Marni fell in love with glass at the age of 15, mesmerized by its possibilities. By the age of 17, she was taking classes. “I was searching for a place in life and glass was my home,” Marni says. “I moved right in. I spent my life savings to buy a torch and tools and quit my job working in our family restaurant.
On May 30,2014, the House of Representatives approved a measure stripping the Feds and their satanic stormtroopers, the Drug Enforcement Agency, of the ability to spend tax dollars to undermine state-authorized medical marijuana laws.
Luke Scarmazzo and his lifelong friend, Ricardo Montes, are currently serving 20 years for operating a medical marijuana dispensary in Modesto, CA. The fact that there are over 2,000 similar businesses operating freely and legally in the very same state makes their incarceration all the more obscene.
If all we fight for is medical marijuana, only medical marijuana will be legal.
Medical marijuana has always been something of a Faustian bargain for the pro-pot community, trading away the prospect of wholesale legalization by ceding the right to determine who can use the plant. Rather than fighting for the principle that government has no business policing the adult use of marijuana, whether medical or recreational, the bargain was to fight for the right of only the sickest and most disabled among us to use pot, and then only for medicinal purposes.
Try telling these people that marijuana is harmful.
Joy Williams At 48, this Marquette, MI resident popped nearly 50 prescription pills daily. She weighed more than 400 pounds and was virtually bedridden. Over 30 years, the drugs she took for back and neck pain damaged her kidneys, liver and heart.
Just after the NFL draft, reports surfaced that the league was considering a “significant increase” to the THC threshold necessary for a positive test. Additionally, player punishments for using pot would be reduced. Presently, 15 ng/mL (15 nanograms of THC per .001 liter of blood) constitutes a positive cannabis test in the NFL.
It was the worst possible Mother’s Day for Sally and Tom Schaeffer of Burlington, WI. Their 7-year old daughter Lydia passed away in her sleep, likely due to epileptic seizures. The tragic irony was that little Lydia died while on a waiting list for the potentially life-saving cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which she and her family helped legalize just one month earlier.
While major insurance companies partially cover costs of pharmaceutical drugs—those with potentially deadly side effects—they refuse to offer consumer co-pays for medicinal marijuana. Insurers continue to cling to the “lack of evidence” argument: That medical pot hasn’t proven to be safe and effective compared to conventional drugs.
A motion filed by the Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture (KDA) in May affirmed that the cultivation of hemp is “legal.” The motion was filed in federal court demanding that the DEA return 250 pounds of hemp seeds shipped from Italy that were seized at Louisville, KY International Airport.
One thing for sure about boy bands—eventually they wanna grow up. Take Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson of the English/Irish pop band One Direction. In May, on the way to a performance at the Estadio Nacional in Peru, the two shot a video of themselves sharing a joint while traveling through the streets of Lima.
The anti-pot organization Project SAM is so desperate to mislead their members and cast pot in a negative light that they failed to fact-check a May fundraising appeal which centered on a three-and-a-half-year-old President Obama quote in a flimsy attempt to bolster their propaganda.
According to the World Health Organization’s “Global status report on alcohol and health 2014,” 3.3 million people died worldwide in 2012 from all harmful uses of hooch, a figure that’s considerably higher than the 2.5 million booze-related deaths tallied in a similar 2011 WHO report.
We made an error in our Denver Cannabis Cup write-up in our Aug.’14 issue. On p.18, we mistakenly wrote that Sour Jilly was from Green Dragon Health Services and TC Labs. The correct names of the winners are Green Dream Health Services and TC Labs.
Colombia: Pressure Grows to Expand Decrim On March 28, Susana Muhamad, general secretary of the Bogotá mayor’s office, urged the Colombian government to open debate on broadening the country’s policy of cannabis decriminalization.
Schoolboy Q breaks out the bud and a world-beating Oxymoron.
Schoolboy Q is agitating for a High Times cover. The 27-year-old LA rapper figures he belongs on Mount Kushmore alongside senior heads Snoop, B Real, Method Man and Redman. In his career, he’s moving hard to silence any doubt. But just now, he’s freshly baked and ready for his close-up.
