In the past year, it was hard to avoid the nationwide blitz of potpotency propaganda unleashed by the federal government. Spurred by the University of Mississippi's Potency Monitoring Project, which ominously reported that THC levels in marijuana had doubled over the past 25 years, the Feds sounded every alarm they could come up with: psychosis, addiction, respiratory disease—even that this new marijuana could kill you!
I just recently bought my first issue of HIGH TIMES at the local smoke shop, because it had Cheech & Chong on the cover and I wanted to get it signed by them at their Eugene show. I had no idea that this magazine was anything more than just the typical stoner stereotypes and stoner jokes.
It’s been 25 years since the death of Andy Kaufman, the comedian who gleefully made a career out of mind-fucking America. Whether it was his foray into pro wrestling or his insistence on reading The Great Gatsby in its entirety to a Carnegie Hall audience, Kaufman ventured boldly where no performer had gone before.
Lotus recently unveiled the Eco Elise technology demonstrator at the British Motor Show. The car features hemp body panels, eco wool and sisal carpets, cleaner manufacturing technologies, water-based paints and locally-sourced components.
In 2004, the Feds raided Eddie Lepp’s medical mega-garden of 32,000 pot plants in Lake County, CA. Four years later, he has been convicted and now faces from up to 10 years to life in prison. Lepp argued that he was a legal grower under California's Compassionate Use Act of 1996, and that he used cannabis religiously as a Rastafarian and an ordained minister of the Universal Church of Life.
Five years ago, the largest cultivation operation in Canadian history was busted when cops raided a former Molson’s brewery in Barrie, Ontario that was housing 30,000 plants. But that mark was recently shattered. In September, Ontario Provincial police discovered 40,000 plants in a massive outdoor operation growing in a cornfield in rural eastern Ontario.
It was an uncommonly sunny Saturday in September, and the only clouds hovering over the Boston Commons were those rising from the over 10,000 stoners and activists discreetly toking up at the 19th Annual Boston Freedom Rally. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann), NORML, HIGH TIMES, and WBCN 104.1 FM radio, the event has become the largest of its kind on the east coast.
In Washington's Yakima Valley, over 200,000 marijuana plants were discovered last summer and fall growing alongside the region's grapes. As usual, law enforcement was quick to blame Mexican cartels for the illegal gardening, even though almost all of the people arrested were Hispanic migrant workers caught on the premises.
“Everyone thinks in a musical way,” says Ben Taylor, before adding: “Of course, the music of thought isn’t always my idea of a symphony.” Well, whatever he’s thinking, we’ll buy it. Taylor has just released his third album, The Legend of Kung Folk, Part 1 (The Killing Bite), and he’s letting out the thoughtful melodies playing in his head in 10 terrific cuts that showcase his wit, his guitar, and the skill of a singer-songwriter who's comfortable in his own skin.
If there were an award for the bicycle with the smallest carbon footprint (i.e., the least amount of green-house gases emitted during its production), the Bamboo Bike by Calfee Design would ride away with the prize. Its frame is fashioned from bamboo that has been smoked and heat-treated to prevent splitting; the lugs are made of hemp fiber for an all-natural look; and the chain stays are available in carbon fiber for extra stiffness in the drive train.
Why has Fidel Castro dropped out of sight? Turns out he's now managing a clothing line called Hemp Hoodlamb, a stylishly laid-back assortment of men’s and women’s clothing for all seasons, designed with hemp and other natural fibers and fashioned for stoners on the go.
A box-office disappointment when it first hit the theaters, The Big Lebowski, the Coen Brothers’ twisted take on classic Hollywood detective yarns, follows the exploits of the Dude, an unemployed, aging ’60s radical who spends his days stoned and bowling until a case of mistaken identity puts him back on the path of adventure.
The Indianapolis Colts waived second-year defensive lineman Ed Johnson after he was busted for possession in September. Johnson had been speeding north of Indianapolis when he was stopped. Cops smelled weed, and drug-sniffing dogs found his stash.
