Psychedelia is often portrayed as colorful swirls of melting clouds, flashes of creative brilliance, and powerful moments of synesthesia that change everything you’ve ever known about the physical world. But what about the dark side of psychedelics? And we’re not talking about the stigma—you know, like if you eat one piece of LSD you’ll turn into a fried potato who has acid-flashbacks for the rest of eternity. We’re referring to the dark, heavier themes of psychedelia made famous by bands like Black Sabbath; or Pink Floyd’s film adaptation of The Wall. 

But Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats are harder than Pink Floyd, though they visit similar lyrical motifs. And they sound a touch more ’80s-metal than the Ozzy-era-of-Sabbath they exude. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats are the truth of modern-day psychedelic rock because of how they represent the trip; and their new album Wasteland is a testament to that. They’re the opposite of Tame Impala. Uncle Acid brings a balance to the happy, light-spirited themes often represented in psychedelic music. I mean, who-the-hell-else is talking about technology destroying the human mind, and potentially leading to our potentially violent, lonely demise?

Kevin Starrs, Uncle Acid’s lead singer and guitarist, got real with us about their new album, social media addiction, how he uses cannabis, and what’s happening in the weed-world across the pond. They’ll be touring North America in 2019, including a stop at the Wiltern in LA, the Brooklyn Steel in New York, the Warfield in San Francisco, and more.

High Times: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats have a sound that dates back to a time when cannabis had its first run at mainstream popularity. How has that infiltrated your sound? Has cannabis been a part of it?

Kevin Starrs: It definitely is for our audience. In terms of when i write songs not so much. I tend to smoke to switch off, so when I’m writing i need to be switched on to enter a different part of my brain sort of to get into it. But for our audience, it definitely enhances the experience of our music for them.

HT: Your sound is very Sabbath-esque, which hits that vintage cannabis-era. It’s different from the happy, colorful, dreamy psychedelia that is often associated with psychedelics. Your music represents the darker side—the unspoken part of  the psychedelic experience.

KS: It’s definitely an expression of  the evil side of psychedelics. [Psychedelia] doesn’t have to be all flower-power and peace signs. What we try and do is mix heaviness with the lighter parts so that the harmonies and melodic vocal lines mesh. Then we mix it with these heavy dark riffs and dark subject matter in order to create a contrast.

HT: How is the cannabis culture in the UK?

KS: They’ve just legalized cannabis for medical use. I know they’ve been talking about it for a long time. Hopefully this move will lead on to full and bigger regulation and legalization. Though, I don’t think it’s going to happen under this government we have. They’re really, quite conservative.

HT: Is there a big need for cannabis in the UK?

KS: Absolutely. There was a big court case recently where an Irish woman’s son had a really severe disease and was using cannabis oil to help with his seizures. It blew up into a whole national court case because the NHS of doctors took the oil away from him and said that they weren’t going to let him have it, even though it was doing wonders for him. Since then, cannabis seems to be moving toward legalization for medical use. It’s really good.

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats' Kevin Starrs Talks to Us About Weed, Tech Addiction, and Wasteland

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HT: You guys had an album come out today, which is huge. Are the themes in this album different than themes on past records?

KS: Yes this one touches on the idea of a dystopian nightmare of technology infiltrating our brains and wiping our minds clean causing everyone to live like zombies—kind of like the living dead, or something. 

HT: Whoa, it’s so relevant to what’s happening today! My god.

KS: Yeah, you can definitely say that (laughs). Our album is a bit to the extreme, but it’s kind of a warning that it could become this way if we are not careful with our technology consumption. The record’s still got our classic heavy melodic sound, just a different concept.

HT: I understand that technology was created to make things easier, but it seems like it’s actually had some really horrible effects on society.

KS: Yeah, I mean the whole social media and smart phone thing—people are fully addicted to it. There’s been no tests or studies on its effects or long term impacts. It’s been fully let loose on the public, and now we are seeing all these mental health issues rise—it seems like there’s a correlation there, and it’s spiraling out of control. It’s sad for the younger generations of people who don’t remember a time before all this stuff. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine being a young person today with all the problems technology is causing. It’s really sad.

HT: How has technology impacted your life?

KS: It’s really helped the band because when we started MySpace was the big thing. And it was through that platform that people started hearing about us and spreading the word. Our music was reaching people all over the world. People were listening to us who we would’ve never reached if the Internet wasn’t there. So, you know, there are good parts of the Internet, but things have gotten out of control. The Internet also seemed a lot smaller back in the MySpace days, like there weren’t as many people online. Now it’s just a wasteland…which is kind of how we got the name for this last album.

HT: “Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats” is a take on another band named Uncle Acid from the ’70s. Can you go into that a bit?

KS: Rusty Day was in a band called Cactus in the ’70s, but he left that band to start a project called Uncle Acid and the Permanent Damage Band. He was unfortunately killed before he could ever record anything. I thought it was a great name and a shame that it was never able to be properly used for anything, so we decided to go with a new iteration of that name.

HT: You’re keeping the legacy alive! How did he die?

KS: He and his son were shot in a suspicious murder..possible drug deal thing not sure.

HT: It’s great that your paying homage. So, you’re obviously into dark music. What kind of music do you listen to when you’re not writing for Uncle Acid?

KS: A lot of Neil Young and a lot of the good, old classic stuff. I love it. I obviously love the music we play—the heavy and dark stuff—but you don’t want to listen to that all the time. No one wants to listen to the same kind of music over and over. It’s nice to switch it up and listen to the quieter stuff too sometimes. 

HT: When is Uncle Acid going to be on tour in the US again?

KS: Next year! Expect us toward the beginning of 2019. We’ll be coming through a lot of cities including LA, so be sure to come out.

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.


11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.