Your creative potential might just be a strain away.

I’ve had moments when I can’t think of what to write; where I spend 12+ hours staring at a blank page looking for the perfect sentence to begin the paper with. And I’ve found that cannabis helps with breaking through the rut. So, I did a bit of a deep dive on how to use it to enhance my creativity and found information I hope can help you.

So, let’s dive right in.

Understanding the terpene and cannabinoid content in your strain is the key to using weed to unlock your creativity.

Terpenes are known for their mood-enhancing and focus-inducing properties. And cannabinoids like THC and CBD alter our mood, perception, and anxiety levels. The right combination of terpenes and cannabinoids can create a mindset enhanced for creativity.

Strains high in terpenes like alpha-pinene, limonene, and beta-caryophyllene facilitate shifts in mindset that lead to creative thinking. 

Alpha-Pinene helps improve short term memory, focus, and attention.

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio /

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio /

This creates an optimal mental environment for creativity to flourish. It makes tasks seem less daunting, enhancing the flow of ideas, especially when you have your full focus, attention, and short-term memory working in your favor. Look for a fresh forest scent, or piney smell to know if your strain has pinene. 

Limonene helps uplift your mood. 

It gives you a sense of well-being and positivity. 

Your positivity can help enhance your creativity by removing limiting beliefs or barriers that you’d have with a negative mind state. To know if your strain has limonene, smell your strain for any notes of citrus fruits, like oranges, lime, or lemon. 

Beta-Caryophyllene helps relieve your stress and anxiety. 

You can create a mental state built for an unrestricted flow of creative thoughts and ideas when you aren’t held back by stress and anxiety. Both of which this terpene helps reduce. You’ll know if your strain has beta-caryophyllene if you smell a warm, spicy, woody scent in it. 

This makes the cannabis strain you choose a critical aspect of your creative toolkit.

With the right strain, you can break into a creative flow state easier.

You’ll lose yourself in your work and notice a reduction in the mental clutter that often gets in the way of your creative thoughts. And there so many cannabis strains with different terpene-cannabinoid profiles that enhance creativity, like XJ-13, Premium Jack, Chemdog, Blueberry Gelato, and more. 

Making creativity something you can enhance with a single puff.

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The wrong combination of terpenes and cannabinoids, however, can easily derail your efforts.

When it comes to fostering creativity, not all strains are created equal. And what works for one person may not work for all. Understanding how you respond to certain strains with different terpene-cannabinoid profiles is a major key to harnessing the creative benefits of cannabis.

How can you effectively experiment with cannabis to find what strain works best for you?

Start with introspection.

Your self-awareness during your cannabis use can help you figure out the patterns and preferences you might not have noticed when passively consuming cannabis. Writing down your experiences in a journal can help you keep track of them. Or in your Notes app – whatever is easiest. 

As long as you’re noting the influence of the strain on your creativity, you’re on the right path. 

However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that one strain will meet all your creative needs.

Embrace variety. Different terpene-cannabinoid profiles can cater to different stages of your creative process, and optimizing these stages with cannabis can transform your work. Whether you need a burst of inspiration or focus to pull off the hardest parts of your work, picking the right strain can make all the difference.

Especially strains with the right terpenes. 

Terpenes are the unsung heroes of the cannabis experience.

It’s easy to get caught up with high THC:CBD concentrates – they’re fun, and powerful. But going specifically for concentrates means missing out on the full spectrum of effects that a strain can deliver to enhance your creativity. So, the next time you get high, think holistically – about the combined effects of terpenes & cannabinoids in a strain or concentrate.

With the right terpenes, you can create the perfect mind-state for creativity. 

And when combined with the right balance of cannabinoids (THC & CBD), you can have the perfect creative flow.

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio /

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio /

Experimenting with different THC:CBD ratios is like a painter mixing colors on a palette to find a color ‘just right’. Figuring out how much THC’s euphoric potential you can handle (while CBD keeps the anxiety at bay) sets the stage for your creative flow. The key is making sure you don’t experience stress or overstimulation due to a combination too powerful.

You’ll need to find a balanced ratio that works for you, especially when you venture into high THC:CBD ratio strains, or else you’ll waste time, and not even complete your work.

I took a 100mg edible with a 1:1 THC/CBD ratio while writing this article. During the first 40 mins after consumption, I completed my outline, and just as I was ready to start filling in the outline, it kicked in. I was able to get about halfway through a sentence, before deciding to come back to it after staring at the page for 10 minutes.

I left the paper to watch The Gentlemen and went straight to bed because I couldn’t stay awake for another second after finishing the 4th episode and continued writing where I left off the next morning.

So, be careful; make sure you find the right strain for you, especially when dealing with high THC:CBD ratios. 

Aligning your use of marijuana with the natural ebb and flow of your creative energy can amplify the quality of your creativity. 

You essentially enhance the motivational feelings you get when you time your high to when you’re already ready to be more artistic. You’re simply enhancing your impulse to create. The timing, however, is key – it can’t be emphasized enough. 

Choosing the wrong time or using cannabis when you have low energy or motivation can lead to disappointment, a lack of focus, and decreases in your creative output.

But, by picking the right time and strain, you’ll reduce your creative blocks – increasing the quality and output of your creativity. 

Finding that strain will take time, and lots of experimentation, but your work will thank you for it, as it does mine. I developed my mindfulness while experimenting. And it helps transform not just your creative process but also your relationship with the devil’s lettuce, turning it into a tool that enhances your artistic expression in ways you might never have imagined.

So, the next time you run into a creative block, consider lighting up.

Joel Darkwah is a marketing writer. He is obsessed with working out, eating right, spirituality, and his little siblings.

This article and the opinions expressed, are for entertainment purposes only. Head Magazine recommends getting approval from your medical practitioner before using any psychotropic substance. Always obey the law in your area.