Fiona Anuweh started blowing glass in 2011 with the gentle instruction of the star glass artist Turtle, now her husband. Prior to meeting him, she says, “I had no idea before we met that there was any such thing as a glass blowing industry.” It was an odd romance.
Many music experts believe that whether you prefer the music of The Beatles or The Rolling Stones defines your taste in music, your lifestyle and your overall perspective on life itself! So which is it, “Sympathy for the Devil” or “Let It Be?” Of nearly 3,000 respondents, almost two-thirds said they favor The Fab Four—which is really saying something, because The Beatles broke up over 45 years ago!
I've had the distinct pleasure and privilege of writing up our Top 10 Strains of the Year for more than a decade. People often wonder how we decide which strains to appoint to this illustrious list. The first and foremost answer is testing, testing, testing.
First of all, thank you so much for featuring an article about women who grow (“Grower Girls,” June ’15). I was so excited to see other women growing their own herb for either personal consumption or business. It really convinced me to start growing my own.
HOOPER HEAVEN Spanning the course of his 35-year career, rock ‘n’ roll photographer Jay Blakesberg has documented some of America’s most spirited earth mothers, fire-twirlers, hula hoopers and female festival revelers. His new book Hippie Chick (p. 58) celebrates this amazing tribe of counterculture women.
How will America’s 45th president handle marijuana law reform? Check out the views of the current crop of candidates.
Jim Webb, former US senator (VA) Suggests illegal substances should be regulated like tobacco. Webb fully supports decriminalization: Speaking at a sheriffs’ conference in June, he prioritized treatment over incarceration. In 2009, his drug-law reform commission was set to recommend pot legalization, until his fellow senators killed it.
If you’re looking for a higher education, make sure you choose the right school!
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI The Home of the Hash Bash, the most renowned non-4/20 pot celebration in America. Local laws have been lenient here since 1972 (possession is only a small fine), encouraging a robust cannabis culture.
A brazen airborne drug delivery sparked a melee at the Mansfield Correctional Institute in Ohio. According to reports, a drone flew over the prison’s recreation yard in the middle of the afternoon and released a package containing pot (2.3 ounces), tobacco (over 5 ounces) and heroin (6.5 grams).
While some high-tech smugglers have turned to remote-control drones to deliver contraband to prisoners (see above), Monika Marie Ryans is refreshingly traditional: The 24-year-old South Carolina woman opted for the old joints-hidden-in-a-Bible method during a recent trip to the Union County Detention Center.
While Indian authorities have done a very good job confiscating drugs over the past decade, they’ve been far less effective at destroying them. According to the country’s first national drug survey, India has only destroyed about 30 percent of the illegal drugs that have been seized in the last 10 years.
In the midst of their publicity push for the stoner flick American Ultra, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg made a BuzzFeed video titled “Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg Talk About Weed and Things Get Weird.” Actually, things didn’t get that weird.
Oakland and Harborside Health Center both suffered a legal loss after a federal appellate court ruled that the city cannot block an attempt by the federal government to shut down the nation’s largest medical marijuana dispensary. Led by US Attorney and anti-pot crusader Melinda Haag, the Feds have been trying to shutter Harborside since 2012.
What makes an odor offensive? It’s the kind of question best contemplated after sharing a joint with some friends. Fortunately, the Oregon State Court of Appeals recently decided that the smell of marijuana is not “inherently offensive.”
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is digging deep into the prohibitionist bag of tricks in an attempt to score political points by attacking marijuana use with outdated propaganda. Although Canada legalized medical pot in 2001 (five years before Harper took office), the prime minister has been hacking away at the idea of legalizing recreational weed, insisting that pot will remain criminalized as long as he runs the federal government.
A Florida man committed the cardinal sin of illegal marijuana growing: He ratted himself out to the police. Forty-seven-year-old Boyd Wiley Jr. had a crop of 91 plants growing in Putnam County. When he found that his garden had been discovered and seized, he inexplicably marched down to the sheriff’s office and informed the cops that they had taken his pot.
California’s outdoor medical marijuana harvest, already threatened by a devastating drought, was further impacted this summer by the 19 simultaneous wildfires that have ravaged the state, with a number of Northern Cali pot farms destroyed in their entirety.
