Creativity, according to that old dusty book we call the dictionary, is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. However, it’s so much more than that. It’s everything we are and want to be. The truth is, creativity is how we see the world, how we consume knowledge and most importantly – how we make those ideas a reality.
Throughout history, it is known that some of the most iconic musicians, scientists and creatives have all trusted cannabis as their way to access a higher state of creativity; and why shouldn’t they? It has helped create masterpieces across communities around the world. Of course, this doesn’t come without some great highs and terrible lows.
Creativity vs Technicality
I think we have all pondered this relationship over the time we’ve been spending toking. Now let’s apply it to cannabis and creativity and discuss the trade-off. When smoking cannabis, it’s not unusual to feel more relaxed, less critical and ultimately a free flow to most things brain-based. Not to say this is bad but it does, unfortunately, come with the occasional drawbacks.
The issue is that although weed may allow you to be less critical of your work that mental state flows through to all the pillars of creativity. This includes technicality, which can be a big trade-off as you may have the canvas and an idea but your execution is compromised.
Don’t worry though, it isn’t all doom and gloom – ripping bongs isn’t going to tear your life apart. Although you may struggle at first to balance creativity with technicality, you now have access to a more free flow, non-critical type of thinking. This will allow you to play in a space in which your own constraints are not your biggest problem but the limits of creativity itself, do you see where I’m going with this guys?
So weed will make you wise in terms of creativity, allowing you to think and create without pressure or mental constraints. The trade-off in some cases is a messier and less structured approach to your work. So it all really depends on what you are looking to get out of smoking weed during your creative process.
My last hoorah to this is that why not do both and get the best out of both worlds by smoking up during the creative process and not during the technical side of things. You can always smoke up, let the creativity flow, and fix up the technical side of things at a later (sober) stage.
Peace, love and success