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Creatives in Cannabis: Ash’s Super Realistic Weed Art

We love to shine a spotlight on womxn doing cool things in cannabis. Meet Ash, aka SweetChibaBabySpeaks, an independent artist creating unique jewelry (and more).

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Here at HeyHelloHigh we 💚 to shine a spotlight on womxn doing cool things in cannabis. We’ve profiled tons of entrepreneurs, makers and creators – each with a unique story to tell.

Today, we’re excited to share an interview with Ash, aka SweetChibaBabySpeaks.

We threw her some tough Qs, like “What advice would you give your 12-year-old self?” and, “Do you consider yourself a stoner?” She came back with candid, creative answers. Without further ado, let’s get to the interview!

Ash, thanks for taking the time to chat. We’d love to knowwhen / how did you first start creating art? I’ve always enjoyed all types of art but while working in the cannabis industry I was inspired to create my own line of jewelry.

What are your favorite materials to work with? I like acrylic paint, I put it on everything.

What inspires you? Good green, good music and good people.

Check out Ash at work on YouTube 📺

Do you listen to music while you create? Normally I have like Netflix on while I work but I listen to all types of music, yea even country but right now I’m digging anything Afrobeats.

What have you created that you’re the proudest of? Lol I’m somebody’s mom. My amazing daughter.

If you could go back in time and tell your 12-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be? I’d tell her start now, and skip college.

Do you consider yourself a “stoner”? Why or why not? Yes, I’m in too deep, I have other business ventures and different types of art that I do but I love this one the most. It allows me to be the most creative.

Who are a few other artists in the community we should check out? @em.aye.ee @ravishingstoner

What’s a goal you have for the future? I want to continue doing what I love.

Any tips for other female cannabis creatives out there? There is room for everyone, just be yourself.

Thanks for sharing with us, Ash! Be sure to visit her shop on Etsy to find the perfect gift for your BFF or something shiny to buy yourself. And, follow her on Instagram @sweetchibababyspeaks for lots of behind-the-scenes art inspiration ✨

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Seven Fun Video Chat Backgrounds for Your Virtual 420 Smoke Sesh

You may already be using video apps to connect with friends & family during this strange time. So, instead of canceling your 420 plans altogether, why not take them online with a virtual smoke sesh?

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Four twenty is here! It’s April 2020, aka the ultimate 420 and a month I’ve been looking forward to for a looooong time.

But, things are a little different (tbh, VERY different) than I expected.

Instead of planning a big 420 event, I’m social distancing. I’m still rolling joints, but also rationing rolls of toilet paper. Even though the collective mood is more “global pandemic” than “party”, I think we should still find it in us to celebrate.

You may already be using video apps to connect with friends & family during this strange time. So, instead of canceling your 420 plans altogether, why not take them online with a virtual smoke sesh?

Any video chat software will work, but I suggest setting up a free Zoom account (or finding a friend that has one through work). Why you might ask? Because, custom backgrounds!

Without further ado, here are…

7 fun backgrounds you can use for your next virtual smoke sesh

For directions on how to load these up once you’re on the video call, click here. To create your own, here’s a handy template.

 

Lovely leaves

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Party Banner

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Patio Goals

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Green Metalic Fringe

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Fields of Flower

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Third Eye Vibes

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Blaze for the Holidaze

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Are you planning any virtual smoke seshes this month, babes? Or celebrating in some other awesome way? Let me know in the comments below!

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What’s the legend behind 420? It’s stoner girl story time

What starts as truth quickly takes on a life of its own and becomes legend. That could’t be more true than the tall tale of how 420 became official stoner code.

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Gather ’round girls, it’s time for the story of 420!

Stoner lore is, IMO, one of the coolest things about cannabis culture.

What starts as truth quickly takes on a life of its own and becomes legend. That could’t be more true than the tall tale of how 420 became official stoner code.

Direct from the History Channel (😂) here’s how it all went down:

It can all be traced back to a group of five California teens who used to hang out by a wall outside their San Rafael school—a meeting spot that inspired their nickname, “the Waldos. In the fall of 1971, the Waldos learned of a Coast Guard member who had planted a cannabis plant and could no longer tend to the crop. Provided with a treasure map (some say by the plant’s owner himself) supposedly leading to the abandoned product, the group would meet at the Louis Pasteur statue outside their high school at least once a week conduct a search. Their meeting time? 4:20 p.m, after practice (they were all athletes).

Student athletes and stoners? They were truly ahead of their time! We’d definitely be friends.

The Waldos would pile into a car, smoke some pot and scour the nearby Point Reyes Forest for the elusive, free herb. One of the original members of the Waldos, Steve Capper, told the Huffington Post, “We would remind each other in the hallways we were supposed to meet up at 4:20. It originally started out 4:20-Louis, and we eventually dropped the Louis.”

The story doesn’t stop there. How did a couple of treasure-hunting kids in Cali spread the 420 code word across the country? Here’s where the Grateful Dead come in.

Members of the Waldos had open access and many connections to the band [the Grateful Dead]. Mark Gravitch’s father managed the Dead’s real estate. Dave Reddix’s older brother was good friends with Dead bassist Phil Lesh and managed a Dead sideband. “There was a place called Winterland, and we’d always be backstage running around or on stage and, of course, we’re using those phrases. When somebody passes a joint or something, ‘Hey, 420.’ So it started spreading through that community.”

Now, it’s about to go global. Steven Bloom was at a Grateful Dead concert in 1990, on assignment as a reporter for High Times. In the parking lot before a show he was handed a flyer that read “We are going to meet at 4:20 on 4/20 for 420-ing in Marin County at the Bolinas Ridge sunset spot on Mt. Tamalpais.” Allegedly, the flyer told the origin story of 420, referencing the the Waldos of San Rafael.

Once the magazine got a hold of 420, it went worldwide.

We truly hope a documentary about the Waldos is in the works – but in the mean time, check out these cannabis coffee table books that make a perfect gift for your favorite stoner on 420, however you choose go celebrate.

What stories and legends do you know about 420? Let us know in the comments below! 👇🏽

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