With dreadlocks flowing to her knees, Julie Riggs fires up her torch, takes a bong hit and sets out to create her amazingly fanciful pieces of art. Her work consists of sculptures, jewelry and sculptural pipes featuring sexy figures, fairies, angels, exotic flowers, trees, psychedelic mushrooms, skulls, creatures and, of course, her well-known and incredibly lifelike eyeballs.
We have so many words with which to refer to our favorite plant. So we asked, “What’s in a name?” Perhaps unsurprisingly, “weed” won handily. The word was coined in the 1920s and seems to have survived. But as the stats show, a lot of you have your own pet names which, we’re sure, are highly creative.
Kids and pot don’t mix. Marijuana is for adults only. This is the general message of the pro-pot advocacy groups, who argue that regulating cannabis like alcohol or tobacco would be the best way to prevent children from getting their hands on it (since black-market drug dealers don’t ask for ID).
I am a medical marijuana patient and grower in Mesa, AZ, and I recently re-subscribed to your great magazine. I was reading this month’s issue about the harassing tactics used on Colorado’s out-of-state drivers, and a thought came to me, as I’m sure it has to many others:
BIGGER PLANTS, BETTER YIELDS Bigger yields are usually synonymous with commercial buds and lower quality, but that does not have to be the case. Growers can achieve harvests of both high quality and bigger yields by deploying simple horticultural techniques like the net trellis system used in this garden.
Boston bombing suspects likely behind unsolved triple homicide in Waltham, Massachusetts.
On September 12, 2011, the bodies of three young men were discovered in an apartment in Waltham, MA. Among them was 31-year-old Erik Weissman—one of the co-owners of Hitman Glass, and a friend of mine. It was Erik who turned me on to my first dab, gifted me my first oilrig, and assisted me in putting together my first dab feature.
A recent survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Religion News Service asked 1,000 Christians and religiously unaffiliated Americans about pot. Thirty-nine percent of all Christians surveyed said they support the legalization of recreational pot, with 54 percent opposed.
As support for legalization in America grows, an obvious question arises: Someone's gotta grow it, right? According to a recent HuffPost/YouGov poll, 47 percent of adults back legalizing cultivation, with 37 percent opposed. (The survey didn't specifically distinguish between recreational and medicinal cannabis.)
It’s comforting to know, in this age of high-tech law enforcement, that the police department in Boise, ID, relies on schoolyard rumors when it comes to taking kids away from their parents. In April, the four sons of three Boise marijuana activists were removed from a baby-sitter’s care by cops.
A recent study on breathalyzers and illegal drugs published in the Journal of Breath Research, which discusses the results of a new detection technology developed in Sweden, could directly impact toking drivers across America. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute created the Exabreath technology, a filtration system that captures only aerosol vapor (i.e., no saliva) emitted from the lungs inside a so-called “DrugTrap.”
People who smoke cannabis habitually are at no greater risk of lung cancer than those who smoke it occasionally or not at all. So concludes new data presented by a team of researchers from UCLA at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in April.
It’s been called by various names: Rick Simpson oil (or RSO), Milagro oil, hemp oil and phoenix tears. It’s an easy-to-prepare cannabis oil that, so far, has saved the lives of more than two dozen California cancer patients—and could ultimately hold promise for millions more across the nation.
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Opium cultivation in Afghanistan is expected to increase for the third straight year, even expanding to new areas, warns a report by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime released on April 15. Afghanistan currently produces about 90 percent of the world’s opium.
On an island rich in culture but poor in cash, Cuba’s underground musicians live the artists’ life by any means necessary, including some low-level dealing on the country’s famed nightlife scene. Journalist Craig Stephens reports from the inner circle of the reggaetoneros, who create an electrifying mix of reggae, dancehall, soca, hip-hop and electronica.
A Night to Remember
On the surface, Cuba would seem to have it all—pristine eclectic architecture, exotic beaches, wonderful cuisine, potent rum and world-class cigars. It also has Guantánamo Bay, an oppressive political regime, a seemingly endless US-led trade embargo and rampant poverty.
