12 celebrities who have talked about smoking weed
Many stars have a lot to say about weed — whether they’re speaking about legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana or simply sharing how smoking it impacts their life.
Here are some celebrities who have spoken about smoking weed:
Lady Gaga has said smoking weed helps manage the physical and emotional stress of stardom.
In her 2017 Netflix documentary, “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” Lady Gaga said marijuana helps her manage the chronic pain she experiences from fibromyalgia — a muscular disorder that can lead to pain, fatigue, and mood issues.
She said that it helps her cope with the stress that can come with a life in the spotlight, too.
According to Lifeline Live, on a 2011 episode of “60 Minutes,” she said that she also smokes weed when she writes music to help stimulate her creative process.
“I smoke a lot of pot when I write music. So I’m not gonna, like, sugar coat it for ’60 Minutes’ that, you know, I’m some, like, sober human being ’cause I’m not,” she said.
But according to People, Gaga mentioned in a 2013 radio interview that the pressure to constantly create great music led her to rely on weed a little too much. She said that, at one point in her life, she was addicted to marijuana.
“I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely, and looking back I do see now that some of it had to do with my hip pain. I didn’t know where the pain was coming from so I was just in a lot of pain and very depressed all the time and not really sure why,” she said.
Snoop Dogg said that Willie Nelson once out-smoked him.
It’s no secret that Snoop Dogg likes weed. In fact, getting high is a consistent theme in many of the rapper’s lyrics.
Although many people have tried to go toe-to-toe with Snoop, he told Vibe in 2017 that only country star Willie Nelson has been able to out-smoke him.
“None of my kids drink, but smoke … responsibly,” he said. “I try to be an example, try not to be hypocritical. How can I tell them not to when I do? It’s just the way that I do, I do it very respectfully.”
Willie Nelson has maintained his pot-loving image for years.
Country superstar Willie Nelson is probably one of the most famous weed-smoking celebrities.
In a 2019 interview with Rolling Stone, Nelson said that smoking weed saved his life.
“I wouldn’t be alive. It saved my life, really. I wouldn’t have lived 85 years if I’d have kept drinking and smoking like I was when I was 30, 40 years old,” he said. “I think that weed kept me from wanting to kill people. And probably kept a lot of people from wanting to kill me, too.”
Willie capitalized on his image as a “legendary stoner” with Willie’s Remedy, his personal line of cannabis products including coffees and teas that are infused with hemp oil.
Sarah Silverman said Seth Rogen told her that she was the first celebrity he ever smoked pot with.
Comedian Sarah Silverman has made her love of marijuana known to her fans. She even gave TV host Giuliana Rancic a peek at her weed vape pen during a 2014 red-carpet interview for the Emmys.
In a 2015 interview with BuzzFeed, Silverman said she was the first celebrity Seth Rogen ever smoked weed with.
“Seth Rogen told me that I was the first famous person he ever smoked pot with. Which I have no recollection of, needless to say. But I was very honored,” she said.
On a 2015 episode of “Conan,” she also talked about getting high with her parents.
Rogen has brought his own experience into his stoner roles.
Rogen has played a stoner in films like “Knocked Up” (2007) and “Pineapple Express” (2008), but he’s also been outspoken about his marijuana usage in real life.
Rogen said he often smokes while writing, and he told MTV News in 2011 that weed helps make the daily grind a lot more manageable.
“I don’t know if it helps me write. It makes me not mind that I’m writing. And I don’t know if it makes me work better, but it makes me not care that I’m working,” he said. “Who wants to work? But if you’re stoned, it doesn’t seem like work.”
In a 2019 interview with Stephen Colbert, Rogen even admitted to being high “all day every day,” including while he’s filming.
“Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson says he smokes weed to manage some of his health-related issues.
According to People, in 2018 Pete Davidson told Howard Stern that his marijuana use has helped him manage the symptoms of his borderline personality disorder and Crohn’s disease.
“There was a point where I couldn’t get out of bed. I was 110 pounds,” Davidson said talking about the effects of Crohn’s disease. “I also just love smoking weed.”
He continued saying, “I’ve been smoking weed every day for eight years.”
Melissa Etheridge said smoking weed helped her through her breast-cancer treatments.
Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge said she started using marijuana medicinally after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.
Etheridge told Billboard that smoking helped her recover during cancer treatments.
“My stress level and all the things I felt contributed to my cancer 12 years ago, I absolutely treat them everyday by smoking cannabis and keeping a balance in my life,” she said.
In the summer of 2019, she acquired the non-retail license necessary to open a cannabis manufacturing and processing facility called Etheridge Farms Cannabis.
She’s hoping to target first-time users and middle-aged women with her products.
“I’ve got a keen direction toward middle-aged women who are discovering, ‘Hey, I don’t want to take an Ambien every night. I don’t want to have to drink wine every night to relax, because I know those things aren’t good for my body,'” she said, according to Daily Democrat.
Many stars, from Lady Gaga to Pete Davidson, have been open about why they smoke weed and how often they do so.
9 Things Smoking Weed Does to Your Body
When it comes to polarizing health topics, few subjects spark more debate than weed (except maybe CrossFit or the Paleo Diet). Can it improve your health? Lower stress? Make you more forgetful? Even make you thinner?
The science is still, well, hazy—but some research is starting to give us an idea of what exactly weed does to the human body.
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For instance: Toking up regularly could dull your emotional response and cause addiction, according to a marijuana study from the University of Michigan Health System. Researchers analyzed 108 people in their early 20s (69 men and 39 women), all of whom were taking part in a larger study of substance use. In the study, participants sat in an MRI while they played a game, in which they pressed a button when they saw a target on a computer screen cross in front of them. Before each round, they were told they could win 20 cents or $5—or they might lose that amount, or have no reward or loss. Scientists assessed the moment of anticipation (a.k.a. when volunteers knew they could get a few dollars richer).
Now, you’d think getting free money would be cause for excitement, but scientists found the more marijuana use volunteers reported, the less their reward centers were activated.
“Over time, marijuana use was associated with a lower response to a monetary reward,” study author and neuroscientist Mary Heitzeg, Ph.D, said in a press release. “This means that something that would be rewarding to most people was no longer rewarding to them, suggesting but not proving that their reward system has been ‘hijacked’ by the drug, and that they need the drug to feel reward—or that their emotional response has been dampened.”
That’s not all. Smoking weed might also be more addicting than you think.
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“Some people may believe that marijuana is not addictive or that it’s ‘better’ than other drugs that can cause dependence,” Heitzeg said. “But this study provides evidence that it’s affecting the brain in a way that may make it more difficult to stop using it. It changes your brain in a way that may change your behavior, and where you get your sense of reward from.”
To be fair: Even if one scientific study suggests that marijuana might help your bones grow or hurt your short-term memory, that doesn’t necessarily make it true. All this research is still developing, and it’ll be a long time before we know anything for sure about weed’s effects on the human body. Still, it’s good to know where the science is heading.
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