Steve Bates started lampworking back in 1998 when he was 15. His high school art teacher had installed soft-glass bead torches in the art room. Steve was immediately smitten, spending hours making glass beads, sometimes skipping other classes to do so.
If you get high, eventually you get around to discussing the possible existence of the Force, the Creator, the Big Guy Upstairs or whatever you wanna call the Great Unknown. We asked our audience what they believe, giving them three choices.
When I look at the cover of this issue, one thought pops into my mind: High Times is the only magazine on the planet that would try this on the newsstand. Lochfoot’s photo of a dab hovering over the glowing nail of an oilrig is at once beautiful, futuristic and quite controversial—because, though public sentiment is coming around to our way of thinking in regard to marijuana legalization, people still have a lot of reservations when it comes to concentrates, and there is no small amount of disagreement on the subject within the marijuana community itself.
I’ve been spending a lot of time mulling over the problem of corporate culture seeping into the pages of High Times. Of course, the would-be marijuana moguls will react with cool and suave demureness, and to them I say, “Get off it... please.
SUCCESS DESPITE THE ODDS! Extreme hot weather and lack of rainfall have plagued many cannabis cultivation regions lately and keeping plants alive can be a trial. For tips and tricks to power through tough climates check out “Clandestine Cannabis Cultivation in Drought Conditions” on page 92.
Our government is using advanced snooping technology to spy on this nation’s citizens. Whatever happened to the Bill of Rights?
On New Year’s Eve 2013, when relatively few of us were paying attention, Apple denied covertly working with the National Security Agency on a “backdoor penetration” implant (codenamed DROPOUTJEEP) that would allow the Feds to spy on iPhone users.
Marijuana goes hand in hand with talent and wealth.
In 2007, the Virgin Emperor told a GQ reporter about toking with his 21-year-old son during a surfing vacation in Australia. In fact, Keith Richards taught him how to roll a joint. In January 2012, representing the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Branson advocated decrim before the British Parliament.
In a March appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, California Governor Jerry Brown doubted that legalization was prudent: “The world's pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together."
Could dabbing be outlawed In California? A new bill introduced in late February by state Senator Lou Correa—a Democrat, but from highly conservative Orange County—is a comprehensive bill purporting to bring regulatory “order” to California’s medical pot scene.
To the surprise of no one, the ongoing Dutch crackdown on coffeeshop pot sales to foreigners has boosted the black market presence, especially in cities fully committing to the new rules, like the border town of Maastricht. By banning foreigners from purchasing pot at all 14 of its cannabis cafes, the city has largely achieved its goal to end “drug tourism.”
In Los Angeles, officials will take medical marijuana dispensaries’ tax money, but shut them down anyway, as well as aid the Feds in raiding even more shops. The same week in mid-March that the city attorney and police chief announced a comprehensive crackdown on dispensaries, the City Finance Department reported a windfall in tax revenue garnered from those same stores.
Colorado may be reaping the benefits of a 20-plus percent tax rate on recreational pot, but taxes can have a backlash. Take cigarettes. If you buy 800 cases of low-tax cigarettes in Virginia and sell them in New York, you could conceivably clear $4 million.
According to a majority of Americans, a Twinkie is more dangerous than a doobie. In a poll released by NBC News/Wall Street Journal, 1,000 US adults (age 18-plus) were asked which substance is the most harmful to a person’s overall health - marijuana, sugar, tobacco or alcohol?
In March, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica openly challenged the authority of the United Nations’ attempts at preventing pot legalization. In its annual report, the UN agency International Narcotics Control Board termed the landmark legalization of cannabis production and sales by Uruguay in 2013 as a “dangerous” trend and warned the small South American nation—as well as Washington and Colorado—that sanctioning recreational marijuana violates long-standing global treaties.
Vietnam Sentences Smugglers to Death in Prison Trial
Here we go again: Mexican authorities announced on March 9 that Michoacán’s top drug lord, Nazario Moreno (a.k.a. “El Chayo”), was killed in a shoot-out when military and federal police troops raided his 44th birthday party in the pueblo of Apatzingán.
