One of the most popular questions we in the cultivation department of HIGH TIMES get asked is "Who should I purchase my pot seeds from?" Internet, mail order and seed shops (in countries lucky enough to allow them) provide so many varied choices in gentic material and this important decision can overwhelm the potential bean buyer.
This is the perfect format for me. The very reason I haven't had HIGH TIMES delivered is that the area I live in is a bit too closely knit. Most people know what everyone else is up to, even before that person knows. I love you, HIGH TIMES—we are old friends—and I'm glad you can come to me right on my computer.
Fresh off the smoking-hot 4/20 release of his debut album, Asleep in the Bread Aisle, Asher Roth spent a little quality time with his favorite periodical, inviting the HIGH TIMES film crew to a private shindig held at an undisclosed location overlooking the bright lights of New York City.
What would America's 25 million regular marijuana consumers do with $14 billion? How about pay taxes—gladly? That's the message that the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) delivered on April 15—better known as Tax Day—during a press conference on the steps of the General Post Office in New York City, along with an oversize check for $14 billion made out to the US Treasury.
Finally, the human race has a distraction from worrying about the world economy. In April. news of a possible pandemic of the H5N1 bird flu and H1N1 swine flu viruses was reported. To the rescue came Cannabis Science, a new pharmaceutical cannabis company based in San Francisco, which reported that its whole-cannabis lozenges have anti-inflammatory properties that may present an effective and non-toxic treatment the swine flu.
With the Big Apple suffering from the same dismal economic climate as everywhere else, so-called “sin taxes” have been hiked, bringing the average price of a pack of cigarettes to over $10. Let's estimate that the average cigarette smoker goes through a pack a day, while the average pot smoker needs an eighth of an ounce weekly to fulfill his needs.
When Forbes magazine releases its annual list of the world's billionaires, you expect to find a roster of business tycoons and moguls involved in legitimate enterprises. This year, however, Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, the head of the Sinaloa cartel, came in 701st on the list with an estimated fortune of $1 billion.
Cheba Hut, with 10 franchises across the Southwest and four more in development, flourishes for one simple reason—the fabulous food. But faithful customers also know that Cheba Hut makes no secret of its support for marijuana issues. The menu says it all: sandwiches of distinction with names like "The Kind,” “Afghani” and “Kush.”
Cannabis consumers who also smoke cigarettes have a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than do individuals who smoke cigarettes alone, according to a study published in the April 14 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Finally, a clothing company has taken nugs out of the closet and hung them in your closet. Check out the cool duds from NuggBrand, a clothing company based in Miami Beach, FL—every piece of their apparel celebrates the nug. Whether it’s a full rendering of a robust bud or the simple word “FADED” on a T-shirt (pictured), NuggBrand is devoted to creating casual clothing with an unabashed message.
Yes, that’s former US Attorney General John Ashcroft not so proudly posing with that nice-looking glass bong—not unlike the “drug paraphernalia” that his Justice Department targeted when it mounted Operation Headhunter and Operation Pipe Dreams in 2003, busting the owners of paraphernalia websites and headshops in a nationwide sweep.
New viral street art is popping up all over in places like Chicago and Denver. Look around town and you just may spy a decal with a snarling wolf's head superimposed over a pot leaf. A heavy-metal-like logo identifies the predator as the “Weed Wolf."
We’ve all been there. Your cable system features 420 channels and there’s still nothing on TV—except the cat. But Vinnie tuned into his favorite show during stoner prime-time. He flaked out on a warm cable box, exactly at 4:20, after a day of prowling the Hollywood Hills.
In April, Britney Spears halted a Vancouver concert for nearly 30 minutes because she felt the audience was smoking too much weed. The arena announcer cautioned the crowd that it was unsafe for Britney and her dancers to perform in such an environment.
Usain Bolt, who won three sprint gold medals at the 2009 Olympics, told the German newspaper Bild that he tried pot as a kid: "When you're a child in Jamaica, you learn how to roll a joint. Everyone here has tried it." But a week Later, Bolt was contrite: "I want to apologize to the Jamaican people if at any time it may have come across that all young people roll a joint."
London cops pulled over the car of Jamie Waylett, who plays the bully Vincent Crabbe in the Harry Potter movie series, because he was behaving suspiciously. You might, too, if you had eight bags of pot in your car, as Waylett did. Upon searching his home, the cops also discovered a 10 plant hydro operation in his bedroom, which they promptly termed a "cannabis farm."
