Weed has a reputation for being a gaping, sofa-shaped hole that sucks in motivation and spits zombification back out. An energy sink that leaves you glued to the TV with your hand in the snack bowl.

While that sort of body-slam high can be entertaining, it’s an often-inaccurate assessment painting all strains with the same broad brush.

We’re here to talk about the best strains for creativity and focus. Yes, there are buds out there waiting for you to find them and awaken that creative spark!

So, let’s find your best weed for creativity!

Creativity & Cannabis: How It Works

After decades of suppressed cannabis research, there’s not much that answers how weed and creativity are linked. But what there is, is fascinating.

A Boost to the Brain

The most likely cause of creative boosts with judicious weed use is increased blood flow to the frontal lobe, where creativity hangs out. More blood means more communication and activity in areas of the brain known to be home to our thoughts, impulses, and emotional urges.

Dopamine & Divergent Thinking

Another likely culprit? Dopamine. THC is known to act on dopamine receptors.

Dopamine influences the divergent thinking that is critical to creative ventures. Divergent thinking is the ability to make creative associations and think along lines that stray from everyday life.

The Confidence Factor

Another intriguing factor? Weed increases self-perceived confidence in artistic abilities, which leads to increased action. Essentially, it’s like the little engine that could!

Remember, though—too much of a great thing can dampen creativity— so start slow to find your perfect place!

4 Best Strains for Creativity

The best weed for creativity comes in multiple different forms. From the best creative sativa to indica-forward standouts, we recommend these products to get your art -and your high – on. And the good news is, you can pick your product of choice up at one of our Valley locations!

Burnt Toast

When it comes to creativity, the blank page and the silent instrument can be our worst enemies. They accuse, deny, withhold inspiration.

If those uncooperative words and notes won’t budge? Burnt Toast—an indica-leaning hybrid—is sure to get (and keep!) that creative pen-to-paper, hand-to-strings juices flowing.

Yes, indica’s usually not the first strain you think of when motivation and focus are needed. But not all indicas are created equal. Burnt Toast is a mentally energizing weed that provides a mellow body buzz that doesn’t rob your focus. Instead, it leans in and whispers, “you’ve got this.”

Ice Cream Sundae

Degas’s Gots nothin’ on you!

Our best weed for bringing forth masterpieces? Well, that depends. Is your art about peaceful communion or focused drive?

If the former, you’ll love Ice Cream Sundae. It’s a sweet, nutty, well-balanced hybrid that kicks in with a fun, euphoric mental high before resolving as a warm, calm (but energetic) buzz. Ice Cream Sundae is for you if settling in and rolling with your creative flow is your style.

Tropaya

If you need energy and focus, we think Tropaya is the best creative sativa, hands down! Tropaya is potent and should be approached respectfully during that “getting to know you” phase.

Once you’re better acquainted, you’ll find this lemon-and-berry prize delivers euphoria with an enduring, clear-headed cerebral boost. It will leave you with a laid-back but lively focus and desire.

Dole Whip

We have two superstars when looking for a more general, “I’m going to make something amazing” vibe. The first, Dole Whip, is another contender for best creative sativa.

This juicy, cream-meets-pineapple treat is a brilliant melding of relaxation, euphoria, and creative energy. That blend of toasty de-stressing and creative light gives your artistry free rein by opening you up while simultaneously kicking any artist’s block to the curb. It’s calm confidence and inspired drive.

Cream D’Mint

The other standout is Cream D’Mint, a gassy, earthy hybrid with a hint of mint.

Cream D’Mint’s embrace is a bit different, with inspirational zing coming in bursts, eventually dissipating into a gentle, all-over high that intensifies before fading.

Dole Whip and Cream D’Mint are a dynamic duo in creativity– the ideal strains for dreaming up and making your artistic, musical, and literary aspirations a reality!

Weed Drawing Ideas & Inspiration

Before we turn you loose on your artistic adventure, why don’t we explore fun ways to get your art on while high?

We all know that skulls and pot leaves are the “wow, I’m flying” go-to for drawing while high. And there’s nothing wrong with that—it’s fun, and sometimes the results are stunning.

But if you’re looking to do something more? Take advantage of the warm camaraderie, and divergent thinking weed facilitates!

  • Free Associate: Allow your mind to run with the seemingly odd associations that pop into your mind while high. Whether drawing, writing, or crafting lyrics, letting those links form and flourish is a beautiful way to create something unique, shiny, and sometimes haunting.
  • Write It Down: Art isn’t all about producing – it’s about imagining, too. Sit down with your phone, computer, or notebook and write ideas down as they come. Your free-thinking now will give you endless inspiration later!
  • The Brainstorming Buddy System: Collaboration while high is an entirely new form of communion. Weed lends itself to trading ideas and growing sparks of inspiration into bonfires of creativity, so grab a partner and get thinking!
  • Switch It Up: If your usual medium is graphite, why not try charcoal or Prismacolors? If you’re all about oils and acrylics, give markers a try! Stretch yourself and go beyond your typical tools. It’s your art. Make it however you want it!

Get Those Creative Juices (and Strains) Flowing!

Now it’s time for you to go forth and create! Find your best strains for creativity, your perfect high for optimal artistry, then get out there and DO!

Let your brain and your high take you to new places and don’t be afraid to roll with it. You may surprise yourself in incredible ways!

Sources:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12007751/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5123717/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4718590/