Traditionally, every culture honors the harvest as the most important time of year. Before our current era of mega-stores and supermarkets, a successful growing season indicated that the bounty of the fall harvest would provide nourishment through the lean winter months until springtime awakened the earth once more.
The September issue is greatlove it! Love the celeb stoners, Miss HT's trip (looked like a blast!) and the Global Marijuana March highs. I went to the Los Angeles GMM this year, and there were only like 10 people. What gives? I thought LA’s march would be among the best, but noooo.
It's a dilemma known to skateboarders throughout the cosmos: Where do you roll up while rolling in the great, paved outdoors? We’re fairly certain that, over the years, skate-stoners have come up with all sorts of interesting solutions to that problem.
According to a report issued by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), about 200 million people throughout the world use drugs every year. Cocaine, opium and its derivatives seem to be the planetary faves. Europe and Asia like their opium, South America digs cocaine and Africa’s substance of choice is marijuana.
Osama bin Laden’s got nothing on you: According to John Walters, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, pot growers are "violent criminal terrorists” who wouldn’t hesitate to help other terrorists get into the country with the aim of causing mass casualties.
The DEA says that 400,000 plants with a potential annual value of $6.4 billion were seized from grow houses in the US last year. That’s up from about 270,000 the year before, the agency reports. You DEA dudes seem a little overwhelmed! Here in the real world, you get fired for being so colossally inept.
Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani has made some headway in the race for the White House by positioning himself as a more "liberal” choice for Republican voters. He supports gay rights and abortion, but his views on marijuana are positively Neanderthal.
Here’s another tidbit from the 2007 World Drug Report, released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime: Canadian stoners are kicking ass! Pot smokers up north use marijuana at the rate of four times the world average, making Canada the leader in the industrialized world for cannabis consumption.
What happens when you harvest so many buds that you don’t know where to store them all? This ingenious grower set up a portable air conditioner in the window of his VW and packed the Beetle with buds to keep them cool. After all, is transportation really that important?
Sacre bleu!Young people in France prefer weed to wine! Jean-Michel Costes, the head of the French drugs-and-addiction watchdog OFTD (Observatoire Français des Drogues et des Toxicomanies), has submitted a report indicating that pot smoking has skyrocketed in the past 15 years, tripling among 18to 35year-olds.
The case of the banner read round the world has finally reached a conclusion: Freedom of speech isn't as free as it used to be. The Supreme Court has ruled against Joseph Frederick, the former student behind the now-infamous "Bong Hits 4 Jesus” banner.
The Civil War began nearly 150 years ago. Slavery and the issue of states' rights ignited a four-year bloodbath between the North and South—or, as the sides are historically known, between the Union and the Confederacy, the Blue and the Gray.
We caught up with the always-shoeless Michael Franti at Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN, this past June. Following his performance with Spearhead on the Which Stage, we queried him about losing his pot virginity. "I always heard that the first time you smoked, you didn't get high.
This summer in Brooklyn, NY, the workspace and studio facility for artists known as "3rd Ward" was home to Love's Secret Domain, an exhibit on contemporary psychedelic art that uses mind-altering substances as its context, although not as its definition.
Al Gore III, the son of the former vice president, was busted on Independence Day after being pulled over for doing 100 mph on the San Diego Freeway near Laguna Niguel, CA. Upon detecting the scent of pot, the cops searched his car and turned up less than an ounce.
North Dakota State Representative David Monson is a Republican. And he's a farmer. And he's suing the DEA and the US Department of Justice for the right to grow hemp. Back in February of 2006, Monson and others from North Dakota met with the DEA for advice on developing a functional hemp-cultivation policy.
Medical-marijuana patients have long argued that oral THC, marketed as the pill Marinol, can’t hold a candle to the real McCoy. To settle this debate, Columbia University researchers finally put the two meds head to head in a clinical trial.
Weed. It does a body good. That was the FDA’s unexpected message to Big Pharma this past June when an independent advisory panel unanimously slammed the door on Acomplia, a controversial new diet pill that seeks to counteract the "munchies” by short-circuiting the body’s natural propensity for pot.
