Almost any film can be transformed into a cannabis movie if the appropriate weed and the right people are present. While Netflix has always had a good selection of movies for a gloomy night in, the selection of cannabis-themed films has recently grown.
Some of the best Netflix movies to watch while you’re out and about:
1. The best Netflix show on edibles – Cooked with Cannabis
Food-making competition Cooked with Cannabis, starring singer/songwriter and chef Kelis, is based on other cooking reality shows. With guest hosts including iconic Bay Area rapper Too $hort and comedian Flula Borg as well as former NBA stars like John Salley and Nate Robinson, each episode features three cannabis chefs who make a three-course cannabis-infused feast.
This is haute cuisine, and not simply because of the high THC content, which is to be anticipated from a cooking program. In addition to the “mimosa”-smoked fish ceviche and the “grilled sweet corn gazpacho” with THC olive oil, there are also desserts like “purple apple pie,” which is topped with cinnamon-infused whipped cream. A salted caramel apple “rose” with THC and CBD is also included, as is a crust infused with a powdered blueberry strain.
Even if the THC content of these dishes isn’t particularly high, they serve to demonstrate that edibles are more than merely a vehicle for ingesting cannabinoids. Their unique and nuanced flavor profile, which can be used to enhance just about any dish, can be served as an entrée into gourmet dining. Shows like these can inspire you to experiment with new ways of manufacturing your own THC gummy bears, or simply make you nod your head while munching on one.
2. The best Netflix show on medical cannabis – Weed the People
Many individuals across North America and abroad were already inclined to favor marijuana legalization; all they needed to know was what was at stake. Nothing does this better, in my opinion, than the lives of children.
“Weed the People,” a 2018 documentary co-produced by filmmaker Abby Epstein and talk show legend Ricki Lake, examines the medical marijuana use of juvenile cancer patients and their families. Patients and their families are also shown to be frustrated as a culture that often prioritizes harmful pharmaceutical medication fails to provide them with treatment.
Dr. Bonni Goldstein and Dr. Mara Gordon, as well as Raphael Mechoulam, the Israeli scientist who originally isolated THC, are also featured in Weed the People, together with parents and children.
3. The best weed family comedy/drama on Netflix – Family Business
Is the kosher butcher business family that produces weed together still together? A French expression, perhaps, but it’s not one in English. The Hazan family of Paris is the subject of the two-season drama Family Business, in which bumbling son Joseph assumes that the kosher butcher shop he inherited from his father would make an ideal location for France’s first weed shop.
They have their own marijuana farm by the second season (a spoiler!), and it’s doing well. With family and business entwined, it’s no surprise that disaster lurks around every corner.
The show is also quite easy to watch in one sitting. Each season consists of six 30-minute episodes that can be devoured with or without the presence of your loved ones.
4. The best Netflix movie on weed and the War on Drugs – Grass is Greener
The documentary Grass is Greener, hosted and directed by hip hop star Fab 5 Freddy, examines the history of marijuana and marijuana prohibition in the United States, primarily through the prisms of music and race.
First, the video examines jazz legends like Louis Armstrong and Count Basie, as well as the government’s efforts to suppress marijuana and the Reefer Madness misinformation and bigotry that accompanied this endeavor.
5 stars for this one. It’s no surprise that Snoop Dogg, B-Real, Chuck D and Damian Marley are among the experts Freddy interviews on the influence of marijuana on black music in the United States. We are also introduced to today’s legalization of cannabis and how minorities, who have borne the brunt of the war on drugs, are being shut out of this windfall because of their status. The film also focuses on the fact that, despite the legalization of marijuana in more and more states, black Americans like Michael Brown, Philando Castille, and Botham Jean’s reputations are still tarnished when they are shot and killed by police.
Throughout American history, cannabis and music have had a close relationship. Race has been linked throughout history, and Grass is Greener makes us realize just how far we still have to go.
5. The best weed thriller on Netflix – Murder Mountain
It is not uncommon for outsiders to view Humboldt County, especially prior to legalization, as a utopia of underground pot farms and cannabis producers living beyond the law.
One of the country’s most beautiful and enigmatic places is revealed to have an alarmingly high rate of missing persons in Murder Mountain, a true crime documentary series that premiered in 2018.
Filmed on location in the Emerald Triangle region of Mexico, the docuseries focuses on 29-year-old Garret Rodriguez, who was found killed there in 2013.
Despite the fact that local leaders have taken issue with the series and how they believe it tarnishes their name, there is no doubt that it is a captivating documentary about what happens deep in Northern California’s woods.
6. The best stoner comedy on Netflix – How High
“The best stoner movie” essentially boils down to a matter of personal preference.
It’s difficult to argue against How High, especially for those who grew up listening to Wu-Tang, the Blackout! record, or a St. Ides poster on the wall nearby.
Method Man and Redman play two stoners who smoke the ashes of a deceased founding father in order to ace a test and gain admission to Harvard in this cinematic masterpiece.
Two compelling performers lead the film, which is not based on a true story, in a classic “stoner/fish out of water” storyline that would do better than a degree from Harvard.
7. And now for something completely different – Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
This is a list of the best weed-themed movies, but you can easily argue that the two go hand-in-hand and that a disproportionately high number of the people who saw Have a Good Trip were stoned at the time.
One of the most entertaining and insightful films on psychedelics, 2020 follows celebrities who have opted to open up about their experiences with hallucinogens in interviews.
From Rosie Perez to Ben Stiller to Natasha Lyonne to ASAP Rocky (who appeared in his own LSD movie), the show combines interviews and reenactments from some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.
Sting says, “I don’t think psychedelics are the answer to the world’s problems, but they could be a start.” It’s not going to solve all of the world’s issues, but it could be a step in the right direction (to a great evening).