Nate Miers, a.k.a “N8,” started blowing glass in 2002 in Olympia, WA where, due to liberal local attitudes, demand for functional, handmade smokeware flourishes. With a $1,200 loan from the local credit union, N8 doubled down on the notion that “money follows passion.”
Senior cultivation editor Danny Danko has named HT's Top 10 strains, but we wanted to give readers a shot at acknowledging their favorite bud. At press time, with nearly 1,200 responses, only four were able to garner over 100 votes, with OG Kush leaving other strains in the dust. On the low end, Nigerian Silk was shut out (perhaps because of its relative obscurity), and Kushage got two, while Island Sweet Kush and Snowdog only received three each.
Much of the talk lately in the marijuana community has been focused on concentrates and their surge in popularity among the smoking public. I’ve heard several prominent pot people say things like, “Now that I’m dabbing every day, I don’t think I’ll ever smoke flowers again,” while others are against even the purest BHO (butane hash oil) because of the effect that the potency levels—and the images of torches and blown-up homes—might have on our progress toward legalization.
I am writing today because of an issue that I almost didn’t want to write about, but only because it will probably fall on deaf ears. I have been a loyal High Times reader for many years, and I am also a grower. I appreciate your forwardthinking magazine, and I also appreciate HT's courage in supporting a belief in cannabis and all of its hidden wonders.
SEEING DOUBLE These Canadian trimmers, hired by MMAR of Hamilton, Ontario, are cutting their workload in half by sharing the task. Read all about producing a bigger harvest In “Double Your Pot Production” on page 74.
The law, science, politics and reality of “drugged driving” laws.
It’s not unusual for cannabis consumers to drive after toking. It’s also not unusual for them to drive while toking. Nobody riding with them feels any danger—except from the police. So why do some people who would never drive drunk feel entitled to smoke a joint behind the wheel? Most states require some demonstrable proof of impairment.
If you visit these countries, don’t even think about smoking marijuana.
In June, three men who had previously escaped capital punishment for selling weed were retried on the same charges, convicted and sentenced to death by hanging. Being busted with just a half-ounce here will get you prosecuted as a dealer. And don’t forget the rest of Southeast Asia: In neighboring Singapore and Thailand, even petty possession will put you behind bars.
In an August interview with UK daily tabloid The Sun, pop superstar Robin Thicke told the world: “I do smoke. Weed is my crutch, my muse, the lesser of all evil.” He revealed that he uses pot for what he describes as a bad knee “I can get medical marijuana when I’m at home [in LA]. It’s a non-stop chimney.” He also candidly estimated that, over the years, he’s “spent a good £320,000 on pot.3” Really? That works out to nearly a halfmillion US dollars.
Presently, only two states have legalized adult recreational use. But pot advocates project that 14 more states are poised to go legal by 2017. Medical Marijuana Business Daily estimates that the $1.5 billion legal market could reach $6 billion by 2018.
In an August speech at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting, Attorney General Eric Holder said this: "While aggressive enforcement of federal criminal statutes remains necessary, we cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation.”
Parents of autistic children in Michigan were dealt a crushing blow in August after the state’s Medical Marijuana Review Panel rejected, by a 7-2 vote, a petition to add autism as a qualifying ailment to obtain and use medicinal cannabis. Autistic children have received astounding benefits from medical pot, but panel member and medical professional Jeanne Lewandowski expressed concerns over exposing children to psychoactive cannabis, obviously influencing the rest of her peers with the unfounded scare tactic.
Just when we thought the DEA couldn’t go any lower, it’s branched out to become another creepy, quasi-intelligence agency! Documents reviewed by Reuters reveal that a two-decades-old, covert DEA unit has conducted clandestine surveillance of US citizens via intelligence intercepts, informants and wiretaps, assembling an enormous database of phone records.
In August, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police passed a resolution to issue tickets to anyone busted with 30 grams or less. The Chiefs aren’t backing legalization—or even decriminalization. Rather, issuing tickets will streamline the process of dealing with petty possession cases and reduce law enforcement expenditures.
Following CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta's stunning reversal on pot, "Gupta Kush" debuted at Helping Hands Herbals of Boulder, CO. (It’s an in-house hybrid of Hindu Kush, Silverback and Blue Train, good for pain and anxiety.) But a day later, Helping Hands says a CNN rep called and politely requested a name change.
In an August episode of SportsCenter's Sunday Conversation on ESPN, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer weighed in on the biggest problem in sports today. His answer: "There's an issue in college athletics. Certain substance things I see.
