It’s no mystery that stoners tend to be quite creative. Whether they’re writing songs or painting an image, people who use marijuana really seem to have a great hold on the arts. Many people accept this as a stoner stereotype when in fact there are substances in marijuana that actually do enhance the creative process, giving a solid backing to the creative stoner. Marijuana isn’t just about getting high. This plant can really help us to find new ideas and accept alternate possibilities to what we previously thought.
According to a study conducted in 2010 study by Morgan, Rothwell, et al. showed that one of marijuana’s primary properties is its ability to increase hyper-priming, or your ability to make connections between seemingly unrelated concepts, also known as the “Aha!” moment. Stoners seem to be able to make these connections faster then non-smokers, adding more power to the idea of the creative stoner. In addition, marijuana also ups the production of dopamine in the brain, which gives the stoners calm euphoric feeling they love so much. This calm feeling creates the absence of the “inner filter”, or the small voice inside your head that critiques you while you’re painting, writing, or performing. Without the inner personal criticism, the creative process is allowed to flow more freely, producing more artistic results.
Also shown by the research of marijuana and creativity is that using cannabis blurs the lines between the five senses, which allows the user to be more in awe of their surroundings and the art they are producing. So basically, marijuana creates a sense of wonder, which may in turn be destructive causing the artist to think their art is better when it might not be. However, the product of high art tends to be much more appealing to the eye as compared to not-stoned art and stoners themselves seem to be much more in tune with the creative and more colorful side of things.
Marijuana may enhance the creative process but there also needs to be some base. Being creative takes a lot of really hard work and practice so don’t get discouraged if you’re not pumping out masterpieces the first time that you sit down with a paintbrush and a joint. Take your time and practice your chosen work of art. Marijuana will only enhances what’s already there. And while the studies on this subject seem to be few and far between (not to mention they disagree with each other), stoners know that smoking definitely does something to make the user more in tune with themselves and the world around them, thus giving them an upper hand when it comes to creating art!
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