Information is power, and the marijuana nation now has access to more information than ever before, which in turn gives us the power to change the world. Never in the history of humankind have stoners across the globe been so interconnected and so well informed.
I was just getting ready to start an outdoor crop, and I'm a big fan of Advanced Nutrients—and then I remembered an article written by Danny Danko a while back, in which he talked about his trip into the Canadian wilderness as well as the use of Heavy Harvest from Advanced.
A cannabis activist from Colorado takes the crown.
On April 20th, the winner of Miss HIGH TIMES 2010 was announced on the premiere episode of our online radio program High on The Air. She's Brittany Wagoner who grew up in Laughlin, NV, but always dreamed of big things. At the age of 19, she arrived in Denver to train to become a medical secretary.
A recent visit to a food festival got us thinking: Has anybody ever come up with a way to match particular pot strains with the appropriate wines for a truly cultured buzz? Relying upon the expertise of our friend Ilkka from Finland, we explored our favorites fruits of the vine.
At the recent THC Expose in Los Angeles, pot-related businesses showcased the newest products available to cannabis consumers and cultivators. But one of Southern California's most prestigious medical marijuana dispensaries used their booth space for something other than merchandising.
In Surrey, England, builders who were digging up the lawn of the old home of Beatle legend John Lennon discovered a stash of broken bottles in a leather satchel. Hordes of Beatle fans believe these bottles contained Lennon's hidden cache of LSD.
There are some super new strains available—and guess what? They won't get you high! You heard us right. Steve DeAngelo, the Executive Director of Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CA, one of the state’s premier medical marijuana dispensaries, has announced that CBD-rich cannabis varieties have been identified, and are now available to medical patients.
It’s hard to believe, but the legendary HIGH TIMES softball team known as the Bonghitters has just begun its 20th season of play. The Bonghitters have always thrived on the high, outside pitch. In fact, the team holds the record for highest team batting average—which is 1.000—because there has never been a Bonghitter who wasn't high when batting.
Earlier this year, a 15,000-square-foot warehouse opened its doors to the public. But this ain't Costco, Sam's Club or Wal-Mart—iGrow is a spacious shopping center for cannabis cultivators of every stripe. If you need it, iGrow it: All the necessary gear for indoor grow ops is here, from nutrients and soil to pumps, tubing, lighting and fans.
Wonka is back! Once the premier chocolatier in the cannabis industry, with his own line of pot-laced edibles, Wonka decided to shut the doors of his factory over two years ago. Not that he was tired of chocolate—he just got, well, a little nervous, especially after the busts of some other prominent cannabis-candy companies. Since that time, Wonka has been wandering the earth in search of answers.
STINGING REBUKE Sting has stopped talking about Tantric sex long enough to team up with the Drug Policy Alliance to call for an end to the War on Drugs. In his letter of support, he wrote: “The War on Drugs has failed. But it’s worse than that. It is actively harming our society.
Despite (or perhaps due to) California's rise as a medical-marijuana Mecca, pot arrests rose to a record-high level in 2008. There were just over 1,000 more felony marijuana arrests in 2008 than in the previous year—17,126 busted in '08 versus 16,124 in '07, according to recently released statistics from the California Department of Justice.
Last March, the mainstream media once again sought to fan the flames of reefer madness with the assertion that smoking marijuana will drive you crazy. "Cannabis exposure can double the risk" of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, the Reuters International news wire declared.
On April 15, 2010, Jack Herer passed away. With utter ferocity, he dedicated his life to the cause of legal cannabis-and thereby changed the world.
In an old video from about 15 years ago. Jack Herer is leading one of his many legalization rallies at the Los Angeles Federal Building. Tom Hayden, a state senator from California up for re-election, is seen strolling through the crowd, shaking hands and being friendly.
Order was restored this month as Kush reclaimed the top spot from upstart Purps (which placed second). Northern Lights made the top five submitted strains for the first time since March 2009-a 17-month absence. The top five submitted strains (with average price) were Kush ($387), Purps ($371), Haze ($370), Northern Lights ($324) and Diesel ($458).
The national motto of Jamaica is "Out of Many, One People," and no one personifies this better than dancehall superstar Sean Paul. Born in Kingston to a Jamaican mother of Chinese and British heritage and a Jamaican father of Portuguese, Jewish, Indian and Spanish descent, Sean Paul speaks perfect English with a patois that's as thick as a brick.
Rootz Underground combine styles for a sound that's both fresh and familiar.
On a bright and scorching morning, I'm assembled with Rootz Underground at Port Royal in Kingston, Jamaica. Back in the late 16th and 17th centuries, this town was the epicenter of pirate life in the Caribbean, and the home base of the infamous Captain Morgan, a few hundred years before he posthumously endorsed a brand of spiced rum.
Mixing music, comedy and a whole lot of cannabis, Reggie Watts charts a path through unknown waters.
Mary Jane Gibson
The first time you see Reggie Watts perform, you feel like you're in on something—like you got invited to a really great party where anything can happen. And, according to Watts himself, anything can. "When I perform, I’m about 50 to 60 percent of the time stoned, maybe more sometimes .... I like the feeling—it changes the perspective and puts me in the danger zone, in the moment.
