With medical marijuana legal in most US states and recreational use legalization in place or gaining ground in almost a dozen others, celebrities supporting cannabis are coming out of the woodwork. Some, admittedly, have always been vocal about their pot use, but quite a few big-names are coming out as 420-friendly celebrities and others have even started their own weed businesses.
Let’s look at celebrities who use, endorse, or started their own business in the cannabis industry.
Celebrities who use or endorse CBD
CBD is probably the easiest component of marijuana for anyone to support because of its many medicinal properties without the psychoactive piece that gets you high. Cannabidiol (CBD) is an extract of cannabis and hemp plants that has sparked an entire health industry line of tinctures, topical creams, edibles, creams, vapes, and more products. For those who suffer from arthritis, joint or back pain, insomnia, chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, anxiety, nausea, and more, CBD can be a lifesaver when traditional pharmaceuticals don’t work or create a new set of symptoms.
Here is a list of celebrities who either use or endorse the use of CBD products to help people live better, healthier lives.
- Morgan Freeman. Beloved by all, Morgan Freeman is a huge advocate for plant-based medicine, especially CBD. He was in a severe car crash over a decade ago that led to him developing fibromyalgia. Since then, he’s been using CBD and THC products to manage his pain.
- Tom Hanks. Another celebrity beloved by all, Tom Hanks uses CBD to help control his anxiety. He spent years taking pharmaceuticals and when he finally tried CBD oil, he was amazed at the effect. Hanks said, “The first time I ever tried CBD was to help sooth my anxiety. I was fed up with taking various pills to try and make me ‘better’… It wasn’t how I wanted to live my life anymore. So I gave CBD oil a try. It was a huge relief for me to feel like myself, yet the edge was gone. A bonus to the whole thing was the relief from various aches and pains I have. Especially the arthritis in my knees. It immediately alleviated 90% of my pain” …. “The benefits of CBD oil are unlike anything any pill or medication can do.” In fact, Hanks is such a proponent he teamed with Cornell University to study how CBD helps those with Type 2 Diabetes.
- Jennifer Aniston. As a businesswoman, film producer, and actor, Aniston uses CBD oils because of their amazing medicinal benefits without the psychoactive effects. She said, “CBD helps with pain, stress and anxiety. It has all the benefits of marijuana without the high.”
- Michael J. Fox. As everyone knows, Michael J. Fox suffers from Parkinson’s disease. What you might not know is that he’s been using cannabis and CBD oil to control the symptoms of his disease. His foundation, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, studies how cannabis, marijuana, and CBD affect and help those with Parkinson’s. Those studies found evidence that the cannabinoids in CBD bind with receptors in your brain much like your body’s natural cannabinoids to help control appetite, mood, and sleep.
- Montel Williams. Montel was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999. He’s been using CBD since then and founded his own CBD company, Lenitiv. Since studies found that CBD helps those with MS fight fatigue, pain, and spasticity, he’s working to create his own line of products based on those that helped him with MS for over two decades.
- Melissa Etheridge. In 2004, this platinum award winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, she’s been vocal about her use of hemp CBD to help her make a full recovery. Rumors say she’s even entering the cannabis business herself.
- Mike Tyson. Love him or hate him, Tyson is big in the cannabis industry. He’s recently launched a CBD brand called CopperGel that produces topical relief items. Tyson talks openly about his goal to create a marijuana empire. He’s looking into expanding his current brand into hemp-infused drinks and muscle pain salves.
- Mandy Moore. Moore fell in love with CBD after using it to heal high heel pain, which many women suffer from. Worried about walking down the red carpet at the Golden Globe awards, Moore said, “This year I’m trying some CBD oil on my feet, which my stylist recommended. I asked her if there was some kind of numbing cream, and she was like, ’No! Try Lord Jones CBD Oil.’”
- Kim Kardashian. Love her or hate her, she has quite the outreach. For her fourth child’s baby shower, the theme was CBD products. Kardashian said, “Anyone that knows me knows I am obsessed with CBD everything!” She also said, “Let’s zen out for a Saturday,” surrounded by guests stretched out on yoga mats. “So everyone have a puff and put on some oil.”
- Seth Rogen. Rogen is a vocal proponent for the wide benefits of CBD. His non-profit, Hilarity for Charity, focuses on Alzheimer’s support, and he’s keenly interested in how CBD can help with the disease. Rogen is a big advocate for CBD law for medicinal purposes and believes CBD products like oils and creams are a valuable treatment method for those suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Celebrity CBD brands
Some celebrities go beyond using or advocating for CBD and its benefits to creating their own CBD brands. Since it’s likely that the cannabis industry will top billion dollar status this year or next, proponents of CBD are diving into the market. They’re creating health supplements, beauty products, special products for pets, and so much more. Let’s look at celebrities who put their money behind their fervent belief in the use of CBD.
