Managing editor Natasha Lewin is the new face of HIGH TIMES. At 28, she mirrors our readers: smart, rebellious, opinionated, creative. A Chicago native, Natasha joined the HT staff three years ago, shortly after graduating from Northeastern University.
During the Hurricane Rita evacuation, cars were lined up on Texas highways and people had to pass through Nacogdoches. The police decided to bring out their cannabis hounds. It was a record-breaking day for heat. Cars were overheating; A/Cs had to be turned off and windows rolled down.
Descended from the mighty Vulcans, the Romulan race distinguish themselves in the Star Trek universe by way of their cunning deceptions and treacherous attacks. So it’s a wonder how they managed to breed such wonderful weed as this Romulan bud, grown outdoors in Earth soil by V.J. and T.Y. from California.
Trans-High Market Quotations (THMQ) reports pot prices (by the ounce), strain and location. To submit, go to the THMQ link at hightimes.com. CURRENT US PRICE INDEX: $342 (last month: $332) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $424 ($469) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $270 ($273)
You're never too old (or too stoned) to get the fuck out of town for a while.
SPRING BREAK FAST FACTS
DUTCH-TREAT YOURSELF RIGHT!
In olden times, when humans lived off the land, springtime represented the rebirth of the natural world, and so that's when most of these ancient societies held their annual fertility rituals (as if we needed any reminding to get frisky at that time of year).
Marijuana plants can be attacked by many different kinds of predators—everything from bud mold and spider mites to wandering deer or even the local cops—so it’s perfectly natural that a smart grower would place a great deal of importance on protecting the garden.
Psychede1ic Prankster bus recovered from Kesey's swamp.
In 1964, novelist Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and his Merry Band of Pranksters climbed aboard Further—a cantankerous 1939 International Harvester bus—and set off across America bearing a message of peace, love and psychedelic awareness.
Anytime a journalist like me has the audacity to suggest that a secret cabal manipulates world events like war and revolution for profit, they’re immediately dismissed as "conspiracy crackpots” and officially ignored by the national media for the rest of their lives.
In honor of LSD inventor Albert Hofmann, who turns 100 on Jan. 11, we've assembled this list of the Top 10 all-time psychedelic pioneers.
1. AEBERT HOFMANN
2. RICHARD SCHULTES
3. R. GORDON WASSON
4. HUMPHREY OSMOND
5. ALDOUS HUXLEY
6. TIMOTHY LEARY
7. RAM DASS
8. AUGUSTUS OWSLEY STADLEY III
9. KED KESEY
10. TERENCE MCKENNA
Born on Jan. 11, 1906, in Baden, Switzerland, Albert Hofmann graduated from the University of Zürich with a degree in chemistry and then went to work for Sandoz Pharmaceutical in 1929. Hoping to develop a stimulant for blood circulation, he synthesized lysergic acid from ergot in 1938, which led him to discover lysergic acid diethylamide.
For teens, alcohol can be much more elusive than a $20 weed sack.
Allen St. Pierre
A few years ago, I learned more about marijuana prohibition and the urgent need to reform America’s arcane laws from a 30-second interaction with an 18-year-old than I had at all the intellectual gatherings and academic meetings I’ve attended, or from the books I’ve read regarding marijuana and criminal-justice policy.
"I take it seriously that there are so many people affected by marijuana prohibition who don't have the ability to make their voices heard," explains Danielle Schumacher. "As a marijuana consumer myself, I feel it's my responsibility to speak up for those who can't."
Very few school districts in the United States employ student drug testing, with most shying away because of the excessive cost, potential lawsuits, or because it is seen as a gross violation of students' privacy. Nevertheless, in fiscal year 2005, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) budget included $10 million for student drug testing, and the first round of endowments has now been announced.
