i’m all for marijuana legalization and medical use, but i personally can’t stand how it makes me feel. it doesn’t calm my anxiety disorder, and makes me freak out. i think it’s b/c it makes me feel lightheaded, and on a daily basis i feel lightheaded and dizzy (something i’ve had since i was 10. nothing wrong with me, maybe my inner ear fluid is off, but i’m medically fine). so maybe i feel ‘high’ most of the day just as is??? people should be jealous of me :P
Does Marijuana Make You More Creative?
The scientists found that marijuana seems to induce a state of hyper-priming, in which the reach of semantic priming extends to distantly related concepts. As a result, we hear “dog” and think of nouns that, in more sober circumstances, would seem rather disconnected, such as “leash” or “hair.” This state of hyper-priming helps explain why cannabis has been so often used as a creative fuel, as it seems to make the brain better at detecting those remote associations that lead to radically new ideas.
Why does marijuana increase access to far reaching intellectual connections? One possibility is that the beneficial effect of the drug is mediated by mood. Marijuana, after all, has long been used to quiet anxious nerves — big pharma is currently exploring targeted versions of THC as a next generation anxiolytic — as only a few puffs seem to dramatically increase feelings of relaxation and euphoria. (The technical term for this, of course, is getting stoned.) Furthermore, recent research has suggested that performance on various tests of remote associations and divergent thinking — a hallmark of creativity — are dramatically enhanced by such positive moods.
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