If you smoke pot, it’s a pretty safe bet that you spend a fair amount of time thinking over the vagaries of life—age-old questions like "What the fuck am I doing here?" and "Where the fuck am I going next?" They're fair questions. But if you want answers, we’re just as lost as you are.
I’m a Montana resident, and I loved the article on “Big Sky Buds." It said there were over 4,000 registered cannabis users, with an additional 2,000 expected over the next six months. Well, it turns out that by the end of 2009, over 16,000 patients were registered, and it’s estimated that we are now at over 20,000 as of February, with doctors’ offices booked solid for two months and a waiting period of six to eight weeks for a medical card, as the state is swamped with applicants.
Officials in Colorado can’t handle the flow of applications for the state's medical marijuana registry. Applications have nearly quadrupled from a year ago averaging about 1,000 per day. Bureaucrats are asking for more personnel to deal with the avalanche.
Once you’ve reached the pinnacle of the professional wrestling world, what more do you really need in life? Apparently, a bong. The Iron Sheik, who held the World Wrestling Federation title until Hulk Hogan defeated him, had this magnificent waterpipe bestowed upon him by Illadelph glass, one of the premier glass studios in the US.
Did you get busted during the recent Global Marijuana March because you were enjoying your joint a bit too freely? Our sympathies. Next time, follow the example of the legendary paraphernalia innovator known as Joe Pipe. Joe has used everything from Life Savers to Frisbees to create smokeware, but his latest innovation may save your ass.
In March, John Patrick Bedell emerged from Internet obscurity by opening fire on two Pentagon security officers. He was killed when they returned fire. In no time, the 36-year-old "Pentagon shooter” was being described as an enigmatic drifter, a "genius” computer programmer, a nanotechnology enthusiast, a conspiracy theorist and a Democrat who attended right-wing Tea Parties.
The Obama administration is proving to be no different than past anti-pot Presidents. In March, White House Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske held a private talk before police chiefs in California. He stated: "Marijuana legalization—for any purpose—is a nonstarter in the Obama administration.
Former high-end madam Kristin Davis is running for governor of New York. Davis, who spent four months in Rikers Island prison after a conviction for promoting prostitution, says her campaign was partially inspired by the injustice of her serving time while former Governor Eliot Spitzer (whom Davis claims was among her freakier clients) walked away without any charges filed against him after getting caught on a wiretap arranging a meeting with a prostitute.
Since 1997, nearly a half-million people have been busted in New York City for possession of small amounts of pot. That works out to about 100 pot busts each day. In fact, in 2008 alone, over 40,000 people were arrested and jailed for possession of small amounts.
Martin Dockery's one-man show dramatizing his bicycle journey over the route that LSD discoverer Albert Hofmann took as he experienced the world's first-ever acid trip is not to be missed. Dockery's play weaves through San Francisco, Goa and his own awkward childhood before finally peaking outside Hofmann's home in Switzerland.
A study recently conducted by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley suggests that cannabis is useful in treating people who heavily abuse alcohol or other dangerous drugs. In a survey of 350 cannabis users conducted at the Berkeley Patients Group, 60 percent of the respondents said that they used cannabis to control alcohol cravings; 66 percent said they used it as a replacement for prescription drugs; and 26 percent said they used it instead of other, more potent illegal drugs.
A lot of Americans are fed up with the government, but few will go as far to prove it as 26-year-old Connecticut native Dan Gervais. To protest "80 years of lies and propaganda" about marijuana, and to raise awareness about the diverse uses of hemp, this one-man Tea Party has decided to walk across the entire country using only hemp products for his food, clothing and supplies.
Super narc turned guerrilla filmmaker Barry Cooper was arrested and charged with filing a false police report in Florence, TX. Cooper became a polarizing figure after leaving law enforcement and using his narc knowledge to teach potheads how to avoid detection with his Never Get Busted Again DVD.
During spring training, it was revealed that Ron Washington, the manager of the Texas Rangers, tested positive for cocaine last season. According to news reports, Washington told the league and Ranger management that he'd only snorted that one time ever.
Superstar artists of the glass-pipe industry square off in the biggest competition of the torch ever!
If you're a fire marshal in Las Vegas, how do you respond when 49 glassblowers wielding torches hotter than 1,500°F ask permission to compete against one another in a local convention hall? Well, generally, you’d say "No, thanks.” And that’s what the organizers of the Las Vegas Flameoff faced right up until the last hours prior to the event.
For the first time this year, we have a new strain in the top pot spot. Purps beat out Kush as July’s most submitted strain; the last time Purps recorded a firstplace finish was in August 2009. Kush’s recent run as the THMQ’s top submitted strain lasted six consecutive months (January through June 2010)-the longest such streak since we started tracking the top strain submissions in August 2007.
What Ancestors are, first and foremost, is heavy. Then again, they’re actually a lot of things, in a way akin to the progressive likes of Pink Floyd and King Crimson back in the early 70s, a time when bands could throw just about anything into their magic teapot, then sit back and watch it blow up—often right in their faces.
