Mary Jane in Wonderland
On the other side of the smoking glass lies a painted fairytale scene that puts a cannabis-inspired twist on the classic story of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” In this room female artist, Ellie Paisley, brings the walls to life with a magical mural featuring bright, colorful illustrations of Mary Jane’s journey through the Marijuana Mansion. Beneath fluttering butterflies lies a peculiar fuzzy pink chair that serves as the perfect spot to spend a golden afternoon as you live out your wildest daydreams.
While painting this room one night, Ellie Paisley reported a bizarre encounter with Marijuana Mansion’s resident spirit. After hearing the sound of loud footsteps coming up the stairs, she called out to see if anyone was there, but no one answered. After confirming that she was the only person in the Mansion, she went back to painting while standing high up on a ladder. She suddenly felt a chilling presence and a cold breath on her neck, but when she turned around, no one was there! Curiouser and curiouser…
Wheel of Terpenes
On the right side of the door leading into the Mary Jane in Wonderland room, you’ll find the Wheel of Terpenes on the wall. Terpenes are fragrant oils that are found in many herbs, fruits, and plants. Terpenes give cannabis its aromatic diversity, they’re what give Blueberry its signature berry smell, Sour Diesel its funky fuel flavor, and Lavender its sweet floral aroma. Like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain and give rise to various effects. The infographic below outlines properties of six common cannabis terpenes along with a few strains that tend to express notable levels of each.
About the Artist: Ellie Paisley
Ellie Paisley found her passion at a young age and embraced the arts. By high school she had received several art awards including the Pennsylvania State Scholastic Art Award for Editorial Illustration.
Double majoring in Art and Design in her college career, Ellie began to understand that traditional methods of abstract conceptualization would not satisfy her need to understand and contribute to the world around her – that the most beautiful enlightenment in life does not translate to a classroom or textbook.
She began working with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) at the end of 2011. After being among the youngest volunteers to start their own chapter (Lancaster NORML) she moved to Philadelphia to work as the graphic designer and secretary for the state chapter Philly NORML where she would later accept a position of their board of directors.
While maintaining her career as a student, Ellie set off on an epic adventure traveling across the country to music festivals to share her art with the world. Live painting on stage is where she found her true passion, stuck in a moment where the hardest choice is whether to dance or paint – she knew this is where she needed to be.
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