Cannabis use is often associated with expanding waistlines, but new scientific research indicates that the opposite is true. According to researchers, cannabis may hold the key to effectively reducing incidences of obesityrelated illness, particularly type II diabetes.
One year into his term, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s carefully cultivated image of rebooting his country’s failed War on Drugs is starting to look like more of the same. Since May, he has deployed thousands of army troops and federal police to the central-western state of Michoacán, seeking to regain control of large rural areas effectively under the control of the Knights Templar narco gang.
Colombia’s National Police announced the seizure of three tons of marijuana in the country’s southwest region on July 28. Units of the traffic and transport police discovered the herb in a truck stopped at a checkpoint on a road between the towns of Villarrica and Candelaria.
Electro party king Pretty Lights sheds high wattage on his flowering music career and his days as a grower.
Blazing a Trail to Success
When Derek Vincent Smith, a.k.a. Pretty Lights, burst onto the electronic music scene back in 2006, it was clear that he had what it takes to overcome the pitfalls of a confused and ever-changing industry. His fan base has grown exponentially through word of mouth and free access to his eclectic, boundary-pushing catalog. With the recent release of A Color Map of the Sun, Smith shows no signs of slowing down.
The 21st-century ambassadors of peace and magic claim to be walking away from the wild side.
Mending His Paw
Sam France puts his beer down, takes a drag from his cigarette, darts his eyes my way and asks, “This isn’t an interview about drugs, right?” Good cop, bad cop The 22-year-old France is the lead singer of Southern Cali’s indie pop-rock sensation Foxygen, an out-of-left-field, are-they-serious-or-justfucking-with-us group that marries the energy of bygone psychedelia with the kind of lyrics that stump most folks and make hipsters feel special.
“Private press,” “vanity press” and “self-released” are all terms that might describe the LPs featured in this dynamic new volume exploring the far fringes of musical expression. There’s a lot of ground to cover here, from seedy hotel lounge recordings and religious/cult vehicles to underground funk excursions, weird ego-rock releases and even children’s albums.
Eleven years after Japan’s Framtid released their debut 12-inch, a giant boot stomps down from the sky to crush our skulls once again. Framtid play modern, intense, noisy Japanese hardcore with an exoskeleton of Swedish influences. This terrifying masterpiece contains 10 brutal tracks of ear-piercing buzz-saw landscaping.
Blended butter coffee is on the rise, and my latest housemate—a mellow dude, fellow Portlander and scientific philosopher—has been singing its praises since he first arrived. I finally decided to research the benefits of switching out my favorite flavored creamers for butter and MCT oil.
2 tbsp. unsalted, grass-fed butter 1/2 gram ground organic, high-grade cannabis 2 tbsp. MCT oil (coconut oil is an okay substitute) 2 cups hot brewed coffee, made with fresh, organic fair-trade beans Optional: cinnamon, vanilla beans, unsweetened cocoa and/or coconut milk to taste Before we start, note that this recipe is for a single serving, but it’s always a good idea to make extra butter for future mornings or canna-coffee companions, so multiply accordingly.
New research confirms that marijuana users weigh less and live better.
Happily, many of the most damaging (and wholly false) stereotypes about pot and pot smokers seem to be disappearing in this exciting new era of barely legal marijuana. But not so the good old-fashioned munchies joke. Give a person who doesn’t like weed a chance to talk about the subject and they’ll make a lame Cheetos reference every time.
While the Kind, Mids and Schwag Indices held steady in December, the US Price Index finished the month $9 above Its previous average. Both the US Price and Mids Indices closed well above their respective year-to-date averages (US Price +$15, Mids +$10).
What’s new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
710 Is the New 420
$124.95 grencoscience.com Two of our favorite brands have collaborated on a new product for the discreet puffer and boozer: The new limited-edition Hut x G-Pen Huf G Flask is the perfect stocking stuffer for the fashion-conscious stoner in your life. The stainless steel 3-ounce flask and custom Huf Micro G-Pen come with everything you need to catch a buzz almost anywhere, anytime.
Starting at $11 jyarz.com Storing your buds or hash in plastic baggies or containers just won’t cut it in this era of cannabis connoisseurship. That’s why we love the Jyarz glass-lined travel containers, an innovative storage system that’s compact and reusable. The glass insert is protected by a plastic sleeve and cap to keep whatever’s stored inside sealed, secure and safe from drying out or breakage.
