These 10 Songs Will Tell You The History Of Marijuana

It is public knowledge and perception already that musicians, band, and individual artists are on the high life. Both figuratively and literally. Countless musicians have already explicitly conveyed their affection towards Marijuana by way of their songs. Throughout the years, there will be a hit song or two that are clearly made to glorify or highlight the musician’s love for weed. From the greatest bands of yesteryears such as The Beatles, to the now well-renowned artist named, Lady Gaga, marijuana-themed songs will never get out of style. It is so prevalent, in fact, that the history of marijuana could already be summarized by listening to such songs. With that, these are some examples of songs that give a way of discovering the history of marijuana, from when it was deemed as an illegal plant to these days – when its extracts, such as CBD, can even be used for children, as investigated here.

  1. Black Sabbath, “Sweet Leaf” (1971)

This song is about cannabis (marijuana), and try some little attempt to disguise it.The sound at the beginning emphasized Tony Iommi was hardly coughing after inhaling a large hit of marijuana smoke. As the phrase “Sweet Leaf” implies, it is a slang for marijuana.They thought Sweet Leaf was the best description of marijuana, and the entire band decided to write the song together. 

  • Luniz, “I Got 5 on It” (1995)

The “5” in the song title indicates five dollars and is a reference to going to be high on a $10 dime bag of marijuana with other people. This song also talks about being broke enough to get a hold of several cheap marijuana.

  • Tom Petty, “You Don’t Know How It Feels” (1994)

Some listeners concluded that some points connects this song to marijuana. Speculations got bigger the mommentPetty said on his VH1 Storytellers this passage:

“Every blue moon or so, I might have a toke on somebody’s… cigarette. It’s an OK way to live your life, but it’s not to be advised. I’m not going to say it’s good or bad. 

But I wrote this song a while back, and I was trying to do this character in the song which was kind of down and looking for some company. And instead of having him say, ‘Let’s have another beer’ – they always have to have that in the song – I thought this guy should roll another joint.”

Based on some information online, the lyrics say, “Let’s roll another joint,” but there’s a version distributed to several radio stations with that line changed into “Let’s hit another joint,” which is pretty odd because hitting a joint seems worse than rolling one. This version was also cut down to 4:12 from 4:49.

  • D’Angelo, “Brown Sugar” (1995)

This song is not particularly for a dark-skinned woman, but it’s a love song for marijuana. The singer personifies his love for grass by likening it to the kind of love she has for a woman.

  • Afroman, “Because I Got High” (2000)

The song mainly about the singer’s experiences with marijuana and all the things he’s not able to do whenever he’s high. Afroman (Joseph Foreman) wrote this song joking to his friends. He added to Rolling Stone that some perennial weed inspired it, and it took only two minutes and eleven seconds to write the song.

  • Rick James, “Mary Jane” (1978)

Rick James’ song “Marry Jane” is not an ode to a sexy woman, but rather a love song to marijuana. A chorus repeatedly sings “doo doo doo doo, Mary Jane!” in a high vocal register leading into Rick James’ main vocals.

  • Sleep, “Dopesmoker” (1999/2003)

There is no musical ode to weed more than “Dopesmoker,” a

63-minute dirge recorded by legendary stoner-rock trio Sleep. Matt Pike says, “Between us all, we were probably smoking two ounces or more a day.”, which gives the song listeners a conclusion about the song.

  • Danny Brown, Ain’t It Funny (2016)

Brown raps throughout this song about the feeling of his life like it seems to be a joke. The cut touches on drugs as being something you can control before you find out it already has been controlled you. 

  • Snoop Dogg, “Gin and Juice” (1993)

This song of Snoop Dogg fondly expresses the feeling of attending parties where gin and juice are usually served. However, gin and juice (or the “paradise cocktail”) go well with a specific potent form of marijuana called “Indo,” which is mentioned in the chorus. The clean version of it has the word edited out.

  • Boston, Smokin’ (2015)

This song is particularly about having a good time listening to music, but it can be interpreted as being about marijuana, with lines like “Keep on tokin’.” The song also clocks in at 4:20, which is most commonly known as the time associated with smoking pot.

About RJ Frometa

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