Captain Zero arrived in my life at an interesting moment. Smoking a fat spliff on the beach in Costa Rica at sunset, all by myself, I started reflecting on the solitary nature of my recent adventures. Traveling alone means no hassles, for sure, but flying solo can also leave you feeling lonesome.
When asked why the federal government is so ardent in its persecution of pot smokers (HT, April '08), Tony Serra said: "Not very many pot smokers are going to want to be Marines." I enlisted in the Marine Corps as an infantryman in 1997; I had been a pot smoker since my early teens.
When a dad in North Salem, NY, found a joint in his son's pocket, he demanded to know where he had gotten it. The 16-year-old confessed that he’d bought it from a fellow student in the high-school library for $20. Dad promptly decided to notify the school authorities.
In Northern California, dispensaries are marketing a cosmic strain of cannabis named Tom Cruise Purple. Packages of the bud feature an image of the film star laughing. The word is Cruise buds are powerful, and may cause hallucinations—like believing your couch is a trampoline.
In England, a Thames Valley police officer received an e-mail warning that "Strawberry Quik" was being distributed to kids right outside their schools. According to the e-mail, Strawberry Quik was actually strawberry-flavored crystal meth, specifically designed to entice kids into drug use.
It's ironic that in the most remote areas of the country, where time has seemingly passed the region by, the best pot is grown. Here in the wilds of Shasta County, a daserted trailer also stores the necessities required in producing the goo.
America's love affair with pharmaceuticals is well documented. Now, after a five-month inquiry, the Associated Press has provided even more disturbing evidence of our pharma-addled society. It turns out that tiny concentrations of the prescription pills that people pop—including antibiotics, mood stabilizers and sex hormones—have made their way into the drinking water of at least 41 million Americans.
Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride have been the magnificent Seven Deadly Sins since at least the 6th century. But the Vatican thought that the all-star team of human failings needed a makeover for modern times, so the holy dudes in Rome came up with a possible list of new sins on the block.
Last November, voters in Denver, CO, passed a ballot initiative that made arrests for marijuana possession the city’s lowest law-enforcement priority. Voters had already passed two earlier measures that sent a clear signal to politicians and law enforcement alike: Marijuana possession should be decriminalized.
The War on Drugs just hit a new low in Chicago, as Alderman Robert Fioretti has successfully persuaded the city’s Health Committee to ban possession of "self-sealing plastic bags under two inches in either height or width." The logic being, presumably, that if drug dealers didn’t have these little plastic bags available to put their product in, they’d just give up selling drugs altogether and finally earn that online associate's degree in automotive repair.
For the first time in US history, more than one of every 100 adults is in jail. This historic milestone was achieved in keeping with America's reign as the world's top incarcerator. According to a report released by the Pew Center on the States, 2,319,258 Americans were in jail at the beginning of this year.
In our never-ending stealth campaign to get stoned in public places without getting noticed, smoking devices that look like something else are prized possessions. That’s why the fabulous new cigar pipes by K.O.W. rule! They’re dead ringers for the real thing, and the bowl in the cigar tip can be amply packed to provide a few puffs; this ain't no one-hitter!
In February, William F. Buckley Jr., the founder of the National Review and the host of PBS’s Firing Line, died at his desk while penning a column. Buckley, widely considered the father of the modern conservative movement, was also notable for his denunciation of the War on Drugs and for advocating the decriminalization of marijuana.
Wouldn't it be nice if the world learned a lesson from some of our festivarian friends? Check out the sure-to-be-epic ROTHBURY in Rothbury, MI, this summer. Scheduled for the Fourth of July weekend, the festival-which features over 75 A-list bands-will be organized around the theme of "Finding Energy Independence."
To all you Gilligan's Island junkies who were dismayed by the bust of Iowa farm girl Mary Ann, played by Dawn Wells, for pot and DUI, it never happened! Apparently, a stoner who had been riding in her car left roaches and two small stash containers behind.
This past February, the fifth annual Spannabis Fair was held in Barcelona, Spain, once again celebrating marijuana in all its many forms. Essentially a cannabis-themed trade show open to the public, Spannabis features hundreds of booths showcasing pot-related products and industries.
