Egg incubation anyone? Shocking audiences is one of Lady Gaga's many talents. But the singer's recent confession on 60 Minutes to Anderson Cooper--that she smokes pot when she writes music--was probably, to most, not a huge surprise.
While she didn't want to encourage kids to do drugs, Lady Gaga felt it was important to be honest with her fans about this little habit of hers.
Most people who've tried pot know that there's something about weed that gets your creative juices flowing (we're not advocating that though). Our expert, Los Angeles internist Dr. Andrea Ruman, explains why: "THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main active ingredient in marijuana, and is responsible for the ‘high' associated with smoking it. THC acts upon cannabinoid receptors located in the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thoughts, concentration, sensory and time perception. Because of this, many people lose their ‘inhibitions', which may influence one's creativity (as with Lady Gaga)."
But, don't get out that brownie mix just yet, you eager beavers. Though many think smoking weed is pretty harmless, Dr. Ruman gives us some info to the contrary: "The problem is that with daily use, marijuana can severely affect the parts of the brain that controls memory, concentration, attention and learning. Even worse, this level of use can affect one's ability to remember and learn for days or even weeks after you stop using it. And a number of studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and schizophrenia."
And for those seriously devoted to the reefer, the effects can be even worse than smoking cigarettes. Dr. Ruman explains, "Long-term cannabis smokers (using 3 times a day for 25 years) usually experience worse chronic lung problems than tobacco smokers do. Problems such as airway bronchitis, wheezing, phlegm production, and chronic cough are common."
Not to mention the ravenous, pot-induced binge sessions, which even on their own cancel out the joy of an hour of creativity.