One interesting thing about putting this magazine out is that, since we do it so far in advance (today, on my calendar, is March 22,2011), it's like a miniature time capsule. Of course, the methods by which folks grow pot are not going to change dramatically in the three or so months between now and publication, but major global events at the moment are unfolding faster than we can cover them.
I’m a 24-year-old male who likes to smoke weed recreationally. I got a great opportunity to speak with Steve Hager after a "Heads vs. Feds" event, and I explained my girlfriend's extremely unfortunate situation due to her being ill. With all the nausea, vomiting, fainting, constant pain and weakness due to extreme weight loss—along with many other, more personal effects from being ill—Amanda has been forced to take a break from her studies.
HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup returns to San Fran this June!
Last year, for the first time, HIGH TIMES transplanted the world’s premier cannabis competition from its permanent home in Amsterdam to San Francisco, where we assembled an all-star panel of experts and tasked them with judging the best buds, concentrates and edibles entered by the Golden State’s legally operating medical-cannabis dispensaries and collectives.
According to the latest data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime from 2010, between 129 million and 191 million people ages 15 to 64 used pot at least once in 2008, representing 2.9 to 4.3 percent of the world's population. In fact, cannabis was the most widely consumed illegal drug in each of the six continents analyzed for the report.
Canada’s favorite criminals rise from the ashtray with a live stage show.
After seven seasons on TV and two feature films, the Trailer Park Boys appeared to call it quits with the release of Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day two years ago. Say it ain't so! No more six-paper joints, trailer-sized growrooms or driveways made of hash?
Last fall, Humboldt Fire came out with its slow-burning hemp rolling papers, seducing the toker community with a memorable marketing campaign. On the cover of every pack, a classic Alberto Vargas-style pinup vixen rides a large, lit match across the Humboldt sky. The company also enlisted two "Humboldt Honeys" who made the rounds at national rolling-paper conventions (yes, such things exist) with a single request: "Let me light your fire."
Owsley "Bear" Stanley, the legendary sound engineer who cooked up some of the finest LSD of the 1960s, died in a car crash in his adopted homeland of Australia. Stanley was 76. He discovered the recipe for LSD in a chemistry journal at the University of California at Berkeley.
Sometimes, really dank weed inspires stoners to muse: "This is so sweet-smelling, I'd love to go to sleep with my head resting on a pillow of this!" And now you can—check out these super-soft, breathable pillowcases from IBudYou.com, each one imprinted with one of the world's top pot strains.
Archaeologists have discovered a cave in Spain that may provide proof that cavemen knew all about the effects of psilocybin mushrooms. In a cave mural dating back 6,000 years, there are 13 mushrooms depicted along with various animals. Researchers from the US and Mexico believe the drawing is spiritual in nature and may have had significance in the religious rituals of the cave's former residents.
At the height of Charlie Sheen's mega-tirades, a new strain of weed catted "Charlie Sheen" suddenly appeared on the shelves of LA dispensaries. What a coincidence! A brand-new strain named for Sheen is unveiled just as the TV star goes nuclear.
Mahmoud ElSohly, the US government’s lone licensed pot farmer, let the cat out of the bag years ago. But it took until November 2010 for the Feds to finally make it official. Testifying under oath back in 2005 in the case of Craker v. DEA, ElSohly revealed that he held a contract with the pharmaceutical giant Mallinckrodt Baker to provide the biotech firm with plant-derived THC extracts.
It’s been 17 years since the US Supreme Court, in United States v. Place, first upheld law enforcement’s use of drug-sniffing dogs under the premise that “the nose knows.” This past February, investigators at the University of California at Davis concluded that the high court's nearly two-decades-old ruling is based on nothing more than a scientific fiction.
The anti-pot crowd have seized upon psychosis to demonize the plant.
Prohibitionists have a long history of exploiting tragedy to further their own Drug War agenda. Case in point: Members of Congress in the 1980s seized upon the cocaine overdose of basketball star Len Bias to enact sweeping legislative changes that established mandatory-minimum sentencing in drug crimes, random workplace drug-testing for public employees, and the creation of the Drug Czar’s office.
Kush narrowly beat out Diesel for the month’s top pot spot after the two hallowed strains tied for the most submissions in June. Kush’s popularity hasn’t diminished in 2011, as the strain either finished first or tied for first every month this year except for January.
MORE THAN A MERE HEAVY METAL BAND. GWAR ARE LIVING GODS—INTERGALACTIC WARLORDS BANISHED TO EARTH MILLENNIA AGO. WHOSE SOLE MISSION IS THE TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF HUMANITY. OVER THE PAST QUARTER-CENTURY, THESE "SCUMDOGS OF THE UNIVERSE" AND THEIR ARMY OF SLAVES HAVE PILLAGED OUR PLANET.
It’s not like they’re smoking all the time, but the Memorials proudly proclaim that cannabis is a vital part of their creative lives, and they don’t care who gives 'em grief for it. In fact, the members of this Bay Area band—former Mars Volta super-drummer Thomas Pridgen, guitarist Nick Brewer and soul-slingin’ song stylist Viveca Hawkins— have a long and amiable history with the demon weed, which may be one reason why they’re all about breaking the musical rules and doing something new ... real new.
