The career of glass artist Carsten Carlile began with a broom in Eugene, OR. He’d taken several jobs to put himself through college, one of which was helping clean up in a local glass shop. He recalls “immediately being drawn to blowing glass.”
As we go to press, we’ve just posted our newest poll. We asked whether you prefer dabs (hash concentrates) or buds, or whether you’ve even tried an actual dab. Now, of course, our readers are more tuned in to new trends in pot culture. Having said that, the early results showed virtually equal numbers in both dab and bud camps.
The newspapers are carrying a story about how George Zimmerman’s defense team, in an attempt to save their client’s cowardly ass from the prison cell he certainly deserves, will be allowed to introduce evidence to the jury that Trayvon Martin, the young man Zimmerman stalked, confronted and killed on a dark road in Sanford, Florida early last year, had “small amounts” of marijuana in his bloodstream.
I read with interest your article “Earth’s Strongest Strains” (June ’13). While I think it’s great that some growers are constantly pushing the envelope and breeding stronger and stronger cannabis strains, I worry that they might be alienating some newer smokers—well, actually some newer older smokers.
FRENZY IN THE BAY Giveaways thrown to the crowd during the Homegrown Party presented by The Cali Connection at the fourth annual High Times San Francisco Medical Cannabis Cup included Cloud Vaporizers, Grassroots hats, and joints of some of of Cali’s finest buds accompanied by an unforgettable performance from Wu-Tang Clan members GZA, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon.
Allegations that pot causes mental illness return, but the science behind the scare remains questionable.
Does smoking pot make people crazy, or do lots of crazy people smoke pot? That’s the question raised by the findings of a just-published study sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. It’s hardly the first time that society has pondered this issue.
Those who served our country now fight for cannabis rights.
(Air Force) Krawitz suffered injuries while serving from 1981 to 1986. He is now director of Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access and one of the plaintiffs in the case Americans for Safe Access v. the DEA, which may lead to a rescheduling showdown before the Supreme Court.
Nine years ago, investigative journalist Gary Webb exposed the connections between the CIA, the Nicaraguan contras and the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. He then saw his professional credibility destroyed by specious attacks from the mainstream media, which eventually drove him to commit suicide.
Singer Melissa Etheridge first gained fame as a raspy-voiced, acoustic-guitar-slinging rocker, and she has used that celebrity to promote a number of worthy causes, including pot legalization. She even sat down with High Times for the feature interview in our 420th issue (Jan. ’11).
Unfortunately, our neighbor to the north seems to be regressing when it comes to pot. In 2001, Canada became the first country to institute an official medical marijuana program, allowing patients to grow their own medicine and also creating a federally operated cultivation facility in Manitoba to supply those unable to do so.
The American Civil Liberties Union has just released “The War on Marijuana in Black and White,” a thorough examination of arrest rates for pot possession over a single year. The study covers every county in all 50 states in 2010, revealing that the arrest rate for African-Americans was 716 per every 100,000 people, while the arrest rate for whites was only 192 per 100,000.
As the state that gave us Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and jam band giant Phish, Vermont already had high Stoner status. But now it’s official! In June, the state’s popular and highly progressive Democratic governor, Peter Shumlin, enthusiastically signed legislation that does away with criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of weed and five grams of hashish for adults 21 and over.
A new study released by the University of Maryland’s Center on Young Adult Health and Development purports to link marijuana use to the academic problems—and post-graduation difficulties—experienced by college students. Sporting the weighty title “The Academic Opportunity Costs of Substance Abuse During College,” the report alleges that even students smoking only twice a month were 66 percent more likely to be discontinuously enrolled than those who smoked less.
... While an “Opium Mafia” Is Revealed in the National Police
US officialdom is clearly feeling the heat of mounting dissent south of the border. During his trip to Mexico and Costa Rica in May, President Obama sought to downplay the US security agenda in the region. In a May 3 joint press conference with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, Obama was asked about the potential use of US warships in counternarcotics efforts.
Best-selling author Irvine Welsh on the drug experience.
IRVINE WELSH IS AN AUTHOR, A SCREENWRITER, A PLAYWRIGHTA GENUINE COMPOSER OF THE WRITTEN WORD. BORN IN 1958 IN LEITH, THE GRITTY PORT DISTRICT OF SCOTLAND’S CAPITAL CITY OF EDINBURGH, WHICH WOULD GO ON TO INFLUENCE MUCH OF HIS WRITING, WELSH MIGRATED TO LONDON IN THE LATE 1970S, JUST IN TIME TO SOAK UP THE CITY’S PEAKING PUNK SCENE.
Award-winning director Kevin Booth has achieved a great feat with his new documentary, American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny. Seven years after his original documentary, American Drug War: The Last White Hope, Booth now reveals the most innocent victims of the heinous War on Drugs: children.
