Well, what is there to say? By now, you surely know the drill: It’s February, and that means it’s time for our annual hydro issue. In fact, it’s HIGH TIMES’ 10th Annual Hydro Report—a testament to just how alive and well the water-world of hydroponics still is!
First off, I love your magazine. The interviews, articles, pictures and especially Miss HIGH TIMES are all phenomenal! So don't listen to any negative input you receive because you're all doing great. Second, could you tell me why indicas are seemingly so much more popular than sativas?
Recent reports surrounding the pot use of controversial British singer Amy Winehouse hark back to the yellow journalism of the 1930s, when cannabis first was criminalized. Back then, the authorities claimed that pot smoking caused mental insanity.
Throughout history, the use of cannabis by women of all cultures has flourished. And studies and research conducted over the past half-century reveal that women continue to use cannabis therapeutically in childbirth and nursing, as well as for treating post-partum stiffness and menstrual ailments like dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia.
In the early days of the current financial crisis, Bill Maher, host of Real Time on HBO, pointed out the obvious: "We are in desperate need of profitable industries that we can tax. Can we legalize pot?” If we did, experts believe that the cannabis-tax revenue in California alone could approach nearly $1 billion annually.
In September, a formal declaration was issued at the annual gathering of the World Forum Against Drugs, a talking shop for die-hard prohibitionists. The unrelenting focus of the declaration is on illegal hard drugs, which account for 10 percent of annual drug fatalities, and on cannabis, which accounts for 0 percent.
Call it the Cottonmouth Bowl-or, better yet, the Stupor Bowl! To be crowned Top Overall Stoner, you have to smoke the competition. Charlie Haze proved that.
It was the bottom of the ninth on the goal line with no time left on the clock. The stoner athletes sat anxiously onstage awaiting the referee’s signal to light their joints and begin sucking their brains out until the fat lady sang. The night had been long, but in just a few short hours, the field of 91 stoner athletes—who had traveled from across North America to Toronto in order to vie for the title of Top Overall Stoner—had been whittled down to just these five finely stoned competitors.
Purps usurped Kush as the top submitted pot of the month. In fact, February marked the first time since May 2008 that Purps took top honors. Also, following a significant increase in January, the US Index dropped 30 points in February, while the Kind and Mids indices rose slightly.
This laid-back bunch of SoCal surfers has been playing music and smoking herb together since they were in knee pants. First discovered by Bradley Nowell when they were just 17 years old, Slightly Stoopid joined the Sublime legend’s Skunk Records and have stayed true to that label’s independent spirit throughout their musical career.
The dream: Four stoner guys from Silver Sprin,MD, get together during high school to farm a reggae-rock band in an effort to avoid having to spend the rest of their lives working mundane day jobs. they tour relentlessly for five years, playing shows in clubs, synagogues, private parties and pretty much anywhere else they can get a gig.
Golden Animals, a duo, have got this amazing little thing out called Free Your Mind and Win a Pony, which is everything you ever loved about the hairy-revolutionary classic rock of the 1960s as it warped its wobbly way back to the mystic moods of ye olde prewar blues ’n’ rag choons like some kind of intensely curious strand of heat-seeking rock’n’roll DNA. This stuff takes you way, way back, but still manages to sound strangely prophetic....
Austin's Grupo Fantasma are bringing their high-energy Latin jazz-funk to the world, one city at a time.
The piquant flare of the horns and the easygoing gallop of the percussion cut through a rough and murky video of Latin jazz-funk combo Grupo Fantasma's performance at Purdue University. Visible on the floor are a swarm of salsa dancers emerging rhythmically out of and back into the darkness—not quite what you’d expect from a bunch of Hoosiers.
Fall 2008 saw two releases and tours that are sure to appeal to fans of the Beach Boys, their iconic former leader Brian Wilson and even Charles Manson. For the uninitiated: Manson Lived with Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson prior to the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders, and Charlie even had one of his songs ("Cease to Exist") recorded by the Beach Boys (released on their 20/20 LP as "Never Learn Not to Love").
