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Kush Magazine / L.A. / January-2010

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Social Network for Marijuana...our users are calling it the facebook of cannabis.

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42 | Bob Marley Inspirations by Jay Evans 48 | Myths, Rumors and a Little Truth by Fred Gardner


34 V-Day Guide 54 Nerve Pain

60 | Rock Out With Your Cocktail Out by Courtney Kreuger 66 | Grover’s Grove by Jesse Martin 80 | Cannabis Cup by Charlotte Cruz 86 | LA Auto Show by J. Mark Sternberg 90 | We Dig This: John Butler Trio by Josh Kaplan 94 | Dailybuds.com Dispensary Directory

Check out our gift guide for things just off the beaten path for your favorite Valentine.

Once again, medical studies have shown that medical marijuana has benefits for all sorts of pain relief. Nerve pain relief is explored in this study.

72 LA Ordinance?
Years of lawsuits, politics, votes and wrangling may finally be wrapping up – until the next round of lawsuits and politics, that is. For daily updates on City Council, see DailyBuds.com.

78 Live Music
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Cooler weather will not cool live music in Los Angeles. As a matter of fact, it gets cranked up in January and February.


from the editors

ecause you are reading this note, you are either a medical marijuana patient in Los Angeles or are just interested in the subject matter of this magazine. No matter which category you fall into, the topic of marijuana here in LA and throughout the country is on a lot of people’s minds. Cities throughout California are scurrying to pass local ordinances to regulate distribution and sales. In LA, the city council may have passed an ordinance shortly after we go to print. And if the ordinance as currently proposed does pass, then what? The ordinance will cause over 90 percent of all of the dispensaries in the city to close their doors. This miraculous piece of arbitrary legislation is set to invite one of the biggest lawsuits this city has ever seen. At least one group has been formed to attack the ordinance on several levels, including a city council recall campaign, a referendum to put the ordinance on the September ballot and yes a class action lawsuit. Patients that have been patronizing one or more of their favorite collectives for months if not years will be forced to choose one of the dispensaries still allowed to remain open. Patients will be obligated to participate in the affairs of the collective, and the collective will only be able to collect reimbursement of costs from the patient. Please tell me what that means!

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The ordinance will cause over 90 percent of all of the dispensaries in the city to close their doors.
This is our humble recommendation: Patients, if you are happy with the medicine you are getting and with the places that you are getting it from, stay in touch with the people at those collectives to see how the ordinance has affected them. Collectives, your patients need to know what’s up. They have been coming to you for a very important reason, and those reasons are not going to change just because a new zoning ordinance has been passed. Whether you plan on fighting the ordinance, becoming a delivery service here, or moving outside the city limits, let your patients know so they can find you. Fortunately, the new Daily Buds Social Network for Cannabis (www.dailybuds. com) makes it easy to stay in touch. By becoming a member of the Daily Buds Community patients, collectives and friends can chat about what’s happening on the spur of the moment, post comments and reviews, and keep each other up to date. Collective’s can revise the information on their directory listing pages anytime they want, in real time, and tell their patients where they are open and also what is in stock. Please join and communicate! It’s free and it’s fun. We wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. Hang in there and let’s finally get it legalized! Kush LA Editorial Board, www.dailybuds.com

Charlotte Cruz, Michael Dillon, Jay Evans, Fred Gardner, J.T. Gold, Josh Kaplan, Courtney Kreuger, Jesse Martin, Jack Prescott, J. Mark Sternberg, Maggie St. Thomas

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The Best of Ask Ed:
There are dozens of books and hundreds of websites that offer grow tips and historical information on cannabis and that can get confusing. One may say that pruning is completely necessary while another says that pruning is like pulling a kitten’s whiskers out with dull tweezers. With all of the “experts” who claim to have the answers, it can be a daunting task to get the answer to what may seem to you, a simple question. Plus, it’s always wise to remember that each person’s growing experience includes a lot of factors. Is the climate especially dry? Cold? Is the clone healthy or did the grower start a diseased plant without knowing? Is the garden safe from pests? What’s the best way to dry cannabis in a humid climate? There are hundreds of questions that you could ask yourself and everyone else on the Internet, but if you want straightforward, experienced advice that has stood the test of time, climate, environment and reputation, just ask Ed. Ed Rosenthal is recognized worldwide as a leading authority on marijuana. In his 30-plus years as America’s “guru of ganja,” he has written or edited more than a dozen books about marijuana cultivation and social policy that cumulatively have sold over one million His first book, Marijuana Grower’s Guide, is the only title on marijuana cultivation to be reviewed by The New York Times Book Review. After almost two decades, his Ask EdTM advice column continues to answer questions on all matters of marijuana from readers around the world. Rosenthal was one of the original American writers to travel to Holland, bringing European knowledge and sophistication about cannabis to the states through his books and columns. He has visited countless marijuana gardens, gathering information about breeding and cultivating and sharing the most effective techniques. He is a member of the International Cannabis Research Society and the Garden Writers Association of America, and has served as an expert witness on marijuana cultivation in federal and state trials. Rosenthal has also been active in promoting and developing policies of civil regulation for marijuana, advising California legislators and working on local and national political campaigns. He predicts that by the year 2012, marijuana will be regulated in the U.S. in the same manner as tobacco and alcohol. Best of Ask Ed: Your Marijuana Questions Answered is the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel of information. Rosenthal has compiled the very best questions and the very best answers into a neat package that any grower should keep on hand and read and re-read several times. Rosenthal even includes a scrapbook of memorable contest photos sent in by readers of his column. Nearly every subject is touched upon, from security to pest and disease control to cloning and curing. You can’t go wrong with the guru of ganja as your guide! Check out www.quicktrading.com to browse and buy Best of Ask Ed: Your Marijuana Questions Answered or any of his other excellent books. 14 kush L.A.

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W ith the beginning of the new decade, Dailybuds
officially launched the revolutionary Dailybuds social network for Cannabis to rave reviews from users nationwide. The new Dailybuds online community is a game changer for the medical marijuana world, allowing marijuana patients and enthusiasts to locate dispensaries in their area, communicate with the stores right on Dailybuds, make friends online, create and join interest groups, share information and most importantly stay connected. Members just simply log into Dailybuds and are instantly connected to other medical marijuana patients, collectives, dispensaries, and doctors, as well as recreational users, or anyone with a general interest in cannabis and the lifestyle. According to Bob Selan, co-founder of Dailybuds and the Kush Magazine publications, “ based on the many surveys conducted over the past few years as well as focus groups we have arranged, word of mouth from friends online is the most powerful and credible way that people get information these days. People would rather hear comments about a movie from people they know then read an ad or a review by someone getting paid to write it.” “Since the soft launch of the site this past December, thousands of friendships have already been formed on Dailybuds. Signups on Dailybuds are increasing at a very rapid pace. It’s amazing to see the daily interaction on the site and almost entirely on a grassroots basis, that people from all over the country are signing up. Members are telling their friends on other social network sites like Facebook and Myspace about this new Cannabis friendly experience where users can freely and openly discuss marijuana and just about anything else they want to talk about. Many members are referring to Dailybuds as the Facebook of cannabis.”

