If smoking a bowl just doesn’t relax you like it used to, maybe it’s time to take that sensory experience to a new level with a little autonomous sensory meridian response
Looking for a new way to unwind? Pop in a pair of noise-cancelling ear buds, pack yourself a bowl and get ready to be whisked away to the tingly, whispery land of cannabis ASMR.
When it works, autonomous sensory meridian response is sort of like a brain orgasm, bringing about feelings of calmness and relaxation. People who have experienced the welcome rush report feeling waves of euphoria, calmness, drowsiness and sometimes even a trance-like state. Physical responses vary, of course, but usually include a tingling feeling that starts in the neck and lovingly works its way to the head and/or arms.
Cannabis ASMR videos are growing in popularity likely because they have similar relaxing qualities. Cannabis and ASMR seem to go hand-in-hand, really. Cannabis has long been touted as helping reduce anxiety and promote sleep. From what is known to date, ASMR seems to do the same.
But there’s a sticking point; not everyone can feel it. It’s unclear why some people experience these positive effects from ASMR content while others feel nothing at all—or, worse still, are irritated by it.
The most common sounds that trigger ASMR tingles are whispering, repetitive sounds or motions and showing kindness/smiling. ASMR videos generally fit into one of three genres: empathy, repetitive sounds or actions or role play.
Science on this type of calming technique is limited, though a first-of-its-kind study in 2018 by English researchers at the University of Sheffield confirmed that all 80 percent of participants who had been triggered by ASMR in the past saw an average heart rate decrease of three beats per minute when experiencing ASMR content during the study. This is a big deal.
“It is notable that the reductions in heart rate observed here are comparable to those observed in clinical trials using music-based stress reduction in cardiovascular disease, and greater than those observed in a mindfulness/acceptance-based intervention for anxiety, suggesting that the cardiac effects of ASMR may have practical significance,” researchers explained.
ASMR’s cannabis connection developing
Interestingly, there’s a subculture of ASMR—one that involves cannabis—that’s on the rise. In just six months, one of the more popular cannabis ASMR videos (a role-play video that you can check out below) has been watched almost 500,000 times.
Whether this type of content gives you the tingles or not, ASMR is ridiculously popular. ASMR Darling, the second-largest account of its kind on YouTube, is run by a 22-year-old, U.S. woman going by the name, Taylor Darling. Darling has over 2.3 million subscribers and her video, 20 triggers to help you sleep, has been watched over 32 million times.
Check out these four cannabis ASMR videos to see how you respond to the phenomena.
Canna clinic role-play
Canadian ASMR YouTuber Gwen Swinarton has 400,000-plus subscribers on her channel. What might be even more impressive, though, is that her cannabis role-play video, where she pretends to register a new patient at a Canna clinic headshop and then shows off some of the store’s merch (all while whispering), has amassed nearly half a million views.
Whether you’re down with dabbing or not, these ASMR resin melting videos are highly satisfying. What is it about watching a hard rock of resin slowly dissolve into a bubbly liquid that makes it so hard to look away? This resin melting video, in particular, got over 20,000 views within 24 hours of being uploaded.
Joint rolling without talking
This guy rolls an already grinded Lemon Haze sativa into a perfect J. There’s no talking in this one, just the crispy and crunchy close-up sounds of rolling papers and flower. Already it has 114,000-plus views and more than 300 comments of satisfied ASMR enthusiasts.
Joint rolling with talking
Another Canadian YouTuber, known as Lucy, has more than 40,000 views on a video she uploaded just about a month ago where she explains the act of her grinding bud, rolling it into a joint and then smoking it. She also introduces viewers to her pot plant and touches its leaves against the mic.
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Written by Anisha Dhiman