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Cannabis and Creative Problem Solving

Whether you are brainstorming for a work-related project or working on your creative passion, hitting a mental roadblock can be incredibly frustrating. Imaginative thinking isn’t something you can turn on and off like a light switch and putting additional pressure on yourself to be creative on-demand can often exacerbate things, causing you to freeze up.

Whether you are dealing with the external pressure of an issue that has a deadline or the internal pressure of a project that fulfills your soul, it never feels good when the well of inspiration runs dry, especially when you are looking for a solution to a problem.

This is where cannabis can come to the rescue. You may not be aware of this, but studies have shown that medical marijuana can provide a creative boost when you need it most. Cannabis changes your thinking and allows you to relax as well as to stop focusing on the pressures that often cause us to freeze up. If you’ve ever heard the old cliche of marijuana “expanding your mental horizons,” that saying exists for a reason.

Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that cannabis can help to open up the doors to creative thinking. Medical marijuana has been shown to reduce anxiety, improve mood, and allow you to think without limits, seeing problem-solving possibilities you may have previously overlooked.

If you’ve hit a mental hurdle, getting your Missouri medical marijuana card may be able to provide the breakthrough you need to think outside the box and get the job done. No matter what the problem is, if your thought process seems stuck on a one-way street, you owe it to yourself to see if medical marijuana can help alter your perspective and allow you to find a solution.

Medical Marijuana Increases Dopamine - A Creative Confidence Booster

When our body feels good, our creative confidence increases. We give ourselves permission to think without judgment - to brainstorm without limits. The THC found in cannabis stimulates the production of dopamine which elevates our mood and improves our overall mindset.

Cannabis Fuels Our Brains

Consuming marijuana causes increased blood flow to the frontal lobe of the brain, which has a direct connection to a process known as “creative divergent thinking.” This type of thinking can assist with free-writing, “out of the box” thinking, and allows us to make new connections between ideas. It can be particularly helpful in the brainstorming process and with the discovery of alternative solutions to problems.

During the process of creative problem-solving, it is imperative to allow your mind to consider ideas without judgment, leaping from one possibility to the next. If you are focused on the reasons an idea WON’T work, you will limit your brain’s power to make those leaps and to think “outside the box.”

A profile published in Psychology Today detailed a study demonstrating the ability of cannabis to increase outside the box cognition. Consuming marijuana produces “psychotomimetic symptoms, ” which can lead to connecting concepts that might seem unrelated at first glance. This causes an increase in divergent thinking which is one of the keys to coming up with creative solutions.

Essentially, this means that cannabis can raise the odds of coming up with a brand new idea or connection, because medical marijuana allows the brain to think freely, making associations it normally wouldn’t. It allows us to consider our problem without limitations, which is exactly what we want when we are brainstorming.

Cannabis Can Help With Focus

Medical marijuana can help to increase your sense of focus by allowing you to relax. One of the most frustrating aspects of problem-solving is when you sit down to look for a solution only to find that your brain is distracted by unhelpful thoughts or outside tasks. Cannabis can help you relax and concentrate on the task at-hand. Marijuana is actually gaining such a reputation for increasing focus that college students are starting to use cannabis to help them study.

Medical Marijuana Can Help You Leap Over Creative Hurdles

Creativity can be hard to tap into on-demand. Life presents challenges that often occur without warning. Sometimes, life’s demands can get in the way of our creative process and we can’t always miss a deadline or put off an issue simply because we’re dealing with something outside of work. Luckily, many of life’s conditions can treated quite effectively with medical marijuana. Here are some common creative speedbumps that cannabis can help with:

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be a major obstacle when it comes to creative thinking. It’s extremely hard to focus on working through a problem while you are in physical pain. If the pain issues are chronic, a passion project may be set aside, and a work problem may get solved, but probably not to the best of your ability. The good news is that medical marijuana can be effective in helping with chronic pain, allowing you to return your focus to creativity.


Anxiety can cause you to doubt your ability to solve a problem. If you worry that you aren’t good enough or if you are a perfectionist who cannot focus because you are constantly concerned that something will go wrong, medical marijuana may be exactly what you need to allow yourself to relax and see the big picture. Many studies have shown marijuana to be helpful in treating anxiety, and if anxious thoughts are stifling your problem-solving abilities, cannabis may help.


Depression can be debilitating. This mental condition can take a toll on your imagination, leaving you depleted and feeling anything BUT creative. Studies have been encouraging, suggesting that medical marijuana can help those who are battling depression. If you are putting projects on hold and retreating due to depression, we recommend you consult with a medical professional about whether or not medical marijuana is something you should consider. You deserve joy and the ability to be at your creative best, whenever you want to.

Everyone Deserves Happiness

Finding the time to be creative in your daily life can boost your overall happiness. You deserve to feel good. When you are happy, you make choices that are better for your health. Being creative - whether in your professional or personal life - can improve things by helping you to feel seen and fulfilled. If you are stuck in a rut and need to adjust your creative thinking, consider cannabis. It could provide the change in perspective you need to find the solution that’s been eluding you.

Ready to See if Cannabis Can Spark Your Creativity?

If you’re ready to see if cannabis can help you get that creative breakthrough you’ve been seeking, you’ll need your Missouri medical marijuana card. If you don’t have your card yet, we’re here to help.

Our medical team is standing by to take you through a quick and easy evaluation to see if you qualify. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana doctor online by CLICKING HERE, or give us a call at (877) 303-3117 to talk to a patient support representative.


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At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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