For over a decade, HIGH TIMES has chronicled the evolution of the glass-smokeware industry. We've watched the merchandise in the marketplace morph from simple, relatively unadorned glass tubes to pieces that wilt flat-out drop you in your tracks.
I just want to say that I love reading every magazine of HIGH TIMES, but this week when I was reading the hemp oil article (Jan. '10 HT), I was emotionally intrigued. My aunt, both of my grandfathers and my father died of cancer. I really want to help others.
Lately, Cypress Hill and ROOR waterpipes have been collaborating on some awesome designs. B-Real is showing off their latest creation dubbed "The Excalibur." It stands over six feet tall and is blown from a massive 9 mm-thick down-tube. It was crafted by the ROOR family specifically for Cypress Hill to use on concert tours.
The next time someone asks you if you want to smoke some bud, be literal: Whip your bud out! And we do mean your pipe! The phantom-like glass artist known as Mr. Grey created this singularly outrageous glass facsimile of a healthy nug. It’s the one bud you don’t want to break up to toking.
In Minnesota, bong water now counts as a controlled substance. Lower courts in the state have traditionally considered bong water as paraphernalia, but the state’s high court has ruled that possession of 25 grams or more of bong water—meaning water that tests positive for a controlled substance—should be considered a first-degree drug crime.
In early November, Clark County, WA, cops pulled over Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants and found that he was holding 3.3 grams of marijuana and a pipe, both misdemeanors. Just two weeks later, Lincecum was awarded the Cy Young Award, baseball's top performance prizer for a pitcher.
It was Ben Franklin who wrote: "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Little did Ben know that his words of wisdom would one day grace the front door of Healthy, Wealthy, & Wise, a premier holistic-healing shoppe located in Los Angeles, CA.
It’s difficult to believe the kind of toxic crap that’s openly advertised on TV while cannabis remains illegal, but the commercials prove that society’s notions about what will damage our health are seriously skewed. Nightly, we’re inundated with ads for prescription drugs that list multiple side effects, including nausea, insomnia, mood swings and suicidal thoughts.
In November, the American Medical Association voted to reverse its 72-year position that cannabis be retained as a Schedule I narcotic with no medicinal value. The largest physician-based group in the country adopted a report drafted by the AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH) entitled “Use of Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes," which affirms the therapeutic benefits of marijuana.
In Transylmania—a horror-cliché spoof in the vein of Transylvania 6-5000 (minus the star-studded cast)—Rusty is the hero, who convinces his buddies to spend a semester abroad in Transylvania so he can hook up with his Internet girlfriend, But the university is actually home to an ancient named Radu, who just happens to look exactly like Rusty.
Register to toke so you can inhale to the chief! Obama’s at the podium giving yet another speech in this classic homage to the Prez. Ryan Paris, a professional sculptor of 14 years, is the man behind the torch here. He makes his home in Oahu and produces some of the highest-quality tubes in the glass-smokeware business.
These moms-to-be demonstrate a bit of synchronicity. It appears that both the buds and the babies are on the schedule for harvest. Congratulations growers and parents alike! Caution: You don’t trim or cure babies!
Savvy stoners already know all about the healing properties of hemp-seed oil. But if you’re one of those who don’t, then start slathering your body with the amazing hemp body-care product line from Forbidden Leaf, a "homegrown" company based in Warner Springs, CA. All of their lotions, body washes and soaps contain hemp seed, grape seed, sunflower seed, sweet almond and olive oil; most of the products are also blended with chamomile and aloe vera, leaving a fresh, green scent on your skin.
At this point, pretty much the entire world has seen the 90-second video clip of film legend Marilyn Monroe sharing a joint with friends. The year was either 1958 or 1959 and Monroe can be clearly viewed inhaling and enjoying the effects of the pot.
Cypress Hill sure knows how to throw a party. Thrown in late October 2009, the two-day smokefest hosted over 20 bands— including Slipknot, Kottonmouth Kings and Redman—emcees Cheech and Chong, fabulous California weather, no arrests, pothead panelists, a very stony expo and a successful Sublime reunion.
Micah Daigle, the new head of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, wants to help you change the world.
