How to Be More Creative Using THC and CBD
The Benefits of THC and CBD: Increasing Your Creativity
How to Be More Creative: The Surprising Benefits of CBD and THC in Your Daily Life
by Marina Somma
With a surge of interest in cannabis and hemp, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have made their way into the news and blogosphere, with a mixture of anecdotal and scientific research touting their benefits. Chances are you’ve heard about some of these benefits, but current research is uncovering a host of these cannabinoids’ powerful effects on the human body. One area of study is in the relationship between cannabis and creativity. While it’s no secret that some of the most famous artists and creative mavericks in the last century have been outspoken consumers of cannabis, it’s possible — even useful — to use the plant’s properties in everyday life.
How THC and CBD Impact Creativity
Studies suggest that THC increases some types of impulsiveness, the primary driving force behind creativity. Don’t be alarmed — while impulsive behavior sounds negative, we’re not talking about the extreme and reckless forms of impulsivity. Most people demonstrate impulsivity every day — any kind of risk-taking or spontaneity stems from it. In fact, neuroscientists have actually shown that creativity has an incredibly close relationship with impulsiveness. Basically, more impulsive means more creative.
Researchers also believe that CBD and THC work together to enhance each other’s benefits, a synergy known as the entourage effect. Thus, if you are wondering how to be more creative, using cannabinoid-infused products might just help you reach your goals.
Indirect Effects: How Other Therapeutic Benefits Can Increase Your Creativity
The impacts of THC and CBD don’t stop at their direct changes in creative impulse. In fact, the indirect benefits of their use could potentially be more beneficial to your overall creative ability. It is incredibly difficult to think innovatively when you are experiencing discomfort or distress. Cannabis, which can provide relief from anxiousness and stress,
offers therapeutic benefits can indirectly support your ability to think creatively.
One example of a fantastic, well-rounded way you can use cannabinoid products to your greatest advantage is through the creation of a home spa. We all know it as common sense, but research also suggests that your perception of your well-being is integral to your ability to be innovative. By using a THC and CBD
Releaf soak, combined with a bottle of your favorite wine (or hot tea, if you’re avoiding alcohol) and a smattering of lightly-scented candles, you can relax your body and your mind to better open yourself to creative expression.
Creativity: It’s More Than Just Artists and Songwriters
At the root of the word “creativity” is, simply, the ability to create. Creativity can be helpful — or even essential — in a number of professions. Though artists, songwriters and other “typical” creative means of employment rely more heavily on producing original and imaginative work, most jobs require some level of creativity or out-of-the-box thinking to solve problems.
Creativity and Athletic Performance
Athletes utilize cannabinoids for many different therapeutic reasons, particularly to aid in recovery. Injured athletes, as well as anyone with injuries or chronic pains, use these products as a means to reduce pain without the use of harmful medications.
You might not immediately think of creativity as it relates to athletic performance, but research suggests that enhancing an athlete’s psychological skills can also improve their performance. In this case, creativity can help athletes to develop and integrate new techniques into their game. This means that cannabinoid products can potentially help relieve discomfort, but also potentially improve performance as well through creativity.
Using Microdosing to Maximize Creativity
To achieve the most creative results, you do not necessarily need to consume a full dose of THC. In fact, for some people the very opposite can be true —
Creativity in Everyday Life
Athletes aren’t the only ones who can benefit from creatively integrating new ideas and premises. You can use a boost in creative expression in just about any profession. Whether you’re an office manager designing the layout of your new office floor plan, a startup founder looking to scale your business, a full-time working mom juggling way too many tasks — the ability to be creative on the spot can help you be more efficient and find better solutions for your projects.
Your Creative Expression
How can you hope to innovate, inspire and think creatively when you are plagued by worry, anxiousness or discomfort? The use of CBD and THC infused products can provide you with a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing. By working simultaneously to reduce stressors while providing an increase in impulsivity, you have opened the door to creativity.
Marina graduated from Monmouth University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Biology & Policy. She and her husband Vincent own, operate, and manage an animal behavior/training and media company based out of Central Florida called petsETC.