Vice’s Abdullah Saeed Talks the Joy of Spliffs, Growing Weed, and Keeping A Close Eye on Regulation

Article by Zoe Wilder, Merry Jane

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Chances are, you’ve read Abdullah “T. Kid” Saeed’s cannabis-centric articles in the likes of Vice, High Times, Paper, Huffington Post, or Complex. Recently he’s stepped in front of the camera to deliver entertaining tutorials on how to smoke weed using household items, fascinating interviews with cannabis industry professionals, and riveting documentaries about marijuana culture and policy. Saeed’s a globetrotter with a wealth of experience getting to know the growing cannabis industry across boundaries. MERRY JANE recently caught up with the Kid for a quick Q&A sesh. Strap in.

MERRY JANE: L.A. or NYC?
Abdullah “T. Kid” Saeed:
New York City is definitely home in a lot of ways, as is Philly, and that’s where most of my people are, but I like weed, hate the cold, and I spend most of my free time at home, so L.A. probably makes more sense.

Vice takes you on a lot of adventures. You’re everywhere. Where’s the most memorable place you’ve been?
Earlier this year, I traveled to Nepal to film a documentary about Mad Honey in the Annapurna region. Anyone who lives in New York and then sees that kind of beauty is bound to have a profound experience. I also had a couple of days on my own in Kathmandu and it was the first time I was in a place where I looked like everyone and could talk to them, because most people there speak Hindi. That was a trip, too. Definitely one of my favorite places in the world.

You’ve been putting out a lot of work lately. What projects are you working on?
Right now I’m filming the first Viceland season of Bong Appetit, my show about edible cannabis. It was a Munchies web series and is now going to TV in a new format. I’m bringing celebrated chefs, most of whom have never cooked with cannabis, to my cannabis kitchen in L.A. to prepare multi-course infused dinners. With cannabis now legal in some form in more than half of the country, I’m crazy excited for people to see what we’re doing with it as a culinary ingredient. It will start airing on Viceland in December.

What gets your adrenaline rushing?
Honestly, I’m not much for adrenaline. I sometimes do crazy shit for work, and I have fun doing it, but mostly I like to sit on the couch, smoke spliffs, and watch Jeopardy.

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