In today’s world of side hustles, endless opportunities and resources at our fingertips, it is no wonder that as stress increases, creativity is dampened.
Fortunately, CBD can help to reboot your creative drive and create a schedule that is more conducive to greater creative output. Before we get to solutions, it’s important to fully understand the creativity dampening properties of stress.
Burning your Candle at Both Ends
A vast majority of people operate under the belief that the adrenaline kick of stress allows one to thrive and dig deep creatively. However, the truth is quite the opposite.
Stress affects the body on several levels and studies indicate creativity is inhibited when stress triggers the “fight or flight” survival response. When in survival mode, the brain acts in anticipation of danger and stops functioning outside of the basic necessities needed to survive, often blocking creativity.
Although “fight or flight” is helpful when surviving the wild, our stress response backfires any adrenaline thought to propel us forward.
Stress in the short term and chronic stress are NOT a sustainable part of the creative process, and lead to the following outcomes:
Poor Digestive Health
Weakened Immune Function
Inhibited Endocannabinoid Function
This is where cannabidiol (CBD) is shown, in both preclinical and clinical trials, to offer significant results for reducing the stress response and blocking anxiety, thereby helping creativity flourish (NCBI).
By inhibiting cortisol and other neurotransmitters related to anxiety, CBD helps the brain to step back from survival mode and return to a balanced state. This allows the creative centers of the brain to recalibrate and operate effectively without the highjacking influence of stress.
How to Boost Creativity With CBD
Unlike a cup of coffee (the mainstay of many creatives) CBD helps boost creativity by helping you to relax, focus and flow.
Here are some of our favorite ways to boost creativity with CBD:
Balance your Sleep Cycle
Despite the popular perception of creatives as erratic, lone geniuses working late into the night, healthy routines are the bedrock of reaching greater sustained creativity and productivity.
Many creative people are prone to insomnia and will tell you how disruptive it is to their daily lives and their work. Although there are many over the counter prescriptions available for supporting a restful night’s sleep, they often come with a long list of side effects. These side effects include grogginess, headaches, dizziness, nausea, etc. With these results affecting the body, it is hard for anyone to maintain the focus and clarity required to have a productive day.
However, when using CBD, 66% of patients had improved sleep scores within the first month without the negative side effects of traditional sleep aids (NCBI).
Through its nervous system balancing effects, CBD’s interaction with the body sets the foundation for optimal sleep patterns. Restful sleep enables the body to boost the immune system, fix damaged tissue, and reset the mind, allowing for creativity to flourish.
Re-Set with Natural Stress Relief
When deep in a creative project, many people turn to less-than-healthy stress relief options like alcohol or cannabis, which reduce energy levels and cloud the mind. Taking a break with CBD, on the other hand, is a healthier way to re-set that doesn’t trade short term relief for grogginess an hour later.
When vaping CBD, you simultaneously trigger the olfactory and endocannabinoid systems, both of which help you naturally relax and reset. Here’s how each of those systems work to help you reset your creative mind:
The olfactory system is one of the most complex systems within the body: a series of receptors that allow us to sense smells and that connects to our memories, other senses and organs throughout the body. The olfactory system is shown to largely impact inflammation, fatigue and cognitive functions.
The Endocannabinoid System (ES) is hugely important in human health and impacts how one feels, moves and acts. The ES is a series of receptors throughout the brain and body that absorb CBD and other cannabinoids. The ES plays a huge role in the automatic processes in your body (like digestion, inflammation and stress responses) and responds to CBD by balancing a laundry list of internal processes that are regularly thrown out of whack by stress and other factors.
Activating these systems together provides the body a cheat code to override your stress patterns, making way for a more balanced state of being to take over.
Prime your Body and Mind for Creativity with Terpenes
While CBD sets you up for sustained creativity, the stimulating effects of terpenes combined with CBD more effectively prime your mind and body for the creative process.
Terpenes interact with both your olfactory and endocannabinoid systems just like CBD, and provide synergistic effects when combined with CBD. In fact, connesours call this interaction the entourage effect, which is the sweet spot between relaxed and tired, and between energized and wired.
Here are some of the best terpenes for stimulating creativity and providing the entourage effect in combination with CBD:
Piene is found in coniferous trees and improves airflow to the lungs, enhances focus and reduces inflammation when consumed.
Limonene provides the citrus odor in citrus fruits and various cannabis strains and possesses antifungal, anti-anxiety, and anti-tumor properties. This particular terpene opens the mind through its invigorating odor, generating a sense of uplifting energy. Limonene initiates the interaction with the Olfactory system, which stimulates memory and cognition.
Beta caryophyllene is the only terpene known to directly interact with the endocannabinoid system, providing anti-inflammatory and relaxing benefits.
With all of these terpenes simultaneously working together the pathway is not only made clear, but also propels the creative mind with the necessary jumpstart to be fully innovative once more.
No matter how “far out” your next creative project takes you, starting from a centered, calm place will help you get there more effectively. By choosing healthy routines and stress management options like microdosing CBD, you are setting yourself up for sustained, uninhibited creative flow, not one dependent on your next cup of coffee.