Justin Timberlake loves to smoke pot: ‘it gets me to stop thinking’

Justin Timberlake has a new interview with Playboy Magazine in which he’s promoting… oh yes, Friends with Benefits. I forgot about that, since it seems like that movie already came out months ago. Kaiser reminded me of the last interview that we heard from Justin, with Vanity Fair, in which he called his ex girlfriend, Jessica Biel “the most special person,” and said he wished another ex Britney Spears the best but admitted that he hadn’t spoken to her in about 10 years. (He didn’t mention Cameron at all, another ex who actually stars with him in Bad Teacher.) US Weekly has some choice quotes from Justin’s Playboy interview, and it seems the most attention-getting are his thoughts on smoking pot, which he says gets him to “stop thinking” and turn off his brain. It has the opposite effect on me.


Forget his talked-about love life. Justin Timberlake is coming clean about one not-so-secret vice: He smokes pot.

“Absolutely,” the singer-actor, 30, tells Playboy magazine when asked if he’s a pot-smoker. Why the weed?

“The only thing pot does for me is it gets me to stop thinking,” the Bad Teacher star explains. “Sometimes I have a brain that needs to be turned off. Some people are just better high.”

High or not, Timberlake says he’s ready to slow down and chill. “I feel I’m just getting to a point in my life where I’m looking around, going, There’s a lot to enjoy if I can just sit still, actually stop and take more time.”

Part of that time out means no new music on the immediate horizon for the platinum-selling singer. “I don’t have a single song ready to go,” admits the star, who hasn’t released an album since 2006 smash FutureSex/LoveSounds. “People keep asking me when a new song or album is coming out, and I don’t know what to say. Music is not my focus right now. It may be someday. It could happen next month or next year but right now it’s not where it’s at for me.”

Maybe that switch from music to film is why he’s stuck around longer than other boybanders. “You always need to be learning something new,” he says. ” In whatever I’ve done, I’ve always looked at myself as a beginner. Hopefully I can continue to do that for the next 30 years as I grow into an older man.”

Since splitting with Jessica Biel in March after four on-and-off years together, Timberlake has been linked to Olivia Wilde, Ashley Olsen and Mila Kunis, to name a few boldfaced stars. He knows why he tends to romance fellow celebs, he tells Playboy.

“You probably gravitate toward people who understand your scenario. At the end of the day you just want someone who gets you, who can be a friend. That’s kind of the point of Friends with Benefits,” he says of his upcoming comedy with Kunis. “As corny as it sounds, the ‘friends’ part counts just as much as the ‘benefits’ part, if not more.”

How were those sex scenes with Kunis, anyway?

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t completely awkward. I couldn’t tell you the number of people in the crew watching me and my bare a*s, but it was a lot.”

[From US Weekly]

I haven’t smoked pot in over 15 years, and I barely did it when I was in college because all I would do is sit around and have “deep thoughts” that amounted to nothing and bugged the crap out of me. It made me think too hard and never get anywhere, so I stopped. Kaiser hasn’t smoked pot since college either, and she said it made her paranoid but that she got a decent buzz when she mixed booze and pot. I guess it does different things for everyone.

As for Justin’s lovelife and his “scenario,” what is it? That he needs to have something on the side at all times and his main piece is supposed to look the other way? The last we heard about Justin’s lovelife he was seeing Ashley Olsen. His people denied it, but then a source from Ashley’s camp told People Magazine they had “hooked up recently.” It sounds like Ashley didn’t get Justin’s “scenario,” which involves not crimping his style at all.


Justin is shown on 6/4/11 and 2/24/11. He does look high doesn’t he? Credit: WENN.com

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  1. Eve says:

    “It gets me to stop thinking”

    You don’t need pot for that, honey.

  2. Crash2GO2 says:

    Ha! Eve – I was thinking the same thing. I don’t think Justin has ever had a deep thought in his head and smoking pot is just a way for him to escape his own boring self.

