Lady Gaga will be headlining this year at Coachella. She was a surprise replacement after Beyoncé revealed she was pregnant with her second baby, and would ultimately have to drop out of performing at Coachella this year. With Coachella coming up this weekend, we wanted to discuss Lady Gaga's use of marijuana and the addiction she battles. Since Gaga's rise to fame, she has always been open with her usage of marijuana.
During her Born This Way Ball Tour, the singer had to cancel the majority of the concerts because of a hip injury. This hip injury would then cause her to be dependent on marijuana, and become addicted to it. "I have been addicted to it and it's ultimately related to anxiety coping and it's a form of self-medication and I was smoking up to 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day with no tobacco." said Gaga. "I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely, and looking back I do see now that some of it had to do with my hip pain. I didn't know where the pain was coming from so I was just in a lot of pain and very depressed all the time and not really sure why."
Gaga started to realize that her self-prescribed marijuana use was bordering on dependency. And it was with the help of performance artist, Marina Abramovic, that Gaga was able to quit her habit. "It wasn't until I was with Marina and she said, 'Okay, you're coming to my house. No television, no computer, no marijuana, no nothing, no food. For three days, art only. You eat only art. I cold-turkeyed. For weeks and weeks I didn't smoke at all. And now I smoke a little bit at night, just you know, for fun - but not to cope. That's the difference. Marina was the only person who could get me to do that and it was not intended to be rehab." said Gaga.
Although, marijuana addiction can only affect roughly 9% of its users, it is important to acknowledge marijuana addiction and spread awareness when possible, especially if you have an influential voice in society.