This year, in keeping with tradition, we present our February issue featuring the 12th Annual Hydro Report. As many of you know, a significant portion of indoor marijuana produced within the borders of North America (in both the U.S. and Canada) is grown hydroponically.
Wiz Khalifa made a mixtape called Kush and Orange Juice that I find a very nice plate to play. I would love to read an interview about him and/or his mixtape ... if you need to, Wikipedia him! Christopher How's it going? I'm Jeff—I live in the US, and I was just looking through all the issues I have of the mag and noticed that you guys usually do a lot of musicians who smoke.
San Francisco proved once again why it's our national stoner capital. During the first two games of this year's World Series between the hometown Giants and the Texas Rangers, fans cheered their team on by lighting up liberally throughout the games.
The Avon Lady rang your doorbell when you were little and tried to sell your mom cosmetics. In fact, the commercial catchphrase “Avon Calling” is a part of Americana. For over 70 years, Avon has flourished. It's a Fortune 500 company, represented on the stock exchange.
In this new era of medical-marijuana dispensaries and even possible widespread legalization, let us never forget the Americans still being arrested and incarcerated for marijuana cultivation, intent to distribute, and even mere possession for personal use.
In late October, Canadian marijuana activist Michelle Rainey passed away after battling melanoma and lymphatic cancer. She battled Crohn's disease most of her life. In 1998, Rainey met Marc Emery, the publisher of Cannabis Culture and the president of Marc Emery Seeds, which sold millions of pot seeds across North America.
The Mexican military is claiming a major victory in Mexico's drug war with the seizure of about 10,000 packages of pot concealed in cargo containers. The bust occurred in Tijuana, which is just across the border from San Diego, and officials say that the haul, worth $340 million, was headed to the US.
No publication in America relies more heavily on our nation's First Amendment guarantees of free speech than HIGH TIMES. So it should be duly noted at the outset that the US Constitution clearly protects David Grisham's right to burn any book he pleases.
In October, the Cypress Hill Smokeout lit up the West Coast once again, hosting 40,000 fans of music and marijuana. This marked the 13th year of the Smokeout and this year's event had a heightened sense of urgency because of the vote on historic Prop 19.
This past harvest season, HIGH TIMES cultivation editor Nico Escondido was on the road filming his upcoming DVD, How To Grow Like A Pro (scheduled for release in February). The DVD will be an eye-popping tour of the best gardens of the West featuring the latest, smartest cultivation know-how.
We dare not tell you the location of the Little Shop of Hookahs where this eerie occurrence took place. (All we can say is that it’s next to a Starbucks—like everything else in life.) Little Shop of Hookahs recently sold this piece, fashioned after the man-eating plant known as Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors, complete with glistening teeth.
We're way past the age of plastic sandwich bags. In 2011, the way to store your stash is in jars. And there are no better jars on the market than CannaFresh. Available in a variety of sizes from 4 ounces up to 2.5 gallons, CannaFresh jars are the ideal way to keep your buds sparkling, fresh and flavorful.
In our December issue, we blasted Facebook for its crackdown on ads featuring pot leaves that promoted California’s Proposition 19. However, Dustin Moskovitz, one of Facebook’s founders, who now runs Asana, had no problem donating $70,000 to the Yes on 19 campaign group.
In October, drug-sniffing dogs at the airport in Guam nailed comedian Ralphie May. May had less than an ounce of pot in his possession, but he still had to go to court and pay a nominal fine. Custom agents said that more than an ounce would have earned him stiffer penalties.
Uncle Sam doesn’t smile kindly on tokers in uniform.
Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or UCMJ—the foundation of US military law—states that illicit drug possession, use, and manufacturing by any military personnel (or civilian subject to the UCMJ) is punishable by court-martial.
In September, at NORML's national conference in Portland, OR, advisory board member and PBS travel host Rick Steves made all of the usual political arguments for the full legalization of marijuana. But Steves went one step further. "High is a place that I sometimes want to go," Steves explained.
Can cannabis help you reach your fitness goals? Without a doubt-in fact,it's one of nature's best supplements.
What other supplement will enable you to eat every three hours, plus help you sleep well and relieve life’s stresses?
