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The best cannabis strains for sparking creativity

July 12, 2017
(Gillian Levine for Leafly)
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.


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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

jack herer cannabis strain

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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


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Chemdog cannabis strain

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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

LSDlsd cannabis strain

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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


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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


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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


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jillybean cannabis strain

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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.

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Bailey Rahn

Bailey is a senior content manager at Leafly, specializing in strains and health. She's spent 7+ years researching cannabis products, spreading patients’ stories, and exploring healthy ways of integrating cannabis into daily life.

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  • Mgm1229

    Amnesia is a great strain for creativity and energy.

    • Ellzey

      Ha, Amnesia would knock me on the floor before I could pump out a single painting.

    • Adepeju Oluyemisi

      Dry or vap?

  • Ellzey

    Whilst in school, I would study different styles, but once I established my own style, I rarely deviated.

    I became a bit jaded over the years, and would spew hate on the abstract or surrealists, figuring these forms of art were just excuses to do a poor job. And in many cases I still think that’s true. But, I decided to dabble in Marijuana for my art. I was curios as to what I would come up with.

    Boy was I surprised. I would just close my eyes, and let the pen do the walking. The visions I had would be constant, and I felt as if I was part of the paintings. The style became so crazy I decided to start posting various things I did the night prior

    I’ve noticed that the sativas result in very hard lines, and indicas have a very smooth flow. But either way, these are styles that I have never touched on before (mostly), abstract, surreal, and scary.

    MMJ changed my art for the better.

  • medcannabis1

    I have enjoyed growing Cheese and Lemon Haze…. always a winner and keeps me in my zone as I work.
    For creating music I enjoy God’s Gift and ATF for that groove.

    • Adepeju Oluyemisi

      Are you using the dry or tank? Due to where I live Im having to transition to the tank and looking for something that works for focus and creativity.

  • Adepeju Oluyemisi

    If these strains are good for creativity why then is “creativity” the last in the list of effects?

    • Nikita Dreas

      it’s just the way their coding has it set up on the website

  • Bethany Dalton

    Ganesh OG is my go to strain for artistic creativity. I get focused and motivated, but also relaxed.

  • TerryLicia

    Purchased at a new dispensary in Alaska, “Jack Herer” gave me the worst case of munchies ever! I think I hurt myself! Thatll teach me to be greedy with it! Otherwise, it was great! Reduced the neuro pain, and settled my mind. But gawd, those munchies! NOOOooo!

  • Jack McTerra

    I just finished 1 year-long experiment where I microdosed cannabis pretty much daily to boost my creativity as a writer. I discovered that when
    using cannabis (in right doses) I:

    – can easily get into flow

    – am less critical towards myself, hence more fearless in my writing

    – feel generally more creative (better plot, better choice of words, more complex sentences, many good comparisons)

    – write faster (around 3 to 4 times the usual speed)

    – find writing much easier, playful, and more fun

    – am more passionate about my work

    – can easily learn from my mistakes and problems (thanks to the insightful nature of the plant)

    Small Magic:

    Feel free to have a look 🙂

    Cannabisis really great. Beside all of the positive effects, it’s cheap, easily available, non-toxic, and from my experience, as good as other
    psychedelic drugs (like acid).

  • Nikita Dreas

    You should look into adding Cinderella ’99 to the list. It helps wonders with writers block

  • Leonardo Nogueira Elias

    Chocolope for ever….. 🙂