Lil Wayne tells Katie Couric he smokes pot to deal with migraines

Lil Wayne shared some personal and painful information in an interview with Katie Couric. He said that he became “Wayne” instead of his given name, Dwayne, because he’s estranged from his father and doesn’t want to be associated with him in any way.

On why he’s “Wayne,” not “Dwayne”
“I dropped the D because I’m a junior, and my father is living, and he’s not in my life, and he’s never been in my life, so I don’t want to be Dwayne. I’d rather be Wayne.”

When Katie asked if Lil Wayne’s dad knew about that, he answered “He knows now.”

Lil Wayne, 26, talked about his young start in the music industry, in which he hung around a record company in his hometown of New Orleans and recorded his first rap at the age of 12. He said that he attributes his success to hard work and that “If you work hard you’re going to get good, and good turns to great.”

Half admits he still drinks “syrup,” claims it’s no longer a problem
Wayne also opened up about his issues with addiction. He said he used to take so much “syrup,” a prescription codeine cough syrup he was often seen drinking during performances and interviews, that his stomach was messed up from it, but that he’s “not addicted to it” now. This is not just your average cough syrup and at least three known members of the hip hop community have died from overdoses of the stuff. Wayne has defended his use of the powerful narcotic in the past.

Smokes pot for terrible migraines
When Katie asked him about weed, he said “I will stand up for marijuana every day.”

He claimed it was medicinal and was very serious and earnest looking about it. “I have migraines, right? They are migraines that make me just want to kill myself.”

A lot of people suffer from terrible migraines, and I’m lucky to have only had maybe one or two in my life, but some of my friends have them regularly and need to turn off the lights and lay down their migraines are so bad. Pot should be legal for medical problems as it is in California and maybe it gives him some relief. You wonder, though, if Lil Wayne’s addiction to “syrup” is at all related to his bad migraines. One of the side effects of of extended codeine use is something called “medication overuse headaches” in which headaches can recur when you try to cut down on the medication. If Wayne is drinking that codeine syrup every day this could be part of the reason why his headaches are bothering him so much.

He told Couric that he’s not going to stop smoking pot because “I’m a rapper. That’s who I am, Miss Katie, and I am a gangster. I do what I want, and I love to smoke.”

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  1. Flour says:

    anyone who has to tell people they’re a gangsta – isn’t. And yeah, I heard pot helps. So does acupuncture, I bet. But not as fun.

  2. mel says:

    OMG I never heard that pot cures migraines but I need to try it!…LOL

  3. lady garden says:

    i do too and i haven’t had one for years (touch’s wood-relights bong)

  4. jane says:

    I get migraines pretty often…some so bad they make me throw up from the pain (gross, i know). i wish pot were legal here in texas….it does help.

  5. BellaB says:

    I have uncontrollable migraines. Thank God I have a roof over my head & can pay insurance out of pocket for all the drugs my neurologist has tried on me. None work. I didn’t get relief from oral morphine! And I stopped taking that because it made my stomach sick and didn’t stop the pain. Fortunately, my body doesn’t miss narcotics.
    I think there are worse things than pot. There are definetly medicinal purposes, for chronic pain and anorexia related to HIV or cancer treatment, for example.
    It seems like people against pot are more shrill in being anti-MJ like ex-cigarette smokers are rabid about not smoking.
    I am not sure about Lil Wayne. How can I judge him when I haven’t walked in his shoes? I prefer his candor to righteousness.
    Our society needs to take a harder look at marijuana. Look at the Netherlands.
    Chronic pain can make you suicidal…pot is better than “syrup” anyday. As a former health care provider, I would rather care for someone on pot than LSD, coke, heroin, meth or addicted to alcohol and pain killers…withdrawal alone can kill you from those drugs and it is hell on everyone involved.

  6. Rreedy says:

    I have used this same remedy since 1972 and swear by it.

  7. daisy424 says:

    *Jumping on Rreedy’s weed train*
    All Aboard!

  8. for_realz says:

    i wish the rest of the country would wake up and recognize that we do much worse to ourselves with alcohol and cigs.

    legalize, tax it, let people live in peace with it!!

  9. Zarcastic says:

    I am here to tell you about pot for migraines … it works for me.
    I never took any illegal drugs … ever and trusted the medical establishment so much that I have liver damage from all of the ‘legal drugs’ (which did kill my sister 5 years ago) that my life expectancy has been compromised and I will probably die from liver failure.
    However, a good friend told me about pot and I went through the local compassion centre for acceptance and support. I NEED IT … because I have barometric migraines and given the condition of the environment … I have a migraine almost every day. But with pot I can function and work because … it’s doesn’t get me high because it goes directly to pain reduction. I’m clear thinking and active (legal drugs kept me in bed … longest time 12 weeks). So I would encourage you to seek out a compassion centre and start lobbying your representatives. Here in Canada there is a great deal of tolerance and acceptance because the law understands IT HELPS MOST PEOPLE. Yes you do get the fakers but a good club weeds (lol) them out very quickly. The best part is that it’s pure and prescribed for you. I use Indica for my pain. I hope this helps.

  10. Polkasox says:

    Zarcastic – maybe you should move somewhere where the pressure doesn’t change so drastically? I get migraines maybe once a week, and prescription meds work for me – I can’t imagine dealing with them daily. Awful.

  11. JMC says:

    Hmm pot doesn’t help my 1x month migraine, but if it works! Migraines suuuck and of course they come right at my period so it’s like getting punched twice! haha

    But even if its not medicinal…whatever. If someone uses it for depression, its still a medical use.

  12. MaiGirl says:

    I have no problem with responsible marijuana use, and pain management is certainly a responsible use.

  13. aleach says:

    i smoke pot for…a number of medical ailments…yeah, thats it….hehe.
    but really, it IS the wonder drug.

  14. SeVen says:

    Medicinal Pot is legal here in Delaware. I know a lady who broke her back in several places and she smokes once or twice a day to help relieve the pain. It seems to help her so i’m all for it.

  15. Allie says:

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but he came off as rather likeable in that video.

  16. Anne says:

    Wow, I’ve just started getting migraines rather frequently (1 a week), I need to find me some ganga.

  17. Theprettyembalmer says:

    Yea I’m chillin smoking some stuff wit kristen stewart, mike phelps and wayne as we speak lol

  18. Diva says:

    @ Allie…

    I know, right??? lol…. I watched the program last night and when they said Lil Wayne was coming up next I rolled my eyes and was waiting to really dislike the guy. But even though he was a little melodramatic, he came across as a truly likeable guy!

  19. Ophelia says:

    It works for my migraines. And nausea. And insomnia. And pain from my back. And anxiety.
    Gawd.. why isn’t it legal everywhere? Not that that will stop me or anyone else :-)

  20. FACT: I smoke weed all the time -and- I’ve never had a migraine.

    Coincidence? I think not . . .

  21. CitizenKim says:

    Right on Jaundice- me too! has some great ads up right now for pro-marijuana law reform. They had a contest and some of them are pretty good.

    Everyone should go check them out- vote/donate – let’s fix this failed prohibition!

  22. Brittany says:

    I absolutely love him and everything he stands for :)

  23. rezee108 says:

    live it.
    respect it.
    you dont know sh*t.

  24. Guy says:

    But drugs can cause migraines as well, so it probably wont always work

  25. Jake says:

    I smoke mad weed and shit I’m still here
    stay high niggggggaaaaaaaa

  26. bob says:

    it really does help. and it is so awesome. so all u ppl who dont like him lay off cuz hes da bomb