Now, before I start on this exploration of the experience of making art while high, I want to say that no
substance will magically turn you into an artist. You are already an artist, it is just buried beneath other things
that have taken over your consciousness. With that in mind, enjoy my journey on exploring how marijuana
can enhance the creative process.
1. Stop obsessing over detail.
Am I using the right colors? Am I being consistent? Should I use this font? What about this font? (Commence
2 hours of clicking through fonts to find the ~perfect~ one.) This pencil needs to be sharper. Is my hand
smudging my lines? Is this marker going to bleed through? These are questions that bombard my brain
whenever I am painting, drawing, designing, or doing anything artistic. I am a perfectionist when it comes to
my passion and I hate it.
I want to be the best artist I can be, just like anyone else. But, this anxiety and obsession absolutely hinders
me during the creative process. Smoking allows me to just roll with the punches. I am not worried about
things that don’t matter. I am looking at the big picture and feeling my idea rather than trying to compare my
work with what I am imagining. If the marker bleeds through, I don’t give a shit. If the lines get smudged,
good. I can pick the damn font and move on with my life.
2. Enjoy the process.
It is easy to forget why I fell in love with art. This is my career path and whether I like it or not, this is my job
now. Especially as I have gotten older, the fire I once had dims more often. I have gone through 5 years of art
school, 5 years of professors telling me what’s right and what’s wrong. 5 years of my inner voice being beaten
down. Now not to say that art school was a bad choice, but smoking has allowed my style and passion to
peek through. I am able to sit down with a pencil or paintbrush in my hand and momentarily forget all the
rules that have been stuck in my head. I break the rules and I am 100% okay with it.
3. Ignore other stresses.
This is possibly the biggest and most important way that marijuana has helped me in art and in other realms
of life. I am able to get lost in my thoughts and let my mind wander. The wandering mind is a beautiful thing.
It’s almost like a state of meditation and bliss. If you haven’t gathered this yet, I am a generally stressed
person. I worry, bottle things up, overthink everything, etc. Being high lets me temporarily forget about the
bills I can’t pay or the things in my life that need fixing. I get rid of the old, worrisome thoughts to make room
for new, creative thoughts.