Editorial director and top pot-ographer Dan Skye dips into his prodigious archive of marijuana photos and shares a gallery of everyday women enjoying God's gift of ganja. Go to hightimes.com/stonergirls The High Times comedy team posts new audio laughs online weekly.
Our most recent web poll asked: "Which celeb would you most like to smoke a joint with?" The top ten choices were stars who have made favorable statements about pot and more than 1,200 of you responded. We had a pretty good idea who our top three vote-getters would be.
Yes, that's quite a bold claim, but after spending a decade here at High Times, I think we're the ones best poised to make it. After all, we travel the world in search of the highest-quality cannabis strains, whether we're in Amsterdam for our annual Cannabis Cup or in the hills of Humboldt County, CA, during harvest.
I really feel for the coffeeshop owners. I was in Amsterdam in May and had a wonderful time. They depend on tourism and the American dollar. It's a fun place. But it won't be much fun for anybody if we can't smoke pot—that's the reason I went! Is there anything else we can do to protest this?
GLOBAL POT REPORT Originally developed by marijuana-seeds.nl and subsequently named by High Times photographer and writer, South Bay Ray, this Cheescake strain is a cross of the world-renowned Cheese (from Big Buddha Seeds) and a powerful (unnamed) indica.
Forget about Obama. Remove from your mind a president of the United States who, as a much younger man, reportedly advocated a policy of "total absorption" when it came to inhaling Maui Wowie with his Choom Gang friends in Hawaii, but now publicly embraces a position far closer to zero tolerance for the rest of us.
Not every performer recognizes the insanity of pot prohibition.
Jolie has stated that she “hates weed.” Whenever she smoked, “I felt silly and giggly, and I hate feeling like that.” Jolie has ruined one of Hollywood’s great potheads: When Brad Pitt was with Jennifer Aniston, he was known as a devout stoner.
Despite the Obama administration’s crackdown on medical marijuana, DEA data confirms that marijuana-plant eradication in 2011 declined in 37 states, even as cannabis cultivation doubled nationwide during that same period. In 2010, law enforcement seized 10.32 million pot plants, but last year that number dropped to 6.7 million—a 35 percent decline.
Fighting the war in Afghanistan has been no walk in the park for US military personnel, but every now and then a break in the action allows for some extraordinary photo ops. After this unknown soldier posed in a field of Kush, he immediately sent the photo to us.
An abandoned subway tunnel in Rome turned out to be an underground pot plantation. When cops performed a routine inspection of the tunnel—now serving as a legal mushroom farm—they detected the scent of pot. Behind a stone wall that pulled out on a hinge, a sizeable grow op was discovered outfitted with lights and a sophisticated irrigation system.
When US Olympic judo fighter Nick Delpopolo was banned from the 2012 Olympic Games in London after testing positive for THC, it created some controversy over pot’s inclusion on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of prohibited substances.
There's an old football adage: "When in doubt, punt." At the University of Michigan, it's "When in doubt, blame pot." A former Michigan Wolverines player has disclosed to chatsports.com that starting players got high prior to the Wolverines' historically shocking 34-32 loss to Appalachian State in 2007, the first (and only) time a Top 5 ranked Division I-A team has ever lost to a Division II-A college.
A 75-second promo video for the upcoming indie comedy Somebody Up There Likes Me recently surfaced on the Web. It features NBC sitcom star Nick Offerman (of Parks and Recreation) and his real-life wife, actress Megan Mullaly, as well as Alison Brie of the NBC comedy Community—all chugging bongs.
The British tabloid Daily Mail must have a policy against reporting positive drug news. In a recent article headlined “Children as young as SEVEN are experimenting with ecstasy and cannabis, shocking study shows,” readers were told: “Nine-year-olds are also trying cocaine and often it is because their parents are failing to control them, experts say.”
Without the consent—or even knowledge—of the American people, an ominous nationwide surveillance system designed by TrapWire Inc. has been implemented. State-of-the-art surveillance cameras in large US cities and at landmarks now digitally (and continuously) record anyone passing by.
Africa: US Expanding Drug War to Yet Another Continent
Tijuana: “Narco-Tunnel” Found With Altar to Patron Saint of Traffickers
Bolivia: Coca Production Down, Cocaine Production Up?
Lebanon: Dissent Grows Over Cannabis Eradication
Tajikistan sealed its border with Afghanistan in late July, after clashes with armed rebels left 48 people dead—a re-escalation of a long-simmering conflict over control of the cross-border traffic in Afghan opium. Security forces are now searching for Tolib Ayombekov, a former rebel who became a commander of the border guard after a 1997 peace deal and is now believed to have taken up arms again.