Instrumental prog, or NoVo (“no vocals”), outfit Scale the Summit unabashedly borrow from the 1980s with a “cleaner metal” approach. Lead-guitar overlord Chris Letchford commands the opener, “Odyssey,” and the ambitious “Atlas Novus” and branches out into a more reflective ’80s sound on “Oracle,” while bassist Mark Michell gets his fill during “Narrow Salient.”
Though I’d assumed it was the Italian in my blood (Sicilian, to be precise) that always had me salivating at the mention of Chicken Francese, having been raised out west in a very non-Italian family, it was only recently that I learned the dish was actually invented right here in the United States (New York City, to be precise), cooked up sometime after World War II and given its first mention of note in a 1970 New York Times restaurant review.
Melt the butter in a double boiler over low heat. Stir in the cannabis, and continue heating and stirring occasionally for 40 minutes, making sure the pot doesn’t burn. If it smells toasty, remove from heat immediately. In this recipe, I prefer to leave the finely ground plant matter in instead of straining: The effects vary beautifully by strain, and the plant’s terpenes play nicely with the rest of the flavors.
At a recent make-your-own pizza party hosted by an old friend, I rolled up a fat joint from my private stash and passed it around just before the first pie emerged from the oven. A beautifully grown, perfectly cured, 100 percent organic resin-coated wonder strain with a sweet, skunky aroma so powerful that it cut through the surrounding smell of melting cheese, my bud earned appreciative nods and smiles all around, plus one somewhat unexpected compliment.
All indices, with the exception of the Kind Index, finished October exceeding their previous month's average. The US Price Index experienced the biggest increase (+$19). Meanwhile, the Kind Index dropped $10 from its previous month's average and finished October $8 below its year-to-date average.
What's new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
Catch the Wave
$249.99 vapir.com The next level in vaporizer technology has arrived! The new VapirRise was developed with the consumer in mind: It provides two options for vaporization, traditional whipstyle tubes that can accommodate up to four people at a time and Volcano-style balloons that are fast and whisper-quiet. Touch-pad controls and an LCD for temperature and fan speed simplify the process even more. It works great with herbs and essential oils.
$9.99 headshopstop. com Are you an extract artist who’s tired of creases, tears and blowouts from makeshift extraction filters? With the new Slick Screen extraction filter, you’ll never run a bad batch again. This laboratorygrade, butane battle-tested, fine-micron filter stretches with a smooth and seamless touch and is customizable for all extraction-tube types and sizes. It’s designed to maximize the yield and purity of your essential oils time and time again.
Prices vary westcoasthorticulture.com Organic growers have been buzzing about a new nutrient company out of Oregon, so we decided to put them to the test. The OMRI-listed line of plant foods from West Coast Hydroponics performed outstandingly throughout every stage of growth. Easy-to-understand online feeding schedules simplified the process, and the final results were absolutely superb. We also love the company’s commitment to the environment: They use no artificial colors, fillers or preservatives.
Catch the Wave
$1,295 biowaveindustries.com In case you haven’t heard, the Biowave DI-1000 from Biowave Technologies emits subsonic harmonic waves that resonate with the plants’ internal frequencies and cause the stomata on leaves to dilate, thereby increasing respiration and photosynthetic processes. Tests have confirmed an average yield increase of 20%, with no test ever producing an increase lower than 12%! All machines are made in the USA with stainless steel and carry a one-year warranty.
Once again, the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup rolled into San Francisco Bay for a high-spirited celebration of California’s most valuable commodity
“Is that a Ferris wheel?” “Yeah, it is!” That’s how conversations went down on June 22 as High Times opened the doors for our fourth annual Medical Cannabis Cup in the Bay Area of San Francisco. In one of three medication areas raised on the grounds of the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, Magnolia Wellness of Oakland not only erected a Ferris wheel but hosted a veritable circus, featuring a sword swallower, a snake dancer, a Hula-Hoop pro and a stilt walker.
Life and death on a cocaine-smuggling submersible.
If Not for the Courage of the Fearless Crew...
Does the idea of a cocaine submarine conjure up pictures of Scarface-style opulence in a nautical setting? The truth is, these boats would make Captain Bligh’s vessel seem like a luxury cruise ship. Journalist Craig Stephens introduces us to the scallywags of the yayo seas.
Danny Danko travels to Holland to survey the ground, check in on the coffeeshop scene and find out the plans of various renowned seed breeders to take home awards at the 26th Annual Cannabis Cup this November 24-28.
The Cup Rolls On
Hemp Works x T.H.Seeds
Serious Seeds x Magus Genetics
DNA x Big Sky Seed Company
Barney's Farm x Barney's Coffeeshop
Soma Sacred Seeds x Katsu Coffeeshop
Green House Seeds x Green House Coffeeshops
Big Buddha Seeds x Prix D'Ami Coffeeshop
The Cali Connection
HortiLab x Karma Genetics
After all of the hype surrounding last year’s 25th Annual Cannabis Cup and the political uncertainties roiling the Dutch coffeeshop scene, it might be easy to dismiss Amsterdam as yesterday’s news, hut the fact remains that the coffeeshops are still open for business and as relevant as ever.
