You might notice the smell of cannabis wafting past you as you head to Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco — or another end of the season music festival — this weekend. That’s because the magical pairing that is cannabis and music has been fueling concert-goers and music-lovers for decades (if not longer!).
Have you ever listened to a song while high and thought to yourself, “Wow, this song is taking me on a spiritual journey?” Or that your body and mind were more attuned to the beat, vibrations or meaningful lyrics than ever before? You’re not alone, according to science. That next-level feeling is thanks to what researchers call a “musical time-space” perception that cannabis unlocks.
In honor of the incredible experiences cannabis + music can bring, we created an Outside Lands-inspired mixtape complete with some of our favorite cannabis pairings. So go ahead: Turn the music up real loud, spark up that joint and prepare to get down with the beat.
Z-Cube is an indica-leaning hybrid that we love to partake in before listening to the main man at OSL this year, Childish Gambino. A calming body sensation washes over you like the smooth melodies in this track while the smell of lemons and pine makes you grin from ear to ear. Best smoked at an outdoor festival with your BFF, expect vibrations from the bass to feel especially powerful.
One’s of the OSL 2019 headliners, Kygo’s plinky plonky island beats are made even better with a whimsical video that centers around an astronaut love story. The video’s silliness pairs quite nicely with a doobie filled with potent Alien OG! An extremely giggle-friendly cannabis strain, Alien OG adds the perfect touch of euphoria necessary to get down with this funky beat.
A$AP Rocky achieves a catchy blend of hip hop and indie with this summer tune. Do it a favor by lighting up a Lola Lola “Transcend” pre-roll. Created by blending together a variety of strains from Sour Strawberry to Orange Dream and made even better with added cold-water hash, the end result is a potent indica blend that’s sure to have you seeing stars in no time. Close your eyes and dance like you’re at the disco.
Nothing gets us dancing up a sweat like OSL veteran Lizzo. Turn the volume up to the max for “Tempo” and bust out a tin of Mr. Moxey’s Energizing Peppermints (5mg of THC each). Starting to feel the buzz? Time to grab a friend and get down with your bad selves. Feel the need to re-create the video in your local parking lot? You do you, boo.
Jimi Hendrix explained in an interview the idea for the song “Purple Haze” came to him in a dream. We don’t doubt that one bit, though we think there may have been another secret player to thank: our good friend cannabis.
The Kiss The Sky vape flavor is an homage to that great tune considered by many to be the first heavy metal song of all time. A half gram cartridge that’s 510 thread compatible, this sativa-dominant hybrid will lift your mind up into the heavens in no time at all. Tell Jimi we say hey.
Our favorite country-pop soul, Kacey Musgraves’ “Butterflies” makes you wanna dance with someone you love... and smoke a joint or two. Keep a hand on your partner’s waist and the other on a freshly lit Toasty for one hell of a night.
Get a bright and energetic start to your day with a little Queen Bey and a pre-roll fit for a queen. A cross between Lemon Kush and Sour Diesel, this one gram pre-roll packs a punch for a mere $7. This strain will bring a whole lotta energy to the party, while also keeping your body relaxed and feeling groovy. It’s the ultimate smoke for anyone looking to dance their hearts out like no one’s watching. And who better to dance to than the Queen herself?
For these and other songs that pair perfectly with a doobie, listen to the Spotify playlist.