Charlize Theron On Past Pot Use: I Was A Wake-And-Baker

By Kelly Burch 03/02/18

“I really appreciated marijuana way more than alcohol or anything else. My chemistry was really good with it when I was younger.”

Charlize Theron

Actress Charlize Theron said that she used marijuana frequently for most of her life, and may go back to using it in the future in order to help her sleep better. 

The 42-year-old told E! News that she was a “wake-and-baker for most of my life,” according to People. She said she didn’t try pot at a particularly young age, but once she did try it she really liked the feeling it gave her. 

“I really appreciated marijuana way more than alcohol or anything else,” she explained. “My chemistry was really good with it when I was younger.”

However, she suddenly changed how she responded to the drug. “It just changed one day,” she said. “Like, in my early 30s I just became boring on it and I would just stand in front of my fridge, so that’s no good.”

Because of that, Theron said she stopped using marijuana. However, she’s open to trying it in a more intentional way in the future to help her cope with insomnia, since she is more comfortable with cannabis than with prescription sleep aids. 

“I’m open to retrying it again because now there’s all these different strains and you can be specific with it,” she said. “And I’m actually really interested because I have really bad insomnia, and I’d much rather get off sleeping pills and figure out a strain that helps me sleep better.”

She said she’ll likely try it with her mom, who also has sleep issues. “So when I have a moment, I’m actually doing that with my mom. My mom has really bad sleep too,” she said. 

The actress was discussing cannabis use while promoting her new film, Gringo, in which she plays a woman launching a bioengineered marijuana product. The movie will be released on March 8. 

Although Theron was candid about her cannabis use, she also understands the dangers when substance use becomes problematic. Last year she spoke about growing up with a father who struggled with alcoholism.

"I think what more affected me for my adult life that happened in my childhood was more the [everyday life] of a child living in the house with an alcoholic and waking up not knowing what was going to happen," she said. "And not knowing how my day was going to go and all of it dependent on somebody else and whether he was not going to drink or drink.”

One night, Theron’s father got drunk and threatened Theron and her mother with a shotgun. Theron’s mother fatally shot him in self-defense. 

"I know that if my daughter was in the same situation, I would do the same thing,” Theron has said. 

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.