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead drop the Tao of the Dead.
Snatching their protracted moniker from a Mayan ritual chant,... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead sprang forth in response to all those one-syllable '90s bands like Blur and Hum. Co-leaders Conrad Keely and Jason Reece, who were raised in Hawaii and became friends as teenagers, initially moved to the Seattle area to find success, but their separate bands failed to make it big during the dismal post-grunge doldrums.
Seriously, dude, it's the pot book. Encyclopedic in scope, this 576-page anthology is the most important research compilation on marijuana to hit the shelves since Jack Herer’s breakthrough book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Julie Holland is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and has worked extensively with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
Corporations do not have the same rights as people.
I was fortunate enough to accompany Ken Kesey and his psychedelic band of Merry Pranksters when the Grateful Dead played the Pyramids— and won—at a series of outdoor concerts in 1978. During that week, Kesey and I were dinner guests at the home of an Egyptian family in Cairo.
Skeetones are bringing a new generation of music to the Midwest's sonic landscape. Though programmed tracks lay the foundation for the band’s songwriting, the music comes to life during their energetic performances. From chopping a cappella samples to wobbling bass lines, Skeetones create on-the-fly remixes of their own songs without using a single loop or backing track.
It was a Friday night in Hollywood, and the Sunset Strip was abuzz with high heels, short skirts and sparkles. The club crowds spilled out onto the sidewalks, past the velvet ropes and onto the curb, and the bass thud of what lay within Dopplered at us as we cruised by in the light green 1988 Rolls limo that I like to call the Bong-mobile.
A decade ago, Canadians were a lot happier: Their government seemed to be on the brink of decriminalizing marijuana, and it was also instituting a nationwide program to meet the needs of med-pot patients. But that progress has become mired in bureaucracy and political grandstanding.
In a three-story townhouse in downtown Toronto, CALM presides. CALM is Toronto’s first medical-marijuana “club,” established in 1996 and second in size only to the B.C. Compassion Club of Vancouver. The acronym stands for “Cannabis As Living Medicine”—something to which the 3,000-plus members can readily attest.
With grams per watt at a premium due to a limited growroom footprint, one Canadian 'super-garden' achieved bigger yields in smaller spaces by rising up and going vertical.
GROW UP FOR BIGGER HARVESTS
FARMING IN A NEW DIMENSION
TIME TO FLOWER
THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT FOR THE JOB
In this high-output marijuana facility, we get a glimpse into the future of serious medical-bud production in a world where linear space in densely populated areas is fast becoming a limiting factor. The yields of medicinal-grade buds produced in this Canadian garden per watt of electricity consumed are unrivaled by conventional growing methods, as are the plant numbers—even when compared to techniques such as "Sea of Green" (SOG) growing.
HT'S SENIOR CULTIVATION EDITOR TAKES A TANTALIZING TOUR OF THREE OF NEW ENGLAND'S GREENEST GANJA GARDENS TO FIND OUT HOW THE EARLIEST AMERICAN COLONIES BECAME A CANNABIS-PRODUCING POWERHOUSE.
GARDEN ONE DJ'S GROW
GARDEN TWO MEDMAN
GARDEN THREE CANNABIS COUPLE
GAS, FOOD AND BUDDING
Farming in New England dates back centuries— long before the arrival here of European settlers looking to escape their past and searching for a new frontier. Arriving to find tough, rocky soil, these pilgrims quickly gleaned growing techniques from the native people in order to survive the grueling winters and unforgiving growing season.
A HIGH TIMES JOURNALIST'S JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT.
This article is about an event I attended recently in Washington, DC, known as CPAC— the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which began in 1973 as a meeting ground for right-leaning politicos. Let me just get on record here at the start the bulk of what I was able to glean from the couple of CPAC lectures I attended, and then we can have some fun: Obamacare is going to sink this country the way socialism is currently sinking Greece, Ireland and Spain; it’s poised to destroy the future of the children of America, and those who manage to survive will be living in a postapocalyptic society, roaming the ruins of states both red and blue in cannibalistic gangs not unlike those found in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
On the day of Marc Emery’s arrest, DEA chief Karen Tandy stated in a press release: “Today’s DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine and the founder of a marijuana legalization group, is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the US and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement.
Being the wife of a political prisoner sent off to a foreign country has been challenging in many ways. Not only do I suffer heartbreak and loneliness without my partner and the love of my life, but I also must be unwaveringly strong for us both and work hard to take care of him as best as I can.
Very purple. This is Santa Cruz Mountains Blackberry, a great herb for anybody’s stash.—Air Head Presenting a great Tallahassee strain called Florida Orange. —Capital City Chronic Here's a close-up for you all to enjoy.
In early 2011, a handful of students attending Rowan University in New Jersey decided to start our own Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter, and the months that followed have been a nearly surreal experience. As someone who's been a member of several politically oriented clubs on campus, I thought I knew what to expect when I signed up for a position on the executive board.
