What happens when you smoke weed?
I know people who smoke and watch movies, eat, play video games. They party. Some do nothing at all. Some people go to work, and get through their mindless job with the weed running through their system. Generally, few people are productive when they’re high with some notable exceptions – artists, musicians, writers, and others are able to create while high. The types who produce while high seem to be the exception in my experience, but I still want to discuss the possibilities of this production.
People probably get good ideas while high all the time, but they don’t write them down. Few singers sit down and develop them into songs. Talented writers, my guess is, rarely get high and come up with fantastical ideas and storylines for their books. The key problem is that weed kills motivation. What I have personally observed in people who smoke often is that their motivation gradually dies. Still, I want to consider what those whose motivation remains end up producing.
Weed does make you creative. This is great news for a few facets or roles in our world. What of pastors, ministers, counselors, and theologians? What of worship leaders? What if we could somehow maintain the discipline, motivation, and talent, and engage with chemical use to enhance the effect of creativity on these ingredients? I wish I had access to a school of theologians. I would tell them to smoke. If they lose their motivation and discipline I would tell them right away, STOP! If their motivation and discipline remains, I would tell those theologians, write everything that comes into your mind. Develop it when you sober up, or develop it further when you get high. Don’t make it a habit, do it mindfully, but feel free. See what you can create.
That school of theologians would turn into some brilliant mystics overnight. That level of creativity is probably common across all vocations, but weed use enhancing a talented and motivated theologian is probably extremely, extremely rare. Rare, maybe only single digit number of theologians smoke in order to experience creativity, that kind of connection in the mind and in the divine. Weed is acceptable in the arts, where that pagan-seeming chemical is accepted by mostly non-believers. Nobody would care if a painter created something beautiful while high, but people would reject the product of a theologian who created understandings or paradigms or new ideas to conceive of our God with, people would reject that because of the weed use that produced it. This is wrong, isn’t it? That kind of creativity is more common in the arts than theology because of this.