According to breathless, sniffling reports first published in Britain and then quickly mirrored worldwide, supermodel Kate Moss recently allegedly snorted approximately five lines of cocaine over a 45-minute period while hanging around a recording studio waiting for her boyfriend, Pete Doherty of the Babyshambles, to finish the day's work on his band's new album.
NAME: Rachel AGE: 20 CITY: Chicago, IL OCCUPATION: Executive assistant for bongbuddg.cam HOBBIES: Sex, drugs & rock'n'roll SMOKES: Several times a day (it's basically part of the job) FAORITE METHOD: Bong FAORTE MUSIC: Hip-hop & classic rock I was at the 2004 Cannabis Cup and had a dope-ass time.
In this issue, HIGH TIMES celebrates the 100th birthday of Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who discovered LSD—a purely accidental laboratory epiphany that eventually sparked a worldwide psychedelic movement. On April 19, 1943—long before Ken Kesey’s Acid Tests, the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's or the Pink Floyd laser light show— Dr. Hofmann embarked on the world's first-ever acid trip after accidentally ingesting a minute amount in the lab.
1 POT BROWNIES “You're doing a heck of a job, brownie.” 2 JOINT CHIEFS OF GRASS Only the highest-quality minds are accepted into this prestigious circle. 3 JOHN LENNON Recently released government documents show the FBI concluded that the former Beatle, who moved to America in his final years, was “too stoned” to be a threat to national security.
Substitute mushroom chocolate in your favorite dessert recipe for a taste that's out of this world.
MAGICAL MUSHROOM CHOCOLATE
Easy Bake Dave
The most common variety of psychoactive mushroom found in North America grows on cow shit; the other varieties apparently just taste that way, at least in my experience. I suppose it's possible that there's some kind of psychedelic portobello cross out there that delights the taste buds and makes you trip balls into the wee hours, but I've never come across it.
When we last left Vaporella, she was on board a plane heading home with a platter full of pot brownies on her lap, preparing to attend her high-school reunion and dose her graduating class—a dodgy and dangerous plan requiring finesse, style and a shitload of friends with bail money. Our mistress of mayhem returns her seat to the full upright position in preparation for landing and composes herself, ready to conduct....
THE SYMPHONY OF DESTRUCTION
I’ve landed. With my baggage in the trunk of my dad’s car and me in the passenger seat, I notice that he’s staring at my plate of pastries with hungry eyes. He asks me no questions, so I don’t have to tell him no lies, which is nice. A comfortable silence established between the two of us, I scan the leather interior of the parentally insured automobile and slowly realize that I can’t possibly drive this fancy sedan to my reunion.
The crowd turns to stare as my fellow HIGH TIMES columnist and frequent partner in crime Vaporella, decked out in her custom-made pot-leaf dress, and myself, sporting a black Goth coat with purple stitching, step out of the taxi in front of the nightclub Spirit.
Back in the early '90s, when Blues Traveler and the Spin Doctors were spearheading New York’s neojam-band scene, the two bands would sometimes combine into Blues Doctors or Spinning Traveler. It's hard to imagine that happening today, since there’s almost no common ground between their latest CDs.
Originally released on 1997’s Chocolate Supa Highway, Michael Franti's sweet ode to his favorite plant reappeared in the first season of Showtime’s pro-pot series, Weeds. On Weeds: Music from the Original Series (Bulletproof/Ryko). This dense track by the emo-core Cali rockers is a little hard to follow—like a mushroom trip.
I've got 20 gallons of water, a plethora of avant-garde ensembles to outfit myself through at least six daily costume changes over eight days, enough pills, powders and pot to supply a small Utah rave and a surplus-sized Sam's Club box of assorted condoms—bowl packed and loaded, Burning Man or bust.
DAY 10-BACK TO REND
BURNING GFOR BEGINNERS
I never trust anything in the desert. Spiders, coyotes, cacti, mirages—they're all out there. Waiting for me. I wasn’t ever planning on partying out there, but they claimed Burning Man wasn’t just any party: It’s a festival—one that would apparently change my life.
