Scooby-doo's shaggy was a pothead

Scooby-doo's shaggy was a pothead
Luke Sumpter

Shaggy from the Scooby-Doo cartoon series has always been an interesting character, to say the least. It turns out there are quite some theories claiming that Shaggy was actually a pothead. Scooby snack anyone?

If you grew up with the older generation of cartoons or have seen some of the reruns, you are probably familiar with the various conspiracy theories surrounding some of the shows of that period.

From theories about Charlie Brown being afflicted with cancer, to the Flintstones being a product of a post-apocalyptic scenario, Popeye’s spinach actually cannabis, and yes, Shaggy from Scooby-Doo was definitely a pothead.

It turns out that Scooby-Doo has quite an active fan base and there are many theories about the different characters of the series. Some say that Velma was a lesbian, while some claim that Scooby is actually a ghost-dog, but the most popular theories are about Shaggy as he seems to love the same thing what we love most; weed.


Shaggy’s “hallucinations”

As those who are familiar with the show already know, Shaggy is the lanky, cowardly friend of Fred, Velma, and Daphne, who spends most of his time with his pet dog, Scooby. But this seemingly run-of-the-mill setup has been linked to various darker theories.

One of them is that Shaggy was born into a rich family who had an abundant supply of drugs, particularly cannabis. He was said to be regularly picked on by his three companions, which was why he was more comfortable confiding in Scooby.

What makes this theory a lot grimmer is that Scooby is believed to have passed away a long time ago and is merely a product of Shaggy’s hallucinations. Add to that the notion that he is able to talk to his (supposedly deceased) pet dog, it only creates more room for speculation.


Apart from the fact that he is the most easily scared, another glaring difference between Shaggy and the rest of the bunch is his physical appearance. While Velma, Fred, and Daphne are portrayed as established-looking adults, Shaggy, on the other hand, is featured as a more laid back, yet unkempt version of the other three.

Because of Shaggy’s messy hairstyle, baggy clothes, and constant paranoia, fans have formulated the theory that he could possibly be stoned all the time. After all, the cartoon came into existence in 1969, as the world was ushering in the famous “Flower Power” era.

Of course, the cartoon itself also showed portrayals of Shaggy, Scooby, and the gang with various allusions to cannabis smoke.
"We're lost in the fog." Yeah right.


If there’s one thing that is distinct about Shaggy’s character, it’s that his hatred and fear of ghosts, ghouls, and goblins is equal to his undying love for food. There are many episodes where Shaggy is seen eating copious amounts of food by himself, not to mention some delicious Scooby Snacks (which was supposedly dog food, but clearly it was some kind of drugs or perhaps pot infused cookies).

Of course, one major cannabis-lover’s trait we are all familiar with is the “munchies.” Adding that to the conspiracy equation (and Shaggy’s supposedly hard upbringing), you would be right to consider that he is indeed a cannabis-loving individual.

Shaggy and Scooby were also in the back of the van most of the time. Top that off with the fact that they seem to be giggling about together most of the time, we can probably guess what they were doing back there.

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Although Scooby-Doo originated as animated television series in 1969, a real movie about Scooby and his friends was made in 2001, called Scooby-Doo: the movie.

In the movie there is a scene where Shaggy meets a girl named Mary Jane, with whom he clearly falls in love and Mary Jane and Shaggy talk about their mutual love for Scooby snacks.

Although this all sounds innocent, but Shaggy, played by Matthew Lillard, mentioning that Mary Jane is only like, his favorite name, only strengthens the theory that we are not wrong to think that Shaggy is a pothead.

Luke Sumpter
Luke Sumpter

Luke has worked as a cannabis journalist and health science researcher for the past seven years. Over this time, he’s developed an advanced understanding of endocannabinoid system science, cannabis phytochemistry, and cultivation techniques.