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.
The Best Cannabis Strains for Creativity
Cannabis has been given credit for the creativity behind many great artists, from a wide range of fields. Studies have backed up the claim that cannabis can help to increase creativity. Today, there are many strains of cannabis available and it stands to reason that some are better at bringing out the user’s creativity that others are.
In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the best strains for sparking creativity. As the feelings are subjective and each person reacts differently, these strains are presented in no particular order. They represent the names that come up the most when people talk about what helps them get their creative juices flowing.
This is a pure Sativa strain that originally comes from the South African city of Durban. It was brought to America in the 1970s and has been a favorite ever since. The strain provides an uplifting head high that is great for not only boosting your creativity but keeping you focused and productive as you work on your art.
This is a hybrid strain with a Sativa to Indica ratio of around 80:20. Its high Sativa ratio makes it great for keeping you energized as you flex the creative muscles that it will bring out of you. Amnesia Haze is a two-time Cannabis Cup winner, so you know it is a quality strain.
Named after author and marijuana activist Jack Herer, this strain is one of the most popular strains in the country. It is also a name that comes up frequently when a discussion of creativity inducing cannabis comes up. It is a Sativa-heavy hybrid and like all Sativa-heavy strains will leave you clear-headed and energized as you get busy creating.
Named after tangerines because its strong and sweet flavor evokes citrus overtones, this is another Sativa dominant hybrid. It is something of a sequel to the popular Tangerine Dream strain that was once very popular. It was first created in Amsterdam but has since become popular worldwide. In addition to the clear-headed creativity boost common to Sativa heavy strains, this one is known to provide an extra boost of happiness.
With a Sativa to Indica ratio of around 90:10, this strain is especially Sativa heavy. It is another name that comes up very frequently among a wide range of users when discussing the most creativity-friendly cannabis strains. It is good at keeping the artist laser-focused on their work and is often used for meditation and Yoga for the same reason.
This is a 50:50 hybrid of Sativa and Indica that has been around for a while. It is used to create Sour Diesel, which also made this list. Its higher Indica content relative to the first six strains mentioned gives it a more relaxing quality than the more Sativa dominant strains.
This Sativa dominant strain comes in at 70% Sativa to 30% Indica. It is the result of crossing Super Lemon Haze with Gupta Kush. The name, an obvious play on laserbeam, likely comes from the fact that the strain is well known to help provide laser-like focus, which is very helpful when you are trying to get some creative work done.
This hybrid a cross between Space Queen, which also made the list, and Orange Skunk. It is named after its taste, which is reminiscent of jellybeans. It is Sativa dominant and provides an uplifted and euphoric high to aid in your creative endeavors, while the Indica content provides a mild relaxation.
Another strain that is Sativa dominant is Blue Dream. This strain is a cross between Blueberry and Haze. This is another one that you’ll find on most shortlists of creativity spawning cannabis strains. Blue Dream will ease you into a euphoric feeling which is made calm by the presence of Indica in the strain.
A parent of Jillybean, mentioned earlier in this post, Space Queen is itself a hybrid. Created from the Romulan and Cinderella 99 strains, this is another strain that is close to 50:50 Sativa and Indica. The mixture makes for the same euphoric but relaxing feeling that such hybrids are known for. Space Queen is famous for its immediate body buzz effect.
Fast-acting and energizing this child of Chemdog is a favorite among artists looking for that extra boost of creativity without the glued to the couch feeling that some strains provide. With a 90:10 Sativa to Indica ratio, its low Indica content will keep you alert and ready for whatever your project throws at you.
The name makes it sound like it would deliver an intense and hard-hitting experience, but AK-47 provides a mellow and reflective feeling that is perfectly conducive to creative endeavors. It has a 65:35 Sativa to Indica ratio and is made from a blend of Afghani, Colombian, Mexican, and Thai varieties.
Made by crossing Purple Thai and Haze, this strain features an 85% Sativa and 15% Indica ratio. As the name suggests, it creates a hazy kind of energetic head high accompanied by a slight physical calm as the relatively low amount of Indica kicks in. It has a tendency to make people more social, which could be good if your creative endeavors are a collaborative effort.
This strain has been around since a grower in Florida mixed a strain from California with one from Amsterdam. It has been an American classic ever since and is used in countless hybrids. It is the only Indica dominant strain on this list, but you needn’t worry about being too relaxed to get any work done. OG Kush is well-respected among creative individuals.
The final strain on the list is another Sativa dominant variety. This one is a hybrid that, quite obviously, originates from Acapulco. It is not known which varieties were originally crossed in order to produce it. Acapulco Gold is difficult to grow indoors, which can make it hard to find.
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Cannabis has been given credit for the creativity behind many great artists. Studies have backed up the claim that cannabis can help to increase creativity.