Why Does Music Sound Better with Marijuana?

bymzimmermanJanuary 25, 20174 minutes

Music Does Sound Better...

It may not be news to cannabis consumers that music sounds better after you’ve had a hit from your vaporizer. The notes seem clearer and the lyrics seem to radiate in a way that they just don’t when you have not consumed cannabis. There are no studies I am aware of that indicate why cannabis makes music sound better, but there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that serves to explain how music gets an extra boost from cannabis consumption.

A 2011 study, published in the journal Neuropharmacology found that cannabis does have some affect on auditory processing in humans. The study, which looked at 14 different subjects, each on three different occasions, used FRMI, or functional magnetic resonance imaging, to see if cannabis affected the auditory and visual processing of people. In the study, THC and CBD were isolated and tested separately, each appearing to have different effects on the auditory system.


Cannabis Makes You Tune In

It turns out, cannabis can help people focus only on relevant stimuli. Cannabis can also help you become more alert and focused, so when you are listening to music you may be able to become more zoned into the specifics of a song. Cannabis can also assist in relaxing you and rid you of outside stresses, so music can be enjoyed on a deeper level. As a result, the more immersed you become in the music, the better it sounds and the more you connect with the it.


Smoking or ingesting marijuana can also help you enter a meditative state, which can allow you to absorb the music you are listening to even more. You may have noticed how it allows you to feel more freely and enhances your ability to access emotions that you may otherwise keep hidden. It so happens, music is closely tied with memories and emotions, which makes cannabis a great pairing for fantastic music you may have heard before. Possibly most importantly, however, is that cannabis has the ability to stimulate happy feelings. When you are listening to music and you are feeling euphoria, it is far more likely to sound amazing and be more enjoyable.

Morrissey is a classic favorite to listen to while consuming

Music History & Cannabis

Many musicians, from Lady Gaga to Bob Marley, have found inspiration from using cannabis and attribute much of their creative success to it. Cannabis is closely tied to many different genres of music, both with positive and negative connotations.

EDM: Electric music has experienced a hay-day in recent years, becoming increasingly popular as the music festival scene has grown. EDM is full of cannabis references and it has become a large part of the culture.

Folk: From Bob Dylan to the Grateful Dead to Willie Nelson, cannabis has been a part of folk music culture for as long as it has been around. Folk music has long been associated with hippies and the counterculture of the 60s and 70s, making cannabis a great companion.

Hip Hop: Cannabis has long been tied with hip hop and rap, being referenced constantly in songs. Hip hop lyrics involving cannabis are some of the most well-known references to marijuana. Hip hop has also given us some of our biggest cannabis legalization advocates, like Snoop Dog.

Jazz: Cannabis and Jazz have a long and storied history that many people do not know. Anti-cannabis advocates used racism towards African American Jazz musicians as a reason to outlaw cannabis, which they were rumored to smoke. Despite the propaganda used by anti-marijuana groups, some Jazz musicians were cannabis fans. Louis Armstrong was known for his song called “Muggles”, which was a slang term for marijuana.

Pop: Does “I get high with a little help from my friends” ring a bell to you? The Beatles did not shy away from their affection for cannabis, and neither do modern day pop stars like Miley Cyrus. Cyrus has been open with her marijuana use, even smoking a joint on live television.

Reggae: Cannabis’ number one advocate before Snoop Dog came along was Bob Marley. He often attributed his success with writing new music to cannabis consumption and it became a very integral part of the reggae image he fostered.

Rock: From the Beach Boys to Jimi Hendrix, many rock icons used cannabis to help them kick back while out on the road. Though rock is sometimes associated with harder drugs, cannabis has long been a part of the rock culture and process.

Bowie is profound and we all miss him, my LP keeps him alive

HelloMD’s Cannabis Playlist

Here are some of the songs that we think go great with some delicious edibles or a nice vaporizer on a Friday night.

Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix

Scarlett Begonias - Sublime

Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

Ripple - The Grateful Dead

Times They are A-Changin’ - Bob Dylan

Lost in My Mind - The Head and The Heart

Celeste - Ezra Vine

If you are new to cannabis and want to learn more, take a look at our Cannabis 101 post. HelloMD can help you get your medical marijuana recommendation; it's 100% online, private and efficient.

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