A Concentrated Mix of Cannabis News and Culture

The Hash is a year-old podcast that’s elevating the discourse around cannabis.

Produced in San Francisco by world-class talent, including journalists David Downs and David Bienenstock in conjunction with Ben Manilla Productions.

The cast of The Hash dishes out a smart, eclectic mix of news, interviews, and commentary for a national and international audience.

The Hash is distributed online through a number of outlets including soundcloud.com … You can subscribe or contact us for our advertising rates Here.


David Bienenstock

SmellA columnist and frequent contributor at Vice Media, and a ten-year veteran of High Times magazine—including as West Coast Editor for the world’s best-known marijuana brand—David Bienenstock continues to travel the world writing about cannabis sativa, interviewing growers, doctors, dealers, smugglers, scientists, rock stars, patients, prisoners, politicians and philosophers, while covering everything from the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam to the biggest pot fields in Northern California. He’s the director of the best-selling marijuana cultivation DVD of all time (Jorge Cervantes’ Ultimate Grow), and its sequel, shot on location in Spain.
The author of The Official High Times Pot Smoker’s Handbook and Legalized It! also makes frequent media appearances, including on CNN, NPR, and Fox News.

David Downs

david downs picDavid is the editor of Smell the Truth on SFGate.com, and writes the column Legalization Nation for East Bay Express. He co-founded the Marijuana Business Report in 2010. A freelance journalist based in San Francisco, Downs has appeared in WIRED, Rolling Stone, The New York Times and other fine publications. Downs is also a contributing writer for CULTURE magazine .Find him at www.davidrdowns.com

Ben Manilla

20131003_PortraitColor_BenManilla_daBen Manilla is an audio producer, consultant and educator. His numerous accolades include the Peabody Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Edwin H. Armstrong Award, and the Grand Award from the International Radio Festival. Ben’s production company, BMP Audio, has been at the forefront of creative broadcasting since 1991. Ben teaches Radio Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Max Savage Levenson

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Max Savage Levenson is a graduate from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He’s worked for NPR, KQED, Paste Magazine and Bandcamp. He is the co-host of The Max Savage Show.