Dailybuds also has exciting features including areas to upload and watch underground music and videos, medical marijuana news, dispensary listings, and blogs ranging from celebrity perspectives on cannabis to legalization issues. You can also read the “digital version” of Kush L.A. Magazine, Kush Colorado Magazine, and upcoming Kush magazines right on Dailybuds. A significant application built into the site is the geotargeted interactive directory of caregiver’s collectives, dispensaries, and medical marijuana doctors. Somewhere between Craigslist and Facebook, and targeted to the niche cannabis crowd, the Dailybuds community allows members in a specific region to connect with local providers. Geotargeting allows relevant advertising to be served up based on where you are located in the country. Just click on a ZIP code or city and find a selection of caregivers or collectives. Then click again to find a menu to see what strains are in stock, what specials are being offered and print out free money saving coupons. The site allows dispensary owners the ability to upload their daily menus, photographs and specials and they can communicate directly with their patients on a daily basis through Dailybuds. The Dailybuds community provides value for it s members by giving them access to a special place online where there can get the information they want, when they want it directly from other members in the community, whether they be in the same local area or anywhere they are connected.

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Tax Cannabis 2010:

Marijuana Legalization in California Looks Promising

Once again, the state of California is paving the way on marijuana reform in the United States. The Tax & Regulate Cannabis 2010 initiative has collected enough signatures to qualify for the November 2010 ballot. Marijuana legalization in California is one step closer to becoming a reality. 
So, if passed, what exactly would this measure mean? Any CA resident over the age of 21 could possess up to one ounce of marijuana in public, could grow up to 25 square feet of cannabis, and possess all that they grow within the confines of their home. And while people could possess marijuana, it would still be illegal to distribute it. The new laws would essentially make it so marijuana is regulated in the same way that the much more harmful drug alcohol is. Finally, we are seeing some progress towards fair regulation. Some local governments may not agree with the new law, and they would be free to regulate the sale of marijuana however they see fit. Let’s say the folks up in Ventura don’t want marijuana sold in their neighborhoods. They can make the decision to ban sales at the local level. Of course, they would be missing out on the tax revenues that would be generated from marijuana sales. Tax revenues that could go towards health care, public safety, schools, libraries, state parks, roads, and transportation -- all areas which CA needs all the help we can get. Another large benefit of the reform is that hemp -- according to many sources, the largest untapped cash crop in the US -- would be freed up for cultivation. Aside from the dollars which would be generated from the sale of marijuana, hemp crops could bring in millions more. Our dependence on other less sustainable resources would be lessened and thousands of new jobs would be created.  Resources used for marijuana prosecutions would also be reallocated for other projects. The state prisons would also see a large relief from prisoners put in the system for marijuana violations. Tax payers wouldn’t be paying to house people for petty pot convictions. Police wouldn’t be spending time chasing after stoners, and instead could focus on catching the real criminals committing murder, rape, and other serious crimes.  Close to 700,000 signatures have been gathered -- 434,000 were needed to be eligible -- yet the initiative still has to be submitted to the California Secretary of State for final validation. This is will be done some time before the deadline of February. Assuming it gets the OK, it is then up to the voters of the state on whether the initiative gets passed. In a recent poll, 56% of registered voters in California were in favor of marijuana legalization. Compare that with the estimated 41% in favor nationwide.   Oaksterdam University is sponsoring and leading the Tax Cannabis 2010 initiative, and is paving the way for reasonable marijuana rights. Oakland recently became the first city in America to tax medical marijuana. The city was in desperate need of money, and taxes from marijuana sales has been a reliable source of revenues to help revitalize the city.  Nobody can deny that our state and country is still in a dire financial state. We need to do everything we can to get back on track. Legalizing marijuana not only makes logical sense in terms of fair drug regulation, but it is also necessary to get us out of a financial debt that has no end in sight. You can get involved by contributing, volunteering, and simply becoming informed at taxcannabis.org.

French Toast Baked in a Honey-THC-Pecan Sauce


This dish can be set up the night before -- so you can sneak out of your bedroom for a moment to pop it into the oven and awaken your Valentine’s senses with a wonderful smell and flavor sensation. 4 large eggs (beaten) ¾ cup Half and Half ½ tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 (2 inch-thick) slices of day-old French bread or crusty bread ¼ cup THC butter cut into pieces ¼ cup brown sugar ¼ cup honey ¼ cup maple syrup ¼ cup chopped pecans Combine the eggs, Half and Half , brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Pour half the mixture into a baking dish. Place the bread in the pan and top with the other half of mixture, making sure all parts of the bread are saturated with the liquid. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To melt the butter, place in a 13’x9’x2 inch baking dish and set in the oven. When melted, stir in the brown sugar, honey ,maple syrup, and pecans. Set the soaked bread slices on top of the pecan mixture. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.

Sexy Food and Gourmet Treats

Chef Herb’s creations with a touch of aphrodisiac ingredients for you and your loved one.

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Remove from oven and serve using a spatula to invert the bread slice onto your plate. After placing the bread onto the plate, pour excess juices and pecans on top of your French toast. Serve with a cup of hot coffee and enjoy.

Garden Salad with Honey-Garlic Dressing
1/2 head Boston Bibb lettuce 1/2 head romaine 4 stalks of hearts of palm (sliced) 1/4 c. black nicoise olives 1 lg. tomato (cut in eighths) 1 yellow pepper (cut in thin strips) DRESSING: 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 sm. garlic clove (pressed) Few drops of soy sauce 1 tbsp. good quality vinegar, any flavor 1/2 tsp. honey 4 tbsp. THC olive oil Parmesan cheese for sprinkling Mix together the ingredients for the salad and set aside. Whisk together the mustard, garlic, soy, vinegar and honey. Whisk in oil. Pour on salad and sprinkle with cheese.

Baked Artichoke and Crab Dip
Serve this as a brunch, lunch or party favorite. ½ tablespoon THC oil ½ small green pepper (chopped fine) ½ small red pepper (chopped fine) 1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts (chopped fine) ¾ cup mayonnaise ¼ cup THC butter soft ¼ cup thin sliced scallions ½ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce ½ teaspoon celery salt ½ pound of crab meat picked through to remove shells ¼ cup sliced almond toasted Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 6”x9” baking dish. Saute in a small skillet, THC oil and bell peppers until tender. In a large bowl combine the artichokes, jalapeno, mayonnaise, THC butter, scallions, parmesan cheese, Worcestershire, celery salt, crab meat, and sauteed bell peppers. Mix well. Place into baking dish. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with tortillas or toast points of choice.