Ariel Pink is one of those peculiar indie musicians—the kind with a jittery way of speaking, the type who has trouble looking folks in the eye. In addition to bearing a passing resemblance to Kurt Cobain (“He’s a kindred spirit,” Pink cracks), this Los Angeles-based outlier shares one burden with the misfit grunge idol:
For the fourth installment of the Akashic Drug Chronicles series, editor and contributor Jonathan Santlofer presents a highbrow collection of literary stoner gems that range from fiction and poetry to essays and even graphic art. The series has previously covered cocaine, heroin and speed, so this sometimes mellow, sometimes reefer-mad addition is quite welcome.
In his first post—Mars Volta project, Omar Rodríguez-López scales back the expansiveness and discovers added melody, particularly from singer Teri Gender Bender. Formerly of Mexican garage-punks Les Butcherettes, Gender Bender has Stevie Nicks’s witchy allure filtered through the moody new wave croon of Romeo Void’s Debora Iyall.
Synth music, hot pink lasers across a blue grid, VHS references and Michael Biehn as the main character—for everyone with a nostalgia for the neon-drenched 1980s, Blood Dragon warrants a keytar riff while you stylishly throw on your aviators.
Chocolate fondue is one of the simplest, quickest and most fun dishes to devour, and yet people rarely make it unless their kitchen is stocked with a fondue pot. But this needn’t be the case. (What, did you think we meant doing a recipe without the other kind of pot?)
Start out by making the cannabis butter. If you don’t have a favorite method already, an easy way is to put the butter in a double boiler over low heat. Stir in the ground cannabis and continue to stir occasionally—and be diligent about it to ensure that the weed doesn’t get toasty.
When I left home for my first year of college, I planned ahead and, like many highminded budding young scholars, brought a fairly sizable bag of weed with me. Like all the pot I’d ever smoked in my life, the ganja I brought to college came complete with tons and tons of seeds—enough that, given their incredible nutritional value, I should have been snacking on them morning, noon and night.
All indices, with the exception of the Schwag Index, finished September below their previous month’s average. The US Price Index experienced the biggest drop (-$13), closing the month at its lowest average price per ounce since January.
The HiLED from Solis Tek The top three issues plaguing those attempting to use LED lights for horticulture have always been intensity, spectrum and longevity. But now the Solis Tek HiLED offers growers the world’s first serviceable diode-based lighting system (using a 5K-rated, full-spectrum 100-watt diode chip) that eliminates all three of these problems. All HiLED Sunchips are interchangeable and replaceable, so you can fine-tune the spectrum for your preferred output. And unlike other LED lighting systems, HiLEDs use an advanced UV diode/phosphor combination to offer the kind of spectrums associated with HID lights. In other words, no more weird-colored LED grow lights stressing your plants’ genetics or your eyes. The HiLED comes in two models: the Solis 5 (with a 500-watt total power draw) and the Solis 9 (with a 990-watt total power draw). Solis 5, $1599.00; Solis 9, $2599.00 solis-tek.com
Bloombox Royale from BC Northern Lights The Bloombox Royale from BC Northern Lights is a complete grow solution that comes with everything you need for six potent harvests per year. The smart dual-chamber setup lets you produce your own clones and reap a harvest every two months. And don’t let the compact size fool you: This growbox can produce 9 to 18 ounces of high-quality bud per harvest. Included are an odor-free dryer unit, CO2 injection, additional grow lights, a ton of backup parts, custom nutrients, BC Northern Lights’ harvest-boosting T5 lighting rig and hydro-testing gear, making this system the best bang for your buck in an indoor growbox. $4,300 bcnorthernlights.com
Super LED Deluxe 3.0 from SuperCloset LED lighting should be at the forefront of indoor grow technology, but there are plenty of faulty systems out there that have left growers frustrated and wary. The Super LED Deluxe 3.0 growbox from SuperCloset employs the newly launched Kind LED Grow Lights, which use 3-watt diodes that produce plenty of light while reducing electrical usage and heat. Simply put, this unit runs quieter and cooler than other growboxes. Fewer fans and less complex circuitry keep these boxes stealthy and safe, and their SuperPonics and SuperCloner hydro systems ensure that plants are well fed and their roots receive plenty of dissolved oxygen. These boxes come fully assembled, are totally automated, and lock tightly for security and discretion (dimensions: 36” × 24” × 72”). $2,695 supercloset.com
