meet matt newman
the hairstylist and Tik Tok savant who believes THC is medicine.
How do you make your health a priority?
Lately, I haven’t been making my health a priority and that’s the honest truth. I’ve been readjusting to not having much of a routine at all. Focusing on the positive and staying emotionally satisfied has taken priority over physical health.
If you had asked me 6 months ago, my answer would have been working out and eating right. With my career having changed and a lot of my friends having left the city due to the pandemic, I connect with my friends and my family virtually and do things that make me happy, which includes eating delicious things. And I’m not upset with myself. It’s a strange world out there right now, but my routine has been completely thrown off. I’m rethinking a game plan, waiting to see where the cards fall, and taking care of myself during this time is about fostering peace of mind.
How have you overcome a certain stigma in your life?
Weed is my medicine. I am unofficially diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and medicine was stigmatized by my holistic family. It wasn’t until college that I could play with things to help my mindset and weed was and is a gamechanger. It’s calming and it helps me focus even though my focus might be lower than someone who is not stoned, it’s at least there. Without THC, there is no focus. When I do hair without weed, it does not go well.
“That’s how I really learned weed is not something I need to be embarrassed by because my work is better when I’m high.”
I smoke throughout the day to maintain that focus. It has an arc. In the afternoon, I smoke again to burst me through the end of the day. Then at night, it’s just for fun and however much I want!
What is something you do most days that you consider an escape?
I’m very into street flowers. It’s so amazing that bodegas sell flowers. It’s like a dirty sidewalk and then there are these gorgeous bouquets.
For us in New York City, walking is how we get around and the city can be so gross. There’s a lot of sadness on the streets and I can’t avoid it. You see some really harsh realities. The art and flowers together in the same area displays a little bit of beauty when walking. The city is stressful and those flowers provide me with stress relief.
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