Category Archives: science

High Times Greats: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Nikola Tesla

To commemorate Nikola Tesla’s death on January 7, 1943 at the age of 86, we’re republishing Michael Olshan’s article from the August, 1981 edition of High Times. This is a story about a man who enjoyed few things in life more whole-heartedly than to pump thousands of volts of electric current through his body, with […]

Can You Fail a Drug Test from Secondhand Smoke?

Typically, drug tests tend to jeopardize the careers of, well, people who do drugs. In most instances, it’s people who smoke weed, as the THC component of cannabis remains in the user’s system for several months. However, a recent study shows that even certain non-smokers aren’t completely safe from the wrath of a drug test. […]

Flashback Friday: Secrets of Area 51

An August, 1995 feature in High Times explored the mysterious Area 51. Glenn Campbell stands atop a remote ridge in the desert of south-central Nevada. He peers through a high-powered telescope at a vast, dry lake bed in the distance below. Through waves of heat distortion, Campbell’s telescope picks up an airfield. There are several […]

Space Case: Introducing The Alliance Of Historical Observatories

Before the dawning of the space age, observatories across the US worked diligently to gather all the information required to make space exploration possible in the first place. As technology advanced, a number of these valuable observatories fell behind in funding, and as a result, some of the country’s most important scientific institutions have been […]

Space Case: NASA is Building a Spacecraft Bound for Jupiter’s Moon

Welcome to our new semi-regular column, Space Case—where we travel to the far reaches of the universe in order to bring you the most stellar space-related news this side of the solar system. NASA has confirmed it’s sending a spacecraft to Jupiter’s moon Europa in order to find out whether or not, beneath its icy […]

Scientists Find Cannabis Compound More Effective Than Aspirin for Pain Relief

Despite the hundreds of compounds Cannabis sativa plants produce, just two cannabinoids—THC and CBD—have dominated discussions about the medicinal and therapeutic properties of cannabis. And for good reason. THCA and CBDA, the inactive acidic forms of THC and CBD, are the most abundant chemicals produced by cannabis plants, making them both the most commercially viable […]

Marijuana health claims lure patients as science catches up

SEATTLE — Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of U.S. states have decided pot should be legal to treat many other conditions with little scientific backing. At least 1.4 million Americans are using marijuana for their health, according to an Associated Press analysis of states that track […]