Bryan Dosher spent his early years cultivating a wild imagination, drawing inspiration and his lust for life from the picturesque mountains and lakes of northern Idaho. He says the planets aligned for him in 1997 when his alter ego—the glassblower known as “Doshworld”—was born.
We weren’t all that surprised by our last poll which asked what age you were when you first tried pot. Nearly three quarters of respondents said their first experience occurred between the ages of 12 and 17. No one reported a first time over the age of 30.
I guess I will start this off by saying, simply, that I don’t like doing dabs. Every time I’ve tried it I have coughed my lungs out, and then I’m sitting there stoned out of my gourd, with my chest stinging like I just inhaled a dozen or so angry bees.
When I was in prison in 1974, friends sent me the first issue of High Times. Censorship rules in the joint had briefly been relaxed due to a federal judge’s intervention (the police state was on the defensive in the immediate aftermath of the Watergate scandal).
BUDS VS DABS Is 710 the new 420? The debate rages on—in the hearts, minds and lungs of stoners everywhere, as well as in the pages of High Times. For more about the culture of concentrates, check out “Generation Dab” on pg. 54. Or for a more technical angle on the topic, turn to pg. 72.
With Wall Street watching, the cannabis industry is poised to grow exponentially. Is it time to invest in the next big bubble?
When Prohibition ended in 1933, alcohol stocks exploded in value and in the volume of shares traded. Millionaires were horn and became titans of global industry—the Kennedys and Rockefellers come to mind. Following World War II, a surge in military technology and development dominated the markets, entrenching financial power for Boeing, Lockheed and the Bush family, among others.
Many latter-day spiritual movements embrace the use of cannabis.
The link to cannabis is obvious among these “spiritual tree-huggers” inspired by Celtic paganism. Living in harmony with nature, Neo-Druids promote the environmental benefits of pot and hemp. Ed Belanger, minister of the Church of the Reformed Druids, has routinely bested the Canadian police and legal system with his knowledge of pot laws, even getting the charges dropped after being busted for an ounce.
It seems like only yesterday that Justin Bieber went apeshit after Toronto growers named a pot strain “J. B. Kush.” The Beebs was absolutely shocked that his name was associated with marijuana and threatened legal action. (We’re not actually sure who he was able threaten.)
Even the plants look like they’re giving Rhode Island a standing ovation. Our smallest state just took a big step toward full legalization. If you're caught in the Ocean State with less than an ounce, you'll get slapped with a $150 fine only.
In Colorado, where the adult recreational use of pot has been legalized, life is a wonderful thing. But what happens when a Rocky Mountain State resident ventures beyond the state’s borders? That’s become an issue for Coloradoans since November:
Google has generated more than its share of controversy over the company’s data sweeps and other potential wide-scale violations of individual privacy, but cooler heads seem to be prevailing in the marketing department. Located in suburban San Francisco, in close proximity to some of the world’s best weed, the search-engine giant is using the famous three-digit symbol for cannabis culture in the ad campaign for its line of consumer electronics.
We have to give the majority of British citizens credit for remaining open-minded in the face of their tabloid press’s relentlessly biased coverage of marijuana, the most widely used illegal drug in the UK. A brand-new poll from England’s second-largest market research firm found that 53 percent favor either pot decriminalization (12 percent) or outright legalization (an impressive 41 percent) under three different scenarios of “control.”
A higher percentage of THC in your bloodstream translates into a stronger buzz. However, high THC isn’t for everybody. A recent story on Slate.com addressed the idea of creating less stony strains. Andrew Maris, an analyst at Northwest Botanical Analysis, estimated it would take up to a year to create such a strain— but only if there's high enough demand.
Two new studies suggest a correlation between drug use and dropping out of college. Guess what researchers have discovered? Pot makes you drop out of college. But let’s examine the research, which was published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
We all know pot is one of life’s greatest highlights. Now some medical professionals in Australia are touting it as an aid to ease one’s descent into “the clearing at the end of the path.” In other words: Death. Professor Michael Cousins, director of the Pain Management Research Institute at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital told a parliamentary committee in New South Wales that terminally ill patients should have access to pot.
The horror show in Afghanistan only becomes more perverse, with the dope trade lurking behind every grim headline. In late February, President Hamid Karzai ordered all US Special Forces out of two provinces, charging that Afghan units under their command are guilty of torture, abuse and the disappearance of civilians.
Restaurateur, raconteur and Fresh Off the Boat author Eddie Huang talks about selling weed, hotboxing his bun shop, and what he’ll do when pot is legal in New York.
