There has been a lot of study conducted on the relationship between cannabis use and creativity dating all the way back to 1992. The first documented study found that cannabis use increases blood flow to your frontal lobe; specifically, to the part of your brain responsible for creative thinking, ultimately making it more active. The study was solidified by different scientists in 2002.
However, these two studies touched on something called “creative divergent thinking”. Divergent thinking is the way scientists measure creativity. It takes stock of all the variables that can make for creative thinking. Divergent thinking occurs in a free-flowing, spontaneous manner and measures all the different processes you can use to solve problems, brainstorm, free write, and come up with new ideas.
All of these effects take place in the same section of the brain documented by the first two studies. This area in your brain is where you do all of your creative thinking and problem solving. Every day, you use divergent thinking to come up with numerous possibilities for innovation. Whether you’re trying to figure out what to make out of the random ingredients in your refrigerator or figuring out how to raise funds for a party, you’re using divergent thinking. Creativity, while not the exact same thing, is part of divergent thinking. It’s on a spectrum, since there are so many different ways to be and think creatively.
With that in mind, there are several studies out there that cover divergent thinking and how cannabis affects this type of creativity, making it easier to solve puzzles and manifest the music or art you have in your mind. The results are kinda all over the place. There are many variables involved, and everything affects everyone a little differently. Regardless, evidence confirms a relationship between cannabis and creativity. It just comes along with a variety of determining factors.
For example, a 2012 study found that cannabis and creativity are notable, though you’re more likely to experience a creative bosot with cannabis if you’re not as much of a creative or divergent thinker already.The study broke a group of subjects into two groups, a high creativity group and a low creativity group. They were tested both sober and under the influence of cannabis. The study found that people who are already creatively skilled won’t see a noticeable difference in their creativity levels while using cannabis, but people in the low creativity group often did.
A similar 2014 study found that cannabis and creativity have a notable relationship, though its effectiveness depends on the person and the dosage used. Low doses of THC improved some aspects of divergent thinking. However, higher doses actually reduced creativity.
All in all, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that cannabis does boost creativity under certain conditions. Further study is still necessary to study this link, but the outlook is pretty good. Just remember to do what works best for you. Start with smaller doses and try a variety of different creative activities, environments, and strains to see if cannabis can help you reach your full creative potential.
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