Did you know that the global CBD market is expected to accelerate reaching $23.6 billion? Europe’s CBD market alone is set to grow by 400% over the next five years, and the total U.S. industry sales of CBD are estimated to total around $417 million in 2020! CBD has become the talk of the town for its health benefits, and quite a few celebrities have contributed to the hype. We’ve attempted to make a comprehensive list of world-famous people who advocate for CBD. But first, a little intro to CBD and its positive effect on health.
What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of many cannabinoids or molecules found in the cannabis family plants. This is a safe, non-addictive substance that endows marijuana and hemp with its robust therapeutic profiles. CBD is closely related to THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), another active phytocannabinoid that made marijuana famous for the “high” effect it produces on the nervous system.
Why has it exploded onto the health and wellness market?
CBD may seem like another hype-generating notion. However, there is evidence that CBD is a good supplement for the management of various health conditions. Scientists have been conducting rigorous studies on cannabinoids and acknowledge CBD as an addition or even an alternative to traditional medicines. For example, Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management journal has published several studies that demonstrate CBD potential in anxiety and stress control, as well as pain relief.
The positive CBD effect on health manifests itself via the influence on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It was initially considered to be present only in the brain and nerves. Yet, in 2008, the scientists from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington discovered cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, including skin, fat tissue, our immune cells, bone, liver, pancreas, heart, skeletal muscle, blood vessels, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract.
Any dysfunctions in the ECS lead to a range of disorders — for example, anxiety, stress, arthritis, inflammation, nausea, epilepsy, and even cancer. CBD, THC and other cannabinoids, are chemically similar to your body’s own ECS, which allows them to repair the damage.
In 2016, Whoopi Goldberg and Maya Elizabeth launched Whoopi & Maya company specialising in medical cannabis products designed for relief from menstrual discomfort. Whoopi, an American actress and a long-time advocate for the legalisation of cannabis and its byproducts, and Maya, an eight-time High Times Cannabis Cup award winner created a shop designed to speak to the female customer base.
Unfortunately, in February 2020, it was announced that Whoopi & Maya “no longer continue operation.” According to the official statement, “There’s far more to be achieved. This is simply the end of a single chapter in a larger story, one that we invite you to continue.”
Busy Philips, an American actress and writer, describes herself as a “strong proponent” of CBD because it was one of the ways that helped her to deal with anxiety and other mental health challenges. CBD edibles, such as Lord Jones “high CBD” chocolates and gummies are her favourite picks.
According to his Instagram profile, Montel Williams is Graduate of US Naval Academy, Navy & Marine Corp Veteran, TV Host, MS Warrior, Stroke Survivor, and Passionate Snowboarder. What’s more, he’s a Cannabis Activist. It’s not just words. In 1999, Montel Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and after exhausting traditional remedies, discovered that medical cannabis made the pain in his feet more bearable. The experience of being a cannabis patient for over two decades helped Williams to create the Montel brand where he designs, tests and oversees the development of each CBD and THC oil to ensure they are safe, effective and of premium quality.
Tommy Chong, a comedian, actor, writer, activist, musician, and dancer is also a symbol of the cannabis culture. In 2016, he upgraded his status of cannabis activist to a businessman and launched his own brand Chong’s Choice. They source the finest, locally grown, hand-picked, travel-ready, and lab-certified cannabis products: pre-rolls, 1/8th flower jars, oil cartridges, and THC strips.
Melissa Etheridge is Grammy award-winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter, LGBTQ activist and CBD advocate. In 2004, she was diagnosed with cancer, which became the reason to discover the world of CBD and continued using CBD products in all forms to manage gastrointestinal issues that have arisen since beating cancer. She also purchased 47 acres in Santa Cruz Mountains, California to grow her own pot. The area is called Etheridge Farms. What’s more, she is cultivating a cannabis-infused wine in partnership with Greenway Compassionate Relief.
The co-founder of The Simpsons, Sam Simon, passed away in 2015 from terminal colon cancer. Sam was diagnosed in 2012 with 3 to 6 month to live. However, the introduction to CBD extended his life by three years. He had his own “vegan pot chef” that made him different snacks such as chocolates, jello and gummies from marijuana.