It's hard to believe it’s hip nowadays to look like a Tea for the Tillerman—era Cat Stevens, but the evidence is irrefutable. Take a stroll down Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn or the Lower East Side in Manhattan, and you'll see kids everywhere in expensive vintage clothes, pricy classic sneakers and scraggly beards.
Could the Tea Party crowd be the evil spawn of '60s radicals?
First, Los Angeles Times columnist Gregory Rodriguez wrote: "The excesses of the '60s gave rise to a conservative counterrevolution. Abbie Hoffman begat Ronald Reagan ....” Next, New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote that Connecticut millionaire Ned Lamont—then challenging Joe Lieberman for his Senate seat—wasn't "easily slimed as a reincarnation of Abbie Hoffman or an ally of Osama bin Laden.
HIGH TIMES UNSIGNED BAND OF THE MONTH THE GOLDEN BUTTER BAND
The Golden Butter Band (GBB for short) churn reggae, ska and indie rock into a unique and varied, genre-blending sound that's designed to get you dancing. Their songs jump between melodies with a delightfully abrupt and wild abandon. GBB have spent the last five years cultivating their fan base by relentlessly playing small shows up and down the Shenandoah Valley.
BREEZES RESORT LIVES UP TO ITS NAME AT THE EIGHTH ANNUAL FEAT FAN EXCURSION IN NEGRIL.
In all the times I'd been to Jamaica and made that long trip from Montego Bay into Negril, I'd always driven right past the larger, more expensive resorts and stayed at one of the more modest spots down on Seven-Mile Beach. That is, until this March, when CS Travel sent my fiancée Vegas down to work the annual Feat Fan Excursion at the all-inclusive Breezes Grand Resort and invited me to tag along.
A longtime Hawaii resident travels in search of the famous island's elusive pakalolo growers, who produce some of the best buds in the world.
IN SEARCH OF PAKALOLO
BIGLAR'S UNIQUE GROWING SYSTEM
HAWAII'S MEDICAL MARIJUANA
South Bay Ray
It's only a half-hour flight from Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii to Kahului, Maui. Taped to the inside of my underpants was a package of joints I had rolled for my three-day stay on Maui, so I was understandably nervous. Unlike other states with medical-marijuana laws, here I’m not able to take my medicine with me from county to county; the only way to go is by air, and that’s controlled by the Feds.
Bob Marley once famously said that reggae would just “get bigger and bigger” until it was embraced by all the righteous people for whom it was intended. He may just as easily have been speaking about himself, because today, from the Balkans to Brazil, from the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the frozen heights of the Himalayas, Marley is widely respected for his unyielding stance in favor of the conscious use of herb to inspire divine communication.
Before a ragtag band of American colonists fired the “shot heard round the world that started our revolution against the British, a group of escaped slaves in Jamaica fought the redcoats and won their own independence. Known as the Maroons, their descendants continue to live under their own autonomous rule deep in the mountains of Jamaica.
Jamaica is beautiful, Jamaica is magnanimous, Jamaica’s got a soul as round and fat as a King Tubby bass track, but Jamaica is a battleground. From about the second or third week after Christopher Columbus arrived in 1494 up to this hot and sunny day, Jamaica has been fighting—with itself or someone else, usually both. Jamaicans have a long tradition of not rolling over, even when the numbers are against them.
Learn how to build a reliable, virtually carefree deep-water culture cultivation system with readily available materials. A top-flight grower shows you how.
TOOLS YOU’LL NEED
BOB LEE GORDON
In 1936 W.F. Gericke of the University of California coined the term "hydroponics,” from the Greek words hydro ("water”) and ponos ("labor"), in a paper describing how to grow tomatoes using this technique. Since then, some exciting new methods and products have evolved.
In case you haven’t heard, California is the Wild, Wild West of growing. In fact, California is a whole other world when it comes to cannabis. Some might say it puts Amsterdam to shame ... and they might be right. Here’s how they’re doing it big and small, on the West Side.
INSIDE THE MINES
FRAMES, BEDS & CONTAINERS
A/C & ATMOSPHERE CONTROL
GROW MEDIUM & FEEDING
It’s truly amazing—and shocking to some—what’s going on over on the west side of the United States. Places like California and Colorado are well past the days of marijuana prohibition, and even the medical movement is fast becoming a thing of the past as these states speed down the road to full-scale legalization.
The first decade of the 21st century saw many refinements to the basic techniques of hashish-making explored in the first edition of HASHISH! What started in the 1990s with a small group of hashish experimenters has blossomed into a movement by producers and users of cannabis in the West who came to appreciate the purest of resin-gland isolates.
An Interview with Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Nas.
A few weeks before it hits the market, Distant Relatives-the new album by Damian Marley and Nascranks from the speakers in HIGH TIMES’ top-secret bunker, where a photo shoot has commenced involving the two stars and about a pound of foot-long colas.
