My relationship with glass smokeware began in 1998, when glassblowers began transforming the paraphernalia industry and changing the way people smoked pot. Suddenly, the metal, plastic, ceramic and wooden pipes that had stocked headshops for decades were spurned.
What’s up, HIGH TIMES? I wrote you last week about drug-screening products for hair, and you directed me to your drug-test guide Web page. It was more than I bargained for—it had everything I needed and then some! I had a very important job coming up, and the drug test for hair threw me for a loop.
Surfing icon and legendary long-boarder Joel Tudor didn't let the recent wildfires in his hometown of San Diego stop him from catching a cool buzz and some tasty waves. Widely credited with the '90s revival of longboarding, Joel puffed a joint and paddled out to catch some noserides while smoke billowed in the hills.
The US government seems to be incomprehensibly obsessed with two things these days: bombs (just ask anyone living in Iraq since 2003) and bongs (just ask Tommy Chong). We’ve decided to put 'em side by side to see which has the edge, based on some arbitrary parameters that were randomly selected from a random selection of arbitrary parameters.
In an Aspen, CO, park, a sanctuary was created in 2000 honoring the memory of the late singing star John Denver, who wrote loving anthems to Colorado with songs like "Rocky Mountain High.” But the stone obelisks featuring Denver’s lyrics etched onto them have been scrubbed of pot references.
A few months ago, Josh purchased a '58 VW bus. It was pretty solid, not much rust. He acquired it through a friend of a friend, but it had passed through other owners during its lifespan. When Josh got the bus home, he gave it a close inspection. The belly pans and undercarriage were solid, but he noticed that the two centerpieces on the front member had been folded back and then bent back up.
Want a job that pays you lots of money for investigating the obvious? Work at the National Development and Research Institutes, which funds the Institute for Special Populations Research in New York City, which recently delivered this yawn-inducing study on city marijuana sales.
The oldest headshop in America is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Captain Ed's Shoppe, in Van Nuys and Reseda, CA, first opened its doors in 1967. The shop has managed to survive six American presidents(!), though not without some fast thinking.
Remember, folks, we hold the cards. Don't vote for candidates who plan to continue waging war on you, the marijuana user. In October, on the New Hampshire campaign trail, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney told everyone where he stands.
Pamela Jenkins used to be one of the business-suit types at the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas, but she hit the jackpot when she put all her chips on her baking expertise. Jenkins opened the Cupcakery in 2006 and sold 275,000 cupcakes in a single year, earning her treats a spot on AOL’s list of the "Best Cupcakes in America."
Comedian Drew Carey, the new host of the The Price is Right, recently appeared in a reason.tv video which touts medical marijuana and questions the War on Drugs. In the segment, Carey forthrightly states: "I think it's clear by now that the federal government needs to reclassify marijuana.
What's most important in a bong—a bent neck? A percolator? Scrollwork? Marbles? Can't make up your mind? Now you can design a pipe to your own specifications at Build a-Pipe. It only takes a couple of minutes—just register and start building a custom water pipe right now!
Now and then, everyone takes an extra-boisterous bong hit that alters reality. You know the feeling: little stars, the senses flutter. But sometimes it's not the pot—sometimes you've simply skimped on oxygen. So what can you do? Reach for a can of Instant Oxygen, the new, non-addictive way to replenish your oxygen deficiency and recover from over inhaling.
WEED AND WINEHOUSE In October, British soul star Amy Winehouse was busted for pot possession while on her European tour. She and her husband were arrested in Bergen, Norway, along with another person, after Hotel Norge staff alerted cops about an illegal aroma emanating from their suite.
Judges pick a winner while chillin' in the Black Hills.
Just before the autumn's first frost, 32 people crammed themselves into a teepee erected in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota. It wasn't one of those "how many morons can you stuff in a Mini-Cooper"-style stunts. These were 32 dedicated local pot experts who had convened in the wilderness at dusk to determine which strain of the Plains deserved to be the inaugural Dakota Cup champion.
In October, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have allowed California farmers to grow industrial hemp. The bill would have defined industrial hemp as an agricultural crop, limiting its THC content to less than 0.3 percent and mandating annual testing of the fields to ensure that this THC-content limit was met.
The long list of THC’s miraculous medical powers has just grown even longer. Investigators at Bar-llan University in Israel report that the administration of THC significantly affects the viability of glioblastoma multiforme (or GBM) cells, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, which strikes about 7,000 Americans each year and generally results in death within one to two years following diagnosis.
With medi-pot dispensaries flourishing across the state, particularly in the progressive Bay Area, it seemed just a matter of time before the first cannabis college took root in California. Now that day is finally here, thanks to the newly established Oaksterdam University, located in the heart of Oakland’s thriving medical-marijuana scene.