Australian singer, songwriter, four-time Grammy award-winner, actress, dancer, entrepreneur, and activist Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1992. Since that time, she underwent a partial mastectomy and breast reconstruction, followed by chemotherapy. However, herbal supplements, medical marijuana, acupuncture, meditation, and visualisation have become complementary treatments. Here’s what Olivia Newton-John says about her experience with the drug: “I have metastasised breast cancer; I’m going through my third bout with it, and medicinal cannabis has been so important for me. I absolutely believe all patients should have the right to try. It is a matter of common-sense, and it is a compassionate thing to do for people.”
Brazillian model Alessandra Ambrosio uses CBD to calm her nerves and anxiety before the show. On a daily basis, she also drinks CBD infused water to boost her health. Here’s what she says: “The most important thing to do is to sleep eight hours the night before. It’s hard because the mind gets anxious, so I try CBD oil and I think it helps.”
An American actress and singer Kristen Bell has struggled with anxiety and depression since she was 18. She discovered that one of the ways to manage serotonin imbalance is to take a dropper of CBD oil on her tongue. She also uses a CBD tincture after a good body workout.
American musician, actor, and activist has its own CBD brand Willie’s Remedy. The product range includes coffees and teas infused with certified organic full-spectrum hemp oil grown in Colorado, as well as full-spectrum hemp oil tinctures.
American rapper, singer, songwriter, record executive, entrepreneur, and actor Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., known professionally as Lil Wayne, launched his own cannabis line GKUA Ultra Premium. The brand strives to “provide consumers with the best “high” of their lives” with most of the products containing THC. However, there is a CBD vape line as well. The brand provides CBD sourced from the finest cannabis with all organic inputs.
American rapper, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, and record executive Shawn Corey Carter is stepping into the cannabis industry. In 2019, the rapper collaborated with a California company Calvia. The rapper is taking responsibility for brand strategy and creativity. Caliva grows, produces and sells a wide variety of CBD based products such as cannabis flower, pre-rolled joints, vaporisers, topical lotions and edibles.
American rapper, songwriter and media personality Tauheed Epps, known professionally as 2 Chainz, launched his own cannabis brand in 2018. The brand got a creative name GAS (Good A** Sh*t) Cannabis Co., which suggests the premium quality of the products. Each product is named after octane levels. There are three grades: 87 grade is the “most affordable” option, 89 is “supercharged and powerful” while the 93 is the super high grade.
One of the pioneers of reggae, Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician Robert Nesta Marley is a world-renowned symbol to marijuana enthusiasts. The singer smoked marijuana for religious reasons (in the 1960s he became a Rastafarian), as well as to get more creative. Marley believed that marijuana, or ‘ganja’, helped him cultivate the ability to use art and poetry in profound ways.
In 2019, Kiss co-founder, Gene Klein, known professionally as Gene Simmons was approached by Invictus to become Chief Evangelist of the company. However, Simmons’s role has grown far beyond that. Simmons already has a successful line of beverages Simmons’ MoneyBag Sodas. The latter together with Invictus and Rock Steady Sodas, Inc. are going to develop a line of non-alcoholic, CBD-infused beverages for the USA and Canada.
Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and businessman Aubrey Drake Graham officially launched his cannabis business More Life Growth Company. The business will focus on the supply of “cannabis and herbal products, herbal extracts, herbal teas, dried plants, rolling papers, and other products and clothing.”
American rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, media personality, entrepreneur, and actor Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, has been a cannabis smoker since the start of his career. SInce 2007, Snoop Dog has been certified for medical cannabis to treat migraines. There’s also a weed strain named after the rapper — Snoop Dogg OG.
American filmmaker, director, and writer Oliver Stone has been a strong supporter of cannabis since the Vietnam War. Before his filmmaking career, Stone fought for the US Army and returned from war with PTSD. He found that cannabis helped him to maintain a healthy state of mind.
In her interview with Gossamer, American stylist/fashion consultant, author, and magazine editor Stacy London revealed that CBD helped her to manage pain after surgery. “If CBD hadn’t done what it did for me, I don’t know that I would be so enthusiastic… I was approved for medical cannabis for my spine, but I actually don’t use it anymore because CBD is legal. A friend started Lord Jones and that’s why I got so interested in it.”
American television personality, fashion designer, and author loves CBD oil as well as topicals. CBD oil helps her to deal with headaches and creams are great for relaxation. Port is a big fan of Sagely Naturals Hemp CBD Cream: “ I rub this puppy all over my body and neck for ultimate relaxation.”