Ask Micah Daigle, the 25-year-old head of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, what sets this latest generation of college-age marijuana-law-reform activists apart from, its predecessors, and he supplies a simple answer: After three decades of tilting at windmills, struggling against the current, and telling the truth in the face of the most blatant and shameless government propaganda, the dedicated young activists involved in SSDP, NDRML, SAFER and other anti-pot-prohibition organizations finally sense that we’re winning the argument when it comes to legalizing weed.
A transcript of Micah Daigle's opening comments during a recent conference call with Office of National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske.
I'm Micah Daigle, and Tm the executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a network of thousands of students on hundreds of campuses across the country. I'd like to thank you, Director Kerlikowske. for opening up the lines of communication with individuals and organizations who have typically been at odds with your predecessors in order to find some common ground.
Kush crushed the competition and once again finished as the month’s most submitted strain. After losing the top pot spot in December 2009, Kush submissions have been pouring in, and the strain has yet to be dethroned in 2010. The top-five performers have been fairly consistent thus far; however, Trainwreck made the cut for the first time this year, dislodging Strawberry Cough.
DEVILDRIVER'S DEZ FAFARA ON METAL AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA.
Dez Fafara is the biggest pothead I know.
At least, that s what his publicist said back in 2008 when she first contacted me about interviewing the tattoo-encrusted frontman of DevilDriver. The band takes its name from the ancient ritual bells used in Stregheria (Italian witchcraft) to drive evil away.
No one ever said that Radiohead had to be the only band in modern rock to think deeply. However, bands like Northern California's Dredg have gone largely unacknowledged for their sprawling, brainy, tuneful concept jams, starting with 1998's Leitmotif, a musical narrative that came complete with its own short story.
"I wouldn’t be doing this interview if I didn't advocate the use of marijuana,” says Guy Blakeslee, guitarist, singer and founder of the Entrance Band. “I'm proud to say it's something I believe in.” Today is one of the rare times in probably the last 10 years that Blakeslee hasn’t smoked.
Growing up the hard way, longhaired singer-songwriter Bert McCracken suffered from crack addiction, spent time behind bars, then attended rehabilitation prior to turning 19 and finding success fronting the Used. Along the way, he managed to live through poverty, homelessness and depression before a self-titled 2002 album put his band on the map and his ex-girlfriend died of a drug overdose (inspiring the confessional spirit that suffuses the lyrics of the Used's 2004 sophomore set, In Love and Death).
The more I learn about Johnny Griggs, the more I realize he's the most overlooked and unsung hero of the 1960s counterculture revolution. A greaser hot-rodder from Anaheim, CA, Griggs fell into heroin and speed before discovering acid in the early '60s, when almost nobody but the CIA knew where to find it.
Let It Rock (Rhino Records) Restless and eager to create, Jerry Garcia in 1975 was filling in any little free time by gigging with his so-called bar band—what may have been the second-best ensemble of his career. Furthermore, the lineup for the Jerry Garcia Band that November maintained a consistency that the Dead couldn’t always match.
Following Michael Jackson’s death, a multitude of artists began churning out tributes like clockwork—but Harlem, NY’s unsigned MC Esso initiated his composition three months before. After placing MJ’s Off the Wall album on his iPod in January, the Howard University alum and former NCAA baseball player was inspired to re-create the classic album.
For those who say they don’t make ’em like they used to, I present Wolfmother, the most bald-faced rip-off since Creed singer Scott Stapp started listening to Eddie Vedder. Of course, when the music’s done well, it goes from "rip-off” to "homage,” and Wolfmother’s definitely on bended knee before Led Zeppelin, early Black Sabbath and Deep Purple.
Southern California's hottest rising surf-roots/rock band, the B Foundation, draws influence from reggae rhythms, teen angst and the salty waves of the Pacific Ocean. With a growing fan base and three albums already under their belt, the B has become a touring machine.
Our honorary editor for a day gets a taste of the high life.
As any aspiring writer soon learns, the hardest part of starting a writing career is getting noticed. The second I saw my name posted on Bobby Black's blog announcing me as the HIGH TIMES Honorary Editor for a Day winner, I knew I'd done it. That entire day was extremely surreal...
Revealing the Secret Yippie Plan for Drug Addiction.
