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James "Cubby" Nelan





In this golden age of awesome Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror movies, it is magical time for those of us who partake in the sweet flora of the gods.  The wide selection of movies being produced allows me to constantly engage in my favourite of pastimes: Going to the movies high. With my years of experience as cannabis-user AND passionate theatre-goer, I’ve spent copious hours perfecting my stoned movie theatre routine. After many awkward and stupid experiences (almost entirely my fault) I realized how useful it is to have an action plan BEFORE getting lit up like a projector bulb. Here are some helpful tips and tricks I highly recommend for maximizing your enjoyment and minimizing your awkwardness when going to the movies stoned.


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HOW TO GET HIGH AND GO TO THE MOVIES: Is weed legal where you are?

As a result of weed being illegal for the majority of my life, many of my ideas come from keeping a low profile while stoned.  That being said, I believe many of the strategies are the same regardless of the current laws wherever you are. I am a firm believer of keeping my stanky-ass smoke and dopey-ass brain from ruining anyone else’s movie night. Therefore, my guidelines for smoking in public apply here: Avoid getting your smoke in people’s faces, and avoid making your idiot brain someone else’s problem. Which leads me to…




There are many factors at play when figuring out how high you should be at the movies. The balance between having your high fade out during the movie and being a drooling, slack-jawed moron the entire time can be a difficult thing. Deciding how high I want to be depends on a plethora of elements, such as:

  • The genre of the movie (more high for Sci-Fi, less high for Disney cartoons)
  • How busy will the theatre be (less high the more people I’ll be surrounded by)
  • What time of day it is (more high the later it starts)
  • And etc…

My ideal movie-going high starts with smoking a joint on the roof outside my local movie theatre (shout-out Jackson Square Theatre) and then eating some form of edible right when the film starts. I find this is the best way to have a steady high all the way through to the end of the movie.


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HOW TO GET HIGH AND GO TO THE MOVIES: What time are you gonna go?

Picking your showtime wisely is incredibly important. For most people, this will be based on what free time you have and what movie you want to go see. Trying to get the most enjoyment possible out of the experience is the name of the game though, so taking some time to figure it out is definitely a good idea. I personally like going to the theatre when the fewest possible people will be there, because being surrounded by a bunch of sweaty, dumb, phone-checking, loud-chewing idiots is not my favourite way to spend $15. There are some obvious ways to avoid people, like going to matinee showings on weekdays or avoiding opening weekends of movies that are likely going to have massive box office numbers. Another tactic is to go to animated movies after 10pm on weekdays, because the only thing worse than a bunch of obnoxious people in your theatre is a bunch of obnoxious whole families in your theatre. I’d rather chew on the tinfoil.



HOW TO GET HIGH AND GO TO THE MOVIES: Remember your Weed Scouts Motto…

Be Prepared! Another fantastic benefit of living in this era of cinema is how easily you can avoid having human interaction. Once you have your movie time selected, reefers rolled, and some edibles in your pocket, your sober brain can do your future (baked) brain the biggest favour of all: purchasing everything you need well before you get there! Purchasing tickets in advance is one thing (ASSIGNED SEATS, BABY), but the magic of selecting and paying for your concessions is the next level of convenience. For me, the less interactions I have with movie theatre staff, the better for everyone involved. I don’t want to waste their time attempting to form a coherent conversation when I’m as stoned as sedimentary rock. The ultimate endgame for all of this preparation is limiting how many decisions have to be made once I get baked.

If all the preparations go well, you should be able to walk into the theatre, pick up your snacks, grab your seat without having to say more than 10 words. Then all that’s left is the countdown until the lights go dark and the screen gets bright. Now just lean back and get blissed out.


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James "Cubby" Nelan is a former member of the band that wrote that "song you think you might know" and currently talks too much about the complexities of Superheroes to anyone who will listen. Those discussions mostly take place on the Mass Nerder podcast, but anyone who gets him a little bit high will probably get an earful too. A polite advocate for cannabis, tasty beer, and peanut butter snacks, James resides in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada with his family, friends and two ungrateful cats. You can find James on Instagram at @cubbynelan or catch him on stage with his band, Born In The 80’s.

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