Fifty years later, Ralph Metzner remembers Leary, Harvard and LSD.
Whether you’re stoned or straight right now, picture this, if you will: white-haired Ralph Metzner— Mr. Psychedelic himself—on a rainy winter night before an audience of mostly older men and who have come to hear him describe his halcyon days with Dr. Timothy Leary, as recounted in his new book, Birth of a Psychedelic Culture: Conversations About Leary, the Harvard Experiment, Millbrook, and the Sixties, which Metzner and co-author Ram Dass wrote with the assistance of Gary Bravo, the chief psychiatrist for Sonoma County Mental Health.
An independent film looks at the drug life from user to dealer to rehab.
The French playwright and poet Jean Cocteau once said, "Film will only become an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper." Filmmaker Tao Ruspoli not only took this to heart, but painted it on the side of a Technicolor school bus that served for many years as the workshop for the documentaries he made as the founder of LAFCO (the Los Angeles Film Cooperative).
On rock’s evolutionary scale, Red Fang’s marker lies somewhere in the smoldering chasm between Black Sabbath and Black Flag. Assembling four years ago in Portland, OR, guitarist/vocalist Bryan Giles, bassist/vocalist Aaron Beam, guitarist David Sullivan and drummer John Sherman were already well acquainted with one another, having played together in various outfits within the city's crowded music scene.
From the makers of American Drug War comes a highly anticipated feature-length documentary about the med-pot movement in California. Director Kevin Booth investigates the sprawling medicalmarijuana industry in depth, tracing the supply line from farm to dispensary to patient while tackling the contentious politics surrounding the business from a decidedly pro-pot perspective.
Featuring the former backing band for H.R. from Bad Brains and funked-out vocalist Amee Jana, the Divine Crime is an all-star crew with a high-energy show, real songwriting power and a contagious vibe. Offering true musicianship as well as serious eye candy, this new group is known for fusing reggae, roots, dub, dancehall, soul and jam music into a seamless combination.
Twitter can be used to express the trivial, but it can also be used to communicate the meaningful.
This June marks the first anniversary of the uprisings against the rigged presidential election in Iran. At the time, a 25-year-old San Francisco cyber-activist named Austin Heap saw a tweet calling attention to CNN's failure to report those protests.
"Tell me about the first time you smoked pot." It’s a question I've posed to just about every person I’ve interviewed for HIGH TIMES over the years. So this month, I thought I’d turn the tables and share with you the tale of my first experience rockin’ the ganj.
Colorado continues its expansion of the cannabis economy as the number of new medical gardens escalates. Rocky Mountain State politicians and law enforcement continue to dicker with Amendment 20, the voter-approved initiative that made safe access to medical marijuana part of the state’s constitution in 2000.
In the beginning, the universe created Cannabis sativa L. Known more simply as "cannabis," she is a beautiful woman and, like all earthly beings, what she desires most is companionship. Luckily, like most plant varieties, Cannabis sativa L. has both female and male counterparts.
It is said that Sasquatch has haunted the mountains of the Pacific Northwest since before the first white man set foot in the Americas. HIGH TIMES searches the wilds of the Cascade Mountains in a quest to find the legendary beast. Could this elusive animal possibly exist-or are we just smoking something way too strong?
INTO THE WILD
THE FOOT FETISH
VALLEY OF THE BEAST
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE STINK OF SASQUATCH
GOD AND MONSTERS
When you’re out in the wilderness, any small gift is magic. Like right now, I’m waiting for the two Steves to wake up, and all I can think about is coffee. And when I get that coffee, I'm not going to care if it’s Jamaican Blue Mountain or Folgers freezedried crystals.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at a huge, federally authorized cannabis-cultivation facility that uses "hybrid hydro" techniques to grow massive amounts of medical marijuana for the pot patients of Canada.
VEŒTATIVE GROWING FOR HUŒ PLANTS
A LIVING MIX
MORE ROOT, MORE FRUIT
INCREASING POT POTENCY
HARVEST AND TRIMMING
North of the US border, it's possible to operate a medical-marijuana growing facility and exist as a legitimate care provider under federal law. Following guidelines established by the Canadian government, these facilities are able to produce medical cannabis at a level that provides unique opportunities for experiments into improving growth rates as well as the quality and yield of the finished product.
An entire French town mysteriously went insane in the summer of 1951, and for nearly 60 years, there's been no concrete explanation of exactly what happened. Until now-according to a new book, the incident was the result of a Cold War experiment gone horribly wrong, an experiment using a recently discovered drug called LSD. The cause of this tragedy has been one of the CIA's most closely ciuarded secrets-and a US Army scientist was murdered to keep it hidden.
Friday, August 16, 1951, was a day unlike any other in the ancient town of Pont-Saint-Esprit, a close-knit community on the banks of the Rhone River, founded in the fifth century and filled with Roman and medieval architecture. The first victims in what soon became known throughout France as le pain maudit ("the accursed bread") were animals.
Hip-hop's trichome triumvirate returns with Rise Up.
