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Marijuana Hinders Creativity

Update Date: Oct 08, 2014 05:16 PM EDT

Smoking pot destroys creativity, a new study suggests.

While it's generally believed that smoking marijuana boosts creativity, new research from Leiden University reveals that it actually does the opposite.

Researchers Lorenza Colzato and Mikael Kowal looked at how marijuana with a high concentration of the psychoactive ingredient THC influences creativity. They found that participants who consumed a low lose of THC or placebo performed the best on thinking tests. However, participants given a high dose of THC actually performed worse on thinking tests that measured the ability to come up with solutions to a given problem.

Researchers said the latest study goes against the claims of people who say smoking weed boosts their creativity.

"The improved creativity that they believe they experience is an illusion," Colzato said in a news release.

"'If you want to overcome writer's block or any other creative gap, lighting up a joint isn't the best solution. Smoking several joints one after the other can even be counterproductive to creative thinking," Colzato added.

The latest findings are published in the journal Psychopharmacology.

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