5 Best Marijuana Strains for Boosting Creativity [Especially for Artists!]
Cannabis is credited for the creativity behind many great artists, hailing from a wide range of fields. Have you ever met someone who hasn’t come up with the “best idea in history” while completely stoned? It’s not likely. Research suggests that creativity is linked to the frontal lobe of the brain and that cannabis consumption increases the cerebral blood flow (CBF) to this area, making it more active.
Cannabis is well-known for its ability to enhance any creative stoner’s artistic vision. Add some common weed side effects like relaxation and euphoria to the mix, and you have the perfect cannabis-induced creativity boost. But some strains are better than others when it comes to sparking your artistic vibes.
Typically, the best creative and uplifting cannabis strains have sativa-dominant properties. Their hallucinogenic and energetic nature lend themselves to the creative arts. It’s no use being couch-locked by a strong indica if you’re trying to paint the next Mona Lisa.
If you find yourself stuck in a creative rut, read on to find our list of the five best marijuana strains to boost your creativity and nurture those small ideas into masterpieces.
1 – Jack Herer
Named after the legendary marijuana activist and author of “The Emperor Wears No Clothes,” Jack Herer, this hybrid has won numerous awards. A cross of Northern Lights, True Haze, and Shiva Skunk, it offers an uplifting, almost euphoric high. It stimulates the senses for a joyous, focused mental buzz that is very close to being psychedelic and will encourage creativity and philosophical thinking.
The rich genetic background of this strain gives rise to several different variations, whereby each phenotype has its own unique features and effects. But typically, consumers describe this 55% sativa hybrid as clear-headed, blissful, and creative. It’s mellow, even-keel high leaves the mind flexible and makes room to stretch creative muscles.
Breeders in the Netherlands created Jack Herer in the 1990s and Dutch pharmacies later distributed it as a medical-grade strain. Since then, it’s taken home a number of awards for its potency and quality.
2 – Chemdawg
Chemdawg is a 50:50 hybrid of indica and sativa that has been around for quite a few years. It’s a particularly strong cannabis strain with average THC levels of between 15 – 20%. Its high can be dizzying and cumbersome, but if intense euphoria that jars the senses and encourages new pathways of thought are what you’re seeking, Chemdawg may be just what you need.
Not for rookie users, Chemdawg is a favorite among seasoned smokers. They swear by its ability to get the mind popping, and the spirit enthused to produce. Most users agree that this strain is a killer when it comes to arts, crafts, and completing tasks.
There’s a heavy body high associated with Chemdawg, so it’s perfect if you need to sit still while your brain does all the work. It’s renowned for kick-starting innovative and imaginative thinking. Furthermore, the uplifting and pain-relieving effects open up the mind for the creative gods to fill you with inspiration and insight.
3 – Durban Poison
Durban Poison is a 100% pure sativa strain that features optimal genetics. Originating from the city of Durban in South Africa, this strain has gained notoriety worldwide for its sweet smell and uplifting, energetic effects. It offers a unique taste, like that of licorice or aniseed, and is famous for being one of the most energizing strains around. This makes it perfect for long days of productive creativity.
Despite its distinct flavor, Durban Poison brings a high we all know and love. It is ideal for smoking throughout the day with a THC level of between 8 – 9%. This makes it subtle enough to aid those long projects. It offers an uplifting head high that is great not only for boosting creativity but keeping you productive and focused as you work on your art.
4 – Amnesia Haze
Amnesia Haze has a sativa to indica ratio of 80:20, and despite the misleading name, it doesn’t put you into a fog, but actually helps sharpen focus. A classic in Dutch coffee shops, this strain has a mind focused high that helps to wash away the worries of the day. You just need to take your new-found freedom from self-consciousness and create.
Unlike the name suggests, this strain won’t get you so high and out of your mind that you will start forgetting everything. In fact, it tends to spark an interest in creative outlets, bringing on surges of productive energy and motivation.
The sativa high brought on by Amnesia Haze offers clarity of thought that will make you more resourceful and productive. It’s also great for physical and mental fatigue, so your energy will be high enough to finish those tasks that you’ve been putting off.
5 – AK-47
AK-47 is a multi-Cannabis Cup winner with a motivational, uplifting, and long-lasting high. It’s perfect for complex brainstorming that may take a while. However, it won’t get your brain racing too fast because the THC level is moderate, and the high is almost as peaceful as it is productive.
Although the name makes it sound like AK-47 would deliver a hard-hitting and intense experience, this strain actually offers a mellow and reflective feeling that is absolutely conducive to creative endeavors. It has a sativa to indica ratio of 65:35 and is a mix of Colombian, Afghani, Thai, and Mexican varieties.
AK-47 is not only a great strain for stimulating creativity, but it’s also a good option for keeping you mentally alert. It will even allow you to socialize when you are more inclined to being an introvert.
Bonus Strain – LSD
We couldn’t wrap up our list of creative cannabis strains without mentioning this one.
If you’re looking for a trippy cannabis strain to get your creative juices flowing, then LSD is probably just what you need. It’s known to be especially helpful when it comes to breaking writer’s block or any other creativity barriers. Users describe it as having a unique ability to induce an awe-inspiring, psychedelic high that can fuel massive amounts of creativity.
LSD is an indica-dominant hybrid cross between Mazar and Skunk #1. It has an incredibly high THC level of almost 25%. The high from this strain isn’t just strong, but you could also experience hallucinogenic effects. Don’t expect the same focus and clarity associated with most other strains on this list. LSD is likely to leave you in a calm haze that helps you come up with offbeat or weird ideas that might not otherwise surface.
