Summer’s here, and the time is right for traveling to your favorite pot destination. My current favorite is Ibiza, and I’ll be heading to that tiny island over Memorial Day weekend for the annual World Marijuana Film Festival (WMFF). HIGH TIMES doesn’t recommend traveling with marijuana—instead, we urge you to visit destinations where scoring weed doesn’t invite long prison sentences or possible execution.
I'm completely sick of the Western consumer bullshit lifestyle available to me. I want to move somewhere warm and live a very simple life that doesn't contribute to the aforementioned lifestyle. The ability to legally grow my own pot would be amazing, or at least someplace where it is widely tolerated.
Since taking office in December, Mexican President Felipe Calderón has sent thousands of soldiers to a half-dozen states to destroy marijuana and opium crops. Additionally, the military has searched thousands of vehicles at military roadblocks.
For years, activists have been hollering about the miracle of hemp. Food, fuel and fiber can all be produced from the plant. It's eminently renewable—unlike trees—and can replace wood pulp as a source for paper. Hemp, indeed, makes sound ecological sense.
On Jan. 22, 2007, Americans for Safe Access organized a national day of action in which medical-cannabis patients and advocates nationwide assembled at local federal buildings to demand an end to DEA raids on patients and providers who are abiding by the laws of their state.
"I've heard that stoners aren't art lovers," says California ceramic artist Ted Quivetis. "I wanted to change that." In his appraisal of the cannabis art scene, Ted concluded that there was no 3-D marijuana art available. There were plenty of fantasy drawings and portraits of plants, but nothing that spoke to stoners intimately.
Which would you prefer from marijuana: a case of the munchies, or the world's best diet aid? Now choosy stoners can have both! Britain's GW Pharmaceuticals recently announced plans to start human trials of an experimental obesity treatment derived from cannabis.
PARIS O’PLENTY: When Paris Hilton failed to pay her storage bill, the contents of the locker were eventually sold to online entrepreneur Bardia Persa, who created the Web site parisexposed.com to hawk intimate videos, diaries and all sorts of the celebutante's personal effects.
Even in an age of unmanned aerial-surveillance drones, video cameras and electronic sensors on the borders, sometimes the old ways work best. The US government has relied on a 14-member unit of elite Native American trackers, known as the Shadow Wolves, to hunt drug and human traffickers on a lonely stretch of the Arizona-Mexico border southwest of Tucson since the 1970s.
In 1999, Americans' fear over eroding privacy rights was stoked by the FBI's implementation of a computer-surveillance system known as Carnivore. With Carnivore, the FBI could monitor all of a targeted provider's Internet traffic and even reconstruct e-mail messages and download files.
New York State Assemblyman Dick Gottfried has introduced a medical-marijuana bill in the New York State Assembly, and he's optimistic about it passing this year. (A similar bill is expected in the State Senate.) If it does pass, and if Governor Eliot Spitzer signs it, the legislation will protect patients and their caregivers in the cultivation and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff has covered politics and other news for over three decades at CNN, PBS and NBC. She left CNN in 2005 to concentrate on teaching and writing and to work on documentaries. Generation Next, currently airing on PBS, is her first project.
Dr. Mitch, What's up with smoking leftover resin? Bongo Dear Bongo, Yuck! Times get dry, but people who scrape their pipes in the hopes of getting one last high are doomed to disappointment and lung troubles. A very cool study done in India back in 1973 showed that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is destroyed at high temperatures.
For those of you who are broke, on probation or about to be drug-tested, there's finally a product that guarantees to get you stoned without any of the criminal repercussions. It's called I-doser, and it utilizes binaural brain waves to get you fucked up.
IN HIGH DOSES, SAFFRON CAN INDUCE A STUPOR SIMILAR TO THAT CAUSED BY OPIUM.
The spice saffron is an essential ingredient in a number of well-loved recipes, including paella. While many people are familiar with this spice, few are familiar with its origins or psychoactive effects. Spring begins each year with the sight of the crocus flower blooming above melting snow, and saffron comes from a member of this family (albeit one that blooms in the fall instead of spring) known as the saffron crocus, or Crocus sativus.
Modernizing the workplace requires updating substance-abuse policies.