Oysters Italiano
This recipe has a kiss of THC butter to spark your evening. 3 to 4 slices pancetta or bacon ¼ cup onion chopped fine

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¼ cup red bell pepper chopped fine 1 jalapenos, seeded and chopped fine 4 tablespoons unsalted THC butter softened ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs or panko bread crumbs ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese 8 shucked oysters on the half shell Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cook pancetta or bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain and chop into small bits and save the excess grease . In the same skillet place add onion red bell pepper and jalapenos and saute till soft and a bit carmelized. Remove skillet from the heat. Now add all the ingredients together: pancetta, onion, bell pepper, jalapenos, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and THC butter mix thoroughly . Place shucked oysters on a baking tray and top with the prepared mixture. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees or until golden brown.

Combine tomatoes and basil. Marinate at room temperature 1 to 2 hours or overnight in refrigerator. Blend capers, vinegar, salt and pepper into tomato mixture. Slowly heat. Bring large amount of salted water to rapid boil; add pasta and cook until al dente; drain well. Add enough oil to coat. Toss with tomato mixture.

Chocolate Lava Cakes with Cherry Grand Marnier Sauce
This dessert is so called because the center of the cake is a thick liquid chocolate and oozes out when cut, like molten lava. These make a great surprise dessert and although pretty simple to make, will impress your lover. The chocolate flavor is intense (especially if you use bittersweet), so I like to serve it with vanilla ice cream to balance the flavor. 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (chopped or chips) 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted THC butter (cut into small pieces) 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 3/4 cup sugar 6 large egg yolks 3 large eggs 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 16-ounce bag frozen pitted dark sweet cherries (thawed) 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier (optional) Vanilla ice cream

Capellini with Fresh Tomato and Basil Sauce
1 lb. fresh plum tomatoes (peeled, seeded & coarsely chopped) 1/2 c. fresh basil leaves (coarsely chopped) 1/2 (3 1/4 oz.) jar capers (drained & rinsed) 1 1/2 tbsp. sherry vinegar Dash salt Dash freshly ground pepper 1/2 lb. capellini or angel hair pasta 3 oz. THC olive oil

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Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter six 4-ounce ramekins or muffin tins. Make the cherry sauce by combining the cherries, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar melts, stirring occasionally. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes then remove from heat. Stir in the Grand Marnier and set aside. MAKE THE CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKES. Place a medium bowl over a pot of simmering water or heat a double boiler over medium-high heat. Add the chocolate and butter. Stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter has melted. Stir together until well combined. Remove from heat. In another bowl, whisk together the sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk the sugar and cocoa mixture into the melted chocolate. Whisk the egg yolks and whole eggs together, then whisk the eggs into the chocolate and sugar mixture. Sprinkle the flour over the chocolate mixture, then fold the flour in with a rubber spatula. Divide the chocolate mixture evenly between the 6 ramekins or muffin tins. Place in oven. Bake for approximately 9 to 10 minutes. The outside of the cake will form a crust like any other cake, but the center of the cake should remain a thick liquid. Watch the tops of the cake to see how done they are. Touch the top of the cake with your finger. When done, you should be able to press down slightly on the cake and have it spring back but when you insert a toothpick into the cake, the toothpick should come out with wet batter on it. (The trick is to cook the cakes as little as possible for a liquid center yet long enough that a firm cake-like exterior forms that won’t fall apart when you take it out of the pan.)

Remove cakes from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Loosen the edges of the cakes with a paring knife and invert onto dessert plates. Serve warm with cherry sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bonbons
1 cup peanut butter 1 cup chopped pecans 1 cup powdered sugar 1 cup chopped dates (NOT the prepackaged chopped type) 1 Tbsp. butter, softened 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips In large bowl, combine peanut butter, pecans, powdered sugar, dates, and butter and mix well; form into 1” balls. Melt semisweet chips and 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips together in a glass measuring cup in microwave on medium power about 2 minutes, stirring once, until melted and smooth. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips and stir constantly until smooth (this tempers the chocolate, setting up crystals so it will harden). Dip each ball into melted chocolate mixture and set on parchment paper. Let stand until chocolate is firm, then store tightly covered at room temperature.

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bob marley inspirations bob marley inspirations bob marley inspirations

By Jay Evans

Everyone knows that artists are a 420-friendly group. Historically speaking, artists have always been at the hub of what’s happening, as well as open to the mind-altering effects of our beloved marijuana plant, (as well as many other tasty substances - but that‘s for another article).
Since the early history of art (or life on earth for that matter), there is evidence that smoking herb has enhanced our perception, and given the kind of vision or enlightenment that elevates us as people into a space simply known as “Art”. Whether it be paint on canvas, photos in a gallery, a dancing ballerina or a finely cooked meal we all have a place in our minds and our hearts that allows us to escape and enjoy the finer “Arts” during our existence here on earth. Throughout history artists have drawn upon one another for inspiration, thus expanding on and sort of “parlaying” the art form from one artist to another, one genre to another, and one generation to another. Paintings can be influenced by song, songs inspired by people’s acts – there are countless ways one creative medium can influence another. Artists often derive, or “borrow” from one another and this is the case in the story of two old friends, their shared passion for “Art”, and their love of a universal known legend. Robb Friedman and Josh Kaplan, have been friends for 25 years. Since high school they have been involved in some art project or another, usually together. Decades of projects like logo design, window painting also led to client-driven, fine art pieces and even the design and production of movie sets. They’re both “utility artists” as well as “fine artists.” Over the years both Robb and Josh found their individual fortes and niches, but among the many that they share is their love for oil painting. As LA natives -- raised on a culture of media, music, sports, and “Art“ in general -- it’s no surprise their portfolios are full of these pop-culture icons.

“No Woman No Cry” By Robb Friedman

bob marley inspirations bob marley inspirations bob marley inspirations

One idol, in particular, had served as background music as they worked on other projects, but never as a subject worthy of the oil painting treatment. But nobody can deny Bob Marley, king of reggae, forever. Josh and Robb are huge Marley fans, and would usually listen to him when collaborating over the years. Separately, though, they re-discovered the Marley influence and began to work on pieces in his honor. Friedman’s Marley is a mixture of painting and another expertise, graphic design. His use of imagery with “quotations” from his subject, pulls you in and wraps you up in the memory of those words, or in this case Marley‘s lyrics. His pieces are pop art at their best, and really put you in a moment. Kaplan’s impression of Marley is totally different. Very representational with a strong sense of Impressionism. Josh’s image -- while still graphic in nature -- has brilliant colors dancing throughout the piece, vibrantly depicting Bob’s energy. Josh depicts his subjects in a very colorful way, while sustaining his classical style. “With all the influences, “ Josh said, “….. I’m surprised it took me this long to paint Bob.” Robb said, “It was a strange sense of timing. I was listening to Bob as I often do when painting, and Kaplan called me to tell me he was getting very “high” on his new Marley piece. I couldn’t believe it, I told him I was doing one too, and it just hit us both. It was like Bob was influencing both of us at the same time - for whatever reason. It was pretty cool.” As these two artists have remained close, they both continue to build their prospective client list’s. Some of them include Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, The Los Angeles Dodgers, Justin Timberlake, Donnie Wahlberg, Jermaine Dupree, and many, many more. With the paintings these two friends and talented artists are producing, it’s no wonder that the world of pop media, and the A-list of today have noticed both Friedman’s and Kaplan’s artwork. Robb and Josh both donate artwork yearly to different charities to give back to their community. The two really enjoy meeting and working with other artists, from all mediums. Both seem to have a true appreciation for “Art” as a whole, and the relationship it has upon one another in this world - that interlinking chain between artists whether they’re still here or not. “This is a life-long journey”, Josh says, “… there is always something else to learn.” Robb adds, “We’re not doing this to be rich or anything….. “ (Josh laughs out loud) “That’s for sure!!!. It’s more for the LOVE!” chimes Robb. “Definitely for the love of Art,” Josh adds.

