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Weed memes, explained

It’s pretty clear why the internet and weed go hand in hand: the internet has become a virtual haven for weed-lovers to shop for cannabis and accessories, find information, and share their experiences with others.

Funny memes are one of the many ways that weed and online culture collide, creating a communal space for tech-savvy stoners to laugh, interact, and keep up on the latest trends. From the OGs to the newest weed meme creators, members of this ever-growing community continue to push the boundaries of novelty and absurdity in the name of late-night, red-eyed giggles shared across the globe.

If you see me look at it like this, just know the weed is winning pic.twitter.com/V3G2FRfnn7

With a heightened sense of anxiety and reduced social interactions due to the spread of novel coronavirus, it’s even more important to find ways to stay connected. Whether you’re organizing virtual smoke seshes or sharing an obnoxious amount of memes in your group chat, the ultimate goal is to stay sane, safe, and of course, lifted.

What exactly is a meme?

From the classics like Grumpy Cat to newer trends like the Spongebob Ight Imma Head Out meme, the average millennial or gen Zer could probably recognize a meme from a mile away. But what exactly makes a meme a meme, and how did they become part of stoner culture?

While weed memes are a fairly new concept, the word “meme” was coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene. Dawkins developed the pre-internet concept as part of his theory of how ideas replicate, mutate, and evolve in the context of evolutionary biology, later characterizing an internet meme as a meme deliberately altered by human creativity. He explained that Internet memes are essentially a “hijacking of the original idea,” the concept itself having mutated in this new direction.

In a 2019 ThoughtCo article, sociology expert Nicki Lisa Cole said, “According to Dawkins, three factors lead memes to be spread, copied, or adapted from person to person: Copy-fidelity, the possibility that the thing in question can be accurately copied, fecundity, the speed at which the thing is replicated [and] longevity, or staying power.”

Visual online content becomes a meme only if elements of it are copied and/or creatively altered and reposted on a very large scale. While there is no exact number of copies, shares, or reimaginations that signifies a post has officially reached internet memedom, we know it when we see it.

When did weed memes happen?

The obvious answer is that we as humans love to share, laugh, and commiserate with other humans. Smoking weed is a bonding experience for many, and just like any other community it has its niche memes that unite weed-lovers far and wide.

Though we can’t say for sure what the earliest weed meme was, some certainly paved the way for online weed culture. One of the most notable is Good Guy Greg, the antithesis to Scumbag Steve and all-around nice guy. If you haven’t seen him around the internet within the last decade (in which case I feel really old), Good Guy Greg is depicted as a happy guy with a joint in his mouth and is rumored to have started on 4chan’s /b/ board (an internet forum where just about anything goes), but an archived thread has yet to be found.

While the majority of Good Guy Greg memes don’t mention the joint in his mouth, they were some of the first memes we can find that relate to weed in any capacity. Think of Good Guy Greg as your ideal fictional best friend, always smoking weed and always being super courteous about it.

Reddit’s /r/trees board, created in 2009, is home to many of the internet’s first legitimate weed memes. According to the subreddit’s FAQ, “Trees is a place where we can be free to speak our (smoked-out) minds. The community here is comfortable in our hobby, and enjoys seeing what other people think about when they’re flying high.”

Among my personal favorites of the early memes posted to /r/trees is the prolific Really High Guy, sometimes known as Stoner Stanley. The meme came into existence in 2011 when Redditor u/randomdave posted a photo of a red-faced young man to the subreddit titled “Being at a [10] is not always pretty.” That same day, the picture was submitted by redditor u/Ahahaha__10 with the caption “Texts the person next to them / ‘I want hospital.'”

The [10] in the original post is derived from the scoring system used by members of /r/trees to measure highness. A 10, as you may have guessed from this guy’s face, is really, really stoned. Today’s weed memes might look a bit different, but they serve essentially the same purpose — making people laugh about relatable stoner problems, like getting too high.

As the internet has expanded beyond any limits we would ever have imagined a decade ago, weed memes have evolved too. Though some purists consider memes to be funny combinations of images and text that go viral, they can also be standalone photos, videos, GIFs, and hashtags.

The best weed memes of 2020 vary not only in form but in the topics they discuss. They can highlight social and political issues, feature relevant aspects of popular culture, and be purely silly or, at times, serious and informative.

Where can I get my weed meme fix?

You can find funny weed memes all over the internet nowadays, from Instagram to Twitter to Facebook. Personally, I use Instagram solely to share memes (often weed-related) with my friends and watch cooking videos. The below list includes some of the best Instagram accounts for meme hunting while stoned.

@fourtwenty

With nearly 4 million followers, this account is super popular among weed meme lovers. The account features a spectrum of relatable content including memes about weed-related mishaps, getting the munchies, and of course, smoking during coronavirus.

@weedhumor

As what might be the biggest weed meme account on the scene, Weed Humor has an impressive 5.4 million followers. Both memes and promotional content are featured on this private page, which means you have to request to follow them for hilarious weed memes that are always on-trend.

@higherthoughts

This account isn’t dedicated entirely to weed, but rather to the kinds of thoughts you have when you’re stoned. Some of the memes are about getting stoned, others are about totally random things, but they’re always funny (especially when you just faced a bowl).

