Cotton Mouth: When Celebrities Like Rihanna, Jennifer Aniston, and Cameron Diaz Celebrate 4/20 Out Loud
Things 17 celeb stoners—some obvious, some not—have said about smoking pot.
In case you’ve never looked at Rihanna’s Twitter, April 20, also known as 4/20, holds a special meaning. To put it bluntly—sorry, not sorry—it’s an annual celebration of marijuana. RiRi, though, like many of her celebrity peers, from Jennifer Aniston, Madonna, and Cameron Diaz, to more obvious stoners like Matthew McConaughey and Seth Rogen, doesn’t need 4/20 as an excuse to light up. In fact, as cannabis continues to be legalized across the United States (with nine recreational states and counting) and the culture around it evolves, more and more are becoming empowered to step out as fans of weed—without the stigma of someone who wears drug rugs reeking of nag champa. To help you keep track of who will be celebrating the most this April 20, we rounded up the obvious stoners and the not-so-obvious ones.
Is there any major pop artist who’s championed weed more than Rihanna? Her Instagram is littered with photos of the Barbados-born singer with a blunt in hand. Her music artwork is full of green references too, like the album cover for the deluxe version of her sixth album Talk That Talk where she’s mid-exhale, or the single art for “Diamonds” that features her hands rolling up a blunt filled with the precious stone. She’s even dressed as Mary Jane for Halloween before. But perhaps nothing tops the time she was photographed rolling a blunt on the bald head of her bodyguard, which she later posted to Instagram. It didn’t stay on the app long, though, after some critics voiced their dissent, Rihanna removed the photo and issued a nonofficial statement on Twitter: “I’m crazy, and I don’t pretend to be anything else.”
Matthew McConaughey’s marijuana exploits are just as legendary as Rihanna’s. Well before he was starring as a stoner in Harmony Korine’s upcoming modern take on Cheech & Chong alongside Snoop Dogg—which, by the way, the director hopes to show with weed smoke in theaters—McConaughey was smoking weed on his own. One fateful night in 1999, he was taken to jail by Austin police for marijuana possession and “disturbing the peace.” In reality, McConaughey was playing the drums naked and dancing around his house. He later opened up about it to Playboy, saying, “What’s wrong with beating on your drums in your birthday suit? I have no regrets about the way I got there…. But what’s the lesson? Shut the window that has the beautiful scent of jasmine blowing in, because it’s two in the morning and you might wake a neighbor.”
Woody Harrelson may have famously quit smoking two years ago, after decades of being a proud stoner, but he’s still an avid activist on the advisory board for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Not to mention, he tried opening up a dispensary in Hawaii but was ultimately denied, as Vanity Fair reported and talked about opening a weed restaurant with Willie Nelson. Last year, Harrelson revealed he had quit smoking to Vulture, saying, “They think I’m a party animal, which…I am a party animal. I mean, that might be one thing. But I am a party animal. But on the other hand, I haven’t.… I’m now extremely moderate and…I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago.” But we’ll never forget the time he smoked throughout an interview with Playboy, saying, “I’ve seen it printed that I’m a marijuana activist, and I understand that, but it’s really just something I enjoy…. I like the mellow vibe of herb, its uninhibiting effect. For me, it’s a better drug than any of the others, and since we’re all drug addicts, I don’t think it’s a bad choice.”
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Photograph by Inez and Vinoodh for W Magazine, December 2008.
Tim Walker photographed by Alison Tanner for W Magazine, September 2010.
Photograph by Steven Klein for W Magazine, September 2009.
Photograph by Luca Guadagnino for W Magazine, Volume I 2018.
Photographed by Collier Schorr for W Magazine, March 2018.
Photograph by Emma Summerton for W Magazine, April 2012.
Naomi Campbell photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, June 2007.
Photograph by Inez and Vinoodh for W Magazine, December 2008.
Photograph by Marko Metzinger for W Magazine, December 2011.
