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High and Artistic: 7 Cannabis-Inspired Art

Daniel King

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Cannabis Arts

The wonders of weeds have already infiltrated nearly every industry. From health, beauty, wellness, to arts, the cannabis craze has always been highly visible. Given the plant’s creativity-enhancing feature, many are quick to turn to it in hope to arrive at some creative output.

However, would you believe it that aside from granting artists some flavors of ‘creative juices,’ weeds could also become the direct supplies for artworks? Delight yourself with this list of 7 cannabis-made pieces that are sure to make your perception of art a little ‘higher’ than it used to:

  • Bob Marley by Vivi Mac

Known for using “spilled” food and drinks to create tremendous portraits of famous icons, Vivi Mac made the unthinkable by using marijuana leaves to create a portrait of one of the biggest faces of reggae music and the Kush industry, Bob Marley.

  • Dab Rose by Courtney

While our first contender used leaves to make her output, the second on our list used cannabis extract as her medium. Known as cannabis enthusiast, artist Courtney creates enthralling cannabis arts made from Kush juice that usually come through the forms of glass, wax, or honey oil. In her artwork called “Dab Rose,” Courtney was able to come up with a delicate-looking, golden rose token made out of dried cannabis extract.

  • California Artist by Robert Arneson

Serving as a comeback to institutional criticism, famous art critic Robert Arneson made a vibrant stone sculpture of him as a hippy-dippy stereotype. Complete with a denim jacket, killer shades, long beared, and yes, a cannabis, Arneson explained that the piece serves as an allusion to the “impoverished sensibility of the provincial cultural life of California.”

  • Snoop Dog Portrait by Jason Mecier

Artist and weed enthusiast Jason Mecier was able to produce a fascinating portrait of the Kush figure and rapper, Snoop Dog, using only nuggets of weed. Presenting a detailed and creative image of the rapper from the neck up to the head, Mecier is able to exhibit what cannabis can do for art.

  • Coals to Newcastle by Chris Burden

Enacted on December 17, 1978, by the famed artist Chris Burden, the Coals to Newcastle is a performance art that involved the use of American-grown marijuana rolled into joints and attached to toy rubber-band model airplanes. In the said performance, the toy car was flown by the artist over the border from California to Mexico. Carrying the phrases “Hencho en U.S.A.” and “Fumen los Muchachos!” on both sides, which, if translated, express “Made in the U.S.A.” and “Smoke up, dudes!” the performance art mirrors the title, which if translated to British slang, means “a pointless act.”

  • Weed Manicures by Raquel Hernandez

We all know weed has long been part of fashion statements. From shirts, wrist bands, bonnets, to other style ideas, the enigmatic plant has managed to leave a brand. But have you heard of pot-made nail designs before? By dashing particles of weed onto the nails and then layering them with a vibrant, lustrous surface, Hernandez is able to come up with a stylish, classy manicure design that anyone will surely love.

  • It’s Just a Plant by Ricardo Cortés

Believe it or not, there is a children’s book available tackling the topic of marijuana. Made by the famous artist and illustrator Ricardo Cortés, the book relays a pro-marijuana legalization message that has been receiving a lot of praises and criticism since its first publication in 2005.

What’s your reaction about the list? Indeed, there is much more to what cannabis could provide – from inspiring the artist to becoming the art material itself.

Want to see more of their kind? Scroll through your feed or hop around the town, and you are likely to find even more exceptional cannabis arts that will far exceed your artistic imagination.

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July 2019 Films Made Much More Interesting by Cannabis

Stacey Wellington

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July 2019 Films

Now that July is over and all of the films with July 2019 release dates has been launched, you may be looking forward to watching (or re-watching) these motion pictures. We picked three movies released last month which we are sure are much more interesting when watched while riding a cannabis high.

Check them out below.

3 Films Released in July 2019 to Watch

Midsommar (July 3, 2019)

Let us start off this list with Ari Aster’s Midsommar from independent entertainment firm A24. This independent entertainment firm has been churning out good films and TV shows for years now and Midsommar is not an exception. The movie follows an American couple on the edge of breaking up immersed in a Swedish community off the beaten path. They then find themselves in the middle of a Midsummer celebration which can only be described as something like a fever dream.

From start to finish, Midsommar exudes a feeling of excitement and anticipation, combined with aesthetics befitting an indie movie. When you watch this movie, you will find that the act of viewing the movie is a whole new experience, much like watching it while consuming cannabis. In fact, it can at times feel like the film itself is an experience waiting to happen.

So, if you are looking for an experience more unique than watching Midsommar while sober, then doing so while intaking marijuana products will be definitely up your alley. You may even find yourself easily formulating your own interpretation of the movie with the help of CBD’s cognitive enhancement effect.

The Farewell (July 12, 2019)

Another one from A24, this family drama tells the story of Billi, an American-raised woman, hesitantly deciding to revisit China, the country she called home before moving to the United States. Billi finds herself having difficulty navigating the cultural and familial landscape as her family tries to conceal the fact that the family matriarch only has a few weeks to live.

Cannabis enthusiasts who have Chinese or Asian ancestry will definitely find the representation a welcome change. As these cultures can be strict and complicated to navigate, and you find yourself getting stressed, then simply take a drop of cannabis oil or two.

Supervized (July 19, 2019)

In line with the themes tackling the elderly and their mortality, Supervized is a movie that is designed to make you laugh, enjoy and reflect. The movie shows the reunion of four former superheroes who are on the elderly side. In the golden age of superhero movies that show these powerful characters, Supervized offers a perspective depicting their lives once they reach retirement age.