@nowthisweed

Largely made up of short clips, the Now This Weed account is not like the others on this list. The content isn’t necessarily funny, but they are shareable memes by definition. They discuss major issues in the cannabis industry like legalization, plus lots of bizarre and cool things about weed you probably didn’t know.

Weed memes exist with the ultimate goal to stay sane, safe, and of course, lifted.

Our Top 30 Stoner Memes

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Ever since memes became popular, there’s been a non-stop flow of top-tier comedy oozing from the internet. Literally, anything can be a meme – and sometimes that’s the beauty of them.

Stoner culture is absolutely no exception, and you’ve probably seen a lot of stoner memes. We like to think that we are cannabis meme aficionados ourselves, and we wanted to show you the best of the best.

Read on to see the top 30 stoner memes that will guarantee to put a smile on your face.

#30. [10] Guy

Here’s a classic example of the [10] guy, but let’s face it, we’ve all been this guy at some point. The [10] guy is a base for multiple memes and a true classic.

#29. Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg is the undisputed king of weed, so it only makes sense that there’s a lot of memes of him. Honestly, we could probably fill this entire list with Snoop Dogg memes – but here’s just one.

#28. Can You Smell What The Rock Is. Smelling?

It never fails – when that familiar smell hits your nose, you instantly wonder where it’s coming from.

#27. Homer Disappearing

We all wish we could be Homer casually sliding back into his weed fortress sometimes.

#26. Treelon Musk

Everyone’s favorite tech entrepreneur shocked everybody when he lit up a blunt on Joe Rogan’s podcast. Of course, a wave of memes followed shortly after.

#25. Hits Blunt

This meme perfectly shows what it’s like to have an intense revelation when you’re too far gone.

#24. Can I Get Uhhh

It never fails – when you’re about to order something and you have to do the “uhhhh” just to make sure you seem normal. Or maybe you are really that lost in thought!

#23. Cottonmouth

This meme perfectly describes the moment when you feel like your mouth just became the Sahara desert.

#22. Drug Test

You definitely don’t want to say this in front of your boss (if you enjoy your job that is).

#21. Leftover Food

This is every true stoner’s reaction when they remember that leftover food they have. It’s the best gift you can give to yourself.

#20. Inner Revelation

Sometimes the best self-reflection happens when we have some cannabis and think for a little while.

#19. Watching the Other States Legalize Weed

Another classic SpongeBob meme. This is exactly how everyone feels seeing states legalize cannabis and their own is still holding out.

#18. Memory Loss

He’s got a good point. Don’t forget to light up the joint you have in your hand!

#17. Police

Sadly this is the reality many cannabis growers around the world face or what could happen if the authorities find out.

#16. Responsible Adult

Cannabis shouldn’t stop you from being a responsible adult who may need to make chores a little more interesting .

#15. Application vs. Real Life

Of course, you’re not going to tell the interviewer what you really like to do on your off time. Also, we wish this photo of astronaut Chris Hadfield was real.

#14. Real Criminals

After Michigan legalized cannabis, the police are actually going to have to stop going for low-hanging fruit and bust actual criminals.

#13. Blaze it

Being punctual at 4:20 is difficult, but we need to remember that it’s the effort that counts.

#12. New Tunes

Cannabis elevates the senses, and it’s especially true with sound. You can notice little details in songs you’ve listened to hundreds of times.

#11. Too Many Choices

I’m sure we’ve all been in this guy’s situation because sometimes making a choice is just too difficult.

#10. The Look

You know the look —when things are getting a little too boring, and it’s time to spice it up. You and your friend need to step away for a second to get some ‘fresh air.’

#9. To Sleep Or Not?

The internal struggle is too real when you want to stay up and enjoy your high, but you’ve got things to do tomorrow.

#8. Sativa vs. Indica

The best visual representation of the two major types of cannabis and their effects. The left is sativa, and the right is indica.

#7. Smoke Spot

Finding the best smoke spot is a real talent, and some people always have an eye open for the best places.

#6. Alcohol vs. Cannabis Hangovers

There’s no doubt that cannabis is better for you than alcohol, and this meme shows just one of many reasons why.

#5. Great Pandemic of 2020

This meme shows how most stoners got through the worst of the lockdown doing what they love best.

#4. The Truth About Edibles

This meme doesn’t apply to our products as much, but we still thought it was funny! The first 30 minutes are always spent wondering if they’re going to work and wondering if you should have more—until it hits.

#3. Say No

Trying to save some of the stash for another time is just too difficult.

#2. Paranoia

This is how it feels when the paranoia really kicks in, and it seems like the worst is going to happen at any moment.

#1. My Two Favorite Hobbies Are Smoking Weed and Rescuing Dogs

We love this guy’s commitment to cannabis and animal care, but that’s one weird-looking dog.

Thanks for sharing some laughs with us! Laughter may truly be the best medicine, with our edibles coming it at a close second.

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Reading Time: 7 min 37 sec Ever since memes became popular, there's been a non-stop flow of top-tier comedy oozing from the internet. Literally, anything can be a meme – and sometimes that's the beauty of them. Stoner culture is absolutely no exception, and you've probably seen a lot of stoner memes. We like to think