Joan Collins photographed by Angelo Pennetta for W Magazine, September 2018.
Jennifer Aniston photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, April 2010.
Georgia May Jagger photographed by Craig McDean for W Magazine, September 2010.
Photograph of Florence Welch by Tina Barney, directed by Greta Gerwig, for W Magazine, Volume I 2018.
Karl Lagerfeld photographed by Thi Tien Dinh for W Magazine, September 2012.
Adriana Lima photographed by Charlotte Wales for W Magazine, June 2018.
Photograph by Steven Klein for W Magazine, June 2007.
Photograph by Larry Sultan for W Magazine, January 2007.
Photograph by Steven Klein for W Magazine, May 2016.
Photograph by Mario Sorrenti for W Magazine, April 2015.
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Helena Bonham Carter photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, March 2011.
Photograph by Alasdair McLellan for W Magazine, Volume II 2018.
Photograph of Brad Pitt by Mario Sorrenti for W Magazine, February 2012.
David Oyelowo photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, February 2015.
Photograph by Juergen Teller for W Magazine, January 2006.
There are Woody-level stoners and then there are demure ones like Jennifer Aniston. When she was married to Brad Pitt, she said of her reputation as a pothead, in a 2001 Rolling Stone interview, “That’s a funny one, too. Because you see something like that—me and my husband, hooked on drugs. Then you read the story, and it says you smoke pot. It’s not even cocaine or shooting heroin. Pot!… I mean, I enjoy it once in a while. There’s nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation. Geez, Louise. I’m drowning and I can’t get out. I wouldn’t call myself a pothead. Let’s pick a new topic, please? My mother and father will be reading.”
As for Aniston’s ex, Pitt has suffered a much larger reputation as a stoner. Weed was even credited as a factor in his impending divorce from Angelina Jolie. It was also what allegedly inspired Pitt to accept Quentin Tarantino’s offer for a role in Inglourious Basterds as the director revealed to Jimmy Kimmel, per Vulture. “We’re poppin’ rosé and he’s got this really cool Pink Floyd kind of rosé,” Tarantino said. “We’re knocking it back, and then a smoking apparatus of some sort found its way on the table. It was like a pop can, red with a little silver stripe. When Brad woke up the next day, he was like, Ughhhhhhh. He sees the smoking apparatus and he starts counting the empty bottles of wine. It was six.”
Pitt later said of his fondness for weed to The Hollywood Reporter, “I was hiding out from the celebrity thing; I was smoking way too much dope; I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut; and I really got irritated with myself.”
Madonna has also credited marijuana for some of her past questionable decisions, like the time she dropped a bunch of f-bombs in a 1994 interview with David Letterman. “It wasn’t because I was excited about you,” she told the host in a later interview in 2009. “I think it may have had something to do with the joint I smoked before I came on.”
America’s sweetheart has also combined weed and live television before. In 2015, she revealed to Andy Cohen after much pressing that she has in fact smoked up before the Oscars, though she wouldn’t reveal which year. Instead she said, “I saw my brother smoking out of a bong before one of the Oscars, which I won’t say which one,” as Page Six reported.
Lawrence isn’t totally shy to talk about her past experiences with weed. Last year she revealed that, quite impressively, she once outsmoked Woody Harrelson. “Woody Harrelson told me, ‘Slow down, Jen, this isn’t Jamaica,'” she told Variety. “That’s when I was like… 21 or 22. I was like, oh my god, I just outsmoked Woody Harrelson. It was such a big moment.”
Other celebrity duos hanging out and smoking weed that you didn’t know about? Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg, apparently. Diaz talked about their cannabis connection on Lopez Tonight in 2012, telling the host, “We went to high school together, [Snoop] was a year older than me. He was very tall and skinny and wore lots of ponytails in his hair and I’m pretty sure I got weed from him. I had to have!”
