WELCOME TO OUR 13th Annual Hydro Special. It's a virtual reservoir filled with valuable information on growing marijuana plants in nutrient solutions, completely without soil, resulting in speedy growth and huge hydroponic harvests.
Here’s an update on “Boomer School” (Oct. '11 HT): Spore syringes can now be injected directly through a sealable port in a MycoBag (premixed substrate), which doesn’t use rye berries as a primary component. Google “MycoBag” or go to mycofactory.com.
FLYING HIGH Pro skater David Gravette is well known as the top joint roller on the infamous Creature Skateboards team, and his first pro model shoe from Vox even features a large embroidery that reads “Spliff Life.” But puffing on some dank herb and pulling off a huge frontside air in a sketchy do-it-yourself skate spot—all while being distracted by some massive, ready-to-harvest pot plants—proved more challenging than expected.
Which candidates have toked? What’s their stance on legalized pot? What would they do about it if elected? Here’s a bong’s-eye view of the race to the White House.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (D)
GOV. RICK PERRY (R)
REP. MICHELE BACHMANN (R)
REP. RON PAUL (R)
MITT ROMNEY (R)
GARY JOHNSON (R)
HERMAN CAIN (R)
RICK SANTORUM (R)
JON HUNTSMAN (R)
FRED KARGER (R)
NEWT GINGRICH (R)
POT POSITION: The Obama administration has turned sharply against medical pot, using federal agents to raid dispensaries in Montana, California, Colorado and Michigan over the past two years. Last spring, US Attorneys also threatened officials in medical-marijuana states with prosecution for assisting in such programs.
In September, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued a directive prohibiting gun dealers from selling firearms to anyone using marijuana— including legal medical-marijuana patients. The move has provoked outrage among cannabis activists, gun advocates, civil libertarians and even some government officials.
Seven years after their last show in Vermont, the band returns for a purpose.
In early September, Phish was wrapping up their tour in Denver, Colorado, as news broke that hundred-year-old bridges, entire towns, and highways in the Northeast were washing away in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Particularly hard-hit was the state of Vermont, where Phish formed back in 1983 while attending the University of Vermont.
Cerebral Ballzy blaze a trail of smoke and thrash.
Ever since their debut seven-inch, the grip-tape-covered “You’re Idle”, came out in 2010, Brooklyn skate punks Cerebral Ballzy have been a polarizing band. Self-styled bastions of cool like StreetCarnage.com and Vice tweet their praises, while the kids on PunkNews.
The Ragbirds are a fusion of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms, stirred with a Celtic fiddler’s bow. Led by dynamic frontwoman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, the band utilizes an arsenal of instruments from around the globe.
The hardcore band with the radio-unfriendly name takes a hit.
Fucked Up Facts
Nowadays, punk rock has become a familiar rite of passage: You hit your teens, attend a few shows, adopt the ideals, then toss them aside once the people around you fail to live up to them. And then, if you don’t become a crusty for life, you make your Faustian pact with the rest of society.
Giving Music City and his old label the kiss-off, Hank Williams III releases three simultaneous albums.
This much we know about Hank Williams III: He has no qualms about genre-hopping, and he likes to do it on his own terms. So to celebrate the acrimonious split from his prohibitive Nashville label, the grandson of the country legend set out to declare his independence by simultaneously releasing three new records (one of them a double album)—each recorded in a crude home studio and focusing on a different facet of his musical repertoire.
Contrary to mainstream medical advice, pot is a relatively innocuous balm for certain pregnancy symptoms, including morning sickness, mood swings and back pain.
When I learned that I was pregnant, I immediately wondered how I was going to give up weed, which has been an important element of my lifestyle. In San Francisco, where I live, marijuana isn’t viewed as a drug—and, for my part, I always possessed a casual attitude about its allegedly negative effects on my health.
Ten years ago, Canada legalized the medical use of marijuana. However, Health Canada, the government agency directed to implement a system of safe access, has mismanaged the program to the point where they’re looking to get out of the whole business.
With the February issue of HIGH TIMES coming up at the same time as me and my sweetie’s six-month mark, I asked my bud Robin if she could think up any Valentinesque canna foods. These candies were a home-run mood-sealer, which came as no surprise.