You can check out these plus other works from these fine artist at their respective websites below.

www.RobbFriedman.com & www.KapsArt.com

“Bob Marley” By Josh Kaplan

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Image source: www.marijuanareviews.com

Myths, Rumors
and Maybe even

a little truth

Face it, there’s a million strains (and stories) out there. Here, in a noble effort, we try to separate the historical and genetic points of these strains from the typical

crazy, unsubstantiated rumors.

Inevitably a kid on some blog will claim to have the original OG Kush mother in his parents’ basement; A 20-year-old college junior from Iowa swears that she can grow 600 plants under a single 1000w light; Watering your garden with beer makes the buds fatter. We’ve read and heard a fraction of “it all” by now. So it’s with great skepticism that we share with you news from the story mill of how strains are born (their provenance?). This month’s topic—Trainwreck. (I hope that somewhere in the mountains an elderly man with a cane and mischievous gleam in his eye reads these and tells his faithful dog how silly we are all, as he vaporizes the original Trainwreck strain that he created in his cabin circa 1950.)

At any rate, we pulled some quotes from the web about how Trainwreck really came into being. 1) “The original Trainwreck was supposedly 1st grown in
Arcata, Calif. in the ’60’s. Story has it that there was a train wreck that summer which more or less memorialized what turned out to be a very potent and popular smoke. Sativa dominant.”

“Beserker is the guy who discovered/bred Trainwreck. Steve Tuck is the guy that crossed it with an Afghani to produce a seed-line/woodhorse/meduser Trainwreck.” “The Arcata cut of Trainwreck gets it name because it was grown, for the first time, on a hillside that just so happened to have a train wreck happen in the same area that summer”



of lowland Thai, Mexican sativa, and a very solid and potent Afghani.”

4) “Trainwreck is an old hybrid (1970’s) from Humboldt 5) “TW is basically a Thai low land sativa that got into the
mix up here back in the early 80’s. Out doors it’s a huge “weeper creeper” that takes up TONS of space and takes 9 months to come in. It’ original parents were brought back from Thailand by some vagabond wanting to reproduce Thai-stick phenotype.”

Pick your favorite and repeat it to your friends.

Here’s what we do know:
Trainwreck delivers an incredible, clear and psychedelic high. Its special ‘’without ceiling’’ properties make it one of the most potent Sativas for the indoor grower. Combined with a unique high, Trainwreck has wonderful deep flavors of mint, pine, lemons and citrus fruits, which delight the palate and stimulate the senses. Trainwreck is a clone that has been passed around in Northern California for about the last 20 years or more. It is now exploding around the world as a clone. This strong sativa really is a punch to the face with a headconcentrated high. On top of this, it doesn’t leave the body heavy and slow. At first glance this bud doesn’t look like a rock star, but you will notice nice, long hairs that are covered in crystals. The sweet, skunky smell also stuns the nose. And the light green colored leaves just makes it a great bud to gaze.

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Aids Nerve PAiN reLief
by J.T. GOLD

ReseaRcheRs map spine’s Response to cannabis foR pain Relief when moRphine fails
Where morphine fails, marijuana may work. That’s the major finding of British research into the pain caused by nerve injuries, a pain known to be somewhat resistant to morphine and similar drugs that are the gold standard for treating just about any other kind of serious pain.
The researchers say they now have evidence that active components of cannabis, may offer hope. “It’s known that if you injure a nerve, the morphine receptors in the spinal cord disappear and that’s probably why morphine isn’t a very effective pain killer for such conditions as shingles, people who have had an amputation or perhaps if cancer has invaded the spinal cord,” says Andrew Rice, a senior lecturer in pain research at London’s Imperial College. “But what we’ve shown is that the cannabinoid receptors do not disappear when you injure a nerve. So this could offer a therapeutic advantage over morphine for treating such pain, “ he adds. Cannabinoids are components of cannabis or compounds that mimic cannabis, and discovering the complexities behind how and why they can offer pain relief has been the focus of various areas of research. Rice says the significance of his team’s research is that they mapped the cannabinoid receptors in the spinal cord and showed that they are found specifically in areas concerned with pain processing. “Other researchers showed that if you inject cannabinoid compounds in small doses in the spinal cord, you get pain relief. And we showed how that effect is mediated,” he explains. “In addition, a third group of people showed that nerve cells in the spinal cord that are normally activated by pain are damped down by small doses of cannabinoid in the spinal cord fluid.” The findings were published in a past issue of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. Rice says the task now is to find out how to administer the cannabinoids, but he cautions that the most familiar — smoking it — is the last thing researchers would advise. Cannabinoid compounds are among a variety of drugs that have been intensely looked at as researchers look for alternatives to the remarkably few pain relief options. “Researchers have spent the last 30 years trying to understand the mechanism of pain, particularly in the skin and spinal cord, and the massively complex array of chemicals that are involved in that process,” Rice explains. “While people have generally tried to target each of those chemicals to develop pain killers, very few approaches have been successful, and we’re still essentially left with the three very old, basic concepts in drugs: morphine, which has been with us for thousands of years, aspirin or acetaminophen,” he adds. Dr. Kenneth Mackie, an associate professor in anesthesiology and physiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, says there is indeed great concern in the medical community about the need to find better pain relief for damaged nerves, but that progress is being made. “It’s obviously a big problem for the people who have that kind of pain and on the basic science side, it’s an area of intense investigation. Cannabinoids are just one option that people are looking at.”

Thanks to Nancy A. Melville HealthSCOUT Reporter

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Rock Out

LA Bars that Host Live Music: Nothing enhances a social event or a night on the town
like live music, and there are many talented bands looking to liven up your party. Los Angeles has a bevy of killer venues, enabling you to listen to live music while getting your drink on and dancing your heart out. Below are just a few places where you can rock out with your cocktail out.

