When I first came up with the idea of the Cannabis Cup, no one at HIGH TIMES— including me—ever thought the event would become as big or as famous as it has over the past 21 years. After all, for its first five years the Cup was a completely private affair, attended by a handful of judges and less than a dozen competitors.
As a young female college student in Boston, I find that there are a vast number of girls who smoke. We are a large, untapped stoner population and often I feel as if we have to hide our inclination (at least other people want us to) or not talk about it.
Jiu-jitsu master Eddie Bravo flattens comedian Joe Rogan with a new move called the Vaporizer.
Joe Rogan is grimacing, clearly in pain.
"It's a good position to be in—on your back, in control and maybe smokin' a joint," says Eddie Bravo, the jiu-jitsu legend. "You control the guy, take him out, maybe break his leg. Of course, in the sport, you make him tap out." "Tapping out" is the act of slapping the floor with your hand, a signal to your opponent that you are in severe pain and would like to refrain from continuing the fight, please.
The same rank absurdity that's spewed from the mouths of politicians for the last three-quarters of a century to justify the illegality of cannabis has also served as bait for publishers to hawk pulp fiction. Stephen J. Gertz has edited Dope Menace: The Sensational World of Drug Paperbacks 1900-1975 (Feral House, $24.95), a fascinating collection of lurid covers such as Marijuana Murder, Reefer Girl, and Reefer Club, accompanied by illustrations of near-naked dames in the throes of "marijuana addiction" who fall prey to homosexuality and child orgies.
In northwestern China, the oldest stash ever discovered—789 grams of pot, estimated to be 2,700 years old—was found buried alongside what researchers believe are the remains of a 45-year-old shaman. A paper published in the Journal of Experimental Botany flatly states that the cannabis was "cultivated for psychoactive purposes" rather than fiber.
California’s joint state and federal anti-pot task force, known as CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Growing), claims to have burned more pot plants than ever before in 2008. Just over 2.9 million plants were destroyed, with an estimated worth of approximately $11.6 billion (though only 143 people were arrested).
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In football, a ball carrier deflects would-be tacklers by shoving them away—often putting his hand through their face-mask, thereby gouging eyes or causing facial disfigurement. Five consecutive cards of the same suit are always a winning hand in poker.
Okay, here’s the story. You are home. You don’t want to think. You are looking for mindless entertainment. Eureka! You’ve found it. National Lampoon’s Stoned Age is a far cry from Citizen Kane, but it’s pretty entertaining. In fact, it’s fair to call it cinematic trash of the highest order—an ideal companion in your quest to filter out reality at the end of the day.
Stoners often complain about short-term memory loss—they just can’t keep things in their head! So why not keep things on your head instead? That’s the concept behind the Jack Herer 420 Hat, a dapper and comfortable piece of headgear that comes in four different styles, each designed with a secret stash pocket to keep your traveling items secure.
We’ve all been there: One moment of carelessness—or maybe just plain clumsiness— and suddenly your best friend is shattered into a million pieces. It’s called "bong-busting," and there are few moments in the stoner world more tragic. But there's no reason to boo-hoo—switch to bamboo!
Rather than saving up all your soda bottles for recycling, only to receive mere nickels in return, wouldn’t you rather get something of value—like your wardrobe? Bagir, makers of EcoGir, is an Israeli-based company that has designed a sensational line of hip, ecofriendly fashions for dudes.
The election of Barack Obama motivated Baywatch legend Pam Anderson to write a letter to the new Prez and make a few suggestions. She asked Obama to consider releasing Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier. She also advocated marijuana legalization and hemp farming, as well as vegetarianism.
The government of New South Wales, Australia's oldest and most populous state, has cleared the way for farmers to grow industrial hemp. Recognizing that the plant can be used for clothing, cosmetics, construction materials and animal feed, the government has decided to issue licenses permitting hemp cultivation.
In December, two members of the Tuscarora Nation in Lewiston, NY were finally charged with criminal possession of marijuana following the seizure of 43 plants last August. Crandy and Tracy Johnson are two Native American brothers who claim that as Tuscarora—which literally translates to "people of the hemp"—it is their right as members of a sovereign nation to grow cannabis ("Spirit & Smoke," Mar. '09 HT).
In Switzerland, voters were recently faced with two drug-policy proposals. In November, a referendum allowing heroin addicts to obtain the drug by prescription was passed with overwhelming public support (68 percent!)—but by a similar margin (63 to 37 percent), those same democratic dice rolled against cannabis decriminalization.
In April 2001, the plane of a US missionary family was shot down over northeastern Peru after being misidentified as a drug-trafficking aircraft by CIA anti-drug forces operating in the country. Veronica "Roni” Bowers and her infant daughter were both killed, and the pilot, Kevin Donaldson, was seriously injured.
