Four years ago, HIGH TIMES endorsed John Kerry for president of the United States in an editorial titled “Help, I’m stoned, who should I vote for?” Apparently, Mr. Kerry didn’t win. Still, our endorsement made the rounds via email and the political blogs, stirring up some debate and also, perhaps, a bit of backlash.
As an online cannabis commentator and lifelong supporter and subscriber to HIGH TIMES, I have to say that I usually find myself defending your publication against the misinformed views of jaded stoners who haven’t bought an issue in years!
We’ve taken the pot-smoking title back! Last year Canada held the crown, with 16.8 percent of the population between the ages of 16 and 64 toking regularly. But that was according to statistics released by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime. Like professional boxing, the world is full of number-crunching outfits that like to bestow these honors.
Major League Baseball has regulations against pot use that can get a player suspended. So you gotta wonder why, at this year's All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, MLB chose The Pineapple Express as one of its sponsors-a movie that is overtly obsessed with ganja, and whose trailers were aired during the game.
The Transportation Security Administration has deployed fullbody scanning machines at Los Angeles's LAX, New York's JFK, Reagan National in Washington, D.C., and-of particular interest to party people-McCarran International in Las Vegas.
It was a scene that many a stoner thought they’d probably never see. But there they were, the founding fathers of stoner comedy, standing side by side on the stage of the legendary Troubadour club in West Hollywood-the same place they were discovered back in 1971-to announce the news: The legendary comedy team of Cheech 9 Chong have decided to reunite, resurrecting the irreverent, satirical, no-holds-barred comedy that catapulted the duo to superstardom.
Despite the rash of recent media headlines warning that pot causes schizophrenia, little is known about the association between marijuana and mental illness. What is clear is that, despite several decades of pot smoking worldwide, no evidence has surfaced indicating that nations with high levels of marijuana use have experienced a correlating spike in the incidence of schizophrenia.
The use of cannabis-based medicines is not associated with serious negative side effects, according to a wide-ranging analysis of previous studies published in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association this past June. Investigators at McGill University in Montreal and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver reviewed 23 clinical investigations of medicinal cannabinoid drugs (typically oral THC, a.k.a.
This Halloween, a new strain is circulating: It’s a cruel cross between AK-47 and Trainwreck, fertilized with cyanide. It’s an outdoor strain, grown in cemeteries. It’s sure to kill you. The grower shown here ate the photographer.
The Drug Enforcement Administration turned 35 on July 1. So we’d be remiss if the DEA’s favorite magazine neglected to wish every pot smoker’s favorite government agency a belated Happy B-day! However you celebrate, DEA, make sure you don’t blow your annual budget of $2.42 billion—which really doesn’t seem like a waste at all considering the economy is crashing.
If you’re planning to be a slurring, slobbering drunk in the near future, maybe you’d like to dispense with the ensuing hangover. Chaser promises to help you with that: Just take two tablets with your first drink and tomorrow’s hangover won’t even have a chance to start, since Chaser’s natural ingredients absorb the unwanted toxins that are byproducts of fermentation.
No pot smoker wants shake, but health-conscious tokers just might want to reconsider. Check out the high-fiber hemp shakes from Organic Pure Foods. These dietary, high-fiber supplements reduce your appetite and between-meal cravings while maintaining your body's healthy glycemic response.
Elizabeth Perkins, who plays Celia on the Showtime series Weeds, has joined Mary Louise Parker in her support of pot normalcy. Parker, the series star, has made a number of statements in favor of legalizing pot since the series debuted in 2005.
A Lakota family demonstrates what grassroots environmentalism is all about.
Last year, wild hemp flourished along Wounded Knee Creek, which flows through Manderson, SD. It's been growing there and elsewhere across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota for decades. The Oglala Lakota who inhabit this land have long known what the hardy green plants are.
