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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.

Apr 24, 2018

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 America's longest serving prisoner in the War on Marijuana dedicated...

Apr 17, 2018

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?

Apr 10, 2018

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 library, Grinspoon returned convinced the case against Mary Jane was all...

Apr 3, 2018

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 greatest triumph over the cops!