New York Metropolis’s first immersive cannabis experience permits guests to embody the euphoric facet of marijuana whereas additionally educating them about the completely different features of the plant in science and society.
Just a few weeks in the past, The Stone Age opened as much as the public in Manhattan. The metropolis’s first totally immersive cannabis-inspired experience is the brainchild of Sasha Perlman and Elizabeth Santana, who sought to domesticate consciousness and promote a higher understanding of plant drugs and advocate for a wellness life-style by means of purpose-driven engagement.
Once you step inside The Stone Age, you might be instantly greeted by a mural that was created by artists Adam Fujita and Natasha Platt. Every exhibit all through the experience was created by native artists.
Every room was designed with the utmost intention and coronary heart to stimulate your senses and educate your thoughts by means of the numerous states of being related to cannabis. You’ll begin your go to by testing Enlightenment, which highlights the plant itself and prepares you for the remainder of the exhibition.
The subsequent state of being that’s explored is Arousal. Intercourse and cannabis are two matters which are usually stigmatized and really go hand in hand with one another. This part takes you thru the 4 phases of arousal: Anticipation, Pleasure, Plateau, and Orgasm, and illustrates them and the parallels between intercourse and cannabis with distinctive artwork reveals, together with a swinging ball that amps up anticipation and a black mild room of pleasure.
The subsequent stage is Creativity. Cannabis performs a large position in lots of artistic endeavors, whether or not it’s by means of expressing new concepts or discovering new methods of pondering. The Creativity part is highlighted by interactive projector partitions and a DJ area for guests to make use of.
Subsequent up is Euphoria, the place you possibly can fully give your self away to the heightened state of happiness and pleasure. This room is lit with vibrant colours and the partitions are adorned with crystals in addition to murals on the wall, plus a large mirror.
At this level, The Stone Age takes a flip and leans extra into the instructional facet of its platform. The subsequent matter that’s explored is Ache, which begins the dialog on huge pharma and the use of opioids in the United States. This part is highlighted by a large artwork piece of prescription sheets for opioids, plus pods the place you possibly can really feel the similar cloudiness that comes with taking opioids.
Subsequent is Mindfulness, the place you possibly can give attention to slowing down and being current. There may be a spot the place you possibly can inform future guests the way you give attention to self-care and mindfulness in your day-to-day life. This exhibit is cleaned usually to forestall guests from spreading COVID-19.
Lastly, the final part of the area is named Consciousness, which takes a exhausting look at cannabis and the authorized system. For a few years, cannabis was unlawful in the United States, and whereas it’s authorized in a handful of states (together with New York), many individuals of colour have been incarcerated on marijuana offenses. This part contains artwork and writings from previous and present inmates about their experiences with the penal system, plus and recreation of a jail cell to essentially ship the messages residence.
At the finish of the experience, you’ll discover the present store which has a number of CBD and hemp merchandise, lots of that are made by native companies. It’s also possible to purchase artwork made by inmates in the Consciousness part of the exhibit, with all of these proceeds going to assist the artist instantly.
The Stone Age is positioned at 607 Avenue of the Americas and is open from 4 to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays by means of Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For extra info or to buy tickets, go to thestoneagenyc.com.