If, perhaps via some hot-box time machine, a copy of this magazine-HIGH TIMES, November 2010-somehow landed in my hands way back in November of 1994, when I was a college freshman who could barely grow a beard, I can certainly say without a doubt that it would have blown my freaking mind!
I was hoping to get a little more insight on the November election about legalizing marijuana in California. From what I've been reading, this bill does not seem like the best thing for the state, the grower or the smoker. What I've read: If the bill passes, marijuana will be commerciatized, prices will go down, and growers will not be able to afford to grow.
With nearly 20 million residents, New York is the third-biggest state in the nation, just after California and Texas. So it's heartening to hear that a significant majority of New Yorkers support legal medical marijuana—despite the fact that no med-pot bills made it out of the State Legislature this year.
On Late Night with David Letterman, actor Nicolas Cage told the world that he only eats the meat of animals that engage in "dignified sex." He also confessed that he once shroomed with his cat: "I had a bag of mushrooms in my refngerator. My cat used to sneak into the refrigerator and eat them.
Even high art has gotten, well, high ... in more ways than one! Artists (and twin brothers) Doug and Mike Starn have built a bonanza of bamboo atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. The installation, dubbed Big Bambú, is a continuous work in progress that, at its highest point, will measure 50 feet above the Met's already impressive rooftop garden.
In Bogotá, Colombia, just before the conclusion of the World Cup, police seized a box at the airport packed with soccer jerseys—and what appeared to be the World Cup trophy itself! But the cops noticed that the Cup's gold paint looked a little shabby, so they chipped off a sample and sent it to the lab.
On July 1, Florida's anti-bong law went into effect prohibiting the sale of most paraphernalia in stores. This pretty much put headshops out of business. The grandstanding politician responsible for the measure was Democrat Rep. Darryl Rouson who assumes he can speak for the entire state:
Recent changes to Colorado law have made the cultivation of up to six cannabis plants or the possession of two ounces or less of marijuana a misdemeanor only. Thus has a paradise been created for stoner skiers and riders—unless you work for Vail Resorts or one of its many ski areas, including Keystone, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Heavenly and (of course) Vail.
Pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed, sloth ... we're not sure which of the Seven Deadly Sins smoking pot falls under, but evidently the DEA is convinced that God hates THC—something that Hawaii's THC Ministry recently discovered.
Dr. Gary Wenk, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology, neuroscience, molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics at Ohio State University. We're gonna go out on a limb here and assume that Wenk is a really smart dude. In the July issue of Psychology Today, he published an article discussing his latest research.
This past summer, medical marijuana got the okay in Washington, DC. The Democrat-controlled Congress declined to overrule a DC Council bill that now permits the nation’s capital to establish as many as eight dispensaries where patients can purchase their medicine.
Legal pot may bring about a drastic reduction in marijuana prices.
In yet another sign that full-scale cannabis legalization is approaching, the RAND Corporation, a well-known American think tank, released a sixmonth study in July that predicted a drastic reduction in pot prices in the event of legalization.
Eric Roberts, who actually starred in some pretty good movies back in the day (Star 80, The Pope of Greenwich Village), has signed up as a cast member on VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, allegedly to be treated for an addiction to medical marijuana.
If you’re wandering around Humboldt County from October 1 to 3, check out the fifth annual Female Flameoff in Arcata, CA. Top glassblowers of the fairer sex will fight it out, individually and in teams, to create glass art in three categories—functional sculpture (pipes and such), wearables (rings, necklaces, etc.
In "The Thin Green Line” (June '10 HT), we detailed how veterans were being kicked out of pain-management programs by the Veterans Administration for using medical marijuana, and how the group Veterans for Medical Marijuana Access was lobbying to change this policy.
The mainstream press is constantly rating the best and worst cities in the US, so we decided to add to the noise. Here's a HIGH TIMES look at the good, the bad and the ugly of herb-an America.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-A stellar city for Stoners, boasting a rich marijuana history, top NorCal strains, progressive government attitudes and lowest-priority police enforcement. BOULDER, CO-Famously lax toward personal cannabis consumption, and pot quality here is consistently solid.
