Chakras and karma are essential to a balanced spiritual life. If you want to become one with the universe, you have to maintain balance. Artwork around the Cannabis Cup reminds us of the beauty experienced by artists taking drugs. They’re not a crutch, but they’re a great tool in a box full of tools. Try these Writer’s Sativas…
The Cannabis Cup is an expensive event, but I’ve yet to pay for a ticket. How I Snuck into the Cannabis Cup is a story of its own, and it’s where I learned How to Attend Trade Shows. It’s also where I started networking with the publication’s staff and got a chance to pitch a story to the mag.
As a fan of gonzo journalism, I can’t help but appreciate art that pays homage to gonzo’s father, Hunter S. Thompson. If only every idiot druggie with a blog didn’t think they, too, were following in this brilliant doctor’s footsteps. Just because you take drugs doesn’t make you a political writer, author, or revolutionary. You’re no Hunter S. Thompson…
If you haven’t already read about DMT and The Consciousness Sliders, you’re missing out. This painting from the High Times gallery reminds me of the fractals seen during hallucinations. If you’ve never taken a spiritual journey through your mind, there are plenty of experimental drugs beyond cannabis.
High Times cover art was on display in a variety of Cannabis Cup galleries. Some covers are celebrated for the icons on the covers (Cheech & Chong, Snoop, Willie Nelson, Bob Marley, etc.). Others have beautiful buds, political messages, and more. Walking these halls, it’s hard not to be overcome by the storied history of High Times.
The official program guide for the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup in Denver. I still have it somewhere, I think. Otherwise I gave it to some mooch pothead for the artwork…either way, here’s a guest post about Marijuana and Schizophrenia…
I didn’t get many good crowd pics, because I was too busy dabbing in the middle of most of them…this is the general idea of what the VIP recreation area looks like at the Cannabis Cup, one of few places in the world you can smoke weed in public.
This pic isn’t actually from the Cannabis Cup or Denver…it’s from the parking lot of a Mormon church in Mesa, AZ. I stopped to take the pic on our way home from a dispensary, as it sticks out that a medical dispensary can’t be located near a school, but a gun store can be across the street from an elementary and pre-school.
Some of the High Times Cannabis Cup swag I got, including a bag I will leave Anonymous for its poor design and construction…the rest of this stuff (and so much more) was put to good use.
Brian Penny is a former business analyst and operations manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, writer, and troll. Penny has been featured on Huffington Post, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more.