Some people just don’t give a fuck. Like notorious restaurateur and best-selling author Eddie Huang, who loves smoking weed and doesn’t care who knows it. In his hilarious, at times confrontational, new memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, Huang recounts his experiences growing up Chinese in South Florida, where he rejected mac-and-cheese and white-bread assimilation in favor of his mom’s “stinky Taiwanese lunches” and 2Pac.
When I first pitched a story on Black Congress, my editor wrote back: “I didn’t know girls listened to that kind of music.” Loud, raw and aggressive, veering between post-Jesus Lizard hardcore and pre-apocalypse dream grunge, these Houston broncs can’t be tamed by the stinging whip of the easy label.
Dennis Hopper believed in mottos. "Show Me the Stones the Builders Have Rejected for They Are the Cornerstones," read one; "Kansas—Hollywood, Calif. Broken Bones but Raring' to Go," was another. Whether emblazoned on a fake church or a Ford pickup truck, the slogans underscored Hopper's status as the quintessential nonconformist.
It's summertime, and the cookin' is easy—or should be! No matter if you have kids off at camp, love the longer days for weekend warrioring, or are simply enjoying the heck out of your own or your friendly neighbor's barbecue, fast, fresh foods are the heart of summer cuisine.
These days, you hear a lot of talk about how the "cutting edge" of cannabis breeding and propagation has shifted from Northern California to Colorado. And with legalization already the law of the land in the Rocky Mountain State, and with retail stores for recreational marijuana set to open in 2014, this trend will likely only accelerate in the near future—when, after many decades spent working underground and outside the law, the botanical geniuses who know the pot genus best will at last be free to get down and dirty for some serious research and development.
What's new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
1 Sticky No More
2 Sherlock Bowls
3 Electric Avenue
4 Bee Happy
$19.95 for a pack of five nogoononstick.com Whether you call them dabs, shatter, BHO, globs or wax, concentrates are some of the stickiest products around. Luckily, the new "concentainers" from NoGoo are the first non-stick containers for concentrates made with FDA-approved food-grade materials. Plus they're reusable as well as microwave-|, freezerand dishwasher-safe. You'll save money—and oil!
Alpine Glass Showerhead Sherlock Pipe
$99.99 headshopstop.com Finding a versatile piece for smoking and dabbing can be a daunting task. We love the new Alpine Glass Showerhead Sherlock Pipe, which converts quickly from herb to concentrates and comes with a cool glass dish and dabber to boot. Also, the "dual cire perc" unit is easy to clean as well as compact and discreet for the best experience puffing flowers or goo.
$349 electrodabber.com Not everyone wants to bust out a flaming torch every time they smoke hash oil. Enter the new Electro Dabber, an all-in-one kit that heats up electronically and stays hot for as long as you need. The kit comes complete with a container, adapters, a titanium nail and a stainless-steel heating element, all in an odor-proof hard-shell case.
Queen Bee Extractor
$34.99 buzznn.ca Making your own concentrated hash oil can be rewarding if you do it correctly. Now the Queen Bee Extractor from Honey Bee simplifies the process and can be filled with up to 100 grams of leaf trim or buds. At 9½" tall and 2½" in diameter, this tube can handle plenty of material. Remember to use extreme caution and always blast outdoors in a place with proper air circulation.
Index Watch: The US Price and Kind indices rebounded from last month as both finished July above their June averages (+$12 and +$10 respectively). However, the Kind Index remains below its year-to-date average. The Schwag Index established a new high for 2013 at $125 an ounce.
Simple and efficient methods to get up and growing now.
Keeping It Simple
Irrigation and Feeding
Starting in 1996 with California's Proposition 215, the opportunity for patients to grow marijuana legally became a real possibility. Today, there are 18 states with medical marijuana laws (as well as Washington, DC), and in more than half of those states, patients and caregivers can grow their own cannabis.
Plants respond to inadequate supplies of essential minerals by displaying characteristic symptoms of deficiency. These symptoms can be wide-ranging, from discoloration of the leaves to physical deformities to a complete wilting of the plant.
To provide a quick rundown on the subject of ballasts for the uninitiated: There are two main types that fire up and power HID bulbs. The older generation, known as core-and-coil or magnetic ballasts, are bulkier and heavier by weight, give off more heat, and are generally less efficient in their consumption of electricity.
By forging a new concentrate culture within the existing cannabis community and establishing 710 (OIL upside down) as the new 420, millenials are making marijuana their own and ushering in a new pot-smoking paradigm.
