Can a CD make you high?

According to a recent ABC News story, there’s a CD on the market that supposedly makes listeners feel high — triggering through sound the effects of such drugs as peyote and marijuana. The story even quotes a student at a suburban New Jersey high school as saying, "You listen to it and you just kinda zone out, feel weird and kinda gives you the effect I guess." (It’s not clear whether the student’s garbled grammar was the product of the CD or a substandard New Jersey education. Ah, the articulation of youth.) Anyway, you can purchase said magical disc for $20 online from a company called, which says the effect comes from binaural sound waves that synchronize your brain to simulate the effect of a drug trip.

Now, our first thought over here at E-Dubs blog headquarters was: "Wow, that sure could have saved us a lot of money — and a lot of grounding — when we were in high school!" Our second thought was, "Eh. It’s probably about as effective as those ‘herbal enhancers’ they always sell at the counter in gas stations." And our third thought — yes, we are thinking machines, dear readers — was, "Why not just listen to the dozens, if not hundreds of naturally trippy and actually awesome albums already out there?"

Seriously: Whether it comes from artists who were quite literally ontheir own trips (the Beatles, Donovan, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley), made usthink pleasantly of trippy things (the Orb’s "Fluffy Little Clouds,"Underworld’s "Born Slippy," Jane’s Addiction’s "Three Days," prettymuch anything by Primal Scream), or simply take the word "psychedelic"as both a musical category and a state of mind (Animal Collective,Dungen, Joanna Newsom), we can think of plenty of stellar albums and/orsongs that make us feel all swirly-twirly without the aid of chemicalor botanical and, may we be sure to add, CLEARLY ILLEGAL substances.Readers, what makes you feel most "Strawberry Fields Forever"-y?


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  • Johnathan

    I read this, and I IMMEDIATELY thought of Bjork’s new album, “Volta.” Listening to it really feels like a drug–the ups and the downs of it.

  • Ep Sato

    Dude, the Spacemen 3 have an album called “taking drugs to make music to take drugs to”. Them, that “yoshime battles the evil pink robots” album and anything by the Brian Jonestown Massacre are all very stoner-riffic “groovy man” type musics.
    About the cd, I hate to say it but nothing’s ever better than the real thing. Besides, have you ever tried to get rolling papers for a CD? They don’t burn too well and the taste is awful.

  • MEme

    Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon never gets old for me…..all that background vocal screaming and wicked leads. Mmm mmm good!
    And I don’t even need enhancers!

  • mikey

    Is it too easy to suggest Grateful Dead bootlegs that help you recall past “experiences” that you may or may not have had?

  • Ceballos

    My girlfriend told me last night that almost every time she sees Blake perform on Idol, she feels like she’s tripping…and I can kinda see what she’s saying.

  • ZaxOmega

    For me it’s Okonokos by My Morning Jacket. There’s nothing overtly “trippy” about this album, nor, as far as I am able to discern, are there any drug references, but listening to those deep guitar grooves and Jim James’ voice always makes me feel a little high. Or sleepy. You know, whatever.

  • Stef

    Kid A really trips me out.

  • krushgroove

    The Wiggles – ‘Hot Potatoes Live’

  • Jonathan

    i tried a sample one on their site a while back and nothing happened. it’s a load of b.s.

  • Stacy

    Tomorrow Never Knows- The Beatles
    Darkside Of The Moon Album, Is There Anybody Out There, Comfortably Numb- Pink Floyd
    MCMXC a.D. – Enigma (espically Sadeness)
    Kashmir- Led Zeppelin
    The End- The Doors

  • Nancy Walker

    I have a bridge to sell these kids or they can buy some Journey,Def Leppard, Chris Daughtry,Doors,Fleetwood Mac,Led Zepp,Kinks,Kelly Clarkson, and look at her video, “Since you been gone.” The girl sure knows how to get her revenge!

  • Auriana

    First I have to state…”substandard New Jersey education”? We have one of the best school systems in the country.
    That being said…I listen to A LOT of Enigma and Delerium. Stone Tower is very trippy. Also, some Medieval Baebes are kind of out there (listen to the track Dringo Bell from The Rose. There’s also another track on there that’s kind of creepy but I can’t remember the name of it) as well as Miranda Sex Garden.

  • Martha

    Anything by Spiritualized is pretty much guaranteed to make the listener feel trippy…but then the guy behind Spiritualized (same guy as Spaceman 3, Ep) is/was pretty much constantly high, so it makes perfect sense.

  • Teresa V

    Sure it can, if it comes with a six pack.

  • Teresa V

    Sure it can, if it comes with a six pack.

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