There are many myths today that surround cannabis. 10 years ago, the Creativity Research Journal published an article called “Effects of Marijuana Use on Divergent Thinking.” Research was conducted by Bourassa M. and Vaugeois P. on 120 participants (60 regular users and 60 novice users of cannabis). Three experimental conditions with THC were used: with marijuana, without marijuana, and with a placebo. Their studies and results concluded that “the use of marijuana had no positive effects on divergent thinking (creativity) in novice users and reduced it in regular users.”
Creativity is defined as “the ability to produce something new through imaginative skill, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form.” In lament terms, imagine that the creative thought process is a swarm of ideas that are hovering in a circle above your head. As you jump up to catch those ideas and begin compiling them in a collection, they solidify and the creative process is born.
It doesn’t help either that many myths surround cannabis as being the gateway drug. If an artist chooses to speak about their midnight toking, they are often, more times than not, thrown into the underground art subculture world. Of course, if you are an artist who wants to be in the subculture, that might work well for you. If not, this can pose a serious problem.
Artists can also possess the fear that their future buyers might think they are going to become crazed-out crack-heads when the pot doesn’t do it for them anymore. This is a ridiculous myth. When marijuana is ingested or inhaled into the system, the chemicals attach themselves to receptors in the brain, which provides a pleasurable experience. Those same receptors react when consuming chocolate or having sex, for 99% of us. The studies conducted in which marijuana is believed to be the gateway drug are based on the idea that the sensors will become numb after time when the high from the cannabis is no longer enough for the individual. If you apply that same theory to the consumption of chocolate, coffee, sex, or of anything that gives us pleasure for that matter, this becomes a frightening theory. It would be disturbing to think of some of us becoming heroin junkies because we can’t get our “chocolate fix.”
The key to a healthy lifestyle is balance. All kinds of artists have been using cannabis for centuries to reach heightened levels of enlightenment with their creative process. To say that marijuana does not help one with creativity is a silly claim.
If you take care of yourself and don’t overdo it, you’ll be just fine. Educate yourself about different strains and what works best for you. If marijuana works for you creatively, then go for it. If it doesn’t, don’t do it. It just doesn’t get any simpler than that.
13 September, 2011