Before we proceed to that, has it been proven to affect one’s creativity? This question has been up for so long. There has been quite some debate about it. No study has proven the direct correlation between THC consumption and creativity. Some even suggest otherwise – that cannabis contributes to the deterioration of the brain, much more creativity. But, try asking an artist on what they do to stimulate creativity – smoking pot will come as a popular answer. It has been an artist’s friend for so long now. Even way beyond the hippie days.
I am an artist and at the same time a cannabis user. Instead of the usual smoking, I use a vaporizer to consume weed (Magic Vaporizers). And with my experience, I could say that cannabis helps me get started. Creativity is not only about painting with the correct strokes, or composing music with radical tunes. Creativity is also the capacity to go beyond the existing. It is to create a new artwork that is not only revolutionary in its genre but is also captivating to its audience.
We reach a “high” because of THC, the psychoactive compound present in cannabis. When we are in that state, the compound affects the normal processing of our brains. We partially lose coordination with the environment. Our sense of time is affected. We experience munchies, sometimes eating more than our usual diet. And, we lose the restrictions of reality. When I say this, I do not mean that we lose the sense of what is right and wrong. It is not true that cannabis provokes you to commit crimes.
What I mean by “losing the restrictions of reality” is that we are capacitated to go beyond the ordinary. We can accept something we would normally consider as “a crazy idea.” Being high gives me the chance to extract my creative juices. The high state lets me have the unique concepts in mind. Cannabis can temporarily impair your motor skills and memory. So when I am collecting my thoughts, I write down those that amuse me. Sometimes I use a voice recorder when I am not able to write anymore.
Smoking weed does contribute to creativity. The misconception that it does not do you any good arises from the impression that “being creative” translates to a finished artwork. I find it difficult to sketch a draft when I am high, more so finish a painting. But if I do not smoke, I will not be able to develop the ideas that eventually become my artworks. My paintings would not have the originality and style that they have if I had to develop them while I was sober.
If you are experiencing the writer’s block, and haven’t tried smoking yet, I recommend you to do it. Try smoking it or using a vaporizer. And accompany it with good music to help stimulate the production of those creative juices. And don’t forget to write down the crazy concepts you can