Just as industry webinars and sesh hangouts on Zoom are starting to lose their appeal as sources of quarantine cannabis content, High Times has come to the rescue by opening the magazine’s archives online for all the world to view for free. From interviews with cultural icons such as Andy Warhol and Hunter S. Thompson to work contributed by the likes of Charles Bukowski and William S. Burroughs, High Times has featured stories that are nearly nonexistent in today’s fast cut, clickbait society. By simply registering online with an email address, every issue of High Times ever published can be viewed online through May 20, with no credit card required.
Debuting in the early days of the War on Drugs declared by President Richard Nixon, the first issue of High Times was published in the summer of 1974. The nitrous oxide-induced brainchild of founding publisher and editor Thomas King Forҫade, a political activist and marijuana smuggler, the premier issue was “intended as a one-off spoof of Playboy, with cannabis standing in for scantily clad women,” according to former editor-in-chief Mike Gianakos in “A Brief History of High Times” from December 2019.
The cover of the first issue, which featured a