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Musicians and Marijuana

Music and marijuana are two things that just go together.  Whether it is with the Harlem jazz kings from the 1930′s, or Black Sabbath singing “Sweet Leaf” in 1971, or even Dr. Dre’s The Chronic from 2001.  Beats and buds complement each other, like peanut butter & jelly or fish and chips.  But why?  There is the classic response, “Oh man, the music is so much better when I’m high.”  That’s just not true. Cannabis has no effect on music, movies, or literature.  A crappy song will still be crappy when the listener is using marijuana.  But it does alter brain chemistry, so a patient can enjoy it more when they are high.  Marijuana induces euphoria and also affects perception and sensory input.  So, when a person is on cannabis, they may be able to focus on the music more, to the exception of other prevailing stimuli.  Users will spend more brain power on hearing the hooks and grooves.  Riffs seem more amazing and background sounds “pop” more.

How do musicians feel about marijuana?  First off, the music industry is just that, an industry for music and money. So, many musicians may use marijuana in the songs and marketing speech as a draw.   It is controversial, rebellious and the youth love to see that.  How do you tell the difference between the posers and the real guys?  Listen to the lyrics, and pay attention to the bands when they’re offstage.  Does the band support the decriminalization/legalization/pro-medical marijuana movement?   If they’ve been around, making music and touring long enough, do they still use it?  Many bands have been bitten hard by drug and alcohol abuse, and guys usually either sober up or drop dead.  Once they’re clean, are they still in favor of use?

Cypress Hill is one of the foremost rap bands known for their use and lyrics about marijuana.  How do they feel about it?  For years they have hosted the annual Cypress Hill Smokeout in San Bernadino.  In 2010, Sen Dog spoke to hiphopwired.com about his use and what he feels that society should be doing.  He’s in favor of legalization to free up our jails and enforcement divisions to concentrate on true crime.  “If you look at the prisons and jail, it has a lot of people in there that were put in for a dime bag of weed.  So we are supporting the freedom for police to write less tickets and arrest more of the serious criminals.”  Although he is pro-marijuana, he doesn’t believe in a carte blanche approach to legalization.  Sen Dog laments his early teenage usage, recalling how it damaged his education and prospects at sports.  It is something that should be kept away from children and teenagers, until they are old enough to understand and make intelligent decisions about it.

Some other musicians in favor the pro-marijuana movements include Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Tommy Chong (yes, he and Cheech Marin toured as a music/comedy act so they count), Warbringer (Heavy Metal), and many of the performers that have played the Smokeout over the years.  Lets see if any artists cite marijuana as part of their ability to creative, perform, and feel good at tonight’s Grammy Awards.

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14 Responses to “Musicians and Marijuana”

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    mcmj420 February 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Music and Marijuana. May we never have to do with out either one.

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    ManicSurfer February 13, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Always a great combo, how can you have one without the other? It’s impossible.

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    Daytimetoker February 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    cool article. i guess it only works for making cheesy tv shows watchable and seem way better than they are!

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    JT101 February 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    I never really thought about it till after reading this article. It has to be 95 to 99 percent of the time I medicate to music.

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    SM420 February 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Music has always been a big part of my life every since I was a little kid. If I was blue and down listen to right song to pick me up. If I was up and wanted to get higher find a song that can do that.

    Now that I am grown up and older I see I am doubly bless. Cause I have Marijuana to add to the help of music.

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    CaGuy209 February 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    I know even back in the 90′s when Madonna was no drugs and no alcohol she confessed to blazing from time to time. Even in her documentary movie “I’m Going To Tell You A Secret”. She ask the dancers who pass the auditions do any of you smoke weed and states I am not oppose to it I just want to know. Honestly she was just trying to figure out who was going to be her smoke buddy’s on the tour.

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    MAFA1 February 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Lets face it everyone in the world has to agree with out Music the world and life would really really really suck. I personally also feel the same way about marijuana.

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    CheebaHawk February 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Music is great, cannabis enhances it even more. If you’re someone like me who sees colors and actually taste the different notes, you’ll have a stronger appreciation for it.

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    Allergic To BS February 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    Ya’ll should have seen the group when Bone Thugs N Harmony came out on stage at the Cannabis Cup! There was no love at all! How many of us have smoked to a Bone Thugs N Harmony song? I almost felt bad for them! Los Angeles, you need to show support, if not the artist at least to the orginization and people who made this all happen for US.

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    Born2Blaze February 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    There aint a damn thing better than some solid jams and dank buds. It’s like peanut butter and jelly, you can’t have one without the other.

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    Sun In Taurus February 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
    Beethoven, Ludwig Van

    There’s a pep in my step when I find the theme song for the moment and i can embrace it through the way i walk and how passionate i am about life at the moment. the same song that can make me feel alive is the same one that can destroy me

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    Volcanologist February 14, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    I think that artists/musicians brains are wired so that cannabis is a great compliment to that person’s chemistry. Perhaps that is the missing ingredient to the early musician, introduce pot, then creativity bursts at the seams!

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    oneHitwonder February 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    One of my favorite things to do is snowboard and enjoy my meds. Nothing beats the combination of that and my lyricless playlists (mostly so i can hear people screaming get out of the way). music just seems to tingle all the parts of my brain when I’m high, its a much deeper experience for me and I really get into the songs, and like to try more different things, or at least am more open to exploring too

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      CookieMonster420 February 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

      you should try having some properly dosed edibles for that.. its awesome and easier than lighting on the lift :)

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