There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding what a person who’s smoked a little dope acts like thanks to modern television. The important thing to keep in mind is that everything you’ve seen on tv is a dramatization and doesn’t usually happen in real life.
First, let’s talk about the most popular stereotypes of stoned persons:
THE GIGGLE BOX:
Portrayed often by That 70’s Show’s characters, the is the most popular stereotype. These are the people who have a joint and can’t stop laughing at anything. No matter what you say, it elicits laughter from them.
This particular stereotype was often portrayed by Hyde, from That’s 70’s Show. When stoned, this person enters into great debates and conversations about the deeper things in life. He may also have brilliant ideas to change the future of humanity, but be unable to remember them later.
A stereotype portrayed by Jeremy Gilbert in Season One of the Vampire Diaries, this character simply doesn’t care. They laze about, and seem to do nothing. They are largely unresponsive to people around them. Most often thought of as teenager.
While all of these stereotypes can be true, they are not the only ways being stoned can affect a person. Try not to use these stereotypes often as they will lead to your character becoming stereotyped.
The biggest thing you should keep in mind is that teenagers aren’t the only ones who smoke pot. Everyone can, and a large portion of the American population does.
Now let’s talk about ways to avoid these stereotypes:
Being stoned relaxes you:
The most powerful side-effect of marijuana is the fact that it totally relaxes you. All of the stress you feel typically disappears and you feel good. It can even help to alleviate pain, help you to sleep, and increase appetite (which we will talk about later).
Certain personality traits magnify:
This is actually where the majority of stereotypes about stoners come from. When you’re stoned, one or two of your personality traits are magnified. For instance, if you are normally easy to distract, you will have an even shorter attention span when you’re stoned.
Smoking marijuana can be a highly sexually charged experience:
Many people choose to smoke in small groups, often in a circle. Often times, when these people are very close they will give each other something commonly referred to as a “shotgun”. There are several different ways this can be done.
To shotgun weed is when one person forces marijuana smoke into the mouth of another person. There are three main ways to do this.
1: Most common way; When smoking a joint or a blunt, one person turns it backwards so the lit part is in their mouth (usually between their teeth). Another person puts their mouth on the other end (the end your mouth would usually go on) and sucks while the other person blows into it.
2: Have both people make a tight tunnel with their hands. One person takes a hit of marijuana and blows into one end of the tunnel while the other person sucks on their end of the tunnel.
3: One person takes a hit of marijuana and holds the smoke in their mouth. They press their lips onto another person and open their mouth while the other person sucks the smoke in.
^Above text taken from Urban Dictionary, however it is 100% accurate as verified by myself.
In both versions 1 and 3 of the Shotgun, you are incredibly close to the other person’s lips, and this is of course already highly sexual. But most of your reactions when you’re stoned are much more intense than they usually would be. When people are giving one another shotguns, there is a lot of sexual energy flying around the room, and it does build up tension.
Anyone can smoke. And a lot of people do.
Your character doesn’t have to be a rebellious teenager in order to smoke pot. They can be a successful businessman, a house wife, a high school teacher, a baker, a journalist, a poet. They can literally be anyone, and any age. A little known fact is that more adults smoke than children. Particularly adults who middle aged, with adult aged children.
A typical high can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 4 or more hours.
Much like when you’re drinking, the length of time you stay under the influence depends on how much smoke, and over what length of time. Quality of the marijuana also affects how long you stay high, and how intense it is. You’ll find that many younger smokers get lower quality pot.
Unlike with drinking, you do not black out:
Your memory will be very fuzzy. Almost as if someone managed to fill your head with cotton balls for the night, but you do not black out. Your reactions will be slowed, and inhibitions lowered, but you are in complete control of yourself unless you mix marijuana with more dangerous substances.
You will not overdose on marijuana by itself:
In order to overdose on marijuana, one average sized person would need to smoke one twin sized pillow case full of marijuana in 10 minutes. And in most cases, this is a physically impossible feat. Marijuana by itself can be perfectly safe to use. Just stay smart.
A few other things you should know:
Know your measurements and slang terms!
Marijuana is usually measured in grams. Anything smaller than 1 gram (commonly referred to as a Dime) is generally referred to by it’s weight. IE: .5 grams would be said aloud as “Point Five”.
An Eighth: An eighth is a common slang measurement for weed referring to 3.5 grams in weight. It was dubbed an “eighth” because it is one eighth the weight of an ounce.
A Quarter: 7 grams in weight of weed. 1/4 of an ounce.
A Half: A half refers to 14 grams of marijuana and is one half on an ounce.
O, Onion, Ounce: Refers to a full ounce or 28 grams of weed.
Those are the most often used measurements of marijuana, and you won’t typically find people who deal in higher quantities unless they make a deal with a group of friends to all purchase the high quantity together.
Common Slang Terms:
- Joint: A way of smoking marijuana. Looks very similar to a hand rolled cigarette. Commonly used papers are 1.25s
- Blunt: Cigar hollowed out and filled with marijuana
- Blunt Wrap or Wrap: A wrap refers to flavored tobacco rolling papers that come in sealed packages to keep them fresh
- Bowl: The part of a marijuana (weed, pot, ganja, etc.) pipe in which the marijuana is placed (packed) to be smoked. it may have a little hole (carb) on the side of it, which you cover while you are inhaling the marijuana smoke while holding the whole pipe and smoking.
- Pipe: One device through which marijuana is smoked. Think of any modern tobacco pipe. Can be in fun or easily disguised shapes. Like lip stick tubes, pens, etc.
- Bong: A much larger pipe used for smoking weed. Commonly filled with water or ice, the smoke places their mouth over or in the top opening of the pipe and light the marijuana, then breathe in and fill the pipe before taking their hit.