With 500 issues under our belt, you’d think we would have perfected the cover by now. Unfortunately, producing the perfect cover is more of an art than a science, and while we like to think we get it right more often than not, sometimes a clunker still sneaks through.
This is the 500th issue of High Times. That’s quite a milestone for an outlaw publication dedicated to ending the war on marijuana. For 43 years, High Times has celebrated the cannabis scene, while shining a piercing light on a dishonest government’s inhumane treatment of pot smokers.
I am 63 years old and up until a year ago I hadn’t used pot in 45 years. I have arthritis in both thumbs and was taking hydrocodone twice a day which really knocked me out so I looked for alternatives. I went straight to HT. Everything I learned about growing my own came from you guys: where to get seeds, how to grow and when to harvest, dry and cure.
THE ART OF POTOGRAPHY High Times photographers have produced some epic, eye-popping pics over the years—like this beauty from our June 2009 cover shoot. This month, we highlight some of the most remarkable cannabis photography to ever appear in the pages of High Times.
TOMMY CHONG “High Times and Cheech & Chong came into the world together. And we are both still as relevant today as we were then. Pot saves lives. Saved mine. Keep on smoking, HT.” LIL DEBBIE “One of my favorite High Times moments was the Cannabis Cup in 2015 in San Bernardino.
The Marihuana Tax Act was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on August 2,1937, officially launching the United States into its misguided war on cannabis. That war will turn 80 years old this summer. In that time, the federal government has engaged in a series of despicable propaganda efforts to keep pot prohibition in place.
Style Double Barrel This slick brass-knuckles style dual vape will make you want to put a double barrel in your mouth. p.38 Entertainment Pixies Eighties indie-rockers the Pixies are back with a bunch of new material and a new tour, p.40
The battle over buds crossing the border from Colorado is heating up.
Kansas has a growing drug problem. It’s got some of the toughest marijuana laws in the nation, backed by a political system dominated by hardline conservatives unwilling to even consider legalizing medical marijuana. Yet the state is filled with folks of all political stripes who enjoy smoking weed.
Legalizing cannabis and hemp can help stem the tide of global warming.
Absorbing CO2 Global warming is linked to increased concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, which, per NASA, is at its highest level in 400,000 years. Fortunately, plants absorb CO2 from the air and produce oxygen via photosynthesis.
As High Times went to press for our August issue, it seemed certain that President Trump would appoint US Representative Tom Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania, as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)—a.k.a. the Drug Czar.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott has vetoed a bill that would have made his state the ninth in the country— and the third in New England—to legalize recreational marijuana. The Vermont legislature passed the bill after voters in neighboring Massachusetts and Maine approved recreational pot laws last November.
Despite going up against the greatest legal marijuana-growing industry the world has ever seen, Mexican cartels persist in their creative, often humorous attempts to clandestinely export an inferior product to the United States. Past failed attempts have included hiding bundles of bud in limes and watermelons and even dressing up bags of pot to look like carrots (sort of).
A Rolling Stone interview celebrating singer-songwriter-stoner Willie Nelson’s 84th birthday provided the legendary musician with an opportunity to offer some sage advice to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Light up and leave us stoners alone.
It took years under the Obama administration to begin to unravel the country’s insane and inhumane treatment of drug crimes—but it took less than four months for the Trump administration to completely undo those gains and regress to the dark days of prohibition, when low-level drug convictions carried excessive penalties.
When it comes to anti-pot rhetoric, we here at High Times are a bit desensitized: So many pundits and politicians say such stupid things about cannabis that you really have to break new ground to get our attention. Remarkably, Miami Deputy City Attorney Barnaby Min managed to do just that when he dropped one of the most certifiably insane cannabisrelated comments in recent memory.
Authorities in Kuwait busted a pigeon carrying nearly 200 pills when it landed on a building near the Iraq border. Kuwaiti cops had apparently been tracking the pigeon as it made its contraband run from Iraq. The pigeon was wearing a tiny backpack that contained 178 ecstasy pills (although a BBC report claims the pills were ketamine).
What should have been a marijuana milestone—a cannabis company’s logo appearing on a NASCAR vehicle for the first time—became a disappointment when the decal for Colorado vape-maker Veedverks was stripped from Carl Long’s No. 66 car at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City on May 12.
Voters in Alaska legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, but despite pot’s legal status, the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC) recently opted to “send a loud and clear message” to officers that any kind of involvement with cannabis is “incompatible with the law enforcement profession.”
It’s an exciting time in cannabis culture; It seems like a hot new product pops up every week. Cool new vaporizers, stylish smoking accessories, and weed conversation pieces abound. Double Barrel has combined all the uber-hip elements in its brass-knuckles style dual vape.
Designed to treat menstrual pain and discomfort, Whoopi & Maya’s Medical Cannabis Herbal Tincture delivers fast-acting, powerful relief. Relax is formulated with elderberries to boost the immune system, while cramp bark, red raspberry, and motherwort support the uterus, and passionflower calms the nerves.
The reunited Pixies have been together longer than they were as a band in the 1980s and ’90s, but the influential outfit is keeping it fresh with new songs and a tour without a set list.
For the Pixies, 2011 was a turning point. By then, the offbeat indie-rock band had been together again for seven years after reuniting in 2004, when they set aside the acrimonious feelings of their 1993 breakup to reprise such gloriously quirky songs as “Monkey Gone to Heaven” and “Here Comes Your Man.”
The Flaming Lips frontman eschews mundane reality.
Mary Jane Gibson
Wayne Coyne wants to know why High Times has an office. Reclining on his tour bus in downtown Los Angeles a few hours before The Flaming Lips take to the stage to perform their latest studio album, Oczy Mlody, he muses about the notion of going to an office.
