“Growing up in Albuquerque was like living in a mini LA,” says star glass artist Dellene Peralta. “It was home to a number of graffiti artists who were a huge inspiration in my artistic quest.” Peralta’s parents were also artists, which helped set Peralta firmly on the artist path.
This month, we celebrate a truly monumental milestone in High Times history: the 25th anniversary of our flagship event, the Cannabis Cup. I’d only been working at High Times for two months when the publisher asked me if I wanted to fly to Amsterdam to work at the 7th Annual Cannabis Cup.
Your article in the January issue regarding buying grow supplies at Home Depot, looks very much like a sell-out. Did you take money for this “ad”? High Times has been known, in the past, to promote local businesses, whether they are dispensaries, grow stores or individuals.
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG SENSI Light is the trickiest part of nature to reproduce indoors for cannabis plant growth. Basically, as long as you can keep your temperatures down, plants will take all the light you give them. One must also consider the various spectrums offered by MH, HPS, and LED lights.
The public is ready to end marijuana prohibition. Our task is to pave the road ahead.
America is at a tipping point regarding the public’s desire for commonsense alternatives to marijuana prohibition. Never has there been greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century-long experiment with pot prohibition and replacing it with a system of legalization and regulation.
Many countries have beefs with America. Strained relations might be healed by native strains.
Landrace Sativa Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chávez, rails against US intervention in South America. The US meanwhile, covets Venezuela’s oil. But we covet Venezuela’s landrace sativa known as “Venezuelan” or, more colorfully, Venezuelan Gold.
As reported by the Sacramento Bee, Canna Care in north Sacramento may be the only medicinal cannabis dispensary operated by evangelical Christians—Bryan and Lanette Davies. Bryan, 57, opened Canna Care in 2005—next to a church (which approves of the dispensary)—after being recommended medical pot following a diagnosis of a bone disease.
The ultimate honor at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam is the award for top strain as voted upon by the judges. For those keeping score, the Green House coffeeshop, which took the top prize at the 25th Cup, now has eight such Cups. Barney's has taken seven; De Dampkring and the Sensi Seed Bank have two.
Health Canada recently proposed establishing the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). The nation’s national health agency says it will offer easier access to pot patients. However, regulations seem equally designed to crack down on alleged “illegal activity.”
Chris Rock has carved out quite a career for himself by saying what most of us are thinking but don’t have the guts (or talent) to verbalize. He demonstrated the same candor recently while promoting the new romantic comedy 2 Days in New York. Rock cited fellow comedian Seth Rogen as an example that should vanquish the unproven “amotivational syndrome” associated with pot forever.
A sizable majority of Americans—64 percent—don’t want the government enforcing federal pot laws in states that have legalized recreational marijuana according to a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted in late November. The most impressive stat may be that 43 percent of those who are opposed to legal pot still want the feds to back off.
Medical marijuana provider and Yippie Party co-founder Dana Beal was sentenced to 4-6 years in prison in December by a Nebraska judge after being busted with 155 pounds of medical marijuana in the tiny town of Ashland in 2009 while driving from California attempting to deliver medicine.
There have been several scientific studies in recent years that have determined that smoked medical marijuana successfully treats neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain may result from disorders of the peripheral nervous system or the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).
These days, pot dealers in Mexico will do just about anything to get their product into the States. In Calexico, a California town bordering Mexico, 300 pounds of pot literally fell from the sky after an ultra-light aircraft dropped a package there before flying back into Mexico.
FOX News’ unfair and biased, anti-pot agenda isn’t limited to disingenuous network blowhards like Bill O’Reilly. Clearly, it extends to its local affiliates. FOX 31 Denver set up a simulator to test people driving under the influence of THC, with the anchor promising “shocking results of our one of a kind investigation.”
The US Treasury Department sanctioned a senior Taliban official on November 15 for his alleged role in the Afghan opium trade, saying the trafficking is used to finance insurgent activities. Mullah Naim Barich, the Taliban “shadow governor” of Helmand province, is named in the action, which freezes his assets in the United States.
