Celebrities are just like us-- they’re not immune to anxiety, stress, pain, or trouble falling asleep at night. And just like us, they couldn’t resist trying CBD for themselves.
The compound, which is non-intoxicating unlike its cannabinoid counterpart THC, has taken the world by storm, and infiltrated Hollywood’s inner circle. Also among them are Olympic athletes, sports masterminds, and UFC fighters.
These celebrities have chosen to use their platform to inspire acceptance of CBD and cannabis by sharing their personal CBD success stories.
Check out why this star-studded list are supporters of the powerful compound cannabidiol (CBD), and why you should be too.
- Jennifer Aniston
- Morgan Freeman
- Steve Kerr
- Megan Rapinoe
- Michael J. Fox
- Dakota Johnson
- Rob Gronkowski
- Alessandra Ambrosio
- Kim Kardashian
- Nick and Nate Diaz
The famous actress is best known as the waitress Rachel Green in the hit sitcom Friends (1994-2004) , and more recently for her roles in the movies Cake (2014) and We’re the Millers (2013), as per IMDb.
In a 2020 interview for Interview Magazine conducted by fellow actress Sandra Bullock, Aniston opened up about her mental health. The Golden Globe-winner confessed the news cycle is a major source of depression, anxiety, and anger for her, remarking:
“Turning on the television, listening to the news, reading the paper--that can make me really sad and really angry. The division that’s been taking place. The complete chaos that’s existing. When people show greed and bad behavior and a lack of gratitude. It’s so hard to put this in an eloquent way. When you see people behaving badly and hurting other people, that makes me very angry.”
To combat these feelings, Aniston employs CBD.
“CBD helps with pain, stress and anxiety. It has all the benefits of marijuana without the high,” reveals Aniston to US Magazine.
Morgan Freeman’s calm and authoritative voice is adored by many, and has narrated us through decades of film. The Oscar-winning actor is perhaps best known for his roles in Se7en (1995), Invictus (2009), Driving Ms. Daisy (1989), Million Dollar Baby (2004), and The Shawshank Redemption (1994) .
Here’s what Freeman has to say about marijuana in an interview published by The Daily Beast:
“Marijuana has many useful uses. I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana. They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says ‘Legalize it across the board!”
According to HealthMJ, a cannabis news and research resource, “Morgan Freeman allegedly uses CBD and THC to manage chronic pain” following a near-fatal car accident back in 2008.
It was during his recovery from said accident that the actor developed fibromyalgia, a disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain and tenderness. The disorder, which can cause fatigue and difficulties with sleep, memory and mood, can be triggered by a stressful event, injury, or viral infection.
Sports fans of the 90’s are certainly familiar with point guard Steve Kerr, a talented three-point sharpshooter during the Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls era. The Bulls reign has inspired a new generation of fans, and brought on nostalgia for others, in the hit Netflix documentary miniseries The Last Dance (2020).
The eight-time NBA champion endorses the use of medicinal marijuana and CBD for pain relief, especially as a substitute for dangerously addictive opioids like OxyContin. In 2016, Kerr made headlines after revealing his own medicinal marijuana use to the public.
The basketball mastermind, who has coached the Golden State Warriors to three championships, reflects on the future of the league in an interview following the supposed scandal with The Mercury News:
“I think the league should look into the use of medicinal marijuana for pain relief. As far as recreational, I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about pain relief, what’s best for our players' health. That’s what should be in the CBA. And that’s what our owners and our league and our player’s union should be most concerned with. And maybe part of that is educating the public about how bad some of the stuff our players are given for pain relief actually is. So the education is important and I think as the public gets more educated and people get more educated, there will ultimately be a policy that includes medicinal CBD, oils, whatever is best suited for pain.”
Megan Rapinoe sports quite the résumé as a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist.
In 2019, she was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year after she helped clinch the win for the United States in the World Cup final by scoring off of a penalty kick.
According to Forbes, CBD has been a part of her winning regimen for years.
“I wanted a healthier, more natural option for pain management, sleep aid, relaxation while flying, and general recovery,” dishes Rapinoe in an exclusive interview.
Those who know of Rapinoe know that she is no stranger to activism; she’s a prominent public figure in the fight for rights and equality for women, minorities, and the LGBTQIA+ community, which she connects with the cannabis movement:
“It is no secret that many people have spent years in jail for cannabis, of those people a disproportionate percentage are people of color.”
Rapinoe seeks to use her platform “to educate the general public about CBD and cannabis use,” and “to raise awareness and fight for the legalization of CBD and cannabis everywhere.”
Michael J. Fox
You may recognize Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly from Back to the Future (1985), mayor Mike Flaherty on Spin City (1996-2002), or as the cunning, cut-throat lawyer Lewis Canning on The Good Wife (2009-2016).
What you may not know, is that at the age of 29, Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder with undesirable physical and cognitive side effects such as stiffness and memory loss.