Miss Sweden 2014, Camilla Hansson was inspired to start her company Camilla Organics after having struggled with endometriosis. She found relief in CBD and decided to create premium quality CBD products, such as Women’s Relief Tincture and Clear Tincture to help other women with their health issues.
This American media personality, model, businesswoman, socialite and actress sings praises to CBD. She explained to Poosh: “I’ve been a huge fan of CBD ever since I started feeling overwhelmed, which came with starting law school and having a fourth baby.” She also hosted a CBD-themed baby shower and admits that she’s fond of CBD gummies that help her fall asleep.
In 2019, the American retail businesswoman, writer, and television personality teamed up with Canopy Growth to produce hemp-based CBD products. Their first collaboration will be a product line for products for pets, and further will span cosmetics and food products. Here’s what Martha Stewart says about CBD: “I’ve used various (CBD) creams and patches to try to see if it makes any difference for an aching tendon.” “They seem to sometimes be really effective. It’s not like medicine to me. It’s more like an additive to a daily routine.”
Canadian actor and comedian Seth Rogen has become a strict advocate for the medical use of marijuana and even attended the United States Congress to challenge leaders on existing CBD law.
In 2014 he appeared in congress arguing in support of legislation that will increase federal funding for care and research into Alzheimer’s disease; including that of research specifically into CBD.
The famous American actor and film narrator Morgan Freeman has been using cannabis recreationally since Woodstock. Much later, in 2008, he discovered the plant’s medicinal potential after a severe motor vehicle accident. Freeman underwent extensive surgery to reconstruct his arm, however, the nerve damage was never completely repaired. The continuing pain made him turn to medicinal cannabis: “I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana.”
The A-list actor and film-maker who has Type II Diabetes teamed up with Heather Pyces, a student at Cornell University to investigate the benefits of cannabidiol for people suffering from diabetes and stress-related illnesses. Hanks started to use CBD to soothe anxiety and later discovered its bonus effects on pains and aches.
American actress, producer, and businesswoman, Jennifer Aniston loves CBD oil as it helps her to treat the symptoms of anxiety and depression. In 2001, Aniston told Rolling Stone magazine that she occasionally enjoys smoking weed: “I enjoy it once in a while… There is nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation. I wouldn’t call myself a pot-head.” Nowadays, she prefers THC-free cannabis products without the ‘high’ effect.
This high-profile actress, singer, and songwriter incorporate CBD in her daily routine. She is fond of CBD balms and oils. CBD balm is good for reducing pent-up stress and tension in her shoulders and hands. CBD oils are also great for de-stress if added to a bath or oil diffuser.
American actress, singer, author, and businesswoman Gwyneth Paltrow has been a strong advocate of CBD. Now, her wellness brand Goop has publicly endorsed it as well. Goop has put a stamp of approval on CBD products and began writing about their benefits. In 2018, Gwyneth Paltrow also helped to launch a wellness summit called ‘In Goop Health’ where among other wellness-related subjects the panellists outlined the differences between the cannabinoids THC and CBD.
American actress, singer, and songwriter Mandy Moore loves CBD for its anti-inflammatory and pain-soothing effect. Moore used it right before the Golden Globes 2018 when she needed something to soothe her feet. Erica Cloud, her stylist, recommended Lord Jones CBD oil which is now one of Moore’s favourite CBD products.
American actress and singer Emma Roberts shared her fav CBD product via Instagram stories. She’s fond of Mazz Hanna’s CBD bath tonics, which provided soothing effects for her entire body.
Irish and American actress, producer, director, and activist was introduced to CBD by friends and checked out its relaxing effect during her Broadway tour: “Recently I did a play on Broadway for six months, and my body was wrecked — my neck was really tight. The CBD has relaxing benefits, and the idea is to avoid using too many painkillers.”
Michael J. Fox
Actor, writer, activist, and purveyor of fine cheeses, Michael J Fox, is also a strong supporter of CBD. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at the age of 29. In 2000, the actor launched The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the largest non-profit funder for Parkinson’s drug and research development.
There is no cure for the condition so far. However, there are treatments available to alleviate the symptoms. CBD is one of them. MJFF funds several CBD-related studies that show how cannabinoids may protect brain cells through antioxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms.
American actress and model Dakota Johnson knows how to fall asleep on the plane fast. She resorts to sublingual CBD oil drops, which means dropping the oil under your tongue, letting it sit there about a minute and swallowing. This is the most effective way to consume CBD oil orally because it absorbs directly through the mucous membrane and deposited directly into the bloodstream.
