Throughout the ages, music and cannabis have always been inseparably linked to one another. We’ve had musicians on record about their love for cannabis in promoting creativity with their songwriting and instruments since the early 20th century. Why exactly that is is still firmly up for debate, however.
Maybe it’s the studies that have shown cannabis alters the speed of our internal clocks, making real-world time and the music you’re listening to “expand” by nearly two seconds. Maybe it’s the studies that have shown cannabis just makes music sound better, sharpening your ears to the more subtle, intricate sounds you might overlook otherwise. Or maybe it’s just because cannabis has a relaxing, stress-reducing impact, so you just enjoy the stuff you’re listening to more.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter why exactly it is that cannabis and music are the perfect combo. All that really matters is that it works, right? Well, on that note, we here at Leafwell put together a list of some of our favorite songs about cannabis for your listening enjoyment the next time you take a dose or two.
Got to Get You Into My Life by The Beatles
Let’s start off with a slightly surprising one, shall we? While many might have listened to this upbeat, sunny track from 1966’s Revolver, (arguably The Beatles’ best album in one writer’s humble opinion), and assumed the song was about a woman, it’s actually about cannabis. Don’t believe me? Well, Sir Paul himself confirmed it!
“‘Got to Get You into My Life’ was one I wrote when I had first been introduced to pot,” he told Barry Miles for the 1997 book Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now. “I’d been a rather straight working-class lad but when we started to get into pot it seemed to me to be quite uplifting. It didn’t seem to have too many side effects like alcohol or some of the other stuff, like pills, which I pretty much kept off. I kind of liked marijuana. I didn’t have a hard time with it and to me it was mind-expanding, literally mind-expanding. So ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ is really a song about that, it’s not to a person, it’s actually about pot. It’s saying, ‘I’m going to do this. This is not a bad idea.’”
While many might associate The Beatles with psychedelics like LSD thanks to their next album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Fab Four had long been writing about drugs. Maybe it’s time to take another listen to their discography with some fresh perspective.
Hits from the Bong – Cypress Hill
While the previous entry on our list might have been a surprise for many, this one comes as no shock. Cypress Hill are impressive for a long list of reasons, aside from being one of the most influential early rap groups ever, they’re stoner icons who have put out cannabis-related anthems like “Stoned is the Way of the Walk” and “Doctor Greenthumb,” along with the title entry on this section of the list. The group is iconic for more than just their music, however. The three-time Grammy-winning group even launched their own incredibly successful LA-based dispensary called Dr. Greenthumb where they sell their own Cypress Hill Bhang cannabis products.
They’ve also been incredibly open about cannabis being their medication of choice instead of drinking or other hard, harmful drugs.
“We love the star. It could have been a gold leaf, though, a gold weed leaf. That would have been good too,” said frontman B-Real. “This is going to be an altar for all stoners, for all cannabis culture right here. Come light your candles, dump your blunts, dump your joints, dump your bongs right here, pray for a great harvest. Thank you very fucking very much.”
He told Variety cannabis use plays a big role in their longevity and health over the years.
“We’re medicating,” explained B-Real. “We’re eating clean. We stay in the gym. We never did party too excessively. We party, but it’s not every night and we’re not drunk and sloppy. Weed was the answer for us.”
“Being away from friends and family and the comforts of home is tough. Sure, we’ve had our disagreements like brothers do. Every band goes through it,” said B-Real continued. “Clearly, cannabis has been a big factor in keeping us together.”
I Got Five On It – Luniz
This one might be a deep-cut for many, but we bet you can remember hearing it from somewhere, right? For many, their first taste of this one came from the ultra-popular hit thriller from Jordan Peele, “Us.”
While that ultra-creepy chopped-and-screwed version might have captured everyone’s attention, old-school cannabis users and hip-hop heads will recognize that song from little-known duo Luniz. This chill and catch song is about, as the “Us” trailer suggests, drugs. More specifically, collecting up money from a group of friends to combine for a cannabis purchase. Anyone who hasn’t gotten their medical cannabis card, like they can quickly and easily thanks to Leafwell’s team of top-notch cannabis doctors who can see you virtually in mere minutes, can relate to this in at least some way.
Mary Jane by Rick James
Rick James famously declared that “cocaine is one hell of a drug” on Chappelle’s Show, and unsurprisingly, that’s not the only drug that James was interested in. In fact, according to an interview with Rolling Stone, Rick James had a major appetite for cannabis.
“I have to buy marijuana,” James told Rolling Stone all the way back in 1982. “I don’t buy ounces, I buy pounds.”
Perhaps that love of vast amounts of cannabis was the inspiration behind his 1978 hit song ‘Mary Jane’, a number he would perform live on stage with two gigantic, dancing joints and lyrics that, for the time, were as explicit about drug use as it got.
Many might know the song from its sample from Coolio’s ‘(I’m In Love With) Mary Jane’ off the soundtrack of the 1998 comedy-smash hit Half-Baked. If they don’t, however, we here at Leafwell hope this serves as an introduction to the cannabis-loving R&B icon that is Rick James.
Because I Got High by Afroman
Perhaps the most recent and iconic entry on this list, Afroman’s simple-but-catchy nursery rhyme-style “Because I Got High” had its run as a meme (before memes were a thing) in the early 2000s. It’s a catchy little bop of a song that, for many cannabis users, is infinitely relatable. After all, who among us hasn’t forgotten to do a thing or two after getting high?
The craziest part? According to Afroman himself, the song only took about two minutes to write.
That’s incredible considering that the song got him a record deal, a Grammy nomination, and launched a little-known rapper’s career by turning him into a household name. I’m sure we all could relate to the feeling of wishing we could turn two minutes of our lives into a successful rap career and a couple million dollars. Sounds like a fair trade-off, if you ask me.
The above songs are just some of the bigger names in the world of songs about their love of cannabis. There are many bands who have written songs or even albums professing their love for pot. From the hard and psychedelic rock of Black Sabbath, The Pink Fairies and Gong, to the dub of Augustus Pablo and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, to the funk of Parliament and Mandrill, cannabis has touched music of all types. And remember, the safest way to enjoy your music while experiencing the benefits of marijuana is with a medical marijuana card. Get yours with Leafwell today.