Al Olson

Al Olson is a journalist with nearly 40 years of experience in mainstream print and online media. He has spent the past six years reporting and studying the cannabis industry.Olson began his journalism career working at a handful of daily newspapers in California, including the San Jose Mercury News, where he was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989.In 1995, he left the world of print journalism to help the launch of MSNBC.com as one of its founding editors. He spent most of the past 19 years pioneering online journalism at NBC.com, CNBC.com and TODAY.com. In 2014, he was named the first Cannabis Editor for CNBC."As a young journalist, two of my heroes were Walter Cronkite and Hunter S. Thompson. I admired Cronkite's integrity and Thompson's dramatic flair,” said Olson. “Although these two journalists were on opposite ends of the news spectrum, both understood that the War on Drugs was a colossal failure."

Author’s recent posts:

Here’s The Science On Why Marijuana Makes You Sleepy

About 40 million Americans have some sort of sleep issues and marijuana can help, but first, let's explain exactly why does marijuana make you sleepy.

Marijuana’s THC May Help Improve Memory In Older Adults

A small dose of cannabis per day may help delay the aging process in the brain and improve memory in older adults, according to a new study.

Why Does Marijuana Give Me The Munchies? Here’s The Science

Ask anybody — from a hardcore chronic cannabis consumer to a ardent abstainer of the herb — to name...

Why Mangoes And Marijuana Are A Match Made In Heaven

Add mangoes and marijuana to the Amazingly Wonderful Food Combo Lexicon. And there is actual science as to why these two work well together.

What Are Marijuana Tampons And What Do They Do?

When it comes to treating those painful monthly menstrual cramps, it may be time to put that Motrin, Midol or Vicodin back in your medicine cabinet and give marijuana a try. More specifically, marijuana tampons.

Good News: Here’s Why Cheap Marijuana Is In Our Future

The price of marijuana is falling exponentially. And the forecast calls for the trend to continue. This is why we have cheap marijuana in our future.

Banks And Marijuana: Will They Stop Doing Business With The Jacob Javits Center Too?

America's banking industry is thumbing its collective nose at the multi-billion dollar cannabis industry. What's the deal with banks and marijuana anyway?

Science Tells Us Exactly How Marijuana Makes Us Feel Happy

After you enjoy a marijuana session, do you experience a bout of unrestrainable giggling? But how does marijuana make you feel happy?

How Marijuana May Treat Aggressive Brain Cancer

GW Pharmaceuticals announced positive results from a study using a combination of cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol to treat brain cancer.

How Marijuana Fights Obesity: A Breakdown Of The Science

Yes, marijuana increases the appetite in most consumers, giving may of us the munchies. But marijuana fights obesity too. Find out how.