Creativity Boosters for Cannabis Lovers
There is a fairly constant overlap between creativity and cannabis users. While I don’t believe that you need to use cannabis to be creative, in my experience, cannabis is a good tool in the creator’s toolbox. No matter how bad my day was or how uninspired I am, I’ve found that cannabis has a way of turning things around.
As a creative professional, I’m not exactly lacking in creativity. It’s my job, which makes it relatively easy during work hours. But, what about after those work hours? What about when I want to freely create without rules or parameters? Or, what about when my creative juices start to run low?
Personally, I’ve found that mixing cannabis and creativity can lead to some pretty great breakthroughs — and I bet that the same can be said for you.
Given that, I wanted to share some of the creative experiments that I run when I’m looking for that next great inspiration (after a little weed, of course).
The Free Thought Experiment
One of my favorite things to do when I’m a little high is to connect with a preferred art medium and record my thoughts. As a writer and content creator, I’m really into narratives. Generally, I will put on a movie or tv show and simply write out my inspirations.
The beauty of cannabis is that it generally has a way of allowing us to open our minds more. This can make us more receptive to certain ideas — and it can also allow us to think free of judgment or negativity. Even art that you know and love hits differently when you’re a little high.
Whether you use cannabis for this one or not, it is one of the biggest tricks in my creative playbook.
Recording your inspirations while consuming art is a great way to identify the value in that art for you — and you might be surprised to find what you learn. Sometimes when I do this, I realize that I can craft an entire story out of one single sentence that I jotted down while watching.
Inspiration really is everywhere — and the internet is a big place.
Use a Music Studio App
You’re probably assuming that this is a great creativity booster for musicians specifically. While I’m sure that it is, I want to be upfront in saying that I’m not a musician. I spent years in voice lessons as a kid and properly squandered those abilities after college, but that is as close to music comprehension as I get.
I can’t read music and I don’t know how to play any instruments — but I can absolutely play with music studio apps. That’s the beauty of this creative exercise: anyone can do it!
If you’re unfamiliar with these tools by name, you probably know them by reputation.
Personally, I use GarageBand on my iPad (it’s even free!). Before you cringe, remember that this is about creativity, not making the next musical masterpiece.
GarageBand has a list of all kinds of premade beats and different instruments to play with, but there are plenty of free tools online — like Spotify’s Soundtrap — across different devices that will let you make music in a similar way.
After a nice smoke session or when that edible starts kicking in, open up the app and just make something. It’s fun, freeing, and a really good way to relax. It is also a highly creative way to pass the time.
Use this as an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and just let loose like you used to back in music class as a kid. You don’t need to make something great, but you might be surprised by what you can create with these systems!
Write to a Movie Soundtrack
Given the fact that I write for a living, I’m not unaware of my bias with this one — but therapists also stress that writing is a valuable tool for everyone.
The next time that you are feeling stuck or you just want to make something fun, pick a random movie or video game soundtrack and boot it up. When it starts, listen for a moment.
Allow the scene to set in.
What do you hear in the song? What emotions does it convey?
The moment that you feel something, start writing. The story can be about anything. It doesn’t need to be fanfiction for the movie or game. The idea is simply to follow the rhythm of the score as it progresses.
I’ve found countless story inspirations simply by writing to the pace of movie scores since they naturally rise and fall — but I also use this to help me get out of my head. It feels a bit like stepping into a world that was made for you, but you get to interpret what every sound means.
It’s a great way to be creative without doing all the work.
Top Album Recommendations
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- The Theory of Everything
- SkyWorld (this is not technically a movie or game soundtrack, but plays like one)
- The Iron Squid II Original Soundtrack
While these are some of the creativity boosters that I use to keep the juices flowing, I will mention that none of them require you to be high in order to yield results. You can use these high or sober and still find inspiration, so don’t feel pressured one way or another.
The important part is that you are taking time to nurture your creativity!
For more information on how to use cannabis for creativity and productivity, check out my other articles on the topic.
How to Give Your Day a Boost with Cannabis
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Using Cannabis To Be More Productive
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