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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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Dr. Lester Grinspoon encouraged America to ‘reconsider’ marijuana

A remembrance: The Harvard physician's 1971 book laid the scientific foundation for today's legal cannabis laws.

David Bienenstock - June 25, 2020

Can you love cannabis and support the police?

Police don't merely enforce unjust laws. They help create them, protect them, and profit from them.

David Bienenstock - June 16, 2020

COVID-19 interstate compacts could be a model for regional marijuana trade

A 'western alliance' of legal states could regulate interstate cannabis commerce, say some industry leaders.

David Bienenstock - May 27, 2020

Netflix’s ‘Have a Good Trip’ takes a wild psychedelic ride

Buy the ticket, enjoy the journey: Become one with the universe, or turn it into 'an opera of your nightmares.'

David Bienenstock - May 14, 2020

For the queen of cannabis yoga positivity, fighting stigma is a daily battle

Jessamyn Stanley built a following with her body-positive yoga message—and then took another bold, risky step.

David Bienenstock - April 30, 2020

Yes, the Tiger King really did run for governor on a ‘legalize weed’ platform

Joe Exotic's 2018 campaign for Oklahoma governor included a call for full legalization. And a rather novel way to sell it.

David Bienenstock - April 14, 2020

It’s time to release cannabis prisoners—like today

With COVID-19 flaring in America's prisons, governors can save lives by releasing our prisoners of the drug war.

David Bienenstock - March 27, 2020

High school student busted for smelling like weed—but he didn’t

A Dayton, Ohio, school seems to go easy on vaping white kids while suspending their Black peers on dubious 'marijuana smell' claims.

David Bienenstock - February 19, 2020

Pete Buttigieg wants to end the war on weed—but not in South Bend

Mayor Pete talks a big game on national drug reform, but at home in Indiana he didn't do much to improve things.

David Bienenstock - January 21, 2020

The most important cannabis science stories of 2019

Check out what researchers found out about cannabis with the best studies from 2019.

David Bienenstock - December 30, 2019