Cannabis and Music

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Cannabis and Music | Stoner Blog

Stoners will tell you until they’re blue in the face that smoking cannabis makes music sound much better. From the beats to the lyrics, potheads swear that tunes sound better and mean more when you’re high. Weed is a popular concert-going item and many people smoke a joint while jamming to their favorite musician, whether it be at a hip hop concert or a basement metal show. But why do stoners like music so much? Why do these two always seem to go hand in hand?

Music has been proven to have positive effects on the mind. Back in high school, the “cool” teachers used to let kids listen to their iPods while taking tests or some would play Mozart or Bach from a CD player. Even plants know that music is healthy, studies have shown that plants will react in positive ways (depending on the vibrational frequencies) to music that is played for them during growth. New Scientist, a medical journal, among others have shown studies that prove music is beneficial to all kinds of medical situations. It can be used to focus the mind, calm down, or energize, depending on the kind of music. Cannabis has been shown to help with these things as well, so perhaps the two form some sort of amazing effect when combined?

A study conducted in 2011 regarding the modulation of auditory and visual processing where the subjects were given THC and CBD showed that THC activated and deactivated certain areas in the brain which controlled the hearing and seeing senses. CBD did not have an effect on these areas. So THC has an effect on the way we hear music as well as the way that we process visual items. It was stated by Nina Kraus (Northwestern University) that the brain uses neruons that communicate sensory information through electrical pulses. In this case, it’s the sound of the music. The increased sensory perception in the endocannabinoid system is caused by the binding of the receptors to the brain. Dopamine is released and less anxiety-causing signals are sent, which lets the stoner chill out and enjoy the music more carefully and with less internal (and external) distraction.

But since cannabis is still considered a schedule 1 drug by the federal government, there aren’t many more studies regarding the connection between cannabis and music. As the two seem to have similar effects on the human body, they could be used as a kind of therapy for people suffering with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and a multitude of other afflictions. In the meantime, it’s suggested by Stonerdays that you roll up a joint or pack your bong and smoke to some of your favorite songs. Doctors orders.

Cannabis and Music | Stoner Blog

Five Music Genres Great For Stoners

Five Music Genres Great For Stoners | Stoner Guide

Since music and stoners go so well together, it’s no surprise that there are a lot of famous musicians who smoke on the regular. When you think about it, there’s a lot of genres of music that wouldn’t even be worth listening to without the influence of weed. The plant has helped shape some of the most successful artists of this time period (Snoop Dogg!!) and has most definitely played a part in the building blocks of entire genres.

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Snoop was mentioned already so we will start at hip hop. A great deal of this genre at least mentions cannabis and hip hop artists are certainly known to smoke some serious bud. Hip hop also makes for a great stoner music choice if you’re just chilling and smoking. Whether the beats are fast or slow, hip hop is something your smoking friends will appreciate on your playlist.

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It may surprise you that this genre is on the list but punk is another genre that is influenced by Mary Jane. Punks aren’t known for being chill so it’s a little shocking that they would write songs about pot. But NOFX had it’s song Herojuana and punk bands even had an impact on artists like Bob Marley, who wrong Punky Reggae Party after being inspired by the Clash. This just goes to show you the wide reach of cannabis.

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Pop music is still peppered with cannabis use to this day. Although, some of the pop genres most notable stoners were the Beatles, who not only were totally open about their use of cannabis and other illicit substances but wrote songs about their drug use, such as “I get high with a little help from my friends” and the infamous “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds”. Of course, popstars today still smoke. Miley Cyrus is extremely open about her cannabis use and Justin Beiber has been caught with weed on numerous occasions.

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Opera being on this list is even more shocking than punk making the cut but here it is. While the old time opera singers had to preserve those pipes, the conductors could do what they wanted, such as Michael Tilson Thomas, a famous conductor that was known to smoke cannabis. He was arrested when he was found to be in possession of three joints and some other illegal substances. Rene Leibowitz was a famous French composer and created the piece titled Marijuana – Variations non serieuses. Today, modern day opera singers can indulge in edibles that will get them super stoned without damaging their vocal cords. Thank the opera gods for that.

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This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioned electronica. This strange form of music started blowing up in the 80s and has a history that is heavy with mind altering drugs. Electronica is known for it’s crazy rave parties so it’s no surprise that cannabis influences it. Cannabis even creates ties between music, such as when Skrillex and ASAP Rocky collaborated on Wild For the Night, a song that mainly focuses on (what else?) doing drugs and smoking weed. ASAP also claims to have smoked with Daft Punk but that’s neither confirmed nor denied.

