This is a very exciting time for us here at the magazine. For the first time in a long while we decided to go behind the scenes in Amsterdam and bring our readers (and ourselves) a sneak preview of what’s to come at this year’s Cannabis Cup! Earlier this summer I traveled across the pond for a first-hand look at where the super ganja is being grown for the 2008 Cup.
I have ridden HIGH TIMES’ ass pretty hard on some bad stories. I must say though Tera Patrick is incredible! She is every Stoner’s dream girl, hands down. Amazing cover and amazing interview. You guys definitely have your shit together again.
Power Dressing is what's hot this autumn season. Nothing says money and popularity like bold shades of green. But high fashion is a fickle creature and other designers wonder. Can't colors be both muted and loud, and structure be oversized rather than lean?
In October 2004, Schapelle Corby landed in Bali, Indonesia, for a two-week vacation with her family. However, the 27-year-old Australian's vacation was cut short when customs officers discovered 10 pounds of marijuana vacuum-sealed in clear plastic inside Corby's body-board bag.
The record has been broken, but everybody gets a prize. Growers have achieved a new milestone, and the global stoner community will reap the rewards. According to an analysis issued by the University of Mississippi’s Potency Monitoring Project, which tracks THC levels in pot under a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2007 was a banner year: THC climbed to 9.6 percent, which is double what the THC levels were in 1983.
Afghan commandos, working with British forces, recently seized a massive stockpile of hashish—and we do mean massive. Officials estimate that the load weighed 261 tons, or a bit over half a million pounds—enough to outlast the lifespan of even the most devout cannabis devotees and any future incarnations they may experience.
Two years ago, a secret Cup competition cropped up among a stellar group of growers who reside in western New York. Known as the Fire Stick Clique (FSC), they produce some of the tastiest buds this side of the Great Lakes. For the past two years, their secret bud competition was held at a local college bar outside of Buffalo.
In May, East Coast Nugs and Jugs drew cannabis cultivators from around the region. This unique ganja gathering, convened at a remote lake house for a weekend, allowed guests to party and politic, fish and grill, and basically luxuriate among colleagues.
Generally, the annual MTV Awards are 30 minutes of entertainment shoved into a three-hour time slot. But this year, the show received its highest ratings—at least from us. Actors Seth Rogen and James Franco, co-stars of The Pineapple Express, came onstage to present the award for Best Summer Movie So Far.
Joints and films roll at the 3rd World Marijuana Film Festival.
Movies, marijuana and music—what more can you ask for?
Pretend for a moment that you love smoking lots of marijuana. Okay, that was easy. Now let’s say you love smoking lots of marijuana and watching movies. Or that you love smoking marijuana and watching movies and listening to good music. Or, better yet (and probably more accurately), let’s say you love doing all three at the same time!
Best Documentary & Golden Leaf Award: The Trips Festival Director Eric Christensen's throwback to the wild San Francisco '60s. thetripsfestival.com Best Grow Instruction: Strain Hunters Got a hankering for ganja? Follow these guys searching for cannabis strains around the world.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, medical marijuana and the Iraq War veteran.
The war seemed a world away. Phil Northcutt was back home in California, ready to start classes at Santa Rosa College, when he was called back to active service to participate in the “combat-casualty replacement program.” And so he kissed his wife, daughter and college life goodbye and headed back to Iraq.
Back in the spring of 2000, the mainstream media was awash in horrific headlines warning that pot smoking could significantly increase one’s risk of dropping dead from a heart attack. The motivation? An ominous press release distributed by the American Heart Association that warned, “Aging marijuana smokers face sharply higher risk of heart attack."
As an associate professor in the Biology Department at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Professor Robert Melamede specializes in breaking down high-end scientific concepts for public consumption. He also happens to be an expert on the biology of the cannabis plant, how it relates to the human endocannabinoid system, and why cannabis has the potential to remedy so many diseases and illnesses.
Thanks to a recent California Court of Appeals decision, People v. Kelly, legislators are now prohibited from imposing limits on the amount of medical marijuana that patients may legally possess under state law. Unlike medical-cannabis laws in other states, California’s Proposition 215, enacted by voters in 1996, did not place a numerical cap on how much pot a patient may legally possess and cultivate for “personal use purposes.”
"It's like sending a lamb into the den with lions."
This May, the tragic murder of 23-year-old Florida State University graduate Rachael Hoffman cast a much-needed spotlight on the dangerous and disturbing police practice of recruiting minor pot offenders as snitches and/or paid informants.