Sen Dog is sprawled out on a couch watching ESPN on a flat-screen TV as we enter “The Temple,” the multi-room recording studio that Cypress Hill share with Fear Factory. So far, he's the only guy here. “It’s weird, because I'm usually the last to turn up to these things," he informs us.
The strain is catted Peaches 'n Cream! This stuff sparkled so hard in the noon sun, and the smell was "out of this worLd" weird! Very heart-racing stone.—Swiftmud This is a garden of Cheese, Red Diesel, Haze, OG and Bubba Kush, all from Attitude Seed Bank.
HIGH TIMES Launches Medical-Marijuana App for iPhone
MEDICINAL STRAIN OF THE MONTH
Welcome to our 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 Cannabis Clinic! Cannabis Deficiency?
Glycerin-based treats deliver the buds without the butter.
"Dedication to Medication”—that's the motto over at Counter Catering, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit medicalmarijuana collective. Although they only started producing their "I Can’t Believe It's Pot Butter" edibles and Chronic Tonic ganja drinks in 2009, their patient load has already exploded, doubling in the first quarter of 2010 alone.
Obstacles still hinder marijuana-law reformers in the battle for cannabis freedom.
Despite the remarkable strides made over the last decade toward cannabis legalization in the United States, some major challenges remain, and much hard work will be required before cannabis consumers achieve parity with our Dionysian brethren who responsibly imbibe (and pay taxes on] alcohol.
Paul Armentano serves as NORML's deputy director and contributes our compelling analyses of medical cannabis and marijuana-law reform. His annually updated paper, “Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids,” is a scientific defense of medical marijuana.
A study in Norway followed the same group of people for 1A years, from ages 13 to 27. Although the cannabis users in the group were busted more often than other folks, it was only for crimes like cannabis possession. In other words, if cannabis weren't illegal in the first place, cannabis users would be as law-abiding as anyone else.
Even Mother Nature can't stop the perfect SSDP mid-Atlantic conference.
With over a foot of snow in the forecast, we weren’t sure what to expect, but in January of this year, four SSDP members from Northern Virginia Commmunity College headed south to Richmond to attend the regional SSDP event that we had been planning for months.
Like anything else that can’t be seen by the unaided eye, controlling pests is tricky business. Fully grasping the underlying biology of pest control can take years of study. Listening to the experiences of other growers can be helpful, but growrooms differ greatly, and people tend to fill in what they can't see with guesses posing as facts.
Finally, bubble bags made for the military! Okay, maybe not the actual military, but they would certainly pass any of its endurance tests. Neato Bags, distributed by West Coast Growers, are composed of PVC canvas with heat-fused nylon. This durable material, coupled with military-grade eyelets, guarantees high-performance results. Neato bags can be purchased in two different sizes (5 or 32 gallons) and two different kits (four or eight bags); each kit also includes one pressing screen and one carrying pouch.
Providing your plants with millions of years of energy and 40 years of research and development, Humate Supreme has put out a line of plant-food tablets that are an organic alternative to more harmful chemical products. With a high concentration of organic materials, these environmentally friendly tablets can boost plant growth in all stages of life. Each tablet includes over 70 essential minerals, nutrients and amino acids that will not only promote strong root growth, but also increase the yield of your favorite strains.
With over 100 types of plant nutrients already crowding the market, it's often hard for a new company to put down roots. However, emerging on the scene is Nature’s Fluid, a Texas-based company that provides a no-fuss approach to giving your plants the nutrients they need throughout their growth cycle. Nature’s Fluid is composed of organic humus and manure extracts that are processed to maintain the vital nutrition that plants need in order to flourish. Unlike other nutrient solutions that can burn and damage roots and leaves, Nature's Fluid is formulated to prevent harmful side effects from overfeeding. This micro-nutrient solution promotes rapid seed germination in as little as two days without fear of mutation. If application instructions are followed, 1 gallon of Nature's Fluid micro-nutrients will feed approximately 10 plants for about two months. This modestly priced but effective solution also comes in three different sizes.
Stink-In Storage Bag
With a variety of odorless-storage products already on the market, there’s a new company promoting an eco-friendly approach to storing your chosen herb, the Stink-In Storage Bag. This high-quality storage bag—manufactured by the good folks at the Stink-In Storage Bag Company—is not only durable and odorproof, but recyclable as well. The bag comes in two convenient sizes, small (6" x 9” x 3.5”) and large (11” x 12” x 5”), and the small bags come in your choice of either clear or black. Prefer to try one out first before you buy in bulk? The company also sells individual bags in both colors and sizes.
Which tight is the best for seedlings and clones until they get growing? The Light I'm using now is a 400-watt metal halide (MHJ, and it makes the seedlings grow so tall and skinny that they fall over. I've grown outside before, but I'm trying in side now for the first time, Please help!
Dive deep into this dank issue devoted to island culture and history. Get a fresh look at Bob Marley, take a magical mystery tour through the wilds of Jamaica, and read high-powered interviews with Damian Marley and Nas. Roll your spliffs now!