I've been getting headaches lately, supposedly a common symptom of second-trimester pregnancy I'm told, and I can't take my normal pain reliever, ibuprophen. Last night I was seriously feeling the pain, and I decided to try out Tiesto as a pain-reliever. I pumped up the speakers until they were about to burst, turned off all the lights, and Tiesto proceeded to take me away to a land of purple rivers and green skies and chocolate elephants. It was awesome. After my headache dissipated I decided to check out whether there is any truth to the idea that trance music makes you high.
And I'm apparently not the only person wondering this. Tons of people write into Yahoo Questions and similar places asking why they feel high after listening to trance music. Some answers include things like:
The repetition is inducing a trance-like state. Some cultures use repetitive music for religious ceremonies to help the participants get into trance or dream-like states in order to communicate with 'the gods'. You might be experiencing something like that. At least you're doing it without Ecstasy.
But the best answer I saw referenced a 2004 study that showed that trance music does similar stuff to your brain as REM sleep. So you're more creative and meditative when listening to it. I'm still trying to get my hands on a copy of the study, but here's a summary.
Also in the summary: