Ten years ago, if you’d said that by 2019 podcasts would be trending and cannabis would be legal, people would’ve asked you what you were smoking.
But now here we are. Long-form content is making a resurgence (partly in response to the fleeting nature of social media) and cannabis is a legal industry in Canada making massive social and economic waves. So it’s no surprise that a number of cannabis podcasts have sprouted up in the last few years. In our opinion, it’s a beautiful marriage.
Here are six of our favourite Canadian ‘pot-casts’:
Host: James West (@MidasLetter)
Home Base: Toronto, ON
The Gist: As “The Digital Business Channel for Cannabis, Crypto, and Technology Stocks”, Midas Letter is a major voice in emerging Canadian markets. Their cannabis coverage includes podcasts, news articles, and a weekly (sometimes daily) YouTube video series called ‘Cannabis News Moving Markets’, which covers public cannabis companies and industry developments, as well as a wealth of one-on-one interviews with the biggest players in the industry.
Why We Love It: It’s quality, it’s consistent, and it’s on-the-ball. If something’s happening in the cannabis industry that’s worth knowing about, you can bet that Midas Letter will cover it.
Video Source: Midas Letter YouTube
Hosts: Jon Liedtke (@jonliedtke) and Nicholas Nedin (@IAMNedin)
Home Base: Windsor, ON
The Gist: The Cannabis Act tackles cannabis industry news, theories, speculations, and pop culture in a way that’s always well-informed and often hilarious. With 48 full-length episodes under their belt — in addition to the hosts often providing commentary to local media outlets covering the cannabis beat — The Cannabis Act is a major champion of Canada’s legal recreational cannabis market and shows no signs of slowing down.
Why We Love It: Like us, the folks who run The Cannabis Act are based in Windsor, ON., so we’re happy to show them support. But our shared home base isn’t the only reason we love The Cannabis Act; we respect their views and their dedication to our exciting young industry.
Hosts: Gill Polard (@gill_polard), Rachel Colic (@rachelcolic)
Home Base: Canada
The Gist: It’s no secret that Canada’s cannabis industry needs more female voices, and High Friends offers just that: “A podcast for women who love cannabis.” The podcast covers a range of topics, including diversity in the industry, feminism, business leadership, cannabis, and work, being a cannabis sommelier, pain management, wellness, and retail.
Why We Love It: Unlike some other podcasts in this space, the website is clean and easy to follow. And we absolutely love (and need) to hear women’s voices in the cannabis industry.
Host: Nicolle Hodges (@nicolledoublel); formerly Zoe Brownstone (@zoebrownstone)
Home Base: Toronto, ON.
The Gist. This weekly pod helps listeners navigate the often confusing world of legal cannabis in Canada. They’re one of the best-branded podcasts in the game and their guests range from heavy hitters like Henry Rollins to millennial influencers like Alexandra-Jo Hastings.
Why We Love It. They’re progressive, they bring a feminist perspective to the landscape, and they don’t shy away from controversial issues.
Host: Gary Johnston
Home Base: Kelowna, B.C.
The Gist. Their tagline sums it up nicely: “Exploring the world of Canadian cannabis culture one toke at a time.” This weekly 30-minute podcast tackles everyday cannabis issue such as retail, smoking and the workplace, provincial border issues, differences between strains, the lingering effects of legalization, and how open cannabis use is changing our culture in unexpected ways.
Why We Love It. Sometimes the conversation around cannabis can focus overly on the technicalities of the plant, or on the fluctuations of the market. The Cannabis Potcast brings it back down to the tangible and the understandable.
Hosts: Craig Wiggins (@GoBlueCdn), Andrew Udell (@mollytime777), Graham Jones (@CytochromeP)
Home Base: Canada
The Gist: TheCannalylsts offer ‘analysis, not advice’ on Canada’s publicly traded cannabis companies and the cannabis market generally. Their combined backgrounds include experience in commodity trading, finance, valuation, commercial lending, and biochemistry, so the analyses offered are well-reasoned and highly qualified.
Why We Love It. The insights offered come from a place of curiosity and honesty, and they cover a lot of ground. You’re just as likely to get fun anecdotes from an industry conference as you are to get a detailed breakdown of a cannabis-related financial issue.
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