It’s easy to dismiss any film or television show with a cannabis theme as a stoner dude comedy. There are a wide variety of cannabis-themed series and films available on streaming services today. These include anything from cookery shows and documentaries to dramas and — yes — classic easy-going movies.
There’s no better coming-of-age indie picture than “Dazed and Confused,” which came out in 1993 and is widely considered the best stoner movie ever made. When Matthew McConaughey says, “Fine, alright, alright,” it’s humorous as well as an allusion to youth in the film’s opening monologue. “Inherent Vice,” a hazy neo-noir crime film starring Joaquin Phoenix as “Doc” Sportello, a drug-fueled LA private investigator, is a good choice for a dramatic film.
Alternatively, if you want to watch television, you might check out “Weeds,” a show that pioneered cannabis-themed television in the aughts. “Disjointed,” about a modern dispensary owned by cannabis activist Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, is a Netflix Original Comedy (Kathy Bates). Or watch “High Maintenance,” an HBO dramedy in which a weed deliveryman serves as a connecting thread between the lives of a diverse group of New Yorkers.
The top 19 cannabis-themed movies and series to watch on Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBO Max, and Hulu starting on April 20th and continuing through the rest of the year are listed by Variety. It’s as simple as logging in, lighting up, and grabbing a snack to get started.
1. Dazed and Confused
As May 1976 approaches, a group of Texas high school and junior high kids face their final day before summer vacation in Richard Linklater’s landmark ’90s stoner dramedy. It’s tough not to experience a sense of nostalgia as you revel in the teens’ enthusiastic rebellion as they navigate relationships, popularity (or lack thereof), and the beginning of a new era.
2. The Gentlemen
He returns to his stoner beginnings in “Dazed and Confused,” Matthew McConaughey as an American expat in London who is trying to develop a cannabis empire in London. After that, a series of extortion and bribery attempts are made to remove him from power. Additionally, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Colin Farrell, and Henry Golding are all featured in the film. ‘
3. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Harold and Kumar are portrayed by John Cho and Kal Penn, two of the few men of color to star in stoner comedy like “Friday” and “Half-Baked.” With an aptly called title like this, the film follows two stoned office workers (Cho and Penn) on a dangerous journey to purchase White Castle burgers (which involves an encounter with an angry police officer and an enticing Neil Patrick Harris).
4. The Marijuana Show
The “Shark Tank” of the legal cannabis market, this show is a reality television competition. There are three investors featured in each episode: Jamie Perino (the co-founder of Euflora cannabis dispensaries), Brian Ruden (owner of Starbuds), and Joel Sherlock (the CEO of Doventi Capital).
5. Cooked with Cannabis
Cannabis-themed culinary show? You’ve got to be kidding me. Don’t go on and on. A $10,000 grand prize is on the line in “Cooked with Cannabis,” which follows three chefs as they prepare three courses of cannabis-infused cuisine. In addition to co-hosts Kelis and Leather Storrs, the show also features guest judges Elle King and Amanda Seales, two of Kelis and Leather’s closest friends.
“Disjointed,” which was abruptly canceled after only two seasons, was a fresh take on the cannabis-themed comedy, following a new age dispensary run by marijuana legend Ruth Whitefeather Feldman (Kathy Bates) and her motley crew of employees. Sadly, the show was abruptly canceled far too soon.
“Dude,” starring Lucy Hale, Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp, Alex Wolff, and Awkwafina, is a breath of new air despite its widespread critical disapproval. The film, which stars a close-knit group of high school stoner buddies, examines the changes that occur as one leaves adolescence behind. Aside from that, there are some fantastic bong puns.
8. Family Business
Facing competition from gangster rivals, juggling child care and dealing with his dysfunctional family are just some of the challenges faced by Jospeh Hazan (Johnny Cohen) in the Netflix France Original comedy “Family Business,” which premiered on the streaming service earlier this month. What’s the worst that might happen?
9. Grass is Greener
Snoop Dogg and Fab 5 Freddy star in a new Netflix documentary about the United States’ complicated and racist history with marijuana. Expertly, the film examines the government’s War on Drugs and widespread incarceration while examining the music industry’s ties with marijuana.
Mary-Louise Parker starred in “Weeds,” the first popular series devoted solely to the cannabis industry, about a suburban housewife who turns to marijuana sales after her husband’s death in order to maintain her affluent lifestyle. Starz has ordered a follow-up to the award-winning eight-season crime dramedy in which Parker will star and executive produce. Taking place in the legalization period, the new series will pick up 10 years after where the original left off.
11. Weed the People
Cancer patients and their families who have found relief through medical marijuana are the focus of the documentary “Weed the People,” which reveals how states like California, which have legalized medical marijuana under the leadership of former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, are trying to roll back those reforms. When it comes to scientific study and use of the substance, as well as legal and technical difficulties that families confront in caring for their children, the film explores these issues head-on.
12. Birds of Passage
During the 1970s, a Colombian crime-drama film follows an indigenous Wayuu family as they become embroiled in the expanding marijuana-selling business.. The Oscar-nominated film “Embrace of the Serpent,” directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, explores the ramifications of a fratricidal war that threatens cultural traditions and human lives when money, passion, and honor intersect.
13. High Maintenance
The Guy, a pot delivery man in New York, serves as the unifying thread that ties the show’s characters’ diverse worlds together in this award-winning free-form dramedy (Ben Sinclair, who also co-created the series with Katja Blichfeld). Each episode of this comedy series is certain to bring a tear to your eye as well as a smile to your face.
14. Inherent Vice
As Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) investigates the disappearance of his former girlfriend in the 1970s, Paul Thomas Anderson’s surreal fusion film follows the weed-fueled Los Angeles private detective. This leads him to meet an unusual cast of personalities and learn about a wide range of topics, such as the drug trade and the politics that surround it. Other actors in the film include Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, and Katherine Waterson.
15. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
The 2001 comedy follows the titular characters (played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) as they attempt to damage the film adaptation of the “Bluntman and Chronic” comic books, which are based on the stoners’ life, in Kevin Smith’s fifth installment in the Jay and Silent Bob cinematic universe. This is a great stoner movie, and you’ll be rooting for Jay and Silent Bob as they defame the movie online and crash Hollywood studios in their attempt to protect their names.
16. Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny
Two want tobe rock stars (Jack Black and Kyle Grass) go out to steal the mythical, supernatural “pick of destiny,” a guitar pick that is renowned for its power to give the user an inexplicable ability to play the guitar like a pro. For those who haven’t seen this odd must-see film, consider “School of Rock” without the kids and more drugs.
17. Bong Appetit
The cookery reality television series from Viceland examines the cutting-edge potential of cannabis-infused cuisine. Conduct Abdullah Saeed and his colleagues host lavish cannabis dinner parties, inviting prominent chefs to prepare elegant meals in a kitchen filled with “the widest selection of marijuana products ever combined.”
The frantic monologue of Kaitlyn Dever about her first time being high — where she constantly thought about the idea that her mother will one day die — is humorous and sympathetic enough to make this list, even though it isn’t exactly a film about cannabis entirely. In Oliva Wilde’s female-centered and contemporary take on a “Superbad”-style film, the final days of high school are charming and rowdy.
The cultural, economic, political, and medical ramifications of marijuana use cannot be overstated. The educational documentary from Viceland explores the relationship between marijuana and society, including its legalization, medical applications, and current trends in recreational use. From soldiers who use the substance to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder to families who use medical cannabis for children with cancer, Vice journalist Krishna Andavolu examines this booming “green” industry.