Puff, Pass & Paint founder Heidi Keyes is one of the most creative and motivated entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. In 2014, she began hosting cannabis infused art classes. Since art and cannabis are extremely complimentary, encouraging laughter, experimentation, and introspection, the event really took off. Then, in 2015, she merged businesses with Colorado Cannabis Tours. Together, they are expanding their classes, tours, and 420-friendly lodging to other legal states through parent company CannabisTours.com, which currently offers classes in Colorado, Washington DC, Oregon, Nevada, and California.
MAGNETIC had an opportunity to participate in one of Heidi’s Puff, Pass & Paint classes and enjoyed every minute. Inspired by our weed inspired masterpiece and her ability to guide a class with skill and humor, we just had to know Heidi’s five favorite tunes for puffin’ down to.
"Swim Until You Can't See Land" by Frightened Rabbit
This has been one of my favorite songs for years. I still live by it as a mantra and listen to it in moments when things feel especially difficult. For me, it's about taking chances and failing and picking yourself up and failing again, finding a way through the rubble when things collapse, continuing to swim even if you feel like you're drowning. ("Are you a man?/ Are you a bag of sand?" Maybe, just maybe, sometimes I feel like a bag of sand, and that's completely fine.)
A lot of times, it feels like our industry takes two steps forward and then a gigantic step back, in regards to regulations, patient and recreational access, normalization, and the way cannabis use and users are stigmatized. We continue to push forward. Plus, it's just a really good song from one of my most treasured bands.
"New Americana" by Halsey
"We are the new Americana/ High on legal marijuana.” With the expansion of CannabisTours.com and Puff, Pass & Paint to eight different locations, I travel-- a lot. I spend a great deal of my time on planes, and this is a song I like to put on when I'm sitting quietly on the plane, in between meetings and airports and emails. Sure, it's not super deep, but it serves to remind me why I'm doing what I'm doing, how much the conversation around cannabis has changed, and how much more work needs to be done.
We're entering an age that is scary (politically, environmentally, you name it) in many, many ways, but patients and cannabis users have more legal access now than they have since before weed prohibition. I mean, my mom tried edibles, so the conversation around cannabis truly is changing. It's the New Americana, high on legal marijuana... even my mom, which is awesome.
“Still Not A Player" by Big Pun
When I was in high school, we used to crouch down and smoke joints in the back of my friend's car while she drove us around small-town Wisconsin, thinking we were super cool with our dime bag of ditch weed, purchased from a weird guy in a white van behind the Piggly Wiggly. We would play this song on repeat... it was on one of the NOW: That's What I Call Music albums. Eventually, one friend became so sick of us playing this song over and over that she pulled it out of the CD player and threw it out the window in a fit of blind rage... we really were playing it excessively. I've definitely stopped listening to this song on repeat, but I've certainly never stopped smoking.
"Gravity’s Gone" by Drive-by Truckers
"You'll never lose your mind as long as you're heart always reminds you where you left it/ And don't ever let them make you feel like saying what you want is unbecoming/ If you were supposed to watch your mouth all the time I doubt you're eyes would be above it." The Drive-By Truckers are also one of my all-time favorite bands, and I got the opportunity to hang with them backstage at a show in Boulder while really quite stoned out of my mind on edibles, which was a trip. For a person who loves to talk, I was extremely quiet and awkward, not only fan-girling out but on my own infused path.
This song, for me, is about breaking out of a predetermined shell that you are supposed to fit neatly into. It's also a great song by which to kick back in the backyard, in a hammock, on a nice summer's evening, and smoke a jay.
"Don't Fucking Tell Me what To Do" by Robyn
This girl just doesn't wanna be told what to do, even if it's killing her. I get it. We're women in an industry that has always been considered a man's territory, and we're constantly overlooked, under-appreciated, mocked, and sexualized. We work really hard, and women have banded together to create an industry that has more female CEOs and business owners, and women in places of power of any other. So yeah, don't fucking tell us what to do, thanks Robyn. *mic drop*