Kardashians Keep Dave Grohl From Smoking Pot

By John Lavitt 12/22/14

The lure of watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians while high was enough to make Grohl stop for good.

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The Kardashians unknowingly helped Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl recover from a temporary marijuana relapse.

After being off drugs for decades, the former Nirvana drummer started smoking pot in an effort to cure his insomnia. Once high, Grohl found himself inexplicably drawn like a mosquito to a zapper to one of reality television’s most recognizable names, the Kardashians.

In a recent interview, Grohl described in detail what happened: “I stopped doing drugs when I was about 20 years old, but I recently thought, ‘Oh, I’m going to start smoking pot again to cure insomnia.' I’d put the kids to bed, go upstairs and smoke a bit of pot. But then I’d get stuck in front of the Kardashians on TV for 45 minutes. And it freaked me out. I was like, ‘I’m never doing this ever again. It’s definitely not for me.’”

In light of the addiction and subsequent suicide of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, Grohl always has been vocal about his own refusal to take drugs. Grohl seemed to reference the Kurt Cobain tragedy in a BBC anti-drug video shot in 2009 when he said, “I’ve seen people die. It ain’t easy being young, but that stuff doesn’t make it any easier.”

He makes a point to clearly state that he’s never fooled around with the usual rock star trappings of cocaine, heroin, or speed. In a 2005 interview, Grohl illustrated his position. “One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned is the one about drugs. I quit doing drugs when I was 20 and I’m 36 now. I didn’t damage myself, but I stopped because it was starting to freak me out a little.”

Grohl is known for taking stands when it comes to the negative aspects of the entertainment world, particularly the music scene. In a 2011 concert at the Roundhouse, he saw a man dancing violently and obviously scaring the audience. Without a second thought, Grohl summarily dismissed him. "Who’s that there? Let me see him. Who’s fighting? Let me see him. Hey you in the striped shirt, look at me, look at me…Get the f*** outta my show right now. Get the f*** out."

Grohl has a reputation as a moral man who walks the walk, and he won’t put up with either dangerous slam dancing at his shows or the dangers of the Kardashians polluting his head. Behind the long hair and tattoos, Grohl has evolved into the clean-living soul of the alternative scene.

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Growing up in Manhattan as a stutterer, John Lavitt discovered that writing was the best way to express himself when the words would not come. After graduating with honors from Brown University, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos, studying with his mentor, the late American poet Robert Lax. As a writer, John’s published work includes three articles in Chicken Soup For The Soul volumes and poems in multiple poetry journals and compilations. Active in recovery, John has been the Treatment Professional News Editor for The Fix. Since 2015, he has published over 500 articles on the addiction and recovery news website. Today, he lives in Los Angeles, trying his best to be happy and creative. Find John on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.