American actor and filmmaker has been using cannabis for decades as a natural relief aid. Nicholson believes that the prescription narcotics industry in the USA is much more harmful to public health than cannabis use.
In 2018, American actress and model Minka Kelly posted a story on Instagram featuring a CBD drink The Dirty Lemon + CBD beverage. Here’s what she wrote: “New favourite morning chug. Lemon juice, pineapple juice, sea salt, and CBD oh yea.”
On April 11, 2018, American actress and activist Cynthia Nixon posted a message on Twitter about her position on marijuana: “I believe it’s time for New York to follow the lead of eight other states and DC, and legalize recreational marijuana. There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me, it comes down to this. We have to stop putting people of colour in jail for something that white people do with impunity. 80% of the New Yorkers who are arrested for marijuana are black or Latino, despite the fact that whites and people of colour use marijuana at roughly the same rates…. In addition to ending a key front in the racist war on drugs, regulating and taxing marijuana would generate hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue for our people, and create important agricultural opportunities for our state…”
Pete Davidson is an actor and comedian best known for his work on SNL. In 2016, he told the Breakfast Club that he is a proponent of CBD calling it “a weed that makes your stomach feel better.” Here’s another quote: “Most of the weed I smoke is CBD, and that’s very low in THC. So, it’s not to get high. It’s for your body muscles to relax and so they’re not in pain.”
Megan and Rachael Rapinoe
Soccer stars Megan and Rachael Rapinoe have been incorporating CBD products into their daily health and wellness regimen for years. In 2019, the twin sisters took a major step in promoting CBD benefits by teaming up at Mendi, a new CBD brand that offers THC-free, all-natural athlete-built recovery essentials: edibles, gel capsules, and topicals. Megan is a sponsored Mendi athlete and brand ambassador, while Rachael is the company’s cofounder.
The former American football linebacker uses CBD on a regular basis as part of his training regimen. Morgan is a strong opponent of using CBD among the athletic community for its benefits on brain health and its ability to treat brain trauma. The player also donated money to two CBD studies examining the impact of cannabis on current and former NFL players conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania.
A long time ago, the former American football offensive tackle found that marijuana helped him to soothe pain which is an indispensable part of an NFL player’s career. Now, Monroe has been trying to make marijuana more accepted in the sports world. Here’s what he says to Newsweek: “I just got to a point where I had enough information on marijuana to know what we were being told was bulls. That it was time to really start talking about something that could save people’s lives.” Monroe is also a partner at GTI, a medical marijuana company that strives to provide therapeutic medical cannabis nationwide.
Riley Cote is a former professional ice hockey left winger mainly known as an enforcer who played four NHL seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. Upon retiring, he founded the Hemp Heals Foundation to help teach people the power of nutrition and sustainable lifestyles. In 2017, Cote also founded BodyChek Wellness, a line of hemp-based personal care products including extracts, capsules, lotions, and salves. The line was created to help individuals optimize everyday performance and find safe, non-toxic methods for pain management and self-healing.
Marvin Washington is a retired player from the NFL who has long been an advocate of medicinal cannabis. He is also a vice president and business development director of Isodiol International Inc., a supplier of essential oils, oral sprays, hemp oil, and other CBD products. Washington is also a member of Athletes for Care — an advocacy group for athletes on health and safety issues, including the regulation of cannabis status as a medicine.
UFC fighter Chris Camozzi started using CBD as a recovery aid during his training. While preparing for his UFC Fight Night 101 contest against Aussie Olympian Daniel Kelly in Melbourne, he hurt his knee and was later diagnosed with a torn MCL. That was the first time when Camozzi decided to try CBD tincture and connected with American hemp-derived CBD distributors, Revivid Sport. According to his physician, that was the first time in his practice when an MCL healed so well and fast. Camozzi continued taking CBD and had additional benefits — his shoulder ended up getting better too.
Gina Mazany is a mixed martial artist who competes in the UFC and uses CBD to cope with the intense physical challenges of her sport. She believes “ there are so many ways that CBD can benefit everyone in one way or another”, “…this extra something to help us recover and stay healthy and keep the brain damage in line.”
In 2003, Leonard Marshall, former Giants defensive end, was diagnosed with CTE. He used CBD for its natural anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effect to treat the symptoms related to head trauma he got during his playing career. Today, Marshall raises money and spreads awareness for CBD use and advocates for all NFL players, current and former, to have access to CBD oil.
