Seth Rogen on needing to smoke weed every day: ‘People don’t stigmatize shoes’

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Seth Rogen covers the latest issue of British GQ to promote his new memoir, Yearbook, and his latest business, Houseplant, which sells weed and weed-accoutrements, like specialty joint ashtrays and lighters. The GQ piece is really funny, and there’s a lot of the piece devoted to the fact that Rogen has had a “perfect pandemic.” He stays home with his wife, he smokes weed all day, he does all of his work via Zoom, phone calls or emails, and he spends hours relaxing as he does pottery. They get takeout, watch movies and old TV shows and he’s the happiest he’s ever been. You can read the full British GQ piece here. Some highlights:

The goal of his book is to demystify weed culture: “Honestly, in many ways, that was the biggest thing to overcome in my head: to demystify what a book was and what it meant to people. And I wanted to frame it as entertainment and not, like, a deep look at how Seth Rogen came to be.”

How he feels about the North Korea/The Interview debacle years later: “Well, mainly that a lot of comedians have the sense they are embroiled in some sort of, quote-unquote, controversy, but none of that was controversial. They’ve experienced hypothetical controversy of people getting mad at them on Twitter. The president didn’t hold a press conference about their controversy. There weren’t books and documentaries and classes in universities dedicated to the fallout…[but] I’m still allowed to work. People still pay me to make my films. People still finance them.”

If Trump had been president at the time, it would have been a whole different story. “We would have been f–king sent to North Korea! Men would have shown up, thrown me in a van, thrown me in the back of a f–king cargo plane and I would have been, like, parachuted over Pyongyang to be executed. I can’t even imagine.”

On his weed & weed-accessory business, Houseplant: “As someone who smokes weed all day, every day, I think I was really longing for objects that were made for me.” Unwittingly, he’d been researching this his entire life. Why weren’t people making a lighter the size and heft, for instance, of a brick, which even the most committed stoner could never mislay? “You want a lighter that’s a fixture,” says Rogen. Houseplant made the “impossible-to-lose” block table lighter, which could also kill a man. Why couldn’t the packaging be beautiful? They put their weed in pastel tea caddy-like canisters. Why had no one even considered selling vinyl LPs with a mix of songs geared to each strain? “It was one of those things where the deeper you go, the more you realise that no one has dug that well before.”

He doesn’t get why people stigmatize weed: “People don’t stigmatise shoes. People don’t say they make walking any less ‘real’. We need them for the ground we walk on! I wear glasses. We need gloves. We need houses. We’ve done a millions things to compensate for the fact that we just do not thrive in this place, you know?” What would it be like for him, I wonder, to go without? “It would be like saying you can’t wear clothes any more. It would be a real bummer! It would make it really hard for me to do what I need to do in the world.” It also helps, he says, with his low-level Tourette’s and OCD, both of which are more pronounced in his father. And it’s here, he feels, that the real stigma behind weed lies. “The only stigma with weed is because it affects your brain. And people are just weird about it. They don’t like talking about brain health.”

He barely drinks anymore but easily smokes 10 joints a day: “Once I grew more comfortable with doing other drugs that were more stigmatised and not worrying about damage in terms of anyone’s perceptions of me, there was just a point where I realised I just need to be comfortable doing a quarter tab of molly [MDMA] at this party and not drinking and having a much better time. Or eating a tiny bit of shrooms at this thing or having a [weed] lollipop. The next day I don’t have a hangover. I’m not throwing up. It’s just much better for me… Truly, you would be better off doing a hit of acid than drinking.”

He loves doing pottery. “I just found it incredibly gratifying to create things that you could touch and interact with.” Just before lockdown, as everyone was panic-buying toilet rolls, the potters of this world, says Rogen, were doing the same with clay. “There was [a shortage] at first – but we made an illegal back-door clay purchase….[Pottery] makes you very present and focused on whatever it is you’re doing at any given moment. It’s hard to dwell on other things when you’re doing pottery.”

[From British GQ]

For about two years in college, I smoked a lot of weed. Like, I smoked on a daily basis. And I did feel it – I felt really foggy and lazy, and then I started getting super-paranoid whenever I smoked. I think I would genuinely enjoy it more now, twenty years later, you know? But even then, I would struggle to function if I smoked more than one or two joints an evening or took more than a few hits off a bong. I would imagine it would help me sleep though! But that’s my brain chemistry – obviously, for Seth, it takes the edge off. I don’t know about the MDMA and sh-t though. Also, I enjoy that Seth has researched his niche market of lighters and ashtrays and such. I imagine Houseplant will do *very* well.

Cover courtesy of British GQ.

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  1. Ersatz says:

    Is he the GOOP of weed ?

    • Annaloo. says:

      He seems to base his weed stuff on trial and error plus real life experience, so…no? :-)

      • Ersatz says:

        If you replace weed with, let’s say, supplements, he sounds just like her. And advertising smoking weed for “wellness” is just beyond stupid imo.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Seth invests and enjoys. He doesn’t grow his own for his brand or even know the day to day probably. I feel that’s a safe assumption because he would have to quit pottery and micromanage to really know. He brands and profits. He’s a goop.

  2. Chaine says:

    “I need to smoke it all day every day for my brain health, I’m sure my respiratory system will understand.”