Six months ago, Margie Weiss—a holistic-massage therapist from Safety Harbor, FL, enjoying a comfortable middle-class existence-would hardly have seemed a likely candidate for Freedom Fighter of the Month. However, the tragic pot-prohibition-related murder of her daughter Rachael Hoffman (see above) in Tallahassee, FL-and, more importantly, her positive, life-affirming reaction to the tragedy—have quickly earned her the respect and praise of the drug-law reform community.
Dr. Mitch, Why don't tobacco smokers vaporize instead? Wouldn't that help? G. Church Hi G., Alas, a vaporizer won't heat tobacco to a high enough temperature to eliminate the nicotine. Avoiding tobacco smoke certainly helps, but nicotine is toxic on its own-even folks who chew tobacco risk getting cancer of the lip, gum and mouth.
They said it was over, but lo and behold: Psychopathic Records supergroup Dark Lotus-featuring Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope from Insane Clown Posse, plus members of Twiztid and Blaze Ya Dead Homie-are back together, making 2008 the Year of the Lotus.
We're in the belly of the beast, the den of the dark carnival, but it looks more like the stockroom of a Toys “R” Us. This is the home of the Psychopathic Records merchandising empire, and we are surrounded by posters, balloons and all manner of kitschy schwag bearing the inimitable imprint of the Insane Clown Posse and their various brothers in arms, such as Twiztid and Blaze Ya Dead Homie.
Joseph "Grandmaster Flash" Saddler is the most important innovator in the history of hip-hop. He was the first DJ to put his hands on records, the first to make the scratching sound, "zuka zuka," and the first to build perfectly seamless sets.
Popular music's mid-to-late-20th century heavyweights were tough, eccentric, street-smart and book-smart bad-asses. They made loads of cashish but were the antithesis of the corporate goose step. They all loved and knew music before they loved or knew money.
As I imagine many diehard Pink Floyd fans did, I kind of stared at this thing and its $200-plus price tag, wondering whether it was worth the investment. I put off the day of reckoning until, lo and behold, the fine folks at EMI saw fit to send me a free one.
John Ellis and Double-Wide
Faced with the heart-numbing weariness that followed the trauma of Hurricane Katrina, John Ellis and Double-Wide have recorded an album of uplifting jazz songs made for dancing the night—as well as the blues—away. Born and raised in North Carolina before making his home in New Orleans, Ellis has since relocated to Brooklyn, and he and his band have effortlessly seamed together the flows and rhythms of many cultures into a pleasing and soulful sound.
Get ready, all you tree-huggin', hippie-lovin' dancing fools out there: We have another lustrous gem to add to the archive. Keller Williams has introduced a project he likes to call Grateful Grass, which includes himself on guitar, Keith Moseley (String Cheese Incident) on bass and Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band) on mandolin, all of whom sing- because how could any instrumentalist resist singing these songs?
The irony of the “silly season” in America is that those who contribute to it seem to lack a sense of humor. Here are a couple of cases in point. The folks at Dunkin' Donuts figured they had made a smart move when they hired Rachael Ray—the host of 30 Minute Meals on the Food Network, plus her own syndicated daytime talk show-to hold a cup of iced coffee in their TV commercials and online ads.
Lady Luck makes Bobby her bitch at the Reefer Poker tournament.
I’m not much of a gambler. Never have been-I figure I indulge in enough vices without adding gambling to the list. So when the fellas at the office told me about the big celebrity poker tournament ReeferPoker.com were organizing (see “High Stakes,” page 42), my better instincts (and empty wallet) told me that it would be in my best interest to remain a mere spectator.
HIGH TIMES’ resident mistress of marijuana mayhem answers all of your questions and quandaries. Dear Vaporella, I’ve been a smoker for several years now and have a prior criminal record thanks to misdemeanor drug convictions from ’99 and '02.
NAME: Amy AGE: 20 CITY: Minneapolis, MN OCCUPATION: student, tanning salon attendant MOTTO: Celebrate your youth, embrace diversity. MUSIC: I'll be moshing at Rage Against the Machine one night, and dancing at Umphreys McGee the next WHAT TYPE OF GUYS ARE YOU ATTRACTED TO? I like educated, laid back guys who know how to have a groovy time.
Samantha is a weed dealer on the lam. Her tiny, curvaceous frame belies her fortitude, and a smattering of freckles on her porcelain skin softens her witch-like demeanor. Oblivious to her own adorable sensuality, she’s the salt of the earth—and she makes the best ganja hummus I’ve ever tasted.
Marijuana and online gambling have a lot more in common than you might think. In both cases, you find the government trying to control what goes on behind the closed doors of John and Jane Q. Citizen. As it turns out, a lot of "high" rollers out there like to smoke. Can it be that playing poker stoned gives one an advantage?
