Al Aronowitz not only helped turn on The Beatles, he inspired young writers like myself who dreamed of one day becoming gonzo music journalists like him. Fans of Hunter S. Thompson probably don’t know who AI Aronowitz is. He was the original rock critic, though in his later years his work could only be found in the pages of HIGH TIMES, on his vast “Blacklisted Journalist” Web site (bigmagic.com/pages/blackj) and in several self-published books.
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Cannabis and beer, together at last—the perfect cure for cottonmouth.
PREPARING THE MARIJUANA
THE BREWING PROCESS
As a longtime home brewer, I've always been intrigued by the fact that marijuana and hops—the plant that gives beer its bitterness, flavor and aroma—are closely related species. Like many dedicated pot smokers, I often enjoy a cold one with my herb to wash away the cottonmouth, but for a long time I was left to idly wonder if these two great tastes could be combined effectively in one doubly fortified beverage, particularly considering the many hop varieties available that exude pungent, marijuana-like aromas.
Meth runners arrested after escape rocket fails to ignite.
Regular readers, please take note: Methamphetamine (a.k.a. crystal meth) is one hell of a terrible drug. Addictive, tweaky and manufactured in some random, dirty hotel bathroom by an aging bikerwith open sores, meth is an unfortunate byproduct of the War on Drugs, the magic bullet that unscrupulous clandestine chemists came up with when searching for a cocaine substitute that could be “cooked” together easily from readily available antecedents (i.e., no smuggling required).
I created The Tin Whistle—my first counterculture publication—while still in high school. Soon after, I became the subject of a state narcotics task force investigation. A few days after the federal law against LSD went into effect in 1966, an informant lured me to a party where someone purchased one hit of LSD. Almost a year later, I was charged with the sale of that tablet and threatened with a five-year jail term.
Transforming Afghanistan’s massive crop of opium poppies into healing fields for the world—and a licensed industry for Afghan farmers.
Four years after the United States' invasion of Afghanistan, the Bush administration continues to aggressively promote and defend its vision of democracy blooming in that ancient, war-torn land—previously ruled by the harshly repressive fundamentalists of the Taliban and their allies in Al Qaeda.
Canadian sovereignty under attack by US Drug Warriors with arrest of Vancouver seed seller Marc Emery.
Canadian authorities, acting at the behest of US DEA officials, arrested seed distributor, activist and magazine publisher Marc Emery and two associates on July 29 on charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana seeds, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to engage in money laundering, following an 18-month investigation.
Every month we dedicate at least 25 pages in this magazine to information on how to cultivate topgrade cannabis, despite the fact that many of our readers have never even once considered trying to grow their own. At first glance, that kind of attention may not sound fair to our less cultivationinclined constituents, but think about it this way, all you no-grow potheads out there: The herb you love to smoke has got to come from somewhere, and the simple law of supply and demand stipulates that for every new grower (or every increased yield) one of our cultivation stories helps create, there's that much more of the good stuff to go around (and at that much cheaper a price).
November 10-12 Long Beach, California The theme of this year's Drug Policy Alliance conference is "Building a Movement for Reason, Compassion and Justice." Join hundreds of activists and researchers for panel discussions about medical marijuana, harm reduction, teens and drugs and much more.
The gate was open at Granny's house as I approached, but the hazy, fragrant blue smoke that always hung over the garden was absent that day. Birds chirped and the air was freshlike after a new-fallen rain—but I felt uncertain as I approached.
Our resident mistress of mayhem sees all and keeps her red lips sealed...sometimes. Fighting the forces of boredom, monotony and broken promises, this stoner goddess can smoke 40 men under the table and still roll another joint. Dressed to thrill, bom to chill, she’s not once, not twice, but three times a lady.
Bands don’t get any stonier than the beloved Kottonmouth Kings. Since 1997, these SoCal bud connoisseurs have blazed a path into potheads’ hearts and minds with a smokin’ series of cannabis-fueled CDs. Led by Brad Daddy X, the KMKs feature three rappers (D-Loc, Johnny Richter, Daddy X),a DJ (Bobby B), a drummer (Lou Dog) and performance artist Pakelika.
Self-described skate punk and anarchist Thomas Brent Andrews is hell-bent on changing the way lawenforcement agencies do business by martyring himself for the cause. The Pot Plan: Louie B. Stumblin and the War on Drugs (Chronic Discontent) is a true account of Andrews' life as a small-town journalist and his bouts with alcoholism and drugs.
