime, produced several more hits, but without him the band couldn't continue.
Mellow weed track from this Indiana-based hemp-hop posse featuring Mr. McFetti, Shoe D.Z., Mylo, Cheesus and Ace Luchese. "I'm half-baked like Dave Chappelle," the rap begins. "Rolling els of that Purple Haze / Smokin' Patti LaBelle." On The America Weight (Mouthshot Entertainment).
The Significant Technological Achievements in Secretive Horticulture (or STASH) Awards celebrate advances made by the cannabis-cultivation community as well as tried-and-true products that have stood the test of time. These include lighting products, organic and hydroponic nutrients, new additives and practically anything else that helps increase yields or reduce hassles. This year's awards focus on economical choices for medicinal growers as well as some pricier units for the larger-scale commercial farmer.
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Cloning plants can be frustrating even for the most skilled grower. Many a prospective garden has been delayed while waiting for troubled cuttings to root under imperfect conditions. The Power Cloner takes out guesswork by utilizing aeroponic technology to rapidly root up to 45 clones.
WITH A NO. 1 SOLO DEBUT UNDER HIS BELT, MATCHBOX TWENTY LEAD SINGER ROB THOMAS COMES OUT OF THE CANNABIS CLOSET.
The year is 2002, and the multi-platinum Matchbox Twenty are about to release their third album, More Than You Think You Are. As the record's getting its final touches, I’m invited to listen to some of the tracks at New York's Hit Factory studio.
WITH ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL GARDEN RIPE FOR THE PICKIN', IT'S TIME FOR A TRIMMING PARTY.
HARVEST HELP WANTED IN HUMBOLDT
You’ve toiled long and hard in the garden to grow some kick-ass smoke, and now you're onto the next critical step. Remember, just because trimming kind bud is tedious and time-consuming doesn't mean it has to be a drag. Just follow some simple guidelines to make this inevitable chore a time to remember.
A HIGH TIMES reader discovers his birthright as the grandson of one of the Israeli scientists who discovered THC in 1964. Plus: An exclusive interview with Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the 'head' scientist in charge of that project.
I was born in 1984 in Santa Clara, CA—to Israeli immigrants—and lived in Silicon Valley most of my life. When I was a child, I'd make yearly pilgrimages to visit my extended family back in Israel, and on these trips my mother would take me to visit her father—my grandfather—at the laboratory where he worked before he died.
Israeli stoners wander the desert in search of good weed, while hashish falls from heaven like manna.
Despite strict laws regarding drugs, cannabis remains very popular among Israelis. If security issues weren't top priority in the political arena, then the legalization of marijuana would definitely be one of the big issues in Israel. Not only is cannabis quite popular here, but its popularity is spread out among a diverse array of people.
THOUGH CALIFORNIA LEGALIZED MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL USE NEARLY A DECADE AGO, A SYSTEM OF DISTRIBUTION THAT SATISFIES BOTH PATIENTS AND POLITICIANS CONTINUES TO BE DEBATED.
Election night, 1996: Medical-marijuana advocates in California are in a state of euphoria. Following a massive education campaign extolling the merits of a referendum that would allow seriously ill patients to use marijuana without being subject to criminal penalties, voters have responded.
San Francisco enforces moratorium on new dispensaries.
A controversy in otherwise medical-marijuana-friendly San Francisco has arisen regarding a moratorium imposed by the city in March to limit the number of cannabis dispensaries to its current total of 43. The city's Planning Department is threatening to shut down five dispensaries that it claims opened after the deadline, including Health and Wellness Alternatives, operated by quadriplegic and cannabis patient Charles Pappas in the city's SoMa (South of Market) district.
THIS MONTH: MAKING HASH NEWS ON JUICE MOONLIT FLOWERS OUTDOOR MAMA PINCHING TOPS CALI VS. FLORIDA AUXILIARY POWER HIGHER YIELD MOVING TO THE TROPICS
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CALI VS. FLORIDA
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When I’m making hash, I only use resin. All the buds are left over. How can I turn all my weed (leaves and buds) into pressed hash? TIA Via Internet Dear TIA, The two most common ways to make hash are dry sieving and water extraction (wet sieving).