Peru’s National Police announced on February 4 the discovery of over 100,000 cannabis plants in the high Andean community of Minasel (4,000 meters above sea level), on the border of the Áncash and Huánuco regions. The plants were burned in the fields, police said, while the growers escaped into the mountains.
California sweetheart Lil Debbie cannot fake the funk.
Up on the 11th floor of the Standard Hotel in New York City’s East Village, a voice behind the door beckons us inside. We know this voice. We have heard it on tracks with titles like “Bitches,” “Ratchets” and “Bake a Cake,” wavering between stoned cool and venomous wrath, delivering proclamations like “Got four grams in my blunt / Promethazine in my cup / Couple 808s in my trunk / I’m a bossy bitch, so what’s up?”
Cannabis Corpse unite the twin glories of weed and old-school death metal.
Cannabis Corpse vocalist/ bassist “Land” Phil Hall and his bandmates are on their way to a gig in Florida when High Times checks in, and Hall figures it’s about time we called. “We’ve been putting out a lot of marijuana-themed death metal for quite a while now,” he chuckles.
Nashville’s Natural Child take their rock’n’roll party to the country
Jeremy Ray Hargrove
Dancin’ With Wolves, Natural Child’s fourth album, doesn’t take long to coalesce, yet it doesn’t dart out of the gate like some thoroughbred sprinter, either, ambling instead through the relaxed, soulful groove of “Out in the Country.”
Your mornings will take off with these high-flyin’ flapjacks!
BUD 'N' BANANA PANCAKES
Mary Ought Six
This creative and healthy pancake recipe is my new favorite, especially as a wake-and-bake when made with sativa buds or as breakfast-for-dinner with a good indica or hybrid strain. No matter how un-American it may sound to say so, regular pancakes are simply not that good for us.
In 1978 High Times founder Tom Forcade decided to go into the movie business with the Sex Pistolsߞ and didn’t bother to tell them.
I met High Times founder Tom Forçade back in May of 1976. He walked into the office of my magazine, Punk, plopped his cowboy hoots on my desk and said matter-of-factly: “I'm going to make you rich and famous.” Although he couldn’t deliver on that promise, he did bring me on the adventure of a lifetime.
A The US Price Index reached a new low ($284) after dropping over consecutive months; Its year-to-date average Is just $300 an ounce. Meanwhile, the Mids Index finished July $15 above Its previous month's average, reaching Its highest average price since January.
What’s new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
1 Karma Chameleon
2 Future Vape
3 Pack Right
4 Stoned Health
Conceived on a Grateful Dead tour over 20 years ago, Chameleon Glass has grown into a flourishing producer of incredible American-made glass art. Their pipes are unblemished and sturdy. They come in a wide variety of styles and colors, and they’re easy to clean. Enjoy your flowers in color-changing Chameleon glass for the best flavor experience.
These days, there tons of vape pens on the market, but few match the products from Medicali. Their upgraded coil heats up faster and hotter, providing vapor that’s flavorful and concentrated. The company also offers great customer service and a one-year warranty on the electronic components. Try their new Globe attachment for just $14.99!
Airtight, odor-proof and water-resistant, the mighty Tightpac is still the gold standard for plastic containers. And now they’ve come out with a diverse, BPA-free product line that takes care of every imaginable storage need, from stashing a single joint to packing multiple pounds of product. Plus you can’t beat their patented Tightvac closure system.
Health Stone Glass
Many techniques have been recently developed to make consuming hash oils easier and one of our favorites is the new inert ceramic stone from Health Stone Glass. Concentrates are placed on the stone, then heated with a torch to the optimum temperature and inhaled. The resulting vapors bring out all of the flavors of the terpenes without compromising the high.
As pot’s popularity explodes across America, another type of explosion—that of bootleg BHO blasters blowing up their houses—may threaten to thwart its political and social progress.
No matter how you look at it, pot is hot. On TV, we see Justin Bieber hot-boxing his private jet, Miley Cyrus performing in pot-leaf unitards and smoking joints onstage at the MTV Awards, and even respected figures like Dr. Sanjay Gupta coming out in favor of marijuana.
