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Great Moments in Weed History

56 EpisodesProduced by Abdullah Saeed and David BienenstockWebsite

Great Moments in Weed History delves deep into humanity's 10,000+ year relationship with cannabis (a.k.a. marijuana) to explore the humor, heart, and historical importance of the planet's most revered and maligned plant. Hosted by Abdullah Saeed and David Bienenstock.

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Thailand's Gonna Legalize It! + The Cops Want a Cut of Weed Tax $

January 26th, 2022


If Big Tech and the political elite get their way, your cannabis tax dollars will fund our oppressors. But not if Abdullah and Bean have anything to …

Snoop Dogg's Producer vs. The Hip Hop Police

January 12th, 2022


In 2004, Weldon Angelos was sentenced to 55 years in prison for selling $900 worth of weed. That's what you get for bringing some of the earliest hip-hop shows to Salt Lake City, Utah.

A music producer who has worked …

HOLIDAY SPECIAL: The Year in Weed! + Santa's a Psychedelic Mushroom Shaman

December 21st, 2021


Celebrate 2021's weediest highlights with Abdullah and Bean's inebriated recounting of the year's most impactful cannabis news stories. PLUS: Our …

The Commissioner of Cannabis is Cool AF

November 30th, 2021


When cannabis and capitalism collide, our community's best laid plans for an equitable industry all-too-often go up in smoke. Enter Shaleen Title, a …

"Cannabis Saved My Child's Life"

November 10th, 2021


When prominent author Marie Lee published an essay titled "Why I Give My 9-Year Old Pot" in 2009, it set off a media sensation. Years before CNN's …

Youth Revolt Against the Drug War

October 21st, 2021


In the 1990s, a new federal law banning any student with a drug conviction from receiving financial aid led to the formation of Students for Sensible …

The Race to Preserve The World's Oldest Weed Strains

September 29th, 2021


In remote areas of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia, indigenous farmers cultivate cannabis on small plots that date back centuries. …

Hippies and Freaks Created The Ideal Weed Fest

September 8th, 2021


As America's most thoroughly freak-powered cannabis festival celebrates its 30th Anniversary, we share a sesh with legendary street activist Vivian McPeak,, who co-founded the Seattle Hempfest in 1991.

From the event's …

David Crosby: "I'm Just Another Stoner"

August 12th, 2021


Upon turning 80, rock legend David Crosby gets lit with us and lovingly recalls the greatest moments of his own illustrious weed history. From blazing out The Beatles, to sailing the high seas with the 1970s most …

Weed vs. The Olympics w/ Ross Rebagliati

July 29th, 2021


Ross Rebagliati won the first ever Olympic gold medal in snowboarding, only to have it stripped away when officials reported he’d tested positive for …

7/10 SPECIAL: Celebrating Hash's High Holiday w/ an IRL Sesh

July 8th, 2021


July 10th (7/10) is the 4/20 of hashish, a day to celebrate cannabis concentrates and culture in all forms—from the traditional sieve and hand-rub …

A Little Old Lady's Weed Brownies Changed The World

June 28th, 2021


Brownie Mary's "magically delicious marijuana brownies" brought healing and joy to thousands of AIDS and cancer patients in San Francisco, even as …

How Medical Weed Healed The World

June 17th, 2021


Dennis Peron first tried cannabis 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 rights movements. A …

Cannabis Pride and Prejudice

June 9th, 2021


Whether living in legal states or under prohibition, weed smokers continue to face stigmas and prejudices of all kinds. So to kick off our official Pride Month programming, we sat down for a smoky sesh with Jessamyn …

Making "Dazed and Confused" w/ Jason London (aka Randall "Pink" Floyd)

May 26th, 2021


From blazing a joint at his audition, to smoking Austin, TX completely out of marijuana during the shoot, Dazed and 'Confused star Jason London tells …

Is Biden Gonna Legalize, or What?

