When you think of people who need to be creative, artists and musicians may be the first people that come to mind. But creativity is incredibly important for everyone— and every aspect of life! Creativity can help us solve problems, create new opportunities, and overcome obstacles. Creativity is simply essential if you want to conquer challenging tasks, achieve your goals, and keep your life moving forward.
Sometimes, our creativity is flowing and it can feel like our ideas are unlimited. But then, other times, you can feel a bit blocked. So what can you do when your creative juices just aren’t flowing the way they should? If your creativity is blocked, cannabis might be the perfect solution for getting your ideas flowing again!
Many people use cannabis to get their creativity going. And, often, people also use marijuana for an energy level boost, which can further help with creativity. But how can marijuana boost energy and creativity? In this post, we’re sharing the top three ways cannabis could help boost creativity and energy! At the end of this post, we’ll also give some specific recommendations for the best cannabis strains and edibles for creativity so you can find your perfect creativity-boosting strain.
Can Marijuana Boost Energy and Creativity?
Many cannabis users report that certain types of cannabis can help them feel more creative and energized. To help you understand why let’s talk about how cannabis and its cannabinoids can affect the brain and body.
1. Cannabis and Blood Flow to the Frontal Lobe of the Brain
The frontal lobe of the brain controls many important cognitive functions. It’s what controls our problem-solving abilities, emotional expression, judgment, memory, attention, communication, and much more. There have been numerous studies that have explored how the frontal lobe may be connected to our creativity. And some studies have shown that highly creative people have a high amount of blood flowing to their brain’s frontal lobe. Studies have also shown that cannabis use can increase blood flow to the frontal lobe, which is perhaps why many cannabis users say they feel more creative after smoking marijuana.
2. Cannabis and Dopamine Increase
Another thing that can affect our creativity is dopamine. Dopamine is a type of neurotransmitter, a part of your nervous system that sends messages throughout the body. Dopamine plays a huge role in how our body feels pleasure and motivation, and it also affects our focus, learning ability, and planning ability.
When our dopamine levels are at a healthy level, we tend to have more motivation and feel more creative. Many things can boost your dopamine if it’s a bit lower than it should be, such as exercise, eating a high-protein meal in the morning, and, of course, consuming cannabis! Studies have shown that acute cannabis use (and CBD isolate use) can increase dopamine release and neuron activity within the brain. This is perhaps why many cannabis users say that using certain types of cannabis and CBD products can help them feel more energized, motivated, and creative.
3. Cannabis, Relaxation, and Getting Creative
There’s a popular book on creativity called The Artist’s Way. In this book, author Julia Cameron talks in detail about what she calls our “inner critic,” that nasty voice in your head that’s constantly telling you your work isn’t good enough. Cameron states that our inner critic works much like a censor, telling us that anything unfamiliar or original is wrong or bad. Cameron says in her book that when our inner critic overwhelms the other parts of our mind, we tend to want to play it safe and avoid being creative or trying new things.
Many people struggle with their inner critic, which can seriously stifle creativity. But there are certain strains of marijuana that users report help to relax the mind. Many cannabis users say that certain strains can help slow down their racing thoughts, aid in relaxation, and help them start to actually enjoy the creative process.
A Note on Cannabis and Creativity: Less is More
If you do want to try cannabis to get a creative boost, you should know that, according to some scientific studies, less seems to be more when it comes to cannabis and creativity.
A 2015 study from Leiden University in the Netherlands tested how cannabis affected creative thinking. This study found that cannabis plant use did correlate with increased divergent thinking, which is the type of thinking that helps you come up with many solutions to a problem (think: when you’re brainstorming). But only lower dose cannabis use caused this increase, while higher dose cannabis use actually decreased it. In this study, test subjects who took a 5.5 mg dose of cannabis experienced improved creative thinking, while test subjects who took a 22 mg dose actually experienced reduced creativity.
So, if you want to try cannabis for creativity, you may want to heed this study’s findings and go with a lower dose of cannabis.
