Based in the mountains of Vermont, Matt McLamb is a “studio rat,” working countless hours in his home studio. He’s a self-taught artist who’s been behind the torch since 2001. Matt’s an innovator, constantly bringing new ideas to the table and experimenting with new techniques.
For most Americans, buying pot isn’t like buying a quart of milk. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s so-so and sometimes who knows? We asked a burning question: How’s your stash right now? A third of the 2,200-plus respondents say they’re smoking great weed.
What a difference a few years make, eh? In the old days (not that long ago), when High Times was teaching people how to make a buck in the marijuana industry, it was by participating in an activity that, in their ignorance, the powers-that-be had declared illegal.
I’m a board-certified physician’s assistant (a.k.a. midlevel provider) who was recently terminated by a large medical group in New Mexico, despite having a medical cannabis card! I have filed a lawsuit for illegal termination and have done a couple of interviews, most recently with KOB Channel 4 here in Albuquerque, NM.
ALL SYSTEMS GROW Pot plants exhibit explosive growth rates when hydroponic systems are fully dialed in and heavy branches need trellising for support. Learn all about the many different styles of Indoor hydro in Nico Escondido's article on page 64.
The police are routinely murdering dogs in their marijuana raids. Where’s the outcry?
“Canicide by cop” is the phenomenon in which law-enforcement officers shoot and kill pet dogs in the performance of their duties. People may imagine the scenario of a late-night, no-knock raid in which a cop has to shoot a snarling pit bull charging to attack him—even though the cop is wearing bulletproof armor and there’s never been a documented instance of a family dog killing a police officer.
Stoners abound in our nation’s most populous regions.
Colorado Front Range
San Francisco Bay Area
Seattle Metro Area
Greater Los Angeles Area/the Southland
Amsterdam is no longer the planet’s marijuana mecca. Denver is! A recent Movoto Blog review calculated that there’s one Mile High dispensary for every 3,780 residents-to say nothing of the recreational pot shops that have opened since then.
Let’s kill another myth: Legal pot doesn’t lead to increased teen use. Despite medical marijuana’s legality in nearly half of the US, pot use among high-school students is essentially unchanged, according to the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey issued by the Centers for Disease Control.
Legal cannabis can’t take all the credit, but Denver International Airport had a record number of passengers in April—over 4 million, up 130,275 from the same time last year. April, of course, is the month of 4/20. Along with the High Times Cannabis Cup in Denver and a citywide celebration culminating in a downtown rally that drew thousands of people, it’s only natural that pot tourism would contribute to the spike in Colorado travel—especially since legal retail pot shops have been open since January.
Remember the urban legend that Big Tobacco had plans in place to sell packs of joints like cigarettes? Guess what? That was no myth! Newly uncovered archives at the University of California in San Francisco reveal that in the ’60s and ’70s, tobacco corporations did explore marketing weed.
Pot is addictive and harms its users’ health. How do we know that? Because Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, says so. In June, she was cited as the lead author of “Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use,” published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Despite an election-year pledge by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Big Apple’s racist war on marijuana users continues undisturbed. After a decline in the number of petty pot arrests in the harsh winter months of January and February 2014, low-level weed busts increased in March and April compared to the same months in 2013—mostly in low-income minority neighborhoods.
When the Canadian government ran the country’s medical marijuana program, Health Canada’s performance was abysmal—inferior cannabis products, backlogged patient applications and badly written cultivation laws. The agency completely revamped the program as of April 1, barring patients and caregivers from cultivation and allowing licensed cannabis companies to handle the action.
“I’m trying to help Greg die with dignity and peace.” That’s the reason given by Deb Ploetz, 63, for moving from Texas to Colorado so that her husband can use medical cannabis to treat his serious mental illness. Greg Ploetz played defensive tackle for the University of Texas Longhorns.
On May 10, the Mexican government began to swear in members of Michoacán state’s “community police” vigilante network as a new rural police force, part of an effort to bring the self-defense militias under state control. An initial 240 “community police” members gathered for the ceremony in the village of Tepacaltepec, a stronghold of the movement, where they received new blue uniforms and registered their rifles (or turned them in for state-issued AR-15s).
