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Does Smoking Weed Make You More Creative?
A new study on the effects of smoking marijuana
and its relation to creativity has some interesting
The study consisted of 412 marijuana users
(they couldn’t find 8 more?) and 309 non-users,
and they attempted to answer the question:
Does smoking marijuana make you more creative?
Emily LaFrance, the co-author of the study
and graduate student at Washington State University,
says she first became interested in the topic
when she noticed that a lot of her favorite
artists admit they smoke marijuana.
“This cannabis use was commonly thought
to have been a cause of the creative success
of many artists,” she explains.
“I began to wonder about this commonly held
idea – are cannabis users really more creative
The study is called “Inspired by Mary Jane?
Mechanisms underlying enhanced creativity
in cannabis users” and was published in
Consciousness and Cognition.
It examined the participants over a variety
of areas including psychological tests, and
measuring creative works and achievements.
Some major points from the study include:
• Cannabis users were more likely to be
extroverted and open to new experiences.
• Cannabis users reported higher levels
of artistic creativity, but not a higher amount
of creative achievements or completed works.
• Cannabis users performed better on a convergent
thinking test (which tests creative problem
Overall, they did find that those who use
marijuana are more creative than their counterparts
who do not use it, but when they dug deeper
they made a startling discovery.
When the scientists included the personality
traits into the data, they realized that these
traits on their own could determine whether
a person is more open to using marijuana,
as well as drive a tendency to be more creative.
“Cannabis users may be more creative than
non-users,” LaFrance says, “but this is
not because using cannabis has increased their
She goes on to explain that it’s the fact
that marijuana users “are more open to experience
than non-users, and this openness to experience
is associated with both cannabis use, and
So, there you have it: if you smoke pot you’re
probably more creative than people who don’t…
but it’s not necessarily the weed that’s
got your creativity going.
It was you all along!
Note: This study was conducted with all subjects
being sober, meaning none of them were under
the influence of marijuana during the test.
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