As IF I hadn’t already been raving enough about this issue, my fellow editors allowed me this opportunity to rant even more about the merits of our new cannabis scoring system, which led directly to the cover theme and main feature of our May mag, “The Strongest Strains on Earth.”
The article by Mel Frank on harvesting reminds me why I buy HIGH TIMES. Great article—it answered a bunch of questions that I had, as well as a couple more that I didn’t even know to ask. Good timing, too, as my subscription arrived right in time for my harvest.
GARDEN GREATNESS As cultivation expertise increases worldwide, the sheer number of high-potency strains rises dramatically. This Northern California garden of L.A. Confidential, a winning HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup strain, is prized for taste and a THC level of more than 20 percent.
They know the difference between pot and heroin— even if the Drug Czar doesn’t.
Teens are “just saying no” to alcohol, cigarettes and other dangerous drugs in record numbers. Yet the Drug Czar and the mainstream media only want to talk about pot. That’s the takehome message from the findings of the 2011 “Monitoring the Future” study.
In early January, the tour bus of rap legend Snoop Dogg was stopped in the West Texas town of Sierra Blanca during what the US Border Patrol described as a “routine check of US citizenship.” When the investigating agent detected the sweet smell of pot, a dope-sniffing dog was brought aboard the bus and sniffed out three containers of rolled joints totaling slightly over two ounces.
Gorgeous singing star Rihanna was snapped toking up on multiple occasions during her recent Hawaiian vacation. But this girl doesn’t run from the truth, quoted rapper Drake’s lyrics in her tweeted response to the photos: "Kush rolled, glass full...
Once again, research discredits the anti-drug machine’s claims that pot leads to cognitive impairment later in life (that is, when they’re not busy alleging that it causes full-blown psychosis). A new study conducted by King’s College in London and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that cognitive functioning doesn’t decline in early middle-aged adults who have indulged in illegal drugs—including pot—either in the recent past or in their callow youth.
In December, the Toronto-based Forum Research Inc. polled 1,160 respondents ages 18 and older. The results indicate that 66 percent of Canadians now favor legalization. British Columbia showed the highest level of support for marijuana law reform, at a whopping 73 percent, while Quebec showed the lowest—at 61 percent!
In a recent episode of Joan and Melissa, veteran comedienne Joan Rivers acquires her medical marijuana card, rips a bong, gets a little too high, calls her daughter for a ride, then proceeds to chant "Food truck! Food truck! Food truck!”
California voters may have nixed Proposition 19 in 2010, but advocates for three more legalization initiatives are gathering signatures with an eye on the upcoming election. The California Cannabis Hemp and Health Initiative—a.k.a. the “Jack Herer Initiative”—would decriminalize the use, possession, cultivation, transportation or distribution of marijuana and hemp.
Fifty-four lives lost: 51 private citizens, three law enforcement officers. That’s the absolute minimum number of Drug War deaths in the US last year, as calculated by StoptheDrugWar.org, which sought to establish how many people were killed in specifically drug-related law enforcement activities.
A new study conducted by the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, published in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, further substantiates the fact that pot smoke doesn’t damage the lungs.
Concentrates gain in popularity, but PR problems remain.
Many cannabis consumers require a product with greater potency, just as some folks need stronger pain relievers. “Dabs,” a term popular in the western medical marijuana states, refers to the smoking of butane hash oil—also known as “butane honey oil” or simply “BHO”—and many medical marijuana patients and cannabis fans swear by it.
Nowadays, say you’re listening to a band—it can be hard to tell how deep the irony goes, or if the band’s shtick is anything but irony at all. You might ponder this as you grok the self-proclaimed “space rock” masters White Hills, who come off all Hawkwind, Blue Cheer, Motorhead and Virgin Prunes rolled into one freakily brain-pinching sound.
Captain We’re Sinking' prove that where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
You know where’s a dumb place to do a photo shoot involving a whole lot of weed? A garden. You know when’s a bad time to do it? In the glaring light of early morning, hours after your subjects have sweated through a rowdy, beer-soaked show and minutes before they depart for the next one.
You don’t have to be high to appreciate shoegaze/dream-pop bands like the Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine or Spacemen 3—but it never hurts. As an acolyte of the aforementioned acts, Ringo Deathstarr singer/guitarist Elliott Frazier doesn’t mind admitting that he’s ingested a few psychedelics over the years.
LEAD STONES ARE a three-piece psychedelic rock band from Brooklyn. Dark, pounding drum-and-organ drones underpin sunny harmonies, jangling 12-string melodies and vintage synth mantras. The Stones draw from 1960s New York heroin blues and ’90s shoegaze to create a sound that is moody and misanthropic, wistful and melancholic.
A new book details a clandestine tryst with Hunter S. Thompson.
Margaret Harrell was the copy editor for Hunter S. Thompson’s first book, Hell’s Angels, about the notorious biker gang, published in 1971. Although Thompson was married at the time, they managed to carry on a passionate romance. Harrell writes: “I’d been advised early on, by someone who knew Hunter, that he had an open marriage.
On January 3rd, HIGH TIMES senior editor Bobby Black finally caught up with jam band legends Little Feat at their City Winery gig in NYC to present them with the Doobie Award they won back in March 2011 for Best Jam Band. Check out the video at hightimes.com/littlefeat.
WHEN I WAS a rebellious teen in the mid-’90s, experimenting with all the drug no-nos I’d been taught about in school programs like DARE, I had the good fortune of making two dear friends—Hank and Jen—a pair of hip Deadheads who helped me “see the light” and keep one of my big toes on the ground.
