It’s no secret that getting high can elevate many of life’s most pleasurable activities. One of those is undeniably listening to music. Whether that’s with a great set of headphones, cranked from your living room speakers, or front and center at a live concert – weed just makes the music sound better.
So, if listening to music stoned is an otherworldly experience, what about making music under the influence? While plenty of musicians openly smoke weed, there are others who come as a bit of surprise. Even country rock legend Reba McEntire has admitted to smoking and eating edibles. Though, she didn’t much care for the edibles because of how long they take to kick in.
Cannabis crosses genres with ease, and even pop legend Justin Timberlake has been quoted saying, “Sometimes I have a brain that needs turned off. Some people are just better high.” Musicians of all kinds use cannabis for one reason or another, so let’s explore the connection and take a look at some of the most famous artists advocating for its use.
Music & Cannabis
It’s common knowledge that cannabis offers a wellspring of inspiration. When we smoke weed, the cannabinoids that interact with the endocannabinoid receptors in our prefrontal cortex light up. This is where divergent thinking and creativity are born. Not only can cannabis inspire you to take up a new hobby or finish a long-overdue project, but it can strike a chord of curiosity for exploring new artistic possibilities.
While many of the artists on our list are modern-day musicians, sparking up and writing music has a long history. In the early 1900s, particularly in New Orleans, the jazz music scene was exploding to a broad audience. It was here that Louis Armstrong popularized “marijuana” as the perfect companion to playing live music long into the night.
“We always looked at pot as a sort of medicine, a cheap drunk and with much better thoughts than one that’s full of liquor,” said Armstrong. Rather than imbibing alcohol, which would slow down the mind and body, many jazz musicians opted for herb, which they referred to as gage, muggles, reefer, and grifa.
Not much has changed for many artists who want to tap into creative thinking, or even zone out into the flow of writing music without distraction. Cannabis is perfect for mellowing the mind and tuning out excess noise and distraction so you can focus on producing art.
10 Musicians Who Smoke
Although many musicians love cannabis, there are some who are much more loud and proud about their consumption than others. Here are a few notorious stoners and why they love using weed to elevate their craft.
Hip hop is deeply entrenched with cannabis culture, and it’s fairly common to hear this come through lyrically from many artists. One of those is Berner, but he’s not only singing about pot. In fact, Berner is the CEO of the largest weed brand in the world – Cookies. With several cannabis-themed lead singles and multiple strains of award-winning cannabis, we’d say he’s certainly fused the two quite well.
Bob Marley and his easily recognizable reggae hits are essentially synonymous with marijuana. A Rastafarian born in Jamaica, Marley spent his career openly promoting the sacred use of marijuana. He viewed it as a holy sacrament (as many Rastafarians do) and often claimed that it opened up a spiritual door for him to write the poetry that became his music.
Carlos Santana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, but he’s been playing rock music for so long that he was on the stage at Woodstock. Beyond famous, he’s sold more than 100 million records and won 10 Grammys. In a 2017 interview, Santana tells Rolling Stone how he first started smoking in 1967. Santana views cannabis as a tool for divine healing, offering humans the ability to awaken into a frequency of healing
Pop icon Lady Gaga is very open about her love of cannabis and says that she uses it frequently. This is clearly apparent in her performances, lyrics, fashion, and overall public persona. The level of creativity required to produce such groundbreaking theatrics and music must be inspired in part by her cannabis use. She says that when she smokes weed, she slips into a space where she’s a teenager again and has not yet become Lady Gaga. In this space, she’s free from fame, allowing her to melt into an effortless place of creation that fuels her art.
Always one to be in the fridge or counter-culture, Madonna has long been a cannabis activist and enthusiast. In August 2021 she celebrated her 62nd birthday in Jamaica where she indulged in the local herb and posted several photos and videos across her social media. Birthdays spent smoking weed seem to be a theme for the pop princess. “My favorite birthday present ever was a bong shaped like a penis,” Madonna said.
Miley Cyrus came of age when cannabis was entering its early days of legalization. Perhaps that’s why it seemed much easier to hop on stage and spark a doobie than in decades past. Cyrus has been openly smoking pot since she was 18, and has been interviewed about the subject many times. “Weed is the best drug on earth,” says Cyrus.
Simply Google “Rihanna and weed” and you’ll come across pages of photos of the famous singer burning one down. She’s a huge fan of blunts, marijuana-themed fashion, and has incorporated smoking into her music videos. Rihanna’s fame is certainly based on her raw talent and supreme vocal capacity, but we like to think cannabis has offered some inspiration along the way.
Lada da da da da…it’s the mother-f$&@ing D-O-double-G. That’s right – Snoop Dogg. The rapper that has been smoking weed every day has zero shyness about his love of dank herb. Snoop Dogg has stated that cannabis is a huge part of his personal wellness because it keeps him feeling creative and inspired. Not just as a musical artist, but as he moves through life. Snoop has said, “Weed relaxes you and opens your mind. It can also make you laugh, which is a great form of medicine.”
As the oldest artist on this list, Willie Nelson has been puffin’ tough for decades. In fact, he first smoked weed in 1954 when he was 21. Over the following decades, Nelson began to incorporate weed into his music. Subtle at first, but then with more normalization behind the messaging. Known to smoke anyone under the table, even Snoop Dogg himself backed away and declared Nelson the godfather of getting high.
Wiz Khalifa is another rapper who took his love for weed and created a brand. Khalifa Kush is a line of world-class genetics sold and grown throughout California. He and Berner go way back, and both love puffing on Khalifa Kush in the studio. He says that it helps clear his mind when writing songs without being so powerful that he feels sleepy. Khalifa loves cannabis for its ability to fuel creative sessions and inspire hit songs like ‘Stay Stoned’, ‘Smoking Section’, and ‘Weed Farm’.
Stoned On Stage
Who else is getting high before they hit the stage? As you hit your favorite festivals and live concerts this summer, imagine which artists seem to be particularly in the flow of the moment. Perhaps cannabis had a little something to do with it.
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