The 7 Best Cannabis Documentaries for true fans of Plantae Tracheophyte Rosales Cannabaceae Cannabis.
At The Illuminerdi, we are supporters of the legal, responsible, and ethical use of cannabis. Whether it is for medicinal or recreational purposes, cannabis has a lot to offer. Cannabis use has evolved a lot from the stereotypical stoner stereotypes used to vilify it. It is now a multi-billion dollar industry, and no longer an instant death to a career in many places. That being said, there are a lot of different aspects to the cannabis industry, from its place in economics, society, and various uses. Luckily, there are documentaries that make learning about it a lot more enjoyable.
Documentaries are a great way to showcase the reality of common social issues and norms. These pieces of art provide a deep visual dive into a problem while depicting the raw truth about something from the perspective of those involved in it firsthand. That is the reason why anyone who is a fan and supporter of cannabis should be watching some of the best weed documentaries that have ever been created. These marijuana documentaries go over a lot of the issues associated with the plant and are sure to open your eyes in more ways than one.
If you’re interested in cannabis, here are the best documentaries you can watch on the subject.
The 7 Best Cannabis Documentaries
- Weed the People
Released in 2018 and directed by Abby Epstein, Weed the People shows the struggles of families dealing with childhood cancer and not having the right treatments they needed because of the U.S. government’s war on cannabis. This is a documentary that follows these families as they suffer in the process of the government’s prohibitional stance on scientific research of cannabinoids for cancer treatment. Even though medical marijuana is legal in the U.S. now, this documentary is a very good reminder of just how many people fought and struggled before that happened.
- High Country: The Future of Weed
Created by VICE for their YouTube channel, this is a very interesting look into the future of cannabis after many U.S. states started legalizing it. This cannabis documentary was created in 2013 in Colorado, which was the first legal cannabis market in the country. It showcases cannabis growth cycle and a cultivation model that does not waste any part of the plant. It also then talks about the growing market of cannabis technological companies and a lot more like the jobs that can be created, etc. This is definitely one of the best weed documentaries to watch if you want to compare what the market was like about a decade ago with what it is now.
- CannabisSuper High Me
Super High Me was released in 2008 and is one of the most fun and interesting marijuana documentaries to watch on YouTube. It was directed by Michael Blieden and showcases comedian Dough Benson as he tries to figure out what influence weed has on his mind and body. In order to do this, he smokes weed regularly for 30 days. Now, this documentary doesn’t really provide any technical or useful information on the topic, but that doesn’t mean it’s a waste of time. It is more like a cannabis documentary and a comedy show wrapped into one.
- A NORML Life
Directed by Rod Pitman and released in 2011, A NORML Life shines a light on the situation of legalization of marijuana in the U.S. back at the time. While it may not be relevant to today’s situation, it does show what the situation was like before cannabis was made legal. It’s a very good way to look at the historic side of the issue. This documentary features interviews conducted with experts in the industry as they talk about the positive uses and benefits of the plant. If you like marijuana documentaries that lay out the plant’s uses from expert points of view, you will like this one.
- Grass Is Greener
Directed by Fab 5 Freddie, this 2019 documentary talks about the complex history of weed in the USA. It features stars like Snoop Dogg and Steven Hager while also talking about those like Bob Marley and Louis Armstrong to shed some light on how marijuana came to the U.S. and became such an influential part of jazz and hip hop. It also talks about the war on drugs and how it oppressed people of color in the country. There’s a lot of material to take in and dissect in this documentary, so be sure to watch it with the utmost attention. The music in this masterpiece is also incredible.
- The Culture High
Among the best weed documentaries is The Culture High. It was released in 2015 and was directed by Brett Harvey. It features Joe Rogan, along with others who talk about marijuana from various standpoints, including social, legal, and neurological ones. This cannabis documentary has won a number of awards and nominations, making it something that is definitely worth watching. It attempts to tackle the disinformation associated with cannabis when it comes to the prohibitionist stance on the plant. For anyone wanting to understand how marijuana was used to legitimize violence against groups of people, among other things, The Culture High is a solid watch.
- Breaking Habits
And finally, we have a fun documentary directed by Robert Ryan in 2019 that follows a group of nuns as they grow their own cannabis and then sell it. This title talks about Sister Kate as she comes up with the idea to help people relieve their pain using cannabis and also shows both the positive and negative interactions they received during their journey. It’s not a very informative option, but it is a fun watch for sure.
These are 7 of the best weed documentaries that are out there right now for anyone to watch. Whether you want to learn the history of the plant or to have a good time watching people try or sell cannabis, you will find something to suit your fancy in this list. Cannabis is a rapidly growing industry that isn’t just about getting high, and I strongly recommend learning as much as you can about it. Whether you want to smoke it, eat it, or invest in it, there are a lot of ways to be part of the cannabis culture. No pressure of course, but all the cool kids are doing it.
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