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Weedsday Playlist: Cura Cannabis Solutions CEO Nitin Khanna Shares 5 Songs for Your Next Smoke Sesh

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It’s Cura Cannabis Solutions’ mission to be the leading provider of cannabis oil to both consumers and premium edible brands in legal US and international markets. As a popular West Coast (CA, OR) cannabis brand with aggressive growth in Nevada continuing, the Cura team is eager to welcome more states into the fold with CEO Nitin Khanna at the helm, who just happens to be a DJ, too...

“I’m an electronic music DJ and yet I didn’t really even hear about electronic music until I was 40 years old,” shares Khanna. ”Most of my life I’ve spend listening to ragas in Sanskrit or Hindi or ghazals in Urdu. Given India’s ancient connections to cannabis (some scholars believe it was first used in India as early as 2000 BC) and yet the new modern revival of cannabis legalization I thought it would be fun to put it all together and pick 5 tracks that I thought were perfect for listening to in a heightened state while still having elements of both electronic and Indian music.”

Fans of the brand, MAGNETIC couldn’t resist asking Khanna to choose the tunes for your mid-week sesh. See past Weedsday playlists here.

“Satyam Shivam Sundaram” by Thievery Corporation

This track is one of my very favorites. The singer's beautiful voice calms and soothes, the sitar and other instruments take your mind to a mysterious place in India, while the electronic rhythms keep your foot tapping. I love this track anytime, but especially on a heavy indica after a long week when you just want to tune out, get centered and be yourself, or with some close friends listening to music. It really helps me focus on what is most important in life and it brings the big ideas hidden inside to the surface. Satyam Shivam Sundaram is one of the most fundamental phrases attributed to the God Shiva and can be interpreted as: The one who is truthful (Satyam) and is a benefactor (Shiva) is beautiful (Sundaram).

“The Cosmic Dancer (Tantrik Monk Remix)” by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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When I need to be meditative and contemplative, when I need my worries soothed, and when I just need a vision of what a calm and loving world would look like I go to this track. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar known as an ambassador of peace brings his chants of Sanskrit ragas to this track and the Tantrik Monk remixes that into a truly heady groove. I love to listen to this track on weekend mornings while puffing on my CBD pen, allowing me to face the coming week with a smile on my face.

“God is a DJ (Deejayotto & m.i.s.h.u. Remix)” by Sheila Chandra featuring Maxi Jazz

Sheila Chandra has the voice of an angel. I’ve been listening to her songs for many years and was so pleased to discover several producers remixing her tracks into electronic music. This one is an absolute classic for me. The lyrics are uplifting and the track itself is perfect to drop into any kind of outdoor activity (or even an early morning outdoor DJ set). I love listening to this track when I’m outdoors with the earth beneath my feet, doing an activity like hiking, riding a bike or at a beach -- especially because the song opens with “This is my church”…and I always think of the earth when I hear that line. Perfect with your favorite high energy sativa strain like a Durban Poison.

Rob Garza ft. Vasuda Sharma – Palace of Mirrors

Melodic deep house is all the rage in electronic music right now and this track from Rob Garza shows why. It’s a straight up dance track that thrills the ears and the soul. Vasuda Sharma is singing a Bollywood track on top of the deep house rhythms and it there isn't a movie genre more given to dance than Bollywood. This is a perfect "let's get in the mood for dancing all night" track that also does double duty as the track all your friends will be Shazaming.

“Baba City” by Rey & Kjavik

I had to have one track in here for my brothers and sisters who love Burning Man and other outdoor electronic music festivals as much as I do. The track absolutely speaks for itself. It makes you want to get up off your couch and run outdoors to sing and dance under the stars and some warm rain. Rey & Kjavik is a legend from Frankfurt working on spiritual sounds from the East integrated into house music, so it fits perfectly in this list. His own words do this track the most justice: “The music tells a story, a story of a nomad in the contemporary world diving deep into the Orient, riding the dunes in the desert and finding peace through musical freedom.” Amen.

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