Here’s a snapshot of some of the most popular podcasts for stoners online these days. This is a mix of podcasts dedicated to cannabis by providing the latest local and international news, product and strain reviews, cultivation techniques, and cultural shifts, as well as a few gems that are guaranteed to enhance your high.
What Are You Smoking?
This stoner podcast comes from the team over at Leafly and features a roster of industry heads talking about their favorite strains and ways to consume cannabis. Hosted by Will Hyde, cannabis expert, and Bailey Rahn, strain and health specialist, they talk to everyone from entrepreneurs, farmers, processors, and activists to uncover the latest developments in the industry as well as the newest strains and products. Episode 57 features Ed Rosenthal talking about his updated book Beyond Buds. Leafly does a second podcast called The Roll-Up, which is a weekly round-up of international cannabis news.
Songwriter and one of the co-founders of the essay site, Longform.org, Aaron Lammer, celebrates the connection between cannabis and creativity in a sublime stoner podcast, simply titled: Stoner. In his laidback style, each week Lammer talks to creative types discussing everything from video games, pharmaceutical drugs and DMT to individual smoking rituals and how to make art. Stoner is different from other podcasts because of its intimate approach and the honesty of its contributors. In episode 23, the novelist Tao Lin describes how using cannabis introduced “awe and wonder” into his life and put him into a “new state of consciousness” without the dread he’d previously experienced on psychedelics.
The Ganjapreneur Podcast
If you’re thinking of taking your cannabis expertise next level, and using it to start your own business venture, then you’ll want to listen to the Ganjapreneur podcast, which is packed full of tips and unique insider knowledge from industry experts. Rather than just detail industry news or review the latest products, Ganjapreneur podcast provides the cannabis community with actionable solutions that can be built into real-time business strategies for successful results. In short, the people interviewed on this stoner podcast walk the walk and give advice from their own hands-on experience. Although the show focuses on the U.S. market, the information definitely crosses borders. In one episode, the cannabis science educator Emma Chasen discusses why she rejects the Indica/Sativa classification of weed.
From the creators of Green State, the cannabis news page at the San Francisco Chronicle, comes a snappy little stoner podcast called The Hash. The host, Max Savage Levenson, talks to all sorts of cannabis industry heads and users, asking them to describe what’s in their canna-kits as well as why get high? This podcast, which has been running since 2015, is a deep dive into all things cannabis culture though the focus is, once again, American medical and recreational trends. But Savage has some great chats, well worth a listen, like the one with Swerve, founder of the Cali Connection, and more recently, with Clement Kwan, CEO of Beboe, the company that was coined the “Hermes of Marijuana” by the New York Times.
Cannabis Cultivation and Science Podcast
The Cannabis Cultivation and Science Podcast is a must-listen for all you budding growers out there, and anyone with an interest in the science of cannabis. Hosted by horticulturalist Tad Hussey of KIS Organics, the show aims to be a resource for both beginners and long-time growers by bridging the gap between grow science and marketing myths. Topics covered vary widely, including everything from how to combat diseases and improve your grow environment to using ozone as a disinfectant and the role of lighting in plant growth. Though the focus is very much cannabis, Hussey talks to a range of horticulturalists, inviting them to share their expertise and apply it to weed.
Brave New Weed
What makes Brave New Weed different from other podcasts is its willingness to explore some tough questions like the effect cannabis use has on teens, whether or not it’s safe to smoke while pregnant, and what it’s like to go from running from the law to running a successful cannabis venture. Another American stoner podcast, so yet again, much focus on industry and legal developments in that part of the world, but still lots of useful information and fascinating stories from a range of experts and weed veterans. In episode 14, Dr. Ethan Russo explains why the smell of cannabis is so important, and determines the plant’s healing powers.
Finally! A podcast from Europe! This podcast is a cheeky and eclectic bag of underground shows from a group of British stoners featuring the Dopefiend, TeenagePie, Black Beauty and Nexus. On the first Monday of the month, the Dopefiend rounds up the latest cannabis news in high style, and reviews the industry’s newest gadgets in the Dopecast. A variety of shows follow on other days of the week including surreal stoner comedy with TeenagePie, and cool music from Lefty’s Lounge. On Freakout Fridays, all things psychedelic are reviewed and celebrated, and on Sundays, it’s The Grow Report with some top-notch growers. In short, the Dopefiend has something for every kind of stoner, but nothing for the faint of heart.
The Church of What’s Happening Now
Any fans of the Joe Rogan podcast will know who Joey ‘Coco’ Diaz, AKA Uncle Joey, is, and most likely adore him. Few people can resist Uncle Joey’s gravelly voice and open-book, no bullshit, let’s-get-high-now style. Growing up on the streets of New York, he was exposed to gang life from an early age and ended up in jail at the age of 25. That’s where he learned to pursue his true passion: stand-up comedy. In a podcast called The Church of What’s Happening Now, sponsored by health and fitness company Onnit.com, Joey speaks some serious truth, covering topics as wide ranging as suicide and dating. Do expect Uncle Joey to ramble. It’s what he does best. For more high-jinks, check out his Morning Joint.
“Be very careful what y’all listen to on this podcast because Lady Jae is hot, hot, hot, hot!” So says Lady Jae, AKA Jarvis Jovan Clark, one of the many vibrant voices featured on Ear Hustle, a podcast from inside San Quentin State Prison, California. Produced and presented by inmates Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams with Nigel Poor, an artist who volunteers at the prison, the podcast offers a unique glimpse of prison life, and gives voice to a section of the population we never get to hear from: convicted criminals. What makes this podcast compulsive listening is its brutal humanity. These guys may be felons but they’re also some of the funniest, warmest and most honest voices you’re likely to encounter online. FYI Ear Hustle is prison slang for gossip.
Who doesn’t love a good story, especially when you know the teller is risking everything by telling it. That’s the premise of one of the most entertaining podcasts online right now: RISK! Hosted by Kevin Allison, possibly the most upbeat presenter on the air, he brings together a mad bunch of storytellers from all over the world to tell their scariest, funniest, most romantic, or heart-breaking tales. This is basically a completely uncensored look behind closed doors with people freely admitting all the gruesome details you can’t not see once you know. In need of a heartfelt giggle with your joint, check out RISK! You won’t be disappointed.
Under the Skin with Russell Brand
Few people have the verbal skills or the intense curiosity of Russell Brand and he brings both in spades to his new podcast, Under the Skin, using the platform to interview some of the world’s leading thinkers on topics such addiction, power, and society. In one notable episode, he talks with the addiction specialist, Gabor Mate, who breaks down why and how our social orders are set up to perpetuate trauma and addiction, and how our world leaders are products of a broken system they’re incapable of changing. Mate’s comments are fascinating, for example: “What we have in jail are the most traumatized people in society” and “if you kill one person, you’re a murderer, but if you kill half a million people you’re a war hero.” With regard to addiction, Mate is clear: “People need compassion not punishment.” Under the Skin is compulsive listening for anyone with an interest in mental and spiritual health.