Acting can be hard… Ignoring the fame, money, luxury it affords, it can still be an exceptionally tiring job so sometimes an actor will just want to sit back and relax after a hard day on set. What better way to unwind than enjoying the relaxing prowess of cannabis. Cannabis has been shown to reduce anxiety and even reduce performance nerves, so it’s a natural fit with the high stress world of being an actor.
In this article we’ll have a look at some of the famous faces who have shown the most love for that special herb, campaigning for legalisation or just promoting the benefits of cannabis use. Some, you may have guessed… *cough* Seth Rogan, but others are a little more obscure. But, one thing uniting everyone on our list is their understanding of cannabis and its component compounds’ myriad benefits. So, join us as we walk down Hollywood Boulevard and see some of the stars who we’ve found out use cannabis.
Celebrities, and artists in general, have always had a symbiotic relationship with weed. So, it’s no surprise that to this day, there are numerous actors who are very open about their love for cannabis. For more articles like this one, and for exclusive deals on flowers, vapes, edibles, and other legal products, remember to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter. Also save big on Delta 8, Delta 9 THC, Delta-10 THC, THCO, THCV, THCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!
Where better to start than the man who’s made a career from movies centred around cannabis and stoners in general. With films such as Pineapple Express, Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin, Rogen doesn’t shy away from using cannabis on screen, portraying the classic, even iconic, image of his stoner character. Rogen’s career started with a small appearance in Donnie Darko, before he became much more recognisable, appearing in the films listed above as well as writing and starring in the hit movie Superbad. Rogen is one of the most famous celebrity cannabis users around.
In an interview with the Irish Times he was quoted as saying: “I drink my coffee as I smoke my joint, and I continue smoking weed until I go to sleep. I often will wake up in the middle of the night and have a few hits of a joint if I’m not sleeping well”. Rogen doesn’t drink and it may be that part of his reason is because he gets so much joy from cannabis, he doesn’t need anything else. Seth Rogen has even started his own cannabis company called Houseplant. Houseplant specialises in cannabis based items, including bespoke ashtrays as well as tailored strands of cannabis. He also seems to enjoy being associated with cannabis, saying:
“I’m honoured to be associated with weed, honestly. Sometimes people expect me to try to wiggle out from under being a very famous stoner. But I’m as proud of it as anything.” Rogen has smoked weed on Television, with talk show host Conan O’Brien and has always advocated cannabis’s calming effects. I think it’s pretty clear that Seth Rogen is a rather strong campaigner for a greater awareness of the benefits of cannabis and clearly earns a place on our list.
Woody Harrelson is another iconic actor who has a fond relationship with cannabis. Famed for playing a number of characters with calming southern drawls (see Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri or Zombieland) he is always a welcome and friendly presence on screen. His relationship with cannabis is well documented and he is often keen to highlight the issues in laws restructuring cannabis’s use. In an interview with the Evening Standard, whilst Harrelson was in a play, he said: “There’s a level of hypocrisy that exists within governments about it, and I have to call bullshit when I see it.
Tobacco and alcohol and various pharmaceuticals are all much more addictive than pot. If they’re going to be hardcore about banning things, I say spread it out across the board” His activism for legalising cannabis is widely known and he was even arrested in Kentucky for planting hemp seeds, a rather symbolic act to highlight the hypocrisies in the state’s then laws on cannabis. Though he did give up smoking cannabis for a little while in 2017, reports are that he has been brought back to the green side by none other than Willie Nelson who Woody went to see at a show before lighting up with him backstage. It seems Woody has some friends in high places.
Lady Gaga (real name Stephanie Germanotta) started her career as a singer, with hugely successful hits including poker face and paparazzi, but recently has shown that her talents extend to the silver screen. With a phenomenal performance in A Star is Born, which led to her first Academy Award, she has most recently been seen in the latest Versace film. Lady Gaga is also a cannabis advocate, using the drug as a way of relieving the chronic pain she suffered from an operation.
In an article she once told the Daily Mail of her love of cannabis ‘I take a puff and I’m me when I was 17 again in my white gogo boots looking for a job and there’s something quite creative and liberating about that.’ Her medical use of cannabis for her chronic pain may have gone a little too far though, with her reaching a stage where she would smoke ‘15-20’ joints a day to deal with the after effects of a hip operation. She now has a much more stable relationship with cannabis.
Perhaps a surprise addition to our list, but Jack Nicholson, one of the world’s leading and most iconic actors is a well known cannabis user. Most famous for his iconic roles in films such as: A Few Good Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and of course The Shining, and being the only actor to have been nominated for an oscar across the past 5 decades, he was also known for his party lifestyle and candidness about drugs, cannabis being one that he used often. After the allegations about Roman Polanski came out, Nicholson was found with a stash of cannabis stored in his bedroom.
Cannabis was his drug of choice for years: “I still love to get high, I’d say, about four days a week. I think that’s about average for an American,” he said in an interview from the 1980’s. It also seems that he understands cannabis’ medical uses as well, not only using it for recreational purposes. Recently he was interviewed by the Daily Mail and said about cannabis: ‘I don’t tend to say this publicly, but we can see it’s a curative thing.’ Perhaps this is Nicholson’s nod to the many benefits that cannabis and its component cannabinoids offer users.
After Seth Rogen, there aren’t many actors who are as vocal about their cannabis use as Sarah Silverman. Perhaps more famous for her comedy shows, but still well known for film appearances (School of Rock, Wreck it Ralph and Bad Santa) Sarah Silverman has become a key spokesperson when it comes to cannabis use and legalisation. She has often spoken openly about how she uses cannabis to help her sleep and sometimes write comedy, saying on a podcast ‘“Sometimes at night I’ll smoke a little pot before bed and I’ll think of a great idea for a joke, but then in the morning I realize it’s not a complete thought in any way.
I think George Carlin said `write stoned and edit sober’ or something.” Teaming up with Seth Rogen, they started the campaign ‘Cannabis in Common” a movement urging governors across the United States to think seriously about the legalisation of cannabis. She is a very important voice when it comes to raising the awareness of the benefits of legalising cannabis across the entire USA.
Jack Black is a household name, with movies that have made all generations laugh: School of Rock, Kung Fu Panda and Tropic Thunder to name a few. Did you know he was a cannabis enthusiast? He’s shown the public that he knows his way around a pipe in his brilliant interview on Getting Doug with High. He has long been an advocate for cannabis legalisation, even being on the Marijuana Policy Project’s VIP advisory board, a group with the sole aim of cannabis legalisation. He has a special relationship with cannabis, seemingly understanding its medical benefits too.
In an interview with Marijuana Venture about cannabis’s medical uses he was very enthusiastic: “Of course! It’s an effective painkiller, a proven sleep aid, appetite stimulator and glaucoma destroyer … and it can induce deep, powerful belly laughter — the best medicine!” All ideas that we strongly get behind and find it encouraging that a celebrity of Jack Blacks Caliber is able to speak openly about in public interviews.
A Hollywood walk of fame through the cannabis users who ‘light up’ the big screen. Some of these actors may have been expected, some surprising but all highlight how popular cannabis is within some of the acting circles. What may be most visible is that all of these celebrities have been quite outspoken about their support for the complete legalisation of cannabis and also of its uses beyond recreational use. Perhaps, with this visible support from celebrities, public opinion and eventually political opinions of cannabis will shift, making it more accessible and legal for everyone.
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