Cannabis smokers are incredibly interesting people who go to adventurous places, work fascinating jobs, smoke amazing pot and take killer photographs. In an effort to capture this talent, HIGH TIMES has set up new interactive photo galleries on our website.
What’s new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
1 Great Grinders
2 Gas for Grass
3 Wipe Out
4 Sit and Spin
Santa Cruz Shredder
Santa Cruz Shredder
Prices vary, santacruzshredder.com The grinder was invented about a decade ago, and stoners everywhere rejoiced at the newfound speed with which they could complete the rolling process. But like everything else, the technology has evolved since then: Check out the Santa Cruz Shredder, a medical-grade grinder with advanced engineering that boasts a superior grip, stainless-steel screens, rare-earth magnets and a revolutionary thread design.
Santa Cruz Shredder
$50, co2boost.com CO2 Boost, from the mushroom capital of Kennett Square, PA, changed the face of carbon-dioxide injection forever with their ingenious buckets. Now they’ve introduced the Boost Buddy, a discreet and safe CO2 bag that’s perfect for grow boxes, closets and tents. These organic bags use fungal activity to create enough CO2 to raise levels in small spaces, meaning they consume no electricity and produce no heat—just remove the patch and let it grow.
Santa Cruz Shredder
$6.95, 420science.com Sharing a bowl or bong is a communal and fun experience—except when you realize that you’re sharing germs as well. Now, 420 Science—the folks behind the line of 420 Jars and Scopes—are offering 420 Wipes: alcohol pads perfect for cleaning the mouthpiece of any glass or plastic you pass around. The wipes come in packs of 100 and use a fluid that dries in seconds for a clean, safe and sterile smoking utensil that won’t leave you with a cold (or worse).
Santa Cruz Shredder
Spin Pro Electric
$849, thespinpro.com From the people who brought you the original Spin Pro comes the new Spin Pro Electric. Now, instead of turning a crank to power the blade that trims your harvested buds, a heavyduty motor does all the work for you at any interval of your choice from one to 99 seconds. Both units are constructed from medical-grade stainless steel and food-grade rubber and are sure to save you time and money...so get trimming! Danny Danko
The US Price and Kind indices held steady, closing February within a dollar of January’s average. Mids saw a substantial increase in submissions, and jumped $31 to an average price of $289 (a four-month high). Schwag dropped $17, finishing close to its 2011 average price of $102.
Soilless growing is nothing new, but mastering indoor hydroponic farming to maximize yields requires a full understanding of the history, fundamentals and future of water culture. We break down all of the essential products and techniques to show you how to achieve sensi success, harvest after harvest.
A Ph.D. in H2O
Drain to Waste: Pros and Cons
The Future of Hydro: More O2 for Bigger Yields
Hydroponic growing has existed for centuries, going back at least to the days of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Over the last few decades, however, the technology for growing without soil has exploded, and there are now many different kinds of hydro systems out there that can be tailored to suit your needs.
A measure of acidity to alkalinity, pH typically plays a strong role in determining how available different nutrients are to your plants. In general, a pH range of 5.5 to 6.3 is considered optimal for most hydroponic growing systems and mediums.
Let’s examine that age-old cultivator’s question: What do I feed my plants (and how much)? If you ask the large nutrient manufacturers, they’ll point you to an expensive multi-product line and suggest that you feed your garden as much as you possibly can without killing your plants.
Solvent-based cannabinoid extracts—and the new apparatus used to smoke them—are bringing hash-making into the 21st century.
EVERY ONCE in a while, in the course of human history, a paradigm shift occurs—a new invention, innovation or idea that changes they way we do things forever: the printing press, television, the Internet .... In the realm of cannabis, there have been several such quantum leaps over the past few millennia: the rolling paper, the bong and, most recently, the vaporizer.
How does the saying go? “The family that grows together, grows together”— something like that. Need a poster image for medical marijuana? Look no further than the gardens of Michael Stetler.
The truck turns off the paved highway onto a dirt road that snakes its way further up the mountainside. We're above Gardner, CO, which is situated at 7,000 feet in the Huerfano River Valley between the Wet Mountains and the Sangre de Cristos.
A beginner's guide to growing strong, sexy plants.
