These headphones allegedly get you high just by listening to music

Bradley Wint
Feb 21, 2016 8:58pm AST

If listening to music via HD heaphones isn’t enough, then maybe you might want to try out the Nervana headphones system which utilizes electrical pulses to release dopamine and serotonin for that “feel good” effect. There are some blogs that claim it can get you high as if you smoked marijuana, but that’s yet to be proven as there haven’t really been any in-depth previews yet.

So how does all this work?

Developed by a Florida-based team, the set-up includes a Generator which converts inputted audio (from a regular device such as your phone or MP3 player) and outputs a low-power electrical signal which is then set along their specialized pair of Headphones. Once the headphones are inserted into your ears and make contact with the inner-ear canal, the audio is outputted normally, and the electrical signals (which match the beat of the music) apparently stimulate the vagus nerve, resulting in the release of dopamine and serotonin.

Those chemicals are the same which make you feel good during exercise, sex, or when you gobble down a box of pizza.


There is an Ambient Mode which allows the Generator to listen to the environment and send electrical signals based on what it ‘hears’. They recommend using this at live music events to boost the listening experience. There is also a Formula Mode which really is just a set of predefined nerve stimulations.

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Ok, so now that all the marketing talk is out of the way, does this actually work? At this point, no one really knows as there haven’t been any in-depth product previews, but the device is set to go on pre-order in March for $299.

Now let’s assume the Nervana generator and headset actually do give you a little high sensation, will it be effective after long-term use? Or will we need to amp up the output to experience the same level of ‘high’ after constant usage?

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