what to watch high on Netflix
Don’t ask us why some shows are infinitely better when you’re smoking weed because we don’t have an answer. What we do know, however, is that some series on Netflix is basically made for watching while high. Don’t get us wrong — all these series are just as fantastic when you’re sober. But when you mix these series with weed, you’re even more likely to get your mind blown (or get some serious munchies). We’ve put together a list of shows available to stream on Netflix that pair perfectly with cannabis, so next time you decide to Netflix and blaze, be sure to binge one of these.
Additional reporting by Lauren Harano, Haley Lyndes, and Alexis Stackhouse
Netflix has a ton of shows and movies perfect for watching when you’re chilling out and getting high. Soothing, colorful, trippy, profound — you name the vibe and the streaming service has something for you. To get you started, we’ve combed through some of our favorite titles to enjoy while vegging out and described what mood they’re perfect for.
Have an awesome time, buddy. You deserve a list of the best things to watch on Netflix while high.
Cooked with Cannabis
Who among us hasn’t lost an afternoon staring at a cooking show, imagining what every dish tastes like? Netflix’s Cooked with Cannabis, hosted by “Milkshake” singer-turned-chef Kelis and cannabis cuisine expert Leather Storrs, adds a competitive edge to the art of weed cuisine as three guest chefs compete for a $10,000 prize. It’s a little low on stakes at times but is a generally enjoyable watch with plenty of mouth-watering creations to gaze at.
How to watch: Cooked with Cannabis is now streaming on Netflix.
If you think glassblowing is mesmeric when you’re sober, then hold on to your couch cushions for this title. Blown Away, the surprise hit reality competition series centered on professional glass artists, combines the satisfaction of a How It’s Made segment with the fun and format of Top Chef. (Did we mention molten glass kind of looks like food?) It’s a killer binge you’ll knock out in no time.
How to watch: Blown Away Seasons 1-2 are now streaming on Netflix.
Nature documentaries are always strong contenders for when you want to view what’s both relaxing and awe-inspiring. But Netflix’s Absurd Planet is an especially good choice for when you’re high. It blends absurdist comedy with pretty visuals, the occasional cartoon, and mind-blowing facts. (Fair warning, though, this show can be kind of cringe-inducing if you’re not high. Prep accordingly.)
How to watch: Absurd Planet Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix.
Floor Is Lava
Witness strangers getting themselves into oblivion with one of Netflix’s best reality shows of the year. Floor Is Lava is exactly the show it sounds like, turning the beloved living room game into a full-scale obstacle course with a cash prize at the finish line. Great casting, fun set decoration, and the warm presence of host Rutledge Wood make this a fun binge to fall into while relaxing.
How to watch: Floor Is Lava: Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix.
The Mind, Explained
Explore the nooks and crannies of your head’s ooey-gooey center (too much?) with The Mind, Explained. In this five-part docuseries narrated by Emma Stone, psychologists, doctors, and other experts discuss the mysteries surrounding our academic and practical understandings of consciousness. From dreams to drugs, this series is a great primer on all sorts of fascinating areas.
How to watch: The Mind, Explained is now streaming on Netflix.
My Octopus Teacher
Dive into one of South Africa’s bustling kelp forests with documentarian Craig Foster in My Octopus Teacher. Following Foster’s relationship with a wild octopus he befriended while swimming along the coast, this captivating movie examines humans’ connection to and responsibility for nature.
How to watch: My Octopus Teacher is now streaming on Netflix.
The Speed Cubers
Few things are as charming as watching hobbyists celebrate their unique interests and tremendous talents. In just 40 minutes, Netflix’s The Speed Cubers introduces its audience to the mind-blowing world of competitive speed-cubing and finds a compelling, character-driven narrative at its core. Inspirational yet goofy, this short film offers an excellent bit of comfort content.
How to watch: The Speed Cubers is now streaming on Netflix.
Patrick Somerville’s limited series is without question the most thematically heavy title on this list. So if you want to keep things on the lighter side, make Maniac your last choice. That said, this compelling story of a friendship forged from an interdimensional drug trial is an excellent pick if you’re seeking something visually complex and narratively mind-bendy. Jonah Hill and Emma Stone give astounding performances that are both multidimensional and captivating.
Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
Let’s be honest: The best time to hear someone talk about being high is when you are also high. Sting, Sarah Silverman, Nick Offerman, A$AP Rocky, and more share their experiences with psychedelics in this bizarre documentary from Donick Cary. Funny and thoughtful, Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics offers equal parts entertainment and insight. As Sting puts it, “I don’t think psychedelics are the answer to the world’s problems. But they could be a start.”
How to watch: Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics is now streaming on Netflix.
The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience
A celebration of rap, comedy, and the Oakland Athletics, The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is the surprise short film Lonely Island fans didn’t know they needed. Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer, portraying MLB players Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, unceasingly commit to the bit in a 30-minute tribute to the limits of sanity, reason, and acceptability.*
Duncan Trussell and Pendleton Ward’s The Midnight Gospel is one of many stellar adult cartoons to enjoy while high. Tuca and Bertie, Big Mouth, BoJack Horseman, they’re all great. Still, The Midnight Gospel goes further, farther, and faster in terms of visual interest, existential themes, and hypnotizing soundscapes. If you haven’t watched it yet, buckle up and prepare to be changed.
How to watch: The Midnight Gospel is now streaming on Netflix.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Look, we don’t put Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on practically every list we curate because we “want” to. We put Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on practically every list we curate because we have to. Edgar Wright’s 2010 triumph combines comic book aesthetics with video game pacing and superhero styling for a truly epic Canadian love story. It’s great to watch whenever, but extra great when you’re open to a “convenient subspace highway running through your head.”
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City
Watching any comedy special you love is a great option for entertaining yourself while high — and Netflix does have a mountain of options to choose from on that front. (Seriously, here are 24 of the best comedy specials.) That said, John Mulaney’s 2018 special Kid Gorgeous at Radio City will always hold the #1 spot in our humor-loving hearts. “There’s a HORSE. In the HOSPITAL.”
How to watch: John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City is now streaming on Netflix.
If you’re up for a more active viewing experience, consider diving into the delightfully weird Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend. This interactive Netflix special adds Daniel Radcliffe to the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt family as Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane, and Jon Hamm return for another killer Kimmy adventure.[readmore]