You might want to think twice the next time you fire up a joint at a US national park: If you’re busted-even for a single joint-the federal government could collect a sample of your DNA. In a move that might prove ominous, the federal government announced, in April 2008, a proposed rule that allows DNA samples to be collected from every person arrested by a federal law-enforcement agency (including the DEA), even for misdemeanors.
This is the final year of the UN’s 10-year strategy for ridding the world of drugs. At its inception at a UN conference in 1998, one slogan embodied the aim of the optimistic new policy: “A drug-free world. We can do it!” Apart from being completely incorrect (drugs such as alcohol and tobacco were not included], the slogan has come to seem cruelly upbeat in light of the strategy’s unrelenting failure.
Dr. Lester Grinspoon, associate professor emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is to marijuana-law reform what Bob Dylan is to songwriting: They both pretty much influenced everything that came after. Grinspoon’s 1971 book, Marijuana Reconsidered (Harvard University Press), was the first to explore the benefits of the plant beyond stoner anecdote and place them squarely in the realm of medical science.
NORML lists the legal problems created by pot prohibition.
Allen St. Pierre
Every 38 seconds in the US, someone is arrested on cannabis charges. In 2006 alone, 830,000 people were busted-nearly 90 percent of them for the offense of possession only. The vast majority of citizens arrested on cannabis-related charges fall into the predictable categories: possession, cultivation, sales, transportation, conspiracy, driving under the influence and paraphernalia (where applicable).
Dr. Mitch, Is there any research showing that marijuana improves people’s appreciation of music? K. Armstrong Hi K, The French authors Balzac and Gautier both reported that eating large doses of hash made them enjoy music more. (They also claimed that it helped them hear music even when it wasn’t really playing, which I find hard to believe.) In 1971, Dr. Charles Tart published a study in which respondents stated that they understood the meaning of song lyrics better after smoking.
NORML often receives calls that go something like this: “Hi, I recently got busted near Fredericksburg, VA, for a bag of weed. I went to your webpage, looked up a lawyer and met with him. He was really nice, and he told me he’d take the case at a reduced rate-but only if I joined NORML and stood up for my own personal freedom, so that maybe someday soon I wouldn't have to hire a guy like him.”
Comedian Artie Langenot necessarily beautiful, but stoned.
Listeners of The Howard Stern Show know that sideman Artie Lange is no stranger to getting fucked up. The comedian has been part of the wildly successful radio program since stoner Jackie “the Jokeman” Martling left in 2001, and he’s earned a reputation as a blue-collar guy in the white-collar world of showbiz, thanks to the seemingly endless supply of drugs-and-booze-laced stories that have made the New Jersey native almost as important to the show as Stern himself.
After 10 years of performing their incredible rhythms for dancing crowds large and small, the members of the musical collective known as the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra still feel invigorated. In this climate of war, famine and ecological disaster, their potent musical message has never been more relevant.
Antibalas, from the Bushwick section of Brooklyn in New York City, take their name from the Spanish word for “bulletproof,” and their music certainly commands instant respect. Known for their amazing live showssometimes with members of the legendary Fela Kuti’s band sitting in-Antibalas quickly make their mark on anyone who hears them.
Inner Paths to Outer Space: Journeys to Alien Worlds Through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies Rick Strassman, Slawek Wojtowicz, Luis Eduardo Luna and Ede Frecska (Park Street Press) I took my first dose of LSD on Dec. 5,1968; the last time I took it was sometime in 1994.
In December 1962, when Lenny Bruce was arrested for obscenity at the Gate of Horn in Chicago, the police broke open his candy bars, looking for dope. They also checked the IDs of audience members, including that of George Carlin, who told the cops, "I don't believe in IDs."
Dawn is coming up in Vegas now: 4:20 a.m. I can feel the rumble of early-morning hunger in my gut as I load up the car. Stuffed with her numerous plants and two cats, the backseat of my girlfriend’s Saturn resembled an episode of Wild Kingdom on wheels.
