The Best Weed References in Pop Culture

Taylor Engle
Apr 13, 2021

Cannabis has only recently begun to lose some of its stigma, but as hush-hush as it may have been in the past, smoking weed has been a major staple of American culture for decades now. And if you’re looking for a sign to spark up, you don’t have to look too hard–they’ve been all around us in our favorite TV shows, movies, music, and more.

For as long as smoking weed has been a pastime in pop culture, it’s been subtly hinted at onscreen. For example, everyone knows how much Popeye loved spinach, but not many are aware that “spinach” was slang for cannabis back in the ’20s and ’30s.

Since Popeye, pop culture has had a lot of fun sprinkling everyone’s favorite herb into their creations for us to find. Here are some of the best references of all time to cannabis in media, and the best Eaze products to pair them with:

1. The Andy Griffith Show + Super Glue Eclipse

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One of the earliest appearances cannabis made on television was on The Andy Griffith Show, way back in 1961 (S1E29, to be specific). In the episode, the father Barney becomes suspicious of Sam Becker, a secretive farmer who seems to have an unusual amount of medical supplies.

Barney and Andy stake out Becker’s farm, Barney convinced the farmer is growing the devil’s lettuce. Nothing is ever really confirmed, but it was definitely a bold move to even hint at weed in the ’60s.

In honor of one of TV’s earliest signs for you to spark up, accompany your viewing session with a smoking session of your own: some of Circles’ Super Glue Eclipse, which will have you couch-locked, yet euphoric.

2. 7th Heaven + Granddaddy Purple

Debuting in 1996, 7th Heaven was one of the most hilarious TV shows to stumble across when you were way too young to actually understand what was going on. The series followed a Protestant minister living in California, his wife, and their seven children.

7th Heaven covered a lot of dramatic topics, but cannabis makes a special appearance on S2E4, when the father Eric finds a joint in the house and is absolutely beside himself. If you want a good, hearty laugh at acting so good you forgot it was acting, you can watch 7th Heaven on Hulu now.

Pair this work of genius with some Granddaddy Purple gummies by PLUS–the perfect calm and relaxing snack to munch on.

3. Weeds + King Louis

While earlier depictions of cannabis on TV were much more negative and intended to instill fear, Hollywood gradually changed their tune in recent years. Jenji Kohan’s Weeds, which aired from 2005-2012, followed Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother who begins selling weed to support her two sons.

The dark dramedy earned Showtime its highest ratings ever. With eight seasons consistently revolving around the plant, Weeds has a ton of bingeing potential. Pair your viewing sessions with some of Everyday’s King Louis, a spicy strain that will leave you feeling as rich and elite as Nancy.

4. Up in Smoke + Suenos Doble

The phrase “Cheech and Chong” in itself is practically synonymous with smoking weed, and Up in Smoke is the first iconic mark they left on the culture. Filmed in 1978, the classic stoner film gained an insane cult following from like-minded individuals and remains popular to this day.

As you join Cheech and Chong on their holistic journey to the plant, puff on some of Vaya’s Suneos Doble for an ultra-chill yet engaging experience.

5. Pineapple Express + Pineapple Express Ultra

The most relatable stoner movie of the 2000s still raved about today is definitely Pineapple Express. Starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, this classic stoner buddy comedy follows a process server and his weed dealer on a crazy chase after they witness a murder.

Pair this hilarious film with its namesake, Pineapple Express. Heavy Hitters’ cartridge with the classic strain will have you feeling productive and bursting with euphoria.

6. Dazed and Confused + Animal Runtz Bambino

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Another classic stoner film from a slightly earlier time (1993). However, Dazed and Confused isn’t written as a typical stoner buddy comedy–it’s a semi-serious coming-of-age story set in high school, on the last day of school in 1976.

Although it was a disappointment at the box office, Dazed and Confused became a cult film, particularly among those who smoke weed. It’s got all the essential elements: weed, ’70s fashion, outstanding hair, and an unrivaled classic rock playlist. Get lost in their world with KGB Reserve’s Animal Runtz Bambino pre-roll–you’d be a lot cooler if you did.

7. Vivienne Westwood + Juseyo

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Cannabis has become such a part of pop culture, it’s even made its way onto the luxury fashion runway. Several designers have incorporated the plant into their designs, like Vivienne Westwood’s cannabis orb necklaces.

Although the necklaces are quite subtle, it was an incredibly bold move for an haute couture designer to include cannabis in her collections. Pair your cannabis necklace (whether it’s by VW or inspired by) with Biko’s Juseyo pre-roll, perfect for anyone who tackles tasks and moves mountains.

8. Korto Momolu + Cake Crasher

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Another brave woman to incorporate cannabis into her creations is Korto Momolu, a Liberian fashion designer whose womenswear celebrates her African roots with traditional, luxury fabrics.

A collaboration with Women Grow led to a full-on collection Momolu presented at New York Fashion Week. However, unlike Westwood, Momolu didn’t draw the plant into her designs–she wove it in using hemp fabric and CBD oil.

Pair her innovate designs (or perhaps some of your own) with Cream of the Crop’s Cake Crasher, a Wedding strain hybrid with a sweet scent and creative effect.

9. “Mary Jane” by Rick James + Candy Mac

If you like getting funky, you’ve definitely heard of Rick James, and if you like getting funky and faded, you know his iconic ode to marijuana, “Mary Jane.” As one of the songs on his debut album in 1978, James was bold for writing a thinly-veiled R&B cannabis ballad, but it remains one of his most popular songs to this day.

Throw this song into the queue and get ready to dance with a blunt in hand, preferably rolled with some of Foxy’s Candy Mac.

10. Dark Side of the Moon + Appalachia

If “Mary Jane” is one of the most iconic stoner songs of all time, then Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd is the most iconic album. Released on March 1, 1973, this album has been transporting smokers to another world for almost fifty years.

Dark Side of the Moon is just one of those things we continue to pass down to each other, like the knowledge of how to stop a joint from canoeing, or how to make a pipe out of a water bottle when you’re desperate. Binge this album with Old Pal’s Appalachia, which will provide you with complete relaxation and openness.

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