In a day and age where cannabis stereotypes and myths are slowly but steadily being debunked, it’s getting to be less common for people to assume that toking up means in a sleepy, euphoric daze. In fact, it’s pretty common to find inspired minds that consume marijuana for creative purposes.
Especially in the Pacific Northwest, the location, dare we suggest, of some of the best luxury weeds stores out there.
Many people claim that cannabis helps them generate new concepts, expanding their imagination and ability to innovate and create. A few famous creators who partook of ‘God’s own weed’ include:
- Bill Gates
- Steve Jobs
- Bill Maher
- George Clooney
- Lady Gaga
- Willie Nelson
- Hunter Thompson
- Stephen King
- Janis Joplan
- Lil’ Wayne
- Carl Sagan
And just to prove that the creative spark of marijuana isn’t isolated to our century, Abraham Lincoln and Alexander Dumas weren’t shy about their enjoyment of sweet hemp either. Some researchers even suggest Shakespeare partook as well.
Take that, mom.
One thing’s for sure: people have been using cannabis to inspire their creativity for a while and that’s not about to stop any time soon. In this article, we’ll go over the main three types of cannabis, discuss their main differences, and give you our picks for the best strains to spark your inspiration and get over your creative block.
Please note, this isn’t a creative prescription. Also, there are variations of affect from one plant to another, and the effects of marijuana may also change depending on the user, which directly affects the impact it has on each person’s creative process.
The Types of Cannabis
Our first stop on the way to the creative green spark, is to take a look at the three types of strains available.
Sativa is usually the best ‘all-arounder’. Sativa strains don’t cause a hazy or sleepy sensation, but instead give an energy boost, often with added focus and an urge to get productive. While the traditional sensation of being high is associated with a relaxed mood, sativa actually has an invigorating effect that results in an active state of happiness. Here are a few more key characteristics that make sativa unique:
- Produces euphoria
- Boosts energy
- Doesn’t causes sleepiness or drowsiness
- Higher THC to CBD ratio
- Bigger yield than other types of cannabis
- Gives a “cerebral” or psychological high rather than a body sensation
Indica is the herb best known for creating sleepiness, deep relaxation, and calm. The ratio of THC to CBD is usually much lower than sativa strains, so indica strains produce a soothing body high, which is often associated with the feeling of being “stoned.”
Other unique effects of indica include:
- Produces a relaxing, soothing sensation
- Stimulates appetite
- Lower THC to CBD ratio
- Generates a physical high
- Deep muscle relaxer
- Pain and migraine relief
- May help relieve insomnia
As the name indicates, hybrid strains are a combination of indica and sativa. Hybrid strains are great because they tend to provide the best of both worlds. For instance, people who tend to have an energetic personality may enjoy the stimulating effects of sativa while also seeking out the pain-relief that indica often provides. A sativa-dominant hybrid strain like Tangerine Dream or similar will be a perfect choice.
Best Strains to Spark Creativity
Finally — to the good stuff, right?
Because the creative process varies so much, choosing the ideal strain to boost your originality is a very personal choice. While many believe that sativa is the source of all creativity, you should take your personal situation into account before choosing the best strain.
Cannabis sativa strains usually produce euphoria, but reports suggest that creativity may also occur in relaxed states. Having a solid combination of both indica and sativa in one single strain can help spark your creativity, giving you an energy boost while relaxing you at the same time. So, before you leap in, consider when you feel most creative. Are you energized and under pressure? Or, are you in a dreamy sleep state before waking that you come up with your best ideas?
Choose a strain that suits your personality first.
That said, here are our top three picks for the best strains to spark creativity and innovation.
Lemon Sour Diesel
Lemon Sour Diesel is an outstanding strain that offers an 80% Sativa/ 20% Indica combination, providing a crisp, long-lasting high. With THC levels between 12%-15% and a tasty flavor, this strain is strong enough to get a good groove on without sending its users to outer space. And, the strong rush of energy is accompanied by a focused head-high, ideal to foster the creative process.
Golden Pineapple has a fruity flavor and relatively high THC levels ideal for people who are motivated and energetic, but lack the ability to focus for long periods of time. A strain best for seasoned cannabis users, Golden Pineapple offers a 50%-50% combination of indica and sativa that help promote creative play and reduce negative symptoms such as pain and insomnia at the same time.
If you are looking for a strain that sends your energy levels through the roof and while still giving you a bit of that body high, Pink Panther is the best strain for you. A rare 85% Sativa / 15% Indica combination, this strain has high THC levels that go up to 24%. And, the pleasant pear scents and piney aromas provide a lovely smoking experience.
Honorable Mention – Honey Bananas
Despite the fact that it’s one of the most flavorsome stains out there, Honey Bananas has to be our honorable mention because it’s not a very common strain. A rare combination of Honey Boo Boo and Strawberry Banana, the resulting neon green buds feature super sweet flavors that are amplified with each puff.
A formidable 50% Sativa / 50% Indica hybrid, make sure you only take a few puffs or small bong hits as too much of this strain may potentially hinder your productivity. But, as long as you keep your consumption mild, you should experience a nice boost in creativity and appetite.
Finding Bud to Boost Your Creativity Washington
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