My dear friend Lester Grinspoon peacefully passed away in the presence of his wife Betsy on June 25th, one day after his 92nd birthday.
I was about to call him on that very day when I heard the news.
I’m still in shock. In the last years I had tried to prepare myself for this to happen. My rational mind knew it would happen sometimes. But my childish heart was firmly convinced that Lester was invincible.
I’d like to share here some thoughts and personal memories about Lester.
Can a cannabis high make you more creative? The short answer is: Yes – if you know how to use it. Here is an article about my research on cannabis and creativity with a link to my course that teachers users to use cannabis for creative thinking and work. Enjoy:
These 10 cannabis-activated tools can make you smarter, more creative, and more connected to who you truly are.
Did you know that the psychoactive properties of cannabis can be used as a very powerful tool for developing parts of you that you might not access otherwise? In fact, when used with the right guidance and intention, cannabis can help you imagine new possibilities for your life that you couldn’t see before, clear patterns of behavior that aren’t serving you anymore, and experience deep insights about who you truly are and why you’re here on earth.
During this very exciting new course, Dr. Sebastián Marincolo Ph.D will guide you on a wonderful cannabis-activated journey to utilize the psychoactive properties for your own personal and spiritual development. With the help of cannabis, he’ll show you how to enhance your memory, increase attention and focus, intensify imagination, feel better about yourself, stimulate more creativity, and much more.
Obviously, this may not be what you’ve been told cannabis will do to you. But if you love this plant, you intuitively know that these outcomes and benefits are possible. So go on an amazing journey with this world renowned expert to expand your mind, enhance your creativity, and unlock new parts of yourself today.
Dr. Sebastián Marincolo holds a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Tübingen, Germany, with a thesis in the field of the philosophy of mind. His research has received several academic fellowships and awards by exploring the philosophy of mind, neurocognition, and on altered states of mind, with a special focus on the cannabis high. Marincolo has published dozens of essays on the cannabis high, published three books on the cannabis high, and has worked with marijuana expert Harvard Associate Prof. Emeritus Lester Grinspoon.
Personally. Marincolo has used cannabis himself for various purposes and financed much of his research with his creative work. For more than five years he was a creative director and consultant for one of the biggest foundations in Germany and has more than 25 years of experience as a freelance photographer. His art photography from New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Bali and other places has been shown in various exhibitions and art galleries in Germany and the U.S.
I have just started an Indiegogo crowdfunding project for my new book “What Hashish Did To Walter Benjamin”. The book will contain 20 of my essays (some of which are already featured here on this blog). If you like the project, please support me on Indiegogo, http://igg.me/at/what-hashish-did-to-walter-benjamin
You can also help me spread the word by sharing the following text on your facebook page:
Worldwide, people are beginning to acknowledge the positive potential of cannabis. Philosopher and writer Sebastian Marincolo has written a new book “What Hashish Did To Walter Benjamin” in which he explains how a cannabis high can help to remember long gone events, to fuel your imagination, to work creatively, to come to insights, and to better empathically understand others. His book also sheds light on how cannabis has helped writers, philosophers, musicians, and artists like Walter Benjamin, Carl Sagan, or Billie Holiday in their work. Help him spread the word and support his Indiegogo campaign:http://igg.me/at/what-hashish-did-to-walter-benjamin
It is time that we make a difference and take this to the next level together! Thank you so much in advance for your support!
Yours, Sebastian Marincolo
Indiegogo Campaign For My New Book Now Online! July 20th, 2015sebastianmarincolo
„What it comes down to is that modern society discriminates against the right hemisphere.“
Roger Wolcott Sperry (1913-1994), neuropsychologist and neurobiologist, known for his revolutionary studies of split brain patients
In 1971, Harvard Prof. Lester Grinspoon published his milestone book „Marijuana Reconsidered“, in which he featured an essay “Mr. X” by his best friend, the famous astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan. In his essay, Sagan reports that for him, the marijuana high led to various cognitive enhancements, including the enhancement of cognitive abilities like enhanced episodic memory, pattern recognition, creativity, and the ability to produce insights. More than forty years later, Sagan’s essay “Mr. X” is still one of the most illuminating accounts on the positive mind-altering potential of the marijuana high. Many other cannabis users before and after Sagan have described similar mind enhancements during a high. My own experiences with the marijuana high had been very similar, and my research aims to explain how good quality marijuana can induce insights and many other cognitive enhancements, given that it is used by skilled users.