Ghostface Killah About Weed: It Takes 7 & 1/2 Years Just To Get Your Brain Cells Back
Ghostface recently told The Jumper on April 30, 2018, that smoking weed caused him to lose his focus over small distractions while writing rhymes and how he would try to smoke more to regain his focus to no avail. This led to Def Jam getting ''mad as a muthafucka'' when he took 18 months to complete his Pretty Tone album which he was spending $2500 dollars a day on for studio time. He realized then that he was wasting so much time and money that he decided to quit. However it was hard to quit and he was still thinking in his mind that he was too dependent on it, but when he heard someone tell him that it takes seven and a half years just to get your brain cells back the decision was easy and he realized he doesn't need it.
Regarding writing sober and having diabetes, Ghost told Vulture in 2014,
"In a sense of catching that first line and how you want the rest of the verse to go, weed might have been a good one for that, but I just started getting sick a lot (Ghost has diabetes). I started saying I don’t need it anymore. When you have a sober mind, you can put things where they need to be''.
He also talked to All Hip-Hop in 2004 regarding losing his lines and his diabetes,
''I ain’t gonna front. Sometimes, it opens that closed door for a second, then after that everything starts coming into my head where I can’t stay focused. I had to leave it alone". He also said that ''Especially me, I’m a diabetic and it wasn’t good for me''.
Even the poster boy for weed, Method Man, has in recent years started to distance himself from that image and explains that he actually smoked way less than what people perceived. Meth tells VIBE, “I got kids to raise, man. Plus it was never really that bad. It gets comes to a point where no matter where you go they’re always thinking you’re high. And I’m not always high. I mean right now I’m sober as a priest.”
The man behind the Wu-Goo (weed company) is Michael Solo, who believes that the respect Ghost has garnered for his art is what will help propel his business forward, he told Vice, "I just think hip-hop is the number one way to brand weed. I think hip-hop and weed go hand in hand together, and they always have." That's a funny thing to say when so many hip-hop artists (including Ghostface himself) are actually distancing themselves from the drug when they realize that it's not the way to go for their health, their minds or just life in general.