Emma Chasen is on a mission to educate the world about plant medicine, encouraging others to take charge of their own healing. After graduating from Brown University in 2014, with a degree in Medicinal Plant Research, Emma went on to coordinate clinical oncology trials with the Brown University Oncology Research Group. When her supervisor refused a cannabis trial in favor of another expensive pharmaceutical drug, Emma quit and headed across the country to Portland, OR. She found her way to Farma, the popular Portland dispensary that takes a more scientific approach to cannabis, rejecting the Indica/Sativa binary with a focus on chemotypes instead. There, she has been able to study the plant and help patients reframe their relationship with cannabis as medicine. Chasen now manages Farma and helps train staff on cannabis science, research and empathetic patient care. She also co-owns Prismatic Paradigm, a company that seeks to dismantle the capitalistic patriarchy through herbal education, empowerment, community and healing workshops. Huge fans of everything Emma’s about, we had to know which tunes she prefers to blaze to!
“Hoppipolla” by Sigur Rós
This song is for happy, day-dreamy, high car rides. I love Sigur Rós because they focus almost exclusively on the melody allowing the mind to take over and fill in the narrative that the music paints. This song, in particular, makes me feel that anything is possible, that good will conquer evil, that love will always win. Looking out the window at the beautiful Oregon countryside, during a sunny car ride, listening to this song is one of my happy places.
“Harvest” by Poolside
A fantastic dreamy spin on one of my favorite songs. The first time I heard this remix was on a Fort Day! For those who don't know, "Fort Day" is a day I dedicate to building a fort, playing in the fort and smoking weed in said fort. At the time, my business partner Alyssa and I were experimenting with different herbal smoke blends for our company, Prismatic Paradigm. Alyssa came up with a California Poppy, Damiana, Chamomile and Passionflower blend and I began rolling spliffs with it all day. I was in the fort chuffing away when the sun came through the window and the room filled with rainbow prisms. At that moment, I felt total bliss. This song + Prismatic Paradigm smoke blend + Cannabis = Magic.
“Fell in Love with a Girl” by The White Stripes
This song is the soundtrack to my first time smoking weed. At the beginning of my second semester of college, I met a girl. She was older (a Junior), brilliant, super funny and a total stoner. We hit it off right away and started hanging out all of the time. I had never smoked weed before, but her charisma made me want to try it. So we went up to her room and she packed a bowl. “Fell in Love with a Girl” by The White Stripes was playing when I took my first hit. After a couple of tokes, I made my way on to her bed and either by the influence of the song or the smoke, I told her to kiss me. I broke up with my long distance boyfriend the next day and dated her for the next 18 months. And, that's how drugs and rock-and-roll turned me gay, folks!
“Windstorm” by School of Seven Bells
Sometimes, when I'm high, I become really self-aware and start to get down on myself. My brain gets obsessed with how ugly, fat, gross I am. It sucks and it's hard to transmute that energy and tell my brain to knock it tf off. This song helps. A lot. As soon as my brain starts spewing negative comments at my body, I will put on this song and just start to move. Moving to this song helps the energy move through me and, most importantly, helps to quiet my sometimes nasty brain.
“Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac
A classic! I have now, on many occasions, found myself singing this tune to a room full of people while a little too turnt at a house party. During one such soirèe, I was really high and needing to take a break from the main party scene. I wandered upstairs to find a room full of friendly faces sitting in a circle. One guy had a guitar and he started strumming this song. Immediately, without even having time to be self-conscious, I started singing. Like really going for it, raspy belt singing. I lost myself in the song. It's that feeling of pure content that comes from truly living in the present moment. That's what this song will always remind me of. That feeling.
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