How To Identify A Groovy Stoner From Back In The Day

By | August 3, 2018

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Woman Smoking Marijuana A hippie woman lights up a marijuana joint in Golden Gate Park. (Photo by © Ted Streshinsky/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

The counterculture era meant a lot of different things to different people. This was a time of change as well as growing pains for the United States. The times were changing socially, politically and otherwise. If you know anything about this historic era, you will remember that recreational drugs were front and center. This time in American history is widely associated with the emergence of a demographic referred to as beatniks, hippies and stoners.

Hippies were often identified as, “stoners.”

“STONER” [stoh-ner]


Slang. a person who is habitually high on drugs, especially marijuana, or alcohol; a person who is usually “stoned.”

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Back in the groovy era, it wasn’t uncommon to encounter friends, family members and/or strangers who were “stoned.” Smoking and taking drugs became a prominent recreational pastime of young people in the '60s and '70s. During the counterculture, being stoned was not only common among certain demographics, but also a preferred state of mind.

Stoners, as they were called, were typically pretty much unapologetic and open about their habit and state of mind. Whether they cared or not what others thought about them, it was almost impossible for a person to hide the fact that their mind had been altered by the drugs they imbibed.

“A friend with weed, is a friend, indeed!”

If you were a stoner or were, at the very least “in the know” during this era, you have probably heard the saying, “A friend with weed, is a friend, indeed!” That’s right… anyone who had something to smoke, and was willing to share it, was a friend, no matter what! Let’s face it… the more the merrier when it comes to partying!

So… how do you identify a stoner?

Historically, classic stoners have been known for certain characteristics. These characteristics include some firm stereotypical identifiers that were pretty much universal in nature during the groovy era. Check them out and feel free to add to the list if you feel so inclined!

Groovy Slang: Stoners and hippies seemed to have had a language all their own. For example:

• Beat Feet/Trucking: to run fast;

• Right On/Hep: in agreement;

• Far Out: totally cool and/or awesome;

• A Gas or a Blast: a great time;

• Bread/Dough: money;

• Crash: to sleep;

• Heat/Fuzz: police/cops; and,

• Cat/Chick: a guy/girl, respectively.