Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Weed and stoner movies go together like…well, there really is nothing that compares to the synergy between marijuana’s effects and moving lights on a screen. Feeding off each other, and seemingly making each one more potent, weed and movies together is a match made in stoner heaven. And if the movie happens to be related to marijuana or marijuana culture in any way – no matter how tenuous the connection may be – the combo is all the more enjoyable.

There have been countless stoner movies over the years, and many will no doubt argue that the best were made before the millennium. After all, the 1970s and 1980s were the heyday of such classics as the slew of Cheech and Chong movies, Fast Times in Ridgemont High, Dazed and Confused, and so many others. For the undisputed classics, many would say that you really would have to take a jaunt back to pre-2000 cinema.

That being said, the millennial film industry has done its share in upholding the stoner movie tradition admirably. A number of more recent releases hold up well when compared to the well-loved classics, and some may even shape up to be future classics in their own right. Here are some of the more noteworthy stoner movies of the 21st century so far.

How High (2001)

stoner moviesStarring Redman and Method Man, How High is a fun-filled romp into the magical and surreal world of marijuana. With a bit of quality homegrown fertilized by the remains of their buddy Ivory, Silas and Jamal embark on a trip that ends up with them getting admitted into Harvard…with the help of their aforementioned buddy’s ghost.

 

Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)

stoner moviesThis one just barely eked into the 21st century, which is a good thing because it is a definite classic. The recurring line serves both as the title and the key plot point of this outrageous and sometimes bizarre comedy that will undoubtedly have you glued to your seat in between bong rips.

 

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

stoner moviesAnother undisputable 21st century classic, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is probably responsible for selling more White Castle burgers than the fast-food joint’s owners would care to admit. Basically paying homage to the munchies and detailing the lengths that stoners will go to appease them, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle offers everything that makes stoner movies so enjoyable.

 

Pineapple Express (2008)

stoner moviesWhen Pineapple Express came out in 2008, it sent the clear message that the stoner movie genre is alive and well. Revolving around the legendary “Pineapple Express” strain which has since become the stuff of stoner lore and reality, the flick brings together real-life buddies Seth Rogan and James Franco, both of whom are probably no strangers to weed, on- and off-screen.

 

Smiley Face (2007)

stoner moviesIn marked contrast to most other stoner movies, Smiley Face takes a decidedly more negative view of the kind bud. Nevertheless, the story of a young actress who ‘accidently’ polishes off an entire batch of pot brownies is just too good to pass up. Starring Anna Faris in an unlikely role that she nevertheless pulls off admirably, Smiley Face is a worthy addition to any stoner’s movie queue.

 

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Watching TV while high is a time-honored tradition, but have you ever thought about the stoner characters on television that have entertained you through years of stoned viewing? There are a number of characters traditionally known – or suspected – to be stoners, and they have definitely made television so much more enjoyable. Here are some of the more notable stoners characters on the small screen.

 

Ilana and Abbi (Broad City) broad city

With Ilana and Abbi, the female world now has a pair of stoners to be proud of! The stars of Comedy Central’s Broad City, Ilana and Abbi are two true-blue New Yorkers who make no bones about their love of weed.

 

 

Ryan (Wilfred)stoner character

Wilfred is a show that centers on Ryan, a medical marijuana user who has a slightly warped view of his surroundings. How warped? Well for starters, he thinks the next door neighbor’s dog is simply a man dressed in a dog suit.

 

 

Towelie  (South Park)towelie

A talking towel isn’t the first thing one would normally think of when the subject of TV stoners comes up, but no one ever accused the creators of South Park of being normal! In any case, a stoned towel with an affinity for Funky Town is a stroke of comedy genius.

 

 

Doug Wilson (Weeds)doug

Given that the show is named Weeds, you would expect there to be a stoner character or two. Doug Wilson is probably the best example, and his equal ineptitude at politics and the medical marijuana cause makes for one of the more interesting stoner characterizations on TV.

