There is something strange in the incredulity expressed by some people upon first learning of scholars' claims that cannabis is referenced in the Bible. After all, we are talking about a plant that predates man’s existence on this planet.
"Candidates on Cannabis," your summary of the 2008 presidential contenders' positions on pot (Oct. '07), contains one gross error: Just because New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared, "You bet I did. And I enjoyed it," when asked if he'd ever toked up doesn't mean that he'd "cut NYC smokers some slack” after Rudolph Giuliani's anti-reefer vendetta.
If you pump hard and puff hard, there’s a bicycle built especially for you. Americas Bike Company has just unveiled the 2008 Rasta Series. Fly high on the ABC Irie beach cruiser, designed with three-tone reggae striping and an extra-comfortable seat, grips and pedals.
Wanna go green? Light a Canura candle. You’ll save power and support the hemp industry simultaneously. The Canura Collection features sweet-burning hemp-oil candles in three fabulous flavor-fragrances: Mystic Mango, Orbital Orange and Northern Lights.
For the second straight year, Afghanistan poppy production has reached record levels, according to a report released by the United Nations. The increase, led by a whopping 45 percent jump in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand Province, is proving to be an embarrassment for the US, which operates a $600 million counternarcotics program in Afghanistan.
Researchers have been trying for decades to unlock the secrets of aging—why some do it more gracefully than others. Recently, The New York Times reported some new discoveries regarding the process of neurogenesis, the creation of new cells.
Did you think growing pot was easy, officer? Did you think you just have to walk into the backyard and yank up a plant? Demonstrating that the growers of the Northwest are among the most physically fit individuals on the planet, search-and-rescue teams had to rescue 10 sheriff’s deputies stranded in the Skamania County, WA, wilderness this past August.
In August, the FBI revised its hiring policy regarding marijuana users. Now, individuals who have toked up on more than just an occasional basis in the past are welcome to apply for jobs as federal law-enforcement agents. Prior to the policy change, applicants who admitted using marijuana more than 15 times were banned.
Recently, the Office of National Drug Control Policy released its latest anti-pot ad. Here's how it goes: A poorly rendered stick-figure couple sits on a park bench. The stick-figure dude smokes pot. His stick-figure girlfriend mutters: "Not again."
In August, Rev. Craig X. Rubin, the leader of Temple 420, was found guilty of distributing marijuana through his Hollywood church. Last November, following a Los Angeles Police Department investigation wherein an undercover officer joined Temple 420 and was immediately able to purchase marijuana from the church, Rubin and two others were arrested and charged on two felony counts (“Holy Roller,” Sept. ’07).
HIGH TIMES recently stopped by the set of The Wackness, a new film shooting in New York City about a teenage drug dealer who trades pot for therapy sessions with an unorthodox psychiatrist. Right away, we recognized the unique dynamic with which writer/director Jonathan Levine was working.
Last July in Saratoga Springs, NY, Nilas Martins, who is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, was sitting in his parked BMW when a city cop walked by and saw him trying to hide what turned out to be a plastic bag containing a half-gram of cocaine.
Smoking pot won’t drive you crazy, but trying to decipher the never-ending stream of pot propaganda might. The latest salvo came in July, when media headlines across the globe pronounced that toking weed—even just once—dramatically increases your chance of becoming psychotic.
In April 2007, subpoenas were issued by a Yakima, WA, grand jury seeking the medical records of 17 Oregon medical-pot patients. The grand jury was convened by the US attorney in Yakima in conjunction with the DEA office there. The subpoenas were served on the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP), which issues permits to patients and authorized growers, and the Hemp and Cannabis (THC) Foundation, a Portland, OR, medical-marijuana clinic where physicians determine if patients should be recommended for treatment with cannabis.
The Feds are stirring up a hurricane of discontent in California.
By her own admission, Deborah Pottle is "shit out of luck"—and she's not alone. The 53-year-old grandmother and former California corrections officer is one of nearly 600 patients orphaned after federal DEA agents raided Stanislaus County's last remaining medi-pot dispensary—the Oakdale National Choice Collective—in late July.
Roger Christie, the founder of the Hawai'i Cannabis (THC) Ministry, sits in his sea-view office on the Big Island as a tropical storm rolls in. The wind gusts and the sky darkens while Roger, a compassionate and true minister in every sense of the word, discusses the origin of his ministry and how every American already has the right to legally smoke cannabis.
For those of us who don't understand the intersection of cannabis and religion, what is the THC Ministry? At the THC Ministry, we celebrate cannabis liberation daily—meaning we have the right to cannabis as our religious sacrament now. There's no doctor to beg for a note, no lobbyist to pay for influence, no law to pass—it’s all done.
As America embraces marijuana, the Feds get desperate.
The federal raids this past summer on state-sanctioned medical-marijuana dispensaries located primarily in California demonstrate how disconnected the federal government is from the American people concerning cannabis, as well as how pugnaciously its employees behave.
