The Feud Between a Weed Influencer and Scientist Over Puking Stoners

Regardless of certain recent viral tweets about “scromiting,” cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is a very real thing. But figuring out the root cause of the unfortunate condition gets a lot harder when a prominent CHS sufferer (and, yes, “weed influencer”) decides to waylay a burgeoning scientific study. Another banger from Amanda Chicago Lewis, queen of the reefer beat.

As the group grew, accumulating as many as a thousand new members every month, the two women felt they were uncovering crucial information, including which prescription drugs were best for this condition and which trigger foods (cacao, rosemary) might also cause CHS patients to puke. “There’s so many of us that we can actually use ourselves as guinea pigs,” Erica told me. “The articles that have been written by doctors themselves are actually wrong.”

Published: Jul 20, 2022
Length: 26 minutes (6,607 words)

The Hustler at the End of the World

In the early days of the pandemic, Hiam Kaplan tried to move massive amounts of PPE for money. But, as Amanda Chicago Lewis writes in this story about supply chain hustling, he found so much more.

It’s been a humbling time to be a hustler. After thousands of hours of work, through all his pandemic wheeling and dealing, Kaplan has only made around a thousand dollars total. Yet it doesn’t feel like a waste. He may not have found the wealth he was looking for, but he did find friendship, with Rob, and love, with Milla.

Source: The Verge
Published: Apr 19, 2022
Length: 26 minutes (6,596 words)

Driving While Baked? Inside the High-Tech Quest to Find Out

“Once stoned, the study participants find the 10-minute Cognivue test overwhelming, to say the least. ‘I kept questioning my sanity,’ one guy tells me. The clusters of vibrating dots confuse and frustrate almost everyone. ‘Are there dots? There are not dots,’ one person says. ‘All the dots, they turned into an amorphous borb,’ adds another. A guy with long hair sums up the experience: ‘I hate them dots.'”

Source: Wired
Published: Feb 15, 2022
Length: 23 minutes (5,932 words)

Drink Up, Stoners

Beer producers from Lagunitas to Anheuser-Busch are betting big money that the drinkable marijuana market will be the next Red Bull or kombucha market, but will alcohol consumers buy fizzy THC water that makes you sleepy rather than amped to hit the club? As Amanda Chicago Lewis puts it, “The people who can’t handle being stoned in public are not going to suddenly learn how.”

Source: The Verge
Published: Jul 30, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,360 words)

The Great Pot Monopoly Mystery

Amanda Chicago Lewis tries to track down the true identities behind BioTech Industries, a company trying to secure utility patents on pot. These strict blanket patents would allow them to slap a licensing fees on anyone who grows and sells marijuana.

Source: GQ
Published: Aug 23, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,182 words)

Whitewashing the Green Rush

How black people are being shut out of America’s marijuana boom.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Mar 16, 2016
Length: 33 minutes (8,474 words)

Pam and Tommy

The untold story behind the world’s most famous sex tape.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Dec 22, 2014
Length: 29 minutes (7,387 words)