These days, not really. If somebody calls an action or event or object dumb or stupid, it's just their opinion that it's an unwise activity, pointless event, or useless object. However, if they use it to refer to a person, it's insulting. Usually, it's used meanly or in the heat of anger. It doesn't mean the person actually IS dumb or stupid, because it's just a vague insult without basis. -- I like best what enilec said in her answer, above: "I think it is just words".
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I think dumb people might be ignorant by choice and too lazy to learn, but mostly stupid would mean lower I.Q. I think although the words are interchangeable. It might not be their fault entirely, so don't ever insult them. They get plenty of insults as it is. People who get addicted to substances practically quit learning in a positive way and just learn how to get their habits fed, and how to survive without getting in deep trouble, and that leads to stupidity too in the sense that they have no awareness of other people's needs. Those people deserve whatever punishment they get.