Cannabis hits Netflix platform with shows and documentaries for every taste. The most famous entertainment company in Latin America and many other places in the world has already released shows that combine cannabis and music, cannabis and humour and cannabis for medical use. If you are interested in having a cultural marathon on cannabis, learning even more about the plant and its historic prohibition, here are three Netflix productions you cannot miss.
Cannabis and Humour—Watch While Smoking a Good Indica Strain
Chuck Lorre, the man who gave life to the successful TV show Two and a Half Men and David Javerbaum, the creator of The Daily Show, are the minds behind “Disjointed”, an irreverent sitcom that enchanted Netflix screens and laid bare that talking about cannabis is no longer taboo. The series premiered in 2017 and stars Kathy Bates as Ruth, the owner of a Los Angeles cannabis dispensary. Ruth and her son run “Ruth’s Alternative Caring” and—together with her three budtenders—they grow, harvest and sell medical cannabis and by-products. Psychedelic scenarios, the strain of the day and the stories behind the dispensary patients are part of the plot of this show of 20 episodes. Part one of Disjointed introduces the clients who frequent the place the most, a desperate housewife, a young African American who is a military veteran and two YouTubers. Without a doubt, this sitcom and the effects of an indica plant are a great match.
Cannabis, Music and Racism. Perfect for a Hybrid Strain of Sativa and Indica
“Grass is Greener” is a Netflix documentary film that premiered in 2019. In 97 minutes, the historic cannabis prohibition comes under the spotlight, as well as its deep connection with the African American community in the United States and the still constant prejudice and racial profiling against cannabis use. Musicians, artists and historians go over a timeline that reveals the progression of weed use in the United States and how the plant was an inspiration for many music genres that became world-famous, such as Jazz, Rock n’ Roll, Hip Hop and Reggae. Testimonies, written material and images are used in this documentary to rebuild the history of marijuana and the decades-long counterpropaganda intended to deter its consumption and penalise possession. The documentary is directed by Fab 5 Freddy (host of Yo! MTV Raps) with Damien Marley, Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill brought in to provide their insights.
Cannabis for Medical Use—No Smoking Recommended
“Weed the People” is a research documentary as heartbreaking as it is encouraging. Patients suffering from cancer and their families let viewers in on their decision to use cannabis as medicine in an attempt to save their lives. Medical specialists, researchers and drug policy experts discuss the therapeutic potential of cannabis and its worldwide prohibition. The stories are touching, as they are for the most part about children who suffer from cancer and find in cannabis a way to alleviate the painful symptoms of the disease and improve the quality of life of their families. The key question is why a plant with medical potential is still outlawed. This is the trigger for families, patients and physicians to share their research, experiences and testimonies so as to unveil the medical potential of cannabis and the ever-present prohibition that has kept patients from making use of the properties of marijuana for years.