A Look Back on How the "Stoner" Lifestyle Has Changed Through the Decades

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018

We know now that marijuana has been used in one form or another by humans for at least 12,000 years. There is also evidence that we have used cannabis to get ‘high’ for at least 4,000 years (when used in Ancient China), and the herb only became illegal in many places around the world in the early 20th century.

The term ‘stoner’ is even more recent. There is some debate as to the precise origin of the word, used to describe someone who is high because of weed. Some people believe it originates in the 1930s, while others suggest it only came into being during the 1950s. By the 1970s, ‘stoner’ was used as a noun to imply that the individual in question has definitely been stoned in the past, and will be again in the future due to their dependence on cannabis.

It has been known as a derogatory term during its brief history, although there are signs that there is a reduction in public belief of the negative stereotypes associated with the term. Traditionally, a ‘stoner’ was someone who was reliant on weed and was an addict in training. Also, stoners were said to be high all the time, and incapable of performing tasks to a high level. Instead, they were perceived as ‘lazy’ individuals with no goals or dreams.