Diaz also may have bonded with her ex Justin Timberlake over weed, as the artist told Playboy, per E! News, “The only thing pot does for me is it gets me to stop thinking. Sometimes I have a brain that needs to be turned off. Some people are just better high.”
You Don’t Have to Be Stoned to Appreciate These Stoner Classics on 4/20
“Chicks cannot hold their smoke, dat’s what it is.” Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast Club, 1985. Photo courtesy Everett Collection.
“You wanna kill this?” Anjelica Huston and Bill Murray in The Life Aquatic, 2004. Photo courtesy Everett Collection.
“I’m guessing you’ve never been high before.” Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman in Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012. Photo courtesy of GIPHY.
“Watch them fly…away.” Milla Jovovich in Dazed and Confused, 1993. Photo courtesy Everett Collection.
“All it took was a fat, chronic blunt. These guys were lightweights.” Jason Lee and Jeremy London in Mallrats, 1995. Photo courtesy Everett Collection.
“I’m drinking, I’m smoking weed. I’m on a cleanse, I’m not psychotic.” Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill in This is the End, 2013. Photo courtesy of GIPHY.
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Steve Buscemi, Jeff Bridges, and John Goodman in The Big Lebowski, 1998. Photo courtesy Everett Collection.
“I figure if I study high, take the test high, get high scores! Right?” Silas P. Silas and Jamal King in How High, 2001. Photo courtesy of GIPHY.
“Who’s Johnny Potsmoker?” Seann William Scott and Ashton Kutcher in Dude, Where’s My Car?, 2000. Photo courtesy of Everett Collection.
“I been smoking since I was born, man, I can smoke anything, man.” Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin in Up in Smoke, 1978. Photo courtesy GIPHY.
“I know you don’t smoke weed, I know this. But I’m gonna get you high today, ’cause it’s Friday. You ain’t got no job…and you ain’t got sh-t to do.” Chris Tucker in Friday, 1995. Photo courtesy GIPHY.
“I wish I had a job like that, where I could just sit around and smoke weed all day.” Seth Rogen and James Franco in Pineapple Express, 2008. Photo courtesy of Everett Collection.
“Let’s just find a better place to get stoned.” Mark Wahlberg in Ted, 2012. Photo courtesy of Everett Collection.
“They say that true potheads stop getting the munchies after a certain point. I mean the true pothead wouldn’t even say the word munchies. I don’t know what the true pothead would say, ‘munchos’ or ‘hungries’ or something. At any rate, I still love to eat when I’m high.” Anna Faris in Smiley Face, 2007. Photo courtesy of Everett Collection.
“I’m only a light smoker.” Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in Inherent Vice, 2014. Photo courtesy of Everett Collection.
“Are we gonna have a problem, me and you?” Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher, 2011. Photo courtesy GIPHY.
“That kid’s been stoned since the third grade.” Sean Penn, Eric Stoltz, and Anthony Edwards in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 1982. Photo courtesy of Everett Collection.
“I’m way too baked to drive to the devil’s house.” Allen Covert and Peter Dante in Grandma’s Boy, 2006. Photo courtesy of Everett Collection.
“Do you, by any chance, poke smot?” Meryl Streep and Steve Martin in It’s Complicated, 2009. Photo courtesy GIPHY.
“I want to grow some vegetables, smoke some weed, sing carols at Christmastime and who knows?” Brenda Blethyn and Craig Ferguson in Saving Grace, 2000. Photo courtesy GIPHY.
“You know, uh, I never thought I’d say this to anybody, but you two smoke entirely too much reefer.” Guillermo Diaz, Harland Williams, Dave Chappelle, and Jim Breuer in Half Baked, 1998. Photo courtesy of Everett Collection
“Marijuana is that drug, a violent narcotic, an unspeakable scourge, the real public enemy number one!” Thelma White, Dave O’Brien, Carleton Young, Kenneth Craig, and Lillian Miles in Reefer Madness, 1936. Photo courtesy of Everett Collection.
