I travel to about 20 college campuses every year and often get asked by students to outline my views on psychedelics. Personally, I don’t recommend synthetics. If you purchase pills on the street, you never really know what you’re taking. It’s like playing Russian roulette with your mind.
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November. My life has drastically changed. I went from training for a marathon to getting lifted out of my bed by my little brother. I am 23, and the prospect of being carried around in the arms of my brother, whom I am supposed to look after, is horrible.
Across America, abandoned cars lie forgotten in fields, exposed to the elements. Everything of value has been ripped from their innards. They’re just rusting carcasses of metal roadkill now. But pot growers see opportunity everywhere.
The California State Board of Equalization has ruled that the approximately 200 medical-marijuana dispensaries in California must pay sales tax on pot. The board decided that medical pot isn't exempt from sales tax because it isn't dispensed by a pharmacist and hasn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use as a medication.
Most of the time, we'd rather ignore the braying Bill O’Reilly, who's made a career of pretending to be a sneering, straight-shooting, tell-it-like-is lone gun. But now he's taken aim at the medical-marijuana movement in California. In a recent column, O'Reilly cited the "thousands” of dispensaries being run by "irresponsible adults” who are "aided by corrupt doctors.”
Biblical laws forbid those of the Jewish faith to eat leavened foods during Passover. Over time, however, European rabbis extended these dietary restrictions to encompass other foods like beans and corn. More recent rulings have further expanded the ban to include hemp seeds, which today are found in some health oils—and in marijuana.
Last February, five of the Marley brothers—as well as Bob's mother, Cedella Marley Booker, Bob’s sisters, the mothers of his children and various other members of the family—gathered to celebrate the Honorable Robert Nesta "Bob” Marley's 62nd birthday at his birthplace in the lush, green hills of Nine Mile, Jamaica.
Rule No. 1 when you're transporting a load of pot: Don’t break down. And if you're driving an ambulance, put on your sirens and at least act like you're saving a life! Bogus paramedics recently got caught toting the wrong kind of meds in Maumelle, AR. Cops discovered 600 pounds of pot in an ambulance after it broke down near a gas station.
Can you imagine Philadelphia outlawing the Philly cheesesteak? Something just as unthinkable almost happened. In March, a judge overturned a city ordinance that would have outlawed Phillies Blunts. The ordinance, passed unanimously in December by the City Council, banned the sale of certain tobacco products in many local stores.
"Marijuana needs to be decriminalized," stated presidential candidate José Bové in a televised address last April. "This is as much part of the daily routine today as drinking alcohol." Now that’s a candidate we'll support! Unfortunately, he's not ours—José Bové was running for the presidency of France.
Still Smoking Too in Las Vegas just may be the biggest headshop in America. At 4,000 square feet, its space rivals that of most retail stores in America. "I've certainly seen none bigger," says one proprietor, "but, for sure, we have the largest selection of glass on the earth!” That's a Vegas-size claim, but Still Smoking backs up the boast.
It looks like a hockey puck, hence the name. But the P.U.C.K. is so much more than a piece of sports equipment that armored buffoons chase around a skating rink with sticks. The P.U.C.K. is a pipe, and it provides a good, clean hit—just like a star defenseman!
On Aug. 21 to 23, Lakota Hemp Days will again celebrate the sovereign right of the Oglala Lakota to grow industrial hemp on Pine Ridge. The event will take place at Kiza Park on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, where the White Plume family planted hemp (see page 20).
MARY JANE LOVES WEED: Spider-Man 3 costar Kirsten Dunst (she plays Mary Jane Watson in the movie series) happens to be best friends with Sasha Sagan, the daughter of Carl Sagan, who quietly smoked pot until he died in 1999. Dunst let the world know all about this in April when she commented: "I drink moderately; I’ve tried drugs.
Evidence that patients living with HIV or AIDS are using marijuana therapeutically to treat symptoms of the disease and/or remedy the side effects of prescription medications—and doing so with favorable results— continues to grow. In the current issue of the journal AIDS Care, researchers at the National Centre in HIV Social Research at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, conducted face-to-face interviews with 408 patients with HIV or AIDS over a one-year period.
In April, New Mexico became the 12th state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical conditions. The Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson and allows New Mexicans to use marijuana as medication for "certain eligible conditions and symptoms" including cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS and spinal-cord injuries.
If you’re a stoner of color in New York City, your chances of getting busted for smoking marijuana are far greater than those of your white counterparts. A new study by investigators at the National Development Research Institutes, an independent New York City think tank specializing in substance-abuse issues, has examined arrest statistics for puffing or possessing pot in public from 1980 through 2006.
This year marks the 70th year of pot prohibition. But, as history shows, politicians have been on the warpath a lot longer than that Herewith are the good, the bad and the ugly milestones on the marijuana time line.
