Lady Gaga Says She Was Addicted to Marijuana, Didn't Want to Die Because of It

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The singer Lady Gaga told a local New York morning radio DJ that she had been addicted to marijuana. People first reported:

"I have been addicted to it and it's ultimately related to anxiety coping and it's a form of self-medication and I was smoking up to 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day with no tobacco," she said on Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show. 

"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. 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," she said. 

Does it sound like maybe she was taking prescription pain pills too? Subsequent reports don't appear to mention it. Lady Gaga recently broke her hip on stage, and at the end of the People write up of the interview she's quoted:

"The truth is that I can break, and I did. I was not very good at breaking. I lost everything that I love. I was in a wheelchair for six months. I did a lot of drugs and took a lot of pills," she admitted. 

But Gaga said she plans to "fight" her addiction, and challenge herself to create music without the aid of mood-altering substances. 

"I do put that pressure on myself; I have to be high to be creative. I need that, that's an error in my life that happened for over 10 years. Can I be brilliant without it? I know that I can be and I have to be because I want to live, and I want my fans to want to live." 

The Drug Policy Alliance notes:

According to a federal Institute of Medicine study in 1999, fewer than 10 percent of those who try marijuana ever meet the clinical criteria for dependence, while 32 percent of tobacco users and 15 percent of alcohol users do. According to federal data, marijuana treatment admissions referredT by the criminal justice system rose from 48 percent in 1992 to 58 percent in 2006. Just 45 percent of marijuana admissions met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders criteria for marijuana dependence. More than a third hadn't used marijuana in the 30 days prior to admission for treatment.

Drug courts are often a paradox, trapping non-violent "offenders"with the choice of being criminals or sick. The danger with comparing marijuana to the perfectly legal tobacco and alcohol is the desire of some authoritarians to ban it all.

As Brian Doherty noted about the feds characterizing spending on a purported cure for marijuana addiction as something with a clear medical need, "there is certainly a clear institutional need on the part of the drug treatment industry, Big Pharma, and an American government on all levels that is going to be more and more troubled by the realities of human beings enjoying smoking a plant that hovers between commodity, medicine, and menace."

A review in the Washington Post, incidentally, is not interested in Lady Gaga's latest studio effort, criticizing her for making statements about culture only in "the most cartoonishly broad strokes." 

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  1. I was smoking up to 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day

    Somebody selling her oregano and making a fortune?

    Nobody smokes that much. I’ve known people who’ve burned it for decades, and they don’t need more than a handful of bong loads a day.

    Nobody smokes 15-20 joints a day.

    Bob Marley never smoked that much!

    It just isn’t credible.

    1. Nobody smokes 15-20 joints a day.

      Where did you go to college? Clearly not my alma mater.

      1. If what you get anything out of smoking that 15th joint in the same day? Then you’re smokin’ the lamest of lame homegrown.

      1. Even if he was being literal, he was only smokin’ six joints a day.

        Two joints in the morning.

        Two joints at night.

        Two joints in the afternoon.

        1. also two before two and two after two, and two in the car, and…

          1. He smokes two joints before he smokes two joints, and then he smokes two more.

            At some point there, I think he’s taking a little poetic license.

            The bigger question is: Do you believe that Lady GaGa smokes more ganja than Bob Marley ever did?

            I do not. I think she’s full of crap.

            1. Ken, I demand you take these musical artists seriously when they refer to the quantity of their marijuana cigarette habit!

              1. WTF is a marijuana cigarette?

                1. It’s what people who don’t smoke marijuana call marijuana when they’re trying to blame marijuana to cover up an oxycodone addiction.

    2. Of those people you knew who smoked for decades, did they fall into the nearly unlimited funds and almost unlimited time on their hands category?

      I can certainly see someone in her line of work and level of success actually doing this. Elton John and his old cocaine habit comes to mind too.

      1. Surfer people, people in the music business, people who work at or promote clubs and parties, and others…

        You start smokin’ once before school in Jr. High. Once after school. Once before turning in, and you keep that pattern up through your 20s.

        Most of them aren’t getting high at work anymore, but there are lots of jobs where people don’t care what you do on your own time. And they’re still getting high at home, on weekends…

        Nobody needs 15 to 20 joints a day.

