There’s only so much we can tell you about cannabis and creativity that you don’t already know. If you’ve ever consumed THC, then you know that your experience can have one of two possible outcomes, at least generally speaking; Euphoric effects or powerful feelings of relaxation.
But this doesn’t necessarily tell you much about what CBD does. At least not if you’re accustomed to consuming marijuana and ‘getting high.’
CBD does provide both of the feelings discussed above. An extreme sense of euphoria and happiness can also be the perfect ally for a time of unwinding relaxation. All this without clouding your thoughts with intoxicating effects. This same euphoria can be a feeling of open-mindedness that provokes creativity.
We cannot say that using CBD for focus and creativity is a direct source of creativity. That would probably be an insult to a naturally imaginative mind. But the reality is that many people use CBD as a vehicle to reach a creative state.
CBD and Why It Has Been Associated With Focus and Creativity
A 2014 study examined the effects of cannabis on creativity by administering THC doses of vaporized material and placebo products on a population of regular cannabis users. Researchers discovered that participants in the high dose group performed worse in tasks that required divergent thinking. At the same time, the placebo and low-dose groups didn’t find any impact on creativity.
However, this study only measures the effects of THC and leaves CBD out of the picture altogether. Remember, THC carries heavy psychoactive properties that may impair the thinking purpose of unseasoned consumers. This does not mean that CBD acts the same way. On the contrary, it means that CBD has a fighting chance as a creativity enhancer.
It might not be smart for us to tell you that on this paper, but we also must let you know what the facts say. We also must let you know that a study with a small sample size does not say much about what cannabis can do on creativity. It is merely an appetizer and doesn’t evaluate the brain functions that determine the capacity for creativity that the brain has.
The study mentioned above is also a motivator to study isolated CBD effects for focus and creativity. What happens when we cut out the middle man and forget entirely about any THC content?
A 2019 large case study on the role of cannabidiol in anxiety and sleep found that CBD may hold benefits for anxiety-related disorders. Although further controlled clinical studies are needed to confirm this conclusively, it’s also important to note that high levels of anxiety and lack of sleep can hurt the ability to think creatively.
Coping with anxiety and getting better sleep may help you achieve a state where the mind can ‘move’ freely and produce complex thinking processes without precisely determining them beforehand. As Steven Kotler explains in his book “The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance,” achieving this state can lead to otherwise unthinkable results.
Kotler focuses on athletic performance and sports achievements, but his theory, based on 15 years of research, is also applicable to other types of tasks, including creative ones.
CBD: How does it interact with the brain?
Unfortunately, there isn't much research that actively tries to explain how CBD interacts with the brain about creative functions.
The studies linking CBD to other brain functions and neurological disorders are vast, but to relate them to CBD's effect on creativity specifically would not be ethical.
What we can do is talk about the overwhelmingly vast amount of anecdotal evidence that has driven companies and users to explore the subject further. While CBD's most commonly discussed effects on the body revolve around sleep, depression, and anxiety, many users also mention how focused and open-minded CBD makes them feel.
Many believe that CBD's low doses trigger a more focused state of mind, while higher doses will trigger a relaxing, almost sleepy effect. That is why most seasoned CBD users utilize more elevated amounts of CBD in the evening and lower doses in the morning. This fact doesn't say much about creativity specifically, but it does about focus, which we believe to be an essential element for any task, especially creative assignments.
5 CBD Strains Creative People Should Know
Hemp is the non-psychoactive plant form of cannabis. There are two main types of cannabis plants; marijuana and hemp. Marijuana has a high-THC content, while hemp has a low THC content (<0.3%) and a high CBD content.
Special Sauce is one of the most notorious high-CBD strains of the moment. It carries up to 23% to 24% CBD, bred from a cross between Early Resin Berry and the original Special Sauce strains. Brands like Crescent Canna CBD make an exceptionally high-quality Special Sauce Premium Hemp Flower crafted using U.S. grown hemp and complete with all the safety certifications that make it a viable option.
Special Sauce has a citrus after-taste with tart berry aromas that seem to make it a perfect nightcap alternative. Because of its incredibly high CBD content, Special Sauce classifies as a relaxation strain, but this will ultimately depend on how much you consume and your tolerance level. We’ve found remarkable results in creative tasks when using Special Sauce.
Sour Space Candy
With a CBD content of up to 19%, Sour Space Candy hits the palate with a fresh tropical fruit flavor profile with a hint of sourness that will make the taste buds explode. We find Sour Space Candy to have a CBD content level just appropriate for a morning time session that will feel like you’ve hit a switch, boosting your mood and enhancing your focus capability.
Lifter CBD Hemp Flower is possibly one of the most commonly discussed CBD-heavy strains in the market today, and it’s not fame that exists unwarranted. Lifter has a unique terpene profile with a piney, almost earthy flavor and a diesel-like aroma with citrusy notes.
The strain’s CBD content can scale up to 21%, but it can also vary and sit at lower levels like Chesterfield Hemp’s Lifter Flower that contains 19.39% of CBD content, making the bud a much more suitable strain for intellectual tasks.
Many of the strains on the list are not just hemp strains. Bubba Kush is one of those that can also contain high levels of THC, depending on what brand you’re purchasing. For instance, Cascadia Hemp Company makes products of the highest quality. Their Bubba Kush Flower is an excellent example.
Most people have the habit of suggesting kush strains for the nighttime, but we stand by our ‘guns’ and say that it will depend on how much you consume at a time.
An incredibly calming CBD hemp flower variant packs a hefty CBD punch (up to 19%) and pairs it with an almost equally hearty helping of other cannabinoids. The terpenes on this beauty combine to fashion an enticing concoction with notes of sweet spice and flavorful citrus, pine, and earthy scents. Elektra pre-rolls allow you to remain calm but keep your mind clear of any fogginess potentially impairing your creative powers.