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The Best Cannabis Strains for Creativity

Cannabis has been given credit for the creativity behind many great artists, from a wide range of fields. Studies have backed up the claim that cannabis can help to increase creativity. Today, there are many strains of cannabis available and it stands to reason that some are better at bringing out the user’s creativity that others are.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the best strains for sparking creativity. As the feelings are subjective and each person reacts differently, these strains are presented in no particular order. They represent the names that come up the most when people talk about what helps them get their creative juices flowing.

Durban Poison

This is a pure Sativa strain that originally comes from the South African city of Durban. It was brought to America in the 1970s and has been a favorite ever since. The strain provides an uplifting head high that is great for not only boosting your creativity but keeping you focused and productive as you work on your art.

Amnesia Haze

This is a hybrid strain with a Sativa to Indica ratio of around 80:20. Its high Sativa ratio makes it great for keeping you energized as you flex the creative muscles that it will bring out of you. Amnesia Haze is a two-time Cannabis Cup winner, so you know it is a quality strain.

Jack Herer

Named after author and marijuana activist Jack Herer, this strain is one of the most popular strains in the country. It is also a name that comes up frequently when a discussion of creativity inducing cannabis comes up. It is a Sativa-heavy hybrid and like all Sativa-heavy strains will leave you clear-headed and energized as you get busy creating.


Named after tangerines because its strong and sweet flavor evokes citrus overtones, this is another Sativa dominant hybrid. It is something of a sequel to the popular Tangerine Dream strain that was once very popular. It was first created in Amsterdam but has since become popular worldwide. In addition to the clear-headed creativity boost common to Sativa heavy strains, this one is known to provide an extra boost of happiness.

Kali Mist

With a Sativa to Indica ratio of around 90:10, this strain is especially Sativa heavy. It is another name that comes up very frequently among a wide range of users when discussing the most creativity-friendly cannabis strains. It is good at keeping the artist laser-focused on their work and is often used for meditation and Yoga for the same reason.


This is a 50:50 hybrid of Sativa and Indica that has been around for a while. It is used to create Sour Diesel, which also made this list. Its higher Indica content relative to the first six strains mentioned gives it a more relaxing quality than the more Sativa dominant strains.


This Sativa dominant strain comes in at 70% Sativa to 30% Indica. It is the result of crossing Super Lemon Haze with Gupta Kush. The name, an obvious play on laserbeam, likely comes from the fact that the strain is well known to help provide laser-like focus, which is very helpful when you are trying to get some creative work done.


This hybrid a cross between Space Queen, which also made the list, and Orange Skunk. It is named after its taste, which is reminiscent of jellybeans. It is Sativa dominant and provides an uplifted and euphoric high to aid in your creative endeavors, while the Indica content provides a mild relaxation.

Blue Dream

Another strain that is Sativa dominant is Blue Dream. This strain is a cross between Blueberry and Haze. This is another one that you’ll find on most shortlists of creativity spawning cannabis strains. Blue Dream will ease you into a euphoric feeling which is made calm by the presence of Indica in the strain.

Space Queen

A parent of Jillybean, mentioned earlier in this post, Space Queen is itself a hybrid. Created from the Romulan and Cinderella 99 strains, this is another strain that is close to 50:50 Sativa and Indica. The mixture makes for the same euphoric but relaxing feeling that such hybrids are known for. Space Queen is famous for its immediate body buzz effect.

Sour Diesel

Fast-acting and energizing this child of Chemdog is a favorite among artists looking for that extra boost of creativity without the glued to the couch feeling that some strains provide. With a 90:10 Sativa to Indica ratio, its low Indica content will keep you alert and ready for whatever your project throws at you.

The name makes it sound like it would deliver an intense and hard-hitting experience, but AK-47 provides a mellow and reflective feeling that is perfectly conducive to creative endeavors. It has a 65:35 Sativa to Indica ratio and is made from a blend of Afghani, Colombian, Mexican, and Thai varieties.

Pure Haze

Made by crossing Purple Thai and Haze, this strain features an 85% Sativa and 15% Indica ratio. As the name suggests, it creates a hazy kind of energetic head high accompanied by a slight physical calm as the relatively low amount of Indica kicks in. It has a tendency to make people more social, which could be good if your creative endeavors are a collaborative effort.

