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10 Music Stars Who Gave Up Marijuana

10 Music Stars Who Gave Up Marijuana

Author: Justin Mckibben

The music industry is well known for a population consisting mostly of young people who thrive off the evolution of pop culture, and often the fame and fortune is coupled with temptation. The life of a rock-star or music icon is typically associated with drugs, and marijuana seems to be the most common of all. So here we will take a look at some of these bright stars who stopped smoking pot, and at the reasons they had for giving it up. Be it for their career, their children, or their future, here are 10 music stars who gave up marijuana.

1. Mark Foster

10 Music Stars Who Gave Up Marijuana


The front-man of Foster the People credited the most unlikely person in music with helping him to quit marijuana for good. Foster actually said he gave up using marijuana only 3 days prior to meeting Snoop Dogg at a festival, and that in a July 2012 interview with Q magazine that the rapper discouraged him from sharing a blunt together. Snoop had once declined the opportunity to smoke up with Foster, telling him sometimes you need to “slow down and focus on your sh**”.

2. George Michael

10 Music Stars Who Gave Up Marijuana


George Michael has numerous  arrests on his record regard marijuana charges, including a drug possession charge in 2008 and a 2010 conviction of driving under the influence of cannabis, which resulted in a jail sentence. After substance abuse counseling Michael declared in August 2011 that he had given up marijuana, but it was his battle with pneumonia and subsequent three-week coma in late 2011 that convinced him go on the wagon for keeps.

3. Neil Young

10 Music Stars Who Gave Up Marijuana


Many rock legends slip plenty of marijuana references into their classic songs, and Neil Young is no exception! He put weed references into “Roll Another Number (For the Road),” and other hits, but now has been sober for over two years after giving up booze and marijuana. Young got clean initially to write his 2012 memoir Waging Heavy Peace. “I did it for 40 years. Now I want to see what it’s like to not do it. It’s just a different perspective,” he said during an interview last year.

4. Lady Gaga

10 Music Stars Who Gave Up Marijuana


Lady Gaga had a long standing reputation as a marijuana enthusiast and has even been known to smoke a joint on stage. However as her hip injury grew worse on her Born This Way Ball tour, the singer admitted that she was smoking more and more marijuana throughout the day to help numb the pain.  Gaga underwent hip surgery, but found herself unable to kick her habit. She credits performance artist Marina Abramovic with inspiring her to get off marijuana last summer on a bizarre retreat. But this sobriety was short lived, as Lady Gaga now admits to smoking “a little bit”.

5. Cee Lo Green

10 Music Stars Who Gave Up Marijuana


This six-time Grammy award winner and current judge of The Voice was inspired to give up his weed habit after marijuana back in the late ‘90s with his former band Goodie Mob and “never got comfortable with [marijuana] again.” However, he was allegedly caught smoking weed last month while on The Voice, and in a cover-up NBC removed the footage of him blowing smoke out of his nose from all re-runs of the bad trip.  In November 2010 Cee Lo Green expressed that he had suffered an anxiety attack he says was induced by smoking

6. Travis Barker

10 Music Stars Who Gave Up Marijuana


Mr. Blink 182 Travis Barker, who also has made a name for himself with the Famous Stars and Straps clothing line, gave up marijuana in the spring of 2012 after being diagnosed with six ulcers and Barrett’s esophagus, which was attributed to his habitual pot smoking and unhealthy lifestyle. Barkers esophagus lining become pre-cancerous, and after undergoing an emergency tonsillectomy, he completely altered his way of living.

7. Andre 3000

10 Music Stars Who Gave Up Marijuana


Singer Andre 3000 of the hip-hop duo Outkast “always kept an ounce” at the peak of his fame”. But in a 2003 interview, he revealed that he had at the time sworn off smoking pot and drinking (in addition to becoming a vegan) in 1998 after realizing that the drug had taken control of his life. “I was kind of abusing it. I wasn’t looking my best. I had a platinum album out and I would do stuff like go to [the] projects to buy weed,”. Impressively after over a decade it appears that Andre 3000 is still both drug and meat-free!

8. Kid Cudi

10 Music Stars Who Gave Up Marijuana


Cleveland, Ohio’s own Kid Cudi was the self-proclaimed “lonely stoner” rapper who got his momentum toward fame from songs about smoking weed on his 2009 and 2010 Man on the Moon albums. This all changed as of April 2011 when Kid Cudi wrote a confessional post on his Tumblr page and announced he had quit smoking weed, expressing frustration about his constant association with the drug and stoner culture. “I’m 27 with a business to run and I need to be alert and focused with my mind strong,”.  It seemed that after growing as an artist and a business man, Kid Cudi no longer desired to feel limited to influencing the pot-smoking counter culture.

