|What comes to mind when you hear the word “Stoner”? Maybe you use it as a way to describe yourself, or as a way to describe what you’re not. Weed Words – our series that unpacks a widely known but narrowly understood term about cannabis – traces the evolution of the word Stoner from its shame-ridden roots to its role in our culture today, where weed is legal and accessible for millions of people.Could being a Stoner mean living a happier, healthier life with cannabis? For many, cannabis soothes symptoms of an auto-immune disease, helps you get to sleep, reduces anxiety, stimulates your appetite, inspires better sex, or just makes you feel good. Is Stoner overdue for a rebrand? Please hit reply, I’d love to hear from you! ❤️ Ellen|
TIPS FROM THIS WEEK’S EPISODE
|1. ORIGIN STORY|
While the exact origin of the word Stoner is unknown, etymologists believe that it came from the 1920s slang term “stoned drunk” due to the “beat” appearance of someone who had too much to drink.
Harry Anslinger, the notorious father of cannabis prohibition, is thought to be the first person to use the term Stoner negatively in relation to weed.
|3. THE REBRAND|
Today, cannabis enthusiasts are reclaiming the word and redefining what it means to be a Stoner.
|4. CELEBRITY STONERS|
Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Whoopi Goldberg, Seth Rogan, and Snoop Dogg are just a few famous — and proud — Stoners who are redefining stereotypes about cannabis, productivity, and success.
|5. WHAT ABOUT YOU?|
Views about modern legal weed are changing quickly. While the cannabis community is split on the term, you get to decide what it means for you & your relationship with the plant.