The act you’ve known for all these years celebrates its 50th anniversary
David Von Bader
1967 was the “Summer of Drugs” for The Beatles, and their creative apogee of inventive sounds and ambitious themes, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was informed by psychoactive agents like cannabis and LSD (John Lennon showed up for one of the sessions tripping balls), which they celebrated in the music, song titles and lyrics—the first to be printed on an LP.
As companies attempt to corner the cannabis market, patents present the possibility of a marijuana monopoly.
J. J. McCoy
ENCOURAGED BY THE opening of legal markets in the various medical and recreational states, the cannabis industry has seen a surge of intellectualproperty activity over the past 15 years. Nearly 400 patents have been filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with keywords like “cannabis,” “marijuana,” “CBD” and “THC.”
All indices, with the exception of the Southern Index, finished September below their previous month’s average. The Eastern Index experienced the biggest drop, finishing $10 below its August average. Meanwhile, the Southern Index jumped $12 from its previous month’s average and tied its year-high price at $370 per ounce.
A brief history of the world’s most notorious magazine.
High Times was founded in 1974 by a mercurial and brilliant marijuana smuggler, Thomas King Forgade. The traditional creation story goes that the magazine was intended as just a single issue, a one-off satire of Playboy that substituted pot for naked women, essentially a spoof.
In every September issue of High Times, our cultivation experts reveal their choices for the best grow gear of the year. We call our picks the STASH Awards (for Significant Technological Achievements in Secretive Horticulture), and our aim is always to reduce your hassles and increase your harvests.
OUR PICKS FOR THE BEST POT SHOTS FROM 500 ISSUES OF HIGH TIMES.
High Times has produced some of the most remarkable cannabis photography the world has ever seen. This is all the more impressive considering that the High Times centerfold started out as a satire of Playboy. In fact, our very first centerfold, in the Fall 1974 issue, featured a 20-pound brick of Colombian weed seductively posed on a white silk sheet.
EVER, WE’VE DECIDED TO MOVE OUR POPULAR DIGITAL COLUMN, “Nico’s NUGGETS,” INTO THE HALLOWED PAGES OF HIGH TIMES AS PART OF OUR 500TH-ISSUE CELEBRATION! AND FOR THE OCCASION, WE’VE SELECTED THE SINGLE MOST-ASKED QUESTION FROM OUR GROWERS’ MAILBAG, ANSWERED HERE IN LONG-FORM PRINT.
In states that have legalized marijuana, either for medical or recreational use, dispensaries are forever changing the practice of buying buds. Visiting these pot shops can be an eye-opening experience for those who have only known the limited options, questionable quality and legal dangers of black-market buys.
OVER THE YEARS, THE HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW HAS FEATURED SOME OF THE BIGGEST CELEBRITIES IN THE WORLD. WHILE OTHER MAGAZINES ARE HAPPY TO PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR CELEBS TO ISSUE PROMOTIONAL TALKING POINTS, HIGH TIMES HAS ATTEMPTED TO ENGAGE PUBLIC FIGURES IN A UNIQUE WAY.
Pruning for bigger yields, growroom lighting, how to clone, proper curing and more...
SUBJECT Backyard Bonanza FROM: Elliot What can you suggest to get a good backyard grow started and maximize its yield? Dear Elliot, The key to maximizing the yield of an outdoor grow is to plan carefully, start early and make sure the plants will get enough light throughout their lifecycle.
JeffThe420Chef shares one of his favorite recipes from his new book The 420 Gourmet.
Ricotta-Pineapple Mini: This is one of my all-time-favorite dishes! I like to make six minis to snack on during the week, but you can also make one large souffle by placing all of the blintzes on top of the melted butter in a large baking dish. Then just pour the soufflé mixture over the crepes and bake for one hour.
Mellow out with these edibles high in cannabidiol.
Frequently overwhelmed by the strength of THC in edibles, today’s new cannabis users are turning to low-dose products, as well as to items rich in cannabidiol (CBD). A non-psychoactive compound, CBD balances the effects of THC, providing anxiety relief that takes the edge off an intense high.
Can marijuana help you to lose weight, sleep better and sneeze less?
What is microdosing? Li’I Kim Hi Kim, The term initially applied to the practice of taking extremely small amounts of LSD or some other hallucinogen to inspire happy moods and improved creativity. Many cannabis fans have done likewise, finding the right small dose of weed to help them feel uplifted and unfatigued.
The legislative branch might be the only hope for state-sanctioned medical cannabis under the Trump Administration.
WE APPLAUD THE recent decision by Congress to reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, a critical marijuana-policy provision, through September 30, 2017. Specifically, Section 537 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 states that no federal funds may be used to “prevent any [state] from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”
Jax Finkle is working to make pot-law reform bigger in Texas.
For marijuana activists in the Lone Star State, reforming cannabis laws hasn’t been easy. With the State Legislature meeting only every two years and no ballot-initiative process available at the state or local level, activists have a more limited number of avenues for advancing reform.
FLOWER OF THE MONTH GREEN MOUNTAIN FIRE I run a medical cannabis dispensary called Grassroots Vermont. I grew and photographed this F3 generation strain called First Frost. It’s a backcross derived from Trainwreck and Blue Diesel that I’ve been cubing with its father.
New Strain Report: Serious Kush Renown seed breeders Serious Seeds introduce new genetics to the cannabis pantheon. European cultivation correspondent GBI reveals the details of this potent and frosty new cross of Serious Seeds’ legendary White Russian and the real-deal OG Kush.