“Being stoned' is not my goal; being 'high' or 'enhanced' is. Simply, I am not into the 'stupefaction' aspects of herb. I like herb that opens me up, that brightens my day, that makes me think and feel in a more positive way. I’m also into herb that motivates and stimulates creativity.
Maine’s got the right idea about legalizing pot ["Moving Forward in Maine,” HT Sept. ’11]. This country has its priorities all messed up, especially since it’s been shown that pot isn’t as bad as cigarettes or alcohol. (Maybe because those things are controlled by the government.)
If you're out of pot and need a vicarious high, download iBlunt 1.0 from Apple, which enables iPhone users to display an image of a blunt with a burning cherry. And guess what? When you blow into your phone's mic sensor, smoke undulates across the screen.
Since the beginning of the year, the international cannabis community has wondered whether foreign tourists would be required to obtain a "weed pass" before visiting coffeeshops in the Netherlands. And coffeeshop owners have worried that such a requirement would decimate their industry.
Marijuana is so effective as medicine that it was just a matter of time until a method of medicating animals was marketed. Enter Seattle-based Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems (MMDS) which has created Tetracan, a patch delivering cannabis medicine to alleviate chronic pain in all kinds of mammals: dogs, cats, horses— even humans.
Maybe the Drug War should be waged in the medicine cabinet, because what's being sold over-the-counter is downright criminal. When you take two Extra Strength Tylenol pills, you're dosing yourself with 1,000 mg. of acetaminophen. If you take eight over the course of a day, you're at risk of an overdose.
By the end of today, 6,000 more Americans will have tried pot fort, first time. These are the stone, cold facts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the research institute that generally serves as the federal government's anti-pot propaganda mill.
Don't mess with 84-year-old Mary Lee Cook, who shut down the entire central Oak Hill, FL, police force after accusing them of planting pot on her property. In July, acting on a tip, narcotics agents discovered 10 pot plants growing near a broken, open portion of fence on Mayor Cook's land.
As a general rule, once they stop playing pro hoops, successful NBA players retire as multimillionaires and go on permanent vacation. But not ex-shooting guard Cuttino Mobley. Since his solid 11-year NBA career ended, he’s been involved in a number of projects intended to better this world.
Porsche Design markets all kinds of pricey merchandise, including luggage, eyewear and clothing—and now it's offering the new Porsche Shisha, which will set you back $2,000. What, exactly, is the Shisha? A bong. That’s right: Porsche is marketing a designer bong made from stainless steel, aluminum and a TecFlex tube.
Kush Perfume (for men and women) is created using what the website describes as “ancient methods of perfumery and distillation. A combination of extracts of natural botanicals and essential oils" is used in the formula, which is "finished with a hint of vanilla in a jojoba oil base."
Chad Kaimanu Jackson has been surfing professionally since he was a teenager. His father is the renowned 1960s surfboard shaper and glasser Bruce Jackson. After learning the art of building boards from his dad, Chad created Kaimanu Hemp Surfboards, which he's been manufacturing using hemp cloth and other eco-friendly alternatives since 2006.
Appearing on Chelsea Lately, edgy actress Rose McGowan related. the tale of how her personal assistant had recently baked up a batch of pot brownies after Rose told the P.A. she’d never tried them. According to McGowan, the plate was left on her kitchen counter with a sign reading "Enjoy!" Unfortunately, Rose didn't make the connection; she thought they were regular brownies, so she left them out for a group of real-estate agents checking out her LA home.
Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier has been behind bars for over 35 years. Convicted in 1977 for the murder of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, his case stands as one of the worst miscarriages of justice ever perpetrated on an American citizen.
Apparently, the peak season for sickness in Boulder, CO, is the month of April. We say that because April 2011 brought in the highest amount of medical marijuana dispensary revenues for any individual month in the city: $2.1 million, according to Boulder's latest assessment of sales tax collections.