One of the most pernicious and ubiquitous effects of cannabis prohibition has been the shift of what should be law-enforcement costs and responsibilities onto public and private employers. In the mid-1980s, government officials acknowledged—first privately, then publicly—that law enforcement could not arrest and incarcerate its way to a so-called victory in the “War on (Some) Drugs."
As those who know Stacia Cosner will tell you, everyone had better tune in, because she has plenty to say. Although Stacia has only just begun her work in the drug-policy reform movement, she has already established her stature as president of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter at the University of Maryland, where she worked to implement a marijuana-alcohol equalization initiative.
After visiting Iraq, Israel and Palestine, Michael Franti is polishing up his new album and heading to Africa.
No one gets a crowd bouncing up and down quite like singer/songwriter/filmmaker Michael Franti, even 90 minutes into a concert set with his band, Spearhead. Such is the scene each September in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where Franti's "Power to the Peaceful" event is staged, with 50,000 people leaping in unison to his onstage calisthenics.
The hottest concert ticket that you might not know about is Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Sessions, live, all-star jam sessions/concerts held at Levon's house and recording studio in Woodstock, NY. The Midnight Ramble Sessions are open to the public, and they've been running since 2004.
The 2007 THC Comedy Tour featured the one-two punch of Marc Maron and Doug Benson when it rolled into Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco in February. Maron, an Air America radio host, goofed on “the creepy old hippies in the Haight-Ashbury who took Jim Morrison's advice and broke on through to the other side—and got lost on the way back.”
At the age of 70, Thomas Pynchon has outdone himself (and everyone else) with the release of his funniest, most complex and most lyrical novel to date, Against the Day. Pynchon is in all ways the last and greatest of the Beats, despite not having been a part of the famous social and literary circle that revolved around Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs.
Your daily newspaper most likely didn't acknowledge the death of Robert Anton Wilson on Jan. 11,2007. He was 74. The prolific author and counter-cultural icon had been suffering from post-polio syndrome. His caregivers read all of his late wife Arlen's poetry to him at his bedside and later e-mailed me: “He was quite cheered up by the time we left.
It seems like ages ago that our then managing editor received a letter and a Polaroid from a dreadlocked young BMX champ from Fort Worth, TX, looking for a job. He had no experience, no references—only a passion for marijuana and the cojones to back it up.
If you're looking to cash in those frequent-flyer miles and head off to a toker's paradise this year, HIGH TIMES has the Top 10 places to check out. Our best and most-traveled smokers give you the high-down on everywhere ganja and green. So light a spliff and read on!
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A journey to the birthplace of ganja in China's Wild West.
We all search for marijuana, and we find it everywhere: on the street, at a friend's house, in small towns and big cities on six continents. It's as much a part of daily life as eating or sleeping. Yet despite the enthusiasm we all have for our favorite plant, most of us know very little about marijuana's basic origins.
Feminized seeds are fast becoming all the rage with growers around the globe, but the revolution had a rocky start. As the trend picks up steam, Luc, a cannabis breeder and owner of Paradise Seeds in Holland, helps HIGH TIMES readers gain insight into the history and current status of feminized seeds—just in time for spring planting.
The Trailer Park Boys return for another stony season of Canada's homegrown comedy hit.
"We have the entire park to ourselves—all night. It's surreal sometimes," admits Mike Clattenburg, director and head writer of The Trailer Park Boys, after escorting me to my first Big Dirty—a drunken, stoned, Friday-night cast party for the hardworking potheads who bring you Canada's hottest TV show.
Well, it's that time of year again. Spring is right around the corner, and growers everywhere are pondering this year's outdoor crop: where to plant, what to sow—the possibilities are endless. Here's a little peek at some of what's going down on Canada's west coast. And, as always, these BC strains look tasty.
GOING A LITTLE BONKERS
Welcome to Secret Valley, British Columbia. Out here in the hills of BC, you'll find many hidden valleys and secret marijuana plantations. Our trip takes us to Vancouver island, to the middle of a coastal rain forest and a pot-growing paradise.
Performing must be in his genes. David Arquette represents the fourth generation of actors in his family, along with his four siblings: Rosanna, Patricia, Richmond and Alexis. Older TV fans may remember his grandfather, Cliff Arquette, the lovable “Charley Weaver” on Hollywood Squares.
