5 types of lady stoners you’ll meet on 4/20

'Cause girls like to get high too.


Cece Lederer


Published Apr 20, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 1:04 am CDT

People like to get high. It’s not gender-specific. But due to the influence of various gender tropes, the pop culture image of the stoner, from rapper to ultimate Frisbee player, is usually male.

In stoner movies like Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, smoking pot is something the main characters do with their male friends, and the women in their lives usually exist outside of that. Even in Dazed and Confused, perhaps the most iconic stoner movie of all time, the female stoner exists on the periphery. She’s there, but not part of the group.  Her defining characteristic is that she’s female.

Recently, however, lady stoners are starting to come out of the woodwork, loud and proud, on and off your TV screen. Message board threads on marijuana.com debate the best female stoner flicks (Anna Faris’ Smiley Face is the most notable example), and the girls of Girls blather inanely over joints and bowls. 

Consumer culture is also hot on the trail of this new demographic of female shoppers. You can get a pink glitter pipe on Shopjeen, a “Look like Barbie, smoke like Marley” T-shirt on Bewild.com, and a bedazzled grinder on Etsy. There’s even a site called bong beauties, which sells hot pants and nail charms. The #girlswhosmokeweed Tumblr community and stoner Pinterest boards show off these wares, from sports bras with pot leaves to blunt bikinis.

Just so you don’t get confused, here are the 5 kinds of stoner chicks who’ll be puffing around your neighborhood on 4/20.

1) The Manic Pixie Stoner Girl

She’s the first one to whip out the weed and to get the dance party started. And she’ll always make sure you know it’s her that packed the bowl, and not the guy she’s with. She shaves her legs but not her armpits, and she’s not great in heels.

Spirit animal: Ilana Wexler of Broad City

Where you’ll find her: waiting for the L train

Pet: She keeps buying fish, but something keeps happening to them

How she smokes: A pink glass pipe shaped like an elephant


What she calls marijuana: “dope”

What she calls herself: “stoner”

Where she gets her weed: Her ex who still deals sometimes to friends and whatever

Favorite stoner movie: Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke

Favorite stoner musician: Snoop Dogg

Where she shops: Free People

Education: BA in Film from one of the Seven Sisters schools

2) The Power Smoker

She smokes nothing but the best and she’s always the last one standing at your party. She doesn’t care if you think she’s a bitch, but she’s not really one anyway; she’s just a little bit aloof.  But that doesn’t mean she won’t blow smoke in your face if you look at her cross-eyed.  

Spirit Animal: Rihanna

Pet: Her husband

How she smokes: Joints. It’s classic, and she knows she looks hot as fuck licking one.

What she calls marijuana: “weed”

What she calls herself: a “high-functioning stoner”

Where she gets her weed: A delivery service, a la High Maintenance

Where she hides her stash: On her bedside table, next to the vibrator

Favorite stoner movie: Reefer Madness

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Favorite stoner musician: Miles Davis

Where she shops: Bergdorf Goodman’s

Munchie of choice: castelvetrano olives, stuffed with blue cheese

What other drug can she get you?: Cocaine

3) The trust fund hippie

Her rich absentee parents never made her get a job, so she spends her time making collages and looking up various eastern religions on Wikipedia. She wakes up early to do yoga in the nude, takes several naps a day, and good lord, does she ever want a baby.

Spirit Animal: Linda from Togetherness

Where you’ll find her: climbing a tree in a public park

Pet: Cats. So many cats.

How she smokes: Top-of-the-line vape pen (health first!)

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What she calls marijuana: “grass”

What she calls herself: “spiritual”

Where she gets her weed: Grows it herself on her bathroom window ledge

What she does for cash: She has an Etsy shop of decorative flower pots

How she dates: Hasn’t loved since Trevor broke her heart

Where she shops: Anthropologie

Favorite stoner movie: Easy Rider

Favorite stoner musician: Phil Lesh and Friends

Munchie of choice: anything vegan and gluten free

Education: RISD MFA

Vacation destination: Denver

What other drug can she get you?: Peyote

4) The brilliant slacker

There was a lot she was going to do with her life, but instead she watches six hours of Simpsons a day. She hides her curves under flannel shirts because she thinks she’s fat and calls her mother three times a day. She carries a deli bag instead of a purse.

Spirit Animal: Alexandra Pfefferman of Transparent

Where you’ll find her: Therapy

Pet: A dog bigger than she is, and another that could fit in her pocket.

How she smokes: Bong. It’s a piece and an ashtray in one. Life = hacked.

What she calls marijuana: “trees”

What she calls herself: “pothead”

Where she gets her weed: From the trust fund hippie (see above). 

Where she shops: American Apparel. They just have the softest cotton.

Favorite stoner movie: The Big Lebowski

Favorite stoner musician: The Melvins

Munchie of choice: Whatever’s still open and delivering. She’s not picky.

Guilty pleasure: collecting dick pics from okcupid and not sending nudes back

Education: Masters in Philosophy (because she dropped out of the Ph.D. program)

What other drug can she get you?: Beer

5) The tragic wastoid

Wears children’s socks, fingerless gloves and anything with a Fraggle on it. A gamer and a 4chan commenter, She speaks Japanese and hasn’t showered since her interview at Starbucks. She’s going to enroll in the community college in fall, she swears.

Spirit Animal: Gail the snail of It’s Always Sunny


Where you’ll find her: A rave

Must-have accessory: An Adventure Time tattoo

Pet: Iguana with Prozac prescription

How she smokes: Out of an apple

What she calls marijuana: “Loud” (what does that even mean)?

What she calls herself: “Pothead”

Where she gets her weed: A kid at the neighboring high school

Where she shops: shopjeen

Favorite stoner movie: Half Baked

Favorite stoner musician: Crystal Castles

Munchie of choice: Frozen pizza bagels

Education: Public high school in darkest suburbia

What other drug can she get you?: MDMA

Photo via Janos Csongor Kerekes/Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 20, 2015, 10:00 am CDT