The McGill University study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed that when subjects listened to music, the same areas of the brain lit up as those when humans experience highly pleasurable things like sex, eating sugary foods, and doing drugs.
This happens because music works on the brain's "opioid system," the neurochemical pathway of the brain that releases pleasure-inducing chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. The same chemicals are produced when we take drugs like heroin, cocaine, and molly -- or when we get off sexually.
Lead researchers on the study say it's not totally unexpected. Music therapy has been used for many years, and the power of music has long been considered therapeutic to patients with serious chronic illnesses. Music will always be life… but it's nice to know it kind of gets you high, too.