"To grow or not to grow hydro?” That is the question most frequently asked by readers taking their first steps toward cannabis cultivation. We may not solve that riddle (the answer lies within each individual person), but we’ll highlight the advantages of hydro and showcase the wide variety of new technology available to help generate huge hydroponic harvests.
WHAT IS HYDRO?
The science of growing plants without soil is as old as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and as cutting-edge as long-term space-exploration experiments by NASA. Plant roots, unencumbered by soil or dense soilless mixes, receive more oxygen while absorbing nutrients directly from a liquid solution fed at regular intervals.
1 First rule of Hydro Club is, do not talk about Hydro Club. 2 Keep water temperature no higher than 70°F and no lower than 60°F. At higher temps, oxygen is depleted and the risk of root rot increases. Cold temps can shock plants. Keep temps in check with either an aquarium heater or a reservoir chiller.
The most popular and widely used hydro units are tray systems. Plants sit in trays with their roots anchored by grow rocks (expanded clay pellets), rockwool or coco peat. At regular intervals, nutrient solution is pumped from the reservoir into the table, temporarily flooding the root zone.
Success with hydroponics means meeting the needs of growing roots. The bigger the root system, the bigger the plants. This simple rule is the basis for bucket systems: Provide space for roots to stretch out, and their corresponding branches will be massive.
By far the fastest growth comes when roots are misted with fine nutrient solution. Absorption rates of dissolved oxygen and nutrients increase dramatically in aeroponic applications, resulting in huge plants. Often, regular hydro systems are upgraded with misters or foggers to improve their outputs as well.
The Nutramist fogger creates a humid cloud of nutrient solution and can be used to upgrade almost any kind of hydroponic system. An electronically nebulized multimicron mist of water and soluble nutrients feeds roots at astonishingly high rates.
Recent innovations in hydroponic farming have literally turned the industry upside down. Several different units are now available that rotate plants 360 degrees around a centrally located light source. These systems take space efficiency to a whole new plateau by utilizing all available light without diffusion from reflectors.
Some things to know about getting a drip-tray system started
Whether you grow hydroponically or in soil, rockwool probably plays a role in your garden. This man-made, heat-spun plant medium formed from volcanic rock can be your best friend when using it and your worst enemy when looking to dispose of it.
Several companies manufacture grow chambers built specifically for hydroponics. Most of these all-in-one kits come complete with grow lights, exhaust and intake fans, trays and reservoir, as well as nutrients and other accessories. Pre-built units are perfect for novices who just want to get started growing quickly.
After deciding what kind of hydro system is right for you, you’ll need to find the nutrients that best suit your plants. Do some research on the various companies and the products they offer, keeping the medium and system of your choice in mind.
Even many soil growers swear by hydroponics as the quickest and most efficient way to root a cutting. Roots pop out of the exposed, cut end of a clone within three to five days when misted with mild oxygenated nutrient solution, while with traditional rooting methods, cloning may take up to two weeks.
In a town full of psychics, crystal healers and spirit-seeking pilgrims, you can be damn sure there’s also a heavy market for high-quality marijuana. Our intrepid reporter travels to Sedona, AZ, to meet a grower who provides premium dope to New Age smoke-blowers.
Nestled among towering red-rock formations, Sedona, AZ, is a bustling tourist community about two hours south of the Grand Canyon. Classically picturesque and emblematic of the Southwest, Sedona has often been used by Hollywood as a movie set for low-budget Westerns.
Atlanta's Ying Yang Twins put the crunk in chronic.
"I need mo' weed, just to smoke, so I can calm my nerves," Ying Yang Twin Kaine raps on "Nerve Calmer." “It helps ease the mind from the problems around us,” he claims. “That’s why I smoke so much—the problems of the world.” The world may be full of problems, but the Ying Yang Twins aren’t too worried.