A sharp tongue of blue flame licks the titanium as a plump glob of wax awaits above, then drips from the tip of the dabber and plops onto the domeless nail's fading crimson glow, where it's instantaneously liquefied and vaporized. A sudden burst of smoke is drawn through tiny holes in the nail’s head and into our model's eager lungs.
Dabbers Daily is a sharp-looking new BHO website, with a focus on the heady glass used to smoke it. It features an extensive community forum, its own Instagram feed/ gallery and some great videos of heady oil glass, as well as a short FAQ section.
While many cannabis strains have become diluted due to amateurish breeding practices, some expert breeders are using original marijuana genetics from their source regions to reinvigorate the ganja gene pool for the benefit of medical patients and growers alike.
What Are Landrace Strains?
Finding Landrace Strains
In response to over-hybridization, artificial genetic modification, loss of genetic diversity and the resulting degradation of important food strains, some seed stewards have launched an aggressive campaign of locating, verifying and saving landrace seeds for a healthy future.
Before we begin, please note that this article was written for professional concentrate manufacturers with the goal of helping them to create cleaner, healthier products. Some people have foolishly attempted to make concentrates using cans of butane meant for lighter refills and have badly burned or injured themselves in the process, even causing explosions; those who survived have faced prosecution on serious criminal charges.
In 1979, the year of the Soviet invasion, Afghanistan had no significant production of opium. But that was soon to change: The mujahedeen rebels who opposed the Red Army used opium and heroin as a source of income and expanded cultivation rapidly.
A SMALL, INSTANTLY RECOGNIZABLE WOMAN SITS DOWN ACROSS THE TABLE FROM ME. SHE BUMPS FISTS, LEERY OF THE GERMS THAT TOURISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD BRING WITH THEM TO LAS VEGAS. ROSEANNE, ONE OF FEW STARS IDENTIFIABLE BY FIRST NAME ONLY, IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A SIX-NIGHT-PER-WEEK STANDUP GIG AT THE TROPICANA’S LAUGH FACTORY.
Guerrilla gardens, humidity control, seeds vs. clones, hash production and more....
Hey, Danny—longtime fan, first-time question asker. If you were doing an outdoor grow, would you still pH-balance your nutrients to 6.5? Isn’t rainwater at around a pH balance of 8.0? If you use a plastic 55-gallon drum with drippers, could you put a funnel on the top of it to collect rainwater?
What is the deal with THCA? Patrick McKnight Hi Patrick, THCA is tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, which becomes THC when the plant is dried or heated. It’s an anti-inflammatory that doesn’t alter consciousness. Most research has focused on how its presence in urine can help detect whether someone with a dronabinol (synthetic THC) prescription is sneaking a toke on the side.
Roger Christie grew up in New Jersey in the 1960s and enlisted in the US Army soon after the Vietnam War broke out. He attended the Army’s spook school in Maryland on his way to becoming a military intelligence operative, but like Tom Forçade a few years before him, Christie grew disenchanted with military life—so much so that, when the time came to be shipped to Vietnam, Christie instead declared himself a conscientious objector and eventually moved to Hawaii to seek a more peaceful way of life.
"I saw Charlie Sheen at the super-market,” my wife April informed me unenthusiastically upon returning from “Rock ’n’ Roll Ralphs.” I was jealous—while she’s thoroughly unimpressed by movie and rock stars, I’m an admitted “starfucker” (as she mockingly calls it).
Slowly but surely, were getting there. So let’s prepare now!
Allen St. Pierre
After prohibition ends in the Americas—and most of Europe— a so-called “three-legged stool” that is going to characterize the post-pot-prohibition era will emerge. So let us peek into a future when cannabis is legal to examine this uneasy triumvirate: government, businesses and consumers.
Thanks to Kevin Black, the Seattle Hempfest is highly secure.
His marijuana activism began when he co-founded the first Washington State NORML chapter, NORML of South Puget Sound, with Gloria McGovern, Lee Newbury and Angie Newbury. But these days, Kevin Black’s greatest Influence is exerted at the yearly Seattle Hempfest.
Cookie Monster would be jealous! CookieWreck by CannaVenture Seeds is a beautiful cross of Girl Scout Cookies x Arcata Trainwreck BXII. This big yielder is super frosty, dense, and smells like sweet cookie dough with undertones of lime. Also, as the name implies, it will leave you wrecked! Dr. GVZ
It can be safely said, without fear of contradiction, that the US grows the best cannabis in the world. Now meet the major breeders of the stateside cannabis scene. The first-ever High Times US Cannabis Cup took place in Denver over the 4/20 weekend.