Exploring Marijuana’s Role In Popular Art

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Exploring Marijuana’s Role In Popular Art

As creatives, we all use various tools to help our creative process flow with ease.

For some it's just going on a walk, or powering through it until we reach an artistic breakthrough. But for us eccentric and intellectual creatives we prefer a nice rolled spliff or a gummy edible.

Throughout history it has been more than proven that weed has been more than just a simple high. It has been a common theme for all types of artists from vocal, visual and even in literature.

When it comes to the music scene...

in genres such as reggae, hip hop, rock, and jazz many lyrics in songs such as as “Mary Jane” by Rick James, or “Young, Wild and Free” by Snoop Dog & Wiz Khalifa use weed as a source of freedom and rebellion against societal norms.

To take you back even further in the 1960s and 1970s, the hippie counterculture movement popularised the use of weed as a symbol of rebellion and non-conformity.

Reggae music, which originated in Jamaica, often features lyrics that utilise weed as a means of spiritual enlightenment and social change. The country itself is known for its good vibes, food and culture. A lot of which many credit to the good weed and a cold red stripe.

Now let’s get into visual artists...

the ones that create what we see in our day to day. Many visual artists from various styles of surrealism, pop and street art use weed as a way to access new states of altered consciousness to create pieces that most can relate to in their subconscious.

They use their high to take a sober mind into their world of how they view the world to be. It is a great tool and many of the people I'm surrounded by prefer a sativa such as Lemon Haze by Daily Special and although indica is known to knock you out, Sour Diesel by Redecan does the complete opposite. Weed, Mary Jane, Kush, bud, loud whatever you choose to call it is your experience.

This brings me to literature,

what we consume everyday and gain knowledge from. Authors such as Stephen King, has admitted to consuming high doses of weed during the writing of "The Shining” , “It" and many other of his famous books back in the 80s.

Others such as Quentin Tarantin said “You smoke a joint, you put on some music, you listen to it and you come up with some good ideas…. Maybe it just seems like a good idea because you’re stoned, but you write it down and look at it the next day.” Weed can and is a prominent cause and effect of the most iconic works of literature and film we see today.

At the end of the day it all comes down to the strain you smoke, where and who you are smoking with. Creativity flows the most when you are in a comfortable and safe space. The cultural significance of weed in music and art has been shaped by its association with non-conformity, rebellion, spirituality, and creativity. How will you change the world with your next spliff?

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