Location: Northern California, with clients in Arizona, Colorado, Washington State and Israel How long have you been in business? Trichome Technologies was formed in 1994. Who are the major players in your company? The founder and president, Kenneth Morrow, has been in the industry for 35 years.
Location: Colorado Springs and Denver Honors: 1st Place, 26th Annual High Times Cannabis Cup (Amsterdam), Best Concentrate; Connoisseurs Award, Secret Cup 2013 How long have you been in business? Emotek Labs debuted in 2012, but we’ve been designing closed-loop extraction systems for over five years.
Part graffiti artist, part ganja-preneur, the 33-year-old oilhead who calls himself E-Merge is one of the fastest-rising stars in dab culture. Originally from the outskirts of Miami in South Florida, E-Merge and his partner “Puff” founded the hand-torch customization company Puff n Dabs and moved to Denver in January 2013.
Location: Denver, Colorado Honors: 2nd Place, 2013 High Times US Hash Cup (Denver); 3rd Place, 2013 High Times Medical Cup (San Francisco); 1st Place, 2013 High Times Seed Company Hash Cup (Amsterdam); 1st Place Overall, 2013 Grassroots/ Hitman 710 Cup; 1st Place and 2nd Place, 2014 High Times Medical Cup (Los Angeles) How long have you been in the business?
Location: Los Angeles, CA Honors: 3rd Place, 2012 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup (Los Angeles), Concentrate; 1st Place, 2012 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup (San Francisco), Non-Solvent Hash; 1st Place, 2013 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup (Los Angeles), Non-Solvent Hash; 1st Place, 2013 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup (San Francisco), Non-Solvent Hash; 3rd Place, 2013 High Times US Cannabis Cup (Denver), Concentrate; 3rd Place, 2013 High Times US Cannabis Cup (Seattle), Non-Solvent Hash; 1st Place, 2014 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup, (Los Angeles), Non-Solvent Hash How long have you been in business?
1.SPITFIRE MICRO TORCH Height: 6” Price: $50 Capacity: 8 gm Max Temp: 2500° Heats to 600° in: 34.32 seconds Features: Child-resistant trigger, flame adjust lever; attached stand with foam rubber bottom; burn time: 30 min; flame range: 1/2”-3” Style: Comes In flat black or red Pros: Hottest flame of any torch we tried; very fast heat; small head/snub-nosed nozzle; fits in pocket; lever on top provides fantastic flame control Cons: Child-proof trigger is a pain to figure out (but easy to remove, if one were so inclined) Conclusion: Once you work out the annoying child-resistant trigger (push up on the wheel with your thumb as you press the trigger down), this is a killer torch. Flame control lever allows you to adjust between laser-like blue precision and free-flowing yellow fire.
2. CIGAR TORCH Height: 6” Price: $60 Capacity: 28.8 ml Max Temp: 2,372° Heats to 600° in: 20.20 seconds Style: Comes in silver, black, red, green, blue, pink, and tie-dye Pros: Thickest flame; fastest heating; base screws on; perfect height for most rig nails Cons: May need to be refilled a lot due to flame intensity, size Conclusion: Best in show. This is the torch we’d most like to have in our holsters.
CIGAR & HOOKAH CHARCOAL TORCH
3. CIGAR & HOOKAH CHARCOAL TORCH Height: 10” Price: $75 Capacity: 40 ml Max Temp: 2,372° Heats to 600° in: 26.26 seconds Features: Flame control dial Style: Comes in black, gold or silver Pros: Longer flame; angled neck; longer lasting fill (up to 130 minutes continuous burn time), cool looking Cons: Not as intense a flame as you’d expect for its size; didn’t’ heat as fast as others; too big—can’t get whole hand around it Conclusion: Unless you have huge hands or a rig with a really high nail position, there are better options available.