    • KatianaD says:

      That’s why it’s “stigmatized” to smoke weed. Just like cigarettes you are damaging your lungs . Maybe it’s personal preference but it smells worse than cigarettes. I smell it everywhere now that it’s legal where I live. I’m kind of confused how we have realized cigarettes are horrible but now we’re promoting weed? Maybe fewer chemicals than cigarettes but weed is not the next superfood, it’s harmful to your health if smoked. Cigarettes and alcohol also make it easier to get through the day, it doesn’t mean using them daily is healthy. My mom died of cancer, one of her only bad habits was having a drink a 2+ times a week, probably because my dad likes to. Alcohol (even low use) is linked to cancer

      • Chaine says:

        EXACTLY. I think in say 15-20 years from now when all the lung cancer, emphysema, and COPD starts manifesting, we will see mass lawsuits against smokable weed manufacturers the same as we saw in the 1990′s against tobacco companies for concealing health risks and falsely touting health benefits in their marketing.

      • GrnieWnie says:

        Okay, well, alcohol is also linked to the prevention of cancer. In conclusion, there is much to be said on all these substances and one ought not to draw blanket conclusions as matters of fact. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Chaine
        Maybe. Here’s the science. For many, many of these large cannabis brands backed by celebrities they use chemicals that are banned only in a handful of states and tested correctly in even fewer. Target and Eagle 20 are both known carcinogens when heated and inhaled. They’re used for pest control and PM (powder mildew) which some popular strains are susceptible to and made worse by large grows with employees that don’t care about the quality. Just the money and meeting quota.

        I’ve seen a lot of respectable investors approve of those practices to save crops.

    • I am in chronic pain (Endometriosis) and use edibles and CBD every day to handle the pain. I am SOOOO grateful I live in CA and have access to good products and I don’t have to take opiods or massive amounts of NSAIDs to stay sane. Weed actually even helps me keep active and doing ballet and yoga. My dr’s know and approve.

      If Seth needs weed as medicine every day (And who am I to decide whether he needs it or not?) I don’t understand why he’s not taking advantage of edibles and drinks. I mean, he lives in LA we have everything you can imagine, candy, chocolates, cookies, chips, brownies, tinctures, patches, I mean, I saw edible pop rocks last week. Smoking anything is terrible for you, so it confuses me, honestly, why he’s making that choice, seems like he’d be smarter then that. Also, it’s much easier to regulate the amounts you are taking when you take it in edibles, tinctures, pill, capsules, etc. I take a recommended amount (15 mg thc to 15 mg cbd) every four hours as needed, for example. It’s literally saving my life, so I’m sympathetic, but all I can say is I wouldn’t make that choice, smoking anything every day is going to cause some issues somewhere down the line.

      • minx says:

        I’m in Illinois where it’s also legal. I don’t partake myself but I’m happy it’s available for everyone. But smoking anything that much…I really fear for his health.

  3. Ann says:

    I smoke everyday. The paranoia I got when I was younger was entirely related to it being illegal and the overblown consequences us children of the 90s were told our whole lives. Dare. Just say no. That’s not an ideal environment for the casual stoner. Now that it’s legal I don’t give a F.

    I obviously agree with pretty much everything Seth said. I couldn’t just casually do Molly or acid but the weed all day every day makes me a happier, nicer person. I need it. It’s part of my life and it always will be.

    • jbyrdku says:

      Everyday smoker, too!

    • Lizzielight says:

      Daily smoker checking in, tho I just puff a hit off a bowl here and there throughout the day. I liken it to taking a prescription drug someone might be given for anxiety or depression. For me personally it turns the outside noise down and I can focus on my work.

      • Ann says:

        I think of it as something of a mood stabilizer. I take an antidepressant. Even with the Rx I am just sort of cranky without weed. I work customer service so it is important I not be cranky.

        I also am not smoking nearly as much, really only at night. I’ve taken to making THC half n half and drink it in tea all day. It’s been a miracle for my lungs. Smoking is not good for the respiratory system. I’m not pretending it is.

      • Karlie says:

        Same; then I’ll go a couple days/week without it to make sure I’m aight. It helps balance me.

    • dina says:

      same!

    • jOoLz says:

      i smoke every day too. usually one joint does me for the whole day. TBI when i was young and nothing keeps the (almost daily otherwise) headaches at bay. occasionally i use a CBD oil as well. edibles, however, i seem unable to self-titrate and end up too stoned. yes, that is definitely a thing and even to an everyday user it’s unpleasant af.

    • Christine says:

      I am also with you, after I went through therapy, in my late 20s and early 30s, and the accompanying psychiatrist prescribed Xanax. I do not remember 2 full years in my 30s, and it is my life goal, at this point, that absolutely no one thinks benzos are okay. They are not, they leave you a shell of a human being, if you bumble into a doctor who prescribes them fluently. I didn’t know better then, and I legitimately am just lucky benzos make you so sleepy, that you can’t possibly pour yourself into a car and kill someone accidentally, AND my Mom was so freaked out by her daughter being a zombie, she made sure I got off Xanax carefully.

      I am 46 now. I have a 10 mg. edible before bed, which has dealt with my anxiety and insomnia. I also have a vape that I use, if it’s a very bad day. Seth Rogan is not wrong. Big Pharma has effed up, all over the place. Thank Christ I didn’t get a psychiatrist who thought I needed benzos AND opiods, which happens ALL OF THE TIME. It is the crux of all of the celebrity deaths, that people pretend to care about. One slows down the heart, and eventually, the heart tells the lungs not to breathe, and then you are dead.