Hot Sugar’s found-sound hip-hop beats get deeper as you get higher.
Psychedelic musicians strive to create music that embodies the elements of a high, serving as an aural playground for those under the influence. In sobriety, you filter out the extraneous sounds that bombard your hearing, but being high loosens that filter and evokes a hyperawareness of the bustling world of vibrations around you.
Solid new book is long on great interviews, short on advice.
Dean Becker, a former reporter at noncommercial KPFT in Houston, has produced a worthwhile if deceptively named book in To End the War on Drugs: A Guide for Politicians, the Press and Public. Rather than the activist how-to manual promised in the subtitle, the book is a series of interviews with leading lights in the drug-policy reform movement.
I’m a big fan of oozing chocolate, and I know I’m not alone in that. Chocolate lava cake is one of those indulgent desserts that I’ll always save room for at a favorite restaurant, especially when it’s paired with a scoop of vanilla gelato or fresh-whipped cream—or both!
I recently had an epiphany while floating away in a nitrous oxide bubble and it went something like this... Legend has it—and this is verifiable—that High Times founder Thomas King Forçade conceived the idea for his epic drug magazine with a group of friends over a tank of nitrous oxide.
After substantial increases last month, the US and Kind indices were both down in September. The Kind Index experienced the biggest drop, falling $42 from its previous month’s average to hit a year-low price of $372 an ounce. Blue Dream is on the rise, making its fifth top five appearance of 2014 in September and finishing the month as the second most submitted strain.
Our 2012 STASH Award winners are back with a brand-new batch of products designed to prevent the optical damage that can result from repeated exposure to grow lights. Method Seven’s flagship HPS (high-pressure sodium) model is joined by versions for MH (metal halide), LED (light-emitting diodes) and even outdoor sunshine! All of their glasses are color-balanced to a specific spectrum of light and protect you from eye injury while also allowing you to see your plants clearly, leading to quicker and more accurate diagnoses of pests and deficiencies.
Yielder Max from Cabinet grow The Yielder Max makes a perfect starter system for first-time growers: It’s stealthy, easy to use, and arrives at your door ready to plug in and grow. At only 2’ x 2’ x 5’, it fits just about anywhere and features a duct silencer, inline centrifugal fan and a washable/reusable pre-filter. You can grow hydro or in soil, and many upgrades are available. The shelf is removable, giving you the option to grow either shorter plants in perpetual harvest or 4-foot monsters. Cabinet Grow also provides a 90-day money-back guarantee and a three-year warranty with lifetime grow support. Starting at $1599 cabinetgrow.com
Producer Royale from BC Northern Lights The leader in growbox technology since 2001, BC Northern Lights continue to innovate the industry. Their boxes are the only ones on the market built from the ground up, not repurposed cabinets or storage units. Their Producer Royale package comes with everything you’d get in their popular 18-plant, fully automated Producer (measuring 54” wide, 28” deep and 51” high), plus an odor-free dryer unit, even more nutrients, lighting upgrades, tons of backup parts and more— all backed with personal support available seven days a week. $4300 bcnorthernlights.com
GreenGro Technologies Growers seeking to customize their cultivation space should look no further than GreenGro Technologies. They provide an almost infinite assortment of modular grow spaces, from the smallest compartment to massive, expandable warehouse-sized systems. Everything is odor-proof and built to spec with solid construction to fit your unique space. They even offer design, construction and maintenance services for their units, as well as management and staff training for their clients. Get started growing with GreenGro now! Prices vary greengrotech.com
SuperCloset SuperNova LED Growboxes are notorious for overheating, resulting in slower growth and sometimes even dead plants. That’s why we love this new growbox from SuperCloset featuring the Kind LED (also a STASH Award winner this year): because it stays cool while delivering the goods. This all-in-one cabinet measures 46” wide by 24” deep by 78” tall. The bottom vegetation chamber includes a SuperCloner-50 as well as a SuperMother hydroponic system, dual-carbon filtration configuration, T5 side lighting, a net trellis and perfect airflow provided by the internal air-circulation system. $3295 supercloset.com
New Hydroponic Innovation
Pyramide 100 x 100 x 100 Vertical cannabis growing takes advantage of all the available space to get more marijuana out of the same basic footprint. The new Pyramide hydroponic system uses a unique pyramid-shaped design to double your harvest for a single 1-square-meter area. Or you can combine two units (as we’ve done in the photo) and turn 2 square meters into 4 square meters! Plants grow on tiers toward a centrally located light source (you have to provide the light.) Plants are fed top-down from the built-in reservoir.
