Hydroponic growers often tout the advantages of growing without soil mix by citing increased growth and quicker, larger harvests. But hydro’s greatest advantage, in my opinion, is the ability to actually see the roots as they grow. After all, the roots determine how strong any plant will become: Pristine white roots with many tiny hairs that look like tiny fish bones indicate thriving growth and increased ability to uptake nutrients.
After yet another day of watching more and more of our basic rights as Americans being placed in jeopardy with the upcoming elections on Nov. 7,1 have to thank you, HIGH TIMES, for the wonderfully uplifting breath of fresh air your magazine delivers each month with your right-on political stance and coverage of the never-ending wars on drugs, human rights, the environment and personal freedom.
The Formula 420 Body Clean NASCAR Team v raced in Phoenix and Texas and ended the 2006 circuit in Miami on Nov 18. The Formula 420 "Clean Machine" will be back for more raceway action next year and HIGH TIMES plans to follow them all the way to the finish line.
Everybody's Green is the new cannabis concept album from rapping roadtrippers The Green Brothers. It’s the year 2020, just before weed is to be legalized, and Claude 9 and Highway 411 embark on a journey filled with pitfalls and potholes. Between running into cops and running out of weed, it's a miracle they make it to the party at the end of the record, but party they do.
You think you're smokin' the good stuff? You're ready to take that Sour Diesel and go head-to-head with the best of 'em? Welt, whatever strain you've got that's burning a hole in your stashbag is nothing compared to the joint that the space aliens laid on Hal Lighter, the bud-bogarting roadie who stars in the new canna-comic entitled simply.
Who got busted, who got stupid, who did a good deed for the weed.
LOST AND FOUND
WORLD OF WILLIE
POT STAR OF THE YEAR
WANTED: NEW FRIENDS
I SEE HIGH PEOPLE
STAY IN THE MEN'S ROOM
PARIS IS BURNING
Last summer, British pop star Robbie Williams took a stroll down Pusher Street in Christiana, the legendary communal “Freetown” located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Williams wore a "Save Christiana" sweatshirt in support of the controversial neighborhood, where marijuana use is actively promoted.
To many, Daniel Pinchbeck is this generation's closest thing to Terence McKenna. Already well-known for traveling the world and ingesting just about every psychedelic, mind-expanding substance known to man (as detailed in his first book, Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey Into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism), Pinchbeck is a leading visionary when it comes to exploring the possibilities inherent in our inner spaces, as well as an enthusiastic proponent of consciously thinking a positive world into reality.
You have to love this decade of the double-zeros. In the space of a couple weeks last September I saw Flipper, Reagan Youth and Bad Brains. If I wanted to, I could have seen the Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks, Germs, Misfits and God knows who else.
The popularity of the tamale never seems to wane. They're sold on the street, in your favorite Mexican restaurant and in the freezer at your local supermarket. I've been on a few of my own tamale missions in the Mission in San Francisco. There you'll find many different styles of tamales from El Salvador, Mexico, Cuba and Argentina—all made just a little differently.
"Whoa—look at this place!” whispered HT production director Elise McDonough as she, art director Frank Max and I entered the upscale restaurant Cipriani’s on 42nd Street. "Whoa" was right—the opulent Renaissance, décor and 65-foot ceilings made it clear to every guest who entered: When Quad Graphics throws a 35th anniversary party, they don't fool around.
Ever since Jim Morrison canceled his subscription to the resurrection in 1971, the Lizard King phenom has raged on. Morrisor had Sinatra pipes and a movie-star mug, but there was more. Here was a raging alcoholic who gobbled psychedelics like M&M’s, repeatedly disrupted social gatherings, insulted squares and hippies alike, preached revolution and insanity and public fucking—and he was venerated as a god.
Want to stop a drunk from drinking? Want to pull some vital information out of an international-terrorism suspect? Have you considered an acid trip?
