For generations, artists and innovators of all stripes have reached for their favorite cannabis strains to boost creativity. So how do you know which one will fire up your unique imagination?
Indicas and Sativas
When describing whether or not a certain strain helps with creativity, people often bring up whether the plant is Indica or Sativa dominant.
Sativa-dominant cannabis strains, generally higher in THC, tend to provide an energetic “head high” and boost your focus. These are the plants you want to gravitate towards if you’re looking to enhance your creativity.
Some people look for a majorly Sativa-dominant strain when they’re doing creative work, but some like a more balanced ratio. That’s because the focus and energy in Sativa-dominant strains can manifest in some people as racing thoughts and anxiety. They need the Indica mellow to balance the effects.
Best Cannabis Strains to Boost Creative Juices
No one strain will be good for every creative person, but fortunately, there are plenty to choose from. Here are just a few.
#1: Blue Dream
Blue Dream is a Sativa-dominant strain that originated in California. A hybrid of the Blueberry and Haze plants, it has been called the “perfect” strain for its balanced effects.
Blue Dream gets you started with a rush of mental energy. The effects are invigorating but not too overwhelming, so you can focus on your projects without getting distracted by racing thoughts.
After a while, the relaxing effects of Blue Dream take over, easing you out of your cerebral high and letting you spend some quality time with your best ideas.
A strain called AK-47 might sound like it would be dramatic and destructive, but this one is completely the opposite. It’s known for its balanced effects, keeping you alert and focused but not too wired.
AK-47 offers a nice, steady buzz without a peak and crash. It makes you feel good and keeps you engaged and motivated for a good long while. AK-47 is also known for sparking social energy, a helpful quality if you create collaboratively.
#3: Kali Mist
Kali Mist is an extremely Sativa-dominant strain, boasting a 90/10 ratio of Sativa to Indica with 15% THC and 0.45% CBD. It provides a euphoric high, offering a major jolt of mental energy that gets you laser-focused and productive.
Kali Mist has become a favorite of artists for good reason. It sparks the imagination and generates a euphoric high, so you’re flowing with your best ideas and loving it. If you want an intense burst of creativity, this might be the strain for you.
#4: Amnesia Haze
If you want a nice dose of creative euphoria but aren’t quite up for the intensity of Kali Mist, Amnesia Haze could be your strain. It’s a repeat winner of the Cannabis Cup (as, for the record, is AK-47).
Amnesia Haze is an 80/20 Sativa-dominant strain, so it still gives you a nice mental high with a little bit more mellow. It sharpens your focus and boosts your mood, but your euphoria isn’t likely to get too out of hand.
Finding Your Strain
This is only a small selection of the cannabis strains that are known for their creativity-boosting properties. There’s also OG Kush, Durban Poison, Jillybean, and many more. Ask your local dispensary owner which one might be right for you.