May 14th, 2021


Support for ending weed arrests is at an all-time-high, but our newly elected President has long been a leading proponent of the War on Drugs. So where does that leave us when it comes to passing federal legalization? …

4/20 SPECIAL - Game Changing Weed Strains

April 19th, 2021


From Acapulco Gold to OG Kush, the history of cannabis breeding dates back thousands of years and spans the entire globe, spawning a story that …

Gettin' High With Willie!

April 17th, 2021


Willie Nelson has smoked Snoop Dogg, Woody Harrelson, Ricky Williams, Chelsea Handler, Toby Keith, Johnny Knoxville and many other famous faces under the table.

We got to hear a few of these hilarious stories firsthand …

Billie Holiday vs. Harry J. Anslinger

February 26th, 2021


In a tale of weedy vengeance, Abdullah and Bean investigate the life of Harry J. Anslinger—America’s first “drug czar,” author of Marijuana: Assassin …

Santa's A Psychedelic Mushroom Shaman

December 18th, 2020


Explore Santa Claus’s psychedelic roots in Siberia in the only Christmas Special where Old St. Nick gifts you magic mushrooms and even the reindeer get high AF (just ask Blixen)!

So hang on to your sleigh bells, because …

John Lennon Was A Weed DREAMer

June 4th, 2020


In 1971, John Lennon performed publicly, for the first time in five years, at a rally decrying the injustice of Michigan police targeting a …

The Grateful Dead Fight the Man (And Win)

May 28th, 2020


Jerry Garcia and Mountain Girl sat rolling joints and cleaning the stems and seeds from a brick of weed when a fateful knock came at the door of 710 …

The High Hindu Holiday

May 21st, 2020


Once a year, Hindus celebrate cannabis and the god Shiva with the ancient festival of Maha Shivaratri, an all-night affair of fasting, meditation, …

Bong Hits for Jesus!

May 14th, 2020


A weed-fueled stoner prank escalated to the highest court in the land after a student in Juneau, Alaska used the opportunity of the olympic torch …

Oaksterdam's Weed Mayor

May 7th, 2020


Richard Lee's life changed forever when he slipped on a catwalk while setting up the lights for an Aerosmith concert, suffering a spinal injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. A Texas native raised by …

Hemp for Victory!

April 30th, 2020


Native American leader Alex White Plume planted his first hemp crop on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 2000, sparking a long battle over tribal sovereignty that included a series of DEA raids, a federal injunction, …

4/20 SPECIAL! - #BlazeAtHome Part 2

April 20th, 2020


Roll another one, and celebrate the high holiday with part 2 of Abdullah and Bean's #BlazeAtHome420 special, which features even more of their …

4/20 SPECIAL! - #BlazeAtHome Part 1

April 16th, 2020


Celebrate 4/20 at home this year with Abdullah and Bean, in a special two-part episode where the hosts of Great Moments in Weed History share their …

Summer of the Cans

April 9th, 2020


When 22 tons of weed washed up on Brazil's beaches one magical summer, the locals interpreted it as a gift from Yemoja, a sea goddess deity with …

Psychedelic Surfers Invented Dabs

April 2nd, 2020


Smuggling hashish out of Afghanistan in the 1970s presented the Brotherhood of Eternal Love with a unique supply side problem, which they solved in a …

Little Women Get Lit

March 26th, 2020


Hashish bon bons play a starring role in one of Louisa May Alcott's "scandalous" short stories, but you'd never know that by reading her many …

The Pope of Pot (Live at the Brooklyn Podcast Festival)

March 19th, 2020


His newspaper ads read 1-800-WANT-POT, promising New Yorkers quality cannabis at a fair price, delivered in under an hour, by bicycle, at a time when legal cannabis was still a distant dream.

Known as the Pope of Pot, …

Crash Buds!

November 21st, 2019


In the middle of the night on December 9, 1976, a pair of Vietnam vets turned international weed smugglers stood on a makeshift runway in Baja, Mexico, watching as a work crew loaded up their twin-engine airplane with …

Treetop Flyer: Tom Forcade Pt. 2

November 14th, 2019


High Times founder Tom Forcade's story concludes in part 2, which features a special guest — Rex Weiner — who was there for the magazine's wild early days, and shared many illicit adventures with the weed …

High Times Founder Tom Forcade Pt. 1

November 7th, 2019


Weed smuggler/political revolutionary Tom Forcade once described his life goal as going “all the way, whatever that may bring." 

