It’s no coincidence that the growth of the cannabis industry and a renewed cannabis consciousness coincided with the meteoric rise of the Internet and social media technology, which allowed activists, patients, growers, tokers and voters to communicate with each other and share information.
I am a Marine and I started smoking marijuana six months ago. It has changed my life for the better. I have been able to stop taking all the pills that were used to treat my PTSD after returning from Iraq. The propaganda that the government gives our troops is all lies.
WEB OF WEED Let's make some puns: This is one hot "website." Thousands of "hits" will result because of this particular website. We hope this 420 never "404s." Okay, enough! Read "99 Plants in 7 Days!" on page 47 and build your own web of weed in a week!
Medicinal cannabis gains in stature, even as the pharmaceutical industry continues to rake in billions and ruin the world’s health.
Medical marijuana has been around a lot longer than 1996, when it was legalized in California and consequently set off a chain reaction that’s seen nearly one-third of all US states approve the use of pot as medicine. Believe it or not, medical marijuana even predates pharmaceutical drugs—those products advertised relentlessly on TV in ads that spend at least half their time warning about the unwanted side effects.
The world’s hot spots also produce some of its top pot varieties. Now if we could just get those in power to toke up and chill out...
We’ve been there nearly 11 years (sigh), since shortly after the 9/11 attacks. The main strain for troops, terrorists and local citizens alike is Afghan Kush—a potent, fragrant indica with a smooth aftertaste that originates in the Hindu Kush mountains separating the country from Pakistan.
Judge Alan Goldsack, senior jurist of the UK’s Sheffield Crown Court, may have a great stoner name, but he’s a total buzzkill. Recently, Goldsack blatantly disregarded the new, more lenient “soft drug” guidelines issued by the Sentencing Council of England and Wales when incarcerating six blokes for growing pot—at least four of whom should have been sentenced to a period of community service.
In this election year, the buds are under seige. In states where medical marijuana has been legalized, the Feds have chosen to harass our industry, closing down legitimate businesses and denying patients their medicine. But they seem to be oblivious about what’s happening in their own backyard.
Female potsmokers got smarts. But it’s not the pot; they’re brainy to begin with. According to a recent report in ScienceDaily, women with high IQs are twice as likely to smoke pot (and do coke) as other women. The study IQ-tested 8,000 Brits between the ages of 5 and 30, twice during childhood and at 16 and 30.
A recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology and based on research from the psychedelic ’60s calls for a modern-day investigation into utilizing LSD as a treatment for alcoholism. Scientists at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology reviewed six US studies from 1966 to 1970 that observed the effects of acid on 536 severe alcoholics.
Angel Raich, 46, lives with an inoperable brain tumor and also suffers from radiation necrosis, a tragic complication of her radiotherapy. Her medical marijuana case went before the Supreme Court in 2005; it ruled that the federal government can continue to criminalizproduction and use of homegrown pot, even in states that have legalized medical use.
Internet gaming has made it dangerously easy for many problem gamblers to indulge their vice. Now, a “new” study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, has associating the “risky behavior” of “frequent and problematic” drinkers and pot users with excessive online gambling.
Upscale Marin County, CA, just north of San Francisco, has long been known for its progressive government inspired by hippie values. Nearby wildlands are protected, and the arts are generously funded. Naturally, Marin abhors evil tobacco smokers—but the county’s board of supervisors may have overstepped themselves in January when they sought to pass an ordinance that would outlaw the smoking of “tobacco, weed, spices, herbal or other plant life” in “private indoor spaces, including balconies, carports, decks and other common places.”
In blatant defiance of the First Amendment, a bill passed swiftly and almost unanimously in both houses of Congress would outlaw the type of public protests associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement. It could also have wider applications—including turning medical marijuana protestors into criminals.
According to the latest results from a national study of teen drivers, the number of 11thand 12thgraders driving stoned is higher than ever, with one in five cruising on cannabis in the last year. Furthermore, an increasing number of teens are okay with that.
Mixed martial arts fighter Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites in February, immediately following his narrow defeat by Carlos Condit for the vacated Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title. Diaz was subsequently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) pending a formal hearing.
On April 2 at sunrise, armed federal agents assisted by Oakland, CA police raided medical marijuana teaching facility Oaksterdam University (OU), located in the heart of the East Bay city’s downtown. The DEA, IRS and US Marshals barricaded the entrance of OU and seized boxes of records, as well as 30 large trash bags stuffed with plants and medicinal buds.