Over two days in San Francisco, the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup Expo showcased the burgeoning cannabis industry.
On June 18 and19, the City by the Bay hosted the inaugural HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup Expo. There was a bit of Field of Dreams to the scene: If you build it, they will come! And guess what? They did! Thousands walked among the booths stocked with live pot plants and clones, dispensary displays of buds and concentrates, as well as every manner of product for consuming cannabis in every possible form.
To no one's surprise, Kush was the most submitted strain in November, with Diesel finishing a close second. Oddly, the top five submitted strains are the exact same strains-in the exact same order-for the third consecutive month. Once again, Kush's average price dropped from its previous month's average (-$18); Kush's average price is now down $62 from September.
Chris Palko, a.k.a Cage, Survives His Walk Wild Side.
Chris Palko's a statistical anomaly, a living, breathing exception to the rule. His life makes 50 Cent seem like a candy striper. Most people with his backstory are ticketed for a lifetime of institutional meals before their body is finally discovered stinking up some squalid tenement or condemned building.
Jesse Ventura has led one of the more colorful lives in American political history. A former Navy Seal who became a professional wrestler and then an actor, Ventura tunned America when he was elected governor of Minnesota in 1998 as an independent candidate.
This Los Angeles musical collective rocks with African music, Israeli melodies, and cannabis from around the world.
The first thing the members of Fool's Gold want you to know is that their influences are far more than just Congolese, Ethiopian and Malian. “I don't consider us strictly world music,”’ says founding member and vocalist/bassist Luke Top.
Over the past few years, Willie Nelson has been expanding his already diverse musical palette to include jazz-and he took legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis along for the ride.
Mary Ought Six
Not enough people know that the world's most venerated stoner, country-music star Willie Nelson, has made some epic excursions into the upper echelons of jazz in recent years. In an inspired and instantly memorable collaboration, Willie teamed up with jazz-trumpet heavyweight champion Wynton Marsalis.
(For Ai Productions) Directed by Charlie Hall and Bevin Bell-Hall At the world premiere of La Vie en Verte at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, locals packed the theater to support the well-respected medical-marijuana collective known as WAMM (Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana), including dozens of the group's members.
Prop 19 could spell the end of big money times in the Emerald Triangle.
In California's Humboldt County, where the economy is totally dependent on the superb marijuana, growers are displaying "Keep Pot lllegal' bumper stickers. Blogs predict that tobacco companies will crush small farmers if the legalizeand-tax-pot initiative passes.
HIGH TIMES UNSIGNED BAND OF THE MONTH ROAST BEEF CURTAINS
Inspired by tight reggae rhythm sections and thrashing punk bands, three Hofstra University graduates birthed the Roast Beef Curtains. Taking a DIY approach, Andrew, John and Mike evolved the RBC into the best live reggae, dub and punk experience on Long Island.
Goth-rock icon Peter Steele takes the D train to oblivion.
1 a: a medieval narrative poem or tale typically describing the downfall of a great man b: a serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (as destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that elicits pity or terror Normally around this time of year, I'd be gearing up for the usual round of Halloween shows by Brooklyn goth-metal group Type O Negative.
Marijuana isn't supposed to make you crazy; It's not supposed to create stress. But over the past few months in Colorado, you might have thought otherwise.
New legislation, government deadlines, regulatory guidelines, contracts, partnerships, corporations: This isn't the United Auto Workers or the Teamsters we're talking about—this is Colorado’s cannabis industry! Suddenly last summer in the Rocky Mountain State, the weed world was yanked into a real world of regulation and government oversight.
At Full Spectrum Laboratories, cannabis is tested for quality assurance.
Wouldn’t you like to choose your pot based on THC content, cannabinoid levels and purity rather than relying on the strain name, general appearance and experiences of others as your guide? Colorado patients can now expect to be provided with this informaton, becouse reputable dispensaries are routinely using Full Spectrum Laboratories to analyze their marchandise.
