Artists and creative individuals have long had a friendly relationship with cannabis. Weed products can enhance and expand aspects of the mind- like imagination, deep thinking, conceptualization, and new ideas.
Many people experience the world in a refreshed way. Colors may be clearer and more distinguished and we can appreciate the little things that normally go unnoticed when our minds are clouded with everyday thinking.
Cannabis strains can be highly diverse due to their differing profiles of cannabinoids and terpenes. Some artists might not be too picky about what strains they imbibe, while others may be highly specific about which strains give them an awesome creative boost.
Cannabis strains with a sativa-dominant profile tend to be uplifting and give the best creative energy. Sativa strains are more cerebral and energetic in effect, meaning a mind high versus a body high. If you are trying to paint like Picasso, an indica laden “couch-lock” won’t be much help.
Jack Herer is a legendary activist for cannabis use, authoring the book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” about the hemp and cannabis industry. This award-winning hybrid strain is named after him. It is a blend of Northern Lights, Shiva Skunk and True Haze, resulting in a nearly euphoric, uplifting high.
This strain will stimulate a joyous experience combined with a focused mental state. Almost psychedelic in nature, it will definitely encourage creativity and deep philosophical thoughts.
As this is a blend of such well-known strains, there are several varieties of Jack Herer that you might encounter. Each variety will have its own distinct effect depending on the profile, but this 55 percent sativa is typically described as blissfully creative while keeping the mind clear. Keeping the high more on the mellow side leaves room for your creative muscles to stretch.
Cannabis breeders from the Netherlands created Jack Herer in the 1990s. Later, Dutch pharmacies began to distribute it as a medical-grade strain. The awards given to the Jack Herer strain include potency and quality.
Chemdawg is a well-known hybrid, usually sitting at 50:50 indica and sativa. It can be a strong cannabis strain, averaging a whopping 15-20 percent THC level. The high can sometimes be intense and jarring to the senses, but if strong waves of euphoria and pathways to new thoughts are what you are looking for, you should consider this strain.
If you are a newer user, Chemdawg might be a bit much although some seasoned smokers swear by it. They say it can get the mind and spirit energized and is an effective strain for producing creative work and getting mundane tasks completed.
There can be a fairly heavy body high when using Chemdawg, making it the perfect choice if you need to stay seated while your mind is active. This strain is well known for innovative ideas and using your imagination.
The Tangie strain is another 50:50 hybrid strain with many beautiful qualities. It can give long-lasting feelings of euphoria and has a flavor profile of sweet citrus-like that of its namesake fruit, tangerines.
While still giving a creative boost and expanding thoughts, the high from this strain is more meditative and brings great focus. Utilizing the Tangie strain can help you settle deeply into a project for a long period of time and mitigate feelings of tedium.
Tangie is made from crossing California Orange with Skunk-1. The sativa elements really come forward in a great way while the indica balances your high. This strain can have a THC level of up to 22 percent, making this a more potent option.
Durban Poison ranks as one of the purest sativa strains available. The strain originates from the city Durban in South Africa and has gained popularity across the globe for its sweeter odor and famous energizing effect.
The taste is unique as well, often compared to licorice or anise seed. A long day will seem to fly by in a flurry of creative productivity.
The high from Durban Poison is subtle, with a THC level ranging 8-9 percent. It would be an ideal strain to smoke over a long period of time without the risk of becoming too high and hence unfocused on your projects. With a bonus uplifting head high, you could easily get the creative boost while remaining productive.
Super Silver Haze
This strain is a fan favorite when it comes to daytime smoking. Super Silver Haze is made from a cross of Shiva Skunk and Northern Lights #5, clocking its THC level at 18-23 percent. This 80 percent sativa blend gives consumers a powerful energetic buzz right off the bat and is famous for its long-lasting cerebral effects.
The flavor of this strain is classic; spicy and herbal with sour citrus exhale. The aromatics get a bit skunky, but the flavor notes are detectable throughout. The buds tend to be fluffy and bright green with orange hairs and a thick layer of trichomes.
The high can be hard and fast, coming on almost as soon as you exhale. A wave of energy will wash over you as you are filled with creative inspiration, motivation, and a happy feeling.
Experienced smokers and those who can handle their highs can channel this energy into an artistic task, while the productivity boost can help tackle any projects you may have been putting off.
Despite the name, Amnesia Haze is not known for inducing a heavy brain fog. Quite the opposite in fact. With a sativa to indica ratio of 80:20, this strain helps users to focus and can sharpen concentration.
Amnesia Haze is a classic in Dutch coffee shops, where it is known to be a relaxant with stress-relieving properties. It is the perfect choice for someone who needs to shrug off the day-to-day stress to be able to create.
Being sativa dominant, Amnesia Haze can make you more productive and resourceful, while helping to clarify thoughts. This strain is also recommended for fatigue, both mental and physical. You can expect THC levels of around 20-25 percent, making this a particularly impactful high with long-lasting effects.
Cinderella 99 is a highly rated hybrid with excellent euphoric effects. It will bring a heady high combined with stimulating energy before transitioning into a deeper body high. This strain would be a good choice for those who prefer daytime smoking that inspires you to sit in nature and contemplate life for a while.
This strain is complex, backcrossing Princess, Shiva Skunk, and Cinderella 88. The genetic lineage even includes Jack Herer, which is a parent Strain to Princess. With all those notable strains it is no wonder Cinderella 99 can provide the mental stimulation needed to create.
This next strain has won the Cannabis Cup multiple times and is becoming famous in weed circles. AK-47 is an uplifting and motivational high that will last for a longer duration than most strains.
Helpful for complex tasks, this strain is great for creative problem-solving without making your brain race around. The THC content for AK-47 is a strong but reasonable 20 percent.
Despite the hardcore name, this strain is rather mellow and encourages self-reflection which is a crucial element to the creative process. It has a 65:35 sativa to indica ratio and is a mix of Afghani, Thai, Mexican, and Colombian varieties.
AK-47 is not only a great strain for stimulating creativity, but it is also a good option for keeping you mentally alert. It also encourages social behavior for people who are normally more introverted.
Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 classic song inspired the name of this trippy strain. Purple Haze is a sativa weed strain that creates a dreamy euphoric burst that may inspire thoughts similar to having a psychedelic trip.
The high from this strain will heighten your senses, cranking up color saturation and definition. You will also get a boost of positive energy that can help artists break through any feelings of self-doubt.
Purple Haze is a descendant of Purple Thai and Haze, which combines notes of earthy and flavors underscored by notes of spice and fruit. With purple in the name, you can expect vibrant lavender colors on these beautiful buds.
As this name suggests, you can expect a trippy and creative high from the weed strain, LSD. When it comes to breaking writer’s block, this strain will do the trick and then some. It has a unique ability to bring on an inspiring and psychedelic high that translates to creative rocket fuel.
LSD is a combination of strains Mazar and Skunk #1. It is an indica-dominant strain with a very high THC level of nearly 25 percent. LSD is not going to provide you with clarity or focus, rather it induces a hazy dream-like high.
Doing labor-intensive creative work might not be ideal for this strain. Coming up with abstract and innovative ideas, on the other hand, this strain is tremendous.
The degree of mental stimulation this strain presents is rare for an indica. LSD also has the common indica-based body effects.