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.
If you’ve ever had the munchies before, it’s usually a very distinct feeling. After a relatively chill smoke sesh with some friends, hunger suddenly hits the group like a meteor — quickly, intensely, and out of nowhere. The sense of urgency to eat is synchronized among everyone, almost like a mental wavelength. Even if you just ate, food is the only cure to whatever you’re feeling. Though it may seem so, the munchies are not just a thief in the night who comes to grab you. The munchies are one of the most common side effects of consuming marijuana. Getting high heightens all of your senses, including smell and taste, but there’s a little bit more going on behind the scenes than just an amplified nose.
What triggers the munchies?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the cannabinoid found in cannabis that is responsible for the psychoactive effects of a weed-induced high. The body’s endocannabinoid system naturally helps control functions such as pain response, emotions, and appetite. The brain produces its own cannabinoids that fit into special receptors associated with each of these processes. THC has the ability to fit into these receptors as well, giving it the power to manipulate each of these functions significantly. When THC fits into receptors linked to appetite, hunger is artificially induced and makes the body feel as if it has been deprived of food. THC has also been found to facilitate the release of ghrelin, a hormone that signals hunger. In a nutshell: whether you are hungry or not, THC sneaks in and flips the hunger lever like a little goblin puppeting the olfactory region of your brain. Once that switch is flipped, you’re on the hunt for anything edible, preferably sweet or salty, and loaded with carbs… Taco Bell, for instance.
Can the munchies be beneficial?
Of course, the munchies are not ideal for anyone trying to lose weight, but they have been found to be beneficial for anyone with an appetite issue — for example, cancer patients or people with eating disorders. A large population of people with these conditions reported that using cannabis provided welcome pain relief and appetite stimulation. And the key to it all: THC tricking the brain into needing food.
Does CBD give you the munchies?
Interestingly, cannabidiol (CBD), another naturally occurring cannabinoid in marijuana, does not trigger the munchies like THC. It has been suggested that CBD helps reduce the side effects of THC related to appetite activation, among other side effects as well.
The next time you light up a joint and are hit by the hunger meteor, you’ll know exactly what’s going on in your brain. THC is prancing through your endocannabinoid system, throwing its own little party as it mimics your natural cannabinoids to trigger a drastic reaction.
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