May 22, 2023 08:30 am ETEstimated Read Time: 4 Minutes
Did you know that over 5 billion people around the world watch TV on a regular basis? If you enjoy some downtime in front of the screen with the green stuff, consider treating yourself to a cannabis-themed documentary.
Educational, factual, entertaining, and often incredibly inspiring, documentaries allow us as viewers to gain unique perspectives on a broad scope of matters that could potentially change our minds forever! Plus, since they merge a kaleidoscope of narrative experiences, digital effects, and real-life stories, many people also consider documentaries to be a unique art form and creative medium.
So, the next time you’ve got a spare moment, put your feet up, gather your crew, and press play on the following documentaries for cannabis connoisseurs.
Weed the People
A Netflix documentary that will challenge everything you thought you knew about medical cannabis, Weed the People unravels the stigma tied to marijuana while exploring the positive impact that medicinal cannabis oil is having on the cancer patient population. Directed by Abby Epstein and produced by Ricki Lake, the doc takes viewers on a visual journey into the lives of patients and health lobbyists who are raising awareness about the plant’s therapeutic properties.
In 2013, Dr. Sanjay Gupta invested a lot of his time and energy into the creation of Weed, which saw him embark on an adventure across the globe. During his travels, the pro-cannabis medical health professional interviewed (and filmed) patients, experts, growers, and industry leaders to clean a fresh perspective on a subject matter that he formerly opposed.
Since the initial documentary was filmed, two additional versions of the one-hour special have been aired on CNN and can easily be watched online. There are even a few uploads floating around YouTube!
The Culture High (2014)
If you’ve got a spare two hours on your hands and you are keen to unravel the truth about marijuana prohibition across the U.S., don’t miss this feature-length documentary film. Directed by Brett Harvey, The Culture High is a sequel to the 2007 The Union: The Business Behind Getting High.
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You’ll notice that the cast for this documentary is composed of numerous celebrities, including Snoop Dogg, Richard Branson, Wiz Khalifa, Joe Rogan, and Graham Hancock. Famous faces aside, the cast also features various university professors and undercover agents. Collectively, they share their stories and insights into the world of pot prohibition and its impact on society.
Shot in 2018, Breaking Habits peers into the lives of a group of lobbyists who are actively pushing to legitimize their weed farm in California’s Merced County. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this documentary is that the activist group is led by a nun called Sister Kate.
The former high-flying corporate-executive-turned-cannabis-championer isn’t your ordinary nun. For example, she carries a shotgun to guard her crop from thieves during harvest time! Considering the fact that her medicinal marijuana business turns over $5 million annually, the extent of her efforts is not overly surprising.
Bud Buddies: Project Storm
This British film dates back to 2014. Directed and produced by George Wilkins, the fascinating flick features contributions from some of the most acclaimed research labs in the world. Viewers are catapulted into an investigational abyss that clutches to one particular subject matter: the possibility that cannabis oil may effectively treat cancer.
The Bud Buddies: Project Storm documentary hones in on patient stories, as well as the various illegal medical organizations and pharmaceutical companies that produce and supply cannabis oil to cancer patients.
Smoke: Marijuana + Black America
Unlike the other must-watch cannabis documentaries featured on this list, this one is a recurring TV program. The first episode aired on Nov. 18, 2020. Presented by Black Entertainment Television (BET), Smoke: Marijuana + Black America features a group of thought leaders keen to unravel the extent of marijuana prohibition’s impact on disproportionately impacted African Americans. Each episode covers something different, from the early use of cannabis in black communities to the plant’s influence in today’s hip-hop culture.
Grass Is Greener
Running for 1 hour 37 minutes, the 2019 cannabis-themed documentary Grass Is Greener was produced by hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy and Vikram Gandhi. A team of experts shines a spotlight on the ways in which racial bias has altered the course of America’s ongoing war with the green plant. Music and pop culture elements are intertwined with footage of familiar faces like Darryl “DMC” Daniels, Snoop Dogg, Harry J. Anslinger, Louis Armstrong, B-Real, and Richard Bakewell.
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