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"Stoners are lazy and unmotivated." is a stereotype that has been unfairly applied to the image of marijuana smokers. However, we believe that it is all about the person, not the leaf. With that in mind, we'd like to recognize marijuana users who demonstrate that this is correct: The Most Successful Stoners of 2022. We created a ranking system with seven metrics to rank 201 popular stoners in six different fields. Furthermore, we investigated whether smoking weed makes stoners less successful or more creative than non-smokers, and whether smoking more frequently affects success level. The detailed methodology is quite complex, so we will leave it until the end of this article. For the time being, let's get to the most interesting part: Who are the most successful stoners?

A fun fact is that the most successful people in the world all have one thing in common: they all started out as stoners: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and even George Washington – all did it. And here is the list of Most Successful Stoners in every field, from crowd-pleasing musicians to all-star politicans.

Top 10 Most Successful Stoners


Snoop Dog

,surprisingly, is not among the top 10 most successful stoners.

rihanna Rihanna
justin-bieber JustinBieber*
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  • bill-gates BILLGATEs
    harry-styles HarryStyles
    miley-cyrus MileyCyrus
    madonna Madonna
    justin-timberlake Justin Timberlake
    lebron-james LebronJames
    Justin Bieber
    Barack OBAMA
    Bill GATES
    Miley Cyrus
    Justin Timberlake
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    Top 5 most
    successful female
    marijuana smokers

    • Rihanna
      rihanna #1
    • Lady Gaga
      lady-gaga #2
    • Miley Cyrus
      miley-cyrus #3
    • Madonna
      madonna #4
    • Jennifer Aniston
      jennifer-aniston #5

    Top 5 most
    successful male

    • Justin Bieber
      justin-bieber #1
    • Barack Obama
      barack-obama #2
    • Bill Gates
      bill-gates #3
    • Harry Styles
      harry-styles #4
    • Justin Timberlake
      justin-timberlake #5


    • lebron-james LeBron James 0.74
    • tom-brady Tom Brady 0.63
    • michael-phelps Michael Phelps 0.47
    • kareem-abdul-jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 0.43
    • mike-tyson Mike Tyson 0.36

    Basketball and Football has the highest numbers of successful stoners.

    TOP 5 MOST SUCCESSFUL Academicians

    • stephen-king Stephen King 0.97
    • maya-angelou Maya Angelou 0.35
    • carl-sagan Carl Sagan 0.35
    • alexandre-dumas Alexandre Dumas 0.25
    • stephen-jay-gould Stephen Jay Gould 0.25

    TOP 5 MOST SUCCESSFUL Politicans

    • barack-obama Barack Obama 0.65
    • arnold-schwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzenegger 0.63
    • kamala-harris Kamala Harris 0.56
    • al-gore Al Gore 0.50
    • bill-clinton Bill Clinton 0.47

    Among most famous stoner politicans, 50% are Democrats, 42.5% are Republicans.

    TOP 5 MOST SUCCESSFUL Entrepreneurs

    • bill-gates Bill Gates 0.86
    • joe-rogan Joe Rogan 0.43
    • sergey-brin Sergey Brin 0.40
    • stephen-colbert Stephen Colbert 0.38
    • martha-stewart Martha Stewart 0.35

    TOP 5 MOST SUCCESSFUL Actors/Actress

    • brad-pitt Brad Pitt 0.61
    • jennifer-aniston Jennifer Aniston 0.60
    • morgan-freeman Morgan Freeman 0.51
    • robert-downey-jr Robert Downey Jr 0.50
    • bruce-willis Bruce Willis 0.49

    TOP 5 MOST SUCCESSFUL Singers/Musicians

    • rihanna Rihanna 0.80
    • justin-bieber Justin Bieber 0.66
    • lady-gaga Lady Gaga 0.63
    • harry-styles Harry Styles 0.52
    • miley-cyrus Miley Cyrus 0.51

    The most creative weed smokers

    Some people have great ideas when they're high on weed, but others may have less divergent thinking, which is a fancy way of saying they're not creative. Whatever the case, some stoners have managed to harness their inner genius while under the influence of cannabis.

    For this study, we focused on musicians and singers because music is an industry that values creativity. Here's the list we generated of the most creative stoners in the music scene.

    Because the music industry highly values creativity, we only rank stoner singers/musicians.

    #1 Dave Grohl
    #2Dierks Bentley
    #3 Bob Dylan
    #4 Kevin Smith
    #5 Eric Church

    Weed smokers vs
    Their Non-smoking

    To get a better picture of the impact that weed smoking has on individual success rates, we compared and contrasted successful weed smokers with successful non-smokers. We used the results to gauge both individuals' success levels and creativity levels, and here's what we found out.

