Music is a powerful tool — it has the ability to influence our moods and emotions, and is also a product of creativity, inspiration, and the many changing faces of reality. Music doesn’t just reflect moods, but also time, culture, and evolution. Some of the most legendary musicians from history created their best work under the influence of marijuana.
Listening to music is one of the best ways to unwind. If you’ve had a long day at work or are stressed, cannabis and music make up one of the best combinations of activities to help you relax. Music tends to sound so much better when you are high.
Why does music sound better high?
Here's the science behind weed enhancing the sound of music. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana known to stimulate feelings of euphoria and heightened sensitivity. Daniel J. Levitin, a psychology professor at McGill University, has posited that music enhancement may also stem from marijuana's disruption of short-term memory in the brain. As a result, people will take note of the smallest details in a song while "in the moment," and time will seem to pass much more slowly. What was originally a "good" song while sober becomes a mind-blowing ride while high.
Below is a list of 10 song suggestions to enjoy on an epic trip session, whether solo or with friends.
"Yes, I'm Changing" (2015)
Artist: Tame Impala
Themes: The lyrics of this song cover deep and reflective themes in a "John Lennon meets Pink Floyd" style of sound.
"The Other Side of Paradise" (2016)
Artist: Glass Animals
Themes: Glass Animals, an English alternative-psychedelic group, brings a more modern sound to psychedelic music.
"Comfortably Numb" (1979)
Artist: Pink Floyd
Themes: As you are comfortably numb being high, why not also listen to a song titled "Comfortably Numb"? The lyrics contain vivid imagery that only becomes more vivid when your senses are heightened.
Artist: Kid Cudi
Themes: Take some marijuana, turn on a song called "Marijuana," listen to some lyrics about marijuana… this song hits the whole theme.
Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Themes: The combination of Jimi Hendrix, known for being a bold acid user, and the pronounced presence of electric guitar is perfect.
"Nuthin' but a G Thang" (1992)
Artists: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
Themes: As Snoop Dogg is a notorious king of weed, it makes sense to listen to one of his classics.
"Strawberry Fields Forever" (1967)
Artist: The Beatles
Themes: What better opening lyrics than "Let me take you down, 'Cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields, Nothing is real, And nothing to get hung about, Strawberry Fields forever"?
"Feel Good Inc." (2005)
Themes: Gorillaz, an animated virtual band, paints a deep landscape in a song about both the dark and good things that have the ability to make people "feel good."
"Riders on the Storm" (1971)
Artist: The Doors
Themes: Delve into this jazz-rock classic hit that touches upon the nature of the rough world humans are thrown into.
"Sun is Shining" (1971)
Artist: Bob Marley & The Wailers
Themes: No stoner playlist is complete without a little upbeat reggae music.