Marijuana and Music, It seems that they are perfectly in tune with each other, after all, Bob Marley himself – Jamaican king of reggae, became an undeniable icon of this stimulant.
It is widely believed that marijuana improves the reception of music, hence its great popularity among participants of music festivals.
Weed And Music — The Physiological Point of View
Researchers are trying to explain this phenomenon from a purely physiological point of view. They are of the opinion that, when listening to music, the brain regions that are responsible for the reward system are activated. On the other hand, many of these brain regions have a high content of CB1 cannabinoid receptors. It is worth recalling that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) contained in marijuana is able to combine with these receptors.
In addition, THC causes a moderate increase in the release of dopamine, which may result in an enhanced satisfaction from listening to music. That’s how it looks in theory, but the British-Dutch team of researchers decided to check these hypotheses in practice.
The Scientific Point of View
Volunteers – 16
Research sessions – 3
The British-Dutch researchers were the first to conduct a study with volunteers, whose main goal was to determine if and how the use of marijuana affects the reception of music. Researchers initially hypothesized that marijuana improves the reception of music by affecting the brain regions associated with the reward system and emotions. The researchers also decided to investigate whether cannabidiol (CBD) can abolish the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It has been shown that CBD limits some of the negative effects (increase in diastolic pressure, psychoactive effects) of THC.
A total of 16 volunteers took part in the experiment and were subjected to three research sessions. The interval between each session was at least 1 week, so as to allow the elimination of THC from the body and thus minimize the risk of error. During a one-off session, participants were given one of the possible options:
- Indian hemp with CBD (Cann + CBD),
- Indian hemp without CBD (Cann-CBD) or
- Placebo containing cannabis fragrance.
In the case of the first two options, a suitably selected dose of hemp was evaporated with a vaporizer at 210 ° C to two successively substituted balloons. Then the inhalation step was carried out. The participants of the experiment inhaled the contents of the balloons until they were empty.
Before starting the inhalation, 5 minutes after its implementation and after about 90 minutes of the first administration, each participant of the experiment listened to six (21-second fragments of music), and the pleasure of their listening on a scale from 0 (unpleasant) -10 (very pleasant ) was assessed. While listening to music using magnetic resonance imaging, the brain activity of each volunteer was also recorded.
Results of the experiment
Based on the results, it was found that cannabis without CBD reduces music reception, which was recorded as a change in activity within several regions of the brain related to the reward system and emotions (magnetic resonance imaging). This discovery was contrary to the researchers’ predictions. As the scientists explain, one of the possible explanations for these revelations is that THC interferes with the endocannabinoid system, which plays a key role in the proper functioning of the reward system.
It also turned out that the CBD partially compensates for the negative effects of THC, while at the same time strengthening the desired ones (improving the perception of sound). It is worth noting that in the above study, the influence of marijuana on the reception of music in the case of a single administration was estimated. The influence of the chronic use of cannabis in this matter is still unclear.
As the researchers emphasize, the results of their experiments confirm the potential use of CBD in reducing the harmful effects of marijuana, while maintaining the positive effects that users expect.
It seems that the use of cannabidiol-rich cannabis allows for greater enjoyment of music. As in the case of weed strains with high THC content.
See also: Music to listen to high