Miles Doughty of Slightly Stoopid talks about his nearly perfect life.
If he doesn't have a perfect life, Miles Doughty comes pretty damn close. That must be why Doughty is in such a good mood for this interview—no rock-star angst, condescension or pretentiousness from the Slightly Stoopid guitarist, vocalist and co-founder (along with Kyle McDonald, Doughty’s friend since childhood).
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds are a nine-piece powerhouse putting a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe, whose astonishingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of the Dirty Birds, a flock of eight men who lay down the thundering grooves and soaring melodies.
As fans anxiously awaited the latest release from Kottonmouth Kings, Mile High, tragic news broke of the death of founding member Pakelika, a.k.a. Patrick Cochrun, a.k.a. the "Visual Assassin."
Maggie St. Thomas
Pakelika was a sight to behold, onstage and off. He was known for his incredible height (a towering 6'7"), his heavyweight pot-smoking, his signature white mask, and his groundbreaking dance moves—often performed while inhaling copious amounts of weed during the band's live shows.
The mainstream media was all abuzz (pardon the pun) this summer about the latest Obama biography, which portrays the president as quite the teenage pothead. Penned by acclaimed author David Maraniss, the book chronicles, among many other things, Obama’s marijuana misadventures at his Honolulu high school with a group of basketball buddies calling themselves the Choom Gang (chooming being slang for “smoking weed”)— including a hippie pot dealer whom Obama actually thanked in his yearbook.
If you're in the mood for some slick, heavily programmed Dallas metalcore, look no further. Instead of the sexed-up swagger of Asking Alexandria or the conflicted passion of Underoath, MMF surge forth on a tide of melodrama. In fact, these guys are the Douglas Sirk of metalcore!
Spend some snowy nights at home with this super-greened split-pea Owl Soup.
SPLIT-PEA OWL SOUP
Oh, how I loved for Mom to read to me when I was a child. One of our very favorite books was Owl at Home, a collection of short stories about the protagonist (Owl) and all the adventures he got into. I reread it the other night, stoned out of my mind, and was delighted by Owl all over again.
A hybrid of Blueberry and Haze, Blue Dream has become a sativa-dominant staple of the West Coast medical cannabis scene, finding an honored place upon the top shelf at many dispensaries, not to mention in the hearts of patients looking for high-energy pain relief.
What's new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
1 Concentrate Tools
2 Light Now
3 Clone Alone
4 Computerize It
Prices vary vapetool.com Hash oil enthusiasts are always looking for better ways to apply and consume their concentrated products. If you’re among them, you’ll love the variety of well-made, BHO-specific utensils from Vape Tool, including the Titanium Twist Nail ($30), the stainless-steel Mini Tool ($5), and the Tool Kit consisting of four different dabbers ($20). These pieces are all made with pride in the USA.
$150, 150-watt; $350, 400-watt hidhut.com Advances in LEDs have made new units more desirable. The LED Comet from HID Hut combines four spectrums into one chip, making it easier to place the lights closer to plants without the color spotting common from other LEDs. The 150-watt model uses only 36 watts of electricity, while the 400-watt uses 90. Both units are compact (4 inches in diameter and 5 inches long). Comes with a three-year warranty.
The Clone Machine
$1,995 plus shipping supercloset.com Producing quality clones is essential for efficient cannabis cultivation. We love The Clone Machine from Supercloset, a discreet unit capable of producing up to 128 clones at a time. It’s 36” × 24” × 72” and comes fully assembled and automated with an activated carbon filter, adjustable shelves, eight T5 fluorescent light strips, four Supercloners, nutrients and everything you need to get cloning now.
Systems start at $639 growtronix.com The Growtronix automation system is capable of regulating and running many different aspects of a grow op, everything from pH and airflow to pumps, fans, humidity levels and much more. And the best part is, you can dial it all in remotely from your laptop and smartphone. The system can even warn you when something’s not right, such as flooding or an unauthorized entry.
The Mids Index essentially held steady in December after last month’s leap in average price; at $288 an ounce, the index finished the year $9 above its year-to-date average. Meanwhile, the Kind Index jumped $14 in average price, ending the year $5 above its year-to-date.
As we approach the end of each year, we check in with our cannabis cultivation correspondents around the globe to gauge the pot scene in various cities and countries. The responses are always illuminating, including new grow tips, previews of the “next big strains,” marketplace trends, law enforcement hassles, and personal anecdotes shared by growers and smokers of this miraculous plant.
As Arizona's medical marijuana law approaches full implementation, a facility in Phoenix dedicated to providing turn-key grow tents onsite for cannabis caregivers prepares for an imminent statewide transition to fully licensed dispensaries.