What’s new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs
$1,950 to $2,650
The new Solar System Grow Cabinets from Universal Hydro offer a variety of discreet, lockable and light-tight growboxes, all rolling on casters for complete mobility and with the option to grow hydroponically or in soil. The lighting is provided by an air-cooled, 600-watt high-pressure sodium (UPS) system, and the kits come with nutrients, growing medium and even a DVD to get you started. Full-time phone support from experts and free shipping for a limited time.
Few things suck more than a spider mite infestation, and while the makers of this product can’t say it kills them, we sure can! Dyna-mite Leaf Sheen is billed as a “plant health” product—a safe, nontoxic and odor-free formula that protects plants from pests and diseases and removes contaminants from leaf surfaces. The formula is highly concentrated, so be sure to dilute it before spraying the tops and bottoms of leaves liberally. Repeat spraying as necessary every ten days or so.
Blunt About Vapor
Portable vaporizers can be hit-or-miss, but we love the new Vapor Blunt, a surefire way to replace harmful tobacco wrappers with a smooth hit of vapor that lasts. The design mimics an oversized blunt and heats up in just a minute. The innovative stir knob allows you to mix up the bowl without opening the unit. Vapor Blunts come in a variety of color combinations, with a battery charger, cleaning brush and poker all included.
Grab Your Bag
If you’re carrying a glass pipe, you want to arrive at your destination with your weapon intact—and if you’re carrying weed, it’s best to transport it properly so the scent of ganja doesn’t give you away. Dime Bags to the rescue! These hemp/polyester-blend bags are padded, outfitted with odor-proof pouches and hidden stash pockets. They come in a variety of colors and sizes to accommodate both hand pipes and tubes. The Lifestyle series features backpacks, duffel and computer bags.
Kush’s reign over the market continues. It’s been the most submitted strain for 15 of the past 17 months. Purps edged out Diesel to take second place, and Cheese made the top five for the second straight month; however, it finished $69 below its previous month’s average.
HIGH TIMES CERTIFIED AND LAB TESTED AT MORE THAN 20% THC.
After implementing our new Cannabis Cup scoring system in April 2011—which utilizes lab testing as part of the equation—and after four trial runs in cities around the world including San Francisco, Denver and Amsterdam, we figured we had a pretty good hold on exactly which strains are the most potent on the planet.
Mention the name "ROOR" and the international cannabis communite cheers—with 9 good reason. This German glass smoke ware company has produced the finest paraphernalia in the industry for nearly 20 years.
So many factors have contributed to the proliferation of pot culture: Jack Herer’s seminal book on cannabis, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, galvanized a generation of activists. The rise of hip-hop and its unabashed anthems to smoking dank weed stoked the ganja fires as well.
In today’s age of medical marijuana, government propaganda is all but dead. The more you know about your medicine, the more effective it can be.
The scientific evidence for the medicinal value of cannabis is so well documented in the peer-reviewed literature that the case for cannabis as medicine is now firmly established. As a result, if someone says that cannabis medicine is a joke, the proper 21st century reply is: “You are welcome to your unsupported opinion, but the scientific evidence for cannabis as medicine is overwhelming.”
In a corporate park in Lower Manhattan,a movement began that spread throughout the country. Now that the concept of the 99% is as familiar to Americans as the face of Tim High Times takes a look back at the birth of Occupy Wall Street.
The Occupation came in stages and was very confusing in the beginning. I visited Zuccotti Park the first week and saw kids not even old enough to drink standing around in their skinny jeans and Chuck Taylors, holding placards describing their disillusionment.
Step-by-step instructions for constructing your very own aeroponic cloner and well-rooted cuttings at home. Story & photos by StinkBud
Clones—or, as some like to call them, cuttings—are genetically exact copies of the parent plant. Over millions of years, plants have evolved different ways to reproduce. The most common way is sexually (through seeds), but plants can also spread through the root system or through vines (like ivy).
BORBY BLACK Some people choose to be activists; others become activists out of necessity. As a young man, Michael Krawitz never imagined he’d someday be a medical marijuana activist. He joined the Air Force in 1981 (while still in high school) and served honorably during the Cold War until being medically discharged in 1986 for severe back injuries.
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I just wanted to say that I am so tired of being ripped off and not getting the right stuff. The only way to get what you’re looking for is to grow it yourself, or to be in a medical marijuana state where you can just go to the store and get what you want.
I’m quitting cigarettes and wonder if the herb is going to help or hurt? Duke Newton Hi Duke, Good for you! Some folks say that they substitute marijuana for tobacco, while others worry that this will put their cannabis use over the top. Still others are concerned that they’ll lose their resolve to abstain from nicotine if THC is in their system.
GATFWOOD GALBRAITH PASSED away in his sleep at age 64. The last time I spoke to him was at Jack Herer’s funeral, and he was in fine form that day, the most charismatic person in the room (as usual). Even though I didn’t completely agree with all his politics, I always enjoyed his company immensely whenever our paths crossed.
Two extraordinary friends share their first victory joint together
Bobby Black *PHEW* “We’ve been in some tough spots before, but that...when you...well, for a minute there, I really thought it was lights out. How exactly did you...? You know what, never mind—I’m content simply basking in my own amazement. “You were pretty impressive yourself, you lunatic.”
Prohibitionists are now embracing advanced technology in their war on us.
Allen St. Pierre
Allen St. Pierre is the executive director ofNORML. Visit norml.org LAW ENFORCEMENT and other government agencies believe that marijuana law reform—which has been sought by the public in ever-growing numbers for more than 40 years—can now be averted via the use of cuttingedge technology.
Basque Country Buds Travel to this fiercely independent region of Spain and discover a new wave of feminized and auto-flowering seed breeding that is changing the face of cannabis cultivation. Remote Control Grow Canadian cultivation correspondent Erik Biksa reports on a state-of-the-art pot farming facility where innovative technologies deliver solutions to help produce massive yields.