HIGH TIMES' resident mistress of marijuana mayhem answers all of your questions and quandaries. Hey Vaporella, I can’t say how strange it feels to ask for advice, but in this case I’ll defer to your judgment .... I have a friend who is a strict rotationistmeaning he gets visibly upset at every extra puff, lighting or seating change in a groupsmoke setting.
British Columbia has been dethroned as Canada's pot capital. Ontario is now the titleholder, and it's poised to raise the stakes even higher as possession laws lose their teeth.
It was startling news. In May, marijuana possession was effectively legalized in Canada’s largest province. Maybe it wasn't the biggest news, because Ontario’s pot-possession laws have been in disarray since 2000. In that year, the Ontario Supreme Court ruled that Canada’s marijuana laws were unconstitutional because they failed to adequately address the needs of sick people who could benefit from the use of med-pot.
"My buds are getting so big!” This is the anguished cry of the lucky grower who needs a proper trellis to keep those heavy tops from falling all over neighboring plants. A string trellis is easy to make yourself, and it’s a much better solution than those haphazard approaches to training plants that can make your growroom look like a giant game of cat’s cradle.
Welcome back! And in case you’re just joining us, you’ve landed in Part Two of our three-part series that examines a central question on everybody’s mind: What are the next great strains that we’ll be smoking in the very near future? Well, I traveled far and wide (to Amsterdam, anyway) to find these answers, and we’re fashioning those revelations right here, featuring two prominent seed companies in each article.
HIGH TIMES proudly presents an official handbook for potheads.
CHAPTER 1: HIGHS TORY HEAD STONER IN CHARGE
HIGH TIMES founder Tom Forcade
CHAPTER 3: POT CULTURE HIGH SOCIETY
Choice quotes from the HIGH TIMES interview archives
DAVE CHAPPELLE (2004)
MICK JAGGER (1979)
STEPHEN KING (1981)
BOB MARLEY (1976)
TREY ANASTASIO (2002)
NORMAN MAILER (2004)
WILLIE NELSON (2005)
ALI G (2003)
NOAM CHOMSKY (1988)_
Like Robin Hood before him, Tom Forcade broke the law with honor.
CHAPTER 2: SKILLS GENERATION JOINTS
CHAPTER 4: GANJA GLOBETREKKINS VARANASI, INDIA
Dreadlocked and penniless, saddhus wander India's pilgrim routes as respected members of society.
ABBIE HOFFMAN (1980)
JOHN WATERS (1983)
CHEECH MARIN (1976)
JIMMY BUFFETT (1976)
ANDY WARHOL (1977)
KEITH RICHARDS (1978)
CHAPTER 5: WHO'S THE MAN? WHY IS POT ILLEGAL?
"Sure, marijuana plants look cute when they're young..."
Marijuana's not antiestablishment because it's illegal, it's illegal because it's antiestablishment.
SUSAN SONTAG _
ANI DIFRANCO (2004)__
THE GAME (2005)
ROB THOMAS (2005)
SEAN PAUL (2006)
T.C. BOYLE (1999)
SNOOP 00GG (2000)
CHAPTER 6: WHERE DOES MARIJUANA COME FROM? GUERRILLA GARDENS
Ever wonder how often to change your bongwater? The most effective method for baking potent pot brownies? How to deal with your dealer? The best destinations for a ganja getaway? Where to find weed once you get there? How to hide herb in your car?
Cheech & Chong team up for a new era of stoner comedy.
Tommy Chong had barely finished writing his recently published “unauthorized” autobiography of Cheech & Chong (Simon and Shuster) when-out of the blue-his old comedy partner, Cheech Marin, invited him over and dropped a bomb on him: After 30 years of separation, Cheech was ready to reunite the world's most famous stoner duo.
Pix of the Crop is reader-driven. Your submissions moke ail the Stoners of the world dream of kind nugs. Send pictures [no Polaroids), tips, questions and stories to: HIGH TIMES, 413 Park Avenue South, 16th floor, New York, NY 10016. Digital photos can be e-mailed to maibagphightimes.com and must be hi-res for publication.
