Creativity enhancement can be described as a perceived increase in one's capability to imagine new ideas, create art, or think about existing concepts in a novel manner. This component is particularly useful to artists of any sort as it can help overcome creative blocks on existing projects and act as inspiration for new projects. Creativity enhancement can make imaginative activities more enjoyable and effortless in the moment, and the inspiration from it can benefit the individual even after the effect has worn off. The experience of this effect is often amplified by other accompanying cognitive effects such as thought connectivity, motivation enhancement, personal bias suppression, analysis enhancement and thought acceleration.
A well-known example of psychedelic creativity enhancement comes from the Nobel Prize winning chemist Dr. Kary Mullis, who invented a method for copying DNA segments known as the PCR is quoted as saying:
"Would I have invented PCR if I hadn't taken LSD? I seriously doubt it. I could sit on a DNA molecule and watch the polymers go by. I learned that partly on psychedelic drugs".
Creativity enhancement is often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as analysis enhancement and thought connectivity. It is most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of psychedelic compounds, such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline. However, it can also occur under the influence of cannabinoids, dissociatives, and stimulants.
Compounds which may cause this effect commonly include:
1P-LSD, 2-Fluorodeschloroketamine, 2C-B, 2C-B-FLY, 2C-E, 2C-P, 3-MeO-PCE, 3-MeO-PCMo, 3-MeO-PCP, 4-AcO-DMT, 4-HO-MET, 4-MeO-PCP, 6-APB, 6-APDB, ALD-52, Ayahuasca, Bromo-DragonFLY, Cannabis, Deschloroketamine, DXM, LSD, LSZ, Lisdexamfetamine, MDA, MDEA, MDMA, MDPV, Mescaline, MXE, MiPT, O-PCE, PCE, PCP, Prolintane, Psilocin, Psilocybin mushrooms
Documentation written by Josie Kins