How’s it growing, dank devotees? When some people find out what I do for a living, one of their first questions is whether one can truly tell the difference between various strains of pot. Some of these folks are daily weed smokers, and I’m often taken aback by the implication in their inquiry—that all cannabis is pretty much the same, and that we, as pot aficionados, are engaged in some form of self-delusion, even snobbery, by seeking to quantify the differences.
I’d like to respond to D.K.’s letter in the August 2009 issue, in which he states that glass is not art. Although I agree that glass is sometimes overpriced, in the end you’re paying for the craftsmanship. I personally believe that D.K. needs to meet some glass blowers and spend time watching them before declaring that the many hours they put into creating each masterpiece is not in the service of art. Glassblowing may not be recognized by the mainstream as a form of art, but most of your readers know the truth.
Commanding officers in the US Army are deliberately failing to punish or seek treatment for soldiers testing positive for drugs. In May 2009, the Army released a memo issued by four-star Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army vice chief of staff (responsible for managing the day-to-day bureaucracy), and published in USA Today.
British soul singer Joss Stone has no reservations about enjoying her success. The 22-year-old says, "If I want to leave here right now and go to Amsterdam, I will." We dig Stone because she makes a clear distinction between pot and other substances: "I’m not much interested in drugs, apart from the occasional spliff."
Like no other artist, Carlos Santana imbues his guitar with a singular, transcendant voice. Over the course of five decades, his popularity has never waned and his virtuosity has only deepened. He has long made it his habit to pause mid-show to share what's on his mind.
Cinderella stories really do happen. There were the '69 Mets and the 1980 US Olympic hockey team. But now there's the Dumpster, an indica-based strain that was discovered in a dumpster on the campus of Ohio State in the early '90s. Obviously, some grower was feeling the heat and had to dispose of his entire operation.
Is California the pot-smokingest state in the nation? A recent survey released by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration names Vermont as the actual titleholder. Bear in mind, Vermont has a population of just 620,000, while California’s exceeds 30 million.
While America still outlaws hemp cultivation, the UK has backed hemp farming since 1993. Moreover, the British government is now funding the construction of houses made from hemp: The hemp building boom is part of the government's plan to build thousands of new homes in the coming years with a smaller carbon footprint.
Claw Money transformed herself from an upper-middle-class Jewish girl into a graffiti legend and fashion designer whose clothes are worn by Kanye West, M.I.A., Santogold and Cameron Diaz. Featured in the 2005 documentary Infamy, Claw (a.k.a. Claudia) painted her iconic logo—three claws jutting from a fat black paw—all over New York City and the world, bombing with the legendary crews TC5, FC and her own PMS (Power Money Sex) for over 15 years.
Actress Megan Fox recently expressed her huge affinity for pot in Britain's GQ Magazine: "I can't tell you how much bullshit I've been through because I will openly say that I smoke weed. People look at it like it's this crazy, hippie, thing to do.
There’s still time to join Ken Locke’s Tour for Compassion. Right now, somewhere in America, Locke is riding his bike—accompanied by scores of pedaling supporters—in order to bring attention to the rights of medical-marijuana patients.
Ever wonder what to do with those scraggly roots left over from a successful harvest? Now you can actually smoke them—or, at least, smoke out of them—thanks to master woodcarver Dan Billings, who creates outlandishly cool pipes crafted from your leftovers.
In June, the cannabis industry in North America staged a massive coming-out party. The THC Expo was one more milestone on the path to freedom for the cannabis plant.
When 250 companies intimately involved in pot-related business convene at a major urban convention center, showcase their merchandise at a professional trade show, and have 30,000 cannabis fans show up to purchase tickets, some kind of corner has been turned.
Is there a better place in America to be stoned than at Bonnaroo? Our roving reporters endeavor to find out, even if that means dressing up like a giant pot leaf and teepee-ing the crowd during a late night dance riot. Especially if it means that....
“Bonnaroo looks like a refugee camp set up by Potheads Without Borders.” That’s Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s hilariously accurate summary of America’s best music festival—this year featuring headlining sets from Phish (two nights), Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Snoop Dogg, Beastie Boys, David Byrne, Wilco, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Al Green, the Decemberists and Gov’t Mule, with dozens of additional acts and attractions spread across two main stages, three tents, a solar stage, a music lounge, a silent disco, a cinema and an all-night rave arcade.
