Michael Knodt was born in Nordhessen, Germany, and has been living in Berlin since 1990. He initially studied history and journalism before receiving certification as a carpenter. Since then, he has made regular visits to countries where hemp is cultivated, such as Jamaica and Morocco. He has worked as a freelancer for German-language hemp magazines since 2004 and from 2005 to 2013, he was the editor in chief of Hanf Journal. Currently, this father of two writes for numerous German and English-language publications. He is also the face and presenter of exzessiv.tv, the most popular programme on hemp and its prohibition.