In 1974, at just 29 …

Hunter Thompson Ran For Sheriff on a Free Weed Platform

October 31st, 2019


In 1970, the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ran for Sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado as the anointed candidate of the newly formed Freak …

Louis Armstrong’s Weed Dealer Transformed Jazz

October 24th, 2019


Reefer, muggles, gage — whatever jazz-age slang you prefer, marijuana most definitely played an outsized role in the development of this most unique …

A Lesbian Power Couple Invented Weed Brownies

October 17th, 2019


Alice B. Toklas was born in 1877 in San Francisco, but she relocated to Paris after the earthquake of 1906 destroyed 80% of her hometown. And on the very day she arrived in the City of Lights, Alice met and fell in love …

Smoke Down at the Liberty Bell

October 10th, 2019


In 2013, renegade weed activists in Philadelphia vowed to host a monthly public smoke-out in front of the Liberty Bell. Despite clashing with heavily armed federal forces, their efforts brought cannabis …

Hooray for Hollyweed!

October 3rd, 2019


On New Year's Eve 2016, Zach “Jesus Hands” Fernandez risked his life to change two letters on the world's most iconic sign. For the very first time, …

WAMM Takes Down the DEA

September 26th, 2019


In 1973, twenty-year-old Valerie Leveroni Corral was riding in a Volkswagen bug through the Nevada desert when a small airplane swooped down low …

Cheech and Chong Go Up in Smoke

September 19th, 2019


Everybody knows Cheech and Chong as the world’s ultimate stoner icons, buthow did they rise from obscure road comics to writing, directing and …

The Iron Sheik Gets High and Destroys Kayfabe

September 12th, 2019


What would happen if one of the biggest heroes and one of the biggest villains in professional wrestling got arrested for smoking a joint together?

Barack Obama's Weed Years

September 5th, 2019


Ever wonder what President Barack Obama was like as a pot-smoking teenager in Hawaii? We did, so we dug deep into Barry's time with his high school …

Bob Dylan Gets The Beatles High For The First Time

May 29th, 2018


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 …

Dennis Peron—the Gay, Hippie, Combat Vet Who Legalized Medical Marijuana

May 22nd, 2018


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 …

How Amsterdam Became an International Weed Haven

May 15th, 2018


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 …

Brownie Mary Baked THC-Infused Treats for AIDS Patients and Told the Cops to F*ck Off

May 8th, 2018


Mary Jane Rathbun was already selling weed brownies in San Francisco when the AIDS crisis hit. So the self described "little old lady" started …

Hashish Arrives in Europe Via Napoleon's Egyptian Invasion

May 1st, 2018


In 1798, Napoleon invaded Egypt in a failed attempt to install colonial rule. French soldiers did succeed in enthusiastically adopting the local …

A Weed Smuggler's Inspiring Tale of Life After Prison

April 24th, 2018


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 …

4/20 Started w/ a Treasure Map to a Weed Garden

April 17th, 2018


Every year on April 20th (4/20), cannabis lovers celebrate their favorite plant with festivals, protests, marches, and smoke-outs great and small. So …

Carl Sagan and His Best Bud Get Blazed and Save the Universe

April 10th, 2018


In 1967, Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Lester Grinspoon set out to research marijuana sufficiently to convince his best friend—famed …

Fela Kuti Takes an Expensive Sh*t

April 3rd, 2018


A legendary figure in the music world, Fela Kuti is best known for inventing Afro Beat, battling the Nigerian government, declaring his own sovereign …

Did Jesus Use Cannabis to Perform Healing Miracles?

March 27th, 2018


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 …

Maya Angelou Smokes Some "Grifa"

March 20th, 2018


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 …

Willie Nelson Gets High on the Roof of the White House

February 15th, 2018


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 …

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