The Japan Sumo Association, which oversees professional sumo wrestling in the country, was recently rocked by scandal. The Russian sumo wrestler Wakanoho (all sumo wrestlers take on professional names) was busted in Japan last summer for pot possession and received a lifetime expulsion from the JSA, the first in the association’s long history.
The little-known but dodgy government public-health "surveillance system” dubbed the Drug Abuse Warning Network, or DAWN, monitors drug-related visits to hospi tal emergency departments (EDs) and drug-related deaths investigated by medical examiners and coroners.
In the nation with the highest incarceration rate in the world, famous artists and their patrons have joined the fight for justice. In September, the Drug Policy Alliance hosted "re:FORM,” an auction and cocktail party held in New York City, where noted artists like Fred Tomaselli, Alex Grey and Andres Serrano donated work in order to benefit the DPA and its mission of promoting alternatives to the War on Drugs.
Ayahuasca, the woody jungle vine brewed as a ceremonial “tea” by at least 72 tribes of the Amazon region, has long been considered both medicinal and magical, with mystic healing properties. The government of Peru recently issued a statement acknowledging ayahuasca’s spiritual value, which reads, in part: “The effects produced by its consumption are equivalent to entering the secrets of the spiritual world.”
James Franco has been on my personal radar ever since I first took notice of him in the late '90s, when the TV cult classic Freaks and Geeks was still on the air. After the show got canceled, I stored his good looks and squinty eyes away in the "hottie” sector of my brain for later use.
New year, same result: Kush is once again the most submitted strain of the month, beating out Diesel and Purps by substantial margins. After a rebound in December, the Kind Index began 2009 by dropping again, though not significantly. Meanwhile, the US Price Index shot up $36, to a 14-month high of $394.
For Dilated Peoples, last summer’s tour was a chance to regroup. After completing a four-album deal with Capitol with the release of 2006’s 20/20, they celebrated with a DVD documentary, The Release Party, and immediately set about releasing solo albums.
Partying seems to be the dominant topic in your music. For the record, exactly how hard do you party? Actually, as far as partying goes, my experience has been relatively limited—that is, if "partying” is to be defined by intoxication or drug use.
Widely considered the “gold standard” of the med-pot movement, the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, a co-op that distributes free cannabis to seriously ill people, is the central focus of Dying to Get High, a new book examining medical marijuana in America.
Ancestors’ Neptune With Fire should satiate both the traditional stoner-metal fan and those seeking a more expansive approach to this often self-limiting subgenre. After all, how many weed-metal bands have both an organist (J. Christopher Watkins) and a member providing "textual incarnations and noise” (Chico Foley)?
Penned by Stephen Davis, the scribe who gave us Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, Watch You Bleed is essentially a glossy overview of Guns n’ Roses and their meteoric rise from playing sleazy Sunset Strip nightclubs to being arguably one of the most important bands in the world.
On their confident debut, the Gay Blades rep the so-called "trash-pop” sect. Yet despite their flamboyant, homoerotic appellation and glam-rock auspices, guitarist-vocalist Clark Westfield and drummer-vocalist Puppy Mills skirt the issue of real or imagined gayness, concentrating instead on crafting their beguilingly eclectic tunes.
New York Adorned, one of the finest tattoo parlors in the Big Apple, recently held a live exhibition to show off its inkers’ unique skills. Putting their needles aside in favor of charcoal pencils, paint and multi-colored Sharpies, the artists were given life-size cardboard cutouts of a naked woman to use as a showcase foi their personal design preferences.
This year’s Seattle Hempfest was one for the record books,
BOBBY BLACK After my cross-country tour, the next stop on my "Smoke the Vote" campaign would be Washington—State, that is. I’d never been to Seattle before, but our associate publisher, Rick Cusick, has been a featured speaker at Hempfest for the past few years, and had regaled me with such exciting tales that I volunteered to accompany him this year and run the HIGH TIMES booth.