9. Paul McCartney

10 Music Stars Who Gave Up Marijuana


Paul McCartney, former Beatles member and celebrated artist has been a shameless marijuana advocate since the ‘60s and was infamously arrested in Japan for possession of pot back in 1980. Then just months before his 70th birthday, McCartney revealed in a February 2012 interview that he was giving up using marijuana for the sake of his eight-year-old daughter, Beatrice, proving that you are never too old to make a change.

10. Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion)

10 Music Stars Who Gave Up Marijuana


Last but most certainly not least is the artists formerly known as Snoop Dogg, now known as Snoop Lion, and always known as a pot poster boy. This rapper’s long-standing love of weed has even led to him doing anti-drug ads while completely under the influence, but he vowed to stop smoking pot over a decade ago. “Drugs cloud your vision. I was having fun when I was getting high … [but] I’m 30 years old now,” he said in January 2003. Despite this conviction, less than two years later Snoop (whatever) admitted to smoking weed regularly again, and was even arrested for possession of marijuana in January 2012. Snoop has since turned his love of marijuana into a business, endorsing his own rolling papers and exclusive strains of cannabis, in addition to writing the theme song for Discovery Channel show Weed Wars. So while it was a very short lived run, some would still count him in given his extensive qualifications.

Artists, musicians, celebrities of all kinds face the same temptations, and sometimes the same circumstances when it comes to substance abuse and addiction, and many of them experience at some point the devastation that can be caused when drugs take hold of their lives, and when control is lost, what else an addict can lose in the process. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135

Lady Gaga says she’s addicted to Pot: Is that possible?

Lady Gaga says she’s addicted to Pot: Is that possible?

Lady Gaga: Addicted to Pot

Lady Gaga has revealed details of her marijuana addiction, explaining that at one point, she was smoking 15 to 20 marijuana cigarettes a day.

“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. I have been addicted to it and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self-medication,” Gaga said. Gaga admitted that she had a history of addiction to other substances and she “lily pad(s) from substance to substance” when she gets to the point that she can’t get the effects she wants anymore. “I do put that pressure on myself; I have to be high to be creative. I need that, that’s an error in my life that happened for over 10 years. Can I be brilliant without it? I know that I can be and I have to be because I want to live, and I want my fans to want to live,” she said.

Marijuana Addiction: Is it Real?

While research has shown that the percentage of people who try marijuana and become addicted to it is small, it is possible to get hooked on the drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 9% of marijuana users become dependent on the drug, with that percentage going up for people who begin using the drug in adolescence.

Marijuana withdrawal, called cannabis withdrawal in the recently released fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V)) has long been recognized as a mental health problem. It affects people who stop using marijuana after long-term use and is characterized by anxiety, difficulty sleeping, irritability and aggression. And while it’s impossible to die from a marijuana overdose like you would from other illicit and dangerous drugs, such as heroin, dependence on marijuana can cause disruptions to people’s lives.

What is Marijuana Addiction?

Traditionally, people have argued that marijuana has no addictive properties because it doesn’t affect its users like heroin or other opiates do. These arguments are based on so-called evidence that pot simply is not physically addictive like other “harder” drugs, which lead to tolerance and withdrawal effects in users. But psychiatrists are no longer making a distinction between biological and psychological addiction because both can have equally detrimental effects. After all, addiction really is about not just physical dependence but the mental obsession to use that leads to the compulsive using behaviors.

Key characteristics of an addiction include the inability to abstain from using the substance, behavioral impairment, cravings and diminished recognition of chronic, increasing problems because of abusing the substance. Not only do marijuana addicts fit into each of these categories, but in the most serious cases, pot addicts who seek treatment have destroyed their families and social relationships, are in serious financial trouble, show signs of memory impairment and have emotional issues due to abusing marijuana.

If you or a loved one is struggling with a marijuana addiction or other drug addiction, call toll-free 1-800-951-6135. Palm Partners can help.





In the News: Lady Gaga Battled Bulimia and Anorexia

         Lady Gaga exploded into superstardom just four years ago when her “The Fame” album hit stands in 2008 and spawned number one hits like Just Dance and Poker Face. Since then she’s given us, Fame Monster (remember Telephone with Beyonce?) and Born This Way. We’ve seen her perform half naked, walk red carpets in bizarre outfits (even a meat dress), walk the runways of Milan and Paris, fight for gay rights and anti-bullying all over the world. Many have attacked her in-your-face attitude and say that her music and fashion is too vulgar. I have to disagree with her critics and say that she’s just the average American who’s had her good and bad days. Now we know that alongside her past addiction to cocaine she’s also a person whose battled an eating disorder.

