EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THC As research continues to reveal the mysteries of our favorite plant, we’re gaining a better understanding of the chemical compounds present in cannabis and how they interact to produce certain effects.
WHEN I WAS FIRST HIRED by High Times in 2006, the cannabis space was quite a bit different than it is today. For one thing, no one called it “the cannabis space.” Yes, a number of states had forged medical-pot programs, but without the Cole Memo directing prosecutorial attention away from state-legal grows and shops, it was an uncertain time.
STOP SESSIONS Jeff Sessions is simply wrong, on every level. And at this point, he is committing a crime. He had all the time in the world to research the facts but instead he decided to profit from people in prison and he needs to up his numbers by keeping cannabis illegal.
THE TRUTH ABOUT TERPS What makes your favorite strain taste the way it does? How does it produce a heavy stone or an electric buzz? Terpenoids, which interact with cannabinoids like THC and CBD, play an integral role in how cannabis smells and tastes, as well as how it makes you feel.
STYLE GET ELEVATED Check out Elevate Jane’s collection of smoking accessories curated by Angela Mou. p.30 ENTERTAINMENT TOM SEGURA Comedian Tom Segura sits down with HT to talk comedy, edibles and his love of vape pens. p.34
THE HEAD OF THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS QUASHED OBAMA-ERA TOLERANCE FOR STATES WITH LEGAL CANNABIS. PRO-WEED POLICY-MAKERS ARE NERVOUS-AND DEFIANT.
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL of the United States has said crudely uninformed things about cannabis, even before he became the nation’s highest law-enforcement official. Jeff Sessions has declared that “good people don’t smoke pot,” that he thought a pair of murderous Ku Klux Klansmen were “okay, until I found out they smoked pot” and that weed is as bad as heroin.
TASTING TOURS Cannabis-tasting tours are proliferating, especially in Colorado and California. Geared to cannabis connoisseurs, pot-tourism activities have increased due to high demand. One company seizing this opportunity is Cultivating Spirits in Colorado.
While the current administration in Washington, DC, is signaling a possible crackdown on legal-weed states, soon-to-be-legal Massachusetts says it won’t lend a hand if the feds try to shut down law-abiding weed businesses in the Bay State.
When we hear dinguses try to argue against weed legalization, what we usually hear is antiquated and anti-scientific posturing based on nothing. But sometimes a dingus will bring extra stupid to the table, as when Kansas State Representative Steve Alford was musing extemporaneously and idiotically at a public meeting about why cannabis was prohibited in the United States in the first place.
Snoop Dogg has many irons in the fire at the moment. His cannabis-lifestyle media company Merry Jane recently teamed up with fast-food purveyor Jack in the Box to create a meal fit for a stoner—the Merry Munchie Meal. Intended to celebrate the opening of California’s adult-use market, the limited-edition food box was part of the restaurant chain’s late-night menu, priced at an easy-to-remember $4.20.
A very tall man in the United Kingdom was busted for growing 20 plants in his Burnley, Lancashire, home. Six-foot-eight Omar Anwar copped to the crime, telling a magistrate that he suffered from gout and chronic back pain that he attributed to his height, and that he preferred homegrown meds to buying it off the street.
Former heavyweight champ and pigeon enthusiast Mike Tyson is getting in on California’s weed market, as he recently broke ground on a 40-acre cannabis ranch in the Mojave Desert. The Tyson Ranch will include an extraction facility, an edibles factory and a hydro-feed supply store, as reported in the Blast.
At first, marijuana-advocate icon Steve DeAngelo was happy to be parodied on the Netflix stoner series Disjointed—a comedy that revolves around the shenanigans attendant to working at a California weed shop. DeAngelo, co-founder of Oakland’s legendary dispensary Harborside, is spoofed by a Disjointed character known as “Angelo DeStevens,” who, unlike the real-life activist and medical-pot champion, is kind of a dick—a sexist, greedy sellout.
As Pennsylvania’s medical-cannabis era begins, citizens have state agencies in their corner. The state’s Department of Health announced it would not share the names of medical-pot patients with law enforcement, in part to protect their Second Amendment rights. (With weed still illegal at the federal level, stoners and patients have difficulty purchasing firearms.) Pennsylvania’s first dispensary opened in Bethlehem in January, and the owners gave props to their state overlords: “Pennsylvania and the Department of Health has been doing it right,” Victor Guadagnino Jr., co-founder of family-owned Keystone Canna Remedies, told NBC10.
Nine. That’s how many US states have freed the weed. The most recent to join the party is Vermont, which just enacted a limited form of legalization, allowing adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of weed and grow a couple of plants at home.
Catherine Goldberg loves weed. She also loves meeting new people, especially those who love marijuana as much as she does. Goldberg just happens to be a top-notch event planner—her Elevated Shabbat dinners are a hot ticket in Los Angeles, and she produces customized cannabis experiences through her company WeedBar LA.
Is canna-golf a thing? The answer is a resounding yes, if you’re in possession of this nifty little tool for the greens (we mean that in both ways). The Pitch-n-Puff combo pack contains a golf tee that doubles as a one-hitter and a faux golf ball to stash your nugs in.
Elevate Jane, a line of smoking accessories curated by company founder Angela Mou, aims to do just that—elevate the experience of consuming everyone’s favorite plant with an elegant collection of pipes, bongs, rigs, storage containers and more.
SCREAMING FEMALES CONFRONT DEATH, WEED AND BORDER CHECKPOINTS.