  4. jbyrdku says:

    I like Seth Rogen and I love weed. I don’t need ‘weed’ to walk or ‘weed’ to correct my vision, but I get the point he was trying to make. I prefer sativa though; a nice wake and bake.

  5. Midge says:

    Putting smoke into lungs is not innocuous. 10 joints a day is asking for medical problems. The shoe analogy is just plain dumb. I wish I hadn’t read this interview.

    • bettyrose says:

      False-analogies-r-us. My SO is a daily smoker and I’m not trying to stigmatize but I hate it. It’s not like having one joint to relax at the end of the day. It’s substance abuse that is physically and psychologically harmful.

    • Darla says:

      Yep. I vape weed several times a month, a little more often in the summer. So I’ve read a bit about it, and yeah, smoking joints definitely increases your risk of lung cancer. 10 joints a day? Welp, it’s a choice.

    • thareny says:

      I second all of this, especially wishing that I hadn’t read this interview. I like Seth Rogan and his movies, but this is just dumb. I work in Mental Health and I see what regular / daily weed use does to a brain. And not all brains are the same, much like how one person who take penicillin without any issues and for another person, it cause an anaphylactic shock. Weed could chill Seth Rogan out, but for a vulnerable brain, it could set the ball rolling for psychosis and its subsequent mental illnesses. So, just plain dumb!

      • Brittany says:

        My understanding was that marijuana use doesn’t create mental health issues. Do you have research / studies that show otherwise?

      • rainbowkitty says:

        I can’t smoke marijuana as it makes me paranoid. I have bi-polar two and weed in any form makes it worse. It’s a horrible feeling that I learned the hard way.

      • bettyrose says:

        Brittany – I don’t know if it creates mental health issues, but it can lead to a pathological lack of interest in life. Obviously, it doesn’t have that impact on everyone, but it does on enough people to be a valid risk for those who are already pre-disposed to depression/anxiety/agoraphobia. Many people here are saying it helps them treat depression and anxiety, which is great. I fully support using marijuana over the highly addictive narcotics the pharmaceutical companies want to hook us all on, but it’s not accurate to say there are no risks of over using/abusing marijuana.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Start citing because these claims are way out there.

      • bettyrose says:

        Wiglet- This is hardly a peer reviewed journal but it’s something: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/marijuana-addiction-rare-but-real-072014

        I’m making my claims based on personal observation, but I’m surprised that there’s push back on the risks of excessive use leading to extreme laziness. I thought that was actually a well known thing.

      • Jesma says:

        No wiglet they are not. My sister who is a board certified child psychiatrist and also a social pot smoker is adamant against pot usage in teens or people with a family history of certain mental illnesses. The research on this issue is prolific and well known amongst psychiatrists. If your brain is still developing or you have a family history of mental illness you should probably not partake. Or make sure you work closely with a medical provider.

        https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/teens-who-smoke-pot-at-risk-for-later-schizophrenia-psychosis-201103071676

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Bettyrose
        My comment wasn’t directed towards you, it was above. Sorry for the confusion. I should have marked the names, but thank you for the read.

        Jesma
        Who here is advocating for minors to be using controlled substances that are illegal for them? To take it further, if someone has a family history of certain mental illnesses you stay away from things that can exacerbate the symptoms.

        My comment was in the context being discussed. Adults with med cards using a substance legal in their state within reason. If someone is abusing a substance like cannabis, they could latch onto anything for that obsession. It’s not because cannabis is highly addictive. It’s not. And there’s many studies out there.

    • Lunasf17 says:

      I use weed daily but prefer edibles and tinctures (one of the reason we need to legalize it everywhere is so people have options other than smoking it). I take 5mg to help me sleep nightly and maybe a small amount during the day a couple times a week. It’s way healthier than drinking. MDMA is fun but it’s hard on the body, I feel it for at least 3 or 4 days.

    • Haapa says:

      I smoked daily for more than 15 years and just recently quit. Besides making me lazy and anti-social, I was really worried about my lungs. Vaping and edibles/oils just do not hit you the same as smoking. My withdrawals were awful but I am so glad to be done with it. I could not sleep or eat without smoking. I was using it as a crutch whenever I was stressed or sad. Now I’m more productive and even doing more hobbies again like reading novels. This is just my personal experience though, I don’t judge others for what they choose to do as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.

  6. Lux says:

    I would smoke a little weed in college and it made me tired and lazy. I just think weed is much better now. Edibles are amazing. They calm me down but can also make me enjoy doing work. Weirdly, I love cleaning while listening to music while high.

  7. Eh says:

    After weed was legalized in CA, I smoked it pretty consistently. It helped my depression for a time and helped me go off Wellbutrin. After awhile though, it heightened a lot of sensory processing and OCD problems I have and I stopped using. The psychological withdrawal symptoms were intense. At one point I was standing in the produce section at Trader Joe’s and sobbing for no reason at all. It lasted a few weeks and after suffering through that I don’t think I would use weed again at all.

    The MDMA thing is weird. Can’t that be deadly?

    • florencia says:

      RE: your question about molly being “deadly”, I kind of want to lol. Sure, any drug can potentially have negative side effects, but the dangers of MDMA, especially microdosing as Seth was discussing, are far overblown. In fact, Canada is currently running government supported trials in the use of MDMA to treat PTSD.

      And as someone who enjoyed a variety of drugs in her 20′s, I always say if you want to a try just one drug in your life, MDMA is the one you should give a try.