In early March, the Czech Republic took a big step toward legalizing medi-pot. According to a report by Radio Praha, a high court ruled that the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes is not a criminal offense. The case in question involved a woman who was growing marijuana in order to treat her skin and stomach ailments.
A new war on weed-and sanit y-is sweeping the UK, infecting virtually everyone in its path. In February, the normally sane British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced that it would air a “documentary" about the alleged dangers associated with injecting so-called “skunk” weed.
Pot smoking, even long-term, isn’t associated with an increased risk of developing cancers of the head or neck, according to the results of a small control-population-based study published in the March issue of the journal Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.
Genetically modified organisms may affect the future of cannabis.
Outdoor marijuana has enough going against it, what with pests, ecosystem pollution, ravenous wildlife, plundering thieves, rabid DEA agents and local cops. Joining that dubious list someday soon may be genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
Dr. Mitch, Isn’t there some old song about a 50-foot joint? B. Temple Hi B, Back in the '30s, jazz legend Stuff Smith recorded a tune called “Youse a Viper” that mentions “a reefer five feet long.” Check out the late, great Dr. John P. Morgan chatting about this tune and other cannabis classics on youtube.com.
'Where the only thing fried is the occasional customer'
In 1998, Scott Jennings opened a cannabisthemed sub shop in Tempe, AZ. There was no actual pot in the recipes, but the menu and the décor said it all: “We Support Cannabis.” Cheba Hut served up delicious, Italian-influenced subs which Jennings branded with monikers that the pot community could readily recognize: “Kush” is a BLT, “Afghani” is spicy turkey, “Acapulco Gold” is BBQ chicken, and “Five-0” features a whole lot of ham.
Making sense of America’s convoluted cannabis laws.
Despite the general cultural acceptance and economic popularity of cannabis in America—government data Indicate that nearly 30 million citizens use cannabis annually, and cannabis traditionally ranks among the top five domestic cash crops—a disparate patchwork of city, state and federal laws continue to target cannabis users.
Missouri is often considered a bellwether for national politics—and in this key battleground state, Kelly Maddy is working hard to ensure that Missourians are educated in the matter of cannabis-law reform. In 2005, Maddy supervised the rebirth of the Joplin Cannabis Revival, an annual hempfest that has sparked a new wave of advocacy for sensible marijuana laws.
A new tribal ethic emerges from the rave and Burning Man scenes.
A line measuring five people thick and dozens long stretches down an industrial sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles. They’re waiting to enter a film-production space that tonight serves as the staging ground for Lucent L'Amour. This romantically themed Valentine’s Day bacchanal is one of three major events independently produced by the LA party promoters and event designers known as the Do Lab—and if you’ve come expecting glowsticks and VapoRub, then you apparently have some catching up to do.
The rapper Belly-born Ahmad Baishe in Jenin, Palestine, and raised in Ottawa, Canada-has emerged as one of the unlikeliest candidates for hip-hop fame. Yet his blend of rough reality and smooth rhythms has brought him success as both a producer and performer.
Those suffering from triskaidekaphobia should avoid the Brian Jonestown Massacre's My Bloody Underground, as the number 13 reigns throughout: It’s BJM's thirteenth LP, contains 13 tracks, and is being released in the thirteenth year of the band's existence.
Whenever my parents vacationed in Las Vegas, they always brought back silver dollars for my brother, my sister and me. When they celebrated their 40th anniversary in the late 1960s, I had an Idea for a gift: On a round wooden tray the size of a large pizza, taken from an old lamp, there would be caricatures of us siblings, each with a silver dollar for our heads.
The Casanova of cannabis talks ganja and game with the world’s greatest pick-up artist.
A few years ago, I became fascinated with The Game, a book by Neil Strauss about professional pick-up artists. Adopting the nickname Style, Strauss infiltrates the seduction scene and, under the tutelage of a master of the Venusian arts known as Mystery, soon becomes a world-class PUA himself.
HIGH TIMES' resident mistress of marijuana mayhem answers all of your questions and quandaries.
