What does stoned mean?

What does stoned mean?

In brief, the term “stoned” is when someone experiences heavy sedating and relaxing effects of cannabis. Generally, this word is to describe the experience of intoxication caused by the effects of cannabis.

Why is it called this?

Furthermore, we can find the origin of this word from biblical times. Basically, punishing sinners by throwing stones. To continue, Back in the 1920s and 1930s, people started using this word as slang, specifically for the people who used to drink heavily because excessive drinking could change the physical looks of a person.

However, finding no evidence since when this term shifts from drunkards to cannabis. Generally, the first citation in the Oxford English Dictionary for the term “stoned” was in 1953 where it defines as “under the influence of drugs” in the glossary section of the book “The Traffic of Narcotics,” co-written by Harry J. Anslinger, the then-Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and notorious cannabis foe. Although, as cannabis use becomes more widespread in the 1960s, “stoned” references in pop culture were more likely to be referring to cannabis than alcohol, like in Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.”

Other theories of origin:

Furthermore, we can find a number of theories related to the origin of this word on the internet.

Few of them are:

  • Firstly, from the Italian word “stonato,” which translates to mean confused or foggy;
  • Secondly, from smoking cannabis out of a stone pipe;
  • Lastly, from the immobilizing effect cannabis can have, making users appear motionless like a stone 

What does stoned mean?

However, a number of people are of the view that the word is alternate of “high”. With this purpose in mind, there is no connection between these two words. Firstly, although both these terms are for the intoxicating effects of cannabis, both are related to different experiences. Lastly, when the consumer experiences euphoric effects of the cannabis. He is high, and when the consumer feels the sedative and relaxing effects of cannabis, he is becoming stoned.


Possible synonyms of this word are:   

  • Couch-locked
  • Blasted
  • Zonked
  • Spaced-out
  • Wiped-out
  • Blazed
  • Baked
  • Blitzed
  • Blunted
  • Faded
  • Lit
  • Zoned

References from pop culture:

Furthermore, we can find the references of this term from pop culture as well.

  • The song “Stoned,” released in 1963 by The Rolling Stones (“Stoned out of my mind, here I go, Ah, yeah, where am I at?”)
  • The song “I Got Stoned and I Missed It,” released in 1975 by Jim Stafford (“I got stoned and I missed it, I got stoned and it rolled right by”). Fun fact:  this song was written by children’s author Shel Silverstein of “The Giving Tree” fame!
  • The song “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” released in 1992 by Sublime
  • The song “Who Says,” released in 2009 by John Mayer (“Who says I can’t get stoned? Turn off the lights and the telephone, me in my house alone — who says I can’t get stoned?”)

Stoner comedies:

To conclude, it is a term to use for the person who spends most of his/her time getting high. Basically, the “lazy stoner” archetype has become so popular and widespread that it’s spawned its own genre of cinema comedies. 

  • The Cheech and Chong franchise 1978-present
  • “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” 1982
  • “Dazed and Confused,” 1993
  • “Friday,” 1995
  • “Half Baked,” 1998
  • “The Big Lebowski,” 1998
  • “How High,” 2001
  • “Grandma’s Boy,” 2006
  • “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle,” 2004; “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” 2008; “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,” 2011
  • “Pineapple Express,” 2008

“Ted,” 2012 and “Ted 2,” 2015

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