As we approach the end of this incredibly productive year for cannabis-law reform here in the US, and enjoy increased awareness of the plant’s potential around the world, it’s time to celebrate what’s been growing and how much we've gained.
Just a short note to say I really enjoyed the story on the "Strains of Maine.” Very interesting. Intelligent growers doing amazing things—and, of course, it was very well written. Must have been fun! Aloha, Ray My favorite bud is the dense, red Thai buds with huge seeds.
Anyone who's ever grown has feared, at one time or another, that the local authorities might find out about their grow op. And when paranoia sets in, the first thing anyone usually does is break everything down and vamoose. Well, those days are now over.
President Obama landed his job in the White House by vowing to usher in a new era of hope and change and assuring the electorate that "Yes, we can!" Well, things haven't been going so well lately—Afghanistan, the BP oil spill, a stagnant economy—and White House staffers are starting to get a little frustrated.
The pot-arazzi recently snapped actress Mischa Barton doing a good job of conserving her weed. The former star of The O.C. was aboard a yacht in SaintTropez, France, expertly taking a final roach when she was photographed. But her publicist begged to differ: “To clarify, she was smoking a handrolled tobacco cigarette."
As many of us know, tripping can be transformative as well as just plain old fun. But recent studies reveal that dosing yourself may actually enhance your mental health: Two research articles released in August confirm that hallucinogenic drugs stimulate healthy brain activity and even promote the growth of neurons.
In Montana, residents have been able to acquire medical marijuana since 2004 and the industry has established rock-hard foundations. A year ago, there were only 4,000 registered med-pot patients; now there are over 22,000. But some legislators are alarmed at the success of the marijuana industry in Montana and are trying to impose unnecessary restrictions.
Toby “Tigerheart" Grear is the former Total Fighting Alliance Lightweight World MMA champion, and runs True Warrior Fitness, based Hollywood. His goal is to make it to the UFC, but he says there may be some roadblocks. Grear believes: “Marijuana allows athletes to bot manage pain and help get the appropriate sleep naturally without the risk of becoming addicted to prescription drugs with various side effects.
Last month we noted Paris Hilton's remarkable knack of walking away unscathed after getting caught by cops twice with an illegal substance—pot—in her possession. We spoke too soon. The heiress was busted in Las Vegas, this time for cocaine, and now faces a felony rap.
If you support medical marijuana, local growers, dispensaries and pot smokers around the world, then show it by wearing a green CannabiStrong bracelet. Twenty percent of the proceeds are donated to Americans for Safe Access. Buy two for $4.20, or get them in bulk for hemp and pot rallies.
To all the people who insist that psychedelic drugs were a '60s thing and couldn’t possibly benefit society today: Daniel Pinchbeck highly disagrees. Pinchbeck, the author of Breaking Open the Head and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, is arguably the Timothy Leary of the new millennium, a visionary who sees psychedelics—in this case, iboga and ayahuasca—as a gateway to self-awareness.
Here's a modern-day lesson in dumbshit PR. Facebook, the largest social networking site in the world, has decided that its advertising guidelines do not allow marijuana leaves to appear in ads. A pot leaf ad from for the Just Say Now campaign ran for more than a week before Facebook just said "no.” They claimed it promoted illegal content.
If you're in a Hooters restaurant and want to use their free Wi-Fi, don’t expect to visit us. Hooters has blocked hightimes.com, plus a whole lot of other websites that it apparently finds too unseemly for its customers, including YouTube, MySpace, Erowid and College Humor.
Four years ago, pop singer George MichaeL said, Pot keeps me sane." We prefer you the other way, George, because obviousLy its not doing much good. PLus he's giving responsibLe pot smok ers a bad name! Because every time this doofus gets busted for DUI, hes also carrying pot.
The anti-pot crowd has found its new poster boy in Louis "Skip" tier, chairman of the national group DARE. In July, Miller penned an editorial for the San Jose Mercury News opposing Proposition 19, California's legalization initiative, with scientific arguments like "pot mushes up your brain."
Many in California believe that med-pot dispensaries should be solely nonprofit. It’s become such a hot-button issue that, in August, a new San Francisco dispensary even took out a full-page ad in a local free weekly boldly stating its intention.
Pot studies abound—so why isn’t the government reading them?
Pot opponents often say marijuana hasn't been sufficiently studied by medical science to be legalized, that it poses too many potential physical and mental health risks. Really? Actually, marijuana is one of the most studied, researched plants on Earth.
The National Basketball Association remains the professional sports league most synonymous with toking up.
