8 Must-Watch Cannabis Documentaries On Netflix
Published : May 16, 2019
Not sure what to watch tonight? Why not make it a weed-themed documentary? Netflix has a whole host of shows and films that cover the cannabis industry from a variety of angles. Keep reading to discover seven of the best documentaries the streaming platform has to offer.
LOVE WEED? NETFLIX HAS YOU COVERED
Netflix-and-chill takes on whole new meaning thanks to the streaming platform’s growing volume of weed-focussed documentaries. If you’ve ever wanted to discover the origins of 420, find out the potential of medical cannabis, or explore the darker side of marijuana cultivation, now is your chance! Line up a few carefully rolled blunts and get comfy, because there is a fantastic range of shows on Netflix that cater to virtually all tastes.
Below you will find a selection of some of the best offerings, and while they are not everything Netflix has in its catalogue, they do cover a broad range of topics. However, depending on where you live, different shows may be available. If you cannot find one of the documentaries listed, type “cannabis” in the search bar on Netflix to find out what your region does have available.
8 OF THE BEST CANNABIS DOCUMENTARY FILMS AND SERIES
WEED THE PEOPLE
Weed the People is a documentary that brings the issue of cannabis legality centre stage. Following the lives of several different children, we are shown how, in certain cases, cannabis has truly been life-saving. The power of this documentary lies in its use of real people living through unthinkable circumstances—circumstances made easier by the medicinal value of cannabis. While the footage is intended to provoke a strong emotional response toward cannabis prohibition, the documentary delivers a simple message—more research is desperately needed. It is a message that is not only supported by the families documented, but by the doctors and experts involved.
GRASS IS GREENER
In recent years, cannabis legalization has spread throughout the United States. Marijuana hasn’t always been so widely excepted, and Grass Is Greener takes an objective look at the history of cannabis prohibition and its lasting effects. It is no secret that marijuana convictions disproportionately affect minority communities, specifically young black men, but this is something those outside of the US may not be aware of.
Grass Is Greener helps shed light on America’s complicated relationship with cannabis while using celebrity guests to help explain the situation. Not only do you get to learn more about the rise of cannabis culture, but you get to hear how the plant has affected names like Snoop Dogg, Damian Marley, and Cypress Hill.
The Explained series on Netflix is an attempt by Vox Media to answer questions you’ve always wanted answering. Topics include why we get tattoos, whether we use too many exclamation marks (really. ), and most importantly, the history of cannabis. Only twenty minutes long, the “Weed” episode is excellent for those who want a bite-sized update on all things cannabis. Learn where cannabis strains come from, how the hemp plant has evolved over the centuries, and how cannabinoids work—all on your commute to work.
SUPER HIGH ME
If you ever watched the documentary Super Size Me way back in 2004, then you’ll be familiar with the format of Super High Me. This time, however, there is a slight difference. Instead of consuming only junk food, the comedian Doug Benson smokes weed for 30 days straight before taking a range of tests to see how he was affected. Although technically a spoiler, Doug is still very much alive and well, so at least we know that 30 days of weed doesn’t kill you. To find out what does happen to your body, make sure you add Super High Me to your watch list.
INSIDE MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Inside Medical Marijuana is National Geographic’s take on the world of legal marijuana. Throughout the 45-minute special, they take a look at the science behind cannabis and detail some of the lives affected by its use. The documentary also presents a compelling argument of old versus new. There are those who have dedicated their lives to the advocacy of medical marijuana, but there are also individuals who see the legalization of cannabis as a great money-making opportunity.
While it is too early to tell how legal marijuana will play out, Inside Medical Marijuana does an excellent job of setting the scene for what the cannabis industry might look like in the future.
THE LEGEND OF 420
“420” has become the international reference for all things cannabis-related, not just among stoners, but mainstream media too. The Legend of 420 aims to give viewers an all-encompassing overview of marijuana right from its initial legalization in the American state of California to its current applications on a global scale.
Interestingly, it also tries to present both sides of the argument for and against legalization, although it doesn’t take long to see that the arguments against are grounded in a significant amount of misinformation. The Legend of 420 is an ideal film for those who know very little about cannabis, as it gives a complete overview of the topic. Even if you do know your OG Kush from your Sour Diesel, the doc still has plenty to offer.
Presenting a side of cannabis cultivation many of us don’t think about, Murder Mountain is a series that highlights the growing number of missing people in the cannabis capital of America, Humboldt County. The Emerald Triangle is a haven for large-scale cannabis operations, and as the show suggests, potentially something more sinister.
It is important to point out that while there is plenty of factual substance to Murder Mountain, the show is heavily edited to be as dramatic as possible. There is no doubt that cannabis has become big business with a lot of money at stake, but whether it is as sinister as the show depicts—well that’s for you to decide.
Canada’s decision to legalize all forms of cannabis has changed the world forever. Not just for Canadians, but big businesses too. Rolling Papers follows a struggling newspaper as it decides to dedicate a column to the cannabis community. Like Murder Mountain, the documentary has a hefty amount of editing and special effects, which, while entertaining, do at times detract from the documentary’s main premise. Rolling Papers does highlight an issue that is still prevalent no matter where you are in the world—cannabis is still a highly controversial topic, despite how far it has come.
Follow the link for eight of the best cannabis documentaries currently on streaming platform Netflix. You'll be surprised how much attitudes have changed.
4 must-watch weed documentaries on Netflix
For some, April 20 is just another day in 2017. But for others, April 20 has become a holiday, a day to celebrate the consumption of cannabis. And for those that partake, celebrating “4/20” is of high importance (you should have seen that coming).В
How you celebrate April 20, if you do at all, is up to you. But if you are looking for some weed-themed viewing options, as always, NetflixВ has something for you.В
With that said, here are four documentaries all about weed that you can stream on Netflix.
1. Inside: Medical MarijuanaВ
While marijuanaВ may be known by many as an illicit drug, it has long been studied, and used, for its medicinal properties. As such, the legality of medical marijuanaВ is on the rise. In 2017 there are 28 states that allow the medicinal use of cannabis.В
National Geographic‘s Inside: Medical Marijuana explores the legalization of weed for medicinal use, while examining the science behind its role in medicine. The series aims to answer one question of medical marijuana: “Is it worthless, a cure-all or somewhere in between?”
There may be no consumer of weed more famous than Snoop Dogg. The illustrious rapper has made no secret of his avid use of the substance.В ReincarnatedВ follows Snoop Dogg to Jamaica as he prepares for a Rastafarian transformation into Snoop Lion. Suffice it to say, there is quite a bit of smoking documented.В
3. Super High Me
Ever watch Super Size Me and wonder what the documentary would be like if it was about weed instead of fast food? Well, it would be Super High Me. The Doug Benson-starring documentary follows the comedian as he partakes in some form of marijuana-based substance for 30 straight days.В
4.В The Culture High
In 2017, there are several states where marijuanaВ has been legalizedВ вЂ” for more than just medicinal use вЂ” and there could be more to come. In 2014, there were far fewer states that had legalized the use of the substance.В
The Culture High, which was released in 2014, explores both the arguments for and against legalizing marijuana. According to the film’s website, “The Culture HighВ will strip search the oddity of human nature and dare to ask the question: What exactly is going on here?”
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For some, April 20 is just another day in 2017. But for others, April 20 has become a holiday, a day to celebrate the consumption of cannabis. And for those that partake, celebrating "4/20" is of high importance (you should have seen thatвЂ¦