In 2019, Applied Biosciences Corp. together with Shannon Briggs officially launched Champ Organics. This is a line of athlete-focused CBD products that are 100% organic and safe and includes soft gels, tinctures, topicals, and water. The former heavyweight boxing champion and world record-holder for the most first-round knockouts lost to Vitali Klitschko in 2010 which triggered a mental breakdown. However, he returned to boxing in 2014 and attributed his comeback to his use of CBD. The depression he was suffering from for years was lifted, and he lost 160 lbs.
In early 2018, American former professional boxer Mike Tyson created Tyson Ranch, his new marijuana farm and weed business. The Tyson Ranch brand contains a full range of marijuana-derived products, such as extracts, edibles, and DWiiNK (refreshingly hydrating CBD water).
This former Patriots tight end who is a football analyst for Fox Sports and a professional wrestler under WWE is shaking up the cannabis industry. In 2019, Gronk became a brand ambassador for CBDMEDIC. “These products changed my life”, says Gronk. “I wish I had been able to use CBDMEDIC while I was playing. It would have made a huge difference in my pain management during my career and I know it can help many others who are looking for safe, pill-free solutions to managing pain.”
CBDMEDIC products are the family of naturally-derived topical analgesics that blend OTC active pharmaceutical ingredients with CBD-rich, broad-spectrum distillate from the Cannabis sativa L. hemp plant.
In 2016, American professional basketball coach and the head coach of the Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr went on a CSN Bay Area podcast and had an extended discussion about the dangers of pain-killers and the use of medical cannabis for back pain: “I guess maybe I could even get in some trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried [marijuana] twice during the last year and a half when I’ve been going through this pain, this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with.”
Nate and Nick Diaz
The two brothers are not only UFC superstars, but also cannabis icons. They’ve launched GAME UP NUTRITION, a plant-based wellness company that produces herbal alternatives for most nutritional goals, even the treatment of most ailments. The range of CBD products includes CBD oil, hemp flower, and CBD pre-rolls.
Paul “BizNasty” Bissonnette
Canadian former professional ice hockey player Paul Bissonnette is a sports advisor and spokesperson for CaniBrands. Bissonnette has long been a supporter of CBD products, in particular, Urbal Activ: “I typically wake up anxious, have anxiety throughout the day, obviously I’m stiff because of my playing career. I got back to AZ a week ago and have been taking @UrbalActiv every morning and night and am amazed. I’m a firm believer in CBD to help with a lot of things. Easy to use”.
In 2019, an American pro golfer Gerry Lester “Bubba” Watson Jr. announced his partnership with cbdMD. Watson uses CBD products in order to ease the rigours of playing professional golf and credits it for keeping him free of injury. Here’s what he told CNN Sport’s Don Riddell: “…for me, it was about how I create longevity in the game of golf and spending time with my kids running around. CBD was easily a fit for me.”
Another American professional golfer considers CBD oil the catalyst for his success in Charles Schwab Cup. He started taking it before bed and noticed his sleep got a lot better: “I said, okay there must be something to this CBD oil because my sleep has never been so good. I start feeling better, not as sore, and at that point I decided this was something I wanted to start taking…” After that, the player partnered with Functional Remedies, a certified provider of CBD ingestibles and topicals.
Canadian retired professional ice hockey forward Ryan VandenBussche opted for cannabidiol instead of painkillers. The sportsman learned about CBD through “word of mouth” and now teaches others about its benefits: “I believe in all of the healing properties of this plant so much that I went out and purchased a 64-acre farm and submitted an application to Health Canada back in 2013.”
In 2019, American grappler Gordon Ryan partnered with CBDistillery and became the brand ambassador: “I’m glad to be partnering up with CBDistillery, a company focused on natural recovery and wellness. They’re incredibly professional and great to work with. I’m excited for the 2019 season. A couple of drops of the CBD 2500mg tincture post-training helps me relax and get ready both mentally and physically for the next session.”
In 2019, World-renowned PGA Tour Professional golf pro came aboard the Real Brands Team as a Brand Ambassador. “I am proud to join the Real Brands Team. I have taken the time to get to know the team at Real Brands and look forward to doing what I can to help grow their Hemp-Derived CBD brands,” said Piercy. The company specialises in developing consumer products, including CBD smokables, edibles, and topicals.