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Drugs enhance novel experience of music by multiplying the effects

Drugs enhance novel experience of music by multiplying the effects

10-25 | CDAH Team

The prevalence of drugs in music festivals is widely popular phenomenon. A bevy of musicians across the world use drugs to ease the pressure and deliver never-experienced-before kind of performance. The fusion of music, breathtaking composition and drugs is considered quite hip among youngsters.

As a result, drugs like 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), marijuana, etc. have dominated music festivals by turning them into a haven for youngsters to trade and abuse substances. Moreover, drugs like cannabis, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and magic mushrooms were heavily experimented to reach the pinnacle of creativity, albeit ephemeral.

Apparently, people develop tastes for particular drugs based on their preferences for music. For example, people who share a taste for hip-hop may share a common affinity for marijuana use, those preferring techno music are usually attracted to drugs like ecstasy, and those fascinated by rock/metal music may develop an inclination toward drugs like methamphetamine or heroin.

Music linked to deepest reward system

During the 1960s, numerous developments changed the space of art, literature, music, etc. A range of technological advancements, changes in mainstream culture and other social revolutions brought in new practices and patters. Additionally, this era was also exhibited as the ‘psychedelic era’ due to the impact of drugs and other substances. They redefined art, movies and music of this age.

As numerous legendary artists and bands were established during this period, they persistently experimented with different drugs for opening up their creative pathways and including first-of-its-kind ideas in their music.

A study by the researchers of McGill University in Montreal tested the relationship between the mood-enhancing chemical like dopamine in the brain and music. The neurotransmitter dopamine triggers a feel-good state and in response to some tangible and non-tangible   stimuli, such as food, money, love, etc. In this study, researchers reported about 9 percent increase in the dopamine level among volunteers listening to the music they enjoy.

Consequently, the consumption of some form of substances always awakens new euphoric feelings and multiply the above-mentioned pleasurable emotions triggered by music. As the neuroscientist Dr. Doris Payer said, “Music sort of activates the same pathways in the brain that are responsible for pleasure.” In nightclubs and pubs, rave parties and music festivals, drugs play a major role in triggering energetic and euphoric effects. They also surge a sense of sexiness, self-insight, sociability and flirtatiousness among the users.

Like music, drugs also target the key neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine, responsible for inciting different emotions, and heightened energy. Besides, drugs, such as MDMA, LSD, etc., have the capability to alter perception of the reality  and aggrandize tempo and visual experience of sound and light. Therefore, when both the stimulants are combined, participants get an elevated sense of joy, happiness, confidence and connection with music and others.

Drugs are also known to induce mindful and focused state that enable users to enjoy music with comparatively less distractions by suppressing the cognition based on the past and the future. As a result, a person is able to appreciate music in a more enhanced manner. By diminishing inhibition and instilling the skill of novelty appreciation, drugs make any music festival and celebration adventurous, and exciting, however, with increased risk of exercising a number of repercussions, such as injuries, assault, accidents, etc.

Do not mess up the brain

Music is known to produce a tremendous effect on both the body and mind. While faster music increases concentration and alertness, a slow tempo relaxes the mind by reducing stress. The interdependence between  music and drugs can be better explained from the perspective of a symbiosis of culture and brain functions. However, at the end, drugs are not really needed to feel the euphoric effects of the music. As rightly mentioned by Beatport’s Senior Editor Katie Bain, “Despite the replete efforts of music festivals and night clubs to stimulate and enhance the aural and visual experiences of its attendees, whether inebriated or not, the real pleasure takes place inside our heads.”

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