NORMLme wrote:My blank canvas is my journal and I love smoking before I write. So this pot smoker says yes, it does help ME with my creative side.
It all depends on the person who's smoking the weed. Some people let it consume their lives and never get off their hind end, and others are "productive citizens".
I think the writing part can be executed almost automatically, without interfering to much with the creative thought process. Painting too, can be executed in the same manor if the end result is not a particular concern. If the end result of a painting is intended to look like a truer representation of the subject then a great deal of concentration is required. Thinking back some many years ago, I see your point and agree.
It's highly debatable whether or not William Shakespeare used Marijuana, considering it was readily available at the time and also hemp.
Clay pipes were found in his garden with traces of marijuana and other hallucinogenics :P
As for scientific research, its hard to come by, considering its illegal to use marijuana.
Current restrictions on marijuana research are absurd
http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... a-research
Yet outdated regulations and attitudes thwart legitimate research with marijuana. Indeed, American biomedical researchers can more easily acquire and investigate cocaine. Marijuana is classified as a so-called Schedule 1 drug, alongside LSD and heroin. As such, it is defined as being potentially addictive and having no medical use, which under the circumstances becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Any researcher attempting to study marijuana must obtain it through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The U.S. research crop, grown at a single facility, is regarded as less potent--and therefore less medicinally interesting--than the marijuana often easily available on the street. Thus, the legal supply is a poor vehicle for studying the approximately 60 cannabinoids that might have medical applications.
I'd say Carl Sagan would agree with NORMLme...
"The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world."
- Carl Sagan quote on Marijuana