Despite the fact that California's marijuana scene is booming and thousands of state residents are legally able to acquire medical marijuana, the annual campaign against growers destroyed nearly three million plants in 2007, which breaks the old record of about 1.7 million marijuana plants set last year.
The Bekaa Valley in Lebanon is seeing the largest harvest of marijuana in years. It’s nothing new for this war-ravaged country: Cannabis has been cultivated for centuries in the Middle East. From 1975 to 1990, Lebanese marijuana and heroin flooded the markets of Europe and the United States, but civil war greatly diminished production.
Law students don’t decide to specialize in “paraphernalia law." How did you become so heavily involved in these cases?
The possession, production and sale of paraphernalia are federal crimes per the Supreme Court. Aren’t these difficult charges to defend?
What is the biggest misperception about the paraphernalia industry?
The federal raids rocked the industry, but now it seems to be growing. How can this be?
So have the raids actually diminished?
How come some businesspeople operate relatively free of harassment, and others get the book thrown at them?
What can a paraphernalia businessperson do to minimize their risk?
What kind of case will it take, or what is necessary, for the Supreme Court to revisit paraphernalia law?
In 1981.1 was approached by a distributor of contemporary pipes and accessories who represented an informal group of industry businesspeople. After discussion, I decided they needed an organization, so I chartered a not-for-profit corporation.
Last September, the cannabis movement mourned the passing of a business icon and a major supporter of hemp. Dame Anita Roddick, the founder of the revolutionary retail chain the Body Shop, was famous worldwide for her business acumen, trend-spotting skills and conscious capitalism.
A med student seeks to establish cannabinoid medicine as a specialty.
Sunil Aggerwal grew up in Muskogee, OK, which he describes as "the veritable buckle of the Bible Belt"—a place where his science teachers refused to teach evolution. He admits to having been strongly influenced by government-funded Reefer Madness-style propaganda.
Dr. Mitch, My daughter's health teacher told her that the word assassin comes from hashish and that the ancient assassins used to smoke pot and then go kill people. HELP! BioMom24/7 Hi BioMom, This is a confused tale that may go all the way back to Marco Polo.
It’s 12:32 A.M. at the "Pure Filth” club night, an underground party held until recently in the basement of a Los Angeles art gallery. Erst-while music theorist and celebrated dubstep DJ/producer Kode9 is a half-hour into his set, laying down sub-bass frequencies thick enough to pave a city street.
This year's American Marijuana Music Awards rocked Brooklyn's McCarren Park Pool, featuring such pot-lovin' players as the Individuals, Silent Majority, Herbal Nation, Muck Sticky, Rich Hardesty, Bazialini and the AMMA's only female act—who were more woman than the crowd could handle—T.H.C. (True High Class), featuring Ill E. Gal and Miss Stress.
Fans of sketch comedy looking for new laughs tuned in to FUSE last spring to see The Whitest Kids U' Know, by the comedy group of the same name, the latest troupe to continue in the proud tradition of The State, Kids in the Hall and Broken Lizard.
Judging from the future-forward visual pyrotechnics present in Daft Punk's live shows, few would expect Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo to be closet aficionados of the '60s-and-'70sera head flick. But sure enough, their debut feature, Daft Punk's Electroma, samples heavily from Antonioni, Jodorowsky and Kubrick—along with the more atmospheric works of David Lynch, Vincent Gallo and Gus Van Zant—in documenting their robot alter egos’ ill-fated attempts to become human.
My column in the July issue of HIGH TIMES, "The Parts Left Out of Chicago 10"—a documentary about the 1968 protests at the Democratic National Convention and the conspiracy trial that followed—ended where the film opened the Sundance Film Festival.
Seeking divinity through chemistry at Burning Man.
The expectant eyes of everyone on the bus bore into me like steel tent stakes into the stiff, arid ground of the playa outside—all waiting to witness my imminent transcendence. But I felt nothing. "Three hits of this," Dr. Dave had assured me as he handed me a freebase pipe packed with DMT, "and you’ll be talking to God."
Our chef harvests a Rasta Ragout in the heart of New Orleans.
Food doesn't have to be complicated to impress your guests. Carefully plated, fresh ingredients prepared with love are often much more appreciated than costly morsels in obscure dishes. Think and buy local: Your food will taste better and waste fewer natural resources being transported to market, and you'll be reinvesting your cash into your own area.
You may have heard such terms as Beasters or beasty buds once or twice before, phrases referring to the thick, heavy sinsemilla grown in western Canada, in the Canadian province of British Columbia, or BC (hence the name). Over the years, the reputation of Beasters has climbed steadily as new varieties have been produced by BC breeders— strains that compete every year in the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, and whose seeds are now popular in seed banks in Canada and all over the world.
