Everyone knows that marijuana works as a catalyst for creativity. It unleashes creativity by bringing down the barriers imposed upon our brain through training. How cannabis achieves this is something that scientists need to work out. However, the manifestation of this phenomenon can be seen in the lives and works of many creative individuals.
There have been writers, artists, actors, musicians, and other famous creative people who have been assisted by weed in their quest of the creative spark. In this post, I will just skim the surface and list a few.
Poet and Playwright William Shakespeare:
The sixteenth century writer, poet, and playwright, who even today is considered to be a literary giant, was in all probability, a pot-smoker.
According to this Huffington Post article here, smoking pipes that date back to the seventeenth century, have been dug up in the garden of the house where Shakespeare once lived. Nothing surprising here, except the fact that traces of cannabis (among other drugs) have been found upon them.
In 1563, Queen Elizabeth I had ordered landowners with 60 acres or more to grow cannabis as one of their crops or face a fine of 5 Pounds (a hefty amount in those days.)
So Shakespeare was born in a world where cannabis farming was not just accepted, but required by law.
Shakespeare also mentions a “noted weed” and “compound strange” in his poetry. Was he referring to marijuana, or was here merely using hemp-paper/scroll to note down his ideas. In “Did Marijuana Fuel Shakespeare’s Genius” Amanda Mabillard arrives at the conclusion that it was the former. Source: Mabillard, Amanda. Did Marijuana Fuel Shakespeare’s Genius? Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2000. (July 06, 2015)
Surrealist Artist Salvador Dali:
Salvador Dali’s surrealistic paintings make you wonder whether a person can actually paint all that apparently crazy stuff without sipping the nectar of the gods? Dali never admitted to using any drug though. In fact, he made a somewhat nebulous statement “I don’t do drugs; I am drugs,” which has been interpreted by pro- and ant-marijuana people to suit their own philosophies.
Note: If his name doesn’t ring a bell, try recalling a picture of melting clocks – a painting called, “The Persistence of Memory”.
Singer, Song-writer Justin Timberlake:
Justin Timberlake, the singer/song-writer says, “The only thing pot does for me is it gets me to stop thinking.” Cynics, please wait before you jump to conclusions. In Timberlake’s opinion, his brain needs to be turned off at times. Cannabis-smoking results in a perception of time slowing down, and for some artists, it’s just the thing they need – reduce the speed at which their mind runs, so that they can stop, observe, and create.
Paul McCartney of the Beetles:
Paul McCartney of the Beetles fame smoked pot for 48 years. It’s impossible to claim then, that he didn’t write many of his major works while he still was smoking. He stopped smoking at the age of 69, after a 48-year run with weed. This also goes to confirm that weed isn’t addictive – it’s a drug of choice.
Master Storyteller Stephen King:
Stephen King said in an interview to High Times magazine, “”I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful for the state of Maine. There’s some pretty good homegrown dope. I’m sure it would be even better if you could grow it with fertilizers and have greenhouses.”
The fans of Stephen King would vouch for his ability to carry you off into the strangest, never-before-explored crevices of the human mind, and make you experience unimaginable horrors. Did his creativity benefit from his love of cannabis?
Pop-singer Lady Gaga:
Lady Gaga, the otherworldly looking pop-singer is quite open about her love for marijuana. She admits that it makes her forget that she’s famous, and not only that, it also makes her more creative. In an interview to Anderson Cooper she said, “I smoke a lot of pot when I write music.” She accepts that she tries to cut it down because it’s not good for her voice.
Finally, we have an exception, who as they say, proves the general rule.
President Barack Obama:
He once said, “When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently.”
Being creative is great, but becoming the President of the United States isn’t too bad either. In my opinion, either way, you are safe in the company of marijuana.