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Marijuana has for some time been beyond belief associated with creativity and art. When an artist gets high on smoking pot, their imagination and workmanship also operates to a higher level. Fantastic, isn’t it? How this specific plant can surprisingly chip in to the ability of an artist to create amazing art. There is no scientific explanation to it but there are a lot of studies and testimonies that experiments to this exceptional experience.
With the growing cannabis legalization, it wouldn’t surprise us if more artistic people picked up a pipe before creating a beautiful piece of art. It’s true that smoking cannabis can help creative individuals make art. It may influence individuals to realize their creative potential. In any case, not really. If you are not bound to be a creative individual, marijuana won’t settle that. But, regardless of whether you’re not particularly imaginative, simply knowing how to roll a joint is an art too. There is an art in everything that we do. There are just exceptional individuals who possesses the ability of being more innovative and expresses it through art in any form.
There are tons of successful individuals who smokes marijuana for recreational use. Indeed, even recorded historical figures do. William Shakespeare was a 16th century playwright who is widely considered to be one of the greatest dramatist at any time. Researchers found traces of cannabis on clay pipes originated from Shakespeare’s home in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Shakespeare also wrote about a “noted weed” in one of his sonnets. Steve Jobs, one of the most creative minds of our times famously remarked, “The best way I would describe the effect of the marijuana and the hashish is that it would make me relaxed and creative.” He invented Apple specifically for designing. Is it by coincidence or was he a genius with an artistic mind who’d like to introduce people not only to know how powerful technology is but how modern technology can create a modern art. One famous series titled “Blow Job” by Brazilian artist Fernando de la Rocque presents images of religious and political icons by exhaling marijuana smoke onto his pre-cut stencils. Rocque not only uses cannabis as inspiration for his works but actually uses marijuana smoke as his main artistic tool. They are only examples of artists who smoke weed. But in reality, there are dozens more, if not hundreds or even thousands.
One of the keys to creativity is divergent thinking. It’s the ability to see things in ways others can’t. Smoking pot enhances one’s ability to do beyond what is normal. As per a recent report by Morgan, Rothwell, it demonstrated that one of marijuana’s essential properties is its capacity to increase hyper-priming, or your ability to make associations between seemingly unrelated concepts. You tend to see things beyond of what is in front of you. Not in literal way. But some claims that they visually see these things literally. The dosage or the amount of consumption can be one factor.
Marijuana also allows the brain to release the neurochemical called dopamine, which gives users the signature calm, euphoric feeling. Some creative parts of the brain gets activated after smoking weed. It boosts the user’s willingness to do something that they like to do. But depends on capacity or capability of how the mind accepts it. Some will have good trips but some will have bad trips. Creativity with marijuana derives upon how you respectfully like to use it. If you want to get relaxed or if you’re thinking about art-related stuffs.
Research suggests that cannabis blurs the lines between a person’s five senses, allowing for an increased capacity for wonder and awe. It enhances your ability to marvel at things, somehow allowing you to experience events in a profound, internal way. There are two types of people while brainstorming ideas with a group. Let’s say, there’s one who pays attention and one who doesn’t. Will get focused on the conversation and interchange ideas. There are some who’s in the crowd or even when talking one on one, facing with someone, don’t seem to hear anything like “Did you just say something?” That is because of a different thought that is running through the mind. You are aware that there is someone talking but you think it was only an element to an almost mute or silence that seems very loud. This won’t distract your imagination and gets you more focused on what you do.
There’s like a light running through your nerves and pumps to make you AHA and AH I see. You tend to get curious and aware of the things you have in questions or in mind. It comes to you and weed helps you visualized it. But not all are blessed with basic artistic talents. Speaking of which, artist take advantage of this effect to improve their works in forms of drawings, painting, music or poetry etc.
Music. Like soundwaves waves have life and full of colors. You start to feel it. As what Bill Hicks said, which was added to Tool’s song Third Eye, “You see, I think drugs have done some good things for us. I really do. And if you don’t believe drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor. Go home tonight. Take all your albums, all your tapes and all your CDs and burn them. ‘Cause you know what, the musicians that made all that great music that’s enhanced your lives throughout the years were real fucking high on drugs. The Beatles were so fucking high they let Ringo sing a few tunes.”