Trim Pro Rotor XL Some people grow a relatively modest amount of weed that they can harvest and trim themselves (or with the help of a few friends). For those who tend to grow a bit more, the new Trim Pro Rotor XL can do the job quickly and efficiently. The technicians at Trim Pro have designed this new unit to work more quickly and gently than before, while setting a new standard for decreasing the noise levels typical for large-scale trimming machines.
Stealth Grow SG90 Grow tents are an affordable alternative to wooden or solid metal growboxes, and they possess a few distinct advantages as well—especially in terms of stealth, by being easy to set up as well as take down and move, if necessary. But not all grow tents are built the same. The SG90 from Stealth Grow provides plenty of light-tight space to grow tall plants in just a 35.4” x 34.4” footprint. Plus it's easy to install your exhaust fan and filter to the ventilation port, and hanging your grow light is a breeze.
Black Holes Hydro Automated drip emitters can simplify watering—as long as everything runs smoothly. The units from Black Holes Hydro ensure that the typical dripper problems, such as dry pockets and clogged emitters, don’t bother you. The dripper has a unique design that surrounds the plant’s base and provides nutrient solution to all areas of the root zone. Made in the USA from 100 percent recycled plastic, these sturdy, stable units are available in ½-inch or ¼-inch barb to connect with existing standard plumbing, and they work with rockwool, coco coir, grow rocks and soilless-mix applications.
CT-01 Terpene Isolator/Cold Trap From Across International Our old buddy K from Trichome Technologies, an expert in the field of hash-oil production, teamed up with concentrate-processing oven lab equipment leaders Across International to create a cold-trap filter for vacuum lines in oil-vane pump systems. This allows essential-oil extract artists to separate and remove individual terpenoids and reintroduce them to the final product. Butanehash-oil creators, rejoice! No more liquid nitrogen or dry ice is necessary due to this amazing new patent-pending device. Price to be determined
Commercial Water-Filtration Unit
HyperLogic Reverse Osmosis Commercial growers with large investments can't afford to use tap water in their reservoirs and risk damaging their plants with contaminated solution. Reverse-osmosis (RO) filtration is a must to bring down the ppm (parts per million) levels of dissolved solids in your water, but most of the units available today are slow to produce clean H2O—and thirsty plants can't wait. HyperLogic’s industrial-size units solve this problem and then some, providing 2,000 to 19,000 gpd (gallons per day) without the impurities typically found in city, reservoir or well water.
LED Lighting System
K3L600 from Kind LED New innovations in LED lighting have finally made the longstanding dream of growing with LEDs a reality. Less electrical consumption and reduced heat output will be enticing to growers, but the question is whether the yields compare with traditional high-intensity discharge (HID) lights. The new Kind LED K3 L600 uses a proprietary 12-band perfect spectrum to produce excellent coverage with true canopy penetration that promotes leaf thickening, shorter internodes between branches and maximized bud production. The K3 L600 performs so well that some growers are switching from HID lighting altogether in favor of this game-changing technology.
Powerbox HD-1000W With the most stable light output on the market, the new Powerbox HD-1000W digital ballast is a revolution in lighting technology. Thanks to its extra heat-sinking design, the ballast can run at optimal levels even under harsh conditions and over long periods. Powerbox spent more than two years on engineering and testing to perfect this ballast, and the results are truly impressive. It can also run with the new double-ended bulbs, which increase the light output to your garden even further.