 

 

ottoOtto (The Simpsons)

He may not be worthy of driving your kids to school on the bus, but Otto is…well, come to think of it, he’s not good for very much else either! Nevertheless, every TV show needs a stoner and Otto is the Simpsons’.

 

 

boothOscar Bluth (Arrested Development)

The wacky yang to the more sedate yin of George Bluth, Oscar is manic, crazed, and basically bonkers. Not quite what you would expect from the typical stoner, but there it is.

 

 

shaggyShaggy (Scooby Doo)

With his meticulously unwashed hair, bell bottoms, and generally mellow vibe interspersed with moments of pure panic, Shaggy is a stoner through and through. The fact that he’s constantly hungry speaks volumes.

 

 

hydeHyde (That 70’s Show)

Almost every square digs ‘The Circle’, but stoners flock to Hyde every time. One of the more interesting characters in That 70s Show, Hyde is all about peace and love, although he does have an unusual affinity for conspiracy theories.

 

 

freaksDaniel Desario (Freaks & Geeks)

Molded after so many other classic cinematic stoners, Daniel is your typical, standard-issue high school burnout. We’ve all seen them before onscreen and in real life, and Daniel delivers the role to a T.

 

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Stoner movies are as much a part of stoner culture as anything else. Unfortunately, not all movies make for great viewing while high. Here’s a list of movies that are best avoided when smoking up.

Control

controlThis bio-elegy of postpunk icon Ian Curtis was much anticipated by at least two generations of fans: those who were actually around during the era, and those who are just discovering it from before. In any case, this plodding and morose cinematic display makes for a less than enjoyable Saturday night while baked.

There’s just too little going on to hold your attention for any length of time, and you might find yourself skipping the boring parts too frequently and heading to the kitchen to make some more popcorn. And when making popcorn becomes more enjoyable than the flick…well, you know that there’s just something wrong with the movie.

 

Paranormal Activity 2

paranormal activity 2Like Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity set the cinematic world on end when it came out, with its novel filming approach. Like Blair Witch Project however, Paranormal Activity took an alarming nosedive with the release of the sequel.

Like its predecessor, the sequel featured the same closed circuit camera approach. But the problem is that the filming method had already lost much of its novelty appeal by then, leaving the story to maintain the viewer’s interest…and it simply doesn’t. Tedious and trite, the film is only occasionally livened up by the surprise paranormal occurrences. Unfortunately, it’s all just a bit too familiar and infrequent, and it’s a long, slaw crawl to the surprise ending when you are finally left wondering why the hell you wasted good weed watching someone else’s living room for two hours.

 

Bad Lieutenant 2

bad leiurWhere to begin…Bad Lieutenant was a gritty, raw, and powerfully primal chronicle of a man’s descent into corruption. Masterfully portrayed by Harvey Keitel, the main character was a drug-addicted cop stumbling down a slippery slope into despair before finding redemption.

Needless to say, Bad Lieutenant was everything that the sequel was not. Clumsy, smarmy, and trite, Bad Lieutenant 2 is quite possibly one of the worst stoner movies you can put on.

 

 

Men Behind the Sun

men behindReading the synopsis, you might get the idea that Men Behind the Sun might make for some good stoner entertainment. World War II atrocities against Chinese prisoners by diabolically ambitious Japanese doctors and brutal prison guards in a semi-factual documentary…what’s not to like, right?

Unfortunately, Men Behind the Sun is a cheap and roughshod production that somehow manages to combine schlocky shock-tactics and ridiculously inept special effects into a film that is even less than the sum of its parts. No matter how good your weed is, nothing can make this film even remotely entertaining.

 

Requiem for a Dream

requiemRequiem for a Dream is a depressing story of four Coney Island residents who fall deeper and deeper into each of their drug addictions. The harsh realities of addiction really hit you when watching this; maybe not the best one to watch alone.

You would think that Requiem for a Dream would make a good stoner movie, but it simply isn’t. Brash, abrasive, and tedious, this is one of those stoner movies that those into stoner culture should probably pass up.

 

 

 

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Legal marijuana is coming to prime time.