When AnnaLisa LaFayette submitted an entry for the recent online Cannabis Clip Competition sponsored by NORML and director Ron Mann (Grass), it was hardly her first foray into marijuana activism: She'd been active with the Seattle Hempfest for several years and served on the steering committee.
Dr. Mitch, I know all about sativa and indica, but my friend says there's a third kind of marijuana plant. Is this true? We've got a heavy bet riding on this one. K2 Vader Dear K2, Cannabis ruderalis is the third species. You don’t see much of it in the US, but it was first named in Russia and grows wild in Eastern Europe.
HIGH TIMES GETS INSIDE THE HEAD OF THE FLAMING LIPS' WAYNE COYNE—AND HAS A HARD TIME GETTING OUT.
For potheads, trippers, ravers and candy-flippers, Oklahoma City’s strangest musical export is also the most highly anticipated arrival at Bonnaroo's Music and Arts Festival. Known for their massive psychedelic stage show, the Flaming Lips are one of the headliners on Saturday night, so over at Shakedown Street—an infamous intersection near most of the Bonnaroo attendees' campsites—pot, Ecstasy and acid are being traded, sold and eaten in preparation for the spectacle.
Fifty years after the publication of On the Road, the original scroll is rolled out.
In April of 1951, Jack Kerouac sat down at the desk of his newly rented apartment at 454 West 20th Street in Manhattan and, over the course of three weeks, wrote the first draft of On the Road, planting the seeds of a cultural renaissance that would break through the terra firma six years later in the form of the Beat Generation, flower into the hippie revolution, and eventually be ground back into the earth by the pool cues of Altamont, the skelter of Cielo Drive and the bullets of Kent State.
Starting with a rant penned by an obscure loon named Francis E. Dec, Esquire, warning against "Worldwide living death Frankenstein slavery," this fantastic new Psychic TV album journeys to a place where no other rock'n'roll album has gone before.
Stoner gourmands gather for a super supper in New Orleans.
FRIED EGGPLANT ALFREDO
Only in New Orleans could a conversation about ganja-oil recipes mutate into an illicit dinner-club invitation. In the Big Easy, impeccable food evokes an ecstatic mmmm from the diner as the eyeballs roll back sensually in their sockets. Shadow is a sous chef with Cordon Bleu credentials who lived in Humboldt County for 12 years.
A couple of old acquaintances died recently. One was Peter Stafford, coauthor of the classic Psychedelics Encyclopedia. In an early issue of HIGH TIMES, he co-authored an article titled "Who Turned On Whom." That's the way LSD use got spread around, by word of mouth.
The Jack of Clubs pairs up with his pal Ace for a night of bonding (and bondage) by the Bay.
“It’s called Chartreuse,” said the tattooed punkster behind the bar at the 540 Club in San Francisco as he pushed a shot glass full of bright green spirits toward me, and another toward my buddy Ace. “We drink a lot of this shit here," he added, pouring himself a shot of the absinthean beverage as proof.
Sexing, an ancient practice, identifies the gender of juvenile cannabis plants long before the actual flowering begins. As the story's told, in the hashish-producing areas of Central Asia, ganja doctors carefully examined young plants, identifying their genders so that prospective males could be removed many weeks before flowering.
"Hey—let’s get the dog stoned!" You’ve heard it before. Hell, you might’ve even been the one who said it—at a party, or when you were bored with some friends, or maybe when it was just you and your pet and you didn’t want to smoke alone. Whether it’s a dog, a cat, a hamster or a long-haired chinchilla, the fact is that people seem to like the idea of getting animals high.
People who enjoy yoga and cannabis are likely to combine both. But many purists insist that pot isn't compatible with the higher goals of yoga.
In a previous career, I was the fitness director for a major chain of health clubs. Over the years, I hired hundreds of exercise instructors. In the ‘80s, the demand was for kick-butt, high-impact aerobic classes—the Jane Fonda workout tapes had seen to that.
A veteran instructor advises against mixing yoga and pot.
"Marijuana goes with my yoga practice because it helps me go deeper and connect more fully." This was a common reply to my question regarding marijuana use and yoga. As a yoga teacher, I rarely take a right/wrong position. I advocate that my students find what serves them best, to do so without self-deception and to make their choice in a mindful state, not one of habit.
Traveling around the world to test and sample the finest pot and hash that each region has to offer can be a grueling experience. Luckily, bud breeders have been hard at work, choosing carefully from their arsenal of strains to create better-tasting and more refined cannabis varieties that express the many hidden characteristics inherent in the indicas and sativas we love.
The story of marijuana's role in Christianity has long been suppressed. Today, the issue of the healing herb has resurfaced in both mainstream and fringe churches, despite its demonization by the evangelical movement. Chris Bennett explores this long, contentious history and asks: Will Christians ultimately embrace pot?