Dutch Master Nutrients Commercial Edition Dutch Master Nutrients have been producing high-quality plant foods out of Australia since 1998, always using lab-grade ingredients and rigorous testing. Now they’ve released their Commercial Edition, a new line of nutes developed especially for large-scale pot production, with specific formulas tailor-made for various mediums including water culture, coco coir and soil (both indoors and out). Plus their online nutrient calendar eliminates the mystery and provides you with a feeding program carefully designed for best results.
LED Lighting Selection
G8LED Systems from Dorm Grow Many LED lighting systems exhibit a “one size fits all” mentality, so we’re pleased to see the many different offerings from Dorm Grow. Their line of G8LED full-spectrum lights are high-quality and produce big yields using an optimal eight-band color ratio, with six different options available depending on your canopy size. Healthy plant growth under lights that have minimal heat output and low electrical consumption is a win/win/win for growers looking to upgrade their cultivation setup.
New Nutrient Line
Veganic growing takes organics to the next level, eschewing animal products such as guanos and bone or blood meal to produce connoisseur-quality cannabis. Using Vegamatrix for your garden means you'll get clean buds that burn properly, leaving a wispy white ash instead of the black char you typically see from nuggets grown with synthetic chemicals. The easy-to-use nutrient calendar and 95 percent organic four-part mix will simplify your feeding process, plus you can contact the company online for additional support. Vegamatrix is also 100 percent nontoxic and safe for people, pets and the planet.
Pure Essentials Black Label Flush It’s important to leach out any nutrient-salt buildup from your plants during the last two weeks of flowering in order to produce buds that burn and taste properly. By drenching your plants’ roots with a solution of 8 to 10 ml of Pure Essentials Black Label Flush for each gallon of plain water, you can reverse the damage caused by overfeeding as you approach harvest time in any growing medium. This one simple step will remove the harshness from your harvested bud, resulting in connoisseur-quality pot.
Stricky Bye-Bye Growers, trimmers and dabbers all know how getting oily plant resins on your hands can slow things down to a crawl. Now you can avoid these sticky situations with the new products from Sticky Bye-Bye. Made using a natural solvent derived from citrus rinds, their salt-scrub and salt-free versions are highly effective while remaining 100% natural. These products clean scissors, pruning tools, pipes, dabbers and more. For cleaning your hands, simply rub in some Sticky Bye-Bye well and then wash it off with soap and hot water.
Mad Hatter Soil Bomb Light & Perfect Storm It can be hard finding the perfect soil mix for growing cannabis. Some are too dense and get compacted after a few waterings, while others don’t seem to absorb water at all. These two choices from Mad Flatter are ideal: try Perfect Storm if you like your nutes premixed and Soil Bomb Light if you prefer to mix your own. Plus the Mad Flatter nutrient line complements these soils perfectly, so be sure to get the entire package to solve your medium and feeding issues once and for all.
Each year, the High Times Cultivation Department travels far and wide-from closet grows and industrial-size warehouse operations to hempfests and hydroponic trade shows-in order to compile a list of the world’s best grow gear for our annual STASH (Significant Technological Achievements in Secretive Horticulture) Awards.
When it comes to the ubiquitous club drug, a few questions have to be asked: What is it exactly? Where did it come from? How dangerous is it? And is it even MDMA?
It’s All Good With Molly
A Kinder, Gentler Psychedelic
MDMA Before Molly
Molly Goes Mainstream
Where Does Molly Come From?
What’s in Fake Molly?
Is Molly Safe?
Turn On, Tune In, Wise Up
James L. Kent
I’m sitting in Mike’s office, staring across a table full of beer bottles, cocktail glasses and ashtrays filled with lipstick-covered cigarette butts. A large bong dominates the center of the table, and baggies and bottles of weed are scattered around the islands of dirty dishes.
A lifelong indoor pot cultivator decides to try his hand at marijuana farming under that great big grow light in the sky.
Braving the Elements
Subcool’s Playhouse For the record, this was actually Subcool’s second official attempt at growing outdoors. He started last year with a few plants that a friend gave him as a housewarming present to welcome him to the West Coast. He learned a few things from his garden that summer, including that he doesn’t get caterpillars.