Adam ScottA new sitcom is in the works at NBC that will center around the daily hilarities of a pot shop in Denver. The show, called Buds, was created by comedian Joe Mande and actor Adam Scott of Parks & Recreation. Scott will star.

The new series is scheduled for NBC’s 2015-2016 development cycle, which means it could air by next year. Scott is producing the show through the company he owns with his wife, Naomi, Gettin’ Rad Productions.

Scott is finishing the seventh and final season of Parks & Recreation, a show he joined in 2010, and he recently appeared in Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

Mande is a stand-up comedian, writer, and social media personality with a wide following on Twitter. He wrote six episodes of Parks & Recreation between 2013 and 2015.

Not the first weed-focused TV show

This is hardly the first time marijuana will make a splash on television. Weeds managed to stay on the air for seven years despite a story arc that went badly off the rails.

Recent episodes of Modern Family focus on a medical marijuana dispensary owner who moves in next door. What’s more, some markets air cable commercials for medical marijuana businesses in states where the drug is legal.

But Buds appears to be the first attempt to explore legal cannabis head-on on network TV. Presumably, it will center around the daily adventures of the people who operate and patronize a legal pot shop.

Major turning point

Medical MarijuanaWhether or not the show succeeds, it could mark a major turning point for the legitimacy of marijuana in America. Mainstream culture no longer views the drug as a back-alley vice. And the realities of the cannabis market could make for great comedy if done right.

Four states have legalized weed: Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Washington, D.C., also voted to make pot legal, but the future of those reforms remains in doubt.

Marijuana is becoming big business in many places, so it makes sense to make a show about a rapidly growing industry, the very existence of which highlights the modern American political landscape.

Scott and Mande will co-produce Buds, but it’s not yet clear who else will be included in the cast.

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A significant part of stoner culture is the adoption of certain superheroes as vanguards of ideals that the collective stoner community holds dear. Superman, The Green Lantern, The Flash and many more have all been held in high regard by the stoner community for their supposed affinity to the cause of stonerism.

However, these superheroes’ ties to the stoner community are mostly little more than wishful thinking. In the case of the superheroes mentioned above, none of them have been depicted as having anything to do with stoner culture whatsoever. Their creators also have no public ties with cannabis in any form. This makes Weed Nation all the more special.

superheroWeed Nation is the creation of Kareem “KB” Butler and Roc Peebles. Written by Butler and illustrated by Peebles, Weed Nation is the first openly stoner superhero outfit in history. Developed as a “global force”, Weed Nation aims to combat corruption in government and corporate settings. As part of their mission, the team constantly works to reveal the lies and political machinations that force marijuana to remain a criminal industry. Apart from corrupt government and corporate organizations, Weed Nation is also constantly at odds with pharmaceutical giants, many of who have the most to gain by the continued criminalization of marijuana.

Weed Nation supports marijuana reform

Unsurprisingly, the creators of Weed Nation are fully supportive of marijuana legalization and decriminalization. Butler is a particularly vocal opponent of giant pharmaceutical companies who get rich by depriving the marijuana community of their freedom. He went on to say that getting high is “one of our basic rights“, regardless of whether it is done for medicinal or recreational purposes.

The story behind the creation of Weed Nation is as interesting as any you would hear of in stoner culture. The germ of the idea started with rumination on Bruce Banner and frustration with U.S. marijuana laws. Powered with a bong full of prime Kush, Butler came up with the idea of a superhero group that would uphold the ideals of real-life marijuana freedom fighters such as Woody Harrelson, Jack Herer and Marc Emery.

Led by Captain Chronic

superhero ganjaCaptain Chronic is the recognized leader of Weed Nation. As the inventor of SuperChronic, the good captain has amazing healing abilities that are often pressed into service during the team’s missions. Captain Chronic is joined by an assassin shaman known as Pegotta, an ex-Marine called Major Munchies, and various other characters chosen for their special abilities.

