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Michael Knodt

Michael Knodt is Leafly's Germany correspondent. Born in Nordhessen, he has been living in Berlin since 1990. A certified carpenter with a background in history and journalism, he now makes regular visits to countries where hemp is cultivated. He served as editor-in-chief of Hanf Journal from 2005 to 2013 and now writes for numerous German and English-language publications. He is the face and presenter of exzessiv.tv, a popular program on hemp and its prohibition, as well as a proud father of two.

Most popular articles

A Strange Blend: Why Are Europeans Mixing Cannabis and Tobacco?

Cannabis doesn’t carry the sort of health hazards tobacco does, a majority of studies say. But that doesn't change the European habit of mixing the two.

Michael Knodt - July 17, 2016

Why Cannabis Growing Techniques Differ So Much Between the US and Europe

Due to differences in laws, electricity prices, suitable climate and some other factors, the European and the U.S. indoor culture developed on separate tracks. Here are the main differences.

Michael Knodt - May 31, 2016

In Switzerland, High-CBD Cannabis Being Sold Legally as ‘Tobacco Substitute’

A Swiss company has managed to make high-CBD cannabis flowers available to consumers by capping THC content and registering the product as a tobacco substitute.

Michael Knodt - October 24, 2016

How Austria Became Europe’s Cannabis Clone Superstore

Thanks to odd quirks of Austrian law, the country has become the capital of legal cannabis clones. Consumption, though? Still verboten.

Michael Knodt - May 23, 2016

Where to Buy Cannabis in Europe? Coffeeshops vs. Cannabis Social Clubs

There are two predominant ways cannabis is legally distributed in Europe. Which works best?

Michael Knodt - June 27, 2016

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Germany Leads Europe in Raids on Indoor Growing, Report Finds

The country sees more indoor-grow busts than any country worldwide after the US, despite a seed ban unusual among European nations.

Michael Knodt - November 16, 2016

In Switzerland, High-CBD Cannabis Being Sold Legally as ‘Tobacco Substitute’

A Swiss company has managed to make high-CBD cannabis flowers available to consumers by capping THC content and registering the product as a tobacco substitute.

Michael Knodt - October 24, 2016

Germany’s First Legal, Homegrown Cannabis Is Being Sown Now

The first German patient ever to receive permission to grow cannabis at home could also turn out to be the last under a new law that would curb home cultivation.

Michael Knodt - October 14, 2016

Bongs Have an Image Problem in Europe. Here Are 6 Ways to Fix It

Europe has a history of blown-glass artistry that stretches back hundreds of years. So why do bongs still get a bad rap?

Michael Knodt - October 3, 2016

Cannabis Takes Leading Role in Berlin Elections

Berlin will vote for a new state Parliament and a new mayor on Sunday, and for the first time ever, cannabis is playing a role in the campaign.

Michael Knodt - September 15, 2016

Germany and Austria Are Pouring Billions into Cannabis Prohibition

Even in tolerant cities like Berlin, authorities have stepped up enforcement of cannabis prohibition. It's not working, and it costs taxpayers a bundle.

Michael Knodt - September 9, 2016

How Will Christiania’s Fatal Shooting Change Copenhagen’s Cannabis Scene?

Residents of the Danish community began tearing down cannabis stalls on Pusher Street after a deadly shooting shook Copenhagen.

Michael Knodt - September 9, 2016

Leading by Example: A German Parent’s Experience with Medical Cannabis

"As a patient, I don't want to hide. As a parent, I don't want my children to inhale my smoke or vapor."

Michael Knodt - September 1, 2016

Berlin’s 20th Hanfparade Draws Thousands for Legalization

For yet another year, the annual event was one of Germany's biggest gatherings of political and social activists.

Michael Knodt - August 19, 2016