Poker and pot aren’t joined at the hip-not formally, anyway. As has been the case with weed, a lot of people in the United States want to see poker-more specifically, online poker-outlawed. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 ranks as the most prominent attempt to ban poker on the Internet, but other bills have been passed that make playing at your computer more difficult.
"Many of the top poker players smoke pot on a regular basis-and do it during tournaments."
HIGH ROLLER DOUG BENSON
Perroni says. “We’ve done something completely different. The industry standard has been to get them to your website. We want to do the opposite; it’s more about providing content. There are hundreds of pages of content there’s even a Reefer Foundation site.”
The Weed Series of Poker is all about winning the pot.
By 1:30 a.m., the game had become downright monotonous. The 27 poker players competing in the inaugural Weed Series of Poker in New York City had begun play at eight. Now there were only four players remaining, and they were all playing cautiously, each waiting for that hand-the one that would crush their opponents and reap the absolutely grand prize awaiting the sole chip holder at night’s end.
"Flushing" is a word that describes the cleansing of a growing medium by pouring large amounts of fresh water through it in the last days of flowering, to carry excess nutrients out through the bottom of the medium. Of course, mediums vary greatly, but there are two main categories when we’re talking about pre-harvest flushing: soil and soil-less mediums.
The day I left New York was the first day the temperature hit 100°F in Central Park. As the airplane climbed over Manhattan, the pressure began to build quickly in my head. The duty that lay ahead began to sink in, and I thought about the responsibility that I was charged with.
Our Canadian correspondent tracks down the folklore, history and growing habits of the celebrated cannabis variety known as Afghani Bullrider.
RIDING THE BULL
OUR WILD RIDE
CROSSING THE BULL
Legend has it that the strain began with a professional bull rider who performed in a traveling rodeo circus. The bull rider was African-American, and by all accounts he was also a true pot connoisseur. In fact, he amassed quite the following, because he always had the tastiest and most potent buds in the ’hood.
"Head" back to school with our annual list of the Top 10 colleges for marijuana activsm.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
FRANKLIN PIERCE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
When will America finally legalize cannabis? It’s much more than an academic question for the thousands of dedicated marijuana-law reform activists on college campuses currently volunteering their time for the cause, mostly working with national nonprofit organizations like NORML, SSDP, SAFER, MAPS, ASA and MPP.
Medical-marijuana activist Steve Kubby on the future of the decriminalization movement, why he loves the Libertarian Party, and rooming with Cheech Marin in college.
THE NEW (AND IMPROVED?) BOB BARR
In 1968, legendary medical-marijuana activist Steve Kubby was still an undergraduate at the University of California, sharing a house with Cheech Marin. When doctors diagnosed Kubby with malignant pheochromocytoma, a rare and aggressive form of adrenal cancer, they gave him, at most, one year to live.
(left and lower right) High from paradise, Hope you enjoy the eye candy! -Kanani I sent a few pics of my Blueberry at six weeks. Five gallon container, back porch style. I would be honored if one somehow made it to your glorious pages! I would frame it and put it on the wall.
Trans-High Market Quotations (THMQ) reports pot prices by the ounce, strain and location. To submit prices, go to the THMQ link at hightimes.com. CURRENT US PRICE INDEX: $361 (last month: $389; YTD: $373) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER 0Z): $468 ($458, $450)
Converting a household washing machine into a hash maker isn't as difficult as you might think. Let your washer separate your resin from your leaf and buds and you'll have slabs of pure hashish in the time it takes to run your spin cycle.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
THE MINI ALTERNATIVE
KEEP IT CLEAN
Ever since the advent of the water-extracted hash market, many people have been searching for ways to improve the process of ice-water hash separation. In the beginning, simple tools were used—spoons, handheld kitchen mixers, even drills with mortar bits—to separate the trichomes from the plant material.
I'm new to growing. I’ve done lots of reading and have built a small grow cabinet. The cabinet itself is up to par: proper ventilation, an interior painted white, 400-watt high-pressure sodium (HPS) light and the rest, I use sterilized soil, sand, worm castings, fertilizer and perlite.
Global climate change is a hot subject and getting hotter every year. Even with global warming, the weather can experience cold snaps and freak rainstorms (snowstorms, too). Irrigate plants regularly, as they still need adequate amounts of water to keep buds big and heavy.
On the heels of Tommy Chong’s tell-all book, Cheech and Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography, HIGH TIMES catches up with the godfathers of Stoner comedy for two in-depth interviews. Did someone say reunion? (Shhhh...) WE’RE NUMBER TWO, EH? After California, the province of Ontario in Canada is the top pot Mecca in North America.