Marijuana has taken pro-football star Ricky Williams on a journey of discovery. The former Miami Dolphins running back tested positive for pot in December 2003 and faced a $650,000 fine and a four-game suspension for violating the National Football League's substance-abuse policy.
In Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (Metropolitan Books), author Barbara Ehrenreich uncovers our desire for collective joy. It’s nothing new, she argues. The history of humankind is a chronicle of our quest to share our joy.
A new independent documentary chronicles the struggle of a Lakota Indian family to develop a hemp industry on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Standing Silent Nation, produced by collaborating filmmakers Suree Towfighnia and Courtney Hermann, follows the struggle of Alex White Plume and his family to grow industrial hemp on their land.
Since the founding of NORML in 1970, the annual NORML conference has been the public gathering in America at which to talk about and review all things cannabis. Focusing on law reform and embracing marijuana culture, the conference is where the best and most informed speakers, lawyers, physicians and activist leaders in the cannabis-law reform movement weigh in on the current state of cannabis regulation in America.
Jesse Stout was browsing booths at a Brown University student-activity fair. The booth that caught his eye contained one person and a blank sheet of paper, but that was enough to inspire Stout to launch Brown University's chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
Dear Dr. Mitch, Does holding hits get you higher? Dear Buster, Holding your breath can make you feel funny, whether you've got a lungful of smoke, vapor or plain air. Two studies show that holding hits longer doesn't actually lead to greater changes in mood.
When contemplating the origins of heavy metal, most rockers cast their gaze across the pond toward the four Brummie barflies commonly known as Black Sabbath. But before Ozzy and the boys had sold their souls for rock'n'roll, a few biker guys from Haight-Ashbury stood in front of a wall of amplifiers cranked to 11 and sent shock waves through the eardrums of hippies everywhere.
When Westerners think of rock music and Japan, it usually comes down to the maniacal devotion that Japanese fans have displayed for bands like the Beatles and KISS (or maybe that Cheap Trick Live at Budokan album). In fact, however, Japan has maintained its own crucial rock scene since the 1960s, often paralleling musical developments in Europe and the US. Among the strongest of all the rock strains in Japan is psychedelic music, a genre that has been flourishing for four decades.
In an era when a writer like Daniel Pinchbeck can achieve celebrity status by rehashing and rephrasing the already dubious pronouncements of such shoddy scholars as Timothy Leary and Terence McKenna, Andy Letcher is a candidate for psychedelic sainthood for this rigorous and disciplined examination of the mythology surrounding the use of magic mushrooms.
Magic mushrooms can benefit mankind. Psilocybe cubensis has long been used for treating bipolar disorders, chemical imbalances and psychological distresses. More recently, the FDA-approved study by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) reported that mushrooms have efficacy in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder, what the World Health Organization calls one of the world’s "most disabling illnesses.”
Months before Timothy Leary died, he told me: "I watch words now. It's an obsession. I learned it from Marshall McLuhan, of course. A terrible vice. Had it for years, but not actually telling people about it. I watch the words that people use.
BOBBY BOLOLY GOES WHERE NO STONER HAS GONE BEFORE.
It'S the fantasy of every hardcore pothead—to be on the cover of HIGH TIMES magazine. It’s a dream that very few will ever achieve, and then only by paying some serious stoner dues. Well, my Blackolytes, it might surprise you to know that back in 1995, at the tender age of 22,1 fulfilled that dream.
"Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream, it is not dying..." Such was John Lennon’s advice in one of the earliest odes to LSD, the Beatles’ "Tomorrow Never Knows.” It is very difficult to explain a psychedelic experience to the uninitiated, much as it is tough to describe what it's like to be high on cannabis (itself a mild psychedelic) to a non-smoker.
Actually, 1967's Summer of Love was born on Oct. 6, 1966, the day that LSD became illegal. In San Francisco, at precisely 2 o'clock in the afternoon, a cross-fertilization of mass protest and tribal celebration took place, as several hundred individuals simultaneously swallowed tabs of acid while possession of it was still not against the law.
Purple Urkel is a clone-only strain that seems to be the rage among medical clubs and cannabis connoisseurs. Danny Danko asked me to do some research on the popular strain and report on our current project using an Urkel clone mother. Purple Urkel is known for growing somewhat slowly, but its other traits make it very desirable.
Nineteen different varieties of bud and one variety of hash are laid out on the kitchen table. Yellow bits of paper mark each strain. Most of the offerings are small nugs; there are only a few nice top colas. We're in a small apartment in Austin, TX. Our host lays out his private coLlection of pipes, papers and bongs.
Dennis McKenna is one of the leading figures in the global psychedelic and scientific communities. Holding both a master’s degree in botany (1979) and a doctorate in botanical sciences (1984), McKenna has devoted his life to ethnopharmacology and indigenous plant medicines.
Mushroom cultivation, as you may have heard, is an entirely different process than that of growing marijuana. Still, a lot of what goes into fungus production is similar to raising cannabis: Time, patience and extreme attention to detail are all key elements in a successful harvest.
