‘It would be like saying you can’t wear clothes anymore’: Seth Rogen admits it would ‘really hard’ to live without marijuana after smoking the drug to help his OCD and Tourettes
Seth Rogen has admitted it would be ‘really hard’ for him to live without marijuana after smoking the drug helped his low-level OCD and Tourettes.
Speaking as he graced the cover of British GQ’s May Issue, the actor, 38, said that people are ‘still weird’ about cannabis despite it being legalised for medical use in 35 US states.
Seth also reflected on the international incident that was sparked by his controversial 2014 film The Interview, joking that if the film had been released during Donald Trump’s Presidency he’d likely have been sent to North Korea for ‘execution.’
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Candid: Seth Rogen has admitted it would be ‘really hard’ for him to live without marijuana after smoking the drug helped his low-level OCD and Tourettes
Seth explained that he’s smoked marijuana to help his obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourettes, which are low-level but more pronounced in his father.
Asked whether he could live without the drug, he said: ‘It would be like saying you can’t wear clothes anymore. It would be a real bummer. It would make it really hard for me to do what I need to do in the world.’
‘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.’
Candid: The actor said that people are ‘still weird’ about cannabis despite it being legalised for medical use in 35 US states
Currently marijuana is legal for medical use in 35 states including California, Nevada and Vermont, while 15 have also made the drug legal for recreational use.
Seth also confessed he between the ages of 13 and 23 he ‘drank as often as he could without derailing his life in any meaningful way,’ but slowly began to question why he needed to drink so heavily.
He said: ‘Like, why am I getting blackout drunk at these things and hating myself the next day? And I think I realised I had been lied to about alcohol and that it held a place in society for the wrong reasons.’
‘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.
Shocking: Seth also reflected on the incident sparked by his 2014 film The Interview, joking that if the film was released during Donald Trump’s Presidency he’d have been ‘executed’
‘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.’
Following the release of his candid memoir, Seth Rogen’s Yearbook, the Lion King star also reflected on the release of The Interview, which sparked huge controversy when it was released in 2014.
The film saw Seth and James Franco appear as a TV producer and presenter sent to North Korea to kill Kim Jong-Un, under the ruse they are travelling to the country for an interview with him.
The controversy led Sony Pictures to delay the release of the film and re-edit scenes, and a majority of theatre chains refused to play the picture, leading it to be released on for online digital rental and limited showings.
See the full feature in the May issue of British GQ available via digital download and on newsstands Thursday 1st April
Barack Obama, who was US President at the time, did much to try and calm tensions with the North Korean government over the film, and Seth admitted if Donald Trump had been in the White House, he may not have been so lucky.
He said: ‘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!’
Looking back at the film, which he also wrote and co-directed, he added: ‘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.’
See the full feature in the May issue of British GQ available via digital download and on newsstands Thursday 1st April.
CANNABIS: THE FACTS
Cannabis is an illegal Class B drug in the UK, meaning possession could result in a five year prison sentence and those who supply the drug face up to 14 years in jail.
However, the drug is widely used for recreational purposes and can make users feel relaxed and happy.
But smoking it can also lead to feelings of panic, anxiety or paranoia.
Scientific studies have shown the drug can alleviate depression, anxiety and stress, but heavy use may worsen depression in the long term by reducing the brain’s ability to let go of bad memories.
It can also contribute to mental health problems among people who already have them, or increase users’ risk of psychosis or schizophrenia, according to research.
Marijuana can be prescribed for medical uses in more than half of US states, where it is used to combat anxiety, aggression and sleeping problems. Researchers are also looking into whether it could help people with autism,eczema or psoriasis.
Cannabis oil containing the psychoactive chemical THC, which is illegal in the UK, is claimed to have cancer-fighting properties, and one 52 year-old woman from Coventry says she recovered from terminal bowel and stomach cancer by taking the drug.
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