In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the word "freak" was used for heavy marijuana smokers (other drugs might be involved as well) in New England boarding schools and as far south as Pennsylvania.
My 16 year old son (public school New Jersey) and 50 year old colleague (public school NY) had never heard the term used.
I believe "freak out" is still used for a bad experience on drugs. But in this case, I mean simply "freak"--without any modifiers
1) Was this term used more widely than in boarding schools 25 years ago? 2) Is it still used anywhere? 3) When was it first used to mean stoner? (BTW "stoner"--a synonym, was not in use in those days, although the verb form "to get stoned" certainly was) 4) When was "stoner" as a noun first used?