Incredible musical performances are the hallmark of every HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup. This year, musicians and singers lit up the stage in tribute to Counterculture Hall of Fame honoree Peter Tosh, and the resulting reggae and hip-hop vibes reminded every attendee that there's "one good thing about music (and marijuana) - when it hits, you feel no pain."
It appears reports of Kush’s demise were greatly exaggerated. After a two-month drought, Kush regained the top spot in April as the month’s most-submitted strain, narrowly beating out Diesel and Haze. Additionally, Kush eclipsed its year-to-date average price by a wide margin.
It was a cold and rainy Sunday morning in Amsterdam, but that didn't stop a horde of determined stoners fresh off the plane from lining up outside the PowerZone club to register for the 21st Annual Cannabis Cup. The Expo opened at noon, and the HT staff got busy registering judges, while the nearly 40 vendors set up their elaborately constructed booths and began selling their products and promoting their shops.
What are the ingredients of a good party? A good party? Lots of beer, you know what I’m sayin’? First and foremost. Plenty of weed. Close friends. And, of course, a lot of titties. Women— you know, ladies. A couple of hoes here and there. [cracks up laughing] When was the first time you smoked weed?
November 13,2008 Madison Square Garden An AC/DC concert is to white people what the Hajj is to Muslims—a pilgrimage you make at least once in your life when time and money allow. The formula that these guys have followed since their first record, High Voltage, up to the present day's Black Ice—steamroller rhythms strung together by spitting-cobra guitar leads and punctuated by fist-pumping Wagnerian choruses—has the power to awaken one's inner Viking with the sort of proficiency that could squeeze a tear out of Leni Riefenstahl’s dead left eye.
Warrior Soul headlines a HIGH TIMES benefit concert for NORML in New York.
Back in the fall of 1990, there was a Bush the White House and a war with Iraq. I’d just entered college and had started hosting a heavy metal show at the school’s radio station. It was there, amongst the piles of promotional CDs, that I discovered an album entitled Last Decade Dead Century by a poetic protest band called Warrior Soul.
Want a wood pipe that can actually give you wood? Dying to burn and pop your cherry at the same time? (The jokes write themselves here, folks.) These special lady-part pipes are created by Bill Pacak, a lover of all things women and weed. Perfect for all you pot snobs who’ll only stick their buds in the finest smoking device out there—without a whole lot of lip service!
November marked the 30th anniversary of the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone—who, as majority leader of the state senate, passed a bill reducing the penalties for simple marijuana possession— and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in America.
So begins another year at "marijuana fantasy camp"—four blessed days during which attendees from around the globe get to mingle with the bud breeders, coffeeshop entrepreneurs and cannabis celebrities who inhabit our wonderful world of weed.
It’s a curious place, the Netherlands-a place where stumbling down the rabbit hole never had more meaning. It’s the only place that can take you to a whole new world and then bring you back again.
The Cheshire Cat
A Glimpse Down a Dutch Hatch and Beyond
Down the Little White Rabbit’s Hole
A Mad Hatter's Mad Tea Party
The Queen’s Croquet Field
Advice From a Caterpillar
Sometimes I forget why I got into all of this in the first place. Sometimes it becomes very easy to lose yourself, to forget which way is forward. Needless to say, immersing oneself in Amsterdam, the Mecca of Cannabis, during the world’s foremost cannabis competition can get overwhelming.
Whether you were there in Amsterdam with us, or missed out this time around, behold... here are the world's best buds of 2008.
De La Haze
'This year's Chocolope was the best grown choco that anyone on this staff has ever smoked.'
Super Lemon Haze
21st Cannabis Cup Winners Import Hash
1st Place Sativa Cup, Breeder’s Buds & 2nd Place Cannabis Cup, Coffeeshop Buds Barney’s Farm How do they do it? Barney’s Farm, once again taking home prestigious first place in the Breeder’s Cup, have finally gotten their first win in the sativa category.
HIGH TIMES takes it to the peaks, blazing up smoke shacks from coast to coast with our own smoking/shredding team. This time around, we hit the stony slopes with Bataleon team Snowboarder Mark “Deadlung” Edlund. On a snowy June day, we chilled on a lift in the Rockies, speaking about the parallels between snowboarding and smoking.
This could have been Kinky Friedman’s year. Instead, three days after one of the most historic elections in the history of democracy, he’s sitting on a patio chair outside a random hotel in Bethesda, MD, contemplatively smoking a cigar and talking politics with two reporters from HIGH TIMES. Meanwhile, Barack Obama has just electric-landslided his way into office on a wave of young and first-time voters—the exact crowd that Friedman, a former chess prodigy and songwriter turned best-selling author, tried to attract three years ago, when he earned 13 percent of the vote as an independent candidate in a three-way race for Texas governor.