Spent Casings (Papago Records) At the Eighth Annual Stony Awards in Malibu, CA, Zachariah and the Lobos Riders stunned the crowd with their inventive merger of country-and-western and rap, a performance that included the soon-to-be stoner classic "I Wanna Be a Lawnmower (’Cause They're Always On Grass).”
Stay Positive (Vagrant Records) Backed by the Hold Steady’s sinewy bar-band bluster, front-man Craig Finn comes across like the Boss transplanted from the Jersey Shore to the Mall of America. On the band's first three albums, Finn sang about his hometown of Minneapolis, where heavily pierced hoodrats, small-time hustlers and teenage thrill-seekers engage in casual hard drug use and promiscuity, exemplifying the moment that youthful adventure slides into decadence.
Damn Right Rebel Proud (Sidewalk Records) A dozen years into his tempestuous recording career, there are a few things we’ve come to know about Hank Williams III: He loves smoking weed and raising hell, and when it comes to feeling "those high times,” he turns to his legendary grandfather for inspiration.
if you need to buy some crystals and gems, why not go to a place where they understand you? Stoned is a rock store in Cobble Hill, a very hip and family-oriented area in Brooklyn, NY. Cheers to them for telling it like it is and for increasing all sorts of traffic into their store...foot traffic, drug traffic.
When it comes to pimpin' cribs, few places can compare to the shagadelic Shangri-La that is the Playboy Mansion. Like so many other guys, I’ve fantasized all my life about someday visiting Hef’s pleasure palace; little did I imagine that when I'd finally get my chance, it would be for a party hosted—| of all people—by the police.
Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine, by Wendy Chapkis and Richard Webb, is an important and accessible book—not heavy on academic jargon, but rather lively and engaging, like a true-detective novel—with a broad appeal to those interested in the medical potential of cannabis, grassroots activism and putting an end to the Drug War.
The outdoor gardens of Northern California grow bigger every year. That's why the season of harvest creates an atmosphere of high spirits-and even higher tension.
The government created the marijuana black market and law enforcement keeps it booming.
When you hit the local highways, again and again you see towering plants exceeding the height of the fences meant to hide them.
On the satellite radio, Washington is trying to figure out how to stop the free fall. The stock market is doing a belly flop and, in Congress, the finance guys are causing panic with utterances like "recession,” "depression” and "trillion-dollar losses.”
The past year has done little to quell Drug Czar John Walters’s rhetoric regarding the alleged involvement of so-called “Mexican cartels” in US pot production. Speaking to reporters in September, Walters claimed that up to 80 percent of all outdoor marijuana is now cultivated on public land, primarily in national parks.
Well, my patriotic amigos, the time has finally come for HIGH TIMES to venture west and see what all this hub-bud is about. Apparently, there is a North American Gardening Expo, and guess what? It’s actually in America—not Canada or Mexico, but in good ol' San Francisco.
At the end of the day, it's hard to argue against hydro.
Reader Questions for Extra Points
Welcome to the 10th Annual Hydroponics Report. To celebrate this milestone, HIGH TIMES is giving our readers what they like best: a simple breakdown of do-it-yourself hydro techniques, as well as some basic pitfalls you’ll want to avoid when starting out.
The biggest, best, strangest and stoniest jamband on Earth angels towards a glorious comeback.
‘There's this large group of human beings who think that we totally suck.’
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"We used to do parties at a place called the Ranch, a house on the outskirts of Burlington. There were local Vermont herb growers there and we'd have these parties while huge stalks of weed were drying all over the place. We'd play in a corner and then go hang out with everybody.”
'I hate the idea of medical-only marijuana. Cannabis is safer than booze; it should be as legal as firewater.'
You might not find Oaksterdam on a Rand McNally map of California's Bay Area, but astute cannaphiles know it as the capital city of California's thriving medical-marijuana scene. Much of this is due to the work of Richard Lee, a marijuana activist who has literally changed the face of downtown Oakland.
