There is no doubt that medical marijuana has made a splash across the country. Since California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, more than half the country has followed suit. With this wave of legalization comes advocates and challengers both politically and publicly. In this post, we will take a look at the celebrities that have come forward with the ways they use medical marijuana to improve their lives. 

Whoopi Goldberg

Known for her roles in Ghost and Sister act, Whoopi has been very public about her use of medical marijuana to help her glaucoma. She is also the co-founder of the Whoopi & Maya brand of medical marijuana products, through which she focuses on many problems that women face including menstrual pains. 

Medical marijuana and glaucoma treatment have been previously investigated. Glaucoma is caused by damage to the optic nerve, which is the nerve bundle responsible for transporting information from your eyes to your brain for processing. Usually, this damage is caused by high pressure within the eye itself, called intraocular pressure. Alongside vision problems, headaches are another common symptom. In both cases, headaches and pressure within the eye, marijuana has been shown to help [1], which may be why Whoopi claims she has been able to replace her pain-relieving pills with marijuana. 

Snoop Dogg

Surprising absolutely nobody, Snoop Dogg is one of the most notable and publicly vocal proponents of marijuana in nearly every form. Importantly, Snoop has also put his money where his mouth is, backing medical marijuana companies and even co-founding his own, called Leafs by Snoop in 2015. Since that time, his products have begun distribution through Canopy Growth Corporation. 

Morgan Freeman

A slightly lesser-known user, Morgan Freeman has actually been a long-time user of medical marijuana and has been public with his use since the early 2000’s. He says he uses it to relieve pain due to fibromyalgia, a common use case for many people. 

Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by widespread chronic pain. This pain can last for months or years and is commonly associated with several other symptoms including TMJ, anxiety, and headaches. Unfortunately, the cause of the disease remains unknown. 

Interestingly, though, some research has suggested that FM is tied to a deficiency of endocannabinoids, meaning that the natural cannabinoids produced by the body are either low in numbers or completely absent. Studies on FM and marijuana have found that marijuana increases the quality of life in its users with FM, including improved mood, and less overall stiffness and anxiety [2]. 

Tommy Chong

One half of the famous Cheech and Chong duo, Tommy Chong is another unsurprising entrant on the list. He has used medical marijuana to help fight prostate cancer, and later used it in conjunction with chemotherapy when the cancer resurfaced. Like other celebrity users, Tommy also produces his own line of marijuana products under the name Chong’s Choice.

Marijuana and cancer has been one of the most studied and exciting combinations to come out of the recent legalization movement. There have been countless innovations in both treatment and therapy that have helped many patients during their fight. One of the most common uses of marijuana among cancer patients is as a way to combat the nausea and vomiting that accompanies chemotherapy. In many cases, antiemetics can actually make patients feel worse by keeping them from vomiting. Marijuana, on the other hand, has been found to help reduce nausea itself. It can also help increase appetite and fight aches and pains. 

Nate Diaz

Former UFC champion Nate Diaz has spoken out about his use of marijuana to help combat the injuries he has sustained in his fighting career. He has been very straightforward concerning his views on marijuana, claiming it has helped him both physically and mentally. He has also talked about how he believes that athletes specifically should be aware of the benefits marijuana can afford them in particular. 

In the case of athletes, some users believe that marijuana can help manage pain and sharpen the mind. Physically, marijuana offers a host of effects that can help athletes, including reducing inflammation, fighting pain, and improving sleep. One study also showed how athletes who use marijuana believe it to help them focus and “get in the zone” easier than before. 

Michael J Fox

The famous actor is no stranger to the limelight when it comes to medical research. As founder of his own Parkinson’s Foundation, Michael J. Fox has since come forward as a supporter for medical marijuana and further research. 

There has been large amounts of work done on how medical marijuana can help those with Parkinson’s disease. Though current research is still overall inconclusive, users have reported reduced tremors and stiffness after using medical marijuana, and increased quality of life. This includes improved sleep, mental health, and dyskinesia. Other research has also shown that marijuana may have neuroprotective effects on the brain through antioxidant and anti-inflammatory pathways. 

In Conclusion

Many celebrities have both come out as supporters and users of medical marijuana. Their reasons range from physical to mental and everything in between. Beyond that, several have even invested in or started their own businesses. It is certain that with continued public support, medical marijuana will continue to grow and improve the lives of its users.  

 

Cited Works

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK224386/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3080871/