An NYC professor reveals the racial bias of pot prohibition.
Dr. Harry Levine is a professor of sociology at Queens College in New York City. He is responsible for shedding light on the incredible racial disparity reflected in marijuana arrests in big American cities. His continuing research, featured in a recent Philadelphia Weekly cover story, notes a 4-to-1 disparity in the number of blacks versus whites arrested for weed in Philadelphia.
Dr. Mitch, What's the deal with burning hemp paper at funerals? LJP Hi UP, Burning paper products at funerals is a Buddhist tradition. Legend has it that the Chinese bureaucrat Cai Lun was trying to increase the sale of paper back in the year 105.
When life gives you lemons, make cannabis lemonade.
MIKE'S MEDICATED MEYER LEMONADE
Recently, I've been practicing my craft at a vegan/vegetarian restaurant that specializes in raw cuisine. Prior to this, I'd never worked at a place that served raw food, where a chef doesn’t need the standard setup, including a stove, an oven, etc.
In NORML’s 40-year battle for civil justice, the era of reform can be broken down into four epochs: defelonization, decriminalization, medicalization and legalization. From 1970 to 1973, NORML lobbied and litigated on the basis that prison sentences for minor cannabis-related offenses were too severe.
Self-watering buckets save time, money and water by utilizing a plant’s root system's amazing ability to use capillary action to draw liquid up as needed. The new 420 Grow System containers take sub-irrigation to the next level, while eliminating common mistakes such as overand under-watering. Water or nutrient solution is added to the reservoir on the bottom through an intake/feeding tube. A dipstick is used to measure nutrient solution levels. Root systems develop faster when allowed the perfect balance of water, air and food, resulting in bigger harvests. Use their scientifically formulated blend of EcoSoil for perfect porosity every time.
Adding carbon dioxide (CO2) gas to a thriving growroom increases growth rates considerably, sometimes up to 30% or higher, resulting in larger yields when all is said and done. Whether you use gas canisters or a CO2 generator, it's important to keep your room at optimal levels throughout growth and especially during the flowering stage. The 1,500-ppm HID Hut CO2 Sequencer keeps your CO2 always set to the perfect level, plus the unit is 3" x 4" and less than one inch thick. Compact and effective, it has a digital readout that tells you the exact amount of gas in the room at all times.
Ganja growers love good fluorescent lighting because it's cheap and doesn't generate much heat, two important factors when cultivating cannabis indoors. The new ViaVolt T5 Fluorescent Fixtures work perfectly for germination, propagation (cloning), mother-plant maintenance or low-wattage vegetative growth. T5 is the ideal bulb type, and these units all boast strong steel housing in comparison to some of the rickety versions we’ve tested. These fixtures are available in three different sizes for flexibility among multiple uses and requirements.
From the prodigious pot-producing hills of Humboldt County a harvesting product emerges that's simple, effective and easily collects a massive amount of trichomes for pressing into hash. The Trim Tray functions as an all-purpose pot-trimming workstation, fitting perfectly either on your lap or on a table and made of lightweight aluminum. The built-in sifting screen separates the gland heads into the collection chamber as they fall through. Easy to clean, light as a feather and boasting a lifetime warranty, the Trim Tray is a must-have for anyone who spends time snipping away at cannabis flowers.
Cultivation Tips for New Patients Growing Their Own
California Medical Cup
Medicinal Strain of the Month: Juanita la Lagrimosa
It occurred to me recently that this is my column and I can pretty much write whatever I want, so long as it’s medically related. As most of you know, what I usually write about—what I prefer to always be writing about—is cannabis cultivation.
Tips on preventing and eliminating these tiny terrors from your medical-cannabis crops.
Thrips are tiny, elongated insects generally less than 1.5 mm long. Adult thrips have two pairs of narrow, fringed wings that allow them to fly, albeit rather poorly. But though they may be mediocre flyers, thrips can travel long distances on the wind or by hitching a ride on clothing or transported plants.
Medical-cannabis growers can prevent these problems by utilizing a multipronged IPM approach that includes using cultural practices to suppress thrips, releasing beneficial arthropods to prey on them, and spraying organic or low-toxicity insecticides when necessary.
Cultural practices are a grower’s first line of defense against pest problems. As a result, growers should consider implementing several kinds of thrip-suppressive techniques. Plants fertilized with high levels of nitrogen fertilizer are more susceptible to attack by F. occidentalis—as well as more prone to infection by the tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV)—than plants fertilized with moderate nitrogen levels.
Hello, bud, and thanks for all the great information that I read each month in HIGH TIMES. Knowledge is the key to success, and it's great to be able to read and research the best ways to grow your medicine. I have a few questions that I would like your input on.
Spain is fast becoming the trendsetter for European cannabis producers. Travel with cultivation editor Nico Escondido to Barcelona, where he explores the latest in Spanish growing and genetics. We also check in with Spanish breeders to investigate the heavy emphasis being placed on CBDrich genotypes in Southern Europe.