Kristen Stewart is just as forthcoming about smoking weed. Back in 2012, she told Vanity Fair, “You can Google my name and one of the first things that comes up is images of me sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe with my ex-boyfriend and my dog,” she says. “It was taken the day the movie [Twilight] came out. I was no one. I was a kid. I had just turned 18…. The next day it was like I was a delinquent slimy idiot, whereas I’m kind of a weirdo, creative Valley Girl who smokes pot,” she continues. “Big deal.”
Natalie Portman may not seem like a stoner, but back in her college days, she was lighting up often. “I love stoner comedies. I smoked weed in college, but I haven’t smoked in years,” she told Entertainment Weekly in 2011. “I’m too old. I wish I was that cool, but I’m like an old lady now. I’m in bed by 10 p.m. I can’t do that anymore.”
One thing about John Legend you may not know is that the artist, husband of Chrissy Teigen and father, is a legal marijuana advocate. In 2013, Legend rallied for the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis, telling the Huffington Post, “I think we need to legalize marijuana. There’s no good reason to continue prohibition, and we need to consider ending prohibition in general. I don’t know if prohibition has ever been an effective way of getting people not to use banned substances…. They find a way to use them, criminals find a way to sell them, and a lot of people get killed. A lot of communities get destroyed because of the black market that comes up, because people want something and they find a way to get it….” One year earlier, when Maine and Maryland legalized same-sex marriage and Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, Legend tweeted, “Oh snap. Marijuana and same sex marriage doing alright tonight too.”
Another musician who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana consumption is Lady Gaga. Back in 2011, she told Anderson Cooper that it was essential to her songwriting process, as MTV noted. “I smoke a lot of pot when I write music. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it for 60 Minutes,” she said. “What artists do wrong is they lie, and I don’t lie. I’m not a liar.”
Whoopi Goldberg has also been candid about her use of marijuana, specifically medical marijuana for her glaucoma. “With each sip comes relief—from pressure, pain, stress, discomfort,” she said of vaping in a column for the Denver Post titled “My vape pen and I, a love story.” Goldberg is such a fan of medical marijuana she even launched her own company that makes CBD products specifically for menstrual cramps, among other things. “For me, I feel like if you don’t want to get high high, this is a product specifically just to get rid of discomfort,” she told Vanity Fair. “Smoking a joint is fine, but most people can’t smoke a joint and go to work.”
Almost a decade before recreational would set a legal precedent, Frances McDormand rallied for it in her cover story for High Times. “I’m a recreational pot smoker,” she said in 2003. “Because it’s not a constant in my life, I don’t say it should be made legal so that it’s more available. But from a medical point of view, I have friends who need to use it. Why should they have to look so hard for the thing that makes them better?”
11 Cannabis Beauty Products That Are Worth the Hype
Who: Anyone with dry, chapped lips. What: Vertly Hemp-Inflused Lip Balm, $22, vertlybalm.com Where: Lips. When: Use liberally–all day, every day. Why: This lip balm is ultra moisturizing, and comes in two delightful scents: peppermint and rose. The discrete, chic packaging is an added bonus.
Who: This body wash is best for someone with normal to dry skin. What: Marley Natural Hemp Seed Body Wash, $16, marleynaturalshop.com is creamy formula that helps to restore moisture back to the skin. Where: Full body. When: Use daily on wet skin for a hydrating finish. Why: Infused with Jamaican botanicals and coconut oil with light notes of ginger and eucalyptus, this creamy formula will leave skin feeling refreshed.
Who: A chic homebody. What: PG+CO NO.1 Hashish Candle, $68, photogenicsandco.com is a candle infused with warm notes of black currant, cinnamon and cannabis. Where: Elevate your bedroom or bathroom. When: Day or night. Why: These handcrafted candles are a chic addition to any home space.
Who: Someone who’s not afraid of texture. What: MALIN + GOETZ Hair Pomade, $22, malinandgoetz.com is a natural pomade that offers a firm hold without irritating the scalp or weighing down hair. Where: Massage into hair, from root to tip When: Apply to wet hair after shampooing. Why: Meadowfoam seed and cannabis sativa seed help to not only protect the hair, but add texture and moisture.
