The first time you smoke some weed and listen to music can be like discovering a new realm of enjoyment. The instruments sound clearer, the arrangements feel stronger, and the lyrics hit deeper, even for songs you may have heard a hundred times before. Weed can enhance your music listening experience, whether it’s rap, rock, jazz or classical. It’s why some albums, like Smoker’s Delight by DJ Kicks or Dopesmoker by Sleep, are made specifically for listening to after blazing up.   While most weed strains give those tunes pumping through your speakers a little extra umph, other strains can turn that dial all the way up to 11 and beyond.   Here’s our list of the best weed strains to enhance your music experience by genre, including some artist and album suggestions to get you started.  

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Best Weed Strain for Rock Music 

Blue Dream

One of the most popular weed strains in the world, Blue Dream’s motivating, energizing effects get your fists pumping for some good old fashioned rock and roll. Whether jamming out on your headphones or at a show, Blue Dream’s cerebral, euphoric effects will have your body and your mind primed to rock out to blazing guitar riffs, heavy drums solos, and belted-out lyrics. 

green cannabis nug that is covered in orange hairs Blue Dream is a classic choice to smoke when you'd like to dive into a night of rock n' roll records.
You’ll be feeling so good you may just find yourself singing along at the top of your voice and swaying like you’re on the center stage.   Artists: Journey, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Greta Van Fleet, Jack White Start With This Album: Led Zeppelin 4 

Best Weed Strain for Psychedelic Rock


The Gelato strain is one of those weed strains seemingly bred for musical appreciation. From its mood-boosting euphoric lift, to its time-dilating and sound-enhancing effects, to its floaty relaxation that still leaves you lucid enough to follow wherever those notes take you. 

round bud that is light green with orange hairs If you're looking for a trippy high to match your psychedelic rock music, Gelato is a great pick. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
The Gelato strain’s effects let you sit back, close your eyes, and let those prolonged solos, trippy lyrics, and complex orchestrations carry your mind to another place.  Artists: Pink Floyd, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Flaming Lips, Radiohead Start With This Album: Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd 

Best Weed Strain for Techno/Electronica 


The Mimosa strain may sound ideal for an overpriced late breakfast/early lunch with friends, but this weed strain’s bubbly, sweet, and euphoric effects won’t quit that early in the day. The Mimosa strain charges you up with a bright, happy energy that makes you want to move your body and get social. 

a group of nuggets piled together that are orange and green Mimosa provides an energetic high that'll have you dancing the night away at your favorite electronica show. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
That’s why it pairs so well with electronica’s dance-y, driving beats. Whether you’re into deep house, progressive, acid, future, drum and bass, or whatever else, Mimosa will keep you moving long into the night. Like some other things techno is known for, Mimosa may cause dry mouth, so bring plenty of water.  Suggested Artists: Ritchie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Deborah de Luca, ANNA Start With This Album: Psychedelic Permadrunk - Da Bears

Best Weed Strain for Heavy Metal Music 

Green Crack 

One of the weed strains that hypes you up for anything fast, loud, and exciting is Green Crack, a strain that will get your heart racing and your mind amped up. This racy sativa charges you up from the moment you smoke it, giving you plenty of high-octane fuel if not a lot of long term focus. 

a long, pointy cannabis nugget that is dusted with orange hairs Green Crack is a great go-to strain when you are looking to get pumped up on punk rock.
That’s why if you’re looking for loud guitars, speedy drums, and screaming vocals, Green Crack will match you to the same energy. This strain also works great for punk rock.  Artists: Pantera, Gojira, Tool, Motorhead Start With This Album: Aenema - Tool 

Best Weed Strain for Reggae Music

Lamb’s Bread

It may seem obvious to pair Jamaica’s famous landrace strain with the music the island is best known for, but the two are inseparable from each other. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and others have mentioned it in their songs, and it’s a perfect strain for getting into that island vibe. 

flowering cannabis plant that is covered with white trichomes and orange hairs Lamb's Bread was first cultivated in Jamaica and couldn't be a better pair for reggae.
Lamb’s Bread is a breath of fresh air, clearing out any mental cobwebs and refreshing your perspective while also letting you relax and groove along to songs of love, protest, life, and rebellion.  Artists: Bob Marley, Sister Nancy, Jimmy Cliff, Bunny Wailer, Toots & The Maytals Start With This Album: Uprising - Bob Marley and the Wailers

Best Weed Strain for Pop Music 

Strawberry Cough

Cannabis bud lying horizontally that is light green and has orange hairs You'll be singing along to all your favorite pop songs when you toke on Strawberry Cough.
When all you’re looking for is something to bring you up with a catchy, irrepressible hook, look no further than the “Top 40”. Similarly, Strawberry Cough is one of those weed strains that just makes you want to have fun and enjoy whatever’s around you. Combine the two and you can’t help dancing and singing along to music designed to make you feel good.  Artists: Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Katie Perry, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars Start With This Album: Cuz I Love You - Lizzo 

Best Weed Strain for R&B Music 

Granddaddy Purps

Cannabis bud that is green and purple with orange stamens Granddaddy Purps is known for its intense body high which makes all your R&B music flow that much more.
Granddaddy Purps gets you feeling a dreamy, syrupy flow through your entire body that’ll have you feeling every silky lyric and slow jam. As an added bonus, the sensations throughout your body will be heightened so you may want to find someone to cuddle close with afterwards.  Artists: Al Green, Sam Cooke, Prince, Erika Badu, Whitney Houston Start With This Album: Voodoo - D’Angelo

Best Weed Strain for Hip Hop 

OG Kush 

Hip Hop is an expansive genre that’s continuing to evolve, so the best weed strain is one that’ll get you bobbing your head to the beat.

A fluffy green and orange cannabis bud. OG Kush is a great strain when you're listening to Hip Hop beats with your friends .
OG Kush is a well-loved hybrid that helped to fuel the West Coast hip hop sound in the 1990s. OG Kush gets you laid back like Snoop Dogg, feeling the bass in your body and letting the lyrics flow through you.   Artists: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, De La Soul, MF Doom Start With This Album: The Chronic - Dr. Dre


With the right weed strains, you may experience the music you love in a new way, or enhance your enjoyment of an album you haven’t heard in a long time. Like musical preference, the best weed strains for you really depend on your personal taste.  Use this list as a jumping off point and feel free to experiment with which of your favorite weed strains go best with your favorite songs. After all, that’s the great thing about both music and weed strains. Something that’s available to so many can still seem so personal.   

Frequently Asked Questions

What Strain is Best for Listening to Music?

There are many weed strains that are great for listening to music. It really depends on the type of music you’re listening to and your own preferences. We recommend trying Mimosa, Gelato, Lamb’s Bread, OG Kush, Granddaddy Purps, Northern Lights, or Strawberry Cough as a start and seeing where they take you.  

Is Indica Good for Listening to Music?

Indica weed strains are great for listening to music, especially rhythmic, bass heavy music like Hip Hop, R&B, and Reggae. Granddaddy Purps, OG Kush, and Afghani.

Does Sativa Make Music Sound Better?

Sativa weed strains do make music sound better, especially if they’re uplifting, cerebral strains that enhance sensations and creative thinking. Sativa weed strains like Blue Dream, Gelato, Mimosa, Strawberry Cough, and Trainwreck are especially good for this.