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WeedTube was launched on March 1st of 2018 by a community of content creators who had been affected by the YouTube "cannabis purge" - The social media platform (YouTube) shut down accounts with cannabis-related content at an unprecedented rate. The group of co-founders banded together to effectively create an entirely new, digital video-based social network that embraces cannabis.
Due to strict community guidelines, and the federal status of cannabis, many accounts get suspended or deleted with no warning or indication a violation has been made.
An online community of cannabis users and enthusiasts, and the first video-based social network for cannabis content. We are also the first social network to offer cannabis companies commercial-style video advertising directly to cannabis consumers.
As we continue to grow, WeedTube strives to provide all services with integrity.
Our mission is to provide for the community, and provide a change in perception of cannabis around the world. We are working hard to consistently create a platform that services our community in the best ways possible. You don't have to smoke weed to enjoy our platform (though it may enhance the experience slightly). We encourage all kinds of content to be on our site! We want to learn and grow while exploring our curiosity and imaginations. Sometimes cannabis can be an effective tool to help us get back in touch with those parts of ourselves.
We want weed legal!
We want our users to grow!
We want you to watch videos and tell your friends to watch videos!
We just want people to be allowed to post things relating to certain plants, and not have to worry about violating community guidelines in the process.
If you like a video, comment on it! Tell a friend! This is the only way our platform will grow!
WeedTube was launched on March 1st of 2018 by a community of content creators who had been affected by the YouTube "cannabis purge" - learn more about the cannabis purge
The company (YouTube) shut down accounts with cannabis-related content at an unprecedented rate. Thousands were affected and hundreds of hours of work was wiped from history. The group of co-founders banded together to create an entirely new, adults-only, digital video social media network that embraces cannabis. We want to show off the best educational content and allow creators to thrive in the cannabis space.
Since the creation of our site and the launch of our mobile app, the content has shifted with the needs of our creators. You may have seen hundreds of smoking challenges in the past, but the community has since adapted to the educational and review sphere. There are still hundreds of challenges and creative projects such as Trucks That Get You High and an Arcade Game Grow Box and we welcome this content whole-heartedly. As legalization continues to become a possibility, we aim to be an informational source you can turn to when you're not sure how to use the latest strains. What is Delta8? What is HHC? These are questions our users have answered through ingeniuty, research, and testimonials. Hear from a Mom who smokes weed or listen to an interview with some of the best cannabis industry professionals. Whatever you're looking for, you're bound to find something to entertain you on WeedTube. We are excited to bring you the best in cannabis content as our site grows and we express sincere gratitude to our users for making the platform what it is today.
You don't have to smoke weed to enjoy our platform (though it may enhance the experience slightly) we encourage all kinds of content to be on our site! This is a platform for adults, by adults. We want to learn and grow while exploring our curiosity and imaginations. Sometimes cannabis can be an effective tool to help us get back in touch with those parts of ourselves.
With mass legalization of medicinal and recreational cannabis happening at a rapid rate across the country, mainstream social media platforms like Instagram have a key responsibility to allow a fair and equal opportunity to legally operating businesses and content creators within that industry. Instagram has been actively suppressing and deleting accounts and content related to legal cannabis for years. The deletion of this content, posted by creators who are consuming their product legally or brands within the industry that operate legally, significantly prevents fair and equal marketing opportunities in a rapidly growing industry. The legal operating cannabis industry demands that Instagram update the current policies relating to cannabis to properly reflect the current legal standings across the country and more transparently regulate what content is allowed. The industry as a whole is more than willing to operate within any properly outlayed policies, and would be willing to aid Instagram in their regulatory processes as well. If Instagram fails to make these changes the platform will be excessively responsible for creating an unfair monopoly within an industry that has incredible opportunity for small businesses owned by a diverse collective of individuals.
Cannabis has now been legalized for medicinal use in 37 states while 18 states have legalized recreationally. As cannabis reform happens across our country and our neighbor to the north Canada legalized federally in 2018, the growth of the cannabis industry has been explosive to say the least. When taking into consideration this rapid growth of an industry, the majority of the cannabis community is in agreement that the industry must remain an equal opportunity playing field for all. Especially in these critical times prior to full federal legalization at which time many large corporations will begin their journey into the world of cannabis. Instagram and other social media platforms like it play a large part in the success of these smaller businesses within the industry, and it’s important to hold the platform accountable in this regard.
MJBizDaily has an article on how Marijuana firms and advocates struggle as Instagram targets accounts - Read here.
Instagram’s current “policy” as it relates to cannabis prohibits: “attempts by individuals, manufacturers and retailers to purchase, sell or trade” marijuana. This policy would be an acceptable one if that was the only type of content and accounts to receive the heavy regulation that often ends in the permanent deletion of accounts. However, accounts are often deleted without violating this current policy. Once the accounts are deleted, no guidance is given from Instagram about how the account holder can then work within the policy in the future. Read more and sign the petition here!
On April 21, hundreds of cannabis advocates took to social media to share the local clean-up they did for #Canna4Climate, a new effort created by WeedTube that encourages the cannabis community to give back on the day between the cannabis appreciation holiday 4/20 and Earth Day on 4/22. - Learn More
Social media platforms already walk a fine line when it comes to policing content. The problem is only growing as cannabis goes mainstream.
As cannabis becomes legal in more places, social media is emerging as an important place for entrepreneurs and brands to build a following, particularly as traditional advertising channels are limited by state and local laws. Suddenly losing access to a platform can be devastating.
“Instagram will let you build a following and then rip your whole career away from you and not explain,” Arend Richard said in an interview with Tiffany Kary, noting that some other social media companies have clearer rules and will remove cannabis posts immediately.
An Instagram spokesperson said it’s “constantly re-evaluating our policies and working with experts to ensure we are in the right place.”
TheWeedTube currently supports a number of qualities including 4k, 1080p, 720p, 480p, 240p & 144p. We also accept all frame rates including 60FPS, 30FPS & 24FPS. For the smoothest experience, we recommend uploading 1080p 30fps. Uploading to WeedTube is as simple as a few clicks! We are working on implementing new features constantly and would love any feedback. Feel free to contact our service team with any advice or comments or concerns, this is a community and we aim to be more responsive to your needs than other social platform competitors. Send an email to our service team at [email protected]
We are working hard to improve our SEO but it is an uphill battle with federal cannabis-illegality. Sharing and word-of-mouth is how we grow! We have resources on SEO that will help creators tailor their content to be more accessible on Google and we work with creators to highlight content that may not be getting seen as easily. TLDR; words are important! How you describe your video, how you comment on a video, all of that impacts what is found on search engines. If you like a video, comment on it! Tell a friend! This is the only way our platform will grow!
We currently hold the largest library of commercial advertisements in the video space for the cannabis industry. In 2021 alone we served over 11 MILLION ad impressions! Check out the information on our advertise page to learn more about how you can start advertising your cannabis product or service with WeedTube!
We work with several writers to curate blogs with informative and interesting topics and we have a newsletter as well!
That's all we have for now! This platform was made by creators, for creators - so if something isn't working please let us know. Send us an email if you have any questions or head to our FAQ page for more information. We're happy to help in any way we can and we're happy to have you on the site! Create like no one is watching!