Are you a cannabis consumer and a music lover? If so, do you enjoy listening to music while smoking a joint?
Why does music sound so amazing when you are high on weed?
By way of answering this question, let’s consider the following points.
The relationship between cannabis and music: An introduction
A number of research studies have explored this dynamic. In particular a study titled “Marijuana and Music” by Peter Webster, explored the “cannabis-produced altered state of consciousness and its relation to the appreciation and production of music.”
The study’s main aim is to show that the “neurocognitive changes brought about by cannabis”and music might be useful. Webster further posits that the “ongoing public and scientific debate” coupled with the “political and law-enforcement conflicts concerning the proven and significant therapeutic uses of cannabis are… one of the more absurd spectacles of modern times.”
While the continued debate and conflicts around the therapeutic uses of cannabis are not within the scope of this article, the relationship between cannabis and music is.
It is a well-known fact that weed has a special relationship with certain types of music.
The chemical make-up of cannabis
In order to understand the combined impact that weed, and music have on the human brain, it is essential to look at the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.
The journal article titled, “Cannabis, a complex plant: Different compounds and different effects on individuals,” describes the compounds found in the marijuana plant.
While there are over 400 different chemical entities, only 60 are cannabinoids. And of these 60 cannabinoids, only two are of particular reference to this context: THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabinol).
THC is a psychoactive compound and, when ingested, results in the familiar high feeling that most weed smokers love. CBD, on the other hand, does not cause a high when ingested. CBD is the counterbalance to THC. It is often used in marijuana products to reduce THC’s psychoactive effect.
As an aside, there are different cannabis variants, including those grown from feminized seeds. Each of these variants contains various levels of THC and CBD. Therefore, should you wish to experience an intense high while smoking weed, it is essential to purchase a cultivar, like a 50% Savita and 50% Indica hybrid. Some of these cultivars have as much as 28% THC, resulting in what is termed “an incredible high.”
The impact of THC and music on the human brain
While this article intends not to provide a scientific discourse on the impact that marijuana cannabinoids have on the human brain, it is essential to understand the effect THC has on the brain as this is relevant to this discussion.
THC interacts with the brain, which impacts our response to stimuli.
It reduces blood flow to the area of the brain where sensory processing occurs. And it increases blood flow to the part of the brain where the emotional processing and reward response occurs. Music also affects the emotional processing and reward response areas of the brain. This explains why cannabis users experience a heightened emotional response to the music they listen to while smoking weed.
The benefits of music and cannabis
Apart from the impact of THC and music on the brain, the therapeutic benefits of ingesting cannabis while listening to music must be highlighted.
CBD is the cannabinoid that is primarily responsible for pain relief. It is shown to work as an anti-inflammatory agent, antioxidant, and analgesic. Music also performs similar functions such as pain relief, reduced anxiety, and an improved connection with your external environment.
A 2011 study showed that people who listened to their favourite music post-surgery experienced a reduced perception of pain. It is interesting to note that music with a positive message shows the most pain relief.
Finally, cannabis, combined with music, enhances the benefits of each individual element (music and cannabis). In other words, the sense of pain relief is heightened when ingesting cannabis with a high CBD level.
It does not matter whether you are after an intense THC-driven high or whether you are ingesting CBD-based cannabis edibles and oils for pain relief, adding positive music into the mix improves the effects of the THC and CBD on the human body.