Have you ever wanted to get drunk without the hangover the next day, or maybe smoke marijuana without potential memory loss and red-eye? Well the new technological age is here and you can experience these and more through something called binaural beats. While originally studied for their positive effects on anxiety and for concentration, the recreational community has taken hold and you can get a countless amount of special tracks for a unique new experience. According to a pilot study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that the audio frequencies of binaural beats have a positive effect on a person on a psychological level. Here are six popular binaural beats I tried and what I felt during the experience.
This beat was listed as one of the top ten most downloaded for the last 3 years and one I was anxious to try since I haven’t had the real product for many years. The tones were subtle and not overpowering to my brain, and after awhile I was able to relax and let my mind run free. After about twenty minutes I started to feel particularly relaxed and my thought wondered a great deal. Afterward, I felt happy and my stress had been reduced a great deal. These effects lasted for a few hours.
This track was a particularly interesting experience since out of all the experiences on this list this is one that I have a current knowledge of. Surprisingly this track did give me a giddy feeling like I had drank a few bottles of beer and with my eyes closed it felt like my body was moving back and forth like on a boat out at sea. However, while I did feel these effects after about 30 minutes I started to get a headache and the experience was less than fun.
As I don’t have personal experience with this one I had to go by the description in this category of binaural tracks. Most of these stated that the feeling was fast, euphoric, and intense without any of the withdrawal or comedowns of the real thing. While I can say that my heart did speed up and it was intense with a particularly loud and rapid beat progression, I didn’t personally enjoy this track. After a certain amount of time the sound my body began to grow hot and I felt like my blood pressure had increased, while at the same time I was finding it very difficult to stay in one position for any extended amount of time.
Acid Trip Tank
This was probably my favorite experience out of the group of tracks that I tried. The description stated that you would experience euphoria, visuals, and a brain stimulating psychoactive state. The other great thing about this one was the duality of being able to play this and then play your own favorite music on top of the binaural track. The beat was subtle and I could barely tell it was there underneath my own music. I did feel a small bit of body load with energy and my mind was definitely creatively stimulated, however, no visual effects presented themselves. My feeling of newly found creativity lasted for hours and I was inclined to write, draw, and paint some amazing artwork.
This track was the one that for research purposes showed to be the closest to the actual description. Since I have suffered from insomnia for years and often seek non prescription treatments to try, this one was of particular interest to me. Since this one was for sleep I tried it before bed with some excellent results. Quickly after starting this track I started to feel more comfortable in my bed and drowsiness quickly followed. I fell asleep after about thirty minutes and slept a full eight hours, which for me is an excellent amount of time. If you have problems sleeping then I highly recommend trying the Ambien or sleeping style of binaural beat track.
Gates Of Hades
This track is popular for a whole different reason than the ones listed above. My interest in this one came from seeing several online videos of people having strange reactions without any lasting harm. I decided to take the plunge and try out this track. The experience is definitely not a pleasant one and after about twenty minutes of head pounding notes in a seemingly random order, my body started to tense up like I had suffered an electrical shock. Soon after my breathing became heavy and one of my legs started to twitch out of my control. Needless to say, that’s where this one stopped for me. I don’t recommend trying this track as it seems to go through the process of overloading your brain for a reaction.
When using binaural beats I find that you have to be able to put your mind in an almost meditative state to get any effect, however, I was surprised to find that these sounds alone do actually produce some effects. If you’re planning on trying this out I recommend using the highest quality download and headphones you can find. For an interesting experience without the substance abuse try these and countless other binaural beats.
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Binaural beat technology in humans: NCBI