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The 6 Best Cannabis Strains for Creativity

Thursday May 28, 2020

S ince we’ve all been cooped up for a bit at home, many of us have turned to creative outlets to pass the time and ease our minds of stress and anxiety associated with current events. Whether it’s drawing, dancing, music or something else you enjoy, cannabis might be able to help you express your creativity more fluidly. Check out some strains below that have been known to encourage creativity.

6 Cannabis Strains for Building Your Creativity

Before we dive in, it’s important to remember that cannabis affects everyone differently. These strains are recommendations that have been anecdotally known to encourage creativity but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other strains out there that might work well! So, try these strains below and if they’re not what you’re looking for then continue to do some trial and error until you find the right strain for you!

Maui Wowie

Maui Wowie is a long-time favorite of cannabis connoisseurs has captured more than the imagination of growers since the 1960s, it has also treated creatives well throughout its distinguished history. Known for being uplifting and energetic, there’s nothing quite like this citrusy, piney sativa for boosting your spirits and letting your mind experience the limits of its creativity.

This variety is known to grow tall and rather quickly. More importantly, it provides a solid yield that’s suitable for anyone looking to stock-up on creativity inducing cannabis flowers. Many creatives enjoy smoking or vaporizing Maui Wowie since it has a pleasant taste that seems to add to its uplifting spirit.

Betty Banner

Just looking at the beautiful bud structure of Betty Banner is enough to send creative-types into a whirlwind of fantasy. The intense mixture of lime-green and deep purple buds makes one wonder why this isn’t the most popular variety on the market. Betty Banner smells much like her parent (in botanical terms, not The Hulk story), Bruce Banner, with fruity and earthy overtones that are underscored with a bit of diesel and pine. From aroma to taste, Betty Banner frees the mind and lets creatives do what they do best: create.

For someone looking to let their creativity flow, Betty Banner relaxes the body while stirring the mind. Her gorgeous appearance, seductive scent, and powerful effects all combine to make a variety Shakespeare may have written a new sonnet about.

Critical Mass

A great strain to examine under a microscope, Critical Mass is an inspiring plant simply through its aesthetics. It’s wrapped in fuzzy orange hairs, spotted with gummy trichomes, and has a beautiful natural green hue to it. Just looking at it seems to eases one’s mind since it’s a reminder of the beauty of nature. It’s loaded with both THC and CBD, which gives it a delightful balance for those looking to create.

When engaging with Critical Mass for a creativity boost, it’s recommended that you infuse it into your food. When smoked or vaporized, this variety can have a strong beginning that might overwhelm your mind. When eaten, it has a powerful, long lasting effect that soothes without negating mental energy.

Gum AKA Bubblegum

Another beautiful strain to view under magnification, Gum appears to be coated with powdered sugar. Many people love its appearance for this reason, even though it’s not packed with the furry hairs that consumers often enjoy. Gum has a more subtle approach than other varieties on this list.

Gum’s scent reminds one of fruity candy, but isn’t overly pungent or revolting to those who avoid sugary foods.

Likewise, its effect is strong without leaving one dazed and confused. It’s an uplifting strain that lets those who want to write, draw, paint, or create music fully engage with their practice. Strong but subtle, Gum is relaxing without taxing creativity. After initial mind-rush immediately upon consumption, the effects level out and let users focus on their task at hand.

Super Lemon Haze

Unsurprisingly, Super Lemon Haze is best known for its super lemony taste. Some people report their own attempts at growing have produced plants that smell exactly like a lemon tree. A perhaps lesser-known quality of this cultivar is its ability to induce a creative state-of-mind. With a wonderful, soothing feeling that washes over the body, Super Lemon Haze also delivers a positive and energetic mindset.

Some rank Super Lemon Haze as having the most powerful, stimulating properties possible from cannabis. Creative folks tend to agree. With a long-lasting impact that allows creatives to enjoy their craft for hours, this variety is sure to please anyone who wants to expand their mind and dive into the most creative corners of their abilities.

Third Dimension

When creatives want to create, there’s no better place to be than to the third dimension. Of course, we already live in the third dimension, and Third Dimension is the perfect partner to help creative people let go of everything that’s negatively affecting in our shared space. With dark green buds sprinkled with sparkling trichomes, this strain relaxes with its appearance alone.

However, upon consumption many may find what they consider to be a scattered brain. For creatives, this scattering can generate new ways of looking at a problem they are facing in their artwork. Instead of keeping them focused solely on the problem, Third Dimension lets them see things from a different angle. For a creative person who wants to find a new perspective on a project they are building, Third Dimension is a great way to relax the body, let the mind wander, and improve their art on a fundamental level.

What strains do you consume to help you get in a creative mindset? Share your favorites in the comments below.

If you're stuck at home looking to express your creativity, then check out these 6 strains to help get your mind flowing.

