The Pineapple Express star, 40, opened up about his daily use of the drug during an appearance on Steven Bartlett’s The Diary of a CEO podcast, where he was asked about a time he’d previously claimed he was “not quite cut out for this world, but weed makes it okay”.
“Yeah, for sure. I smoke weed all day, so I would imagine it would be worse if I didn’t,” Rogen said, as he agreed with his past comments.
After Bartlett then asked whether Rogen actually meant “all day, every day,” the comedian confirmed that he does smoke every day. “Yes, I smoke weed all day, every single day, since I was 20 years old maybe,” Rogen said, adding: “And I’ve been very productive in that time.”
As for what he meant when he’d shared his belief that he isn’t “cut out for this world” but that “weed makes it okay,” Rogen told Bartlett that he “equates” marijuana to “shoes or glasses” because they are all things that make our lives “easier and better”.
“Are shoes like a crutch we use, or are they a thing that we have culturally decided make our lives easier and better? That is exactly how weed is to me,” Rogen explained. “Could I not wear shoes? Probably. Could I not smoke weed? Probably. Would I just much rather smoke weed all day? Yes.”
“It only makes my journey through this life more comfortable, more palatable, easier to process, easier to manifest the things that I want to do, exactly how I would be trying to do the same things in my life without shoes on or without my glasses on or without a jacket on,” the actor continued. “That is what it would be like for me to do it without smoking weed.”
Rogen then reiterated that he could “probably” go through life without smoking marijuana, but that it would be more of a “pain in the a**”.
Later in the interview, Rogen noted that, unlike shoes or glasses or other things we rely on to “make our lives liveable,” marijuana is “natural”.
“That is part of my premise, no human is quite cut out for this world. Everyone has things they use to make their lives livable,” he said. “And for me, weed is one of those things, like a roof is one of those things.”
As for how his life would be different if he didn’t smoke every day, Rogen jokingly acknowledged that he “probably wouldn’t have a weed company and probably wouldn’t have made the movie Pineapple Express”.
“I maybe wouldn’t have conceived of a lot of the things I’ve conceived of over the years,” he continued. “Weed has always been a very powerful social element for me and my friends, a lot of the ideas we’ve come up with, we’ve come up with hanging out and smoking weed.”
The actor then joked that you don’t come up with a movie like Sausage Party if you’re “not hanging out and smoking weed”.
Ultimately, Rogen said that marijuana has “for sure” added to his “creative output”.
This is not the first time that Rogen has opened up about his relationship with the drug, as he previously told Vogue that he has a “very unique relationship with weed in that [he] require[s] it to function” and has “always been in a place or position to use it as much as [he] want[s] basically with no repercussions”.
In 2019, he introduced his marijuana-focused company âHouseplant, which he created in partnership with his longtime friend Evan Goldberg. The pair then expanded the company to include home goods, a decision that Rogen said stemmed from a desire to display his marijuana in the same way that he’d display a “decanter of whiskey”.
“Something we talk so much about is all this weed s*** lives under your coffee table in a shoebox or in your desk drawer in the back of it for so long,” he told Vogue, adding: “It deserves to be on your shelf, on your mantle, or on your coffee table. In a world where I’m looking at a decanter of whiskey and my martini shaker, it’s commonplace to have that displayed in your home.
“Why shouldn’t your ashtrays and your lighters be put on the same kind of plane?”