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High Times February 2019

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THIS IS A PIPE In 2003, the federal government decided to crack down on the epidemic of super cool smoking accessories proliferating throughout the country. The DEA’s Operation Pipe Dreams ultimately took down 50 people on charges of trafficking illegal drug paraphernalia. Famously, Tommy Chong got caught up in the sting and went to prison for nine months on paraphernalia charges. Fortunately, the world has changed quite a bit over the last 15 years. Now, some of the pipes and bongs that incurred the wrath of the feds are being celebrated in the increasingly mainstream marijuana scene. Some are even selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. A new book called This is a Pipe pays tribute to these functional works of art—from impossibly elaborate pirate ships to badass gun replicas that…

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h2o 101

PLANTS GROWN HYDROPONICALLY reward savvy indoor farmers with explosive growth rates and massive yields of fantastic frosty flowers. Other advantages to soilless gardening include sophisticated automation, increased cleanliness in the growing space and much heavier harvests than those produced with traditional soil-based mediums. But the level of precision needed to dial in your watering system and nutrient solution requires a deep understanding of the fundamentals of aquatic horticulture. Our annual “Hydro Report” focuses on the top techniques and most innovative new equipment for improving and perfecting the aroma, flavor and potency levels of your pot. Hydro expert Erik Biksa also shines a bright light on products that amplify the volume of your plant’s roots and their ability to absorb the food and oxygen that power and promote healthy flowering and essential…

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THE FIGHT CONTINUES Like many women, I suffer from horrible PMS and periods. For years I suffered through this pain, even losing multiple jobs because I could barely get out of bed for a week at a time. Marijuana has been my saving grace and has given me the ability to function regardless of how bad my period is. When I lived in [a legal state], I could easily acquire the types of weed that helped me. A few years ago my husband and I moved to [the Midwest]. Getting weed out here is not only incredibly hard but also dangerous. I’ve known many people who have ended up in jail for only having a gram and a pipe on them. H.D. DRUG TEST I recently moved from a weed tolerant area—New York City—to…

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contact high

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legalized it!

FROM THE MOMENT Canada legalized it, we knew we’d reached another milestone in the long-running war against the War on Drugs. Legalization of cannabis for adults in the Great White North marks a pivotal moment in the green revolution, and its effects will surely influence policy beyond Canadian borders. By all accounts, legalization is popular. The e-merchant Shopify Inc. recorded an average of 100 orders for weed per minute on the first day of sales. Ontario, the most populous province with more than 14 million citizens, tried to meet demand online, but customers who logged onto the Ontario Cannabis Store were warned that “Due to extremely high demand… delivery times may be longer than expected.” The province will have actual retail shops open in the spring. Outside Ontario, as brick-and-mortar stores opened…

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cannabis and pharmaceuticals

ANTIDEPRESSANTS There isn’t much data to indicate how antidepressants and cannabis interact. However, researchers point out that concurrent use makes it difficult for doctors to dial in the correct dosage for patients being treated with antidepressants. Cannabis can also mask the side effects of the medication, making it harder to establish the best treatment. However, most studies indicate a low to moderate risk when combining cannabis with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). ANTIPSYCHOTICS While cannabidiol (CBD) on its own has shown intriguing results for treating schizophrenia, there can be adverse reactions when combining cannabis with antipsychotic medications. These medications are broken down and metabolized by cytochrome P450 enzymes in the liver. Cannabis can alter this metabolic process, and potentially cancel it out. The metabolic interaction between…