While marijuana is well known for its ability to reduce pain and treat anxiety, there are several strains that can provide a boost to creativity as well. In fact, the journal Consciousness and Cognition has recently published research suggesting that cannabis can cause users to link previously unrelated concepts in the mind. This in turn leads to the creation of new ideas. All of these strains are known to provide a clear buzz that allows users to engage in high-gear problem solving. Additionally, some users just want to let some creative juices flow when behind a pen, brush, or any other artistic utensil. These 8 strains will be sure to kickstart that process, and get you on the right path!
This strain is well-known for its crystal-covered buds, which give it a sugared appearance. The strain has only been around since the early ’90s, but it has been featured by many hip-hop artists over the years. More recently, White Widow has been featured on the television show Weeds. The strain provides a robust high and has a very pungent, woody odor. If you’re in the mood to get creative, this is the place to be!
Girl Scout Cookies
A creation of The Hemp Center, this strain is a cross between some of the most famous weed breeds: OG Kush, Durban Poison and Cherry Kush. Girl Scout Cookies has a unique flavor, with notes of cotton candy as well as various fruits and spices. Girl Scout Cookies is popular among enthusiasts for its resistance to disease, high crop yield and moderate flowing time. The strain has a THC level of around 20% and flowers in 9 to 10 weeks. It was popularized by San Francisco rapper Berner. Don’t let the name deceive you, even though it has some incredible flavors, users often report magic flowing from their fingertips after smoking.
As its name suggests, Grape Ape’s flavor is dominated by notes of grape. Its moderate odor is also suggestive of berries. The high is said to be moderate, which allows those who partake to focus on the task at hand. Many enthusiasts use Grape Ape as a medicine as well, using it to treat muscle aches, low appetite and anxiety.
This strain is named in honor of hemp proponent Jack Herer, whose book The Emperor Wears No Clothes makes a case for the legalization of hemp, and by extension, marijuana. The strain is considered by many to be one of the best weed varieties around, and it has won numerous awards over the years. The strain provides a powerful body high but leaves the head with a moderate buzz. Jack Herer is a cross between the world-famous strain Skunk and the lesser-known Northern Lights.
Named for the area code in California where it made its debut, 707 Headband is the product of crossing two Kush varieties with Sour Diesel. OG Kush, Master Kush and Diesel produce a plant with a heavy yield and flowering time of 10 weeks. 707 provides a strong high but leaves the head clear enough to allow users to work productively. The strain is often used to treat anxiety as well. It is a pungent strain that has a slightly sweet flavor.
A Cannabis Cup winner in ’04, this sativa hybrid is known for its citrusy flavor and strong high. The plant has an unusually long flowering time—up to 12 weeks—but proponents claim that it is one of the best highs available. The high itself is said to be long-lasting and intense, with a period of productivity followed by a more mellow phase. This strain grows best in warm states such as Arizona and Nevada, although it will grow in a greenhouse. Going just by the name, creativity will come naturally.
A cross between the ever-reliable Skunk and Hindu Kush, Master Kush provides a smooth smoke that is known to bring on waves of productive relaxation. The strain won the coveted Cannabis Cup in both ’92 and ’93. Its heritage includes—from the Skunk side of the lineage—Columbian Gold and Mexican Acapulco Gold. It is known for its earthy odor and complex flavor, containing hints of mango and honey.
Perhaps one of the better known strains, the colorfully named Durban Poison has been around for more than 50 years. The strain is named for the South African city of Durban, where it is mass produced. The strain, a pure sativa, is known for its intense head high. Its buds are sticky and have a slightly sweet flavor.