I didn't realize what I was getting into when I founded the Cannabis Cup 19 years ago. At first I thought it was just supposed to be a big pot party. Later, I realized I had a responsibility to create an event that reflected the values and aspirations of the counterculture.
I wanted to thank HIGH TIMES and all the great coffeeshops. I had a blast. I managed to taste all but a couple of strains, and I think the voting really gave honors to the best crop. I voted for the Superhaze, which didn't do as well as I thought it would.
Like most oddities of the 70s, Earth shoes became enormously popular primarily because they were different. Well, more than different. Some even considered them backward. Earth shoes feature a patented "negative heel," which places the heel slightly lower than the toe and aligns the body naturally.
An entire NORML chapter made up of beautiful women? Well, that’s a pothead’s dream come true! Meet the girls of NORML’s Santa Barbara chapter. Every week these girls meet to raise money and awareness for the cause, and celebrate their achievements with a blazin’ afterparty.
The Vapman was a big hit at this year’s Cannabis Cup as far as smoking units go. A portable unit housed in a suspiciouslooking red, yellow, blue or green egg, the Vapman does away with all the elaborate equipment that other vaporizers require and needs only a torchlighter to start.
All-Timey Music Pays Homage to Pre-Atomic America.
It's been a rotten five years to be an American. During these periodic epochs of horror, we have a tendency to reach back into our past to find the musical equivalent of comfort food and remind ourselves that our nation has contributed more to the world than cluster bombs, legalized torture and the threat of nuclear holocaust.
G-Unit’s rising star explains how he earned the right to use the Marley name and why Bush is a bitch.
While most rappers in the hip-hop game choose aliases based on famous gangsters, cowboys or movie villains, Young Buck took a road that nobody traveled and embraced a name that no one in rap dared use: Buck Marley. While it was a ballsy move, the Nashville, TN, native is affiliated with a ballsy clique—everyone knows that G-Unit are the poster children for breaking rules.
Following the release of his book Sticker Nation: The Big Book Of Subversive Stickers Volume 1, we caught up with Srini Kumar in the middle of his publicity tour. The first book of its kind, Sticker Nation is actually a bound volume containing more than 400 stickers, each emblazoned with a pithy dose of iconoclasm.
The choice of ganja as my No. 1 cooking condiment sets the food prepared in Chef RA's kitchen apart from all other cuisine. Chef RA is talking about taking your head and your palate to a higher level of culinary consciousness! It really amazes me how many different strains of marijuana I've cooked with over the years.
Using a double boiler, pour the olive oil into the pot. Add the ganja and heat it over a low flame for 45 minutes, watching and stirring it so it doesn't burn. Set the ganja oil aside. in a large cast-iron pot or saucepan, combine the water, lentils and bay leaf and bring to a boil over high heat.
The second annual Wonders of Cannabis (WOC) event was held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park during the weekend of Oct. 28 and 29, 2006. WOC, presented by cannabis-cultivation author Ed Rosenthal and the Cannabis Action Network, was more professional in its second incarnation and got a larger crowd turnout than last year.
BOBBY BLACK This year's Cannabis Cup (my 11th) turned out to be one of the most eventful ever: I got arrested for handing out weed, met a fanatical fan who screamed and nearly collapsed in my presence, partied with the Kottonmouth Kings and the Roots, connected with several lovely Miss HIGH TIMES contestants, helped smoke Bambu's "world's biggest joint" and had a black hash named after me at Coffeeshop Amnesia.
Inspired by the tragic loss of his best friend, savvy and lovably raunchy comedian Bill Hicks, plus three members of his immediate family to 'legal drugs'—including alcohol, tobacco and prescribed pharmaceuticals—director Kevin Booth set out to make sure that he was "not the next victim of the Drug War.”
Three states vote down marijuana-law reform, but the nation as a whole may be ready to roll with a newly Democratic Congress.
This November’s most high-profile ballot measures flamed out at the polls, but in local elections, voters at the municipal level overwhelmingly reaffirmed their support for the responsible use of cannabis by adults—and, at the national level, Democratic gains in Congress may finally pave the way for substantive pot-law reform from within the system.
COLORADO SUMMARY: Eliminates all criminal and civil penalties for the adult possession and use of up to one ounce of pot. RESULT: YES 40% | NO 60% NEVADA SUMMERY: Permits the state-authorized sale and distribution of up to one ounce of pot for adults.
"I am happy to report that it will be significantly more difficult finding meth in Greeley now that this organization is out of business," Jeffrey D. Sweetin, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Rocky Mountain field division, dutifully told reporters while holding up a Tickle Me Elmo doll formerly used to conceal four pounds of methamphetamine smuggled into the state by a drug ring operating out of Barstow, CA. All told, the DEA’s Operation Elmo—a yearlong investigation that included 11 government agencies—resulted in the seizure of 45 pounds of high-quality “ice” methamphetamine.
High art arrives in San Francisco, where live marijuana grows in a gallery.
How did your plants turn out the first time you grew marijuana? Did the seeds germinate? Were you able to coax them from vegetation to flowering? And was there anything smokable to show for all of your hard work come harvest time? If you did your homework and followed directions, odds are your first grow was a learning experience that also yielded a fair amount of bud, but not exactly something you'd want on display in an art gallery—unless, of course, your name is Michele Pred.
New research shows that THC can help prevent Alzheimer's.
