Cannabis and creativity have long gone hand in hand. The plant allows consumers to dig deeper and express themselves in unique ways, which can result in some truly amazing (or problem-solving) artwork.
For decades, famous women have fueled their love of cannabis in their creative work, from Maya Angelou for Louisa May Alcott. It’s a real act of bravery, considering the stigma attached to cannabis for decades and the fact that women haven’t always been warmly welcomed in the workplace.
Despite the inevitable obstacles, the women persevered, sharing their experiences with the plant in a way that has a powerful effect on society.
These nine creative women have all found a way to incorporate cannabis into their art form, playing a major role in the global destigmatization of the plant and normalizing the unbridled expression of women around the world.
1. Maya Shaw
It’s no secret that the cannabis industry has long been a boys’ club and therefore cannabis smoking accessories have always been aimed at a male audience. Think swim-themed pipes for adults, Cheech and Chong lighters, and more.
While this style certainly has its place in kitschy cannabis, there’s more than one way to be a cannabis user, and designer Maya Shaw aims for chic every time.
The artist didn’t leave his love for cannabis to the imagination: rather than letting the plant inspire his love of art, Shaw channels his creative energy into beautiful smoking accessories inspired by the 60s and 70s.
His online smoking room, SHAW. BKprovides consumers with chic accessories, cannabis education pieces, and information about people of color in cannabis.
2. Lizzie Jeff
Known as the “Rap Priestess”, Lizzy Jeff is the industry’s “cosmic guide to higher vibrations”.
The curator of Zen & Kusha cannabis-centric lifestyle brand that explores elements of erotic art, culture, plant medicine and community, Jeff is dedicated to the cultural and artistic aspects of cannabis in every way.
The curator travels the country with her events, empowering people around the world to fuse their love of the plant with inner creativity to create impactful art and experiences.
California native, jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche sees every piece she creates as an opportunity to empower women and honor her wild and spiritual nature.
Aiche’s hand selects minerals and crystals that inspire feelings of love and beauty, transforming them into coveted fine jewelry.
Minerals and crystals aren’t the only substances that inspire Aiche’s dreamy collections: the designer is a lifelong cannabis advocate, and she’s been incorporating plant-themed designs into her designs for years.
As shouting about the love of cannabis from the rooftops is increasingly de-stigmatized and accepted in today’s society, Aiche was championing the plant before she was “in” to do so, setting her free. “Soft Leaf” collection in 2017 to raise public awareness of haute couture.
The designer has definitely paved the way for cannabis-inspired artistic creations, especially in the world of fashion.
4. Miley Cyrus
Another female artist who boldly claimed cannabis before it was fashionable? The “Wrecking Ball” queen herself, Miley Cyrus.
Cyrus’ ‘wild’ years have been seen and commented on by the world, during which she pole danced at the Teens Choice Awardtwerked with a foam finger, and even got caught smoke a certain psychoactive weed in 2010.
At the time, there was nothing more controversial than an old disney The teen star recorded with a bong in hand, but Cyrus didn’t stop there.
Three years later, she made her love of cannabis known in an undeniable way, light on stage during the MTV Awards in the Nederlands.
Despite the backlash Cyrus received for his actions (and there was a parcel), the performer paved the way for countless other women to come forward about their cannabis use and feel free and safe to speak out honestly.
Barbadian pop sensation and entrepreneur Rihanna has never been shy about expressing her love for cannabis.
From allegedly being kicked out of a hotel in Barbados in 2010 for hotboxing the room to ornate shows cannabis leaf fashionthe singer is a proud consumer and advocate and has never claimed to be otherwise.
Rihanna and cannabis have gone hand in hand for several years, and while members of the “Rihanna Navy” constantly wonder when the entrepreneur will release a new music album, those of us in the cannabis industry have been patiently waiting for its long-awaited variety drop…any day now.
6. Gab gifted
Born and raised in Seattle, Gifted Gab is one of the most influential up-and-coming rappers in the game – and you’ll rarely find the creator without a big blunt (or two) in hand.
Named one of Seattle’s ‘Most Stoned Animators’ of 2018Gab has been as involved in the cannabis industry as she has been in the rap game, and her dream is to release her own brand of weed in the near future.
With a background in retail and cannabis cultivation, Gab is very knowledgeable on the scientific side of the plant, but she is also adept at using it for creative purposes and constantly incorporating it into her artwork. .
7. jenny lewis
Indie rocker Jenny Lewis is one of the most recent creative women to pursue her love of cannabis in a highly influential way, but certainly not the last.
The musician recently collaborated with a cannabis grower glass trusses to create a new hybrid strain called “The Rabbit Hole”, named after one of the songs from his 2019 album, On the line.
Although Lewis is somewhat new to cannabis entrepreneurship, the artist has been using the plant for years to inspire her creatively and keep her healthy.
8. Yasmine Bawa
Berlin designer Yasmin Bawa infuses cannabis into her work in a much more tangible way, using hempcrete (an alternative to hemp-based concrete) to create beautiful flowerpots and furniture.
Although hemp is an affordable and natural alternative to many design materials on the market, very few artists and designers use this material for creation. Bawa aims to change that, sharing his preference for hemp with everyone who listens.
The designer was always drawn to concrete as a medium in her early years, but she was put off by its toxicity, both to the environment and to herself.
It was in her search for a safer and healthier alternative that she came across hempcrete.
“I had seen natural building methods, but never this,” Bawa said. in an interview.
“I was like: this is it. It was a blister. I was researching and couldn’t stop talking about it. Even though I hadn’t touched hemp or seen it, I knew it would work.
Fashion designer Lesley Hampton is redefining the industry in more ways than one. Her eponymous Canadian brand is Indigenous-owned, women-led, and all-inclusive — oh, and sometimes, cannabis-inspired.
Hampton’s latest collection, a athleisure line inclusive size ROBUSTwas inspired by cannabis and the positive effects of the plant on the mental health of consumers.
The collection uses macro photos of cannabis buds as its main source of inspiration, allowing wearers to express their love for the plant in a loud and unapologetic way.
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