What Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said of pornography also applies to cool: I can't define it, but I know it when I see it. Cool resists definition because it's amorphous and individually maintained. Some people are born cool, while others have coolness thrust upon them.
I enjoyed the Cannabis Cup this year and will be there next year. What a party! Amsterdam is a wonderful place. This was my third trip there. I’d also like to thank HIGH TIMES and all of the coffeeshops for their help and hospitality. Thanks again and see you guys in Amsterdam next year.
Much obliged to HIGH TIMES for helping me grow the finest herb around. I'll be honored if you publish this photo of my organic Papaya, just before harvest.—Happyplant (from Overgrow) The Automatic Kalashnikov 1947 assault rifle (a.k.a. the AK-47) made its mark as the weapon of choice for Eastern Bloc soldiers during the Cold War, which would have ended far sooner had they all been issued massive colas of the infamous AK-47 weed strain instead This Nirvana Afghan strain originated in Afghanistan, but was selectively bred in Amsterdam to flourish indoors.
Meet HIGH TIMES’ highest authority on getting high: the Pot Snob.
Dear Pot Snob, I was reading all about the Cannabis Cup in last month’s issue of HIGH TIMES, and I noticed that the annual seed-company competition is divided into two separate categories—indica and sativa. This will probably come off as something of a rudimentary question to ask of so high an authority as yourself, oh esteemed herb aficionado and cannabis connoisseur, but what exactly is the difference between indica and sativa?
"After fighting in Iraq, I wanted to live life again. I thought I was getting out of the Army, so I figured what the hell, I might as well enjoy some of that green, sticky, red-hair-type weed,” Spc. Carlos Arellano (a.k.a. Singe) reported to HIGH TIMES after returning to US soil with dreams of resuming his civilian career as a rapper—only to fail a state-side drug test.
The US War on Drugs has now expanded its authority widely enough to justify the arrest of two 10-year-old girls in possession of less than an ounce of parsley in a plastic bag. Yes, you read that right: parsley. The girls in question admitted to bringing the popular restaurant garnish to school as a prank, convincing their apparently equally clueless classmates that the leafy green substance in question was indeed marijuana—the devil's lettuce incarnate—rather than that stuff on the side of the plate that nobody ever eats.
When I was 19, I hitchhiked halfway across the country to crash Woodstock—landing in a field with hundreds of thousands of people and still managing to meet up with the dozen friends who had also shown up. I never saw a fight. Communication was open and honest.
Currently entering its fourth year of violent opposition to the Bush administration's fading vision (mirage?) of a unified, democratic, secular nation rising from the ashes of our Shock and Awe—inspiring invasion, the Iraqi insurgency makes lethal use of a wide and ever-increasing range of weapons in pursuit of jihad (holy war) against US-led coalition forces and other supporters of the new, fledgling Iraqi government, employing everything from roadside bombs and shoulder-fired missiles to fundamentalist religious indoctrination and anti-American propaganda.
State NORML chapters lead fight for cannabis freedom.
When asked what motivates Florida's NORML campus chapters to work so tirelessly, University of Central Florida NORML president Justin Martineau simply states, "Because the laws are so draconian here that if we don't fight the hardest, we'll suffer the most."
Where in the United States, in the 69th year of cannabis prohibition, can ganja devotees and serious cannabis-law-reform activists mingle under one roof with the single goal of legalizing the sacred herb? The 2006 national NORML conference in San Francisco—that’s where.
Never doubt that the US War on Drugs is really a war on pot smokers. If marijuana were decriminalized, there would still be a Drug War—it would just be much smaller than the $30 billion travesty waged today. In a nation of almost 300 million people, just over five million Americans used cocaine last year, 1.5 million used methamphetamine and there are less than a million heroin addicts.
Mayor Thomas Menino has a unique strategy to address the recent rise in unsolved murders in the fair city of Boston. Basically, he's planning to enforce a dress code, at least when it comes to the "Stop Snitching" T-shirts that have become a major fashion statement on the hip-hop scene.
Training a canine to detect illegal drugs by sense of smell can take up to six months and cost more than $15,000—not to mention a lifetime of food and housing bills, plus (hopefully) the occasional chew toy. But what if there was a source of animal labor willing to work a whole lot cheaper?
Here are five questions to determine whether you’re a Psychic Stoner.
HOW GOOD IS YOUR JAY-DAR?
Take a milky-white hit of wonder weed, look deeply into the crystal ball blown into the side of this mystical glass bong and describe what you see: the past? The future? The winning numbers for next week's multimillion-dollar Lotto drawing?
