Many artists believe weed is a creative tool — which is why marijuana is so common in places like Hollywood.
Some artists, however, find the drug can hold them back, not to mention threaten their health — and that moving forward without it leads to something far better.
Here’s a look at three celebrities who have publicly talked about why they’ve quit smoking weed and why.
Miley Cyrus. Known for her onstage antics and attention-seeking music videos, Cyrus has cleaned up her act recently and put a sharp focus back on her music. And as part of her soft reinvention, she’s decided to leave weed behind.
The 24-year-old “Malibu” singer told Billboard in May she’d given up pot to be “super clean and sharp.”
She continued, “I like to surround myself with people that make me want to get better, more evolved, open, and I was noticing, it’s not the people that are stoned.”
She also recently told Jimmy Fallon that weed was making her paranoid and giving her bizarre nightmares.
“I kept having this nightmare, it was seriously horrible … I had this dream that I would die during my monologue on ‘SNL’ for some reason. That I would just get so stoned that I just died,” Cyrus told Fallon on his late-night program. “Which I Googled, and that’s never happened.”
She added that though no one has died from simply consuming weed, she felt “no one has ever smoked as much as I did, so they don’t really know [if it’s possible].”
Woody Harrelson. Harrelson is one of the most surprising people to walk away from pot, as he has been an advocate for the drug’s legalization for decades.
However, on a personal level, he felt he needed to give the drug up after 30 years.
“I am a party animal,” the 55-year-old Harrelson said in an interview with Vulture in March. “But on the other hand, I’m now extremely moderate and …I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago.”
Harrelson added about his reason for quitting, “[It was] 30 solid years of partying too f***ing hard … I feel like it was keeping me from being emotionally available.”
Harrelson appears to be doing just fine since quitting.
His career, in fact, has arguably never been better.
Paul McCartney. “I don’t do it anymore. Why? The truth is I don’t really want to set [that] example [for] my kids and grandkids. It’s now a parent thing,” said this former member of The Beatles, and one of the most iconic musicians on the planet, about giving up pot after 40 years.
McCartney said he now enjoys a margarita or a glass of wine.
Smoking weed, said McCartney, who is now 74, was more justifiable when he was a rocker running around London. He was reportedly introduced to the drug by Bob Dylan in the ’60s.
In 1980, when he was 37, he was famously busted for carrying 8 ounces of pot with him on a trip to Japan, when he was touring with his band, Wings. As a result of his arrest, his concerts were canceled, he was on the hook for roughly a million bucks, and he spent nine days alone in a Japanese prison cell. “I had an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach. I kept thinking, “What have I done to my family?” McCartney recalled in 2011.
“I was thrown into nine days of turmoil. It was very, very scary for the first three days. I don’t think I slept much at all. And when I slept, I had very bad dreams.”
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