Comedy Central's Workaholics mixes pleasure with business.
After breaking into the improv scene in Los Angeles eight years ago, Adam DeVine, Blake Anderson, Anders “Ders” Holm and Kyle Newacheck formed the group Mail Order Comedy and, like any number of other ambitious young improv troupes, began putting up videos on YouTube.
“We’re about people being able to take whatever they’ve created and make it their own,” says Joe Kremer, the guitarist and singer for Pterodactyl. “That’s not unique in the indie rock world, but there are a lot of bands that are more about entertainment.
SINCE SEPTEMBER 2010, these four crucial points of the illest of light have touched down on Earth and emerged on the scene as RootsCollider—the definitive 21stcentury “Dry & Heavy Livetronica DubCore” act, which continues to push the sonic envelope toward a state of musical enlightenment.
From HIGH TIMES to high art, a pop culture prodigy rises.
It’s already sundown in LA, and from the street an eerie light crawls up the steep, winding steps of Wayne White’s Los Feliz home. At the top of the stairs sits a brooding hound, her gruff bark and rigid face belied only by her furiously wagging tail.
THIS DOCUMENTARY IS going to rock the world from Zion to Babylon and back again. Bob Marley was one of those rare musicians whose work has the element of timelessness. In his short life, he created a wide-ranging catalog of music that continues to be discovered by each successive generation.
Back in October 2007, senior cultivation editor Danny Danko founded the HIGH TIMES Seed Bank Hall of Fame to commemorate the pot pioneers and cannabis trailblazers who have made it possible for us to smoke the superb ganja we enjoy today. Without the hard work and diligence of these seed banks, the variety and quality of 21st-century cannabis would be greatly diminished.
If you picked up the February issue of HIGH TIMES, you’ll remember the delicious sweetheart candy recipe by pot chef and activist Robin. Since the hot, dry summers of Northern Cali inspire tons of amazing creations—from towering plants of medicinal dank to innovative ways of beating the heat—I figured she’d have an awesome concoction for our July issue.
The following products are intended for concentrate use only.
Skilletools Master Kit
Every concentrate is different, so you’d better have the right tools. That’s where the Skilletools Master Kit comes in. This set contains a full array of dabbing utensils, including the Honeybun for your honey, the Waxon for your wax, the Glassy for your shatter, the Sharpy for your goo, etc.—all held snugly inside a black wallet zipper case. Also included: one Velcro and two mesh pockets to hold your tray and dabbables.
Plenty of pocket-sized personal vaporizers are on the market, but few are as easy to recharge or refill as the Omicron Vaporizer. Enjoy an oil hit anywhere, easily and discreetly, with this stainless steel pen-vape from THC Scientific. It’s powered by a lithium-ion battery and comes with a steel concentrate cartridge, steel cone/funnel for refilling and convertible AC/USB charger—not to mention a oneyear warranty.
UV Concentrate Jars
$10.95 to $16.95
Keeping your wax on folded scraps of parchment paper is begging for them to be accidentally trashed—and while dishes are cool, they leave your “earl” at the mercy of the elements. Instead, store your concentrates in safety and style with these UV Concentrate Jars from 420 Science, which block out air and visible light Plus they have four different designs and sizes to choose from. Protect those delicious dabs the smart way!
“got dabs?” T-shirt
The phenomenon of the dab is burning up the world of cannabis; high-THC hits have been proven to be great medicine. So if you like to wear apparel that tells the world, specifically, what your particular pleasures are, this “got dabs?” T-shirt is the perfect fit. Available in black, white or pink in a variety of sizes for both men and women. They even have hoodies, too! Be the first stoner on your block to show your true colors.
After hitting a five-year low in February, the US Price Index hit a record low of $307 in July, denoting a buyer’s market. The Mids Index, which experienced an increase in submissions in July, finished the month at $269-its lowest average since January.
Cloning is a highly effective—and simple—method, for propagating large numbers of plants at one time. Good cloning practices not only ensure all-female, genetically uniform gardens, but they also cut down on the length of grow cycles and keep gardens disease and pest,free.
The number of Americans who use marijuana continues to increase annually. Never has it been clearer that the failed and destructive War on Pot must come to an immediate end.
Marijuana is as popular in the US as it’s ever been. A look back over the last 25 years places the War on Pot in perspective: It really hasn’t changed a thing. Marijuana is still widely used, and efforts to enforce its prohibition are a wasteful, ineffective drain on the public treasury.