The 5 Best Cannabis Strains and Edibles for Creativity and Energy
In addition to taking the right amount of cannabis for creativity, you also need to find the right strain. If you’re an experienced stoner, you probably know that different marijuana strains can affect you very differently. Some might give you more of an uplift, while others might send you straight to dreamland. So, if you want to try smoking weed or taking an edible to boost your energy and creativity, know that it’s all about finding the right strain with the right type and balance of cannabinoids, as well as the ideal terpenes.
But which cannabis strains are best for creativity and energy? Below, in no particular order, we’re featuring our top 5 cannabis product recommendations for creativity and energy!
1. Sour Diesel Disposable Vape Pen
Sour Diesel is a classic (and very popular) cannabis strain that’s been around since the early 90s. This strain, believed to be a descendant of Chemdawg 91 and Super Skunk, is a Sativa-dominant strain with a 16% to 20% THC content. Sour Diesel is about as far down on the Sativa strain as you can get, which you’ll feel when you smoke it. Users of Sour Diesel say that this energizing strain (rich in the invigorating terpenes caryophyllene and limonene) is ideal for creative projects, moderate physical activity, and combatting fatigue.
While you can consume Sour Diesel in numerous ways, one of our favorite ways is with Kynd’s Sour Diesel Disposable Vape Pen, which has a more concentrated, high THC level of 60% to 65%. This compact and portable vape pen is super convenient, so this can help you get a quick, uplifting dose of Sour Diesel when you’re at home or when you’re on the go.
2. Jack Herer
What can we say about Jack Herer that hasn’t been said already? This Sativa strain is as legendary as the man after which it was named, the cannabis activist and author of The Emperor Has No Clothes.
By combining Northern Lights #5, a Haze hybrid, and Shiva Skunk, the minds behind Jack Herer hoped to blend awesome cerebral effects with the heavy resin production of an Indica. Were they successful? Well, Jack Herer has racked up a slew of cannabis industry awards (including the High Times Cannabis Cup) and it even has its own award: The Jack Herer Cup. And with this strain’s numerous awards, it has a pretty great reputation among casual cannabis users and medical marijuana users, who often say that Jack Herer is a favorite for boosting creativity.
3. Pure Haze
Pure Haze is frequently hailed as one of the best cannabis strains for morning and daytime use. This strain, a cross between Jack Herer and Super Silver Haze, has a THC level between 24% and 29%, which means you’ll be feeling pretty super when all is said and smoked.
Wondering why Pure Haze is a favorite morning and daytime strain? Users of Pure Haze report that this strain provides a burst of creativity and energy that allows you to settle into your day with ease and enthusiasm.
4. Blueberry Muffin
You might not expect to see an Indica-dominant hybrid on this list of energizing strains, but Blueberry Muffin definitely deserves a spot.
While this medium THC low CBD strain offers a super-relaxing body buzz, it still stimulates the mind just enough to keep you energized and focused. Users report that light activities that require both power and serenity, such as meditation and yoga, are perfect for Blueberry Muffin.
As an added benefit, Blueberry Muffin also has an amazing aroma. High in the terpenes myrcene, caryophyllene, and limonene, Blueberry Muffin is citrusy and herbal, and it smells just like a tray of freshly baked muffins.
5. Desert Sunrise
Sometimes, getting things done is the most difficult when you’re in the home stretch. You see that finish line up ahead, but you’re just exhausted. Your body is ready to call it a day. But don’t give up! All you need is a mid-day pick-me-up, something that can give you that extra boost— like Desert Sunrise.
Desert Sunrise is a Sativa strain that users report is both energizing and relaxing. Users of Desert Sunrise say that this well-balanced strain will not only provide an uplifting effect and give you that extra boost to get through your day but will also calm your tired nerves.
Final Thoughts on Trying Cannabis for Creativity and Energy
There you have it: everything you need to know about trying cannabis for creativity and energy! Now that you know all about how cannabis may affect creativity, all that’s left to do is settle in with your favorite strain and get creative!
If you don’t think your perfect strain for creativity is featured above, remember that you can always visit an Essence dispensary for a personalized recommendation. Our experienced employees are ready and waiting to help you find the ideal cannabis product for you!