Interestingly, none of the members of Weed Nation have secret identities. This is in line with the creator’s idea that stoners shouldn’t have to keep their medicinal preference a secret.

Stoner culture definitely isn’t short of real-life heroes, with many risking personal reputation and even their lives for the cause. Every subculture needs its heroes, and it is the same way for stoners. With the rise of Weed Nation, one can only hope that these fictional heroes will pave the way for many more real life heroes in Weed Nation stoner culture that we all need if the marijuana revolution is to really succeed all over the world.

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Few things go with weed quite so well as science fiction. They’re both all about expanding the imagination and exploring new worlds. And they’re both perfect for a lazy winter day.

What are your favorite stoner sci-fi movies? Here are a few of ours. Butter some popcorn, spark a joint and go where lots of potheads have happily gone before.

 

Star Wars (1977)

Star Wars

Star Trek is great, maybe better than Star Wars overall. But even the best Trek adventures don’t pair up all that well with weed. Sure, it’s fun to watch Kahn while baked, but most of the rest of the series requires too much thinking and not enough story.

Star Wars, on the other hand, is an ideal way to while away a high afternoon. It’s six and a half hours of pure geek joy, and since you already probably know the dialogue by heart, it’s great comfort entertainment.

 

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrik’s futuristic masterpiece has been bending the minds of stoners around the world for 47 years. 2001: A Space Odyssey is not only one of the best sci-fi films ever made, it’s easily one of the best movies of all time.

From the dawn of consciousness to our first encounters with alien intelligence, Kubrik’s best film redefined science fiction and trippy entertainment. Large portions of the movie are silent, though 2001 is maybe best known for its haunting score, Also Spake Zarathustra.

 

Predator (1987)

Predator

Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime. Carl Weathers at his buffest. And an as-yet-unelected Jesse Ventura barking one of the greatest lines in Hollywood history: “I ain’t got time to bleed.”

Predator is the kind of action sci-fi that just doesn’t give a shit what you think about it. There’s enough testosterone to make John Rambo look like an old lady. And of course there’s an invisible alien hunting humans in the jungle.

 

The Lord of the Rings (2001)

The Lord of the Rings

This brilliant trilogy is technically fantasy, not science fiction. But we’re willing to bet that if you’re into one, you’re into the other. And anyway, it doesn’t make much difference when you’re blazed.

Peter Jackson’s vision for the works of J.R.R. Tolkien ran out of steam the moment his first Hobbit movie opened, but The Lord of the Rings has lost none of its charm as a result. The first three movies are a great way to spend a long day with a bong.

 

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Keanu Reeves has made exactly two quality films during his baffling career: 1994’s Speed and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. They’re both fun to watch stoned, but Bill and Ted are a special treat.

Travel in time with Reeves, Alex Winter, and George Carlin. See world history through bloodshot eyes. Party hard to the music of Wyld Stallyns. There’s no weed to be found, but it’s pretty obvious what these bodacious dudes were doing before school.

Few places are friendlier to stoners than Hollywood. It’s in California, it’s in L.A., and it’s a creative dream factory – all recipes for pothead perfection. You might have a harder time finding Hollywood celebrities who don’t smoke weed than those who do.

So here are six of the biggest stoners in La-La Land. Consider yourself blessed if you smoke half as much pot as any of these red-eyed stars.

 

Seth Rogen

seth rogen smoking

Seth Rogen is no stranger to controversy. His most recent movie was pulled from theaters after terrorist threats from an angry North Korea, and he drew sharp criticism when he tweeted about the movie American Sniper in January.

Thankfully, the nation’s favorite chubby stoner has weed to keep him sane in the limelight. Pot features prominently in much of Rogen’s work, from Pinapple Express and Knocked Up to The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Paul.

No other actor is so tied to weed in the public imagination. Rogen is a dedicated, hardcore stoner. He introduced the world to the cross joint and made his cannabis habits the center of his Hollywood persona. And that’s exactly why we love him.

