Hey NYC Artist!
First off, I’m gonna drop some scientific facts on you: Cannabis is known to repress an area of the brain called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex 🤯 (DLPFC) connected to inhibition and self-censorship.
Slowing it down or deactivating that area has been suggested to play a role in altered states of consciousness such as daydreaming, meditation, and REM sleep (all are patterns of brain activity that can enhance the creative process). Because weed can suppress these functions and allow you to focus more on imagination, ideas tend to flow more freely~
It’s no secret cannabis is celebrated by many renowned artists, writers, and musicians for its ability to ignite imagination and dissolve inhibitions:
1. Maya Angelou: Did you know she wrote her national bestseller "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" while high? She was vocal about her experiences with cannabis. She found it improved her focus and allowed her thoughts to flow more freely.
2. Andy Warhol: His famous Campbell's Soup Cans were a brainchild of a smoke sesh hosted in his studio known as "The Factory," where cannabis was freely consumed.
3. Lady Gaga: Did you know “Artpop” is the only album she decided NOT to use weed while recording? It ended up being her least successful album. Coincidence? I don’t think so :)
Now, let's explore how YOU can harness the creative potential of cannabis effectively:
Choose the Right Strain:
I highly recommend sativa-dominant strains - they work best for most people to increase creativity and focus. My go-to strains are Jack Herer and Durban Poison. You gotta keep testing though! What works for most people may not work for you. My bestie swears by Indica strains when she wants to do deep work and get shit done. Helps calm her mind and focus on the task at hand. If you’re a painter or a writer - that may be a better choice for you.
Find Your Optimal Dosage:
Start low and go slow. Everyone's tolerance is different. Begin with a small dose, wait, and see how it affects your creativity. You don't want to go overboard and lose focus entirely.
Create the Right Atmosphere:
Environment matters. Last thing you want is to get paranoid. Set the stage for creativity with a comfortable, inspiring space. Surround yourself with art, music, or whatever rocks your boat.
Embrace the Flow:
Cannabis can help break down mental barriers, allowing your thoughts to flow freely. Don't overthink; let your ideas come naturally. Keep a notebook handy to capture those flashes of brilliance!
After your creative session, take time to review your work sober. Cannabis might open doors, but it's essential to refine your ideas with a clear mind. Sometimes I also like to mix it up - by reviewing my work while high to give me a new perspective. 🧐
In conclusion: Cannabis is great for overcoming creative blocks, but remember that it's not a magic potion. You have to ease into it as you find that dosage sweet spot that works for you.
With a mindful approach and a pinch of herbal inspiration, you might just find yourself on a creative journey you never thought possible! Keep us posted.