Two otherwise unrelated stories that hit the news at the same time share one thing in common—good old LSD, which may be making a comeback in some unlikely circles. Remember, years before Tim Leary, Ken Kesey and others encouraged the masses to turn on to the acid experience, the US government—through its notorious MK-ULTRA program—was already conducting extensive and occasionally outlandish experiments to determine whether the molecule could prove useful as some sort of truth serum.
Afghan fighters flee into marijuana forest to escape firefights.
Canadian troops battling the recently reemerging Taliban forces in Afghanistan have reported significant difficulties tracking the enemy through the nearly impenetrable forests of 10-foot-tall marijuana plants that the militants are growing to fund their religious war and to serve as fortresses for their fleeing soldiers.
Sometimes in life, it’s important to understand the difference between pulling a prank that’s funny in a Cheech-and-Chong-movie kind of way and one that's funny in real life. Unfortunately, this distinction can sometimes prove hazy. Take the case of Jason Armijo, 19, Robert Knuckols, 21, and Joseph Ledesma, 33—three stoner amigos who used to work together at a Burger King in Las Lunas, NM, until they got the bright idea to serve up a special "Irie Meal” to a couple of cops at the drive-thru.
Schwarzenegger vetoes an industrial-hemp bill in California.
It’s well known by now that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated his victory in the 1975 Mr. Olympia competition in high style, specifically by smoking a nice, fat victory joint in a scene captured for pot posterity in the documentary Pumping Iron.
Satellite service Google Eartk leads cops to crops.
Here's a tip for all the outdoor growers out there: If you’re driving back from your remote marijuana fields with 18 pounds of freshly harvested cannabis sativa in the trunk of your car, it’s probably not such a good idea to wear the portable Global Positioning System you've just used to locate your hidden pot patches as a necklace—especially if you left a few plants behind to finish off flowering—unless, of course, you’ve already scrubbed the incriminating coordinates from the GPS’s digital memory.
A sweet teeth lures snacky stoners into serious trouble.
A killer case of the munchies can certainly put some strange thoughts into your head—cookie-dough ice cream comes to mind—but the resulting raid on the refrigerator usually fails to rise to the level of felonious activity. Not so for Alex Sawyer and Andrew Wilkins of Stallings, NC: The overeager young cannabis couple recently faced arrest and incarceration for breaking and entering and larceny after smoking a bowl of buds and then sneaking into a nearby Dominos Pizza branch—not to steal money but to whip up a batch of the chain's new oven-baked Brownie Squares.
Elderly library volunteers walk off the job over mandatory drug tests.
An ongoing showdown in Levy County, FL, has left more than 50 elderly library volunteers holding it in rather than submit to mandatory drug tests. The subsequent lack of staff (only two of 55 agreed to hand over their urine) has led to a related backup in the libraries themselves, which are struggling to check out and shelve books in a timely fashion without their traditional army of gray-haired old ladies—a free workforce that collectively logged 330 hours in September 2005 but only 11 hours this past September.
If you have to take a drug test, might as well pass...
The first thing you need to know about drug tests is that they're total bullshit—an invasion of privacy that registers the mere presence of drugs in your system, not impairment, which means they draw no distinction between smoking a joint at home on a Friday night and smoking crack while driving a school bus.
Marijuana reformers face a triangulated assault from Drug War Inc.
All three of the dark factions that supply the real opposition to marijuana-law reform in America recently came together in Colorado in an attempt to stymie the bold efforts by SAFER (Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation) to pass Amendment 44, the Alcohol and Marijuana Equalization Initiative, which would remove all state penalties and fines for adults who possess up to one ounce of marijuana.
When members of the Italian Parliament left their budget debates last fall, they were met by a television camera crew lying in wait outside their chambers. An obliging and attractive makeup woman quickly dabbed the sweat from their worried brows before each MP went on camera to bloviate about the need for fiscal reform.
Cannabis consumers run the constant risk of getting busted by the police. In fact, according to the 2005 Uniform Crime Report released by the FBI, marijuana smokers are arrested at the sickening rate of one every 40 seconds. Fortunately, Steve Silverman took these outrageous arrest statistics to heart and decided to fight back.
