The Seattle Hempfest is more than the largest, best-organized gathering of ganja aficionados in the land; it’s become a reliable indicator of the state of marijuana-law reform in this country. At the 14th annual edition of the world’s “phattest protestival” (on Aug. 20 and 21 in Myrtle Edwards Park), attendees baked and basked for two days in the perfect sunshine, heard a succession of inspired and inspiring speakers, listened to an astounding mix of live music, and engaged in a gentle form of civil disobedience that garnered a wink and a nod from the Seattle Police: 150,000 strong and not one citation issued or one arrest made.
Rob Thomas was the best possible choice for your music column ("Lonely No More," Sept.'05 HT). Not only is his music sublime to chill and smoke to, he's one of the most genuinely nice and friendly people I've ever met. Great work as usual, HT! Lyssa Texas I liked the interview with Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty.
Maybe you saw Johnny Depp imbibing it in the Jack the Ripper thriller From Hell, or Ewan McGregor sipping it in Moulin Rouge, or perhaps it was Gary Oldman sharing some with Winona Ryder in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And you wondered to yourself, "What is that mysterious green beverage he’s setting ablaze?” No, it’s not a "Flaming Moe"—its absinthe, a.k.a. the Green Fairy.
Okay, so you've got your bottle of absinthe and your fancy spoon. Now what? Throw an absinthe party, of course! What better way to show all your friends what a sophisticated outlaw you are than by serving them an illicit, flaming cocktail?
Cops bust elaborate operation carrying BC Bud under the border.
On the surface, it sounds like one hell of a crazy idea: digging an underground tunnel connecting British Columbia to the US for the purpose of smuggling high-grade herb into America. Crazy, indeed—but also undeniably lucrative, given the disparate prices paid for pot on opposite sides of the long, undefended border separating southern Canada and northern Washington State.
Todd McCormick has been fighting for cannabis freedom most of his life. After California passed Proposition 215 in 1996, protecting pot patients at the state level, he moved to Los Angeles to breed cannabis for medical use—planning to write a book about the experience, but winding up serving five years in prison instead.
The arrest of activist Marc Emery makes Canada the latest front in the United States' ever-escalating War on Drugs.
"Americans are always coming up to Vancouver, and we spend all of this time just trying to get them to relax, to stop looking over their shoulder every time they want to smoke a joint," Red, the proprietor of Legends Seeds, told HIGH TIMES in the wake of the most significant drug bust in Canadian history.
The US made a list of 46 International drug traffickars. Marc Emery was the only Canadian.
Marc Emery doesn't avoid conflict, he revels in it—like the time he bought a $500 table at a Drug czar speaking engagement in Vancouver and heckled the guest of honor, or his many provocative attempts at public puffing, including several directly outside police precinct houses, and one at the University of Saskatchewan that earned him two months in prison.
An Israeli researcher continues the work of the man who discovered THC.
In our September issue, HIGH TIMES published an exclusive interview with Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the head scientist leading the group of Israeli researchers who first quantified THC as the active ingredient in cannabis in 1964 ("My Grandfather Discovered THC").
HIGH TIMES' strain of the year commands top dollar in the marijuana marketplace, and with good reason. Check out our complete rankings on page 46. 2 SNOW BONGS 'Tis the season when the first accumulations begin to arrive from up above, so clean that nasty black "water" out of the bottom of your bong and replenish it with a few inches of pure white snow.
Since 1974, HIGH TIMES has been consistently dedicated to providing our readers with a comprehensive course in higher education—i.e. the idea that the general public should know as much as possible about any given intoxicant before deciding whether or not (and when and how much and how often) to put it into their bodies.
This cake tastes like neither pine nor apples, but it packs a wallop that will send you head over heels and upside down.
EASY BAKE DAVE
They say you can't have your cake, get baked and eat it too, and I guess that's true—but then again, who knows? Ever since I ingested a slice of this here pineapple upside-down cake about an hour ago, I've been seeing things a little bit differently—to say the least—and consequently, conventional wisdom has ceased to seem either conventional or wise.
Is it food that makes me want to get stoned, or is it getting stoned that makes me want food?
The life of a health-conscious stoner is un-flipping-fair. Not that I’m incredibly health-conscious or anything, but I am a stoner who tries to keep my inhalation of Doritos and all things cheese down to a minimum. I’ve got one of those bodies that can—and will—blow up if it’s not looked after with constant love and attention.
