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Great Moments in Weed History w/ Abdullah & Bean is a weekly podcast series that 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.

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Abdullah Saeed is a cannabis journalist, personality, and media maker, host and producer of the James Beard Award-nominated TV series Bong Appetit, star of the political roadtrip series Vice Does America, creator and host of the viral cannabis short-form series Smokeables, and recurring guest star on the HBO original series High Maintenance.

Saeed also hosted the Webby Award-winning documentary Mad Honey, as well as The Ketamine Cure for Depression, and the "Dark Web" episode of Black Market with Michael K. Williams, which he wrote and produced. He has written about cannabis since 2012, is the creator and author of the Weediquette column on VICE, and contributor to Guardian, Atlantic, High Times, Complex, Mic, and Village Voice.


David Bienenstock is the author of How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High (Penguin / Random House - 2016), and Legalized It!. Previously, he served as Head of Content at HIGH TIMES and was a columnist, frequent contributor, and video host/producer at VICE Media, where he co-produced the series Bong Appetit, including viral episodes like A Gourmet Weed Dinner at Hunter S. Thompson's House and Marijuana Nonna.
A contributor to VICE, GQ, Motherboard, Salon, Munchies, the Guardian, Leafly and other publications, he has been profiled by The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, LA Weekly, Food & Wine, and Slate, while making frequent media appearances, including on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, HBO and Fox News.

May 29, 2018

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 time "turning on." And so begins our Season 1 finale, in which we explore...

May 22, 2018

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 rights movements. A fiery street-fighting optimist, he suffered...

May 15, 2018

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 to expose the authorities as out of touch and incompetent, while...

May 8, 2018

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 free to those in desperate need. And when the cops tried to stop this...

May 1, 2018

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 occupation ended, they brought a taste for cannabis home that lead directly...