      • Eh says:

        You can “lol” at my not knowing anything about hard drugs if you want, I don’t mind, though I don’t see why it’s necessary.

      • Darla says:

        I’ve never tried it florencia, but would love to.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Florencia
        “Molly” can be fine, but almost no one microdoses correctly. And years ago at Wesleyan University there were deaths and lifetime issues from bad batches.

        If there’s only 1 drug you do… don’t risk molly.

        EH
        Wellbutrin XR? Or no XR?
        Because that takes quite a long time to detox. I think it’s a bridge too far to blame cannabis for the Trader Joe’s incident because of the timing coincided.

    • Betsy says:

      @Eh – The FDA is actually trialing MDMA as a treatment for PTSD. Both shrooms and LSD have also been floated (though not in FDA-like circles yet) as treatments for different mental health problems, too.

      I also don’t do drugs or know anything about them, but I do have PTSD so I read about the treatments and stuff sometimes.

    • Delphine says:

      The danger from mdma is that people have over-hydrated while on it and died. I haven’t heard of this happening in years but it has happened.

  8. Jayna says:

    If you are smoking all day every day you have a problem. I could never be around someone who wakes up and starts smoking pot and ends the day still smoking pot, or drinking all day, or whatever. But it seems to work for him and his wife and career, so it’s his choice.

    • bettyrose says:

      It sucks being around it and I’m actively trying to get that person into rehab. You cannot be a fully functional adult and smoke weed all day.

      • Darla says:

        Agree.

      • GirlMonday says:

        I know many people who are.

      • Mia says:

        I smoke all day every day and I’m fine. I’m legally medically prescribed it for depression. Nothing else has worked for me – I get hives from pills.

      • bettyrose says:

        Serious question GirlMonday and Mia:

        How is it possible to smoke weed all day and be employed full time out of the house? You can’t smoke in an office. You can’t run IVs on patients while stoned. I’m really struggling with this because of someone in my life, so I’m not just being blanket critical. It’s very personal for me.

      • Mia says:

        @BettyRose – The reply button is glitching a bit so I hope this is in the right place! 💚 (I’m on mobile)

        Thanks for asking in ernest :) For the last jobs I had where I had to go in every day, no one cared that I consumed cannabis as long as I got my work done. I disclosed my prescription to HR during my job interviews. I carried a medical grade vape with me and hit it on breaks outside – It’s a non diluted distillate that doesn’t stink like burning flower/buds. I made friends at work and ended up recommending brands to senior colleagues looking to deal with arthritis.

        Of course, it really depends on what you do, and mental health is a case by case thing. I find weed and therapy to be the best cocktail for me :) I work in a creative field, I’m sure every industry is different

      • bettyrose says:

        Thanks, Mia – Your workplace is very progressive. That’s definitely not the norm, and clearly the benefit to you outweighs any side effects. All drugs have side effects, and as I said above, in most cases I think marijuana is a better choice than the highly addictive drugs that Big Pharma wants to see us all hooked on. That said, it can and does sometimes lead one down the path of being a complete deadbeat. And I’m struggling with someone who went too far down that path during the pandemic and needs to turn around. So I don’t need any life advice from Seth Rogan just now. :-p

      • TaraBest says:

        Hi BettyRose,

        Just chiming in to say my family all live in states where it is legal and all consume to varying degrees. How someone functions when they partake can really vary from person to person. My brother actually works in the industry and uses multiple times a day. He’s very motivated and engaged with the world around him, plays sports, does lots of hiking, keeps a very clean apartment and has a happy relationship with his GF of many years. It makes my dad zone out, so he’s a one edible at night to help him sleep guy. My sister can consume and still focus on spreadsheets, where I would be totally useless at work!

        I’m sorry to hear about your struggles with someone close to you and hope that they can evaluate how their usage has created some negative situations in their life. And, I don’t think many of us need to be taking advice from Seth Rogen! lol.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Tarabest
        Perfectly said. I’m also in the industry and it has not harmed my ability to work and stay focused during long days or negatively impacted my fitness routines and motivation there.

        Bettyrose
        Simple put, that sucks, but cannabis is not the issue. It might be a bandaid for that person or easy to blame, but Not the cause. I’m sorry also, you’ve had such a negative experience.

      • Jesma says:

        It really depends on the person. I know some people that smoke all day and are productive and normal. Some people, like my brother, become a shell of their former selves. When he goes off weed for a month or more he is fantastic, charismatic, and ambitious. When he starts smoking he quickly falls into a 24/7 habit and becomes an unmotivated zombie. It breaks my heart because it feels like I’ve lost him when he falls into his long weed hazes. I’m sure brain chemistry and personality come into play.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Jesma
        I’m sure you know, but I’d like to add some detailing facts to your comment about your brother. And sorry to hear about tour brother.
        Many people smoke to excess and they smoke strains/cultivars that lean heavily towards sedated states. You can not be addicted to something physically and still overindulge.

        I’m not a fan of those people that are overindulgent either. For myself I’m educated, motivated, healthy and I smoke a small amount of a strong sativa here and there the same as another would have a cup of coffee to spike their focus. I could easily be a burn out and was in college. It’s the friends you surround yourself with, the culture you latch on to. The music that tells you to smoke as much as you can all day long. Movies like Seth’s too. It’s an environmental downward spiral. I also know some people need a month or 2 to unwind. They need to demotivate and can’t keep up being charismatic their day to day.