4. MINI TORCH Height: 5.5” Price: $45 Capacity: 12.2 ml Max Temp: 2,372° Heats to 600° in: 47.7 seconds Features: Dial-controlled gas flow, large ergonomic button Style: Comes in silver, black, pink, blue, green, red, black/silver with yin yang, black/silver with dragon Pros: Palm-sized; easy to turn on; affordable; flame stays on without a switch Cons: Very slow to heat; must shut off gas flow to stop flame Conclusion: Best for portability/stealth, price and style variety, but takes longer to get your dab on.
5.M-1 Height: 6.5” Price: $40 Capacity: 20 ml Max Temp: 2700° Heats to 600° in: 25.36 seconds Features: 200 min burn time; anti-flare so it works at all angles Style: Chrome finish Pros: Standard, solid performance Cons: Fat/thick handle Conclusion: Same head and comparable flame as Vector, with different canister/ handle. Not bad but nothing special.
6.M-2 Height: 6.25” Price: $60 Capacity: 9 oz Max Temp: 2700° Heats to 600° in: 46.98 seconds Features: 200 min burn time; anti-flare so It works at all angles; removable stand; Style: Slick, shiny silver look, Pros: Shorter, ergonomic finger grip handle; window on side of canister with max fill line to show butane level, slimmer/shorter than the M1 Cons: Took a long time to heat to dabbing temp Conclusion: With its comfortable hold and easy to see when you’ll need to refill, this torch has distinct advantages overmany of its counterparts.
7.MINITRO Height: 6.3” Price: $50 Capacity: .35 fl. oz Max Temp: 2106° Heats to 600° in: 27.94 seconds Features: Removable stand; flame lock switch; burn time: 45-80 mins Style: Comes in black, silver, blue, orange, red, yellow, purple and indigo Pros: Fast heating for a smaller torch; good portability Cons: Flame lock switch and child proof switch a bit sticky; spring-loaded air control lever doesn’t lock, is hard to adjust while operating torch Conclusion: Not bad, but not the top of field.
8. NITRO Height: 7.25” Price: $70 Capacity: .85 fl oz Max Temp: 2400° Heats to 600° in: 24.98 seconds Features: burn time: 90-120 mins; air control lever to adjust flame width Style: Comes in 10 colors Pros: Solid flame, E-merge recommended Cons: Spring-loaded air control lever doesn’t lock, is hard to adjust while operating torch Conclusion: A solid, durable torch.
1. DOMELESS NAIL Available for both male or female joints, this nail has a sombrero-style head with a super deep cup. The numerous fins underneath help dissipate the heat so it doesn’t transfer to the glass. Despite their solid fit, they stay loose enough so that even if the metal expands it won’t get stuck or break the glass. Plus, the hits tasted really good. Recommended. Grade 2;$70, with Disc Dabber set (pictured): $100
2. DOME NAIL Good solid nails, with counterweights at the bottom to keep from wobbling. The titanium seems good quailty, it hits ok and has a decent taste. On the downside, the beehive style graduated nail head has almost no cup to it—it barely has a lip around the edge. Unfortunately, this means you can’t do very big dabs because the oil may slide off and run down the ridges. Pretty good for solventless though. Grade 2; $60-$65
3. V3 ADJUSTABLE For use with a dome. Available in 14 or 18 mm. The first adjustable nail on the market. Removable counterweight. $80-$108
4. FLUX For use with a dome. Available with plain, turbine or concave cup, in 10,14 or 18 mm. The unique air intake hole on the stem means there’s barely any metal between the head and glass. It heats up quick, and thanks to the hole you can hold the shaft even if the head is hot. The dish is deep, and the small spike inside the turbine model holds on to bits of shatter nicely. Plus its very affordable. $38-$55
5. DOMELESS V2 Available in standard (10mm), or tapered DualiTi (fits both 14 and 18 mm joints), and TriniTi (fits 10,11 & 14mm) styles. Only downside is that they can transfer a lot of heat to glass. $70
6. INFINITI Topping the list in inventiveness, versatility, airflow, heat retention and overall quality, the InfiniTi is the Rolls Royce of ti nails. It screws aparts to reveal 5 interchangeable pieces that will fit any 14 or 18 mm joint, male or female. A bit more but well worth the cost. $150