It shows the struggle of Maximum Justice, Moonlight, Total Thunder and Rainbow Warrior as they cope with old age in a retirement home in Ireland. In a turn of events, the four, along with Maximum Justice’s sidekick Shimmy, reunited to fight an enemy. The film is an excellent presentation of what these mighty individuals go through in order to come to terms with their aging bodies, failing powers and inevitably, death.

If you loved the recently released Spider-Man and Avengers: Endgame, then Supervized will surely have a place in your heart. While you’re at it, you might just find yourself thanking cannabis for making the thought of dealing with old age much more bearable.

Whether you have watched these films, or you are simply longing to watch them once again, your experience can definitely be enhanced by cannabis. So, why not pre-order a copy of these films and get your marijuana stash ready to make the most out of your experience.

 

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Juneau OK’d Marijuana Use on Dispensaries, Designated Outdoor Areas

Jordan Webber

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City officials in Juneau approved a law on Monday allowing citizens to use at licensed cannabis retailers in the city.

The recent ordinance was approved by the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly on July 22 by a vote of 6 to 2. This enables citizens to smoke and consume cannabis at any licensed cannabis dispensaries. Under the said order, customers can use marijuana indoors but will only be allowed to consume the plant at certain outdoor locations approved by state regulators.

On March this year, Alaska became the first U.S. state to authorize marijuana consumption at permitted businesses. However, due to Juneau’s second-hand smoke laws, a long debate on whether on-site marijuana consumption should be allowed has persisted among lawmakers and citizens.

In a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal Open, researchers have discovered that people exposed to second-hand pot smoke could attain a positive result from a drug test.

“Alignment of tobacco and marijuana smoking bylaws, with a coherent policy approach to exposure to smoke of any kind, may result in the most effective public policies,” the study explained. “For example, bylaws forbidding smoking in indoor spaces such as bars and nightclubs and in shared outdoor spaces such as beaches or parks should be considered,” it continued.

Now that on-site consumption of cannabis has been approved in Juneau, many believe that this could eventually lead to a considerable decline in the number of people illegally smoking marijuana in public places.

“If you don’t like marijuana smoke, you should be for this ordinance,” Assemblymember Wade Bryson said during the meeting. He is one of the many members who voted for the approval of the ordinance.

Among the other assembly members who supported the on-site consumption ordinance include Maria Gladziszewski, Carole Triem, Alicia Hughes-Skandijs, Rob Edwardson, and Michelle Bonnet Hale.

On the other hand, Mayor Beth Weldon and Assemblymember Mary Becker voted against the measure.

“If I had my way, it’d be nowhere, but I do not have my way,” assembly member Becker said.

Prior to the voting, Mayor Weldon has presented an amendment that would only allow cannabis vaping at designated outdoor areas, but it was later removed from the measurement, High Times reported.

“If California can figure it out, Juneau can figure it out, too,” assembly member Gladziszewski noted.

However, many business owners in Juneau’s legal marijuana industry believes that the recent on-site consumption ordinance goes too far and is even more restrictive than state law.

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3 Magic Realism Works that Give a Marijuana High Feeling

Stacey Wellington

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Magic Realism

For cannabis enthusiasts, recreating the feeling of a marijuana high is one of the best feelings in the world. This is true especially if you are able to replicate the exhilaration, creative rush and wonder that the plant has to offer. If this is what you are looking for, then you might want to look into magical realism.

What is Magic Realism and how does it relate to cannabis?

Magic realism is basically the telling of reality in a magical way. It is also known as magical realism and marvellous realism. In many forms of art, especially in literature, this movement is known to produce masterpieces that are grounded in reality but infused with hints of magic.

 Often, the act of experiencing these types of cultural products are described as being “dream-like.” The same description can be given when explaining the feeling of a marijuana high. Not only can the plant give a magical feeling, but also a stimulating and invigorating sense. 

Works of Magical Realism for Cannabis Enthusiasts

If you are intrigued by this literary movement, here are some works that can give you a feeling similar to what the plant provides:

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia

First on our list is Colombian writer and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Gabo is known to write in different styles, but his most celebrated work is One Hundred Years of Solitude, known as one of the hallmarks of magic realism.

This complicated novel tells the story of the Buendia clan in the fictional town of Macondo across various generations. With exaggerated descriptions, creating a mystical quality to the setting and story, this novel will surely capture the attention of cannabis lovers.

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende, another Latin American writer, is also known for her magical realist works. Like Gabo’s Solitude, The House of the Spirits is a multigenerational story about the Trueba family. With social, historical and political underpinnings, this will tickle the fancy of marijuana-lovers who love historical family drama.

Now, this seemingly normal plot turns magical realist when you come across the psychic abilities of some characters. Not to mention the exploration of the concept of destiny and the ghosts of dead characters! If that does not sound fun to read when consuming marijuana, then we don’t know what is.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

With the casual use of the term Kafkaesque nowadays, we bet that you have read or at least heard of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. This tells the story of a salesman named Gregor Samsa woke up from a nightmarish stupor only to find himself transformed into a gigantic insect (some say cockroach, some say beetle).

This surreal event combined with the mundanity of his actions is a great indication of marvellous realism. From waking up late to cleaning the place, all the while wondering if he is still himself, Gregor was indeed stuck in a Kafkaesque (and a magical realist) situation.

As a cannabis enthusiast, you may find yourself wondering the same philosophical things, especially with the cognitive enhancements’ marijuana provides. What does it mean to be yourself? What is the self, even? You can definitely consume the plant and ponder about these things. Just make sure that you do not consume too much of the plant or you might end up like Gregor.

Marijuana high is certainly a good feeling but being able to experience it in the literary works you consume is a whole new level of awesome. Plus, you can enhance your experience by reading these works while consuming the plant!

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