- Whoopi Goldberg. Comedian, actor, author, TV host, and more, Whoopi has done it all. She’s been vocal about her use of medical marijuana to reduce menstrual cramps and to relieve the symptoms of glaucoma. But Whoopi is pretty business-savvy, so she teamed up with Maya Elisabeth, a big name in the medical marijuana industry. Their company, Whoopi and Maya, sells CBD and THC infused products to help women suffering from menstrual cramps. Finally, someone is taking women’s pain seriously.
- Gwyneth Paltrow. Another big name celebrity, Paltrow has blockbuster movies under her belt, but she’s also a smart businesswoman. In 2008, Paltrow created her lifestyle company Goop headquartered in California that promotes fashion and healthy lifestyles. Goop recently jumped into the CBD market and launched a line of CBD products called Fleur Marche. The line primarily comprises skin care products, tincture, edibles, lotions, and oils.
- Tommy Chong. Who hasn’t heard of Cheech & Chong? Is it no surprise that Tommy Chong created his own brand of CBD products called Chong’s Choice? Chong’s company started off selling THC products, but has since branched out by partnering with Diamond CBD to offer a line of CBD products. From vape pens, edibles, and oils to other premium merchandise, Chong’s Choice promises and delivers on quality.
- Montel Williams. We mentioned Montel before as a huge advocate, but he also belongs in this category. He created his own line of products by partnering with leading CBD sellers. His brand, Montel by Select, offers a line of 100% hemp derived CBD capsules and oil products to help treat multiple sclerosis and other health issues. While Montel admits to using pot almost every day since the 1990s, his line of CBD products will be more widely available than THC oils and edibles.
- Melissa Etheridge. Another celebrity from the previous section, Etheridge found CBD when she was combatting the effects of steroids, painkillers, and other pills while fighting breast cancer. Her brand, Etheridge Farms, is devoted to offering marijuana products to medical patients in California. She’s also working on a weed wine that is less psychoactive than smoking marijuana.
Celebrities who flip-flopped on weed
While many celebrities are coming out as advocates for marijuana, a few have changed their minds. Some are embracing cannabis while others are swearing off. Here’s a look at celebrities with different opinions than they had in the past.
- Gene Simmons. One of the lead musicians in the group Kiss, Simmons was vocal for decades with an anti-drug message that included pot. He was in several Rock Against Drugs ads because he believed in the straight and narrow. Simmons never did drugs, never smoked pot, and never drank alcohol. He lent his voice and his celebrity status to anti-drug messaging. In 2018, he changed his mind, which he mainly attributes to his son. Said Simmons, “I was judgmental, I was dismissive and a little arrogant—I was wrong [about marijuana].” While he doesn’t use weed himself, he’s a huge proponent and chief evangelist for Invictus-MD, a Canadian cultivation company. It probably has nothing to do with the $2.5 million that came with the title.
- Sanjay Gupta. A medical doctor often interviewed and quoted on television, Gupta used to say, “Don’t do it; it’s bad for your health.” That is, until he learned about the many benefits of medical marijuana. Thanks to plenty of medical studies, Gupta has changed his mind. In 2013, he admitted he was wrong about medical cannabis and continues to support its use and benefits.
- Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg has run the gamut of being either for or against marijuana. Back in the 1990s when he was Marky Mark with his musical group the Funky Bunch, they had several hits that made drug-free references. For example, in their number one hit “Good Vibrations,” Wahlberg rapped, “No need for speed, I’m anti D-R-U-G-G-I-E, my body is healthy.” But later, he flip-flopped and started smoking pot. In 2011, he spoke to the press about his recent change of mind when his daughter smelled a skunk outside and said, “Sometimes Daddy smells like that.” He’s sworn off the Mary Jane since.
The following two celebrities might not deserve a place on this list, but we’ll include them anyway:
- Woody Harrelson. After almost two years of sobriety, Harrelson admitted on the Ellen show that he went back to smoking pot. He said Willie Nelson was the guiding force for this change of heart, and he admitted that weed is actually a good thing to have in life. In fact, he said he had to get high to get through an awkward dinner with Donald Trump back in 2002 that he called, “brutal.” Harrelson has also tried to invest in the Hawaiian cannabis industry but was denied a license.
- Miley Cyrus. Miley only lasted a little over a year without weed. In fact, she’s been on again and off again for quite some time. She said in an interview in late 2018 that, “my mom got me back on it.” Her parents are apparently chill about smoking pot. She’s posted on Instagram that, “Hate makes you ugly. Weed makes you happy.” A sentiment many celebrities can now get behind.
CBD in particular and cannabis in general is having a moment among celebrities. Most are on the band wagon claiming marijuana and its components like CBD have amazing health benefits that can’t be ignored. Others are claiming smoking pot is a much healthier alternative to drugs and alcohol. Alcohol-fueled rages and violence are well known. On the other hand, people who smoke weed are more likely to commune with nature, laugh at anything, and share a bag of Cheetos with friends.
We only touched on a few celebrities in this article; there are many more. Check out Joe Montana, Jimmy Buffett, Susan Sarandon, Nick Offerman, Patrick Stewart, Richard Branson, and Martha Stewart for other big names who are cashing in on the pot boom sweeping the nation.