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David Bienenstock

Veteran cannabis journalist David Bienenstock is the author of "How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High" (2016 - Penguin/Random House), and the co-host and co-creator of the podcast "Great Moments in Weed History with Abdullah and Bean." Follow him on Twitter @pot_handbook.

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7 Cannabis Strains That Changed the Game

The backstories of many strains are shrouded in mystery, but these seven are enshrined in the cannabis canon for their outsized impact on cannabis history.

David Bienenstock - January 8, 2018

Taking Drugged Driving Seriously: What Does the Science Say?

Recent headlines raised fears about stoned driving. We looked at the data and found a different story.

David Bienenstock - September 21, 2017

6 Cannabis Concentrates That Changed the Game

From history’s oldest cannabis concentrates to today’s high-tech extracts, learn about these innovative concentrate products that have changed the game when it comes to potency, diversity, and medical utility.

David Bienenstock - April 9, 2018

7 Cannabis Edibles That Changed the Game

Explore the history of our favorite “secret ingredient,” cannabis, through seven unique edibles that all changed the game.

David Bienenstock - February 22, 2018

6 International Cannabis Strains Worth Seeking Abroad

Planning an international adventure to one of the cannabis capitals of the world? Don't miss these legendary cannabis strains, which are best enjoyed in their country of origin.

David Bienenstock - March 6, 2018

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How mainstream media botched the vape lung story

It's not the THC: Sloppy work at the AP, Wall Street Journal, and other outlets feeds consumers bad information.

David Bienenstock - October 16, 2019

How Elizabeth Warren became a cannabis champion without ever getting high

Long known as a progressive firebrand on issues related to inequality and corruption, Elizabeth Warren also regularly champions cannabis legalization in Congress.

David Bienenstock - September 11, 2019

How the Dutch Spread Cannabis Across the World

The Netherlands in the '60s was a hotbed for cannabis activism, leading to the formation of seed banks—places to store and share cannabis genetics. Read how this small country played a big part in the history of cannabis.

David Bienenstock - August 12, 2019

The world’s first hot box, and other uses of cannabis in the ancient World

Human cannabis use goes back 10,000 years. Check out our list of ancient cultures who got high and the methods they used.

David Bienenstock - July 26, 2019

Kamala Harris Evolved Slowly on Legalization, but She’s All About It Now

The California senator didn't support legalization in 2016. Now she does. What changed?

David Bienenstock - July 15, 2019

That Alarming CBD Liver Damage Study Is Bunk—And the Media Should Know Better

The media has been known to misreport on cannabis information. Here's another example, with Forbes' latest article on a CBD study.

David Bienenstock - July 12, 2019

How Psychedelic Surf Smugglers Invented Dabs (With Help From the CIA?)

Who invented the dab? All too often in the world of cannabis, such monumental achievements end up lost to history. But in this case, we actually have an unlikely government document to work off.

David Bienenstock - July 9, 2019

Road Trip Planner: California’s Craft Cannabis Stores

Hunt down heirloom Trainwreck, Ringo's Gift, Blue Kush, and more with this guide.

David Bienenstock - June 26, 2019

Want to Grow Your Own Cannabis? Get Ready to Fight ‘Big Marijuana’

Why is allowing homegrow such a contentious issue with adult-use states? To find the answer, follow the money.

David Bienenstock - June 19, 2019

Are High-CBD Hemp Flowers the Next Big Thing in Cannabis?

High-CBD, low-THC cannabis is about to hit its stride. Learn more about how legislative changes have given rise to an online marketplace of high-CBD flower.

David Bienenstock - May 31, 2019