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How Does Cannabis Enhance Creativity?

Mind-altering substances – certain drugs, alcohol, even coffee for its caffeine – have long been praised by world-famous artists and savants for bringing out their creative ideas. And cannabis, which is known for its psychoactive effects, is no exception to that lauded group of substance. In fact, many famous personalities like Carl Sagan, Salvador Dali, and even Lady Gaga attested to the herb’s profound and inspiring effects.

The creativity boost from cannabis is not an effect that is exclusive to celebrities and artists. How does cannabis enhance a person’s creativity? We’ll try to answer that question by exploring the beneficial effects of cannabis on the human mind and how it can help people find inspiration and arrive at artistic and practical innovations.

  1. Cannabis helps relieve pain and inflammation. Have you ever tried to come up with a unique idea while suffering from a migraine or toothache? At times like that, it’s usually hard to think of anything other than the pain. Uncomfortable sensations, such as pain and irritation, can prevent a person from thinking clearly and focusing on activities and ideas. Cannabis is well-known for its positive effects towards relieving chronic and reducing inflammation. By relaxing the body and lessening the intensity of these sensations, marijuana allows the person to devote more time and thought to other pursuits instead of dwelling on the pain. This, in turn, can help a person think more freely and come up with one-of-a-kind ideas.

  2. Cannabis calms the mind. It’s difficult to come up with new ideas if you’re too stressed over work, relationships, or any other aspect of your daily life. Most of the time, you’ll need to cool down a little and free your mind if you want to tap your creative side — and cannabis can help in this task. It’s a well-known fact that many cannabis strains and products help calm the mind and relieve everyday stress. The mellow high and the reduced psychotropic effect of these strains can help lessen a person’s anxiety level, allowing them to come up with ideas and solutions without being encumbered by the demands and pressure of their lifestyle.

  3. Cannabis helps people focus. Stress can have positive effects on people, but too much of it can have a negative impact on one’s health and ability to think and focus, among others. While a psychoactive high can make it harder for a person to think clearly, the calm feeling imparted by cannabis strains and products high in CBD may have a more positive effect on one’s concentration. In addition to relaxing the mind, it can help the person think clearer and devote all their attention to certain activities, such as pursuing creative ideas.

  4. Cannabis encourages thinking ‘outside the box.’ Research found that marijuana increases activity in the frontal lobe, the part of the brain which serves as the headquarters for divergent thinking. Divergent thinking refers to a process or method that explores many possible solutions. This thought process typically occurs in a manner that is more free-flowing or spontaneous. In contrast, convergent thinking refers to narrowing down options to come to a correct solution. This means that cannabis can help a person think of solutions without being burdened by strict boundaries, as well as connect ideas that would otherwise remain unnoticed or excluded from a more linear thought process.

Of course, using cannabis does not automatically result to having original ideas or unorthodox thoughts once the herb takes its effect. In fact, whether or not marijuana can help you think more creatively all depends on the user. Weed may aid the free flow of new and innovative ideas, but the person must also be in the right mood and state of mind in order to maximize the herb’s creativity boost.

In addition to having the right state of mind, it’s also necessary to have the right tools on hand. The herb affects a person’s long- and short-term memory. While there are conflicting studies that show how marijuana affects the memory of regular and long-term users, many people can attest that, once they have sobered up, it’s difficult to recall the ideas they had while they were stoned. So if you’re using marijuana for creative pursuits, it is best that you prepare a notebook or any device that will help you record your thoughts. This way, you can be sure that you’ll have a way to recall your million-dollar idea once the initial high from marijuana use wears off. 

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