Weed can help spark your creativity, getting you to finish that amazing screenplay idea, or it can lock you on the couch binge-watching The Office, again. The trick is choosing a strain that has been proven to stimulate the mind after decades of trial and error from the stoners who came before you.
Is sativa or indica better for creativity?
As a general rule, you want to choose a strain that is sativa-dominant. Cannabis sativa and cannabis indica are the two main varieties of weed, and they have a sort of yin-yang thing going on. While sativas are known for a euphoric, stimulating cerebral high that doesn’t slow the body down too much, indicas earned the nickname “in-da-couch” because they relax your body and offer more relieving, sedative, and pain-killing effects. Indicas have a similar calming effect on your mind, too, which is why we generally recommend sativas for creative pursuits.
How does weed make you more creative?
Weed can help you express yourself creatively, but don’t expect sudden divine inspiration after a toke. The creative ideas and energy are all from you and your mind, but using cannabis can help remove the blocks preventing you from tapping that creativity.
For instance, we all probably learned in school that cannabis can “lower your inhibitions.” Back then, they were trying to say we would all go wild and crazy on the devil weed, which was based in “Reefer Madness” fear tactics which have been widely debunked since. But there is still some truth to the reduction of one’s inhibitions. Weed can relax you, studies show it can reduce anxiety, which may make you more open to making connections that you previously didn’t see. This is why cannabis inspires people to ask questions they may have not thought of before. Even if it’s something silly like, “Does the Kool-Aid Man get arrested every time he breaks into someone’s home?”
Here are the best strains for creativity
Blue Dream is one of the most popular strains ever made. Its appeal is almost universal. While technically a hybrid made by crossing Blueberry with Haze, Blue Dream in effect is seen as the perfect sativa: an invigorating and social cerebral high without paranoia, accompanied by a relaxing sensation throughout the body. Blue Dream is great for creative activities, especially social ones like jamming with your band.
A beloved sativa-dominant hybrid, Orange Cookies is a cross of Orange Juice and the famous Girl Scout Cookies. The overall relaxed feeling combined with a happy euphoria makes Orange Cookies a great choice for solo creative activities, like painting or nature photography.
The OG cannabis strain Sour Diesel is well-regarded as a sativa kingpin. It’s on the strong side, often recommended for pain management, but users report that while their mind and body feel relieved of stress, they don’t feel slowed down. If you need a boost of creative energy for your art, Sour Diesel would be a good choice.
Durban Poison is proof a strain doesn’t need a pedigree to be famous. This strain is basically a landrace (a wild-grown strain) from South Africa. It is nearly pure sativa. Users describe smoking Durban Poison as similar to a shot of espresso: one’s mind may become instantly alert and racing with thoughts. Consequently, though, paranoia can sometimes creep up if you are already prone to anxiety.
Named for the cannabis activist, Jack Herer is one of the select weed strains that carries historical significance. A cross of Haze and Northern Lights, the high is both clear and blissful, dreamy and inspiring. This spicy, pine-y little number has won a few awards over the years and remains a go-to strain for concentrate producers because of its resinous buds.
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