High Tweets With 435K followers on Twitter, we get a lot of amazing tweets! Here are the top three for this month: @bobmarley: 38 yrs ago today, @HIGH_TIMES_Mag published its legendary interview w/ Bob! bit.ly/HighTimes76 #TodayInBobsLife
As a general rule, I never write the Editor's Letter without getting substantially stoned first. On this particular occasion, I decided to do a dab. I'm not quite sure how I feel about dabs yet ... even though I've been doing them nearly every day for the past three years.
It was back in 1967 that I co-authored an article in a student newspaper—in Oklahoma, of all places!!—advocating the decriminalization of marijuana. At the time, my co-author and I thought (albeit unrealistically) that decriminalization would occur within the next five years.
EVERGREEN STATE STASH Retail pot shops opened in Washington last summer. Since then, the rush is on to fulfill the needs of pot users. Avitas Agriculture in Arlington is turning out a variety of top strains in their indoor warehouse and will soon be expanding its operation to greenhouse gardens.
Thanks to the “Cannabis Special Forces,” new commitment and energy are turning the tide for military veterans.
Those who support cannabis are legion, and their numbers are growing daily. They come from every demographic and every background. But the activism of military veterans in the pursuit of legalized cannabis lends a special credence to the battle.
The black market is alive and well-and there’s a lot of weed going to waste!
Tijuana, Mexico The border city of Tijuana has long been a key transit point for people smuggling weed into San Diego, resulting in massive seizures. On May 1, Mexican police and military confiscated 44 tons in Tijuana’s Granjas Familiares del Matamoros neighborhood.
Tommy Chong never stops advocating for pot! Even when he made his debut on Dancing With the Stars, the 76-year-old made sure that his entrance was pot-themed; Cheech escorted him to the stage in a low-rider à la Up in Smoke! Following his performance with partner Peta Murgatroyd, the judges unanimously praised his hoofing skills.
In a September interview with Sports Illustrated, superstar quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos implied that legal weed has increased sales at the 21 Papa John’s franchises he purchased in Colorado. Manning didn’t overtly mention cannabis, but he slyly noted: “Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes.”
Dr. Drew Pinsky is host of the talk show Dr. Drew On Call on the HLN network. Too bad we can’t sue him for malpractice. Disregarding all established data about medical marijuana, “addictions specialist” Pinsky recently declared that cannabis “acts like an opiate and causes severe addiction.”
Did you know that China has a holiday celebrating the War on Drugs? Ironically, it’s the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which China observes by stepping up the arrest, prosecution and even execution of people suspected or convicted of drug crimes.
Saudis Crack Down on Yemeni Hash Pipeline Border patrols along Saudi Arabia’s rugged mountain frontier with Yemen report increasingly frequent interceptions of hashish, weapons and other contraband. Over a nine-month period ending in August, interceptions at the Najran border post alone netted four tons of hashish, as well as explosives, hand grenades, firearms and ammunition.
Many people find their love match on the Internet these days; according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, 11 percent of American adults—and 38 percent of those who are currently “single and looking” for a partner—have used online dating sites.
Jaws hung open with her epic mic drop. Alaska reporter Charlo Greene set the news world, blogosphere and Twitterverse on fire with her headline-making signoff on Anchorage’s KTVA news: “Fuck it—I quit.” Greene, frustrated by the politics surrounding Alaska’s ballot measurement this Novemberto legalize marijuana, decided that her role as the head of the Alaska Cannabis Club was more important to her than her work as a journalist.
In the 70-plus years since Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, psychedelic drugs have had their ups and downs, from valued therapeutic aids to mind-blowing party drugs and back again. But recreational use had its repercussions, with bad trips equaling horrific press, eventually landing many psychedelics in the dreaded Schedule I category of the Controlled Substances Act (i.e., a high potential for abuse and no redeeming medical value).
Cooling mint, fragrant cloves and healing arnica are blended with soothing cannabis oil to create all-natural pain relief in this fast-acting body spray. Apothecanna founder James Kennedy took his inspiration from traditional plant medicine and combined it with expertise gleaned from a decade in the natural-products industry.
The laser-beam focus of Steve Albini is evident both in his role as the guitarist/vocalist of the minimalist yet pulverizing rock trio Shellac (and, before that, the innovative Big Black) and his work as an engineer or producer on over 2,000 albums.
