Best strains for creativity
A dozen or so decades back, creative types referred to the psychedelic drink absinthe as “the green fairy.” That was then, weed is now. So forget the green fairy; to ignite fresh ideas and light a fire under your ass to make them happen, weed is nothing short of “the green dragon.” It’s a friendly dragon, to be sure, but that doesn’t diminish pot’s positively roaring power.
Science agrees. Multiple studies have concluded that cannabis enhances the creative mind and boosts the process of being productive. It’s true now more than ever, as cannabis cultivators continuously craft hybrid strains and cultivars specifically designed to fuel imagination and ingenuity.
Producing such strains is a creative process in itself, made possible by the growers’ passion for marijuana. While it’s true that sativa strains are known to spark cerebral effects and a “head high,” not all sativas are created equal (or yield the same psychoactive experiences). Certain terpenes, as well as THC ratios, may play a factor in a given strain’s effects, too.
That said, which flower varieties are historically known to get the brain buzzing? The cannabis strains listed here are just a few that have reputations for opening the third eye and inspiring some insight in consumers. Take your pick and puff along to kick-start your creativity — something we could all use when stuck in quarantine.
While the name AK-47 conjures images of rampant destruction rather than steady inspiration, the moniker itself is just a dash of creative flourish. AK-47 contains a 65:35 sativa to indica ratio, and the strain is derived from Afghani, Colombian, Mexican, and Thai varieties. It’s known to be strong, sour, and calming. The high is simultaneously regarded as relaxed and cerebral. Use AK-47 to gently blow away your jumpy inner thoughts and clear the deck for bright concepts and sterling strategies.
Not for reefer rookies, Chem Dog is the strain of choice for seasoned smokers who swear by its muscular ability to get the mind popping and the spirit enthused to produce.
Some cannasseurs believe the mysterious Chem Dog is a blend of Nepalese and Thai sativas, and it’s also the “source of powerhouse strains like Sour Diesel and OG Kush,” according to Leafly.
The overall consensus, though, is that it’s killer when it comes to arts, crafts, and getting things done. As one Leafly reviewer raved: “I had many thoughts rush through my head, and it was a little overwhelming. But once I settled into the high, it was very creative, imaginative, and invigorating.”
Durban Poison can taste like licorice and it lights up the inside of your head like few other creativity-inducing cannabis strains. The “Durban” half of its name is for the South African port city from which this sativa strain originated; “Poison” may as well be in reference to how it slays racing thoughts, self-doubt, low-energy, and other blockers of inspiration and productivity.
Boasting bulky resin glands, Durban Poison’s round, thick buds come coated with trichomes. In its review of Durban Poison, Diamond Green Tacoma writes, “If you’re the type of person that likes to keep a busy brain throughout the day, Durban Poison may offer a great boost to your creativity.” This is one type of poison that you actually want to consume!
Named after the endlessly inspiring cannabis activist who authored the essential pro-legalization treatise The Emperor Wears No Clothes, the great Jack Herer strain is a combination of a Haze hybrid, Northern Lights #5, and Shiva Skunk that reflects the man itself in its ability to galvanize and motivate.
In the Hindu faith, Kali is the four-armed mother of both destruction and creation, which makes her the perfect namesake for this 90:10 sativa-dominant hybrid.
Upon impact, Kali Mist zaps users with vivid focus, rapidly laying to waste any mental clutter in the way of creative thinking. Then the elevating high of Kali Mist, which flirts with being psychedelic, conjures welcomed storms of original thinking, backed by the energy to transform those notions into finished results.
By invoking the signature anthem of Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze is culturally connected to one of history’s most superhuman innovators and artistic trailblazers. Of course, Hendrix also happened to make no secret of his passion for puffing as part of his creative process.
Fruity and sweet (you may actually taste grape), the 85/15 sativa-dominant strain Purple Haze also emulates the song by hitting hard, fast, and transcendentally — and as it keeps going, so do you.
On his I Love Growing Marijuana site, reviewer Robert Bergman raved, “If you are looking to feel inspired and creative, then this is the right strain for you. Purple Haze is all about cerebral stimulation, and you will see the world in colors that will further fuel you to create…. Definitely a good get-up and get-things-done strain.”
A big-time go-to strain among stoners who like to get creative and make things happen, the California-born Sour Diesel boasts a 90:10 sativa-indica radio, ideally rendered to crank up alertness while quieting anxiety and enabling creativity to cascade forth into the real world. Be ready, though, Sour Diesel packs a major wallop both in terms of its high and its unmistakably pungent odor.
The weed site Ooze notes that Sour Diesel has “become a popular choice among celebrities” who appreciate that the strain is “known to invigorate a creative flow quickly, and deliver energizing, dreamy cerebral effects.”
Ready to blast off in cannabis-propelled creativity and productivity? Just light the fuse of Space Queen and you’ll be rocketing into a visionary mindset and a raging mode of output.
The child of Romulan and Cinderella 99, this indica-dominant hybrid dispenses a joyful, cerebral high that makes you feel weightless, and then backs it with an energetic upturn. Once you’re in these cosmos, you know you can get anything done — and you’ll actually follow through with it!These cannabis strains have reputations for opening the third eye and inspiring some insight among consumers. Check out these flower varieties when you need to fuel your imagination and spark ingenuity.
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.
Featured image by Gina Coleman/WeedmapsKnowing 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. ]]>