Creativity is a tricky matter. When it is present and generous, no man can have a better friend. Oh, the fascinating travels and adventures it sends you to. On the other hand, in its absence, a gaping yet invisible hole in the mind serves as a constant reminder that an empty spot now lies where a well of ideas used to. Known as the artist's block, there is no surefire way of overcoming or reversing this creativity crisis. Nonetheless, there are some things lost artistic souls can try, one of which is cannabis.
The influence of cannabis on the human brain is profound. It holds incredible sway over our cognitive perception, affecting how we discern sounds, images, scents, flavors, and even emotions. It is assumed that experiencing stimulating factors positively impacts creativity, pumping life out of it in times of artistic scarcity.
There is an abundance of anecdotes from creative minds that proclaim the herb as a valuable booster. Steve Jobs, an innovative genius of the 21st century, is among those who relied on it. He once proudly stated, “The best way I could describe the effect of the marijuana and hashish is that it would make me relaxed and creative.” Meanwhile, Sir Paul McCartney said, “I’d been a rather straight working-class lad but when we started to get into pot it seemed to me to be quite uplifting…literally mind-expanding.”
A study from way back sheds a bit of light to this phenomenon. It focused on two thought processes - convergent and divergent thinking. The convergent approach finds the best possible, most accurate answer. It is seeing matters in black and white, not leaving room for ambiguity. On the flip side, the divergent style is more about keeping options open, rather than arriving at a precise conclusion. It is free-flowing and spontaneous instead of logical.
The research revealed that, in moderate dosages, cannabis can amplify the divergent thought process. To achieve the most favorable result, however, it is best to use both methods side by side. Accomplish higher levels of artistry, as well as complex and abstract thinking, by flexing your divergent tendencies. But, when finalizing which project is most optimal, applying a convergent strategy is necessary.
On the other hand, according to a 2017 research, openness to experiences produces enhanced creativity among cannabis users. That means being inherently open-minded is the root of being inventive and not marijuana. It also claims that it is this personality that led people into trying the herb in the first place. Hence, a liberal mind is likely to have a vast imagination even in a sober state.
For boosting the brain, galvanizing the flow of creative ideas, the most suitable strains often lean towards the Sativa. However, some also present unique chemotypes that allow for full-bodied high without hindering mental or physical activities.
Jack Herer is one of the best representations of the classic Haze. Its genes also comprise that of Northern Lights for a few reasons. One is to strengthen its growth pattern by enhancing pest and disease resistance. More importantly, it also shortened the flowering time to 8-10 weeks while maintaining is the ability to induce a euphoric, creative high. A small dosage is more than enough to ease in a pleasant buzz, making tasks and deadlines more manageable.
When cultivated indoors, these feminized seeds provided by Homegrown Cannabis Co. express into healthy plants, providing between 400-500 grams of highly potent flowers per square meter. Meanwhile, it should be ready for harvest by mid-October with each plant yielding up to 500 grams.
An auto-flowering variety of Jack Herer is also made available. If the female seeds are not quick enough, then reap the rewards earlier by harvesting 400 grams per square meter, 9 to 11 weeks after germination.
Some of the most illustrious lineages in the cannabis scene exude signature aromas - skunk and blueberry, for example. This strain, on the other hand, is better known for reeking with the smell of fumes. Beyond odor and taste, it is one of the best energizing strains that keep the motivation to be productive high. It is also a highly creative strain that is preferred by many celebrities, especially the ones needing a boost in that regard.
This strain comes in two variants:
Feminized Sour Diesel grows up to 150 cm indoors and could yield around 500 grams per square meter after 10 weeks of flowering. Outdoors, it reaches 210 cm tall while producing up to 700 grams per plant with harvest time falling in the first week of November.
If you are not a patient person, then take advantage of Auto Sour Diesel that races from seeds to harvest in around 9 weeks. Even with such rapid pace, it is still able to provide some 300 grams per square meter (indoors) and 350 grams per plant (outdoors).
Kali Mist (fem) is a highly-acclaimed hybrid capable of delivering a clear-headed, invigorating high. Moreover, it unleashes the creative side when used in moderation. Although the heightened senses might border on the psychedelic, it keeps one motivated and focused on productivity. As a medicinal strain, it is quite popular with women, having a stellar reputation for warding off menstrual pain.
Cultivating this strain indoors is fitting with the ScrOG setup. It requires some experience as the plants do need some form of manipulation to keep the height under control. Once triggered, it takes up to 12 weeks for the flowers to develop fully. By then, the yield per square meter could reach 500 grams per square meter. Outdoors, on the other hand, Kali Mist grows to a monstrous 3 meters, capable of providing up to 500 grams per plant by early to mid-November.
A strain made famous by Jimi Hendrix in the 60s, there must be a reason behind. Purple Haze is a highly energizing strain that augments senses - colors become vivid, sounds seem amplified. Moreover, it unlocks the brain, allowing for free-flowing ideas perfect for creative projects and brainstorming.
Another descendant of Haze, this strain delights with not only stunning purplish coloration, but also ease of cultivation. Being naturally resistant to diseases and pest is also a bonus. By far, though, its most attractive selling proposition is short stature (90-120 cm indoors) and 8-10 weeks flowering time - one of the quickest in its lineage. Also, it does not skimp too, yielding some 400 grams per square meter under the ScrOG setup. Outdoors, it is just as productive. There is no need to wait until the end of November as 400 grams per plant is already ready for harvest one month earlier.
Being mentioned in the same breath as legends is a testament to the greatness of Blue Dream. A hybrid boasting of an invigorating high blended with a full-bodied buzz, it takes one on a psychedelic journey that is both dreamy yet inspiring. Moreover, its effects do not have sedative qualities that cause lethargy, thus leaving its consumers productive.
It takes 10 weeks for the flowers to develop fully. In a typical indoor setup utilizing the Sea of Green technique, the yield could be up to 600 grams per square meter. Outdoors, it can be a bit finicky, so some experience comes in handy. Nonetheless, it is manageable, and when exposed to plenty of sunshine, could provide up to 700 grams by the end of September.
Old-school fans of pure genetics should be pleased that Jilly Bean is available in regular seeds. Arguably one of the best strains for galvanizing the mind, letting the creative juice flow, this highly euphoric but relaxing strain is also an excellent mood-enhancer. At its peak, the blissful high allows one to breeze through tasks while feeling upbeat, sociable, and even talkative. It makes for a great party strain - sparking lively conversations and wild ideas.
The exceptional qualities of this strain extend further into the garden. It is highly versatile, thriving in both SOG and ScrOG setups. After 8-9 weeks flowering, up to 650 grams per square meter of buds could be harvested. Outdoors, it performs even better with each plant yielding up to 700 grams by the second to the third week of October.
AK-47 delivers a pronounced mental stimulation and body buzz, leaving one feeling motivated and inspired. The long-lasting high also provides numerous health benefits, including stress and pain alleviation. As much as many people like to say that this is a gentle strain despite the sinister-sounding moniker, this strain does pack a punch and is thus referred to as a "one-hit-wonder".
After taking a batch of plants through the vegetative stage, the option to clone using the SOG technique is an attractive proposition. In this setup, you could reap up to 500 grams per square meter. Even better is that these are AK-47 fast version seeds with a rapid flowering time of only 6-7 weeks.