Why should outdoor growers have all the fun(gus)? Here's a simple and informative guide to staying 100% organic in your closet or other small grow space.
What Is ‘Organic'?
Buy or Mix?
Less Is More
Organics and pH
Pay Attention to Your ‘Microherd’
Myco = Fungus, Rhiza = Root
Tips for Organic Success
Many people want to know the secret to growing high-quality, connoisseur-level buds in their closets or other small spaces without having to rely on complex hydroponic units, synthetic nutrients or difficult-to-prepare soil mixes. The fact is, there is no "secret" to it—all you have to do is treat your plants the way they deserve to be treated.
Every summer for the past three years, HIGH TIMES has sent me to Amsterdam to survey the goods and get a preview of what the entries for that year's HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup (held each November) might look like. Sure, it's a bit of a shameless plug for our annual event, but there are some definite perks to getting that scoop.
HIGH TIMES’ first-ever Medical Cannabis Cup brings the ultimate marijuana competition to Northern California.
Legend has it that ever since all-American homegrown marijuana first started taking root in Northern California over 40 years ago, the region's most highly skilled cannabis cultivators and breeders have emerged from their gardens once a year in order to compete in underground harvest contests and determine who really grows the best bud around.
Top Strains of the First Annual HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup
THC: 18.39%/CBD: 0.43%/CBN: 0.88% This all-organic, naturally grown superhybrid took home first place in the very first HT Indica Cup on US soil, and deservedly so. A cross of OG Kush and Colombian Gold, Cali Gold carries the exceptional flavor and beautiful aroma of the OG, receiving a near-perfect score in these categories from the judges.
If growing great cannabis is a science, then making great concentrates is an art, and it was a pleasure exploring all 16 works of art entered into the concentrate category of the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup. For our judging sessions, we primarily smoked with a red-hot hookah coal and a glass pipe.
Oakland’s Steep Hill Laboratories tested every HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup entry for potency as part of its ongoing mission to help the medical-marijuana industry's own efforts to regulate the safety and efficacy of its offerings.
California’s cannabis revolution is on the ballot this November, but are voters really ready to legalize it?
Richard Lee reaches out to tighten the cap on a small spray bottle of light brown liquid as he rolls through one of his thriving nurseries. These days, he may be the most high-profile marijuana entrepreneur in America, but not even the smallest detail of life in Oaksterdam escapes his attention.
When Gary Johnson first proposed legalizing marijuana in 1999, shortly after winning his second term as governor of New Mexico, he recognized in advance that taking such a principled and common-sense stand would result in his total marginalization from mainstream national politics, at least in the short term.
This is my Hindu Skunk swelling, just days away from harvest. Hope!!!! —Boner, Le Grand, CA This Jack the Ripper plant was grown in El Dorado County, in a paddock that was once used for horses. The elevation is about 2,000 feet. This strain is one of the latest finishers, but well worth it.
This is a tough topic to broach, but Rich Lee's Proposition 19, which will be on the ballot in California's November 2 elections, has stirred the pot (both literally and figuratively) to the point where the frenzy has reached a fever pitch—and perhaps caused some to lose their minds.
California is on the verge of a history-defining moment.
California citizens are poised to make history this November 2 by voting to legalize marijuana, and I'm so excited that I've been given the opportunity to be involved in this tremendously important campaign. Whether or not Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, ultimately passes in November, I’m so proud of all the hard work this campaign has done and the great things we've accomplished in terms of educating people about the pros and cons of marijuana as well as the laws that prohibit it.
The Garden State's Anns Davis takes on the governor.
If the end of Prohibition in the 1930s has any lesson for marijuana-law reformers, it’s that women—particularly mothers—must play a vital role in moving public opinion whenever policy meets perceived morality. This month’s Freedom Fighter, Anne Davis of New Jersey, exemplifies the legacy of 20th-century female reformers like Pauline Sabin.