  3. MarenGermany says:

    “Kaiser said it made her paranoid but that she got a decent buzz when she mixed booze and pot”
    Same with me.
    I BARELY smoke, sometimes we do it in the rehersal room and somehow it is accepted among musicians.
    Still, sitting alone, smoking weed gives me paranoid vibes, fear of death (which I never have sober) etc.
    I am really over that phase in life. Thank god!

  4. brin says:

    cosign with Eve & Crash.

  5. Jazz says:

    I can’t imagine thinking has ever been a problem for him.

  6. Quest says:

    I honestly thought he did all his thinking with is dong not his brain, hence no need for smoking weed…my bad.

    For everyone else, weed in moderation will give you a nice buzz and have lots of medicinal qualities

  7. Novaraen says:

    Like he is such a great thinker…HA!

  8. Audrey says:

    Wow, can’t believe I’m going to say something positive about him. But I do have soft spot for pot heads….

  9. your momma says:

    ……justin timberlake thinks?!

  10. the original bellaluna says:

    So, basically, he’s saying he get stoned before these interviews, yeah?

    Sorry, but he’s never struck me as the “mental giant” type.

    He’s probably grateful to be able to stop thinking about his little head and which starlet to try to stick it in next. Seems like that’s all he thinks about. Well, that and winning that Oscar he (thinks) he so well deserves. *snickerslobbersnortguffaw – OW, my head – I shouldn’t laugh that hard when I have a headache*

    (sorry to be a bitch, but I have a bitch of a headache, and this little boy leaves a bad taste in my mouth – figuratively, of course, because I wouldn’t let him anywhere NEAR my mouth!)

  11. Embee says:

    cosign Eve, Brin and Crash.

    JT: try meditation. You might actually learn something.

  12. Angie says:

    ITA with Quest and the original bellaluna he is a tool that doesn’t think at all

  13. Trillion says:

    Pot aficionado here. Different kinds of weed give you different effects. Obviously, it works (or doesn’t) differently among individuals, but if you get the really good stuff it can be very motivational and inspiring and eye/mind opening.

  14. Eve says:

    @ Crash2GO2:

    Ha! Eve – I was thinking the same thing.

    Timberlake not thinking is a no brainer (no pun intended). It was just a matter of who would post it first.

    @ Original Bellaluna:

    You’re at Celebitchy, remember? Being bitchy is the norm…let alone while having a nasty headache. And as I’m sympathetic towards anyone who’s having a headache, try coffee, cold shower (or at least just your head under running water) and aspirins. It usually works for me.

  15. Audrey says:

    Hear hear Trillion!

  16. 4Real says:

    LOL! Camron was such a bad influence on this kid.

  17. smith says:

    I honestly believe the only way I’d get through all those “red carpets” is high. I think a lot of celebs are – or is that just me projecting my stonage desires onto others?

  18. Hollowdoll says:

    I agree, I think more celebrities than we realize walk the red carpet stoned.

  19. Sakyiwaa says:

    YEAH, Justin, i know… sometimes, i wish i could stop all my crazy thinking…
    Wouldn’t smoke the pot though!

  20. stella says:

    Smoking marijuana does turn off the mind if you want it to. It can also assist with creative thoughts. Insecure people (who think they are doing something wrong because it’s ‘not legal’) get paranoid. Alcohol is the real killer but it’s legal so people feel more comfortable drinking that poison even if it makes them feel like shit. To each his own. Whatever does it for you. Nicole Kidman always looks high on the red carpet and who can blame her.

  21. really says:

    we knew he does not think when he went in hard with that ridiculous needy jessica biel! so that pre-pot………

  22. velourazure says:

    hmmm…. he may have just redeemed himself with me.

  23. anne says:

    WOW what a great (cough cough) example to set for all his young admirers.

  24. You don't say says:

    This is another case of the “good boy” trying to be “badass” by admitting to smoking pot. I hate to break it to him, but nearly an entire generation smoked weed–tuned in turned on and dropped out only to wake up and drop back in again and is now running the world. So it does not make you some kind of “hipster” just a pot head.

