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Sorry, weed probably does not make you more creative

By Richard Sima

20 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Many cannabis users and creative luminaries believe that the drug enhances creativity—but a new study refutes this. The Post reports on the findings and argues that scientific consensus remains hazy.

Many cannabis users are convinced that the drug not only heightens their mood, but also their creativity.

Creative luminaries also seem to endorse this idea. Steve Jobs said that marijuana and hashish would make him "relaxed and creative" while astronomer and author Carl Sagan believed that cannabis helps produce "serenity and insight." In the artistic sphere, Lady Gaga said she smokes "a lot of pot" when writing music, and Louis Armstrong called marijuana "an assistant and friend."

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