On November 8, the entire country will be focused on the governor’s race in Kentucky. Perennial candidate Gatewood Galbraith—an outspoken advocate for legalization who’s appeared on the cover of HIGH TIMES with Willie Nelson (Jan.'91)—has been tied with sitting Governor Steve Beshear in most polls, and has even crushed him and the Republican candidate in local surveys.
THREE YEARS INTO THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY, REFORMERS ARE LOSING HOPE THAT THERE WILL BE ANY SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE IN AMERICA’S POT POLICIES.
Among presidential candidates, Barack Obama was a unique figure. Never before had a politician been so candid on the campaign trial regarding his own past use of illicit substances, and few incoming presidents had ever generated greater enthusiasm within the drug-law reform community.
RAPPIN’ WITH DANCEHALL SUPERSTAR SEAN PAUL AT THE HIGH TIMES MEDICAL CANNABIS CUP.
MUNCHIM', NOT BLAZIN'
Dancehall demigod Sean Paul dropped by the 2011 HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in San Francisco prior to performing in concert, and we bestowed a slick new vaporizer on him as a thank-you. He truly appreciated the gift, especially since he hasn't smoked pot in over a year.
THE BASSIST NEVER STANDS ALONE AS MIKE WATT FORGES ON.
Bassists are an unsung bunch. Shredding guitarists, strutting singers, even the rumble of drums and crash of cymbals receive much more attention. Bassists are the glue that holds it all together, and as such they often go unnoticed. So despite the fact that Mike Watt is arguably punk's finest bassist, he's hardly a household name.
KREAYSHAWN’S SURPRISE 2011 HIT HINTS AT BIGGER THINGS TO COME.
Everybody in Kreayshawn’s camp remembers the date: May 16, 2011. That's the day homegirl's single "Gucci Gucci" dropped on YouTube. You know the one: Minnie Mouse ears, Amy Winehouse mascara applications, cameos by Odd Future and Speak from the Art Goons posse, puff-puff-passing and, of course, one big room full of bad bitches.
A timely look at the ongoing battle between the scientific community and the federal government concerning the medicinal properties of cannabis, Marijuana: Gateway to Health definitively shows that while the Feds continue to insist that the plant has no accepted medical value and is too dangerous to use, their ignorant position is blatantly contradicted by the results of many promising studies.
I first met Jim Wilson when we both lived in faculty housing at the University of Illinois. My dad was a biochemistry professor and his dad was an assistant track coach. The first time we met, he was chasing me down the sidewalk as I was driving a brand new go-cart for the first time.
PORN STARS AND POTHEADS COMMEMORATE THE WORK OF HUNTER S. THOMPSON
It’s been awhile since I’ve gone to a Penthouse event or partied with the Pets— more specifically, not since I've been off the market. But I’ve kept in touch with my old pal Lainie Speiser (Penthouse's publicist), and when she sent me an email saying she was promoting a new event put together by Penthouse Forum’s managing editor (and former HIGH TIMES managing editor) Eric Danville, I was eager to check it out.
Ominous Words isn’t your average hip-hop artist—a fact borne out by his lyrics, which show the influence of grandmasters like Bob Dylan and Neil Young. To date, Ominous Words has released four albums and multiple compilation CDs, in addition to collaborating with the likes of KRS-One, Eek-AMouse, Pony Boy, B-Real, U-God of Wu-Tang Clan, Akil of Jurassic 5, and more.
OUR CULTIVATION CORRESPONDENTS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE REVEAL THE SECRETS OF THIS YEAR’S GROWING SEASON, FROM WEATHER PATTERNS AND STRAIN CHOICES TO HUGE YIELDS OF BUMPER CROPS.
As you might guess. HIGH TIMES spends a lot of time in California. We even have a satellite office out there these days, not to mention holding two Medical Cannabis Cups in San Francisco in the past two years. Today, a few things are clear when it comes to the state of cannabis in Cali.
