Music gives you the same feelings you receive from food, sex, and drugs. Your nerves charge, your senses intensify, and your body elevates. Music makes you feel good. Why do you get a tingly sensation when your favorite song comes on, or why do you feel this enraged energy when $uicideBoy$ blasts through your speakers? Music causes arousal and results in pupil dilation, increased blood pressure, and the brain to awaken the auditory, movement, and emotional regions. When the mind reacts to music or other things that give us pleasure, it releases a universally known chemical called dopamine.
Dopamine is a type of neurotransmitter. Your nervous system uses it to send messages between nerve cells. It plays a role in how we feel pleasure and a big part of our ability to think and plan. Plain & simple, dopamine is a “feel-good chemical.”
Not only is this feeling from dopamine amazing, but it’s also addictive and temporary. It leaves just as fast as it comes. For it to maintain a pleasurable feeling, our brain tells us that we need more of it. Playing one song repeatedly for a considerable amount of time is representative of what we do to maintain that sense of euphoric energy.
Let’s discuss how weed affects the brain since people have said they experience music better when stimulated.
In weed, there are chemicals called cannabinoids. These chemicals increase the amount of dopamine in the brain by blocking the action of a neurotransmitter called GABA. GABA’s primary job is to return the mind and body to its calm state after the boost of euphoria from the dopamine. Since the cannabinoids block this, there is an increased amount of dopamine in the mind and body, which is why you feel incredibly elevated. THC is responsible for the psychological effects of the high.
With the dopamine your body created from listening to your favorite albums combines with the dopamine created by weed, your body reaches maximum elevation, creating a “transcending experience.”
How do you feel about all of this? Talk to me while you listen to “kovid kush,” a playlist I created that you could get high (or vibe with) during this quarantine.