Dizzy has a post up highlighting how one man used LSD to break a logjam in a huge programming project. It's a brief but interesting article, since it strikes a chord with some of my own experiences.
As some will know, your humble Devil started his career designing posters for a great number of productions at Edinburgh University's Bedlam Theatre (the only student-run theatre—theatre, not production company—in the country) and soon gained a reputation for designing... well, good but weird stuff (my style is inspired by Dave McKean who is, quite frankly, a genius).
When I started designing these posters, I was quite a regular user of cannabis—hey! I was a student. No surprises there. However, I've never really liked being stoned*, so my use decreased and I totally gave it up in about 2000.
The trouble was that I found my art, which involves a lot of photo manipulation and combination (my site's undergoing some restructuring so I can't link at present) suffered. I was concentrating too hard on the exact way that the photos combined, about the lines and the linkages.
This happened particularly on a piece for a show called Beckett; I was utterly unable to pull anything together at all. So, eventually I gave in and had a smoke...
... and suddenly I could see how things should work. I could see the piece that I was trying to make without worrying about the small details. So, drugs can make one productive.
They can, in fact, help one to see the big picture—in my case, literally.
There's no real point to this post: merely an observation from my own life...
* My problem with being stoned, for what it's worth, was always that I could suddenly conceive of things in my head—artwork mainly—that I wanted to do now, but my body was going, "no. You shall not move."