1 JACK HERER Enjoy a heart-healthy hemp treat with the Hemperor himself on page 30. 2 TRUST YOUR HIGH-POTHESIS Does smoking weed make you more scientific? We're not sure, but that's certainly an interesting high-pothesis. 3 ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MRINTENANCE An underground classic that became a best-seller, this inquiry into values takes the philosophy of the road trip to a higher level.
Jack Herer recovers in his own way after open-heart surgery.
HEART-HAPPY HEMP COOKIES
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Jack Herer has been home from the hospital now for less than two months following double-bypass heart surgery, and while he continues to tout the importance of hemp as the cure for an ailing world, the Hemperor himself has had to rely on holistic healing to keep his body and mind strong and his crusade moving.
Much like when making a trip to the grocery store, I should’ve never, ever started perusing eBay’s infinite mall while stoned. For some reason, marijuana provides the perfect catalyst for my impromptu impulse buying, especially when it comes to anything marked "retro.”
The first question I'm always asked when I tell people I work for HIGH TIMES is: “How the hell did you land that job?”—usually immediately followed by: “And how can / get a job there?” Well, allow me to answer that question once and for all by relating the tale of my humble beginnings at the world’s greatest marijuana magazine.
To the astute music fan, Sinead O’Connor covering a batch of roots-reggae classics makes perfect sense. What’s so weird about an iconoclastic Irish post-punk singer-songwriter, priest and mother of three singing uplifting and timeless compositions written and made famous by the foremost Rastafarian musicians of the 20th century?
It took 30 years to complete, but now all four volumes of Tales of Beatnik Glory (Thunder's Mouth Press) by Ed Sanders are finally available in one hefty, glorious tome. Sanders is the da Vinci of the counterculture—a novelist, poet, journalist, inventor, activist, publisher and leader of underground rock legends the Fugs.
"Letting It Happen on Purpose" (LIHOP) and "Making It Happen on Purpose" (MIHOP) are the two main scenarios that Rowland Morgan and Ian Henshall examine in 9/11 Revealed: The Unanswered Questions (Carroll & Graf). This extremely informative and fairly frightening book tackles what happened before, during and after the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington, DC.
A buds 'n' bands stoner-slacker saga set in Austin, Bob Ray’s Rock Opera careens deliriously out of control when a pot deal goes sour and bodies and cars start flying in every direction. Starring Jerry Don Clark as Toe, the 86-minute film was nominated for a Stony Award in 2003.
Known for their marijuana advocacy, Cypress Hill went a step further in 1998 by providing cultivation instructions on this comedic track. "That's why they call me Dr. Greenthumb," B-Real raps, "the scientifical mystical one." Reissued on Greatest Hits from the Bong (Columbia).
Trichome Technologies is a West Coast breeding facility dedicated to producing the highest-quality marijuana for medical consumption and to researching cutting-edge cultivation technology. Trichome founder K recently decided to sneak his genetics behind the Iron Curtain to Cuba.
Three years ago, a federal crackdown on paraphernalia panicked the smokeware industry. But history has shown that prohibition only succeeds in popularizing that which is demonized.
In a city that prides itself on its ability to keep a secret, a trade show that prefers not to be mentioned by name is underway. The businesses that have purchased booths here ask to remain anonymous as well. This is a paraphernalia convention.
Mr. Snodgrass...it's an honor. Please, call me Bob. Bob, among heads who know Pyrex or serious collectors, you're considered the undisputed inventor, chief teacher and innovator of color-changing glass. I’m an inventor. I got stuck in glass because there are so many things to invent in it.
An American bud breeder describes the process and decision-making behind creating a sensi strain all your own.
Recently, I decided to start some Space Queen seeds that I’d been stashing away for many years. Vic High originally created the Space Queen by crossing his Romulan and Cinderella 99. I was never a huge fan of Romulan, though I liked the exotic flavor of Romberry.
It dawned on me a year ago, while thumbing through some magazines like FHM, Maxim and, of course, Penthouse and Playboy, that HIGH TIMES should have our very own "homegrown hotties" girl-of-the-month section. After all, what stoner chick wouldn't love to see herself in the pages of HIGH TIMES, and what stoner guy wouldn't enjoy drooling over a pretty girl with a bunch of buds?
How do pothead bands survive on the road? Veteran rap-reggae rockers 311 reveal stony on-tour secrets that have kept them going, bust-free, for the past 15 years.
Rule #1: Bring your own, bring a variety and bring a lot
Rule #2: Store your pot & paraphernalia well
Rule #3: Know when to smoke
Rule #4: If you’re pulled over, stand your ground and know your rights
Rule #5: Filter your smoke
Rule #6: Be cool to the fans
Rule #7: Keep it mellow, but keep on truckin’...
