This article was originally published on The Cannigma, and appears here with permission.
Over the past decade, there has been a wave of cannabis documentaries and docu-series, joining an already-rich history of marijuana films dedicated to educating the public on the most misunderstood, controversial, and politicized plant in the history of the world.
Our list of the seven best cannabis documentaries/docu-series will look at the medical, educational, and political sides of marijuana, so buckle up and prepare to learn a lot during your next weekend binge-watching session.
Director: Abby Epstein
Featuring: Mara Gordon, Tracy Ryan, Chico Ryder
The winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Nashville Film Festival, “Weed the People” looks at how medical marijuana is treating people suffering from terminal and non-terminal illness, and the pace at which cannabis is becoming legal and regulated throughout the US. Abby Epstein engages a community of people who are using cannabis, legally and illegally, to help ease pain and help fight cancer.
The film looks at subjects that would not have even considered trying cannabis if not for medical reasons. One of the more emotional scenes in the documentary focuses on Sophie Ryan, a baby girl with a brain tumor. Her parents were adamantly against marijuana until a friend was able to convince them to try it as an alternative to harmful chemotherapy.
Epstein does an excellent job of presenting enough near-miracles that should be enough to persuade all viewers that there should be more research into the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana.
“Weed the People” can be streamed on Amazon Prime.
Director: Brett Harvey
Featuring: Snoop Dogg, Joe Rogan, Wiz Khalifa
“The Culture High” begins with actual footage of a SWAT team assault on a family residence in Columbia Missouri. They stormed the home in the middle of the night in order to arrest a man on a drug charge for trace amounts of marijuana. During the arrest, we hear the man cry out as he realizes that his dog had been shot and killed by the officers in front of his family. In the end, the man was released from custody and fined $300.
That is what this film is all about, gut-wrenching stories that shock viewers and leave them asking themselves: How did we reach such a cultural low?
The film is full of interviews with cannabis advocates like Snoop Dogg, Sir Richard Branson, Joe Rogan, and Wiz Khalifa while presenting topics of …