Art And Film: The Role Of Cannabis In Our Perception

When it comes to the representation of cannabis in films, there’s a certain stereotype that emerges. We’re all familiar with it. It’s the “stoner kid”—the chilled out, whimsical, “just here for a good time” kid. While they appear to be unmotivated, they’re often curious about the way the world works and open to the possibility that there’s more to life than what’s in front of them. For the stoner set, existence is the greatest mystery, and weed helps them expand their consciousness to explore ideas that lay on the periphery. In stereotypes, there’s frequently a slice of truth, and the stoner kid is no exception. Cannabis and its culture have long influenced creative expression, in turn inspiring the products of vape companies like Ooze. With its use in artistic circles and its portrayal on screen, cannabis has been firmly rooted as a major player in the creative process.

By their own nature, artists view the world in ways that others cannot, and when they lack inspiration marijuana helps them change their mode of thinking. Creativity research suggests that high creative output directly correlates to high frontal lobe activity in the brain. The frontal lobe has a large number of cannabinoid receptors, which THC binds to when it enters the bloodstream. With this increased activity, artists can enter more abstract mental states, inspiring new creative works.

It’s no wonder, then, that artists and authors turn to marijuana as an aid in their creative processes. In a 2015 study published by the South African Journal of Science, researchers found traces of cannabis in smoking pipes that were excavated from Shakespeare’s garden at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon. While allusions to drug use in his works have long been debated, this evidence gives new insight to his references to “compounds strange” and “a noted weed” in Sonnet 76. Generally interpreted as discussing his lack of inspiration in his poetry, the sonnet describes being unwilling to adapt to new methods. Perhaps if he had had a sophisticated pen like the Stretcher XL, he would not have been so reticent.

As we’ve become more educated, Hollywood has begun to tolerate, and even accept, the role that marijuana plays in the lives of Americans. Through their film Up in Smoke, comedians Cheech and Chong introduced the stoner comedy genre to the world, and they brought their years of experience with cannabis culture to the forefront. Americans could now see that cannabis was a friendly weed, and the genre made actors like Seth Rogen a household name.

These days, cannabis’ influence on art has come full circle. Thanks to the acceptance of stoner comedy, the culture has been allowed to publicly innovate, creating new products to achieve the best hits. Taking a cue from artists themselves, Ooze has developed creative water bubblers that not only rip great, but look the part as well. Now that the world is taking the stoner kid more seriously, we’re starting to see life differently ourselves, and at Ooze, we’re really digging the view.

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