What happens when pot becomes legal, but you can’t find a suitable place to grow? You go prospecting!
We really are a bunch of complainers. We get stuck in traffic, our airplane flight gets delayed or canceled, our cable TV goes out, we can’t get a signal on our smartphone. We gripe regularly about how getting through the day in 2014 has become soooo hard.
Conceptually, cannabis and global warming share a few things in common. Both have been the subject of controversy for decades, polarizing everyone from politicians of the same party to members of the same family. Also, both have been distorted by those with a political agenda, whether it’s the supposed dangers of pot or the scientific consensus surrounding climate change.
ACTOR, WRITER, MONOLOGIST, ACTIVIST, RADIO HOST AND, PERHAPS MOST FAMOUSLY, THE FORMER FRONT MAN OF THE LEGENDARY CALl PUNK BAND BLACK FLAG, HENRY ROLLINS IS A MAN WHOSE ENERGY AND IMPASSIONED BELIEFS TAKE HIM EVERYWHERE. HE’S APPEARED AS A PLAYABLE CHARACTER IN VARIOUS VIDEO GAMES, COLLABORATED WITH EVERYONE FROM THE BAD BRAINS TO WILLIAM SHATNER, AND EVEN PRODUCED AN ACOUSTIC ALBUM BY CHARLES MANSON (NOT AVAILABLE IN STORES).
Featured Strain of the Month: Star Dawg, 19.81% THC
When we talk about adding carbon dioxide to marijuana gardens, the science behind the theory isn’t specific to cannabis alone. All plants need CO2 to develop, grow and be healthy. However, with flowering plants such as marijuana, adding CO2 to a garden can greatly increase their yields.
Proper flushing, growing indicas, when to breed, power outages and more....
Danko Tip: Yellowing leaves are typically a sign of nitrogen deficiency or pH Imbalance.
Danko Tip: Buds placed too close to the grow lights can burn or exhibit “bleaching” or whitening of the affected flowers.
Danko Tip: Cover all Indicator bulbs (such as those on power strips) with black tape to avoid light leaks that can cause hermaphroditism.
I need a short-plant indica strain that has a nice “before bed” buzz. I suffer from insomnia and want to grow my own medicine. I have two 400-watt high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights and am going to grow in soil. A nice yielder would be a bonus, and I’m also thinking about growing organically.
Hi Searcher, I admire your quest, but cannabinol isn’t really psychoactive. It might make THC have a bigger impact, but few plants contain very much. A DEA pharmacologist states firmly that CBD Is Schedule I, which means Its possession carries the potential for serious penalties.
Another installment on how to avoid terriBHO experiences.
Imagine that a friend pulls out their latest batch of BHO and offers you a dab. You look at it but get the feeling that something’s not quite right. Perhaps it’s the color, or the texture, or the smell, that’s turning you off. Should you dab it? The answer is an emphatic no!
River Rock Wellness hosts a unique luncheon for some of their best buds..
Being an editor at High Times is a fun gig, but that doesn’t mean the workload can’t get pretty hectic at times— especially when preparing for our biggest event ever, the U.S. Cannabis Cup in Denver this past April. So if I’m given the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few hours and break bread with some good friends, I’m grateful.
Let’s take pride in our industry and culture and demand our rightful place on the economic scene.
Allen St. Pierre
Question: Should adults who enjoy beer, wine, distilled spirits, tobacco, pornography or cannabis feel guilty and ashamed? The answer is clearly no—not if it’s done with conscious responsibility. Then, by logical and moral extension, neither should those adults who produce and sell these very same products feel guilty and ashamed.
Pennsylvania activist Les Stark is a devotee of the entire plant. Les Stark has always had a passion for hemp and its many possible uses. After serving in the Marine Corps as a tank crewman throughout the 1980s, Les turned his focus to his true love and undertook a five-year project researching the history of hemp in his home state of Pennsylvania.
Cultivation editor Nico Escondido breaks down the various types of cultivation systems and their requirements to get you up and growing quickly with ease. Know the basics before spending hundreds of your hard-earned dollars! The pot industry is growing stronger by the day.