Growing up in California in the 1980s, we were active. Video games had yet to complete their assault on kids’ recreation time. Our games comprised any sport that was in season—or you could simply ride your bike all day long. The sport stars and action-movie heroes we idolized all shared intense training rituals: Whether it was Arnold or Bruce Lee or Sylvester Stallone as Rocky, we dreamed of transforming our bodies and achieving some type of epic victory.
Let’s be honest, cannabis may inhibit performance prior to exercise. A strong indica may impact the intensity of a workout, and smoke probably isn’t the ideal substance to inhale prior to aerobic activities like running or biking, because of its effect on optimum functioning of the lungs.
The list of superstar athletes who have toked up is highly impressive-smashing the myth that marijuana detracts from peak performance.
The Olympic gold medalist once told reporters, "When you’re a child in Jamaica, you learn how to roll a joint." Later. Bolt’s handlers released a statement: “Although admitting to trying marijuana as a child, he has never used it as a competitor.”
Diesel’s mini-run as the most submitted strain ended this month with Kush reclaiming the top pot spot by a wide margin. Additionally, Diesel’s average price dropped $94 from January, while Cheese made its first appearance in the top five. The top five submitted strains (with average price] were Kush ($400), Purps ($349), Diesel ($339), Haze ($415) and Cheese ($375).
The "Welcome Juggalos" sign hanging over the path to the festival grounds hides more than it reveals about the Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-In-Rock, IL. But the Gathering tends to leave a lot open to misinterpretation. For starters, most point to Detroit horrorcore rap pioneers Insane Clown Posse as the event’s founders and guiding lights, since, 10 years back, the Gathering started out as a comprehensive lineup of seminars, musical acts and wrestling matches from the band’s label, Psychopathic Records, and the JCW (Juggalo Championship Wrestling) Federation.
Wiz Khalifa challenges all the other MCs to a smokeout
Rappers challenging other MCs to do battle has been common practice since hip-hop's inception. Of course, the matches have all had their varied results. Nevertheless, Pittsburgh, PA’s 22year-old Wiz Khalifa, a rising star who was voted MTV's "Hottest Breakthrough MC," is convinced that he can go blow for blow and emerge victorious from this latest gantlet.
The instant I hit play on Cas Haley’s recently released album, Connection, a natural sort of reggae two-step starts my feet moving around the house in a happy bop that is bound to become contagious as Haley’s easy, poppy, wonderfully listenable sound continues to gain fame.
Legendary street artist P.H.A.S.E. 2 was asked to pick an artist to travel to Amsterdam to paint stage backdrops for the 23rd Cannabis Cup; he selected Dome. As told to Steven Hager
I grew up in East New York and Brooklyn. In 1977, we had a family gathering up in the Bronx. My cousin Freddy wrote "MEAN." Freddy was a local guy from East Harlem, not the "MEAN" everybody knows today. We went to the hallway to look at trains, 'cause the 4 train was running outside.
Cannabis: Philosophy for Everyone—What Were We Just Talking About?
Mary Ought Six
America has not been kind to the founding fathers of punk rock. They are rock’n’roll’s dumpster babies. In nearly all the other genres that were spawned in the USA during the 20th century—jazz, country, rock, funk, pop, rap, etc.—we heaped money and praise on the progenitors during their lifetimes.
We wanted more of Lennon's wit and insight, as much as his music.
Celebrating what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday, here’s one little memory of him, a moment that I treasure, excerpted from my autobiography, Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counterculture: Yoko Ono and John Lennon spent a weekend at my house in Watsonville.
The Click Clack Boom is a gang of Appalachian outcasts, foaming at the mouth, from the middle-of-nowhere, Pennsylvania. In 2008 the band staggered out of the woods with their instruments in hand and hopped in a van, and they have been on the road ever since.
Like most other potheads I know, I've pretty much worshipped Cheech and Chong since I was old enough to cough. From Up in Smoke to Nice Dreams, they set the standard for stoner comedy that Hollywood is still trying to live up to today. So naturally, for an aspiring celeb stoner like myself, getting my photo taken with reefer royalty like them was pretty high on my bucket list.
I first heard about Cannabis Therapeutics—and its passionate proprietor Michael Lee—from my friend Jen Steele, who raved about their free, Saturday morning breakfast grow classes. Last summer, I traveled there to see this mountainside marijuana mecca for myself.
