March 02, 2020 4 min read

By Alice McRae

Whether you’re interested in learning more about the economics of cannabis or the latest trends in cannabis culture, there’s no shortage of information on these subjects. 

With cannabis being a fast-growing industry that’s rapidly evolving, there are many cannabis magazines available, and naturally, it can be difficult to choose which one to read. Couple this with the dominant presence of social media and it’s easy to forget that magazines were once the most popular way of staying up to date with trends in different industries. 

While magazines and especially print magazines are not as popular as they used to be, the cannabis industry still has some fantastic print and online options to choose from. 

We’ve selected eight cannabis magazines with a diverse focus on subjects such as cannabis entrepreneurship, culture, art, medicine, and finance.

The 8 Best Cannabis Magazines in 2020

  1. Broccoli
  2. Cannabis Business Times
  3. High Times
  4. Cannabis Culture 
  5. DOPE Magazine
  6. Strain Insider
  7. Green Entrepreneur
  8. Cannabis Now

1. Broccoli

Broccoli is a cannabis magazine created by women for women and is run by a team based in Portland that seeks to present a new perspective on cannabis culture.

This independent print magazine brands itself as being "playful, informed, eclectic, and thoughtful". 

Broccoli magazine was founded by the previous creative director of Kinfolk and was launched in November 2017. 

Following the passing of the 2018 United States farm bill, Brocolli magazine became the first organization that put cannabis in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). 

Broccoli magazine is published only three times a year, although the organization speaks to its audience more frequently with their 'Broccoli Talk' podcast, which airs a new episode every two weeks. 

2. Cannabis Business Times

Cannabis Business Times is a magazine owned by GIE Media, based in Ohio. CBT provides up to date cannabis industry news, as well as information on cannabis compliance, regulations, legislation, and financial resources. 

The CBT magazine focuses on the business of recreational and medical cannabis in their print magazine, as well as a broad range of cannabis-related topics in their e-newsletter, app, and website.

In 2018, Cannabis Business Times was named Magazine of the year by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE).

3. High Times

High Times is a monthly magazine with global reach. Founded in 1974, High Times has been one of the most consistent and prolific magazines in the cannabis industry.

High Times features cutting edge journalism that spans a wide variety of topics including politics, culture, activism, sex, drugs, and film. High Times also published content on health and cannabis cultivation.

High Times was started with drug money from the sale of illegal cannabis according to some sources. The monthly magazine quickly became more popular after its 35th anniversary and grew to 500,000 copies published. By 2014, the website was read by up to 5 million users per month.

With offices in Los Angelas and New York City, High Times has established itself as a global brand and the most well-known cannabis magazine.

4. Cannabis Culture

Cannabis Culture is a magazine about cannabis and hemp around the world, with a team heavily devoted to cannabis activism and 'liberating marijuana' as quoted on their website. Their focus is on freeing 'pot-prisoners' around the world and ending the war on drugs that they believe has failed.

The magazine was founded in the summer of 1994 and was published by Marc Emery. Cannabis Culture used to be a print magazine but is now exclusively published online.

5. DOPE Magazine

Dope Magazine, stands for 'Defending Our Plant Everywhere', and the name speaks for itself. DOPE prides itself on serving the needs of medical cannabis patients and all enthusiasts everywhere. 

DOPE Magazine was founded in 2011 by an 'interesting bunch' to quote the team themselves, who focus on publishing educational content about medical cannabis and the latest medical research, with the aim of providing material in an entertaining and contemporary manner.

DOPE publishes a monthly print magazine that can be found in hundreds of medical and recreational shops around the United States.

6. Strain Insider

Strain insider is a leading cannabis magazine focused on the European cannabis industry. 

Strain Insider's mission is to educate European (and global) readers about the latest news of the European Cannabis sector, with information on politics, businesses and cultural developments relating to the European market. 

7. Green Entrepreneur 

Green Entrepreneur is a sub-website of Entrepreneur.com and is quickly growing as a leading cannabis magazine. 

This magazine covers topics such as stories of prolific cannabis advocates such as Joe Rogan, or actors like Seth Rogen and other celebrities like Snoop Dogg, all of whom have created a name for themselves in business, in part, due to their affiliation and love for cannabis. 

Green Entrepreneur is ideal for readers who run cannabis start-ups, are looking to grow established cannabis companies, or are involved in 'green' entrepreneurship in any shape or form. 

8. Cannabis Now

Cannabis Now is one of the world's leading cannabis lifestyle magazines and has a focus on news, culture, and CBD. The covers of Cannabis Now have images of exquisite flowers, cannabis farms, and other representations of the cannabis plant.

The Cannabis Now magazine began publication as the Montana Medical Marijuana Journal in 2009. After only two issues, the dispensary model of cannabis was outlawed in Montana, and the team decided to focus on the consumer point of view through the written word by creating Cannabis Now.

Conclusion

While there are many magazines to watch in the cannabis space, this list should give you a good starting point for finding a magazine that’s ideal for your interests and style preference.


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