Recently, the Associated Press published a profile of me by cultural correspondent John Rogers. This is what he wrote: "The movement [Krassner] helped launch is not remembered fondly by everyone. David Horowitz, the former 1960s radical turned conservative commentator, said that although he likes Krassner personally, he believes he and other Yippies must shoulder much of the blame for crises such as AIDS and drug addiction.
As cannabis cultivation enters a new era, take an exclusive look inside a futuristic, fully automated growroom that produces pound upon pound of perpetual pot.
Down the Hatch and Into the Lab
Keeping It Cool
Getting the Goods
Lighting It Up
Airing It Out
Nestled among the other brownstones in an upscale California neighborhood is one of the most impressive midsize commercial growrooms I’ve ever seen. From the outside, you’d never give the house a second glance, since it blends in beautifully with all the other homes in the area.
For ages, the pipe has served as a vessel for increasing pleasure or enhancing spirituality. Ceremonies involving the use of pipes are part of our shared human heritage. Modern pipemakers feel a sacred responsibility to the legacy of their craft.
HYBRID DOUBLE BUBBLE
THE GANJA TROPHY
SIGN OF THE TIMES
For thousands of years, people have been designing paraphernalia for their smoking pleasure. Long before Columbus discovered America, African tribes fashioned a variety of water pipes from gourds, bamboo, hollowed logs and animal horns.
Welcome to America's cannabis Mecca, deep in the heart of the Emerald Triangle. Every year starting in September, nervous growers begin eyeing their buds, waiting for those pistils to turn amber so they can start their long, hard journey from the field to the market.
YEAR OF THE RAT
MR. B'S BLUE DREAM
ROT NEVER SLAEEPS
NUGS AND NEIGHBORS
THE MENDO CURE
DOWN WITH THE DEAD
There are a lot of creatures great and small running around in the verdant hills of Mendocino County—mountain lions, deer, black bears, skunks, rattlesnakes and spotted owls, just to name a few—but the one that gives Mr. B the most trouble is the rat.
The excursion started out like any other good hash-smuggling expedition, with a group of men who barely knew each other strapping wads of cash to their torsos inside a van with tinted windows, en route to a tiny no-name airport in the south of Spain.
If there were such a thing as a female Forrest Gump of rock’n’roll, Chris O’Dell might be it. From 1968 to 1984, she worked with music legends like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Crosby, Stills, Nash 6 Young, and had romantic encounters with Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and Leon Russell.
I had this White Widow stick out its tongue to see if she was ready for harvest. The trichomes appear to be fully developed and have turned from clear to translucent and milky; most of the pistils have gone from white to more of a rust color. I could wait a little longer, but with the high humidity in the greenhouse lately, I think I should take her down before bud mold sets in.
Voters in Maine recently approved a referendum, 59 to 41 percent, that made it the fifth state in the US to allow retail pot dispensaries. California, Colorado, New Mexico and Rhode Island also allow venues where medical-marijuana patients can legally buy pot.
Why THC binds best with saturated fat, and other molecular mysteries.
Once upon a time, there was a man who loved pot roast. Nobody in the history of carcasses or root vegetables had ever cooked a finer roast than his wife did, so one day the man decided to learn her process. The first thing his wife did, he noticed, was to cut the ends off the roast.
Medical-cannabis users' rights vary from state to state: In some they have no rights at all.
Elections Have Consequences
Allen St. Pierre
Nearly 15 years have passed since California voters passed Prop. 215, and the remarkable rise and acceptance of medical cannabis has been nothing less than astonishing to witness. Perhaps it's time to stop and examine just how far we've come—and how far we still have to go before all qualified patients have safe, legal access to medical marijuana.
The Colorado Statesman named well-known public-policy analyst and political strategist Jessica Corry as one of Colorado’s top “Movers & Shakers." Corry has run for public office and led over 20 civic organizations, and was a featured TV commentator during the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Dr. Mitch, You can imagine what inspired this question: Did murder rates go down after alcohol prohibition was over? SOH Kool Hi SOH, Yes. In 1933, when Prohibition ended, the rates for murder, burglary and a host of other crimes all dropped.
Getting ready for the first harvest of 2010? Before you pull down those plants, check out this exclusive excerpt from The Official High Times Pot Smoker's Handbook [Chronicle Books], which covers clipping, drying and curing cannabis in the proper manner, followed by a slew of quick-reference tips from our cultivation editor. Remember, a healthy harvest is a happy harvest!
