Medical Mysteries of Music

A good question: Why does music sound better when you’re high?

The Great Canadian Social Experiment with Pot™ continues. I’ll be honest: it’s a bit surreal seeing government PSAs talking about responsible cannabis consumption.

Even weirder is that my 82-year-old mother seems to be oddly well-versed in what’s legally available. When your mother is a source of information on which strains offer smoothest THC high, you know that something has shifted.

Newspapers, websites, and TV reports are all over the situation in ways that would have been unthinkable six months ago.  How to cook with weed. Recommendations for the best munchies. Articles on pairing wine with weed.

Get used to it because this is the new normal. Canadians will soon become used to talking about pot the same way we evaluate wines, beers, and spirits. And we can expect more articles like this one from the CBC: Why does music sound better when you’re high?

Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac once said, “If you smoke a strong joint, it’s mildly psychedelic and it just puts you in touch with things. You journey inside. Things seem to come out of nowhere sometimes; it throws you a bit.”

Among the numerous duets that have made cultural history, the coupling of music and cannabis has earned a particularly notorious reputation. Associated with genres such as rock, reggae and jazz, cannabis users often say that the plant helps them to get into the music and get more creative — but what exactly does that mean?

With the legalization of cannabis in Canada upon us, it’s an opportunity to ask how many of these anecdotes come down to science.

The relationship between music and cannabis begins with understanding how music impacts the brain.

Keep reading. You know you’re curious.



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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