$69.99 smocan.com Portable smoking systems have come a long way since the dugout. The new SmoCan unit is a selfcontained wonder when it comes to stealthy smoking on the go. This waterproof unit boasts a built-in grinder, screen, poker and storage space; simply add a mini Bic lighter and a one-hitter and you’re ready to roll. Plus, the SmoCan conies in your choice of five available colors.
Prices vary formula710.com Everyone knows the glass-, airand spill-cleaning power of Formula 420 products, but the company’s latest release is aimed at the particular difficulties posed by the exploding popularity of hash oils. Remove sticky residues quickly and easily with eco-friendly Formula 710 wipes and rinses. Even the toughest-to-clean rigs will soon be spotless and ready for hitting more dabs.
Colorado’s high altitude and dry air have always made it one of the premier locations to grow pot in the US. Now, with the passage of recreational-use legislation in 2012 that allows state residents 21 years and older to grow six mature plants on their property, Colorado has solidified its place as the second-highest producer of cannabis in the country, behind California.
The East Coast powerhouse of all things cannabis has been inundated with Americanmade marijuana for the better part of 2013. And while the supply is commonly referred to as “work-grade” weed, the quality has risen steadily to the point that most casual city smokers can barely tell the difference between indoor and outdoor products.
The battle for ganja supremacy is on in California, with north versus south as Los Angeles anchors the southern half and San Francisco as the stronghold in the north. And with a majority of medical marijuana clinics choosing to carry only indoor buds, the playing field has started to level; even growers in the northernmost part of the state are maintaining at least one small indoor room for commercial use.
Generally, when one thinks of the NorCal growing scene, one tends to picture outdoor cultivation. However, while the Emerald Triangle is still going strong, these days even the most diehard outdoor farmer has at least one indoor growroom—if for nothing else than head stash (though many use their indoor space for nurseries and commercial-sized grows as well).
It’s true that Hawaii produces some high-quality marijuana. That’s due mostly to the temperate climate and abundant sun. But it’s also true that Hawaii can be a difficult place to grow. There are many different climate zones here, from desert-like conditions to the rainiest city in the nation, Hilo.
Mexico is emerging from a very difficult period of bloodshed and carnage, but this year we experienced a political change of guard: back to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who are actually the old guard and were in charge when we were supplying a lot of good colitas to the American market.
The philosophy up here is to grow with 1,000watt lights in perpetual-flower rooms, easing the burden come harvest time.
Right now Canada is undergoing significant changes to its cannabis laws. In some provinces, such as Quebec, recreational use has been somewhat tolerated for the last few years. However, the unhappy changes are occurring in the country’s medical program.
This tiny country sandwiched between France and the Netherlands has slowly made progress in the last few years thanks to two organizations, Encod and Trekt Uw Plant (which means “Pick Your Plant” in Flemish). These two groups have been pushing the limits of what is possible under Belgian law.
Spain is a wonderful place to be a pothead! The climate is amazing, the food and wine are incredible, and the police can’t be bothered to harass smokers and growers. Spain’s favorable privacy laws require a complaint to the cops before they are prompted to investigate a crime—and nobody here complains to the police about cannabis use.
Cannabis farming in the Baalbeck region of Lebanon is an ancient practice that dates back to the beginnings of recorded history. These days, the farmers don’t usually process the plants themselves, instead choosing to sell their crop to drug lords for a relatively small return.
Amsterdam remains the number-one marijuana destination in the world, as the legislation that threatened to keep tourists out of the coffeeshops has failed. I repeat: Tourists are still welcome to purchase and consume cannabis and hashish in Amsterdam’s coffeeshops, and that’s not going to change anytime soon.
Oompa Loompa Goo-ba-dee Goo... we’ve got a killer story for you!Senior editor Bobby Black cashes in his golden ticket for an exclusive-behindthe-scenes-tour of Denver’s biggest dab labs. And while they may not have honeyoil waterfalls or shrubbery made of shatter, they’re most impressive nonetheless. Come and see „.and you’ll be... ina world of herbal concentration!
It's no secret that dabbing is all the rage these days—but with news reports of butane-related explosions on the rise, it’s no wonder why we here at High Times frequently and fervently stress that “blasting” at home is far too dangerous to be attempted by amateurs, and that making BHO should be left to professional extract artists with the knowledge and equipment to do it safely and properly.
Senior cultivation editor Danny Danko lays out this year’s choices for the best marijuana genetics available to purchase for growers, patients and cannabis connoisseurs.
