The new year means new resolutions, and one of the most popular ones is making healthier choices, like exercising more or adding more fruits and veggies to our diets. But what about making a commitment to being more creative?
It turns out art and creativity can be good for your health. A 2010 review found that creative expression could:
- Boost mood
- Decrease depression
- Reduce the body’s stress response
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In addition to the mental benefits, creativity may also have physical advantages. Recent studies have found that folks who engage in art activities like painting, drawing and woodworking during middle to old age may delay cognitive decline. Engaging your mind may protect brain cells, it seems.
But let’s be real: If you’re not artistically inclined, making art can be intimidating. So, what better way to break down mental barriers and get your creative juices flowing than with a little bit of cannabis, of course.
One study even suggests that cannabis can be especially helpful for those who aren’t inclined to creative thinking. In small doses, the active ingredients in cannabis, namely tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), have been known to foster divergent thinking. This phenomenon, where the brain connects seemingly disparate concepts, is sometimes thought of as the foundation of human creativity.
But if you aren’t familiar with consuming cannabis to up your creativity, where do you start? Don’t worry—we got you. Whether you’re drawing, painting, writing or playing music, we’ve put together a variety of products you can use to help your creativity reach new heights.
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1. Marley Natural Pre-Rolls
If you’re trying to give your creativity a boost, why not start by consuming cannabis the classic way: with a joint. Marley Natural’s Pre-Rolls Packs come in sativa, indica and hybrid, so you can choose which one will best help you flex your creative muscles. If you’re unsure about where to start, hybrid might be a good choice, since these types of flowers impart both physical and mental stimulation.
2. Valhalla Sativa Tangerine Gummies
The uplifting nature of Valhalla’s Sativa Gummies will put you in the mood to create something bright and cheerful. The flower used for the sativa gummy blend is sun grown and sustainably farmed. Each pack contains 10 gummies at 10 mg of THC a piece.
3. Level Spark Pax Era Pod
Level makes blends of cannabinoids and terpenes to produce tailored effects. Its Spark Pax Era Pod was made to help ignite your imagination.
Simply attach the pod to a Pax Era vaporizer and let the ideas flow. Made from the cannabis strain Jack Herer, the oil in this pod is buzzy enough to let your best ideas come to the surface, and energizing enough to let you execute them.
4. Jetty Extracts Super Lemon Haze Cartridge
Super Lemon Haze is a cannabis strain that’s well known for its uplifting, mood boosting and creative qualities. And now you can get this flower’s zesty effects in vaporizer form with Jetty Extracts’ Super Lemon Haze Vape Cartridge. The oil in this cartridge is sourced from small farms and goes through multiple stages of refinement and testing.
5. Cannabis Quenchers CBD Mango
Energizing sativa strains are often great for stimulating creativity, but they can be too much for some consumers. If you’re prone to anxiety but still want to get creative with cannabis, try a product like Cannabis Quencher’s CBD Mango. This fruity beverage contains 50 mg of THC along with 50 mg of cannabidiol (CBD) to temper out THC’s effects.
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