best things to listen to when you're high

Best Things to Listen to When You’re High

There’s something about cannabis that makes everything sound better. Live music is one way to experience this, but what about when you’re not at a festival? There are plenty of ways to get into the zone and tap into a deeper emotional connection with a sound or story. Weed allows the listener to waltz into a state of mind that alters the passage of time. Sometimes playlists and albums do the trick, but audiobooks and podcasts can also be a treat to your eardrums when high. If you’re short on ideas, check out our list of best things to listen to when you’re high. 

Sounds for Stoners

Sometimes you just want to fully dig into an entire album and experience it from start to finish. Other times you want a break from tunes, and an epic audiobook or intriguing podcast comes into play. Add these to your playlist if you find yourself short on listenable goodies.

Best Audiobooks When You’re High

Audiobooks are perfect for any time when you want to be entertained while doing something else. For example, getting stoned and gardening with an audiobook on is a primo experience. Or tackling some house chores with a killer sativa.

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

Incredibly creative and realistic, The Doors of Perception is Huxley’s story about an afternoon on mescaline. Published in 1954, this philosophical essay touches on religion, spiritualism, transcendence, faith, and how we perceive the world around us. Huxley deeply details his psychedelic visions and expresses that everyone should have an experience like this.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Tolle takes readers on a journey to intimately understand that life is a series of moments. He explains how pain is simply a result of resisting that which you cannot change, and by fully embracing every ‘now’, you will be able to release unpleasant feelings. This powerful book contains tangible lessons on how to quit judging yourself and enjoy your precious life.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

To quickly summarize this book: weird stuff happens to a regular guy. Earthling Arthur Dent takes a voyage into space, and he will need a survival guide. Listen to Arthur’s story and learn valuable lessons if you find yourself lost in space. For example: “If you hold a lungful of air you can survive in the total vacuum of space for about 30 seconds….the chances of getting picked up by another ship within those 30 seconds are two to the power of 267,709 to 1.” 

Best Podcasts When You’re High

Podcasts have absolutely blown up over the last several years. It’s a big world to explore, and the topics are endless. If you want to get into some good brain food for stoners, check out our top three recommendations and pair them with a hybrid like Boozy Brunch.

The Sword & the Stoner

A riff on the King Arthur legends, The Sword & The Stoner tells the tale of Arthur and Merlin. Getting stoned is the goal, and this indulgent drama follows them on the path to their destiny. As it turns out, maybe they got a little stoned and forgot their purpose altogether. Entertaining, hilarious, and worthy of a joint before you press play. 

Stuff to Blow Your Mind

It’s no secret that weed can get you into some pretty heavy thinking. Stuff to Blow Your Mind takes you down a rabbit hole of strange cosmic mysteries, scientific marvels, and bizarre ways that nature breaks its own laws. Tune it to hundreds of episodes and discover why humans whistle or what makes a song send a shiver down your spine.

Getting Doug With High

Comedian Doug Benson wants to talk pot. In every episode, Benson talks about his favorite strains while getting stoned with his guests. There’s weed history, pot pop culture, best glass recommendations, and many cases of uncontrollable laughter. There are six seasons to binge anytime you want to put a smile on your face.

Best Albums When You’re High

It’s tough to leave Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd off this list, and there’s no mention of stoner classics like Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Snoop Dogg. But, if you haven’t put on headphones and immersed yourself into the whole of these albums, now is the time. Puff on a little Dreamstate and absolutely melt into it.

Z by My Morning Jacket

Lead singer Jim James is a god among men. Lyrically and on the guitar, he makes you feel like your heart is the microphone, and he’s loved you for centuries. The opening track, “Wordless Chorus,” is anything but wordless as he croons his ‘ooooohhhhsss’ and ‘ahhhhhs’ with angelic rhythm. My Morning Jacket is not to be missed. Whether in concert or dancing around your living room. Turn it up. 

Remain in Light by Talking Heads

Is there anything David Byrne does not absolutely crush? Every song, every album, every perfectly jagged dance move is a relic of a time gone by. Remain in Light delivers bold, catchy tunes like “Crosseyed and Painless.” Listen to Byrne belt out, “Facts are simple and facts are straight. Facts are lazy and facts are late” as you loosen up your bones and groove.

best things to listen to when you're high

Homework by Daft Punk

There’s one right way to listen to Homework by Daft Punk: LOUD. Preferably with noise-canceling headphones or a boombox on your shoulder. You cannot sit still with this hyped-up, techno album full of righteous hits like “Da Funk,” “Around the World”, and “Daftendirekt.” If any bone in your body is not tingling with absolute aliveness, take a few more hits. 

Best Biography Audiobooks When You’re High

Biography audiobooks take you on a trip into someone else’s journey, allowing you to connect with a world you may never step foot in. Visit the past, present, or dream about a future as you dive into any of these inspiring stories. Each of these is read by the author, giving you a much more intimate experience. Don’t forget to pack a bowl of Fruity Berries to set the vibe.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Noah shares his life story growing up in South Africa during the last decade of Apartheid. This award-winning memoir talks about Noah’s unending resilience, inherited from his beloved mother. He digs into stories explaining how his existence was considered criminal in the society where he grew up. It’s hilarious, heartwarming, and deeply inspirational. 

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Born with the gift of gab, McConaughey enchants listeners with his southern drawl. Greenlights is the story of McConaughey’s upbringing, his complicated family dynamics, and how he got into acting. It’s deeply adventurous and captures his wanderlust spirit, all while inspiring listeners to embrace their lives and choose their destiny. 

Life Will Be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler

Fellow comedian Amy Schumer says, “This will be one of your favorite books of all time.” This story chronicles a year of self-sufficiency where Handler discovers what it’s like to pick up her dog’s poop. And work the remote, use a toaster, find a therapist, and generally embark on a journey of self-discovery. Vape pen and edibles in hand, Handler encourages listeners to turn within and find out what really matters in life.

Listen Away

Still can’t decide what to listen to? Craving something a bit more customized? RNBW has your back with two Spotify playlists featuring top artists, classic hits, and soon-to-be new favorites. Check out Party Crasher and Hard Summer on Spotify and listen away.