Does smoking weed make you more creative?
Mary Jane Mary Jane, I mean you must be Eve's cousin or something. Starting all this trouble, even now in the 21st century. You've got people going to great extents wanting just a little bit of you. The chase hasn’t stopped for a minute. Even though you are about 3500 years old? Honestly, you don't look a day older than 500. Hands down one of the most sought after women out there. How do you do it? Actually, better question: What do you offer? Maybe it's the fact that you turn everyone's blues into greens? Maybe you relax the un-relaxed and tame evil thoughts. Or maybe, it's the channels of creativity that you open, in the minds of the lesser, and make this world a more colourful place. Let's talk about this.
“Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”-Thomas Jefferson
The list of creative individuals, both in the past and present, that used Mary Jane is ridiculously long. We are talking legends! From visual artists such as Picasso, Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, and Van Gogh, to writers with the likes of Stephen King, Oscar Wild, and Tariq Ali, as well as musicians such as The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Neil Young, Ray Charles, and Bob Marley. But let's talk about the 'not so creative' for a second: Francis Wilkinson (Ex Chief Constable of Gwent Police) Prince Charles Prince William, Prince Harry, Richard Feynman (Nobel Prize for Quantum electrodynamics). I think those names have enough impact on their own.
Before I begin, let me state, that I am in no way stating that Mary Jane entices creativity. What I am saying, is that it enhances the already existing creative imagination that exists in every individual out there.
“When I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it. I didn't inhale.”-Bill Clinton
“I never understood that line. The point was to inhale. That was the point.”-Barack Obama
The path to creativity is divergent thinking, the ability to view things from various perspectives. Artists in various realms are emotional people. You have to be emotional in order to be creative. They are intertwined. Sometimes, as an artist, your emotions get in the way of your creativity, especially negative emotions. And you need something to relax your mind and body. Mary Jane becomes the wet blanket over these hot emotions. Compartmentalization of your thoughts. It allows you to surrender control and let go. Ya, sure tons of nonsense will seep through, but there will be some golden inspirational thoughts to be found. Dopamine will be of abundance, and your negative mood is no longer existent. Research has shown that people solve creative problems better when in a positive mood, rather than negative.
What Mary Jane does, is create connections between unrelated thoughts and ideas. Hence why when you are high, you have the deepest most meaningful conversations. You are able to see things from different perspectives, pull ideas out of bags that were not there beforehand and solve problems more effectively. It increases your ability to express without inhibition from the inner critique. Ideas flow freely and the boundaries of your five senses are now blurred.
“Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.” – Richard Neville
This combination, Mary Jane and a merrier you, allows for massive creative spike. Next thing you know, you're a legend in the making. Many musicians in particular are a fan of Mary Jane, and they are not shy about it. They express it in their lyrics, in interviews, and in their biographies. And guess what, the use has not compromised their musical dexterity, nor did it impact their fan base. Looking back at history, some of the most successful individuals on this planet were fans of Mary Jane.
The herb triggers a creative surge that alters the approach to creative thinking and opens up dimensions not explored previously. So yes, to conclude, I believe their is a strong correlation between creativity and the use of Mary Jane. I have a dream that one day, we can all prosper from the advantages of Mary Jane with no fear of arrest. Well hey, Martin had a dream too. But if it strengthens the argument at all, I visited Mary Jane due to my writers block. And here we are now.
“It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics, dope, and all of that stuff. It is a thousand times better than whiskey. It is an assistant and a friend.”-Louis Armstrong