Brendan Taylor, whose professional handle is BMFT, started working with glass six years ago, having moved to Tucson, AZ from Rockville, MD “for no real reason.” He met Web, a.k.a. Testi, also a glassblower. Over the course of a few years, Brendan met a host of the other top artists, like Calvin Mickle, Micah Blatt, a.k.a. Fathead, Natey, Eusheen, John Mims and others.
The word “pothead” conjures up the image of an individual who spends their entire day getting high. It’s a very imprecise term and we don’t like it. That being said, how do you feel about your own smoking habits? Of nearly 4,500 responses, only 17 percent of you believe you smoke too much, while more than a third wanted to toke up more.
There's been a lot of media allention devoted to the influx of women in the increasingly legal cannabis industry, including many "stiletto stoners" from other fields seeking to break through the grass ceiling and make their mark in the burgeoning pot business.
I’m a combat veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and I suffer from PTSD. I was given “meds” to help with my treatment. I truly feel that if I hadn’t stopped taking those pills and took a trip out to Colorado instead—where I could ask the right questions about medical marijuana—I would have ended up as one of the many vets that die from suicide each day.
BEST STRAINS OF SAN BERDOO When we opened the doors for our first Cannabis Cup of the year, over 25,000 cannabis fans poured in. The best buds of California fought it out for the coveted Cannabis Cup. Here’s an intimate look at the top sativas, indicas, hybrids and high-CBD strains of the Southern California Medical Cannabis Cup.
Asset forfeiture allows the cops to legally steal your valuables under the pretense that you’re a criminal or a terrorist.
Two poker players are driving a rental car through Iowa on their way to Las Vegas. They get pulled over by a state trooper, who informs them that they failed to signal while passing another car. The trooper gives them a warning for the alleged failure to signal, but continues asking them if they have drugs or “large amounts of US currency” in the car.
Let’s debunk the bullshit of the anti-cannabis crowd.
Pot Causes Drought Colorado has a serious water shortage, and recreational pot is being scapegoated. In reality, the problem stems from decades of a poorly planned water policy called the “Colorado Doctrine,” which has resulted in western Colorado holding 70 percent of the state’s water, with just 11 percent of the population.
A Canadian mother found two vacuum-sealed bags of weed stashed inside a Star Wars-themed Angry Birds play set. The gift for her son, purchased at a Target in Ontario, cost $5.99, but the surprise stash inside was valued at $800 by police. Officers visited the store and searched other play-set boxes, but they failed to find additional weed.
The Canadian government has recalled a strain of medical marijuana—not because of toxins or mold, but because the pot was too potent. Peace Naturals Project of Ontario voluntarily recalled its Nyce N’ EZ strain after a Health Canada inspection and subsequent third-party testing revealed the THC level to be as high as 13.7 percent.
Former President Bill Clinton publicly apologized to Mexico for US Involvement In Mexico’s Drug War, which has killed over 120,000 people since 2006, with another 27,000 missing. Speaking In Mexico City, Clinton admitted:“! wish you had no narco-trafflcklng, but It’s not really your fault.
Jane Fonda still gets high. In an Interview with Du Jour magazine, the 77-year-old actress admitted, “I’ll smoke pot every now and then.” However, she draws the line at mixing marijuana and movies: “I cannot see a movie on pot. The number of movies I’ve seen thinking, ‘This Is probably the best I have ever seen,’and then I’ll see It again and think,‘What was I thinking?”’
Retired federal judge Paul Cassell says he regrets imposing a 55-year sentence on Weldon Angelos, who was just 24 when he was incarcerated for selling pot in 2004. Cassell says he was forced to hand down the hefty punishment due to mandatory-minimum sentencing laws spawned by the War on Drugs in the 1980s.
In the Netherlands this winter, police unveiled their latest technique for detecting illegal pot gardens indoors: They look for roofs with melted snow. Back in February, the cops raided a residence in Haarlem, a city west of Amsterdam, after noticing its roof was the only one on the block not covered in snow.
In defiance of US Attorney Melinda Haag, a federal judge has allowed the Berkeley Patients Group to continue serving medical pot patients, pending a ruling by the courts on whether the city of Berkeley can sue Haag. The US attorney has repeatedly attempted to shut down BPG since 2011, first for being too close to schools. Even after BPG relocated across town, the vindictive Haag sought to seize the dispensary’s property in 2013 because marijuana is federally illegal.
A 2015 study issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that drivers with a 0.05 percent blood-alcohol level were nearly seven times more likely to be involved in a crash than those driving under the influence of marijuana, most other illegal drugs and/or prescription medications.
Jaycee Chan, the son of martial-arts movie star Jackie Chan, has been released from a Chinese prison after serving a six-month sentence for pot. Chan, 32, was formally charged with the crime of “sheltering others to take drugs” after police found 100 grams of weed in his Beijing apartment.
