Welcome to the December 2008 issue of HIGH TIMES. As we pause to reflect on the past 12 months, it’s hard not to feel really buzzed about the prospects for pot culture in the year to come. More and more states are passing laws allowing the medicinal use of marijuana, and majorities of voters clearly favor decriminalizing the recreational use of cannabis by adults.
I just finished your interview with the Meat Puppets. I really liked the article and applaud your dedication to such seminal bands. However, you missed a golden (green) opportunity. Curt is a world class stoner and a pot smoking legend in his own right.
Dr. Robert Melamede, an associate professor at the University of Colorado, recently testified in a Canadian court in the trial of four BC men accused of growing and selling pot at the Holy Smoke Culture Shop. Melamede [“Cannabis on his Mind,” Oct. ’08] stated that marijuana and cannabinoids are effective anti-aging agents, meaning they are effective in minimizing the onset and the severity of age-related illnesses like Alzheimers and cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes.
Many Americans question the merits of the 2nd Amendment which guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Gun control may be a hotly contested issue, but now and then a firearm comes along that everyone should have in their possession....
Recently, we asked 50 pot smokers four philosophical questions about marijuana. Each question was more difficult than the one before it and involved some serious soul-searching. Here are the results. If you had to give up pot or beer, which would you choose?
According to a report from the State Health Department of Florida, students seem to be selecting their intoxicants wisely. A 2006 government survey revealed that, when students were asked if they had smoked pot or cigarettes in the past month, 16 percent admitted toking up while 15.5 percent admitted to puffing on a cigarette.
In the ganja world, the entire year is a season of lights: the warm, nourishing lights of the growroom, the friendly flick of a Bic that creates the firelight for joyful joint-sharing. And Northern Lights kicks ass with the best of ’em—like this pile of Canadian-grown NL, seeds courtesy of the Ontario Seed Bank.
Record high temperatures and turnouts made this year’s annual Seattle Hempfest an event to remember warmly. The volunteer-run “protestival” drew an audience of approximately 150,000 over the course of two days, making it the largest marijuana rally in American history.
The future of action-movie heroes looks bleak. No longer will they be wasting bad guys and blowing up shit. They’ll be dosing the enemy instead. According to a report issued by Britain’s Defense Intelligence Service, the battlefield of the future will feature pharmacological warfare, with land mines releasing drugs to incapacitate soldiers on contact instead of shrapnel.
When a pipe company has been around for 34 years, you can bet they sell a smokin’ product! Celebration Pipes produces Lavastoneware pieces, which are exquisitely handcrafted by DaPiper from a unique ceramic composition. The pipes are textured with lava rocks, fired to over 2,300°F, and then meticulously plated in either 22-karat gold, platinum, opal, black coral, purple haze or an exotic Hanalei blue finish.
Ever wonder how new cannabis strains are created? Famous bud breeder Subcool reveals the secrets of his success in his first book on the subject, summing up over 20 years of experience growing and crossing pot varieties. Dank: The Quest for the Very Best Marijuana features loving descriptions of Subcool’s favorite strains, accompanied by incredibly vivid photos—close-ups so detailed that the pages practically stick together.
If you’re living the stoner life, your wardrobe should reflect your worldview—which is why you gotta start wearing Kush Couture. Not only does this clothing company market a wide variety of men’s and women’s T-shirts emblazoned with slick designs that trumpet our affinity for all things cannabis, but each shirt arrives vacuum-sealed—just like a pound of primo Kush.
Stop the presses! Snoop Dogg’s tour bus was pulled over in Corsicana, TX, for having expired stickers. Guess what the police subsequently discovered? A strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside! Hard to believe—we've never heard of any such behavior on the part of anyone associated with Snoop.
The US forbids the cultivation of hemp; Canada doesn't. But farmers up north still must clear a course of bureaucratic hurdles in order to plant. That's why Canadian farmers are hollering for relief—so North America can corner its own hemp market.
In the early 1800s, the life of a Canadian hemp farmer was somewhat different than today. The British government paid top dollar to farmers who agreed to grow hemp—and it was the local sheriff who distributed the seeds. Back then, it was a military crop, vital to the British Navy, which required durable, locally grown fiber material to produce rope and sails.
In August 2007, Eric Sage was pulled over on I-90 near Rapid City, SD, for “weaving” on his motorcycle. Sage, 30, was headed home to Sidney, NE, following the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Three of his friends were driving ahead of him in his Nissan pickup.
