Written by Rita Thompson
It’s no secret that cannabis is taking over—and these unassuming celebs are just like us.
Cameron Diaz—actress, writer, and model—has always been open about her cannabis use. Growing up in 1980s in Long Beach, CA, The Shrek star even attended high school with known cannabis enthusiast, Snoop Dogg.
“He was a year older than me, ” Diaz explained in an interview with Herb.co. “I remember him there…He was very tall and skinny, wore lots of ponytails on his head. I’m pretty sure I bought weed from him. I had to have.”
Snoop replied jokingly on Twitter, “Cameran Diaz givn out all the secrets!! She got a thing 4 that sticky icky!”
Cameron Diaz givn out all the secrets!! She got a thing 4 that sticky icky!
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) January 21, 2011
In an interview with W Magazine, Diaz expressed that growing up, beach trips never came without a joint. “It took two hours to get there [the beach] on a bus. You stayed all day, ate corn dogs. It wasn’t the ‘California Dreamin’’ thing (…) We only had $2 for a joint.”
In February 2015, the star also spoke David Lynch about practicing Transcendental Meditation. “To have that tool now and to be able to go inside the deepest part of myself and to access that and to recharge my battery internally, within myself, I feel so badass. I really do. I think it’s so awesome.”
Freeman may have given up hard drugs a lot time ago, but he’ll always be on the herb. He’s even referred to it as God’s own weed.
During a 2015 interview with the Daily Beast, the Shawshank Redemption actor spoke passionately about his love for cannabis. “They used to say, ‘You smoke that stuff, boy, you get hooked!” Freeman joked. “My first wife got me into it many years ago. How do I take it? However it comes! I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it!”
The legendary actor also uses the flower for relief from fibromyalgia pain in his arm and heavily supports legalization efforts. “They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, ‘Legalize it across the board!’”
Oprah has always been open about her history of drug use. In a 1996 segment about mothers facing addiction, she even admitted to having smoked crack cocaine.
While she’s certainly put those days behind her, it’s not completely clear whether or not Oprah still uses cannabis. In a 2013 segment on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, Winfrey claimed the last time she smoked was in 1982. But when Cohen joked that the two should hang out after the show, Winfrey laughed and accepted. “Okay! I hear it’s [cannabis] gotten better!”
According to Winfrey’s best friend Gayle King, the famous talk show host has partaken in a fair share of joints in her day. “Oprah has smoked a little marijauana, too. I don’t mind saying that,” King expressed on The Ellen Show. Although, she did backtrack a bit, raising some questions on Winfrey’s current smoker status. “I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incriminate her… It’s not something that happens on a regular—I’m going to change the subject.”
Regardless of whether or not Oprah’s still smoking in 2020, her website does currently feature informative articles on the topic.
In recent years, four-time Super Bowl champion, Joe Montana, has begun speaking out on the benefits of cannabis for NFL players. While he did not personally utilize the flower during his 16-season career, he strongly believes it’s the time to recognize the herb’s healing powers. In a 2014 interview with Playboy, Montana expressed, “Legalization is picking up steam on a global level and I feel like now is the time to spread information about the curing capabilities of this plant.”
In 2017, Montana took part in a more than $4 million investment in seed funding for HERB, one of the largest cannabis-focused media companies in the world.
“With the trend quickly leaning toward national or even global legalization, we think it will be imperative that there is a reliable source of educational content, which will ensure that cannabis consumers are well-informed about the benefits as well as the risks of using the plant,” said Montana.
Just last year, the Hall of Famer also took part in a $75 million investment in Caliva, a cannabis operation whose brand strategist is Jay-Z. With these two working together, there’s no telling how soon medical cannabis will enter the NFL.
There are full on stoners, and there are Jennifer Aniston’s—and we appreciate them all the same.
In a 2001 interview with Rolling Stone, the actress openly expressed her appreciation for the flower. What she didn’t seem to appreciate, however, was the press stories referring to her and her then-husband, Brad Pitt, as “hooked on drugs.”
“You see something like that—me and my husband, hooked on drugs. Then you read the story, and it says you smoke pot (…) Pot!” she exclaimed. “I mean, I enjoy it once in a while. There’s nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation. Geez, Louise.”
Anniston has also advised one of Howard Stern’s producers on his first time trying cannabis. “You’re going to smoke weed for the first time?” Aniston asked the 39-year-old while on the show, “You really haven’t? And you grew up here?”
“Just pace yourself,” she advised. “It’s either going to be the worst day of your life or the best day of your life. Don’t worry, you’ll live.”
And she’s right, we all do!