Top 10 Cannabis Documentaries
Many things have been said and written about cannabis, but only few deserve our attention. Here are the best documentaries that tell the story cannabis - its history, prohibition, medical use and business.
10. Magic Weed - History Of Marijuana (2007)
Magic Weed dispels some of the most widely held myths about cannabis. Learn about marijuana's origins in China and how it has been used throughout history for many different purposes. Explore marijuana as a base for fabrics, feed for livestock, a medicine and a recreational drug.
9. Cash Crop (2010)
Award winning musician and film maker Adam Ross goes undercover for two years to explore America's number one cash crop: marijuana. Adam travels to the famous Emerald Triangle in California to explore this $35 billion dollar a year industry that struggles with freedom, business, greed and sustainability.
8. Grass - The History of Marijuana (1999)
Grass takes a look at the war against marijuana in the United States. Canadian director Ron Mann follows the history of US federal policies along with social attitudes toward marijuana. The documentary begins at the turn of the twentieth century and looks at how marijuana became illegal, and who is responsible for the propaganda that marked the criminalization of marijuana.
7. In Pot We Trust (2007)
This documentary follows five chronically ill medical marijuana users. It explores all sides of the medical marijuana debate with opinions from the medical community, prohibitionists, reform groups, politicians, those critical of the war on drugs and celebrities. All sides get their say during the course of this educational film.
6. Sanjay Gupta's Weed 1 and 2 (2013 and 2014)
Weed one and Weed two are documentaries made by CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta who explores politics versus science. Both documentaries look at the scientific evidence of marijuana's medical benefits, why they're ignored and who controls public opinion. Gupta profiles several medical marijuana users sharing their success with viewers in order to educate the public and shift public opinion of the drug.
5. Super High Me (2007)
Playing off the documentary, “Super Size Me” comedian Doug Benson stars in this documentary about the health effects of smoking weed for 30 days straight. Before the beings, he takes several medical exams testing his mental and physical health. He then takes the same tests again after the 30 days and compares how cannabis influenced them.
4. Run From The Cure (2008)
This is the story of Rick Simpson who used medical hemp oil to treat his own chronic health condition. After successfully treating his own cancer, he began offering hemp oil to cancer patients and others struggling with chronic illness. When word got out about his success, the law stepped in. Thousands of people were left without treatment and he was charged with possessing and trafficking marijuana. This documentary chronicles his success and his legal fight.
3. When we grow, this is what we can do (2011)
A documentary about cannabis in the UK that explores the history of the cannabis plant, its uses, facts about cannabis and regulations against it. Discover the truth about cannabis prohibition. Learn who profits from it, why it exists and who it affects. The documentary features a cannabis activist, a shop owner, cannabis dealer, a hydroponics grower and a professor of neuropsychopharmacology, who is both a government drug policy adviser and medical marijuana user.
2. Hashish (2002)
In the region of the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco, the government turns a blind eye to what is going on. This documentary explores how hashish cultivation has expanded from a few small farms to thousands upon thousands of acres of green. This film offer a rare glimpse into one of the largest traditional cannabis cultivation areas of the world.
1. The Union - The Business Behind Getting High (2007)
This documentary by Canadian filmmaker Brett Harvey delves into the cultivation, sale and business of cannabis. It takes you into the underworld market, into the politics of it and reveals how business is booming despite prohibition. A highly fascinating film that looks at the matter from all angles.