More cannabis enthusiasts around the world than ever before are choosing to grow their own pot. Perhaps they're interested in quality control, or in the drastic monetary savings that closet cultivators enjoy. Maybe they crave independence from the black market—that wonderful feeling of being "dealer-free."
I liked reading your article about bud in China. I’m a 25-year-old American currently living in southeastern China in Guangzhou, the third-largest city in China. Believe it or not, this place is more pot-friendly than the US; many bars here even allow you to smoke herb.
On this past season of American Idol, the Sanjaya phenomenon put producers into a panic. With Howard Stern exhorting his fans to vote for contestant Sanjaya Malakar over and over, it looked for a while as though the sensationally mediocre singer might just top the competition.
You gotta love Tonye Patano, who plays the colorful pot dealer Heylia Turner James on the hit Showtime series Weeds. She confesses that her experience with pot is extremely limited. "I don’t actively partake—but then I don’t really drink or do much of anything but eat, for that matter,” she laughs.
It’s no secret that drug use is rampant in sports. Steroids dominate the news, and amphetamine use makes headlines, too—especially when anonymous baseball players estimate that 80 percent of major-leaguers are "stimulating" their game.
Like Iraq, the War on Drugs drags on with only negligible victories. Case in point: The office of the Drug Czar has just released new statistics demonstrating the utter ineffectiveness of the government’s anti-drug campaign. Retail cocaine prices fell more than 12 percent between January and October of 2006, while the average purity of cocaine seized by the authorities rose from about 68 percent to 73 percent.
What can you do with a kilogram of bubble hash? Well, the obvious things come to mind. This California bubble-hash producer suggests hiding behind the hefty slab in the event of a police raid. It I should work—for a few seconds. Our advice? Stick to more traditional uses.
Even though hemp has been proved one of nature's healthiest food sources, Australia still outlaws it for human consumption. Not so for dogs—in the Australian state of Tasmania, a company has just obtained the first state or territorial license to use hemp in a pet-food product.
Remember the first few times you got high? Maybe you were a tad self-conscious. Or maybe you were flat-out terrified, or even out-of-your-mind paranoid! These conditions are by no means universal and, fortunately, will pass with time, once a smoker understands the state of being high.
David Arquette is proving that his support for pot is no media pose. In the June '07 issue of HIGH TIMES, Arquette was completely out front airing his pro-marijuana views. We’re pleased to report that his pro-pot stance wasn't just a ploy to hype the opening of his new film, The Tripper.
No one wants to be called trash or to look like trash—unless it's fashionable. Then it's another story. Check out Bazura Bags, the brainchild of noted Canadian hemp activist Larry Dupree, the company's founder. Larry says that he was frustrated by the wastefulness of our society: "I wanted to give garbage a new life."
On May 31, a federal jury found Ed Rosenthal guilty for a second time of growing medical marijuana, but it’s an empty victory for the government. Ed can’t be sentenced again; he served a one-day sentence when he was convicted of the same charges four years ago.
Looking for some quaint psychedelic memorabilia? Go to eBay and bid on a selection of relics from days gone by. Last time we looked, an original 100 mg LSD vial from the legendary Sandoz labs—the site of LSD's discovery in the '40s—was going for $207.50.
Ah, yes. Some of us despise Paris Hilton. She’s rich, she's spoiled, she’s lacking in the talent department and she’s in our face far more often than any of us should have to endure. But did she really deserve the 45 days she was originally sentenced to, on charges stemming from a DUI arrest last September and the other driving violations that followed?
Well, here’s some news from the nation’s capital that ought to have stoners rejoicing: According to data published in April by the University of Mississippi’s Potency Monitoring Project, today’s cannabis is nearly twice as strong as the pot available in the ’80s.
The Canadian federal government charges patients 15 times more for certified medical marijuana than it pays to buy the weed in bulk from its official supplier, newly released documents show. Records obtained under the Access to Information Act show that Health Canada pays $328.75 for each kilogram of bulk medical marijuana produced by Prairie Plant Systems Inc., which has a $10.3 million contract with Health Canada to grow standardized medical marijuana in an abandoned mine shaft in Manitoba.
According to researchers at Harvard University, who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies, THC—the active ingredient in marijuana—cuts tumor growth in common lung cancers in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread.
Philadelphia stoners keep liberty alive on MM Day.
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SANTA BARBARA BUZZ
On May 5, activists took to the streets in a series of Million Marijuana Marches across the globe to once again demand the legalization of marijuana. Also known as the Global Marijuana March, the event was founded in 1999 by veteran activist Dana Beal.
