Oprah Smokes a ‘Little’ Marijuana, According to BFF Gayle King

Oprah Smokes a "Little Marijuana" According to BFF Gayle King
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Journalist better known as Oprah’s best friend, Gayle King, recently spilled some tea about one of Oprah’s recreational indulgences.

During a recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” King shared that, while she has “never smoked a marijuana cigarette” before (which is pretty obvious by even calling it that), she told host Ellen DeGeneres that Oprah has “smoked a little marijuana” before.

Yes, O herself has smoked a joint (and it’s also safe to assume that the quality of Oprah’s weed was probably top-notch).

Though King calls herself a “square,” she did share that comedian Amy Schumer offered to be there when, or if, King were to smoke her first “marijuana cigarette.”

While it doesn’t seem likely the CBS anchor will take Schumer up on her offer, she made it clear that she’s not against trying weed — she just feels content without it. “I prefer to be high on life,” she said.

One star that might have something against cannabis, specifically Oprah smoking it? Martha Stewart.

According to The Cut, when a TMZ cameraman stopped Stewart and revealed the media mogul smoked weed, she proclaimed: “End of Oprah” (which is somewhat ironic considering she co-hosts a show with marijuana aficionado Snoop Dogg).

The benefits of cannabis — besides being a known relaxation agent — have long been up for debate. On one side, there’s research supporting its therapeutic effects, including its ability to alleviate chronic pain, including joint pain, chronic nausea and vomiting, as well as mental health conditions due to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive ingredient present in cannabis, that provides the intoxicating “high” effect, which has been shown to calm the immune system and deactivate inflammatory proteins.

On the other hand, a number of doctors’ groups have recently said there is little to no research to support the supposed benefits of medical cannabis. In fact, they argue, what little evidence that exists “does more harm than good.”

“One thing that was quite consistent was adverse events,” said Dr. Mike Allan, a professor of family medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, in a press release. “And the benefits, even if they’re real, are much smaller than what people might anticipate.”

Whether a “marijuana cigarette” is healthy or not remains to be proven, it’s clear cannabis food trends are on the rise, from juicing to dessert.

And since it is legal in California where Oprah resides, she’s free to indulge whenever she wants. Although King said her best friend doesn’t smoke weed on the regular, imagining Oprah taking a hit in her big custom-sized bathtub sure does a create one relaxing image.

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