Seven Cannabis Movies & Documentaries on Amazon Prime
As the warm summer temps start to creep in, you’ll want to spend the coming months relaxing on the couch with the AC blasting. If you’re looking for a movie or documentary specifically about cannabis, we’ve got you covered with these seven movies you can stream on Amazon Prime right now.
Super High Me
Piggybacking off the popularity of Supersize Me, this documentary, meant to show the effects of cannabis on your body, follows comedian Doug Benson as he abstains from cannabis use for 30 days and then smokes it continually for 30 more. The film also includes interviews with cannabis activists, dispensary owners, politicians and patients who are all part of the medical cannabis movement. Although the effects on Benson’s health from cannabis were generally inconsequential, it’s still a pretty fun look at cannabis use and advocacy.
- Release date: April 20, 2008
- Director: Michael Blieden
- Length: 1h 38m
This biographical comedy-drama is based on the true story of an Idaho teen dropout who built a multi-million dollar cannabis ring by trafficking drugs through the woods between the United States and Canada. Inspired by an article about Nate Norman that was written and published by Rolling Stone in 2005, the real Nate Norman was eventually sentenced to a 12-year prison sentence for his indiscretions. He was released early and is currently living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
- Release date: April 18, 2014
- Director: John Stockwell
- Length: 1h 50m
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Another cannabis-smoking buddy duo akin to Cheech and Chong, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back follows the pair as they set out to sabotage a movie that’s being made based on their comic book counterparts “Bluntman and Chronic.” The fifth film set in Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse, both Jay and Silent Bob’s characters were originally introduced in his cult-favorite Clerks. The film was a minor commercial success and was released to mixed reviews, but it has achieved somewhat of a cult film status in the years since its release.
- Release date: August 24, 2001
- Director: Kevin Smith
- Length: 1h 44m
The Culture High
A celebrity-infused documentary, The Culture High includes appearances by cannabis advocates including Richard Branson, Snoop Dogg, Joe Rogan, and Wiz Khalifa, among others. It explores cannabis prohibition and the war on drugs in the United States and won Best Documentary at the 2015 AMPIA Awards. Although cannabis is legalized for recreational or medical use in 34 states as of May 2020, this documentary takes us to a time when it was barely legalized in the state of Colorado. My, how the times have changed.
- Release date: October 3, 2014
- Director: Brett Harvey
- Length: 2h
This Is the End
This apocalyptic comedy horror film is written, directed and co-produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It follows celebrities (like James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and Danny McBride, to name a few) playing exaggerated versions of themselves as they attempt to survive a global biblical apocalypse. There’s plenty of smoking and drinking going on in addition to lots of swearing -- it’s ranked #60 on the list of films that most frequently use the “f” word -- so save this one for after the kids go to bed.
- Release date: June 3, 2013
- Director: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
- Length: 1h 47m
This comedy is about as cannabis-focused as they come - it’s named after a very popular cannabis strain, after all. Another film on the list written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, it follows a process server (Seth Rogen) and his drug dealer (James Franco) as they’re forced to flee from hitmen and a corrupt police officer after witnessing them commit murder. Fun facts: the inspiration for making Pineapple Express was Brad Pitt’s character in True Romance, and the red-band trailer was removed from YouTube within a few days of its posting.
- Release date: August 6, 2008
- Director: David Gordon Green
- Length: 1h 57m
This 1936 film is a sensationalized anti-drug movie that borders on exploitation. It was intended to be shown to parents as a morality tale attempting to teach them about the dangers of cannabis use and is widely regarded as one of the worst films ever made. It was originally financed by a church group and features a variety of melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured to try cannabis, including a hit and run accident, manslaughter, suicide, and hallucinations. According to the Los Angeles Times, it’s the first film that an entire generation embraced as being “the worst.”
- Release date: 1936
- Director: Louis J. Gasnier
- Length: 1h 8m
Note: This list is updated as of May 2020. Availability of the above titles is subject to change.