A shrink wants to put a magnet on my head to treat the depression that he thinks makes me turn to the plant. Would a giant magnet fry my brain or give me a seizure or something? W. One Hi W., Transcranial magnetic stimulation involves 45 minutes a day of sitting with a fancy electric coil on your head.
This November, voters in California—the world’s eighth-largest economy, and the place where one in eight Americans resides—will have an opportunity to become the first state in the US to legalize the possession, cultivation and sale of cannabis for non-medical consumers by voting in the affirmative for Proposition 19, the ballot initiative formally known as the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010.
Canadian growers have been developing a variety of means to maximize cannabis potency and quality through environmental and nutrient-management practices.
The Vegetative Stage
Warm It Up
The Big Flush
The plants shown being harvested in this garden (courtesy of the Urban Grower) were cultivated in a controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) system that allowed the grower to exercise perfect control over every environmental parameter in the growroom.
Wouldn't it be nice to stop using pipe cleaners and dishtowels to clean your hookah? This new line of premium hookah cleaners will efficiently clean every nook and cranny of that work of art. The THC Cleaner uses a three-part system that’s unrivaled by any of their competitors. The first part (T) is an environmentally friendly abrasive to effortlessly clean your favorite piece. The next step (H) is a highly concentrated rinse formula that will keep each hit a dream come true. The last step (C) is a specially formulated spray that will leave your hookah as clear and shiny as the day it was purchased.
The Hookah Cleaner
Separating the tiny trichome gland heads from trim leaf produces a potent dust that can be smoked immediately or pressed together to make hashish. The Agricultural Pollen Extractor (or APE) makes it easy to sift your product without inadvertently adulterating it with plant matter or other contaminants. Loading, emptying and cleaning this unit is a breeze thanks to its super-easy setup and breakdown. Encased in a shatter-resistant cover, the octagonal tumbler can be outfitted with either a 180or 220-micron screen, while a motor rotates the high-grade wheels for continuous action. Once you hit the off switch, slide out the glass collection tray and start truly reaping the benefits of this pollen extractor.
The Hookah Cleaner
Micro-Pore Oxygen Diffuser
When growing hydroponically, the key is to provide ample oxygen to the roots through the water. The average air stone produces a 20-millimeter bubble that delivers minimal oxygen to the water. The Micro-Pore Oxygen Diffuser helps to enrich the water with thousands of .25-millimeter oxygen bubbles. Each glass-fired stone diffuser drastically increases the oxygen-to-reservoir ratio, and they're offered in a variety of sizes, from a small single to the double Boss Hog dual stone. Whether you’re a serious hydroponics grower, or just getting your feet wet, the Micro-Pore oxygen diffuser delivers better than any other oxygenation available.
The Hookah Cleaner
Growing your favorite herb indoors? Worried about chemicals that are potentially harmful to you and your pets? Then check out Plant-Tonic, a chemical-free and eco-friendly plant food that will increase growth in both the vegetative and flowering stages. Plant-Tonic has achieved fantastic results in gardens across the country, providing nitrogen, phosphorous and potash in one easy-to-use organic growth formula—minus the fear of burning your plants. It's also available in a variety of sizes, from a 5-ounce bottle all the way up to a 2.5-gallon jug, for all your growing needs.
This recipe came to me in a dream. I was late for my deadline, as usual—discarding ideas as if they were last decade's tattered heels and just praying that the muse might plant a lede or at least a crappy sentence fragment in my subconscious with which I could spark a sudden conflagration of profundity.
A few years ago, I read a story in HIGH TIMES about a guy who sold clones for a living. Now that doing something like this legally is a reality in my state, I'd like to know how someone could root enough cuttings and keep enough mother plants alive to keep clones in stock at all times?
Each year, HIGH TIMES chooses the best of the buds that rocked your world. So which superstar strains made the list in 2010? Senior Cultivation Editor Danny Danko selects the perfect 10. Take a comprehensive look at these potent and popular sensi strains—we’re sure you’re gonna have a tough time figuring out what to grow in your garden in 2011.