Oops, you did it again: You had too much marijuana. Maybe you agreed to dab without fully understanding what you were getting yourself into, or perhaps you underestimated those tasty edibles your friend brought over. Whatever the reason, no judgment. We’ve all been there—and we’re here to help.
If you’re looking for a way to relax and avoid a negative downward spiral, why not put on some tunes? Studies have shown that music can positively affect our physiology. It can:
Plus, music can affect our mood—we don’t need science tell us that. We’ve all heard songs that have made us happy, sad, upbeat or relaxed.
For these reasons, music can be a great way to soothe the stress, anxiety and paranoia that often accompany having too much tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
But what should you listen to? Though this choice is often personal, we thought we’d provide a few suggestions to get you started. Here’s a diverse array of music albums from the HelloMD staff that can help you pass the time when you’ve had too much THC.
Gabriella B., content manager: “The album I picked out is ‘Clandestino’ by Manu Chao. If I feel too high, I don't want anything too slow or calming. … It actually won't relax me or make me feel good. So, I like this album because it's mid-tempo. It's peppy, but not too fast or loud or crazy. All the songs go into each other, so there's actually no silence or stopping in between the music, which I think, when I need to calm down is really nice.
“There are lots of different instruments and sounds that you won't hear on the radio here. I like that it's a little different, a good tempo and not too dragging. It's enough to distract me a little bit and make me want to move around, which I find helpful, like if I’ve consumed too much THC.”
**Melissa N., office manager: ** “‘The Very Best of the Eagles,’ not ‘Their Greatest Hits.’ There's a song in it for every mood. It’s one of the albums that I've listened to the most in my life.
“I grew up listening to classic rock because that's what my dad listened to, and The Eagles were one of the bands that we listened to a lot. It’s just really good, mellow music.”
**Kevin P., customer service specialist: ** “Marconi Union, this U.K. group, worked with neuroscientists to create music that’s theoretically the most relaxing track possible.
“It's mostly ambient sounds, but it's actually designed so the beats per minute mimic the human heartbeat. It slowly descends from 60 beats per minute to 50, so it actually relaxes you. And then the different sounds they use, and the way they layer them is engineered to relax you.
“My girlfriend experiences anxiety, and so that's one of the things that we've almost always got on in the background at home. There are no words; there's nothing distracting. It's just really easy to listen to, and it's designed to bring you down.”
**Veronica B., customer service specialist: ** “This album has all of Bob Marley’s best music, including ‘Is This Love,’ ‘Redemption Song,’ ‘Waiting in Vain’ and ‘Three Little Birds,’ which is probably what would calm me the most, if I were too stoned.
“Three little birds tell him everything's going to be all right. If I'm too stoned, I need that kind of relaxing affirmation. There’s also a lot of good instrumentals and percussion—just very light and not too heavy. Plus, Bob Marley and the Wailers love cannabis, so that makes it extra special.”
**Nik S., customer service specialist: ** “‘Kush & Orange Juice’ by Wiz Khalifa—it's a classic one by him. There are lots of long chords, lots of heavy baselines, lots of acoustic. It's really just a good album to listen to. Just the music alone is so appealing that you could listen to this without any words. You can just listen to the beats and get into it.”
**Ryan G., customer service lead: ** “‘The Best of Sam Cooke’—Sam Cooke is one of my favorite singers. His voice is very soothing, and there are some slow songs and some upbeat ones on this album.
“Growing up, my parents were huge on Motown. Sam Cooke takes me back to my childhood. I think that's another thing why it's so comforting to me. I felt very safe growing up around my family and friends. Anything that reminds me of my childhood is usually very comforting.”
**Dmitry B., marketing videographer/editor: ** “‘Coyote and the Crosser’ by Mark Matos & Os Beaches—it was released in 2012. It's good San Francisco folk, psychedelic folk. The whole album is really sweet. It’s about friendship, and it gets you kind of carried away into this wonderful, better reality than what we're experiencing right now.
“If you feel anxiety from the craziness of the world and then you accidentally get too high, this is definitely a good tool to bring things down a notch. Shower yourself with some positive San Francisco hippie folk tunes.”
**Bart S., customer service specialist: ** “‘Constant Struggle’ by Mystic Roots. It's an album I listened to when I was in college, during that transition from living at home to being in college, which can be anxiety-filled. The music really calmed me down, and it was always positive. It’s pro cannabis. They sing about Marin and Chico, and I went to school in Sonoma state, so it kind of feels like home when I’m listening to it.
“It’s very positive energy and soothing. And they do talk about world issues, like police abuse and our society's tendency to overuse pharmaceuticals. It's a pro medical cannabis song, and it's also catchy. It just brings me back to what I believe in.”