Our last issue of 2009—one of the most amazing years in modern marijuana history—brings with it a changing of the ganja guard when it comes to HIGH TIMES' always-comprehensive cultivation coverage. Jorge Cervantes, legendary author of Indoor Marijuana Horticulture—better known as the "Grower's Bible"—ends his run of answering your herb-related questions this month by passing the torch to Senior Cultivation Editor Danny Danko, who debuts a new column on page 118 called "Dear Danko" that we're certain will keep you (and your plants) happy and healthy for many bud-laden years to come.
How's it going? I must say, I'm a big fan of the magazine... it's amazing! My real question—well, a question that my friends and I have been thinking about for a couple of weeks—is whether there is any law against edible weed (i.e., brownies, chocolate bars or even butter)?
As we go to press, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a fairly safe bet to make the Major League Baseball playoffs. In fact, eight teams will be going to the playoffs—each team will play a best-of-five series, then the winners will play a best-of-seven series, and the two teams left standing will play another best-of-seven in the World Series.
Boob-tube bud lovers have just found nirvana: There's a new 30-minute weekly television program called Cannabis Planet, which premiered July on KDOC-TV in Los Angeles. Focusing on the miracle of marijuana, Cannabis Planet covers the industrial, agricultural and medicinal benefits of the plant.
She's a 29-year-old Southern California native living in Hollywood. Not all that unusual, except Sarah Diesel looks like she just stepped out of the '50s. She regularly dresses in that decade's costumes, appearing in everything from poodle shirts to nightclub cigarette girl garb.: "I love the innocence that the '50s had," she says.
The Native American Church has been incorporated since 1918—a federally recognized entity whose members are able to ingest peyote, without fear of prosecution, during all-night ceremonies of prayer and song. Now, a church in Hawaii is seeking similar protection for its use of cannabis.
The Seattle Hempfest, held this past August 15 and 16, once again lived up to its billing as the "World's Biggest Pot Rally." Attended by over 200,000, the Hempfest featured six stages, hundreds of vendor booths and a host of speakers from every part of the marijuana community.
No, the world isn't coming to an end, but the War on Drugs just may be. That's the word from the Socionomics Institute, a think tank that examines social behavior as it relates to financial markets. In his study "The Coming Collapse of a Modern Prohibition," researcher Euan Wilson writes: "In the case of alcohol, the path from prohibition to decriminalization became littered with corruption and violence as the government waged a failed war on traffickers ....
Long ago, we realized that no one would be able to remain completely sane on the road to legalization, but Capitol Hemp, a hemp-products and tobacco-accessories boutique based in Washington, DC, is giving it a shot. Despite a rich history of hemp in the US, the plant is still illegal in this country.
Public television will premiere The Botany of Desire in October, including a "plant's-eye" look at ganja growers. Michael Pollan, gardening editor of the New York Times, has recently dominated the best-seller lists with two books, The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, both focused on America's dangerous and destructive reliance on "factory farming" and processed foods.
Plenty of musicians strive to be the poet laureate of the pot world. Unfortunately, there's never been a breakthrough artist—until now! Chief Greenbud has arrived, and he's serenading the cannabis nation on a never-ending tour with hits like "I Just Want to Get High," "The Hit That Makes You Cough," "It's 4:20 Somewhere," "Why Can't We All Get a Bong?" and "I Like to Smoke Weed." Most of his songs are sneaky parodies of popular tunes: One of the best is "It's Only a Weed," his takeoff on "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's; the Chief turns it into a plea to a police officer for mercy.
In August, actor Brad Pitt told Parade that, in his younger days, "I liked to smoke a bit of grass and I became very sheltered. Then, I got bored. I was turning into a damn doughnut, really. So I moved as far away from that as I could." But on the Today show, he said he's considering a run for mayor of New Orleans.
The Fourth Annual HIGH TIMES World Marijuana Film Festival (WMFF) was hosted by Jack Herer and held in Marina Del Rey, CA, on June 26,2009. The festival celebrates independent films involving cannabis and awards the prestigious Golden Leaf to the best indie film of the year.
By the end of 2010, 40 percent of America's states may have legalized medical marijuana.
Illinois has sent mixed signals on medical marijuana in recent months. A bill legalizing cannabis for medicinal use passed in the State Senate in May by a 30-28 vote and cleared a House committee. A vote in the House is expected before the end of 2009.
Boasting a menu of over 50 strains and an impressive 32 Cannabis Cup wins-not to mention a killer breakfast-Barney's is a favorite first stop for many a stoner tourist arriving in Amsterdam. This month, we take a closer look at the origins and evolution of one of the world's most celebrated and successful coffeeshops.
"Barney's started with an interest in food, really," says the shop's original co-founder, Paul Gould. "When we first came to Amsterdam from the UK in '79, we couldn't find much to eat at the coffeeshops. All they sold were toasties and coffee and were all very cold—just took the money from you and left you; nothing else to do, no scene."
America's smartest band just got a little bit slower.