Absorption & Circulation
Checking Nutrient Levels
Why Pot Plants Crave What They Do
Organic Grow Ops = the Best Medicine
Moment of Zen
Mary Ought Six
So you've set up your very first grow and you're ready to bring in your precious little girls and raise them into the sophisticated, cannabinoid-rich ladies they were bred to be. Here’s your definitive 101 on getting them the nutrition they need for superior yields, whether you’re growing with hydro, organic hydro or outdoors.
An examination of ultraviolet light and its effects on THC production.
The Evolution of THC
More UV-B Considerations
THE USE OF ultraviolet (UV) bulbs for increasing potency in cannabis cultivation has often been discussed by experienced growers looking for ways to improve the medicinal effects of their crops. Some growers have added a pet-store UV light designed for reptiles, claiming a boost in resin production as a result, while others have noticed nothing out of the ordinary except for a nasty bit of sunburn on their hands from tending to top canopies while the UV light was on.
By mapping the cannabis genome, Medicinal Genomics founder Kevin McKernan hopes to unlock the mysteries of marijuana DNA.
THE BREEDING of cannabis for medicinal purposes has come a long way since California's Proposition 215 was passed in 1996. The aboveground status of growers, dispensaries and patients has enabled the sharing of testimonial evidence as to which strains work best for which ailments.
Spider Mites, Beating the Heat, Auto-flowering Plants and Moving Your Grow.
SUBJECT: Mite Mayhem Mania FROM: Al Green I’m reaching out in the hopes of saving my girls from spider mites. I used an organic soap during vegetative growth when I noticed the little webs. It cleared up for a while, but now it’s week seven and I’m starting to see little bitty webs on some of the buds.
Dr. Mitch, There seems to be more research about marijuana’s bad effects than its good ones. Is that true? —Jacques P. Hi Jacques, Yes, and it isn’t confined to marijuana. Research—especially funded research—generally has a negative focus: There are about 25 times as many studies of depression as there are of happiness, and about twice as many studies on aggression as love.
As they camp out in our nations financial ground zero, are the protesters thinking about the Federal Reserve?
IT'S BEEN 43 years since a mass movement galvanized America's youth. In 1968, the primary issue was the Vietnam War, and the most important leaders emerged from the student-run SDS (Students for a Democratic Society). Richard Nixon was elected that year based on his promise to “end the war with honor,” but that promise quickly proved empty as the war dragged on after his election with no end in sight.
A reefer romance that began at the 19th Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam culminated last August with a wonderful, weed-filled wedding weekend in the woods..
NEVER DID I imagine when first I laid eyes on the curvy, curly-haired cutie across that proverbial crowded, smoke-filled room in Amsterdam that she would turn out to be the love of my life. Now, nearly five years and seven Cannabis Cups later, that stony sweetheart of mine April was about to become my wife.
NYC's pot-arrest policy may now be coming to an end.
Allen St. Pierre
SHORTLY AFTER Michael Bloomberg took office as mayor of New York City, the NORML Foundation launched a half-million-dollar ad blitz. The purpose: to expose the fact that, under former mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the annual arrest rates for pot possession in the city had soared from around 2,000 to 50,000—a whopping 2,400 percent increase!
Legalization goes viral at the Reddit community Trees.
While the topic of cannabis is no stranger to the social network Reddit, one group in particular has managed to create an active community around marijuana culture and politics. Founded in November 2009, Trees (www.reddit.com/r/ trees) is a cannabis community with more than 118.000 members, who refer to themselves as “Ents" (for the peaceful tree people in Tolkein's Lord of the Rings).
This is 707 Headband, grown organically on the central coast of California. —McDank805 This image is from Sticky Farms Gardens in Sacramento, CA. It’s a strain that a friend made by crossing Chem D with a Sour D x Afgoo. We haven't come up with a name for it yet, but the Sour D x Afgoo we named Crystal Trident, so I guess it's Chem D x Crystal Trident.
Senior cultivation editor Danny Danko delivers the goods on indoor marijuana farming, from the latest high-yield-inducing products to essential techniques for a successful harvest. Cultivation correspondent Felix Green unveils the power of trellising for efficient canopies and bigger yields per watt.