Stoner movies entered the Hollywood market in the 1970’s, with the release of Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke. This original stoner comedy was followed by two sequels, Nice Dreams and Still Smokin, as well as a number of other movies centered around cannabis. More current stoner movies, including, Harold and Kumar, Grandma’s Boy, Pineapple Express, This is the End, and The Night Before, have gained in popularity and have an almost cult-like following.
For some cannabis users, these are their go to movies after a good sesh. Other cannabis users may prefer a more cerebral experience, with movies that really make you think and expand your mind. Below we have attempted to compile a top 10 list of the best movies to watch while smoking an indica.
Grab Your Favourite Indica
Indica strains are well known for their ability to relax the mind and body. They produce a calming body buzz and also lead to the munchies, so make sure your snack game is strong before you start the movie! Indicas are also known for their ability to aid in sleep, so, fair warning, you may end up falling asleep well before the end of the movie.
Top 10 Movies for an Indica Night In
This movie doesn’t involve any stoners or the usual comedic themes of a stoner movie, but it makes the list because if you are a fan of sci-fi movies and smoke before you see it, your mind will be blown. Arrival focuses on the intricacies of first contact. How would the world react if alien spaceships were to land? More importantly, how would we communicate with them? This movie will make you ponder the complexities of language and communication like never before.
Zombieland follows the lives of four survivors of the zombie apocalypse; a shy student trying to get back to his family, a gun toting madman who is desperately searching for the last twinkie on earth, and a pair of sisters trying to get to a survivor’s paradise. Zombieland is full of slapstick comedy, zombie violence and goofy antics and is sure to keep you laughing all night long.
8. Requiem for a Dream
Requiem for a Dream is the story intricately links the lives of a lonely widowed mother, her son Harry, his beautiful girlfriend Marion and his best friend Tyrone. It is a hypnotic tale of four human beings each pursuing their vision of happiness. Even as everything begins to fall apart, they refuse to let go, plummeting with their dreams into a nightmarish, gut-wrenching freefall. Light up some indica and open your mind to this movie, you won’t be disappointed!
7. Grandma’s Boy
Alex, a 35-year-old video game tester is forced to move in with his Grandmother and two roommates, an oversexed Grace and an overmedicated Bea. Alex tries to save face with his new boss by telling her he is living with “three hot babes”, but his secret is revealed when the part at grandma’s house begins. Toke up on some Granddaddy Purp and enjoy this cannabis fueled comedy with some good friends.
6. Dr. Strange
Dr. Stephen Strange’s life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. While this movie has no stoner content, the magic and special effects will have you mesmerized for two hours. This is another movie in the growing Marvel universe and is intertwined with the Avengers.
5. Boogie Nights
In the San Fernando Valley in 1977, teenage busboy Eddie Adams gets discovered by porn director Jack Horner, who transforms him into adult-film sensation Dirk Diggler. Brought into a supportive circle of friends, including fellow actors Amber Waves, Rollergirl and Reed Rothchild , Dirk fulfills all his ambitions, but a toxic combination of drugs and egotism threatens to take him back down. The soundtrack to this movie will have you groovin’, while the indica will has you relaxed and euphoric.
4. The Night Before
This is a great movie to watch around the holidays, especially if the holidays aren’t your favourite time of year. In the movie, lifelong buddies Ethan , Isaac and Chris have gathered on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holidays with a bang. As Isaac prepares to become a first-time father, the friends realize that their annual tradition is coming to a sad end. To make it as memorable as possible, they plan a night of debauchery and hilarity by searching for the Nutcracker Ball, the Holy Grail of Christmas parties in New York. This drug fueled comedy will have you feeling the holiday spirit in no time.
3. The Big Lebowski
Enjoy this timeless stoner classic which has developed a cult following. Jeff `The Dude' Lebowski is mistaken for Jeffrey Lebowski, who is The Big Lebowski. Which explains why he's roughed up and has his precious rug peed on. In search of recompense, The Dude tracks down his namesake, who offers him a job. His wife has been kidnapped and he needs a reliable bagman. Aided and hindered by his pals Walter Sobchak, a Vietnam vet, and Donny, master of stupidity.
2. Across the Universe
The songs of the Beatles provide the sonic framework for this musical tale of romance, war and peace. When young British worker Jude sets sail for the United States in search of his father, he ends up meeting carefree college student Max and his lovely sister, Lucy, along with a cast of eccentric characters. As Jude and Lucy fall for each other, their relationship is threatened by the social upheaval that accompanies the Vietnam War. After smoking your favourite indica sit back, relax, and enjoy the music.
1. Reefer Madness
You can’t have a top 10 list of movies and cannabis without including this cult classic that started it all. High-school principal Dr. Alfred Carroll relates to an audience of parents that marijuana can have devastating effects on teens. In his story, a drug supplier entices several restless teens, including sister and brother Mary and Jimmy Lane and Mary's boyfriend, Bill , into frequenting a "reefer" house. Gradually, Bill and Jimmy are drawn into smoking dope, which affects their family lives and leads to a terrible crime. This movie is unintentionally hilarious and will show you the paranoia around cannabis in the 1930’s.