News | 10.22.2023

5 Ex-Disney Stars Who Use Cannabis

From magical scripts to green leaves, five stars explore a higher narrative.

In the enchanting world of Disney, stars are born under the soft glow of innocence. As these stars step outside the magic kingdom, they delve into realms that are less fairy-tale-like but more rooted in earthly reality. Among these realms is the burgeoning culture of cannabis—a leafy domain offering its kind of magic and mindfulness. 

This article unveils the green pursuits of some notable Disney alumni who have traversed from the fantasy of their on-screen worlds into the tangible narrative of cannabis. Whether advocating for its therapeutic attributes or embarking on entrepreneurial ventures within its bustling market, these stars are coloring outside the conventional lines and into the green. 

Join us as we explore the cannabis chronicles of Miley Cyrus, Bella Thorne, Justin Timberlake, Vanessa Hudgens, and Demi Lovato. Their journeys signify not merely a personal endorsement or experimentation but reflect a broader, evolving dialogue around cannabis in contemporary society.

Miley Cyrus

From the spotlight of Disney’s stage as Hannah Montana to the open advocacy of cannabis culture, Miley Cyrus has journeyed a path of self-discovery that many have watched unfold in real time. Her candid nature has broken down the stereotypes often surrounding Disney prodigies, revealing a narrative marked by authenticity and personal exploration. 

Cyrus’s dalliance with cannabis began during her Disney tenure, though concerns over vocal cord health led to a temporary retreat. However, her mother rekindled the flame of her cannabis exploration, reflecting a familial openness often shared in interviews. 

One of the more public endorsements came during her appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where Cyrus shared that her decision to abstain from cannabis was partly due to her desire to be sharp for her album, “Younger Now.” Yet, her return to cannabis, as shared in various interviews, showcases a balanced perspective on its recreational use. 

Her advocacy extends beyond personal use. By speaking against the negative stigma surrounding cannabis and sharing her experiences, Cyrus contributes to the broader dialogue on cannabis acceptance and shifting societal perceptions.

Bella Thorne

The narrative of Bella Thorne is one of colorful evolution. From capturing hearts as the spirited dancer CeCe Jones on Disney’s “Shake It Up” to delving into the vibrant world of cannabis entrepreneurship, Thorne has elegantly pivoted her public image. 

On October 10, 2019, Thorne unveiled her brand, Forbidden Flowers, to the sunlit California market. Collaborating with Glass House Group, she cultivated a range of cannabis products housed in vibrant, glitter-infused packaging, mirroring her playful spirit. 

The lineup, borne from a year-long R&D journey, features strains like Chill Out, Hype Up, Turn On, and Zone In, available across various Californian dispensaries. Thorne’s cannabis journey transitioned from teenage aversion to embracing the herb’s calming allure, reflected in her hands-on approach to product development.

Forbidden Flowers is a testament to Thorne’s endorsement of cannabis’s therapeutic potential. Through her continuous engagement with the cannabis community and a desire to destigmatize its usage, Thorne is not merely sharing a product but advocating for a lifestyle, a mindset. 

In an interview with Forbes’ Lindsey Bartlett, Thorne shared her meticulous joint rolling ritual, camaraderie with Uncle Snoop over shared cannabis affections, and aspirations for more female leadership within the cannabis sphere. 

Bella Thorne’s tale is a vibrant chapter in the ongoing narrative of Disney stars maturing beyond their early roles, exploring and endorsing the verdant landscape of cannabis culture.

Justin Timberlake

Renowned for his melodic tunes and charismatic stage presence, Justin Timberlake has also made headlines with his candid discussions on cannabis usage. Timberlake’s relationship with cannabis isn’t a clandestine affair but a personal choice he’s openly shared with the world.

In a revealing interview with Playboy magazine back in 2011, Timberlake elucidated his propensity for cannabis, mentioning its ability to help him “stop thinking” and escape the labyrinth of his thoughts. 

His transparency extended beyond self-use, as he recounted a humorous yet illuminating incident on Ashton Kutcher’s MTV show Punk’d, where he was pranked while under cannabis influence, which inspired a temporary cannabis hiatus from Timberlake. 

Timberlake’s narrative also touched on the juxtaposition of personal relations and substance use, revealing a nuanced side to his cannabis narrative. His open discourse on cannabis portrays a candid reflection of his experiences and contributes to a more honest conversation about cannabis within the public sphere.

Vanessa Hudgens

Soaring to stardom with the “High School Musical” series, Vanessa Hudgens hasn’t shielded away from a nuanced association with cannabis culture. While her initial entry into this realm was subtle, adorned in marijuana-themed attire, her advocacy has since taken a more educative slant. 

In 2019, Hudgens graced the Museum of Weed in Los Angeles, an establishment dedicated to demystifying cannabis through a lens of history and science. Though the venue lacked actual cannabis sales, its purpose resonated with Hudgens, who shared her intrigue with The Hollywood Reporter about the complex narrative surrounding cannabis, particularly its impact on incarceration rates for non-violent possession.

While there isn’t direct evidence of Hudgens lighting up, her public appearances and statements reflect well-informed support for cannabis, perhaps hinting at personal endorsement. Hudgens has ventured into wellness with her California-based brands Caliwater and KNOW Beauty, indicating a broader interest in health-conscious living. Her venture into the beverage arena alongside Rosario Dawson and Ashley Benson with the Margalicious Margarita line underscores her diverse entrepreneurial spirit. 

Though her cannabis stance is more suggestive than explicit, Hudgens embodies a generation willing to challenge traditional narratives, fostering a dialogue that may contribute to shifting perceptions on cannabis.

Demi Lovato

Emerging from the vibrant Disney realm, Demi Lovato has always lived in the spotlight, starting their acting journey on “Barney & Friends” at the age of ten. Transitioning to Disney, they found stardom with “Camp Rock” and a blossoming music career with their debut album “Don’t Forget” making waves on the Billboard charts. 

However, the journey hasn’t been without its storms. Lovato’s candid revelations about their

struggles with substance abuse have painted a picture of resilience and self-discovery. A significant chapter in this narrative was their stint with the “California Sober” treatment approach, which allowed for moderate use of alcohol and marijuana. Yet, self-reflection led Lovato to bid farewell to this method, sharing publicly that the approach no longer resonated with their healing journey. 

In a candid conversation with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show,” Lovato echoed a renewed perspective on sobriety while discussing their latest album, emphasizing that true sobriety was the most authentic and liberating path.

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