    • Betsy says:

      Yeah, this just sounded like a drug addict’s interview. He can pretty it up and make some money off it, but this was sad.

  9. Mandy Purr says:

    I’m an everyday smoker (half a joint a day) and what Seth says about alcohol really resonates with me. My alcohol consumption is nearly nonexistent because my body doesn’t tolerate it well. I get nauseous, can’t sleep, and don’t really like the feeling of being drunk anymore. I’m thrilled the stigma around weed is changing because it can really help people. It’s great for pain relieving too.

    • Christine says:

      Preach. Alcohol is so much worse on the body, AND it doesn’t do any of the things people who are self-medicating are looking for, it never makes sleep better, and it only stops anxiety very briefly, at a high cost.

  10. nicegirl says:

    This has sparked a very interesting discussion!

    Gonna look into the hard to lose lighter.

  11. KNy says:

    I don’t ever smoke anything, and haven’t had a drink since I was 18 except for one year in grad school where I decided to try drinking again to see how it was and it wasn’t for me. From my observations, there’s a degree to which people can overdo both the weed smoking and the drinking. I really don’t like the smell of weed (or cigarettes) but weed smokers tend to be more pleasant to be around in my experience than people who have had too much alcohol. Pre-COVID I couldn’t stand to be around people who would do their best to see if bottomless mimosas were really bottomless during brunch. I also notice that people who are drinking alcohol tend to get offended that I am not, and weed smokers don’t care if I partake. Not sure if shoes was the best analogy for Seth Rogen to make. I wish he would do a show about his pottery. That I find really interesting.

    • bettyrose says:

      It’s true. Weed smokers tend to not get loud and obnoxious like heavy drinkers. As one person commented to me recently, pot addition doesn’t lead to DUIs, bar fights, other problematic public behaviors. Instead, pot addiction can be measured in lost opportunities.

      • JanetDR says:

        That makes sense to me @Bettyrose. When I think of the people I know who have been smoking dope since their teens (and now at or approaching retirement age) the lack of ambition, or any kind of get up and go is the thing you notice. Not every one, or all of time, but there is a definite trend.

      • Grant says:

        Can you please define “pot addiction?” Every study I’ve read has conclusively established that marijuana is not addictive.

      • Betsy says:

        @ Sigmund – thanks. Pot defenders frequently act like it’s this magical, can’t be addictive substance but JFC if it can relax or motivate or clarify a brain, it has the potential to be addictive and I’m sick of pretending otherwise.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Bettyrose
        Sure it can lead to lost opportunities. Just as a food addiction or game addiction. You do seem to be stigmatizing it because your personal experience has been entirely too negative.
        Lots of people can smoke with moderation and function all day. Some don’t.

        I’m as I’ve said in this industry. And I find some people extremely annoying. They smoke all day to excess. They act stupid. They’re unmotivated. It’s frustrating to deal with. Personally, I feel that’s environmental. Their friends, the lifestyle they’re comfortable and coasting by in. A lot of factors.

  12. Merricat says:

    I smoke weed and have done for years. If you have OCD or anxiety, as I do, it takes the edge off the world. For my HIV positive friends, it increases appetite. For my friends with MS, it soothes tremors. For my friends with cancers, it eases nausea.
    I would rather someone smoke weed than drink alcohol any day of the week.

    • TaraBest says:

      My BF has Crohn’s and cannot eat without using cannabis. It can sometimes be so bad that he can’t even keep water down. Cannabis really is a necessary medicine for him. (He also still works, goes to the gym, keeps a clean house and has a better memory than I do!)

  13. GirlMonday says:

    The pearl clutching about weed smoking his hilarious to me

    • N0body says:

      @ girlmonday exactly but it’s ok and funny for everyone to drink all day everyday in quarantine. And yes, I know he’s not just talking about quarantine. There’s just SUCH a double standard. Even in places / countries where it’s fully legal.

    • CROWHOOD says:

      “People can’t be functioning adults and smoke every day”

      Are we truly not passed blanket statements and generalizations. I ask as the only woman on my executive sales team for a large publicly traded company who is 15 years younger than her next peer, from inside the second home I own as the breadwinner in my (mostly) happy marriage after spending a nice weekend with my family who loves me….and also smoke daily.

      • TaraBest says:

        @CROWHOOD, thank you! The thought that you can’t be successful at work or have ambition or happy relationships if you smoke daily is so ridiculous. I would wager to say many highly successful people, such as yourself, really benefit from the stress and anxiety relief that comes from smoking.

      • CROWHOOD says:

        Past*

  14. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’ve done all sorts of things throughout the years. I’d roll if it were legal here, but Texas is a giant asshole. So I can’t drink because of my husband. I can’t ‘bake.’ And doctors want me to overdose on otc’s for migraines and panic attacks so there you have it. Meeting life second by second frakkin’ head-on. Confetti.

    • Betsy says:

      There’s really no bright side there so I won’t pretend there is. I’m assuming you’ve investigated all avenues for biochemical causes to anxiety and have tried it all, but in case you haven’t: my doctor tested me for various vitamin deficiencies and found a bunch. Since treating those, it is like I have a new brain.

      And are your migraines the kind that would respond to botox?