The most lavish Stonys ceremony in HIGH TIMES history was recently held in Hollywood to celebrate the year's greatest counterculture films, TV shows and Internet videos. The show was held shortly before an historic vote to legalize marijuana in California By Steven Hager, photos by Katy Winn On September 30,2010, a packed crowd of Hollywood celebrities, film industry insiders and paid guests attended the 10th HIGH TIMES Stony Awards at The Music Box in Hollywood, CA.
Successful cannabis cultivators are, by necessity, experts in water. And hydro growing makes more sense when it’s considered alongside its older, more conventional brother: outdoor organic growing. By studying these two extremes-indoor hydro and outdoor organicthis two-part series is meant to help growers toward a cost-effective strategy for delivering water to their plants for every grow technique out there.
A journey through India's sacred sites uncovers an ancient Amsterdam called Varanasi,where sadhus smoke the hody hashish known as charas and travelers drink the legal pot smoothies called bhsng.
The 6:55 am Shatabi Express waited lifeless in the motionless dark on another foggy Delhi dawn. I found a seat by the window, felt groggy, wrestled my head against the wall. To my right, my sister was consumed with her Blackberry. My dad peered past both of us out the window.
Bhang’s not only good enough to whip up as an offering to Lord Shiva, but this divinely delicious cannabis concoction also makes the most of your marijuana dollar by literally squeezing every last drop of THC out of your buds and leaves. Try this traditional recipe and you may find that bhang’s not only more economical than smoking, but also more spiritual.
Hydroponic gardening has become one of the most popular methods for indoor cannabis cultivation over the past two decades. We all know that hydro has the potential for big yields and excellent quality, but getting there isn’t always easy. That’s why we’ve dedicated the February issue to hydroponics for the past 12 years. The growroom shot exclusively for this year’s Hydro Report is perhaps one of the best ever recorded by HIGH TIMES-and, of course, its home is in the great state of California.
Notes on pH, EC and Flushing
Popular Types of Hydro Systems
Flood-and-Drain (a.k.a. Ebb-and-Flow) Systems
Nutrient-Film Technique [NFT] Systems
Deep-Water Culture (DWC) Systems
Top-Feed Drip-Emitter Systems
Let's take a look at the questions that everyone wants answers to: What type of hydro system is running in this room? How many plants are in there? How many tights ware used? How much did this room yield? HOW DID THEY DO IT?i? Beginning at the end is a good place to start so that we all understand exactly what we're dealing with.
The HIGH TIMES interview with Allen St Pierre, executive director of NORML.
Allen St. Pierre was born on July 1,1945, in Belfast, ME, to an upper-middle-class blue-collar commercial fishing family. He had a cinematic upbringing on scenic Cape Cod, where his family continues to own a variety of waterborne businesses.
This is a year of firsts for me. It was the first time I couldn't find your mag on the shelf up here in Canada, so I got the subscription. Also, my first time growing, and first time sending off pix of my baby. Love what you’re doing! I envy your job (like most should).
Boston is fertile ground for students seeking cannabis reform.
A haze crept over the Boston Common for MassCann/NORML’s 21st annual Boston Freedom Rally last September. Cannabis activists smoked out the park at high noon, demonstrating their love for their favored herb. This was no wispy cirrus cloud, but a proud thunderhead of 60,000 strong rolling in to demand legalization—and Students for Sensible Drug Policy was a rider on that storm.
Gary Johnson called for the legalization of marijuana while still a sitting governor. And he hasn’t changed his mind.
Marijuana legalization has long been considered a “third rail" in politics. No politician would touch it for fear of being labeled “soft on drugs," and a pro-legalization stance would bring howls of ridicule and countless pot-pun headlines from the establishment media.
My girlfriend claims that smoking the same weed feels different at different times in her cycle. Could this be possible? Shaggy Hi Shaggy, Lots of drugs—particularly stimulants—create effects that vary with the phases of the menstrual cycle.
The marijuana subculture, having rushed along the shores of medical legitimacy in California and 13 other states, now sits on the precipice of an important vote—Prop 19. If recreational use wins voter approval in California, the tower of cannabis oppression will permanently tilt, if not fall completely.
