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5 Best Pot Podcasts

Pot Podcasts are nothing new, but with the increasing media dominance of Netflix and other on-demand video services, the medium is enjoying a resurgence of popularity. Listeners accustomed to acting as their own private programming directors are seeking out more information about cannabis, which is fueling a renaissance in the world of pot-related on-demand audio content.

After many years of channeling my recreational pot use into little more than eating too many snacks and watching far too much TV, my best friend and I decided we needed a creative outlet. So in 2015, we started a podcast called High Holidaze.

That process may sound pretty casual, but that’s the amazing thing about podcasts — anybody can make one with little more than an idea, a microphone and a wifi connection.

Our audience is practically microscopic, and if you decide to start a podcast yours will be too, at least at the start. But that relatively small audience is part of what makes a podcast uniquely suited to cannabis content. There’s something more intimate and captivating about the listening experience of a podcast that lends itself perfectly to deeper storytelling.

We’re just one in a growing number of cannabis-related podcasts that have popped up on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcast platforms over the last few years. No doubt we’ll see even more in the near future. Maybe your podcast will be on our next list!

In the meantime, here are five of the best podcasts contributing to the growing marijuana media landscape.

The Hash

The Hash is a pot podcast for fans of Radiolab, 99 Percent Invisible, and the like: It hits on all the newsworthy topics but does so with a wonderful attention to sonic detail. Produced by a talented team of seasoned audio storytellers and experienced cannabis journalists that includes former Cannabis Now editor (and current contributor) David Downs, the Hash has detailed the history of dabs, taught listeners about vaping and interviewed George Clinton and the drummer from Blues Traveler, who owns a dispensary, believe it or not.

Max Savage Levenson, one of the show’s producers, said the key to its success is its broad focus and personal lens.

“The Hash aims to shine a light on the full spectrum of cannabis culture circa 2016,” Savage said. “We capture candid conversations with the activists, politicians, business leaders and artists who have put their faith — and often their livelihood — in this amazing plant.”

The Cannabist Show

Led by the Denver Post’s marijuana editor, Ricardo Baca, The Cannabist’s pot podcast walks the fine line between news and humor. Baca will riff off his producers, a la Letterman and Schafer, and then interview Colorado’s chief medical officer, the founder of Leafly or some other cannabis entrepreneur, entertainer, bureaucrat, baker… It’s a great audio complement to their online coverage.

The Russ Belville Show

“Radical” Russ Belville began marijuana podcasting in 2008 when he took over NORML’s Daily Audio Stash.

“Eight years and 1,750-plus episodes later,” he said, “I keep producing my podcast so the tokers in red states can learn from our legalization successes and mistakes, and so the tokers in green states don’t rest on our laurels and forget the suffering of the rest of the country.”

His show on the Cannabis Radio podcast network delves deep into the minutiae of marijuana policy and features plenty of his famous rants.

The Chong and Chong Show

It’s been more than two years since Tommy Chong and his son Paris released an episode of their podcast, but it’s worth digging through their archives. The pair have discussed everything from Justin Bieber to the elder Chong’s fight with cancer. It’s also a neat historical perspective on how much the cannabis industry has changed in just a few short years.

Getting Doug With High

No list of cannabis content is complete without a slot for Doug Benson. The best part of this particular podcast isn’t Benson himself, but the celebrities who get stoned for the sake of his show. It’s mostly comedians (Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Cheech and Chong), but Peaches and chef Roy Choi appear as well. Bonus: You can also watch the interviews on Benson’s YouTube page if visuals are more your thing.

Originally published in Issue 24 of Cannabis Now. LEARN MORE

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. My 420 Tours

    January 8, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    We found that the best podcasts to listen to while high usually aren’t the same ones that are about weed. We compared a list of both, check it out.
    https://my420tours.com/10-good-podcasts-to-listen-to-while-high/

  2. Jennifer

    October 25, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Michigan, Criminal Defense Attorney, Todd L. Levitt, has one of the best weekly radio/podcast shows, The Todd L. Levitt Law Show, where he is defending the peoples right to smoke cannabis and for the government to end prohibition. Todd, has the knowledge of a defense attorney and the passion of an activist with a mad twist of humor. I love his show and listen to it over and over. His show should be in anyone’s top ten.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-todd-l-levitt-law-show/id1105433705?mt=2

  3. David Michel

    April 5, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Heavy T Grow Show …Now that’s pure fun no matter what.

  4. Kevin Malcolm

    April 5, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Come on Heavy T Grow show over 300 hpirs and 10,000 listeners. Thats whats up knowledge bombs! Dr. Duff for president. Hortikris, and Heavy T know whats up

  5. Jenny

    April 4, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Heavy T should’ve made the list. I’m from Massachusetts and listen every wed. He’s helped me out with any questions or problems i might run into along the way. Heavy T is the bomb.

  6. Jenny from boston

    April 4, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Honestly for heavy T Grow Show not to make the top five cannabis now loses all credibility in my book he is the only one that gives away dope Gear for just calling and asking a girl question they have fun they talk about current event I constantly have cool guests on maybe not John popper but f*** dr. Duff but heavy t and Hortti Chris are the s*** I’ve been listening to them for 5 years and I would not even consider listen to the shows you mentioned anyways check out heavy t before you write another article

  7. Jenny from boston

    April 4, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    If you guys did not mention heavy T’s Grow Show then you obviously do not know what good growl shows are.. nobody else gives out the prizes and has the knowledge that heavy T & horty Chris have I seriously recommend you looking into these guys

  8. mark

    April 3, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    For 5 years now, The Heavy T’s Grow Show has been hooking up callers from around the country on their weekly podcast with cannabis grow knowledge from master growers and industry insiders as well as thousands of dollars worth of free grow gear from the leaders in the indoor gardening industry. Connecting Hydro store owners, their customers, and manufacturers of indoor gardening supplies in a fun free flowing discussions with plenty of comic releaf from Dr Duff . Every caller gets hooked up with hundreds in hydro gear, all the listeners get valuable grow knowledge…. hundreds of shows in the archives..Make it your reference on how to grow…check it out on https://www.dfzradio.com/?show=heavy-ts-grow-show

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