Rainforest 66 from General Hydroponics Aeroponics—in which the plants’ roots are suspended in a fine mist of aerated nutrient solution—takes hydro growing to the next level, and the Rainforest 66 is the finest compact aero unit on the market. From seedlings or clones all the way to harvest, these versatile 15” × 15” × 15” workhorses provide the ultimate in oxygenation for six medium to large plants in a small space. The secret to the Rainforest’s success is the Vortex Sprayer, which ensures that super-oxygenated nutrient solution constantly fogs and soaks the roots, allowing for optimal food and oxygen uptake. Interchangeable lids can be purchased to grow more small plants or fewer large ones, and each individual module can be attached to a larger controller for bigger grow spaces. $236.99 hydrowholesale.com
The Under Current Recirculating Water Culture System from Current Culture H20 Hydroponic growers have been buzzing about these versatile and futuristic deep-water culture (DWC) buckets. Using state-of-the-art peripheral negative pressure, they produce and recirculate nutrient solution with a very high rate of dissolved oxygen, resulting in absolutely explosive root and plant growth. (And in another smart touch, the pump is located outside of the reservoir to reduce water temperature.) They’re made with care in California using commercial-grade materials, with parts that will last through many harvests, and the many different options allow you to customize these units to fit almost any size room or application. Prices vary cch2o.com
New Soil Growbox
EarthCab Pro XL from Cabinet Grow Not every cannabis cultivator looking to buy a growbox is interested in complicated hydroponic setups and all the headaches that come with soilless growing. Most organic farmers prefer using a soil mix as their medium, and that’s why we love the EarthCab Pro XL from Cabinet Grow. Recently upgraded, these workhorse units are built to last. They come complete with FoxFarm Ocean Forest organic supersoil and all of the nutrients, pumps, timers, fans and filters that you'll need to grow a heavy harvest in no time at all. EarthCabs are light-tight and airtight for the utmost in odor control, and they're whisper-quiet when running. Plus the EZ Roll Casters make moving the unit a breeze, and it locks up completely for stealthy growing every time. $2,495 plus shipping cabinetgrow.com
New Grow Tent
The 2’ × 4’ SuperRoom by SuperCloset SuperCloset’s all-in-one indoor growroom is a turnkey tent package that comes complete with a fully automated hydroponic grow system as well as all of the necessary equipment to get up and growing immediately and securely! The stealthy 2’ × 4’ setup comes complete with a Gorilla Grow Tent (which includes a 2-foot height extender), one 400-watt air-cooled HPS bulb with a Lumatek dimmable digital ballast, and Sunlight Supply’s New Blazer 6” AC reflector hood. It also includes all of the timers needed for complete automation; an odor-free, activated-carbon scrubber and air filter; a digital readout temperature/hygrometer; and internal circulation fans for atmospheric control. The package also features a pH-testing kit and TDS meter, a complete TechnaFlora nutrient program, and an instructional DVD with setup instructions and grow tips. $1,395 supercloset.com
New HID Lighting
Genesis HPS/MH Bulbs from Monster Gardens Indoor marijuana growers know that proper lighting is a crucial factor for their gardens’ success: choosing the right bulb can spell the difference between a heavy harvest or a whole bunch of nothing. The Genesis line of bulbs is specially designed to deliver more light energy to exactly where it’s needed most. The 1,000-watt HPS provides 155,000 lumens, the 1,000-watt MH provides 120,000, and both can be used with digital or magnetic ballasts. Plus the one-year warranty guarantees that you’ll get the most out of every bulb. $49.95 monstergardens.com
New Digital Lamp
