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:

Ostracizing Drug Users And Addicts Is Not Going To Solve The Problem

We are all drug users. Coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, weed, Viagra, ecstasy, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety pills and more – people are using these drugs on a weekly or even daily basis.

Here’s How Marijuana Can Help The Global Depression Epidemic

The World Health Organization made headlines when it announced that depression is now the world's leading cause of poor health.

What is Delta-8-THC And What Are The Medicinal Benefits?

If you consume marijuana, you probably familiar with Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. It also goes by the name Delta-9-THC.

How Medical Cannabis May Treat Aggressive Brain Cancer

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

Research: Marijuana Joints Are Getting Smaller, But Why?

Are the size of marijuana joints shrinking? That appears to be the conclusion of a recent study from Spain examining "the standard joint unit."

Marijuana Pro-Tips: How I Lost 50 Pounds Using Cannabis

I dropped 50 pounds in 2016 and I credit marijuana for the weight loss. Seriously.

9 Ways To Chill Out When You’ve Eaten Too Many Marijuana Edibles

Eating edibles takes practice. There are a lot of variables to consider before taking your first bite. Don't worry, we got you.

Where Is The Best Place To Live For Medical Marijuana Patients?

The report, "Medical Marijuana Access in the United States," was released by Americans For Safe Access, a 15-year-old organization whose mission is to "ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research."

Everything You Need To Know About Vaping Marijuana

Vaporizers have become the ubiquitous gadget for the modern-day marijuana enthusiast.

6 Essential Facts To Know About Marijuana Edibles Before Indulging

There is a significant uptick in "unexpected highs" among inexperienced marijuana consumers, especially when it comes to marijuana edibles.