Matt Rankin is CEO of High Plains Wind Energy, a renewable-energy company based in South Dakota, which focuses on creating jobs and economic development through renewable-energy projects in Indian Country. A career electrician, he got his start in renewable power while working on community projects of the Oglala Lakota. Among his projects, he maintains wind and solar energy-generating systems that provide power to machines that make paper and other finished products from Lakota hemp growing wild on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Break down the wind process from blowing wind to switching on a light.
Is it easy to convert to renewable energy?
How fast can one convert?
Can you do it yourself?
Currently, who produces the most wind energy?
Is renewable power the best of alternatives?
What are the drawbacks of renewable energy?
What are “Green Tags"?
When do you think the US will seriously address alternative energy?
Are pot growers noticeably “green”?
The force of the wind is mechanical energy. Turbine blades catch this force and redirect it, with the same shape and technique as an aircraft wing. The blades turn a shaft that rotates an electric generator, transforming the mechanical energy into electrical energy.
If you’re close to marijuana-related culture and have traveled America extensively, it would be impossible to ignore the great "East vs. West" divide in our country regarding marijuana prohibition. In short, the contrast between eastern and western states regarding medicinal-marijuana laws, public attitudes, cannabis-use patterns, availability of paraphernalia, criminal laws and court precedents is stark.
At the age of 16, Josh Kleinstreuer recognized the and blatant injustice” that countless sick and suffei patients are asked to endure when denied access to marijuana. Ultimately, though, it was his arrest at age 18 that caused him to acknowledge his standing as a stakeholder in the battle for marijuana-law reform.
Dear Dr. Mitch, I don’t want to overeat on Thanksgiving. If I get high before dinner, I know that I’ll eat a lot, but when I finish I’ll be done for the day. If I wait until after dinner, I might not eat as much at the meal, but then I’ll pig out later when I’m already full.
Few rappers have made marijuana as central a theme in their work as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and as you can see from this interview, they put their ganja where their mouth is. Formed in the early ’90s, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony exploded after they auditioned for NWA’s Eazy-E and put out Creepin On ah Come Up in 1994 for Ruthless Records.
Mastodon singer-guitarist Brent Hinds is in the back of the tour bus, scrambling to find a glass one-hitter he bought near a tour stop in Colum bus, OH. It's 3 P.M., and he just woke up. The bus lounge is a bit of a wreck, as the band's been on tour for almost a year straight supporting their criti cally Lauded third album, Blood Mountain.
Back in our July issue, we awarded Mastodon the 2007 Doobie Award for best Hard Rock band. The band was scheduled to make an appearance at our SXSW party in Austin this March to accept the award, but was overbooked and couldn't make it. So when their recent headlining tour made it around to New York City, their publicist invited HT to the show, and suggested we present them with their trophy (which is a working bong, by the way) at the after-party.
At this very moment you’re reading HIGH TIMES magazine, so odds are you know something about that 20th-century epoch when young people all over the planet rejected corrupt societies and actively built new ones. Most of these communes didn’t survive the Reagan era, and a handful of them became nightmares, indulging in destructive ego-tripping and worse.
If seminal music acts challenge their audience with something altogether unfamiliar—a sound or style that gives the listener the feeling of peeking over a barricade at something that simply wasn't there the day before—then Chris & Thomas' impressive debut offering, Land of Sea, falls short of such lofty classification.
There may be no better pop act these days than the New Pornographers, and their fourth release continues the hot streak. It's their most measured to date, and one that might even be called mature, reflective of gentler tempos and stately arrangements.
Commanding LA punk-metal hooligans Icarus Line originally stormed the aggro-rock scene with a cantankerous '98 EP. Twice as brutally rebellious as precursors Queens of the Stone Age, these battle-scarred warriors serve up singer Joe Cardomone's fierce primal rants with jagged sixstring menace and rumbling rhythmic propulsion.
OZARK NATIONAL FOREST—In order to share this Incredible ganja ice-cream recipe with you, I trudged out of a raindrenched forest that had been peopled with beautiful (albeit muddy) hippies and slogged down 30 miles of winding country roads back to "civilization."