My Blackberry Corp.—S.M. For your approval and our enjoyment. Happy harvesting!—Sarasue Hey, HIGH TIMES, got a few nice pics of a PPP I'm growing out. This plant is five weeks into flowering under a 250-watt HPS. Beautiful color on this baby, too.
Trans-High Market Quotations (THMQ) reports pot prices (by the ounce), strains and locations. To submit prices, go to the THMQ link at hightimes.com. CURRENT US PRICE INDEX: $374 (last month: $393; YTD: $362) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $488 ($469, $446)
Humboldt County's farmers have been growing and breeding cannabis for generations. Here's a look at a few days in the life come harvest time.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
It begins with a late-morning drive into the hills and valleys of Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Winding up some dusty roads to a small parking area, we are met by an old friend, Z.M., and change our transport vehicles for something more appropriate to the rugged terrain ahead.
Inside the big tent, the grow manager, Des, is working with the dozen or so plants hanging upside down to dry. He is pulling off leaves, checking for mold, and loading the ORV with plants that are ready to meet their destiny at the sharp tips of Z.M.'s clippers.
For the stoner who has everything, nothing beats a simple yet effective new smoking device to add to the arsenal. The Slider provides a unique way to puff that also innovates the smoking process itself. It's a simple glass tube with another sliding glass tube inside, and it also comes with a glass poker for easy cleaning. Simply pull the inner tube out and pack the bowl end as deeply as you want, then light up and puff away. As you smoke, push the inner glass plunger forward and tap off the ash for fresh, green hits every time.
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Nature's Neem Oil
Outdoor and indoor growers alike find neem oil useful in getting rid of insect pests and promoting overall healthier foliage. Nature's Neem Oil by Grotek is listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute as a 100% organic solution for your all-natural needs, since it is both biodegradable and free of additives. Used as a foliar spray, neem oil helps eliminate spider mites and brings a rich shine to leaves. The oil comes from the neem tree and has been used for centuries by the people of India and Southeast Asia for pest control.
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Some growers of connoisseur-quality cannabis have moved beyond simply growing organically, choosing to forgo the use of any animal products, such as blood or bone meal and fish emulsions, in favor of homemade teas featuring guanos and seaweed. The researchers at Canna have released a line of OMRI-listed products to satisfy even the finickiest of farmers. Bio Vega, Bio Flora and Bio Boost are all naturally derived and fermented plant extracts suitable for all stages of growth. Organically grown buds exhibit enhanced flavor and incredible burnability, leaving only the lightest white ash when lit.
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PhosphoLoad Liquid Fertilizer
Hydroponic treatment programs can be a stressful mess at times. PhosphoLoad Liquid Fertilizer is a simple-to-use formula that doesn't require the dissolving of powders or mixes, making nutrient boosts a much easier process. PhosphoLoad utilizes a new technology that extracts unique isolates from coal-derived humates. These humatic isolates unlock the floodgates for a fast and powerful flowering response. PhosphoLoad can be used with all nutrition programs or in conjunction with any other enhancers. Phosphorous (P) is delivered as phosphoric acid (P2O5) and potassium (K) as soluble potash (K2O). As experienced hydro growers know, this means you'll need to check the pH levels regularly during use to watch for any rises. Phosphorous helps energy transfer within the plant—especially during blooming, when resin production begins.
I’m growing six indoor clones with a good set-up (proper lights, ventilation, fans and soil), but I mistakenly grew them on a 12/12-hour light pattern since the start. Now the plants are very short, with few leaves, but they are starting to show flowers and white pistils.
June is the month to plant outdoors in all but the coldest alpine climates. If temperatures dip too much at night, below 50°F (10°C), plant under a cover of plastic or glass. Growers in warm climates should plant now, since doing so practically guarantees an easy-to-harvest crop.
Diamonds aren't just a girl's best friend any-more. Introducing a new cannabis strain for everyone that shines like ice and tastes like ice cream. As the variety called "Bling" makes its way from the Northeast to the West Coast, HIGH TIMES contributor Big Croppa breaks down its production and pedigree.