Michael Beasley was fresh off being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The versatile forward missed out on the high that playing with newly signed Miami Heat superstar LeBron James would have provided. But in July, just as he was adjusting to the change in scenery, Timberwolves team president David Kahn inexplicably revealed private conversation that he'd had with Beasley, telling the local Twin Cities ESPN Radio affiliate: "He's a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana and has told me that he’s not smoking anymore, and I told him that would trust him as long as that was the case.”
Kush failed to reach the top pot spot for the first time since July 2010. Diesel fin ished as this month's most submitted strain; it also was the most expensive of the top five, with an average price of $399. Blue Dream made its top-five debut this month, finishing as the fifth-most-submitted strain of December.
It's a hectic scene as the poputar etedro-pop quintet MGMT make their way into HIGH TIMES' Manhattan offices following the first stage of a tour promoting their provocative sophomore set, Congratulations. But before we get down to some conversation, a truly synchronicitous moment occurs: Remarkably, it turns out that longtime HT editor Steve Hager hung out with MGMT co-founder Ben GoLdwasser's father at the historic Woodstock festival in '69-and he's got a photograph to prove it to the bespectacled WesLeyan alum.
I’m hanging around Brooklyn’s Party Xpo, watching paint slough off the walls as West Coast metallians Abominable Iron Sloth load out and talking to Steve our, bassist for New Hampshire rippers Trap Them. "You write for HIGH TIMES?" he says. "Man, you should interview Trash Talk!"
HIGH TIMES meets up with the "Lonely Stoner" for a serious session and a sneak preview of Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, the sequel to his chart-topping debut album.
Welcome, and thanks for the opportunity to hear the new stuff—it’s some onto-the-next-level shit, produced the songs on this had Player Pat, Dot da Genius ... we also had Chuck from Cool Kids, who provided some ill-ass joints. He is immensely talented and a cool dude; for us to work toer on this album means a lot.
Wander too far off the constricted path of mainstream Western spirituality, and your beliefs will either be condemned as cultish or dismissed as New Age nonsense. Despite the well-publicized hypocrisies of various charlatans and gurus, however, you can still encounter the occasional unique and heartfelt curio left behind by such modern-day religious experiments.
The founder of the Fugs was a poet as well as a gentle madman.
Prologue: Ah, the songs—"Boobs a Lot" . . . "Nothing" ..."Morning, Morning"... I first met Tuli Kupfer berg in the early `60s at the Paperback Gallery in Green wich Village. I was deliver ing my magazine, The Realist, and he was deliver ing his booklet, Birth.
You may know Last Perfect Thing as the band you saw amid a sea of fans at many of their headlining shows. Or you may know Last Perfect Thing as the guys you hung out with at the bar last week. The beauty of a band on the brink of taking off is that you can know them from both of these angles.
I’ve said it many times: I don’t believe in coincidence. I’ve found that when people and events align in a way that seems to defy mere chance, these synchronicities tend to be meaningful. For example: When I learned that an artist buddy of mine from New York just happened to end up producing a radio show in Arizona that an old school chum of my fiancée, Vegas Price, was co-hosting, I saw that as a sign.
The nation’s smallest state has navigated the changing seas of medical marijuana admirably to establish a safe harbor for cannabis.
The heavy rains and flooding that Rhode Island experienced in late March and early April—the worst in two centuries—were just about the last thing it needed. The state was already dealing with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country (13 percent, about three points above the national average) as well as a $220 million budget deficit.
Each year around this time we put out a collection of reports gathered from our cultivation correspondents around the world. These reports inform us on crop harvests, yields, strains and other interesting details related to this most glorious season.
Danny Danko unveils HIGH TIMES’ choices for the most potent and finest-tasting pot varieties in the world-our annual, highly esteemed list of the award-winning ganja genetics available for true cannabis connoisseurs and weed aficionados.
South of the border, the Drug War rages on. Who are the bad guys, and who are the good-and what, if anything, should America do to help? Questions abound, with few apparent answers, except one: Buy American!
As the waist-high marijuana stalks burned to the ground, pillars of smoke rose above the soldiers and drifted off through the clearing and into the hills of Sinaloa, one of Mexico's 31 states, located in the northwest part of the country. From the other side of the lake, the faint sounds of a narcocorrido—a song hailing the exploits of Mexico’s drug traffickers—could be heard coming from a stereo.
When you consider rock’n’roll’s greatest legends-the most iconic and influential of groupsthere are only a handful that come in at the top of the list: the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin... and of course, the Doors.
Got some dank budz 4 you! 1st off, a nice bud of Purp, and then 2 frosty no-name budz.—Bowzer Supernova #2: This girl is just over four weeks in flower from clone, and she is so icy!—Froth This Purple Urkel (top) was cloned in Call; the White Widow (left) is from a feminized seed.
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! More on Cannabinoids It was research in the 1960s and early '70s that led to the discovery that the psychotropic effects of cannabis are produced mainly by 9-tetrahydrocannabinol [THC).