The Supreme Court sucks so badly that it turned itself inside out. An utterly outrageous 5-4 ruling has made it acceptable to suspend a high-school student for an off-campus act like holding a 14-foot banner saying "Bong Hits 4 Jesus.” That simple joke became a federal case that ended in a dangerous precedent for suppressing free speech.
IT TAKES A REAL AIRHEAD TO JUDGE THE U.S. AIR GUITAR COMPETITION. FORTUNATELY, I WAS AVAILABLE.
Come on, admit it-you know you've done it. Whether at some dive bar just as your beer balls were kicking in, or Risky Business-style in the privacy of your bedroom, you did it. Be it AC/DC, Van Halen or the mighty Zep, the crunch of a classic riff rang out, and you just couldn't resist.
Marijuana cultivation and Rastafarian tradition thrive within a small Ethiopian settlement.
Consider Africa. What comes to mind? Poverty-stricken villages plagued by disease and famine where the arid, bone-dry soil only remains so until the rains overwhelm the rivers and floodwaters rise? The sun-scorched, shrub-scattered savanna’s magnificent indigenous inhabitants?
Hollywood recently released the first behind-the-curtain account of the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency and its relationship with a secret society at Yale University known as Skull and Bones. HIGH TIMES asked the worlds leading authority on the group to help us separate truth from fiction.
'I hope you are lucky enough to meet someone you trust. I regret to say, I haven't.' -Dr. Fredricks (Michael Gambon), in The Good Shepherd The Good Shepherd is Robert De Niro's effort to mine the dramatic materials at the very real-life nexus of secret societies, intelli gence agencies and recorded history, apparently in an attempt to forge a Godfather-style franchise.
A stoned throw from Northern California's fabled Emerald Triangle, where the country's best weed is grown, is picturesque Napa Valley, where the grapes that produce the country's best wine are grown. Bring these two earthly delights together, along with some gourmet ganja cuisine, at a summer-solstice banquet full of growers, chefs, witches and winemakers, and you have every cannabis connoisseur's fantasy.
Being a devout sensualist, my passion for life's pleasures has always placed fine wine and dining right alongside the more cliché "sex, drugs and rock'n'roll” indulgences that I more typically espouse. Earlier this year, I attended a wine-and-food pairing in New York hosted by a woman known as "The Wine Goddess."
The first, and perhaps most important, aspect of harvesting cannabis is Knowing exactly when to start chopping down the ladies. A precision harvest is essential for potent cultivation. Growers must be very careful not to cut down plants are not yet at the pinnacle of resin production, but they must also be wary of cut ting plants too late—at a time when THC production has curtailed and resin glands begin to degrade.
This is the second of two articles on pot growing in Mmuca The first, Naicocorridas and Greenhouses," published in our September `07 issue 1141 438W gave rearJ~rs quite a bit of background on Mexico, ItS geographg and pohceLai~~ the overall vibe of clandestine growing Here, Jorge describes tha faced bg all who participate.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
As we climbed into the truck, we coutd see Mexican Federales next-door arresting Pancho el Feo, or Pancho the Ugly, head of the Zetas mafia, the most violent group of narcotraficantes in Mexico. They are infamous for cutting off the heads of their enemies and displaying them in public.
When he started taking jiu-jitsu lessons in 1994, inspired by Brazilian jiu-jitsu icon Royce Gracie's dominance in the early years of the Ultimate Fighting Champi onships, Eddie Bravo was a guitar player just looking for a way to stay in shape so that he wouldn't be a fat rock star" when his band made it big.
This is three lbs of Northern Lights from Nirvana Seeds grown under a 1,000-watt HPS and two 450-watt MH lamps with CO2 enrichment using Pure Blend Pro Organic Fertilizer. —Damone and The Niceguy My entry, Strawberry Diesel: Kyle Kushmans Strawberry Cough crossed with Sour DieseL This strain came from Reservoir Seeds.
The buyer’s market of October came crashing back to earth in November, as both the US price and kind indices rose significantly, each eclipsing their YTD averages. The kind index jumped $39 and settled at its highest point since June ’07 ($488).