Finally, the notion of legal, taxable marijuana is being taken seriously. But mainstream hemp products are already here-tangible evidence that a new era of prosperity, fueled by the cannabis plant, is possible.
The extraordinary momentum that the legal pot debate has experienced has been stoked by our debilitating recession and California’s marching marijuana economy, as well as President Barack Obama’s infuriatingly dismissive attitude toward tokers.
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: $345 (last month: $381; YTD: $373) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER 0Z): $428 ($434, $446) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER 0Z): $262 ($258, $267) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER 0Z): $85 ($92, $90) We have a tie!
How do you get two drummers to play in time? Shoot one.
IRA ELLIOTT/NADA SURF
ERIN TATE/MINUS THE BEAR
LOU DOG/KOTTONMOUTH KINGS
How do you get a drummer off your porch? Pay for the pizza. Ahh, the lowly drummer—the most maligned of all rock creatures. They seem to be the most replaceable member of the band (something that This Is Spinal Tap famously lampooned), even though it's another rock verity that a band's only as good as their timekeeper.
The Kottonmouth Kings and Suburban Noize Records are at it again. Following the release of The Green Album, the Kings hit the road on the "Bring tha Noize" tour featuring Potluck, La Coka Nostra and Big B. After that, they toured Australia with Sen Dog of Cypress Hill. HIGH TIMES caught up with them in Portland, OR, at the start of their journey. If you haven't had the unrivaled experience of enjoying KMK in the last 10 years, it's time to get off your ass, spark up a joint, and treat yourself to a night of glory with rock, rap, dancing and smoking.
When did you guys realize it was the real deal and you were making it in the industry? Daddy X: I think we still trying to make it. Probably, though, when we put our first record out and got it in stores and our video "Suburban Life" on MTV. At that point, we were like, "We’re really doing this shit!"
It’s a snowy Tuesday evening in New York City, and Lady Sovereign is holding court at a conference room in Chelsea. A devilishly perky, green-eyed pixie, Lady Sovereign ranks high amongst her male-dominated British "grime" cohorts. Grime, a minimalist, punk-influenced, hip-hop-informed underground music culture, has been all the rage in England and elsewhere, occasionally even reaching MTV’s airwaves.
For almost 20 years, Will Oldham has been singing and performing under several monikers, including Palace Music. Since 1998, he's gained quite a following with his latest incarnation, Bonnie “Prince" Billy, showcasing his unique, country-tinged sound (Johnny Cash covered his song "I See a Darkness" in 2000).
Rock music ain't what it used to be. In the 21st century, rock has become so fragmented that, if regular heavy metal cheeses you out, there are satisfying subgenres like "post-metal" to explore, where elements like signature changes and psych are more vital than repetitive aggression.
It's my belief that a crucial element in digging a band is the ability to either (a) identify with at least one of the band members, (b) wish you could be one of the band members, or (c) wish you could get down to hot business in the back of a `79 Mustang with one of the band members.
With its suggestive title, some may think the LOX frontman's latest album, The Last Kiss, is indeed his last. However, the Yonkers, NY, native has made it clear that it's merely the last of a trilogy of albums, all of which have the word "kiss" in their titles.
The first time I heard the snakecharming songstress Ch'hom Nimol of Dengue Fever, I quickly found myself on the Nung River in a patrol boat, dropping acid with Lt. Lance B. Johnson on our way to see Colonel Kurtz. The sound of Nimol's voice is so enchanting that a bent note or two carries you away to the jungles of Southeast Asia, complete with lotus flowers floating on muddy rivers.
Back in 2007, Pasadena were featured as an HT.com Unsigned Band of the Week. This year, the six-piece outfit hits the pages of the mag after winning HIGH TIMES' cyber battle of the bands for August. Pasadena's music is the kind you want to listen to on the long drive home from work, or on a hot summer night with your favorite girl and a 40.
I have to admit, I love showing my solidarity to weed through my clothing without being overtly propot. I'll don pot leaf shoes on an airplane or wear dime bag earrings to a Yankees game. I like to know who the potheads are and want them to find me in return.
Ever wish you could work at HIGH TIMES? Well, here's your chance!
Hardly a day goes by that we don't receive an email or letter from some idealistic young pot smoker saying, "You have the coolest job ever! How did you get it?" or asking, "How can I get a job at HT? I'll do anything—I'll even mop the floors!" It seems like stoners are willing to do just about anything to land a gig here.
