Music is great, but it’s even better when it’s music you can listen to on CBD.
It provides therapy when we need it most, helps us attain whatever mood we’re trying to settle into, and it’s also proven to strengthen the neurological connections in the brain—otherwise known as brain plasticity.
It’s no wonder music’s been around for the last 35,000 years or so and has evolved in many ways with a reach that touches everyone. Some of us listen to music to relax or relate to the mood we’re in, but some cultures use music to reduce pain.
Additionally, some studies suggest music can help people recover from strokes and Parkinson’s.
We all have our go-to albums, but do you have a go-to album you vibe out to with your favorite CBD products? If you’re shaking your head no, we’ve got some things to talk about.
Here are five great albums you’ve got to listen to on CBD.
1. Washed Out – Life of Leisure (2009)
If you’re looking to kick back to some retro, lo-fi vibes, this album should be on your list. Washed Out, also known as Ernest Greene, captures a unique sound combining 80s soft rock with synth-pop.
When you combine CBD with this album, you’ll feel like you’ve found a time travel device and ended up in a famous 80s dance club.
All jokes aside, this album is great to keep on for background music while you’re studying, cleaning, or just vibing out to some of the different sounds this album provides.
It doesn’t matter what kind of CBD product you use either. The cannabinoids will still find a way to blend effortlessly with the uplifting sounds the artist has perfected.
2. Outkast – Aquemini (1998)
If you want to listen to a hip-hop classic while taking advantage of CBD, you’ve got to throw this classic on—Aquemini.
Big Boi and Andre 3000 released their third album, Aquemini, in 1998. The two Atlanta natives named the album after both of their astrological signs. Furthermore, this album ranks pretty high on everyone’s list when it comes to funk-infused, lyrical content you can fully immerse yourself in.
After your CBD has fully taken effect, make sure you listen to SpottieOttieDopaliscious. This track, near the end of the album, isn’t technically Big Boi and Andre 3000 “rapping.” Instead, they both talk and reminisce over the old roller rink and all the possibilities it held back in the day.
Oh, and we can’t forget those infamous horns on the track! These horns made their way into other tracks from artists like Beyonce, Lil’ Wayne, and Childish Gambino. This is the ultimate kick-back album you can let play from start to finish while you, yourself reminisce over what you were doing when you first heard it back in 1998.
3. Tame Impala – Currents (2015)
Tame Impala’s lead, Kevin Parker, wears quite a few hats—producer, arranger, songwriter, and vocalist of the group. You may have heard this band referred to as “pop,” but this isn’t your typical pop music.
This album produces a combination of so many different types of feels. In one instant, you’ll feel the soul in the album—rumored that this influence comes from Prince—then you’ll feel some soft space rock elements meshed with nerd funk. It’s quite intriguing because it’s unlike any other sound you’ve heard.
This is the type of music you may want to relax to, or on a sadder note, if you feel like upping your introvert skills, this is an excellent soundtrack for focusing on yourself and recharging after a social outing.
Read up on the transformation Tame Impala has been through throughout the last few albums, and finish with “Yes I’m Changing,” to wrap a nice pretty bow on the whole experience.
4. Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo (2018)
This Houston-based band is cranking out some electric, trip-hop that sounds perfect for a lazy Sunday around the house, studying, cooking, or even playing as background mood music for a social gathering.
This is best described as an instrumental album with vocals strategically placed throughout the album. Not to mention, its intriguing melodies and guitar solos become etched into your memory bank.
This band definitely draws some inspiration from psychedelic rock and Thai funk, and if you’re not familiar with those sounds, you’ll crave more after listening to this Con Todo El Mundo.
Some of us find it helpful to incorporate CBD in the process of journaling, painting, or any other creative output we engage in.
There’s no way your creativity won’t skyrocket if you add these tunes into the mix. It’s almost like the rare sound pulls something equally rare from the depths of your mind.
5. Toro y Moi – Underneath the Pine (2011)
Want to throw your earbuds in and catch some retro-yet-futuristic sounds?
If so, you’re in luck because Underneath the Pine is your best bet! Chad Bundick leaves his synth-pop roots behind (somewhat) to explore his ever-evolving sense of sound.
This electro-pop, chillwave genre is best suited for CBD-infused activities, like its predecessors above. Toro y Moi’s sound can best be described as lo-fi, and if you didn’t know, lo-fi is all the rave when it comes to studying. It helps the brain focus by picking the differences in sounds, ultimately boosting focus and productivity.
Bundick decided to only utilize live instruments for this album (remember we said he expanded his sense of sound), replacing sample sounds with instruments. It’s ambient, abstract, and dreamy—everything a CBD enthusiast relates to.
Parting Thoughts for All the Music Lovers
Many of us get stuck in our own little box of comfort, repeatedly listening to the same music.
While this is fine, it’s also helpful to expand your horizons with various sounds, feels, and vibes all these albums provide. Different sounds produce different reactions in the brain, like the lo-fi example we talked about above.
CBD pairs well with many different things, but CBD takes these albums to the next level. If you’ve heard them before, aren’t you curious to see how much deeper the experience with CBD?
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