Saint Rocke

Saint Rocke is the ultimate place to rock out in the beach cities, and this entertaining venue is conveniently situated on PCH in Hermosa Beach. It’s a warm, yet chic, environment that has a suitable seating situation and an extensive menu. A section of this menu is devoted to their signature sliders (available in beef, portabella mushroom, Cajun meatballs, and breaded chicken), which come dressed up in grilled mushrooms, mozzarella, chipotle sauce, and/or blue cheese and are topped off with Hawaiian sweet bread. Sainte Rock also provides a quality happy hour and a calendar of musical events, including karaoke, piano bar night, and soundbox (acoustic pro jam).
Location: 142 Pacific Coast Highway Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 372-0035

The Airliner

The Airliner is a hip joint in East LA that doesn’t exclude any type of music from being blared inside its aeronautically decorated walls. This bar invites bands of all genres to showcase their skills, and it even offers them rehearsal space with a well-stocked bar ($30 an hour). They encourage all artists, whether they are a filmmaker or painter, to display their masterpieces during the musical performances. Each night of the week brings different drink specials and hot beats, so keep updated with the club’s MySpace page to stay in the know.
Location: 2419 North Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90031 (323) 221-0771


To have a fun night, all you need is love…and a Beatles cover band! Where do you find such a musical commodity in the Los Angeles area? At Britannia—an English pub that’s located a mere block from Santa Monica’s 3rd St. Promenade. The boys, who resemble our favorite English rock band, go on every Sunday night from 10pm-midnight, and admission to view their show is … free (that word has such a lovely ring to it)! Britannia offers other entertainment, like karaoke and stand-up comedy, and if you’re a Penn State or Steelers fan, this is your place!
Location: 318 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 458-5350

The Viper Room

The Viper Room is located in the heart of the Sunset Strip, and this legendary staple, which was previously partowned by Johnny Depp, has been supplying Los Angeles with superior live music for more than 15 years. It opened in 1993 with a performance by Tom Petty, and it has been a Hollywood hangout and hotspot ever since (and yes, the scene of River Phoenix’s unfortunate tragedy). You can follow this bar on every form of social media, from Twitter to Facebook to Eventful, to find out who’s playing there next.
Location: 8852 West Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 358-1880

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The Good Hurt

The Good Hurt is a Venice bar that will hit you with multiple streams of entertainment, including live music, rock bands, reggae, techno, and pool. While you’re hurting so good, the sexy-nurse waitresses will prescribe you some medicinal cocktails to enhance your jovial pain. The therapeutic bar hosts several talented bands, such as Xyzyx, that are eager to cure you with healing tunes and fun beats!
Location: 12249 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066 (310) 390-1076


If you’re a true music lover who’s constantly seeking new talent and craving unique rhythms, it would be wise of you to check out the line-up at Spaceland, a bar that defines serious music. This venue has introduced many known bands to the world—Snow Patrol, Keane, The Black Keys, and The Killers, to name a few. Spaceland exhibits bands of all types—whether they’re established, local, or touring—on its state of the art stage that’s equipped with a quality sound and lighting system, and features a blue and silver striped background. There’s an additional back bar with a pool table, couches, and a jukebox, in which you can mingle and discuss the exciting musical happenings.
Location: 1717 Silver Lake Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 833-2843


At Santa Monica’s Zanzibar, you can wrap yourself in an Indian and African-inspired ambiance for a truly unique and exciting experience. Each night of the week brings distinct and fun sounds, and whether they’re created from a band or a DJ, you can be exposed to everything from salsa, house, techno, trance, Afro beat, African dance, hip hop, soul, and Brazilian and Latin music.
Location: 1301 5th St. Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 451-2221

Café Boogaloo brings the sounds and tastes of New Orleans to the West Coast, serving up food that’s spiced with Cajun flair, in an environment that’s draped with southerninspired artwork. This unique bar provides an abundance of live entertainment, and it displays musical acts that deliver the authentic sounds blues, funk, folk music, and soul. Boogaloo opens its doors to touring bands that will give you a taste of true electric music. While engulfed in these festive tunes, you can feast on southern favorites like po boys, creole jambalaya , catfish, and red beans and rice. Don’t miss out on the extended happy hour that’s available from 2pm-8pm or on the food-themed nights that include Taco Tuesdays and Fried Chicken Thursdays.
Location: 1238 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 318-2324

Café Boogaloo

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GROWER'S GROVE: Act The pH Balancing

What is pH? This is a question that can make new growers scratch their heads and reach for the pipe. But it’s not really all that complicated. The pH describes the level of alkalinity or acidity of a given thing—in this case the liquid nutrient solution you use to grow your plants.

A sure-fire way to keep tabs on your pH is a digital meter like this one, priced at $99. www.advancegreenhouses.com

in keeping the solution neutral, covalent bonding of the constituent parts of your solution will be kept to a minimum. But since your plants like a different pH level for optimum growth, you have to cater to your joy, lower the pH, and take the slight loss of nutrient value. Fast growing leafy plants generally like a lower pH in the range of 5.2 to 5.9. Fortunately, a lower pH will bond fewer nutrients of the type in your solution than will a higher pH. If you let the pH value go beyond the optimum range of 5.2 to 5.9, you’re opening yourself up to undesirable levels of nutritional deficiency and toxicity, both of which can seriously impede your growth. Be vigilant. The tweaking of the concentration of the nutrient solution at various growth periods further enhances the nutrient assimilation rate. The concentration of a solution is measured in parts per million (PPM). You wouldn’t normally have any nutrient solution feeding a newly cut clone, so the PPM of your solution at this stage isn’t an issue. Young, established seedlings or rooted clones, however, are generally started at 500 to 600 PPM. This value is increased to 800 to 900 PPM during the peak foliage growth

The pH scale starts at zero and rises to 14. A value of 7.0 is considered neutral, with values over 7.0 being alkaline and values below 7.0 being acidic.
Whatever nutrient solution you’re using, it’s basically a cocktail of various chemicals. These chemicals can react to each other in a process called covalent bonding, and form new chemicals that you don’t want. You don’t want them because your plant can’t use them. This process of covalent bonding is largely dependent on the pH of the solution the chemicals are suspended in (water, in this case). With the chemicals being used in your average hydroponic solution, a chemist would say that the optimum pH would be 7.0, which is neutral. The reasoning behind this is that 66 kush L.A.

period. During the flowering period, the PPM is raised even higher to 1,000 PPM. That’s a lot of nutrient, and it’s needed, every drop. It is at the flowering time that your plant will need the most resources. After the flowers have grown to buds, you’ll have to think about flushing the chemicals from your new creation. At this time, the plant still needs nutrients, but at a lower concentration. It is recommended then to reduce the concentration to 400 to 500 PPM for a couple of days to leach out the nutrients that have built up -- you don’t want to end up smoking them. It is at this point that some people like to starve their plant to stimulate the survival response of generating more natural oils within the plant that will combat dehydration. This controlled drought has been shown to increase the levels of oil in the plant, and thus the THC (the good stuff ). This general overview of the growing process gives you the knowledge for more advanced decisions about the pH and concentration (PPM) of your nutrient solution. The optimum temperature for hydroponic solutions is generally said to be 75 °F. It is at this temperature that most elements are assimilated easily, and atmospheric oxygen is most readily accepted into your nutrient solution.

