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Marijuana and Creativity: Can Cannabis Make You More Creative?

Even some of the most famous artists in the world have struggled with creative blocks.

Although you're not exactly on the level of Jackson Pollack or Georiga O'Keeffe, (yet!) you too are dealing with the stress and pressure of a creative block.

Whether you have an upcoming deadline that you feel like you can't make, or if you just miss having a creative outlet, and you're in search of solutions.

You've read all the advice, you've traveled to another city, and you've torn up your work and started over more times than you'd like to count. But there's one tactic you haven't tried yet: marijuana.

Marijuana and creativity have long been associated with one another. But does weed make you more creative, or is that just an urban legend?

Read on to find out.

Does Weed Make You Creative?
First, let's tackle the big question: "Does cannabis increase creativity?"

Unfortunately, we can't give you a firm yes or no answer, because everyone responds to weed differently. That being said, there are a few things that make marijuana a staple of artistic life.

It's no secret that lots of artists and creative types struggle with depression and anxiety. While marijuana won't make your mental illness go away forever, it will help you to relax and stop worrying for a few hours.

Once that mental pressure to be perfect, to live up to expectations, and to stop comparing yourself to other artists is gone, you'll be surprised by how much better you can work.

Marijuana also stimulates your body's natural endocannabinoid system and gives you a serious boost of serotonin. These are two things that have a huge impact on your overall emotional state.

Serotonin is a "feel-good" chemical that produces the feelings of euphoria and a "break-through" that spark creative inspiration. Endocannabinoids are responsible for regulating your body's response to both physical and emotional stressors.

With the bad things blocked out for a while and the good ones shining through, it's easy to see the link between marijuana and creativity.

Picking the Right Strain
If you want to get the full creative benefits using cannabis, then you need to know how to pick the right strain.

In general, you have two major choices: indica and sativa.

Indica strains help your body to physically relax, giving you what's often referred to as a "body high." While they're great for relieving muscle tension and helping you to fall asleep, indica-based strains might make you too groggy to get artistic work done.

If your mind often races at night, however, indica can help to calm it down.

Most artists who use marijuana generally prefer sativa strains.

Sativa is responsible for creating a "mind high" -- the kind that makes you dream up wild ideas, take artistic risks, and sparks some serious inspiration.

Even better, sativa strains won't make you as tired as indica strains often will. In fact, many people use sativa strains to help them focus, to invigorate them before a long night of work, or even to boost their ability to socialize.

If you're looking for an ideal mix between these two options, we suggest going with a hybrid strain of cannabis. Here, you'll get both the physical relaxation associated with marijuana, as well as the creative boost you need.

You'll likely need to play around with different hybrid strains more than straight sativa or indica to find your ideal balance.

Now, let's talk about your options when it comes to how to use marijuana.

How to Take Marijuana
Especially given the recent surge in publicity surrounding the potential physical and mental health benefits of cannabis, there are more ways than ever before to enjoy cannabis.

If you're new to marijuana, edibles are probably your best bet.

All you have to do is eat them as you would any other food, and wait about 1-2 hours for them to take effect.

(A special note here: be patient with edibles! They take a while to kick in. So, many novices make the mistake of taking too much thinking they haven't actually taken enough. Avoid this, and wait.)

You can also roll a joint or smoke marijuana through a water bong or traditional pipe. Usually, two to three puffs will do the trick.

If you're not a huge fan of smoking, you can give vaping marijuana a try. It's a much gentler way to take marijuana, and often, it's much more discreet in terms of smell.

You can also learn more about how to qualify for a medical marijuana card. This way, you can have the advantage of professional medical advice and pure, high-quality bud.

You'll also be able to consult with a medical professional about how marijuana might be able to help you manage chronic pain, depression, and other medical conditions.

Marijuana and Creativity: Experience It for Yourself
Whether you're facing an artistic block or if you just want to see what you can create while using cannabis, you'll likely have a great experience with marijuana and creativity.

Remember to start slow and small, and gradually increase your dosage from there.
Countless artists throughout time have relied on cannabis to boost their creativity and help them to express themselves without restraint. Now, it's time to see if it works for you, too.

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