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Music and Weed, Yes Indeed!


Cannabis and music go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whether it is a blatantly obvious cannabis-centric song like Styles P's "I Get High" or something like the cannabis-inspired Rick James song, "Mary Jane," there is a clear connection between the two. Although some might assume that cannabis and music are just basic elements of "stoner culture," the truth is much more complex.


One may argue that without drugs and booze, there wouldn't be rock 'n' roll or various other popular genres of music. Jimmy Hendrix and countless other musicians have accomplished this. Many of the great records that have appeared in the last century can be directly or indirectly attributed to a shattered soul who was mentally torn out of his skull before picking up a guitar.


Music and marijuana tend to foster emotions of exhilaration and connection to the music and the musicians, music stimulates the mesolimbic dopamine system whether or not cannabis is present. Even while Americans have come to accept that their favorite bands occasionally draw inspiration from drugs, once intoxication appears on stage, the audience is frequently intolerant. Anyone who has ever attended a concert where the performers have consumed alcohol before to the performance is aware that things can go wrong.


They lose track of verses, how to play their instruments, and occasionally even the location of the city. The crowd begins to question the band's attractiveness when they suddenly sound like total dog shit. But not all drugs have the same effects on artists. Information regarding how marijuana affects playing is rarely heard. Artists typically feel more at ease and confident when they smoke pot before a show.  THC makes people feel more daring and imaginative.


It's possible for a guitar player who has consumed too much whiskey to start playing sloppily before collapsing, but a marijuana high wouldn't have the same effect. According to some avid cannabis users, musicians who perform while high have better technique than those who perform sober. Think about the bands from the past, including "Woodstock 69" and the "Up in Smoke Tour". 


Before jamming in front of an audience that constituted about the size of a small city, artists and musicians were baked out of their minds, fried, and high. They didn't seem to have any trouble completing their sets. On the other hand, it might be claimed that the audience's level of intoxication was the only reason the music sounded as tight as it did.

For anyone who thinks they get a "musical advantage" from making music while high, try recording it and listening to it after you're sober! Through this practice, you can increase your understanding of live high performances.

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