August marks the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. Along with 400,000 others, I was on a countercultural pilgrimage that weekend. I was wearing my yellow leather fringe jacket for the first time; in one of the pockets, there was a nice little stash of LSD. If you happen to be brandname conscious, then you'll want to know that it was Owsley White Lightning.
Folklore has it that the number 13 is cursed—an omen of bad luck. So when I realized that this year would be HIGH TIMES' 13th annual party at SXSW, I guess I should've taken heed. But I'm not much for superstition, and considering last year's party was such a huge success, I figured hell—why not go bigger this time?
The afternoon before the Doobies, the HT crew and our tightest buds gathered in a clandestine location on the outskirts of Austin, TX, to judge the best strains that the locals could wrangle up. It's a private tasting party of the chillest proportions—a tradition we began last year that we like to call the Cowboy Cup.
There is a revolution happening in Spain. Indeed, all throughout Europe, a debate has ensued that spans the entire longitude of the EU. Particularly in the south of Europe, in areas like Spain, Portugal and parts of Italy, cannabis growers share some distinct differences not only from their North American counterparts, but also from Dutch and other northern European growers.
Introducing the newest members of HIGH TIMES' hallowed list of the world's best and most consistent seed companies. After extensive testing and research, we've identified the finest bud breeders and honored their contributions to ganja genetics by enrolling them forever in our sanctified sensi shrine.
For centuries, the complex role that cannabis played in the early days of Hinduism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam was shrouded in mystery. But thanks to Chris Bennett's relentless research, it now appears that the plant had a powerful impact on them all.
THE HORSE PEOPLE
CELTS IN CHINA
THE RIG VEDA
THE BMAC TEMPLES
CHRISTIANS AND JEWS
This story starts on the banks of the Dnieper River, near the world's shallowest sea, the Sea of Azov in Ukraine, around 4000 BCE. Recent evidence suggests that it was here that horses were first domesticated—and it is here that cannabis spirituality emerges from prehistory, since there's a possible connection between the first horse riders and the early use of hemp as rope.
When I was just a wee little rocker of about 15, my dad took me to see my first live concert—Dr. John, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and headliner Johnny Winter. I'd barely heard of the albino axeman before that night, but after hearing his Southern slide style and watching his lightning-fast fingers tickle out guitar solos that would leave Eddie Van Halen in the dust, I acquired a profound new appreciation for the blues—and for the long-haired, tattooed virtuoso who’d turned me on to it.
These are two Grapefruit buds we scored recently. Tasty and potent!—TheMadPotHead Here's a pic of some Sweet Tooth right at harvest.—Soda Pop This is an eight-inch long Holland's Hope top bud. It is dried and ready to smoke. It still has a beautiful pine smell. I took it outside at sunset and got this photo in my garden using only the natural light of nature. So beautiful.—South Bay Ray
This is my second home in Humboldt Couty, USA. —Mr. Garth-Culti-Vader of the Dank Amumni (Left) Mahato from Hito Hawaii where pLants grow colorful and sweet.-IbleLoYeLo Above) In our hands is our first crop of DieseL Ryder by the Joint Doc tor. At the Left, KaLichakra by MandaLa Seeds. And to the right another DieseL Ryder. ALL 100% organic and from Fox Farm.
Welcome to our latest mini-section, devoted wholly to medicinal strains, news, uses, developments, activism, politics ... everything and anything, really, that is medically related to marijuana. This is your new Cannabis Clinic!
Study Shows THC Has Anti-Cancer Effects
Federal Monopoly Obstructs Medical-Marijuana Research
Doctors and scientists at the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain have recently provided evidence showing that cannabinoids like 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active component in marijuana, can trigger the destruction of cancer cells in humans.
It's no wonder that reports out of numerous medical states show Mazar popping up all over the radar. Once a rarity in North America, Mazar is a heavily medicinal strain with strong, sedating properties. The potency of this legendary strain comes from an Afghani mother (of course), while the father is none other than Skunk #1.
Enjoy a satisfyingly stony meal with ganja-infused comfort food.
Pulling It All Together
The gastronomical gurus in this fine nation have declared that the hottest culinary trend of 2009 is a return to good old-fashioned comfort food. Blame it on the recession, blame it on nostalgia, or blame it on a collective weariness with the celebrity-chef culture and its trappings of pomegranate foam and towering conglomerations of exotic garnishes.
