Even if you didn’t hear a single track from Wiz Khalifa’s catalogue of music, you’d still know one defining characteristic about him: this guy likes to smoke weed. His whole brand, after all, revolves around marijuana. He has an eponymous marijuana strain he developed —called Khalifa Kush — and his breakthrough mixtape into the mainstream was called Kush and Orange Juice.
On a recent episode of the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, host Joe Rogan asked Khalifa when his long-standing romance with cannabis began. That would be in high school at the age of 16, when Khalifa’s music career started taking off. He credits smoking cannabis with helping him “get through school because it made it tolerable.”
“For me, that was the bare minimum — to graduate high school. I could move on with the rest of my life after that,” he said. “Weed helped me get through high school. I ain’t gonna say that for everyone, but it helped me.”
Khalifa was right to mention smoking marijuana as a teenager isn’t for everyone. While some studies indicate that cannabis consumption doesn’t cause bad behavior in teens, other studies have linked teen marijuana use with developing memory problems later in life.
Then again, Wiz Khalifa’s marijuana consumption is far from comparable to the average user. “We burning a cool ounce per day,” he told Rogan. (For the record, Rogan responded that was more like “a joint a day” for him.) And Khalifa recognized that health and wellness trends will move people away from smoking cannabis and consuming in different ways.
“Smoking pot is gonna be old school,” he said. “We’re still going to do it, but it’s totally moving to just ingesting it and rubbing it own. It makes people less scared of it and it works.”
You can watch the full interview below.