Knowing what to add, and when to add it, is paramount to your success as a grower.
When the pH level is too high (alkaline), it can be lowered with saltpeter, sulfuric acid or phosphorous. When the pH value is too low, it can be raised with calcium carbonate, lime or potash.

Fertilizers and Chemicals
Most fertilizers cause a pH change in the nutrient solution. Adding fertilizer to the nutrient solution almost always results in a more acidic pH. Adjust accordingly. The proper way to handle all of these chemicals is important. The first rule is that you should be clear-headed when handling. Another general rule is to use glass or plastic, never metal. The nutrients will react with the very free elements in the metal and mess up your nutrient ratios. Glass or plastic doesn’t have that problem, so get your butt to the kitchen section of the nearest department store first. Never add the acid directly to the vat of nutrient. Fill a small glass container with the nutrient to be balanced and add a few drops of the necessary chemical. Stir it in well and add small amounts at a time to the large vat of nutrient until the proper pH balance is achieved. That’s all there is to it. Now you’re in business. As time goes on, the amount of salts produced by the breakdown of fertilizers in the medium causes it to become increasingly acidic. Eventually, the concentration of these salts in the medium will stunt the plant and cause browning out of the foliage. Also, as the plant gets older its roots become less effective in bringing food to the leaves. To avoid the accumulation of these salts in your medium and to ensure that your plant is getting all of the food it needs, be sure to flush your system with clean, pH balanced water every couple of weeks. Do this in lieu of that cycle’s feeding. There’s always been a big debate over when to adjust your pH—before and after you add nutrients to the water, or just after. We talked to an expert, and she said to do both. The reasoning for doing both is that water is rarely deadon neutral. It’s either acidic or alkaline, depending on your region. Our chemist said that the way the professionals do it is to render the water neutral first (pH of 7.0). You would then add your nutrients to that chemically neutral solution and adjust to the desired range within 5.2 to 5.9 pH.

Measuring pH and PPM
Measuring pH is relatively easy, and you have quite a few choices in terms of methods. The most inexpensive and lowtech method entails taking a sample from your solution. It is put into a clean vial you get with the pH kit. You test for the pH by putting a drop of the something-or-other liquid that came in the kit into the vial (not directly into the solution). The something-or-other makes the nutrient solution turn color, usually shades of green or blue-green. This color is then compared to a color chart that comes with the kit. The closest color indicates the pH of the solution. The kits sell for about $5-$10. This low-tech solution poses some obvious limitations, not the least of which is the difficulty in deciding which color is closest if you’ve been into the fruits of your previous harvest. The optimal method is a dead-on accurate method, and involves buying a relatively inexpensive pH meter. The meter tests the pH down to a tenth of a point, and has proven itself indispensable -- a good buy for about $60. Another meter tests the PPM of the solution as a whole. There’s no way around this one, people. If you want to control the PPM of your nutrient solution, you have to buy the meter. Prices range from about $60 to $300. If you’re only growing a one-shot crop or just a few at a time, get the cheaper meter or mix the nutrients per gram according to the labeled instructions. If you’re going full throttle and growing for all of your friends, spend a bit more and get the reliability that comes with a quality product.

Good Luck and Good Growing!
Sources: Marijuana Magazine, Cannabis Culture, 420ideas

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The back-and-forth of medical marijuana dispensaries, legal interpretations and, most prevalent, the politics in Los Angeles can be dizzying. The past two years has shown how bitter the debate can be. The dispensaries have been asking for ‘rules of engagement’ so they could stay within the spirit of Prop 215 (55.6% of the vote in 1996) and operate legally in LA County and the city of Los Angeles. (Perhaps they should have self-policed much earlier to get a political upper hand?)
There’s quite a bit at stake: safe access, confusing and conflicting laws and, of course, money (or revenue, depending who is speaking). At present, a Field Poll shows 60% of LA County voters and 56% statewide favor legalizing -- and taxing -- marijuana. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is on the record as being willing to explore legalization. Sec. or State Jerry Brown has posted online his rules that will keep dispensaries within his interpretation of state law. Council enacted a moratorium on new dispensary registration in 2007 -- which promptly led to the proliferation of dispensaries, due to the lack of guidance or oversight from Council. The commonly quoted number of dispensaries, at present, is 545, but estimates put the numbers somewhere between 1000 and 1600. It appears that no matter what LA City Council does on Jan. 13 at its special hearing to ‘decide’ about zoning regulations, this matter will be settled in the courts -- especially since Council had its moratorium invalidated by a Superior Court judge in October. The key points of the proposed regulations (at press time) are limiting the number of dispensaries to 186 (with an ultimate goal of 70) and having all dispensaries 1,000 feet from homes, schools, churches or parks (though Councilman Reyes says that the ‘residential’ stipulation is unlikely to survive). A revision being discussed is to allow each council district to lower the distance between dispensaries to as 500-foot buffer from schools and each other. According to the LA Times: “With a 500-foot setback from residences, 132 would have to
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move”. Another point raised by a couple of Council members that’s worth bearing out: the contraction of dispensaries will not decrease demand. As is, the regulations area de facto elimination of all dispensaries in LA. Below, we’ve put together a quick “where they stand” guide to LA City Council members and other political players.

District 1 - Ed Reyes, chair of the Planning and Land Use Management Committee: Accused the city attorney’s office of offering “a political point of view that has nothing to do with objective advice” regarding zoning or legality of medical marijuana dispensaries, rather than a legal framework. Accusations of his “bottling up” regulation persist. Seems to be in favor of a looser zoning interpretation and less severe restriction of dispensaries.


District 2 - Paul Krekorian: (newly elected in Nov 2009; no District 3 - Dennis P. zine: Seem to agree with taxation of

dispensaries. Suggested capping number of dispensaries at 186. On capping the number at 70: “”I don’t think that is fair to those that opened up legally. I think that we should hold true to those that followed the rule.” (from LAT)

District 4 - Tom LaBonge: “I think it’s real important that whoever is established or challenged in the needs of medical needs are met in the right and appropriate way.” Seems to favor the 186 number.

by JACK PRESCOTT without any kind of a study I think is crazy. At least give us the benefit of a reality check. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong, but have staff take a couple weeks and actually study this. I think you’ll find there are big chunks of the city where we absolutely cannot locate a single dispensary.’’ (from LA Independent) Koretz is viewd by opponents as a Council member who wants the most lax restrictions. first draft.

District 5 - Paul Koretz: “Doing this (restrictive zoning)

District 15 - Janice Hahn: Proposed a tax on dispensaries
in July 2009. She has also acknowledged that taxation lends legitimacy.


