Many people have long thought that playing music helps plants grow stronger and healthier, while others think that this claim is just plain absurd. Elias Tempton, who is a grower for Sticky Buds dispensary located in Colorado, is one of those who supports the idea of playing music for the ganj, and talked to the folks at West Word about it.

When it comes to the tiny grow he’s got at his home, Tempton bought a small radio and placed it next to his plants in order to play tunes from a classical music radio station 24 hours a day. He claims that he definitely saw a difference in these plants: they were bigger, had thicker skins and more robust leaves. Upon discovering this trick, he also decided to start playing classical music at the Sticky Buds grow house. Chopin is usually played for 8-10 hours a day while staff is away.

Tempton is not alone in his claim. The master cultivator at Northern Lights, a dispensary headquartered in Edgewater, Colorado, shares the same practice as Tempton. He says he leaves music playing for his plants all day and when he’s in the grow house he even likes to play everything from Johnny Cash to opera music. When he leaves for the day, he usually leaves classical music playing for his plants and believes that the sound waves and vibrations help the plants grow faster and healthier.

The idea that music can have an impact on the growth of plants dates back to 1973 when Dorothy Retallack wrote a book titled “The Sound of Music and Plants” publishing her findings after performing research on the affects of various kinds of music on different types of plants. She found that calming music resulted in healthier growth and percussive based music actually turned the plants away from the sound source. Although some growers and marijuana enthusiasts claim that music helps plants, some still don’t think there’s any validity to this claim.