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Sensi Magazine May 2019 - Denver/Boulder Digital Edition

Apr 30, 2019 01:53AM ● By Amber Orvik

OPEN YOUR MIND 

As I was putting the final touches on this travel-themed issue, a push notification interrupted my screen with news that Notre Dame Cathedral was burning. The world watched in horror. 

Soon enough, my newsfeeds were filled with posts detailing the connection my friends and associates had with the iconic structure—photo after photo of smiling faces in front of the landmark, each accompanied by a story about the moment in time being shared. Each one an attempt to establish connection with the monumental moment in history we were witnessing. Each one an unknowing example of how traveling establishes a connection to a global community. 

To paraphrase Mark Twain, travel is the antidote to ignorance. It opens the mind to new places, new experiences, new people, new ways of life. And in some ways, cannabis does the same. It certainly changes the way we interact with the world. From my own personal travel journals, I offer this example: 

I spent the summer after my junior year at UMass studying Spanish in Salamanca, Spain. My journal from that period is filled with alcohol-drenched stories of dancing on bars and wandering the streets until dawn, fueled by wine and the camaraderie of my fellow students. The phrase “I don’t really remember what happened next” made more than one appearance. The alcohol I consumed with gusto each evening dulled my senses and my memories; my notes include few details about the town, the architecture, the city, the way of life. Instead, it reads like the diary of a drunk teenager, which (honestly) I was—just one pretending to be worldly. 

After the summer session came to an end, I hopped over to Madrid, then Paris, then finally Amsterdam where I would embark on my return flight home after a few days at the famous Flying Pig hostel. While there, I put down the wine and picked up the cannabis—and the entire tone of my trip, of my travel journals changed. Rather than drunken tales of revelry, I began to note the details of my foreign surroundings. Cannabis allowed me to slow down and appreciate the moments I had been racing through all summer, eager to encounter the next “experience.” I focused instead on colors and textures, noting the way the leaves on the tree outside the window left dappled shadows on the Indian-inspired pillows in the lounge at the hostel, where I was surrounded by conversations in six different languages. I noted the way my head was buzzing while my body was calm. I noticed things. Cannabis made me present. 

Which is just a long way of saying: cannabis is a gift that can open your mind and enhance your connection to the world around you, no matter where your travels take you. Enjoy it. Or don’t. You do you. Which is the best thing you can be, no matter where you are. Get going.

Stephanie Wilson // EDITOR IN CHIEF // SENSI MAGAZINE

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