8 of the best cannabis strains for creativity

One of the main reasons people smoke cannabis is to feel creative. There’s just something about it that opens your mind and sparks your best ideas, while providing the actual motivation to carry those ideas out. It’s the reason cannabis is so prevalent in the work of many artists and musicians. We’re all just one joint away from completing that next big project.

With thousands of cannabis strains out there, knowing which ones may get the creative juices flowing can be a time consuming endeavor. But since I love you, and also because I’ve smoked plenty of strains that had ya boy writing like a young Hemingway, I’m going to save you the time by providing some creative picks to trial-and-error.

These are eight cannabis strains that might hit your brain and body with a big dose of innovation.

Snoop’s Dream

When it comes to picking a cannabis strain that’ll leave you feeling euphoric and thinking outside the box, you can rarely go wrong with Blue Dream or anything with its genetics. That’s how we got Snoop’s Dream.

Snoop’s Dream is an indica-dominant cross of the famed Blue Dream and Master Kush. Legend suggests that these were two of Snoop Dogg’s favorite strains, which is why the cross was named after him, but that’s merely speculation. What we do know is that Snoop’s Dream usually kicks out a refreshingly fruity and piney flavor profile, followed by a high that will make you want to blast your favorite album and jump into a creative pastime.

Island Sweet Skunk

The last time I smoked Island Sweet Skunk, also known as Sweet Island Skunk, it put the happiest smile on my face as I stared at a world map and planned my next overseas adventure. The result was me deciding to live in Spain for a bit, so if you’re looking for something that’ll open your mind and inspire your next adventure, grab some of this sticky green and orange flower.

There are a couple of Sweet Island Skunk strains out there. Both are sativa-dominant hybrids, but one has Grapefruit, Haze, and Northern Lights genetics; the other is a cross of Skunk genetics and some unidentified sativa. Regardless of whichever you purchase, the strain is expected to make you feel creative and giggly. Even if you don’t want to create anything, Island Sweet Skunk is still a great mood booster.

Super Silver Haze

Super Silver Haze is one of those frequent flyers when it comes to daytime suggestions. That’s because this cross of Shiva Skunk and Northern Lights #5 usually hits consumers with a powerful dose of energy that causes your mind to be all over the place. If you can manage the high, and channel that energy into artistic productivity, then this strain may provide a valuable creative boost towards any of the projects you’ve been procrastinating on. Get hazy, not lazy.

Cinderella 99

Cinderella 99 is an excellent hybrid strain that provides potent euphoric effects. In so many words, Cindy 99 hits your head with a rush of energetic stimulation that rolls down into a deep body high. It’s perfect for anyone who likes daytime strains that make you want to sit on a random patch of grass and think about life for a couple hours.

Cinderella 99 is a complex backcross of Princess, Shiva Skunk, and Cinderella 88 genetics that can be traced all the way back to Jack Herer, a Princess parent strain. With that knowledge, it’s easy to see why this strain may provide such mental stimulation. Check it out for a creative boost and report back to us on your experience.


Thus far, most of the stains mentioned for creativity have been light and manageable head-high strains for boosting your brain activity. Allow me to switch it up by introducing you to Stardawg, an extremely potent hybrid that novice consumers may want to approach with respect.

Stardawg crosses Chemdog 4 and Tres Dawg to produce flower with a mix of gassy, earthy, and slightly floral aromas and flavors. Past the taste, much like its parent strains, Stardawg is known for its heavy dose of uplifting effects that translate into a boost of creative energy. With its potency, it may keep your body still, but your mind will for sure be active.

Super Sour Diesel

From the lineage of the aforementioned Super Silver Haze comes Super Sour Diesel, another excellent suggestion for creative types. Super Sour Diesel is the result of crossing Super Silver Haze with the famous Sour Diesel. The final product gives us flower that many seek out to boost their appetites and fight fatigue. In addition, Super Sour Diesel kicks out mentally stimulating effects that could ultimately help anyone that’s stuck in a creative rut. Its terpene profile features diesel, lemon, and black pepper attributes.


We couldn’t possibly make it through this list without a Jack Herer appearance. XJ-13 is a potent cross of Jack Herer sativa and the indica-dominant G-13 cannabis strain. The sativa-dominant hybrid features all kinds of mint, earthy, and lemon aromas. Much like Jack, it’s somewhat difficult to pinpoint exactly how that jar of XJ-13 on the shelf is going to smell. With the effects, consumers should expect to feel uplifted, creative, and euphoric. Essentially, that means you should expect a heavy head-high that’ll prepare you for any task the day puts on your plate.


Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got AK-47 from Colombian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani descent. It has a slightly citrus and gassy aroma, but overall, it’s pretty earthy and somewhat chemmy. While the aroma and flavor is complex, the effects are pretty simple. Expect a long-lasting euphoria that will keep your mind up and active, instead of the presumed absent and sedated. Grab this one and bring it to your next big corporate brainstorm.

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Knowing which strains get the creative juices flowing can be difficult. These cannabis strains might hit your brain and body with a big dose of innovation.