Although the differences between smoking a medically efficacious substance like cannabis and a known carcinogen like nicotine are profound, the substances’ combined effect on specific regions of the brain are oddly complementary, according to new findings, producing an extremely unique inverse phenomenon.
Mexico’s El Chapo Escapes—Again! Well, that didn’t take long: A massive manhunt was announced in Mexico after the country’s most notorious drug lord escaped from what has long been considered its highest-security prison. On the night of July 11, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán stepped into a shower and then through a secret tunnel that led out of Altiplano Federal Prison.
In this pot-filled parody of the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham, a quizzical character named Mister Stash pesters the unnamed narrator to sample his green buds and hash. The narrator refuses, insisting: “I do not like green buds and hash.
Punk and pot haven’t always gone hand in hand, but Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace has always followed her own path. “There’s a belief that sniffing glue and uppers were always a punk thing, and weed was for hippies,” she says. “But I think that’s just part of the misconception that if you smoke weed, you’re lazy and aren’t trying to provoke change.”
The Las Vegas rapper enjoys The Growing Process that his mom seeded.
To hear Dizzy Wright tell it, his mother always knew he’d be a great rapper—or maybe that was just part of the plan. Like the stereotypical showbiz mom, she’d take Wright and his brother around to perform as kids and even ghostwrite their raps.
The definitive primer on music journalism from 331/3.
In his introduction to How to Write About Music, Marc Woodworth surgically slices apart that oafish cliché about how “writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” He does so not in a mean-spirited way, but in a manner that allows the meaning of the phrase more surface area and possibility.
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, chef Payton Curry opened a string of restaurants and hit it big in 2012 with the Brat Haus, a beer-and-sausage joint in Scottsdale, AZ. Steeped in farm-to-table ideals and a do-it-yourself attitude, Curry researched the health benefits of medical marijuana and decided to offer his culinary expertise to Arizona patients in need of nutritious cannabis-infused edibles, launching MarijuanaRecipes.com.
All indices, with the exception of the Schwag Index, closed the month above their year-to-date average. The Kind Index experienced the biggest gain, finishing December $19 above its YTD average. Kush finished as the most submitted strain for every month of 2014.
What’s new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
Vapor Flight $199 flytlab.com If you’re tired of small plastic vapes and prefer to hold something heavier, try out the H2-FLO by Flytlah for a breath of fresh air. What it lacks in discretion, it makes up for in durability and ease of use. The robust vaporizer oven guarantees fresh, consistent hits, but you also have the option of using a bubbler attachment.
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The Cannabis Cup returned to the Great Lakes State for a third time. Like last year, rain dampened the awards ceremony-but not the high spirits of Michiganders!
My roots go deep in Michigan. My dad was born in Detroit, and he met my mom at Ann Arbor High School. Her grandfather was a professor at U of M, and I attended grad school there. I myself was born in Flint, and though I’ve lived on the East Coast for a few years now, Michigan still moves me.
From the moment Hippie Chick crossed my desk I was enraptured, captivated for hours by the sheer beauty of the festival and hippie clan of women photographer Jay Blakesberg magically captures in this, his 10th book of photography. The images instantly struck a deep chord.
What does it take to hit it big on the Hollywood cannabis scene? Just like in the movies, you gotta connect with the audience!
At 10 a.m., Jason Beck opens the doors of AHHS (Alternative Herbal Health Services) in West Hollywood. It's Monday, and business will be slow—at least until 2, when patrons start to replenish their medication for the coming week. AHHS is the oldest dispensary in California south of San Francisco still in operation.
Our senior cultivation editor and author of The Official High Times Field Guide to Marijuana Strains reveals his choices for the most fragrant, flavorful and potent pot varieties of the year.
FLUBBER LaPlata Labs Lineage: The Flav x Alien Bubba Berry Flowering time: 8 weeks LaPlata Labs have made quite a name for themselves in a relatively short period of time. Their newest strain, Flubber, has all the desirable traits of an indica, including short flowering times, heavy yields and a narcotic stone perfect for a nighttime smoke.
Don't you just hate yourself? The dishes are piled in the sink. The dog needs to go out. The trash is piling up. The laundry has to go in the dryer. All because you smoke too much pot. You're late with the rent... They might turn off the lights... Comcast keeps calling (Fuck Comcast!)... And now there’s dog shit on the floor.
