For years, we’ve published articles about the genesis of 420. And as we draw closer to April 20, the media will once again start asking their usual questions about this mysterious stoner code. Why was April 20 designated a national stoner holiday?
I’ve been overseas now for a couple of months and have been having my mom send me issues of HIGH TIMES whenever she can. Though it's looked down upon in the Army, I just can't help but stare at all the amazing pictures in the mag and read the real news that I've been missing out on.
I've begun a hobby breeding project in a quest for the ultimate purple buds. So far, so good, but I'm still searching for my masterpiece.-Purplebud (above) Can you believe this is the first plant I ever grew, right in my own backyard under the Arizona sun?
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: $347 (last month: $335) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $461 ($438) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $258 ($266) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER OZ): $86 ($75) Tuscalosa, AL—$300 “This was grown in Gulf Shores before Katrina.
HIGH TIMES’ head researcher investigates the world of all-natural, barely legal highs.
Even with all the different types of drugs that have been outlawed, there remains a whole slew of mind-and mood-altering ingestibles that are not only perfectly legal but also more intense and dangerous than some of the Schedule I narcotics listed today.
Feds take down Gotham's premier provider of pot delivery.
New York City’s largest and most professionally run marijuana-delivery service has been canceled permanently and there will be no reruns. Cartoon Network, an established leader in the big-city bud business since at least 1999, allegedly received up to 600 calls per day from customers seeking cannabis on demand in Manhattan—a high-volume, high-end business that employed up to a dozen delivery personnel at a time, dispatched throughout the densely populated city via subway, bicycle and on foot from a central command center that changed location and scrambled signals often enough to stay one step ahead of the law for over five years.
Are you an independent filmmaker with an interest in cannabis? if so, I've got big news. Having worked on marijuana-related film and video productions for more than 10 years, I've learned the hard way how difficult it can be to get pot-positive films released through the mainstream media.
The author of Understanding marijuana debunks the latest alleged links between marijuana and mental illness.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy now asserts that teens who smoke pot increase their risk of mental illness—a claim based largely on misinterpretations of scientific studies, most recently one published in late 2005 in the British Journal of Psychiatry and another presented at last year's annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
“One of our focuses has been to be seen as a group that contributes positively in our community and that residents can feel proud to be a part of," explains Missouri University NORML's Amanda Broz. Through running local initiatives, holding community forums and conferences and participating in Adopt-a-Highway programs, there's little doubt that MU NORML/SSDP has established itself as a force to be reckoned with and respected in Columbia, MO.
At NORML, we’ve heard virtually every question conceivable regarding marijuana and marijuana laws, the health effects associated with the consumption of marijuana, medicinal marijuana and drug testing. When it comes to information on marijuana, the bud stops at NORML.
LIVE FROM THE GREEN CARPET, WE SHINE OUR SPOTLIGHT ON THE LIFESTYLES OF THE HIGH AND FAMOUS!
WINNING WEEDS Mary-Louise Parker, who defeated four "desperate housewives" to win Best TV Actress in a Comedy at the Golden Globes for her breakthrough role as the herb-selling, brownie-baking single-mom on Showtime's pot series, Weeds, told the press: “I’m really in favor of legalizing marijuana.
NAME: Monica AGE: 22 CITY: Chicago, IL OCCUPATION: promoter, model, business student SMOKES: a few times a day FAVORITE METHOD: Blunts, glass bongs FAVORITE MUSIC: Pink Floyd, Sublime, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg-angthing that's about smoking HOBBIES: riding wave runners, snowmobiles, ATVs and motorcycles; building my own smoking utensils WHY SHOULD YOU BE MISS HIGH TIMES?
Have you been smoking the same old weed from the same old bong with the same three friends white listening to the same music and playing the same video game over and over again for as long you can remember (which, admittedly, isn't always that long)?
1 RHODE ISLAND The 11th state to approve medical marijuana. Who’s next? 2 GRAMMAS FOR GANJA These silver-haired heads fight for your right to get high, and they bake the best cookies. Send Gramma your love: grammasforganja.org. 3 JACK BLACK The star of King Kong has returned to Mother Mary Jane after a year off the rocket sauce.