After a pair of developmental EPs, the New York-based quintet Steel Train emerges with the 67-minute country-rooted, Latin-tinged epic, Twilight Tales from the Prairies of the Sun (Drive Thru). An understated dreamy eloquence breezes through such windswept acoustic, folk-based serenades as the gently jangling opener, “Better Love"; the somber agrarian ballad "Dig” (featuring former Byrd and Flying Burrito Brother Gene Parsons on pedal-steel; mandolin maven David Grisman lends a hand on two other tunes); and the narcotic travelogue "Road Song."
Former HT editor in chief Steven Hager's second collection of HIGH TIMES stories. The Octopus Conspiracy and Other Vignettes of the Counterculture (Trine Day), focuses on government skullduggery and maleficence. Hager reports on ceremonies and events he's taken part in.
Leave it to R. Kelly to deliver the bedroom bud song for the ages. To a stomo R&B grind beat, Kelly rises to occasion, so to speak. “Do you got that sex weed?" he asks. "I just wanna hit it all the time." On TP.3 Reloaded (Jive). Houston newcomer Slim Thug gets romantic about his favorite girl.
Every November, ganja growers from all over the planet travel to Amsterdam to sample the world’s best pot at the Cannabis Cup. It was 1995 and a special strain called White Widow took the Cannabis Cup by storm, causing a ruckus heard by many a budding young entrepreneur back home in the States.
Eddy Lepp stands alone in the marijuana world. Admirers point to his 25-acre medical-pot farm in Northern California (the largest of its kind in the world), his title as the 2004 HIGH TIMES Freedom Fighter of the Year and his work as the spiritual leader of Eddy's Medicinal Gardens and Multi-Denominational Ministry of Cannabis and Rastafari.
AS WINTER APPROACHES, CANNABIS CULTIVATORS' THOUGHTS TURN TO ONDOOR GROWN AND THE HOST OF FACTORS THAT DETERMINDE WHETHERR A GARDEN TENDED INSIDE CAN RIVAL THE GREAT OUTDOORS.
ADVANCED INDOOR TECHNIQUES
Bucket systems offer individual plants mobility.
DEEP WATER CULTURE (DWC)
SCREEN OF GREEN (ScrOG)
scrOG GROW TIPS
Indoor growrooms need proper ventilation in order to remove heat and odor. The use of exhaust fans with a high CFM (cubic feet per minute) rating ensures that hot air won’t wilt growing plants. For odor control, the fan should blow stinky air through a compatible charcoal filter to scrub the offending molecules clean.
After a two-year hiatus, the Stonys, HIGH TIMES’ movie and TV awards, are back! By Steve Bloom The Stony Awards started as a way to celebrate marijuana and drug use in the movies. The first awards show, in 2000, was hosted by the Upright Citizens Brigade (featuring SNL’s Amy Poehler) and took place at New York’s Anthology Film Archives.
The author of such counterculture classics as Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Still Life with Woodpecker waxes poetic about his favorite decade.
It must be really irritating to have come of age in the 1980s or '90s to find your decade—your very own historical moment—persistently overshadowed by The Decade That Will Not Die, the 10 years that have stolen the show of the 20th century and hogged the cultural limelight for as long as you can recall.
An interview with America’s foremost Bohemian novelist.
I heard your public-service announcement for the Marijuana Policy Project. How did that come about? Since I'm a charter member of the MPP, and since I possess a doughnut crumb of fame, I suppose it wasn’t surprising that I’d be asked to record a PSA that might at the very least call attention to the cruelty and inhumanity of the laws forbidding the medical use of marijuana.
Tom Robbins was on a mushroom mission in 1976. Grace Slick scarcely could have known it, but the toadstool that Alice nibbled in Wonderland was neither the celebrated "magic mushroom" of Mexican origin nor some purely fictitious fungus sprung from the rich humus of Lewis Carroll’s imagination.
THIS MONTA: HYORU GROW INTLRSEKINI TRANSPLANT SHOCK DAMPING-OFF REPTILL. LIGHTS HOT ROOM SOAPY WATER SPRAY-GROW CANNABISIUUER UHYLENE I’ve been gathering materials for a hydro setup: 400-watt metal-halide light for the 4' x 4' x 8' growroom, fan, reflective liner for the walls and a hydroponic system for five plants, 8-gallon tub—the whole deal.
Continue to water plants until a few days before harvest. Flowering plants still need plenty of water. Stop watering a week to several days before harvest so that plants dry out a little. This will make removing large leaves easier and speed drying time as well.
OVERGROW EDITED BY DANNY DANKO, COURTESY OF OVERGROW.COM Retired Overgrow.com mentor Vaaran introduces home-growing newcomers to the sublime pleasures of raising their own quality cannabis and declaring their independence from dealers.
