Marijuana, also known as cannabis, are dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds that are obtained from Cannabis sativa, a hemp plant. Used as a psychoactive drug or medicine, marijuana acts owing to the presence of the mind-altering chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is one of 483 known compounds in the plant, among other related compounds.
A number of states in the United States have legalized marijuana use for medicinal, recreational, and several other purposes but a number of them still consider its use to be illegal. Using the drug for recreational purposes is quite common among young people and adults. When a person begins to use it on a regular basis they can develop an addiction to the substance. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), approximately 32.20 percent of individuals in the age group 18 to 25 years abused marijuana in 2014.
As part of our series “Celebrities and addiction,” this article talks about five famous celebrities who were addicted to marijuana.
1. Robert Downey Jr.
A renowned American actor, Robert has seen a phase of substance abuse and legal troubles before actually emerging as a public hero. The actor has always been vocal about his trouble with marijuana addiction and has stopped using it since he completed rehab .
2. Michael Phelps
An American former competitive swimmer with a total of 28 medals, Michael’s image was tarnished when he was shown on video using a bong,which is a marijuana smoking device. At the start, it was said that the swimmer might be doing it for some performance-enhancing purposes. But, Michael felt ashamed of his deed and accepted that he was guilty of using the drug. Since then he has won more Olympic gold medals, had a son and is now married and retired from competitive swimming
3. Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel is an English actor who is best known for his role in the film series “Harry Potter.” The actor has been often spotted with Rupert Grint along with a bong.
Rihanna is a Barbadian singer and songwriter who has been known for her carefree attitude and appreciation for weed. The pop star has been vocal about her appreciation for the substance and has always enjoyed being that way. She has also been sharing her experiences on social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter about how much she enjoys using weed.
5. Lady Gaga
An American singer, songwriter and actress, Lady Gaga agrees that she has abused multiple substances since her childhood. The pop star also says that she has been experimenting with multiple drugs just to deal with the stress that comes with being in the public eye. It has been apparently claimed that marijuana addiction has helped her in coping with anxiety and taken her creativity to a new level.
People, including stars, often take up drugs for various reasons including curiosity or stress and even quit the substance either because they don’t have enough time to enjoy them, they find some other ways to have fun, they lose interest or they realize the damage it has done to their bodies and their lives. Once an addiction develops in an individual, it can be difficult to recover from. If you or a loved one is dealing with some form of addiction, the 24/7 Recovery Helpline can assist you in finding the best drug addiction treatment centers. You may contact us at our helpline number 855-441-4405 or chat online with one of our representatives who can guide you with complete information on drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers in the U.S.
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