In 2000, he pioneered the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), which has raised nearly a billion dollars towards research and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. His foundation has been acclaimed by The New York Times as “the most credible voice on Parkinson’s research in the world,” and remains the world’s largest non-profit funder of Parkinson’s drug development, per the foundation’s website.
“One management treatment that MJFF focuses on is medical marijuana--particularly the use of CBD oil,” notes the World of Clinical Pharmacology (WCP) for marijuana investors website.
Existing research surrounding Parkinson’s disease (PD) and CBD suggests the compound may reduce psychosis, anxiety, and tremors associated with the disease, as well as improve PD patient’s quality of life.
Fox reportedly uses both cannabis and CBD to manage his PD symptoms, claims HealthMJ.
Yes, that Dakota Johnson, who rose to fame as Anastasia Steele in the racy Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy that took the world by storm in 2015. Savvy film watchers may also recognize her as Amelia Ritter in The Social Network (2010) .
The American actress and model hails CBD as a holy grail product for securing sleep and surviving the stress of travel.
“She’s also devoted to using sublingual CBD drops to summon sleep during travel (“I try to knock myself out on planes; otherwise my whole world falls apart”),” details lifestyle magazine ELLE.
The sublingual method involves holding CBD oil under your tongue for at least 30 seconds before swallowing. This way, the oil is absorbed by the blood vessels under the tongue instead of through the digestive tract.
Taking CBD oil sublingually is the fastest method of consuming CBD (with effects evident typically within 15 minutes), resulting in efficient and extensive oil absorption.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski shocked fans by announcing his retirement from the NFL at the age of 29 back in March of 2019. After a full season of silence, many fans began to believe his departure was final.
However, Gronkowski would later reunite with BFF Tom Brady when the star quarterback signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady welcomed his longtime teammate back to the league in a humorous Instagram post that has been viewed more than 4 and a half million times.
Gronkowski, affectionately called “Gronk” by fans, disclosed “[CBD] products have changed [his] life,” quotes Sports Casting. The 6-foot-6, 268-pound player believes the powerful compound should be available to active players in the league, reflecting how it “would have made a huge difference” for him in terms of pain management.
Gronk revealed “after nine seasons in the NFL and nine surgeries, he is “pain-free” for the first time in more than a decade, and he credits CBD for helping him get there,” writes Scott Jenkins in a piece titled “ CBD Has Helped Rob Gronkowski Play Football Again.”
Could Victoria’s secret be CBD?
Alessandra Ambrosio, perhaps one of the most well-known Victoria’s Secret models, shares her top tip for rocking the runway.
“The most important thing to do [to prepare for the Victoria’s Secret Show] is to sleep eight hours the night before. It’s hard because the mind gets anxious, so I try CBD oil, and I think that helps,” remarks the Brazilian supermodel to Well + Good.
CBD works by binding to cannabinoid receptors throughout the body to access the endocannabinoid system (ECS). By influencing the ECS, CBD may alter pain sensation, mood, and affect the sleep/wake cycle.
No celebrity list is complete without mentioning Kim Kardashian. The famous family first entered the spotlight when Kim’s father, the late Robert Kardashian, represented family friend OJ Simpson in his double murder trial.
Today, the Kardashian name represents a business empire, complete with perfume, makeup, and clothing lines, as well as the long-running TV reality drama Keeping Up with the Kardashians , which is set to air its 20th and final season in 2021.
“I got into CBD a few months ago. It’s saved my life. Even to sleep at night. I like the gummies. I will just use a little bit and fall asleep [laughs]. I don’t think I would take a Xanax or an Ambien again.”
In fact, Kardashian themed the baby shower of her fourth child with rapper Kanye West around CBD products. The star-studded guest list, which included Paris Hilton, Chrissy Teigen, and more, indulged in a CBD bar and created custom CBD-infused bath and body products, according to W Magazine.
Nick and Nate Diaz
UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) brothers Nick and Nate Diaz are among the growing community of public supporters of CBD.
In a post-fight press conference following his loss to Connor McGregor at UFC 202 in 2016, reporters noticed Nate Diaz taking pulls from a vape pen. When they inquired, Diaz provided the following explanation:
“It’s CBD. It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So, you want to get these before and after the fights and training. It’ll make your life a better place.”
Diaz was given a public warning about his CBD use, as a violation of the USADA’s policy of prohibiting use during the in-competition window, which lasted until four hours after the fight. The rule has since been adapted to close the window after a post-fight sample has been collected.
“Yeah, they changed it. Compliments of your boy here. … Now we could do our thing. I’ve been a game changer. We just ain’t get no credit for it,” remarked Diaz, credited himself as a catalyst for the change.
The brothers are very public about their cannabis use, which resulted in a $165,000 fine and 5 year ban from fighting for Nick Diaz in 2015 following a few failed drug tests. The ban sparked outrage within the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) community, who felt the organization has an antiquated view on cannabis.
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