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High Times December 2018

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LAB-MADE CANNABINOIDS By now, most cannabis consumers know about the cannabinoids in their favorite plant. Cultivators go to great lengths to bring out the best in their plants, which produce THC, CBD, terpenes, flavonoids and many other chemical compounds. But what if there were a way to produce all those glorious cannabinoids without actually growing and caring for a cannabis crop? That’s exactly what Boston-based Gingko Bioworks Inc. is looking into, thanks to a new partnership with Cronos Group Inc., a Canadian cannabis company. It sounds like a sin against nature—and it will face plenty of opposition from purists who prefer to obtain their cannabinoids the old-fashion way—but Gingko is looking to engineer pot’s active compounds, without the pot. While the drawbacks to eschewing whole-plant medicine are clear, the company points out certain…

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fire of the year

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly. “One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. —HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON AS 2018 COMES TO AN END, we’re letting go of many marijuana misconceptions while we continue to learn about our favorite plant. Companies like Phylos Bioscience are mapping out the genetic heritage of heirloom cannabis varieties, and the long-held distinctions between indica and sativa have proven to be gross oversimplifications of a complicated interaction between hundreds of different cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Indeed, it’s this delicate interplay of scents, flavors and potency levels that provides different strains with their unique properties of intoxication. Even with all of the technical and scientific advancements we’ve seen in recent years, what draws us to a particular pot variety is the intricate way in which the fragrances, tastes…

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BORDER BULLIES Hi there. I wanted to share an experience with you that is a sad indicator of the federal government’s current viewpoint on cannabis. In July, my wife and I were in San Diego for the Comic-Con convention. We decided to spend the night, but hotels were too expensive so we went to Tijuana where a 5-star hotel is $100. I am a medical marijuana patient in Los Angeles, legitimately prescribed cannabis. Unfortunately, I did not thoroughly go through my backpack and mistakenly left a pipe inside. Upon return to the USA, Customs and Border Protection officers found the pipe via x-ray. They pulled me aside, removed whatever was left inside it and weighed it. They stated I was in possession of 0.1 grams of cannabis. This cannabis was prescribed legally, purchased…

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contact high

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on the road again

THE FIRST-EVER ALASKA CANNABIS CUP Surrounded by a surreal landscape of snow-capped mountains and glacial lakes, the inaugural Alaska Cannabis Cup was held on August 11 and 12 at Settlers Bay Golf Course in Wasilla. Much like the effects of the region’s famed strain Alaskan Thunderfuck, the warm welcome from cannabis enthusiasts across the Last Frontier was happy, uplifting and euphoric. “We have such a short summer in Alaska, it’s so incredible to take advantage of the season and be outside enjoying the day,” said Caleb Saunders, co-owner of Green Jar, one of the first recreational dispensaries in Mat-Su Valley. “With it being the first [High Times] Cup up here, it’s amazing to be part of history.” After a weekend of performances by headliners Arrested Development, Iration and Thievery Corporation, Cup judges took…

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sports & pot

KYLE TURLEY A former NFL offensive lineman, Turley has battled painkiller addiction as well as suicidal thoughts. He was diagnosed as symptomatic of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and with the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease after his playing career. In 2015, after using marijuana to quit pharmaceutical drugs, Turley founded the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition to advocate for marijuana as a treatment option for NFL players. He credits cannabis with helping him deal with the severe effects of concussions, saying it saved his life. LEONARD MARSHALL A former Pro Bowl defensive end who won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, Marshall was diagnosed with symptoms of CTE in 2013. Marshall additionally suffers from debilitating headaches that he treats with cannabidiol (CBD). Vaporizing CBD has also helped him keep the symptoms of traumatic…