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R): Stated in May 2009
that he was willing to discuss legalization of California marijuana

District 6 - Tony Cardenas: Voted for stricter regulations of

CA Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown (D): Has posted ‘regulations’
for dispensary owners on his office’s official website as well as its interpretation of the law. However, he also said: “Unfortunately in some communities, Los Angeles in particular, there’s a lot of exploitation and just getting into the drug business and dope business and they’re not really in the medical business.” stance on medical marijuana. An LA Weekly article prompted him to oppose “illegal marijuana” sales. I think the district attorney and what my attorneys tell me is the same thing. That the sale of marijuana is illegal.” He added, “Anything that comes to me [for signature] must be clear that these are legal operations.” Of note: not one email was sent to former LAPD Chief William Bratton about marijuana dispensaries and any purported crime near them (LA Weekly).

District 7 - Richard Alarcon: supports the 1,000 feet from schools/parks/libraries (known as sensitive uses) and 500-feet from residences. However, did read into the record “I don’t have a fear of marijuana being a danger to society ... physically or mentally.”
forcing dispensaries away from residential areas: “You move everything into the industrial area, well, where is the industrial area? The poor and the east side of the city of Los Angeles.” 

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: Until recently had no public

District 8 - Bernard Parks: commenting on NPR about

District 9 - Jan Perry: It is her proposal to extend the ‘buffer
zone’ to 1000 feet for residences as well as sensitive use areas.

District 10 - Herb J. Wesson, Jr.:
(research) to have this make sense to me.” Votes to delay action until Jan 2010. He seems to agree with taxation of dispensaries.

District 11 - Bill Rosendahl: “I don’t think we’ve done enough District 12 - Greig Smith: Was the lone “nay” vote that

LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley: from an NPR transcript: “The vast, vast, vast majority, about 100 percent of dispensaries in Los Angeles County and the city, are operating illegally. So we are going to, over time, eradicate the illegal sales of marijuana that are occurring in dispensaries.” LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich: Supported medical marijuana during the campaign; however, once elected, has flipped and is ardently pursuing the eradication of dispensaries from Los Angeles. Closely tied to Cooley, politically.
No matter what is in the final version of the ordinance, there are going to be a lot of patients and dispensaries unhappy, and uncertain about what the future holds for them.

asked DEA to “respect the compassionate use laws of states, including returning any assets seized from medical marijuana dispensaries” (Senate Joint Resolution 20). regulation, but does seek to limit dispensaries to between “70100.” Added “elegant” language to the proposal that leaves room for judicial interpretation of how cash changes hands, should it go to court.

District 13 - Eric Garcetti: Seems in favor of less stringent

District 14 - Jose Huizar: consistently sides with medical
marijuana opponents during Council meetings, such as Perry. Worked to lengthen the buffer zone. Suggested a cap of 70 dispensaries.

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It’s 2010! Time really flies – which is a good reminder at how little time we all have – so get out there and enjoy the wonderful noises that others are making for us. Whether you made New Year’s resolutions or not some live music can be your New Year’s soundtrack. And a concert can provide you with some motivation to fulfill your promises to yourself and be with the people you love.

Vampire Weekend
1.12.10 @ the Henry Fonda Theater (Hollywood) Vampire Weekend celebrates the release of their new album  Contra  at the Henry Fonda in Hollywood.  Contra  includes the recently released tracks “Horchata”, “White Sky”, and “Cousins”. It’s a follow up to their self titled debut album that was a huge hit. Expect big things from this album as well.

four shows in January, and this is one of those. Their notoriously high quality live set is apparently must-see status.  

Black Lips
1.23.10 @ El Rey Theatre (Wilshire) Sometimes rock stars and musicians get far too serious about their craft, and lose sight of what it’s really about: having a good time! The Black Lips are just a couple of punks from Atlanta who bring out the funner side of Southern Rock. One can expect a similar lightheartedness from the concert and crowd.

The Phenomenal Handclap Band, The Holloys
1.13.10 @ the Echoplex (Echo Park) This outfit from Manhattan and Brooklyn boasts an eightperson stage performance that delivers a self-described mixture of psychedelia, proto-disco, heavy rock ‘n’ roll, 60’s soul, and hip-hop. Very eclectic music that is fun by all definitions of the word.

Ted Nugent
1.24.10 @ the Canyon (Agoura Hills) Gonzo, Terrible Ted, The Nuge, The Whackmaster, Motor City Madman ... whatever you want to call him, his legend continues. If you’ve never seen the likes of “Cat Scratch Fever” or “Stranglehold” performed live this is a perfect opportunity. 

1.15.10 @ House of Blues (Anaheim) Styx asks you to come sail away with them and Mr. Roboto at the HOB in Anaheim on Jan 15th. And whether you love or hate them, you’ve gotta respect what they’ve done. Touring for several weeks, they will also be playing in Thousand Oaks on the Jan 16th.

The Airborne Toxic Event
1.27.10 @ the Troubadour (West Hollywood) These Angelinos are playing this “Rock The House” benefit show for Friendly House, a non-profit organization that  helps women suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. Having gained big time success on a national scale, this is a great time to see them in an intimate setting at the lovely Troubadour on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Cold War Kids
1.22.10 @ the Wiltern (Wilshire/Vermont) The Cold War Kids have a new EP, Behave Yourself that was released on Dec 21st. To support the EP they are playing

Left: Daedelus Right from Top: Ted Nugent, Cold War Kids, Black Lips, Gza, The Airborne Toxic Event, G. Love & Special Sauce

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The Used, Atreyu
1.28.10 & 1.29.10 @ House of Blues (Anaheim) Here you go: scream-o rock at it’s finest. Both of these bands border on heavy metal, but still have that emo side that fuels the tears and aggressions of teens that hate their parents. The Used has a new album called Artwork, so expect a mix of old and new songs in their set. Don’t worry, Atreyu isn’t going to be riding to the HOB on Falcor. 

2.5.10 @ the Echoplex (Echo Park) Daedelus brings twitchy live electro dance music that ranges from chill swaying tunes to two-step hand clapping beats. His new stuff has a chiller vibe to it, so you should assume this show will be a pretty eclectic mix of the two. Definitely a great live show that anyone who enjoys electronic styled tunes should check out.

G. Love & Special Sauce
2.13.10 @ House of Blues (West Hollywood) G. Love & Special Sauce give straight up fun & happy music that will leave you with a smile on your face for days. They’re really all about peace, love, and happiness. May be the best way to spend the night before Valentine’s Day if you are going to be alone ... and hey, you may even meet your soul mate!

The Album Leaf
2.13.10 @ the El Rey Theatre (Wilshire) The Album Leaf will make you melt into the floor with their mellow vibes. Their new album, A Chorus of Storytellers, is being released on Feb 2nd, and they are touring in support of it. If you DO have a Valentine, this could be a pretty memorable way to spend Valentine’s Eve.