Even in these heady days—when 75 percent of the public supports medical access to cannabis, 73 percent supports decriminalizing possession for adult use, and nearly 42 percent supports legalizing, regulating, and taxing cannabis like alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical products—the cannabis community still needs continual reminding that, while marijuana will never kill you, prohibition can.
Grand Valley State University student Derek Copp was relaxing in his apartment on a typical Wednesday evening when five members of the West Michigan Enforcement Team approached his sliding glass patio door. As Derek opened it, the cops shined a flashlight in his face—and when he raised an arm to shield his eyes, one of the officers fired a shot into his chest.
Dr. Mitch, Was marijuana ever used as a truth serum? Q. Dewoskin Hi Q., In World War II, the US government tried using marijuana as a truth serum. It turned out to be great for making people talkative, but provided no guarantee that their ramblings were true.
During the summer, our thoughts turn to cooling down-and pot plants are no different. Proper growth requires optimum temperatures at all times, but the heat of summer can slow or stop the photosynthesis process, resulting in lower yields and growers losing their cool.
Reefer Refrigeration by Jef Tek
Anyone who’s ever stuck a 400-watt light into a closet can tell you how hot that space gets when the door is closed. Don't think of it as light—think of it as installing a 400-watt heater and you’ll get the point. And if you step up to the traditional 1,000-watt bulbs and ballasts, you’ll definitely need to consider where all that heat winds up.
Every indoor grower knows that heat is your worst enemy! Go above 85°F and you’ve suddenly become a non-grower; eliminate heat stress, on the other hand, and your girls will grow thick and plentiful. Your growroom's air temperature should be 78°F to 80°F (25°C to 27°C), but the temperature inside a high-intensity discharge (HID) bulb can reach almost 2,200°F (1,200°C— and the summer’s in full swing.
The water pipe’s ability to cool down smoke has long been prized by generations of tokers. Now these 100% recycled glass stones from Stones Diffusion create even smaller bubbles with more surface area, allowing the water to cool the smoke more effectively than ever before. After some hours of testing in our HIGH TIMES product lab, we found that the stones delivered as promised, providing puff after puff of cool, smooth hits. They’re available in black or white.
Irie Eyes Eyedrops
We've always wondered why companies like Ziploc, Phillies and Visine won’t acknowledge the huge impact that the stoner market has on their profits. Now, headier companies are filling the void by marketing directly to the marijuana community. Case in point: Check out Irie Eyes eye drops, a newly created formula to relieve the itching and redness associated with "chronic” cannabis use. The company’s attitude is nearly as refreshing as their eye drops—as they put it, "You don’t have to look irie to feel irie!"
We’re always on the lookout for simpler and better ways to increase harvests and decrease work time, so we’re happy to see what the scientists at Advanced Nutrients have come up with. Their new nutrient and additive formulas were developed for hydroponics, soil or sphagnum growing and actually control pH and ppm levels (parts per million of the nutrients), so you don’t have to monitor or adjust anything. The folks at AN are releasing different bundles for the hobbyist, expert, grandmaster and professional grower to choose from, as well as a whole array of new products geared specifically for marijuana production. They even guarantee an increase in yields with their no-risk, full-money-back policy.
Keep your friends close and your scale even closer with this ingenious device that looks and feels like a computer mouse— but open it up and the backlit LCD display shows weights up to 500 grams with 0.1 gram accuracy. A USB cable charges the scale, increasing its ability to hide in plain sight while allowing you to check the accuracy of your dealer’s or dispensary's count without replacing the batteries. The 10 year warranty means that you don’t have to worry about it failing—or you ever coming up short again.
This is the first time I've grown indoors. I removed the males, but my females seem stressed. Some of the bottom leaves are wilted and falling off. Is this normal? Any suggestions? Beth Via Internet Dear Beth, Your plants are probably about two months old.
Weather gets hot this month! Global warming continues to bounce the climate around—but, in general, hot temperatures are the norm in August. Do your part to slow global warming and plant more marijuana! Hot weather slows cannabis growth.
Every year, the HIGH TIMES Cultivation Department field-tests and highlights the best cultivation products on the market. In our September issue, we present the 10th Annual STASH Awards (for Significant Technological Achievements in Sinsemilla Horticulture).