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Choosing a cannabis strain can be confusing. With hundreds of types of cannabis available on the market, it’s hard to decide which one is the best for your particular and unique needs. Although there are many factors that go into determining what strain is right for your goals, there are some basic guidelines you can use to get started.

Cannabis has served to inspire imaginative people for decades. It has a way of enhancing the imagination and opening up the mind to fresh ideas. Many users opt for strains that will improve focus while helping them stay productive and upbeat throughout the day.

Strains that have a higher percentage of sativa can help you be energetic and creative. In this article, we’ll go over why cannabis is used for creativity and suggest some of the best strains for the job.

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Why Use Cannabis Strains for Creativity?

Cannabis has been used by strong creative people for decades, maybe even centuries. So how does it inspire creativity? It most likely impacts creativity through the dopaminergic system.  Dopamine and the frontal cortex of the brain are both involved in the complicated cognitive state of creativity. The frontal lobes of the brain are linked to creativity, and cannabis has been shown to improve blood flow in this region.

There is evidence among users suggesting that cannabis enhances creativity. Steve Jobs, the creative mind responsible for Apple, once said: “The best way I could describe the effect of cannabis and hashish is that it would make me relaxed and creative.” Others that use cannabis regularly claim that they experience unusual and original thoughts, according to a study by Tart in 1970. More recently, a study by Green et al 2003 showed that over 50 % of users reported heightened creativity while using cannabis.

Numerous cannabis strains have the ability to affect creativity by directly interacting with our endocannabinoid system. While sativas are known for their uplifting cerebral high and indicas are known for their effects on the body, many sativa-dominant hybrids are great for stimulating creativity while also leaving you with a mellow high. Here are some of our favorite strains for boosting creativity.

Jack Herer

Jack Herer is a cross between Northern Lights #5, Shiva Skunk, and Haze. Created in the Netherlands in the mid-’90s, it was named after the famous cannabis activist Jack Herer. It has a sharp pine aroma that promotes an alert, focused mindset. It is a sativa-dominant strain that has been described as generating blissful, clear-headed, and creative thoughts. Jack Herer has won nine Cannabis Cup prizes.

Blue Dream

This strain’s terpene profile is dominated by myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene and is renowned for its sweet blueberry scent with hints of pinene and fresh herbs. The first effects start with a head high that inspires motivation. As the high develops, users experience moderate body relaxation along with an energizing cerebral high. Blue Dream is a great option for fostering creativity because of its stimulating head high and steady body high.

Animal Cookies

Animal Cookies is a potent hybrid strain that is indica-dominant and was developed after its parent strain, Girl Scout Cookies. It comes on strong at first and causes a burst of positivity and inventiveness. Your mood will be upbeat, joyful, and euphoric after smoking this strain. These sensations will eventually go away and your body will begin to feel completely relaxed, which can be a great way to finish your day strong.

Bubble Gum

Bubble Gum is an indica-dominant hybrid. Although its genetics are unclear, it is believed to be made from Indiana Bubble Gum and another unidentified cultivar. This strain has a flavor profile reminiscent of its namesake, with bubble gum and sweet floral flavors. Patients using it for medicinal purposes say it relieves symptoms associated with disorders like chronic pain, nausea, stress, and depression. Its uplifting effects can enhance social interactions and foster an upbeat, creative mood.

Sour Diesel

This sativa-dominant strain is great for enhancing creativity. For a morning kick-start, Sour Diesel is the sworn-by secret weapon of many highly productive people. It’s 90% sativa, so while most of its effects are uplifting, motivating, and positive, some users report feelings of paranoia. 

Sour Diesel’s name accurately reflects the strain’s sensory experience and aroma. In bud form, it has a smell of sour, gassy, skunky, and citrus notes. When smoked, it exudes an earthy fuel-like undertone that is reminiscent of the strain’s namesake.


AK-47 is a mix of sour, earthy, and sweet. It was created in 1992 but reworked in 1999 using Columbia, Mexico, Thai (all sativas), and Afghanistan (indica) strains, equaling 65% sativa and 35% indica. It delivers a steady and long-lasting cerebral buzz that will keep you mentally alert and engaged in creative or social activities. AK-47’s high is markedly uplifting and joyous, much like waking up from a Zen meditation. However, AK-47 can cause dry mouth, red eyes, lightheadedness, and even paranoia with higher doses.

Purple Haze

Purple Haze is a strain popularized by Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 classic song, Purple Haze. This nostalgic sativa staple remains loved by users for its high-energy cerebral stimulation that awakens creativity throughout the day. Purple Haze is believed to have descended from parent strains Purple Thai and Haze, which have a mix of sweet and earthy flavors underscored by notes of berry and spice and have around 17% THC.

Artists often use Purple Haze because it can make colors appear brighter with more saturation. There are almost no sedative effects from this strain, making it great for enhancing creativity.

There are many other strains of cannabis that can help with creativity, but these are our top picks. Whether you are trying to spark some new ideas or if you are looking to help relieve pain, stress, or anxiety, cannabis is a great alternative to prescription medication.

Are you ready to explore your creativity? You can find these strains and more at Medizin, your elegant cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas. Contact us today and let us guide you on your cannabis journey.

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