We cover plenty of cannabis competitions in HIGH TIMES. Me especially: I've covered all three Las Vegas Cups, both Kush Kups, all four Toronto Cups, both of the Battle at the Bridge Cups, the Seedless 420 Cup, the Santa Cruz Cup, the Bikini Cup, the Hollyweed Cup and a few other that escape my memory, which is understandable.
I just wanted to express my thanks for the article featuring Dennis McKenna (August '07); it was very enlightening. These days, a lot people are doing hallucinogens mindlessly when they could really be getting something out of them. Perhaps this will open some eyes to the real purposes and possibilities behind psychedelics.
Last March, Kenneth Affolter was sentenced to nearly six years in prison and hit with a $250,000 fine. His crime? Making pot-laced food products. Affolter’s company, called Beyond Bomb, made Stoney Rancher candies, Rasta Reese’s and Keef Kat bars, which were marketed with packaging similar to Jolly Rancher candies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Kit Kat bars, all of which Hershey Company manufactures.
In the Chinese province of Xinjiang, archaeologists recently discovered a 3,000-year-old mummy whom they believe is the remains of a shaman-priest. Apparently, this ancient mystic had exquisite stoner style: He was discovered decked out in a leather jacket, turquoise necklace, and copper and gold earrings.
In the late '90s, ambitious young glass artists launched the American glass-pipe movement, breathing fresh life into traditional glass-art techniques. But it was also a time of exploration into what exactly "art” is (or isn't). Redefinition, a sleek, hand-sized volume profiling the work of the glass artist known as Pakoh, provides some interesting answers to that question.
In May, a state wildlife biologist who was searching for salamanders in an Ohio state wildlife area stumbled instead upon a massive outdoor Garden of Weeden. Slithery little woodland creatures may have been his actual prey, but the biologist's safari resulted in the discovery of a campsite that was managing a greenhouse operation of 10,000 pot plants.
In May, the medical-marijuana community lost Dr. Todd Mikuriya, one of its most stalwart leaders. Mikuriya was the founder of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians as well as an architect of Proposition 215, the statewide initiative approved in 1996 by California voters that legalized the cultivation and use of marijuana for medical purposes with a doctor’s recommendation.
Recently the Vatican, the center of world Catholicism, held its first-ever drug trial. The event was remarkable because the Vatican—a sovereign city-state within the city of Rome—has never addressed drugs in its legal code. The holy uproar began when 87 grams of cocaine were found in the desk drawer of a Vatican employee.
People have long admired the "Roman nose," a proboscis that features a high, prominent bridge. The Roman nose is also desirable for other reasons—i.e., if you’re in Rome and you’ve got a nose, you get to breathe some intoxicating air. Italy’s National Research Council has just reported that Rome’s atmosphere is a free-floating festival of cocaine, marijuana, tobacco and caffeine particles.
In recent years, the phrase "World Wide Web" has taken on a new meaning for the drug subculture, as around the globe, users and dealers of soft drugs like cannabis and MDMA continue to be targeted by law enforcement on message boards, Web sites and chat rooms.
Earlier this year, on his HBO show Real Time, Bill Maher beseeched viewers: “Will someone please come up with a bumper sticker that says, 'I'm a stoner and I vote!'" The courageous stoners among us-that is, those who have no fear of publicly advertising their pleasure—may now purchase a bumper sticker proclaiming that very sentiment.
In The Green Book (Three River Press), a host of celebrities share their views in a volume that bills itself as an "Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time." Will Farrell, Robert Redford, Ellen DeGeneres, Tyra Banks and Faith Hill are among the contributors.
The presidential race has been underway for months, and the sound bites are already eating away
Mike Bloomberg (R): Once Gentrification Giuliani rode off into the sunset, big Mike cut NYC smokers some slack. Bloomberg supports pot decrim and, when asked if he’d ever gotten high, memorably quipped: "You bet I did. And I enjoyed it." He insists he's not running—but announced in late June that he was leaving the GOP to become an independent.
