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Great Moments in Weed History delves deep into humanity's 10,000+ year relationship with cannabis (a.k.a. marijuana) to explore the humor, heart, and historical importance of the planet's most revered and maligned plant. Hosted by David Bienenstock.

Great Moments in Weed History David Bienenstock

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Great Moments in Weed History delves deep into humanity's 10,000+ year relationship with cannabis (a.k.a. marijuana) to explore the humor, heart, and historical importance of the planet's most revered and maligned plant. Hosted by David Bienenstock.

    How "Wooks" Pass the Torch of Weed Wisdom

    How "Wooks" Pass the Torch of Weed Wisdom

    In an age of corporate cannabis, who keeps authentic weed culture alive? In a time of abundant strains and concentrates, whose tastes define hashish connoisseurship. 
    Wooks, that's who!
    Named for the Wookies in the Star Wars universe‚ÄĒChewbacca being the most well known example¬†‚ÄĒand found primarily hanging around outside concerts and festivals,¬†wooks are noble, gentle creatures dedicated to living in the moment, getting lit and following their bliss.
    So we seshed with real-life cannabis couple (and self-described wooks) Cass Greener and Sean Dunne‚ÄĒthe filmmaking team behind the new documentary film¬†Wooks‚ÄĒabout the central role that wookies have played in shaping and spreading cannabis culture throughout the live music scene.
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    • 48 min
    The Pot Prince of Bel-Air

    The Pot Prince of Bel-Air

    Todd McCormick’s weed journey began when his mom handed him a joint on the way home from chemotherapy. As a survivor of pediatric cancer, he later advocated for the plant’s legalization alongside legends of the cannabis movement like Jack Herer, Brownie Mary, Dennis Peron and Dr. Lester Grinspoon.
    Getting busted for growing medical cannabis at a mansion in Bel-Air made him an international cannabis cause célèbre, but that's just one part of his incredible story.
    Todd also forged lasting friendships with weed icons like Tommy Chong, Woody Harrelson, Bill Maher and Hugh Hefner. We get into all that and much more in this "two-joint" interview.
    ALSO: Check out Todd's book How to Grow Medical Marijuana and his two documentary films, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High and The Culture High
    Todd also operates the Authentic Genetics Seed Company

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Freaky Beatniks Smoked Tea and Started the Legalization Movement

    Freaky Beatniks Smoked Tea and Started the Legalization Movement

    Emerging in the conformist 1950s, the Beat subculture pushed¬†back against corporatism and consumerism in favor of a contemplatively nonconformist lifestyle focused on art, poetry, jazz and ‚Äúkicks.‚ÄĚ
    The small circle of young writers at the core of this lit-erary movement‚ÄĒJack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Neal Cassady‚ÄĒwere all heavily influenced by the improvisation, illumination. and imagination they found in cannabis.¬†
    Among their most acclaimed and lasting works are Kerouac’s generation-defining novel On the Road and Ginsberg’s epic poem Howl.
    On this episode, Martin Torgoff‚ÄĒauthor of Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats and Drugs‚ÄĒexplains just how central cannabis was as a creative tool for the Beats as they sought to bust through the conventions of both literature and society. And how along the way, they founded LeMar, America's first cannabis legalization organization.
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    • 58 min
    How Weed Growing Went Global (w/ Jorge Cervantes)

    How Weed Growing Went Global (w/ Jorge Cervantes)

    In 1983, an outlaw weed grower pseudonymously published Indoor Marijuana Horticulture, a truly game changing book that sparked a global movement. 
    In the forty years since, "Jorge Cervantes" has traveled the world writing articles, shooting videos, meeting with growers, sampling harvests, and generously sharing his weed wisdom. In this episode, Jorge recalls his incredible life story, from seed to flower.
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    • 58 min
    From Rope to Dope

    From Rope to Dope

    Cannabis activist Ellen Komp has been on the frontlines of the fight to end weed arrests and provide safe access to this incredible medicinal plant for decades. Including as an editor of Jack Herer's groundbreaking book about hemp‚ÄĒThe Emperor Wears No Clothes, as the deputy director of California NORML and as author of Tokin' Women: A 4,000 Year Herstory.
    In a special live episode taped at this year's Meadowlands conference, Ellen shares the modern history of weed as seen through her own eyes.
    LEGALIZATION NATION
    Check out the Kickstarter for Box Brown's comic journalism book about the dirty deeds of corporate weed.
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    • 41 min
    Help Save America's Weed-basket!

    Help Save America's Weed-basket!

    When a bunch of lawyers and shadowy political operators pushed a ballot initiative in Humboldt County, California that could destroy the legal weed industry in America's most legendary cannabis cultivation region, comedian Billy Wayne Davis‚ÄĒour guest this week‚ÄĒsaid "hell no."
    On October 1st, Great Moments in Weed History will join Billy Wayne plus Mike Glazer from Weed + Grub, Frank Castillo from Peak'd and Henry Zebrowski from Last Podcast on the Left for a benefit show at the Mateel Center in Southern Humboldt to help vote down this eradication initiative known as Measure A.
    In addition to traveling all over the country to make people laugh, Billy Wayne is also the host of the excellent podcast¬†Grown Local¬†on which he interviews all sorts of weed people‚ÄĒwith a particular focus on small-scale craft growers.
    In this episode, we dig into a few of Billy Wayne’s personal greatest weed moments, from his cannabis origin story to a life-lesson he got firsthand from stand-up legend Ralphie May.
    STOP MEASURE A IN HUMBOLDT
    Check out this website for more information on how Measure A would devastate craft farmers in Humboldt County and how you can help through grassroots political action or sending a donation.
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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605 Ratings

605 Ratings

Toasty Puppy ,

Wonderful Informative Podcast!

I never miss ‚ÄúGreat Moments‚Ķ‚ÄĚ. I‚Äôve been smoking pot since 1972 but I always learn something new from this podcast!

jackfrost. ,

Awesome episode

I am glad to hear from a doctor that actually took the time to really see the medical benefits of cannabis rather then just towing the line. Gives me some hope

Alfeezyy ,

Weednesday ūüėÜ

DEFINITELY Great moments!!!! I‚Äôm always learning more about weed history ūü§Į Love to listen during my smoke breaks ūüėé ‚úäūüŹĽ

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