In all honesty it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. Gaga did not invent this wheel; she’s just giving it another spin. Many artists before her have express themselves very loudly through their sexuality and fashion – artists like Grace Jones, Elton John,  Janet Jackson, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Cher, and Donna Summer. The need to express oneself is not singular to Lady Gaga or to anyone else; it’s a universal need for all human beings.

So when tabloids attacked her for gaining weight she was quick to fire back and rightfully so if I may add. Gaga posted four pictures of herself (one depicted above) on her fan website in which she is in her underwear, sans Photoshop or makeup proudly displaying her body.

The captions above each photo read: “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15… But today I join the BODY REVOLUTION…. To Inspire Bravery…. and BREED some … COMPASSION.”

The Body Revolution section of the fan website has been flooded with fan photos of their bodies – some overweight, underweight, scarred, healthy, unhealthy, disfigured; a true depiction of the impact of eating disorders. News media outlets need to take more responsibility for scrutinizing celebrities’ weight. With the added 25 lbs. to her frame you can clearly see that she is nowhere near being overweight or unhealthy. It’s a shame that she’s being bullied about it.

Eating disorders are so common in America that 1 to 2 out of every 100 students will struggle with one. Each year, thousands of teens develop eating disorders, problems with weight, eating, or body image. The two most common forms of eating disorders are Anorexia and Bulimia. Many more women than men have anorexia and bulimia. The disorder is most common in adolescent girls and young women. The affected person is usually aware that her eating pattern is abnormal and may feel fear or guilt but the obsession and need to restrict binge or purge food is too strong to stop.

The exact causes of anorexia and bulimia are unknown. Genetic, psychological, trauma, family, society, or cultural factors may play a role.

Anorexia Nervosa
People with anorexia nervosa, commonly referred to as anorexia, are fearful of gaining weight and have a distorted body image. Anorexics will do anything to continuously lose weight like go on strict and extreme diets that require them to eat very little (if anything at all), exercise non-stop, purge their food, and take laxatives.  Anorexics tend to be extremely underweight and suffer from medical problems like decaying teeth, severe malnutrition, loss of period and thyroid gland problems. Anorexia is a serious condition and has led up to death in about 10% of all cases.

Behavioral signs of Anorexia:

  • Cutting food into small pieces or moving them around the plate instead of eating
  • Exercising all the time, even when the weather is bad, they are hurt, or their schedule is busy
  • Going to the bathroom right after meals
  • Refusing to eat around other people
  • Using pills to make themselves urinate (water pills or diuretics), have a bowel movement (enemas and laxatives), or decrease their appetite (diet pills)

Other symptoms of anorexia may include:

  • Blotchy or yellow skin that is dry and covered with fine hair
  • Confused or slow thinking, along with poor memory or judgment
  • Depression
  • Dry mouth
  • Extreme sensitivity to cold (wearing several layers of clothing to stay warm)
  • Loss of bone strength
  • Wasting away of muscle and loss of body fat

Bulimia Nervosa
People with bulimia nervosa, commonly referred to as bulimia, also are fearful of gaining weight and have distorted body images. Bulimics usually combine binge eating and purging as a way to prevent weight gain. They will binge on large amounts of food, mostly alone, and then purge afterwards. Bulimics tend to be either overweight or at a “healthy” weight.  Many people with bulimia are also considered anorexic.

Behavioral signs of Bulimia:

  • Binge eating on high calorie foods in private and feeling guilty afterwards
  • Using pills to make themselves urinate (water pills or diuretics), have a bowel movement (enemas and laxatives), or decrease their appetite (diet pills)
  • Compulsive exercise
  • Suddenly eating large amounts of food or buying large amounts of food that disappear right away
  • Regularly going to the bathroom right after meals
  • Throwing away packages of laxatives, diet pills, emetics (drugs that cause vomiting), or diuretics

Other symptoms of Bulimia may include:

  • Broken blood vessels in the eyes (from the strain of vomiting)
  • Dry mouth
  • Pouch-like look to the cheeks
  • Rashes and pimples
  • Small cuts and calluses across the tops of the finger joints from forcing oneself to vomit

As you can see Anorexia and Bulimia are serious health disorders and as a society we need to take a stance and say enough is enough. We shouldn’t glorify unhealthy body images and tell men and women that it’s okay to hurt your body as long as you’re thin. Kudos to Lady Gaga for sticking it to those tabloids!

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