Raven Scott is a feisty, impulsive, music obsessed writer, blogger, and photographer. When she is not busy interviewing amazing artists and musicians she is typically enjoying a rich Southern California lifestyle. She can typically be seen at a concert, Dodgers games, or wandering around Amoeba Records.
When did you first notice your artistic abilities?
I showed a lot of potential in a variety of creative aspects at a very early age. I began to really develop those skills in 5th and 6th grade. I did AP art in high school and really found my niche with writing around that time as well.
When did you get into smoking weed?
I became a more regular smoker around 17; my boyfriend at the time was a big stoner.
Do you prefer indica or sativa? Do you have a favorite strain?
I’m not sure if I really know enough about the difference between the two. I feel like the overall affects are the same for me from smoking both indica and sativa. Right now I’m on a purple pineapple kick, it’s pretty yummy and my favorite delivery service offers this purple pineapple pre-roll with hash oil... love it.
When did you first realize that smoking weed could help/enhance your creativity? And how does it help with your creative process?
I noticed the affects almost immediately, there were a few times that I would get high and want to take a nap but for the most part it really made me motivated to create something, talk about something and explore new concepts. It also allowed me to focus for a chunk of time on a new project without interruption or distraction. It was like I could get high, zone in on what I was doing and run free with my imagination.
Has cannabis ever helped you to meet, collaborate or network with other artists?
Totally, it’s such an ice breaker. I like to share a celebratory bowl with new people and chat about life and art. I’m a very hyper and social person so sometimes smoking a bowl just helps to curb my overwhelming excitement of working with or meeting new people.
What is your favorite method of getting high? (Smoking, vaporizer, edibles?)
Blunts to the dome and the occasional cookie.
Who are some other cannabis advocates that you may respect or that have inspired you?
Kid Cudi, Method Man, Willie Nelson, B- Real, Bradley Nowell, anyone that uses it to be creative, enhance their lives, or treat themselves for pain. Important advocates to me understand how rewarding the benefits to using cannabis can be and talk about it in a positive light.
Has being a cannabis user ever affected your life negatively?
No, not really. I’ve recently met a lot of people that don’t smoke or get high, but they always have positive things to say about it. I should probably not smoke for work related reasons but I have not experienced any negatives as of yet.
How has smoking weed allowed your career as an artist/musician to develop or grow?
Well, I feel like it has allowed me to make new connections with people, focus, and test the limits of my own mind. Like I said before, smoking makes me more productive.
Do you feel that bringing public awareness to cannabis inspired art and music can help lift the stigma that cannabis artists and users throughout the world might feel?
I hope so. I think that there a lot of super talented and creative people that are out there doing awesome things. Those that don’t use cannabis might just have the wrong idea about it so maybe seeing and hearing all the beauty that can be created through cannabis inspired art will change their minds.
What do you think is the biggest misconception that anti marijuana advocates might have about cannabis users? How do you think that we can eliminate the negative outlook that non-cannabis users might have for cannabis using artists and musicians?
I think that one of the biggest misconceptions is that pot smokers are lazy. Fuck that! Some people are but it has nothing to do with smoking weed, they probably lack a work ethic or self motivation. But most cannabis users are fully functioning people with real jobs, great talents, and a fulfilling life. I also don’t think that it’s as harmful or quite the “gateway drug” that alcohol is. I would suggest that if you don’t really understand it, try it! Find out what it’s about. And if you don’t really want to try it, then listen to someone that uses it and actually hear what they’re saying. And even if you don’t want to smoke it, hemp is a very valuable byproduct... just sayin’... learn, educate, research.
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