Most average herb can usually claim to be great tasting but not very strong, or strong but not great tasting. Other good-but-not-great strains can claim to be fast flowering but not strong, or strong but perhaps slow to ripen. It’s rare when a strain brings all three important factors to the table.
The age will soon be upon us when some technological breakthrough gives us the ultimate cleanair product, one that can take care of any odor imaginable. Until that time, however, there’s a line of products available that takes air purification to new levels, incorporating high-tech advances such as UV upgrades not only to clean the air but also to kill bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. The 5000 Exec Air Purifier is one such air-filtration system in an impressive lineup of products from AllerAir. A notch up the ladder is the 5000 Vocarb, a medical-grade air purifier with a HEPA filter that removes 99.97% of airborne particles (including pollen, dust, mold, bacteria and viruses) down to 0.3 microns in size. Most units also feature an 18-pound activated-carbon filter that uses a specially blended carbon mix to remove VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from your garden. These air purifiers help to create super-sanitary and virtually sterile work conditions for small nurseries and labs, while also doing the usual work of removing the deepest or heaviest odors. Replacement filters are also available, allowing growers to reuse the entire unit and its various upgrades. The units are compact and very mobile as well.
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The bowl is packed, the session is sizzling, and you’re on the hunt for a lighter again? Forget all about it with Tokeez, the new neoprene water-pipe accessory that lets you toke with ease. Tokeez fits snugly around any bong tube, and the magnetic strip keeps your lighter from constantly banging on the glass. It’s durable, fire-resistant and affordable, and it even holds your stash if you choose. No more broken bongs or lost lighters (or even weed) : Now you can keep your smoking sessions going strong with Tokeez.
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A HOLE IN ONE, LITERALLY
Disclaimer: While we advocate the use of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, we also advocate safe and responsible use— which means that operating automobiles, airplanes or other heavy machinery while stoned is always a bad idea. That being said, the Solopipe allows smokers to blaze up anywhere and in any way they choose—pure genius! Utilizing an allin-one design that puts both bowl and lighter in the same unit, the Solopipe makes smoking weed a single-handed endeavor. Small, inconspicuous and easy to use, the world’s first selfigniting pipe can be a toker’s best friend: The built-in, adjustable butane light is refillable and makes the worry of forgetting your lighter obsolete. The Solopipe also comes equipped with an attached sliding bowl cover as well as a butane gas valve and adjustable flame control.
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FRUIT OF THE VINE
Ever sit in your growroom and wonder what it would be like to be a nutrient DJ—the master of your own mix? Well, the good folks up in Ontario have created a comprehensive solution to the dilemmas associated with nutrient mixing. First off, all of the products from Nature's Nectar are OMRI-certified organic. That’s pretty good news by itself, but it gets better when you look at the N-P-K ratings: 5-0-0, 0-2-0 and 0-0-5 are all healthy dosages when compared to other wimpy organic nutes that roll in at 2-0-0 or 0-01.5. And remember those old-school growers who proclaimed that you couldn't properly do organics in hydro? Well, these nutrients are a huge step in the right direction, since they’re in liquid form and are compatible with hydroponic systems across the board. The best thing about Nature’s Nectar is that it gives growers the freedom to tune and tweak their feeding regimens and gear them toward particular varietals—not to mention that the isolation of each mineral separately allows for easy nutrient-deficiency treatments. Truly the nectar of the gods.
When do I harvest? Everybody tells me to wait till it freezes, but I don't know—maybe I should harvest sooner. I live in Tucson, AZ, and even though we are at a high elevation, it doesn't freeze here until late October. What should I do? Desert Owl Dear Desert Owl, Harvest when the plants are ready to harvest; pay attention to what your plants tell you.
Make reservations for the 20th Annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup, Nov. 18 to 22, in Amsterdam, Holland (cannabiscup.com). Also hit our site, hightimes.com, for more background on the Cup. This Cup will be big—20 years and still going strong!
TOP 10 STRAINS OF THE YEAR Are you smoking the world's best pot? Are you flying as high as you possibly can? Join us for our salute to the very best buds of 2007. Cultivation editor Danny Danko selects the newest, strongest and tastiest cannabis varieties of the past year.