The Dawn of Dispensaries
Tucked away in a nondescript business park north of Phoenix, the Compassion First Caregiver Circle opened in February 2012 and immediately allowed any caregiver approved by the state to rent a grow tent and begin cultivating medical marijuana.
All year long, we at High Times survey and test hundreds of pot strains to discover which are the most prized by growers, patients and connoisseurs. Our senior cultivation editor Danny Danko unveils this year’s illustrious list of the tastiest and most potent cannabis varieties available to cultivators and aficionados.
Recently, scientists at the Halent Laboratories cannabis testing facility became extremely excited about a new strain with a unique cannabinoid makeup. The Pineapple Purps, which was being tested for the first time, produced some surprising results: While low in psychoactive THC, its levels of THVC—a newly tested and medically effective cannabinoid—were off the charts.
Riding the success of his recent album, Locked Down (produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach), and coming off a triumphant residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dr. John arrived home last April determined to realize the vision he’d had of people coming together to call upon the spirits of New Orleans and heal the Gulf of Mexico.
The Call to Prayer
There Will Not Be Blood
What Comes Around (Goes Around)
Taking It To The Streets
Sometime last spring, photographer James Demaria told me that, on April 20, 2012—the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which caused the biggest natural disaster in US history—the legendary New Orleans musician Dr. John was getting together with a coven of witches in the Louisiana bayou to hold a days-long voodoo ceremony in an attempt to heal the Gulf of Mexico.
The head of America’s largest medical cannabis dispensary explains how and why he’s fighting back against the federal government’s misguided California crackdown.
ON JULY 9, 2012, EMPLOYEES AT HARBORSIDE HEALTH CENTER IN OAKLAND, CA, AMERICA'S LARGEST MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY, SHOWED UP FOR WORK ONLY TO FIND A LETTER TAPED TO THE DOOR FROM MELINDA HAAG, US ATTORNEY FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, INFORMING THEM THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD INITIATED CIVIL ASSET-FORFEITURE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THAT PROPERTY AND HARBORSIDE’S SECOND LOCATION IN SAN JOSE.
Outdoor light, plant fungus, cannabis careers, curing buds and more.
Danko Tip: In cold areas, keep plant containers and hydroponic reservoirs up off the floor to avoid damaging sensitive roots.
Danko Tip: Label your plants at all times and take copious notes if you hope to learn each time you grow cannabis.
Danko Tip: Burnt leaf tips are almost always a sign of over-fertilization. Flush your medium with plain water immediately.
I just started listening to your podcasts, and I am officially addicted: Your show is extremely informative and entertaining! Let me preface my question by saying that I’ve been growing outdoors in Southern Ontario, Canada, for five years now, using the same genetics every year.
Dr. Mitch, You mentioned Whittier’s “The Haschisch” (1854) as the first American poem about the plant. What about other literature? TC Hi TC, Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, published the short story “Perilous Play” in 1869. It’s a sweet love story that includes some cautions about the plant, but ends very nicely.
A few simple restrictions could protect the public while still allowing responsible owners to keep their guns.
THE BLOOD ON the floor in that movie theater in Aurora, CO, wasn't even dry before Americans began a rush to gun stores with the rallying cry: “The death count would’ve been lower if someone had been armed!” Guns sales surged to record levels, and the gun manufacturers were dancing in the streets after counting their profits.
A few words for Barack Obama from a concerned cannabis smoker.
WELL, HERE WE are again: It's Election Day, and I'm about to step into the voting booth—only this time, I’m not quite sure what to do. Four years ago, you made history— becoming the first black man to win the nomination for president by running on a message of hope and change.
Cannabis prohibition is now 75 years old. Will it ever end?
Allen St. Pierre
THE GREAT FAILED social experiment of alcohol prohibition instituted in the 1920s lasted barely a dozen years. It took a constitutional amendment (the 18th) to ban alcohol products, and another one (the 21st) to restore them to the free market.
High energy characterizes the work of Kandice Hawes.
Nine years ago, a young woman named Kandice Hawes lost her federal financial aid after being busted for personal possession. Hawes took what could have been a serious setback and turned it into an opportunity. In other words, her activism was activated, and not long after losing her tuition money, Kandice was honored with the Perry Fund Grant awarded by the Drug Policy Alliance.
It turns out that size doesn't matter! Check out the best ways to grow great bud in small spaces, including closets, tents, grow-boxes and more. Bonus: Take a trip to Home Depot to fulfill all your micro-grow-op needs! The growers who have garnered top honors at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cups share their tricks and tips for producing prize-winning pot.