As just about all of us know, cannabis is fun. Not only is using marijuana a rewarding activity, but it also vastly increases the pleasure in other pursuits — be it food, sex, music, art, nature, you name it.
Zen philosopher Alan Watts, back in the 1960s, said, and I paraphrase, “Only a few marijuana smokers really listen to music.” Watts may have slightly overstated his case, but there’s no denying that cannabis adds entire new worlds to the realm of music appreciation.
Who can forget the first time they got high and listened to music? Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was my inaugural auditory experience while high on cannabis, and I will always remember how both the words and music of “Us and Them” (and the entire album) resonated more deeply than ever before.
The right weed can open one’s mind to music in a way that perhaps nothing else can. Artificial distinctions of genre, of gender, of culture, and of context fade right away when one encounters music where it is meant to be enjoyed: In a place of ecstatic appreciation, joy, and pleasure.
Another wonderful effect of marijuana on music appreciation is that it helps avoid that middle-aged malady, the calcification of musical tastes. We all know the 40-something or 50-something who swears that the songs that were being made when he or she cut their musical teeth are vastly and uniformly superior to anything being produced today. Now, while it’s certainly possible to find plenty of high intensity suckage among current music, there’s plenty of good stuff, too — and that’s always been the case, on both sides of the scale.
When I’m on a music listening binge (to which I freely admit, as opposed to cannabis binges, in which I don’t technically indulge, since I toke it up all day), genre hopping makes it all even more fun. The juxtaposition of, say, a Black Sabbath track against a tune from hip hop genius Del The Funky Homosapien, and then some psychedelic Brit-Folk from Pentangle, can lend much additional light on, and understanding of, all three songs. And just because you enjoy “Sweet Home Alabama” doesn’t mean you can’t rock Alabama Shakes as the very next track.
The world can sometimes be a harsh and confusing place. That’s why the solace of music and marijuana can be so conducive to positive attitudes and good mental health. And that’s also why cannabis and music provide a door from stress into fulfillment, from bathos into beauty. It’s impossible to overstate the importance, both on a practical, health-related level, and on a philosophical level, of including things in our lives that let us see, for a moment, beyond the end of our noses. There’s a breathtaking world of beauty and consciousness waiting just around that musical corner.
So, what are your favorite marijuana strains and products when it comes to jamming some tunes? And what are your favorite musical artists and albums while under the influence? Let us know in the comments; we’re always up for discovering wonderful new music and great new strains!