I’ll never forget the third week of November 2008. It was quite eventful for me, to say the least—within five days of being victimized by the War on Drugs, I was transformed into a student leader in the drug-policyreform movement by getting involved with Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
Polls consistently show that support for marijuana legalization is lowest in the Southern states, and many cannabis consumers tell horror stories about the “good ol' boy” culture of law enforcement south of the Mason-Dixon Line. But NORML has lately seen a renewed interest in marijuana-law reform in Dixie, including new chapters springing up in Louisiana and Alabama, with both following the lead of this month's Freedom Fighter, David Clark from Georgia NORML.
A couple of studies have shown lower grades in college for users, but others show no differences. The latest work showed that students who reported no marijuana use had an average GPA of 2.94 (a high B minus), while students who reported using once a week or more had a whoppingly lower average GPA of 2.64 (a high C plus).
Reefer religions vs. the highest court in the land.
The recent federal raid and arrest of THC Ministry founder Roger Christie in Hawaii is the cautionary tale of a questionable business model used to fund public-interest advocacy, as well as the legal jeopardy inherent in trying to game the American criminal-justice system.
Grow tents have fast become the leading means for small home growers to easily set up a growroom. In the past, growers were forced to use closets or construct their own creations. Now, with the advent of prefabricated tents, indoor home growing is much easier.
Spider mites can destroy your crop if they're not treated quickly. Mites typically go after individual cells and consume the organic material from leaves, thereby rendering the plant unable to properly exchange spent air for oxygen. But Sierra Natural Science has developed a new product that not only kills adult spider mites and their eggs, but also coats the plant's leaves, making it extremely difficult for the mites to lay more eggs. SNS-217 utilizes the naturally occurring chemicals found in rosemary, making it safe and completely organic. Spray it liberally on the tops and bottoms of leaves to bring back that healthy green shine and enjoy the worry-free bounty of a harvest minus the mites.
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Water Pipe Filter
We've all had a friend who likes to say, "If the bong is that dirty, imagine what your lungs look like." Now, while we all agree this guy is annoying, he may also be right. Helping smokers to reduce such unwanted side effects, the Water Pipe Filter by Canamedix is a universal bong mouthpiece made of soft, high-strength, medical-grade silicon. Each filter unit comes with a starter pack of short cigarette-style filters that can be reused for up to six rips. The Water Pipe Filter system is a great buy for the avid smoker looking for a cleaner, more sterile experience that produces less coughing. Price: $14.99plus shipping lone mouthpiece and 50 filters] Contact: Canamedix, 877-226-6055, Canamedix.com
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We all know that traveling with a bong is risky business. Besides the obvious potential of police encounters, shattering your beloved piece due to faulty packing can be devastating. But now you can throw away those old shirts you use to wrap your bong and join the next generation in glass storage. The Pro-Case's lightweight, discreet design makes traveling around with your bong a breeze. Encased in high-density foam, your piece fits in securely between the adjustable sidewalls—and since they're concave, there’s ample room to store such other essentials as a slide and some cleaner. Outfitted with a durable zipper that can be fastened with a pocket lock (also included), Pro Cases are a safe and secure way to move that bong around.
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BYE-BYE, ZIP BAGS
Plastic baggies have to be the least efficient storage device for buds ever invented, allowing your prized ganja to be crushed and getting their insides coated with all the resin you could be smoking. So with thousands of plastic bags being wasted every year, it’s about time a glass company joined the green movement to provide proper sensi storage. CannaFresh offers many different sizes of medical-grade jars for dispensaries and patients looking for quality control. Embossed with the logo of a particular dispensary, these jars can even earn discounts for returning patients, who will be able to reuse them to their heart's content. The 2.5-gallon jars are perfect for displaying large amounts of cannabis while still keeping it fresh.
When the cookies in the minibar just won't do. By Ashley Boudreaux My apologies to the other guests at the Colony Hotel in South Beach—the persistent coughing and skunk-like odor wafting through the vintage terrazzo halls were totally my fault. There's some mighty fine Jamaican grass in Miami, and perhaps I'm a little too comfortable in that particular hotel.
I had to bring my plants inside—they're over 6 feet tall. Will they continue to grow, or will they prematurely bud now that they’re indoors? Thanks for your help! Lakebird Dear Lakebird, The outdoor plants you’ve brought in will need light daily in order to thrive and stay alive.
We made it—who woulda thunk? In the publishing industry, relatively few magazines last 36 years. But HIGH TIMES has survived for one fundamental reason: Our readers love pot! And so we’re celebrating this momentous occasion the only way a high-minded magazine should: By pulling out all the stops for our January 2011 special super-duper collector’s issue!