All plants originate from a seed, and growing out cannabis plants from seeds provides benefits to both the grower and the gene pool. Find out why and how to plant, choose and harvest your own beans for better buds.
Swollen with promise, marijuana seeds nestled amid sticky resin pods are greeted with delight by knowledgeable growers—and with somethingless than delight by those who didn’t plan for their presence. Seeds can ruin a crop if they appear accidentally, but when they’re bred on purpose, they offer the grower stable strains, healthier plants, and the possibility to make his or her mark in the marijuana world by creating a superior bud.
Back in the 1980s, when Ronald and Nancy Reagan were pushing the War on Drugs and “Just Say No,” a group of good ol' boys down in Kentucky were growing multi-ton loads of high-quality indica in the blazing Southern sun. In his new book, The Cornbread Mafia: A Homegrown Syndicates Code of Silence and the Biggest Marijuana Bust in American History, author James Higdon gets the inside story of this band of outlaws straight from their fugitive leader, Johnny Boone.
Fans are rated by CFM (cubic feet per minute), which refers to how much air a fan will remove in 60 seconds at full strength. Measure your grow space to determine its total volume in cubic feet (i.e., length x width x height), then get an outtake fan capable of moving that air out in three to five minutes or less.
WE ALL REMEMBER THAT ONE KID IN SCHOOL WHO COULD DELIVER SPOTON IMPERSONATIONS OF VARIOUS TEACHERS, MINING THE ABSURDITY OF THE CLASSROOM FOR HUMOR AND EARNING HUGE LAUGHS. BUT AS SHARP AS HIS INSTINCTS ARE WHEN IT COMES TO GOING FOR THE COMIC JUGULAR, JAMIE KENNEDY INSISTS THAT HE’S AN ACTOR FIRST.
Proper Photoperiod, Genetic Drift, Powdery Mildew, Breeding Seeds and More..
I’m glad you made the distinction between true breeding and amateur experimentation. The words you chose are the derisive terms that some seed creators use to dismiss those who are just starting out, but don’t let them fool you—those people were there at one point or another in their careers as well.
Actually, kuh-NAB-uh-noid is the preferred pronunciation. The accent goes on the second syllable, same as in preemptory, chimera and electoral. Let’s spread the word before the language police wreck it for everyone. If a urine screen comes back positive, can you tell whether the person was high at the time it was taken, or only that they’ve used in the last couple of weeks?
No ARTICLE I ever wrote for HIGH TIMES produced as much controversy as the original “Stoner Smart or Stoner Stupid,” which appeared in the October 1998 issue. In it, I suggested that if we wanted to normalize the use of cannabis by adults, we first needed to establish cultural codes that would be acceptable to a consensus of society.
Stoner rock legends Monster Magnet and Kyuss return to the stage
DURING THE EARLY to mid-’90s, a new subgenre of psychedelic jam metal—dubbed with the distinctly dubious moniker of “stoner rock”—began to materialize. Of all the great bands to emerge from this scene, there were two that truly set the standard and defined the sound: Kyuss from Palm Desert, CA, and Monster Magnet from Red Bank, NJ.
Support for legal cannabis continues to grow Now it's high time to envision the future.
Allen St. Pierre
THE NUMBER ONE question I’m asked these days by listeners on radio shows is: “What will marijuana legalization look like?” Compare that forward-looking inquiry to the most popular questions of the 1990s: “Does marijuana cause people to become violent criminals?”
Sam Chapman first began working on drug law reform as chapter leader for the University of Oregon SSDP, holding the position for three years before being appointed Oregon SSDP's state coordinator. During that time, he also served as director of the IF Group, an organization that focuses on a wide array of social justice issues.
Here’s a shot of my Nevil’s Haze well-flushed and nearing harvest. Still a legend after all these years. Straight out of the city of trees in Sacramento. CA. Homegrown by the green guru with Heavenly Daze Collective with a special shoutout to my lady Andria and my kids—love you guys!
The 100,000-Watt Growroom Executive editor Dan Skye travels to BC and visits a veritable maze of indoor gardens that requires a 24/7 on-site staff. Greenhouse Grow Basics Growing in a greenhouse is surprisingly simple and inexpensive. Cultivation editor Nico Escondido breaks down the basics for the backyard grower, as well as for larger format operations.