  25. Eve says:

    @ You don’t say:

    This is another case of the “good boy” trying to be “badass” by admitting to smoking pot.

    After that Punk’d episode where he cries while sitting on the curb because mean people were taking his stuff away…I doubt he could ever be seen as a badass.

    Later on, he behaved like the cowardly little f*ck he is by letting Janet Jackson take all the heat after the “exposed titty” fiasco.

    Seriously, sometimes I think his balls haven’t dropped yet. That would explain his voice too.

  26. Tiffany says:

    I think I like him now…

  27. taylor says:

    Another part of the interview that should be mentioned:

    PLAYBOY: If you do a quick Google search on the women in your life, you come upon a litany of grand theories. A fling with Johansson was supposedly the reason you broke up with Cameron Diaz. Mila Kunis was supposedly the reason you broke up with Jessica Biel. Others insist it was Olivia Wilde. Care to set the record straight?

    TIMBERLAKE: None of it’s true, so I shouldn’t even dignify it with an answer. The thing is, I’m not going to sacrifice my friendships with people who are my co-stars I meet in the business. I’m not going to avoid spending time with people because someone who doesn’t know me makes assumptions about what’s going on. That’s bullshit. I don’t know who sits around behind a computer screen making the shit up, but at a certain point you just have to shut it off. I can’t look at the stuff anymore. My life is not on the internet. My life is right here, right now.

  28. R says:

    You guys are so judgmental. Maybe he just likes pot. Duh.

  29. Fuzzy Cat says:

    Smoking weed helps me to focus – now I’m a fan of Justin Timberlake!

  30. aloe juice says:

    “It has the opposite effect on me.”

    hah! Me toooo

  31. Kitty_Cal says:

    I’m happily surprised with how open it’s becoming! Seth MacFarlane is so nonchalant about it on his Twitter account and now Justin Timberlake is letting everyone know he embraces it. Legalization is a-comin’!

  32. Annie_Grey says:

    JT has OCD(I have it severely). Hope he’s sees a doc, someday, because self medicating can only make things worse down the road.


  33. kwoww says:

    im high right now. wake, bake and percolate, baby.

  34. Jamie says:

    Not surprised. He’s already talked about smoking pot before.

  35. Whatever says:

    Calling anyone who smokes pot a pothead is as stupid as calling everyone who takes a drink an alcoholic. Smoking once in a while is fine, but smoking all day long is a problem – just like alcohol, some can handle it and others not. To each his own. Never liked Justin, but pot can be relaxing for some people. It doesn’t appear to be keeping him from going anywhere or achieving anything.

  36. Becky says:

    I think I understand what JT is saying-that’s why I used to like to smoke weed. If you are an anxious, high strung person who is always worrying about things it can really chill you out. I miss it! I used to smoke it every now and then (maybe 1-2 times a month) when I was feeling particularly anxious or was having trouble sleeping. I haven’t smoked in 8 years because I’m an RN and if I got caught I could lose my nursing license but I definitely miss it. I’d much rather relax with a joint at the end of a tough week than with a glass of wine.

  37. MarenGermany says:

    @ Becky
    I get what you are saying but I particularly disagree that you say it can help anxious people. It has a different effect on different people but I experienced that especially worried and anxious people cant handle it.
    But like I said, the effect is different with everyone.
    Good luck with your job, and be proud to not having done it for so long 🙂

  38. MarenGermany says:

    @ whatever right on spot. totally agree!

  39. JohnnieR says:

    I just don’t get where women (and men, too) find this douche bag even remotely attractive. He’s got one of the weirdest faces I’ve ever seen on a celeb.

  40. BabyCakes says:

    JT has sex appeal. It’s the way he sings, the way he moves when he dances.. He’s not what society would consider conventionally good looking, but most people aren’t either.