What Makes Someone a Stoner?

// July 2, 2017

You may have noticed that not all people bear the same relationship to weed. If you haven’t, it’s probably because you don’t smoke weed. The tired caricature of a barely-lucid, sloth-like under-achiever doesn’t really cut it anymore. As weed becomes integrated into the normal culture, its identity and use value will shift. Common culture understanding will develop a diverse set of profiles used to conceptualize the ‘consistent smokers’ or ‘stoners’ in society. Reconciling the term ‘stoner’  seems imminent as we decide whether to expand the definition or do-away with it altogether.

So what exactly constitutes a stoner? Is it someone who smokes weed every day, multiple times a day, before they sleep, twice a week? It’s not completely clear; consensus is out of reach. I would suggest that a stoner is someone who buys their own weed. That’s one criterion. If you have your own plants or constant supply, you may be a stoner. But this isn’t a wake-up call or anything. If you have a well-organized life, a will to be always present and exist at your highest level and experience life to the fullest extent, you may also be a stoner. People develop their own unique weed routines.

What kind of stoner are you?

As a tool for inner exploration, creativity, presence, or grounding, weed operates in accordance with several things within you. For examples, your intentions interact with your disposition, which interacts with your temperament, which interacts with your personality which interacts with your mood – all of which are dimensions of your being. This is why weed can be utilized in measured amounts and specific times to increase bodily awareness before yoga or sex, stimulate creative expression before writing or painting, or bring you back to your center before venturing outside for a walk. These are not careless acts of escapism. These are carefully constructed moments that required positive intention toward self-understanding and meaningful living. A stoner could just as well be someone looking to avoid responsibility or seeking escape. Balance depends upon knowing that these two possibilities exist. Weed is a tool and must be treated as such. Learning to pair its use with particular circumstances, events, moments and experiences is part of the process of becoming attuned to who you are and all the various levels of thought and action you can occupy. Once you secure a confident self-awareness and a drive to maintain and strengthen this awareness, weed becomes an ever-present extension of your being. And it is. Weed is a plant, and science slowly reveals the unity of all living beings: plants, animals, energy, matter, we can see the way in which natural plant medicine was placed in our environment to guide us back to our original unity. The stoners you knew in highschool might be a dated point of reference. Try looking beyond projections of self-indulgence, laziness, and dysfunction which the stereotypical ‘stoner’ embodies and take a closer look at cultural constructions of value and virtue. The virtuous stoner knows how to be and let be. If you don’t believe me, you should smoke more weed.