According to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report, a record 829,625 marijuana busts were made in the United States in 2006. This doesn’t affect just big-time smugglers or major grow ops. Simply trying to maintain one's toking freedom in Bush’s America has become increasingly difficult and intimidating even for the casual consumer.
When people talk about indoor cultivation and the lamps they use to light up a growroom, some standard words and phrases come to mind. You have terms such as HPS and MH, referring to high-pressure sodium and metal halide bulbs, respectively.
The four women are dripping in sweat behind four blazing torches. On this freaky-hot October weekend, with the mercury inching toward 90°F, some of the ladies have stripped down to their sports bras. Near the searing hot flames, the temperature must be closer to 100°F. Welcome to the second annual Female Flameoff, a women-only glassblowing competition.
Your old university friend Dr. John Nicholson mentions visiting your cottage outside Oxford one Friday evening with, and I quote, "the lady I was then living with, for dinner, and eventually got back home into town to discover that it wasn't, as I thought, Saturday morning, it was Tuesday morning."
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: $373 (last month: $385; YTD: $378) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $444 ($455, $446) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $263 ($279, $276) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER OZ): $109 ($109, $95) Diesel tied Kush as the most frequently submitted strain of March.
Winter is the perfect time to find new guerrilla grow spots. Where you choose to plant is by far the most difficult and important decision you'll make. If you're lucky enough to have secluded property of your own, by all means plant there; however most growers will have to go "guerrilla” to get their crops.
The Vapir Oxygen Mini Vaporizer was a revelation. Upon receiving the unit for review, I was a bit doubtful of its effectiveness but soon discovered that these fears were unfounded. First off, the compact size was perfect for me, as the unit fit comfortably into my hands. The digital readout was very helpful in finding a good temperature to produce vapor. Unlike the full-size Vapir models, this one has no herb canister, so loading it was less involved. The Oxygen also comes with five mouthpiece/inhaler tubes, which allows for more sanitary conditions. They’re easy to attach and remove, and since they’re made of flexible material, they’re easy to clean. Most importantly, the Oxygen delivers a strong vapor stream almost immediately after filling the chamber, and the flavor was out of this world. I’d recommend the Vapir Oxygen to anyone looking for a portable vaporizer. With its innovative rechargeable battery pack, you can take the Oxygen anywhere. Combine that with its compact size and ease of use and you have a real winner. An all-around great product.
What began as a product for boaters and fishermen has now been adopted by cannabis lovers around the world: The Sunlighter allows you to fire up a spliff using only the rays of the sun! No fuel and no flame means that you’ll be able to light up in some pretty harsh conditions. Windy beaches are no match for the Sunlighter, and it has the added benefit of being 100% environmentally friendly, with zero emissions—no sulfur, butane or lighter fluid needed. The Sunlighter can also come in handy if you’re "lost in the woods” (a.k.a., tending to an outdoor crop).
If you trim a lot of pot, you’ve been waiting a long time for a product that will remove individual buds from the larger branches. All that painstaking snipping has now been done away with by the arrival of the Quick Strip bud stripper from Eurodepot, the same company that brought us the ingenious Magic Trimmer pottrimming tumbler (a 2007 STASH Award winner). The Quick Strip employs a simple yet devastatingly effective concept to separate buds from branches: You start at the bottom of the branch and strip your way toward the top. The technique is efficient and easy to master—check out the video of the stripper and tumbler in action on the Eurodepot Web site.
Growers have been using seaweed (kelp) as a fertilizer to nourish soil and plants for centuries. Now it’s finally available in a simple-to-use and soluble form as Seaweed Powder from 360 Organics. Containing a host of nutrients, enzymes and amino acids, Seaweed Powder naturally strengthens roots and plants, helps prevent diseases and stimulates new growth. It also contains many of the essential micronutrients (organically derived from Ascophylum nodosum) that have been feeding and keeping plants healthy and resistant to harmful pests and molds since the beginning of agriculture. Let the sea improve your weed... with seaweed.
I live in the southeastern U.S. What strain of sativa would be my best bet for getting the highest quality as well as the heaviest yield? I see crosses of G-13 with various strains—is it possible to obtain G-13 that hasn't been crossed in seed form?
Winter is over in much of North America. There's enough sunshine in southern climates to set plants outdoors, if temperatures permit. However, interior and northern climates still feel the bite of cold weather, making it way too early for growers in these places to set their plants out of doors.
Once again, Amsterdam hosted the 20th Cannabis Cup. This year the celebrity panel of judges was comprised of HIGH TIMES staff members. Barney’s nearly swept the event, walking away with a fistful of Cups, but Apothecary Seeds took the Sativa Cup with a California-grown strain for the first time in Cup history.