by Martijn on 02/01/2014 | Cannabis Videos Cultural

10 must-see cannabis documentaries

Must see Blogs, videos and social media are perfect tools for spreading the truth about cannabis and hemp in order to fight the stigma attached to these plants. To spread and honour the work of others, Sensi Seed would like to share the following ten cannabis documentaries which are educational, opinion changing and entertaining as well.


Blogs, videos and social media are perfect tools for spreading the truth about cannabis and hemp in order to fight the stigma attached to these plants. Sensi Seeds is contributing to this battle using its blog; a solid platform through which the company informs, on a daily basis, cannabis enthusiasts and other interested people about the latest news on (medicinal) cannabis and industrial hemp. To spread and honour the work of others, Sensi Seed would like to take the opportunity to share the following cannabis documentaries which are highly educational, opinion changing and even entertaining as well.

Check here the CannaZapp episode about these 10 cannabis documentaries.

GrassGrass – The history of Marijuana

Directed by: Ron Mann
Released in: 1999
Extra:
narrated by actor Woody Harrelson

A good one to start off with for a historical perspective of the plant and its uses. This documentary by Ron Mann is both formal and informal as it provides entertaining as well as serious observations. It will definitely thrill viewers; ‘Grass’ perfectly illustrates how the plant has been disparaged using propaganda. The result of this is the stigma that the US is using for its War on Drugs, causing thousands of people to be imprisoned, and billions of dollars to be wasted on fighting the use of a plant.

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Magic_weedMagic Weed: History of Marijuana

Directed by: Martin Baker
Released in: 1995
Extra: also includes a lot of information on hemp

Less entertainment than ‘Grass’, but ‘Magic Weed’ by Martin Baker is also spot on about the American history of cannabis and hemp prohibition. The focus of this video is more on the origins and history of the American relationship with cannabis and hemp shown by looking at its many uses in the world. This documentary includes interviews with Michka Seeliger-Chatelain and Todd McCormick, plus a rare behind-the-scenes look in the cellar of Ben Dronkers, almost 20 years ago.

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normllifeA NORML Life

Directed by: Rod Pitman
Released in: 2011
Extra:
focus on medicinal marijuana legislation in the US

NORML, which stands for National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an American non-profit organization based in Washington. Since 2012 there is also a NORML in the UK. NORML is battling for the legal and responsible use of cannabis by adults. This movie features interviews with patients who benefit from cannabis, alongside activists, caregivers and doctors. These interviews took place in different locations throughout America such as Washington and Washington DC, California, Oregon, Seattle’s Hempfest 2010, plus a couple of NORML conferences. A NORML Life gives viewers a good insight into all aspects of medicinal cannabis in the US, back in 2010. Everyone who is aware of the current situation knows that, since then, a lot has changed for the better.

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In_Pot_We_TrustIn Pot We Trust

Directed by: Star Price
Released in: 2007
Extra:
also presents people who are against legalisation

This documentary examines five cases of chronically ill people who are using medicinal cannabis as part of their treatment, including some comments from Doctor Lester Grinspoon. Although most cannabis documentaries feature those who are in favour of the use of (medicinal) cannabis, this movie also highlights people who are against cannabis and its legalisation. In other words, ‘In Pot We Trust’ features the perspectives of the two opposing views.

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Should_I_SmokeShould I Smoke Dope? (BBC)

Directed by: Ross Anderson & Nicky Taylor
Broadcasted in: 2008
Extra:
a dive into the Amsterdam cannabis world by someone who is neutral on the subject

After some serious documentaries it might be nice to see something light for a change, with a little bit more entertainment value. In a series of episodes, journalist Nicky Taylor investigates a range of recently debated topics by fully immersing herself in them, one per month. In this episode she attempts to investigate the debate about legalising cannabis by travelling to Amsterdam. During this time she works in a coffeeshop, talks to the police and pays the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum a visit while being stoned. Sadly, she is too high to really take in the information on offer (as can be seen in Ken’s face), but he’s very patient with this seasoned and objective journalist as she is distracted into hysterical giggles by a photo of a guinea pig wearing a hat.

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The_UnionThe Union – The business behind getting high

Directed by: Brett Harvey
Released in: 2007
Extra:
probably the most complete overview on the industry

The Union is one of the most, if not the most widely orientated cannabis documentary in this list. Viewers follow filmmaker Adam Scorgie as he investigates Canada’s most socially acceptable illegal activity. During the almost two-hour documentary, Scorgie presents the underground market and shows how an industry can function while remaining illegal. Almost all parties involved in the business are interviewed, such as growers, criminologists, doctors, politicians, police officers, economists and pop culture icons. Highly recommended!

