Cannabis-Related Commercials
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Top 6 Cannabis-Related Commercials

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Bizarre cannabis commercials have amused us for decades. Check out the best pro and anti-cannabis commercials of all time. Enjoy the humour.

The 1930's anti-marijuana commercials roam at the pinnacle of humour; although at the time, they scared the general public, calling the sweet herb a vicious menace. Since then, prohibitionist commercials have continued stigmatising marijuana and its users - until now.

With today’s changing laws and attitudes, pro-cannabis commercials are also presented on our TV-screens (well, mostly laptop screens, it’s the 21st-century you guys). Buckle up, it’s time to enter the sphere of the best cannabis-related commercials.


Simon rolls a joint in a murky apartment. Upon hitting that toke, the audience is transported into the inner workings of Simon’s ganja-infused mind. All the beloved characters enter, Giggles, Happy, Talkative, Relax, Munchies, and of course, Dr. Chill.

The party, accompanied by some Lo-Fi Dubstep, is poppin’, although the party-poopers Panic Attack, Anxiety, Paranoia, and Pukey enter the scene with their name-given characteristics and figuratively poop on the festive vibes of Simon’s party.

Once we are transported outside of Simon’s brain, we’re left with a young man sitting on his couch, looking distressed. “Cannabis can mess with your mind, to find out more, talk to Frank,” is the final message of the ad.

Our thoughts? First, when we are transported into Simon’s brain and the character with the sign “Simon” over his head opens the door to characters such as Happy, Giggles and Munchies, who then "is" Simon?

This raises serious philosophical questions regarding the identity of human beings; don’t all feelings and sensations comprise Simon’s existence? Or is “Simon” some sort of metaphysical idea within him, which is essentially who he is? What is life? Second, why was “Frank” the chosen one to answer questions about cannabis?

It feels like the ad is directed toward white teenagers only. Simon is a lovely white bloke, who can call another bloke “Frank” who supposedly comes from a similar cultural background as Simon, everyone else being excluded from the cannabis discourse.

Third, Munchies enters the party with crisps. However, at a later occasion he eats popcorn...where did he get the popcorn from? Anyway, let’s conclude that the background music was perfectly aligned with the theme of the ad.


The plot is quite straightforward. The toker girl “Lindsey” enters the kitchen and hears her dog talk to her, in human language. The worried dog explains to Lindsey that she’s not the same when she smokes, and he misses her friend. The message of the commercial is clear: if you smoke weed you’ll get super powers which enable you to communicate with other species.

Pretty sweet, right? Imagine all the discussions one could have with their pets, all the insights and wisdom they could share. Honestly, who on earth has not wondered what animals think of us humans; do they like us? Do they think we failed as a species when Trump got elected?

Now, Lindsey has the power to mediate the important message of animals to the human race and the dog is disappointed by her smoking weed? That’s a bit selfish of the dog, to be honest. Although, the real question is “How would you tell a friend?” It’s simple: watch Dr. Dolittle, be well-advised by Eddie Murphy, go up to your friend and tell them what a cute, selfish dog you have.


In the stylings of neo-classic horror flicks like The Grudge and The Ring, this Dutch company has created a commercial for...well...we'll let you watch and guess first. But think fast, because you will only have 10 seconds before the horrific truth is revealed.

Ok, comparing this commercial to The Ring is a bit of a say the very least. But honestly, would you have clicked the play button if we started out with "Click here to watch a plant grow?”

This commercial is definitely not as nail-biting a cinematic piece as Japanese horror flicks, but a cool concept nonetheless. And the one human figure to grace the screen does sort of move about like The Ring's Samara, so that should count for something, right?

The commercial is basically a time-lapse of a single cannabis plant, growing steadily on a dinner table somewhere in the Netherlands. The scrolling text at the bottom of the page amounts to a direct encouragement to the viewer: "Grow your plants with the help of green, clean, and affordable energy!"

The next thing we see is a woman popping in to water the plant. You know, the type of lady that might be your neighbour or the local cat lady (no offence to the actress depicting her, we love cats just as much as the next person).

Budget Energy, the company with an apparently very liberal view on how to best use your watts, is definitely the type of company we at Zamnesia can get behind.


A Mexican dude, with a glorious moustache lurks in the backstreet alley, selling sushi. He sells all kinds: salmon, tuna, shrimp, sashimi, even some squid. The language with which he sells these Japanese delights is reminiscent of dealer-talk, relating the sushi with drugs.

The message of this commercial is, “You wouldn’t buy sushi from this guy, so why would you buy your marijuana from him?” First of all, of course that guy is portrayed as Mexican, how else could one understand that the products he’s selling refer to drugs?

Second, the guy possesses some mad salesmanship and showmanship. If he was running a sushi restaurant, no doubt he would be hitting the covers of top sushi magazines.

Third, fish and weed ain’t the same thing. According to the scientific community, fish goes out quickly after being stored in someone's leather jacket, in comparison with cured weed. It’s a humorous commercial which tries to get people to purchase higher-quality weed from All in all, it’s a clever and memorable commercial.


Michael Phelps entered this world not only to win an abundance of gold medals, but also to share an important message about drugs. This Super Bowl commercial uses Phelps’ cannabis status to make a parody of a famous anti-weed commercial from the 80’s, which simply shows an egg being fried with the message, “This is your brain on drugs, any questions?” Now, Phelps with his perceptive observational skills states: “That, is just an egg, any questions?”

In case you haven't heard, Michael Phelps was caught smoking weed some time ago, which lost him his Kellogg's sponsorship. However, he gained a legendary toker status, which showed that tokers are also winners. Back to the commercial.

In the beginning, there is a choppy film sequence which shows an alcohol-infused bar fight, while the second sequence shows the induced effects of marijuana portrayed in films back from Anslinger's era in the 30’s. And of course, the commercial climaxes with an egg. Just an egg. Any questions?


Last but not least, this P.S.A. (Public Service Announcement) takes the prize for being the funniest anti-weed campaign ever. The poor boy, suffering from appendicitis, lays scared on the operating table. The surgeon is smoking some quality ganja (#I’m having what he’s having), and giggles while mistaking the condition for tonsillitis. The boy repeats that it’s appendicitis, however, the doctor ignores him and has a laugh.

An official voice narrates the message: “What if a joint were in the hand of your surgeon, your lawyer or your local policemen, would you still say, marijuana is harmless?” Now, let’s ask, if a potato was in your local firemen's hands while a building was on fire, would you still say potatoes are safe? That analogy is on point, to be truthful.

Second, a police officer smoking dope would not only be harmless, it would restore the trust of communities in a peaceful manner and many would feel much safer.


Only time will tell what weird ganja-based commercials will bring. Although, we can predict much more pro-cannabis ad's to surface, and ridiculous anti-cannabis commercials to disappear, hopefully. Anyway, enjoy your toke, your life, the present, and the future. Peace!

Luke Sholl
Luke Sholl
Luke Sholl has been writing about cannabis, the wellness potential of cannabinoids, and the positive influence of nature for over a decade. Working with several cannabinoid-centric publications, he publishes a variety of digital content, supported by strong technical knowledge and thorough research.
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