Here's my Soma Lavender at nine and a half weeks, grown in soil under a 600-watt bulb.—Grown by PCG Picture, if you will, 50 Lovely ladies reduced to their essential desirable muskiness. Bad porn movie? No, you're in the "Medzone" in Southern Trinity County, CA.—Mike Some flowers for my friends at HT.—Rebecca Hope you enjoy the pic.
New Studies Find Cannabis Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
New Jersey Supports Citizens
It’s becoming evident with each passing year that cannabis—a drug long blamed for various forms of dementia, including memory loss— is actually more of a solution to these problems than the cause. In studies recently released, it turns out that marijuana is actually able to help ward off Alzheimer’s disease—a degenerative and terminal form of dementia that currently affects some 4.5 million Americans—as well as other forms of age-related memory loss.
This fast and easy ganja-gumbo recipe for two was provided courtesy of a farmer named Michael, who once strangled Kurt Cobain over a fifth of Jägermeister on a dark and riff-filled evening. It wasn't random: Nirvana’s first Seattle gig was as the opener for Michael’s band, Blood Circus, and both were on the Sub Pop label.
The movement to change cannabis laws, like all social-reform movements, will succeed only when enough concerned citizens get involved and invested at the grassroots level. Nothing's more inspiring or effective than an individual willing to put at stake his or her public reputation by volunteering and organizing other like-minded stakeholders to become involved in their own liberation.
GUARDIAN ANGELA Angela Goodhope makes news in Montana.
It’s not every day that you meet someone whose very name perfectly embodies a unique quality found within that individual— but that’s exactly the case with Montana’s own “angel of good hope.” The aptly named Angela Goodhope has been working for cannabis-law reform in the state for over 10 years.
Dr. Mitch, Is it possible for someone to smoke pot for the first time and not get high? Mayor of Crazy Town Hi Mr. Mayor, Sure—lots of folks don’t get high the first time they use cannabis. Scientists once thought the plant created some type of wild and unpredictable psychoactive effect that people grew more sensitive to over time and with repeated use.
You’ve germinated seeds. You’ve budded huge monsters outdoors as well as in. You can tell the sex of a cannabis plant from across a crowded growroom, as well as whether it’s sativa or indica. But the mere thought of cloning causes brain strain, giving you a tightness in your chest or that familiar sleepy feeling.
Chic interior designer and pottery master Jonathan Adler has come up with a stylish and fun way to burn one down. His Hashish Candles have a soothing, familiar scent and are perfect for a mantle or tabletop. The packaging has a classic Moroccan look, and the candle itself burns for hours of restful enjoyment. These candles make a terrific gift for the stoner who has everything—and after the candle itself has burned down, the porcelain holder makes a perfect keepsake stash box, with funky leaves carved into the sides.
Whether you’re at home, at the office or on the go in your car, sometimes it’s necessary to get rid of that telltale cannabis smell. Some sprays simply mask the scent, but Zero Smoke unscented spray eliminates them altogether. Incriminating odors are instantly removed from clothing, hair and car interiors, leaving only fresh air in your wake. The leak-proof container makes it perfect for your glove compartment, pocket or purse.
Welcome to the brave new world of virtual smoking. It’s about time someone came along and turned the uniform world of MacCrap into something a bit spiffier— and spliffier, for that matter! Straight out of Amsterdam, the creative team from TH Seeds brings us our first toke on the iPhone via the iSpliff. Available to anyone with an Internet connection and an iPhone, the iSpliff is a novel work of genius, allowing anyone to smoke a joint anytime, anywhere—legally! With surprisingly realistic video graphics, you can turn any party into a virtual session. As the spliff burns down, the cherry brightens with each toke and smoke pours from the tip. So stand up and show your true colors, have fun with friends and classmates, and pass the spliff. Visit ispliff.com and check out the demo for yourself!
Want to play a board game that won’t leave you bored? Try the Koota Game from Australia. The object of the game is to buy and sell valuable Koota Kilos and become rich without getting busted or ripped off. Pretty soon, uncontrollable laughter sets in, and the fun has only just begun. Collect Koota cards to keep yourself safe in case of any unforeseen emergencies, and you just might be the one sitting pretty when all is said and done. So roll the dice and try the game that tests your karma.
I just got my new Marijuana Horticulture bible. Wow! I've been doing this over 10 years, and I still learned a lot from your book. I’ve been looking for a list of flowering times for different strains, and I haven’t found much out there. Also, do you know of a list of strains that are categorized by their medicinal uses (pain, seizures, nausea, etc.)?
April kicks off the first frost-free growing season in much of America. Check with your local County Extension Agent to learn the last average day of frost, or you can hit this site: victoryseeds.com/frost/. You can move plants outdoors in many warmer climates now, but they should still be protected with a plastic greenhouse or covering.
Learn how to save both money and the planet while growing the greatest, "greenest” ganja on Earth. Senior editor David Bienenstock reports from deep inside the greenery as he returns to Northern California's Namaste Center for Sustainable Ganja Farming.