Our columnist of cool turns his coworkers on to cannabis cake direct from the dark side.
As loyal HIGH TIMES readers already know, our office's own unique version of casual Fridays has come to be dubbed “spacecake Friday” in honor of the tradition that consistently inspires one of the more culinarily inclined employees on staff to bake up a special treat to share with the rest of us at the end of each week.
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, born to chill, she’s not once, not twice, but three times a lady.
I first heard Kyuss (pronounced ki-os) in 1992. I was listening to college metal station WSOU (Seton Hall University) when a song called "Green Machine" came on. The thickness and ferocity of the guitar riffs and the raw, melodic vocals immediately commanded my attention.
Both the Grateful Dead and cannabis are tools that grant users access to the infinite (which is one reason they're so synchronistic). Almost 11 years after the passing of leader Jerry Garcia, there are still works of import left from the realm of the Dead that continue to astonish.
Two intrepid HIGH TIMES reporters tag-team Queens of the Stone Age founder Josh Homme to ask about drugs, magick and the Devil in us all.
Rumor had it that Josh Homme was a real prick, but as he stood before us, we still couldn't help but stare up at him in a state of awe, excitement and balls-to-the-wall idolization. He's a 6-foot-4 stoner rock god, even though we know he'd never label his music as such-preferring the term he coined himself, "robot rock."
Natural ganja farming requires a small army of organisms to ensure success, proving that when you grow organically, it's the little things that count.
the fungus among us
OUTDOOR ORGANIC SOIL MIX
Organic gardening and organics in general have been in vogue for the last few years. US organic-food sales have grown between 17 and 21 percent each year since 1997, and not only have the sales increased, but prices have increased as well. Take a look in your local supermarket and see how much more they’re asking for the organic produce.
If you grow pot, sooner or later you’re going to have to deal with bugs. Indoors or out, pest control can be one of the biggest challenges for any grower. There are several ways to approach this common problem, but for those who don't wish to use repellents or insecticides for any reason, biological pest control is one of the safest and most effective methods available.
Nutrients supplied by fertilizers can be broken down into specific chemical elements whether the fertilizers are chemical or organic in origin. Is one better than the other? Maybe, but they also require different management strategies.
In search of Chemdog— the legendary strain that’s spawned numerous award-winning children, including East Coast Sour Diesel and, allegedly, California’s OG Kush. Anyone who's smoked Sour Diesel in New York or OG Kush in California can clearly tell that the two are related.
The Tohono O’odham Indian reservation is the second largest in the country, covering 2.8 million acres, including a 75-mile stretch along the border with Mexico. The smuggling of drugs and illegal aliens has changed the face of the nation, alternately seducing and destroying its members. But the Tohono O’odham are a strong people. No matter what happens, they will survive.
THE MAN IN THE MAZE
COWBOYS AND INDIANS
DEMONS AND SHADOWS
It's an early wake-up call in the barrio as James Fendenheim, my entrée into all things Tucson, AZ, picks me up in his grumbling Chevy Blazer sometime around 7 a.m. He's limping a bit, the result of a car accident a few months before. James tells me he’s waiting on some insurance money he hopes will buy him one of those hot little Japanese mini-trucks, but in the meantime, to get us to the rez, we have his temperamental Chevy with its bloodred interior, its chrome-dragon foot pedals, its back window that won't close, its front door that won't open, its silver-cobra-headed tire valves, its bestial General Motors engine, its guardian angel at the local Exxon station who will pass any vehicle for inspection for a half ounce, and its "For Sale” sign in the window that reads: 1975 CHEYENNE BLAZER, $7,000.
From urine to hair to sweat to blood to saliva, employers and the government have a multitude of ways to detect illegal substances.
THE URINE TEST
THE HAIR TEST
The Slippery Slope
THE SWEAT TEST
THE BLOOD TEST
THE SALIVA TEST
The drugs you did last night, the drugs you did last week and the drugs you did last New Year's Eve—they’re all in there, embedded or encoded in your urine, sweat, hair, saliva and blood. Not so long ago, the body was inviolate—a temple the law could not enter—but bad science and contemptible courts have since combined to make drug testing a part of American life, giving rise to a multibillion-dollar-per-year industry that exists solely to break the body into measurable pieces and detail your private life for the benefit of your employer or your government.