E-Papillon from Dutch Garden Supplies In recent years, the search for truly digital bulbs that are compatible with today’s newer electronic and digital ballasts has intensified. The E-Papillon is a 1,000-watt lighting system that comes as an all-in-one fixture. It includes a digital ballast housed within the unit, along with a patented double-ended digital bulb covered by a highly specialized reflector that yields a more than 95% return from the bulb’s output. The reflector is simple to remove from the fitting, with the exterior temperatures reaching a maximum of 70°F, so the fitting is safe to touch and the risk of fire is minimal. $599 dutchgardensupplies.com
The Solis Tek Digital Ballast The new Solis Tek Digital Ballast is not only dimmable to 400-, 600and 1,000-watt intensities, but it's also compatible with both 120and 240-volt currencies. The ballast also accepts both metal halide (MH) and high-pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs and offers “ignition control,” a sequential lamp-igniting feature that incorporates SenseSmart Pre-Ignition Check technology. This technology helps mitigate the inherent incompatibility of standard HID bulbs with today’s electronic and digital ballasts (which run at a higher frequency than the more traditional core-and-coil ballasts). The Solis Tek “Matrix” model comes complete with LCD screen, remote control, and a built-in digital timer that includes both vegetative and flowering schedules. The ballasts are also available in 400-watt and dual 400-watt/600-watt models. $189.99 to $399.99 (depending on model and features) solis-tek.com
The Solar Revolution from West Coast Growers As the name indicates, light movers distribute light energy over larger areas, making each bulb’s output more effective as well as reducing issues with hot spots or shading. The Solar Revolution from West Coast Growers performs admirably, without the typical issues some units have with moving parts. The heavy-duty drive motor and German bearings ensure that it’s powerful yet quiet, with steel arms capable of holding the heaviest of light reflectors. The Solar Revolution lets you lower the lights closer to plant tops for better canopy penetration. This also shortens internodal lengths, resulting in thicker stalks and stronger plants. You can even adjust the mover’s rotation distance to suit your particular setup. SRV-2, $527.95; SRV-3, $548.95; SRV-4, $568.95 westcoastgrowers.com
Vertical Growing Technology
Vertical 360 from Eclipse Gro Growing plants vertically takes maximum advantage of every bit of available light and space and can multiply yields considerably. The new Vertical 360 from Eclipse Gro accommodates up to 90 plants and comes with an aeroponic sprayer for feeding their roots. A 1,000-gph submersible pump in the 20-gallon reservoir keeps the nutrient solution circulating, while the two 600-watt Dual Cool Tubes powered by dimmable ballasts keep every plant basking in the glow. The whole thing fits in a 5’ × 5’ space yet provides plenty of pot with every harvest. All of the necessary pumps and timers are included, but you’ll still have to purchase high-intensity discharge (HID) bulbs for the Cool Tubes. $2,995 eclipsegro.com
New Trimming Technology
OG Worker Bee Trimming Station from Harvestime Technologies Keeping trimmers happy is essential to a successful harvest, and even more so when the trimmer is you. The OG Worker Bee Trimming Station takes the prize for combining comfort with ergonomic ease, while also collecting dry sifted hash in a tray under the stainless steel pollen screen. Designed to hold up over long periods of use, the OG Worker Bee offers knee wedges, elbow pads, a tray strap, and even a trim bib to keep leaves and residues off of clothing. So forget all those concerns over aching backs or cramping hands, because these trays are a delight to use. Starter Package $299; Ultimate Package $349 ogworkerbee.com
Butane Hash Oil Production Tool
Tamisium Butane Oil Chemical Extractor TE3000 If you’re going to make butane hash oil (or BHO), you’ve got to do it right, since amateur extraction methods can easily result in tragedy for the producer or potential consumer. The TE300 unit from Tamisium Extractors will hold up to a kilo of starting material and uses a closed-loop system to collect your concentrates. This low-pressure, low-temperature extraction procedure successfully captures the true essential oils within cannabis, some of which are volatile and can be lost through other processes. For use by expert chemists only, this pricey piece of laboratory-grade stainless steel equipment extracts and purges the essential oils from over 2 pounds of leaf, trim or (preferably) buds in four to eight hours. Always remember to safely purge the unit when necessary. Smaller, cheaper units are also available. $24,495 tamisiumextractors.com