The Garda Siochána, Ireland’s national police force, says it broke up a network of drug gangs that were collaborating with Hong Kong-based triad syndicates in a series of indoor cannabis grow operations that produced much of the island’s supply.
This year’s musical entertainment kept the Cannabis Cup aglow.
“This is fantastic! I’m going to really study this,” vowed Queens rapper N.O.R.E. as he inspected the 30-plus strains of weed and hash sitting in front of him. In fact, this year’s celebrity judges seemed to have a heightened sense of civic duty to the stoner community at large.
Keith Morris and his band of hardcore veterans show the kids how it’s done.
It’s the times, bud—everyone knows they bite the bag. So we’re real, real glad to see the untamed, pissed-off likes of Off! treading the boards in this day and age. The Cali punk/hardcore supergroup is composed of be-dreadlocked ex-Circle Jerks/Black Flag singer-provocateur Keith Morris, former Burning Brides main man Dimitri Coats, Redd Kross bassist-singer Steven Shane McDonald, and the human octopus known as Mario Rubalcaba, who’s whacked tubs with Earthless and Rocket From the Crypt.
I guess any article about the Rolling Stones these days has to mention something about longevity, or about how the seventysomething Mick can still kick it like he’s a teenager, but I don’t really care about any of that. I’m glad they’re not dead, but that’s about as far as my interest in the 2013 Rolling Stones goes.
Okay, so you’re no fool if you’re reading up on delicious, nutritious, pot-laced delights, but this Egyptian fool (or ful) is a fantastic stew, and this particular food column is dedicated to the late, great Hemperor, Jack Herer (June 18,1939-April 15, 2010).
In the Netherlands, the government’s Office of Medicinal Cannabis (OMC) operates a national program designed to provide approved citizens with top-quality cannabis grown to exacting pharmaceutical standards. As a result, Dutch doctors—unlike their counterparts in the United States—can prescribe (not just recommend) medical marijuana, including which specific strain patients should use, as well as instructions on how and when to partake.
If this month’s price index seems similar to last month’s, that’s because it is: All indices finished within $3 of their previous month’s average, and the US Price, Kind and Mids indices finished within $1 of their March averages. (Blue Dream) “People are starting to refer to Ithaca as 'Cali East.'
At the 25th Annual High Times Cannabis Cup, the global ganja movement came together in Amsterdam to savor the sweet smell of victory, smoke pot in peace, and celebrate the finest herb on Earth.
A Quarter-Century of Cups
The Hall of Fame
The Serious Business of Judging Herb
Into the Future...
It very well could have been the end of the Cannabis Cup. Even as Colorado and Washington State voted to legalize pot for the first time this November, the fate of the Netherlands’ decades-long experiment with marijuana tolerance remained in doubt.
Each year, High Times selects one outstanding activist in the global marijuana movement to honor as our Freedom Fighter of the Year—including a free trip to Amsterdam to accept the title at our Cannabis Cup awards show. As leader of the historic campaign that passed a marijuana-legalization ballot initiative in Colorado this November, Mason Tvert made for an easy (and popular) choice.
Amsterdam’s King of Cannabis will reign for another year, with Arjan Roskam’s Green House coffeeshop sweeping the Cups for top Nederhash (Lemon Crystal), top Import Hash (Sharkberry Cream), and the overall Cannabis Cup with Flower Bomb Kush.
Senior cultivation editor and longtime Cup veteran Danny Danko reveals the real deal about the award-winning marijuana varieties chosen as the world’s finest.
THE CANNABIS CUP COFFEESHOP
SEED COMPANY HYBRID
SEED COMPANY SATIVA
SEED COMPANY INDICA
SEED COMPANY CONCENTRATES
Flower Bomb Kush Green House Coffeeshop The ultimate prize for marijuana available for purchase at a coffeeshop went to the Green House juggernaut yet again in 2012. The company with the all-time highest number of Cannabis Cups added to their collection with this indica-dominant combination of Green Crack and OG Kush.
Every city has its share of skeletons lurking in the closet, and Tampa is no exception. Its timeline is dotted with appearances by infamous characters: Robert Anderson, who in 1912 became the nation’s first African-American serial killer; Santos Trafficante Jr., the powerful Mafia don and possible JFK assassination conspirator; and Fidel Castro, the US government’s longtime bête noire.
