Now that medical use is legal in Florida, and the retail market has been established, cannabis educators, healers, and artists can bring their practice to the mainstream at major events like live music festivals. The most recent Suwannee Hulaween was a great example of how the healing plant culture expands into states after medical legalization.
Every year since 2013, more than 20,000 people have gathered in a swampy campground covered with Spanish moss to celebrate Halloween, one of the biggest party holidays of the year, at the Suwannee Hulaween music festival. It is a four-day music event that takes place in Live Oak, Florida over Halloween weekend.
The production crew always blends a diverse mix of artists, musicians, and healers from all over the world to create a vibe that sells out months before the first day the attendees set foot on the grounds, and they were able to open up more to cannabis in 2018.
Unique and exciting new art installations, educational seminars, and culture workshops were able to be featured. No medical marijuana products were provided to attendees.
Janelle Monae, STS9, Jamiroquai, and The String Cheese Incident headlined. Other featured musical acts included Lettuce (a band with their own cannabis strain curated by Denver Kush Club), Odesza, Funk Masters, Stephen Marley, and Too Many Zooz.
Suwannee Hulaween features a magical oasis known as “Spirit Lake” which some say is the best collection of artwork outside of Burning Man. This special place is similar to an entire camp decorated with fire features, giant troll sculptures, and people walking around dressed as the best circus performers you can imagine. The Spirit Lake area is known to hold a very sacred space on the festival grounds, as each day they schedule multiple experiences for attendees to participate in like yoga, Kirtan, suicide prevention, and a variety of self-care workshops like Reiki and sound healing.
Reiki and Cannabis Terpene Pairing
Reiki Master and Cannabis Sommelier, Maggie May Wilson, was brought in from Colorado to lead a Reiki and cannabis terpene pairing workshop at Spirit Lake that was easily the most intriguing medical-cannabis-related-event offered. Guests inhaled therapeutic terpenes, the aromatic compounds that give cannabis and many other plants their scents, during a guided meditation led by a shamanic buffalo drum. After Wilson performed Reiki, guests learned about the cannabis terpenes they were smelling, and how different strains interact with the body when using CBD salves.
Reiki, an ancient Japanese spiritual healing art, is a popular form of holistic healing in the United States as well. Its literal translation means “spiritually guided life force energy.” Reiki sessions ease tension, relieve stress, and help support the body in facilitating an environment for healing on all levels — physical, emotional and spiritual.
Wilson is an international Reiki Master and Mindfulness Cannabis Educator who has brought educational cannabis immersions to private cannabis-wellness retreats, weddings, hospice, and many music festivals like Suwannee Hulaween including Desert Heart and Jam Cruise. Follow this link to learn more about Wilson’s practice, or to book a Reiki and cannabis terpene pairing session, or other events.