But we should warn you, this trip is not for the faint of heart or inexperienced. LSD is known for spinning and twisting the imagination, wringing out all of the creativity inside.
If you're looking for a marijuana strain to boost your creativity, this list is for you. We've come up with five of the best, and a unique bonus strain too.
8 of the best cannabis strains for creativity
One of the main reasons people smoke cannabis is to feel creative. There’s just something about it that opens your mind and sparks your best ideas, while providing the actual motivation to carry those ideas out. It’s the reason cannabis is so prevalent in the work of many artists and musicians. We’re all just one joint away from completing that next big project.
With thousands of cannabis strains out there, knowing which ones may get the creative juices flowing can be a time consuming endeavor. But since I love you, and also because I’ve smoked plenty of strains that had ya boy writing like a young Hemingway, I’m going to save you the time by providing some creative picks to trial-and-error.
These are eight cannabis strains that might hit your brain and body with a big dose of innovation.
When it comes to picking a cannabis strain that’ll leave you feeling euphoric and thinking outside the box, you can rarely go wrong with Blue Dream or anything with its genetics. That’s how we got Snoop’s Dream.
Snoop’s Dream is an indica-dominant cross of the famed Blue Dream and Master Kush. Legend suggests that these were two of Snoop Dogg’s favorite strains, which is why the cross was named after him, but that’s merely speculation. What we do know is that Snoop’s Dream usually kicks out a refreshingly fruity and piney flavor profile, followed by a high that will make you want to blast your favorite album and jump into a creative pastime.
Island Sweet Skunk
The last time I smoked Island Sweet Skunk, also known as Sweet Island Skunk, it put the happiest smile on my face as I stared at a world map and planned my next overseas adventure. The result was me deciding to live in Spain for a bit, so if you’re looking for something that’ll open your mind and inspire your next adventure, grab some of this sticky green and orange flower.
There are a couple of Sweet Island Skunk strains out there. Both are sativa-dominant hybrids, but one has Grapefruit, Haze, and Northern Lights genetics; the other is a cross of Skunk genetics and some unidentified sativa. Regardless of whichever you purchase, the strain is expected to make you feel creative and giggly. Even if you don’t want to create anything, Island Sweet Skunk is still a great mood booster.
Super Silver Haze
Super Silver Haze is one of those frequent flyers when it comes to daytime suggestions. That’s because this cross of Shiva Skunk and Northern Lights #5 usually hits consumers with a powerful dose of energy that causes your mind to be all over the place. If you can manage the high, and channel that energy into artistic productivity, then this strain may provide a valuable creative boost towards any of the projects you’ve been procrastinating on. Get hazy, not lazy.
Cinderella 99 is an excellent hybrid strain that provides potent euphoric effects. In so many words, Cindy 99 hits your head with a rush of energetic stimulation that rolls down into a deep body high. It’s perfect for anyone who likes daytime strains that make you want to sit on a random patch of grass and think about life for a couple hours.
Cinderella 99 is a complex backcross of Princess, Shiva Skunk, and Cinderella 88 genetics that can be traced all the way back to Jack Herer, a Princess parent strain. With that knowledge, it’s easy to see why this strain may provide such mental stimulation. Check it out for a creative boost and report back to us on your experience.
Thus far, most of the stains mentioned for creativity have been light and manageable head-high strains for boosting your brain activity. Allow me to switch it up by introducing you to Stardawg, an extremely potent hybrid that novice consumers may want to approach with respect.
Stardawg crosses Chemdog 4 and Tres Dawg to produce flower with a mix of gassy, earthy, and slightly floral aromas and flavors. Past the taste, much like its parent strains, Stardawg is known for its heavy dose of uplifting effects that translate into a boost of creative energy. With its potency, it may keep your body still, but your mind will for sure be active.
Super Sour Diesel
From the lineage of the aforementioned Super Silver Haze comes Super Sour Diesel, another excellent suggestion for creative types. Super Sour Diesel is the result of crossing Super Silver Haze with the famous Sour Diesel. The final product gives us flower that many seek out to boost their appetites and fight fatigue. In addition, Super Sour Diesel kicks out mentally stimulating effects that could ultimately help anyone that’s stuck in a creative rut. Its terpene profile features diesel, lemon, and black pepper attributes.
We couldn’t possibly make it through this list without a Jack Herer appearance. XJ-13 is a potent cross of Jack Herer sativa and the indica-dominant G-13 cannabis strain. The sativa-dominant hybrid features all kinds of mint, earthy, and lemon aromas. Much like Jack, it’s somewhat difficult to pinpoint exactly how that jar of XJ-13 on the shelf is going to smell. With the effects, consumers should expect to feel uplifted, creative, and euphoric. Essentially, that means you should expect a heavy head-high that’ll prepare you for any task the day puts on your plate.
Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got AK-47 from Colombian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani descent. It has a slightly citrus and gassy aroma, but overall, it’s pretty earthy and somewhat chemmy. While the aroma and flavor is complex, the effects are pretty simple. Expect a long-lasting euphoria that will keep your mind up and active, instead of the presumed absent and sedated. Grab this one and bring it to your next big corporate brainstorm.
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Knowing which strains get the creative juices flowing can be difficult. These cannabis strains might hit your brain and body with a big dose of innovation.