Cannabis, Creativity, & The Cortex

NeuWrite San Diego

I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.

– Jim Morrison

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

Formally known as Cannabis sativa, marijuana is a plant that has been used since the third millennium B.C. for recreational, religious, and medicinal purposes. As the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States (now officially legal in Colorado and Washington), cannabis has become more than just a plant – it has also grown into a cultural phenomenon (SAMHSA, 2010). For musicians such as Bob Marley, artists like Pablo Picasso, innovators like Steve Jobs, and authors such as Oscar Wilde (and maybe even Shakespeare?!), marijuana is often used as a…

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