The saga of how one superstar strain came into being is atale of sweet serendipity.
Sometime in the 1970s, the Hindu Kush arrived on the shores of America. The strain takes its name from the rugged, 500-mile-long mountain range that extends from Afghanistan into northern Pakistan. But this story isn’t about a South Asian indica grown with loving care by tribal families for aeons upon aeons; it’s about Florida stoners and progressive growers who sought to create great buds, but had no idea what genetics they were even dealing with.
Notes from the front lines of the 21st century’s Great Mind Experiment.
Too Much Shit
Hacking the Shulgin Algorithm
The Froth of White Noise
The Big Unknown
James L. Kent
Fifty years back, there was only one molecule known to be psychoactive in the microgram range: LSD. A microgram is one-millionth of a gram; a small dose is about 150 mcg, so a four-gram sugar cube of LSD would contain roughly 25,000 doses. A chunk the size of a golf ball would be able to keep all the hippies at Woodstock high for days.
Learning the ins and outs of ventilation and environmental control will keep your bud production at optimal levels all year long.
Beating the Heat
In/Out When It’s Chill Out
CEA:Getting Serious About Growing
Air-Cooled Lighting for Efficiency
Control Your Destiny
Putting It All Together
Today, it’s relatively easy for cannabis growers to provide consistent levels of light for year-round cultivation using artificial sources. But while artificial illumination can give cannabis plants the light they need in the right spectrum and intensity, grow lights often contribute excessive, unwanted levels of heat to the cultivation environment.
CANADIAN ROSS REBAGLIATI BECAME THE MOST TALKED-ABOUT MAN IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS IN FEBRUARY 1998, WHEN HE WON THE VERY FIRST OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL FOR SNOWBOARDING—AND THEN LOST IT THE NEXT MORNING, AFTER THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE FOUND 17.8 NANOGRAMS OF MARIJUANA METABOLITES IN HIS SAMPLES.
Nutrients, beneficial bacteria, X * seed orders, flushing and more...
Danko Tip-. A clean growroom is a happy growroom, while a dirty one Is an invitation for pests and mold.
Danko Tip: Use a sharp razor blade when taking cuttings, and cut at a 45-degree angle for the most successful rooting.
Danko Tip.Brewing beer in your growroom can increase C02 levels substantially, but keep all materials out of the light.
I’ve never grown pot before; however, I have grown several other types of plants, trees and veggies and have been very successful outdoors. I know I can do this with just a few plants, but I have a couple of questions: 1) I read a lot about how I must get rid of any male plants in order not to seed my females.
The media has gotten a little ahead of the science on this. One study shows that cannabis users have 16 percent lower insulin levels than folks who have never touched the plant. This is a big percentage. (Exercise can’t lower fasting insulin that much.)
Chaos theory, Freemasonry and the ceremonial history of cannabis.
Bring a pot of water slowly to a boil, and something wonderful happens: A grid of vortices appears briefly before the random turbulence erupts. According to chaos theory, systems of energy emerge out of fields of chaos. Isn’t it interesting how the cutting edge of science now mirrors the basic tenets of Native American spirituality?
Groove metal band Clutch celebrate the release of their 10th studio album.
The online glossary of slang known as Urban Dictionary defines the word “clutch” as “coming through when you are needed most in high-pressure situations,” “exactly what you need, when you need it” and even “great, essential, and potent rolled into a single word.”
Check yourself when entering a government building
Be cautious in the great outdoors
Don’t boast or flash your stash
Think twice before buying online
Keep track of your scent
Keep it out of sight
Don’t fit the “arrest stereotype”
Allen St. Pierre
Despite numerous changes in state law that have enabled medical access to cannabis, decriminalized possession or even made recreational use legal, more than 700,000 people are arrested every year on cannabis-related charges in America-90 percent of them for possession only!
Diane Russell leads the legislative charge for legal cannabis.
Erik Altieri, NORML
Maine State Representative Diane Russell (D-Portland) first took to the front lines of the war on cannabis in 2011, when she introduced a bill to legalize and regulate the adult use and commercial sale of marijuana in her state. Since then, she’s proved to be an outspoken and articulate advocate in favor of ending marijuana prohibition.
Straight Venom The Green Poison with a few more weeks to go, looking amazing as always. Stinky, sticky, skunky. This tested at over 20 percent THC. Grown indoors in a homemade hydro table by breeder/grower Scotty Scotty the Body. We're throwing down here in Oregon. OMMP (Oregon Medical Marijuana Program) patient.
Indoor cultivation consultant J. Flava explains how one cultivator without a lot of time on his hands uses inexpensive lowheat fluorescent lighting and automated watering in a system that produces plenty of pot with minimal time and effort.