I wasn't supposed to attend the Cup this year. I know, I know—that sounds awfully sad, but I had to spend at least one Thanksgiving with Mom before she finally disowns me for good. However, as fate would have it, certain circumstances required that I make it to Amsterdam this year—but with the promise that I leave early and be home in time for turkey (which I did).
I've been studying your magazine month after month, reading all the articles—which, I must add, are very informative—but I've noticed very few pieces on auto-flowering plants. I'm very interested in the Lowryder strains and would really love to see a page dedicated just to them, featuring pictures, grow information and any other tips you may have.
In December, the European Court of Justice ruled that tourists could be banned from buying pot in Dutch coffeeshops. The new rule was the result of a 5-year legal wrangle. In 2006, the Easy Going Cafe in Maastricht had been forced to close after complaints were filed that foreigners had purchased pot there.
This hurts on so many levels. In the midst of our economic downturn, some Americans are definitely suffering more than others. We came upon this monstrosity recently while traveling through the Northern California hinterlands. lt's bad enough that this gas pump will cost you over $80 to fill a 20-gallon tank.
Henry David Thoreau once posed the question: "Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” If Missoula, MT jurors have anything to say about it, the answer is: “Don’t bother us with this crap anymore.”
Acne, the scourge of many a high school class picture, may have a new enemy—cannabis. Acne results from the overproduction of a lipid (oily substance) from sebaceous glands that waterproof the skin. The cells that make up these glands are sebocytes.
Just four blocks from the border of Mexico lies the community of Otay Mesa, part of the city of San Diego, CA. However, it's what lies beneath Otay Mesa that has Immigration and Customs Enforcement nosing around local warehouses. Lately, a number of tunnels have been discovered that travel underground from Mexico and surface in Otay Mesa warehouses.
Bob Ainsworth's title was a mouthful: "Parliamentary Under-Secretary with responsibility for Drugs and Organised Crime and Minister of State for the Armed Forces.” And now that Bob's out of office, he's said amouthful.Ainsworth told The Independent: “We need to take effective measures to rob the dealers of their markets and the only way that we can do that is by supplying addicts through the medical profession, through prescription.
How do you know that the medical marijuana product you just purchased is organically grown and professionally lab-tested? Go with the Medi-Cone. It's a pre-rolled cone of the finest California cannabis, grown either hydroponically or outdoors in Trinity County, and topped with frozen, drawn kief. Vice President of R & D Joseph Gubernatis makes the case for the Medi-Cone: "Seriously ill patients need access to high-quality medicine which needs to be absolutely safe.
The weather outside is frightful. But when its less scary, hit the beach wearing surf shorts that show your true colors. And although that color may actually be green, you'll definitely dig the shorts' psychedelic print featuring a ganja garden with lifelike buds in full bloom.
Tim Timmons, 54, from Garland, TX, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and uses pot to combat painful muscle spasms, in conjunction with prescription drugs. A staunch Republican and Texas conservative Christian, Timmons resents being reliant on the pot black market.
There are two conditions in which smoking pot can be a hideous ordeal: when you're stuck in a howling wind or when you only have one hand available. Not anymore. Reach for the Vape-or-Smoke. It's the world’s first portable herbal extraction and smoking device, and allows users to choose between smoking or vaporizing.
San Francisco Bay-area artist Monika Lea Jones is a muralist who works with community groups and proudly provides visuals for the cannabis movement. She studied botanical illustration and field sketching at the University of Santa Cruz, which led her to recreate the glory of ganja on canvas. Monika says she strives to "illuminate the modern landscape that rests upon primordial nature of forces."
Televangelist Pat Robertson, host of The 700 Club, has predicted that God would punish Florida with hurricanes after Disneyworld promoted "Gay Days.” He's blasted feminism because it "encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians."
Buds, bongs and blazing at the 23rd Annual Cannabis Cup Expo.
The forecast for the annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup Expo is hazy. For the past four years, it's been held at the PowerZone, and, if anything, the Cup crowd works overtime to ensure that the 5,000-plus-capacity club is suffused with stoner smoke.
Kush hung onto the top pot spot, finishing April as the most submitted strainand after a $52 drop last month, Kush’s average price was up $23. Conversely, Diesel and Haze both finished below their previous month’s average (Diesel, -$26; Haze, -$16), while Blueberry returned to the top five for the first time since January.
