A qualitative study on the effects of psychoactive substance use upon artistic creativity

Iszáj, F., Ehmann, B., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Demetrovics, Z., 2018. A qualitative study on the effects of psychoactive substance use upon artistic creativity. Substance Use & Misuse, 53 (8), pp. 1275-1280. ISSN 1082-6084

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Background: Psychoactive substance use has often been claimed to help generate and facilitate the artistic creative process.

Aims: The present study explored the role of artists’ substance use in their creative processes and their efforts to balance between enhancement and relaxation.

Methods: Semi-structured interviews concerning the artistic creative process and the role of psychoactive substance use were recorded with 72 artists and analyzed using content analysis. The participants were classified according to their substance use in three groups (Cannabis Group, Alcohol Group, and Control Group).

Results: Results show that both alcohol and cannabis were used to facilitate creativity and the emotional states that are necessary for the artistic creative process. Participants in the Control group reported that listening to music might function as a mind-altering tool. It was also found that for some artists, substance use is not only characteristic to creation, but it is also part of their everyday lives.

Conclusion: Artists are aware of the balancing phenomenon during the artistic creative process. Whether psychoactive substance(s) or other environmental stimuli (such as music) are used to reach the required effect appears to depend upon the individual.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Substance Use & Misuse
Creators: Iszáj, F., Ehmann, B., Griffiths, M.D. and Demetrovics, Z.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2018
Volume: 53
Number: 8
ISSN: 1082-6084
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 05 Dec 2017 11:52
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 15:03
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32136

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