  15. Amelie says:

    So I have never tried weed or any CBD/THC products ever and obviously as a kid I thought it was evil. As I’ve grown up and read more about it, I see it as something recreational that can help a lot of people fight depression and try to take the edge off (especially all the CBD stuff which I’m more curious about since I deal with a lot of anxiety. But, I am going to assume 10 joints every day isn’t healthy either? I’m sure a few joints a day is fine, like a glass or two of wine? I’m not sure why people claim inhaling smoke from cannabis is so much healthier than inhaling smoke from cigarettes or tobacco. It still irritates your lungs and well, that can’t be healthy even if you don’t get cancer. And I dunno, it sounds like Seth is addicted. I know people like to argue that weed isn’t addictive but if you can get addicted to things like gambling, exercising, eating, shopping, etc., you can certainly get addicted to smoking weed.

    But I’m glad Seth has gotten into pottery, that seems to be a healthier way to cope with his issues. There was an article in the NYT arts section a few weeks ago about it, I meant to read it. I love ceramics myself though I am terrible at it. Just something soothing about sitting at a wheel, trying to form a lump of clay into something. I am not super successful at it, but I have a lot of fun doing it.

    • lucy2 says:

      Same here, never had any interest in it. But a few of my friends swear by CBD, so I may try it sometime if I have anxiety flare ups. I don’t really care what others do, as long they aren’t smoking it around me, or get impaired and drive.
      Him smoking all day every day can’t be good for his respiratory system – especially if he’s spending a lot of time doing ceramics, and also living in an area prone to less than stellar air quality.

      Interesting no one has had a problem with him saying his pandemic has been “perfect”, considering a few other celebrities talked about positive aspects of it and were raked over the coals for being insensitive.

  16. Shoop says:

    Weed can be a great relaxant and reliever of anxiety, stress and boredom. I smoked regularly for twenty five years and enjoyed it. But it can also make people lazy, socially awkward, unmotivated and paranoid, and NONE of these things are brought up here. It’s all well and good if you’re a movie star with multiple businesses on the go and millions in the bank, but most people who smoke ten joints a day will struggle to leave the couch, never mind the house. It’s irresponsible to promote it this way and it’s also tied into white privilege; in Colorado since legalisation the amount of white kids being arrested for possession of too much weed has dropped, while arrests of black and latinx youths for the same crime has risen, even though statistically they don’t smoke more. As for his argument about shoes, that’s some stoner bullshit.

    • meloroast says:

      I agree. I think he is well within his right to advocate for his personal life and circumstances, but to not acknowledge that there is a flip side to this coin is pretty naïve. My ex smoked all the time except when he was working and it was an issue for me. I realize we’re all different, but I do think it led to him being complacent and kinda lazy.

      Does he have a right to do it? Of course. But personally, there is a lot of life to be lived and if your habit is leading you to just walk your dog and play video games (at 40yo no less) maybe you should think about the influence it has on you.

      And this is coming from someone who vapes high CBD flower almost nightly to help with anxiety, sleep and to relax (and drink less). I am no prude but even relatively benign substances can be habitual (if not addictive).

  17. Joan Callamezzo says:

    I don’t smoke anymore, it’s all about the gummies for me, and less is more. With sativa the constant anxiety disappears and the creativity and productivity kicks in. I don’t drink anymore either, it’s just gummies. I hope Seth Rogan’s company does fantastic and that he donates tons of profit to charities, I bet he will. He really did have the best pandemic life, glad someone did. 10 joints a day sounds like way too much but it hasn’t slowed him down, he’s extremely productive and successive across the board. If you’re going to take something for Tourette’s or OCD weed is better than pills. Except for the possibility of lung damage I get where he’s coming from. Love his Fred Flarsky character in Longshot. Curious does anyone ever ask him about where he stands on James Franco these days?

    • Ms single malt says:

      Joan,

      He addressed James Franco in same interview. He clarified answer from recent interview and clearly expressed no interest in working with Franco again in light of accusations.

  18. Mia says:

    I smoke every day from dawn to dusk, and his movies are still BOOOORING 😄

    Rather than waste good weed on his films, I’d much prefer to get high and read Kaiser’s latest take on Kate’s wigs 😂

    Hi to my fellow celebitchy stoners! 💚

  19. Nicole says:

    He’s self medicating. I’m gonna suspect that he likely has an anxiety disorder. This slows him down and chills him out. My brother was a daily pot smoker. At 38 he had the lungs of 70 year old long time smoker. If you need weed do edibles.

    • lucy2 says:

      The article said he has low level Tourette’s and OCD, so I would think it’s very helpful for him in controlling that. But his lungs probably need a break.

  20. Annabel says:

    Hey, if pot works for you, great! You do you. But if you do pot on the regular and it seems to you that the people around you are engaging in hilarious pearl-clutching about a substance you consider harmless, maybe it’s worth considering the possibility that they’ve just had a different experience than you?

    I grew up in a very hippie-ish rural community, where most of the adults around me smoked pot, and it made me never want to partake in it. A two-year-old neighbor drowned because the babysitter was too stoned to notice that she’d wandered off, and that was only the most extreme manifestation of the checked-out quality that I saw in adults all around me.

  21. Meredith says:

    My sister has smoked pot every day for, say, 30 years or more — she quit drinking after a DUI and pot took its place. Which I’m really glad for in that it’s kept her from some possibly terrible outcomes. BUT, she’s recently been diagnosed w/COPD at 65. Smoking weed is still smoking and will do similar damage to your lungs long-term/heavily used especially. Just a cautionary note that’s health-based, nothing to do with lifestyle pros and cons.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Meredith
      By your information in your comment I’m assuming you’re relative does not have health issues like weight, low fitness, smoked cigarettes or hereditary illness involving the respiratory system, right? It seems you place blame for her copd squarely on cannabis.

