5 Podcasts Every Stoner Should Listen To

There is a lot of information out there. Here’s where to look, er, listen.

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If ever a medium was made for cannabis, it’s the podcast. Easy and basically free to make, a podcast allows anybody to wax on their favorite topics. Add a bowl or some edibles and things can get interesting. There are literally hundreds of cannabis podcasts to choose from, some from far corners of the world and many garnering cultish devotion from listeners. Here is a quick list to get you started.

Rollin’ With Ngaio! Casual and smart, this podcast features “Chronnisseur” Ngaio Bealum cruising the country, sampling local culture, cannabis, and cuisine. “Starting with dessert first,” Bealum hits a blunt in a new city every week, spotlighting many of the industry’s biggest conventions and festivals, giving his listeners a 20- to 30-minute slice of #420life. Stoney, funny, and mature, this podcast is probably NSFW, but will be a great listen while you toke your vape pen and wait for your train home after work.

CannaInsider This podcast, hosted by the incredibly professional Matthew Kind, focuses on interviews with leaders and trend-setters in the cannabis industry, and takes the listener behind the scenes for a look at the trends and issues facing the industry at the highest levels, with the people who are creating policy and determining where growth will occur in the market. It’s the weed equivalent of lying in bed on Sunday and reading The New York Times.

Northwest Cannacast “Based in the Pacific Northwest, relevant across America,” this podcast comes out every Tuesday from right here in Seattle, recorded in a back room at Cannabis City, Seattle’s first legal pot shop. Sort of like the NPR of pot, Northwest Cannacast is a slick show featuring marijuana news and lifestyle stories from around the country and here at home.

High on Healthy This upbeat podcast, hosted by Audrey Kerger, focuses on people working in the world of medicinal cannabis: doctors treating autism and Alzheimer’s, and people testing cannabis for medicinal use and producing medibles for specialty usage. Many episodes take a very close look at specific subjects: chiropractic work, Reiki energy therapy, or essential oils. I really appreciate this podcast’s easy-going flow, and at about a half-hour each, the episodes are a great listen while riding the stationary bike at the gym.

Hempresent Recorded in an undisclosed location somewhere in the “rumbling bowels of underground Seattle,” Hempresent is a news- and lifestyle-focused podcast hosted by Hempfest founder Vivian McPeak. Its loose, rock-show vibe nevertheless delivers sound educational information through in-depth interviews with cannabis luminaries from the realms of science, fashion, music, and politics, all while having a few laughs. McPeak has advocated cannabis prohibition repeal for decades loudly and consistently, and this dedication has garnered him a who’s-who selection of guests.


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