Celebrities smoking weed: do their endorsements matter?

Cannabis is becoming more socially acceptable across many cultures. Although there are different federal, state, and country-based laws surrounding the drug, it doesn’t always stop celebrities smoking weed. Below, we take a look at which celebrities are helping to normalise marijuana use and whether or not their endorsements matter.

  1. Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson, a boxing legend, owns his own cannabis ranch in California. This is part of his dedicated cannabis company – Tyson Holistic Holdings. It is currently used to cultivate a wide variety of cannabis strains, but that may soon evolve into a 407 acre resort that could include a university. 

His current endorsements and future plans definitely matter within the world of cannabis. His future resort plans include the ‘Tyson University’ which will offer courses on agriculture and growing techniques for cannabis farmers. The ranch is currently used for research and development purposes, making positive contributions to the industry. 

He is a huge advocate of the drug, claiming it calms his nerves and helps him to manage any pain in his body. Smoking up to $40,000 of it a month, this boxer at the top of the list for celebrities smoking weed. 

2. Snoop Dogg

Celebrities smoking weed is becoming a more common occurrence, but that doesn’t mean it is always without controversy. Snoop Dogg is well known for smoking weed, even daring to smoke a joint outside of the White House and curse about the president. 

Snoop Dogg’s advocacy for smoking marijuana has also seen a lot of backlash across social media from time to time. The American rapper caught himself up in a debate with ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne over whether cannabis or alcohol was worse. By showing photos comparing the two after many years of abuse, Snoop Dogg tried to show that cannabis was better for you. But many criticised this attempt at advocacy as ill-thought out. 

Snoop Dogg has his own distributed brand of cannabis, known as ‘Leafs by Snoop’ and also partners with cannabis capital venture firm Casa Verde Capital. Financially, this rapper contributes to the industry but arguably doesn’t do a lot to minimise the controversy of celebrities smoking weed – let alone anyone else. 

3. Sophie Turner

Celebrities smoking weed may be doing it just because they can. But for some, smoking weed has some real self-care benefits. Sophie Turner, otherwise known as Sansa from Game of Throne, has admitted to smoking weed with her co-stars to relax and unwind after a hard day on set. Sophie Turner has opened up about her battles with anxiety and depression 

She’s also been seen on live stream with a ‘dab pen’ – a vape used for smoking weed. Although the discovery was thought to be an accident as she accidentally live streamed with the pen in her lap, it has helped her to raise awareness about how cannabis can calm nerves and soothe anxieties. 

Although her indirect endorsement hasn’t had a huge impact on the cannabis industry, it does make her more relatable to viewers and fans who also favour cannabis use. 

Conclusion

There are a multitude of stories about celebrities smoking weed. People like Seth Rogan and Miley Cyrus, for example, have endorsed smoking cannabis in their music, films, and lifestyle choices. And while these endorsements do normalise the use of cannabis, provide entertainment, and create relevant material for fans, they’re not always endorsements that matter. 

Some consideration should also be given to the fact that fans may seek to follow their favourite celebrities, before knowing whether or not cannabis consumption is right for them. Endorsements, particularly in popular culture, don’t always highlight the risks and side effects associated 

It is the efforts of cannabis pioneers, such as Mike Tyson, that are more likely to stand the test of time. Endorsements and efforts to research and develop cannabis itself, as well as attempts to educate people on its growth and uses are all meaningful. On the whole, they will help to raise greater awareness and push the industry forward. 


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