 

Kevin SmithKevin Smith

Kevin Smith just seems like the kind of guy who would smoke pot. And weed has appeared in more than a few of his films. Jay and Silent Bob, his perennial antiheroes, sell the stuff for scratch.

In reality, Smith is a recent convert to ganja. No less an expert than Rogen introduced him to the drug when they were working together on Zack and Miri Make a Porno. According to the actors who work with him, he has since become a dyed-in-the-wool stoner.

 

 

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Back when she was still Rachel, Jennifer Aniston was widely quoted as saying she enjoys cannabis on occasion. She’s probably not the biggest pothead Hollywood has ever seen, but she’s a hopeful reminder that even the most stable among us can go to pot.

Lord knows she didn’t need any excuses to ease her journey. Her high-profile marriage to Brad Pitt, a fellow stoner, collapsed when he left her for Angelina Jolie, who has also acknowledged marijuana use.

 

James Franco

James Franco

There’s no doubt that James Franco lights up. The actor pulled off a part as one of the movies’ most believable pot dealers, after all. His turn alongside Rogen in Pineapple Express was an instant cannabis classic.

Like Rogen, Franco is the real deal. The two stoners teamed up again late last year in The Interview, a movie so controversial that it was pulled from theaters after North Korea threw a fit over it.

Franco has a reputation as something of a brilliant underachiever. He graduated NYU only after a very public scuffle with a professor over his academic performance. The episode put nary a dent in his public profile, though, and he remains one of the silver screen’s leading rebels.

 

Megan FoxMegan Fox

This Hollywood hottie isn’t shy about her marijuana use. “I can’t tell you how much bullshit I’ve been through because I will openly say that I smoke weed,” Megan Fox told British GQ magazine. “People look at it like it’s this crazy, hippy, fucked-up thing to do. And it’s not.”

The stoner world is happy to have Megan Fox, if not all of her movies. But her part in the unfortunate Transformers movies is over, so her place in pothead lore is pretty much assured.

 

 

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

If the millennial generation has a stoner role model, it’s probably Miley Cyrus. Her transition from prissy teen queen to all-out pothead was remarkably fast and surprisingly smooth.

Cyrus is open-minded in the best sense of the word, an experimenter who doesn’t mind sharing her results with the world. And she’s hot, which doesn’t hurt.

 

 

 

“Boy, that escalated quickly”

 

 

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We can’t travel in time, which is particularly annoying when you consider how much cheaper weed used to be. What we can do, however, is wind back the clock on the big screen.

Few movie decades captured the rebellious spirit of cannabis as perfectly as the 1980s. Every day was a party on a yacht open to everyone. It wasn’t so great to be an actual pothead in those years, since that was the period when the “war on drugs” really picked up steam, but as far as Tinseltown was concerned, the 80s were high times.

It’s hard to pick a winner among the many great stoner films of the decade, but here’s our best try. So grab some popcorn, feather your hair, and enjoy the best stoner movies the decade had to offer.

 

Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980)

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie

Let’s be honest: Cheech and Chong made way too many movies together. The solid stoner vibe from their best flick, 1978’s Up in Smoke, only carried another two movies, both in the ‘80s, before it dried up.

The best of those two is probably Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie. This sequel to Up in Smoke was released in 1980 and features a zany, cannabis-fueled plotline involving the movie industry, the welfare office, a shady motel, a brothel, a Rolls Royce and aliens.

Also, Cheech and Chong play in a band. And Paul Reubens shows up in one of his first appearances as Pee Wee Herman. Put that in your pipe.

 

Caddyshack (1980)

Rodney Dangerfield Caddyshack

Rodney Dangerfield summed up the spirit of the decade in this, his best film: “Hey everybody, we’re all gonna get laid!” This declaration, followed by the music of Kenny Loggins, pretty much set the tone for every 80s comedy that followed.

The golf-related details of Caddyshack are mostly irrelevant, with the exception of a surprisingly poignant subplot involving an unwanted pregnancy. There’s lots of booze, lots of sex, and lots of weed. And hey, Bill Murray’s in it, and he’s nearly the patron saint of stonerdom.

