Bob Marley had once said, “Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.” Cozying up in your comfy sofa in a penthouse apartment you must be wondering what the hullabaloo is all about? Well, you see, there are a lot of celebrities like Marley, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna and Willie Nelson who don’t give a damn about who gets to know about their affinity for weed smoking. On the other side of the spectrum, there are some celebrities who act ‘holier than thou’ in public, but in private, they aren’t afraid to pull out that joint and light it up.
So to shed a little light on the topic, we have come up with our list of the most surprising celebrities who are famous potheads! Some of the names listed here would make you go, “What? He cannot be a pothead!” while the others will make you erupt in a bout of self-appreciation, “I always thought they might be a pothead!”
But something is for sure, by the time we reach the end of this list, you would surely want to award us our junior detective badge for digging so deep to discover famous stoners who manage to keep their addiction a secret so flawlessly!
Who knew that the statuesque star whose voice and intimidating presence had made films like The Shawshank Redemption, Seven and Through the Wormhole iconic movies of our generation had been hiding a dirty secret all along? What that might be, you ask? Well his famous quote. “Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen, – that stillness becomes a radiance” might hold a clue to the riddle. Still don’t get it? Well let’s not dangle the bait any longer! The hero of your dreams, the man whose one look is enough to bring gravitas to a cinematic scene had once proudly proclaimed, “I will never give up on the ganja” (seems as if it is his closest friend, eh?) He had also been heard claiming that marijuana use gave him energy and has been a staunch supporter of the legalization of marijuana. Was he stoned when he performed his iconic roles? *gasps*
When Oprah Winfrey, star of films like Selma and The Color Purple inspired you with the words, “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” you might have been fooled into believing that she was sprouting her usual philanthropic wisdom. But what escaped your notice was that she was addressing the sentence in a literal rather than a metaphorical sense! While giving an interview to Andy Cohen, she accepted that she might not have smoked weed since the year 1985 but she was all for making it free for everyone!
The real man behind Bradley Cooper’s Kitchen Confidential has confessed in the book of the same name, “We were high all the time, sneaking off to the walk in refrigerator at every opportunity to conceptualize. Hardly a decision was made without drugs. Cannabis, methaqualone, cocaine, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms soaked in honey and used to sweeten tea, secobarbital, tuinal, amphetamine, codeine and, increasingly, heroin, which we’d send a Spanish-speaking busboy over to Alphabet City to get in.” The celebrity who gets high on programs like No Reservations these days was quite a party animal and famous pothead in the 80s and 90s!
Who can help but fall for this handsome hunk each time his eyes crinkle up when he gifts the world with his lopsided grin again and again? Rumor has it that the magic in his eyes owes a lot to his pot addiction. This famous pothead got caught for the first time when he was discovered to be under the possession of marijuana, going at the bongos completely butt naked in the year 1999 in Austin. That he was given a role in Dazed and Confused was just a matter of common sense really!
You must often have wondered how can a person be so cool if he hasn’t had any help from outside? Well, your suspicions hit the nail right on its head as it has been proven that your beloved Indiana Jones is actually a crack aficionado. In an 2002 NORML conference, both Ted Turner and Bill Maher had openly challenged Mr. Ford to come out of the pot addiction closet already by listing him amongst one of the most famous stoners of our day and age. If that wasn’t enough evidence for you, the actor himself said that ‘legalization of marijuana’ should probably be done! We feel you Sir!
Horror and pot go hand in hand, it seems! It might be difficult to imagine him rolling a joint but the fact remains that King has been quite open and forthright in his belief that marijuana should be legalized. He can even be quite jocular about it as proven by his quote: “I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful for the state of Maine. There’s some pretty good homegrown dope. I’m sure it would be even better if you could grow it with fertilizers and have greenhouses.” There must surely be a link between crack and creativity, don’t you think?
This Olympic record breaker swimmer’s relationship with marijuana has been the most tragic of all. Having struggled with substance abuse quite publicly for a few years even having been photographed smoking marijuana once, he was arrested in 2014 and was barred from participating in the 2015 U.S world championship. Get a grip on yourself, Phelps!
Come on! This has to be the least surprising one in the list till now! Given the absolute madcap that he is, who can blame him even if he has had marijuana addiction? Carson Daly had once told Vanity Fair magazine that he and Johnny Depp used to smoke weed in their dressing rooms. However, he clarified his position on the matter with an interview to the Film Review magazine where he said, “I’m not a great pothead or anything!” and stressed that alcohol is a thousand times more harmful than weed. We couldn’t agree more!
It is quite unbelievable that the President of the United States, Barack Obama could be so vigilant about exercising stringent marijuana laws on the entrepreneurial ventures in the states which have legalized weed, when he had written in his book Dreams of my Father had said that, “Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.” Don’t be so quick in branding him as being hypocritical! While addressing the students from Northwestern University he had lamented, “The War on Drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws.” Deep!
Bernie Sanders, the most popular presidential candidate to become Obama’s successor in the White House, confessed in a Michigan rally that he had tried out weed not once, but twice during his lifetime! He seemed quite eager to share his experiences with cannabis, “…what it did for me was it made me cough a lot, that was my response. But I gather other people have had different experiences.” Such a cool grandpa, don’t ya think?