High Times sat down recently with indie hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ to talk about his much-anticipated release, B4.DA$$ (Before Da Money). The co-founder of the Pro Era collective has taken to Twitter to let the world know—haters and fans alike—that he is a brand all his own.
This little book packs a powerful punchbowl of magical marijuana Kool-Aid. Top-five lists, weed events, reefer-madness trivia, personal anecdotes, recipes, etymologies and more make up this aptly named Miscellany. The authors take us 5,000 years back in time to explore weed’s first documented medicinal uses, then bring us up to the present day with all its ongoing re-legalization efforts, worldwide marijuana-law reform and, of course, pot’s enormous pop-cultural recognition.
The original version of this rum-soaked cake, which is hugely popular in the Caribbean, especially the Bahamas, is made by the Tortuga Rum Company. We’re going to get as close to the original as we can for the perfect New Year’s party cake. This isn’t your typical holiday rum cake—for one thing, there’s a generous helping of marijuana present, and for another, there’s no fruit... but it is super-doused in rum.
All indices rang in the New Year above their previous month’s average. The US Price Index enjoyed the biggest increase, finishing the month $19 above its December average. The Mids Index, meanwhile, reached a five-month high at $286 an ounce and led all indices in submissions.
What's new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
Grow Like a Gorilla
Prices vary supercloset.com For an affordable and stealthy alternative to the growbox, you can’t go wrong with a grow tent from a reliable manufacturer. Supercloset has been providing solid products for over a decade and now announces the release of the Gorilla Grow Tent’s new Lite Line—durable tents for growers on a budget that are easy to set up and take down, with a steel interlocking frame and flood-resistant pool to provide peace of mind.
$349.99 mytrimmer.com Automatic trimmers get a bad rap for sometimes mangling our precious buds instead of gently manicuring them. But now you can forget about those high-priced, heavy-duty machines thanks to the Magic Trimmer, a hand-held, affordable device that puts you in control. At just 2½ pounds, it’s light and easy to maneuver, allowing you to give your buds a perfect trim quickly and efficiently.
$200 coughn.com These days, traveling with all of your dabbing tools requires some serious packing. The new Cough’n pack provides a safe and sturdy place to keep your equipment, including padded pouches for rigs, a torch, a butane can and a water bottle, plus a special container for your nail and dome. Made from hemp in Colorado, these bags will keep your gear well protected and close at hand.
Prices vary satorimovement.com It’s hard to find stoner wear that’s both eco-friendly and stylish. That’s why we’ve always loved the products from Satori Movement, a skateboarder collective that makes sustainable clothes and accessories using hemp, organic cotton, bamboo and recycled polyester. Their designs incorporate reggae and ganja-inspired themes to create 420-fashionable styles for everyone.
The U.S. Cannabis Cup returned to Washington in the midst of a statewide cannabusiness boom.
George Washington once sagely observed: “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” Cannabis activists would no doubt agree. Medical marijuana is increasingly embraced—though for the vast majority of people in this country, any kind of pot use remains a crime.
Sativa 1st Place-Super Silver Haze, from Life Is Good Healing 2nd Place-Hawaiian Dutch, from the Zen Living Cooperative and Just Ice Wax Co-Lab 3rd Place-Durban Poison, from TJ’S Organic Garden Indica 1st Place-Cookie Monster, from the Source Genetics
Last July, legal pot shops opened across the state of Washington. With the first legal recreational crops harvested and ready for market, it’s time to get commercial.
The Cascade Mountain range separates Washington State into two regions. The divided lands are starkly different. Eastern Washington has twice the land area, but holds only one-third the population. The western half of the state has a wet, oceanic climate, and the east is semi-arid with hot summers, little rainfall, and cold winters with heavy snow.
Homestead Book Company, the oldest counterculture book distributor in the world, is also the creator of the EZ Gro Mushroomkit-reshaping the face of our nation, one psychonaut at a time.
Mary Ought Six
Boomers, magic mushrooms, gold caps, true blues, 'shrooms—no matter the nickname, Psilocybe cubensis is the most famous nature-communing, musicenhancing, breathing-wall-producing psychedelic cooked up by Mother Nature. It’s been speculated that the use of psychedelic mushrooms has been part of human development for thousands upon thousands of years, though for most of that time, finding the right mushrooms meant going on a hunt—a risky hunt, as cubensis can be mistaken for its inedible and poisonous cousins.