Hello Madam Vaporella, My girlfriend and I have been together since high school, almost six years ago. We are perfect for each other—we both love smoking pot; she's the one for me. My question is when do I know it's time for the big "M" word? I want to spend my life with her, but how do I know when I’m (we’re) ready?
NAME: Amanda AGE:19 CITA: Canton, GA OCCUPATION: research assitant / Hooters bartender HOBBIES: Cooking, astrology, numerology, hiking, photography, swimming, rock climbing, jet skiing, shopping for art and antiques PERFECT DATE: First, a few shared bowls and an excellent dinner.
Sometimes my creative visions wake me up in the middle of the night. Usually it’s something profound that annihilates all hope of sleep-a nagging poetic sentence, an insight about racial disparities, or maybe a revelation about the noble humility of matrilineal strength in a patriarchal world.
In the 1930s, the city of Newport Beach, CA, began constructing a rock jetty at the southern end of Balboa Peninsula. As an unexpected result of construction, southem swells began ricocheting, splitting and recombining into narrow 15-to-20-foot monster waves with vicious turbulence.
Its detractors dwindle in number, its value to mankind can no longer be denied, and the marketplace is poised to make the most of its economic opportunities. But hemp in the US still remains a sad wallflower.
BREWING THE FUTURE
A RESERVATION FOR HEMP
ICE CREAM OF THE CROP
AS NATIONS BEGIN SEEKING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES, HEMP'S POTENTIAL LOOMS EVEN LARGER.
It’s been over 25 years since Jack Herer wrote The Emperor Wears No Clothes, his seminal volume on cannabis that revealed the government’s vicious war on industrial hemp and speculated on the untapped markets that cultivation of the plant might yield.
Mr. S opens the door to his apartment in the NYC borough of Queens. He’s had a long day at the construction site, but he’s excited to see all the healthy plants at various stages of growth that are cleverly hidden around his house. "Look at the clones," he says, smiling as he pulls back the black skirting around his bed to reveal a fluorescent-lit ecosystem of happy foot-high stalks blowing in the wind of a silent fan.
A legendary surfer, smoker and smuggler tells his tales of high adventure.
Captain Zero wants to be your leisure consultant. But first you have to make your own way down to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, because this travel package includes neither flight nor accommodations. Once you arrive, however, the Captain will be more than happy to help you find a nice place to stay, in any price range, not to mention a secluded beach, gnarly waves, hiking trails deep into the jungle, the best cheap eats, and an out-of-the-way seaside cantina where you can sip rum and puff a fat joint at sunset, while a reggae band plays to a packed house of irie locals.
GANJA IS MY DESTINY! OR:IN SEARCH OF TRANQUALITY...
I sit here in Old Harbor, Costa Rica, on the Caribbean Sea, at the tender age of 63, well seasoned and definitely experienced—at various times in my life a soldier, a sailor, a surfer and a smuggler. So cut to the chase already: I’ve been smoking marijuana—this wonderful, natural, healing earth-herb-for 45 years now.
HIGH TIMES’ guide to surfing & smoking around the globe
Costa Rica With two beautiful coasts, countless breaks both legendary and undiscovered, plus plentiful ganja for less than $20 per ounce (including seeds!), Costa Rica just might be surfing heaven. Hawaii Home to both the Banzai Pipeline and Maui Wowie, America’s westernmost state boasts a surfing tradition that dates back to the island chain’s former royal rulers, who invented the sport and kept it a family secret until the arrival of European explorers in the 18th century.
This nug is named Tits. It's Pure Power Plant trimmed up and ready. Hope you like our family pictures. Our children were raised in Fox Farm nutrients and soil, happily basking in the light from a 400-watt HPS and several smaller CFLs. Rocky Mountain High I'd be very proud if this pic makes it into Hightimes.
Kush once again took the top spot as the most submitted strain of the month, accounting for 25 percent of all submissions. However, Kush’s average price (down $81 from May) dropped significantly for the second straight month. The Kind index hit its lowest point of the year at $418 while the Mids and Schwag indices have both increased from the previous month and came in above their respective YTD averages.
Choosing the best mother plant to produce cannabis cuttings requires finding the right phenotype from your batch of seeds.