Who: This balm is best for those with dry hands. What: The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector, $10, thebodyshop.com is an intensely hydrated balm to help relieve cracked skin. Where: Apply to dry skin to restore moisture. When: When skin is irritable and dry. Why: Infused with community trade hemp seed oil, to help relieve and restore dehydrated skin.
Who: Someone suffering from muscle tension and joint pain. What: Lord Jones 5:1 Pain and Wellness Formula Body Lotion, $60, lordjones.com is a cooling lotion infused with CBD and notes of sage, mint and green citrus that help to ease muscle tension. Where: Massage over entire body, or where pain occurs. When: To relieve muscle tension and joint aches. Why: A chic aid in helping soothe sore muscles while keeping skin hydrated.
Who: Anyone looking for a new spring fragrance. What: Fresh Cannabis Rose Eau de Parfum, $90, fresh.com is a sultry floral fragrance infused with Bulgarian rose, bergamot and of course cannabis accord. Where: Wrists, neck, and anywhere else you like to wear fragrance. When: Day or night. Why: The cannabis adds an earthy-ness to the otherwise delicate scent.
Who: Anyone who shaves some part of their body. What: Dr. Bonner’s Organic Shaving Cream, $9, drbronner.com is formulated with organic shikakai powder and organic sugar to moisturize and soothe skin while shaving. Where: Massage into a lather and use on entire body. When: Right before you rinse, allowing hair to get soft. Why: Formulated with coconut-olive-hemp castile soap baseÌÎå to give optimal moisture and hydration to the skin.
Who: Someone with dry, cracked lips. What: cbdforlife Pure CBD Lip Balm, $9, https://www.cbdforlife.us/products/cbd-lip-balm, is a tinted balm that adds hydration and touch of radiance to the lips. Where: Apply to lips. When: Anytime you need a little more hydration. Why: This lip balm is formulated to enhance skin elasticity and rejuvenate lips for a more healthy and radiant look.
Who: This oil is best for someone looking to add a new collection. What: Mary’s Nutritional Remedy oil, marysnutritionals.co is an essential oil. Where: Apply to face or body. When: Use daily, or as needed. Why: Formulated with sweet almond oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil with Hemp extract to create a soothing and nourishing finish on the skin.
Who: Someone concerned with aging. What: Herb essentls Moisturizer, $60, herbessntls.com Where: Apply to clean face and neck. When: Apply after serum, before oils. Why: The oil in the cannabis sativa seed oil helps to stimulates your skin’s natural oil production to keep skin firm with an added bonus of preventing clogged pores.
As far as obvious stoners go, Miley Cyrus is near the top of the list. The artist and provocateur has approached near-Rihanna levels of weed selfies on Instagram. Before she went “completely clean” and quit, telling Jimmy Fallon, “It’s like no one’s ever died from weed, but no one’s ever smoked as much as I did,” Miley smoked during a performance at the MTV EMAs and gave away free gold leaf rolling papers during the peak of her stoner era, her Bangerz tour.
Perhaps no celebrity is as obvious of a stoner as Seth Rogen, the guy who made the ultimate stoner film, Pineapple Express. Of his wedding day, Rogen said he was “totally f—ing baked the whole day…there were probably 100 people smoking weed there.” He also told Howard Stern in the same interview that “when I was promoting ‘Green Hornet,’ Sony asked me to not tell too many weed stories. And I said, ‘I don’t think I’m capable of doing that.’ It’s kind of the only thing I can talk about…. I’ll admit to smoking weed all the time but I’ll never admit to being stoned.” When he found out he won an award for being Top CelebStoner, Rogen replied, “I don’t know what to say. It’s just such an honor. And…uh…um…what was I talking about? Something about weed? I can’t remember. Never mind.”