Steven Hulsebos (@stevehglass) began his career operating a smoke shop in Phoenix, AZ. Although he stocked his store with hand pipes, his ultimate goal was to be the artist. Once he got into glassblowing, he started selling his own pipes at the shop—but after he could support himself as a glass artist fulltime, he ditched the retail business altogether.
I first heard a comprehensive explanation of cannibidiol, or CBD, at a Patients Out of Time conference in 2008. It’s an annual forum designed to educate medical professionals, attorneys and the public about the benefits of medical cannabis.
There’s no place in the world where body-shaming and general snobbishness is worse than in the United States (“A Higher Level of Fitness,” Jan. '17). Hollywood would have you believe that if you don’t have six-pack abs, you’re a complete and total loser.
FINDING TREASURE This purpley strain is easily worth its weight in gold and aptly named Treasure. It’s a cross between Jack Sparrow by Purple Frost Genetics and the legendary Tangie from Crockett Family Farms / DNA genetics team.
Christie: Legal pot revenue is "blood money" Style High Style Stoner social network High There! unveils cannabis-centric streetwear. p.30 Entertainment Flosstradamus The stoner EMD duo share their approach to balancing creativity and cannabis.
Families flee pot-prohibition states in order to use cannabis as medicine.
“We would go to jail, our kids would be taken away, and my husband would be a felon instead of a fireman.” Amy Dawn Hilterbran’s voice cracks as she describes the possible fate her family was facing if they’d remained in Oklahoma, among the reddest of red states, and tried to use cannabis as medicine.
Pot possession frequently leads to dire consequences.
In September, an unidentified 15-year-old girl was peppersprayed by cops after she allegedly struck a car while riding a bicycle. Only 105 lbs, she was maced four times, according to her attorney; the cops said it was only once. Officers sprayed her in response to her reaction to being handcuffed inside a squad car.
New Jersey’s embattled governor Chris Christie lashed out against cannabis on his weekly radio show, “Ask The Governor.” Responding to a caller who correctly suggested that legalizing and taxing marijuana in New Jersey would benefit the state financially, Christie dished out a hysterically out of touch take.
Infamous Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s 24-year “reign of error” ended mercifully last November, as voters ousted the 84-year-old Republican lawman by electing former Phoenix cop Paul Penzone. Hailed as a hero by some and the ultimate authoritarian villain by others, Arpaio received national attention for his unapologetic racial profiling and systematic abuse and humiliation of inmates, which included forcing incarcerated men to wear pink underwear.
With a growing number of ex-players pressuring the NFL to embrace marijuana as a safe alternative to painkillers, ESPN took the cannabis question directly to current NFL players, with the promise of anonymity. ESPN surveyed 226 of the roughly 1,700 current players on the NFL’s 32 teams. The results were overwhelmingly pro-pot.
Reports of drug overdoses linked to a synthetic opioid called carfentanil have swept across North America as the drug used to sedate elephants is proving to be a killer. Carfentanil is reportedly 100 times more lethal than the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is itself 50 times more potent than heroin.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs has expanded to taking down elected officials. Rolando Espinosa, a Philippine mayor, became the latest victim of Duterte’s reign when he was gunned down in his jail cell. Officials claim Espinosa and his cellmate were resisting authorities and died in a “firefight” that occurred during a search of their cell.
An investigation by Reason revealed Detroit police officers killing dogs during drug raids at alarming rates, often without provocation, and in circumstances in which the animal posed no threat. In just one chilling example, officers executing a search warrant killed three dogs—one of them pregnant—that belonged to Nikita Smith.
If there was ever any doubt about whether the booze industry feared competition from recreational cannabis, look no further than the monetary contributions Big Alcohol made to anti-legalization campaigns in the lead up to last November’s election.
Now that Massachusetts voters have legalized recreational cannabis, the state faces the question of how to address stoned driving. University of Massachusetts psychology professor Michael Milburn believes he has the answer. A tablet-based app called DRUID (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs) that asks potentially stoned drivers to perform a series of tasks in five minutes.
When Denver’s Initiative 300 was finally declared victorious on November 15 with 54 percent of the vote, it marked the first passage of a US law permitting cannabis consumption in public. Public in the context of Initiative 300 refers to “specifically designated areas.”