        Regular smokers will confirm that something is “two-hitter quitter”.

        It’s certainly easier to believe that Lady GaGa is exaggerating full of shit than it is for me to believe that she was smoking 20 joints a day.

        1. I’ve got a friend that smokes something like that many a day, he says, and I’m inclined to believe him in this case, that he smokes it also for the taste.

          And seeing how he’s smoking Sage X Blue Rhino it does make sense.

          Tasty stuff that.

          1. That’s like half-an ounce. And that’s probably being conservative.

            You’re saying he smokes half-an ounce a day–every day–by himself?

            Just like Lady GaGa! You think she’s smoking three and half ounces a week–by herself?


            I don’t believe it.

            One the one hand, I could believe that Lady GaGa is smoking three and a half/four ounces a week–or, on the other hand, I could believe that Lady GaGa is full of shit.

            I find the idea that Lady GaGa is full of it more compelling.

        2. “Nobody needs 15 to 20 joints a day.”

          Nobody needs a 30 round magazine clip. Or that shoulder thing that goes up.

          1. The law of declining returns really does apply here.

            I guarantee you joint 18 doesn’t have the same impact as joint 17. In fact, over the course of a day, the law of declining returns curve probably gets extremely steep at joint number 4.

            Theoretically, she could keep smoking it even if it’s not doing anything for her–but every day? She completely defies the law of declining returns, not just once in a while but every day?

            After a while, we start straining the law of credibility.

            1. Except you are assuming she is smoking to get high. I read a research study that women and men smoke tobacco for different reasons. Men are usually addicted to the nicotine and due well with nicotine replacement. Many women do it for anxiety relief and had poor results with nicotine replacement. Deep breathing exercises were more effective for women because it controlled their anxiety. Not sure if that study transfers to MJ, but if gaga was smoking for anxiety I would guess the act of breathing deep and occupying her hands would provide anxiety relief.

              1. I’m assuming that Lady GaGa does controversial things and says controversial things to the media in order to get as much media exposure as possible.

                That’s why Miley Cyrus twerks during prime time. That’s why Miley Cyrus lit up a spliff on MTV the other day.

                There are lots of good reasons to question whether what Lady GaGa says is true. There are lots of good reasons to think she’s full of crap. And there are very few reasons to think what she’s saying is true.

                Even if it’s physically possible for her to have done what she says, it would be foolish of us to believe her.

                I’m not kidding when I say she’s trolling us. She’s just trolling for attention. Saying controversial stuff in the media–that’s how she makes her money.

    3. A ways back I used to work with a guy who smoked joints like cigarettes.

      1. Yep, just like I used to know guys who drank whiskey like water. They are all over the place.

      2. Lady GaGa did smoke 15-20 “marijuana cigarettes” a day.

        I swear, it sounds like something she heard in a D.A.R.E. class when she was in Junior High.

        She didn’t smoke 15-20 joints a day; she can’t run faster than a cheetah; her farts don’t smell like strawberries; and when she claims any of those things are true, the reasonable reaction is to laugh in her face.

        Not to defend her iron-lung status. This is a joke. “Marijuana cigarettes”?! She’s trolling us.

        1. Seriously, this dude would go out and smoke joints like cigarettes on his breaks. He would easily burn through an ounce a week. And the guy was a total Bogart as well. Wouldn’t share with a cancer patient.

          1. I would love if Barack replaced Bogart in the lexicon.

          2. Not sharing with moochers is pretty standard.

            An ounce a week, I could believe.

            The rate Lady GaGa is claiming is more like four ounces a week.

            She’s claiming that she’s smoking four times as much as your friend–day in, day out.

            I do not believe her.

            I think she makes shit like this up for the publicity. It wouldn’t surprise me if she did this after Miley Cyrus lit one up at the MTV awards…

            Me too! I smoke it too! Look at me–I’m all messed up. Isn’t that awesome!

            1. But that much pot wouldn’t mess someone up. It would just make them foggy and amotivated.

              Whatever. It’s still less than 81 blunts.

              1. 81 blunts!

                That’s a lotta blunts, Buddy Ro!

          3. Ever watch that documentary on The Monkeys? Those guys had a room on the lot where they shot the TV show and were smoking all day, every day. The director had a light system installed to call each one when they needed to be on stage. Not sure how many joints that would be in an acting day.