After 15 years, hundreds of sold-out shows and tens of thousands of miles traveled together, the members of 311— singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, rapper SA Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, bassist P-Nut and drummer Chad Sexton—are true road warriors.
Coming up with Cypress Hill, another of the most weed-friendly bands of the '90s, 311 sang about marijuana on their early albums and continue to do so in concert today. Recent tours have included pot leaves projected behind the stage and a medley of their toking tunes, such as "My Stoney Baby" and "Hydroponic," both from their 1993 debut CD, Music.
To reap the benefits of cultivation without the hassles, Mr. Mom grows mother plants and sells rooted cuttings, then sits back and watches the pot roll in.
Mr. Mom faced an interesting predicament. He'd always wanted to grow ganja, but circumstances prevented him from allowing flowering plants and their resulting odors to permeate his abode. It wasn't the smell of growing plants so much as the stench of trimming and drying that concerned him.
A master breeder and cannabis researcher describes the sensuous pleasures of a rare Canadian cannabis offering.
René is one of the most talked-about yet elusive cannabis strains for those on the hunt for rare and exotic flavors in the Canadian pot wilderness. She's oft spoken of around the campfire as joints are passed and veteran raconteurs of the hippie pot trail spin tales of cannabis lore for the newly recruited souls who sit fascinated, in stoned, red-eyed silence.
Strong, healthy mother plants are the corner-stone of any successful grow operation. The ability to consistently regenerate top-quality clones is essential to any garden’s productivity. While almost all vegging plants can provide a few choice clones from their upper branches, a well-groomed mom will provide you with dozens of choice cuttings from multiple branches.
Infrared technology has been improving by leaps and bounds lately, and invasion of privacy has become a sport for cops in choppers. The good news is that there's a new way to hide the heat output of your clandestine indoor garden. Poly Shield blocks the telltale glow, creating a thermal barrier that protects your plants from prying eyes on “routine patrol." Simply surround your grow space with Poly Shield to provide peace of mind in an increasingly invasive environment.
A waterborne fungus can ruin a hydroponic garden quickly by attacking roots when they're most vulnerable. To avoid this type of devastating blow, use Hydroguard from Botanicare, a bio-fungicide water-treatment solution that will kill these diseases before they gain a foothold in your reservoir. Perfect for new transplants and barely rooted clones, Hydroguard contains beneficial microbes that attack harmful fungi and promote healthy, vigorous plant growth. Organic-soil or soilless-mix gardens will benefit as well from monthly applications. Don't let fungus make a fool out of you.
Bubbleman, the architect of the Canadian hash revolution with his ice-water extractor bags, returns with another consciousness-expanding product destined for the coffee table of any cannabis-resin aficionado. The Bubble Box contains three different-sized screens that correspond to the Bubblebag kit and provide varying grades of sifted gland heads. Simply grind your herb over the top screen and brush it lightly with a card. Repeat the scraping process on the middle level to allow the 70-micron screen at the bottom of the box to capture the fine crystals that bubble perfectly with an exceptional flavor and high. With 24-karat-gold plating and a fine polished-wood finish, the Bubble Box may seem expensive, but it's truly the last kif box you'll ever need.
An all-in-one hydroponic system we neglected to mention in last month's Hydro Report, Growing Gophers provides everything you need to get even busier than a beaver. The 38-by-88-inch tub-within-a-tub has space for the reservoir and growing medium; bags of special Black Butte rock are also provided. Two convertible ballasts power your choice of two 1,000-watt metal-halide or high-pressure sodium bulbs for flexibility during all stages of growth. With reflectors, nutrients, timers, a pump and two light movers (not pictured), Growing Gophers will produce an abundant bounty of beautiful buds.
I have a 4' × 6' × 8' medicinal growroom with a 400-watt high-pressure sodium (HPS) light and a rectangular reflector. The eight flowering plants are growing too close to the bulb and the top leaves are wilting. I can't raise the light any higher.
Spring is here in most climates. Definitely spend time outdoors enjoying the weather, but also remember that insects are hatching and fungal spores are floating around. The warmer spring weather prompts these spores to become active, and they'll try to hitch a ride on you, your pets and your tools into the more hospitable climes of the growroom.
Our Organics Special will highlight chemical-free farming techniques for superior smoke—including organic nutrients and growing mediums, safe pest control and new ways to grow eco-friendly hydro-organic buds with flavor to savor. Don't panic, it's organic!
If you live in the Los Angeles area and love to get high and laugh your ass off, then circle the last Thursday of the month on your calendar. That’s the night HIGH TIMES brings the best and stoniest comedians to the Hollywood Improv stage. We’re not kidding when we say best: Sarah Silverman, fresh from her starring role in Jesus Is Magic, has headlined several shows so far.