Hi guys! Couldn't resist sending in this pic taken by my girl Ldy Lunatic. This lovely lady is Shishkeberry x Cherry Hemmingway taken a couple days before harvest. Cheers and good greens to all you cats at HIGH TIMES.—Zen Lunatic Here's a picture of a purple pheno from Dutch Passion's Masterkush about a week from harvest.
This month, both the US price and kind indices soared past YTD averages, with the US price jumping $48, to $389—a price second only to May’s $393. Mids also saw an increase from July, coming in close to their yearly average at $279, while schwag held steady at $83.
So what do you do when you’re facing an all-out, full-scale insect invasion? What if the attack is of microscopic proportions and you can’t even see your enemy? There are a lot of answers out there, but in the end, the simpler the solution, the better off your buds will be.
Tired of high energy costs? Looking for an efficient way to supplement your indoor garden’s lighting without bringing extra heat to the room? The Eco Green Star Grow Bar from Efficient Indoor Lighting Technologies may be the solution. Using specially balanced LED light clusters, the Grow Bar has no ballast and very low energy use. Each Grow Bar uses only 12 watts but promises to deliver the same lighting as a 250-watt metal-halide (MH) or high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamp, saving you over 90% on energy bills. Because LEDs emit extremely little heat, growers can place lamps closer to plants for high-intensity output. The LED technology is tailored to the spectrum of light that plants need most and gives off zero "white light" glare. Able to hang on walls or from ceilings, the Grow Bar makes a good supplement to any set-up. Each Grow Bar can cover 2’ x 3’ of growing area, and multiple light bars can be easily piggybacked with the female connection wires that are supplied with each Grow Bar. Price: $179 Contact: ecogrowbar.com
Eco Green Star Grow Bar
ECO-FRIENDLY ROLLING BOX
The Smoker’s Rolling Box by Zen Smoke is the first of its kind to feature eco-plastic, a new type of plastic made from a natural composite material—some of which is partially created from hemp! The manufacturing process decreases the amount of plastic consumed during production and keeps it from ending up in landfills and polluting our planet.
Eco Green Star Grow Bar
Ready for something new in hookah technology? Need a different look for your 420 room? The Aquarium Hookah takes care of all these yearnings and more. With an illuminated base, crystal stems, singleor dual-hose options, and a water chamber filled with floating fish that bubble and bounce when you pull on the hose, this hookah makes smoking a psychoactive experience! As a bonus feature, the plug-in energy source keeps users from having to change batteries every week. For the tobacco enthusiasts among you, each hookah comes with three rolls of Nakhla QuickLite Charcoal and two 50-gram boxes of flavored tobacco (your choice). The dual-hose Aquarium Hookah comes complete with carrying case. Also included: eight sanitary mouthpieces, tongs for coals, a hole puncher for aluminum-foil covers, a clay bowl piece, tray and hose(s). Price: $79.99
Eco Green Star Grow Bar
HARVEST LIKE A STAR
If time is money, then the HarveStar Herb Trimmer from HID Hut is worth its weight in gold. Trimming buds, especially during large harvests, can take days—even weeks!—if you are trimming by hand with standard scissors. The HarveStar is a completely automated plant trimmer that sucks leaves (and only leaves) through an aluminum grate and neatly removes them with a system of rotating blades. The blades (fully adjustable to within 1 cm of the grate) spin at 3,600 rpm, creating a swift downward current that pulls leafy material away from the flowers. Cut leaves fall into an attached clippings bag, where they can be collected later for making hash or pot foods. All it takes is a gentle twisting of branches against the humming HarveStar and your buds are trimmed and ready for drying and curing. The HarveStar uses only 80 watts of juice and, at 8.5 inches in diameter and 9 inches tall, fits easily into any growroom. Price: $499.99
The box itself is a handy way to organize and store your stash and accessories. A compartmentalized interior keeps herb separate, and a sealable lid fitted with a rubber gasket keeps it fresh. And if your bud has seeds, there’s a gutter for easy seed or stem collection.
Dear Zot, Pruning or topping plants redirects their growth hormones. By pruning selectively, you manipulate auxin hormone levels in branch and flower tips. Removing a branch or branch tip causes hormonal balances to shift. Cutting the meristem (top growth tip) of a cannabis plant will diffuse hormones (auxins) and cause greater concentrations in lower branch tips, which will cause lower buds to gain girth and weight.
Hot weather abounds this month! In fact, we can almost count on every August being hotter than the last. Global warming is here, and planting more cannabis will help slow it down. Growth slows exponentially the farther the temperature ascends beyond 85°F. Shading plants from midday sun wilt slow water consumption and keep plants growing at a normal clip.
Would you like to reduce the stress of growing pot while increasing the size of your harvest? Then pick up our ninth annual "Stash Awards” issue. Cultivation editor Danny Danko covers the best and the brightest innovations in growroom technology.