Adventuresome stoners will love the latest performance trend popping up all over the US: Immersive theater. The movement was pioneered by the wildly popular Sleep No More, set in a NYC warehouse transformed into an “abandoned” hotel.
For those of us who weren’t born with a body double, the obvious question for the comedy team of Kenny and Keith Lucas is: “What’s it like?” Keith responds first (we think): “We go through identity crises all the time,” he says. “It’s an existential breakdown.
Naked Lip Butter isn’t just a soothing salve that helps heal cold sores and chapped lips; it also keeps your kisser so smooth and supple that you won’t be able to live without it. It’s great for treating skin issues, too: Smooth it over your new ink to help that tattoo heal!
When it comes to weed, Mike Watt knows when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.
Mike Watt’s majestic performances on bass and in the genre-defying music he produces are as fluid and flexible as his integrity is unyielding. Go ahead, just try and catch him doing anything “mersh” (Watt-speak for going commercial or selling out).
Chicago noise-metallers Oozing Wound will leave you groping for your countenance ... and perhaps a bong.
Vaped and Pillaged
If it’s extreme metal we’re talking about, who needs melody, harmony or even “songs” when you can have a lotta heavy riffing and hatred and shouting? Take it from Oozing Wound, this is all that’s required. Their motto? “Get High, Fuck, Destroy.” It’s an attitude that bleeds all over their recent album Retrash (Thrill Jockey), a headbanging-to-the-50th-power experience that reduces the very concept of thrash metal down to its cathartic core.
Heavy reverie, indeed: This new album by the psychonautic Buffalo Killers is hard-hitting yet dreamy, filled with weighty guitar riffs matched by free-floating lyrics that loosely explore the head-space of brothers Zachary and Andrew Gabbard, the band’s lead songwriters.
Cali’s two greenest treasures in one delicious dessert.
I first found out about avocado cake via an old recipe book of my mother’s. This particular recipe’s sinful combination of ingredients is as old-school as Wonder Bread, but it yields a modern-day stoner delight. Though there’s plenty of butter to play with in this cake, when I recently discovered that green dragon sugar can be made in two hours, I had to go that route.
It’s often the case that when tragedy occurs, a nation will take advantage of the subsequent outrage and confusion to grab land, resources or power, much like looters emptying out an electronics store in the middle of a riot. Such was the case after 9/11, when America enacted the Patriot Act, began illegally eavesdropping on millions of its citizens, and started two ill-conceived and intractable wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The US Price and Kind indices essentially held steady in October after significant drops in average price last month. The Mids Index, however, dropped $36 from its previous month’s average, plummeting all the way down to just $248 an ounce.
Legalization and the cannabis industry's exponential growth means that there’s no shortage of opportunities to get your foot in the door. Check out our top pot jobs and start working now!
5 Tips For Success
13 Top Pot Jobs
The Results Are In
Cannabis legalization has created thousands of new jobs. For the first time in American history, an economy based on growing, selling and using legal marijuana exists. In fact, the industry is developing at such a rapid pace that it’s hard to put a number on just how big it is.
At TC Labs in Colorado, producing high-quality concentrates is the name of the game.
Over the past two years, TC Labs has built its brand by working closely with Colorado’s top cultivators, processing the very best plants into high-powered concentrates. The company has designed and constructed its own state-of-the-art “dab lab,” including an expansive onsite grow op.
Everything you need to know about the best indoor setups.
Passive vs. Active
Hydro vs. Non-Hydro
About Soilless Grow Mediums
Types of Hydroponic Systems
NFT and Aeroponics
Types of Hydroponic Grow Mediums
Top-Feed Spray Emitter
Top-Feed Timed Flow
Before you head out to your local hydro shop, there are a few things to consider beyond just what type of grow system will fit in your available space. How does the system work exactly, and how much time and attention will it need? Are there moving parts that can break?
Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, perhaps the greatest psychedelic research chemist of all time, passed away on June 2,2014, just 15 days before his 89th birthday. Unaware of his dire health, High Times had paid a visit to his laboratory the previous week. Though obviously ill, Sasha exhibited his trademark humor, asking why we had come so far to visit. When one looks at his life and achievements, the answer to that question is clear.
