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New York Gets a New Immersive Cannabis Experience

With legalization, cannabis experiences are multiplying with lightning speed. High culture cannabis events are creating a new cannabis scene with a distinctly New York vibe. First, there was Happy Munkey’s art-and-cannabis extravaganza at the Van Gogh show. But the newest high culture cannabis event is The Stone Age NYC. This exhibition is a gorgeous interaction of art, cannabis, and activism that’s right off art gallery row in Chelsea. 

Don’t expect Stoner Stereotypes

Regardless of its name, don’t expect stoner stereotypes. This immersive art installation showcases both the plant’s delights and the destructiveness of its prohibition in BIPOC communities. Sasha Perelman and Liz Santana are the driving forces behind The Stone Age NYC. In it, they’ve created one of the most moving explorations of the plant that we’ve ever seen. That’s no surprise. Because this isn’t their first time around the event block. Liz is a seasoned producer who’s created programming for heavy hitters like Netflix and Disney. And Sasha produced her first cannabis experience in 2017. It was such a hit that Rolling Stone dubbed it “the best pot party in California.”

So, if you’re in NYC this fall, have a smoke or pop an edible. Then head to this must-see show. But first, read on to get all the behind-the-scenes details from Sasha herself. 

What was your inspiration for creating a cannabis experience like The Stone Age NYC? 

NYC is the epicenter of the world. It’s the melting pot of cultures, art, fashion, business, theatre, and more. With the announcement of cannabis legalization,  creating our flagship in New York is divine timing. It’s an opportunity to educate mainstream audiences and build up conscious consumption.

The Stone Age NYC focuses on 7 states of being—enlightenment, pain, awareness, euphoria, arousal, creativity, and mindfulness. Talk to us about how that plays out. 

Regardless of your relationship to cannabis, we can all relate to these 7 states of being as foundations of the human condition. So we focused this cannabis experience on them. We also wove in cannabis education and drew on the intersections between them all.

Enlightenment

This section of our cannabis experience acknowledges the plant’s role as a psychoactive substance. It can expand consciousness and support spiritual growth. Participants step off of busy NYC streets. Then we guide them through a heightening of their senses and their self-awareness. 

Arousal

This part of the installation explores the dynamic interaction of sex and cannabis. Those are two commonly stigmatized topics. The artists explored these often difficult conversations through 4 stages of arousal. Those stages include anticipation, excitement, plateau, and orgasm. Each stage of our arousal activation draws on the parallels between cannabis and sex.

Creativity

This part of our cannabis experience highlights the plant’s ability to cultivate creativity and help us express new ideas. That includes how to discover, interpret, and perceive new ways of thinking. Historically, cannabis has complemented inspiration and ingenuity. So The Stone Age NYC encourages visitors to be imaginative and carefree as they play with our creativity activations.

Euphoria

This section showcases the euphoric high you can get from THC. That starts with how THC floods the body with feel-good dopamine. Guests step inside a vortex of crystal energy that immerses them in a new age of cannabis culture and plant-based wellness.

Mindfulness

This part of the installation examines the role that cannabis has in practicing mindfulness. Cannabis can support the synergy of the body, brain, and spirit into blissful alignment. As visitors absorb this section, we prompt them to choose their favorite way to practice mindfulness. That includes journaling, visualization, and practicing gratitude.

One of the states of being focused on in The Stone Age NYC's cannabis experience is pain, and is a commentary on Big Pharma's role in the opioid crisis

Pain

Our Pain section starts with a commentary on the role of Big Pharma in the opioid crisis. The installation leads visitors through a hazy maze that simulates the highs and lows of opioid addiction. We also provide information about what cannabis has to offer instead. We’ve defined that in terms of pain relief and how it might relieve the symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

Awareness

The Stone Age NYC is working in partnership with The Last Prisoner Project. LPP is a nonprofit coalition that’s dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry. This awareness aspect of our cannabis experience features thoughtful call-to-action integrations. They’re meant to promote the visibility of social justice reform and community engagement. We aim to educate visitors on the sweeping effects of The War on Drugs and the prison industrial complex it fostered. Specifically, it examines the role that cannabis prohibition has played in mass incarceration for communities of color. Viewers are drawn through art and poetry. We commissioned them from currently and formerly incarcerated individuals. Along with these works, there’s a timeline of the War on Drugs. Visitors are able to scan QR codes that provide resources for signing petitions, making donations, and reading educational material for real-time calls-to-action.

Tell us more about your partnership with the Last Prisoner Project

We value the work Last Prisoner Project is doing as a national non-profit. They bring awareness and resources to those impacted by the War on Drugs. When you’re creating an experience centered around cannabis, it’s so important to bring the conversation about social justice and racial injustice to the table. Tens of millions of people have been arrested for cannabis. 40,000 people still sit in prisons around the country for it. We want to ensure that people know these astonishing statistics. We also want them to know how they can support efforts to free every victim of the War on Drugs.

Why art and cannabis? 

