Visual artist Chris Santa Maria is the subject of our latest installment of High Art – a series that profiles musicians, actors, sculptors, painters and other creative professionals to better understand and appreciate the relationship between cannabis and art.

Santa Maria explains how marijuana enables his creativity, “It takes down some of these conscious barriers that would normally exist in my head… It puts me in a kind of cruise control where I’m not thinking… and I’m just in that moment.”

While marijuana helps him focus in the studio, alcohol has the opposite effect. In fact, Santa Maria recalls feeling "repulsed" after seeing a piece he created while drunk.

Ultimately, Santa Maria views getting high as an extension of his consciousness, which is well represented in his work.

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