The war on cocaine continues to backfire, despite the recent trumpeting by the DEA that the drug’s availability decreased in 38 large and midsize US markets during the first half of 2007. A closer look reveals that the agency doesn’t really have much cause to celebrate—for several reasons.
Irish criminology professor Paul O’Mahony, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer in psychology and head of the School of Occupational Therapy at Trinity College, Dublin. The author of several books on criminal justice, he has tackled the scourge of prohibition in his latest offering.
Let the decriminalization debate in Congress begin.
We are here today to support HR 5843, which, if passed, would strip the federal government of its authority to arrest responsible adult cannabis consumers—such as myself. NORML supports the elimination of all criminal and civil penalties for the personal use of marijuana, regardless of whether one is smoking marijuana for medical use or for personal pleasure.
NORML Legal Committee member Doug Hiatt, a former union organizer and public defender, is a criminal defense lawyer in Seattle who is working to ensure that law enforcement institutions in the state of Washington comply with the state's medical-cannabis laws and treat citizens who possess cannabis—for whatever reason—with the same dignity and respect that alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical consumers enjoy.
Dr. Mitch, Can dogs and other animals get high? Sally Yang Hi Sally, Yep, animals can get high—any living thing that has cannabinoid receptors responds to THC. Even the hydra, a dinky freshwater animal best studied under a microscope, starts eating more when stimulated with THC.
If you’re reading this now, it might very well mean that you’re one of the lucky few (as in few thousand) basking in the blissful billows of the world’s best buds at the 21st annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup. And as you’re getting lost in the annals of pot fame and the beautiful alleyways of Amsterdam, be sure you remember to make it back to the Power Zone by 10 p.m. on November 27 for the Cup’s grand finale. This year marks one of the most monumental musical appearances in the harvest festival’s history; a Second Generation of reggae musical genius will be taking the stage—the offspring of the three original founders of Bob Marley and the Wailers: Bob Marley’s second-youngest son, Ky-Mani Marley; Peter Tosh’s son, Andrew Tosh; and the daughter of Bunny Wailer, Cen’C Love.
MARY OUGHT SIX
There’s no question that the reggae explosion that took the world by storm back in the early '70s was greatly due to the revolutionary music of the Wailers and their message of Jah, love and political uprising—born in the ghetto of Trench Town in Kingston, Jamaica, and embraced across cultural gaps worldwide.
While Bad Brains’ future remains undecided, young Canadians Bedouin Soundclash follow in their wake.
Nothing has ever sounded as crisply combustible as the fiery hardcore of Bad Brains. Celebrating their 30th year in 2007, the band reconvened to release Build a Nation, produced by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. The album hints at the feral fury and uncanny precision (earned in their early days as the jazz-fusion outfit Mind Power) of their 1981 self-titled ROIR debut, and suggests a triumphant comeback after years of squabbling, breakups, false starts and missed opportunities.
In the general public's view, the legacy of the great American composer/joker/iconoclast Frank Zappa will no doubt always be nutshelled by the wisdom imparted in the words to his most famous song: “Watch out where the Huskies go / And don’t you eat that yellow snow.”
September marked the 30th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s unforgettable concerts in Egypt in 1978. Rhino Records has released a double-CD album of the event, but I was fortunate enough to actually be there with Ken Kesey and a bunch of Merry Pranksters.
After our night at Mt. Rushmore, my FFL and I were back on the road—driving east on I-90 across South Dakota, then turning down into Nebraska and crashing in Omaha the next night before hitting I-80 through to Chicago. We’d have to be careful lighting up here: the pigs ‘round these parts are fed a steady diet of steroidenriched, genetically engineered ubercorn.
HIGH TIMES’ resident mistress of marijuana mayhem answers all of your questions and quandaries. Dear Vaporella, I know many of us are on medications these days—everything from common cold medicines to chemicals for brain imbalances and the like.
NAME: Jessica AGE: 23 CITY: Phoenix, AZ OCCUPATION: bartender, artist HOBBIES: reading, singing, hiking, writing, anything artsy (drawing, scrapbooking, painting), watching movies and football, poker nights, boardgames, volleyball, softball SPIRITUAL BELIEFS: I believe in freedom and inner beauty.
On November 27, 2008, Peter Tosh was inducted into the HIGH TIMES Counterculture Hall of Fame at the Cannabis Cup Awards Show in Amsterdam. The leading historian of reggae culture attended the ceremony and wrote this tribute to one of marijuana's greatest advocates.