  22. Kahlia says:

    I’m with Seth. Some of us need drugs to function in this world because our brains are wired differently, and certain drugs flat out don’t affect us the way they affect normal people. Weed, for example, does nothing for me but take my migraine pain away and help calm my crazy brain. I believe him when he says it makes him more functional.

    See, I was recently diagnosed with ADHD, which has basically crippled me my entire life. And I mean, crippled me. I do a lot of hide it and I’ve accomplished a lot in spite of it, but my god. Almost all my health problems as an adult woman (severe depression and generalized anxiety disorder, uncontrollable migraines 20+ days a month, chronic exhaustion, high blood pressure) have been due to the insane chronic stress of having untreated, undiagnosed ADHD that I’ve had since I was a kid. Since I “came out” as having ADHD, I can’t tell you how many people have tried to scare me off stimulants as treatment, even fellow ADHD sufferers, because THEY’RE STIMULANTS and they’re ADDICTIVE and it’s like METH. Nevermind that they’re all coffee addicts and caffeine is a stimulant, hypocrites. People have told me to just “embrace it”, that it’s “a gift”, and while I agree to a certain extent, I’ve been trying to fix myself “the natural way” for over 20 years, and being without brain drugs was literally killing me.

    Before this, I was unwittingly self-medicating by drinking over a liter of coffee every day to help control some of my ADHD symptoms (caffeine helps calm my brain a little). I found out I had ADHD when I quit caffeine and 2 months later my brain was so uncontrollably crazy, I didn’t think I could live with it anymore. Guess what, I’m on prescribed stimulants now and they do exactly what they’re supposed to for people like me – they calm my brain and make the world a less exhausting, horribly overwhelming place to exist. I’m not bouncing off the walls, cleaning the whole house/neighborhood and accomplishing crazy amounts: I’m able to take a shower without a 30 min motivational pep talk and get through the work day without needing a 3 hr nap after it. I’m able to make coffee without it taking 30 minutes because I get distracted by other things I should do along the way. Like a normal person. I’m guessing it’s similar for Seth and weed in that it weirdly helps him be more productive because when high, he’s not battling his own mind as hard in order to get things done.

  23. HME says:

    I don’t have a problem with people using pot if it works for them but I am not here for the glamorization of smoking it. Inhaling smoke of any kind into your lungs is not good for you. Its just not. And with pot there are so many other forms available too so why take the risk of smoking it?

    Plus aside from the negative health aspects pot smoke REEKS. And it lingers quite a bit as well which makes it worse. I can’t stand it. Since pot has been legal here in Canada you can smell it outside way more than you used to which is gross and annoying. I have to close my windows anytime someone in my building goes outside to smoke as my apartment is near the smoking area and the smoke always wafts in unless the wind is blowing the other way. Thankfully nobody here smokes as much as Seth, probably because none of them are rich movie stars and they actually need to be sober for work, or I’d never be able to open my windows. And the last time I was in Vancouver you couldn’t walk two feet downtown without having to walk through cloud of pot smoke. It sucked.

    • tempest prognosticator says:

      I have a friend who lives in an apartment. No smoking allowed. In case you forget, there are no smoking signs in-place. Yet, the building constantly reeks of weed. For some reason, people think smoking weed doesn’t count as “smoking.”

    • Betsy says:

      It is gross funk. Sour and pungent.

      I don’t know the window layout, but could fans help blow the air out vs sucking the smoke in?

  24. Maribella says:

    I work at a rehab facility as a counsellor and I absoloutly hate how mostly American celebrities and maybe our culture has deemed it OK to be high on weed all the time. I have seen what it can to do people first hand. Especially with kids or teens.

    If you’re an adult and you wanna smoke you do you! But bear in mind our front cortex hasn’t properly matured until the age of around 24/25. I think it’s incredibly irresponsible for people in the public eye to keep talking about this like it’s nothing.

    • Christine says:

      I think you mean prefrontal cortex?

      People in the public eye are talking about it because they have already gone through the medical establishment. I am one of them. Again, lost 2 years in my early 30s to Xanax, prescribed by a doctor. I have never lost even one hour of my life to anything marijuana related, but I do fully agree that teenagers should not be encouraged to do anything that could possibly affect their brains, before they get to 25ish, and the brain has stopped forming. But it also seems really obvious to me that ANYTHING a doctor will prescribe to teenagers is definitely affecting their brains. I have an 11 year old, there is nothing that was prescribed to me , by medical professionals, that I want him anywhere near.

  25. Sugarskulls2000 says:

    I smoke weed every day, have for decades. I am not lazy, unmotivated or otherwise a slacker. I have a six figure salary, own my own home in the Bay Area as a single mom and by all definitions am a very successful person. Weed helps me manage my stress (job) and keeps my migraines at bay. My brain is also rather zoomie so it helps me be present with with whatever I am doing. It focuses me. What I find so freaking funny is that there are way more of us stealth potheads than will openly admit. We are everywhere. I don’t tell you all to go to AA every time you dump that legal poison called alcohol in your system so I would appreciate if step off my weed.

    • Maribella says:

      If that works for you, great! All I was saying is that people in the public eye shouldn’t preach this like some miracle cure just like people shouldn’t preach alcohol like one. Both can have a lasting effect on people. Young people especially if they start too early.
      That’s all.