So now I have a new theological question: What exactly was Moses tripping on while hallucinating that he was parting the Red Sea? After all, Benny Shanon, who teaches cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, theorizes in Time and Mind, a journal of philosophy, that Moses was simultaneously high on Mount Sinai and high on psychedelics when he heard God delivering the Ten Commandments.
My first whiff hit me like a ton of bricks the second my brother opened the door of his house. The smell it exuded was remarkable, a unique yet overwhelmingly strong aroma, so pleasant and pungent that it was almost overpowering— something you pulled away from as soon as the fragrance filled your nose, only to immediately pull it closer for another sniff.
How to Build Your Own mall Growroom Safely and On the Cheap.
GETTING DOWN SOME BASICS
GASES AND NUTRIENTS
LIGHTING AND VENTILATION
Wick Systems and Earth Boxes
WATERING AND GROW MEDIUMS
Allow me to first throw out a few disclaimers. Our chief concern here in the Cultivation Department, as always, is the safety and well-being of our readers and growers, as well as the families and neighbors of said growers. To grow marijuana safely is sometimes contradictory to doing it inexpensively.
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“This ain’t your grandfather’s or your father’s marijuana.... This will addict you. This will kill you.”-US DEA Special Agent Mark Trouville, as quoted by the Associated Press. If lying about pot has become the Feds’ national pastime, then lying about the supposed dangers posed by the increased potency of cannabis is an annual tradition.
There's no denying it: At first look, Paul Booth is a frightening presence. But in contrast to his menacing, larger-than-life appearance, the highly acclaimed and influential tattoo artist is actually a rather easygoing, warm-hearted guy.
There are over 65 active cannabinoids in marijuana; the most prevalent of these are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN). These cannabinoids have received the most study because they’re the primary components in Cannabis sativa L. with medicinal properties.
Now that wintertime is fast approaching, I miss sweating through the steamy summer days of July. It was so hot and dry then that I swear my bong didn’t work—the water kept evaporating! Back on one of those hellish days, I had the idea of escaping to a cool tropical oasis, and I let my taste buds lead me into the kitchen.
Recent media reports have focused on a number of former drug warriors who have radically changed their views. Take the case of the United Kingdom's former drug czar, Julian Critchley, the director of the Anti-Drug Coordination Unit. In a recent BBC World Service interview, Critchley insisted: “I’m not saying drugs should be decriminalized because it would be fun if we could all get stoned with impunity.
A Berkeley professor researches the dispensary scene.
The University of CaLifornia at BerkeLey's Dr. Amanda Reiman has been researching and advocating drug-policy reform for the past decade. Her numerous guest lectures—on such topics as medical cannabis, drug policy and political propaganda—are very far removed from her upbringing in a “small conservative town in Indiana that was very anti-drug and very pro-DARE.” Reiman states: “Once I got out of high school, I started to realize that drugs were much more complex than ‘Just Say No.'
Dr. Mitch, What’s this new weight-loss pill that’s supposed to be the opposite of marijuana? Does it give you the anti-munchies? Tuffy Koenig Hi Tuffy, Rimonabant, a drug that blocks the cannabinoid receptor CB1, does help people take off the pounds if used in conjunction with diet and exercise.
