Great Moments in Weed History

Great Moments in Weed History delves deep into humanity's 10,000+ year relationship with cannabis (a.k.a. "marijuana") to find the humor, heart, and historical importance of this very special plant. In each episode, co-hosts Abdullah Saeed and David Bienenstock blaze joints, crack jokes, and explore the people, places, and events that make up the complex and fascinating past of weed and weed culture, from Barack Obama's time in the "Choom Gang," to an exclusive first-hand account of how the Hollywood sign briefly became the Hollyweed sign. Great Moments in Weed History is a Spoke Media original.

Society & Culture
History
Comedy
1
John Lennon Was A Weed DREAMer
53 min
2
The Grateful Dead Fight the Man (And Win)
49 min
3
The High Hindu Holiday
55 min
4
Bong Hits for Jesus!
49 min
5
Oaksterdam's Weed Mayor
51 min
6
Hemp for Victory!
56 min
7
4/20 SPECIAL! - #BlazeAtHome Part 2
69 min
8
4/20 SPECIAL! - #BlazeAtHome Part 1
40 min
9
Summer of the Cans (Live In Humboldt County)
39 min
10
Psychedelic Surfers Invented Dabs
50 min
11
Little Women Get Lit
54 min
12
The Pope of Pot (Live at the Brooklyn Podcast F...
54 min
13
Season 3 - Coming March 19!
0 min
14
Crash Buds! (Live in Humboldt County)
59 min
15
Treetop Flyer: Tom Forcade Pt. 2
46 min
16
High Times Founder Tom Forcade Pt. 1
48 min
17
Hunter Thompson Ran For Sheriff
48 min
18
Louis Armstrong’s Weed Dealer Transformed Jazz
48 min
19
A Lesbian Power Couple Invented Weed Brownies
48 min
20
Smoke Down at the Liberty Bell
49 min
21
Hooray for Hollyweed!
43 min
22
WAMM Takes Down the DEA
48 min
23
Cheech and Chong Go Up in Smoke
49 min
24
The Iron Sheik Gets High and Destroys Kayfabe
51 min
25
Barack Obama's Weed Years
49 min
26
Season 2 - Coming September 5, 2019
Abdullah and Bean are back for Season 2 of Great Moments in Weed History, starting September 5th!
1 min
27
Bob Dylan Gets The Beatles High For The First T...
In 1964, Bob Dylan met The Beatles for the first time, and after a bit of awkward small talk, offered to share some of his marijuana. Based on a misheard lyric, Dylan assumed the Fab Four already blazed, but it turned out this would be their first...
40 min
28
RIP Dennis Peron—the Gay, Hippie, Combat Vet Wh...
Dennis Peron (1945-2018) first discovered the healing power of cannabis while serving in Vietnam. After smuggling two pounds of high-grade herb home from the front, he became a charismatic and defiant leader of San Francisco's medical cannabis and gay...
56 min
29
How Amsterdam Became an International Weed Have...
Amsterdam has long been a safe haven for cannabis freedom, but few today remember the subversive, anarchistic, defiantly pro weed Dutch Provo movement (short for provocateurs), which used a mix of radical street theater and outrageous political pranks...
59 min
30
Brownie Mary Baked THC-Infused Treats for AIDS ...
Mary Jane Rathbun was already selling weed brownies in San Francisco when the AIDS crisis hit. So the self described "little old lady" started volunteering at hospitals and crisis centers, where she made her "magically delicious" treats available for...
62 min
31
Hashish Arrives in Europe Via Napoleon's Egypti...
In 1798, Napoleon invaded Egypt in a failed attempt to install colonial rule. French soldiers did succeed in enthusiastically adopting the local custom of consuming hashish, a practice with a long, storied history in the Islamic world. When the...
50 min
32
A Weed Smuggler's Inspiring Tale of Life After ...
After 29 years in lock-up on a first-time cannabis smuggling charge, Robert "Black Tuna" Platshorn published his memoirs of bringing in planeloads of Santa Marta Gold from Colombia and getting snared in one of the DEA's earliest operations. Then...
46 min
33
4/20 Started w/ a Treasure Map to a Weed Garden...
Every year on April 20th (4/20), cannabis lovers celebrate their favorite plant with festivals, protests, marches, and smoke-outs great and small. But what are the grassroots origins of this high holiday? And how did it spread around the world?
55 min
34
Carl Sagan and His Best Bud Get Blazed and Save...
In 1967, Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Lester Grinspoon set out to research marijuana sufficiently enough to convince his best friend—famed astronomer Carl Sagan—to stop smoking weed all the time. But after making a fateful trip to the...
56 min
35
Fela Kuti Takes an Expensive Sh*t (Season 1, Ep 4)
A legendary figure in the music world, Fela Kuti is best known for inventing Afro Beat, battling the Nigerian government, declaring his own sovereign nation, and loudly proclaiming his love of cannabis. Join Abdullah and Bean for the story of his...
61 min
36
Did Jesus Use Cannabis to Perform Healing Mirac...
Jesus didn’t smoke weed. But is it possible cannabis was the key ingredient in the Holy Anointing Oil used by Christ and his disciples to perform healing miracles? Join Abdullah and Bean for a deep dive into an herbal mystical mystery of Biblical...
63 min
37
Maya Angelou Smokes Some "Grifa" (Season 1, Ep 2)
Famed poet, memoirist and civil rights icon Maya Angelou had a profoundly life altering experience the first time she smoked some “grifa”—in 1946, with two lesbian prostitutes she met while working as a waitress. “I learned new postures and...
56 min
38
Willie Nelson Gets High on the Roof of the Whit...
From his first toke in West Texas in 1954, to the joint he's most definitely puffing on right now, Willie Nelson has been America's ultimate weed icon for over sixty years. So in our premiere episode, Bean tells Abdullah about the time the Red Headed...
55 min