    Weed Smokers Tend to Be More Successful than Their Non-Smoking Counterparts.

    According to our calculations, the smoking group has a 12.45% / 3.99% higher Mean / Median success score than the non-smoking group.

    Mean MEDIAN
    Non-Smoker 261,954,421 83.929
    Smoker 294,988,020 87.278

    The Public Views Non-Smokers As More Trustworthy

    Although success seems to favor smokers over non-smokers the public trust meter tends to go in a different direction. According to our findings, nonsmokers have a 14.53% higher Mean crediability score than smokers. The non-smoking group’s Median score is also 2.83% higher.

    Mean MEDIAN
    Non-Smoker 6.1083 4.792
    Smoker 5.3345 4.660

    Non-Smokers Tend to Be More Creative than Their Weed-Smoking Counterparts

    Weed has often been praised for its ability to give people a stroke of genius. But we found that non-smokers tend to be more creative than their weed-smoking counterparts.

    In fact, in terms of creativity score, the Mean / Median score of non-smoking groups is 15.38% / 84.70% higher than their smoking counterparts.

    Mean MEDIAN
    Non-Smoker 1.945459759 3.0262
    Smoker 1.686159552 1.6384

    Marijuana smoking frequency & Success

    Is less more when it comes to smoking pot? Do individuals who smoke less have a better chance of being more successful than those who smoke more or those who don't smoke at all?

    This section is dedicated to answering these questions. To get a clear picture of smoking frequency and its impact on success, we divided smoking frequency into three levels: frequently, occasionally, and rarely.

    Here are what we found out:

    There's No Link Between Smoking Frequency and the Degree of Success

    From the data gathered, there is no direct link between how often one smokes and how successful they become.In fact, our analysis showed that:

    The correlation point between smoking frequency level and success degree is only 0.035

    Heavy Weed Smoking Doesn't Mean Less Success

    65.85% of famous stoners are frequent smokers. And according to our data, seven of the top ten most successful stoners smoke a lot.


    Music and Sports Have the Highest Proportions of Frequent Smokers

    Out of all the jobs that were looked at, the most successful pot smokers are in music and sports.


    We drew our sample for this analysis from a list of the most successful stoners previously published in various publications such as Rolling Stone, High Times, and so on.

    To get the list of people who don't smoke, we get the search volume of keywords with the pattern [popular person 1] vs. [popular person 2], where popular person 1 is a well-known stoner and popular person 2 is their non-smoking counterpart. For example, Rihanna vs. Beyonce. Then, from the keyword with the highest search volume, we'll get [popular person 2], which is the non-smoking counterpart.

    We examined 201 successful marijuana smokers and 201 of their non-smoking counterparts. We used seven criteria to figure out the level of success for the section on the most successful people in different fields. Here's a breakdown of what each criterion considered.

    Public Influence: This analyzed the total number of Instagram and Twitter followers the individual has.

    Achievements: We gathered all of an individual's awards as listed on Wikipedia. We assigned a weight to each award based on its public registration, then totaled the scores and came up with a value that indicated their achievement.

    Net Worth: We obtained this information from CelebrityNetWorth

    Name Recognition: We obtained this information from YouGov.

    Public Positive Engagement: We obtained this information from YouGov.

    Name Search Interest: We obtained this information from Ahrefs

    Career Advancement: Here, we tried to analyze how well their careers were doing using varying metrics. The choice of metrics depended on the individual's field. For example, in the music industry, metrics include MV views, YouTube likes, and album sales

    To gauge creativity, we relied on public opinion. This involved extracting all comments from the subject's most recent 5 YouTube videos. We examined the ratio of opinions containing the word "creative" or words with similar meanings to "creative." We used this to determine how creative the individual's fans considered them to be.

    The data in the "smoking frequency" section was derived from how often the individual commented on their weed smoking level. These statements came from a variety of sources.


    Even though we tried to be as accurate as possible, there were a few things that kept it from being 100% accurate:
    The first of these limitations was the sample population. We drew our sample size from a list of famous people.
    The other limitation of the study is that the public opinions used to determine creativity came from the individuals' fan bases on platforms like YouTube. Fans' opinions may not be the most reliable source because their judgment can be clouded by other things and their own personal biases.

    Lastly, we made up for missing data by using the average value from the sample to fill in the gaps. This could lead to slight discrepancies between the data on paper and the actual statistics on the ground.

    However, this analysis was free from any deliberate bias and focused on representing the information obtained as accurately as possible, all limitations not with standing.

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