If you have used cannabis before, you have probably experienced moments of what seems to be a boost in creative energy. People who use cannabis and are involved in the creative arts, such as writers and artists, are often quoted as saying that this is true. The benefits of using cannabis have been researched for many years, and now some new insights are available that weren’t available just a few years ago. But does it really make you more creative?
Benefits of Mind-Altering Effects
Any mind-altering substance can cause a shift in thinking patterns that might lead to a creative way of solving a problem. Caffeinated beverages have the same kind of effect, although there is no feeling of euphoria. Mind-altering substances affect the rate at which certain hormones called neurotransmitters are produced by the brain. This is what causes the change in perspective, no matter what drug or substance is being used. However, some substances are better for the brain than others.
Illicit drugs like cocaine and heroin have disastrous effects on the nervous system, although people who use these drugs might feel especially clever while using them. The same can be said about alcohol consumption. Cannabis is probably one of the safest mind-altering substances available because it doesn’t have a destructive effect on the nervous system, brain, and body. At least not to the same extent “hard drugs” do.
Depends on Personality
Brain cells communicate with each other via neurotransmitters like serotonin, melatonin, dopamine and many others. The endocannabinoid system has receptors located in the brain and other areas of the body. These receptors are ready and waiting to absorb cannabinoids such as THC and CBD contained in cannabis. When these are absorbed, they speed up the communications between the neurons. People react to this in different ways. Some might feel paranoia, fear, exhilaration, calmness, relief or a combination of these and similar emotions.
This information has led researchers to conclude that the feelings of heightened creativity among cannabis users might be valid. However, it depends on the psychological makeup of the individual.
High and Low Doses of THC
The level of creativity cannabis use encourages might depend on the amount used at one time and the particular strain. Moderation seems to be the key, as when too much of a highly-potent strain is used, it might cause paranoia and other negative emotions in some individuals. With weaker strains, it might be necessary to consume more in order to come to a state of relaxation that increases ingenuity.
Ultimately, it’s up to you as an individual to determine if cannabis can help give you a creative edge, but there is plenty of evidence showing that it does.