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Can music help cannabis plants grow stronger?

Professional cannabis cultivators often tout various techniques that home growers can use to get the highest quality bud. They claim the magic is in superior genetics, utilization of proper ventilation, ample water and lighting, and ensuring that plants are getting the right nutrients. Still, it might not hurt to also set up a couple of speakers next to your grow tent and start blasting heavy metal music at top volume. These tunes have been found to create healthier plants.

A long lost piece of research from expert gardener Chris Beardshaw suggests that exposing plants to heavy metal music, specifically Black Sabbath, works like a bizarre, sonic nutrient that makes them grow larger and more disease resistant. The subject was discussed back in 2013 on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time. On the show, Beardshaw told listeners that not only did plants seem to prefer heavier music, but they didn’t care much for pop — so much that they died.

According to Beardshaw, the experiment began when one of his horticultural students came to him with plans to write a dissertation on the effects of music on plant life. To get to the bottom of it, the team set up four greenhouses, one with no music and the others subjected to various styles. One greenhouse was given classical, another Cliff Richard, and a third got a dose of Black Sabbath.

“The one that was grown with classical music — a soft, almost a caressing of the plant when it is hit with that sort of sound wave — those grew slightly shorter because of the sound waves bombarding them and were slightly more floriferous and there was slightly less pest and disease,” Beardshaw told The Guardian.


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