The next time someone gives you a hard time for smoking pot, simply explain that you're actually trying to preserve the levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in your brain, and that getting high is simply a pleasant side effect of the treatment.
American taxpayers are now spending more than $1 billion per year to incarcerate themselves for pot, according to statistics released last week by the US Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics. According to their new report, "Drug Use and Dependence, State and Federal Prisoners, 2004,” 12.7 percent of state inmates and 12.4 percent of federal inmates incarcerated for drug violations are serving time for marijuana offenses.
This is our country," explains Ryan Denham, creator of a 2006 ballot initiative to make marijuana the Lowest priority for authorities in Eureka Springs, AR, "and we have the right to change Laws." Initially, Denham targeted the city of Fayetteville, where he was faced with city lawyers who refused to acknowledge the initiative, townspeople who weren't registered to vote and a general unfriendliness toward marijuana-related issues.
Although the 50th anniversary of the publication of Allen Ginsberg’s "Howl” was celebrated recently, I knew him more as an activist than a poet. Our paths had crossed often—at civil-rights marches, antiwar rallies, marijuana smoke-ins, environmental demonstrations—and when it came to gay rights, he was on the front lines.
Danny Danko travels the well-worn street of Amsterdam in search of the finest coffeeshop weed in the world.
Despite rumors of a cannabis crackdown in Amsterdam, the HT crew hit the ground running, visiting seven coffeeshops before checking into our hotel. Most impressive was a new shop called Resin, where the strain Gravity proved a serious Cannabis Cup contender.
In the world of commercial seed breeding, less is more. When a company limits its attention to a smaller number of strains, the result is often higher-quality marijuana. While many commercial seed breeders turn out dozens of strains that lack homogeneity, the small Dutch seed company Magus Genetics adheres to the less-is-more philosophy.
Alex Grey is the preeminent visionary artist of our time. Nine years ago, he was selected as the artist for the Eighth Cannabis Cup and created Cannabia, a female cannabis goddess. For the 19th Cup, Alex created Cannabacchus, a male cannabis god.
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 email@example.com and must be hi-res for publication.
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: $351 (last month: $349; YTD: $345) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $412 ($419, $423) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $275 ($279, $271) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER OZ): $105 ($92, $91) -$320 Ctatskanie, OR "Real 'stick-your-ass-to-the-couch' stuff.
There are a number of options that can help you achieve increased humidity on the cheap: Keep a metal container filled with water on top of your CO2 generator (make sure it’s rustproof). Hang a big wet towel behind your oscillating fan. Leave a pan of water, elevated if possible, between your plants within range of your oscillating fan.
Grow experts increasingly cite the importance of the transitional period between vegetative and flowering growth. During this time, the chingeover of nutrients from a nitrogen-heavy grow formula to a phosphorus-and potassium-laden bloom mixture must be properly timed and managed. Adding Bloom Fuel from Grotek in the last week of vegetative growth allows the plant to handle this shift perfectly by developing tighter Internodal spacing and more flowering sites. After flowering has begun in earnest, switch to Heavy Bloom to add girth, weight and essential-oils production to your developing flowers. Price: 1 liter, $19.95; 4 liter,, $55.95 Contact: Grotek Manufacturing 888-747-4769, grotekusa.com
Properly rooting your cuttings requires the correct levels of warmth and humidity as well as a cloning solution you can trust. GRO-Root Gel from Agrowchem contains all the necessary acids and enzymes to promote healthy and aggressive roots from your cut ends, resulting in explosive growth right out of the gate. Anyone who's used crappy powders and suffered through weak, stunted vegetative growth knows the costs of skimping on rooting products. The antifungal properties of GRO-Root Get also limit damping off and attacks from molds during this crucial stage of growth. Price: 2 oz., $12.95; 4 oz., $19.95; 8 oz., $32.95 Contact: Green Planet East, 866-471-6777
Bio Bizz All-Mix
Growing in containers with soilless mix requires the right starting ingredients. Bio Bizz All-Mix contains a special organic blend of peat moss, garden peat and perlite that's enhanced with molasses, seaweed, kelp and guano. Fill your buckets with this mix and hydrate regularly with plain water as the nutrients are slowly used by the plants. Light and airy, this sterile mix from Bio Bizz, a leading organic-nutrient manufacturer, is perfect for the conscientious indoor farmer. Price: $14.99 Contact: Hydro Wholesale, 866-803-2100, hydrowholesale.com
By fermenting 88 different fruits, vegetables and herbs, the scientists at Advanced Nutrients have created a potent biodynimic riutri ent supplement that provides beneficial enzymes for greatly enhanced growth. Emerald Shaman, a thick liquid used in minute amounts, increases cannabis flavor and odor as well in either hydroponic or organic applications. Add two to three drops to your reservoir or watering jug and watch the amazing results that decomposed plants provide their still-living counterparts. Price: $63.95 Contact: West Coast Growers, 888-924-4769, westcoastgrowers.com
What do you need to do to keep harvested buds fresh? Needless to say, I have heard of many ways, and some sound okay. What's the best way, and how long am I looking at? Thanks, and keep up the good work! Redeye Via Internet Dear Redeye, The first thing to do is to make sure the buds dry properly.
It all starts to break loose in March! The winter weather starts to give way to spurts of springtime. This is the first month with enough sunshine and warmth to nurture plants in southern climates. Northern growers are still skiing and thinking about their indoor crop.