For starters, the study finds that music is a large part of the cannabis culture. No matter what their musical preference, 48% of the respondents said that music was just part of the deal while they are smoking weed. The other 52% are apparently sitting in silence and reconsidering everything.
But where the survey takes a turn for the surprising is when it gets into the musical genres that these people have a tendency to gravitate toward.
A hefty 50% reported listening to classic rock (The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath) while they are using cannabis, followed by hip hop and rap at 39% and pop music at 36%. Just a smidge down the line, 32% of cannabis users are checking out alternative/indie rock and R&B/soul. Contrary to popular opinion, though, it turns out that reggae isn’t the most sought after sound of the average cannabis user. Not even close. Only 25% said reggae was their music of choice when getting ripped on the reefer. In fact, people who use marijuana are just as likely to listen to hard rock or metal (25%), country (22%) and blues (20%) than anything associated with reggae.
Researchers also found that somewhere between 3 and 5% of the cannabis-using population is out there getting wrecked on weed and turning up Broadway musicals and gospel music. Admittedly, we’ve never tried listening to these particular genres while under the influence of weed. But we’re starting to think that stoned musicals might be a trip. Just as long as “Cats” isn’t one of them.