I’ve never taken a hit off any piece of paraphernalia that cost over a thousand dollars. In fact, I’ve never known anyone who has actually gone into a headshop, plunked down a few grand and walked out with one of those outlandishly intricate water pipes that appear in our pages.
I really enjoyed the article celebrating 420 in your 420th issue. It's the best article I have yet to read. I did have one question, though: Where can I get one of those Tom Forçade pipes? Even though I'm just 20 years old, Tom Forcade— like HIGH TIMES—is a huge inspiration to me.
Just before the Super Bowl, an online study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence reported that retired NFL players misuse opioid pain medications four times more than the general population. Half of the 644 players polled said they used painkillers during their careers and 71 percent of those said they misused drugs then.
Back in 2000, 65 percent of Nevada voters elected to decriminalize medical marijuana. The law allows for users and/or their caregivers to cultivate and possess a small set amount of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Sounds good, but patients can't buy or sell pot and can only grow seven plants for personal use.
The medium of glass gives flight to the artist’s imagination. If you have the will, any object can become a hand pipe. The smokeware artist known as Hacky Sacky takes that maxim to heart. Her collection of glass pipes includes kittens, miniature guitars, fruit, vegetables, and even a luscious creamsicle.
This isn’t a catapult. It’s a cata-pot! First used by the Greeks in 399 B.C, the catapult is capable of hurling missiles hundreds of feet. It was used in warfare for nearly 2,000 years until artillery was invented. But it hasn’t become extinct yet.
It wasn't as stressful as being on the Titanic, but some of the passengers who signed up for the Jam Cruise did go down—but not with the ship. The Jam Cruise is a floating concert that sails the Western Caribbean for five days. This year, the acts included the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Robert Randolph, Maceo Parker, Ivan Neville, and Galactic.
When former talk show host Montel Williams passed through security at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wl with a wooden pipe in his luggage, Americans got a clear look at our nation's priorities. Once the pipe was spotted, Williams was detained for an hour in a Milwaukee County Sheriff substation at the airport.
In late January, President Obama sat down for his second Q-and-A session with YouTube. Thousands of questions were submitted and, like last year, the most popular topic was the legalization of marijuana. In fact, at one point prior to the online interview, the top 50 questions were pot-related.
In January, the international media breathlessly reported on Canna Cola, the sensational new cannabis soft drink. Every 12-ounce bottle contains 35 to 65 milligrams of THC. The drinks come in five flavors: Doc Weed, Orange Kush, Grape Ape, Sour Diesel and Canna Cola.
The medical-cannabis industry is promoting healthy pot, but what about healthy smoking? That's up to individual stoners, because there are hundreds of ways to inhale. But if you seek purity—and who doesn't?—try the McFinn's Original Filter System, created to provide you with a cleaner, cooler, smoother hit.
Are you tired of betting on sports? Then why not try celebrities! At the beginning of the New Year, Las Vegas oddsmaker Benjamin Lee Eckstein posted odds for the first celebrity drug bust of 2011. Can you pick a winner? Any NBA player, 3-2 Any MLB player, 2-1
If a waiter served your drink in a filthy glass, wouldn't you complain? Of course you would. So why smoke fine herb out of a bong that isn't absolutely immaculate? Keep your glass smokeware squeaky clean with the Gack Attack Brush Pack, a glass-ware-cleaning kit that will remove months of grime in no time at all.
After winning the Indie Impact Award for The Fighter, actor Mark Wahlberg took a glance at the trophy and noted its resemblance to a bong. But he quickly distanced himself from any current familiarity. He told Us Weekly: "I don’t use those anymore.
Even as nationwide support for marijuana legalization gains momentum, with the Feds lessening crackdowns on individual pot offenders, police in certain states are using vague and excessive paraphernalia laws to circumvent pot decriminalization and legal medical marijuana.
Inhaled cannabis caused no evidence of acute impairment of immune function. Ask Dr. Oz, the blog of the popular television doc Mehmet Oz, recently weighed in on medical cannabis: "Yes, marijuana has solid credentials for relieving some serious problems" such as nausea and neuropathic pain, the doctor wrote.
A new 10-year study issued in January by the US Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration warns that drug-treatment admissions for pot are skyrocketing. In a press release, the agency stated: "One consistent pattern in every region was the increase in the admission rate for marijuana use, which rose 30 percent nationally," noting that "marijuana treatment admission rates were highest in the West North Central and Middle Atlantic states (NJ, NY and PA).
For top glass artist Tammy Ball, anything on the planet can be the inspiration for a pipe.
She looks like she’s just gotten off the ski slopes of upstate New York, where she lives. Her eyes are wide, white circles where the goggles are worn; the rest of her face appears sunburned. But if you're a full-time glassblower like Tammy Ball—one who neglects to use sunblock—people mistake your complexion all the time.
A newcomer takes her first lesson in glassblowing.
I’ve always wanted to blow glass, but I’ve also heard all the warnings and rumors about how dangerous— even lethal—it can be. But fear must be overcome, and hope always prevails, etc. Plus I had champion glassblower Tammy Ball as my teacher.
