Give Your Muse a Little TLC with THC
Whether you’re a wordsmith hammering away at your first (or third) novel, an online creator working on your influencer strategy, or are staring at a blank canvas, there are so many ways a good toke can be all it takes to spark new ideas. Cannabis and creativity are a duo as old as time; thoughts are easier to riff on, art projects flow nicer, and overall new ideas just come faster.
Using Indica or Sativa for creativity is a great way to fuel both sides of your brain, especially on long days when you feel your creative well running dry. To discover the best strain for productivity and for your creative projects, let’s explore your options and the key differences between strains.
Known for its energetic side effects, Sativa-dominant strains are most commonly recommended for daytime use. Many Sativa enthusiasts choose it because of its ability to get your mind moving at a faster, upbeat pace.
Depending on the THC percentage, some Sativa strains can feel like a shot of espresso. It’s a great way to jumpstart your day and power through social settings where you could use an added boost of confidence. Productivity is possible, but for some people, note that smoking too much Sativa can impact their level of focus. Moderation is key for mixing cannabis and creativity. Experiment with the amounts that work best for you and the goals you’re hoping to achieve.
Ever heard of the phrase “in da couch”? It’s a pretty accurate description of how an Indica-dominant strain can make you feel. Indica is notorious for its couch-locking side effects, but it also keeps you centered for boundless creativity while high. Great for naturally high functioning anxious people, the relaxing properties of Indica slow the mind down, so you can get your ideas down on paper. Indica is usually enjoyed in the evening, so you run the risk of falling asleep if you smoke too much. While we don’t recommend smoking a bunch of Indica before working on a tight deadline, there are plenty of strain choices that wind down the mind while waking up your creativity sensors. A post-work bowl can help turn your night into an opportunity for a new project idea.
Best Strains For Creativity
Sour Diesel – Perfect for daytime use or socializing with friends, this uplifting Sativa strain is known for its energizing, euphoric effects and the exciting ideas that ensue. Use a Sour Diesel pre-roll bud during your next working session to make being productive actually feel pleasant. The strong cerebral effects are great reinforcements for fostering bold creativity while high. Only available for delivery in the Santa Clarita area.
Chocolate Thai Ghani – Wake and bake with this mentally stimulating Sativa strain. With a coffee-life aroma and caffeinated-like buzz, Chocolate Thai is the perfect tool to set yourself on a high-energy, productive journey. Cannabis and creativity truly go hand in hand with paranoia-free strains like this one that allow you to loosen the reins on your social anxieties, so you can get more done.
Tip: Make your to-do list before you pack a bowl, so you can just smoke and get started.
XJ-13 – Today is going to be a good day with a sativa-dominant XJ-13 in your pipe. Coast through your creative to-do list with a stress-free attitude. Pair it with your morning coffee before work or enjoy it as a pick-me-up on a night out on the town. XJ-13’s citrus aroma relaxes and provides an undeniable spark of creativity.
Cherry Pie – This hybrid strain is known for giving you a little euphoric, though relaxed, boost to your day. The added bonus is that the flavor is as nostalgic and scrumptious as the name implies. Cherry Pie is beloved for its unique ability to simultaneously provide you a sense of ease while also uplifting your spirits to help you motivate yourself and rally for any creative project you can imagine.
Tip: Write down all the ideas you get while smoking on Sativa! You might strike gold.
Platinum Cake – Center yourself with cannabis and creativity is sure to follow. A great nightcap, Indica-dominant strain Platinum Cake brings calmness to exploring your mind. Its therapeutic and medical properties are ideal for chronic pain relief and body aches. Forget the troubles of your day and drift into a vibrant la la land to let your dreams do the work for you.
Tip: Spark up some Indica and set intentions that let the self-reflective, existential thoughts flow.
Peanut Butter and Jelly – People mainly choose indica and sativa for creativity, but a hybrid strain like this cross between LA Confidential and Peanut Butter Kush is energizing in its own way. Good for getting lost in thought on a walk or striking up silly conversations while hanging with friends, the lifted energy of PB&J brings focus and a happy-go-lucky attitude. Take the day by storm and get more done with this elevated strain.
Tip: Find your inspiration with a hybrid strain, funky music, and some at-home art therapy. Enough said.
Marz Barz – Take a load off with this Indica-dominant strain that is known to relieve pain and anxiety. It’s an excellent strain to enjoy during happy hour after work when your brain feels tired and you just need something to take the edge off. Don’t take cannabis and creativity for granted; some of your best ideas may come from a smoke session. All it takes is a few tokes and the great inspiration will come.
Tip: Loosen your mind by smoking indica before you socialize with old friends or coworkers.
Tolerance is Key
Let your previous experiences with weed inform how much you dose yourself. The last thing you want to do is get too high before you begin your work. Smoking too much can lead to loss of focus and motivation, internet rabbit holes, and serious procrastination. This is where self-accountability comes in.
The best way to harness creativity while high is to give yourself a set amount to enjoy before you get started. Find the sweet spot where your mind starts to feel simultaneously at ease and inspired, open and creative, so that you can be productive in your creative life. That’s where the unstoppable magic of cannabis and creativity really lies.
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