Serious Seeds After 20 years of selling just five superlative strains, Serious Seeds has finally added a new variety to their roster. Breeder Simon worked for over a decade to produce and refine the v incredible selection known as Serious 6, a flavorful and cerebral sativa.
Our cover girl Silver Shaman makes her High Times debut!
Top 10 Plus One More Bonus Strain!
Once we saw and smoked our beautiful cover girl Silver Shaman, we simply had to include her on our list. Shaman from Dutch Passion was crossed with TGA Genetics’ Deep Purple to produce something completely unexpected. Both parent strains are dark purple varieties, yet their offspring boasts light green buds with bright red hair, and only the fan leaves retained the lavender coloring of its inheritance.
Our Canadian cannabis correspondent reveals the secret to growing twice as much marijuana with just a few simple changes to your room and routine.
A Double Take
Big Production, Same Size
Hydro-Lung: Two-Sided Production
The Story Behind Reeferman Genetics
Medical pot growers put in a lot of hours before their buds are “patient-ready.” On top of that, they often invest a considerable amount of money, especially if they’re growing indoors under lights for consistent year-round production. Growing equipment and supplies are expensive, even when growing on a small scale, so every major purchase should boost yields.
After last year's victories for cannabis legalization in Colorado and Washington State, the US prohibition regime is under unPrec edented pressure. But when it comes to breaking with the US-led War on Drugs, there is little awareness in Gringolandia of the strides taking place in South America. Over the past decade, Argentina and Colombia have removed penalties for personal-use quantities of drugs, and Uruguay just passed a measure that essentially legalizes cannabis, with even cultivation permitted under state regulation.
UPON TAKING THE STAGE, COMEDIAN ANTHONY JESELNIK SEEMS SERENE, COMPOSED AND UNAFFECTED. HIS DELIVERY IS PRECISE AND DELIBERATE. BASICALLY, HE'S A STANDUP SURGEON DEFTLY SLICING UP AN AUDIENCE UNTIL ITS LAUGHS AND GASPS ARE INTERMIXED.
Pruning, selfing, reusing soil, low-odor strains and more....
I'm a Belgian now living in Brazil, so what low-odor strain would you recommend for a guerrilla grow in a semi-arid climate in the southern hemisphere somewhere between the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn? It would preferably be a strain that flowers automatically at any time of the year under those conditions.
Mangoes and cannabis both contain myrcene, a terpenoid that contributes to flavor and smell. Myrcene decreases pain and might have subjective effects similar to the "couchlock" that some folks attribute to indicas. Researchers haven’t administered a standard dose to subjects who either have or haven’t eaten mangoes, so we don’t know if it really works.
Uruguay legalizes cannabis cultivation-leading the way as South America's coolest country.
Thanks to Juan Vaz, cannabis is now legal to cultivate in Uruguay. Vaz is the head of the AECU (Cannabis Studies Association of Uruguay), the activist group that has worked for years to end his country’s ban on cannabis cultivation. Uruguay just might be the coolest country in our hemisphere.
A search for answers regarding a friend's murder lands your humble narrator on CNN.
I've always considered myself more of a writer than a journalist. Journalists spend hours researching issues, confronting powerful people and putting themselves in dangerous situations to get their story. Me? I just interview activists and get high with celebrities.
As prohibition begins its unavoidable collapse, opportunities-andoptimism-abound.
Allen St. Pierre
Gone are the days when policymakers and propagandists claimed that cannabis causes criminality, induces males to develop breasts or alters human genetics forever by damaging chromosomes. Instead, the questions directed at cannabis-law reform advocates these days are both forward-looking and unsensational.
For over a decade, Tom Angelí has been blazing a path in marijuana-law reform.
Tom Angelí started his activist journey in the Ocean State, where he attended the University of Rhode Island and joined what would become the URI chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. In 2002, he formed the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, which helped to enact the state’s medical marijuana law.
Here is a shot of some Alien Grapevine. Alien Grapevine was a limited release by Allen 2,$400 a pack. It’s a cross of Blueberry Underdog and Tahoe Allen. My buddy got two beans from a friend and this is one of those phenos. I’m glad to have been blessed with these genetics and hope to get it out to patients in need of such heavy meds as soon as possible.
As hard-working growers in California and Colorado cut down their outdoor crops, editorial director Dan Skye was on hand to witness the spectacle. Experience the joys of harvest up close! The first U.S. High Times Cannabis Cup in Seattle welcomed activists, growers, businesses and the adult stoner community for a two-day salute to Washington’s newfound freedom.