Music and Marijuana have a lot in common— both start with M, both have cultural impacts, both don’t go well with the government, and the best of all— both take us to the psychedelic ride— across the universe, through the constellations, tearing up the nebulas and possibly down the memory lane of our favourite moments.
And who wouldn’t want to take such an exciting-journey while sitting on their couches— without actually doing anything other than to fiddle around weed games and dragging up pipes— or from the moralistic purview of the society— just listen to their favorite numbers.
Well, if music and cannabis can independently transcend your body to another latitude, imagine the worth of impact they will have on you— when your brain consumes them together.
Well, even I didn’t try it until I came out of my sophomore years— because the idea never clicked— and I am guilty of spiritual embezzlement that I couldn’t find the best combination despite being so wannabe about my creativity.
But then I came across a few friends who would snort joints and rely on soft music and beautiful syllables to rip up the air exquisitely and make them fall into their ears like heavenly-pleasurable elixir drooping right into their mouths.
And that changed the way how I assumed Marijuana and music to be— more or less— they became two sides of the same coin where the one can’t exist without the other— like the head in a coin can’t exist without a tail.
Precisely at that moment, I had one of the best and most memorable times of my life where I learned that both of them could coexist to give you the best euphoric atmosphere.
In fact, they are the yin and yang of imaginative tours.
That should be your spirit animal if you belong to the cult classic family and hold Marijuana in high regards.
If you are a cult music follower and don’t know a damn thing about Marijuana— go grab yourself a joint and live out the best moment of your life.
And to the ones who know shits about Marijuana and are seasoned toker, but has no association with the “holy-highness” of music— here’s my compilation for you— the list which is a result of my patience for a decade or so.
(And mind you that making a cult music list is not easy. It takes as much seriousness as your profession/or your job. At least that’s what it demanded from me).
So, get these songs in your playlist, add a dramatic flair into your normal, stressed-up life, and rewind the good old days— when you cared less and lived more.
“Comfortably Numb, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, High Hopes,” Pink Floyd
When you talk about music, weed, and psych— you’d hardly miss Pink Floyd from the list.
And the prism dispersing lights into the band of seven colour can be labelled as the most iconic symbols by PF in the musical arena.
With Syd Barret and David Gilmour into lead vocals and guitarist respectively— Pink Floyd started their journey as a psychedelic band— psychedelic because they would induce external substance while composing music.
And they believed that hallucination brought the most creative side of them— may be “the dark side” of them. :p
Although the band constantly flirted between psychedelic and progressive genre later in their careers, one couldn’t call himself a classic cult lover if he hasn’t heard of Pink Floyd— at least that is what I make of all the music evidence.
More than three decades of music together and documenting their ideas through various albums, Floyds had a touch of “royal music-highness” in their numbers— and what made them stand out was— they were too relaxful and rewinding on the minds of the listeners.
With masterfully composed and marvellously jotted lyrical songs like Comfortably Numb, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, High Hopes to name a few; the concept of spectrum hovered around the head— without even using Marijuana.
That sums up the kind of intensity and excitement they would bring to you when you tonk weed.
Not feeling Floydian yet? Start harbouring “high hopes” and get out of “the wall.”
“Light My Fire, The End, Rider On The Storm,” The Doors
Jim Morrison or The Doors— call whatever you want— single-handedly infused magic on his audience with his baritone voice in the late 60s.
Considered as one of the most iconic frontmen in the history of the rock industry, Morrison established his band in the mid-60s with his close friend Ray Manzarek.
Akin to Pink Floyd, the band followed the classical psychedelic genre to access the brains of the crowds— often termed as musical sermonizing of the audience.
Also, the nomenclature of their band was majorly influenced by famous philosopher Aldous Huxley who always talked about opening the doors of perception.
Walking on the same philosophy— Jim Morrison and co came up with justifying their name by calling— “their band likes to unlock the doors of perception with the help of psychedelic drugs.”
With the message of youth counterculture and rebellious display through their lyrics— Jim and The Doors became cultural influences in the society.
They slowly attained the cult status after the unexpected death of Jim Morrison— which plenty of historians believe that his eccentricities, his aura, and behaviour made him achieve that.
However, I firmly believe that more than his nature, his music made people fall for him; and songs such as Light My Fire, The End, Rider On The Storm, etc. that still sound beautiful to our ears are the clear evidence of his psychedelic-expertise.
And Jim is one of the top cannabis influencers even though he wasn’t known for his toking abilities but drinking.
Maybe because his songs don’t talk about cannabis, but they still reinforce psychotropic environment among the weedsters.
Go— grab a weed, and try catching up with the intergalactic “Gloria.”
“Stairways To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Moby Dick,” Led Zeppelin
Well, associating only psychedelic bands with getting high is a bit of an unfair call— primarily when the likes of Led Zeppelin exist.
Yes, Led Zeppelin— one of the greatest progenitors of the heavy metal band has written songs which have the capability of buzzing your head even after four decades of their service— and without being a psychedelic/progressive band.
The band “planted by” Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, slowly evolved out to the final four after lots of inclusions and exclusions throughout its initial days in the 60s.
Their music had the amalgamation of complicated guitar riffs, psychedelic blues, groovy and lumbering rhythms, and a pinch of British folk to ultimately present a brand new concept of heavy and hard metal.
They came up with this ideation of fresh heavy metal in the era when psychedelic music was taking the top spot— both for the listeners and the production companies.
And we can sense the rawness in music from Stairways To Heaven— widely regarded as the greatest songs of all time— creates a hard-hitting experience.
And that gains even better status with the hard-weed into the system.
Other songs like Whole Lotta Love, Moby Dick, and Kashmir aesthetically fabricate the link between hard metal and hard-weed.
And if you haven’t given them your ears yet, go— catch them up— who knows “when the levee breaks?”
“Octavarium, The Change Of Season, Stream Of Consciousness, Six Degree of Inner Turbulence” Dream Theater
Dream Theater— often run by the double P’s— Portnoy (lead drummer) and Petrucci (lead guitarist)— is considered as one of the modern-day progressive geniuses in the music industry.
With phenomenal speed, control, and unbelievable sync between the lead guitarist and drummer— the band has given some of the most historic numbers in their career.
They consider themselves as a dense blend of progressive/psychedelic and speed metal; however, they have a variety of genres to reflect in their resume (of course, through the different styles of songs).
While Dream Theater may not cut into the list of best weed band for many, it definitely sits in mine probably because of its experimental work.
And why do I say this?
Because most of its epic numbers are long tales with average play time of 25 to 30 minutes.
Songs like Octavarium, The Change of Season, Stream Of Consciousness, and the entire album of Six Degree Of Inner Turbulence are like methodical odyssey into space and air.
That’s close to what weed does to our minds— it propels us to an imaginative journey which we wish if it were eternal.
And that’s what happens while listening to these amazingly conceptualized songs— we break the barriers of the world and get teleported to the kinder world.
So, are you “falling into infinity” with Dream Theater and green blade sativa?
That’s my preferred list of a few songs (instead bands) which can change the meaning of recreation, and I am incredibly disappointed that a lot of greats like Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley didn’t make it because the clipboard is too short to justify their excellence.
However, you are entitled to send us your favourite list of songs which get you best stoned when you pull a weed pipe.