Cannabis in the Movies: A Brief History Image

Cannabis has been used by many cultures for different purposes for a very long time. Marijuana is one of the earliest discovered medicinal enjoyable herbs. Cannabis consumption devices’ popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, and you can find anything from chillums like these to vaporizers to bongs both online and in physical stores.

People have always given attention to cannabis, and we can see that in the cinema industry. Films started and kept portraying different aspects of cannabis such as its mass consumption or dealership. Cannabis became one of the most explored niches that films can revolve around. Nowadays, we can witness a presence in the consumption of this herb even slightly. Some other films are heavily dependent on the theme of cannabis consumption and its wild effects. To be fair, the cinema industry has played a great role in normalizing views around cannabis.

1. The Beginning

Sound was first incorporated into films in the 1920s which resulted in the collapse of silent films and the creation of talkies. At that time cannabis was included in the list of illegal substances in Canada. The USA as well didn’t appreciate nor truly know about the benefits of cannabis at that time. Basically, cannabis has taken at least 2 decades to emerge on silver screens. Reefer Madness (1936) was a cannabis sensationalist and explosive film premiere, evoking terror among people. This propaganda film, which depicted rape, killing, and underage usage of the herb, cleared the path for the United States’ 1937 Marijuana Tax Act and established the cannabis image. 

2. The First Movie Appearance Of Cannabis

The first movie to depict cannabis consumption and what revolves around it was called Reefer Madness. This film was released in 1936, and at that period of time. Cannabis faced a lot of rejection and despise. There are some well-known catchphrases such as ‘Marijuana: The Devil’s Weed. Such catchphrases mirror people’s attitude toward cannabis in the nineteen thirties. The film Reefer Madness was produced by Dwain Esper and George Hirliman.

This film is remade in color and it’s available everywhere on the internet. This film promotes very bad propaganda about cannabis and that was the beginning. 

3. Most Popular Cannabis Movies

Cannabis continued to appear in movies either slightly or heavily. Either way, the cinema industry presented us with very enjoyable films that revolve around cannabis consumption or dealership. Films can convey very pleasant times or unhappy circumstances, and in the entire plot including its peak or resolution, we can witness the use of Marijuana. Some of the most rated cannabis movies are:

  • Dazed and Confused (1993)
  • This is The End (2013)
  • The Big Lebowski (1998)
  • Easy Rider (1969)
  • Friday (1995)
  • Ted (2012)
  • Pineapple Express (2008)

Many other well-rated movies are revolving around cannabis that you can enjoy watching.

4. Popular Culture

The depiction of cannabis has been evolving in movies over time. First, cannabis was portrayed as something that should be avoided. The cannabis culture was always there but it was misportrayed in some cinematic projects. With the arrival of stoner movies in the comedy genre, cannabis started gaining popularity and cultures started to be more and more dependent on the use of cannabis. In effect, marijuana has gained more popularity all over the world.

5. The Effects of Cannabis Movies on The Audience

The effect of cannabis Movies on the Audience varies from one period of time to another and from one person to another as well. For instance, at the time of Reefer Madness, the audience was heavily affected by its bad and dangerous portrayal of cannabis. The audience of that time had little knowledge about the real effects of cannabis. Thus, the use of cannabis was illegal and severely punished by law. However, when stoner comedy films were introduced, people started to assemble another picture about marijuana. Every period holds different views about cannabis and its consumption. The effects of cannabis movies on the audience can also differ from one person to another, and that is based on one’s intellect, and ideologies.

Although cannabis was severely portrayed in the cinema in the beginning. Now, this friendly plant is gaining more acceptance than ever. Another era has been presented in the depiction of cannabis and its relationship to Hollywood and the film industry in general. We will continue to witness and enjoy masterpieces revolving around the use of marijuana. 

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