In April 2006, the Rev. Craig X Rubin of Los Angeles founded Temple 420 on Hollywood Boulevard. A longtime pot advocate who has a recurring role as a dispensary owner on the Showtime series Weeds, Rev. Rubin holds that cannabis is a sacrament and cites both the Old and New Testaments as the basis for his beliefs.
Back in the '30s, Harry J. Anslinger and William Randolph Hearst partnered up to defraud a naive press regarding a dangerous "killer” drug that causes psychosis: "marihuana.” Lately, a number of stories have appeared in the British press that smack of a modern smear campaign.
When Stuart Cooper's mother was diagnosed with glaucoma, he began searching for anything that could alleviate her suffering. Learning that marijuana brings relief to many glaucoma patients only served to stoke his budding interest in legalization, in college, Stuart had been a member of local government campaigns and debate organizations; he learned quickly how to take on controversial issues.
Dr. Mitch, I’ve got a urine screen coming up. Can big doses of niacin help me pass? Screen Dear Screen, Niacin (Vitamin B3) keeps folks healthy. Larger doses make people red, sweaty and itchy. The idea that niacin might help flush THC from your system has no research support.
It’s the rainiest night in New York City's history (eight inches fell in 24 hours), but down at the Bowery Ballroom, there's an even more unlikely event about to unleash itself on a sold-out audience—the first Manhattan appearance ever (he'd made his NYC debut in Brooklyn two nights earlier) of the nearly mythical Roger Kinard “Roky" Erickson.
Still living below the poverty line while calling Brooklyn home, ex-Texans Joshua Grubb and Michael Gerner formed VietNam around 2000, when the latter taught the former how to play guitar. Influenced by the primal psychobilly savagery of Alan Vega’s Suicide and describing themselves as “Jesus & Mary Chain meet the Flying Burrito Brothers,” the provocatively named VietNam are tearing up the underground with the progressive, technofused folk-blues inundating their dauntless, self-titled long-play debut.
The stand-up comedian and Chappelle's Show alumnus drops by the HIGH TIMES office and tells us how he lost his cherry.
This is a weed true-Hollywood story. How old were you when you first got high, and did you like it that much? What happened was, my father—the man who raised me—he was a square type of cat. He didn't smoke weed; he was straight-up-anddown hard work every day.
When I first heard that HIGH TIMES was flying me to New York City to engulfed in a trance of curiosity my head swarmed with daydreams of fast-paced traffic, the world’s best pizza and the sweet taste of I arrived at the HIGH TIMES office and was welcomed by a smirking Bobby Black, who introduced me to the rest of the staff and gave me the tour, including the fabulous view.
For several years now, someone has been sending HIGH TIMES a steady stream of incendiary manuals, both new and old, that give detailed instructions on everything from the best way to break into someone's bank account to how to build a bomb big enough to take out your local Wal-Mart.
Extraterrestrial space cakes pay homage to the Flaming Lips
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This summer, there will be UFO sightings in downtown Oklahoma City and in a cow field in Tennessee, but don't be alarmed—Justin Duda, the Flaming Lips' backline maestro, says that their cosmic custom stage prop was built last fall in Wayne Coyne’s backyard.
In a Doonesbury strip, Boopsie's daughter asks her livein babysitter, Zonker: "Did you really once live on a commune?" He was only one of three million such participants in real life. As countercultural history continues to be chronicled, several books have been written about the ups and downs of communal living.
BOBBY COMES FACE WITH ONE OF HIS IDOLS—THE 'KING OF ALL MEDIA,' HOWARD STERN.
When it was first announced that Howard Stern was coming to Sirius back in the fall of 2005,I was psyched. I’d been hosting my show Contact High for almost two years, and the prospect of Howard and I being colleagues, of possibly running into him in the hall—or of him even knowing who I was, for that matter—was very exciting.
In the early days of the battle for marijuana legalization, "Overgrow the Government" was a rallying cry. Or maybe it was just a bumper sticker—anyway, it was a cool idea. The anarchic play on words implied that freedom for the cannabis plant could be achieved if everyone would just grow.
A San Diego clothing company rolls out the green carp on 4/20.
If you polled pot smokers on which stoner holiday they prefer—April 20 or the annual Million Marijuana March, which takes place just two weeks later on the first Saturday of May—we're fairly certain that 4/20 would be the massive favorite.
