An individual who smokes or consumes
marijuana habitually and ritualistically. Stoner
are often conflated
in everyday discourse, but the two words are actually very
different in meaning.
is a derogatory term
used to describe
one who is essentially
addicted to, and obsessed with, marijuana. This
dependence manifests in their appearance, thought processes, behaviors, and speech.
A Stoner, however, is one who defies the "prototypical" wastrel image proposed by mainstream society. These individuals
enjoy cannabis on a daily basis, but are clandestine about
its use, maintaining this
sense of secrecy because of the stigma attached by the hegemonic majority.
cherish the time and money spent
enjoying their holy herb, and will partake in its use with a complete stranger, recognizing a certain, universal connection
between Stoners. A relaxation of mind and spirit seems to typify the Stoner; consequently, they
unanimously hold an appreciation for ethereal and abstract ideologies. They
warm-hearted, introspective, and viscerally imaginative.
One primary misconception is that the Stoner is unintelligent and lazy. While this
characterization might be appropriate for a Pothead
, Stoners are a stark contrast. There
is no doubt that they
Type B personalities, but such qualities that
supposedly suggest “laziness” are merely a testament to their innate ability. The ease with which the Stoner skates through school, classes, and the cognitive tasks
of everyday life, despite
continuous intoxication, suggests a very high
intelligence. In fact, many Stoners can be classified as gifted underachievers: that
is, students who perform very well on standardized testing (ie; SATs, ACTs, GREs) but fail
to perform to their potential in the academic arena.
their noncompetitive natures and tranquil demeanors, Stoners care deeply
about a handful
of personal, core values. They
will not openly express their innermost beliefs readily, but when they
do, their code of ethics
is almost always virtuous. They
are nonconformists of thought and idea, and as so, choose
creative outlets for their renderings. They
may not adhere to the hegemonic script of society, but eventually they
will find success, and find happiness, unlike “the mass of men.”