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: $344 (last month: $361; YTD: $370) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $427 ($468, $448) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $279 ($297, $276) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER OZ): $100 ($93, $91) Kush reclaimed its place as the most submitted strain after being displaced by Diesel in October.
Everyone should know this about me: I am not a titty-tattle. I have never once called The Man about the illegal exposure of any woman’s globular girls. Breasts are beautiful-most of them, anyway-and in my opinion, even sub-par buppies should be legally allowed out of their underwire cages to enjoy the fresh air.
Our pot-strain aficionado investigates the origins and habits of the crown jewel in the incredible Chemdog family.
Chemdog D, a.k.a. Chem D or CDD, is a clone-only plant that may very well be the perfect cannabis strain (or at least as close as it’s possible to come to one]-not only because of its potent high and great, funky taste and smell, but because it’s a grower's dream come true.
We’ve always enjoyed the ease-of-use of the Vapolution brand of inhalation-technology products, which really deliver on both flavor and potency. Now they’re offering the Vapolution Vaporizer Ultimate Package, an amazing assortment of the best of their equipment, including the original Vapolution unit, the All-in-One Wonder Bowl, the Buddy Bowl and several mouth-pieces. There’s even a battery pack and smart charger that allow you to travel with your vape for camping or festivals on the road. With this much variety in the accessories, the folks at Vapolution have truly designed the “Ultimate Package” for vaporizing enthusiasts.
Balance the Herb
Living the high life can take a let out of a person. Now a new product aims to put it all back in. Balance the Herb is a proprietary blend of 81 natural herbs, sprouts and roots with origins in traditional Chinese medicine. The 100% vegetarian dietary supplement seeks to bring balance to cannabis smokers and is specifically intended for use in conjunction with marijuana. It’s also endorsed by Kymani Marley, who insists that Balance the Herb enhances his experience of being high. The specially formulated capsules contain many medicinal elements essential for smokers on the go.
Nature’s Neem Oil
For centuries in India, the vegetable oil extracted from the seeds and fruits of the neem tree has been used as a general pesticide, actively killing and repelling many of the harmful critters that want to consume our precious plants. With Nature’s Neem Oil from Grotek, you can control and eliminate pests without worrying about toxic chemicals on your buds. It’s OMRI-listed as 100% organic and it won’t be harmful to beneficial insects such as ladybugs and honeybees. Simply dilute with warm water and spray the tops and undersides of any affected leaves to rid yourself of spider mites or aphids safely and naturally. Repeat as necessary.
Ona Bleech and Bleech Activator
Ona has long been a leading company in neutralizing growroom odors thanks to their smell-reduction products. Their latest foray into the field of cleanliness is the amazing Ona Bleech and Bleech Activator, a twopart, environmentally friendly alternative to real bleach that won’t harm plants or animals and emits no toxic fumes. The combination will sterilize your entire system, removing biofilms as well as fungi and bacteria right in the middle of your growing cycle. It also gets rid of any mineral deposits and generally keeps all trays and reservoirs, as well as hard-to-clean tubing, drippers and spaghetti lines-free of the mildew and germs that can harm plant roots.
If you live in South Carolina, USA, what kind of trouble can you expect if the seeds you ordered through the mail are confiscated? Bug Via Internet Dear Bug, South Carolina and the 49 other states are all subject to the same federal laws. While cannabis seeds do enter the country across international borders, so far I've heard nothing about seed buyers in the US getting busted.
Buy your ticket for the 21st Annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup later this month in Amsterdam, Holland! Go to cannabiscup.com, or surf our site (hightimes.com) for more details. Late-maturing sativas that are still in the ground should be ready for harvest this month.
TOP 10 STRAINS OF THE YEAR What buds have tickled your fancy in the past year? Senior Cultivation Editor Danny Danko compiles the annual HIGH TIMES list of the world’s finest cannabis varieties. From powerful, stony indicas to sensual, uplifting sativas, we highlight the truly exceptional strains that have left their mark on 2008.