It’s Always Been There
ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (a term coined by a Cyber Security expert on her Facebook Page back in 2010), is something that’s been around for a while. It’s only recently that people have been able to equate the sensation they are feeling with a name. There’s also been a lot of ASMR related YouTube channels that have risen to prominence which feature cannabis related ASMR videos.
The sensation is a very unique experience, often pleasurable, and is “characterized by a kind of tingling sensation over the skin that usually starts on the scalp and can sometimes move down the back of the neck and upper spine.” Often, it’s compared to auditory tactile synesthesia. It is often activated by triggered by different audio and visual stimuli.
What Triggers ASMR?
One Reddit user describes what usually triggers ASMR for people:-
- Listening to a softly spoken or whispering voice.
- Listening to quiet, repetitive sounds resulting from someone engaging in a mundane task such as turning the pages of a book.
- Watching somebody attentively execute a mundane task such as preparing food.
- Loudly chewing, crunching, slurping or biting foods, drinks, or gum.
- Receiving altruistic tender personal attention.
- Initiating the stimulus through conscious manipulation without the need for external video or audio triggers.
- Listening to a person explain a concept, describe an object or system.
Now, is it just me or does it sound like all of these things would be far more enjoyable and relaxing experiences while under the effects of cannabis? So it’s probably not surprising that more and more cannabis-related ASMR content is coming to the forefront of the community.
ASMR on YouTube
A few years ago, the ASMR community on YouTube was an extremely fringe section. With only a few channels dedicating themselves to providing. As of now, it’s a massive community. There are many channels that have over one million subscribers. There are even people out there who are making a living as ‘ASMRtists’. There’s also a whole variety of different genres of ASMR – from unboxings to lip-smacking sounds.
Some obscurer videos are out there that are known to trigger the sensation too. Take the 1980s Russian faith healer Alan Chumak for example. One of his 80’s TV show episodes featured this clip of him moving his hands slow while making eye contact. Since it’s upload it has over 200,000 views on YouTube. For some people, it might just look plain weird. But for others, it’s an ASMR goldmine!
Combining Weed and ASMR
ASMR is often described as tingling sensations in the head and shoulders. However, it is described by many as a full body experience. The effects of cannabis also create a full body experience. So combining the two can create a very euphoric experiencing, merging the tingling and pleasurable feelings with the effects of both THC and CBD.
Weed can also help decrease anxiety and induce relaxation, another benefit that can also be contributed to ASMR. The slow pace and calming effects of the sensation help the person enter a mindset that is the perfect place to be under the effects of cannabis.
There’s even ‘ASMRtists’ on YouTube who are combining weed in their videos. There are some people doing dispensary roleplays and others talking about their lives in the cannabis industry.
After YouTube’s ban on showing cannabis related content, many weed related content creators had their channels taken down. A good example was the YouTuber Cosmic Tingles ASMR, who had her Blunt Rolling and Beer Tasting video taking down (the video has since been re-upload by other YouTube users.
Not All People Experience It
ASMR is quite strange. I have one friend who simply cannot grasp his head around the idea of it. The whole concept is just very odd to him. It’s something that has been studied by spiritualists, neurologists and psychologists, yet no one really seems to know quite what it is.
For some people, they might experience something that triggers their ASMR one day but won’t give it to them the next. Others may simply never experience it at all. For the people that do, however, there’s certainly no reason why you wouldn’t want to combine the amazing effects of cannabis with the equally euphoric sensations of ASMR.
Microdosing might be a great way for those who are looking to combine weed and ASMR.