Cannabis has different compounds that make it what it is. Yes, certain strains are known to increase that creative drive, but it’s not all about the strain. There are other components of cannabis that also potentially enhance your creativity and get the imagination juices flowing.
We’re talking terpenes.
Terpenes are not only responsible for giving a unique aroma and flavor to each strain, but they are also the ally of the cannabinoids to enhance their effectiveness in the entourage effect. This is the synergy of all the components of the plant acting together.
Terpenes are an aromatic compounds found in almost all plants. Some research suggests they may be responsible for amplifying many of the mental and physical benefits – especially creativity – of cannabinoids.
Consider experimenting with the following terpenes and cannabis strains the next time you feel writer’s block or a creative wall blocking you.
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The b-myrcene or myrcene alone plays a major role in the synergy of terpenes and cannabinoids to produce the entourage effect. It’s is ideal for relieving discomfort and promoting relaxation. It is found in thyme, mango, and oranges.
Myrcene is one of the most popular terpenes, as it is found in over 40% of known strains. Myrcene appears to have relaxing effects on the body. It is a great ally for creative people who need to sit for long periods of time.
It promotes relaxation and uncomfortable states.
It’s ideal for encouraging creativity when you feel you need that extra push to get out of the thinking box.
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Caryophyllene or beta-caryophyllene is one of the few terpenes that binds directly to endocannabinoid receptors, making strains with high levels of this terpene fast-acting and potent. It is ideal for relieving stress and getting that much-needed boost of inspiration.
Caryophyllene is found in black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon. This terpene can help warm joints, facilitate movement and help you tackle creative tasks.
It is also known to be a compound that improves anxiety and depression, which could cause creative blocks or simply a lack of interest in what you used to be passionate about. The consumption of this terpene could help you to improve your creativity and increase your imagination.
Cannabis flowers produce aromatic molecules, called terpenes. Terpenes give individual cannabis cultivars their unique flavors and fragrance.
Also called D-limonene, it is a great mood enhancer, which has been shown to increase serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, triggering feelings of peace and tranquility – the perfect mood for tackling creative tasks.
It is often associated with helping to enhance creative thinking, making us feel relaxed and less susceptible to inhibitory thoughts. Being a terpene that improves depression, Limonene could be of great help for those moments when we need a boost of creativity. Ideal for getting the creative juices running and feel free.
It is associated with citrus fruits such as lemons and is known for its anxiolytic and therapeutic properties. It is found in the rind of lemons, oranges, and juniper.
D-Limonene interacts with other terpenes and cannabinoids to give you a sense of calm and reduce inhibitions. An essential element when it comes to exploring your imagination without limits.
Eucalyptol also called Cineole is a terpene with many medicinal qualities. It has also been shown to increase blood flow throughout the brain and stimulate frontal cortex functionality.
The frontal cortex is the main part of the brain associated with cognitive flexibility, abstract thinking, and working memory.
This terpene could be one of the best performers when it comes to creativity and imagination. It is usually found in eucalyptus.
Pinene is one of the flagship terpenes when it comes to inspiration. Whether you want to finish that book you’ve been writing for years, start that painting you’ve been dreaming of, or just think outside the box, pinene is the ideal choice.
It can be found in pine needles, rosemary, and basil.
Pinene can help long-term memory and increase attention span, which can create more successful creative activities.
These are two terpenes that are little known but could be quite useful when it comes to creativity.
They can help promote relaxation and calmness, tb-ocimene and a-bisabolol are said to increase creativity and motivation by enhancing the synergy between other terpenes involved in the entourage effect.
The terpene bisabolol (also known as α-Bisabolol or levomenol) is an aromatic chemical compound produced by the chamomile flower and other plants, such as the candeia tree in Brazil.
Creativity and imagination are important factors in everyone’s life, so looking for allies to help us foster them is a great practice.
To enhance these qualities, you can combine activities such as writing, music, painting, yoga, and meditation with the strains and terpenes that have proven to be best for creativity.
Try some of these terpenes and let your imagination run wild.