7. DOMELESS ELEMENT When it comes to health and flavor, ceramic rules. There’s no seasoning necessary, and the hits are nice and clean-tasting. It holds heat for a long time (you can take 2-3 dabs on one heating) and can be easily cleaned with heat after each hit. If used properly, it can be a viable alternative to titanium. But, there are many caveats: it can crack and shatter apart if heated too high, and the last thing you want is 600 degree pieces flying off onto your lap or sofa. To avoid this, always heat it evenly and from further above—never in one spot, and never until it gets red (if you have dark residue after your dab it was probably too hot). This technique requires a lot of movement, perhaps even using two handsߞwhich can be tiring since it takes a while to heat up (and cool off). Also, since ceramic breaks and/ or deteriorates far more rapidly than titanium, it’ll probably need to be replaced more often (every 1-3 months or so). Overall, its a nice tool to have in your repertoire, but probably won’t replace your regular ti nail. Medical grade ceramic; $50
8. DOMELESS A generic version of the Highly Educated design-practically an exact duplicate but slightly thinner and not machined as well. Price: N/A
9. QUARTZ Cool look—like an upside down wine glass. The long goose neck keeps heat away from stem. The deep dish leaves a lot of residue, but also keeps oil from winding up in the rig. Very delicate, might break easily. Price: N/A
10. ADJUSTABLE Counterweights at the bottom are also narrower heads. Decent airflow. Price: N/A
HONEY HOLE 3
11. HONEY HOLE 3 The Joel Halen Honey Hole is a quartz domeless with a large dabbing surface and a large lip, allowing for huge dabs. Its thickness gives it good durability and heat retention—usually a problem for glass and lesser quartz nails. Provides very clean-tasting hits. Plus, this new model is also e-nail compatible. The top of the line in the glass/quartz nail market. Highly recommended. $130
12 ADJUSTABLE Standard adjustable nail with thick fin/nut and removable counter-weight. $75
SIDEARM V2 DOMELESS
13.SIDEARM V2 DOMELESS Available for male or female joints. Cool looking side arm design reduces heat transfer to the glass joint, but the protrusion makes it easier to burn yourself. Deep “bucket” in head makes it easy to do giant globs. $100-$120
14. DOMELESS Available in all sizes for male or female joints. When we heated it, the metal expanded and it slipped down tighter onto the joint and got stuck. $90
15. ROOK DOMELESS A 4-in-1 interchangeable (male or female, 14 or 18 mm) domeless. Design not bad, but not the best taste. $120
Dabber Donkey These nails may look pretty, but we weren’t very impressed with their quality. First off, neither the 14 mm nor 18mm seemed to fit our rigs snugly. They felt too thin and lightweight-more like aluminum than titanium. They heated rapidly, but didn’t hold heat for long. The 5 button holes allowed a bit too much airflow, causing your lungs to fill before the smoke was even gone. The holes also let oil inside. Upon closer examination, we noticed metal burs inside—a clear sign that they were poorly machined and unfinished. And finally, the color: We’re not sure how this color-treated titanium was made, but some of it came off during seasoning and we’d rather not have the rest come off in our lungs. Colored nails may seem like a fun novelty, but not at the sacrifice of health. We prefer our titanium natural, not colored, thanks. Grade 2; $130
17. THE KING This sombrero-style domeless nail provides good draw (doesn't take in too much air) and good flavor retention. The shelf is curved, preventing the concentrate remnants from building up in the corners. Highly recommended. Grade 1; $85
18. THE QUEEN Nicknamed the “pepper shaker,” this nail has great airflow and a huge dabbing surface, but you have to place your dab carefully so as not to get oil in the holes. Otherwise, it can get stuck in them, causing them to smoke and making it harder to get a clean hit. Grade 1; $85
THE BISHOP-KING & QUEEN STYLE
19. THE BISHOP-KING & QUEEN STYLE A unique universal domeless nail. Fits many sized joints, male or female and doesn’t stick to stem like sleeved versions often do. Recommended. Grade 1; $100
High Times Editorial Staff
Torches When choosing a blowtorch for dabbing, there are a few criteria to consider: the power and heat of the flame, maximum reachable temperature, size and butane capacity, style, comfort and of course, price. We tested out an assortment of models from a few of the most popular butane torch companies on the scene.