Also don’t miss: Gza
1.15.10 @ the Echoplex (Echo Park)

Sheryl Crow
1.22.10, 1.23.10 (Riverside)

Bone Thugs N Harmony
1.23.10 (Ontario)
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Super Lemon Haze from Green HouSe Seed Company wins

for Second Time
Super Lemon Haze repeated as the favorite Dutch coffeeshop strain at the 22nd Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. It won last year as well, and is the first strain to repeat since the Green House’s Super Silver Haze in 1999. Vanilla Kush from Barney’s placed second in the competition for the top prize. Headband Kush from Green Place finished third. The Green House and Barney’s continued to dominate the Cup as the two powerhouses have throughout the decade. The last shop to win the Cup other than the Green House or Barney’s was The Noon with Blueberry in 2000.

Cannabis Cup

1. Super Lemon Haze - Green House 2. Vanilla Kush - Barney’s 3. Headband Kush - Green Place

Indica Cup

1. Starbud - Hortilab Seed Company 2. oG18 - Reserva Privada 3. Kush D - Allstar Genetics

Sativa Cup

1. Saris Hilton - Harvestman Seed Company 2. Super Lemon Haze - Green House Seed Co. 3. The Purps - BC Bud Depot

Imported Hash Cup

1. Rif Cream - Green House 2. Triple zero - Barney’s 3. Azilla - Amnesia

Dutch Hash Cup

1. Royal Jelly - Barney’s 2. Green House Ice - Green House 3. Grey Area Chrystal - Grey Area





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Cars to drive if you’re worried about the ICE melting the ice.
In the early days of the automobile development there was an argument over how the thing should look. Electric, steam and gasoline powered models were being offered by many different manufacturers. Eventually, the gasoline powered internal combustion engine (aka ICE) won out and became the driving force for the modern world. Fast forward to this year’s Los Angeles Auto show. The ICE, and its life partner, carbon-rich gasoline, are blamed for everything from cancer, to terrorism, to the End Times. The ICE, at least as far as basic transportation is concerned, is on its way out. It seems every manufacturer has a slightly different take on what technology is going to take hold, and the battle to develop the technology that drives the world is on once again. Here is a basic rundown of the major players in the fight... Many have billed the EV as the way of the future. Favored by the nerdiest of the green-car enthusiasts, the EV is one of the most ambitious movements in the history of the horseless carriage. The problems here come when an owner needs to recharge a car’s batteries. Basically, it takes a long time. And the infrastructure needed in order to provide electricity for a lot of cars is a massive undertaking. It has taken us decades to develop the methods for getting gasoline into the tank cheaply and effectively. Electricity is a whole new animal and the strategy hasn’t been quite cracked yet. The probable future of its success? Imagine if there were a tiny fraction of the gas stations on the road, with almost none outside of the city, and it took hours instead of minutes to fill up. Some people can -- and do -- plan ahead. They charge their cars at home every night, then plan their chores according to where recharging stations are, and (this is the important part) don’t drive where there aren’t. As the world currently is, this is a tech for enthusiasts who are willing to put up with the inherent early-adopter problems.

full electric vehicle

This is the current champion of the alternative layout. The Toyota Prius brought the concept of new drive trains to the public. Now, though; the design is starting to look as old school as an original iPod. unveiled at the LA Auto Show, the Volkswagen up! Lite marks a new direction to the traditional hybrid. From an engine perspective isn’t really all that revolutionary. A .8 liter (yes, as in less than one) two cylinder turbo diesel engine mates up with an electric unit to drive the wheels. The impressive stuff really starts in the body, where, through the extensive use of some carbon fiber and aluminum, weighs around 1,500 lbs -or about half as much as a BMW Mini Cooper. Less weight on the car, and a really aerodynamic body, mean it takes less power for the car to move. This is how the up! Lite can get away with having its anemic 65 HP engine. The probable future of its success? Lightweight, aerodynamic design is a given, and this was a good study for VW. Having only 65 horses, though, means it is next to useless for transportation in the uS. At 70 mpg, the cost in drivability doesn’t really pay out. This looks to be the limits of what this form of Hybrid can do.

the traditional hybrid

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Plug-in Hybrids like Chevrolet’s soon-to-go-on-sale Volt are an interesting way to approach the problems brought up by an all-electric motor. The car is essentially an electric vehicle, but, unlike normal EVs, the plug-in hybrid comes with a small gasoline engine that serves as a generator to recharge the batteries. So an owner can drive around and, when it runs out of electricity, just keep on going while the gasoline motor keeps the car juiced. The probable future of its success? Very likely, this looks to be the next step for cars. The plug-in hybrid’s onboard gasoline power plant means owners can have an electric vehicle that doesn’t require the owner to deal with the headaches that come with owning an all-electric car.

plug-in hybrids

Cars like Honda’s FCX Clarity operate on the same principle as the plug in hybrid. under the skin, the FCX Clarity is really an EV with an onboard power plant, but instead of using a low tech gasoline engine, the FCX Clarity uses a relatively clean hydrogen fuel cell to create its electricity. Emissions? How about pure water? That’s what spits out the tail pipe (metaphorically). The probable future of its success? It really just depends. Hydrogen fuel cells also require a new infrastructure for delivering hydrogen to drivers in place of gasoline. Though delivering hydrogen seems a little simpler than electricity. Mostly because hydrogen won’t cause rolling blackouts if everyone refills at the same time.

hydrogen fuel cell


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By Josh Kaplan

Ever so often there comes a band that defies being lumped in with the others. They mystify you musically, they inspire you creatively, and sometimes they continue to keep you guessing. The John Butler Trio has been doing all three since I saw them in 2007 at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Easily convinced to go, I was filled in about the band’s infrequent shows in the United States. Huge in their native Australia, they are “off the map” (so-to-speak) when it comes to mainstream popularity here, playing very limited, small theaters instead of massive venues and festivals back home. The only comparison I had was to their 2002 tour mates the Dave Matthews Band. And if you like DMB as I do, you should see JBT. They are uniquely different, yet as talented - if you can believe that? John Butler Trio plays a unique blend of eclectic roots, with the heart of a good jam-based rock band. Their individual musicianship is at such a high level -- especially (now former) drummer Michael Barker -- that I found myself shaking my head, fringing on sheer disbelief as to what I was seeing and hearing. To my further shock, while researching this article, I found that John Butler has amicably parted ways with his old band mates purely to remain artistically fresh. This is the action of a confident artist. Let’s trust the fact that such a gutsy and courageous move will only have a positive outcome. And with the promise of change comes something new, and hopefully great? Let’s see what the New Year brings? Of the only five dates chosen by JBT in the U.S., two are in “Kush” reader’s hometowns. Peep the trio 2/16/2010 at The Fox Theater in Boulder Colorado, and 2/18/2010 when they roll into Los Angeles for a heady night at the very tight Troubadour. If you like tasty jams and off the chart musicianship, check out these shows you won’t be sorry.

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