This is Science: the relationship between music and cannabis
Surely you’ve wondered many times why music sounds better in the company of a joint. What you probably did not expect to hear, is that this close relationship is even a matter of science. Researchers have offered some interesting theories about the impact that cannabis has in our musical experiences.
Increase cerebral blood flow (CBF)
THC reduces blood flow to the temporal cortex of the brain where sensory processing occurs and increases blood flow to the orbitofrontal cortex where the processing of emotion and reward occurs. This could be the reason why the music seems more “incredible”
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Increases activity in the brain
Depending on the balance of THC and CBD in your cannabis strain, it will affect your levels of serotonin, dopamine and hippocampus. All these affect your mood and trigger your relaxation. And research suggests that receptor activation by plant-derived cannabinoids can promote hippocampal neurogenesis, or the regrowth of neurons. In this sense, they prepare you to appreciate and open up to broader sensory experiences. This interruption forces music listeners to record thoughts at a different rate than normal, preventing you from anticipating them and helping them to enjoy the music note to note.
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Cannabis invites users to connect with the irrelevant
Cannabis produces psychotomimetic symptoms, which in turn might lead to connecting seemingly unrelated concepts, an aspect of divergent thinking considered primary to creative thinking.
Research shows that cannabis and music possess some of the same therapeutic qualities
Research shows that cannabis and music possess some of the same therapeutic qualities as pain relief, reduction of anxiety and a better connection with the environment.
As a curious fact…
We find that in terms of musical genres, it is believed that specifically reggae opens the mind to ideas, philosophies and truths that do not always reach the natural mind. The correct rhythm and message in the music really improves the experience of a cannabis user.
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