Proper lighting is essential for healthy plant growth, but which option should you choose: high-pressure sodium? Metal halide? LED? Why not mix and match until you’ve created the best possible system given the limits of your space?
Show Me, Don’t Tell Me: A Working Model
Putting It All to Work
Type I Connoisseur Closet Cultivation
Type II Grow Big or Go Home
Type III Maximize Spare Room for a Yield of Dreams
The End: Always a New Beginning
What’s the best light source for an indoor medical cannabis garden? Most experienced growers have likely drawn their own conclusions already. However, in doing so, they may have missed the forest for the trees. This is to say that perhaps a single light source or type of light isn’t the best way to illuminate an indoor garden and get healthy growth and great yields of high-quality buds.
Amsterdam, 2008—Docked along the Wittenburgergracht Canal, just a short walk from the city's Centraal Station, floats a bizarre, rickety old houseboat known as De Witte Raaf (the White Raven). Hidden from the road by a dense thicket, there’s only a small wooden sign to betray the entranceway: a narrow stair and gangplank leading down to its mooring.
STEVE HAGER'S CAREER AS A COUNTERCULTURE JOURNALIST BEGAN IN 1967 WHEN, WHILE STILL A TEENAGER, HE LAUNCHED THE LARGEST UNDERGROUND PAPER IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS AND AS A RESULT WAS TARGETED BY A STATE TASK FORCE AND BUSTED FOR WITNESSING THE SALE OF ONE TAB OF LSD.
Dusty plants, harsh-tasting pot, removing fan leaves, separating seeds and more...
I'm a three-year subscriber to High Times, and I love it! Quick question: I know someone who uses a DWC (deep-water culture) hydro system. As you can imagine, the plants get pretty big, and several weeks after flowering is induced, the fan leaves are very large.
I’m worried that changes in marijuana laws aren’t helping teens, who seem to get arrested the most. How can we fix this? Samo Hi Samo, Teens are overrepresented in cannabis-related arrests, and legalizing for adults doesn’t address this problem.
I fell into this ceremonial position by accident. If John Howell hadn't asked me to help him out at High Times, it’s likely that zero connection with cannabis spirituality would have been fostered within me in the first place. But once I founded the Cannabis Cup, the die was cast, and I soon found myself immersed in ceremonial magic.
The words you're now reading mark a major milestone in my career, as they open the 100th installment of this column. When I started working here at the world’s most notorious magazine over 18 years ago, I was a mere production intern. In fact, during my entire first decade at High Times, I labored behind the scenes in total obscurity—designing ads, archiving issues and shipping files to the printer.
The effort to end international marijuana prohibition begins now.
Allen St. Pierre
When Allen Ginsberg, the Beat poet extraordinaire and America's first recognized public advocate for legalizing cannabis, stood in the falling snow nearly 50 years ago with a sign proclaiming “Pot Is Fun,” he could hardly know of the chaos to come: 27 million cannabis-related arrests, criminal sentences for people using a dried herb, and the mass drug-testing of a society.
A grassroots movement reverses a hideous injustice.
Patricia Spottedcrow never envisioned herself as a potential casualty on the front lines of the Drug War. She was living a normal life in Oklahoma with her husband and four young children when she suddenly found herself a target in our government’s war on cannabis.
Crazy, But That’s How it Goes This is the Qrazy Train from Team Green Avenger (TGA) on day 52 of flowering. Everybody loves pics of beautiful buds, so I thought I’d send this one in to please the eyes of all the weed nerds out there. Thatguy Purple Nurple Not big on show-and-tell, but this is the prettiest Purp Urk (Purple Urkel) I've ever grown, and it certainly felt like a crime to light it on fire.
Editorial director Dan Skye treks across the country to visit some highly productive gardens—the kind that allow their growers to dream and yield Whig—and shares the secrets of their spectacular success. Our panel of cultivation experts provides the real deal on proper techniques for seed germination, plant cloning, mother-plant maintenance, vegging, pruning, foliar feeding and more ... just in time for spring!