Handcrafted in Germany, the AroMed 4.0 is a precise vaporizer that allows the user to view the pot as it heats. The AroMed 4.0 has a hot-air source of undeniable purity: an ultraviolet-free halogen lightbulb controlled by a precise microprocessor, plus an additional water filter. The glass herb holder allows users to watch extraction while inhaling. It’s a well-designed device that nerds will especially love because they can view the vaporization process under lights. Zowie! The AroMed 4.0 can be filled with more than one dose, and users can adjust the inhalation to suit their preference without in-between switch-offs. Gotvape.com, $439
Outstanding value and efficiency is found in the Easy Vape. It features incredibly quick preparation and delivers impressively smooth, heady hits via glass-tipped whips. The Easy Vape comes with an advanced digital LCD display and controls. It’s lightweight and small, but extremely powerful and precise, with a long-lasting ceramic heating element. Vaporizergiant.com, $149.99
Not a bad choice: It’s a simple, stable unit that delivers smooth, strong hits, though you’ll have to use some lungpower. Happy Vappy comes in a few different colors, which is nice—ut should a heating element that plugs into a wall and a plastic-straw attachment really be this expensive? Happyvappy.com, $219
It takes a bit long for the vapor bag to fill, but we had no complaints about its effective delivery system, basically a sippy-type straw. The plastic console and Teflon straw may be a turn-off for some, but there’s no doubt that it’s easy to use. Herbal Aire is a cheap yet able imitation of the Volcano, which has come to be viewed as the Ferrari of vaporizers, but it’s hardly in the same league. Vaporizergiant.com, $249.99
The Hot Box is exactly that—a box. Or a cube. The staff argued about this distinction throughout the 15 minutes that the Hot Box requires to reach optimal temperature. But all of the participants liked the unit (available in a variety of designs), which provides smooth, tasty hits bereft of harshness. Our Hot Box was furnished with a glass "steamroller” attachment, which some considered aesthetic and others described as "unwieldy” and "breakable”—which it definitely is. Also, the steamroller costs extra. A tube or whip will do just as well. Hotboxvapors.com, $249 Steamroller $110
The burnished wood console of the iVape is attractive, like an old TV from the ’50s. Unfortunately, its reception is similar. The tubes and connections don’t fit as tightly as necessary, and with no heating-adjustment knob or digital readout, it’s hard to know when your hit is ready. Overall, there seems to be "a lot of room for error,” according to the VM. You get what you pay for. www. drgreens. com, $130
We did a Google search, but found nothing on the Mt. Fuji vaporizer. Good thing: Maybe everybody already knows it's a piece of junk. Bad vapor bags, bad fittings, bad heating. An exercise in frustration at every level. It may look like the Volcano, but it’s dormant in every respect. An overpriced lemon—if you see it, walk away. $399
One of our favorites: It looks like an expensive car radio, it's made with lightweight solid aluminum, and it features an outstanding ceramic heating element with an accurate, real-time temperature readout as you vaporize. "Responsive” was the operative word here. Super Vapezilla is as slick and sleek as they come. The experts on staff called it “the best box-and-whip system” on the market, and they should know—they’re into S&M. Vapezilla.com, $550
A unanimous thumbs-down! This handheld vaporizer smells positively toxic, with an industrial odor so off-putting and noxious that only a few participants would even come near it, much less take a hit off it. You can use it with a tube instead, but that still means you’re in its immediate proximity. It’s got a digital temperature readout, if that makes any difference. Vaporizergiant.com, $149.99
VAPIR OXYGEN 2.0
No better than the Vapir One. Again, the foul smell is an instant buzzkill—and that's before you even take a hit. Those who did try this handheld device made faces that bespoke its ickiness and noted a rancid, plastic aftertaste. Just say no. Vaporizers.ca $124.99
It may be small, but it’s hardly "discreet,” as the website describes it. Why? It’s packaged inside a yellow egg. ("Oh, that’s just my egg, officer.”) You light the heating device, then suck on a white straw-like tube. It comes with a torch; lighters won’t work with it. It’s a bit ungainly and takes time to load, light and inhale. Stick with a joint if you want discretion. Still, our intrepid VM did stoke the tiny VapMan sufficiently to induce a mind-altering vaporization experience. So it works okay, but it's way overpriced. Vaporstore.com, $144.95
