Lady Gaga Says She’s Addicted To Marijuana: Is It Possible?
Lady Gaga has revealed details of her marijuana addiction, explaining that at one point, she was smoking 15 to 20 marijuana cigarettes a day, according to news reports.
“I have been addicted to it and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self-medication,” Gaga said on the Z100 Morning Show, as reported by People magazine.
“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,” she told Z100, as reported by People. “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.”
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 percent of marijuana users become dependent on the drug, with that percentage going up for people who begin using the drug in adolescence.
Comparatively, Scientific American pointed out that in a 1994 study showing that 9 percent of people who’ve tried marijuana become dependent on it, the numbers are higher for other substances: alcohol is 15 percent, heroin is 23 percent and nicotine is 32 percent.
Marijuana withdrawal (officially called cannabis withdrawal in the recently released fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is also sometimes seen in people who stop using marijuana, and is characterized by anxiety, problems sleeping, irritability and aggression, the NIDA reported. And while it’s impossible to die from a marijuana overdose like you would from other illicit, dangerous drugs, dependence on marijuana can cause disruptions to people’s lives, TIME reported.
However, TIME pointed out that addiction to marijuana does not look exactly the same as addiction to other illicit drugs, such as heroin. TIME explains:
In this view, the paradigm for addiction is heroin: the shaking, puking heroin junkie who can’t quit because the withdrawal sickness is impossible to bear. Because marijuana cessation is not linked with such severe symptoms, the drug isn’t seen as physically addictive. And considering that most people view physical addiction as uncontrollable, but psychological addiction as manageable with proper willpower, marijuana tends not to be regarded as addictive in general.
Lady Gaga Says She’s Addicted To Marijuana: Is It Possible? Lady Gaga has revealed details of her marijuana addiction, explaining that at one point, she was smoking 15 to 20 marijuana cigarettes
Does Lady Gaga Smoke Weed?
By The Fresh Toast’s Maria Loreto, provided exclusively to Benzinga Cannabis.
At one point, Lady Gaga said that she was smoking up to 20 joints a day to battle chronic pain. Does she still smoke weed?
Lady Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, is one of the world’s most iconic artists, straddling the line between mainstream popstar and critical success. With every new record and performance, Gaga throws her hat into a new ring, whether it’s tackling a different musical genre or even a new movie role. As someone who isn’t afraid to do what she wants, regardless of what others think, many assume she smokes weed. Does she?
Gaga is well-known for her outspoken personality, happily discussing her private life and using it to support causes she cares about. In her Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, she discusses her experiences with marijuana, mentioning how one time she smoked so much that she almost gave Beyonce a panic attack, telling a friend:
“I don’t know, I just always feel like when I’m with her and Jay-Z, I’m always like hanging out in the corner with like nine joints hanging out of my mouth being like ‘Whaaaaat’s up?!’ and she’s like ‘You’re not a lady but why? How is this working?’”
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She’s also expressed that at one point she was smoking 15 to 20 joints a day in order to treat her own anxiety and pain due to a hip fracture. “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,” she told People.
While that’s an unhealthy approach to have to any substance, she now says that she has a better relationship with marijuana. “For weeks and weeks I didn’t smoke at all. And now I smoke a little bit at night, just you know, for fun — but not to cope. That’s the difference.”
By The Fresh Toast's Maria Loreto, provided exclusively…