It’s no secret that cannabis enhances sound quality. Listen to your favorite album after a few hits of weed, and it will undoubtedly sound better than without it. But, it doesn’t just improve the sound. It connects you to the very frequency of the music. This creates an emotional connection that allows you to feel immersed in the musical experience.
We know this connection happens when you pair cannabis with live music, and the same experience is said for putting on your headphones and jamming out solo. Yet, there is another way to feel deeply connected to the vibrations of sound. If you have yet to experience a sound bath – let alone one where you get high first – let us walk you through it.
What Is a Cannabis Sound Bath?
A sound bath is a meditative experience where you lie on the ground (usually on blankets or a yoga mat) in a dark or dimly lit room while listening to highly curated music. The type of sound varies depending on the experience. Typically, the sound comes from crystal bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, chimes, tuning forks, and specific hertz frequencies. When digital accompaniments are present, it’s often like binaural beats or sounds tuned to 432 Hz (the frequency of nature). Sometimes there are melodic vocals, and other times just one or two instruments or elements.
As you lie in stillness, the sound “washes” over you, giving it the name sound bath. You can partake in a sound bath in a group setting, which is pretty common for first-timers, but you can also immerse yourself at home. As you have probably surmised by now, a cannabis sound bath simply implies that you are getting high beforehand.
There are plenty of reasons why cannabis adds to the experience. Not only does it improve the sensations and sounds of music, but it also offers a quiet focus that can be beneficial in meditation or mindfulness practices. Since cannabis has become more mainstream, we see more and more group activities encouraging social consumption. First, yoga, art, and cooking classes, and now we have cannabis sound baths.
Benefits of a Cannabis Sound Bath
The origins of sound baths are somewhat unclear, but incorporating music into spiritual practices is an ancient art. Humans have been singing and playing instruments to celebrate life events, evoke spiritual connection, and heal the body and mind for as long as we know. Any music lover can speak to the profound healing of sound, whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. And the same can be said about cannabis! So, it’s only logical that the two combined have a lot to offer.
There have been studies on participants in a sound bath setting that show a positive impact. For example, in a 2020 study, participants sat in a forty-minute sound bath, and all showed signs of improved mood, with reductions in negative emotions. In addition, heart rate decreased, and participants were less anxious.
Most studies and anecdotal evidence point to decreased depression, reduced anxiety, relief from physical tension and pain, better sleep, and less worrisome thoughts. Overall, sound bathing simply makes people feel better. Now, pair this with cannabis, and what do you get? We know that cannabis helps with all of the above-mentioned benefits as well, so a cannabis sound bath is like a double dose of well-being.
How to Experience a Cannabis Sound Bath
There are several options for attending online experiences, and it’s recommended that you use noise-canceling headphones to be as connected to the sound as possible. Of course, if you decide to participate from the comfort of your home, you can light up anytime you like. However, if you want to check out a cannabis sound bath in person, search for local events in your area.
If you live in the Bay Area, check out The Center SF. They host a cannabis sound bath on the first Sunday of the month. Attendees are encouraged to light up before the experience begins, but it is BYOC – bring your own cannabis. Be sure to grab your favorite RNBW strain before you go. Might we suggest a Hybrid like High Note for the occasion? Or perhaps Dreamstate, a heavy-hitting Indica, to help you relax and melt into the moment.
Cannabis Sound Bath FAQs
Check out some of our answers to frequently asked questions before you head to your first cannabis sound bath.
How Will I Feel During a Cannabis Sound Bath?
The experience is meant to feel deeply relaxing. As you enter a meditative state, you may have feelings of euphoria, sleepiness, or even feel a wellspring of emotions. It’s not uncommon for deep feelings to come to the surface, waiting to be released. Be present and allow the thoughts and feelings to wash over you with the sound frequencies.
How Will I Feel After a Cannabis Sound Bath?
Most people report feeling refreshed, relaxed, and rejuvenated. Everyone’s experience is unique. You may feel ready for bed or like going for a jog. Allow yourself some time to integrate after. Journaling can be very helpful after a sound bath to document any thoughts or feelings that come up.
What Should I Bring to a Cannabis Sound Bath?
You will typically bring your own yoga mat to lie on. You may also bring a small pillow, eye cover, blanket, and water bottle. A notebook and pen are excellent if you like to document any ideas or revelations that occurred during the sound bath. And, of course, bring your weed!
Who Should Attend a Cannabis Sound Bath?
Anyone interested in a meditative-type experience. An in-person sound bath might interest you if you are open to the idea of group meditation. On the other hand, if you prefer more privacy and solitude, find an online sound bath where you can practice in your home.
What Should I Wear to a Cannabis Sound Bath?
Wear something light and comfortable. You can bring a blanket to cover yourself with to keep warm and cozy.
Can I Smoke Weed During a Cannabis Sound Bath?
It’s best to get high before the sound bath begins so you can be fully present and relaxed during the experience.