Quick-Reference Tips for a Smoother Harvest
“Holy frijole, my plants have gotten huge! I remember when they were just little clones, fresh-clipped from their mother plant, stilt struggling to take root... and now look at these lovely, lovely ladies. They grow up so fast, sniffle, sniffle."
With more and more cannabis extractions becoming available, we felt it was important to find ways to smoke or vaporize them without clogging our bongs all the time. The new Skillet Vapor Curve from Labworx allows us to puff even the most liquid-like concentrates without inhaling butane or making a mess. It fits into a standard 38millimeter water pipe or bubbler, and the unique titanium plate swings away to allow heating and back under the bowl for inhaling. It’s like the perfect "hot knife” session without any of the hassles! The Skillet Vapor Curve is made from German Schott-Rohrglas and is easy to clean, which means it's perfect for medical patients with limited mobility.
The problem with most pipes featuring buiLt-in Lighters is that they're made of metal and quickly start tast ing burnt no matter how much you clean them. The 7Pipe changes all that—it's the world's first Lighter pipe with a gLass bowl and tube buiLt right in. No longer do we have to sacrifice flavor for portability: Simply pack the bowl, cover the carb, press the button to light it, and enjoy smooth hit after hit of your favorite herb or hash. Plus it's completely refillabLe, and you can adjust the flame size and slide the cover closed for storage or travel.
Transporting and storing various strains of herb is always a concern, and separate glass jars can be fragile, noisy and cumbersome. All of these problems disappear with the new Enjoy Jars, making them ideal for medical patients, Cannabis Cup attendees and any other connoisseurs or aficionados of bud. Water-resistant, airtight and with great odor control, each jar has four separate chambers that are capable of holding up to 5 grams of marijuana apiece—and you can even write the names of the strains on their compartments and easily erase them later with rubbing alcohol. Lightweight, shatterproof and only 2 inches high, Enjoy Jars are a definite improvement over glass jars, providing more stealth and making for fewer worries.
Our buds at Hemp HoodLamb, Doug and Adam, are constantly reinventing what it means to be a conscious cannabis consumer. Years ago, their original flagship Hemp HoodLamb winter jacket turned "heads” immediately with the warm fake-fur lining, rolling-paper dispenser and roomy hidden pocket. Now they’ve got a whole line of hip hemp clothing, including a great selection of spring and fall gear for men and women featuring their unique Arctic Camo (pictured here). Fully eco-friendly, thanks to their blend of hemp, bamboo and soy natural fibers, these garments feel and look great. I recently heard they hooked up Paul Watson from Whale Wars with a bulletproof HoodLamb. Pretty cool! Also, with a baby of my own on the way, "Daddy” Danko’s excited about their new Lil’ Lamb line of stuff for kids and toddlers.
I have a quick question. I'm growing five plants in a homemade hydroponic drip system that I made out of an 18-gallon Rubbermaid tote. The water and nutrients circulate every few hours through the drip lines. My question is about the nutrient solution and how often I should change it out.
Calculate your cultivation HIGH-Q with our monthly grow quiz, featuring highly educational questions for beginners and experts alike.
1 ) Which of the following plants is most closely related to cannabis? a) hops b) clover c) Japanese maple d) tomato 2) Sinsemilla is _? a) grown in a hydroponic garden b) a strong indica c) grown without using fertilizer d) cannabis that has never been pollinated 3) Indoor growers use carbon filters primarily to eliminate: a) the sound of generators b) the smell of cannabis c) light leakage d) pest infestations 4) The abbreviation "ppm” describes _?
Enjoy the cool temperatures while you can; summer is on its way, and your indoor grow is about to get hotter, more expensive and more complicated to operate. That’s why many growers take the summer months off—to avoid all the problems and expense that come with running an indoor operation during hot weather—often shutting down in favor of growing outdoors.
For 22 years (and counting), the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup has stood as the Super Bowl of Weed, inspiring stoners from around the world to travel to Amsterdam and judge the world's best pot. This year, the Cup honored the courageous smugglers of yore who transported thousands of tons to America's pot lovers.