Everybody remarked on the classic, elegant look; unfortunately, it’s a case of style over substance. The heating element fails to heat the pot thoroughly and must be checked repeatedly. Throughout the judging process, participants were unable to take proper hits, as evidenced by the frantic sucking action engaged in by everyone who sampled a tube. Vaporstore.com, $199
Battery-operated and rechargeable, the VM3 is one of the best handheld vaporizers on the market. It features a concealable mouthpiece, a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery, a temperature-control unit, built-in safety features and ergonomic design. It’s compact, easy to use and looks like a cell phone. Best of all, it works—divinely! Volatizer.com, $499.95
Still the undisputed champ in Vaporizer Land. If you can afford it, you’ll never regret it. It’s durable, with a patented technology that monitors the temperature at all times. Plus the huge "Easy Valve” bags ensure hearty vapor hits with no seepage. Best of all, the bags fill up quickly: Although they’re twice as large as the Herbal Aire’s, we filled four Volcano vapor bags in the time it took for just one Herbal Aire bag. Simply put, the Volcano has no equal! Thevolcanovaporizer.com, $669
Pot producers and discerning purchasers need to know how much their buds weigh, but scales are typically conspicuous—and they can also be used as grounds for additional criminal charges when discovered by authorities. We recently were sent this new Digital Scale Phone that looks and feels just like a popular brand of cell phone, yet opens up to reveal a plate that measures from up to 300 grams down to a 10th of a gram, and we think stoners will love it. These scales are perfect for hiding in plain sight among the items that normally clutter a household, making them very likely to be overlooked in a typical search situation and worth their weight in green. Price: $69.95 Contact: Herbal Smoke Shop, herbalsmokeshop.com
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Staying one step ahead of "Johnny Law,” nosy neighbors and potential thieves ain’t easy. That’s why we love new stealth-storage products like the Stash Wheel, an innovative hiding place that looks like a simple skateboard wheel yet contains a secret within. You can store a couple of grams of pot where nobody will find it: in the middle compartment of a polyurethane wheel, complete with working bearings. You can’t be too careful when our right to privacy takes a backseat to paranoia and illegal searches. Price: $10-$12 retail, $5 wholesale, $3 distributors Contact: Booth Seven, 805-265-5450, boothseven.com
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Rapid Roller Electric Cigarette Machine
Rolling your own in a hurry just got a lot easier. The Rapid Roller Electric Cigarette Machine produces perfect joints when you need them, eliminating the need for manual rolling machines. Never fumble around again—simply grind your smoking material (they recommend tobacco; we prefer high-quality cannabis), load it into the machine and hold the paper at the end according to the instructions provided. Your machine will roll out spliff after spliff until the chamber is empty. You control how much "tobacco” is injected into each cigarette and the size of each resulting joint. The Rapid Roller comes with a one-year limited warranty and is perfect for festivals and parties. Price: $129.99 Contact: Genuine Tobacco, 888-871-8431, genuinetobacco.com
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Rolling joints or packing bowls outdoors or while traveling away from home can be a real pain. These new Scout Containers from Space Case—one of the leading sensi-storage solutions companies—come in three different sizes, complete with a built-in anodized steel grinder and enough space for buds, filters and papers. Nuggets are kept intact until the moment you wish to consume them. Everything you need for a sweet session is contained in one simple, waterproof and airtight device for perfect puffing every time. Great for boats and barbecues. Price: $50 Contact: gotvape.com
While “jonesing” for a buzz, I clipped some fan leaves from a plant that had only recently begun to bud. I know it was silly (and tasted bad), but it was something to smoke on an otherwise dreary day. However, to my amazement, I did catch a small buzz, though it didn't last long.
Happy New Year! Prepared growers who planned for the future can dip into their stash of high-quality outdoor buds and share with friends to celebrate the New Year. Surf by the HIGH TIMES website (hightimes.com) to check out the 21st Annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup prize-winning strains.
One of our biggest sellers each year, this issue packs a dozen pages of hydroponic information for the BEGINNER grower! Systems, nutrients, mediums and basic pitfalls of growing hydro are covered. Plus, Nico takes a second to pull some recurring hydro questions out of the mailbag to give readers extra insight into the world of growing with water.