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The best cannabis strains for sparking creativity

Cannabis has long been a companion for creative minds. It has a way of expanding the imagination, enabling access to new thoughts, concepts, and ideas. For many of us, cannabis adds color to our world and allows us to appreciate small nuances that are normally filtered out by our busy brains.

Not all strains are created equal, thanks to differences in their terpene and cannabinoid profiles. Sure, some artists couldn’t care less what strains they keep stocked alongside pens and brushes, but others swear by specific strains and rely on them for stimulating creative thought.

This list features strains that Leafly reviewers rate as highly creative, so consider giving them a try if you’re looking to kindle inspiration.

Kali Mist

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Sometimes the only thing separating you from reaching creative flow is a lack of energy. Kali Mist, a bright and euphoric strain, shakes your imagination awake and imbues it with colorful stimulation that inspires as well as motivates.

“If you want to delve into some new and interesting concepts – if what you’re after is refreshing uplifting bouts of fluid confident creativity and clarity of thought, Kali Mist is where it’s at.” –KennedyBash

Jack Herer

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With a sharp pine aroma that promotes an alert, focused mindset, Jack Herer is famous for good reason. Its mellow, even-keel high leaves the mind flexible and with room to stretch creative muscles.

“Astounding creativity off this stuff, first time being high has made me feel smarter.” – itsdeliciouschi

Chemdog

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Chemdog is a potent hybrid best reserved for the seasoned consumer looking to turbo boost creativity. Its high can be dizzying and cumbersome, but if you’re seeking strong euphoria that jars the senses and summons new pathways of thought, Chemdog might be the powerhouse hybrid you’ve been waiting for.

“I had many thoughts rush through my head and it was a little overwhelming but once I settled into the high it was very creative, imaginative and invigorating.” – Indaking

Purple Haze

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A strain that seems to turn up saturation and definition like an HD movie, Purple Haze unlocks the highest potential of your senses. Lending energy and positivity to the mind, this strain knocks down bad moods, lethargy, and anything else standing in the way between you and your next artistic project.

“Good for the creative types who love to have a toke with their brush strokes or good for the student looking to cram for the exam.” – Schmo

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Named for its trippy, awe-inspiring high, LSD is a hybrid strain that’ll spin and twist your imagination, wringing out all of the creativity inside. Use this strain to cast a new light on conscious thought while it illuminates concepts and ideas hiding in your mind’s depths.

“This strain is THE BEST when it comes to coming up with creative ideas. If you’re having creative block or writers block, I recommend this strain a lot.” – GinoMidnight

Berry White

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Some minds require pacifying before engaging in art or other creative escapes. Overactive minds can benefit from the slow pace of Berry White’s effects. Artists experiencing debilitating pain or inflammation may also find that this strain’s soothing physical effects take their mind off the aches, allowing full immersion in the task at hand.

“Berry White leaves me relaxed and helps me forget my chronic back pain. I am always given creative insights when I am about an hour into the high.” – TechDesigner

Tangie

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Tangie is a strain that offers many gifts: long-lasting euphoria, a sweet citrus flavor almost indiscernible from ripe tangerines, and a creative kick that expands thought. Its meditative, patient, and focusing high is perfect for settling deep into a long project, especially one that might otherwise feel long and tedious.

“I felt sufficiently high, but very much in the circumstance of what was going on around me. This is a state of mind where I can be very creative, aware, and at peace all at the same time.” – Brian

Jillybean

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A beautiful plant that blooms with sparkling trichomes and colorful hues, Jillybean shares her vibrancy through bright, blissful euphoria. This hybrid helps you shed stress and bad moods, leaving you free to navigate your imagination without burden.

“Jillybean is a nice hybrid that melts away inhibitions, creative blocks and allows for true relaxation. Like a vacation in a flower, this bud will have layers of high energy sativa that helped keep my house clean but also slowly bring on some of the best sleep I’ve had in years.” –jeahisaidit

To find more creative strains, explore others in Leafly’s strain database by clicking here.

Explore strains that Leafly reviewers rate as highly creative and consider giving them a try if you’re looking to kindle inspiration.

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.

Stardawg

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.

XJ-13

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.

AK-47

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.