T.J. Thompson | Staff Writer
Check out these documentaries for in-depth views and reporting on marijuana.
‘The Culture High’ (2015)
Director Brett Harvey reaches into the history of marijuana and why it is illegal. Diving into this topic with cultural icons such as Joe Rogan, Snoop Dogg, Sir Richard Branson and Wiz Khalifa, “The Culture High” examines their views as well as views of policy makers and those opposed to the legalization of this plant. Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
‘The Scientist: Are We Missing Something?’ (2015)
This film follows the life of scientist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. Mechoulam is one of the pioneers of marijuana research. Learn about the holocaust survivor who would go on to discover many functions of how the human body interacts with marijuana working for the Israeli government. Available for free streaming at www.mechoulamthescientist.com.
‘Weed: A Dr. Sanjay Gupta Special’ (2013)
CNN medical expert Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates the medical efficacy of marijuana. Once a critic, this journey has led Dr. Gupta to become a proponent of marijuana as medicine. He examines multiple patients treating their medical conditions with marijuana. Gupta also visits businesses in different stages of the marijuana and medicinal process. Available on YouTube.
‘Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis’ (2011)
This PBS documentary directed by Anna Rau chronicles scientists as well as patients using marijuana. Skeptics also voice their opinions that this plant is not a panacea or cure-all. Rau also reveals the reaction between the plant’s compounds and the human brain providing a critical analysis of medical marijuana in the U.S. Available on YouTube as well as the PBS website.
‘The Strain Hunters’ (Various release dates)
Follow this group of educated marijuana strain sleuths across the globe in search of the roots of cannabis cultivation. This plant has been selectively bred for centuries by humans and this group is on a mission to preserve the indigenous strains of each continent. They explore native cultivation techniques as well as the legal risks and cultural acceptances/taboos of marijuana. Available on the Green House Seed Co. YouTube Channel.