People often say that they’re more creative when under the influence, but is that true? Do drugs and alcohol actually boost our creativity?
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Cannabis and creativity: highly potent cannabis impairs divergent thinking in regular cannabis users
“Cannabis users often claim that cannabis has the potential to enhance their creativity. Research suggests that aspects of creative performance might be improved when intoxicated with cannabis; however, the evidence is not conclusive. The aim of this study was to investigate the acute effects of cannabis on creativity.”
Uncorking the muse: Alcohol facilitates creative problem solving
“That alcohol provides a benefit to creative processes has long been assumed by popular culture, but to date has not been tested. The current experiment tested the effects of moderate alcohol intoxication on a common creative problem solving task, the Remote Associates Test (RAT).”
Do alcohol and pot really make you more creative? It depends
“In modern times, it’s hard to imagine American culture without booze and pot – from Louis Armstrong, a prolific marijuana smoker, to Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, heroic drinkers both. But how do alcohol and pot actually affect create the creative mind? Well, it depends on who you ask.”
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