Marijuana exploded onto the scene in the 1960’s and musicians and music fans were amongst the first to not only experiment with use, but to also connect drug use and music listening and playing.
It has only been in the last decade that Marijuana or Hemp based products have been widely and legally available, especially online. This explosion in legal use has brought a lot more awareness to the product and its interaction with music.
Michael Thaut, a professor of music and neurology at the University of Toronto, explains that “The brain is really on fire when it listens to music, just from a physiological point of view. That’s really important because there’s pitch, there’s rhythm, there’s harmony, there’s timbre. That’s an enormous amount of work the brain does when it listens to music.”
The simple answer is, Yes. We connect better to the music on a mental, chemical and emotional level. We feel like we sink deeper into the music and have a full body experience.
In 2020, Rolling Stone magazine released their article “Pot Sounds: The 20 Greatest Songs About Weed“, featuring artists such as Bob Dylan, Brewer & Shipley, Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Peter Tosh, Cyprus Hill and of course, Bob Marley.