A RENAISSANCE IS BLOOMING IN THE HOLY LAND OF GROW.
GAVITA'S LIGHT-SCIENCES LAB
THE FUTURE OF HORTICULTURAL LIGHTING
DNA GENETICS AND THE FUTURE OF HIGH-QUALITY CANNABIS
SOILLESS SOILS FACTORY
Over the years, the HIGH TIMES Cultivation Department has written extensively on the grow scene in Amsterdam and throughout Holland. These stories have always presented plenty of information, theory and technique on cannabis cultivation—but still, in recent years, it's been hard not to feel a little disappointed with the Dutch horticulture scene, as there has seemed to be a bit of a drop-off in the latest research, development and application of new technologies.
SENIOR CULTIVATION EDITOR DANNY DANKO HAS SEARCHED FAR AND WIDE, TRAVELING THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF CANNABIS VARIETIES OF DISTINCTION TO ADD TO OUR ILLUSTRIOUS LIST OF THE GREATEST MARIJUANA STRAINS ON THE GLOBE. BEHOLD THE CHOSEN FEW THAT EARNED THEIR WAY INTO HIGH TIMES HISTORY!
CRITICAL + (Critical Plus)
LARRY OG KUSH
COLD CREEK KUSH
Green House has dominated the seed and coffeeshop scene in Amsterdam for years, winning more Cannabis Cups than any other seed bank with powerhouse varieties like the Super Lemon Haze, Arjan’s Ultra Haze and Super Silver Haze. Their newest strain, Exodus Cheese, represents the height of plant husbandry.
Just how big is the underground drug market? The little-known secret of banking is that some of the world's most powerful banks have always depended on black-market money—including drug money—to survive. To understand the depth of corruption in today’s banking industry, it is useful to look at some of the key points in banking history.
With over eight million people and counting-New York is the biggest city in the US (over twice the size of Los Angeles) and has long enjoyed a reputation for its liberal politics. But if you’re a pot smoker in the Big Apple, beware-especially if you’re black or Latino.
A lick of some Medical Black Cherry Cheese Cake from Southern Oregon. Super Silver Haze x Big Buddha Cheese x Black Cherry Cola = Black Cherry Cheese Cake. I grew this using the light deprivation technique and finished July 2011. — MysticLyon
THE SSDP HAS TAKEN ME PLACES I NEVER THOUGHT I'D GO-AND TAUGHT ME HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
I first got involved with SSDP at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2008, when the chapter was working on a SAFER initiative that proposed changing campus policy to equalize the penalties for marijuana and alcohol violations. The (non-binding) initiative ended up passing with 67 percent of the student vote—a clear reflection of the hard work we put into the campaign.
AN ACTIVIST PUTS HIS POLITICAL KNOW-HOW TO GOOD USE IN CONNECTICUT.
Earlier this year, the Nutmeg State implemented new legislation reducing the possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor to a noncriminal infraction. The success of this measure was due, in no small part, to the efforts of a hard-working political strategist named Erik Williams.
Dr. Mitch, Does marijuana lead to lower college grades? Noam Hi Noam, A couple of studies have shown lower grades in college for marijuana users, while others have found no difference. The latest work shows that students who reported no marijuana use had an average GPA of 2.94 (a high B-), while students who reported using once a week or more had a distinctly lower average GPA of 2.64 (a high C+).
Never before has the phrase "Behind every great man, there's an even greater woman" rung more true than in the case of HIGH TIMES Freedom Fighter Eddy Lepp and his wife, Linda Senti. While Eddy made headlines with his crop of over 36,000 marijuana plants alongside California Highway 20, none of those beautiful buds would ever have come to fruition without the inspiration, stability and support of Linda.
SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION IS OUR MOST DAUNTING TASK.
