3 Cannabis YouTubers You Should Check Out
In the ever-changing social media landscape surrounding cannabis, video is quickly becoming a key player. A large reason why can be attributed to video streaming platforms like YouTube remaining flexible with their community guidelines, allowing users to post cannabis content on their channel without the fear of repercussions such as the removal of content or account deactivation. Conversely, competing social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook share a history of discriminating against cannabis-related content, thus stifling information sharing and suppressing an entire body of of voices within the community.
YouTube, however, has taken a slightly different approach wherein it simply encourages age restrictions for adult-oriented content. There, creators are free to post cannabis-related content without fear of removal. As a subsequent result, cannabis information sharing has flourished on YouTube over the last half decade, allowing users to upload cannabis content freely, amass followers, and use their platform to push cannabis activism forward to whole new levels.
Below is a list of three YouTube channels that have truly exemplified this movement to push video forward as a viable medium for cannabis activism and information sharing. Each of these profiles offer a unique take in facilitating a totally new perspective on sharing cannabis news and information. Whether you’re looking for videos on current events, strain and/or product reviews, recipes, grow tips, or historical information, you’re bound to find a spectrum of content in these three channels that’s guaranteed to grab your interest.
Ask almost any solventless hash enthusiast where to find a quality online video covering proper technique and chances are you’ll get referred to Bubbleman’s World. Marcus Richardson, founder of Bubblebags and FreshHeadies.com, took to YouTube in 2007 to create Bubbleman’s World. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, his instructional videos offer an unrivaled openness to previous “proprietary” concepts in hash making, capturing nuances within the various processes that you simply can’t find anywhere else.
In September of 2014, Marcus set out to create a weekly online symposium for cannabis activists and enthusiasts by utilizing YouTube Live streaming in Google Hangouts to create a Sunday morning discussion series appropriately titled, “Hash Church.” These unedited discussions involve a rock star panel of speakers including long-time cannabis activist Todd McCormick of HempXXX.com and Berkeley Patients Group founder Etienne Fontan. Every week, new guest speakers are invited to join in.
Notable past guests include Dr. Lester Grinspoon, famed Harvard professor and author of Marijuana Reconsidered. Lifelong activist and researcher Robert Clark has also made appearances, as well as activist Rick Doblin, who appeared just last week. Discussions on the show range from current events within the industry to extraction techniques, patient testimonials, product R7D discussion, and much more. Anyone with a little free time on Sunday morning should tune in and check out the weekly 9AM-12PM show.
RuffHouse Studios is a cannabis culture video production company that began posting videos on YouTube in 2007. Today it boasts a body of over 300 videos packed full with high production quality content spanning from segments on cooking with infused cannabis to concentrate reviews and even cannabis themed parody movie trailers.
Popular videos on the channel include demonstration and tutorial pieces on joint rolling, canna butter recipes, and DIY hack videos that range from making water pipes out of household items to tutorials on various extraction techniques.
“Tips & Tricks,” a video series featuring RuffHouse Studios host Bogart, offers up a very polished and professional set of tutorial videos. Here you can learn how to roll various styles of joints, or how to extract kief from cannabis flowers with the use of dry ice. Each of these videos are between 8-10 minutes long, making them the perfect length for a quick look without being too lengthy or dense.
If you’re looking for some lighter entertainment, check out the cannabis movie trailer parody videos for a good laugh. There you can find gems such as “The Smoking Dead” and “Bongzilla.”
Green House Seed Company
Founded in Amsterdam in 1985 by Arjan Roskam, the Green House Seed Company and Coffeeshop has grown to become one of the most notorious seed banks in the world. In 2006, Green House Seed took its brand to YouTube by posting grow tutorials and Cannabis Cup coverage videos.
Two year later, in 2008 Green House Seed’s YouTube presence expanded with the introduction of a series called “Strain Hunters”, wherein Arjan and his partner Franco Loja traveled the world curating rare landrace seeds from remote destinations. Aside from being wildly entertaining, these hour long segments offer a unique perspective into the lives those behind the global cannabis trade.
After eight years and over 100 videos, The Green House Seed company is still posting exciting high-production content on a regular basis. Its series “Grow Sessions” gives one of the most polished and analytically sound analysis of any strain-specific cultivation journal currently available on the internet. In this series, Arjan and Franco analyze growth patterns of some of their most famed strains and seed offerings, even detailing disparities between certain strains grown hydroponics versus in organic soil mediums. Every week they chronicle further with lab tested terpene and cannabinoid profiles, macro photographs of trichome formation, and cultivation tips. This level of care and dedication to cannabis-related videography is practically unrivaled, and the Green House Seed Company has consistently pushed the bar forward by advancing its platform with quality content.