On May 4,2007, President George W. Bush signed an executive order that could ensure that he won’t have to relinquish office in 2009. Or he could just deliver a dictatorship into the hands of a future chief executive. The official name of this charming order is the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive (specifically, NSPD-51/HSPD-20).
This isn't a list of party schools for stupid stoners: Our annual guide celebrates schools known for their academic excellence, inventive and original programs, sympathetic local communities and on-campus activist networks. Trends for this year reveal that California (home of the most progressive cannabis laws in the country) has captured five of the Top 10 spots, as well as No.
Like anyone who has just completed an enormous project that has taken over his life for years, California native Rod Mann is relieved, proud and anxious after screening his shamanic/psychedelic documentary, Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within, to supportive audiences at progressive film festivals and counterculture events.
Many of the hundreds of thousands of citizens arrested on cannabis charges annually in our country could have avoided the ordeal if they'd only obeyed the criminal-defense lawyers' age-old adage: "Break only one law at a time.” With a recent Supreme Court case being decided in their favor, law-enforcement agencies throughout the US have found a new way to bust cannabis consumers: seat-belt-law violations.
Brian Vicente didn’t know just how he would turn his passion into his profession until he entered law school at the University of Denver. There, Brian found direction through one of his professors, who aided him in researching Colorado’s initiative process.
Dr. Mitch, You said that smoking resin doesn't get you high. Dude, you're so wrong! Drop Z and Lemon Drop Dear Droppers, I got a lot of mail about this one! Many people reported smoking resin and staying high for hours. But there was confusion over the dark leftovers in pipes and the resin created by shaking trichomes off plants.
Collie Buddz blew up on the international scene out of Bermuda in 2006 and has followed up with tunes such as "Mamacita" and the underground smash "Tomorrow’s Another Day.” In the past year, his tune "Come Around" (on the "Last War” riddim) has mashed up dancehalls and clubs worldwide.
A Look at the September 11 conspiracy Literature and cinema.
Blatant cover-ups by the US government concerning the Sept. 11 attacks began almost immediately. First-responder and rescuer Tom Holmes discovered a medical advisory issued and posted at St. Vincent’s Hospital by the New York Department of Health on Sept.
This documentary weaves together a number of disparate phenomena occurring in the counterculture today, focusing especially on the convergence of interest in developing a modern shamanism as a means of coping with ecological disaster.
A Sunday morning wake'n'bake demands cannabis creamed eggs.
My grandmother never liked me—which is ironic, since I inherited her penchant for men, travel and all things leopard-print. Gran was a scary woman. Heavy-set, with a whiskey rasp and a biting wit, she never moved quickly despite her interminable impatience.
The History Channel recently presented a two-hour documentary titled Hippies. Co-sponsored by AARP (American Association of Retired People), it was a crude attempt by that front for the insurance and pharmaceutical industries to reach the aging baby-boomer market, although the program turned out to be a blatant slur on countercultural history.
Samantha's grip on my arm tightened as she pressed herself up behind me. We stood frozen—unable to speak—as the blood-drenched butcher slowly inched toward us and lifted.his chainsaw. I snapped out of my stoned paralysis, grabbed my date and turned to run, but it was no use—we were surrounded.
“I say this whole thing is a template from the War on Drugs applied to international relations,” John Sinclair tells me as we sit discussing America’s losing battles in the Middle East while blowing joints on a beautiful summer day in New York City.
Three... two...one... boom! Rat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat! The sound of the guns is distinct. Rat-tat-tat-tat-tat! "Back right!" someone yells. "Left snake, right 30!” one guy shouts to another. The masked gunman takes aim and fires as fast as his gun will shoot.
Paintball is the Wild West on steroids—a modern-era ideal of athletic brutality made to fit the confines of sport. The paintball lifestyle is based on a "do or die” philosophy comparable to that of surfing and skateboarding, and it hosts a diverse array of players and personalities, all with one thing in common—a love of the game.