Vermicomposting is the art of indoor, odor-free composting using the Eisenia fetida species of worm, more commonly known as red wigglers. It is a simple technique that transforms kitchen scraps into high-quality organic fertilizer.
Worm castings (poop) are an excellent source of food for plants. Castings have antifungal properties and have been proven to start seeds faster and keep clones strong and hardy when exposed to pests or cold. Composting worms are different than the earthworms you see outside.
Should fears of mad-cow disease keep growers from using factory-farm remnants as fertilizers?
Organic growers have voiced concern over the use of bone and blood meal as fertilizers for pot plants. Both have been popular in horticulture for many years and are very rich in readily available nutrients. The worry is that using these products could somehow transfer bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad-cow disease, into the plants, and thus into the humans that consume them.
Outdoor growers in Canada or Alaska aren't afforded much time for the flowering process. Frost comes quickly, and many plants die well before harvest time. Indoor growers with limited space need plants that stay short and stout, not long and lanky.
Controlling odors that can jeopardize an indoor ganja garden is as important to a successful harvest as providing light and nutrients to the plants. Smart growers install carbon filters to clean organic odor particles from their exhaust and attach them to intake fans to capture mold spores before they can enter. Mountain Air Carbon Filters use the finest activated coal with tiny pores for at least three years of smell-proof ventilation and peace of mind.
West Coast Growers
Digital Scale and Glass Pipe Combo
Before you pack up a bowl of nice nuggets, find out if your bag weighs what it should with the Digital Scale and Glass Pipe Combo from Woodstock Enterprises. This pocket-sized scale (with a protective flip lid) comes with a 10-year warranty and virtually guarantees that you won't be ripped off by unscrupulous dealers. The pipe—an inside-out-style colorchanging piece made from heavyduty Pyrex glass—will keep you puffing away in style. Buy two combo deals and get two free grinders.
West Coast Growers
Budget Air Cylinder System
Less than $300 for an air-cooled, 1,000-watt high-pressure sodium (HPS) lighting system complete with ballast, bulb, all the necessary wiring and a reflector? What used to be a dream is now a reality thanks to the Budget Air Cylinder System from Hydro Wholesale. You can significantly reduce temperature at plant level by adding tubing and a vent fan to exhaust heat directly from the cylindrical bulb. This system comes with a five-year warranty on the Sunlight EconoGro ballast and a one-year warranty on the bulb.
West Coast Growers
You may have heard Florida rapper Tampa Tony on Trick Daddy's "JODD," but did you know this hiphop entrepreneur also invented a useful tool for blunt smokers? Da Splitta slices cigars lengthwise for perfectly split blunts every time. It comes with a lighter attached and has a retractable poker for stuffing the ends of the blunt. Whether stashed away in your pocket or hanging from a lanyard around your neck, Da Splitta, from the Dirty South, keeps all your blunt-smoking materials close and ready.
Will four 400-watt lights be enough for a 9' x 11' flowering room? I'm worried that four 600-watt lights might attract the electric company. Bow Hunter Dear Bow, A 9' x 11' flowering room gives you 99 square feet of grow space. Each lamp would cover an area of about 25 square feet, a square of 4.5' x 5.5'.
May is a marvelous month for indoor gardens. The weather is good outdoors, but the temperatures aren't so hot or cold that they affect the indoor climate. Insects and diseases are usually at fairly low levels, too. But beware! Pests and diseases can sneak into your warm growroom and take over if you let them.
Whoever coined the slogan “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” never met Bobby Black. Join our connoisseur of cool as he jets to Sin City to attend the world’s biggest porn convention, interview Ron Jeremy, and expose himself to some of the world’s sexiest starlets at the 23rd Annual AVN Awards show.
Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones was the first of many '60s rock icons to die prematurely at the age of 27 (Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin followed soon afterward). What is it about 27? When Kurt Cobain died in 1994, he was just 27, too. Perhaps it's all that success at a fairly young age.