Contemporary canna-sseurs and boho game aficionados alike can agree that stoned game night is a singular pleasure, especially when the game in question is straight-up cannabis-themed.
Unlike other “mature” board games and card games that require some manner of focus, point scoring, rule keeping, and attention maintaining, stoner games are typically built on the premise that most, if not all, players are too high for that nonsense. In fact, the best stoner games are not focused on strategy or high scores at all. The best stoner games are focused on connection, getting absolutely zooted, and making you laugh till you wheeze and/or pee a little.
And while we’re still totally pro getting high and playing video games, in-person game nights with a few pals can also deliver some delicious memories and inside jokes that you’ll laugh about for years to come. Here are a few of our own game night favorites.
This low-stakes card drawing game is super easy and can be played with or without score keeping. The directive is to draw a card and execute the command, the commands getting increasingly ridiculous the stonier the players become. Played with at least three players, some favorite cards include “play hide and seek,” “correctly guess what time it is,” and “draw the person to your left.” Some cards encourage every player to join in, and others contain solo, almost meditative tasks, depending on the players.
Bonus, the deck is about the size of a deck of playing cards, making it an easy game to pack up play just about anywhere.
Cards Against Humanity Weed Pack
In case you missed it, the ubiquitous party card game of this generation has a cannabis-themed expansion pack. And it’s a must-have addition to the game chest of all card-gaming pot enthusiasts. The Weed Expansion Pack delivers signature CAH gameplay but with weedy overtures and grassy implications that won’t fly too high over any teetotaler’s dome in case there are a few non-smokers at the party.
Weedmaps’s own contribution to the field of stoned gaming is High Standards, a card drawing game designed in cooperation with Fitz Games. Unlike straightforward truth-or-dare style card decks, High Standards is a faster-paced card game that features a variety of mini-games inside its deck. Optimally, this game is played with anywhere from 4-10 smoked-up players who, in addition to the requisite dare/trivia-style game cards, can expect mini-games like “Pitch The Invention” and “What’s My Price?” Whether you plan on gifting it your fave game nerd or expanding your own board game trunk/cabinet/hollow ottoman, consider this game a stoner game night necessity.
For pot-puffing players nostalgic for a game that’s candy-colored and whimsical, Ganjaland reimagines Candyland through a decidedly stoner lens. The gameplay is simple enough to appeal to heady smokers. Basically, characters race to a castle. They advance by drawing cards and either following instructions like, “take a solo puff, close your eyes, make a wish, and advance five spaces” or by completing more involved action cards. For example, the “Where’s Weedo?” cards require players to locate details on the elaborately detailed illustration of Ganjaland portrayed on the game board.
Hot Box Cypress Hill Expansion Pack
Hot Box is a fill-in-the-blanks, Q-and-A card game that’s an obvious effigy to Cards Against Humanity. But unlike CAH’s Weed Pack, Hot Box gets a soft endorsement rather than an enthusiastic one. Many of the cards in the Hot Box set seem written by people who do not smoke weed on the reg and thus rely on antiquated tropes. However, there is a Cypress Hill expansion pack written by the group, and for super-fans of the legendary hip-hop crew, that bonus feature is likely worth the price of admission.
420 – The Card Game
Another simple card drawing game with ultra-low stakes is 420 – The Card Game. Players can keep points or just play in rounds, and this game can be played with an intimate trio of buddies or a room full of folks. Not unlike other card drawing games aimed at stoners, the actions are designed to deliver multiple hilarious moments that will hit especially well for the very stoned. There is a fun feature specific to this card drawing game worth noting. Each card played represents either a point scored or lost, and players are required to take hits for every point lost or gained. I.e., every player hits after every turn. Pro-tip: maybe fill up your stash jars before starting up a round of this game.