The HIGH TIMES Interview: Ludacris

Grammy Award–winning Christopher Bridges, a.k.a. Ludacris, cut his teeth in the music industry as an influential “Dirty South” rapper. Yet in his remarkable nearly 20-year-long career, Ludacris has achieved mainstream success as both a musician and an actor, appearing in hit movies like Crash, Hustle & Flow, and the Fast and the Furious series. Given that he’s an avid smoker—as evidenced by his hazy “Blueberry Yum Yum” video from the album The Red Light District—HIGH TIMES couldn’t wait to get Ludacris to perform at a Cannabis Cup. Fortunately, the Atlanta-based artist was able to join us in Las Vegas, where we caught up with him just before show time.

You perform in Amsterdam. What do you think of the cannabis scene there?

Amsterdam no longer has the best weed in the world. I’m going to have to give that to Los Angeles, California … in the world.

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Blending Styles & Strains with Beats Antique

Experimental musical group discusses investigating CBD and how marijuana factors into their creative process.

For over a decade, the Bay Area trio Beats Antique has been carving out a niche for themselves by blending a dazzling mix of far-flung styles — often from eras long past — with inventive grooves that, on stage, are accompanied by Zoe Jakes’ riveting dance performances.

Their tenth album, ‘Shadowbox,’ released in October 2016, further celebrates their adventurous spirit through a series of ambitious collaborations recorded across the globe: from Moscow to Tel Aviv, London to New Orleans.

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The Importance of Cannabinoids and Pressing Hash

Frenchy Cannoli is a veteran hash maker, known world-wide for his love of, passion for and as a purveyor of the finest hashish.

There are many myths surrounding the correct way to make the highest quality hash possible, with confusion surrounding how to preserve volatile terpenes and cannabinoids in relation to heat. HIGH TIMES sat down with the man himself to clarify these myths and to get some tips on how to get the best out of your hashish making.

HIGH TIMES: There are many extractors now working with new methods to create solvent and non-solvent extraction. How important is working with correct temperatures when considering cannabinoids?

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Happy Tokes: From MMJ Patient to Activist & Ambassador Superstar

Twenty-four year old Madison Ortiz is a cannabis brand ambassador, photographer, writer and sterling advocate for medical marijuana.

Professionally known as Happy Tokes, her story has inspired thousands worldwide to speak openly and honestly about the plant. With an audience of over 63K followers on Instagram, Ortiz uses her platform to promote, explore and liberate the truth about natural medicine.

From CannaSmack to the #HappyTokesTribe, she is a leader among her generation helping to end prohibition. HIGH TIMES caught up with Ortiz to discuss her participation at this year’s Ann Arbor Hash Bash, what it’s like to share her inspirational story and how to get involved in cannabis activism.

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Mechoulam’s Message

The father of cannabis medicine talks CBD for autism and rescheduling.

Back in 2013, while many Americans were learning about the healing applications of CBD through a mainstream TV special hosted by CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam remained in the lab, eternally devoted into his groundbreaking work in cannabinoid science. Dr. Mechoulam discovered and isolated CBD as a young Israeli researcher in 1963 and went on to discover THC in 1964. Today, he continues to discover exactly how cannabinoids interact with the make-up of all mammals in a full-body structure known as the endocannabinoid system. We caught up with the iconic researcher to check in on new developments.

Cannabis Now:  Israel is launching a clinical trial to assess the effects of CBD on children and adults suffering from autism. Are you participating in this study?

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Willie Nelson: An Outlaw Country Cannabis Icon

Legendary singer discusses his relationship with marijuana and the origins of songs like ‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die’

Outlaw Country legend Willie Nelson is an all-American cannabis icon known and loved by generations of bud smokers. He’s as famous for his friendly, no-frills approach to living the high life as he is for his one-of-a-kind country sound. Cannabis Now contributor, Ricardo Baca, sat down with “Shotgun Willie” on his famously stoney tour bus to talk about his life, music and the future of the marijuana movement. — Cannabis Now

Willie Nelson has heard almost all of the anti-cannabis malarkey out there, including the ridiculous (and now politically topical) refrain that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” When faced with a prohibitionist’s nonsense, he reacts as you’d expect him to: with a gentle but forceful argument that’s as laconic as it is logical.

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Prince of Pot Travels the World After Prison Release

Marc Emery spent four years in a Louisiana prison for selling marijuana seeds. Since his release, he’s been traveling anywhere in the world that he can connect with cannabis activists. When he’s not overseas, the Canadian-born safe access advocate is running a cannabis lounge in Toronto. Cannabis Now spoke with Emery about the global cannabis scene.

Cannabis Now: Tell us about your recent travels.

Marc Emery: Ever since I got out of prison in August of 2014, I’ve been to about 16 countries: Chile, Mexico, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Netherlands. I’m going to Colombia next month and Jamaica next week.

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