We love documentaries in general, but we also think the documentary makes for a particularly great way to explore and then publicize the facts and the best available information about cannabis. Due to decades of misinformation, it often takes some time to explain and contextualize popular misconceptions. Whether you’re presenting the latest facts or advocating for a certain policy position, the long-form documentary is a powerful vehicle to overcome this barrier.
Recent Cannabis Documentaries
Marijuana Paradise (2017)
The Marijuana Revolution (2016)
Rolling Papers (2015)
High There (2014)
The Culture High (2014)
And this is just the big ones that have come out just over the last 5 years. There are dozens upon dozens of cannabis documentaries out there. Some are definitely better than others, and there is so overlap for sure. But the sheer number of documentaries also goes to show how complicated and multi-faceted the phenomenon of cannabis has become in our society.
The Natural Limits of The Cannabis Documentary
That said, the documentary can’t do everything. For one thing, no matter how compelling they may be, it’s never the whole truth. Even 90+ minutes is still a finite amount of time. Editorial choices and limited access are inevitable. There’s also the question of shelf life. After decades of promising anecdotal evidence but limited opportunities for medical and agricultural research, there’s a growing wave of clinical studies and general research that’s being published each year. The best information from just a couple years ago can already be so woefully outdated as to have lost almost all relevance. On the other hand, as with any scientific inquiry, the race to understand what cannabis is and what its effects are is driven by past research that’s been conducted in a responsible and honest manner.
In many ways, Cannabis News seeks to pick up where these documentaries leave off, while also appreciating how these documentaries have helped better inform the public of the basic facts and historical legacy surrounding cannabis.