If you've never seen or heard The Disco Biscuits play, it can best be described as a Listening experience that back-crosses organic jam-rock with synthetic electronica—an improvisational fusion of sounds that creates a completely new and unique hybrid for the ears.
Black Math Horseman recalibrate the heavy-metal paradigm.
When Black Math Horseman rolled up to legendary Kyuss bassist Scott Reeder's secluded desert studio, they may have been expecting something between desolate and devastating. Instead, they got the golden age of Disney: "Eleven dogs come rushing out, and all these wild peacocks are flying and squawking, and he's got these miniature ponies," says Black Math guitarist and singer Bryan Tulao.
Canada's homegrown heroes, the Trailer Park Boys, return for one last pot-fueled adventure
With the final Trailer Park Boys movie hitting theaters across Canada this month, and the groundbreaking television series now finished after seven hit seasons, Ricky, Julian and Bubbles face the prospect of finding new lines work in a tough economy.
Jimmy Moree, a.k.a. Jimmy Divine, is no pothead. In fact, he’s never taken a puff of the beloved herb, or a sip of alcohol, or indulged in any other mind-altering material. But his story is one of the most fascinating accounts of 1970s drug trafficking ever made public— and for all Divine’s innocence, perhaps one of the most honest insider perspectives available.
Charlotte, NC’s Wicked Jones exist at the intersection where Guns N’ Roses and Al Green meet. Finding such a mysterious crossroads may make your GPS freeze up in utter confusion, but it exists. Robert Johnson may not have sold his soul to the devil there, but he’d likely feel right at home along this freestyle freeway.
Growing up in Bensonhurst, the closest I ever came to camping was chasing chipmunks at my grandparents’ place in New Hampshire. But then, toward the end of junior high, I got a serious hankering for the forest. So my mom called up her friend Charlie (who happened to head up a Boy Scout troop) and arranged for my friend Mike and I to go on a weekend camping trip with him.
Whatever happened in his life became grist for his theatrical mill.
Most likely, you never heard of Scott Kelman. Well, here are the parts left out of his obituary. Scott had seen me perform standup at Town Hall in New York, and again at the LA Stage Company in Hollywood. He had moved to Los Angeles and planned to launch an alternative theater in the grungy old industrial skid-row area downtown.
California’s medical-marijuana drama spins on and on. Despite a law that’s been on the books for 13 years, patients and providers must still fight daily for their rights.
A California wildfire can sweep across acres in mere seconds. After a hot, rainless summer, the land can ignite in an instant, especially when the broiling Santa Ana winds blow out of the mountains in autumn. The Cedar Fire was the largest wildland fire in California’s history.
Environmental regulators in California have added marijuana smoke to the state's growing list of cancer-causing chemicals. Under state law, the governor's office is required to publish a list of substances that have been determined by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency, to be "known ... to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity."
After graduating college this past June, I decided to move out to the Wild Weedy West. Call it destiny, but I landed a dream job working as a budtender at Holistic Harvest, a new medical-marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. Four months later.
Compiled by the HIGH TIMES Cultivation Department and our global correspondents.
Last year, we brought back our annual Global Harvest Report, and it received high praise from readers worldwide. Thanks TO the interesting info and excellent detail, the report touched off a renewed sense of urgency among growers everywhere.
After rigorously testing hundreds of pot varieties all year (nice work if you can get it!), HIGH TIMES proudly unveils the annual list of our 10 favorite herb strains from around the planet. Behold our 'honor roll' of the amazing cannabis that rocked our world in 2009. Then get some of these seeds, grow them out, and let us know what you think of our picks.
ROMULAN x HASH PLANT
DIESEL RYDER FEMINIZED
Dr. Greenthumb The legendary Cinderella 99, known as "the Cindy” for short, is once again available in seed form for anyone to experience. The Doc tells me that his "C-99/Cinderella is a selection from the most potent we’ve ever found in our tests with original Cinderella F1 seeds and their progeny.
Within minutes of disembarking the Lan Chile plane on Easter Island, I ran into what I imagined was the island's only drug dog. A friendly little mutt—some beagle/spaniel bitch that jumped onto the luggage-filled conveyer belt like a yuppie mounting a Nordic Track.
With so many reasons to legalize marijuana, it can be hard to pick just one. Legalization would end the needless prosecution of otherwise law-abiding pot smokers, create a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry with plenty of “green jobs" to go around, add billions more in much-needed tax dollars to our barren national coffers, allow law enforcement to focus on far more important priorities, clear up our congested court system and overcrowded prisons, help stem the violence on the US/Mexico border, deprive international drug cartels of a significant portion of their profits, ensure safe access for medical-marijuana users nationwide, and uphold the American ideals of liberty and justice for all.
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, 419 Park Avenue South, 16th floor, New York, NY 10016. Digital photos can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be hi-res for publication.
I’m always hesitant to write on these kinds of topics, since I am not—by any stretch of the imagination—a doctor. But as a journalist and longtime grower, I can report on both my research and my own experiences with cannabis as medicine.
You can use a cupful of sugar to make this ganja medicine go down.
