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:

Why Does Marijuana Make Me Cough And How Do I Stop It?

I don't think there is a person living in the world who can honestly claim they have never coughed after toking on cannabis. It seems to be part of the experience for some folks.

Cannabis 101: Mastering Bong Etiquette And Winning At Life

A typical bong includes a bowl and a water chamber. If you don't follow bong etiquette, you will look like an ass. Don't be an ass, follow our tips!

How Willie Nelson Got Woody Harrelson Smoking Marijuana Again

Woody Harrelson, one of Hollywood's most legendary cannabis consumers, went on a much-talked-about break from the herb.

6 Things Everyone Needs To Know About Today’s Marijuana

Today's marijuana: As more states open the door to medical and recreational marijuana legalization the taboos surrounding the herb are quickly vanishing.

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.

What’s The Deal With Dabbing And Should You Do It

Essentially, what a dab is a small dose of highly concentrated cannabis. If you have never tried dabbing before, do yourself a favor and read this first.

How The Charlotte’s Web Marijuana Strain Helped My Son

The Fresh Toast is asking you to Tell Us Your Story about cannabis and your health. We know that there are many of you out there suffering from illnesses that can be helped by medical marijuana. We want to share your story.

Is Smoking Marijuana The Key To Happiness?

Cannabis consumers make more money, volunteer more and are generally more happy about life. Is smoking marijuana the key to happiness?

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.