Playing while high
You should maybe not respond to this discussion if you live in a place where cannabis isn’t legal. Otherwise, what are your impressions of playing this music while high versus not?
Alcohol is pretty much a given in session playing, which, not coincidentally, occurs as sessions often take place in pubs and alehouses. But seldom is heard anything about the effect of marijuana on playing. With alcohol, in moderation, I feel more relaxed and confident in my playing. With THC I feel more adventurous and creative. And the tune are still there.
I lived in Alaska when it was legal to grow and smoke your own marijuana. In the course of taking advantage of this policy, I came to notice that with THC I often perceived a tune from a somewhat different perspective than when straight; it’s hard to describe, but something like getting deeper, or more focused, on the details of a tune – a micro view; seeing new patterns… It’s no doubt an illusion brought on by the altered state, but it does make you think. And sometimes it gave me insights into different approaches. Variation within the tradition is good, right? The art is sorting the best from the rest.