Alone in a foreign-tongued city for five days. Alone because Zena and Merilee—the other two members of the "Three Sixes," as we’ve taken to referring to ourselves—have, after coming here with me following the Cannabis Cup, left after only two days.
A massive catalog of the planet's known and suspected mood-altering plants and fungi, The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications (Park Street Press) is the granddaddy of all drug books. Christian Ratsch, the German anthropologist dubbed "the id” of the psychedelic cognoscenti by science writer John Horgan, follows in the august footsteps of his elders in the field (Jonathan Ott, Alexander Shulgin and the late Harvard ethnobotanist Richard E. Schultes).
Pot's Greatest Hits: A Stash of Stand-Up Comedy (Ardustry Entertainment) brings together 18 stoner comics for the cause. A portion of the proceeds from CD sales goes to NORML. Doug Benson, Arj Barker, Patton Oswalt, Tom Rhodes, Brian Posehn, Ngaio Belum, Matt Kirsch ("Pot Activist”) and Paul Gilmartin ("Growing the Chronic") provide the highlights.
The power popsters who gave us "Hash Pipe" and "Dope Nose” deliver yet another stony three-minute, guitar-driven track. "We are all on drugs,” Rivers Cuomo sings. "Never getting enough / Get me some of that stuff.” Will this be their next single?
‘Pot laws don't exist in our world,' declares hip Top 10 singer-songwriter Jason Mraz.
JASON MRAZ’S TOP 5 STONER JAZZ ALBUMS
If there’s one major perk to having a platinum-selling album, it's finally being able to splurge on some of the things you've always wanted. Like the palatial 3,600-square-foot home outside of San Diego where singer-songwriter Jason Mraz now sits, loading up his glass bong.
PROTECTING YOUR CLANDESTINE CANNABIS CROPS MEANS UNDERSTANDING THE LAW, STAYING QUIET AND NEUTRALAZING ODOR AND NOISE. CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?
THE SECURITY STRATEGY
ODOR, LIGHTING & SOUND
Growing cannabis can be one of the most rewarding endeavors anyone can undertake—a challenging and relaxing pastime with a sweet, potent payoff. But we all know the downside: Growing weed is illegal, and the consequences of getting caught practicing this ancient art can be devastating.
Breeder: Reservoir Seeds Sour Diesel is undoubtedly the world’s most expensive pot. With yuppies on Wall Street paying $800 to $1,000 per ounce, no wonder it’s so hard to find. Once acquired, however, the real-deal East Coast Sour Diesel reveals what makes it so desirable.
A VISIT TO BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL VANCOUVER ISLAND PROVIDES THE PERFECT BACKDROP FOR A REVEALING LOOK INTO THE MIND OF A CANNABIS CUP-WINNING SEED BREEDER CONTINUALLY WORKING TOWARD PERSONAL REDEMPTION AND DEDICATED TO THE PRESERVATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE MARIJUANA GENE POOL.
INDICAS AND SATIVAS
REEFERMAN'S GROW TIPS
Love POTION #1
I first met Reeferman at the 2004 Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam and was instantly humbled by his breeding knowledge and pure love of cannabis. Having collected strains from around the world for over a decade, Reeferman had previously chosen to keep a low pot profile, preferring to let others take the spotlight.
While the social presence of marijuana remains strong, the political influence of marijuana consumers remains weak. The rhetoric and minor successes of the reform movement do not obscure the fact that marijuana remains illegal in the United States, that arrests for marijuana have doubled in the last 15 years, and that the legalization of marijuana is not even a matter of serious debate before the public and the voters.
I’m a second-time grower. For months and months I've anticipated the fruit of my labor, which was very disappointing. The white pistil hairs of my plant turned brown very rapidly and the top nug was also very small. I grew with four 35-watt compact fluorescents on a 12/12-hour day/night cycle.
December is always cold, even in warm-climate areas. Outdoor air coming into the growroom shouldn't blow directly on plants, since cold drafts can stunt growth. If air has to be drawn directly from outdoors, direct it under tables or above plants so that it disperses evenly among them.
In addition to light, plants must have carbon dioxide to convert into the sugars that build cellular tissue. Normally, CO2 is present in the air at approximately 300 to 350 ppm (parts per million). In most low-budget indoor growrooms lacking exhaust and intake fans, the plants quickly deplete all of the available CO2 in the room and cease tissue production.