Looking for more great cannabis video content? Check out Leafly’s YouTube channel, where you’ll find strain spotlights, cannabis 101 features, our Cannabis Craftsmanship series, and more.
This list of three YouTube channels has truly exemplified the movement to push video forward as a viable medium for cannabis activism and information sharing.
An Interview with Strain Hunters: Meeting the Cannabis Experts (Part 1)
You may have heard of Strain Hunters from their popular 2008 VICE documentary, but the Strain Hunters team have been hunting and breeding cannabis strains for much longer. From the jungles of Africa to the mountain ranges of South America, the Strain Hunters are on a mission to bring back the most important and isolated cannabis landraces known to man.
A few months ago, we hosted a virtual meet & greet with Arjan Roskam (owner and founder of Green House Seeds Co.) and Dust Lion (Strain Hunters’ head grower) to talk all things cannabis. If you missed it, now’s your chance to soak in some of their wisdom.
Tell us about Strain Hunters and what your mission is.
Dust: I’ve been with Strain Hunters for the past 5 years and it’s really amazing to discover and learn more about cannabis culture around the globe. We’re hunting for the best cannabis strains. It’s hard work and it takes time, but it’s very exciting to go to different places with Arjan. It’s a great job, a great opportunity, and I’m very thankful for that.
Arjan: I created Kings of Cannabis in the early 90s to create awareness for cannabis, and at that time there was no cannabis in America and Canada. I thought I needed to attract celebrities to Europe and have them advocate for cannabis in North America – which happened through Woody Harrelson – but at some point, I realized I wanted to show everyone what it is we do. We go to the jungle with a camera, and we strain hunt. I’m very humbled to be doing this. There’s nothing better than making your hobby and passion your work. On top of that, during that work we can be high all the time (laughs). It’s amazing and I’m really thankful for this.
Many of us have seen your documentaries on YouTube and with Vice, and you guys have been in some difficult situations. Can you tell us about a crazy experience you guys have had on an expedition?
Arjan: I can’t even tell you about the really dangerous situations because we could jeopardize our future and there are legal issues with certain countries. The expedition has to be well organized. If you can imagine entering areas controlled by rebels or terrorists, even encountering dangerous animals. We lost our partner Franco a few years ago to malaria and it shows that even the smallest animal can be the most dangerous.
There are a variety of dangers that occur, but we also choose to remove the action from the story. Some stories aren’t positive, and we don’t want it to take away from the message that we are trying to spread, which is advocating for the legalization of marijuana. We want to spread a positive message, which means we can’t always talk about the danger behind the missions.
You’ve been known to say Super Lemon Haze is one of the best strains in the world. Why?
Arjan: It’s not only me who says it, but it’s also the most used plant. If you look at other big cannabis companies in North America, most of them use Super Lemon Haze as their main male because it’s a strong plant with an amazing profile of terpenes and flavonoids. It’s the offspring of Super Silver Haze which is also a great plant. Super Lemon Haze is one of those strains smoked by both Indica and Sativa lovers. The taste is amazing – people just like it
Conversations around cannabis potency is huge. A lot of consumers in Canada are focused on buying high THC cannabis, but we’re trying to change that narrative to be more terpenes focused. Is high THC a trend you’re seeing elsewhere in the world?
Arjan: Unfortunately, yes. I’m one of those people who is against high THC cannabis, but I understand why people like it. We have limited growing space, which is why given the choice growers will choose to grow strong cannabis plants. Personally, I would like to see more cannabis grows between 5-15% THC so that my mother, your mother, and your grandmother can feel more comfortable smoking it. I’d like to see cannabis with nicer terpene profiles that aren’t as strong so that people who don’t smoke now can join us and help increase wider acceptance for the plant.
Internationally, have you seen a shift in mindset around cannabis?
Arjan: I see a big shift. For example, after we left Columbia, we were featured on the news and soon after they legalized marijuana. We made a movie in Trinidad and St Vincent; 8 weeks later we got a call from the president that medical marijuana was now legalized.
What Canada has done with the legalization of cannabis has been a huge help for the whole industry. You guys had the guts to legalize marijuana, and this helps break down barriers for other countries to do the same. Yes, we created awareness with our Strain Hunters documentaries and movies, but the Canadian government took a huge step in legalizing marijuana so thank you Canada.
An Interview with Strain Hunters: Meeting the Cannabis Experts (Part 1) You may have heard of Strain Hunters from their popular 2008 VICE documentary, but the Strain Hunters team have been