The History of the Hoodie and Its Relation to Cannabis

When you’re looking for something easy to throw on and run out the door in, you reach for your favorite hoodie. But how did that cozy cotton piece of casual clothing come to be? Well...

We’re here to break down the history of the hoodie and its impact on popular culture (trust us, it’s an interesting one). Plus, we outline the stoner stereotype throughout the years and how when you ditch that stereotype and what “stoner clothing” used to mean (smelly tie-dye t-shirts), you get the casual clothing and weed hoodies of today. Always Original, we’re here to celebrate the weed hoodies that made us into who we are today.

NOTE: These are just brief outlines on the history of the hoodie, cannabis, and stoner clothing. We’re experts in our crafts (cannabis and weed clothing), not in history.

History of the Hoodie

Medieval monks were among the first reported wearers of hooded garments. Following that, its appearance can be traced to 12th century England following the Norman conquest.

From there, we jump to the 17th century, where hooded garments, like cloaks, were extremely popular for both men and women.

Champion, originally Knickerbocker Knitting Company (yeah, seriously), claims to have made the first hooded sweatshirt in the 1930s, after developing methods for sewing thicker materials. They quickly became popular among the warehouse workers throughout upstate New York, as it helped to protect them from the cold east coast winters. Can you believe the ride Champion has been on to get to the trendy brand they are today?

It wasn’t until the 1990s that the term “hoodie” was finally used popularly -- don’t worry, we’ll get into the acceptance of the hoodie throughout popular culture in just a minute. First, we need to talk about stoner clothing.

The Stoner Stereotype & Stoner Clothing

As cannabis has become legal in many states and weed grows more and more popular in American culture, so has stoner clothing and weed clothing. From dispensary merch to just a “stoner style,” let’s break down the “stoner” stereotype and what that means for fashion.

Throughout the late 1800s in America, you could find all-natural weed in pharmacies for medical use. It wasn’t until 1937 that cannabis was banned from use in the US.

The Hoodie in Mainstream Media & Popular Culture

Jumping back to the hoodie, let’s discuss its place in mainstream media and popular culture. Throughout the 1970s, you could find hoodies everywhere, favorable with American universities who proudly displayed their crests and rising in popularity alongside hip-hop. Hoodies quickly became a popular street style but hadn’t quite yet made it to mainstream music culture.

But in 1976, probably one of the most famous sweatshirt scenes on the big screen, Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa ran up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in his iconic grey hoodie in the movie Rocky.

Throughout the 1980s, hip-hop really made its way into mainstream music and brought hoodies along with it. Picture Public Enemy‘s 1988 album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. And by the 1990s, there was no turning back for the hoodie. They were an undeniable wardrobe staple.

The 21st-century media uses hoodies throughout TV and movies to portray a character who either doesn't want to attract attention or wants to be seen as very casual and laid back (their priorities are not school or work). A few types of characters fall into these categories, the hacker (think Elliot from Mr. Robot), the jock (Andrew from The Breakfast Club), and the stoner (think Jay and Silent Bob from Clerks or Spicoli’s Baja hoodie in Fast Times at Ridgemont High).

Originals Weed Hoodies - Today’s Take on The Hoodie

When you ditch the stereotypical stoner clothing and combine the iconic hoodie style with weed apparel, you get the Originals weed hoodies and casual clothing.

From our OG Collection, we created four weed-inspired black hoodies because everyone needs a cozy go-to hoodie to curl up in, so go for one that's soft, smooth, and stylish. They’re the perfect choice for cooler evenings!

Thank You for Smoke Black Hoodie

Our iconic “Thank You for Pot Smoking” black hoodie in a graffiti-style font on the front lets everyone know how much you appreciate them. Plus, with the 2021 list of Originals strains on the back, including King Louie, Animal Face, and all the OGs in between, you can really show off your Originality.

Originals Zip Up Hoodie

Originals Family Farms logo on the front, all your favorite Originals strains on the back. It’s like a band concert tour date tee, but it’s all the weed. This lightweight, modern fit unisex zip-up black hoodie is the perfect piece for a breezy summer day.

Originals Family Farms Hoodie

Classic all the way. Show everyone that you smoke the best LA has to offer with the Originals Family Farms weed hoodie.

Originals California Bear Hoodie

This black hoodie features a graphic black and white California grizzly bear design with original patterns throughout, spot the flames, checks, stripes, and weed leaves. It’s our two favorite things, California and weed.

Shop the entire OG Collection.

Now that you’ve learned the history of the hoodie and why weed hoodies are a part of today’s stoner clothing fashion, you can rep your Originals weed hoodie in style.