Recreational marijuana use for adults has been legal in Colorado for almost one full year now, and with legalization has come an increase in jobs, tax revenue, and cannabis friendly activities. One local Denver artist, Heidi Keyes (pictured below), has found a therapeutic niche in a cannabis friendly painting class that many United States veterans are finding to be helpful in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The Puff Pass Paint classes are similar to any of the popular “Canvas and Cocktails” painting classes where participants sip on alcoholic beverages while painting on canvas, only participants use cannabis here instead. In order to avoid any legal complications, Keyes, holds classes at her private home studio, and all attendees must be aged 21 years or older. Each class is BYOC (bring your own cannabis), and lasts about 2 hours. A schedule can be found on the class website, and tickets can be purchased there as well.
Although this class is not exclusively for former military personnel, many veterans have found Keyes classes as a beneficial, therapeutic outlet. One such Veteran, Sean Azzariti, told 7 News Denver that using cannabis has allowed him to discontinue taking handfuls of pharmaceuticals on a daily basis, and that the combination of marijuana and painting has “helped tremendously” in terms of treating his PTSD symptoms.
Keyes told 7 News Denver that this kind of atypical style of therapy for veterans was what inspired her to begin the Puff Pass Paint classes in the first place. She explained,
“I wanted to be able to do something where I was giving back to the community as well.”
Keyes has received great praise for her cannabis friendly painting sessions, and classes fill up quickly. Reserve your seat for 1 of only 3 remaining classes in December before spots run out.