HIGH TIMES' relationship with hip-hop has been a long and historic one, from Steve Hager's groundbreaking 1984 book Hip Hop: The Illustrated History of Break Dancing, Rap Music and Graffiti, to HT's cover features on then-newcomers Cypress Hill and Redman back in the early '90s. So it's fitting that this year's Cannabis Cup was a tribute to the legends of the genre. Spanning three generations of hip-hop, the performers at the 23rd Annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup were selected not merely for their creative contributions to the counterculture, but also for their discerning talents in identifying the best weed in the world.
“There was a sign that read ‘Devin the Dude'!" Devin laughs, recalling his 6 a.m. arrival at the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam en route to his first-ever Cannabis Cup. "I went straight to the Green House and, within 20 minutes, I was almost too high—but I knew that was just the start of a long day of enjoying different strains of 'coughee beans.' Meeting Coke la Rock later that day was prime for me: He's considered one of the first to ever rock the mic," Devin adds, speaking of this year's Counterculture Hall of Fame inductee.
Straight outta Washington, DC, veteran psych-thud kingpins Dead Meadow have been carving out their own exceedingly heavy slice of time, space and brontosaurus beats for many years—a stance and style far removed from the band members' roots in punk rock and hardcore.
I wasn’t in Ken Boothe's presence for more than five minutes before I came to the conclusion that he was one of the coolest guys ever. For starters, he was dressed like a star, wearing a white silk shirt covered with a blue and gold pattern, black silk pants and white leather loafers.
When California voters failed to pass Proposition 19 this past November, which would have legalized marijuana for all adults over 21, presumably nobody applauded those results louder than the Mexican drug cartels. As primary exporters of the low-grade "Mexi-schwag" that’s still the low-cost cannabis of choice for many Americans, the cartels reportedly earn up to 40 percent of their profits from the black-market marijuana trade—and as anyone who lives along the border (on either side) knows, those guys remain deadly serious about protecting their market share.
Abbie Hoffman was one of the funniest individuals I ever met, but he was also one of the best organizers I've known—and, in fact, his charisma was fueled by his wit. However, even though we were close friends, there came a time when Abbie seriously chastised me.
Over the past six years, classically trained vocalist Eleanor Kleiner and French bassist Elie Brangbour have traveled the world on an adventure that began when the two met at the London Center of Contemporary Music in 2004. Full of imagery and stories of the human condition, the Whispering Tree's songwriting is the backbone of their sound and has been heavily influenced by their travels abroad, which have taken them from South America to China.
BOBBY BLACK For the past 15 Novembers now, I’ve spent Thanksgiving not at home eating turkey with my family, like most people, but 3,600 miles away in a foreign country inhaling insane amounts of THC. But in all those years, I've come to learn that the Cannabis Cup is about so much more than just weed and hash: It's about the adventure of exploring a vibrant, romantic city with a rich history and thriving nightlife.
For those of you wondering exactly who gets to enter the Cannabis Cup each year, as well as how one might go about doing so as a newcomer to the competition, please allow us this brief explanation. One of the many goals of the Cup has always been to help proliferate the exquisite cannabis genetics that come from all over the planet to Amsterdam, the Mecca of the cannabis world.
Each year, thousands descend upon Amsterdam for the annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup. The event attracts an international audience, but there are no ethnic or cultural barriers. A common language is spoken here—and as stoners know throughout the world, great weed needs no translation.
In our modern society, it's difficult to fathom the monumental labor and sacrifice required to create a city like Amsterdam. This is a city that was built from the ground up—literally. Because, in the beginning, there was no ground; farmers and fishermen of the 12th century had to transform wet marshland and lakes before a settlement could be built.
Author and advocate Dale Gieringer has been at the forefront of the fight for cannabis freedom in California for decades. One of the driving forces behind Proposition 215, the nation's first statewide medical-cannabis law, Gieringer has been the state coordinator of California NORML since 1987 and currently serves as vice-chairman of the national board of directors.
The Cannabis Cup is the perfect blend of commerce and cannabis spirituality.
It was just a party when it began—a party that very few people attended. The event didn't even become public until the sixth year, and even then, only 50 people showed up. That was also the first year a 420 ceremony was held. The late Jack Herer, a longtime devoted Deadhead, looked perplexed when I told him that we were going to have a ceremony at 4:20 in the afternoon for the Sixth Cup.