Chrisma vs. Baptism: The Knowledge of the Gnostics
The Evangelist Agenda: Bush Born Again
Turning the Tables: Elitist Sorcery
An Issue of Mercy: Modern Churches and Medical Marijuana
Faith-based drug treatment, in Dubyas own words:
In February of 2003, HIGH TIMES published my controversial article, "Was Jesus a Stoner?” Shortly thereafter, the concept broached in the piece—specifically, the biblical references to Christ's use of cannabis in healing—received international attention.
Born in Spain and raised in France, Manu Chao originally distinguished himself as a member of the highly influential world-music band Mano Negra. As a solo artist, he's one of the world’s best-selling performers, singing his incredible songs in more than five languages and leaving sold-out audiences ecstatic in his wake.
All the sights, sounds and tastes of an African adventure or a majestic European city right here in North America? The Canadian metropolis of Montreal boasts all that, plus an amazing variety of some of the world’s most incredible hashish.
STOKED ON SMOKE
There's something to be said about the finer things in life—wine, women and food. All of which, I must confess, I’m a fan of, and all of which Montreal has to offer. The liquor (and a lot of other substances) flows freely and late throughout a pulsating nightlife.
OREGON GOODNESS This plant comes from unknown parentage and is being grown outdoors, legally for a patient with an OMMC. —Anonymous Check it out! No Photoshop or digital effects, just sweet purple pureness!—Dreadeddjdollar, CA These are my hybrid mushrooms and some of my outdoor bud.
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: $348 (last month: $395; YTD: $366) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $445 ($457, $443) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $287 ($270, $275) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER OZ): $73 ($86, $88) The US price index dropped $47 in December and closed out 2007 with a YTD average of $366—$17 higher than 2006’s average of $349.
Leaf surfaces must be clean in order for optimum photosynthesis to take place. Wipe off any dust or residue with Botani-Wipe, the latest product in the ongoing fight for clean plants. Because Botani-Wipe is made with 100 percent all-natural neem oil, they’re super-effective at shining up leaf surfaces and keeping them clean. A routine program of wiping both the tops and undersides of your leaves will keep plants healthy and free of pests and molds. These leaf-polishing wipes are completely alcohol-free, flushable and nontoxic, and they’ve also never been tested on animals. Leaves that shine ultimately produce bigger buds, so get wiping with Botani-Wipe. Price: 50 count box, $15.95 Contact: Botani-Wipe, 707-834-4079, botaniwipe.com
Even closet and micro-growers should always have proper odor controls in place to ensure a safe and clandestine harvest. It’s essential that all outgoing air be pushed through a charcoal filter—and now there’s an affordable alternative to bulky and expensive can filters. OdorSok consists of a triple-layer activated-carbon cloth and a support system to maintain its shape while in use with any sort of inline fan. OdorSoks are durable, light and easy to mount, and they’re even machine-washable. Be sure to check out the handy calculator on the company’s Web site to determine which size filter you’ll need for your specifications. Complete filtration is now attainable for growers in all applications. Price: Starting at $65 Contact: OdorSok, odorsok.net
Ahhh,heavy buds. Heavy buds equal bigger profits. Whether you’re one of those all-for-profit growers or just someone trying to keep the electricity on, it’s never a bad idea to add a little weight to your garden... especially if the way to do it is 100 percent organic. Brix Plus is a solution offering just that. Utilizing a scientifically designed formula, Brix Plus contains the following naturally derived active ingredients: amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, tricantinol, enzymes and a proven biological yield-enhancer. This formula promises to add weight and improve your buds’ color, taste and yield. Brix Plus is recommended as a foliar spray one to two weeks before harvest. The manufacturer, GrowHard, specializes in researching plant nutrition and natural plant-growth accelerators to ensure a sustainable future. Price: 1 quart, $13.99; 1 gallon, $45.49 Contact: Hydro Wholesale, 866-803-2100, hydrowholesale.com
With the prices people pay for good pot these days, it’s no wonder that the portable scale business is booming. Scales aren’t just for dealers anymore: People want to know if they’re getting ripped off, but nobody wants to be caught holding a scale and pot. So try a scale that hides in plain sight, such as the Ashtray Scale from Rolling Supreme, which works as both an ashtray and a handy measuring device. Whether you’re a student on a budget or a medical user trying to stretch out your supply, this scale will help keep you from getting caught weighing the evidence. Price: $30 Contact: saveonscales.com or proscale.net
I have been growing outdoors now for about five years, but I keep cuttings from my plants indoors in the winter. I want to start a small growroom indoors and switch from dirt to hydro. What system would be the best for me? I bought a clone machine that suspends the cuttings in a neoprene disk.
Christmas will be here at the end of the month, and now is the time to enjoy the payoff for all the hard work and risk of growing. Northern and cold-climate growers can puff out and start planning next year's spring and fall gardens. The 20th Annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup winners have been announced and can be found on the HIGH TIMES Web site, hightimes.com.
Travel along with cultivation expert and author Jorge Cervantes on a sightseeing swing through Spain, his adopted homeland where the climate, the laws and the ganja growers conspire to create some of the most beautiful and powerful pot plants on earth.