People always ask me how I started writing for HIGH TIMES, and I generally avoid the part of the story where music editor Steve Bloom hissed at me over the phone in the late 90's for being both unprofessional and ambitious. I guess pitching a big feature article while smoking a bongload of Dutch hash in my friend's ridiculously large bathroom wasn’t exactly following journalistic protocol.
This recipe has a lot of room for play, since it uses a hefty amount of butter and makes roughly 24 to 36 cookies, depending on the cookie size. The less cannabis you use, the more cookies you’ll need to get high, whereas the more you use, the fewer you’ll need to eat—so keep that math in mind as you calculate the individual servings.
For 35 years, the federal government has been well aware—despite public denials by its own officials—that cannabis possesses potent anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. Sadly, even under the Obama administration, which promised to “base our public policies on the soundest science," the myth that pot promotes cancer persists.
Freedom lovers everywhere were shocked and saddened by the case of Mayor Cheye Calvo of Berwyn Heights, MD, whose dogs were killed by a drug task force executing a raid on the mayor’s home after a box of marijuana was delivered there. Calvo was innocent (the would-be smugglers actually worked at the shipping company), but that didn't prevent the police from breaking down his door and then shooting and killing his two black Labrador retrievers—one in the back as it ran away from the commotion.
Dr. Mitch, Can marijuana reduce the risk of cancer? P. Doyle Hi P.D., A new study compared hundreds of people with head and neck cancers to a similar group of people without them. Those who used the plant were less likely to be in the cancer group.
"Tissue culture” is a method for replicating plant genetics using very small cuttings. Rather than maintaining a roomful of mother plants from which clones are made, tissue-culture labs use racks of sealed vessels, each containing one or more miniature "plantlets."
LED technology is still in its infancy when it comes to cannabis cultivation, and many of the models we’ve seen come in wattages that are way too low and have been manufactured overseas with shoddy materials. That’s why we were so happy to receive the Maxx Power, a new unit that’s high-powered, cost-effective and made in the USA. It’s a completely modular, expandable unit with a built-in timer on the master cord, which means you're able to link up to 12 units together in different configurations for up to 1,440 watts of LED power. Plus the unique honeycomb shape saves valuable space in your garden or closet.
Potassium (the "K" in the N-PK system of primary nutrient listing) promotes the production of chlorophyll and builds bigger root systems, making it essential for proper flower formation. A great new source for isolated (and thus easy-to-apply) potassium, Rhino Skin from Advanced Nutrients creates a living armor for your plants. It’s mostly soluble potash derived from potassium silicate and is specifically formulated for the first through sixth weeks of flowering. Use 2 ml per liter throughout that period to ensure lush growth and avoid costly deficiencies.
Stash Pocket Underwear
Too many people these days believe they have the right to search us, and sometimes we have to take matters into our own hands (or pants, as the case may be) with products like Safetyz Stash Pocket Underwear. These unique boxer briefs contain an innovative stash pocket for keeping your valuables hidden away from nosy busybodies. They’re 100% cotton and hand-made in the USA, providing both a comfortable fit and peace of mind when you need to maintain your right to privacy. Choose from white, black or gray in several popular sizes.
It’s high time that somebody updated the old "steamroller” method of smoking for the modern era, and Incredibowl Industries have done just that. Their flagship product, the Incredibowl, uses space-age metals and technology, a unique 13-hole carburetor, and an all-glass bowl for proper flavor without sacrificing durability. Its one-of-a-kind smoke-injection nozzle keeps the airflow at optimum levels, making the smoke soft and easy on the lungs, while its advanced cooling technology keeps each hit as smooth as the first. Light the bowl, fill the chamber with smoke, then pull the BowlArmor section forward to quickly release the smoke and enjoy perfect tokes every time.
There seems to be a lot of optimism in the air regarding an imminent softening of cannabis laws by the nascent Obama administration. We hope that the above statement by the new Drug Czar represents a change in policy rather than a simple shift in rhetoric.
Dear loyal readers, It's been 10 years since I started this monthly column. I’ve decided to stop writing it for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I'm completely burned out from answering questions. I feel that it’s time to pass the joint on to another qualified columnist so you can inhale fresh new ideas, feelings and directions.
Calculate your cultivation HIGH-Q with our monthly grow quiz, featuring highly educational questions for beginners and experts alike.
1) After a successful harvest, marijuana growers can use otherwise discarded_ to make homemade hashish. a) stems b) fan leaves c) roots d) seeds 2) Marijuana plants begin to flower when they receive less than_ hours per day of light. a) 18 b) 16 c) 12 d) 8 Insufficiently watered plants will_.
What a wonderful time of year to grow plants—provided that you’re indoors, working in your "home office." But beware: On the coldest nights of winter, the humidity can sky-rocket. Letting the temperature drop or the humidity rise, even briefly, can seriously stress your plants, so check the temperature and relative humidity rates in your garden frequently.
It's almost January 1. Make a resolution now! Let 2010 be the year you save a bundle by growing pounds of your own great pot! As the weather turns colder, crafty cannabis growers are turning their attention indoors, where high-intensity lights power highly productive cultivation operations that yield big buds with incredible potency.