Article by Asma Khan, Cannabis Life Network
Weed helps artists tap into their creativity. Even writers have found weed helpful to produce some beautiful sonnets and novels. Here is a list of top 5 famous writers who have let their creativity flow while indulging in smoking weed.
Stephen King is known for his ingenious way of writing, especially his contribution in the horror and thriller genre. He has written 55 novels and has received numerous accolades for his eccentric characters and storylines. Apart from being a writer, he was also a heavy user of weed. Those two things may have come hand-in-hand for him to be glorious in his endeavours. He was addicted to smoking Weed and doing Cocaine during his The Shining and Cujo era. He sought inspiration in the fumes of the smoke and the high it would have given him. In an interview for High Times in 1981, Stephen said that he believed that weed should not only be legalized, but also made into a cottage industry.
Maya Angelou is one of the most prominent figures in history. She has been lauded for her significant work as an activist, as well as for her contribution in the literary world. Maya has written three books of essays, numerous books of poetry and plays, movies and television series. She describes her childhood trauma in her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In her memoir Gather Together In My Name, she describes the joys of smoking weed and how it helped her ease her stress and battle the trauma she had been through as a child. Her first experience smoking weed was when she smoked “grifa” as an 18-year-old. She described the experience as, “From a natural stiffness, I melted into a grinning tolerance”.
Carl Sagan has widely contributed to the field of science through his writing. His famous 13-part series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was viewed by more than 500 million people worldwide. He has written a science fiction novel called Contact in 1985 which was later adapted and made into a movie. He has also co-written a paper that introduced the concept of Nuclear Winter. Carl was heavily indulged in smoking weed, which made him a critical thinker and a productive writer. It also helped him with his scientific insights. In an interview, Carl mentions that he had written 11 short essays on a wide range of social, political, philosophical and human biological topics all while being high.