More and more growers are choosing all-in-one grow boxes that can provide enough bud for themselves and even some to share with friends. Featured on this month’s cover, the new Mothership from BC Northern Lights combines self-sufficiency with revolutionary ease of use; simply plug it in, mix up your nutrients, and you’re ready to begin growing. The computer control center is pre-programmed to maximize your space and time. It’s perfect as a companion for one or more of their Producer grow boxes— the Mothership easily holds mother plants and a Power Cloner, providing a constant flow of rooted cuttings ready to vegetate and flower. The box is lit with an air-cooled 430-watt metal halide (MH) bulb that keeps your moms healthy, with plenty of shoots to use for vigorous clones. The dimensions are 28.5" wide x 46” tall x 27.5” deep. Price: $2,300
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An old classic, the Ebb & Flow is still one of the most efficient ways to use the Sea of Green (SOG) technique for hydroponically grown marijuana. With tables that range in size and shape from 2' x 4' to 3' x 3' to 4' x 8', these flood-and-drain systems are fully automated and easy to use. Flood tables sit above reservoirs on sturdy metal frames and periodically saturate grow media using basic pumps and timers. Gravity drains the nutrient solution back to the reservoirs, which range in size from 10 to 115 gallons, depending on your system requirements. Many SOG growers prefer to use rockwool slabs or expanded clay balls as their grow medium with this system because of their large water-retention capacities. Growers can fit approximately 50 plants in a single 3' x 6' tray, depending mainly on the desired size. Additional trays and reservoirs can be combined to build multi-table systems. The metal frames can also accommodate additional wall and ceiling arms to hold lighting systems and movers. A dual 4' x 8' table system can accommodate four 600-watt lamps that rotate above the garden. Typical table kits use Botanicare True flood tables and come complete with pump, plumbing kit, reservoirs, reservoir cover and a timer. Complete packages also include table stand and a three-lamp lighting system (including reflectors, ballasts and 600-watt Hortilux bulbs).
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Indoors or out, cannabis gardens must be protected from prying eyes. Thermal Shield improves upon the Poly Shield with even more sealing ability to withstand any kind of infrared search. Heat and light are completely contained within the silver and white poly-mylar, which is infused with metals to create a barrier for temperature, odor and reflectivity. You'll sleep soundly knowing that your growroom is impossible to discover from above.
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TrimBox from Trim-Pro
Scissors are fine for a humble harvest, but for those with a big bounty of buds to trim, only a machine can keep up with the demand. Outdoor growers and indoor adventurers with pounds of plant matter require quick and efficient solutions, and the TrimBox has remained at the top of the field, so to speak. The spinning blade pulls in all extraneous leaf and chops it to your own desired degree of closeness to the bud, while a convenient bag below collects the trim for hash-making purposes. Several available attachments can change the degree of leaf intake with different grates or turn one machine into a workstation for two workers to trim simultaneously. It's smaller and quieter than the original TrimPro, making it perfect for anyone growing by the pound.
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Bush Buckets from Highland Greenhouse
The key to outdoor growing is locating a stealthy place to put your plants for several months to keep them from being detected. The Bush Bucket Camos from Highland Greenhouse allow you to place your plants up in trees, keeping them out of sight and protecting them from deer, cops or rippers. Camouflage on the outside allows the buckets to blend in with the natural foliage, and water storage in the lower bucket provides moisture to keep your plants from drying out. Place hardy cuttings in the upper bucket and they'll wick up nutrient solution as needed. There are several styles of camo to choose from to suit any type of location.
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BEST NEW GROW DVD HIGH TIMES Presents Jorge Cervantes' Ultimate Grow DVD #2
Cultivation expert and writer Jorge Cervantes is back with a new DVD that picks up where the first one left off. This time, Jorge travels throughout Spain to highlight ganja-gardening techniques for indoor and outdoor success. The beautiful shots of huge gardens provide the perfect backdrop for learning new tips from the man who wrote the "Grow Bible.” Bonus features include "How to Judge Cannabis” and "Guerrilla Gardening," as well as sections on outdoors vs. indoors, making soil, hydroponics and organic hydro. This DVD dispenses over 100 minutes of priceless ganja-gardening expertise.
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Swann DIY Security
The latest line of do-it-yourself DIY Security tools from Swann Security is a welcome addition to our side in the War on Drugs. Growers can feel safer now and really defend themselves against would-be thieves and wannabe law-enforcement heroes. Bundling today's technology with the wonders of the cyber world, Swann allows growers to remotely monitor their set-ups 24 hours a day from faraway Locations. Swann's DIY line of indoor and outdoor camera kits, motion detectors and digital video recorders are made for easy installation and surveillance. Com bined with an Internet connection and some anonymizing software (neither of which is provided by Swann), growers can monitor their sites via the Web and receive e-mail alerts when a security breach has occurred. Special features such as wireless and motion-detection cameras are convenient and make for efficient storage management when recording. Infrared cameras allow growers to keep an eye on their systems in complete darkness at ranges of up to 150 feet. The DVRs utilize a 250-gigabyte hard drive, capable of storing up to six months of data. If you're serious about growing, staying safe, and protecting your investment and yourself, qrowroom security is a must.