Colorado officials announced that the state took in $44 million in tax revenues from recreational pot in 2014. The figure is well below the estimated projections for the first year of pot sales, which ranged as high as $100 million. However, those projections were a shot in the dark.
Reporting from the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon’s hashish heartland, on January 5, Public Radio International spoke with cannabis farmers who say they’re ready to fight any ISIS incursion into their region. Ali Nasri Shamas, who runs a hashish factory in Bouday village, took up arms in 2007 to resist the Lebanese government’s cannabiseradication forces.
A silky-smooth blend of essential oils and a proprietary combination of cannabis strains, Empower Oil provides relief on many levels. High-quality ingredients like jojoba oil are used to create an antibacterial, hypoallergenic healing blend that is also an excellent moisturizer.
Sergio Garcia’s disembodied hand sculptures are unsettling—and compelling. Garcia creates his startlingly lifelike work with acrylic and oil paints on resin. The sculpted hands are performing a task without a persona to attach the action to, so bits of information are gleaned from details like an American eagle tattoo on the inner wrist of the blunt-roller, or the slightly orange skin tone and diamond ring on the manicured hands of a woman twisting a fatty.
A Famed Psychonaut Encounters the “Ultimate Taboo”
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Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert, a.k.a. Ram Dass, are the focus of the new documentary Dying to Know. Nineteen years in the making, it started with an arranged meeting between the two former Harvard professors and longtime friends in 1995, when Leary found out that he was dying of cancer.
Meet the heads behind the new “ape-sploitation” comic The Humans.
“Fuck art school—smoke weed.” So says cartoonist Tom Neely, who along with writer Keenan Marshall Keller recently launched The Humans, the new Image Comics title starring a biker gang that consists entirely of apes who fight, fuck and drink their way through Bakersfield, CA, in the 1970s, all while getting high as hell.
Dynamic DJ duo The Chainsmokers are taking the global club scene by storm.
Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, collectively known as The Chainsmokers, have just returned to New York from a 7,000-person DJ gig in Las Vegas—and they’re exhausted. Before that show, they spent months touring Europe and Asia, frequently playing back-to-back dates in different countries.
Public shaming has come a long way. In the past, the unlucky offender was sentenced to the stocks, where he or she would be humiliatingly locked in place for public display. Today, according to Jon Ronson’s excellent new book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, the Internet has taken the place of the pillory, and judgment is handed down by the masses through social media.
A newcomer to the world of edibles, Madame Munchie burst on the scene last summer when its fabulous medicated macarons took first place at the Northern California Cannabis Cup. The tiny start-up currently employs four people, but it’s moving into a bigger kitchen in anticipation of skyrocketing growth.
Index Watch: While the Mids and Schwag indices finished June above their previous month’s average, the US Price and Kind indices both dropped $10 from May. At $363 per ounce, the Kind Index reached its lowest average price since December 2014 ($362).
What’s new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
Vapor Cup Deluxe
Stealth Vaping $250 vaporcup.com If you’re searching for a discreet way to vaporize your flowers and oils, look no further than the Vapor Cup Deluxe, a stealthy vaporizer disguised as a travel mug. The stainless-steel unit heats quickly, and the digital display keeps the temperature where you want it. You can pre-load the straws for later use, and the removable heating chamber makes it easy to clean.
Raw Hemp Wick
Wicked Cool $1.99-$26.99 rawthentic.com The tastiest bong hits are ones that aren’t polluted with butane or sulfur. We love lighting our bowls using Raw Hemp Wick, from the same people who brought us our favorite unbleached rolling papers. The wick is natural hemp string coated with beeswax, and comes in 13-foot and 3.3foot sections. Simply tilt the lit string up or down to control the flame.
One-Hitter Quitter $45-$60 dugoutdynasty.com The new Dugout Dynasty takes the classic wooden one-hitter we all know and love to the next level. Proudly made in the USA from nickel-chrome-plated aluminum, this dugout will last a lifetime and beyond. A cut-out area in the back gives you a place to break up your flowers, and a pin-locking system ensures that it won’t swing open on its own.
Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra
Necessary Nutes Prices vary advancednutrients.com One of the most common nutrient deficiencies that plants experience is a lack of calcium and magnesium. The newly released Sensi Cal-Mag Xtra from Advanced Nutrients solves this issue uniquely, with the specific needs of the cannabis plant in mind, by delivering a full set of micronutrients as well as 20 necessary amino acids. There’s also a money-back guarantee.
Thousands of marijuana lovers gather to celebrate the gains we've made.
"We are so lucky!" That was my first thought as I walked onto the scene at the Fourth Annual High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in San Bernardino, CA. After the crackdown on our flagship Cup in Amsterdam this past November, we were rejoicing in the fact that we can now celebrate our love of marijuana here at home.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, the cannabis industry is flourishing— and as with any industry, the best companies will rise to the top. It’s an Elemental fact of life!