The boys of DNA Genetics burst onto the seed scene with a third-place victory in the Seed Bank Indica category of the 2004 Cannabis Cup with a superb strain called LA. Confidential. Their Cannalope Haze wasn’t too shabby either, prompting many a judge to vape themselves silly at the DNA booth.
There's no excuse for allowing skunky odors to betray a ganja growroom and compromise your security. Even the smallest closet setup needs air filtration, and budgetary concerns shouldn't hinder anyone's ability to stifle smells. Nothing beats a professionally manufactured carbon filter, but they can be expensive for the hobbyist gardener.
If you’re a pot grower or smoker in British Columbia and you haven't heard of LUI, check your map—you likely aren't in BC. LUI, or Legends' Ultimate Indica, is one of the most widely grown varieties in British Columbia, and for a good reason: its massive yield of trichome-covered buds.
Cannabis grown using organic nutrients always tastes and smokes better, and the best organic nutrient for phosphorous-loving flowering plants is the guano of the nocturnal flying mammal Chiroptera (a.k.a. bat shit). Buds swell with subtle flavor and improved fragrance after liberal applications of bat guano. The good people at Guano-Gro, out of Texas, support bat preservation and education (10% of every sale goes to Bat Conservation International). Price: 1 pint, $14.95; 2.5 quarts, $63.50 Contact: Guano-Gro, 361-758-0200, guano-gro.com
Dr. Green’s Flash Chalice Cleaner
Every smoking accessory, from the cheapest metal pipe to the finest glass piece, needs cleaning. Remove all built-up resins immediately with a 30-second soak in Dr. Green’s Flash Chalice Cleaner, an all-purpose antibacterial fluid infused with special scrubbing crystals. It's easy to use, with no aftertaste or harmful toxins. Price: 4 oz, $3; 12 oz, $8 Contact: Dr. Green's, 858-454-7826, drgreens.com
After experiencing so many recycled-plastic 2-liter-soda-bottle gravity bongs, we're delighted to see the Gravitron on the market. It's a sleek-looking product with all-glass construction, a deep bowl and a thick stem. Manufactured from 100% recycled glass, the Gravitron makes use of discarded wine bottles that would otherwise become landfill trash. Comfortable even for one person, they're a "hit” at any party. Add ice to chill things down even more. Price: large, $45; small, $35 Contact: airgravitron.com
All grow lights are not created equal. New technologies have allowed manufacturers to significantly improve the output of garden lighting. Super Bulbs from Hortilux, available only in high-pressure sodium (HPS), provide a perfect mix of light spectrums for enhanced plant growth. The 1,000-watt version gives off a whopping 145,000 lumens balanced for fast absorption and short internodes. Now you see the light... Price: 1,000-watt, $99.95; 600-watt, $99.95; 400-watt, $79.95 Contact: West Coast Growers, 888-924-4769, westcoastgrowers.com
How does the whole male/female thing work? If you have a male next to a female, will it turn male—and if so, when? When can you tell if they're male or female? Crypidog Dear Crypidog, A female planted next to a male will not turn male. Cannabis has both male and female plants.
February is generally the coldest month of the winter. Water lines next to outside walls are the most vulnerable to freezing. Keep water running in lines to ensure flow. Humidity can be high in homes heated with gas and oil furnaces. When relative humidity climbs above 60% (and if the vent fan can't lower it), a dehumidifier may be needed.
Once a year in Amsterdam, HIGH TIMES organizes the amazing field trip and harvest-festival competition known as the Cannabis Cup, where the best buds and hash from around the world await the thousands of pot pilgrims who make the annual trek to the City of Nice Dreams.
Grandma’s Boy is 2006’s Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. A funny stoner movie co-produced by Adam Sandler’s company, Happy Madison, and directed by Nicholaus Goossen, Grandma's Boy merges marijuana and video games. One particular game tester, Alex (played by Sandler-film vet Allen Covert, who also co-wrote the screenplay), loves to smoke pot.