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The MLC-24 Master Lighting Controller
If you remember "The Stoner's Guide to Electricity" in the January 2007 issue, then you know that powering up your grow op can be a difficult experience. Luckily, the grow world is starting to recognize this fact, and so we're seeing more and more products that cater to the amateur electrician. The Master Lighting Controller (MLC-24) is the first product marketed directly to growers, and it revolutionizes the electrical standards that growers need to deal with. Limited knowledge and sketchy electricians are worries of the past, as this unit is literally a store-bought sub-panel that can be installed in any setup. As long as you can get the proper amount of power to your growroom from a main line (the MLC-24 is rated for 120 amps at 240 volts), the Master Lighting Controller will separate and redistribute electricity to 24 separate outlets, each with a maximum output of 5 amps. The MLC-24 contains six banks of four lights each; each bank is protected by a 20-amp circuit breaker. All of the outlets are controlled by one 120-volt trigger cable. Just plug the trigger cable into a standard 24-hour timer or lighting controller and your lighting system is automated. The MLC-24 features standard 240-volt-style (NEMA 6-15) outlets that the ballasts are plugged into; the MLC-24a uses 120volt-style (NEMA 5-15) outlets that allow you to run your ballasts at 240 volts without having to change out your ballast power cords.
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The Ebb & Grow Hydroponic System
This Deep-Water Culture (DWC) system is perfect for the hydroponics novice who wants to grow big plants while also learning about flood-anddrain techniques. Shipped to growers in one large, inconspicuous barrel, the Ebb & Grow Hydroponic System comes ready to grow out of the box. The barrel turns into a large 55-gallon drum reservoir that feeds the grow buckets via a plumbing grid and two pumps. This nutrient-delivery system is managed by a separate controller unit that uses a timer and switch valves to flood and drain the plant sites as often or as little as needed (though we recommend somewhere between three to six times a day, depending on the plant stages). Grow pots are filled with expanded clay, such as Hydroton, with the cannabis plants sitting on top and the roots growing deep down into the rocks. Because the system allows for a range of plant sites (12 to 48-plus) and also provides large grow containers (2-gallon grow pots), growers can both space out plants as needed and grow expanded root zones for extra-large cannabis plants. In fact, this system is great for indoor growers trying to grow out taller sativa trees. An excellent development in DWC systems offered by the Ebb & Grow is the addition of secondary grow pots that sit in the actual flood buckets. This allows for easy plant removal and rotation around your garden. This system comes with all the necessary plumbing, tubes, grommets, pumps and ties to get growing right out of the box. Some simple assembly is required, but the upshot is that you can arrange the grow pots and design the grow grid to fit your space and lighting. Lights and nutrients are not included.
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Jack Puck from TrimPro
Hashish is at its best when all the trichomes have been pressed together with enough force to burst the gland heads and allow the essential oils within to blend together properly. No press does this better than the Jack Puck from TrimPro, equipped with either a 2or 6-ton load capacity. These presses create perfect pieces of hash due to the immense amount of pressure used, and the mold can be removed and heated for even greater efficiency. Remember, hash is best when it's pressed.
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Tumble Trimmer from Euro Depot
Trimming pot can be tedious and time-consuming, and growers are always on the lookout for better, more efficient ways to go from raw plants to perfectly manicured buds. Completely silent and amazingly simple, the Tumble Trimmer from Euro Depot uses a hand-cranked spinning blade under a metal screen to remove fan leaves from individual flowers. The nuggets bounce around above the blades, allowing all the buds to be closely and evenly trimmed with ease for connoisseur-quality cannabis.
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PC Micro-Grow Stealth Box from Homegrown Hydroponics
One of our favorite new products this year, the PC MicroGrow Stealth Box combines stealth with space efficiency by disguising itself as a simple computer case. Perfect for apartment dwellers without much space to grow, this unit includes a cool-running 105-watt compact fluorescent lighting set-up, a three-plant DWC hydro system, air pump and air stones, exhaust fan, nutrients, Ona odor control and a pH test kit. One person should be able to grow plenty of pot year-round using these boxes. Just remember to familiarize yourself with the special requirements of growing in small spaces—e.g., flower clones shortly after they're fully rooted; always vent hot air before it accumulates—and you'll soon be downloading mega-buds.