Understanding the differences between species in the genus Cannabis.
A long time ago, when only landrace genetics existed in the genus Cannabis, the terms Cannabis sativa L. and Cannabis indica Lam. were created to identify these two species of the Cannabaceae family. Today, those taxonomical terms have been shortened to sativa and indica, but they can still be confusing— and sometimes quite misleading—for the casual toker, the new medical marijuana patient and even the everyday stoner.
Mastering the process of cloning early on will help ensure the future of your garden and allow you to be a more versatile grower.
A clone is simply a cutting—i.e., a severed part of the plant—that grows roots and eventually stabilizes as a genetic replica of its donor. This is possible because each of the plant’s individual cells contain all of the information necessary to reconstruct the whole plant, a kind of genetic copy of its “blueprints.”
"Please give me your strongest dose!" Sheets of lightning and rain crash down outside the Ceremony house as Don José fills the wooden cup to the brim. The eyes of the dozen men in the room bulge with fear, knowing the only woman taking part in the ceremony had just set the bar for the night.
FORMER TEXAS CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL, A THREE-TIME PRISIDENTIAL CANDIDATE (ONCE WITH THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY AND TWICE WITH THE REPUBLICANS), HAS BEEN CALLED THE “INTELLECTUAL GODFATHER” OF THE TEA PARTY. POLITICALLY, PAUL OFTEN FRUSTRATES BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, AS SEVERAL OF HIS CORE PRINCIPLES CAN FEASIBLY APPEAL TO EITHER THE FAR LEFT OR THE FAR RIGHT.
What Is CEC? One of the biggest questions new growers have is simply what type of medium would be best for their plants. Of course, that answer depends a lot on the size of the garden space and the type of grow system being used. However, there are other considerations that are just as important.
Seed shells, genetic drift, light leaks, cold-weather growing and more....
Dear Vince, I need a bit more information to answer this question—primarily, how cold you’re talking about. Pot plants can handle a variety of conditions, but their preference temperature-wise is from 60°F to 75°F. Anything under (or over) that range will cause issues, and prolonged exposure to such fluctuations can cause your plants to slow their growth significantly or even die.
Is putting the plant in the oven before making a tincture essential? I.B. Russian Hi I.B., All those stories about decarboxylation are true: In one study, researchers put the plants in an oven for half an hour at 290°F, and it cranked up the THC.
When it comes to dabbing, there’s only one big rule to keep in mind: Technique always wins.
I'm not the biggest football fan in the world. However, I do enjoy sitting on the couch, maybe eating some junk food, and dabbing liberally until the workweek is far out of my mind ... and watching sports is the perfect excuse to do that. So, for all of you “dab people” out there who enjoy a little football with your BHO, here are some suggestions for staying free from injuries and avoiding fouls during dab season.
A Pacific pilgrimage to the shrine of my favorite author.
When our Miss High Times 2007 Sarah asked my wife April and me to emcee her wedding in LA last August, we decided to spend the following two weeks driving up the Pacific Coast to Portland. Among the many scenic vistas and tourist traps along our way, the attraction I was most excited about, ironically, was “the place where nothing happens”—the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur.
Let’s not make children the crux of the legalization debate.
Allen St. Pierre
Since the 1970s, the refrain has been sounded time and time again by the anti-cannabis movement, whose only response to any proposed marijuana-law reform has been: But what about the children? Well, what about them? Over the last few years, the parents of seriously ill children have increasingly sought cannabis products as medicine, regardless of their illegality.
Delaware’s Tom Donovan offers free legal representation for misdemeanor pot busts.
Attorney Tom Donovan is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to helping end cannabis prohibition in his home state of Delaware—and, hopefully, the rest of the country. Donovan, 41, pledges to represent any individual charged with the misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Delaware for free until the costly and racially biased policy of cannabis prohibition ends.
Candy Chem at week seven. This is the seventh cycle of the same Organic Living Soil grown indoors. The harvested plant will be cut at the base and replaced with another small clone or seedling. The root-ball is left intact and undisturbed with every new crop. We keep repeating this every cycle, for eternity.
Wet & Wild: The 2015 Hydro Report The High Times cultivation department reports on all of the new techniques and equipment for growing marijuana without soil. Learn the secrets, tips and tricks to dial in your hydroponic pot garden and produce massive plants with gigantic yields.