OG Kush

This strain has been around since a grower in Florida mixed a strain from California with one from Amsterdam. It has been an American classic ever since and is used in countless hybrids. It is the only Indica dominant strain on this list, but you needn’t worry about being too relaxed to get any work done. OG Kush is well-respected among creative individuals.

Acapulco Gold

The final strain on the list is another Sativa dominant variety. This one is a hybrid that, quite obviously, originates from Acapulco. It is not known which varieties were originally crossed in order to produce it. Acapulco Gold is difficult to grow indoors, which can make it hard to find.

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Cannabis has been given credit for the creativity behind many great artists. Studies have backed up the claim that cannabis can help to increase creativity.

Spark Your Creativity with These Cannabis Strains

By Adam Schmidt

Creativity is not a science. If anything, it’s more of an anti-science: chaos in action. Drawing out the creative genius within is a very personal process, and cannabis won’t make it magically appear (unfortunately). However, the anecdotal evidence that there’s a link between creativity and cannabis is overwhelming. Ask a cannaseur if they feel they benefit creatively from cannabis and they’re incredibly likely to say yes. But does that really mean anything? Is perceived increased creativity valid? If so, should you use an indica or sativa for creativity?

The Science on Cannabis and Creativity

Studies are far too few in number, but they’ve got leads. This study points to cannabis use increasing blood flow in parts of the brain thought to be related to creativity — interesting, but ultimately inconclusive as not much is known. And another found that cannabis increased verbal fluency, a way of saying the ability to “think outside the box,” as well as personality traits connected to creative accomplishment.

However, when tested sober, cannabis users still scored higher than non-users on those tests (divergent thinking and positive trait schizotypy, respectively); so it leads to a bit of a chicken-egg dilemma. Does cannabis improve creativity or do creative people just tend to like cannabis?

Cannabis (like Creativity) is Personal

Regardless of our ability to prove a relation, many people are reporting creative benefits from cannabis – so we might as well give it a shot. The first question at hand: indica or sativa for creativity? In short, that depends. Indicas lead to sedation in many people, so sativa is the obvious choice for getting inspired — but not everyone reacts well to sativa strains. What makes one person over the moon with ideas will make another clammy with anxiety.

It’s important to be aware of how you react to cannabis in general. If, in the past, your sativa experiences have been more “stressful mind racing” than “got me in the flow,” you’re not likely to get different results because you’re aiming for creativity this time. But we’ve got a list of strains that are most likely to do the job, including hybrids, sativas, and indicas. Also keep in mind that other factors like terpenes and flavonoids play a role.

Indica or Sativa for Creativity? Try These!

Here’s a short list of indica or sativa for creativity recommendations. Let us know if there’s any strains you’ve found to be personally inspiring!

  1. Blue Dream: Also known as Azure Haze, this sweet berry-tasting strain is known for providing a mentally invigorating yet also calm euphoric effect – exactly what you need for creative thinking and gathering the inspiration to get to making.
  2. Kali Mist: This strain is reported to help clear the mind from usual chatter, creating the room for inspiration and creativity; which it’s also said to boost, as well as motivation. Enjoy the earthy citrus flavor, then watch your imagination fly.
  3. Jillybean: If this strain were a jelly bean, it’d be orange – for both taste and the bold energy of the color. The conversant high loosens the mind and encourages creative thinking.
  4. Jack Herer: This popular strain is a dynamic hybrid that has wanted effects on both the body and mind, the high providing cerebral clarity and the ability to be conversant – great for brainstorming or collaborating. Also, look for cross-breeds of this woodsy and citrusy strain.
  5. LSD: Psychedelic and cerebral are two of the most common words that describe this indica, which is more mentally stimulating than most. LSD is a great strain for idea generating and creative-block-squashing.
  6. Chemdawg: When you need something really potent to get those creative wheels a churnin’ Chemdawg (also called Chemdog) is your strain. It’s also pungent, giving off an earthy diesel smell and known for creating an energetic high.

In addition to trying different strains, try playing with the dosage. Many people find that while a little THC helps spark the creative fire, too much does the opposite. And try different ways of approaching creativity, from coloring to cooking.

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Musicians and artists are often characterized as cannabis users, but can cannabis enhance creativity? Should you choose an indica or sativa for creativity?