How edible cannabis went from “mulchy” brownies to a booming industry

In July, Eater Editor-in-Chief Amanda Kludt announced our exciting new collaboration with. on gastropod, the award-winning and infinitely informative podcast on the science and history of food.

Today we’re releasing the first fruit – or bud? – That collaboration, an episode in a two-part series on cannabis edibles, from the very first „bhang” beverages enjoyed by ancient peoples to today’s cannabis culinary competitions. Say „high” and listen together with hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley as they trace the origin and use of the plant over centuries and continents, through the ban and fear of the madness of the fridges and the destruction of generations, the black and brown people suffered on drugs during the American „war”. „

Together with guest experts, Graber and Twilley also examine the rise of pot brownie and the introduction of many Americans to edible cannabis, and touch on the anti-drug campaigns DARE and “Just Say No” that infiltrated the late 1980s and early US classrooms. 90s. In the past few decades, cultural shifts have both made marijuana widely available and largely decriminalized (at least for whites; according to the ACLU, Black people „are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana despite the same consumption” than whites), which led to cannabis cooking shows and mainstream experiments with the use of THC as an ingredient in foods that are not only tasty as the ” mulchy brownies of the past, but actually tasty.

While still federally illegal, marijuana has grown into a huge business attracting prominent investors (and prolific stoners) like Seth Rogen, Martha Stewart, and – of course – Willie Nelson. Hear how Graber and Twilley deliver their first educational and entertaining bong hit in edible cannabis history and how we got to the current moment.


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