CBD & The Creative Mind



As CBD use becomes more popular, many people have begun asking the question, “Can CBD really make a person more creative?” Well, the answer may be a bit more complex than a simple yes or no. In the same way, that creative people are often complex and not fully understood, CBD itself shares similar qualities. 

For those that don’t know, CBD is short for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring chemical found in cannabis, more commonly known as the hemp plant. Although there are more than 100 compounds (or cannabinoids) found in hemp, CBD is one of the most highly concentrated.

Now, I know what you’re thinking… “Isn’t that the stuff they pass around at music festivals that gets you high?” Well no, not exactly. The chemical compound THC is what is responsible for the “high” feeling commonly associated with marijuana use. CBD, on the other hand, is actually something completely different. 

Yes, although they are both cannabinoids, CBD does not have the same psychoactive effects that THC does. CBD use does not result in the user feeling high, but it does provide a calming effect, as well as a myriad of other health benefits. 


Although CBD still requires further study to understand its full potential, researchers have been able to clearly recognize several medicinal uses for the compound. One of the most widely accepted and common uses for CBD is to treat nausea and vomiting. The compound has also shown the propensity to increase appetite in users, making it an ideal choice for patients undergoing chemotherapy. In fact, research has even shown that cannabidiol may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells thereby reducing the size of tumors. CBD also protects against neurodegenerative effects like those found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Oh, and do you remember that calming effect I mentioned earlier? Well, it turns out that CBD oil made from the compound can even be used to treat forms of epilepsy in children and adults. It’s also known to help with ADHD and can be taken in the form of delicious CBD gummies that kids love.


Sounds pretty miraculous, right? Yeah, but get to the point already! Will CBD help me be more creative, or not?

Well, here are a few ways in which CBD can help with the creative process. Every creator knows that attention to detail often requires intense concentration, hard work, and repetitive tasks. CBD works by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain which directly correlate with the stress response. Artists aren’t always given the luxury of time when it comes to the creative process. There are often deadlines involved which can be anxiety-inducing to say the least. CBD has shown the ability to help people who suffer from anxiety, depression and even psychosis. Sound like any artists you know? In all seriousness though, CBD’s calming effects can help people with social anxiety disorders which might make networking easier for some people. If you’re an artist, writer, or just a creative person, CBD can help alleviate stress when practicing creativity can be mentally or physically exhausting.

Artists know that after a large project, performance, or even just a normal day full of hard work, sometimes it’s necessary to take some time to recover. Even when a person is passionate about what they do, doing creative work can be draining. Studies show that CBD has powerful properties as an antioxidant. Antioxidants help promote healthy neuropathic function in the brain. CBD can help with creative recovery by promoting deep, restful sleep, so you can dive into your next project well-rested and bright-eyed.

CBD positively affects the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is directly linked to the body’s immune system and the body’s natural inflammatory response. In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, CBD is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. CBD can help with conditions like muscle and joint pain, as well as arthritis. If your creative work requires repetitive movements of the hands, neck, back or any other part of the body, CBD may be able to help ease some of that tension.

Need more proof that CBD is good for creative people? How about a few celebrity endorsements? Many celebrities have already come out in praise of the benefits of CBD. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Micheal J. Fox, Mandy Moore, Rihanna and many more have been promoting the substance to help people with anxiety, improve their focus, help them sleep, and yep, you guessed it, even potentially help increase their creativity. It should come as no surprise to anyone that bougie products like sparkling CBD seltzer, and CBD water are starting to appear on store shelves with a direct focus on creatives as their target market. After all, if we look at the past few decades, it’s plain to see many artists and creative people were fond of CBD’s cousin THC, in addition to other psychedelics. Creativity personalities often lauded the creative-boosting properties of such substances. Scientific studies that have been done since all but confirm these claims outright. Ironically, while CBD was once considered a public threat just for being similar to marijuana, it seems that today that reputation may be exactly what is causing the surge in CBD’s popularity amongst creative mind.