In modern society, the term “stoned” is used to describe the feeling of being high or under the influence of a cannabis product or other psychoactive substances. The term can also refer to the physical state of being impaired or having reduced coordination and reflexes as the result of using marijuana.
The origins of the word “stoned” in this context are not entirely clear, but it is likely that it is a reference to the feeling of being “stoned” or “buzzed” which is a common feeling after smoking weed. Let’s explore this topic a little further below.
Why is it called getting stoned?
The term “stoned” may have originated as slang to describe the feeling of being under the influence of marijuana, which can include a range of physical and mental effects such as relaxation, altered perceptions, and changes in mood and cognitive function. Additionally, the term may also have originated as a reference to the physical effects of marijuana use, which can include a feeling of heaviness or numbness in the limbs, as well as reduced coordination and reflexes.
It’s possible that the term “getting stoned” is also a reference to the traditional practice of stoning as a form of punishment, which could be tied to the idea of the drug being illegal and the punishment for using it.
Other origin theories
Another theory is that the term “getting stoned” may have originated from the practice of using stones as a means of consuming marijuana, such as by heating up stones in a fire and then using them to press like a modern herbal vaporizer, which is a traditional practice among some indigenous cultures.
It’s also worth noting that the term “getting stoned” is an idiomatic expression, meaning it’s meaning may have evolved over time, and its origin may not be clear cut. But it is generally accepted that the origins of the term lie in the physical and mental sensations that people experience when under the influence of cannabis.
Other theories for the origin of the term “getting stoned” include:
- The word “stone” as a slang for being high or drunk, might have been used before weed existed and was then adopted to describe the feeling of being high from weed use.
- A reference to the physical sensation of feeling heavy or numb, as if one’s limbs were made of stone.
- A reference to the practice of using stones to smoke weed, as I mentioned before
- A reference to the phrase “stone cold sober” which has been used for a long time to refer to someone who is completely sober, and it may have been adapted to describe the opposite state, which is being high.
What does it mean to get stoned?
To “get stoned” generally means smoking a cannabis strain (does not matter if your preference is indica or sativa) or consuming edibles or some other psychoactive substance and then experience the effects of being under the influence. The effects of being “stoned” can vary depending on the individual and the substance used, but they can include changes in perception, mood, and cognitive function. Some people may experience feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and increased sociability, while others may experience anxiety, paranoia, or other negative effects.
Physically, the effects can include dry mouth, red eyes, increased appetite, and a feeling of heaviness or numbness in the limbs. Additionally, users can have impaired coordination, reflexes, and judgement which can be dangerous in certain situations like driving.
Other words for “stoned”
Some other words and phrases that are used to describe being under the influence of weed or other psychoactive substances include:
- High: This is a common term used to describe the feeling of being under the influence of cannabis or other substances. It can refer to the physical and mental effects of being under the influence, such as feeling relaxed or euphoric.
- Buzzed: This term is often used to describe a milder level of being under the influence, similar to feeling tipsy from alcohol.
- Tripping: This term is often used to describe the experience of being under the influence of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD or psilocybin mushrooms.
- Blazed: This term is used to describe someone who is heavily under the influence of weed.
- Lit: This term is used as a slang to describe someone who is under the influence of weed or other substances
- Baked: Another slang term that is similar in meaning to “Blazed”
“Stoned” and “high” are the most common terms used to describe the effects of marijuana, but other terms are used as well, and they may vary depending on the region, culture, and the specific group of people.
What are some good stoner movies?
There are many movies that feature cannabis use, often referred to as “stoner movies,” here are a few examples:
- “Dazed and Confused” (1993) – This coming-of-age film set in the 1970s follows a group of high school students on the last day of school as they navigate parties, relationships, and the use of marijuana.
- “Half Baked” (1998) – This comedy film follows a group of friends who turn to selling marijuana to raise money for their friend’s bail after he is arrested for killing a police horse while high.
- “Pineapple Express” (2008) – This stoner-action comedy film follows a process server and his marijuana dealer as they are pursued by hitmen and corrupt police officers after a drug lord witnesses them smoking a rare strain of weed known as Pineapple Express.
- “The Big Lebowski” (1998) – This crime-comedy film follows a slacker and his friends as they become embroiled in a kidnapping scheme, mistaken identity, and a search for a missing millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski, who is a fan of smoking marijuana.
- “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” (2004) – This stoner comedy film follows two friends as they embark on a journey to satisfy their craving for White Castle hamburgers, smoking weed along the way.
- “Up in Smoke” (1978) – This comedy film is considered to be one of the first mainstream films to feature marijuana use. It follows the misadventures of two stoners as they search for a way to pay for a van made entirely out of fiberglass.
These are just a few examples, there are many other movies that feature cannabis use, some are more focused on the use of the drug while others use it as a background element or a comedic device.
References and additional reading
- Hirschfield, P. (2002). The Hippie Dictionary: A Cultural Encyclopedia (And Phraseicon) of the 1960s and 1970s. Ten Speed Press.
- Watson, S. (2001). The Birth of the Beat Generation: Visionaries, Rebels, and Hipsters, 1944-1960. New York: Pantheon Books.
- Smith, J. (2015). The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit. Princeton University Press.
- Powers, W. (2010). Lexicon of the Sixties. University of Massachusetts Press.
- Deitch, R. (2000). Hemp: American History Revisited: The Plant with a Divided History. Algora Publishing.
These references provide information on the cultural and historical context of the term “getting stoned,” including its origins in the hippie and beat movements of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as its association with urban crisis, race and inequality, and the history of hemp.