“It is against my religion not to smoke herb,” a defiant Peter Tosh declared to me a quarter-century ago. Today, Tosh is still recognized as one of the world’s foremost champions of the legalization of Jah Holy Weed, a most appropriate choice as the latest member of the HIGH TIMES Counterculture Hall of Fame.
Our correspondents from around the world weigh in on this year's bumper crop of buds. Take a tour of the best pot on the planet with our esteemed team of cannabis researchers, who have scoured the globe in search of great ganja.
These days, the horticulture of cannabis is so completely under the control of humans that the plant tends to lead an unnatural life cycle and rarely has the chance to grow freely in the wild. It is typically grown indoors, where the males are killed and the females are cut down in their prime—just before having the chance to reproduce.
Each year, we at HIGH TIMES painstakingly scour the entire planet in search of the tastiest and most potent pot to feature in our esteemed rundown of the world’s finest cannabis varieties. It’s a tough decision, yet certain strains always seem to shine through—making themselves known as something special for growers, pot aficionados and cannabis connoisseurs across the universe. Grow some out today!
JORGE’S DIAMONDS #1
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Smokers interested in heady, inspirational marijuana always seek out the longer-flowering, Hazy sativas, sometimes referred to colloquially as “amphetaweed” for their uplifting qualities. Harry and Ed from Delta 9 Labs have engineered an incredible new variety called Brainstorm Haze that will make your visions clearer and let your ideas fly. A pure Thai Haze mother fertilized by their Stargazer (Sensi Star x Warlock x AK-47) produces pot that feels almost electric, with a distinct Hazy flavor and heart-racing power that makes you want to get outside and complete some tasks—a wonderful daytime weed.
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Having placed or won in every cannabis contest they’ve ever entered, Don and Aaron of DNA Genetics (get it? D 'n' A Genetics) continue riding high. These Southern Cali transplants to Holland utilized a California Hash Plant female fertilized by a Cannalope Haze male to make the Anunnaki. Tall and lanky, she won’t be a tremendous yielder, but her subtle tastes and racy “up” high are well worth the wait. Indoors, do some severe pruning early on to avoid growing too much lumber (i.e., foot-long distances between the nodes). Let Anunnaki go the full distance and the rewards will make it self-evident that not all sativa-dominant strains are created equal. Flowering time: nine to 10 weeks
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Luc and the Paradise Seeds cannabis crew score pot points time and time again with impeccable and time-tested breeding techniques, resulting in strong crosses that always grow big, chunky buds. Their indica-heavy White Berry is no exception, growing into huge, frosty nuggets covered in trichomes and bursting with flavors. The high calyx-to-leaf ratio makes White Berry easy to trim and absolutely wonderful for hash-making. It's also a great nighttime smoke, with soothing qualities that can induce a peaceful, easy feeling perfect for sitting on the couch with a bong and some video games. Medicinal patients also highly recommend White Berry for muscle spasms and restless-leg syndrome. Flowering time: seven weeks
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Spain continues to make its global ganja presence known with incredible genetics geared for growers interested in high yields of the stickiest ganja. On a recent visit to Barcelona for the Spannabis Fair, we were lucky enough to try Destroyer, a powerful strain from Cannabiogen, a company long at the forefront of Spain’s sensi surge. Destroyer is an almost-pure sativa sporting a combined Thai, Mexican and Colombian heritage, but with all of the exotic flavors and racy highs that are typical of Thai. The longer you let this plant flower, the more psychedelic the experience of smoking her becomes—so be patient. The results are guaranteed to destroy you (in a good way).
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The Green Avengers, led by the cannabis couple Subcool and MzJill, are dedicated to their quest to provide medicinal-cannabis hybrids for patients in need. Their newest release, The Flav, combines Canada’s legendary Romulan with the original Space Queen (Romulan x Cinderella 99) for a taste sensation that's hard to beat. Anyone who’s grown or smoked the Romulan knows its intense flavor and yields, and the Flav brings out the best of both. The phenotypes expressed by these seeds all show significant trichome production, resulting in sticky nuggets with that characteristic “ripe-to-rotting” fruit odor of the real Rom. Haven’t we all been on the lookout for an exceptional indica with superior flavor to boot? Believe the hype.
