Singer Miley Cyrus has been in the spotlight her entire life; she’s the daughter of famous singer Billy Ray Cyrus. She was the star of her own show on the Disney Channel, a show that was really more of a franchise than anything else. Then she grew up and cast off her little girl image. Miley Cyrus was in the news a lot earlier in the decade. Her music completely transformed, as did her image. She began dressing more provocatively, and of course started smoking weed.
Recently, Cyrus announced that she had quit smoking weed. She’s not the only famous stoner to put down the bong lately. Woody Harrelson also recently announced that he had quit using cannabis, but he still believed in the greatness of weed. Miley Cyrus’ reason for quitting was a bit different. On an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon she claimed that she had a dream she smoked too much weed and died onstage on SNL. No, seriously.
“I had a dream that I would die during my monologue on SNL for some reason, that I would just get so stoned that I just died, which I googled and that’s never happened,” Cyrus said. I’m not gonna lie, I giggled a bit when I watched the clip.
I can understand that type of dream; her subconscious was probably telling her that it was time to move on to a new phase in her life. She is 24 now, and there is a huge difference between being 18 and 24, or freshly 21 and 24. In the interview Cyrus also claimed that her old persona was entirely inspired by her canna-habit. While I have no doubt that cannabis did bring out her wild side, a lot of her wildness was caused by…get ready for it…being a young adult.
Seriously, I was 18-21 once. I did some pretty insane shit that I’m not proud of. I’m really thankful that my wild phase was before social media got really big. There are surely some embarrassing pictures of me on MySpace, but obviously no one’s going to see those. We all go through that embarrassing stage where we are all about shocking people with our edginess. Miley Cyrus had the benefit, or rather detriment of having a world stage during her embarrassing stage.
I was in my mid twenties at the time that my relationship with cannabis changed too. I realized that there was more to using cannabis than getting ridiculously baked all day e’ryday. This was around the time that I began to consider my cannabis use as more medicinal than recreational. A lot of people’s relationships with pot change at this time; I noticed other friends of mine either giving it up entirely, or looking at it in a completely different way from just getting high.
I respect Cyrus’s decision. If she feels like she needs to quit using cannabis in order to become self-actualized then more power to her. She has a new album coming out soon, one that is more bluegrass than ballsy; maybe I’ll actually give this one a chance.
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