    • Haapa says:

      Not everyone here discussing the possible dangers of smoking weed every day drinks alcohol. That’s quite the assumption to make.

  26. Shannon says:

    I am an alcoholic. I am not proud to admit that I have been in quite a few treatment centers in the last 5 years, and the demographics within the facilities have shifted dramatically in that amount of time.

    I have seen more and more people in treatment for marijuana right alongside alcoholics and addicts.

    From my interaction with these people they are 100% addicted to it. They cannot function without it.

    Of course not everyone who uses will become addicted, much like everyone who drinks socially will not become addicted. However, those who say it is not addictive and harmless should come have a seat in some of my groups. I beg to differ.

    • Maribella says:

      You’ve sought help which is amazing. Not everyone does. So there’s nothing to be ashamed of there. And yeah – agree with everything you said. Thank you for that input. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  27. JanetDR says:

    I think this is the most controversial topic ever! Interesting to read everyone’s takes on this. I like the idea of edibles far more than smoking. It has been at least 30 years since I smoked any dope, which I might do if someone was passing a joint at a party. The last time I did, I remember getting a wonderful happy relaxed feeling that was fine with me until the guy who passed it said something about that particular blend and how it affected you. And I felt like I would rather do things to change how I felt for real instead of having this temporary fix. I still feel that way (same for alcohol, absolutely not necessary for a good time) but intrigued by edibles. We can grow plants in my state now and I like to make herbal tintures, vinegars, etc. So that might to cool to try.

  28. Sigmund says:

    I dropped this further up, but I’m going to leave this here as well:

    https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/faqs/marijuana-addiction.html

    There’s nothing wrong with saying, “The risks of marijuana outweigh the benefit to me,” as long as you understand the risks. I’m seeing a lot of comments here saying things like “I haven’t seen a study that says X.” So here’s a reputable source.

    Anyone who’s taking it on the regular, in whatever form, needs to understand that marijuana is a substance that does have health effects. (And you can see a list of those here: https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/health-effects.html) You should always be open and honest with your doctor if you’re using it, even if it’s illegal in your state.

    Also, to be clear, I don’t have a problem with legalizing marijuana or people using it. But I do think people fail to understand the full impact of what they’re doing, too.

  29. keroppi says:

    I’m glad that he’s had a ‘perfect pandemic.’ :/

  30. Jaded says:

    I’ve been an occasional pot smoker for 50 years but about 5 years ago I just lost interest. I did find relief from insomnia with CBD oil but without the THC component. My best friend is a chronic smoker – she self medicates with pot and vodka due to depression but is also on an anti-depressant. The last time she visited me (I live on Vancouver Island and she lives in Toronto) she could barely make it up 8 steps without gasping and wheezing when we visited Butchart Gardens (google it, it’s amazing). She was only 65 at the time but clearly suffering the effects of long-term pot smoking. Like many things, moderation is the key and if Seth needs weed 10 times a day, he’d better turn to alternative methods of getting high like vaping, gummies or tinctures or he’s gonna be in rough shape by the time he’s in his sixties.

  31. Amando says:

    Meh, he’s an addict. If someone needs a mind altering substance every day or even several times a week, then there’s something more going on there. Depression, poor coping skills, whatever. It’s not good and he needs help. And weed stinks anyway. I hate the smell. It’s crazy how my state pretty much banned vaping, but weed was just legalized. Huh??

  32. MangoAngelesque says:

    I would give anything to be able to get edibles. I have horrific chronic migraines and I really believe they’d help. But I live in Alabama, so I’m screwed.

    I can’t bring myself around to the idea of smoking anything. My dad smoked cigarettes my whole life, and it put me off ever wanting to try smoking anything anything at all…

    But if I had access to gummies or chocolates or tinctures or something? I’d just be flat-out grateful for the relief, forget trying to be stoned.

    • Winnie says:

      You can take a little piece of weed and chew it and wash it down with water like a pill. Works great for my arthritis and insomnia :o )

  33. Dizzy says:

    Wow. Takes the edge off of what? That’s a scary thought. I love being sober … can’t stand the feeling of being in an altered state. I mean it’s fun for about half an hour, then I hate it and want to be normal again.

  34. Wiglet Watcher says:

    #1 type of comment I’m reading here is that people know someone close to them that smokes too much. It annoys them. They want them to be more active and accessible to them. And cannabis is the most obvious target because you can see it.
    Many people have mental health issues. Private issues. Maybe their living situations aren’t ideal for them. And the outsider blames cannabis.

    IMO everything should be done in moderation and nothing should be used as a bandaid.
    Also, Seth is set. He can smoke all day and spin pottery and be high. And he makes tons of money investing in his own cannabis brand. So of course he says he smokes all day and others feel they should too. It’s marketing to keep sales going.
    I strongly disagree with that.

  35. Anna says:

    Even though it’s good that Rogen has found his happiness and the path that he believes he was meant to follow, I find it near-impossible to read or hear about white people who are making it big and living their bliss in the world of marijuana when there are so many BIPOC people locked up, some since childhood, serving unbelievable sentences for nothing, while yet again, white folks get rich off what was used to criminalize and destroy BIPOC communities, especially Black communities. I don’t see these as feel-good stories; these are stories built on and *continuing to be built* on the backs and stolen lives of Black people. So enjoy your toke, Rogen. But until you actually use your money to do something good in the world, namely, prison abolition and freeing those wrongfully incarcerated for your bliss, then this is all just crap to me.