Butane Hash Oil Drying Oven
Across International VO Series Ovens A proper concentrated hash product isn’t complete until the solvent used to strip the essential oils from the plant material is purged from the final product. This is best accomplished using vacuum technology and low heat, and the VO Series Ovens provide the perfect blend of both. True extract artists know that precision is important, and these ovens achieve both accuracy and consistency. A dual-layer observation window allows you to see everything that’s going on inside these thermally insulated units, and they’re easy to clean as well. Plus all VO Series ovens are leak-tested for 24 hours prior to shipping. Prices vary (the unit pictured is #VO-16020v, the 0.9-cubic-foot oven with high-speed vacuum pump, $2,790) acrossinternational.com
New Grow Medium
Pure Essentials' Black Label Pro-Mix Line The Black Label line of grow mediums are made from renewable resources. The Black Label Essential Mix (70% coco coir and 30% perlite) is ideal for fast-growing plants: The coco undergoes a rigorous process of cleansing to ensure that all impurities are washed out before being buffered with cal-mag twice; meanwhile, the perlite provides excellent drainage while trapping air and water on its irregular surface. The Perfect Blend offers growers a somewhat different ratio (50% coco coir and 50% perlite). The Black Label Expanded Clay Pebbles, meanwhile, are manufactured from pure high-quality clay and baked in an open furnace using only extra-clean fuels. The porous structure has a high water-retention capacity and is suitable for both ebb-and-flow and top-feed irrigation systems. Plus these pebbles are all-natural, extremely pH-stable and double-washed before bagging. They’re also reusable—just clean them thoroughly with a sterilizing agent. Perfect Blend (1.5 cubic feet), $34.95; Essential Mix (1.5 cubic feet), $32.95; Expanded Clay Pebbles (45 liters), $31 growblacklabel.com
Spider Mite Control
Rasta Bob’s Death Mite from Discount Hydroponics We’re always looking for safe, nontoxic ways to combat pest problems in the growroom. Rasta Bob’s Death Mite is a plant-based spray that really works, especially against the dreaded spider mite. Three applications over seven days are all it takes to disrupt the mite’s short life cycle and stop an infestation in its tracks. Organic growers can avoid using harmful chemicals on their buds by spraying Rasta Bob’s at the first sign of mite damage. Beat back these invaders on your own terms, laying siege to adults, juveniles and even their eggs. Best of all, Rasta Bob’s Death Mite is crafted from 100 percent pure rosemary extracts and is listed as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) under FDA regulations. 4 oz, $9.95; 8 oz, $17.95; 16 oz, $31.95; 32 oz, $49.95 discount-hydro.com
More and more families have come forward to tell the world that cannabis is helping their children battle chronic or terminal disease.
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Seven-year-old Mykayla Comstock had been sick for several weeks, with symptoms that included rash, fatigue, night sweats and a hacking cough. Her mother, Erin Purchase, worried that it might be Lyme disease. Instead, in late July 2012, doctors discovered a mass in the little girl’s chest and soon diagnosed leukemia.
How container size and trellising can have a big impact on your harvest.
Topping vs. FIMing
Many growers associate immense yields only with commercial or industrial-sized grow operations. While it's true that larger spaces afford more opportunities for heavier yields, it’s also true that techniques deployed in large-scale grows can be incorporated into home gardens.
The world of functional glass art—pieces that are made to be used and admired—is fueled by the dedication and imagination of the artists who have transformed the medium.
You have to wonder how the first glass pipe was created. Most likely it was the result of some stoner lab rat playing with his Bunsen burner back in the '70s, someone who decided to stick a Pyrex tube into the flame to seal one end, then poked a hole in the tube’s wall to create a bowl and— eureka!—wound up with the perfect clean-hitting vessel for pot smoking.