1st Barney’s Coffeeshop-Tangerine Dream 2nd Green House Unlimited-Super Lemon Haze 3rd Green Place-LA Cheese 1st Barney’s Farm-Tangerine Nectar Iceolator 2nd Green House United-Green House Ice 3rd Grey Area-Grey Crystal
Some might say that smoking over 20 varieties of weed and hash a day and then judging them is like comparing apples and oranges. But in the case of the 23rd Annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup, it was more like comparing tangerines and lemons: Sweet and sour citrus flavors dominated the competition this year, as judges of every kind gathered In Amsterdam to evaluate the best strains in the world.
lst Place TANGERINE DREAM
2nd Place SUPER LEMON HAZE
3rd Place La CHEESE
HIGH TIMES 23RD CANNABIS CUP
SEED COMPANY AWARDS
1st Place ACAPULCD GOLD
2nd Place CHOCOLOPE
3rd Place SOUR POWER
1st Place KOSHER KUSH
2nd Place COLD CREEK KUSH
3rd Place WHITE DG
1st Place STARBUD MELTZ
2nd Place SOUR DIESEL
3rd Place BLACKBERRY KUSH
The popular vote went to this citrus-heavy offering from Barney's, with the majority of paying judges praising Tangerine Dream for its odor, flavor and potency. Sticky and covered in resin glands, this sweet variety stole the show, with 10-foot-long vapor balloons being offered daily at the Expo as well as joint giveaways at Barney's shops and parties.
In the first of this two-part series (Feb. '11 HT), we discussed the important technical details and typical pragmatic concerns involving the use of water in recirculating indoor grow systems. We now shift our focus to the opposite extreme: outdoor organic gardening.
For successful artists, there often comes a breakthrough moment—the point when they know they've stepped through the magic doorway and life will never be the same again. That moment came for Dan Fogler in 2005, when he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee.
(right and below) Here's a couple of shots from my grow tents. Everyone says it's HIGH TIMES-quality bud, so Let's hope it makes the mag!—MattyJ734 I took a close look at my buds and just had to show them off to the worlds greatest pot mag!—Tyter C.
Student government and marijuana activism go hand in hand.
If you're a college student, you may know something about your school’s student government, but I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't. Every college and university has some sort of student government, but they're notoriously underadvertised.
Evan Nison leads a new generation of cannabis activists while in college.
Like every HIGH TIMES Freedom Fighter of the month, the latest activist to earn our high honor has worked incredibly hard to make marijuana legal. What’s remarkable about Evan Nison is how much he's accomplished before he’s even legal to drink.
Dr. Mitch, Does cannabidiol fight cancer? Ryan Song Hi Ryan, Yes. A recent study reveals that CBD can slow the growth of breast-cancer cells in mice. This is a great breakthrough, especially since most other cancer treatments—such as radiation or noxious chemicals—are somewhat poisonous to the human body.
A healthy alternative to butter-and oil-based edibles.
As a professional cannabis chef, I've had the pleasure of learning and testing various methods of extraction. I started with the usual: cannabis butter, cannabis-infused cooking oils (olive, canola, grapeseed), etc. I created sweet treats and various sugary delights.
Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin With Mango-Chipotle Glaze
2 pork tenderloins Thinly sliced bacon Boursin cheese Sea salt Cracked black pepper Mango-chipotle glaze (recipe follows) First, wash your tenderloins and pat them dry with paper towels. First, wash your tenderloins and pat them dry with paper towels.
Educating and protecting kids is the ultimate responsibility.
Allen St. Pierre
Nothing has dogged cannabis-law reformers more during this 40-year-old civil-justice movement than the unjustified but politically damaging charge that legalizing marijuana will put children in danger. Naturally, the government has been all too eager to hype parental concerns about legalizing this mildly psychoactive herb as a way to keep its failed policy of cannabis prohibition viable decades beyond the dozen or so years that alcohol prohibition lasted.
With medical pot legal in 15 states, Proposition 19’s oh-so-narrow defeat in California, and a steady stream of positive media stories regarding marijuana, people simply cannot comprehend the fact that there are human beings in prison doing life without parole for nonviolent marijuana offenses.
Cannabis cultivation should honor Mother Earth, but the War on Marijuana turns farmers into criminals and leaves the environment caught in the crossfire.
In December, the US House of Representatives voted almost unanimously to pass Resolution 1540, urging federal law enforcement agencies to work together on a plan to eliminate illegal marijuana growing from public lands. "Our national forests should be a safe haven for families and recreation enthusiasts, not Mexican drug cartels," Republican Wally Herger of Chico, California, who sponsored the resolution, commented.
Hello, friend! I have a question regarding a female Cali Orange plant that's about four weeks from harvest. I noticed that on the leaves near the top, the plant is sprouting nodes. It's the craziest thing I've ever seen: Right where the leaf starts to grow its "fingers," there are pistils growing.
The revolution in glass paraphernalia continues, with artists testing the limits of their imagination and technique. But let’s be honest: Since not everyone can afford to drop $1,000 or more on a work of stunning glass art, we’re showcasing some outstanding pieces for the average consumer as well.