5 famous writers who used marijuana and 10 strains for aspiring writers

Published May 14, 2019 12:45 p.m. ET
Did you know that cannabis might help to stimulate creativity? (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Microdosing weed is a relatively new trend that is gaining in popularity as more people choose to delve into some of the ways the marijuana plant might be useful. One of the oldest stoner stereotypes is that anyone who chooses to smoke weed every day is probably lazy, uninspired, unmotivated, and certainly not smart enough to become an aspiring success in any field. Luckily, there have been plenty of cannabis research that seems to agree with the idea that cannabinoids like THC and CBD, which are both found in abundance in marijuana plants, can stimulate blood flow through essential components of the brain which are believed to be in the brain's center for creativity. Though most of us who have experience with marijuana use already know firsthand how therapeutic cannabinoids can be, it’s incredibly exciting to have scientific as well as anecdotal confirmation of this unique connection.

5 world famous writers who smoked cannabis

World famous writers who consumed cannabis for inspiration, as a crutch to avoid more dangerous addictions, and as a treatment for medical conditions that truly hindered their quality of life. As further proof of the powerful effects of cannabinoids, here are five successful writers who all smoked weed during the creation of some of their most influential works.

1. Stephen King

Though the famous Stephen King who is a successful author of suspense, horror, thriller, crime fiction, fantasy, science fiction, gothic drama, and supernatural fiction. He’s published a total of 58 novels, 200 short stories, and 6 non-fiction books, and he has sold over 350 000 000 copies to date. Some of which, were used in the making of plays, movies, comic books, and tv series. A few of his works including Misery were based on his cocaine addiction that he struggled with in the 1980s. Stephen is now an advocate for legal marijuana, sharing his struggles, and how cannabis has helped him to cope while going on to succeed at a prosperous career.

2. William Shakespeare

Shakespeare has long been the most popular and sold writer, actor, author, and poet of all time. He lived from 1564-1616 and during that time curated works of art including 254 sonnets and 39 plays that have been translated into every current language and are still even to this day more performed than any other playwright. Though there is no known recorded admittance of marijuana use from William, in 2001 scientists unearthed a collection of pipes from Shakespeare's garden and tested their contents. All eight of the pipes found had traces of cannabis, even after all these years of being buried. This led researchers to believe that Shakespeare would likely smoke weed every day, at least during the retirement years that he spent in the home.

3. Le Club des Hashischins

This was a group of Parisian authors from the 19th century and resided in Paris where they started a hashish smoking club that ran successfully from 1844 to 1849. The Hashishins gained their most notoriety through a fellow cannabis consumer Theophile Gautier who owned a company with the same name. Though they may not be so commonly known today, Le Club des Hashischins were some of the most highly respected and noted writers in history, and they openly used marijuana products for inspiration on that journey.

4. Alexandre Dumas

Though this one is a sort of extension from the last since Alexandre was a founding member of Le Club De Hashians, his notoriety rises far above the rest in terms of works that are commonly known today. Dumas authored the world famous The Three Musketeers, and The Count of Monte Cristo which are still being adapted into newer books, plays, and movies that many of us know and love. Though there isn’t a lot for information available on his personal life he was a fan of hashish and used the substance during the majority of his active writing career.

5. Hunter S. Thompson

Thompson was an American journalist and writer who is most known as the founder of gonzo journalism, and his most popular publication titled Hell’s Angels which was released in 1967. A sort of biography that was based on one full year that Hunter spent riding and living with a local Hell’s Angels motorcycle club. He intended to shine a light on some of the trials and tribulations of its many members. Thompson later in his career admitted to cocaine addiction, that he used cannabis to manage quite successfully.

10 Marijuana strains that are perfect for aspiring writers

If you are seeking weed strains that will help to improve your levels of creativity, without adversely impacting the quality of your work, there are a few important things to remember.

  • Microdosing. When you are writing professional papers, it is going to be critical that you keep your information accurate, and a clear mind can improve your ability to do that. When we recommend marijuana use for creativity or inspiration, it doesn’t mean that you should smoke weed every day. Instead, we suggest starting with a low dose of cannabinoids, to avoid any potential for sleepiness or other side effects that might hinder your ability to write.

  • Low THC & high CBD content strains. Though these days a good quality CBD strain can be challenging to find, whenever possible choose a weed strain with a measurable presence of CBD. This can help by coating your brains CB receptors and filtering the high, so it isn’t so overwhelming.

  • Energizing terpenes and qualities. Not all cannabis plants will produce the same number of cannabinoids or terpenes, so it is important to understand the critical influence that either one might have on experience with marijuana use. The primary active cannabinoid in cannabis is THC, the psychoactive euphoric inducing element that creates the high that so many consumers describe. Terpenes are not inherently active on their own but work in a process that is called aromatics. What that means, is that certain smells can make some people sleepy, and others can keep you uplifted and energized. Scents that include skunk or more pungent scents are most known for their sedative effect, while those that contain citrus, pine, coffee, berry, and other uplifting scents will likely be the opposite and make you feel energized.

1. Super Silver Sour Diesel Haze
Type:Sativa dominant hybrid (60%)
THC content: 21%
CBD content: 5%
Terpene profile: Diesel, citrus, and pungent.

2. Bruce Banner
Type: Sativa dominant hybrid (60%)
THC content: 25%-30%
CBD content: 8%
Terpene profile: Earthy, sweet, and diesel.

3. Panama Haze
Type: Sativa
THC content: 18%-23%
CBD content: 1%
Terpene profile: Spicy, woody, and earthy.

4. Mickey Kush
Type: Sativa dominant hybrid (75%)
THC content: 24%-28%
CBD content: 10%
Terpene profile: Earthy, citrus, and lemon.

5. Santa Muerte
Type: Sativa dominant hybrid
THC content: 18%-20%
CBD content: 5%
Terpene profile: Pine, orange, citrus, earthy, and pungent.

6. Jack the Ripper
Type: Sativa dominant hybrid (70%)
THC content: 17%
CBD content: 4%
Terpene profile: Citrus,m woody, flowerly, and lemon.

7. Chocolate Fondue
Type: Sativa dominant hybrid (80%)
THC content: 18%
CBD content: 2%
Terpene profile: Coffee, sweet, and earthy.

8. Lemon Cheese
Type: Sativa dominant hybrid (60%)
THC content: 21%
CBD content: 1%
Terpene profile: Honey, lemon, spicy, citrus, and woody.

9. Destroyer
Type: Sativa dominant Hybrid (90%)
THC content: 20%
CBD content: 1%
Terpene profile: Ammonia, lavender, blue cheese, and citrus.

10. Jamaican Dream
Type: Sativa dominant hybrid (90%)
THC content: 17%-21%
CBD content: 3%
Terpene profile: Citrus, earthy, and chestnut.

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