Let’s start off with an example. When you buy a pack of seeds or are gifted by a friend with even just a few little hopefuls, you want the best of what the strain has to offer. And in your group of seeds, depending on how the strain was bred and how stable it is, there will be multiple phenotypes that possess different traits depending on the strain’s genetic background.
Finally, a simpler and renewable method for filtering joints has come along. The days of twiddling thumbs rolling up cardboard are gone. Welcome to the Pitara experience - a classy, reusable filter tip that lasts over 40 rolls making your doobie days a little more comfy. No more burnt fingertips and soggy joint ends. Pitaras are easily cleaned with a standard pipe cleaner (included with kit), and you won’t have to worry about resinous drips coating your lips and hands. Pitara even makes rolling joints easier and faster. Pitaras come in three sizes - Chhota, Nimitta and Bada (small, medium and large, respectively) - and three unique styles - Ebony Wood, Rosewood and Refined Glass. Kits include one Pitara, one cleaner and one Pitara guide. Price: $4.95 each [free ground shipping to US and Canada] Contact: SmokePitara.com
If growing pot were a sport, B'Cuzz Root Stimulator from ATAMI would be a banned performance-enhancing drug. Giving young cuttings an extra edge in root development, B’Cuzz is an organicbased nutrient additive that can be ingested or injected (just kidding, no needles kids). Because cuttings are really just plants that are still in a vegetative state, sometimes it’s necessary for ganja growers to give their plants a little extra boost in order to facilitate growth in the root zone and help develop better root structure. B’Cuzz Root Stimulator can be added to nutrient solutions or used in a soaking-grow medium such as rockwool or coco coir. With an organic N-P-K of 0-0-0.7 the solution is mild and won’t burn roots. Check out Atami.com for details on the full line of B’Cuzz stimulants including Bloom and Growth Stimulators. Price: 1 Qt. $39.50; 1 Gal. $129.50 Contact: HIDHut.com
As the quality and odors of cannabis continue to increase, the importance of containing the smells grows as well. All too often, that Chemdog or Kush in your baggie has announced your entry to the room before you’ve even sat down. We’ve been using and loving the vacuumsealed Tightpac products for the past few years and we’re especially delighted with their smaller versions for holding just a few joints and blunts. Stealthy, airtight, water-resistant and smell-proof, these cool containers hold just enough for a fun night out and keep your joints from getting crushed while the smell stays inside until you want to unleash the fury. We truly don’t leave home without them. Price: Bluntpac, $5.25; Partypac, $5.50; Tightpac, $4.99 Contact: Tightpac Containers, tightpac.com
Designed to “winter” aquatic plants such as water lilies and other tropical varietals, the ThermoPlanter offers an equally warm solution for ganja growers looking to keep mother plants cozy in cool greenhouse nights or during winter months. Utilizing a sunken heat plate beneath the grow medium, the ThermoPlanter bucket system extends growing seasons and aids growers in cooler climates. The 70-watt heat plate is thermostatically controlled, allowing the unit to remain plugged in continuously. The unit is also submersible, allowing for periodic soaking of soil or soil-less mediums being used in the bucket. Recommended for use with clay aggregate or pea gravel and bucket base for support and drainage. Inside covers are included to separate levels of substrate within bucket system. Price: $49.99 Contact: thermoplanter.com, thatpetplace.com
A few or more issues back, there was an “article” in your mag about a dude named Jay Generation talking about his favorite Northwest strains. Turns out it was a huge advertisement about his company, Next Generation, and their newest strain, Bonkers.
Fourth of July weekend is the first long vacation weekend this summer. This year will see less traffic because of gas prices; neighbors will choose to stay closer to home to save money. If you decide to go somewhere, prepare your grow-room or water your outdoor garden before the trip.
Imagine having one of the world’s sexiest women and nearly a pound of Sin City’s kindest cannabis all to yourself in a posh hotel suite for a few hours. Sound too good to be true? Live from Vegas, HIGH TIMES transforms this 420 fantasy into a reality when we set up a private photo shoot with adult superstar Tera Patrick, then throw a pimpin' pot party at the Palms in her honor.