Posted: October 23rd, 2013
Music and Drugs
Individuals take drugs based on various reasons. These reasons include psychiatric, spiritual and recreational uses. Foremost, the psychiatric use of drugs involves the use of specific medication in order to alleviate mental distress. Usually, patients attending psychotherapy receive prescription to partake psychiatric drugs as part of their therapeutic treatment. The spiritual use of drugs involves using psychoactive drugs in order to induce an alleviated state of which users regard as the manifestation of spiritual state. Recreational use, on the other hand, involves using psychoactive drugs for the purposes of experimentation and enjoyment.
Various genres of music incorporate several features that induce a psychedelic state among individuals. Particularly, one feature that leads to such a state comprises the lyrics. Since a song comprises a series of notes that the listener desires to follow, the lyrics act as a major influence towards inducing a psychedelic state especially if they refer to specific psychoactive drugs. As such, by making specific references to psychoactive drugs as well as the pleasure they induce, persons become influenced to engage in taking hallucinogens in order to experience the pleasurable state the lyrics address.
Personally, the main incentives leading to the experience of a change in time or space arose from the effects of drugs. At one point, listening to psychedelic music especially rock music from bands such as the Jimi Hendrix Experience propelled me to engage in one of the most common hallucinogens, LSD. Most of the lyrics in the band’s songs made a direct reference to drugs, which on the other hand, influenced me to consume LSD. The drug coupled with the musical effect induced a state of hallucinations depicted by vivid colors and patterns as well a sense of pleasure and excitement.
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