21Dec, 2016
Binaural Beats and the drug-like highs

Binaural Beats and the drug-like highs

By JP Cillie

This may induce some science-y background stuff:


What are binaural beats?

“Binaural beats are auditory brainstem responses which originate in the superior olivary nucleus of each hemisphere.”

One’s brain perceives a binaural beat when two frequencies of audible impulses, no more than 1000Hz and not differing by more than 30Hz, are presented into each ear simultaneously. The brain takes the difference between these frequencies and ‘syncs’ to that wavelength of sound, for instance if you are playing 400Hz into your one ear and 410Hz into the other at the same time the brain will register the 10Hz differenceas a “third” beat and your natural brainwaves will start to pay attention and react accordingly.

Different frequencies can have different effects on the brain, and create different sensations. Years of not my research have shown that there are four basic categories of these waves the brain responds to and each designates to a function. Delta (1-3Hz): deep sleep- sleeping off a 3 day drinking binge at Oppi, Theta (4-8Hz): meditation and creativity/almost awake- you’re not sure if the bacon you smell is in your dream or for reals, Alpha (9-13Hz): relaxed- you’ve smelled the bacon and are sure it’s for reals but you’re still plucking up the courage to get out of bed, and finally there’s Beta (14-30Hz): alert- you run to the kitchen in panic as you realise you may have waited too long and now there’s probably nothing left.

Using binaural beats to alter your brainwaves has already been proven to work scientifically by very smart people with expensive equipment quite a while ago- 150 years, give or take a decade. From what I’ve gathered people use binaural beats to help them sleep, concentrate, tolerate pain better or, dumdumdummm… according to some: induce a drug-like high. I shit you not, there is a thing called ‘Digital Drugs’ where you pay people for sounds that alter your brainwaves to feel similar effects to drugs depending on the frequency of the noise, for lack of a better term. The idea is really intriguing to me especially if it does work, I mean I do not think I would do well in prison and what better way to possibly experience the effects of MDMA or something than through sound? As far as I can tell since you’re not actually taking a physical/chemical drug there are no lasting effects, you can’t overdose, it won’t be picked up in your bloodstream and it’s not like you can get arrested for listening to LSD (damn pigs).

Other than a couple of interesting self-published and badly edited ‘papers’, the most recent one being from 2014 and the rest older than 2012, there isn’t reliable information that I could find as to whether it actually works. I can imagine how there could be some weight to it since people have been using sounds and music since the death of the silent film era to introduce and lead your emotions in movies and television, and I hear that during medical procedures such as childbirth music can actually help the patient manage their pain better, but to make you hallucinate as if you were on acid? Or a fictional drug like Bloodthistle (WoW) orMoloko Plus (A Clockwork Orange)? I’m sceptical of that. Since I don’t have money to waste on ifs and buts, I will rely on the meatiest pieces I had found which were opinion pieces what I read on Vice and Thought Catalogue (links below fyi).The common thread that connected the dots is that the digital dose doesn’t last as long as the real thing or that the ‘high’ isn’t at the same intensity, and the fictional ones did have an effect though only while listening to the noise. On my research ventures I stumbled upon this website MyNoise.net that allows you to create whichever frequency noise you want. It was 3 am and I was sleepy so I decided would listen to the Beta frequency at 16Hz which is your critical thinking wave to see if it would keep me awake and alert while I do some work. I listened to it for a few hours at a low-ish volume and though the noise isn’t unpleasant it is just that- noise. I did feel a bit more awake that I normally would be at 3 am and the brain juices were flowing, but I can’t say beyond a shadow of a doubt whether it was the noise or the full moon. I could feel the noise though, almost like a gentle brain massage as the beat oscillated from ear to ear

I must say that I don’t think noise altering your brainwaves to such and epic degree is complete hogwash since music has been utilised for various purposes by humans for thousands of years-from the earliest shamans to today’s best medical doctors. There is the placebo effectto consider which could be a real possibility and strong probability while you’re getting turnt on your digital drug of choice, but it has been scientifically proven that people do get drunk off virgin punch if you tell them it’s been spiked. The little scientific research I could find doesn’t bode well for the validity of the supposed high experienced.Since I don’t have a frame of reference to compare the effects of the real thing versus the digital counterpart I can’t give you any personal reviews on the product yet. However, I don’t see the harm in trying it out for yourself though- I’m going to tonight. So head over to i-doser.com and give it a go and let me know what you guys think, they do offer a free tester. This is something that has intrigued me and I would love to hear your opinion on this whacky topic.


Vice: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/i-tried-to-get-high-using-digital-drugs

ThoughtCatalogue: http://thoughtcatalog.com/callum-davies/2014/12/i-tried-digital-alcohol-and-5-other-digital-drugs-heres-what-happened/

i-Doser: http://www.i-doser.com/community.html

MyNoise.net: https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/binauralBrainwaveGenerator.php

http://www.web-us.com/thescience.htm#The Discovery Of Binaural Beats