Lanny Swerdlow began smoking pot when he was 19. Now he's 60 and a leader in both the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project and the American Harm Reduction Association in Palm Springs, CA. Plus, he hosts a syndicated publicaccess show titled Cannabis Common Sense.
imagine an entire city built solely for the purpose of self-actualization and gratification, a city composed entirely of nightclubs and art galleries, bars and bordellos, playgrounds and hookah parlors, no sirens or alarms; no doors or locks, gates or fences; no fighting; no police; and no money. Then imagine that after a mere week, this entire magical metropolis erases itself from existence in a blaze of glory, only to be reborn like a phoenix once more the following year. imagine woodstock, mardi oras, studio SH, monster oarage and The wicker man, all rolled into one. welcome to...
The subtle cadences of Pink Floyd’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond coaxed the sun from behind the mountains as Vaporella and I cruised the desolate dirt road into Gerlach, NV. Our pilgrimage had begun the night before, in Palm Desert, CA, where we'd set off into the desert twilight.
Hydroponic gardening can lead to bountiful and potent harvests, but before you reap what you sow, you must first master the intricate details—from selecting a growing medium to combating nutrient lock-up to identifying mineral deficiencies—that will help you produce a healthy crop.
ROCKWOOL AND HYDROPONICS
NUTRIENT SOLUTIONS & ROCKWOOL
NUTRIENT LOCK-UP IN HYDROPONICS
BASICS OF DEFICIENCIES IN HYDROPONICS
IDENTIFYING & CORRECTING DEFICIENCIES
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PHOSPHATE AND PHOSPHITE
BENEFITS OF PHOSPHITES
QUICK REFERENCE CHART FOR NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES FOUND IN HYDROPONIC GARDENS
Rockwool has become a popular source for hydroponic growing, but it’s still one of the least understood. A cousin to fiberglass insulation, rockwool is similar in texture but is spun out of limestone instead of silica sand. While rockwool is extremely porous and thus great for allowing air to permeate root structures, its inert neutral properties make it very difficult to use for the beginner gardener.
NEW HYDROPONIC GROWING KITS INCREASINGLY CATER TO THE HOME HOBBYIST.
GROW BOX RETAILERS
Hydroponics manufacturers are seeing more and more of their profits come from increasingly smaller grow units, as personal and medical-pot users decide to grow their own. These newer units are designed to fit into closets or pose inconspicuously as storage units, cabinets or spare refrigerators, and they typically include everything a new grower needs to get started.
Hemp food is the fastest-growing segment of the North American hemp industry. Check out some of the superstar companies that are leading the way.
RUTH’S HEMP FOODS
Hemp & Honey Mustard
plums & currants
hemp seed oil
In the past century, Jack Herer and a host of courageous marijuana activists spawned the modern marijuana movement by educating millions on the myriad uses the plant has. Whether it was recreational smoking, medical use or the industrial applications of hemp, cannabis received a huge makeover.
Jeff "the Dude” Dowd, 57, recipient of this year's HIGH TIMES Stony Achievement Award, has played many roles in his life—antiwar activist, jailed dissident and hustling Hollywood player among them—but these days he’s best known for the role he didn’t play: stoner icon Jeff "the Dude” Lebowski in Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 cult hit, The Big Lebowski.
Pix of the Crop is reader-driven. Your submissions make all the stoners of the world dream of kind nugs. Send pictures (no Polaroids), tips, questions and stories to: HIGH TIMES, 419 Park Avenue South, 16th floor, New York, NY 10016. Digital photos can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be hi-res for publication.
Fairbanks, AK 'The real deal, man! This Royal Hawai ian Sativa and Mikado cross from Federation Seeds is just amazing. A smooth, distinct taste and long-lasting buzz are standard with this strain. Started indoors from seed in late March and put outside in mid-May in the 24-hour Alaskan sun to more weeks, then flowered for eight weeks using several advanced nutrient supplements.
THE POT WHISPERER! ARE YOUR PLANTS TALKING TO YOU?
Are the plants in your garden healthy and happy? Are they too wet, too dry or hungry, or in need of more light? How can you know? Learn to listen to your plants and your reward will be bountiful harvests.
LOVE AND ATTENTION
You might be laughing at the idea of plants talking, but scientific studies show that plants are sensitive, aware and responsive to their surroundings. If you can learn to "speak plant," you can understand what your sweet green girls need to produce huge, potent, beautiful buds.
A breeder ensures that his close friend's name lives on.
This is the story of the strain Dannyboy. But before I tell you about the strain itself, I must tell you about the man it was named after. Growers, by the nature of the game, tend to lead solitary lives. Running a grow is something of a ball and chain, since there's always work to be done, and leaving a large indoor grow for any length of time poses a security risk.
Conscientious growers know that organic pot tastes and smokes better than pot grown with the aid of Miracle-Gro or similar chemically derived nutrients, The secret to promoting bud growth organically has always been to use guano teas as the primary source of plant food. High in phosphorus, Super Tea Mix from the Guano Company contains dried earthworm castings as well as bat and seabird guano to provide a balanced yet powerful organic nutrient perfect for all stages of growth—and one that's essential for flowering. Mix three tablespoons per gallon of water and stir to dissolve, or simply top-dress your plants with a spoonful or two before watering for slower absorption. And remember: Always wear a mask when working with any dry guanos to avoid inhaling potentially harmful materials. Price: $17.99
REPEL LIGHTER THIEVES
Everybody has that one friend with a drawerful of other people's lighters. Stop being a victim of these predatory pests by taking control of your lighter's destiny. Grab the bull by the horns and get yourself a Lighter Lasso, the retractable leash that fits any standard lighter and keeps your flame within reach and out of other peopie's pockets. Now you can party on, secure in the knowledge that you won't keep losing your nice Colibri (or cheap Bic) at the bong session. Lighter thieves hate product, so you know it works. Price: $2
Many cultivators have found that using coco coir as a growing medium provides many advantages over traditional soil mix, including increased aeration and water retention. But there’s a learning curve when it comes to balancing nutrient levels specific to the hulled coconut fibers, which hold roots firmly in place. That's why the scientists at Advanced Nutrients have introduced Monkey Juice, a simple two-part formula specifically formulated for growing in coco coir. Avoid the nutrient lockup and pH fluctuations caused by using regular fertilizers on coco coir. By applying Monkey Juice, you'll be able to maximize the full potential of this unique growing medium, experiencing bigger yields and fewer problems, thanks to this innovative new formula. Price: $15.95 and up
Formula 420, always on the cutting edge of cleaning technologywhether creating products to scour our glass and acrylics or detox drinks to flush out our bod ies—has introduced a brand-new spray that cleans just about anything. Professional-strength Formula 420 Clean-Up works perfectly for spills, stains and odors fabrics to car upholstery and couches. Virtually anything that needs deodorizing or disinfecting will benefit from a few squirts of this spray. The fresh citrus scent covers up any telltale odors and helps you keep your chill spots chill. And did you know that the company recently sponsored a racecar for the NASCAR Busch Price: $6.95
First off, great DVD, Jorge! I wish there was more on deficiencies and viruses. The tips of the leaves on my plants are yellow, and there are yellow spots on the leaves. There are no bugs to be seen, and the spots don't look like a nutrient deficiency.
February is a great month to buy seeds. If you're a housebound outdoor grower—a prisoner of bad weather—start shopping for seeds now. Surf the Internet for new seed offerings. If you're a skier or snowboarder, you can make trips to ski resorts in Canada and pick up legal seeds while enjoying the snow.
It was a night for the ages on Oct. 24, 2006 as 21 Stonys trophies were handed out at B.B. King's Blues Club in New York. Winners and presenters included co-hosts Redman and Doug Benson, Weeds' Jenji Kohan and Justin Kirk, Chappelle Show's Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings, My Fair Bradys Adrianne Curry and Chris Knight, and Stony Achiever Jeff "The Dude" Dowd.