It is truly a labor of love to put out a regular print publication. A combination of writers, artists, printers, and distributors. Not to mention the trying to sell the advertising to pay for all of this. While most of us consume our media on our phones, there is something deeply satisfying when reading a story on paper accompanied by beautiful photographs. The pictures on our phones just don’t have the same impact. Plus, who doesn’t love to see themselves or their company featured in a print publication? So with that said, we put together a list of the top cannabis industry print publications. They are listed in alphabetical order.
A Different Leaf
Michael Kusek founded A Different Leaf magazine in 2018. They are based and focused in Massachusetts. Their premier issue debuted in the summer of 2019. A Different Leaf provides a roadmap to the landscape of cannabis for new and experienced consumers in Massachusetts. Their issues feature medical, legal, and social topics. Other topics include food, nutrition, and fitness, travel and tourism, arts and culture as well as products. Their bi-weekly podcast features conversations with personalities and experts from across the United States and the cannabis industry.
Current editor-in-chief Anja Charbonneau founded Broccoli in Portland Oregon. The magazine prides itself on its all-women editorial team. They encourage the discovery and intelligent appreciation of cannabis through experimental and engaging explorations of art, culture, and fashion. Broccoli is published three times a year. Their podcast, Broccoli Talk, is published every two weeks. Vogue has said, “uncharted territory seems to be Broccoli’s preferred environment.” Dazed said about the magazine, “Charbonneau and her all-woman team underline what is actually no surprise to anyone: that ambitious and creative women smoke.”
Cannabis Business Times
Cannabis Business Times was founded in 2014 by Tim Hermes and Noelle Skodzinski. The publication is based in Valley View, Ohio. Their focus is to help accelerate the success and acceptance of the legal cannabis market. They provide intelligence to help all aspects of the business – from seed to sale – succeed and grow. They focus strictly on the business of legal cannabis for medical and recreational use and aims to provide timely information to help their readers make informed decisions on running their business better and more profitably. In 2018, CBT was awarded three recognitions by the American Society of Business Publication Editors. The first was Magazine of the Year. The second, National Gold Award for Best Company Profile by the ASBPE in 2018. And finally, the Silver Regional.
Cannabis Now Magazine
Cannabis Now magazine was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 2010. Its founder is Eugenio Garcia. The magazine focuses on the most relevant news, political happenings, cannabis legislation, horticultural advancements, among others. Their goal is to enlighten, educate and entertain by providing the information their readers need to stay informed and on the cutting edge of industry innovations. Their social following is over 4.2 million. In 2019, their CBD retail store opened in Beverly Connection in Los Angeles, California.
Edibles Magazine was founded in 2010. Their headquarters is in Los Angeles, California. The magazine’s purpose is to be a resource for readers to find medical and recreational edible products. Their mission is to help medical marijuana patients locate smokeless medication alternatives. They connect vendors, patients, and dispensaries with one another.
Emerald Magazine was founded by Christina DeGiovanni in 2012. The publication is a news and culture magazine focused on living better with cannabis. Their audience is individuals looking to enhance their lives through CBD and cannabis. Their primary focus is culinary and recreational use. However, the magazine explores industry events, travel destinations, and trends related to cannabis. Emerald provides product reviews and up-to-date information on the community. They have a readership of 15,000. The magazine is based out of the Emerald Triangle with its headquarters in Humboldt County, California.
Honeysuckle magazine was founded in 2013 by journalist, filmmaker, and publisher Ronit Pinto. The magazine was born in Detroit, Michigan, but is now based in New York. Honeysuckle is a publication that emphasizes diverse voices by exploring gender and sexuality, racial politics, the environment, and pop culture. The platform gives a voice to the underrepresented and they offer the opportunity to create fair representation for the communities and individuals they report on. They pride themselves on the “live what they write” attitude they allow for their writers. Honeysuckle’s journalism aided in the compassionate release of DaReta Gail Stevenson, who was incarcerated for 22 years. The publication received the New York State Assembly’s Citation Award from Assemblywoman Inez E. Dickens for her significant contribution to the culture and community of New York City. Likewise, Honeysuckle received praise from State Senator Brian Benjamin for a progressive stance on the social and economic issues that plague society.
Kind Magazine was founded in 2019 by Joshua Nagel. They are a Canada-wide print magazine that’s printed on post-consumer waste paper. They’re an inclusive “live your best life” 19+ magazine and online community. Coverage includes news, culture, arts, food and drink, health and wellness, travel and adventure, and science and tech. They’re the fastest-growing magazine in Canada and the first and only free print lifestyle magazine found in cannabis retail locations throughout B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.
Darren Roberts founded MG magazine in 2015. It’s based in Woodland Hills, California. They’re a monthly magazine covering the recreational and medical cannabis industries. MG’s focus is heavily on the people, plants and products “that fuel the unprecedented growth of the evolving cannabis industry.” They pride themselves on being different from other magazines in the industry because of their access to the industry’s most influential people.
Sensi was voted “best publication” in 2017 and 2018 at CannaCon. They were founded in 2015 by Ron Kolb and they’re based in Denver, Colorado. Forbes Magazine recognized it in 2020 for “best startup employers” in America. They’re one of the fastest-growing, nationally recognized media enterprises in North America. They’re well-known as an industry leader and culture creators whose core values “elevate people and cultivate community.” Sensi publishes print and digital magazines, creates community events, and connects people in local markets. Their focus is on fun-loving, healthy lifestyles. Cannabis Business Award named them “Best Publication” They exist to make a positive impact on both the people in their organization and the world at large. Their editor-in-chief and co-founder Stephanie Wilson is a 2020 Folio Top Women in Media Honoree.
Terpenes & Testing
Founder John MacKay started Terpenes & Testing in 2016. The magazine is based in San Luis Obispo, California. They call themselves a “scientific backdrop” and focus on botanical and cannabis news. They also cover compliance, regulation, chemistry, analytical testing and horticulture science. Terpenes & Testing prides themselves on making science fun and digestible without taking away from its power. They discuss how scientific innovations shape the young, wide-open worlds of botanical and cannabis wellness. Their website is read by laboratories, extraction facilities, growers, dispensaries, glass shops and living rooms all around the world. They embrace the responsibility of standing alone at the forefront of the botanical and cannabis publishing space.