Great Moments in Weed History w/ Abdullah and Bean
By Abdullah Saeed & David Bienenstock: cannabis media makers
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Great Moments in Weed History delves deep into humanity's 10,000+ year relationship with cannabis to find the humor, heart, and historical importance of this very special plant. In each episode, co-hosts Abdullah Saeed and David Bienenstock highlight a new culture hero, covering everything from the night Willie Nelson smoked a joint on the roof of the White House to Maya Angelou’s life-changing first time getting stoned, Carl Sagan’s weed-fueled scientific epiphanies, and the compelling evidence that Jesus performed healing miracles by infusing THC into his Holy Anointing Oil.
||ExplicitBob Dylan Gets The Beatles High For The First Time (Season 1, Episode 12)||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...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRIP Dennis Peron—the Gay, Hippie, Combat Vet Who Legalized Medical Marijuana (Season 1, Episode 11)||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..||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHow Amsterdam Became an International Weed Haven (Season 1, Ep. 10)||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..||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBrownie Mary Baked THC-Infused Treats for AIDS Patients and Told the Cops to F*ck Off (Season 1, Ep. 9)||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...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHashish Arrives in Europe Via Napoleon's Egyptian Invasion (Season 1, Ep 8)||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...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Weed Smuggler's Inspiring Tale of Life After Prison (Season 1, Ep. 7)||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...||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4/20 Started w/ a Treasure Map to a Weed Garden (Season 1, Episode 6)||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?||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCarl Sagan and His Best Bud Get Blazed and Save the Universe (Season 1, Ep 5)||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...||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFela 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...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDid Jesus Use Cannabis to Perform Healing Miracles? (Season 1, Ep 3)||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...||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMaya 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...||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWillie Nelson Gets High on the Roof of the White House (Season 1, Ep 1)||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...||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Unfortunately, Abdullah is an unapologetically misogynistic pig, performative trash who should not be writing any kind of history. Fortunately for him, that’s exactly what the weed world values.
Abdullah and Bean are such a great pair. They handle this fun subject with humor, wit and (seriously!) sincerity! I so dig the articulate and thoughtful consideration of each legend. Face it, the topic is light hearted but this fine pair handle it with respect and professionalism. Abdullah and Bean come across as friends spending time on a topic near and dear to them. More than just stoner stories these are delivered as cultural events that had impact on the trajectory of these lives and culture.
If you like podcast like ‘Stuff You Should Know’ and ‘Stuff You Missed in History Class’ but also weed, well this is podcast for you.