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Having always loved the incredible and unique Hawaiian cannabis varieties, and having really appreciated Flying Dutchmen’s Real McCoy at Coffeeshop Media in Amsterdam, we were very excited to learn of the Pineapple Punch, a cross of a meticulously selected Real McCoy female with a sturdy Skunk #1 male. The result is a sublime and extremely cerebral taste of the tropics, complete with the unique flavors for which the best sativa-dominant hybrids are known. Fruity pineapple tastes and scents abound in this flavorful and potent strain, making her a pleasure to grow as well as to smoke. Careful, though—the intense sativa elements of Pineapple Punch can cause heart racing and even paranoia among inexperienced puffers.
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JORGE’S DIAMONDS #1
In an exciting tribute to HIGH TIMES’s own longtime cultivation expert, Jorge Cervantes, the breeding experts at the Dutch Passion Seed Company have created Jorge’s Diamonds #1. Resinous and thought-provoking (much like the man it’s named for), Jorge’s Diamonds #l will entice you with an incredible taste and aroma. This indica-dominant strain was selected from the 25-year-old Dutch Passion “Research Gene Pool,” and its sweet, fruity smell and taste come from just the right amount of sativa genetics mixed in. Two legends unite to bring the world an incredible new cannabis variety whose potency is rivaled only by its amazing flavors and complex notes.
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Following up their award-winning strain the Purps, the BC Bud Depot crew releases The Black—a potent and tasty indica variety known for her frosty, tight, darkcolored nuggets. She’s a heavy feeder, with fan leaves that turn dark purple to almost black as harvest time approaches. Ninety percent indica, the Black is definitely a nighttime smoke—truly narcotic, with a stone that hits hard and is especially appreciated by medicinal users. Fast-flowering, and with a great yield of buds heavy on pure bag appeal, it appears that Black is the new Purple for pot connoisseurs.
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Aaron and Don from DNA Genetics have decided to provide a showcase for some of their favorite medicinal strains from their California home. The idea was to take some of the West Coast’s finest private vintage strains, such as this year’s winner, Cole Train, and release them to the public through a collective they call Reserva Privada. Cole Train originates from the Humboldt County area and is the result of pollinating the female Jasmine (a mid-’90s Silver Haze hybrid) with the Trainwreck (T4) male. This one tastes like the old-school Colombian genetics prized and treasured by seasoned smokers from the days of yore. This mostly indica variety also resists pests and molds, making Cole Train perfect to grow in harsher climates. Flowering time: seven to nine weeks
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G and Kat have been growing and breeding cannabis for decades. Their years of experience creating strains for the harsh environment of Vancouver Island has resulted in plants that withstand the most challenging elements, resist molds and diseases, and produce huge colas that dry into the stickiest and stinkiest of buds. The wonderfully (and aptly) named Fucking Incredible—a.k.a. the FI for short—is a tasty, indica-heavy hybrid with lots of vigor that’s easy to grow and fucking incredible to smoke.
I know what you're thinking: You're totally bummed that this, our third and final installment of the series, brings us to the end of our road. But look on the bright side: It's November, and the 21st Annual Cannabis Cup is only weeks away. Hopefully, you can continue the journey with us across the Atlantic and party with us Cup-style. But if not, behold: our last piece of the great preview. We hope you enjoy—it was all for you!
The Mad Botanists
What day is it? I have no idea. Twelve?! Shit, the locals are right—the hash here is no joke, and it takes its toll on you. But I am still stoked: My last visit has serious potential. After all, it’s Barney’s Farm day. In case you’ve never been to Amsterdam, or have never leafed through the myriad advertising pages in this great publication, Barney’s is a staple of the Amsterdam scene, whether you're tourist or a local.
A quick tutorial was given by Sebastian on the nuances of clone production. Actually, there are very few nuances, as Sebastian succinctly broke down for our readers the art (and simplicity) of producing high-quality, viable clones. In quick fashion, Sebastian showed me four easy steps for 1-2-3 cloning. In a mother room that can churn out over 500 clone babies a day, simplicity is the key to production.
STEP 1: First, pick out a healthy branch to cut near the top of the mother plant. Look for a small side shoot, about 4 to 5 inches tall, that has healthy, medium-sized leaves. Cut the shoot from the main branch at a 45° angle. This creates more surface area at the base of the cutting for roots to grow out from.
Branded the “Prince of Pot” by his country’s media, Marc Emery has served as head of the British Columbia Marijuana Party since it was created in 2001 for the provincial elections. (The BCMP had candidates in every riding, as the Canadian parliamentary districts are called, and garnered 3.4 percent, or 53,000 votes.) Emery himself has run for political office countless times.
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“Wow, it’s been a long time since we’ve had quality this good. Amazing smell and really complex flavour, with an awesome high that lasts for hours.”