With cannabis use coming out of the shadows, it stands to reason that tokers shouldn’t have any trouble meeting that special someone. But just like anything else, you need the right approach to meet your sesh partner for life. On the rooftop deck of the Green Street Agency, high above Los Angeles, cannabis dating coach Molly Peckler assembled a diverse group of men and women for the inaugural Cannabis Singles Speakeasy event.
High There! is a social network for the cannabis community—and now, like so many other canna-companies, it’s moved into making streetwear. So while you’re meeting, chatting and sharing with like-minded weed lovers, you can show off your pot pride with all sorts of clothing and accessories.
The founder of AnnaBis designed these elegant accessories after she couldn’t find anything to suit her own chic style. Crafted from fine leather with an intricate jacquard interior, these high-quality bags are right at home around high society.
Grungy pop-punkers Big Eyes put fans’ gratification ahead of their own.
Big Eyes have good taste— that’s evident from their name, ripped straight off the back of Cheap Trick’s 1977 power-pop nonpareil In Color. It’s apparent, too, from their music, brief, spiky songs that blend the brilliant crunch of their Midwestern progenitors with the darker tones of ’90s grunge underdogs like L7 and Babes in Toyland, all of it served up with lyrics direct to the point of bluntness.
They came up in Chicago a decade ago. Now Flosstradamus rule the EDM world.
Mary Jane Gibson
ONE SWEAT-SOAKED, HEARTTHUMPING, body-thrashing show is all it takes to make you a Flosstradamus fan for life. J2K and Autobot leave no stone unturned in their quest to take EDM fans to the edge of sonic ecstasy: With that bass cranked all the way up, your bones go boom, your eyes sting from the perspiration, and your throbbing muscles attempt to propel you into the next dance dimension.
My checklist of requirements for the perfect rock’n’roll band: technical mastery of their instruments; the ability to compose unforgettable melodies; lyrics that vary ’twixt open-hearted love odes and clever, more outré subjects; a therapeutic component that leaves the listener a happier, healthier human; and a sacred belief that rock’n’roll will never die, while at the same time incorporating every other influence.
Despite a sweeping victory for marijuana-law reform, the Feds may be poised to make life a lot more difficult.
THE 2016 ELECTION will long be remembered as one that changed the course of US cannabis policy. The passage of marijuana-law reform measures in eight of the nine states that had them on the ballot wasn’t only a major victory for advocates of legalization; it will also lead to the single largest expansion of the legal cannabis industry in US history.
While the Southern and Western Price Indices experienced drops this month, the Eastern Price Index closed March $18 above its previous month’s average and $10 above its year-to-date average. The US Price Index held steady this month and finished within $5 of its YTD average.
Marijuana claimed victory in eight of the nine states that voted to legalize medical or recreational cannabis last November-but the election also left some dark clouds on the horizon.
Deep in the mountains of Northern California, cannabis blooms among the redwoods, farmers live in rustic cabins with meandering dirt driveways and padlocked wire gates, and there’s a quiet filled with both “an urgency and a void,” according to Mendocino grower Justin Calvino, who serves on the board of the California Growers Association.
With the arrival of vast crops of CBD-rich cannabis, farming in southeastern Colorado is beginning to take on a whole new dimension.
The Rocky Mountains are behind me somewhere, nowhere in sight. The Kansas border is 100 miles ahead. This is the western edge of the Great Plains, the vast expanse of prairie in America’s heartland that stretches from Texas to beyond the Canadian border.
Our senior cultivation editor takes a trip to the Great Northeast to check out the gardens of family farmers, commercial-level cultivators, patient caregivers and cannabis consultants to find out what’s growing in the newly legal states of Maine and Massachusetts.
The first garden we toured on our trip to New England is run by a gentleman who calls himself Migs. He’s a Maine caregiver with a patient collective run by and for medical marijuana patients. Although Migs is concerned about what the new adult-use law will do to Maine’s medical marijuana system, he’s keeping his hopes up and staying ready for anything.
A leading Canadian cannabis activist tells the inside story of how she helped convince Justin Trudeau to take up the cause of legalization—and what to expect as the Canadian prime minister pushes forward on that promise this spring.
On April 20, 1968, Pierre Elliot Trudeau became the 15th prime minister of Canada. He had charisma, style and intelligence and was a much-sought-after bachelor known for dating movie stars, musicians and other women of considerable influence. He eventually married a beautiful young woman from British Columbia named Margaret Sinclair.
