In case you haven’t heard, actor, musician and comedian Jim Belushi is focusing on a new profession these days: growing cannabis.
Belushi has been growing marijuana on his farm along the Rogue River in Oregon since 2015, starting with just four dozen plants and a state license to grow medicinal cannabis. Belushi’s farm has since expanded to include four greenhouses and indoor grow rooms as well as drying, curing and processing facilities located on 93 sprawling acres.
Viewers got an inside look at the 2020 cannabis grow operation with Growing Belushi, a three-part Discovery series that chronicles the ups and downs of farming and a trip to Colombia to obtain seeds of legendary but rare cannabis strains. And starting this month, the series returns with a fresh crop of weed and programming.
Growing Belushi Season 2 premieres this week
Season 2 of Growing Belushi focuses on resolving issues that have caused the operation to lose revenue and revenue. Belushi explains in an interview that the low-tech greenhouses called hoop houses used to grow cannabis had insufficient ventilation and too much humidity, causing mold to destroy approximately 300 pounds of cannabis flower. Pests, including aphids and russet mites, also took their toll, rendering another 700 pounds unusable.
The loss of inventory, coupled with Belushi’s accidental killing blow to hundreds of plants nicknamed Captain Jack’s – a strain of marijuana known as Smell of SNL for its popularity with early cast members of Saturday Night Live— meant that the farm was unable to meet the growing demand for its produce. Things had to change.
“This season was all about recreating the farm,” Belushi said in a recent Zoom interview. “So the public can see exactly how cannabis is grown, and the trials and tribulations of that.”
The laughs and lessons of cannabis
But the semi-reality series isn’t just about working on the farm. Belushi continues the fight with his cousin and general manager of Belushi’s Farm, Chris Karakosta, who brought a lot of laughs in the first season, while visits from celebrities such as Dan Aykroyd, head of excess Guy Fieri and According to Jim alum Larry Joe Campbell promises to keep things exciting.
Belushi explains that in addition to the fun on the farm, he also has a mission behind Growing Belushi. He is keen to share information about cannabis and its benefits, as well as how the plant can positively impact people’s lives.
“I call it educational entertainment. Education because Discovery loves this educational process,” he explains. “And there’s a lot of humor and charm in that. So there are lots of smiles, some good laughs and education.
“There are a lot of different stories in there, but it’s funny and very informative,” Belushi continues. “I want the public to have real confidence in the regulation of cannabis. We show tests, we show our growths. We show how to prune it. We show how to dry it, cure it. We show when to use it.
Belushi freely admits he still has a lot to learn about cannabis, calling the investments in the farm a “tuition fee”. However, the costly lessons pay off. During season 2 of Growing Belushi, he says he’s upped his game as a weed grower.
“I learned the difference between being a hobby and being a professional,” Belushi says. “You know, it’s like playing. You can either do community theater or you can commit 100% and go there, and we went there.
Belushi not only learned more about cannabis while producing the new season of Growing Belushi, he also learned more about himself.
“I’ve just become a more empathetic, compassionate, thoughtful, and gentler man,” he reveals, adding, “It’s sort of spiritually putting me back into my body, putting me back into my community.”
As the new season of the show is slated for the first time, Belushi is already planning new episodes of the series. Next, he says he would like to become “Cannabis’ Anthony Bourdain,” traveling to different states and countries with legal marijuana to explore the cultivation and trade of cannabis.
“My goals are to be picked up for a third season to continue on this path,” Belushi said. “Because there is more knowledge and more challenges in your cannabis journey.”
The second season of Growing Belushi premieres Wednesday, January 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery. The series is produced for Discovery by Whitehorse Productions.