Ibiza is a tiny island off the coast of Spain with a big reputation as the party capital of the world. The world's biggest nightclubs are located here, and numerous celebrities, film stars and musicians maintain homes on the island. During the summer, Ibiza is flooded with tourists from all over Europe.
Women gather to explore shamanic solutions for global stress.
ANGELA BLESSING: SHAMANIC JEWELER
WOMEN OF THE EARTH
CELESTINE STAR: HEALING PRIESTESS
MARIELA DE LA PAZ: VISIONARY ARTIST
CULTIVATING OUR PLANT ALLIES
Cosmic forces are conspiring to heal the sick, grant enlightenment and restore balance to our troubled planet. These forces are the spirits of entheogenic plants, and they're calling out to people, providing answers for anyone who is open to interpreting their mystical messages.
Introducing the first annual inductions into the HIGH TIMES Seed Bank Hall of Fame, our list commemorating the brave pot pioneers and trailblazers that make it possible for us to smoke the tremendous amount of quality strains now available.
In the Beginning...
Sensi Seeds/Sensi Seed Club
Green House Seeds
TH Seeds / CIA/KGB
Legends / DJ Short
Possible Future Hall of Famers
Since the dawn of organized agriculture, farmers have traded quality seeds to ensure better harvests. In the United States, hippie folklore places the beginnings of American cannabis breeding for seeds in the early 1960s. Later, the smuggling organization known as the Brotherhood of Eternal Love brought cannabis seeds back from Afghanistan, Nepal and other stops on the Hippie Trail.
The United States and Canada share a common border and a common obsession with superior marijuana. It's only natural that weed warfare would break out. Thankfully, there was only "friendly fire" at two competing cannabis contests.
TORONTO CUP WINNERS
BATTLE AT TNE BRIDGE WINNERS
HOT POT SHOPS IN TORONTO
HOT POT SHOPS IN TORONTO
As most everyone knows, America is beloved throughout the world, widely praised for its can-do spirit and boundless compassion for weaker countries. If we have disagreements, we always try to work things out. Or not. Like the situation with our neighbor to the north—which, by the way, really isn’t our neighbor to the north.
In a sport better known for rampant conformity and uptight, juiced-up jocks, Bill "Spaceman" Lee reigned as the thinking—and toking—man’s favorite ballplayer, one who threw a variety of strikes from the mound and plenty of verbal darts at the front office.
Here's the lowdown on Deep Water Culture (DWC), a new hydroponic nethod of growing massive plants with monster yields by giving roots room to breathe.
You know somewhere across town, they got it goin’ down. In the apartment next door, they've got a score. That abandoned-looking house that’s quiet as a mouse... it’s humming inside. Did you catch a whiff on your way down the street? Growrooms are everywhere, but the ones that bring home the bacon are all about the tweak.
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), strains and locations. To submit prices, go to the THMQ link at hightimes.com. CURRENT US PRICE INDEX: $356 (last month: $388; YTD: $364) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $418 ($437, $441) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $288 ($283, $274) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER OZ): $110 ($103, $90)
Many growers—even those with more experience and expertise—can make the fatal mistake of rushing into a cannabis grow op. The most important consideration when starting up a room, whether it's a closet, bedroom or warehouse, is how you will construct the space surrounding your garden.
I’m from Southern California, and I have some plants that I want to flower outside in February. Will they bud with eight to 10 hours of sunlight? Piranagreen Via Internet Dear Piranagreen, Sure. Cannabis plants will flower anytime the nights are at least 12 hours long and the darkness is uninterrupted.
Warmer global temperatures let us harvest later in favorable climates. But the down side is that climates are more unstable than in years past. Rainstorms and bad weather also come at inopportune moments. Rain and wind continue to be the biggest climatic obstacles to a bountiful harvest.
It's our favorite time of year! HIGH TIMES shares the inside scoop on chopping down, drying, curing and storing your fresh new buds so that they taste great and burn perfectly all year long. Crazy Composer defines "harvest theory," while Nico Escondido shares his harvest tips and tricks to ensure quality and consistency in your finished product.