Why you should consume cannabis after a music festival

Photo of writer Steph Zhu at Solaura Festival in Mendocino, Calif.

Good vibes. Good music. Good people. Could it get any better?

Cannabis and festivals are a match made in heaven that will actually lift you and transport you there. Nowadays, many festivals have a touch of cannabis embedded in, and some big ones are even partially sponsored by cannabis brands.

I just got back from a beautiful healing wellness and music festival myself: Solaura Festival in Mendocino, Calif. And that was just two weeks after Burning Man (here are my thoughts on that) where intense, next level, transcendent energy were likewise charged up.

Here’s what it was like:

Solaura Festival was in a beautiful forest with infinitely tall redwood trees, great live instrumental music, a beautiful lake/reservoir, cacao and ecstatic dance, yoga, and late night silent discos. That’s not to mention the amazingly powerful, enlightened, awakened, conscientious community. To top it all off, there were beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and it was during the Harvest Full Moon.

The festival was sponsored by dompen, a cannabis vaporizer pen company.

Side note: Vape pens are starting to be tampered with dangerously, please be very careful and certain about quality when using.

During my time there, I discovered how there is so much synchronicity between festivals and cannabis: the energy that is generated and charged, the endless fountain of positivity, and possibly other emotions that may bubble to the surface if they need to be unpacked.

The experience was raw, real. Being at a festival with cannabis strips away the sterile layers that society builds up, in lieu of getting dirty and connecting to the Earth.

And now, with cannabis legalization, it can be woven into the fabric of the experience. Onsite consumption, complemented by education, information, and reputability offer a safe environment that promotes the right energy for a wonderful, healing, high.

Festivals are wonderful and dandy and all, but there is a missing piece.

Closure and integration.

So many people desire and long for the festival to continue after the fact.

They live in the past, stuck in their memories. Or they live in the future, instantly planning for the next one the moment they get back.

My secret to integration? Cannabis. Particularly the psychoactive edition featuring THC.

It grounds me yet allows me to maintain the butterfly, free-flowing energy of the festival.

It re-conjures blissful moments, which neurologically helps reinforce the memory and concept of euphoria that could actually exist in life.

Embodiment. Freedom. Breaking out of societal molds.

These are what both festivals and cannabis offer independent of each other.

Imagine the transcendent magic that can happen when they beautifully coalesce. It transforms the ephemeral into something tangible

Stephanie Zhu is a freelance writer covering the sectors of health & wellness, cannabis, and sustainability. She is also a healer, a massage therapist, and Reiki practitioner. Learn more about her at, and on Instagram as @themysticdreamer.