And I listened ... while dressed as a pot leaf and shooting toilet paper into the air.
After winning a costume contest sponsored by Girl Talk (who, despite the moniker, is actually just one dude), I was sent two free Bonnaroo tickets along with an invitation to wear my ganja garb at GT's late-night show and serve as one of his toilet-paper cannoneers.
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: $342 (last month: $355; YTD: $368) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $414 ($434, $442) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $269 ($272, $268) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER OZ): $59 ($93, $88) Kush retained its position in the top pot spot, narrowly beating out Purps and Diesel.
Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known to his fans as Kid Cudi, emerged almost overnight with his single “Day ’n’ Night,” about a “lonely stoner who only seems to free his mind at night.” Since his 2008 mixtape, A Kid Named Cudi, caught the attention of Kanye West, life has been a whirlwind for the young music maker. While putting the finishing touches on his debut album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day (Motown Universal), the Cudder met up with HIGH TIMES to smoke some Sour Diesel and talk about music, dreaming while stoned, and writing rhymes in the dark.
Your stuff sounds like music made by stoners from the future. Yeah, man, it’s some real next-level shit. I really want people to understand that we should push creativity to the limit with music. This is an art where you can pretty much do whatever you want, but people are limiting their creativity.
Come right down to it, that hoary word psychedelic is getting to be a pretty tired one for the plethora of new bands mining the weird gold of the great mind-bender bands of the '60s and '70s—the Dead and Jefferson Airplane, say, or Chocolate Watchband, etc.
As the police sirens go off in the distance, we're burning spliffs on a sunny afternoon in Manhattan with reggae artist Julian Marley. The talented offspring of the legendary Bob Marley, Julian’s releasing his third LP, Awake, which shows noticeable growth on every level—songwriting, arranging and production.
The man behind the curtain for movies and music and match-ups, oh my!
Mary Ought Six
It’s a stoner staple, an urban legend that pretty much everyone’s either heard of or experienced: the alchemical cocktail of The Wizard of Oz cued to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. From the movie’s opening credits—eerie and nostalgic, suspended on the soft laughter, chiming, moaning and familiar opening notes of “Speak to Me”—to the first burst of Technicolor and the flower-garbed midgets matched to the cha-ching, cha-ching, bu-buh-da-dum of “Money,” it’s a phenomenon ... and one best experienced stoned out of your gourd.
Directed by Ben Solomon and Dan Levin (Blowback) The Lower East Side—or the East Village, or Alphabet City, or whatever you want to call that part of town south of 14th Street and east of the Bowery in New York City—is just about gone. I’m not saying that it’s different than it used to be, in the sense that all neighborhoods change over time … I’m talking gone, like a lot of the buildings have been demolished and a whole section of its population has disappeared, in the same sort of suspicious way that the Lenape Indians vanished from Manhattan Island after a sharp-dealing Dutchman threw them 60 guilders in 1626 and bid them vaarwel.
HIGH TIMES UNSIGNED BAND OF THE MONTH: THE ABSYNTH QUINTET
Humboldt County, CA, is well known as a Mecca for pot cultivation and culture. Now, an entirely new type of "grass" is emerging from behind the Redwood Curtain: high-energy gypsy jamgrass. The Absynth Quintet is a rapidly rising jamgrass band that calls Humboldt home, and the group secured its spot as October’s Unsigned Band of the Month with a decisive online victory.
Dr. David Grinspoon visits Amsterdam to sample a special new sativa.
I sat in Barney’s Uptown perusing the new menu and enjoying a Jupiler ale while I waited for the restaurant’s owners, Derry and his wife Sissi, to arrive. We’d made plans to meet here for dinner and discuss how my coffeeshop feature was going (see page 44).
A word to the wise: Do not ratchet up the sour vibe!
When Phil Spector was sentenced—19 to life in prison—for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, I had a flashback to 1971, at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse. I was a guest of John Lennon and Yoko Ono for the celebration of Yoko's show, This Is Not Here.
Every year for the past two decades, the Who’s Who of Pot has gathered at the world’s Mecca of weed to compete for the crown as King of the Cannabis Kingdom. It is here, in this wonderfully sensuous city of Amsterdam, that the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup sets the benchmark each year for the best marijuana on Earth.