The NORML Senior Alliance will prove that reefer, retirement, and re-legalization go wonderfully together.
Allen St. Pierre
In the marijuana law reform movement, women, minorities and senior citizens are woefully underrepresented both at public events and on organizations' membership rolls. NORML is deeply committed to reaching out to these vital but underserved cannabis constituencies.
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 Positive Findings on CBD
Shameful in San Diego
A lot of people, including us here at HIGH TIMES, have been talking more and more about a certain active cannabinoid called cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD is becoming increasingly known for its useful medicinal properties. However, CBD is usually found in very low amounts in most cannabis strains, generally less than 1 percent.
A 2004 HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup winner (1st Place Indica), God Bud (a.k.a. BC God Bud) is an indica-dominant (75/25 indica/sativa ratio), fully medicinal herb. Originally a Canadian strain from British Columbia (BC), she made her way down the west coast of North America and has become a staple within the cannabis community.
A common misconception is that, by using the right type and amount of fertilizers, growers can prevent all nutritional problems. Though proper fertilization is crucial, soil pH is equally if not more important when growing cannabis.
ACIDITY AND ALKALINITY
More Problems With Low pH
Correcting Improper Soil pH
The pH of your growing substrate controls the availability (or unavailability) of the many essential nutrients necessary to grow high-quality marijuana. At low pH, there can be toxicities caused by iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), zinc (Zn) or copper (Cu); deficiencies of calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg); or a high sensitivity to ammonium (NH4), which is the primary form of nitrogen released by organic fertilizers.
Once in a while, a homemade product from some jamband parking-lot scene gets our attention and becomes the new pot product to have. Behold the simple yet highly effective Walking Stick Bongs, a line of bamboo canes that double as water pipes perfect for discreet toking while hiking, tailgating or festival-going. No more broken glass or disappointing sessions on the fly with these perfect pipes. Holding two inches of water, these easy-to-clean sticks boast a removable slide that's hidden in the bottom of the crutch. A must-have for any hiking enthusiast.
Smoke Clear Inc.
Carrying around dirty, stinky pipes is now a thing of the past. The new, worry-free, disposable Puff Pops hide in plain sight, while providing discreet toke after toke without having to carry around any incriminating material. Better still, you can have a sweet, fun and tasty time getting rid of all the evidence. Flavors include cola, strawberry, lemon, apple and grape for a variety of taste experiences with your sessions. Don't be a sucker—try Puff Pops today.
Smoke Clear Inc.
Cannabis Worm Tea
Organic pot farmers know the many benefits of oxygenated compost tea for their plants. Beneficial microbes and bacteria sprayed onto leaves and soaked into the medium feed the roots and protect the plants from disease and pest infestations. However, problems can arise when the types of compost and guanos used in tea cause fluctuations in nutrients and pH, which can be devastating. The new kits from Cannabis Worm Tea simplify the process into an easy-to-use, all-in-one customized system for perfect aerated tea every time. Everything you need to get started is included, from the bucket and oxygenation pump to the guanos and compost for vegetative and flowering growth— and you get 64 gallons of tea per kit and refill. Buy two refills, get one free!
Smoke Clear Inc.
New developments in electrical monitoring by power providers make it more and more difficult to pull off indoor grow ops. Luckily, the Surge X Pro eliminates electricity surges and spikes while protecting ballasts and appliances, giving growers peace of mind—and perhaps even saving them money on power performance. Lower your energy waste by installing their phasal-alignment system and reducing "unusable energy" to a minimum. Surge X Pro also comes with a 90day "Peace of Mind" guarantee that allows you to return it free of charge if you're unsatisfied with the results.
I’ve never bred plants until I did so accidentally about eight months ago. The plants that got crossed were a G-13 Lab Gigabud male and a G-13 Lab Blue Venom female. I have no clue what I’ve made, but buds were huge, though not potent. There was also a lot of stress six weeks into flowering. I attribute my mistake to carelessness earlier in the setup—but do I have something new and exciting, or are my newfound seeds bogus?
If you’re already growing indoors, or thinking about getting started, then check out next month's comprehensive guide to the essential details that will make your garden extra-green! Good nutrient programs result in optimum plant performance.