East of Oakland, and overlooking Mount Diablo, a hobbit-hole has been dug into the side of Pleasant Hill. It’s a modest structure, gilded with a patina of rust and rot, swallowed by years of English ivy. But inside this humble cottage, a great White Wizard has crafted his alchemical hideaway.
Last March, a cannabis-friendly Facebook post set off an Internet firestorm after a pet-care company refused to walk the dogs of one of its pro-marijuana customers on the grounds of religious principle. What that pet-care company didn’t mention was that, 11 years ago, one of its supposedly devout owners was dismissed from the St. Louis police force after marijuana, crack cocaine and a woman with a bullet in her skull were discovered in his car early one morning.
Dope and Dogma in St. Louis
Cookies and Meme
Dog vs. Troll
“Faith ... Family ... Dogs.” Those are the words that greet you at the website of Pack Leader, Plus™, which offers pet-care services such as dog walking, boarding, grooming and behavior modification. When you click on the “about” button, there’s a picture of company president Brooke Zeigler snuggling with a dachshund.
CALL HIM THE “GODFATHER OF GLASS.” MOST SERIOUS GLASSBLOWERS SPEAK IN REVERENTIAL TONES OF BOB SNODGRASS, THE LEGENDARY GLASS ARTIST WHO PIONEERED NEW TECHNIQUES AND DEVISED A HOST OF MODERN GLASSBLOWING TOOLS. BOB’S INNOVATIONS LAUNCHED THE MODERN PIPE MOVEMENT, AND MANY ARTISTS CITE HIM AS THEIR INSPIRATION.
Featured Strain of the Month: Blue Dream, 19.03% THC
After writing at length about the myriad grow systems (see p. 64) available on the market today, I figured I’d throw out a more advanced concept to aid you in maximizing your system of choice. Trellising is an excellent cultivation technique that not only helps to develop strong, healthy plants but can also increase your yields significantly.
Fading leaves, bad fertilizers, feminized versus regular seeds, the best time to harvest and more ...
When checking with a microscope for ripeness, should you check multiple sites on the same plant? Or can you get all the info you need from a nice top cola? Dear Kron, It’s a good idea to check various parts of the plant if you plan on harvesting all at once.
Female tokers, “hempoline,” fun flicks and vaping.
Are women more sensitive to the plant’s effects than men? Viv LA Difference Hi Viv, Generally, yes. In one study, women and men—matched for how much they usually smoked—were given a standard dose in the laboratory. The women gave the plant higher ratings for potency as well as for how much they’d like to use it again.
Let’s be specific—and accurate—when we talk about BHO.
We’ve all heard the many terms for BHO—shatter, earwax, budder, crumble, taffy, honey oil—and if you’ve been dabbing for a while now, you probably have your favorite form. Perhaps you prefer earwax or crumble because it’s easier to work with.
Anyone who’s been to the Lone Star State knows that its unofficial motto, “Don’t mess with Texas,” is no joke—especially to the cops there. But what happens when the law in Texas messes with you? That was the frightening situation faced by my dread-headed activist pal Minister Mike, his lady Shoreline Sheena and their young son this past April after their trip to the U.S. Cannabis Cup in Denver.
If there’s someone in America who’s watched more cannabis-related documentaries than me, I sorely want to meet them. Frankly, most of these have been unwatchable, low-quality polemics. Many others are dated, serviceable only for the brief period of time they were conceived and broadcast.
Troy Smit works to make weed part of the Empire State.
After watching many people who were close to him suffer from conditions that could have been treated with medical marijuana, Troy Smit decided to become involved in the fight to reform the marijuana laws in New York State. "I saw the amazing healing qualities of cannabis through friends and family who have MS, fibromyalgia, breast and brain cancer,” Troy says.
How ya doing? I’m a resident of the Grasscity forums and I’ve been growing for a little over three years. These plants are from a breeder in Oregon named SG1 who started Sanctuary Gardens. I’ve grown out a few crosses that he made and they’ve all turned out really nice.
Happy birthday to us! High Times was started in 1974 by our founder and patron saint Tom Forçade, and next month we are celebrating our 40th anniversary. (And you better believe we know how to celebrate.) We’ll take you on a trip backwards through history and send you on a soaring high into the future.