 

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Jeff Spicoli may just be the first nuanced portrait of a pothead in popular culture. His laid-back surfer style and unapologetic love of bud made Sean Penn a stoner hero.

But Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a lot more than a weed flick. It’s one of the most perceptive and authentic movies ever made about teenage life in America.

Fast Times was initially a book written by Cameron Crowe, who went undercover at a real California High School in the early 1980s. Crowe also wrote the screenplay, which is why almost everything about this movie still rings true.

 

Better Off Dead (1985)

Better Off Dead

The drug humor in Better Off Dead.. is inspired, if a little tame. Charles De Mar, played by Curtis Armstrong of “Booger” fame, desperately tries to get his hands on anything that’s available: nasal spray, whipped cream cans, snow (the cold, melty kind).

“Greendale is a bodaciously small town,” he laments. “A fly speck on the map. A rest stop on the way to the ski slopes. I can’t even get real drugs here!”

We know how you feel, Booger. We know how you feel.

 

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club

Pot makes only a brief appearance in John Hughes’ signature movie, The Breakfast Club. But the film is saturated with teen angst and rebellion, two things that go hand-in-hand with weed.

The scene where the kids smoke up in the school library perfectly captures the necessity of challenging authority and disrespecting one’s elders. See, old people? Kids have been doing this shit for generations.

So in that sprit, get your hands on these movies (we don’t care how), light up, and reconnect to a time when marijuana was still naughty. The 80s are long gone, but they’re not forgotten.

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hottest-stoners

Pretty much anyone looks hot smoking a joint. The ties between marijuana and sex are ancient, and smoking up tells others you’re not bound by the rules – in or out of bed.

But some people can pull of the stoner look better than others. So here are five stars who know how to roll a J and look good doing it. These celebrities would be hot even without pot, but their love of green makes them so much more attractive.

 

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

The actress formerly known as Rachel has been the target of more tabloid gossip than almost any other Hollywood star in the past 20 years. Her marriage to Brad Pitt was a subject of intense public interest even years after it ended.

Thankfully, Jennifer Aniston has other things in her life that keep her sane. She went through therapy, she learned yoga, and, naturally, she smokes weed.

“I enjoy cannabis,” she said during an interview with Rolling Stone more than a decade ago, back when Friends was still on the air. No recent word on whether Aniston continues to light up these days, but she seems pretty balanced, so we’re going to say that yes, Rachel still smokes pot.

 

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

The evidence of Michael Phelps’ marijuana use is limited at best. Six years ago, he appeared in a widely circulated photo that showed him taking a hit from a bong. Phelps admitted he was smoking weed in the photo and apologized.

But the hint of the bad boy behind the picture only added to his sex appeal. Countless women and a fair number of men still dream of scoring with Phelps, one of the world’s premier athletes.

The swimmer has two DUIs in his past, and that’s nothing to laugh at. But both those incidents involved alcohol, not the marijuana that everyone remembers from the bong pic. In fact it’s hard to see how the weed has hurt anyone: It certainly hasn’t driven his fans away.

 

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna is easily one of the hottest ladies in hip-hop, and her undying love of weed is the icing on the cake. No one else in the music industry makes marijuana look and sound so utterly sexy.

There’s just something about that combination of musical talent, bad-girl hotness, and soothing cannabis that makes Rihanna such a smoking personality.

“Kush rolled, glass full,” she tweeted in 2012. “I prefer the better things.”

So do we, Rihanna. So do we.

 

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson | Top 5 Celebrity Stoners 2013

If moderately insane outlaws are your thing, you’ve been in luck since 1985, when Woody Boyd first appeared on Cheers. Woody Harrelson, the actor who played Boyd, has been a darling of the left ever since.

Nobody does crazy better than Woody, and nobody does it so effectively. He’s run into trouble with the law on several occasions, but he almost always ended up on the winning side.

Woody’s support of legalization is legendary. He has served on the advisory board to NORML – twice – and has participated in countless reform events. He even gave his voice to Ziggley Marley’s pro-pot song “Wild and Free.” And did we mention how hot he is, even while losing his hair?