There are many reasons. Cannabis has been used as a creative catalyst for centuries. It can expand our minds, enhance our senses, and deepen our perspective. Art is also integral to NYC. It’s the art world capital of the world. This city is home to renowned museums, galleries, and a vibrant street art scene. We’ve been very fortunate to partner with extraordinary local artists to create one-of-a-kind pieces throughout the space.

What’s your favorite part of the cannabis experience you’ve created? 

We’re not allowed to pick favorites. Because we love all our kids equally! The experience as a whole is truly remarkable. It’s informative, thought-provoking, unique, and truly transformative. 

How would you like to see New Yorkers’ relationships with cannabis change after they experience The Stone Age NYC? 

We’re hopeful that attendees walk away feeling more empowered, informed, and inspired. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a cannabis consumer or not. The experience is so multi-dimensional that there’s something for everyone.

Edibles or inhalants? 

Depends on the activity. But I’m definitely having a love affair with edibles!

Why did you make the switch from corporate events to work with controversial industries like cannabis?

Because cannabis helps enhance the quality of people’s lives. It’s a catalyst for profound conversations. These are the kinds of discussions we should be having on a much larger scale. 

 

The Stone Age NYC includes work made by wonderful artists, like Distort (a personal fave for us)—how did you decide which artists to include? 

Our creative director, Anna Sibel, was instrumental in corralling the perfect army of artists (including Distort). She’s been working with us since we started conceptualizing the experience. She was also really instrumental in identifying the right artists for each space.

Art is an integral part of The Stone Age's cannabis experience in NYC

What’s your endgame when you’re creating a cannabis experience? 

There is no endgame. We intend to keep growing. That includes cultivating community as well as redefining old narratives and stereotypes. Most importantly, we intend to keep enhancing the quality of people’s lives through plant wellness.

How can people get tickets to and learn about special events at The Stone Age NYC? 

Come check us out if you’re in NYC. 607 6th Avenue. The show will be on until the end of November…maybe longer. 🙂 We’re also on IG  @welcomethestoneage and online at thestoneagenyc.com. If you’re not in New York, look for us in cities near you in 2022!

Header image courtesy of Johnny Nunez.

5 LGBTQIA Companies To Shop This Pride Month

Show your support for the community during Pride Month 2021

To celebrate Pride Month 2021, we’re here to share with you 5 LGBTQIA-owned businesses to support throughout this month and beyond. Whether you’re looking for gourmet edibles to up your cooking game, a pre-rolled joint, or a CBD-infused salve to use on your sore muscles after a barre class, these brands have you covered. Read on to discover the 5 LGBTQIA-owned cannabis companies we’re loving right now.

A Rainbow of Ceramic One Hitters to Benefit the BFTA Collective

Here at House of Puff, we’re kicking off Pride Month 2021 with the launch of our Le Pipe in a festive rainbow of new colors. In addition to our Signature Pink and Galactic White, you can now snag our Le Pipe in colors to go with all of your moods and outfits, including O’Keeffe Camellia pink, Mickalene Marigold, Gentileschi Green, Adela Lavender, and Birgit Blue. For the month of June, 10% of Le Pipe proceeds will go to the BFTA Collective. BTFA Collective supports Black trans femme artists with resources and support that enable them to thrive. So while you’re chillin’ with a Le Pipe in your hand, you’ll also be helping build a safe community where Black femme trans artists can thrive.

Sava PLUS Pride Rainbow Sherbert Cannabis Infused Gummies

Sava Delivers Cannabis to your Doorstep all year long, not just for Pride Month 2021

We’re all about women supporting women. That’s one reason why we love Sava. If you’re in the Bay Area, this women, LGBTQIA, and Latinx-owned delivery service will bring cannabis products right  to your doorstep. 

Why we love Sava so much?

Sava founders, Andrea Brooks and Amanda Denz, maintain over-the-top standards for the products they offer. They’re all about inclusivity and supporting cannabis brands that serve women, the LGBTQIA community, disabled people, seniors, and other minorities. We also love that Sava prioritizes everything independently-owned and women-owned. There isn’t anything not to love about Sava. 

Craving cannabis? Sava is here to save the day

Whatever you want, Sava has it. They sell edibles, pre-rolls, topicals, and vape products, just to name a few. Celebrate Pride Month 2021 the right way with their limited edition Pride gummies! Sava is featuring PLUS’ Rainbow Sherbert Limited Edition Pride Gummies, and you’re gonna want to get your hands on them. Follow along on their Instagram to read their Pride Spotlights, which feature the queer-owned brands that Sava works with. Our Bay Area friends can also stay up to date on Sava’s Pride Month 2021 celebrations and initiatives.

Buy Sava  |   Follow @GetSava

Canna-curious about infused food? Chef J’s Specialties & Wellness has your back

If you enjoy cooking with cannabis, Chef J’s is the place for you. This women-owned business makes canna-cooking easy with cannabis butters, oils, tinctures, as well as infused seasonings and sugars. If you’re lucky enough to live in the San Jacinto, CA area, you can get a taste of the infused delights they whip up through their catering services. Some past specialties include their What the FAQ Margarita Cake, Fruitty Peebles Krispy Treats, and Why Not Stir Fry.