Ever bought a bag of herb on the beach in Negril? Then follow a jurney that starts in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, and ends in the lush ganja fields of Westmoreland parish to find out how it got there.
It's a quiet night in the ghetto as we drive through pitted Kingston streets lit yellow beneath the buzzing streetlamps. We’re headed to Kiki’s, the premier herb spot in this part of town, immortalized in songs by Junior Reid and others. Besides photographer Brian Jahn, I’m accompanied by Carlton, our ital chef, fixer and Rastafari spiritual adviser.
REGGIE NOBLE (A.K.A. REDMAN) EMERGED FROM NEWARK, NJ, AS A MEMBER OF DEF SQUAD, FAMOUSLY APPEARING ON EPMD's BUSINESS AS USUAL WITH A UNIQUE VOICE AND IMPECCABLE RHYME DELIVERY. HIS SUBSEQUENT SOLO RECORDS, WHUT? THEE ALBUM, DARE IZ A DARKSIDE AND MUDDY WATERS, FIRMLY CEMENTED HIM AS A '90S-ERA HIP-HOP SUPERSTAR.
Danko Tip: Trimming parties are a celebration after months of hard work. Provide plenty of food and beverages for your workers to keep their productivity high.
Danko Tip: Allow any tap water you plan to use for your garden to sit out in an open container (a 55-gallon drum works well) for 24 hours to remove the chlorine.
Danko Tip: Reaping a successful harvest time after time requires taking notes in the growroom and keeping a detailed schedule and calendar.
Dear Humpy, The change of color is important, but it isn’t the color of the leaf, bud or hairs; it’s the color inside the tiny trichome. These gland heads look like tiny clear mushrooms; as the plant matures, they begin to go cloudy, and then eventually the cloudy part starts to turn amber.
Is cannabis really the only plant in the entire world that stimulates the body’s endocannabinoid system? Doubting T. Hi T, Cannabis is the lone plant that can alter the CB1 receptor—and in legendary ways! But caryophyllene, a cannabis compound found in black pepper, cloves, rosemary and hops, affects the CB2 receptor.
Salon really reached a new low by promoting the Scientific American article "How Conspiracists Think" by Sander van der Linden, an ambitious young European scholar now working at Yale University. From the second that Penn Jones’ book on the Kennedy assassination appeared in 1967 (theorizing a plot involving military intelligence and the CIA), its author was subjected to a barrage of abuse.
Bobby gets slightly stupid at the 4/20 concert in Colorado.
For most stoners, April 20 is a day devoted to getting baked and celebrating pot culture. For me, however, it's the busiest day of the year—especially this year, since I spent the high holiday running myself ragged at our U.S. Cannabis Cup expo in Denver.
Cannabis reality shows are hardly real and fall flat with audiences.
Allen St. Pierre
I love cannabis. I love working in cannabis-law reform. I generally like TV viewing. So why, then, do I—and apparently millions of other cannabis consumers—tune out when it comes to watching the ever-increasing number of cannabis-related programs on the cable networks?
This past April 20, over 500 people gathered at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia for an event called "Smoke Down Prohibition,” with many of the demonstrators openly toking to protest the war on cannabis. But it wasn’t the first time this protest occurred—in fact, it was the fourth such gathering in as many months, which have largely been due to the efforts of three key individuals and their respective organizations.
Bubba Avenger Check out my Qush from TGA Seeds on day 49 of flower (Bubba dominant). 100 percent organically grown. Ml Grows Daydream Dank Sunshine Deadhead OG from California. JH Candy Purps Here's a bowl of Purple Pineapple Express. Yummy! Nick P Grow Canada Check out this perfect top bud of my latest harvest, eh?
The person known as the Godfather of Bubba Kush reveals the long, dank trip it’s been for his phenomenal, highly prized strain. Senior cultivation editor Danny Danko checks out the politics surrounding the Dutch coffeeshop scene and highlights the upcoming super-strains you can expect to see at the 26th annual High Times Cannabis Cup.