World-renowned cultivation expert Jorge Cervantes lays out the details on drying and curing, including the best ways to maintain the fragrance, flavor and potency of your buds, in this excerpt from his new book, The Cannabis Encyclopedia.
Read It and Reap: An Overview A bountiful harvest of consistent, disease-and pest-free cannabis is the reward for your financial investment and hours of work and worry in the garden. Strong, healthy, well-grown clones and seedlings yield the heaviest harvests.
IF YOU WERE TO ASK THOUSANDS OF HORROR FANS TO VOTE FOR THEIR FAVORITE MOVIE CHARACTER OF ALL TIME, YOU'D PROBARLY EXPECT SOME FAMOUS FIEND LIKE DRACULA OR JASON VOORHEES TO END UP IN THE NUMBER-ONE SLOT. BUT WHEN EMPIRE MAGAZINE ASKED ITS READERS TO DO JUST THAT FOR ITS "666 GREATEST HORROR MOVIE CHARACTERS OF ALT, TIME” WEB FEATURE, IT WASN’T FREDDY KRUEGER OR FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER THAT CAME OUT ON TOP—IT WAS NONE OTHER THAN MR. BOOMSTICK HIMSELF, ASH WILLIAMS, THE RELUCTANT ANTIHERO OF THE EVIL DEAD TRILOGY, AS PORTRAYED BY ACTOR BRUCE CAMPBELL.
The rise of any new industry is both a blessing and a curse. Having the ability to create the rules and regulations that help shape, define and lead new business is exciting and rewarding work. The curse, perhaps, can be seen as a challenge: How do we start legit cannabusinesses, let alone see the birth of an entirely new economy from scratch?
Heya, Danko! How’s it goin’, man? Just thought I would ask: Is there anything (like maybe a couple tips) that I could get from an experienced grower such as yourself on hydroponics? Dear Kyle, Think of hydroponics as driving a racecar and growing in soil as cruising at normal speed: Everything must be absolutely dialed in for hydroponically grown plants to thrive, whereas soil is far more forgiving, particularly for someone just starting out.
Life on the farm builds a foundation for the future.
Heather Lee calls herself a "small-town girl." Originally from Tulare County, California, “I started working in the cannabis industry when I was 18,” she says, “helping my boyfriend water, maintain and harvest his outdoor cannabis gardens.”
How would I know if my CBD products are working? Curious Jorge Hi Jorge, Symptom relief would be a good indicator. CBD (cannabidiol) can aid sleep and decrease seizures, anxiety or psychotic experiences. It can also alter the effects of THC and protect against oxidative stress.
Solvent-processed cannabis extracts are here to stay—along with the dangers that go with making them. However, we can all breathe a little easier these days with the adoption of the closed-loop extraction system by most concentrate producers.
A photo shoot with Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell goes slightly awry.
When Starz contacted me about setting up a photo shoot with Bruce Campbell, I couldn’t have been more stoked. At first we planned to shoot him in his Ash costume, smoking a joint and holding his trademark chainsaw and/or shotgun (a.k.a. “boomstick”).
The conflicts between state and federal cannabis laws are increasingly unsustainable.
Allen St. Pierre
As with the failed nationwide ban on alcohol during the Prohibition era, federal pot prohibition is coining to an end because of bottomup policy reforms. The conflicts between state and federal cannabis laws are becoming clearer all the time. For example, in July, the IRS and, later, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the proprietors of the Vapor Room, a medical cannabis dispensary in San Francisco, for taking the standard deductions associated with running a business-inventory, rent, salaries, uniforms, etc.—on their federal tax forms, just as millions of other businesses do every year.
An activist attorney leads the way in the Keystone State.
Patrick K. Nightingale is a longtime advocate of marijuana-law reform— the result of the years he’s spent as a criminal-defense attorney, representing cannabis consumers across Pennsylvania in both state and federal court. Patrick understands better than most the devastating impact that the failed War on Drugs has had on the lives of everyday Americans.
Talk to any stoner, and they’ll tell you that catching a buzz before a roll in the hay is absolutely essential. But the power of pot in the sexual realm goes far beyond merely enhancing pleasure: New research shows that cannabis can ease sexual dysfunction in both men and women.