Organic edibles

The cherry on top? They grow their own organic cannabis to use in their edibles. That way, you know what you’re putting in your body is high quality because you know exactly where it’s coming from. Chef J is always working on something to bring to customers, in both the wellness and food realm. You can keep up with all the excitement happening at Chef J’s on Insta and on their website.

Visit Chef J’s Specialties  |  Follow @chefjsspecialties

Chef J's Specialties Shrimp Scampi

Brown Sugar Botanicals’ CBD-infused healing products back in stock, just in time for Pride Month 2021

For all things herbal and healing, look no further than Brown Sugar Botanicals. Founders Chris Wakefield and KaliMa Amilak are two Black, non-binary pals who started their business based on their mutual love for healing with cannabis. Brown Sugar Botanicals sells CBD-infused tinctures and salves, as well as a looseleaf blend and pre-rolls. 

Brown Sugar Botanicals Cannabis Salve

Brown Sugar Botanicals is here to help you take pride in caring for yourself

This bi-coastal duo (based in Oakland and Brooklyn) put the utmost dedication and care into their products. After a year and a half of excessive hand sanitizing, our hands need this moisture! Their topical herbal salves, made from organic olive oil, beeswax and vitamin E, are perfect for sore muscles and moisturizing hands. And nothing can cure a long day of work and kid-wrangling like one of Brown Sugar’s pre-rolls with CBD and lavender. Just light, inhale, and enjoy! Getting huge props for 360-degree inclusivity, Chris and KaliMa are proud to source their cannabis from farmers who are also from marginalized communities.

Brown Sugar Botanicals is back online!

Their online store just reopened for Pride Month 2021, so now is the perfect time to check out this awesome company. They don’t miss a beat, and neither should you! Follow them on Instagram to see which products are being added back to the website throughout the month.

Buy Brown Sugar Botanicals  |  Follow @brownsugarbotanicals

Sonder Stoned Fruit Space Crystals—Perfect for Pride Month 2021

Sonder’s Space Crystals and Oils

Cannabis and creativity come together at Sonder. Wife and wife creatives, Faun Chapin and M. Paradise founded Sonder in 2018 to build a company rooted in their love for cannabis as a tool for connection and creativity. 

Taking edibles to a whole new level of fun for Pride Month 2021

Over at Sonder, they only use the best cannabis in their oils and Space Crystals. These dissolving sublingual crystals are the perfect way to make for any occasion more fun and fresh. They’re kinda like Pop Rocks, but with the even bigger buzz of THC. Their cannabis is grown on their family-run farms in Mendocino County using sustainable practices. Expand your cannabis galaxy during Pride Month 2021 and give their tasty sublinguals a try. Or for having a dance party alone in your bedroom. Whatever floats your boat. If you’re new to the sublingual universe, check out Sonder’s video 411 on their Space Crystals. 

Premium cannabis oil

If fruity flavored sublinguals aren’t quite your vibe, Sonder’s got your back with their oil cartridges. You deserve only the highest-quality cannabis during Pride, and year round. So keep up with Sonder on social media to make sure you’ve got the best. 

Buy Sonder  |   Follow @Sondertime

Stone Road Watermelon Skittlez Pre Rolls

Stone Road’s Beautiful Joints Celebrate Loving Everyone. So Does Pride Month

Stone Road’s founders believe cannabis is nature’s best unifier. It brings people together no matter where they’re from, their background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion. Since it was founded, Stone Road has been growing cannabis as a gesture of love and friendship. All of their cannabis is grown in Nevada City, CA on their family-run biodynamic farm that spans 57 rural acres.

Buy a Stone Road joint and give love to the earth, too

Prioritizing sustainability? We’re here for it. The packaging for all of Stone Road’s joints is 99% recyclable and made from 100% post-consumer recycled goods. They’re always looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Whether you’re looking for pre-rolled joints or want to roll your own, Stone Road is the place for you to shop. Stone Road is all about love and loving everyone, and so is pride. For Pride Month 2021, show the LGBTQIA community all your love by supporting that are LGBTQIA founded and owned businesses.

Buy Stone Road  |   Follow @StoneRoadFarms

Looking for More LGBTQIA Businesses to Support for Pride Month 2021?

As you already know, there are more than 5 LGBTQIA-owned cannabis companies out there that you can support during Pride Month 2021 and year round. Any cannabis product you want or need, you can find it from an LGBTQIA-owned business. Cannaclusive’s InclusiveBase is a great place to check out minority-owned cannabis companies. Emerald Magazine is also putting out their own guide to LGBTQIA cannabis businesses coming out this month. Also check out our guide to our fave Black-owned cannabis businesses.

Ceramic One Hitter in Rainbow Colors by Kiele Twarowski

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