Are you ready to learn more about cannabis? If so, you’re in luck—there are tons of ways to engage with the subject matter and to increase your awareness. If you’re a reader, there’s no shortage of great books out there. We recommend beginning with this list or this list. You might also enjoy streaming a free documentary, which offers a great blend of entertainment and education. And for many, the right choice will be a cannabis-friendly movie, which may not be informative, but should definitely provide you with a good time.
But these forms of media are not your only options for engaging with the cannabis world. There is also a wealth of podcasts available for the avid cannabis user, and if you haven’t explored them yet, now is a great time to give them a try.
Here are our nominees for the five podcasts everyone should try.
If you’re interested in learning more about the way cannabis was regarded in the past and how we got to where we are today, Great Moments in Weed History is the podcast for you. Hosts Abdullah Saeed and David Bienenstock take their listeners through thousands of years of interactions between the human race and the cannabis plant, giving us the weed history lecture we all missed out on in college. They highlight historical figures such as Napoleon, Louis Armstrong, and even Jesus, weaving a narrative that ultimately describes how cannabis became the figure it is in human culture today.
We asked Saeed and Bienenstock how cannabis enhances their creative process, from research to having a conversation on the podcast.
“Cannabis helps with anxiety and creativity while providing inspiration and consolation. Weed is integral to every process of producing the podcast,” says co-host Bienenstock. “As you gain more experience with cannabis you can learn how to match your dose, ingestion method, and different strains to enhance everything from conversation to appetite to stress relief.”
Have you considered growing your own cannabis? Do you doubt your knowledge and skills? If so, tune in to Dude Grows Show Cannabis. This podcast is jam-packed with information and tips regarding best practices for growing cannabis, whether your grow is indoors or out. You’ll learn about lighting, harvesting, setting up your grow room to ensure success, and much more. Supplemental information on cannabis news, culture, and medical uses round out this podcast, making it a great resource for all your cannabis-related interests.
For a real professional look at the cannabis industry, Periodic Effects has got you covered. It’s a podcast all about cannabis science, the cannabis industry, and the experiences of those operating within it. Guests on the show include doctors, scientists, business owners, and more. If you’re looking to get involved in the cannabis industry, or if you want to learn more about cannabis from the real experts, these are the folks you want to hear from.
We spoke with Periodic Effects host Wayne Schwind who is the founder of a cannabis-infused caramel company and asked for his insight into the benefits of taking edibles versus other types of consumption methods.
“The number one piece is what is your preference. You probably find the effects you’re looking for, the experience, around your preferred consumption method.”
Some people prefer inhaling cannabis while others prefer edibles, whether it’s for a medicinal reason like digestive issues or personal preference. Schwind also recommends looking at the properties of a cannabis edible product, like which cannabinoids and terpenes does it contain? What is the dose, how long does it take for effects to kick in and how long do effects last? “Edibles last much longer than inhaling cannabis, but they take a little longer to take effect. So for something specific like sleeping through the night, normally an edible is better because it’s going to last longer through the night,” Schwind explains.
We’re all curious about what we can expect regarding the future of cannabis legalization. But it can be difficult to keep up with the many laws that are in the process of being passed and what each one means. Marijuana Today focuses on keeping listeners abreast of the changing political situation, with episodes that discuss laws before and after they are brought to a vote, as well as the views of various politicians and parties when it comes to cannabis. If you want to know more about the journey toward legalization, tune in.
Part of the fun of a cannabis podcast is listening to people you feel like you could share a bowl with, and that’s just what you’ll get from The Cannabis Hangout. Your hosts want to share their love of cannabis, and they do that by immersing their listeners in culture and sharing personal stories about their experiences with the plant. They also take the time to interview experts and debunk common misconceptions, so it’s fun and educational at the same time.
“We both have been into using cannabis for several years now and are both patients,” co-hosts Brannan and Sabah tell us. “Cannabis helps us with our anxiety, social skills, helps our bodies relax, take off the edge etc. Weed is our wine at the end of the day. We just wanted to ‘come out of the cannabis closet’ and show people that it’s normal to smoke weed and that the bad rep over marijuana needs to go away. With us both being very diverse, we feel we can advocate not only for women, but those of color who can’t speak out about cannabis due to a variety of reasons. There has been a number of stigmas that tie into using cannabis, but there doesn’t have to be!”
The hosts of The Cannabis Hangout also feel strongly that their listeners can make a difference when it comes to the role cannabis plays in society. “Educate those around you even if they don’t see eye to eye. Have those tough conversations regarding cannabis and stigmas so people can learn. I, Sabah, am an immigrant and a daughter to immigrant parents who have always been closed-minded about cannabis; however, through multiple (and still on-going) conversations, we’ve made massive improvements on how they view cannabis because I’ve poured so much knowledge into them. There’s a sense of empowerment we feel every time we get to consume and/or be around this plant because it has changed so many lives. Educate yourself more so you can educate others more and we can change the stigmas regarding cannabis!”
There’s a lot of content to be absorbed, no matter which podcast you choose. So light up a joint and enjoy the ride!
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