 

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

It’s every pervert’s dream come true: A prissy, obnoxious girl turns 18 and goes wild. Miley Cyrus is now the de facto leader of stoners in the Millennial generation, and they couldn’t ask for hotter.

How much does Hannah Montana love weed? So much that her friends baked her a Bob Marley birthday cake. So much that she freely posts pics of herself sparking up. So much that she publicly advocates for the drug.

She’s taken a fair amount of heat for that, especially from people disappointed she didn’t turn into an adult version of her childhood character. But she takes it in stride.

“I put pictures of me smoking weed, I’m not going to lie, on my Instagram,” she told an interviewer last fall, “because I was brought up in the way that we never thought marijuana was bad.”

We’ll leave you with this.

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Stoner music is its own distinct art form, with everything from novelty songs to cries for social change. Solo artists are a big part of the genre, but bands probably make up the majority.

Whether it’s heavy metal or rap, there are countless acts that have dedicated at least some of their work to the stoner lifestyle. Here, then, are the five best bands for stoners.

Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead

No other stoner band stuck around for so long or had more of an impact on the drug culture in America. While primarily known as an acid band, the Dead always grabbed the interest of tokers around the world.

Jerry Garcia and his band were a genuine rock and roll experience. They drew thousands of followers (not fans) and led them around the country on a multi-decade tour that never seemed to end.

Their best work was live, and though it clearly sounded better in person, they still left a massive portfolio of great music to get high to.

The Band

The Band

Bob Dylan’s most prominent accompaniment never played many songs explicitly about weed.

But The Band, like its sometime boss, was all about the stoner subculture of the 60s and 70s. They were in some ways a part of the psychedelic movement, though their music always owed more to the blues and R&B.

Some of Dylan’s early work touches prominently on the subject of cannabis, and The Band played a lot of his work, including much of the weed-related stuff (as much as there is). And for what it’s worth, it was Dylan who introduced the Beatles to weed. So there.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

If anyone got the shaft in terms of rock and roll recognition, it was The Jimi Hendrix Experience. As you might guess, pretty much all the attention went to Hendrix. You don’t hear a lot about the masterful bass techniques of Billy Cox, do you?

Still, without his backup, Hendrix may have been a forgotten flash in the pan ended by his fatal heroin overdose. The Experience – the whole band – helped revolutionize rock and roll and ushered in the era of the electric guitar master.

Of course, without Jimi, the Experience would have been no more than another two-bit group playing Holiday Inn lounges and American Legion halls. It was a two-way relationship. But the sound just wouldn’t be the same without the band.

The Wailers

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Bob Marley’s Band is legend in Jamaica – not to mention most of the rest of the English-speaking world. Though the band always took a back seat to Marley and his reggae genius, they changed the genre forever and helped spread it to the masses.

The band went through a host of players before Marley’s untimely death in 1981, but they held to the sound Marley created: a passionate groove with a deep lyrical investment in human rights.

In part, that meant fighting for the legalization of weed. Marley didn’t just smoke up every chance he got, he belonged to a bona fide religious sect that uses weed to communicate with the divine.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

No matter what time of day it is or where you may be, someone somewhere is getting high to Pink Floyd. They recorded songs about almost every drug known to man, from pot to heroin to LSD, and they clearly knew of what they sang.

The Brits behind this band have sold more than 250 million records around the globe, but they went through hell in the process. Founding member Syd Barrett, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, suffered a major nervous breakdown that left him unable to perform for the rest of his life.

Drug use was also a growing problem for the group. Barrett in particular pounded LSD. As a result, Pink Floyd didn’t record all that much material: just 15 albums over 47 years.

Of course, the music they did create has made an enormous contribution to stoner culture. They long set the standard for high-value psychedelic rock concerts, a sort of polished version of the Dead.

Most importantly, Pink Floyd made good tunes. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what every dedicated toker is looking for in life? Besides more weed?

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