Harvest time is here for such early-maturing strains as Hash Plant, Afghani and Hindu Kush. Plants grown up north will start finishing between mid-and late August. Plants that receive less-intense light will finish a bit later. Fragrant odors can be a big problem, especially if the weather is hot.
Moonshineman II outlines his organic-soil mix and methods for simple and natural sensimilla success.
This organic recipe provides a soil mix so rich that no additional fertilizers are required during watering. Plain, pH-balanced water is used throughout the life of your pot plants. As the mix becomes depleted of nutrients, three well-timed transplants into larger containers allow plant roots to reach deeper for the newly replenished soil.
Growing healthy plants has always been the core of my mantra. Beneficial microbes and bacteria have been part of my soil-building regimen since I first started my cultivation experiments. If you nourish a plant's roots and growing medium properly, it will develop a terrifically extensive root system.
Heat emanating from grow lights can singe your most prized cannabis colas: those at the top of the plant. It's essential to know the temperature at bud level to avoid a disaster, but most growers still measure warmth using the backs of their hands. The infrared temperature guns from Pro Exotics precisely determine temperature down to one-tenth of a degree. With literally hundreds of useful applications, these tiny guns are perfect for any household. Simply point and click the scan button and, within a second, a switchable digital readout tells you the temperature, in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, of plant tops, soil or water in a reservoir. When trying to beat the heat, knowing is half the battle.
Bodybuilders understand that increasing their intake of carbs will help them bulk up, building mass and beefier muscles. During flowering, plants deplete their stored carbohydrate reserves to produce bigger blooms. Carbo Load from Advanced Nutrients, formulated to boost yield by providing simple and complex sugars, replaces the carbs used up during these crucial early and middle phases of flower formation. Advanced Nutrients continues in its quest to provide the highest-quality plant foods specifically for medicinal-cannabis crops.
Advances in vaporization techniques have electrified both the medical-marijuana community and recreational cannabis connoisseurs. A healthy and tasty alternative to smoking, vaporization uses hot air to extract active ingredients (THC) from pot without burning it into ash. Of the many units available, the AroMed vaporizer stands as a perfect example of why ermany is at the top of the vapor-delivery scene. Previously only available in Europe, this compact unit is one of the few water-cooled vaporizers now on the market. A halogen bulb delivers the heat, while a digital controller and readout allow you to dial up the proper temperature levels to produce the flavor you want. The 4.0 unit is smaller and lighter than previous incarnations but delivers the same wonderful high and savory herbal essence.
the versatile units
A new era of herb-grinding technology has arrived in the form of the versatile units from Sahni Wholesale, available in over 30 different sizes and styles. Most double as a storage device for buds and a pollen-catcher for those who love tasty trichomes. The kif collects on the bottom section of the grinder after being separated from the ground buds by a strong metal screen. Roll up the ground herb and press the concentrated THC crystals into your own high-powered hash.
The White House's traveling drug-test sideshow targets students.
Drug Czar John Walters wants to drug-test your kids so badly, he's sending minions around the country at taxpayer expense to recruit and deputize school officials as urine collectors in the War on Drugs. This White House sideshow, which rolled through four cities (Dallas, Pittsburgh, St.
All right, HIGH TIMES, here's my dose call: Me and a friend of mine—we'll call him Mike—were kickin' it at his girlfriend's house. She wouldn't let us smoke weed on the premises, so we decided to hop in my car and drive around, eventually ending up at a small nearby park with a few rusty swing sets, two basketball courts and one of those walls to practice your tennis swing against.
In my capacity as an ambassador for saner cannabis laws, I cordially invite you and yours to America's greatest marijuana-law-reform rallies. One is held on an expansive waterfront, in the modern and progressive city of Seattle; the other in the shadow of the statehouse on "America's Common," in historic and student-filled Boston.
"I see Oaksterdam as a tourism draw for Oakland, just as gambling has been for Las Vegas" says Richard Lee, the unofficial mayor of Oaksterdam, a four-square-block neighborhood in Oakland that Lee helped revitalize beginning in 2000, when he opened the Bulldog Coffee Shop, named after the famed Amsterdam coffeeshop.
Want to help your cannabis plants shave off those unwanted leaves and stems, leaving behind the kind of beautiful, well-proportioned buds that will turn heads on the beach this summer? Try the Trim-pro system, guaranteed to help you manage your weight in minutes.