Now I’m no religious fanatic, so please forgive any such overtones, but when one sees an old decommissioned military base—complete with silos that housed Tomahawk missiles and ICBMs during the Cold War era—being used to house massive (and legal) marijuana grow operations in the middle of Colorado, well, one might feel compelled to make some sort of strong statement about divine intervention ... or, at the very least, the miraculous nature of the kind of change that I honestly never thought I’d see in this lifetime.
There’s a good chance you’re reading this article after a long session of late-night gaming over the warm glow of a dimly lit joint. Good for you—and now let me tell you how you got to your current stage in life. The truth is that your favorite games have been slowly evolving to align with your stoned tendencies—but you probably already knew that.
CLANDESTINE CANNABIS CULTIVATION IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS
Drought Conditions=Extreme Heat and Littte Rainfall
Collecting and Storing Rainwater
Storage Containers and Reservoirs
Over the last several years, outdoor marijuana crops have been relentlessly attacked by hot, dry weather conditions. In late 2012, as we were driving cross-country in an 18-wheeler, almost every cornfield we observed was brown and completely dried out.
DR.CARL HART IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE SCIENTIST. HAVING STUDIED ABUSE AND ADDICTION FOR THE PAST 16 YEARS, HE HAS COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT MOST OF WHAT IS ACCEPTED AS FACT REGARDING DRUGS, EVEN IN ACADEMIA, IS BASED ON DRUG WAR PROPAGANDA AND HAS LITTLE SCIENTIFIC BASIS.
Providing answers to the thorny question of what makes a medium “organic.”
Soil vs. “Soilless”
When it comes to cannabis cultivation, especially with medical marijuana, many growers are interested in using organic mediums. However, there are always debates about what exactly constitutes “organic,” particularly if the garden is indoors.
Light leaks, flushing, seeded buds, growroom cooling and more....
SUBJECT: Seeded Bud
I grew one plant from a feminized seed that I purchased from a seed bank. The plant didn’t produce any male flowers, yet every bud is full of seeds. How can this be? Is it normal for female plants grown from feminized seed to produce seeds without being pollinated?
I had a great strain for my insomnia, but my source got into legal troubles. Other strains don’t help. What should I do? Baked but Awake Hi Baked, Prohibition hurts! Both THC and CBD increase sedation, so you might get lucky and find a comparable strain.
The breakneck speed of growth in the cannabis industry has allowed for some incredible innovations. But innovations are often followed by imitations: Go to any headshop and you’ll see countless e-pens that are exactly the same save for a letter in their name, glass with virtually identical designs, and titanium or electric nails that have ripped off other companies’ components.
It was a week before the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup was set to open its doors in San Bernardino, and I once again found myself in the City of Lost Angels looking for some excitement. Luckily, I didn’t have to look far: that Friday night, my buddies in the stoner rock/reggae band Lionize happened to be holding a record-release party for their latest album, Jetpack Soundtrack, at Swinghouse Studios in Hollywood—and fellow pot star Danny Danko and I were already on the guest list.
Can you see it? It’s the light at the end of the prohibition tunnel!
The Promise of Presidential Elections
Stars Align for International Reformers
Allen St. Pierre
Anticipation is a wonderful thing. Without a doubt, 2014 and 2015 will be signal years for cannabis-law reform. Dozens of bills are being introduced at the state level. Over half a dozen bills are being introduced in Congress. And there are voter initiatives on legalization on the ballot in both Alaska and Oregon.
Jared Moffat navigates the currents of legalization in the Ocean State.
Thanks to growing public and political support, Rhode Island is likely to become the first state to legalize the adult use of marijuana through the legislative process. And one young activist, Jared Moffat, is doing everything he can to see that happen.
On January 1, over-the-counter pot sales became legal in the Rocky Mountain State. The results have been astounding: soaring tax revenue, new employment opportunities and absolutely no sign of the “decay of Colorado’s moral fabric,” as anti-pot zealots predicted.