“These Kali Mist nugs are awesome. Grown indoors under HPS, this is a true head-stash strain. Perfectly cured, they have an intense flavor and a powerful sativa high. This is as good as it gets here in Western Maryland.”
“One deep inhale and you can taste the sugary undertones. Best enjoyed in a small bowl or one-hitter to truly savor the lemony-citrus taste.”
“Primo weed: White Rhino crossed with a Sagarmatha breeding male courtesy of Celtic Stone. Crazy amounts of trichomes with a heady high. Grown organic and grown well!”
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: $358 (last month: $344; YTD: $369) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $465 ($427, $449)
Chewy ganja pralines seal lips with Southern sweetness.
NOT MY GRANDMA’S PRALINES
My Gramps just died, and with his passing, family secrets unfurled. Gramps held to the old school Southern belief that unpleasant topics should be ignored. He never revealed that his grandfather was a Brooklyn -born Confederate Major and Wesleyan alumnus.
The seed revolution has begun! An historic day has arrived as a new development in seed sales is announced to the public.
After a teaser campaign appearing in all the cannabis magazines and on cannabis websites whetted everyone's appetite, it’s time to reveal what it was all about. The Green House Seed Company is introducing to the market a new, revolutionary technique that allows multiple strains to be sold in a single pack.
Growers are always looking for cheap and simple solutions to their problems and the Grow Room Tent solves many. It’s a light-tight grow tent that zips open and closed on three sides for easy access. Grow Room Tents can be assembled by one person in a half-hour and come down even quicker in case they need moving or hiding. A waterproof floor liner keeps it from flooding and holes for intake or exhaust are built right in. It’s both an instant growroom and a portable one, and it can take up to 600-watts of light and the hydro or soilless mix system of your choice. Dimensions are 53" by 53" by 84" tall to provide space for plants to grow and buds to fill out the canopy. Price: $239.99
Quality cannabis should never be consumed with butane and flint from lighters and sulfur from matches. The complex flavors become lost and those products are harmful to health and the environment. That’s why we’re so excited about Bee Line, a new organic product made from hemp and beeswax and hand wrapped around recycled paper. Simply light the string and it stays lit like a candle for fresh tasting hit after hit. The slow burn is perfect for keeping bowls well lit without the toxins and pollution of chemicals and you’ll quickly come to enjoy the subtle hints of honey with your bubblehash. Bee Line stays lit and so do you. Price: $26.00 a box (21 packs measuring nine feet each)
Since 1973, skateboard company Santa Cruz has created iconic skate decks and gear for action sports enthusiasts. Their new line features some cool potinfused clothing and we couldn’t help but notice that they’ve filled in their famous logo with buds. We applaud the folks at Santa Cruz for acknowledging the obvious connection between cannabis and surf/skate/snow cultures and not buying into the fear instilled by drug warriors. These shirts reveal what we've always known; smoking pot and riding boards go hand in hand.
Hydroponic gardeners know that cleanliness is one of the most important factors in keeping their plants healthy and their buds bursting, but trays and reservoirs always tend to build up all kinds of hard-to-clean gunk. Garden Ablaze has come up with the perfect simple solution; their HydroGarden Armor is essentially a simple liner that protects trays and reservoirs and lets plants and roots continue to do their thing without affecting pH or pumps. Molds, funguses and pests are kept at bay when theres no home for them to multiply. So, if you’re tired of constantly scrubbing out trays and cleaning out your reservoirs, put on some Armor and you’ll always be protected.
I read the chapter in Marijuana Horticulture on “Lights and Electricity,” and there’s no mention of LED grow lights. Do you have any experience with these devices? What are your thoughts? D-Bo Via Internet Dear D-Bo, Although I answered a similar question last month, LED (light-emitting diode) lamps are such a cool subject that they demand additional information and a more complete answer this month.
Christmastime is here, and it’s time to relax a little and enjoy the holiday season and all the accompanying cheer. Now is the time to pull out your special stash! Growers in the North can make plans for next year’s crop, and most Southern growers will be harvesting their last tropical sativas this month (if they’re not already out and drying).
Knockin’ it down a notch so you can bring it up, we reveal some budgetsawy grow ops that will let you get started growing your own ganja at relatively no cost Learn how to build a small growroom for only $1,000. You’ll save thousands more by never having to buy pot again! Just think: no more dealers, no more iffy weed—because you’ll be growing your own favorite flavors! Cultivation Editor Nico Escondido teaches you how.