The Internet Can Be Tough For Stoners. Arend Richards Can Attest
Creator of The Weedtube, Arend Richards, navigates his difficult journey as marijuana content goes mainstream.
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October 10, 2019 15 min read
This story originally appeared on Weedmaps When Youtube reportedly started removing cannabis-related channels and content from its platform in April 2018, it sent many content creators wandering through the digital wilderness. Arend Richards was one of those nomads until he created his own platform, The Weedtube. Contributor Kieran Delamont examines both Richards and his creation to get a sense of what happens when stoners feel like they don't have a place on the internet.
The first time I smoked weed out of a pipe I got the whole thing all backwards. I inhaled with the carb wide open, closed it when I was ready to stop. Either I was guessing (wrong), or I was taught (also wrong) by someone in the circle. Whichever it was, it was all wrong.
Arend Richards has made a career off of novices like me. In 2017, Richards, who had been posting on YouTube for a couple of years at that point, posted a video titled “How to Smoke Weed from a Pipe for Beginners.” It delivered no more and no less than what it promises, with Richards' rapid-fire delivery and quirky tips to the camera being the only exceptions. It's a 5 minutes, 28 seconds long, a video about how to smoke weed from a pipe. As a video, it is basically exactly what you think it would be.
That unassuming video kicked off a YouTube career for Richards.