Allen St. Pierre
FDR's famous words, spoken at his inauguration during the Great Depression era, comforted the American public. However, for today’s cannabis consumers, fear is an omnipresent companion. in fact, the most pervasive, confounding and resilient attitude among the general public regarding cannabis—one that makes it difficult for advocates to make headway in the fight for legalization, but relatively easy for prohibitionists to maintain the failed status quo—can be summed up in a single word: fear.
The king is dead. Long live the king. Well, okay, Kush isn’t exactly dead-the venerable strain did finish December in the number-two spot. And, yes, Diesel may not have a long reign as the new King of Strains; nonetheless, it managed to edge out Kush as the month’s most submitted strain.
WHEN LAW-ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DECIDE TO BREAK RANKS OVER THE WAR ON DRUGS, LEAP PROVIDES ALL THE BACKUP THEY NEED.
When thousands of police officers from around the nation gathered in Washington, DC, this spring to take part in an annual candlelight vigil for their fallen brethren as part of National Police Week, members of a controversial organization were on hand to demand an end to the War on Drugs.
Today's stinky strains need to be completely sealed to prevent odors from escaping and jeopardizing your safety and freedom. Luckily, the new Black Magic Odor Barrier Bags from GroGroGadgets provide a discreet way to store and carry your buds without having to worry about their scents permeating outward. The bags are made from heavy-duty, puncture-resistant, solid black plastic, so nosy neighbors and law enforcement won't be able to see or smell your valuable produce. Try some Black Magic to protect yourself and your buds!
The good folks at TrimPro have been producing tools to reduce the time and effort of harvesting for years. Their new TrimPro Rotor uses an ingenious two-motor system: The first motor powers soft leather fingers that gently push buds over a powder-coated grill while, below that, the second one powers a razor-sharp tempered steel blade that perfectly removes fan leaves and any other protruding foliage, leaving your buds clean and ready to dry. The blade distance and leather fingers are adjustable, and emptying the unit is as simple as opening the door to retrieve your harvest. Plus you can use the TrimPro Rotor on any flat surface or combine it with a Rotor Table for ease.
Cooling down a heated garden is absolutely vital to making sure your plants always perform at optimum levels. That’s why we love the water-cooled chillers available from Hydro Innovations. The Ice Box heat exchanger and the array of items in the Chillking product line are more efficient than standard air-conditioner units, and there's one for every size growroom, from a closet to a warehouse. Growers who use supplemental carbon dioxide to boost yields can conserve CO2 by cooling from within and not pumping out valuable air. Behold the awesome cooling power of water!
M3 Medical Marihuana Mix
Finally, there's a medium on the market that’s been formulated specifically for growing medical marijuana. The Michigan-made organic M3 Medical Marihuana Mix is composed of composted sphagnum and Canadian peat moss mixed with perlite and vermiculite, then fortified with seabird guano, bone and blood meal, sand and lime. With an NPK ratio of 15-33-38, this mix allows you to use plain water for weeks without having to add expensive fertilizers or worry about overfeeding and burning young plants. Try Michigan’s finest to boost your growth and harvest a bounty of bud.
AN ILLUMINATING LOOK INSIDE A LIGHT-DEPRIVATION GREENHOUSE.
Not much on this remote, rural medical ganja farm adheres to a strict schedule. Morning comes when the sun rises over the hills and wakes you up in your tent. The lunch break begins when it gets too hot to work in the early afternoon and/or a tortilla starts sounding mighty nice, with the midday meal typically (but not always) followed by a few hard-fought games of rustic ping-pong and a siesta of undetermined length in a shady hammock.
Okay, Danko, I got one for ya! In a few articles I've read recently, growers are saying that if you don't decrease your CO2 from 1,200 to 1,500 ppm down to ambient levels (300 to 500, I guess?) for the last two weeks, then you will pay dearly when it comes to density, flavor, color, etc.
The marijuana community has a reputation for being fairly mellow, but really—once we’re high, our world is a free-for-all of passionate opinions. So we decided to compile our definitive list of superlatives: the best, the worst, the biggest, the highest, the weirdest ... you get the point.