AK-47 made the top five submitted strains for the first time since May 2009. When it last appeared two years ago, its average price per ounce was a whopping $459-$79 more than its average this month. In fact, nearly all of this month’s top five were down in price; taken together, they averaged only $341.
Talented singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne Moorer is a kindred spirit. We both love John Lennon, Steely Dan, vinyl records, college football and good herb, but absolutely hate autotuned singers, American Idol and stale country radio. A true American underdog who's faced colossal challenges in her life, Shelby and her equally gifted sister, the respected folk singer Allison Moorer, confronted the most traumatic event possible when their depressionbound father took his life after shooting their mom to death outside the family's home.
TV on the Radio guitarist and producer-in-demand Dave Sitek is burning up.
"I never wondered how smoking it would be," says Baltimore-reared Dave Sitek, the omnipresent producer-guitarist, remembering the moments before he tried marijuana for the first time. He was about 14, and his parents were out of town. So he and his friend procured a steamroller, hit it about four times and zoned out to Buffalo Springfield.
Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba keeps the home fires smoking.
As the frontman for Alkaline Trio, Matt Skiba spends plenty of time on the dark side. The band's pulsing pop-punk is rife with gothic undertones— from the album art and titles like Good Mourning, Crimson and Remains, to tracks like "Fatally Yours," "Dethbed” and “In Vein.
It’s a curse to be a Who addict. I started on the stuff when I was 10 years old and I still can't shake the monkey. And the Who will humiliate you; they will make you hide your head in shame. You watch that Super Bowl video where they’re playing the CSI-edit version of "Won’t Get Fooled Again.
Amid terrible tragedy, we can still find humor-even though it hurts.
It was Steve Allen—and, later, Lenny Bruce—who said, "Comedy is tragedy plus time.” But everything is accelerating—even the rate of acceleration is accelerating—and the time between tragedy and comedy gets shorter and shorter. Reality has long been nipping at the heels of comedy, and it finally caught up.
Hocus Pocus are becoming well-known for original compositions executed with a visceral touch and attractive dynamics, as well as their striking presence and vintage timbres. The band creates rock'n’roll infused with Latin rhythms, swing approaches, and the freedom and expression of the blues.
For as long as I can remember, whenever I'd see anything about marijuana on television— whether it be in a sitcom, a drama or on the news—it was always portrayed in a negative light. But as of late, that’s finally begun to change, and last year's Prop.
Steep Hill Lab is setting guidelines for healthy, effective cannabis—and the industry is responding. In fact, Steep Hill's SafeCannabis seal of approval is on its way to becoming the nationally recognized standard for quality assurance.
It's located in a nondescript, boxlike building in Oakland, CA. Nothing in the building’s appearance suggests that it houses the leading cannabis lab in the US. But behind those doors, over 16,000 samples of medical pot have been tested since 2008.
Two California collectives provide top patient care.
When Steep Hill Lab first introduced its SafeCannabis testing program, Elemental Wellness immediately signed on. Addison DeMoura, who introduced the program to the collective, says the results have been both gratifying and pleasantly surprising.
All across America, glass artists have unleashed their imaginations, and the artistry has never been more impressive. However, an entirely different set of skills is required to market the products of this vibrant industry.
For an instructive lesson on the power of our community, let us look to the Lone Star State. Big Mike's House of Glass sits prominently on the corner of a busy intersection in Lewisville, a suburb of Dallas. Big Mike, the proprietor, had been spending $1,400 a week for local radio spots.
This California medical grower started out a few years back with a few tables in an unused bedroom in her house. Now she’s growing out a custom-built hydro system in a warehouse under 16,000 watts.
Building the Rooms
Wegging and Flowering Within the Limits
Harvesting & Drying
My first California growroom was my whole life. Each hour spent, every dollar invested, all of my thoughts were centered on that 6,000-watt master bedroom. Like the well-trained owner of a snobby show dog, the garden and I shared a personality and a daily schedule and were basically co-dependent.
Finally, it’s that time of year again! Time to get those clones made and start them vegging. Time to head outside and find your secret spot, get your ground ready-and, of course, make sure no one else can find it Here’s the howto on creating, maintaining and, most importantly, keeping an outdoor guerrilla grow.
Choosing Your Garden Plot
Prepping the Plot
Growing in Trees
Making Clones & Vegetating Plants
The first step in creating an outdoor guerrilla grow is choosing the right place for your garden patch. For starters, doing a guerrilla grow on public lands—especially in state and national parks—is not recommended. The "guerrilla” aspect of growing refers to security and the stealthy nature of the grow, not to acting like a baboon.
The past two years have been good to Adam Carolla. After CBS Radio dropped his LA morning show in February 2009, the former co-host of Loveline and The Man Show promptly moved his base of operations to a garage in Glendale, CA, and launched a free podcast that became an immediate Internet phenomenon.
A shot of some all-organic, Prop. 215-legal cannabis for Pix of the Crop. Peace!—Jay Dee Here are some more pics of my crop. Glad you liked the last ones! Thanks to HIGH TIMES, I'm flying high!—Dm101 A collage of my skyscrapers. —Legal in Los Angeles I finally learned to grow outdoors this year and this is part of my yield!
