There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to a little music with a nice cannabis high circulating through your system. Other times, there’s nothing more exciting — which is its own activity altogether. If you’re smoking weed and listening to music to relax or get hyped, you’re ahead of the curve.
Neurologist Alice Flaherty researches creativity. She told Mic.com, “No one quite understands it, but the cannabinoid receptors seem to be involved in producing a watchful, alert state.” This vigilance means that some people experience a richer sensory response to auditory stimuli like music, rendering it more enjoyable for some, provided it’s the right type of music.
What constitutes the best songs to listen to when high? Just like munchies, this all comes down to personal preference. It’s safe to assume that if you already love a song, experiencing it while high might kick it up a few notches, but being buzzed is also a perfect time to experiment with something new.
Why is music so good when high?
Sensations like taste, sight and sound, are often felt more intensely with almost any intoxicant, even coffee can alter our perception. Cannabis has had a reputation for providing this enhancement for generations — ancient civilizations used it to increase sensory experiences.
If you’re a hip-hop fan or strictly listen to opera on vinyl, you will get more bang for your buck with the addition of cannabinoids. Daniel J. Levitin, music psychologist and professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at McGill University, wrote in his book The World in Six Songs that THC’s potential to make listeners feel euphoric and disrupt short-term memory allows listens to be more in the moment and “hear music from note to note.”
That sounds a bit scary, but it just means to use care when consuming, as too much sensory enhancement is overwhelming for some people. For example, though you may want music to sound better, you don’t want to smell strong odors with more intensity at the same time.