Everyone who grows cannabis, from the knowledgeable old-timer to the utter newbie, eventually runs into some kind of problem. Whether it’s bugs and animals munching the plants, fungus and mold attacking them, or disease infecting them, the result can be rapid and catastrophic.
Organic growers know FoxFarm for their certified soil and fertilizers, and now they're introducing three new water-soluble bloom enhancers that will increase the size, potency and taste of your harvest. Open Sesame, used during the initial stages of bud formation, produces massive node and flower sets to trigger early blooming. Hlalfway through the flowering process, Beastie Bloomz hits your developing buds with a hearty NPK ratio of 0-50-30. This blast of phosphorous and potassium—crucial for fortifying flowers during this critical stage—must be applied carefully to avoid burning the buds. The final weeks of flower formation require ChaChing, a flavor and fragrance enhancer that actually stimulates glandular-oil secretion, resulting in super-sticky nuggets. These three new additives from FoxFarm increase growth throughout the all-important flowering stage for superior organic pot. Price: 150 grams, $15.95; 500 grams, $49.95 Contact: Just 'n Tyme, 866-703-0609, justn-tyme.com
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Aller Air Purifiers
Clean air can be the difference between a mellow session and a rude bust, so it's important to prevent clandestine odors leaking from your property. Aller Air Purifiers provide protection by actively eliminating odors and neutralizing smoke particles. The 5000 series (at right) employs a strong 400-cfm fan to blow the offending air through a four-stage filter (carbon, HEPA, anti-microbial and UV lamp) covering up to 1,500 square feet. Aller Air filtration systems are available in many sizes, all customizable and mounted on casters for easy mobility. The activated carbon aggressively absorbs smoke particles, allowing you to grow and puff away in peace. Price: $399.99 Contact: Aller Air Industries, 888-852-8247, allerair.com
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The newest breed of vaporizers takes portability and mobility to a new level by shrinking down components and customizing vapor-delivery methods. The precise digital heating control of the Voodoo unit promises cannabis vapor with virtually no smoke or impurities. Couple that with its hand-held portability and the Voodoo unit is perfect for vaporizing on the go. The kit includes a mini-grinder, disks for loading the bud, three balloons, two security keys to lock the unit, a 15-inch tube, mouthpiece, tweezers, power cord and user's guide. Price: $199.99 Contact: Pyro Products, 866-528-2427, pyro-products.com
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Jack Puck Hash Press
Compressing the loose crystals that form on cannabis flowers into hash does more than simply make them tasty and easier to transport. When these trichomes are pressed together with extreme force, they burst and melt together into a chunk more potent, fragrant and concentrated than kif powder. Exerting two tons of pressure, the Jack Puck Hash Press resembles a device to fix flat tires more than a way to make high-quality hash. This amount of force is not excessive, however, and the pieces formed by the Jack Puck Hash Press burn slowly like coal, adding subtle nuances to the flavorful smoke without the acrid harshness typical of freshly made hash. Put a slab away to cure in a cool, dark place and sample the long-forgotten taste of old-school hash from the '70s. Price: $199.99 Contact: West Coast Growers, 888-924-4769, westcoastgrowers.com
I'm writing to offer a friendly word of advice to any fellow readers planning to take some pretty pictures of the beautiful plants in their growrooms. My buddy had a sweet setup going in his closet, with two 400-watt HPS lamps and five plants—three Nebulas and two unidentified sativas.
A constant refrain I encounter when debating or appearing publicly with a representative from the law-enforcement community is: We're neither for nor against cannabis legaliztion. We don't make the laws, we only enforce them." There's no evidence to support this law-enforcement myth.
"Patients are the most effective lobbyists for medical marijuana," claims Dee Dee Zoretic. "No one can tell your story as well as you can." A medical-marijuana patient herself—she suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)—Zoretic has been one of the most effective medi-pot lobbyists in Ohio.
HIGH TIMES' top grow guru recently journeyed to British Columbia to film his first-ever instructional DVD, Jorge Cervantes' Indoor & Outdoor Horticulture, which HIGH TIMES will release just in time for the holiday season. While in BC, Jorge visited a number of stinky, bud-filled growrooms, greenhouse and outdoor gardens representing the best of Canadian cannabis cultivation.