Student government and marijuana activism go hand in hand.
Last spring, I took over San Jose State's chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. I had wanted to found a chapter of NORML, until I saw an SSDP flier and attended one of their meetings. Ever since that first meeting, I had a feeling about this group—that they could get the results I'd been looking for.
Kandice Hawes fights the law in Southern California, and she’s winning.
An estimated 100 million American adults use cannabis sometime during the course of their life, and an estimated 14.6 million use it monthly—but most get involved in cannabis activism only after they become one of the 850,000 adults arrested for marijuana every year.
Dr. Mitch, I’ve read on the Office of National Drug Control Policy listserv that sesame oil in the THC pill keeps people from getting high. WTF? Nick D. Hi Nick, Not true. Dronabinol (or Marinol, as it’s better known) changes mood in ways that are comparable to the THC in marijuana, but most strains of the plant have other cannabinoids that make the experience more pleasant.
The dish that will have THC molecules swimming up your bloodstream.
In the past, I've never had the luxury of growing my own, which allows you to (among other things) control the amount of flavor or bouquet in the plant material you plan to cook with. But that's all changed since I acquired the Bloombox from BC Northern Lights.
NORML’s Daily Audio Stash, an anecdote to the ‘lamestream’ media's pot reporting. The NORML Daily Audio Stash was created by activist Chris Goldstein and has been available for download from our website and iTunes since 2006. I took over the programming in 2008 and transformed it from a 60-minute recorded podcast into a 120-minute live daily talk-radio show.
Colorado, the only medical state of the 15 that actually amended its constitution to allow the medicinal use of cannabis, has been tightening its regulations on patient cards, doctor prescriptions and dispensary operations. A state that once had a backlog of thousands of patients trying to register is how trying to apply stricter rules for patients seeking medical cards.
Due to medical-marijuana laws limiting the amount of plants that a caregiver can produce legally, many growers have turned to deepwater culture (DWC) in order to maximize the yield from each plant. The Jumbo Grow from Huge Harvest, weighing in at less than 5 pounds, is a simple and easy way to enter the world of hydroponics without devoting a huge space to a big, complicated system. These 5-gallon buckets use an 8-inch net pot and airstone to build big root systems quickly for plants that yield many ounces indoors. Also, the handy spout allows for quick and easy draining, which makes cleaning and reusing these buckets a breeze.
Most of us try to avoid bacteria like the plague, but anyone who consumes yogurt knows that there are plenty of helpful microbes out there. The list of ingredients in Organic All Phase from the Other Tomato reads like a what’s what of beneficial additives, with a combination of vitamins, acids, minerals and essential enzymes designed to nurture helpful microbes in the soil. Simply feed your plants with the organic grow and bloom (N-P-K) fertilizers of your choice and add diluted Organic All Phase with every watering— you'll be amazed by the results. It also works great for seed germination and as a foliar feed during the crucial vegetative stage of growth.
From the creator of Bubble Bags, Bubble Now and the Bubble Box comes the newest in dry-sifting technology. The Tumble Now from Bubble Man uses an electric motor to rotate a silkscreen-lined cylinder filled with leaf trim. As the trim tumbles, the trichome heads fall through into the collection drawer. This dry-sieved powder is then collected, refined and pressed into chunks of almost completely pure hashish. With no plastic parts and a 1,000-hour operating guarantee, the Tumble Now will provide many grams of perfect hash without the hassle.
Botany In a Box
From the number of letters we get asking about grow bulbs, it’s obvious that beginner indoor farmers agonize over their choice of lighting. And for good reason: The proper amount of lumens dictates the difference between a heavy harvest and a limited yield. That's why Power Trip invented their Power Bundle Plus or "Botany in a Box," an all-in-one lighting system with a digital ballast and four dimmable settings (including "overdrive”), a full-spectrum 600or 1,000-watt bulb, an air-cooled, UL-listed reflector with an innovative flip-glass lever for easy bulb removal and cleaning, and easy-to-adjust light hangers. Simply put it together and hang it up to get growing now! Price: $1000-watt, $649; 600-watt, $519 (lifetime warrantyI Contact: Grosca, 877-704-3849, grosca.com
The famous Irish playwright Oscar Wilde said, “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” The same applies to the legendary pot strain Lemon Skunk: It’s rarely pure these days, and discovering its origins is by no means simple.
He's widely known as the Lemon Man. For the past 12 years, he's plied his trade in relative anonymity, nurturing his prized possession: Lemon Skunk. For over 25 years, in Las Vegas growrooms, a closed network of growers shared cuttings and seeds of Lemon Skunk with only a few of their brethren.
Hey there, Danny. I see lots of info on hydro systems, but little on indoor growing with soil. Personally, I think soil would be easier because you don't have to worry so much about nutrients. But I’d love to know: What are the most important things to have for indoor soil growing?
It all starts with the seeds! Senior cultivation editor Danny Danko rolls out the green carpet for 10 more super seed banks to join our pantheon of the world’s top breeders in the HIGH TIMES Seed Bank Hall of Fame. Find out which seed providers earned a spot in cannabis history with their highquality genetics and impeccable customer service.