Pix of the Crop is reader-driven. Your submissions make all the stoners of the world dream of kind nugs. Send pictures (no Polaroids), tips, questions and stories to: HIGH TIMES, L119 Park Avenue South, 16th floor, New York, NY 10016. Digital photos can be e-mailed to maibag~hightimes.com and must be hi-res for publication.
Welcome to the second installment of our new mini-section devoted wholly to medicinal strains, uses, news, developments, activism, politics ... anything and everything, really, that is medically related to marijuana. This is your new Cannabis Clinic!
What interesting times we live in. By the time this issue hits the stands, our economy could resemble that of Argentina circa 2001, and there may be folks dangling by their silk neckties and golden parachutes from the lampposts on Wall Street...
Since the early '90s, the total number of Americans busted annually for pot has nearly tripled. In 1991, police arrested a modern low of 288,000 people for minor marijuana violations in the United States. But by 2006 (the last year for which data are available), a record 830,000 people were arrested.
As the art of blogging evolves, few have utilized this tool as effectively for anti-marijuana-prohibition advocacy as Pete Guither. Check him out at DrugWarRant.com and enter the Drug War Rant community. Both of these outlets were the result of Pete’s anger at the continued prohibition of cannabis.
Dr. Mitch, My girlfriend says the first ads for hemp paper claimed that it could raise the dead. What’s the story? J. Hearst Hi J., Around the year 100, according to a popular but apocryphal story, a Chinese bureaucrat named Ts’ai Lun staged his own death, then had people burn paper to bring him “back to life.”
Deep in the untamed wilderness of Vancouver Island, expert breeders are busy with massive gardens of pot plants bursting with seeds that will soon be spread all over the world. Getting to the outdoor grow spots of Canada is not an easy task. You can either jump out of a car at the side of a road and hike up steep, rocky inclines, or take a bumpy ride down deserted logging trails and trudge through thick woods for miles.
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The final step in hash-making is very important, yet often overlooked. Heating and pressing the hash together releases the essential oils and allows them to mix and cure, reaching a level of taste and smoothness that unpressed hash can never attain. The Big Daddy Press uses both pressure and heat to produce a beautifully solid slab of real hashish, with all the subtle flavors intact and none of the harshness of raw tri-chomes. Follow the instructions carefully to avoid any mishaps—this is one powerful machine. Also, we recommend not smoking any hash until you’re done using the press. Price: $350 Contact: Big Daddy Press, bigdaddypress.com
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The long wait for a good, portable handheld vaporizer is finally over. The I-inhale is a cordless unit utilizing a patented heating system that gets to work in 45 seconds, releasing a pleasant-tasting vapor without smoke or tar—perfect for medicinal users who shouldn’t combust their pot. The thermostatic control ensures proper temperatures at all times, and it’s super-discreet—great for traveling to festivals or camp-grounds. Simply fill it with butane lighter gas, fill the herb chamber with your chosen material, and you’re ready to vaporize wherever you may roam. Price: $249 Contact: Vapor Nation, vapornation.com, 888-321-8276
Hey there, Jorge, how you doin'? I need to know how long it takes a germinated seed to grow after being planted and then moved to a different pot? And should I use the same soil or something better? Thanks! Lazy Via Internet Dear Lazy, Once moisture and heat come into contact with a seed, it will split open and germinate, generally within 24 to 72 hours.
Order seed catalogs and surf the Internet for seeds. When you're an outdoor grower stuck indoors, the days are long and lonely. Check the Internet to see what new strains are available. You can also make a ski or snowboard trip to Canada and pick up a few packs of seeds along the way.
Once again, we venture to the world of glass where underground artists create mind-blowing paraphernalia. In many states, their work could get them busted, but you can’t stop the glass art express. Check out our homage to glass smokeware featuring the most visionary, extraordinary smoking instruments on the planet—hammers, bubblers and bodacious bongs,—all crafted by the best artists in North America.