It’s long been thought that psychedelic drugs help make you more creative. After all, how else could people think up songs like ‘I Am the Walrus’ and albums like ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’?
However, it seems this idea is more than just a stoner fable, as there is some proper scientific evidence for these claims.
In a study by San Francisco State College, five students found that drugs like LSD and mescaline do, in fact, aid the creative process.
The study, which tracked 27 males in professional fields ranging from physics and mathematics to furniture design and commercial art, found that taking psychedelic agents in proper doses can help improve one’s ability to recognize patterns, minimize outside distractions, and more easily hold visual memories.
Further, LSD and mescaline can help reduce anxiety and inhibitions, increase your ability to empathise, and increase the likelihood of having an “a-ha!” moment.
The study was published in ‘Psychological Reports’, a popular academic journal that covers psychology and psychiatry.