Demi Lovato posted a photo of herself smoking marijuana on Tuesday, April 20, in honor of what has come to be known as ‘Weed Day’ (4/20), after she recently revealed that she is now ‘California sober’ after a near-fatal drug overdose.
‘420’ is derived from jargon within the cannabis community, meaning smoking around 4:20 p.m., and is now used annually as a public holiday on April 20, 4/20 on the US calendar.
‘Happy 420’, the 28-year-old singer signed the photo to her Instagram Stories in front of her 102 million followers, who showed her using what appeared to be a glass pipe made for marijuana consumption.
In February of this year, Lovato revealed that she suffered “ three strokes and one heart attack ” after her drug overdose in 2018, believed to be from opioids containing fentanyl after breaking through six years of sobriety.
‘Happy 420′: Demi Lovato celebrates’ weed day ‘by smoking marijuana pipe in fans’ Instagram post … after saying she is now’ California sober ‘after near fatal drug overdose
Despite the incident, Lovato shared that she is still not quite sober on her YouTube docuseries, Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, revealing that she “ smokes weed and drinks in moderation, ” which she called “ California sober. ”
‘I’ve learned that it doesn’t work for me to say I’m never going to do this again. I know I’m done with the things that are going to kill me, right? explained the Sorry Not Sorry singer in her docuseries.
‘When I tell myself I can never drink anything or smoke marijuana, I feel like I’m ready for failure with that because I’m such a black and white thinker. I’ve let it drill into my head for so many years that one drink equated to a crack pipe. ‘
Medical use of cannabis is legal in 36 states in the US, while recreational use is legal in 17, including California, where Lovato lives.
A Questionable Cocktail: Lovato posted this photo of what looked like a marijuana pipe with a mixed drink as she celebrated ‘weed day’ for her 102 million Instagram followers
According to the Urban dictionaryCalifornia Sober’s definition can mean “to abstain from all drugs.” With clear exceptions of large amounts of marijuana and psychedelics. ‘
Lovato explained in her documentary that she doesn’t want to encourage people to experiment with marijuana and alcohol based on her decision to do so – especially recovering drug addicts.
‘Because it’s not for everyone. Recovery is not a standard solution. You shouldn’t be forced to sober up if you’re not ready. You shouldn’t get sober in front of other people. You have to do it yourself, ”Lovato explained.
Peace: Lovato revealed she suffered ‘three strokes and a heart attack’ after her drug overdose in 2018 after breaking six years of sobriety
During an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning, the former Disney star also said she wasn’t ‘comfortable’ explaining the ‘parameters’ of her own addiction recovery because,’ I don’t want anyone to go to my parameters of safety. looks and thinks. that’s what works for them because maybe not. ‘
She added: ‘I’m careful to say that just as I feel the full abstinence method is not a one-size-fits-all solution for everyone, I don’t think this journey of moderation is a one-size – also a suitable solution for everyone. ‘
However, some experts have labeled the term “ California sober ” inappropriate, arguing that there is no moderation for those struggling with addition.
Ken Seeley, a registered addiction specialist and founder of the Ken Seeley communities in Palm Springs, California, told Entertainment tonight that the term is “disrespectful to sober fellowship.”
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“I know a lot of people who work really hard to hold on to their abstinence and fight for their lives in recovery, and bringing up this new term, ‘California sober,’ is so inappropriate,” argued Seeley.
Seeley pointed out that the use of alcohol and marijuana, even in moderation, is “ nowhere near sober, ” and was concerned that addicts might overdose thinking they were “ California sober. ”
Meanwhile, the singer recently suffered a massive online backlash after attacking a small frozen yogurt shop in LA called The Bigg Chill after claiming she felt “ triggered ” by the store selling sugar-free cookies.
Lovato had tried to claim that the family-run shop, hugely popular with locals, was promoting the ‘diet culture’ by offering sugar and gluten-free products, but the singer was ridiculed online for her words.
Despite saying she was willing to ‘work with the store’ on how to ‘do it better’, it was also revealed that she had threatened them privately in leaked Instagram direct messages, warning them, ‘You don’t want to mess with me. ‘
Meanwhile … Demi also got into a fight this week with The Bigg Chill, an LA-based frozen yogurt shop she called for their excess diet foods
Not holding back: the 28-year-old singer stuck to her actions on Monday in new social media posts shared on her Instagram Stories