"IT COULD BE their sister or something.” “No, when we found your grandparents they were in way bigger boxes than that.” Mike Abbate (“King Mike”)and Marissa Paternoster, respectively the bassist and guitarist/vocalist of Screaming Females, are discussing a tiny labeled box they have discovered in a studio in New York’s Chinatown, where the band has congregated to spend a snowy afternoon chatting with High Times.
COMIC TOM SEGURA LOVES HITTING VAPE PENS AFTER DESTROYING AUDIENCES AROUND THE WORLD.
THE FIRST THING you notice when Tom Segura walks into the room is how present he is. He’s letting it all sink in. Assessing the vibe, seeing who’s around and checking in with himself. It’s quick, but it’s there. He’s keenly aware of the moment
MOTHER, ACTIVIST AND AUTHOR SHIRA ADLER LAYS BARE THE FACTS ABOUT THE "OTHER INGREDIENT" IN CANNABIS.
Mary Jane Gibson
Extensive research has shown that CBD can benefit users in myriad ways, treating depression, anxiety, epilepsy, pain and a wide array of other conditions and disorders. However, federal law—and the stigma surrounding marijuana—often restricts patients' access to the life-changing substance.
THE GREAT WHITE NORTH PREPARES TO JUMP OUT AHEAD OF US LEGALIZATION.
J. J. McCoy
WHILE THE FIRST months of 2018 have seen the opening of California’s adult-use market and wide-ranging speculation about what US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s rescission of the Cole Memo would mean to the cannabis industry nationwide, July 1 will soon draw attention to our neighbors in the north.
All indices, with the exception of the Southern Index, finished May above their previous month’s average. The Southern Index closed out the month $10 below its year-to-date average and finished $1 below the Eastern Index. The Western Index experienced a $5 increase from its April average due in part to newly legal retail weed driving up prices in California.
AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT CANNABIS BEYOND JUST THC AND CBD.
IN THE BEGINNING In 1964, two young scientists, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and Dr. Yechiel Gaoni, were the first to isolate and map the molecular structure of THC. This cannabinoid is, of course, the primary and only psychoactive chemical compound found in cannabis.
AS CANADA PREPARES TO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL CANNABIS THIS SUMMER, WE CHECK IN WITH TOP POT SPOTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO ASK MARIJUANA BUSINESS OWNERS, WORKERS AND CONSUMERS: HOW WILL LEGAL WEED AFFECT THE CANADIAN ECONOMY AND CULTURE?
MARY JANE GIBSON
UNDER PRIME MINISTER Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party leadership, Canada is set to legalize cannabis nationwide in July of this year, making it the largest country in the world to have a federally sanctioned marijuana marketplace. The True North, strong and free?
LEARN HOW AN OUTLAW WEED FARMER FROM OKLAHOMA BECAME A MEDICAL-MARIJUANA GROWER IN CALIFORNIA, PRODUCING HUNDREDS OF POUNDS OF PREMIUM-QUALITY, SAFE, ESTATE-GROWN CANNABIS IN A SUSTAINABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS FACILITY.
GROW WEST, YOUNG MAN Ryan Jennemann fled from Tulsa, OK, to Los Angeles with a dream to grow pot in relative freedom. He had seen how medical cannabis helped his ailing father with debilitating headaches and how the lack of it contributed to his dad’s demise at only 47 years old.
DR. DINA, JASON BECK & SCOTT LAMBERT AHHS COLLECTIVE Alternative Herbal Health Services (AHHS) co-owner Jason Beck is one of the first and most successful medical-marijuana dispensary operators and cultivators in the United States. Born with cerebral palsy, Beck is in the unique position of being a patient, caregiver, business owner, cultivation specialist, advocate and adviser.
FEMINIZED SEEDS, CBD STRAINS, HERMAPHRODITES, CAL-MAG, AND MORE...
SUBJECT: Feminized or Regular Seeds FROM: Jake the Muss If you were going to start a grow op and had to choose between using only feminized seeds or only regular seeds, what would you choose and why? What are the disadvantages of feminized seeds?
THIS MONTH WE'RE GOING BACK TO BASICS WITH A FUN TWIST ON AN EASY-TO-MAKE CLASSIC.
COOKING WITH WEED doesn’t always need to involve infusing THC into the food. Sometimes you’re just baked and scrounging through your cabinets looking for snacks, and occasionally these sessions of stoned scavenging can lead to innovative new flavor combinations or fun new recipes.
MYRCENE, MUSIC, AND TREATING ALZHEIMER'S AND SCHIZOPHRENIA.
Which cannabis terpene is most common? Oliver Stoned Hello Mr. Stoned, Myrcene is the most prevalent terpene in cannabis, especially in sedating, “couchlock” strains. You might recognize it from all the lore about mangoes, which do contain small amounts.
NEW LEGISLATION SEEKS TO RIGHT THE WRONGS OF MARIJUANA PROHIBITION.
IN JANUARY, JUST 12 days after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened a renewed crackdown on state-sanctioned marijuana programs, Representative Barbara Lee of California, along with 18 co-sponsors, introduced the Marijuana Justice Act into the House of Representatives.
FLOWER OF THE MONTH SENSE OF COLOR This is Grand Daddy Purp, organically-grown in Maine. Courtesy of T.T. & C.T. Photo by CW Photography. @cwphotographyme GROW OF THE MONTH SOME RISE Here’s a shot of my organic greenhouse-grown OG Kush x Grand Daddy Purple cross (Pheno #1).
2018 SPRING PLANTING GUIDE Getting a good 1 start start growing growing in in the the spring spring results results in in huge huge yields yields of o massive flowers in the fall. Danny Danko reveals how to prepare for cultivation success by properly germinating seeds, rooting clones and ensuring strong plants during the vegetative stage.