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Clearing_the_SmokeClearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis

Directed by: Anna Rau
Released in: 2011
Extra:
focusses purely on the medicinal benefits instead of the social or political aspects

This documentary reveals how cannabis acts on the brain and in the body in order to treat symptoms and diseases like nausea, glaucoma, epilepsy, pain and even cancer. Quite a scientific film featuring many extensive interviews with medical professionals, patients, researchers and also sceptics, but a must-see for everyone who wants to know more about the promises and the limitations of medicinal cannabis.

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Cannabis_cured_cancerWhat if Cannabis Cured Cancer?

Directed by: Len Richmond
Released in: 2010
Extra:
fully dedicated to the positive effects of cannabinoids on cancer

While most documentaries in this list talk about a wide range of related topics, this one deals with just one: the relation between cannabinoids and cancer. World renowned scientists in the field of the cannabinoid chemical compounds found in cannabis explain and illustrate their absolutely mind-blowing discoveries. This is an eye-opening film revealing surprising facts about this ancient medicine and its astonishing tumour-regulating properties. A true must-see!

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Super_High_MeSuper High Me

Directed by: Michael Blieden
Released in: 2007
Extra:
brilliant parody on ‘Super Size Me’ from comedian Doug Benson

‘Super High Me’ is a parody on ‘Super Size Me’ from Morgan Spurlock featuring stand-up comedian and avid cannabis user Doug Benson. This funny documentary follows Doug’s experiment, starting with 30 days of not smoking at all, followed by smoking cannabis for 30 days straight. During his experiment he takes various tests to check the effects on his body and mind. Probably one of the most funny documentaries available on this topic!

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When_we_growWhen we grow, this is what we can do

Directed by: Seth Finegold
Released in: 2011
Extra:
while most documentaries focus on the US, this one focusses on the UK

In 50 minutes Seth Finegold looks into everything related to the topic of cannabis; from industrial hemp to the origins of prohibition, from medicinal use to growing equipment. This documentary is a sort of short version of ‘The Union’, with a focus on the United Kingdom instead of Canada and the United States. One of the experts interviewed is Professor David Nutt, head of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs and former drug adviser to the UK government. Click here to read more on Professor Nutt.

Check here the CannaZapp episode about these 10 cannabis documentaries.

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Canna Miss

Awesome list, thanks for putting this together! Any suggestions on recent documentaries in the last 3 years? :D

27/07/2014

Chloe

Try The Culture High, made by the same people who made The Union. Its amazing!

21/11/2014

Mark

I've seen some of these, but need to check out the others. Thanks for sharing! I found some weed jokes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4Wg8e0NkhU&list=PLiGtKsnt1S02hcWCuFoL2jL-RjjukqDAO&index=18

13/01/2015

Scarlet Palmer

Nice one Mark, thanks for sharing too!

Cheers,

Scarlet

14/01/2015

Mark

Hey If you haven't seen it check out the documentary Rick Simpsons Run From the Cure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khkEpKM93k8 It is a MUST SEE!

13/01/2015

Tracy Rhein

I've seen a few of these, need to watch the others, but I would add to this:
-all three of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's documentaries: Weed, Weed 2, and Weed 3.
-I'd add "The Culture High"
-Doug Benson's follow up to Super High Me, "The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled"
-Cannabis Country
and then NBC just released a Dateline edition for Cannabis on June 7th called "Growing Hope" and it as well as Weed 1&2 focuses on Charlotte's Web and the uses of CBD treating various ailments. (if you have any type of On Demand service, it should be on there *I provided the date because most don't tell you what the episode is about so just look for the one aired on the 7th*)
If you're interested in Marijuana business, I'd check out the CNN TV series called "High Profits." The season is over but you can find the full episodes on YouTube *I believe there are 10 all together about 45mins each*

If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to let me know as I am a Cannabis enthusiast and love studying/researching this topic.

26/06/2015

Noel Johnston

Project Storm is pretty awesome for UK viewers. Would love to get a showing of it put on in Belfast, add me on Facebook, Noel Johnzey Johnston. CISTA (Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol)

19/08/2015

Jim

Has anyone seen the documentary where interviews are conducted in Amsterdam during the cannabis cup (coffee shops are also visited, i.e. Green House, Grey Area, et al), and if so, can you tell me the name of the movie/documentary?

02/04/2016

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