Communicating with Cannabis Plants

Whether human interaction, particularly of a positive bent, through stimuli such as speech and music, can influence the growth of plants, and in this context, increasing the yield and/or quality of the flowers of a cannabis plant.

As far back as the 1950s, the Botany Department at India’s Annamalai University held research that discovered a 20 percent increase in height and a massive 72 percent gain in biomass from plants who were treated to tunes. A decade later, Canadian scientist Eugene Canby saw plants up their production by as much as 66 percent when serenaded by the timeless music of Bach.

As reported by Westword, accomplished cannabis gardener Elias Tempton, who cultivates for Sticky Buds dispensary in Denver, plays classical music 24-hours-a-day for his cannabis plants. Legendary Polish composer Chopin dominates the playlist, providing aural vibrations to the plants eight to 10 hours every day. Interestingly, Tempton, who obviously has thought carefully on the subject, does not believe it is the music itself that the plants are responding to, but rather the calming emotional state experienced by the grower listening to the classical music.

That theory certainly seems plausible to professional cannabis cultivator David Bonvillain, founder of Colorado’s Loveland Molecular Labs, who disclosed to HIGH TIMES during an interview for an article on an entirely different subject that he, himself, plays Mozart in stereo in the hydro grow-rooms for his cannabis crops. Bonvillain believes there is science behind plants being able to experience, communicate and connect with human beings.

However, it could be the actual vibrations created by sound that the weed is responding to, as a 2014 study conducted at the University of Missouri reported. Per the Washington Post, plants were played the sounds of a caterpillar chewing leaves, and as the sound waves vibrated the leaves, the plants responded by producing chemicals to ward off the predators (despite facing no actual danger). This readying process is known as “priming” and is not unlike how our own human immune system functions. While the precise mechanism by which plants perceive the sounds has yet to be determined, this is still an intriguing find in this field of study nonetheless.

Exposing cannabis to music can begin as early as the germination stage, as noted by Cannabis Info. In fact, the TV program Myth Busters exposed growing green bean plants to a diverse selection of audio stimuli, endlessly looped on stereos, ranging from heavy metal and classical music. The result? All the grow-rooms that were filled with audio produced better results than the control group with no audio.
You might (not) be surprised to find out that pot likes to rock—plants responded most positively when played death metal of all things, with classical music also performing better than other types of music and speech.

Of course, there is also the physical benefit of “talking” to your plants, providing them with the growth-boosting, enriching CO2 you exhale with each breath, as the plant likewise provides us with oxygen; so there is demonstrably a symbiotic connection there.

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