            1. Well if it was in a documentary about the Monkees, then it must be true.

    4. Vaping, how does that work?

      1. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t have anything to do with smoking “marijuana cigarettes”.

        1. Sorry, that was supposed to be a top-level comment. If she doesn’t want cancer, she should vape.

          1. I agree.

    5. 81 blunts a day.

      But yeah it is possible to be marijuana dependent like Gaga indicates. It is self-medication more than self-destruction.

    6. How the hell does she stay awake all day? I would be taking 10 naps a day!

    7. It doesn’t say she didn’t share them with other people.

  2. The old stoner heads I knew back in the day focused on getting better quality product, not on smoking more of it.

    1. Just a wild guess here, but I suspect Gaga can afford and obtain any quality and quantity her heart desires.

      1. No doubt, and that’s what makes it crazy. These old ’60s era stoners I knew had such powerful weed, that the one hit of it I took one afternoon pretty much knocked me on my ass for the rest of the day.

        Fifteen joints of *that*? It would take an amazing tolerance, and that level I can actually imagine a physical dependence developing.

        1. That’s funny. Most of the old guy stoners I know deliberately get less potent stuff because they like to smoke joints and don’t want it to interfere with their drinking too much.

  3. Look out, y’all, Ken was there with Lady Gaga and he knows what’s up.

    1. Look out, y’all.

      Neoliberal Kochtopus apparently believes everything that Lady GaGa says is true.

  4. My neighbor has a friend who legally smokes the medical shit, and he probably smokes that much. And we’re talking top quality as well. At some point you smoke so much you’re in a fog, and it doesn’t matter anymore. You’re just burning it for the sake of burning it. A couple puffs and I’m good. More than that is a waste as far as I’m concerned.

    1. Gaga was addicted to being in that fog – she wasn’t chemically dependent on pot.

      1. If she was really smoking that much, I can see a physical dependence developing.

        I’m not saying she’s lying, by the way. She seems like just the person who would do that.

        1. Despite there being no evidence for physical dependence on pot?

  5. Stupid is as stupid does.

  6. It seems pretty bullshitty to me.

    I have been addicted to it

    No you weren’t.

    and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self-medication

    See? Not addicted.

    and I was smoking up to 15-20

    marijuana cigarettes

    No one uses that phrase but drug warrior dipshits. And that seems a lot, even if you are rocking a wheelchair.

    a day with no tobacco

    I’ve smoked pot on and off for decades, with hundreds of people, and have never seen people roll up joints with tobacco.* I’m sure it happens, but it is in no way so common that she has to point out her 15-20 joints don’t have tobacco in them.

    *I consider working out the first part of a cigarette to repack it with pot to be not the same thing as a “marijuana cigarette.”

    1. When the Verve played the club I worked in 93-94, they were doing it the English way, with hash oil and tobacco rolled together, but you’re right, the only way Americans ever mix the two is if they’re making a blunt.

    2. I smoke with tobacco all the time. It’s a bad habit I picked up in Belgium. It’s not common here, but pretty much universal over there with weed as well as hash.

  7. Puff, puff, PASS, Lady GG. Come on – don’t Barack that bad boy.

  8. Also, I have to agree w/Ken. I don’t see any way she was doing 15-20, even pinners. Nope, not buying it.

    And “addicted”? Uh, no – ONLY IN YOUR MIND! See what a I did there?

    1. The most powerful joint I ever smoked was a pin joint. My friend didn’t realize his step-dad was into PCP as well.

  9. Can you even die from pot? I think not.

  10. I thought she was smarter than that. I really did.

  11. Whatever she was doing while writing The Fame Monster, she needs to go back to doing that.

  12. I always thought she was stupid from hearing her music. Now I know it.

  13. I have to be high to be creative. I need that, that’s an error in my life that happened for over 10 years. Can I be brilliant without it? I know that I can be…

    Wow. She’s completely re-playing Madonna’s career and is dependent on a team of producers and the studio system to create shitty, middling, generic pop music, and she’s gonna lecture us on how she needs drugs to maintain her creative brilliance?

  14. I have an article about Lady Gaga you might like to read! See it here. http://www.substanceandabuse.o…..addiction/

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