I have here my 220-watt T5 fluorescent grow with Nirvana Seed Bank's Snow White Fern, organically grown and fed using nothing but simple techniques. I got 7 ounces dried from this system with a five-week veg and eight-week flowering period (97 days from sow to harvest).
As has become customary here at HIGH TIMES, when we happen upon the perfect candidates, we like to profile them in our Cannabis Clinic column as an example of all that is right and good in the world of cannabis. Vancouver Island Seed Company (VISC) is one of the longest-standing seed companies in North America, and this occasion not only marks their myriad contributions to our industry and, more specifically, our cause, but also our deep sense of gratitude for their work in bringing us literally decades of fine cannabis genetics.
Spring is in the air. It's time to stop and eat the flowers.
This key-lime cheesecake is my culinary prostration to the divine bliss of springtime in New Orleans. The season's as fleeting as a tender honeysuckle blossom, and yet we revel in it; the temperate breezes under the chartreuse canopies of oak justify our toleration of brutish, damp winters and hell-on-earth summers.
After a successful citizen campaign, NORML places interactive ads in New York's Times Square.
Times Square in New York City is a showcase for advertising and branding like no place else in the world. So NORML was both shocked and overjoyed when a major media company contacted us in January and offered steeply discounted rates to run a 15-second ad 18 times a day for a period of 60 days on the largest electronic billboard in Times Square.
This month’s Freedom Fighters are two mothers raising awareness of medical cannabis as a treatment for severe childhood autism. Mieko Hester-Perez received national attention after being featured on ABC’s Good Morning America as a parent who uses medical cannabis to treat her autistic son. At one point, her 10-year-old was dangerously underweight: "You could see the bones in his chest.
Dr. Mitch, You said a guy would have to smoke two pounds of pot to get a lethal dose. Has anyone ever done this? G. Reaper Hi G., The estimate for the lethal dose of any drug is an extrapolation from animal data, which means it’s just a guess, and a fuzzy one at that.
There is risk in everything we do. Although our minds often focus on particular risks that captivate us but pose little actual danger, our ability to survive and thrive depends heavily on our ability to recognize and deal with the most important risks.
For huge harvests, create a root system below ground that feeds the massive buds above.
Massive yields from strong plants are made possible by large, healthy root systems and airy growing mediums. The rhizosphere (root world) does much more than just anchor plants—it provides the necessary substrate to deliver the water and nutrients required for healthy plant growth.
With all the new green products appearing on the market these days, you may find yourself asking, "Where's the eco-friendly smoke gear?" Well, if you're tired of inhaling the potentially harmful chemicals left over in your favorite bowl or bong, Green Glass Cleaner may be just the thing for you. This all-natural and environmentally friendly cleaner will make hitting your favorite piece (whether glass or ceramic) as smooth as the day you bought it. Available in both 8and 16-ounce sizes, Green Glass Cleaner is a highly useful product for any avid smoker.
Green Glass Clean
The next generation of flameless smoking accessories is here. The Herb Iron provides smokers with the perfect smoking toolnow you won't have to breathe in those harmful butane fumes while hitting your favorite piece. Assembled in the USA from topquality components, the Herb Iron uses a 25-watt ceramic heating element to achieve optimum temperatures with the push of a button. It can be plugged into any standard US outlet and reaches smoking or vaporizing temperatures in just six to eight seconds. Best of all, it comes with a built-in safety feature that provides the perfect fail-safe for any forgetful stoner.
Green Glass Clean
Tired of one-hitters that don't exactly measure up? Then check out the Cigalike, a new product from IYQ Glass that reinvents the standards of the traditional one-hitter. Each Cigalike is crafted from top-quality heavy-wall Pyrex glass and comes with a carrying case (available in a variety of colors ranging from black to hot pink) and a cleaning rod. But perhaps the best feature is the Cigalike's innovative mouthpiece cap with a built-in screen—a welcome change for those (like us) who prefer to avoid the taste of kicked ash. Durable and discreet, this is the perfect cigarette look-alike, ideal for shows or a quick toke in the park.
Green Glass Clean
Out of Southern California comes Kindstack—not only a functional storage product, but a stylish one as well. Kindstack provides stackable, interlocking containers to store all your favorite herbs—and since each compartment is separate, you can use these clear containers to keep your strains sorted and organized as well. They’re also easily transportable and convenient to carry, making Kindstack a must-have for medical-marijuana patients, herb enthusiasts and Cannabis Cup attendees alike.
How often am I supposed to water my pot plants, and when do I start adding liquid nutrients to my solution? Anaheim Angel Dear AA, Plants need to be watered differently based on how old they are and how much of a root system they have developed. Young plants with a smaller root system require less water more frequently, while larger, more established plants need a full soaking every day.
Each year, HIGH TIMES rolls out the honors for the most Significant Technological Advances in Secretive Horticulture. Our Cultivation Department has scoured the planet, visiting hydroponic shops, cultivation-industry trade shows, state-of-the-art indoor horticultural labs and remote guerrilla ganja farms, always in search of the best new equipment to ease your burdens and increase your harvests.