Chelsea Handler: 'Everything Is A Little Better When I'm Stoned'

Cannabis can't solve all the world's problems, but it can make them more bearable, according to Chelsea Handler. "Everything is a little better when I'm stoned," Handler quipped during a no-holds-barred chat to wrap up day one of the 2018 World Cannabis Congress. Handler was joined onstage with Civilized Publisher and CEO Derek Riedle, who discussed social justice, Donald Trump and, of course, cannabis. 

“I like to giggle”

Handler might be starting her own cannabis company, but when it comes to how she likes to get high, she’s not super picky. She doesn’t have a favourite strain. She doesn’t have anywhere she prefers to go, or anything she’d rather do, except maybe sit in front of her computer and write.

“I like getting really creative. I like taking something and then going to my computer and typing and writing something, going off on a tangent that I may or may never use,” she said.

“But it’s fun. I like to giggle, it’s my default. We all have a default, and that’s mine. Just silliness and giggling.”

Her preferred method of ingestion? Edibles, specifically chocolate. And she's also a major proponent of microdosing, which got her back into cannabis culture as an adult. She says a little THC here and there helps her relax, go to sleep, and sometimes to do a little giggling.

In fact, sometimes she does that giggling with some famous friends. She told the audience a story about a dinner party she hosted with Shania Twain, Wiz Khalifa, and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons.

“I’m pretty sure it was the first time that Dan Reynolds had ever smoked marijuana,” she said, adding that he kept absentmindedly rubbing Wiz Khalifa’s knee while submerged in a euphoric state. Hopefully that high helped him laugh off an unfortunate run in on the way to the washroom.  

“He finally got up to go to the bathroom and walked right into my glass door and literally ricocheted off of it,” she said.

“You need to stick your neck out”

More seriously, Handler says she’s been tackling these town halls across the continent as a visceral reaction to Donald Trump’s election.

“The only thing I could think to do was actually act,” she said, “instead of bitching and moaning, actually doing something. I have the luxury of taking a year off to get this lunatic out of office.”

So she’s quit her Netflix talk show and has focused on activism. She’ll never run for office herself, she said, but her main focus is to make sure that more women and people of color are grabbing spots in Congress in the midterm elections.

And she doesn’t mince words when it comes to people saying that celebrities should stick to what they do best.

“I find it disgusting when people don’t want to stand up for what they believe in or they don’t want to be divisive or lose their social media following,” she said. “We’re in a really tricky time right now, so you need to stick your neck out for what you care about.”

Chelsea Handler will be finishing up her summer with more town halls, and then she’ll start working on her next project: a Netflix documentary about white privilege.

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