There's no longer any doubt—CBD is a miracle cannabinoid, now widely recognized by mainstream medicine for its undeniable healing power.
Martin A. Lee
That was the immediate reaction of Bay Area journalist Fred Gardner as he stood in the office of Steep Hill Laboratory in Oakland and eyed a chromatogram showing the unusual cannabinoid content of a hitherto unknown marijuana strain. The year was 2009, and the strain of interest, an oddity called Soma A-Plus, didn’t top the charts for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a.k.a. the high-causer, unlike the several thousand other bud samples that Steep Hill had previously tested for California’s medical marijuana dispensaries and growers.
After residing deep in the shadow of its more famous companion THC for a very long time, CBD (cannabidiol) is rapidly conquering both the medical world and the breeder and grower community. Every seed company striving to keep pace must carry one or, ideally, several CDB-rich varieties in its portfolio.
EVER SINCE CYPRESS HILL DROPPED THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN 1991, THE CALIFORNIA HIP-HOP CREW HAS BEEN ARDENT ADVOCATES OF ALL THINGS GREEN AND SMOKEABLE, DROPPING STONER STAPLES LIKE “DR. GREENTHUMB,” “HITS FROM THE BONG,” “STONED IS THE WAY OF THE WALK” AND OUR PERSONAL FAVORITE, “HIGH TIMES.”
Proper breeding, light cycles, transplant shock, grow tents and more...
I read a question submitted recently by someone asking why one of their plants produced seeds, with a great answer explaining how and why that happened. You also said that these seeds would not produce a respectable product. With that being said (and I really hope this isn’t a stupid question), how are the seeds produced that do indeed provide us with all of the magnificent strains available?
When you change your diet in order to feel better and increase your energy level, it’s tough to leave behind comfort foods that are downright delicious. Bringing you the best of both worlds, this pot brownie is a tasty, gooey, warm and sweet antidote to any dietary restrictions that may have left you thinking you’d never enjoy cannabis-infused edibles again.
Using locally sourced organic fruits, the Nice Canna Company creates amazing hard candies, fruit chews and coconut patties that deliver THC along with incredible flavor. Berry Blend fruit chews contain real blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries for a superfood boost, while The Herbalist hard candies combine fruits and herbs—including blueberry/basil, orange/sage, peach/basil and strawberry/ rosemary—in a delicious mixed bag.
Cannabis-infused juices create a botanical synergy.
Offering “terp-tastic” blends of natural botanicals like ginger, turmeric, rosemary, black pepper and cayenne, these craft beverages provide just a hint of cannabis for a low dose of 5 mg THC and 5 mg CBD per bottle. Monk Provisions uses organic, fresh-pressed juices to create five exciting flavor combinations that work in concert to support health.
Does CBD make people think their pot is less potent? Franka Potente Hello Franka, Yes! Researchers in the United Kingdom confirmed that potency estimates went up with THC and down with CBD. So when two strains have an equal amount of THC, the one with more CBD will seem less potent.
Hashtags and Acronyms of the Concentrate Snob (#HACS)
Decoding the confusing world of hash snobbery with a helpful explainer.
THERE’S A CERTAIN oneupmanship built into our wonderfully progressive concentrates culture. It’s cool to know about developments on the cutting edge of hash-making, but it’s even cooler to know about them before your peers do. Acronyms are a big part of this—people love rattling them off because it makes them sound smart, like a scientist or some shit.
ELECTION DAY DEALT another body blow to our nation’s costly, failed and discriminatory policy of marijuana prohibition. If anyone thought our victories in 2012 and 2014 were a passing fad, it’s now clear they were mistaken. With new adultuse measures approved in four states (California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada) and medical marijuana initiatives passing in another four (Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota), the era of marijuana legalization is upon us.
Bennett Sondeno rides the activist trail in the Cowboy State.
Growing up in Cody, Wyoming, Bennett Sondeno learned all about hard work, conservative politics and reefer madness at an early age. But after trying cannabis for the first time, he was amazed to find relief from the daily pain associated with the chronic digestive disease he was battling.
Whether it’s for post-traumatic stress disorder or severe injuries sustained in combat, our military veterans are increasingly turning to cannabis for relief. But the federal government continues to ignore the clear evidence of pot’s benefits and to criminalize vets who seek healing.