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Five Music Genres Great For Stoners | Stoner Guide

Chase Status – Let You Go (Nero Remix)

Chase Status – Let You Go (Nero Remix)

Chase Status – Let You Go (Nero Remix) is a great track for one to smoke a bowl to and just indulge in the sounds. Take your shoes of and pull the blinds. StonerDays has a track that will have your ears and mind in the right place. This is one that you might just play back to back 10 times.

A good recommendation is to try our StonerDays recipes and relax with these sounds about an hour after consumption. This should be plenty of time for the goodies to kick in and set you in the right place.

Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High)

Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High) – Hippie Sabotage Remix

 

Habits” is a song by Swedish recording artist Tove Lo featured on her debut extended play, Truth Serum, as well as her debut album, Queen of the Clouds. The song was released on 25 March 2013 as Tove Lo’s second single, and later re-released on 6 December 2013 under the title “Habits (Stay High)“. The song was released in the United States on 14 April 2014 as the lead single for Truth Serum and her debut album Queen of the Clouds. Musically, ‘Habits’ is an electropop song that details the protagonists attempts to forget about her ex, through drinking and other hedonistic pleasures.

Habits became a sleeper hit, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first hit single on that chart. The song found more success worldwide as a remix by Hippie Sabotage, where it reached the top ten in Australia and the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe.

Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High) – Hippie Sabotage Remix

Kiesza – Hideaway (Official Video)

Kiesza – Hideaway (Official Video)


 

Hideaway” is a hook-laden song recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza for her forthcoming debut album, Sound of a Woman. It was co-written by Kiesza in collaboration with its producer Rami Samir Afuni. Recorded in the summer of 2013 in New York City, “Hideaway” was finished within the timespace of 90 minutes and honed its musical inspiration from Kiesza and Afuni’s passion for 1990s dance music.

The song was released as Kiesza’s debut single on April 11, 2014 through Afuni’s independent label Lokal Legend, following the single’s premiere on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show on January 24, 2014. Both the song and its accompanying music video have been met with general acclaim from contemporary music critics. “Hideaway” topped the UK Singles Chart upon release, selling over 136,000 copies in its first week, becoming the third-fastest selling single of 2014 in the United Kingdom.

Kiesza – Hideaway (Official Video)

Stoner Guide; Five Dank Songs To Smoke With

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Stoner Guide; Five Dank Songs To Smoke With

There’s so many different kinds of artists out there that are making music so it’s extremely difficult to make a list because there’s always someone who wants their favorite smoking song included. While I can’t include everyone, I’ve tried to make this short list pretty diverse. As always, I love suggestions and if you think you have an awesome smoking song, I would love to know what it is! Submit to [email protected] if you have any suggestions for another five stoner songs. I hope that you enjoy these five that I’ve picked!

1. Yelawolf “Marijuana”


Definitely an awesome song to roll one up to! This song has some good lyrics, plus awesome beats so you can either turn it up really loud while cruising around or you can have it on in the background while you and your friends enjoy a smoke session. Highly recommended that you listen to it if you haven’t heard it yet.

2. Michael Franti “Ganja Babe”


I first heard this song when I was in college and I’ve never forgotton about it. It’s super chill, calm, and just an all around awesome pothead song. He sings about how much he loves Mary Jane and let’s face it, we really love this plant! The song also features Spearhead.

3. Afro Man “Because I Got High”


Another song that’s stuck with me for a long time. I remember hearing this on the school bus and the bus driver would turn it down because of how “inappropriate” it was. The song does promote the classic forgetful stoner stereotype but you can’t resist the hilarity of it. If you haven’t yet heard this song, you’re living under a rock.

4. Cypress Hill “Hits From The Bong”


Classic stoner jam right here. You can’t help but smile when this song comes on. Whether it makes you want to dance or smoke some more, everyone loves this Cypress Hill masterpiece. Hits From The Bong has been on the stoner playlist since mixtapes were still being made by holding play and record at the same time.

5. Sublime “Smoke Two Joints”


You’ll see this song quoted at least once on every stoner social media page ever. It’s an amazing song that describes a lot of stoners… Smoking two joints and then proceeding to smoke two more… And then probably two more. We all know that one hit just isn’t worth it and if you’re going to smoke, you should probably just smoke a ton.

Stoner Guide; Five Dank Songs To Smoke With