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Connoisseur from Advanced Nutrients
Growing the best possible pot means not skimping when it comes to buying plant food. Created in the labs at Advanced Nutrients' research facilities, Connoisseur is an ultra-premium bloom fertilizer that pays back its high cost with greatly increased yields come harvesttime. Loaded with bud boosters and flower enhancers, Connoisseur puts other popular nutrient brands to shame, providing more flowers that are dense, potent and flavorful. This cannabis-specific nutrient brings out the true traits of connoisseur-quality pot, enhancing the inherent aromas and producing more of the essential oils that give great pot its taste and strength. Advanced Nutrients also put their money where their mouth is, offering a full refund for unsatisfied customers. As Big Mike of A.N. likes to say, “It costs more because it does more!” See for yourself....
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Life Light Technologies
Still relatively new to the marketplace, the Sun Spinner and Star Mixer are sixand four-lamp lighting systems, respectively, that spin like a ceiling fan over gardens at a rate of 30 rpm. Sound crazy? It gets better: With that type of movement, the need for heat extraction is minimized, as the breeze created doesn't allow for warmth to settle or heat pockets to form. Heat extraction via standard room exhaust and ventilation is all that's needed to keep your growroom at optimal temps. Not only does the spinning allow for light to reach every corner of your garden canopy, but the bulbs used in each arm have a varying Kelvin rating (3K, 4K, 6.4K and 10K) that allows them to emit bandwidthnarrowed spectrums based on color temperature. Basically, the point is to mimic actual sunlight better than any other artificial lamp, to the extent that only the usable spectrums of light most needed by plants are emitted. Furthermore, ballasts are fully digital, with onboard microprocessors that actually monitor this square-waveform technology to ensure a continuous, streaming energy flow of superior efficiency and maximum output.
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Each year, the HIGH TIMES Cultivation Department focuses its attention on products that help growers produce bigger and better harvests. We scour the world for new devices and nutrient formulas, grow boxes and security systems, to find the best of the best: those products that truly qualify as Significant Technological Advancements in Secretive Horticulture.
We’ve heard it all before: This light will triple your yield, or these nutrients will double your harvest—and so on. Problem is that when manufacturers or distributors make these claims, we here in the Cultivation Department have to go test it out ourselves before we can say we're believers.
I wanted to take photos of some of the workers, but it was a bad idea to show their faces. Then one of the guys said, "Hey. I have all the lucha libre (championship wrestling) masks!” The 737 penetrated the dense haze of smog ahead. Sometime later, I could see the sprawling urban area—some 3,700 square miles (9,500 kilometers) in all, containing more than 20 million people—nestled in Anáhuac, the Valley of Mexico.
“Everything I do, I treat as art," says Tommy Chong. "Cars are just part of my art projects." Well, this time he’s produced a masterpiece—a tricked-out, electric-powered, 1946 Oldsmobile lowrider equipped with a vaporizer. He calls the car "The Ace," and it’s the debut of the first revamped, electric-powered auto from Hippy Motors, Tommy’s new company.
M39 is a clone-only variety with an old-school high and taste as well as a fat yield. Even if you weren’t around in the good old days, you'd still believe this is vintage dope by smelling and tasting it. We’re talking about chunky, stacked colas of fat, stinky marijuana flowers.
GROWING OUTDOORS 94 Jammy Jane is a Texas Resin Company mix of Toe Jam and Original Mary Jane Thai.—Billi LAFFY AFFY Hello, HIGH TIMES, I have a few pix of my East Afghooey crop I'd like to share with the worLd, These were clones from the former LPC in Hayward, CA. I hope there's something worthy of printing in your fabulous magazine.
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: $388 (last month: $389; YTD: $365) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $437 ($451, $443) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $283 ($279, $273) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER OZ): $103 ($83, $88) The kind index saw a drop in September, coming in at $437—close to the YTD average.
MAKING IT COUNT WHEN THE CHIPS D0WN. STORY & PHOTOS BY DAVID STRANGE
MALES AND POLLINATION
Ahhh, the things that dreams are made of. The final moments as you caress your ticket and watch the balls fall in the Super Lotto; the breeze as it flows through your hair while riding Gary Busey-style on that new motorcycle; or your own island in paradise where no one will ever build an office.
I purchased 10 seeds last month. While I was waiting for my seeds, I set up my growroom—then I got my package, but no seeds. The USDA opened the envelope and destroyed them and put a USDA letter in their place. What can I do to stop that from happening again?
Air ventilation and circulation are essential when thick, flowering buds develop. Keep the air cranked up to discourage bud mold and insect attacks.
Global warming has increased temperatures this month, so take advantage of it and harvest longer and later in the year. But northern climates often receive much more rain, so you may need to cover your crops with plastic to keep moisture off the buds and prevent bud mold.