There is a growing list of research that is finally making sense of what some of us have known for some time – marijuana and music go perfectly together. In fact, some experts, who have investigated why stoned listening is better listening, attribute this connection to marijuana’s ability to deepen focus and perception, making the horn section sharper, the basslines deeper, the harmonies tighter and the lyrics just that much more poetic.
Even the astronomer Carl Sagan, a life long marijuana user and closeted advocate of legalization, once remarked in an essay written for the 1971 book Marihuana Reconsidered:
A very similar improvement in my appreciation of music has occurred with cannabis. For the first time I have been able to hear the separate parts of a three-part harmony and the richness of the counterpoint. I have since discovered that professional musicians can quite easily keep many separate parts going simultaneously in their heads, but this was the first time for me.
Want more proof? Raise your hand if you have ever been to a concert without the smell of weed wafting through the air. Thought so…
According to an article on The Bluntness, no one style of music has a unique claim to cannabis. From Jazz to Heavy Metal to Country to Rock & Roll and, of course, Hip Hop and Reggae, each genre carries a deep cultural connection that’s had a profound impact on their respective artists and fans.
You can read more on the unique relationship between marijuana and music in the article A Brief History of Marijuana in Popular Music, on The Bluntness. While you are there, be sure to check out the vintage videos from Miles Davis, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Black Sabbath, Kacey Musgraves, Peter Tosh & more.
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