According to the teachings of Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old system of holistic medicine that originated in India, five elements make up the universe: air, earth, water, fire and ether. The first four are pretty easy to understand, but the fifth is a puzzler: “Ether” is defined simultaneously as the source of all matter and the space in which it exists.
Two Montana growers move to California and become star seed breeders.
I first met Jason when he was a family farmer in Montana: On his acreage about an hour outside Helena, he grew wheat and alfalfa crops. But my interest was in the massive greenhouse he tended. Jason had called High Times and invited us to visit his greenhouse at harvest.
It's that time of year again, when we look back at our most recent round of Cannabis Cup competitions to determine who had the strongest cannabis on the planet in 2014—and, more importantly, exactly which strains they were! After implementing our online Cannabis Cup scoring system three years ago—the High Times Scorebook, which includes lab tests as part of the scoring equation—we now have a very good handle on which strains are the planet’s most potent, year in and year out.
Meet a new generation of female marijuana cultivators who are blazing a trail toward increasing equality in the cannabis industry, while growing some of the finest herb on Earth.
During the dark days of marijuana prohibition, growing cannabis was a solitary lifestyle characterized by secrecy and paranoia, an underground world inhabited almost exclusively by men. Draconian drug laws created risks unacceptable to most women, especially mothers who stood to lose custody of their children for being “unfit.”
It’s January during another dreaded polar vortex, and I’m experiencing for the first time in my life the throbbing ache that occurs in one’s face when the temperature drops below -9°F on a windy day. There are mountains in the distance, but urban sprawl has displaced most of the Acadian forest here in Oromocto, New Brunswick.
LEGEND—AN OVERUSED WORD THAT ANY BIOGRAPHER WOULD BE WISE TO AVOID, BUT IN THIS CASE IT’S THE ONLY ONE THAT FITS. WHOOPI GOLDBERG IS A LEGEND. SHALL, WE GO DOWN THE LIST? HER TWO EMMY WINS, ALONG WITH A GRAMMY, AN OSCAR AND A TONY, GIVE HER THE RARE, CUMULATIVE EGOT, THE GRAND SLAM OF SHOWBIZ.
Success smells sweet and skunky as businesses set up shop in the fourth legalized state.
AVIV HADAR, CO-FOUNDER OF OREGROWN INDUSTRIES, INC., IS A BEND, OR, ENTREPRENEUR FORGING NEW PATHS IN THE RECENTLY LEGALIZED CANNABIS STATE. HADAR WORKED HAND-IN-HAND WITH CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER TO HELP INFLUENCE THE DRAFTING OF MEASURE 91, THE 2014 LEGISLATION THAT PASSED WITH 56% OF THE VOTE, ALLOWING ADULTS TO LEGALLY POSSESS, USE AND GROW MARIJUANA.
Purple pot, marijuana jobs, feminized seeds, growroom power outages and more...
How can I get my pot to turn purple like some of the buds in High Times? I keep seeing these beautiful pictures of purple pot and was wondering if there’s anything I can do to grow something more like that. All of my buds come out green with red hairs.
Think we’ll ever see those $1 joints like we used to get back in the 1970s? Claude Mizer Hi Claude, Probably not, but when you take inflation and quality into account, we’re not very far off in some of our legal regions. Correcting for inflation, a dollar from 1975 probably bought what four bucks buys now, and a joint was probably 4 percent THC back then.
How concentrates are reshaping the cannabis gene pool.
For millions of years, the cannabis plant evolved with Mother Nature acting as the head breeder. All of the world’s landrace genetics were shaped by the hand of natural selection, including luck, timing and climate variables. Humans, on the other hand, started tinkering with the cannabis plant only a few thousand years ago.
Tommy Chong holds court at a glass gallery in NYC.
There's probably no human alive who's been in High Times more than Tommy Chong, and there’s a good reason for that: He’s earned an honored place as the patriarch of the pot movement. Aside from his iconic films and albums with Cheech Marin, he’s also starred on That 70’s Show, written two books, performed numerous standup tours and run his own bong company (for which he served nine months in prison).
Legalization is no longer an abstract idea—and the hard numbers show it's working!
Allen St. Pierre
Legalized pot is no longer a dream. Anyone who visited I Colorado and Washington State in 2014 got a glimpse of the green wave now sweeping the nation. For veterans of the marijuana-law reform movement, a discussion of the real-world effects of cannabis legalization was always abstract, since there were no hard numbers available to make a cogent case for “tax and regulate” versus prohibition.
In Maryland, Judy Pentz rallies her neighbors to legalize.
Judy Pentz never believed that marijuana should be illegal, but her involvement became personal after her father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Doing research in a quest to save his life, Pentz was outraged to discover many little-known studies pointing to marijuana’s efficacy in treating cancer and a variety of other diseases, including her own:
Our experts conducted the largest vape pen review ever, testing more than 100 concentrate and flower vaporizers. Whether you’re looking for the biggest and cleanest hit or a pen that won’t break after a single use, check out which devices got the most vape-alicious ratings!