Even with marijuana's growing acceptance, several stars have sworn off smoking for a variety of reasons, such as weed-related health issues, anxiety attacks, lack of focus, getting older, incarceration, or for the benefit of their children.
So why did the following singers, rappers, actors and musicians swear off cannabis? Some have quit for years, some did it relatively recently, some slowed their roll, and a few have picked up the habit again. Read on to find out why their high times ran out.
Miley Cyrus told Cosmopolitan in 2017 she quit smoking weed and drinking as a way to clear her mind. Cyrus, who was a proud marijuana user, said she stopped using drugs about 10 weeks before releasing her new single "Malibu" in May 2017. She said she had more energy, felt more clear-headed, and overall was more productive.
"Anything that I want to do, if I want to stop or start something, I can do anything," she said. "I just decided not to [smoke] anymore and now it's easy for me."
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Brad Pitt told Hollywood Reporter that he eventually grew tired of his Mary Jane habit towards the end of the '90s. It was causing him to feel sluggish and depressed. Pitt said, "I was hiding out from the celebrity thing, I was smoking way too much dope, I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut and I really got irritated with myself."
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When Lady Gaga injured her hip during her 2013 Born This Way Ball tour, she started smoking pot to ease the pain. Gaga was reportedly smoking up to 15 joints a day, and eventually realized that her habit was a problem. "I was just numbing, numbing, numbing myself then sleeping it off, then getting on stage, killing it in pain, then getting off and smoking, smoking, smoking, not knowing what the pain was," she told Mirror.
Upon realizing that she needed help to get sober, Gaga called on performance artist, Marina Abramovic, to help her curb her weed cravings. Abramovic put her through an intense 3 day rehab at her own home, where she immersed Gaga completely in art. Gaga was able to kick the habit, and now only smokes "a little bit [of weed] at night."
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Everyone remembers that infamous line from the SNL skit, "Natalie's Rap:" "When I was at Harvard/I smoked weed every day/I cheated every test/I snorted all that yay."
Although Portman was kidding about the cocaine and cheating, it seems that her claims about smoking pot were true. Portman told Entertainment Weekly that she indulged in a little marijuana use in college, but that she's "too old for that now."
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Method Man didn't admit that he was swearing off the sweet leaf forever, but he has certainly slowed his roll since 2011. "I'm not actually distancing myself from my marijuana culture people, but it's not in the forefront anymore," he told Hiphophoodcommunity.com. "I got kids to raise, man."
He also apparently grew tired of the stereotype that he was always smoking weed, or always high. It comes to a point where no matter where you go, they're always thinking you're high. And I'm not always high. I mean, right now, I'm sober as a priest."
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Sir Paul McCartney first smoked weed with Bob Dylan back in the '60s, and has been toking on and off for about four decades. However, now that he's getting older, Sir McCartney has decided to quit in order to set a good example for his grandkids.
"Back then, I was just some guy around London having a ball, and the kids were little, so I'd just try and keep it out of their faces," he explained. "I don't do it anymore. The truth is, I really don't want to set an example for my kids and grandkids. It's now a parent thing."
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In 2011, Yelawolf confessed to the Baltimore Sun that he no longer smoked weed because it gave him anxiety and paranoia. Most people smoke weed to chill out and mellow, but that lifestyle seemed to clash with Yelawolf's style. He went on tour with Wiz Khalifa, and spent many weeks opening for this chilled-out stoner. "I don't even smoke weed," he said. "I scream and jump around, act crazy. He's chill."
Although their styles seemed to clash, the two had an awesome time on tour together.
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In an interview with New York Magazine in 2007, GZA admitted that he was probably the only member of Wu-Tang Clan at the time who had quit smoking ganja. GZA quit smoking weed in order to be more productive. He said, "I could have done so much more in the past. I'd get up, roll a blunt at seven in the morning. If I played chess online, I wanted a blunt. If I read a book, I would smoke a blunt, and then I'm reading the same page like five times."
Although he relapsed a year later when Wu-Tang went on tour, he claims to have quit for good. Nowadays, he doesn't even allow people to smoke joints in his car, because he doesn't like the smell. If one of his buddies wants to get high, they'll have to take it outside.
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