I first met Sissi back in 1994, on my very first visit to Amsterdam for the Seventh Cannabis Cup. She ran the Quentin Hotel—the hip little place where the HT staff and celebrity judges used to stay every year—and was known to blaze with us in the lobby at many a 4:20 a.m. ceremony.
Take a secret tour inside the growroom of a meticulous farming couple who have made a hobby of accumulating as many tasty and potent pot varieties as they can gather.
Meet the Collectors
The Connoisseur and the Aficionados
Soil or Hydro?
Romancing the Mother Plants
Clean as a Whistle
Sharing Is Caring
THE strain collection HIGH TIMES
So there’s this guy, he knows a guy who knows a guy who heard that this other dude has a connection. Now, this connection isn’t just a good connection, he’s the connection. What if this connection—let’s call him “The Collector”—was growing every strain you’ve ever heard of and then some?
Ah, to be young, baked, and out to change the world in these heady days of rapid momentum in the fight to legalize pot. Now is the time, and we are the stoners we’ve been waiting for, so HIGH TIMES calls upon all cannabis-loving Americans to join the marijuana movement and help us finally win our freedom!
Ever since his best-selling book, How We Decide, was published last year, 27-year-old neuroscientist Jonah Lehrer has enjoyed an early retirement from the laboratory, devoting his time instead to writing his next book and formulating new theorems.
This is a lower branch of some pure BC Bud. Maybe you could use it in your wicked cool magazine. Keep it up! Peace. —DeadWeezle Here's an AK hybrid I created this past year. I use Fox Farm's Ocean Forest and one 1000-watt HPS.—S.C.I.G.A (Southern Cali indoor Growers Association) Here's a pic of my medical beauty.
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!
For the Record...
The Next Three
Rhode Island Clears 9-Year-Old for Medical Marijuana
MEDICINAL STRAIN OF THE MONTH
There's been a lot of press coverage as of late regarding medical marijuana. With the Obama administration pulling in the reins of the DEA, states are enjoying their right to pass voter-driven initiatives, and more and more patients are finally getting their medicine hassle-free.
Bonnaroo camp cooks build community with a pint of ganja oil.
SEXY STONED FISH
Maybe doing DMT at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival wasn't such a good idea after all. It sounded cool at first — instant hallucinatory bliss, where patterns danced upon the brightly shifting patterns, and then bam, a quick zip back to normalcy.
And don't criticize it ... even though we'd much rather legalize it-once and for all!
Allen St. Pierre
Lest there be any confusion, NORML strongly favors marijuana legalization over decriminalization. Period. Unfortunately, the American public and our elected lawmakers have yet to provide majority support for the concept of legalizing the responsible adult use of cannabis.
Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) joins Rep. Barney Frank as only the second politician to be named NORML’s Freedom Fighter of the Month in our 19 years of awarding this high honor. Rep. Cohen wins for his defense of truth in the face of the standard Washington “reefer madness.”
Dr. Mitch, My brother, the cop, believes that not only does smoking marijuana make you stupid, but just thinking about it makes you stupid, too. Help me out. JJ Neely Your brother is confused: There’s no link whatever between IQ and marijuana use in adults.
Our Canadian correspondent reveals his secret weapon for growing amazing Maple Leaf marijuana.
Canadians know how to construct a simple, productive growroom, which partly explains why I've fit in so well here since moving to British Columbia five years ago. Coming from a mechanical background, I know that complexity leads to bottlenecks and delays.
I need to know what fertilizer you recommend. What are the nutrients and supplements that are most important to grow the best crop? Bob Via Internet Dear Bob, The market is full of fertilizers with all kinds of catchy names that make you want to buy them.
Warmer temperatures in many parts of the world make it possible to harvest longer in many climates. But you’ve probably noticed that the weather is more unstable in many climate zones. There might be earlier or later autumn and spring weather; summers can be super-hot and winters cold and packed with snow, or vice versa.
Pack your pipe, fill your bong, roll your jay, heat up that vaporizer! It’s HIGH TIMES' 35th birthday party, and everyone's invited! The brilliant and controversial Oliver Stone has made some of the smartest—and most inflammatory—movies of the past 20 years: JFK, Nixon, W., Salvador, Natural Born Killers, Any Given Sunday and many others have consistently rattled America's cage.