A couple days ago I conducted a laughably unscientific survey of Seattle’s VR community about marijuana use. Ladies and gentlemen, here are my findings.
86% have mixed pot with experiencing VR.
71% have mixed pot with creating or coding VR experiences.
71% claim that pot makes VR “more fun.”
14% have never mixed pot and VR.
Among the responses to the open-ended question about pot and VR use:
“I personally enjoy programming while stoned and especially love playing in tiltbrush.”
“It helps programming in general, keeps me calm, and after smoking I might approach a problem from a different angle.”
“daily smoker; I never thought about it in terms of vr specifically, but I’m able to focus on all types of dev easier when slightly baked.”
“I think I wouldn’t enjoy it, as I’d be too worried the game was designed to give me a jump scare whilst high lol”
“Relaxed is the best way to enter…can make everything trippier.”
So there you have it, stoners. Seattle’s VR Community is a bunch of dope smokers and that new VR game you just enjoyed was in all likelihood designed by a regular customer of Uncle Ike’s. Levity aside, there’s a serious conversation to be had about how drugs influence various artistic and intellectual milieus. It’s widely understood that the cafes of Europe led to much of the vibrant, boundary-pushing art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Cafes provided gathering spaces for artists and intellectuals who, amply caffeinated, exchanged ideas and influenced each other. And my record collection is a compendium of artists who smoked cannabis and imbibed psychedelics. Steve Jobs unapologetically sang the praises of LSD.
It makes sense that weed-friendly Seattle and VR Seattle overlap, as both alter consciousness. It’s been a few years since prohibition ended and the growth of Washington’s recreational cannabis industry has coincided with the explosive growth of Seattle itself. As friendly neighborhood pot shops have cropped up around the state doing no discernible damage to their communities (not to mention contributing millions in tax revenue), cannabis has found its place as a safer and gentler alternative to alcohol.
What’s that you ask? How many responded to the survey?
Um, seven people?