How to deal with the dreaded airborne plague known as powdery mildew.
Someone or something is always trying to take down your garden of green gold. If it's not the Man or greedy ' rippers," it’s spider mites. And just when you think you're rid of all these pests, along comes powdery mildew—a spore that thrives in high-humidity indoor and outdoor gardens.
Anyone who has battled a case of mold, fungus or spider mites on his or her prized pot plants can attest to the nightmares caused by these plagues (see Grow Show, page 82). One way to halt these infestations is to change the pH at the surface of the leaves. The Sulfume from Green Planet burns sulfur pellets, or prills. The evaporated sulfur coats leaves, warding off powdery mildew and certain harmful insects. Leaves must be washed off with plain water after the treatment is completed. The Sulfume generates enough vapor to cover up to 1,000 square feet and should be used during the night cycle of plant growth. Price: Sulfume vaporizer, $144.55; sulfur prills, 2.5 lbs, $13.95 Contact: West Coast Growers, (888] 924-4769, westcoastgrowers.com
Vaporizers use heated air to extract active ingredients from marijuana. Medicinal and recreational users who prefer a healthier alternative to smoking inhale the potent and flavorful THC-laden vapor. Built using glass-on-glass technology, the Vapolution exceeds many more-expensive units in ease of use and function. It boasts a temperaturecontrol knob and comes with two bowls of different sizes and two whips through which the vapors are "sipped." A car adapter is also included for vaporizing on camping trips. Try the Vapolution today and get roasted. Price: $125 Contact: Vapolution, (530] 894-8148, vapolution.com
Nothing roots cuttings faster than an aeroponic mist of mild nutrient solution directly to the cut ends. Root tips begin to show after only three days in the new groClone machine from D & K Enterprises. Simply cut up to 55 shoots from your mother plant and plug them into the tray, leaving at least an inch or more of the stem hanging down into the reservoir. A pump and sprayers create a constant fine mist that promotes rapid rooting for healthier clones, and healthy clones become stronger and bigger pot plants. With a groClone, you’re assured a success rate of 90 percent or higher. Remember, a clone is a terrible thing to waste. Price: $89.99 Contact: groClone, (916] 391-9500, groclone.com
A tightly controlled environment is crucial to growroom success. Optimal growth can be achieved only when lights, fans, pumps and carbon-dioxideenrichment devices are all working together, on the appropriate timing cycles. The Cyclestat-4P, an advanced timer from Green Air, allows you to run almost any environment-enhancing device on an accurate shortor longterm cycle. The cycle range (five seconds to 30 minutes) and interval range (five Price: $134.95 Contact: BetterGrow Hydro, (877] 640-GROW, bghydro.com
Sober or stoned makes little difference in the eyes of the law.
If you smoke cannabis, driving while sober could land you in the slammer. In many states, cops and prosecutors may now target motorists who are not intoxicated under so-called "zero tolerance" drugged-driving laws. These laws— which have been 2enacted in more than a dozen states—make it a criminal offense for anyone to operate a motor vehicle if trace levels of illicit drugs or drug metabolites (non-psychoactive compounds produced by the chemical changes of a drug in the body) are present in their blood, saliva or urine—even in cases where the driver is completely sober!
In search of some rest and relaxation, my wife and I went on an Alaskan cruise this summer-round trip from Seattle. My best friend had just returned from a similar cruise, and he put the idea into our heads one night over a home-cooked dinner and photos from his trip.
The NORML staff and I mourn the passing of longtime medical-marijuana activist and patient Steve McWilliams, who took his own life in July after suffering years of ill health and federal persecution. McWilliams was 51. Friends of McWilliams, who was co-director of San Diego’s Shelter from the Storm cannabis dispensary and an original member of the city’s Medical Cannabis Task Force, report that he had grown increasingly depressed in the weeks prior to his death.
"There’s a huge gap between who's advocating for drug-policy reform and those who are most affected by the Drug War," says Robert Rooks, executive director of A Better Way Foundation, based in New Haven, CT. "We need to empower individuto create a society that meets their community needs, not what policy makers dictate is best for them."
This issue's highlight promises to be our list of2005’s finest connoisseur-quality cannabis varieties from around the world. Improve your ganja genetics with bonus grow instructions and info on how to acquire these elusive seeds. Danny Danko travels to Canada’s Vancouver Island for this revealing profile of the breeder known as Reef erman, the long-shot winner of the 2004 Cannabis Cup in the Best Sativa/Seed Company category.