Cash Only’s 420 Recs: Weed and Psychedelics Journalist, Madison Margolin

Cash Only’s 420 Recs: Weed and Psychedelics Journalist, Madison Margolin
High Times

Madison Margolin is a writer and editor, known for her extensive coverage of plant medicine and its intersection with religion, though she’ll half-jokingly tell you that her beat is “Jews and drugs.”  Madison also co-founded the print and online publication DoubleBlind, which focuses on psychedelics and their global evolution, and regularly contributes to outlets like Rolling Stone, VICE, Playboy, High Times, and more.  I’d argue that Madison is one of the best cannabis reporters out there, and her nuanced approach to storytelling is the crème de la infused crème.  Take, for example, this 2017 feature she wrote for Merry Jane while I was editing the pub. It starts as an article about California wildfires threatening legacy growers in Emerald Triangle, before pivoting into a larger exploration of appellations, terroir, and how craft farmers can protect their botanical IP. Madison has that gift of combining idiosyncrasy and gravitas in a way that makes editors drool and other writers jealous. Madison is a dear friend, and we’ve collaborated on a variety of stories in the past — often trading roles as editor and writer. Before we get into her heady 420 recs, I want to briefly mention one of her birthday parties from a few years back. All her friends, including a variety of old school cannabis activists and “magic Jews,” came to the Kibitz Room at Canter’s Deli in LA for a nosh and a hang. Before I knew it, an Eaze delivery showed up with an excess of weed so everyone could smoke in between bites of their knishes. Does it get more “Jews and drugs” than that? If only it was an annual tradition… In her Cash Only interview, Madison explains the benefits of CBG (an overlooked cannabinoid), highlights some really cool POC-owned craft farms, and details what a…

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